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31 posts • joined 14 Jun 2010

End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

Pretendiname

Not at all like

ALL of the fan prototypes from the last year or so.

First stumbled accross from google: https://dribbble.com/shots/1191226-Iphone-6-Wrap-Around-screen

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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Support your local library by using it

and not by tweeting complaints when they close it.

My library does real books, electronic magazine subscription and audiobooks... Physical video game, movie hire. All kinds of other stuff. The only problem is you have to park in the car park, and walk inside.

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Nintendo says sorry, but there will be NO gay marriage in Tomodachi Life ... EVER

Pretendiname

Re: Who?

I don't mean to comment on the topic at large here, but your post makes the kind of assumptions that non-programmer bosses and customers tend to make.

The fact the "bug" existed in the previous release might have had far-ranging implications on the game's quality. It may be that it was a "Bug" (it would seem weird that women couldn't marry), and that by not fixing it - the game would stop being able to progress, not be able to load a savegame later, miss out parts of any plot, Not be able to draw animations and bug out. There are endless possibilities on why that might be a "bug" and not a moral thing.

The issue I experience is: I get given spec, and deliver that spec - then people want to change it AFTER the product is delivered, and assume it is trivial to do these things.

I am not having a dig at you Steve, but I am not looking to going back to my desk on Monday, and your post fired a million resentful neurons.

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Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)

Pretendiname

8.3 inch 1080 screen

I make that a slightly higher pixel density (265 > 264) than the current generation iPads.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Flame

Why it pisses me off:

I am maybe a corner case, I use the underground sparingly, and many times once a day, as after work I might walk to the train station.

A 20 jouney ticket can last me up to 3 months, thanks to walking and lift-shares.

They are going to replace that ticket with a 1 week all I can ride ticket.

There will be other 'occasional' subway users. For that category of person, it will make the price per journey go from £1.10 to £1.40 at the moment.

Every time they refurbish a station, prices go up - expect them to with this new system. Last time they did anything pressworthy (Hillhead refurb/Mural/Alisdair Gray) they put the prices up 10%. If Glasgow Subway increase their tickets at the same rate for every station refurbishment a single ticket will cost £12.12.

Finally - they did this with 2 weeks notice essentially. Giving me no time to use up my journesy!

Rant over.

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Sony allows hacking of its unloved SmartWatch

Pretendiname

These things don't run android

they are companion devices for android. You load apps from your android device, hence the stuff in the market.

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LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise

Pretendiname
Meh

Point regarding stats:

"Unreported incidents could bring the figure even higher."

Similarly, it could be that there has been no change at all, but reported incidents are higher. That is the problem with reported incidents. They almost invariably increase as people become aware how to report a problem. Also, the value was projected, so it may even take things like that into account - so that entire bit of speculation is largely unnecessary.

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Trollface

I read the article twice,

but when did he say they were not going to develop Google Maps for iOS? "We have not done anything yet," isn't the same thing.

If fact the Reuters article has him say that in response to :

But he said any decision on whether Google Maps would be accepted as an application in the Apple App Store would have to be made by Apple.

So, he has confirmed that they have not submitted the app yet. Nothing more, not much less.

I do love The Reg, and I appreciate that you need page hits - but please try and report the story.

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Google defends drowning Acer's newborn Alibaba Linux mobe

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Meh

AlibabaOS

and whilst I can see why Google might want to hold OHA members responsible for adhering to the conditions of that partnership... I can't fully grasp why you would act so aggressively. If anything, they should put pressure on Alibaba to contribute meaningfully to the ecosystem.

A major part of the problem for Google is that most punters have no clue what various license agreements mean, and when something is "open" you reasonably expect people should be able to muck about with it. But sadly that isn't really the case for companies like Alibaba seeing $473 billion in sales last year, and basically taking other people's work and plagiarising it... oh wait. etc

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Re: "what appears, at a glance, to be clear abuse of market power."

"Imagine if MS told HTC that they couldn't produce phones for Android, if they still wanted to produce phones for Windows?"

Yes, they would only ever say exactly those words to Nokia...

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BYOD sync 'n share

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The classic line is:

Don't put something on the internet if you don't want people to see it. That applies to photobucket, your email, anything. Even if you don't get hacked, your phone can easily get lost/stolen. There is no doubt any number of ways that your files could be accessed, if not intercepted.

The moral: Don't put pictures of your balls AND face (in the same frame) on Dropbox.

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Apple New iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G

Pretendiname

Re: Lovely screen

It could well have been, and I have purchased numerous Apple devices with assembly or design defects in the past though.

@Dave 126, it seems to vary with brightness. I haven't heard anywhere that

@AC And as for returning it, I am going to do exactly that on my father's behalf. When I had a defect on my iMac - I dragged it in to an apple store, then was told to take it to the store I bought it from, then had no machine for a week.!

It is a fine device - but a bit of a shame to have any issues. I have a Viewsonic Viewpad and that seems relatively well put together.

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Lovely screen

I got the old man one for his birthday, and the screen bezel was popping out, wouldn't pop back in, which created a springy, not well put together feeling.

Also the screen had a slight yellowy hue when the brightness wasn't up high. Or at least it seemed that way. Either way, not what you pay a premium for.

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'Thermal cloak' designed, could solve major chip, spacecraft issues

Pretendiname
WTF?

Sort of like

thermal underwear? Or any insulation?

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Motorola Motoactv GPS fitness tracker

Pretendiname

Re: OS?

It is android, and it has been used to play Angry Birds already!

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

Pretendiname

Why a film studio

and not the Tolkien estate? Seems weird that an Foreign entity can assert rights here.

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Carmageddon

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This game had a brilliand Punk Rock soundtrack

I had it in my CD player more than the PC

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Music fans not welcome in RIAA-backed .music

Pretendiname

It must be hard to keep your head out of your own arse

when you have political clout

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Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

Pretendiname

I can see it now

Would you like to add $29.99 to the cost of this order for Human Rights Offsetting?

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Pretendiname

You don't need to pay more

They are making record profits

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iPad SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE

Pretendiname

The camera also didn't break

and presumably that wasn't in one of their cases.

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PETA riled by Mario's raccoon skin suit

Pretendiname
FAIL

I don't think he wore a fur coat

I think he transformed into mythical Tanuki Mari (minus the big ball sack)

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LibDems call for gov 'IT skills' office

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Mushroom

If they did this correctly then great

Put someone like Donald Knuth in charge of something like this, and pay him a fortune and you will get policy which will shape the country for generations. Throw a department of acronym spouting twats with social media skills at it, and we are forked as a nation.

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OnLive pushes game stream service to UK punters

Pretendiname

Why would Game...

Why would Game point a gun at their feet and ask you to pull the trigger?

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Microsoft exec departs after tweet about Nokia phone

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8/10 is a positive review

I am sure was fored for something far more scandalous, at a JQuery after-party in his hotel room.

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Facebook is 'killing privacy for commercial gain'

Pretendiname
Stop

If you want "Privacy"

don't post things on social networking sites!!

Why don't people get this? I have locked down my account as much as I can reasonably do without giving up completely, but I understand that "Social" is another word for "Advertising specifically targeted at me". The dream of these companies being - to try and tempt you with things you statistically are more likely to want.

That may be evil, but it is not a secret, and because it is not a secret, I am posting it on the internet (and not just telling my close friends in the lug-'ole).

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Nokia latest to feel wrath of Jobs

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Jobs Horns

Surely a nagative campaign

is an incredibly desperate measure. Apple constantly come across as a litigious, vicious little company. I can see why. As soon as someone strays a yard from the fruity-ray they get upset that they have been sold something fallible and create a class action suit. (I am thinking of numerous battery, video, logic board, cooling, power supply etc... issues - not even iPhones)

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Apple reels as Steve Jobs Flashturbates

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Jobs Horns

I have recently given up on Apple

My MBP is a Uniboot Ubuntu machine, and I will not be advocating, nor spending any more money on apple crap for the foreseeable future. I have historically spent more than all the cars I have owned on Apple products - so I am not a hater as such.

The ego running that business has, exactly as the article summarised, alienate me.

Can you imagine how far flash would have spread if you had to ask Adobe before you made a stupid game, or a flash intro to your house? It is unthinkable. Adobe have been an enabler, and now they are carving new possibilities in the current market. To allow flash to be recompiled for the iPhone was good business sense for Adobe, and really it is Apple's loss.

The other massively arrogant move that upset me recently their recent litigiousness. I detested Nokia for their massive patent back catalogue, but now I respect them for being restrained in it's use. It is largely, these days, a way for companies to prevent themselves from litigation. Normally small companies get the benefit of the doubt, and big companies realistically understand that progress is for the masses, and competition comes from doing things well.

Apple on the other hand has the business methodology - if someone innovates, buy them out and patent the floor tiles of the place. If they refuse to sell, poo-poo their technology or better yet, use it as inspiration. I am thinking of Swype.. but I think they mostly make the purchase and people bow/fall in line.

Apple IS Steve Jobs, and Steve Jobs is the most arrogant Buddhist in the known universe. I am incredibly suspicious of him, and I worry about Apple's future. And all our future's if Apple ever dominate in the scale Microsoft had.

Some blonde athlete, please throw a sledgehammer at the next keynote.

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