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2848 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

Amazon slips out Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Pack kill date

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Gates Horns

ha ha ha ha

That's still nearly £50 per machine to buy something you already have!

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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A decade too late

Why, in the name of glod, didn't they do this a decade ago? or two?

Along with a standard file format for address book entries? That could be read straioght off the phone in usb mode, rather than requiring MS Look Out?

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Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

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echo

I've had that problem. Worse, I work abroad so I get charged for receiving sms spam.

If a web site insists on a phone number, I either use their own or 0207 944 1212 (whitehall 1212)

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LG uncloaks six-foot 3D TV

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Unhappy

It's really Steroscopy

I can't be doing with it all, I really can't.

Its really hard to justify HD, let alone 3D.

Pubs are full of Giant 625 line screens showing footie to halfwits. I've never once heard a knuckle-dragger complain that there weren't enough pixels on that.

The more pixels there are the worse the compression artifacts get. You know those amazing shots of the start of the London Marathon? or of flocks of barnacle geese all changing direction at once? I've seen those block-and-freeze on ordinary dtv. 3D must have twice the pixels. No thanks.

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iPhone outlook goosed to 21m for early 2011

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Selling point

If apple made a dual-sim one I'd buy it tomorrow.

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Yeah

come back happy, or not at all as my old boss used to say.

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Mind your own: Scotland unveils privacy principles

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Excellent

UK government please note. And copy.

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UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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seriously vague

The League of Nations was set up After the first world war, precisely because of the desire to avoid a war. It was discredited by the outbreak of the 2nd, but is an important predcessor to the UN in many ways.

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

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German

Our German friends do that with the trams. But you need a rules-complaint population.

In some cities if you buy a one-use paper ticket you are supposed to stamp it as you get on to stop you using it twice. I've seen people in Hannover get onto a tram with a broken stamper, and then get off to wait for the next one so they can remain compliant.

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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist

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Joke

Miss!

He said "Lappy" Miss! we aren't supposed to say "La..." Oh bugger.

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O2 promises to tap-up customers in 2011

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FAIL

Are people simple, or what?

Your phone suggests you buy something and you do? Oh come on.

Open your wallet and repeat after me "Help Yourself"

Anyone tries this trick on my phone and it will meet with a nasty accident.

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Microsoft ARMs Windows for iPad assault (allegedly)

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yes!

"Windows tablets aren't failing because they have x86 processors. They're failing because they have Windows. "

Applause.

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no

People won't want to run desktop apps on a platform that doesn't do pre-emptive multi-tasking

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it ought to be

>I should imagine it would not be a trivial 're-compile' to get those apps running.

It ought to be. As they work out why its not, they will find out why their products are not maintainable.

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old,old story

>Next year, when tablet2 comes out and is the next 'must have' our hero

>doesn't even bother looking at the Windows version.

Except that if we let M$ in they will stitch up the market so you won't be able to buy without paying an M$ tax

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Ubuntu Wayland: Shuttleworth's post-Mac makeover

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Linux

Innovation is good

I am delighted that some people have the balls to be different. Innovation is what we need, and its not as though X, gnome, kde, etc.etc. will cease to exist.

Contrast and compare with windull, where you get the choice of one filesystem and one ui. And every bit of hardware comes with disks that patch the OS to make then work.

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Ofcom proposes UK phone numbers prefix re-org

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and...

and you should not start paying till you are talking to a human (preferably on the same continent)

Now _that's_ a thought. All calls to out-of-country helpdesks should be free. Then you would be paying what they are worth!

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Oh ffs

Can't we stop fiddling with things for half a minute. I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE MY SODDING NUMBER AGAIN.

When I got a phone it was Bourne xxxx. Then 0476 97 xxxx. Then 07842 xxxx Then 0780 42xxxx Now it is 01780 42xxxx . My mobile started out as 0658 xxx xxxx Then 089 xxx xxxx Now it is 0789 xxx xxxx

had a shop for 12 years. In that time I had to reprint the stationery 4 times for number changes, & once when they did away with telex.

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Orange to ship 0.5m touch-pay phones next year

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FAIL

oh dear

Another reason to keep my 8 year old phone.

Look, lads, try asking if I want my phone to be my wallet. And then listen to the sodding answer.

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Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

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who'd have thought it?

"Miscavige described Anonymous as a group of "mask-wearing subversive and anarchistic internet denizens"."

No? really? Gosh.

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Intel and AMD in third quarter stalemate

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Stop

Pundits? Pah!

I'm getting sick of pundits.

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Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

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Don't believe a word of it

They called the police, and they got there in less time than it takes to pull one off?

Impossible.

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FBI 'planted backdoor' in OpenBSD

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Big Brother

or windows?

>Who thinks they stopd at smallest dist?"

or indeed at non-commercial software?

Only one suitable icon

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Ad networks owned by Google, Microsoft serve malware

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or

or, indeed, a hosts file such as http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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...and

we'd never have seen the cow with the flaming flatulence if we were blocking...

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Ten... sub-£150 PMPs

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Sansa Fuze+

They've dropped the timed FM recording that the original Fuze has, and have not implemented folder navigation even though they provided that on the Clip+. The touch interface got a serious kicking on the Sansa site forum, although nearly all the critical messages have now been removed.

I can't see any advantage over the original Fuze, and won't be buying one.

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EMEA server market grows some legs

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Paris Hilton

EMEA?

where I live this usually means 'East Midlands, East Anglia'. Or the incest belt.

Paris knows all about family relationships

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EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"

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FAIL

Hmm.

'you break, you pay'? sounds reasonable at first.

How about 'You promise, you deliver.'?

All these telcos & isps sold us a service where we could stream video, download isos, share pictures, really quickly. If they can;t provide that for the quoted price that is their fault, surely?

All together now. 'You promise, you deliver.'

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My Droid EXPLODED mid phone call, says Texan

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ROTM?

I'd suggest this was an ROTM story, except in his case they wouldn't have to rise very far at all.

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Ten... dirt-cheap voice phones

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this is not a title

how about 'phone'?

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Free software repository brought down in hack attack

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oops

That's it. Oops. Even my netbuk uses salted shadow passworms.

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'Smear agricultural land with human poo'

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Serpently

Sludge from the sewage stations is regularly added to the land round 'by 'ere, although more as a soil conditioner than a fertiliser: By the time they dig it out of the tanks most of the goodness has been washed out AIUI

Big issue is parasite cycles. If you can separate the location where you dump yer dung from the one where you grow yer food by a fair bit, the chance of a build up of parasites is reduced. So we need to take french shit and sell them ours. Really.

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yes

Nocton. Very contraversial. Battery cage cows, rather than hens. Nasty.

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Android out-runs Windows Phone 7 on price comparison site

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Don't matter

It doesn't matter how much code is old or new, if this is no. 7 they have at least 6 previous systems to use as 'prototypes' not to mention everyone elses's products as a working model.

There should be nothing wrong with this one, there is a huge history of what to do & what not to do.

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FAIL

1st?

How can something called windows phone "7" be excused as a 1st gen device?

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US woman @theashes stumped by cricketing tweets

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Joke

Just think of how many Bee Gee fans

Both of them?

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WP7 vs Android: a struggle for supremacy

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like GM

One of the former bosses that used to run GM in the 1980s said "There is never a problem in the car business so big that it can't be solved by making better cars". (They then went on to make crap ones)

If Microsoft make a better phone than Rim and Google, it will sell in boatloads. If they don't, it won't.

Microsoft have promised a better phone than WP6.x . Remains to be seen if they built a chevvette or a quattro.

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'Looking and acting like an employee' didn't make him one

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Yep

I lost a contract once because my wife was cleverer than the bosses wife.

I didn't care. I could not have worked with a moron like that. And we didn't have to meet his wife ever again.

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Pure Twilight DAB/FM radio and dawn simulator

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Stop

for glods sake

a good idea spoiled by ugly design, poor realisation, and overpricing. And the fact that DAB is crap.

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Sharp Aquos LC-32LE210E 32in LCD TV

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WTF?

quite

The idea that 32" is 'compact' almost made me choke on my bacon butty. I was expecting to read next that it was good enough for the nanny's flat.

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Hacked Twitter spreads false Tsunami warning

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FAIL

Why on earth

would anyone choose to use twitter , or presumably facebook, for this sort of thing? If nothing else it depends on foreign infrastructure.

Local licenced radio and TV stations, and loudspeaker cars can't be hacked.

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Acer takes on iPad with Android, Flash, own UI

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Me Miss!

I'll have them! I want the big one AND the phone one.

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Ten... sub-£50 budget MP3 players

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high volume

I only use max volume on my clip+ when listening to voice podcasts while cutting the grass.

The BBC have a very variable approach to audio levels in podcasts. Some episodes of 'In Our Time' I have to stick through audacity and increase the gain by 12db so they match other episodes.

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Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010

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Sansa Clip+

lots of upvotes in your recent review

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Samsung UE55C9000 55in LCD 3D TV

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No thanks.

You can buy an awful lot of theatre tickets for 5K

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Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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Porn

It will be for watching Porn, won't it?

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Multi-colour e-ink to splash down in six months?

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software, not hardware

I reckon the readers are pretty good already. What puts me off is

* the risk of lock-in to one or two formats

* the limited range of titles available

* the pricing, which seems remarkably close to the cost of a paperback

* the licencing, which means I can';t give my surplus ebooks away or to the Oxfam shop

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MS freebie anti-virus scanner auto-downloads provoke more anger

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What I don't understand

is where all these computers with no virus checker come from.

You can't get out of PCwhirled without climbing over mountains of Norton boxes, and every laptop I've ever had to sort out for one of the great unwashed has had some sort of virus checker on it, OK, a proportion are out of date, but I have never seen a naked windows install I did not install myself from scratch.

We need a big ? icon

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The forgotten, fat generation of Mac Portables

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Sinister

Was this the device where the trackball could be shifted to the other end for southpaws?

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US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls

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Bushwacker

When I was a kid the Eagle comic had a strip about an Australian family who lived in a boat-shaped vehicle called a Bushwacker. It had wheels on outriggers from the hull, a jet engine at the back, and mast which could be used for propulsion under sail. The mast split into 3 rotor blades that let it fly like a helicopter.

I've been waiting for years for someone to build one. The cartoon-like drawing of the flying jeep reminds me just a little bit of it, and I still want my Bushwacker. Please.

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