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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: AV for Android

"And only the REALLY gullible think there are is no Android malware."

I know there is some android malware, but I also know I'm not stupid enough to install it, or think one of the "authentic" virus scanners is going to do anything more than giving me a false sense of security (which is what this is doing anyway).

The fact these people bought into a virus scanner that has bugger all access to anything important on your phone means they are the type of people who would install a virus willingly then blame the platform for the security "flaw". You're only as protected as the weakest point of entry... sadly for a lot mobile users (and PC) the user is the weakest point. That's true of any platform, not just android.

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

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Re: Nice to see where things are going, but for now.......

"Kind of interesting, but how many hours of viewing do you get before you go over your broadband usage cap"

You still have a cap??

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Law

Not weird at all... I used to just open and close my 3a just to get another sniff of it. Still vividly remember the smell now.

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Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

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Facebook - change the mobile app culture, not the symptom

"What many people don't realize is that Android's privacy model treats the SD card storage as a publicly accessible directory," Iyengar wrote. "This allows data to be read by any app (with the right permissions). Thus, external storage is normally not a good place to store private information."

Uh huh - and it's thanks to companies like Facebook that just ask for permission to everything for what is basically a wrapped up web browser. Most of the less technical/security minded people using Android will now allow blanket access to the SD card, contacts, location, sms data and services, because if they don't, they get the annoyance of using the mobile website.

Having said that, it's nice they're releasing stuff like this... just wish they would tackle the culture (cause) - not the symptom. Android's flexibility towards developers is a good thing, mega corp app developers making average users snow-blind to permissions by just asking for everything is not.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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Re: Google to keep Motorola's Advanced Technology group

"Google is a data collection company - not a development one"

If you're splitting hairs then technically they're a advertising company. Data collection/development are the processes by which they target/sell more ads.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: 3D still being filmed using 2D methods?

I get what you're saying, the use of blurred foreground debris flying in front of a scene is very annoying in some films as your reaction is to look at it... And since you can't focus on it the stuff rips you out of the moment. I was just saying the point of 3D film wasn't to have an all-in-focus experience... Just to add depth... Hence the 3rd dimension atop of X and Y.

There are techniques with post and at capture processing to mimic all focused video, but film makers like to direct your gaze to the story and I'm guessing it'd be very expensive.

There are some major crimes against cinema with poorly done 3D films, but doesn't make them all bad.

To the downvoter, you could at least reply with your theory on what the 3rd D is.

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Law

Re: 3D still being filmed using 2D methods?

"The idea of 3D is it lets your own eyes do the focusing"

No... the whole point of 3D TV is to add a 3rd dimension... depth.

You're thinking of a hologram or some nifty Galafrayan Art (or stasis pictures) tech.

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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we still use notes.... :'(

... and the company bosses seem to have shares in IBM as they keep buying more IBM stuff, while everybody who has to use it weeps with every announcement.

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

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Re: Religious Tolerance in the USA

"Well, I, for one, would not have wanted to be a muslim in the States in the aftermath of the September 11 detonations."

...... detonations? They were planes... not bombs.

I agree with the initial assessment, but I'd suggest it would have been much worse for muslims in Iraq & Afghanistan than in the US.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it!

"Firstly, the entry barrier is a lot higher for someone with almost zero knowledge. Back in the 80s, you switched on your machine, the BASIC prompt would come up and off you went, usually with something like:

10 PRINT "Hello World!"

20 GOTO 10

RUN"

I don't believe it is higher. Today we have the net - google "learn programming" and there are sites out there that let you instantly start typing into the browser in the same way you did that with your computer. They also can track your development, you can choose simpler languages, more visual languages, more complicated concepts. You also have millions of people that can answer your questions.

A good example is this:

http://www.w3schools.com/js/

On top of that, computers are cheaper and more widely available than they were back then. I learnt basic, but I learnt it at school because we were way too poor to own a bbc micro... that self-learning on their machines also got me banned from using the computers at school. That stunted my learning of programming quite a bit and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed it for a year. These days they have schemes to get computers to poor families, libraries have them for free. Schools these days won't ban you for simply writing a bit of basic that had an infinite loop in it.

I miss the good old days too, but I am also excited about the opportunities modern tech will provide my two kids that I never got. I'm also looking forward to helping them through it too - something I never got with my parents, who didn't (and still don't) understand computers.

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

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Re: Errr

Or pay slickvpn (or a million other VPN sites) less than 20 dollars for 12 months of unlimited access to any site in the world from any country.

Hell of a lot easier than aws and scripts... takes 2 seconds to hit connect from US option.

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Coding: 'suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

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Re: Fixed

[continued]

As a subject, writing only appeals to a limited set of people – the aforementioned opinionated weirdos.

There’s a reason most journalists are portrayed as somebody who wouldn't know their arse from their elbow when depicted in the media. It’s because if you leave the dim writing nerd in charge of putting words to paper, he'll start muttering to the world, and others might actually believe the bollocks he writes.

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

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Re: Who the hell cares?

The hair doesn't fall out over night - usually if you're going to go bald you normally have some sort of warning via family members losing theirs too, basically you come to terms with it way before it's gone.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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"Paying users won't notice."

They will - the only time I ever have problems watching video is when using legal methods. I want to watch the Daily Show - region locked to US (fair enough I guess, but annoying as hell). I want to watch Netflix - device doesn't have the required hardware security chip to play it (WDTV Live Hub). There are loads of examples I can give, but why bother, these are ones that bothered me recently.

The alternative? Type "Next Big Film Title* 1080p torrent" into a search engine**, wait 20 minutes, copy to WDTV box, away we go, and for free! The only people this sort of crap affects is paying users, and maybe the first wave of crackers who love the challenge of bypassing (if not entirely cracking) media security anyway.

* Not an actual film title

** Google, as if you'd use Bing!

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Microsoft: Oh PLEASE, HTC. Who says Windows Phone can't go on an Android mobe? – report

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Re: re: *

Providing you also get the option to change your mind back (at the cost of wiping the phone clean) I'm all for this idea. Hell, I'd love to give win phone a go on my nexus 4 if they (Microsoft) released a rom or something for it... I may not stay on that platform, but I'd give it a go.

The problem (I've seen) with the more expensive winphone-only phones is you are asking people to give up what they know and take a chance on an underdog platform... I've yet to even toy with one, and I'm a gadget whore and always jump on the chance to play with these things.

If they made it less risky for flagship phone buyers (like going back to android if they hate it) - I think their numbers would increase a lot as a good portion will probably prefer it if done right - as in, all usual win features available to the install (and stable).

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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

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Re: Are people idiots?

Don't mind ads on the web, hate ads in apps on my phone. They take up more room, slower for older phones, and it'll cheapen my Nexus experience.

Having said that, it's an ad touting company, so get why they would do it... but I'll be switching to an ad free client (paid for if needed) until they revert the decision.

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Law

Re: @ Paul Shirley

Actually Turtle, you don't have to take the apps to be Android Compatible - you just need to pass a compatibility test - it's just most users (like yourself apparently) would expect an Android compatible device to have the google apps on there.

So you can be Android (compatible) without the apps installed, but you can't take the apps without being Android Compatible.

http://source.android.com/faqs.html#is-compatibility-mandatory

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

Law

Re: Run As Administrator

"Have you tried running Win8 as a normal user."

You should try enabling family settings, just signing in is a nightmare. All the background services, manufacturer plugins/spyware/junk all triggering parent permission screens one after another.

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Lawsuit claims Microsoft misled investors in Surface RT fiasco

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Re: Due Diligence

"If they had bothered to try out a Surface for themselves they'd have known it was shit."

I had one as a toy (through work) to tinker with.... tried to use it as a daily tablet. It wasn't horrific, I actually liked it. I'd never pay what they were asking for it though, that's why it bombed I think. They were asking mid-range laptop money for a fairly limited heavy tablet. Sub £/$300 and they'd have had a decent response to it I think.

My main issues were fixable with the current gen... the number of stability bugs in the software/drivers (wifi randomly stopped working constantly and requiring reboots to connect again), and the snap-on keyboard-cover died within a couple of weeks of use (replaceable no questions asked by MS though).

No longer using it though, gathers dust in the office with a sign saying "free tablet".

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Google lifts skirts, reveals Play All Access to UK market

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Pint

Well yes, as nice as that would have been I would assume that wouldn't happen. :)

It doesn't stop them linking to the album or greying it out once your subscription is lapsed so you can purchase them later though.

I probably should have worded it better but my point was, I'd "added" a few new albums from artists that I'd not heard of before through their radio playlists, so when my subscription stops, will I at least have the option to buy them without having to remember what I've added when they just vanish without a trace.

Thanks for the link though, you'd found more on it than I had.

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Law

The "Add to library" option - I can't see in their help files whether those albums persist in your library once you've ended your subscription or not.

I've been playing with it this morning and I like it - if I was going to go full blown subscription it would need to be around the £6 mark though, not £8. Who knows, I might get hooked in the next 30 days.

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

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Unhappy

"No, they did that too"

Yes, but in a repentant abusive husband sort of way. Totally different. Changed even.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

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Pint

Re: and a word in support of oneliner ifs

"When I were a lad we'd get the cane for writing "goto" on anything"

A cane? LUXURY!! The best we could 'ope for were a rusty iron bar, and we'd be grateful for it too!

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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Thumb Up

Re: flick the phone over twice and the camera function automatically starts up

My Sony phone has this.

If nothing else I will miss that button and the image quality when I trash the buggy P.O.S next month.

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Law

Re: "OK Google"

I remember the leaked videos at one point had people saying "hello moto magic <command>".

Thank Lucifer they changed it.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Big Brother

Re: Poses some really interesting questions...

"Sharing of numpty's ip addresses between websites for an uber ban?"

"Because we all know that IP bans are effective and are personally identifiable information!"

An IP address is now a personal identification marker, given at birth, and only used by that one person to access the internets?

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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Holmes

Re: She's right

"At least Linus has not thrown a chair at her ..."

At least Balmer does it behind closed doors*, not on the web for all to see.

*unless you count him going nuts on stage

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Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

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Re: What they say and what they do.

"That was an issue at the time; cheap PCs were still a magnitude more expensive than a reasonably powerful PS2 with otherOS available.

these days a similar raspberry et al will suffice for many of the homebrew ideas (apart from the oddball clusters people were building with PS2's)"

You mean PS3's right? ;)

Back on subject - I'll probably grab a ps4 when they drop a little in price. Don't get enough gaming time now I have kids these days to justify a full price release-day console. :(

I'm a current 360 user, but I won't be getting an xbone.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Trollface

Re: I look forward enormously to the restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....

They could have left his old comments on there - turned his profile into a shrine of sorts... a cautionary tale for future commentards.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/34672/

How come he got deleted anyway?

Troll icon... in remembrance.

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Not work! - Firmware hacks

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Trollface

No wonder it was bullet proof.

Loved my old Razr V3... I tried the V8, wasn't the same... too much glossy glass.

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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Alien

"to return the presumption of innocence and implement a guilty until proven innocent policy."

But in a true Cardassian court the verdict has already been decided before the trial - the trial itself is merely a spectacle for the masses and a way for the guilty party to show remorse! ;)

It is better for the people... makes them feel safer knowing justice has been done!

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Law
Pint

Re: @Mad Mike

Australians wouldn't give a Castlemaine's XXXX for anything else... !

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Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

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Facepalm

Re: eh?

*Bad.... Stupid auto correct!

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Law
Angel

eh?

If they think that was had they should try listening to what their kids are screaming at people on Xbox live...

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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Unhappy

Re: Familiar

"well, they kept telling me this was better than the competition for all those years, and that they were copying MY phone, but now they're copying them and... I just feel uncomfortable. What else do other phones do better?"

Actually they will just rewrite history. In a years time the "fanbois" will claim that Apple had been developing these features for years, and the competition must have stole these things from Apple somehow.

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British LulzSec hackers hear jail doors slam shut for years

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Pirate

Re: Unbelievable

"and watching jeremy kyle"

Say it aint so!! Those poor bastards! Wait until the EU hear of this inhuman treatment of prisoners!!

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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Thumb Up

Re: How about Google-

Dammit - beat me to it! Have an upvote.

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Microsoft Xbox exec quits after ENRAGING the INTERWEBS

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Paris Hilton

Re: Why...

"Why, because you're in a 'senior' position should you reign in your personal thoughts?"

Because you'll lose your senior job if you say something that is likely to lose sales or reflect badly on the company/product as a whole.

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Net neutrality? We've heard of it, says Ofcom

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Happy

Re: Ofcom decided that Net Neutrality is a non-issue in the UK

Upvoted. Though I laughed (then cried a little inside) at the suggestion that writing to an MP or voting for a political party will change the situation at all.

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Wealthy London NIMBYs grit teeth, welcome 'ugly' fibre cabinets

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Re: Onroad parking would be better

"If people can avoid driving into parked cars"

That's a big if.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Thumb Up

Re: Crimson Editor

Used to use Crimson too... these days I use Notepad++ as its still being developed and wasn't that dissimilar to CE.

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Congratulations, freetards: You are THE FIVE PER CENT

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WTF?

Am I the 5 percent?

I generally just grab TV off the dodgy net these days... reasons are:

- because (Virgins) TiVo regularly screws up the recordings of shows they do show here in the UK. I pay a big chunk for a crappy service... sky are not really any better (though their box is less dodgy)

- because they don't have any legal online alternatives in the UK. I've looked at Netflix and Lovefilm and they have next to no decent US shows that have been aired in the last year here in the UK.

I have money to throw at these networks... they just won't take it.. their attempts at legal services are piss poor and years behind the US services.

Music:

On the flip side... music has moved on a great deal - I'll happily buy tracks from Google Play and Amazon, or independent publisher websites - DRM free, I get a file I can backup (rather than subscription based), and it'll work on all my devices. I buy less music now because my tastes arn't as catered for these days, but I still buy an album or two a year plus random tracks.

Movies:

I've given up on legal alternatives for downloading or subscription models like lovefilm... I rarely watch films now anyway. I go cinema for the big ones I want to watch, though only because I usually get a bogof deal with work. I buy the cheap blurays or dvd (for my kids films) mainly because they like the physical medium... they like looking on the shelf to see what film they want to watch rather than have advertising pushed on them via xbox live.

Am I a pampered 5 percenter? Probably for TV... but not because I don't want to pay... and not for everything... I pay for TV one way or another through Virgin and my TV license, always pay for music now legal routes are decent enough, and good movies are hard to find now so I buy for my kids, not for me.

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

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FAIL

Re: Debit Card

And in this particular scenario you wouldn't realise your account would about to be charged, so no money in the account to cover it. At this point you're gonna have one of two things happen :

1 - your bank bounces the payment, charges you 25 quid for the privilege... Bank wins.

2 - your bank allows the payment via an unarranged overdraft, then charges you like 10 pounds a day for a max of 5 days, plus a one off arrangement fee for the overdraft. Bank, apple and developer wins.

Either way you'd still be vulnerable to this type of scam / feature with your odd ritual for payments.

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Law
Big Brother

Re: Sort of agree

"But for any form of payments I think you should always enter a password/pin, as Android will also happily go "Yeah Charged" without a wiff of a pin or password."

The option is there, you just need to enable it - and parents usually will. I have the "require pin to purchase" option turned on for my Nexus 7 and android phone... my son can't buy anything without entering my pin, even for inapp stuff.

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That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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Stop

Re: Can I have Andrew's MWC ticket?

"I thought it was pretty hilarious."

Uh huh... But for the wrong reasons I fear.

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Law
WTF?

"you can’t get everything you want in any format you want for a decent price, and it doesn’t play seamlessly. All the things Apple does within its own walled garden"

Lmao, sure sure.... So when does the new job at apple start Andrew?

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No mobile signal? Blame hippies and their eco-friendly walls

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Happy

Re: Yes.

"I can often have trouble hearing the wife just one room over when she's shouting at me."

If only all married men were so lucky!

Joking aside, I agree with you on benefits of other walls over solid brick - our solid brick 1900 house leaks heat, has zero sound proofing (even between us and our neighbours). It's also annoying as hell to put pictures and mirrors up on.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Facepalm

"much like the smartphone didn't catch on until Apple dispensed with the stylus"

The feature Apple that sold their iPhone was a comparatively slick UI (and to a large degree existing brand appeal)... it definitely was not them "dispensing" the stylus, as many smartphones before it didn't have them either.

"Glasses are cumbersome at best, people spend a fortune trying to get rid of glasses by having laser eye surgery"

A small percentage of people hate their glasses, and spend money on getting surgery... the vast majority of people who need glasses will happily wear glasses (or just hate the idea of eye surgery enough to keep the glasses).

"Technology needs to be limited to situations where it won't cause death or injury to the user or others around them."

I assume you don't drive cars, take trains, take flights, use computers, or even electricity, or eat food (created by technology!)... or do anything really.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Pint

Re: Bullshit

Yes - but Mr White doesn't make games, he sells music - ofcourse he'll tell you you're wasting your life playing games, when you could be buying his music and listening to him singing "I'm thinkin' about my doorbell When ya gonna ring it, when ya gonna ring it" over and over again and FEEEEEL something.

I like some of his music, but I'm not really familiar with what he's done in the last, say, 5 years? Maybe he's right, it's because I'm wasting my life away on computers, games, making friends with like minded (but equally busy) people online... not to mention getting married, having kids, buying a house, then paying nearly £1k in childcare a month (which used to be my cinema / pub / eating out / music money).

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Android 4.2.2 slides up skirt slightly, reveals a slip of fishnet

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WTF?

Re: 4 comments so far...

Oh dear... thumbed down by either somebody who believes Android was perfect from day 1, or somebody who believes jelly bean to be unreliable... either way you're wrong!!

Down vote away.

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