* Posts by Jedit

970 posts • joined 3 Jul 2010

Paper pictures failed hostage rescue with Call of Duty shot

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"why waste so much space with a full height picture of a fictional character?"

Well, it's not like they have any actual journalism to put in there, is it?

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Could tiny ebooks really upset the mighty Apple cart?

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Selling the minivan at below cost to get you to buy the sports car

A better analogy would be to say that if there existed a car manufacturer that also sold fuel, it would be legal to sell the car at below cost if it would encourage you to buy the fuel. A Kindle without content to read on it is almost as useless as a car without fuel.

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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"Accessories only compatible with your product"

Just a note on this, but the big producers have been discussing the creation of a universal standard for active 3D glasses. They may want to sell six pairs to everybody with each new set, but they recognise this isn't realistic and so it's better if they have the chance to poach their rival's customers instead of each user being locked into the first manufacturer they bought from.

No FAIL icon for you though, as it hasn't happened yet.

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

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" it's an example of the market overcharging and Apple following market trends."

I would agree with this except for one minor detail: Apple are the trendsetters, and everyone else is following them.

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Android Market morphs into 'Google Play'

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""I have no idea where this meme about the Android Market being "clunky" etc came from"

Apple fanbois. 'Nuff said.

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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"still clearly a joke article"

I think we worked that out when it got to the bit about Apple fixing the flaws of tablets. The only flaw Apple perceive with tablets is that other companies are allowed to make them.

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Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life

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I'm failing to understand the surprise

Classifying Carlsberg as equivalent to water? Beer drinkers have been doing that for years.

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Sony to ship passive 3D, OLED TVs in 2013

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"If all 3D films were MADE in 3D"...

I won't argue that native 3D is better, but it's not post-conversion that causes crap viewing, only cheap post-conversion knocked off in a rush. Lucas took his sweet time over The Phantom Menace and spent the money on it, and it really showed. (Though it didn't make the movie wonderful, obviously.)

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Passive 3D does not jettison the glasses

It just allows cheaper glasses. I'm not sure it improves the viewing angle, either.

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Star Wars visionary becomes one with the Force

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Be glad that Lucas recognised him

McQuarrie probably got paid as much as well as John Howe got paid for his conceptual art for the Lord of the Rings movies. It's a shame artists often don't get the rewards they deserve, but they do get paid - and better than comic artists sometimes get paid for their work.

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Atari Pong at 40: Alcorn talks plastics, pirates and square balls

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Elton John?

Pinball Wizard was by The Who, matey boots. Elton John just did the cover version.

(Paris, because she too is famous for goings on under the covers.)

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Warner Bros boss moots 'disc-to-digital' scheme

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Re: Digital Divide

But not your fail, don't worry.

Being in Wales and hence unlikely to have the problem, you forgot to mention something else that just struck me while reading your post - monthly download limits. Bad enough that you're restricted by other factors, but when users are also restricted in how much of their own purchased entertainment they are allowed to watch each month the model is completely useless.

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"In other words they want you to rent rather than buy"

Not exactly right. They want you to think you're buying something when you're actually only paying for a service.

The cloud is the biggest waste of space and scam in the history of IT. There is no way any of us should be willing to accept a situation where what we have bought can be lost simply because the seller doesn't want to offer it to us any more.

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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Don't look back in Angers...

... and you'll end up on Google Street View in compromising circumstances!

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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"the USPTO does not have an infinite amount of time to go looking for prior art"

So you're saying that nobody at the USPTO owns a smartphone? It should not be possible to get a patent for a technology that has already been in widespread use for a number of years.

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Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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Re: the rationale behind the downvotes

Another major contributing factor is that by not commenting at all on his cut-and-pasted article, "dssf" is tacitly supporting everything it says. Since the article in question is a puff piece in which Apple are praised to the skies for supplying cheap textbooks to schools that can afford a $500 iPad for every pupil while denying them to the cash-strapped schools that actually need cheap textbooks ... well, the prosecution rests, m'lud.

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Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies

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Angel

I believe they call that "a Michael Bay production".

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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"What can a tablet do that a PC cannot?"

Be conveniently carried in one hand while in use, for a start.

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Avoid flying next to blubberbeasts with seatmate-finding site

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"Rome fell because ... Why, exactly?"

The 40,000 heavily armed Huns who came visiting might have had something to do with it. That, and all the people in Rome who didn't understand that the terms "app" and "shareware" were no more interchangeable than the terms "car" and "taxi".

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Nearly one in 10 Brits 'fess to shower phone faux pas

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Free Clue

The glass is not the bit you need to keep water off.

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Huawei pitches 'first ever' 10in quad-core tablet

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"A feed from this into a big TV will look phenomenal"

Yes, because the quality of the display on a device has such a huge effect on the data being output from that device to another display.

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Belkin Keyboard Folio case for iPad

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"You actually think a £60 tablet is quality?"

No, Tom. But then, I was talking about the owner, not the tablet.

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"From your choice of tablet it would seem you value cost over quality."

I think you're confused, Tom. He didn't say he owned an iPad.

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Hey Commentard! - or is that Commenter?

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Enough of this democracy rubbish

I want to be Commentrade Jedit! In El Soviet Registar, articles comment on YOU!

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Woman spanked for dissing ex in Facebook snapshot

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Re: Re: "A bit of a push to say it was an insult to one individual"

Hmmm, I could have sworn it was her ex. I must have misread.

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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

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Cameras roll on 'blockbuster' new Who series

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Tennant 3.5?

No - the TV movies were separate productions, not part of a series run, so they don't count together for the numbering.

It's all needlessly complicated, of course, but if it weren't what would we all talk about while shows are on hiatus?

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Re: The seventh series

NuWho has its own production series. Eccleston did S1. Tennant then did three more, and this is Matt Smith's third, so it's the seventh series.

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AppAware

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Yeah...

It was definitely quite appt.

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Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack

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"You don't give criminals a job just because they broke the law"

Setting a thief to catch a thief is more common than you know. I was going to provide anecdotal evidence of my local police using a guy with a B&E conviction as an official locksmith, but decided against it because it's just anecdotal. Then, with perfect timing, this appeared:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-17075027

For those who can't be bothered clicking, West Yorkshire Police employ an ex-burglar as a consultant on crime prevention tactics.

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iPad 3 chip leak squeaks dual-core tweaks

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Re: Hmm, anyone else see a pattern?

I don't think it has much to do with how dumb the fanbois are, as that demographic are likely to be buying the Apple product regardless of whether specs are leaked in advance. "Authorised leaks" are generally used to drive the hype machine, convincing potential new customers to hold off on buying a rival product.

The case of leaking overestimated specs is dodgy, though. When those potential customers go looking for information on the product, a casual search is more likely to find the leaked fake specs than the genuine specs because the leak has been around for longer and generated more traffic.

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Sky flaunts F1 app with split-screen functions

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Re: Don't get it

It's only an iPad app because Apple users are more likely to fork out the £20 or more that Sky are going to charge for it. I imagine they'd also like to shut down the free live data feed app that was available last year, but hopefully that will be beyond them.

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BOFH: Moon landings, Pong and the case of the smoking server

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Pfft

Everyone knows the moon landings weren't faked.

It's the MOON that is fake.

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Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

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"Even Rick Santorum hasn't gone that far"

No, but I'd say that Newt Gingrich has. He's been married three times, and cheated on I think it was his first wife while she was suffering from a terminal illness.

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Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'

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Insane troll logic rides again

"People break the law, so laws are stupid and we shouldn't have them!"

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UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet

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Woody Guthrie?

I'm sure he hasn't complained about his files being spread far and wide, but I equally doubt he's voiced his support either - what with him having been dead for going on sixty years, and all.

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Well...

... they just rounded up a bunch of gangstas!

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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

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Not to be pedantic or anything...

... but I can already read books on my Kindle in a Faraday cage. I just can't download them directly to it.

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Sun hacks cuffed after being DOBBED IN by News Corp

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"Eventually, every Eye reader is offended by something"

In my experience, Eye readers are mostly only offended by the behaviours they read about in its pages. That said, you're not a real Eye reader until you've cancelled your subscription at least once.

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Fondle my slab, baby: Inside the tactile world of Apple-fan iDating

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"The users come back because they know what they're getting."

Yes - they're getting charged $5 a month to do what OKCupid lets you do for free. That there are also massively fewer potential contacts doesn't seem to matter to them, it's "weeding out the hoi-polloi".

The price of fruitdom is eternal virginity.

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'These working conditions are appalling, especially for Apple'

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There's nothing good about sweatshop labour

On the other hand, there is a lot of difference between using sweatshop labour so you can sell a £99 smartphone, and using sweatshop labour when you're already selling your £499 smartphone for £599. One is making A profit; the other is making MORE profit.

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"Quite why it's worse because it's Apple is unclear."

That would be because unlike many other companies, Apple aren't using sweatshops to minimise costs so they can undercut competitors while still making a healthy margin. They're just trying to maximise profit, while suing rivals out of the market so they can charge whatever obscene premium they like.

Suggested new motto for Apple: "It just works, or else it gets the hose again".

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

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I feel more like asking if they have any girlfriends at all

Does anyone seriously think that a woman will want anything called a Flow for Valentine's Day?

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Groupon loses $42.7m in Q4, shares tumble

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"Why pay tax on a loss"?

Because a multinational corporation's tax bill is determined individually for each country. For example, say they make a $10m profit in the UK but a $20m loss in the US. They operate at a loss overall and pay no tax in the US, but are still taxed on their UK profits.

This being a company that sells things, there are also sales taxes to consider.

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Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet

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@Sean Baggeley

You will get less letterboxing watching a 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 picture on a 16:9 display than you will on a 4:3 display - that's basic mathematics. Moreover, the entire TV industry is now geared to making 16:9 displays and the vast majority of new monitors are also 16:9. As a result, it is increasingly common for TV shows and websites to be designed for the widescreen format. So, tell me again how 4:3 is a better aspect ratio for tablets when the media you are likely to view on them is made with 16:9 formatting in mind?

Oh, sorry, you already answered that one, didn't you? "4:3 is better because Apple do it that way!"

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"Some people use their tablets for things other than watching movies"

I imagine most people do. However, many people do use their tablets for watching movies, and those people will not buy a non-widescreen tablet because the movies look better on a widescreen. Designers are not going to alienate a large section of the market for the benefit of the microscopic fraction who actually *want* a 4:3 screen.

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Upgrade eliminates Atlantis from Google Earth

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Wales at the bottom of the ocean?

How would this improve the place? The only difference would be it wouldn't rain as much.

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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

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"Coould we have life without water?"

Theoretically. However, nobody gives a toss because the objective of these searches is to find planets that are like Earth, and which could be explored or even colonised if we ever develop the technology to reach them.

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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

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Slap the cuffs on the press

Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!

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