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iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

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"But colossal growth is easy when you come from next to nothing - retaining it and building a big user base is something else altogether. "

I do hope you're referring to Windows Mobile's growth numbers rather than Android's. After all, Android has had a big user base for quite some time now (unsurprising considering it ticked the price *and* quality boxes).

As for the growth figures of Windows Mobile, see this obligatory XKCD.

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BBC dishes out fanboi-only telly downloads ahead of ITV plans

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Re: Strange, the article

Is that the deprecated platform (7) or the as-yet-unreleased platform (8)?

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Sci-Fi fans blow stacks at copybot attacks

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If I were the Hugo award organisers I'd stop paying them as they're not providing the streaming service they claim to be providing.

I'm sure there are other streaming video providers who would be happy for the good publicity if the Hugos switched to them.

I note on that IO9 article that uStream's CEO has said they're turning off the automatic ban functionality until they can "recalibrate" it - but of course recalibrated autoban bots can be as wrong as the originals. Why take the chance in trusting they'll get it right next time?

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India restricts SIM sales

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"The Department has issued a ruling that stops service providers from providing a mobile connection for more than three months to any foreign tourist visiting India."

Because criminals always use the same SIM card for their activities, and would be stumped if they had to swap it for a new one ever three months or so.

Wait, no, did I say criminals? I meant tourists.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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Re: Is that the sound....

"Also, by the time that most of us die, our music collections will be out of copyright."

Oh the naivity ;-)

They'll just change the law so copyright is death-of-the-artist + 1000 years or something.

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Asus CEO sounds netbook death knell

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Falling sales

Any surprise when netbooks now cost the same as cheap laptops?

Netbooks haven't been small, cheap computers since the days of the original Eee PC. Without the cheap is it any wonder sales are down, especially in developing markets? After all "small" PCs like the ultrabooks aren't exactly top sellers either.

Asus "transformer" style cheap Android tablets will probably inherit their place but it's a shame the industry seems so blind to the real reason for their netbook woes.

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TripAdvisor didn't defame hotel by putting it on 'top 10 dirtiest' list

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Seeing as presumably the noisy crowd made a booking, couldn't they also leave negative reviews on Laterooms were it to become as popular as TripAdvisor?

There are tonnes of idiots in these crowdsourced reviews sites but I think there are probably more fair reviewers that hopefully drown them out.

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Re: hmm

When it comes to TripAdvisor I've found that generally the reviews are quite useful, if you take the time to read between the lines. Rather than go by the headline score, if you read some of the comments you might not be as concerned about some of the "issues" raised as the reviewer might have been.

Personally haven't seen any obvious astroturfing/shill posts, and generally my experience of hotels has pretty much matched up with the TripAdvisor comments - so I still think the site is quite useful. Certainly it's much better than picking a hotel was without it...

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O2: no Ice Cream Sandwich for some Sony Xperia owners

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Sony's boasting about the 2011 Xperias getting ICS has always annoyed me; in the UK, no handset has gotten it officially yet to my knowledge. To make matters worse, even network-unlocked/unbranded handsets like my wife's Ray haven't gotten an official update either, supposedly because Sony want to make sure it "works on all networks" so was waiting for all the UK networks to sign off the update before rolling out the OTA.

Not sure what will happen now that O2 have declined it.

On one hand I'm annoyed at O2 for not giving their customers the option of upgrading, but on the other hand I had heard that the official ICS update was bloated and slow as described. Personally I was going to rely on the inbuilt ICS functionality of disabling most of Sony's bloatware to free up RAM, but it looks like CyanogenMod will now be the only way forward which is a shame

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Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

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Re: All in a name.

Not sure that calling the site "LegitimateLinks" or similar would have made much difference in this case, else all Swedish criminal organisations would go through a hasty rebranding exercise.

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Apple drones reject American drone-strike tracker app

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"The Western media are strangely obsessed with "drone" strikes for some reason"

Because they at least see the threat that allowing our future robotic overlords so much human-killing practice poses to us.

I, for one, etc.

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Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April

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Re: CIA?

"Does anyone know a guy who knew a guy that Oracle cared about? Anyone?"

I always thought being 'cared about' by Oracle was a little like being 'cared about' by some of the bigger inmates in prison....

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Facebook updates iOS app, still poking around for mobile dollars

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Re: Regarding disabling apps

You're looking in the right place Mr Coward, but for some odd reason Android wants you to click "Uninstall Updates" before it will let you disable. The "Disable" button will be where the "Uninstall Updates" button is in your screenshot.

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Re: Lucky Bill Ray

ICS and above makes things a bit better by allowing you to "disable" apps (even the manufacturer pre-installed ones). However you really need to know which ones can be disabled so it's not for the newbies.

I wonder if there's a market for an app with associated bloatware DB which could hold your hand through the process, allowing you to select/unselect apps to disable and then pop up the Android disable dialog for each app like many of the "move apps to SD" apps do (which is incidently a feature that seemingly has been removed by Google for some reason in ICS, at least in my S3).

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Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV internet player review

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"There is an attempt to find a technical solution that the lawyers will be happy with- the lawyers are the hard bit. It's not nice."

Any particular reason the lawyers are unhappy with "the same way they do it for the iPhone" as a technical solution, then?

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Re: Boo

"iplayer for android is in a state of flux right now, due to all the drama over flash"

Which made me laugh and laugh considering right up until the end the BBC claimed the hacky Flash-infested pile that is (or was) iPlayer on Android was the proper way of implementing it, despite the fact that it wasn't supported by any ARMv6 devices and the iPhone somehow made do without Flash at all.

The BBC should get more stick for not replacing it with a proper solution sooner, rather than coming out with a half-baked hack and then not doing anything before Adobe removed Flash support from Android.

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Bit pricey

But if these came down to around the £100 mark and the XBMC Android port is finished they could be pretty nice.

Assuming compatible UK catch-up TV of course.

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

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Snail?

Looks like a whirlpool to me, and probably represents the one they have sucking up the 3G signal at Kings Cross.

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Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

"It will be installed into the House of Commons bar"

"What, I never said it would be UK-wide!"

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Superworm Crisis eats Macs, VMware and - shock - Windows

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WTF?

Wait a minute, that's *my* IP they're using! The bastards!

Wait...

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

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WTF?

"However, the head honcho also alleges that as for its regular PC games, only about five to seven per cent of gamers pay anyway. The vast majority apparently run pirated content."

"Ubisoft gained notoriety for its always-connected DRM measures"

What's this? An admission from a games industry exec that stupid DRM doesn't help reduce piracy? Say it ain't so!

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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

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Re: But....

Ridiculous! <Insert alternative language> is far superior in almost every way. Only a rank amateur would suggest developing something like this in <insert your language of choice here>.

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Nikon snaps first Android-based camera crown

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Re: Camera folk treat each sub-pixed as a dot

I used to think "rubbish" to that, as all my phone cameras despite relatively high megapixelage have always been a bit crap. But I've recently purchased a Galaxy S3 and the camera on that is actually very usable. Similarly my brother's iPhone 4S.

While P&S cameras currently have the edge I bet it won't be long before the only difference is the optical zoom lense, and sales will have declined a lot as a result.

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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

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Re: Four

Perhaps then O4 to raise their middle fingers at O2 too...

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The Oatmeal hits $850,000 goal for Tesla museum

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@GoGlen

I think your " key must be pretty worn.

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

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Actually the "Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development" sounds like a body staffed with bureaucrats who want to get laws passed and regulations enacted as doing that is what defines their role in life.

Doesn't matter so much whether the laws and regulations actually work or not.

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Re: Point taken on alcoholics and addiction but

Personally I reckon high alcohol prices encourage binge drinking.

Can't afford to go out for a quiet drink after work regularly? Just save it all up for one massive bender a month instead. When drinking is expensive it becomes more of a rare social event that you may feel you can overindulge on.

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Re: Bring on the home brew

If tax revenues fall you can bet your bottom dollar they'll just switch to taxing some homebrewing ingredient. Or pass a law requiring a licence to brew alcohol...

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Re: The important reason for a minimum price...

I sympathise; the cost of beer in pubs is too high. However raising the cost of beer outside pubs is no proper way to solve that problem.

Minimum prices only really affect the low end of the market as the better stuff is priced higher anyway. And that better stuff will probably be cheaper in a large supermarket chain with economies of scale, hundreds of customers per staff member and loss-leading sales strategies (which will still be above minimum price) than a local boozer with personal service and limited purchasing power. No, your "proper lager" will remain expensive and no-one will be better off, except perhaps the supermarkets who can sell the cheap crap for more than they would have gotten away with before.

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Councils launch eight spying ops on Brits A DAY using RIPA

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Re: Hang on a sec

Probably through their Telly Tax TV Licencing arm.

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Work for the military? Don't be evil, says ethicist

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Re: We Dont Need ...

MAJIKTHISE: We’ll go on strike!

VROOMFONDEL: That’s right. You’ll have a national philosopher’s strike on your hands.

DEEP THOUGHT: Who will that inconvenience?

MAJIKTHISE: Never you mind who it’ll inconvenience you box of black legging binary bits! It’ll hurt, buster! It’ll hurt!

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Actually most killtech is designed to reduce your own casualties and casualties to designated non-combatants while maximising damage to the enemy. There's a reason they put all those expensive chips in most missiles nowadays - if the objective was to just cause damage without harm to ourselves we'd be using carpet bombs a lot more.

Dead civilians are almost as likely to cause war-weariness as dead soldiers (on your side).

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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WTF?

“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”

Yes, because if I wanted to write some malware I'd make sure to 'hide' it in source code that I let anyone download and look at.

Wait...

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Oracle: Google impurifying media's precious bodily fluids

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Re: Simpler Explanation

> Or they are just ticked off by the horrendous pile of kludge upon kludge that is Oracle SQL.

Or indeed any of their products. Weblogic, OAS, I'm looking at you...

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‘Cash for comment’ journos, bloggers under spotlight in Oracle-v-Google

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Re: Voluntary....

Interesting that El Reg has put such a positive spin on the situation regarding ol' Florian. Interesting, but hardly surprising considering how his witterings have been reported in these hallowed web-pages in the past.

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O2 joins pocket hotspot party

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Re: May I ask what the point of these things are?

If it was SIM unlocked it might be useful abroad, if you bought a local PAYG data SIM but wanted to keep your UK SIM in your phone for people to phone you on, using your existing UK number. Then your phone can use data cheaply still. I have an unlocked spare Android handset for this purpose.

But I agree, apart from that there aren't so many compelling use-cases.

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India: We DO have the BlackBerry encryption keys

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How It Actually Went

Government Lawyer: We need the Blackberry encryption keys.

RIM India: Sorry we can't give you them. They're owned and generated by each individual organisation that uses our sof...

Government Lawyer: I don't care about that. We *need* the keys.

RIM India: But I told you we don't have...

Government Lawyer: Let me put it this way; give us the keys, or go to prison.

RIM India:I don't... well [thinks for a second] um, okay, here are the keys.

Scribbles random characters on a bit of paper and passes it over to the lawyer

Government Lawyer: See how much easier things are when you co-operate with us?

RIM India: *sigh*

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Lords call for the end of TV transmissions

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What YouView should have been?

Not sure whether it'll ever work in the medium term as a *replacement* for broadcast TV, but I think all the Freeview/Freesat channels should be strongly encouraged to provide an IPTV service. TVCatchup.com is all very well but an official standards-based IPTV, that you could buy a standard box for that plugged into your broadband, would be absolutely brilliant.

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Google taking orders for Kansas City gigabit fiber network

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Re: A Bargain!

Well why wouldn't people get the bargain Google "spynet" and spend a little more on a VPN then, if they're that concerned. Would still be cheaper than the competition.

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How do you measure up at the Olympics?

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Re: Just Seen Proper Use of El Reg Units by BBC

As someone who often misses a target the size of a beermat from a distance of several pint glass lengths I find that particularly impressive, and it is nice to see it being described in units I understand.

Cheers.

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Re: Accuracy

"Not entirely sure how you plan to "fix" 100m sprints for example, other than potentially introducing pursuit cheetahs, or a custard track"

How about a mandatory Benny-Hill-style Yakety Sax soundtrack?

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Twitter airport bomb joke conviction binned in common-sense WIN

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Re: Frankie Boyle...

I know Frankie Boyle isn't my sort of humour but we should defend his right to say unfunny and potentially hateful things and not be jailed for it. He will be judged by the public and his potential customers (who may, for example, decide not to support his work if he says something nasty about the disabled).

Not being able to tell the difference between what's not funny and what's criminal is exactly the sort of thing that got us into this ridiculous mess regarding the airport bombing joke tweet of Mr Chambers. I would suggest you try to avoid the same mistake.

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Web giants bag former US gov advisor to head up lobbying group

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Internet Association? I hope they have a LOLcat mascot.

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Chunnel 3G launched for channel hoppers

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Pah. French speaking people evidently don't have much experience of the overcrowding on British trains then do they! I think it would be much comfier on top, especially in this weather ;-)

Mine's the one with the cattle class ticket in the pocket.

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Girls tricked by STEAMY message: Webcam spyware student jailed

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Re: seriously?

Yeah I would have expected a much lower success rate. Unless they all phoned him up perhaps and asked him what to do, and he said "well when it happens to me I just bring it into the bathroom with me when I take a shower"

"And make sure the camera is pointing at the shower not at the wall"

Hmm, so still unlikely then.

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Captain Cyborg accepts another degree from puny humans

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Removed

"Last year we noted how Wikipedia's entry for Britain's Greatest Living Scientist had been miraculously cleansed of any controversy or criticism of Warwick's work or public statements. The following passage, the last remnant of any disquiet amongst Warwick's scientific peers, was subsequently removed"

It was removed because the wikipedia bots are part of the forthcoming robopocalypse and won't stand for criticism of quislings like Captain Cyborg.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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A shame

But it was always going to happen eventually.

Does go to show the potential demand for a global cheap mobile data supplier though. With PAYG data getting quite cheap now (for residents of the country, anyway) I'm quite surprised no-one has yet done this well.

Something for Apple or Google to spend their money on perhaps?

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Cops shutter net cafes to save Beijing's youth

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"it’s interesting to see the reason given this time is protecting “the physical and mental health of young people”."

The reason doesn't matter - it could be "to show greater understanding for the perils of too much EM radiation" for all the difference it makes. The joys of having an autocratic government.

Still, at least they don't have Zil lanes and are allowed to use the word Olympics in the net cafes that survive, eh? ;-)

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Forget widgets, invest in staff say Black Hat alumni

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But...

... the kickbacks and freebies from widget-sellers are so pretty. Plus people don't tend to have a glossy brochure. No, I can't see PHBs going for it.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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"It's an expensive mistake for VM"

Why? Did the ASA fine them? I thought they were just slapped on the wrist and told not to show an advert that had already run its' course and so was no longer being shown anyway. Apart from the Virgin reps' time I can't see where the expenses are.

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