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* Posts by werdsmith

41 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

werdsmith

Re: iOS 8 impression

I did the same on iPad2, and noticed the hesitation sometimes. I put it down to the 20 downloads of apps that have been redesigned for iOS8, including the almost 1GB GarageBand.

Or:

iOS.millisecond_tick()

{

if(this.device == 'iPad2' or this.device == 'Iphone4S')

{

sleep(100);

}

else

{

// do some work

}

}

Before the geeks weigh in, this is deliberately oversimplified. OK?

Edit: this editor online input thing messed with the indenting and line feeds too.

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"Overnight temperatures in Sydney fell to 9.2 degrees C.

A warm night then. Apparel to match, would be jeans, polo shirt, maybe light jacket, in a queue of people in a confined space you wouldn't need the jacket.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

werdsmith

Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

Decent viewing content > 90% of the problem. If a film is good then I'll watch it on a 24 inch PAL CRT and enjoy it. Picture quality is about 10% value in terms of a good viewing experience. Difference between HD and 4K about 1%.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

werdsmith

"Apple's rivals have been quick to point out that many of the iPhone 6's selling-point features have been in Android devices for years."

Great. But the problem with that is that these features are on Android devices, and I haven't got time for all the fiddlarsing about that Android demands. Nor the clutter, and the all over the place interfaces.

Hopefully one day a company will create a phone OS that isn't shit.

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General Motors issues STOP DELIVERY for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

werdsmith

No, the old GM would have shipped all these cars out to dealers and let the dealers argue with the customers about warranty.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

werdsmith

Re: Owning a Supercar...maybe 'seemed a good idea at the time'?

Totally the wrong kind of mindset for supercar ownership.

£4K for an alloy replacement? Pay it and not even notice it, and somewhere along the line it becomes tax deductible. Three month wait? No problem, drive one of your other 4 supercars in the meantime.

You even underwrite your own insurance based on your assets so you pay very little for the admin of that (as long as you don't stuff one in).

Easy option, join a supercar club, buy 90 days of driving per year and pick a different one each week.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

werdsmith

Re: Still missing critical feature

Unfortunately these high powered Sebos and Mieles ran around 2200W motors and are now only going to be available second hand.

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Aldi did those XR Robotic cleaners recently on Thursday deals for £70.

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werdsmith

Re: Is it...

All current Dysons are under 1600W.

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

werdsmith

Re: @werdsmith

Yes, you are right, you don't need a $500 laptop to work with the Microcontroller....you could just use a Raspberry Pi.

I am one of the 'I have no idea what Daniel Palmer is talking about crew'.

Seems I have no idea what I want kids to learn. Seems you have no idea about me.

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werdsmith

A $2 microcontroller with a $500 laptop to do the actual coding work on? Why not just code on the laptop then?

A kid can code on a Pi, they can also learn a bit of Linux admin, as well as many things that a full size box can do. A microcontroller with some blinking LEDs and a whirring motor is pretty limited by comparison.

BASIC? Hang on, while I fetch the DeLorean. 88MPH. GOTO 1985.

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Re: Just a small point...

" the implications for village schools in the back of beyond, running on small solar arrays, other renewables or limited shore power, with battery and inverters are fantastic."

Unfortunately this ideal of using a 4W device from a small solar array falls absolutely flat on its face when you suddenly remember the power consumption of your monitor/HDMI TV.

I absolutely love the Raspberry PI as a tinker device that I can put to work for little jobs etc. It's community strength outweighs its hardware disadvantages, and its prime aim was to create a splash get people thinking about educating the kids properly with regard to coding (doesn't matter if they end up using something else, as long as they are doing it then the mission is accomplished) looks to be coming to pass.

Snobby scorn from hardware bigots with overclocked thyroids aside, this is one fabulous success story and it just keeps on getting better.

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England and Germany square off for FIFA goal line tech prize

werdsmith

There isn't the money in the game, at grass roots level. FIFA wanted to keep the actual playing of the sport consistent regardless of what level was being played. Introducing tech where it is affordable starts to creep toward having different rules at different levels.

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

werdsmith

Integrated Costs

Integrated LCD panel and touch screen means no more cheap touch screen digitiser replacement repairs for dropped phones. Could be done for a tenner on the old phones.

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Nokia details 808 Pureview release

werdsmith

Re: Or....

Sold far more than 200,000 already in its launch markets.

Nokia are trying to innovate and push the envelope and improve phone cameras. Can't see a negative there.

Of course, if you prefer to pay for processing of accidental pictures of your feet , your thumb, ceilings etc?

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RIM to exit the consumer phone market

werdsmith

Messaging

I am sick of using iMEssage for this contact, What'sApp for another contact, FB Messenger here and IM there and SMS for everything else. I can't talk to the BB users at all.

The firm that comes up with the single unified messaging client wins all.

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Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

werdsmith

Pointless

I have my ipad3, and the extra res on the display is useless. What exactly can I do with it?

I want a screen that doesn't grease up, and doesn't glare in the sunshine. Real USEFUL things.

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

werdsmith

Re: What a load of BS

Farnell didn't have any stock either. None of it has arrived to be processed through customs yet.

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Raspberry Pi signs big-name sellers

werdsmith

Re: Re: @Bin Yin

The Farnell price includes the shipping cost. R-Pi tweeted that they had checked this with them and it's OK.

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werdsmith

Re: @Pete 2

Forget @Pete 2, he is @Pete Tong.

And he knows it, just can't admit it.

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

werdsmith

and.

Writing Microsoft as "Micros~1" appears as much puerile as <$ is childish.

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Apple will not kill iPad 2 at iPad 3 debut

werdsmith

No functional use at all. Seriously. My iPhone4 display is no more useful than my old iPhone 3G one was. What I mean to say is, I could read my old iPhone 3G screen perfectly well and it didn't suddenly become unreadable when the iPhone 4 arrived. There is virtually no practical difference on 3.7". I can understad hi-res on 17inch screens and higher but on a 9.7 inch pad? It's just willy-ware.

Oh dear! If I look really hard it's a bit dotty. Can't possibly read that!

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Nokia sheds light on latest Lumia

werdsmith

is that a phone in your pocket....

My phone with it's enormous screen has been struggling with the backpack I have to carry it in when everybody else is just slipping theirs into a pocket.

I think I'll just give up on the phone and hump a laptop around.

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Penguin pulls its e-books off library shelves

werdsmith

Typos

Presumably, as a published author, you rely on proof readers.

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Android outsells Apple 2:1

werdsmith

Simplistic

Some iPhone users have gone to Android, Some Blackberry users have gone to iPhone, Some Blackberry users have gone to Android.

Thats the stupid closed messaging system, time to drop it.

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Orange Monte Carlo budget Android smartphone

werdsmith

Google Nav?

"esp the way Google Nav works on the big screen and the space she has for the virtual keyboard."

Hope she never has to use Nav whilst data roaming. Unless she is a millionaire.

It's free on Nokia Maps.

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werdsmith

Decent

Orange San Francisco "cheap but decent"? I'll give you cheap, but the only way it is decent is as a replacement for a Gameboy, or for window-licking geeks who like to fiddle with their ROMs.

Worst battery life, camera, reliability, call signal strength. Absolutely terrible phone, regardless of what cooked ROM is on board.

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Samsung Tocco Icon budget mobile

werdsmith

My San Fran

My OSF has poor signal reception, bad call quality, rubbish camera, abominable battery life and dreadful build and reliability.

But that's all OK because you can load modded ROMs on it and play Angry Birds.

It's seriously the worst phone I ever had. People who like it are only using it as a Gameboy substitute.

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Symbian Anna makes her debut

werdsmith

Parrot parrot

"The codebase for Symbian is now so old, and has been adapted to so many different platforms over the years,"

So, the codebase under iOS (BSD UNIX) and Android (Linux) are springchickens that have never been adapted to any platform?

Have a think.

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werdsmith

4%?

According to Gartner, Microsoft have dropped to 1.6%.

Bit of a disaster in anyones book.

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Samsung Galaxy Fit Android smartphone

werdsmith

OSF? Don't make me laugh

News for spec-suckers. High resolution screens on small displays offer little or no benefit. Emperors new clothes. They are for spec wall-pissers. 320x240 does everything you need.

As for the OSF, I have one and I wouldn't recommend it even for £25. Give me a phone that gives a decent reception, reasonable battery life, takes a decent image and doesn't need its battery taking out every time I want to make a call please. You can have all the above on my OSF in return. It's the second one btw, the first one went back because I thought it was faulty, it wasn't, it's just normal for an OSF to be shyte.

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Nokia snubs UK with N9

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Hasselblad H4D-40 Stainless Steel 40Mp camera

werdsmith

Moon cameras?

Hasselblad are Chinese owned now. A lot of development of this camera was contracted to Fujifilm.

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Steve Jobs screws my wife (out of $944)

werdsmith

A euphemism?

A "home mad Boston cream pie" ? Sounds good to me, but only once a year?

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Apple sues Amazon over 'App Store' name

werdsmith

#Reverse Lewis Mettier

OK you are right. Insist immediately that the book of Genesis is rewritten and the word "god" is replaced with "Jobs" using iWork search and replace facility - the one and only truly original.

Of course, Apple authored "Origin of the Species" for non-creationists.

Or you could just own up that you are so blatantly wrong.

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werdsmith

Cut this

http://www.handango.com/content/Mobile-App-Store

Storing apps since 1999.

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werdsmith

Yes, and

I said that they developed and expanded the market, not created. It's not a subtle difference but a huge one.

Otherwise you are saying there were no N95s, Palm Treos, Sendo Xs and various others before 2007 when Apple came out with their restricted multitasking iPhone 1 with no published API feature phone.

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werdsmith

Wet Fish

Which is going to be the first Fish & Chip shop to claim that they are the only one?

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werdsmith

Distortion...must resist

That's the distorted reality of it.

Apple didn't create, they developed and expanded. Sundry other forgottens created. Important difference, usually overlooked by any expert in Jobsonian philosophy.

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werdsmith

But.....

There is an important difference between "created" and having "developed and expanded". The latter is what Apple did. The former belongs to sundry other fogottens,

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iPhone 5 rumors: bigger, smaller, cloudy, keyboard-equipped

werdsmith

But....

what you say makes sense until you ask why Apple make iPod minis and iPod nanos. Where is their app store footfall? A small iPhone would like still be a serious iTunes revenue generator via the iTunes interface. Just like the minis and nanos.

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