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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

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I was wondering.

Who first did the little blobs at the bottom of the screen to tell you what swipe-page you're current on?

Who did that first?

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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I will never buy Windows 8

You guys have convinced me. I'm talking to you, Microsoft.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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A bug?

Or just a tester shortcut, inserted deliberately. Someone forgot to remove the code upon release. MS are taking it lightly, but it reflects really badly on their software and security.

Does it have to be a row of spaces, can you use any character?

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How to Poo on a Date wins odd book title of the year

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You can put on the shelf, along side...

...Britain's Crappiest Towns, and the History of Shit!

It's real:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9780262621601

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Partner firms: Microsoft kept Surface from you for YOUR OWN GOOD

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I saw a Surface...

...as product placement on US TV shows. The actors seem to find it a little clunky and unresponsive, almost in a comical way at times. I've not seen a Surface in use for real though.

Microsoft has never been cool and hip, but it tries oh so hard to be so, embarrassingly. They are like the an Uncle at a wedding disco.

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

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They already had $75m venture capital.

How do they think companies actually start? Well, they could try and have an actual product.

Anyway, here's the busy Palmer with some interesting defence:

http://www.reddit.com/user/palmerluckey

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Dull.

The Oculus is no longer cool. And I expect they'll have to change it's name to something more fitting a Facebook user's IQ. They'll probably call it the FaceFace!...Yay.

There does seem to be a worrying trend of tech companies just not willing to push themselves, almost as if they're scared or incapable. Waving cash in their faces makes their backbones fall out their arses.

But we don't know what kind of contract they have with Farcebook.

It probably isn't a real problem, but I can't help a massive feeling of disappointment in the team.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

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Re: Let me get this right

I guess they'll find out from all the testing they're going to do in the evaluation?

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Perhaps one reason why they don't want an Apple phone.

You can't take the battery out of an iPhone, so you can never be sure that it's not transmitting.

(Also that LG Curve looks really nice!)

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

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I've never cared for Star Wars much.

'Tis a silly film, where people can't shoot straight and a camp robot minces about, going 'oh my!'

[*dodges slow moving lasers fired from the inevitable SW and SS fans with beards*]

But I say leave it for the 10 year olds to enjoy, they are after all the target market. That's how old you were when you first saw it, were you not?

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: Rolls-Royce monitoring system

Interesting, I guess it all goes through the same information transmitter? Rather than the engines transmitting it themselves.

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Rolls-Royce monitoring system

I guess that can be turned off as well!? Or they're lying about its analysis effectiveness.

"A critical aspect of the EHM system is the transfer of data from aircraft to ground. Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) digital data-link systems are used as the primary method of communication. This transmits the Aircraft Condition Monitoring System (ACMS ) reports via a VHF radio or satellite link whilst the aircraft is in-flight."

Link:-

http://www.rolls-royce.com/about/technology/systems_tech/monitoring_systems.jsp

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Re: Last weeks images.

They said it was in three parts:-

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/the-continued-search-for-the-missing-malaysia-airlines-fligh

But they couldn't find anything, apparently. It seemed strange that they would just say that it's categorically not the plane when they didn't find anything in the area. Not that I'm suggesting anything. :)

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Last weeks images.

You know the sea debris images that were published last week, then China said sorry, it was a mistake.

What were they images of exactly, if not the plane?

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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I've gone off Maplins a bit.

Last thing I bought from there was a small stereo to 2 mono jack adapter, and unbelievable it was wired incorrectly!! The boss came over when I took it back, saying that they buy them in batches of 2500 and there was probably no point in swapping it as they're all have the same error!! He's clearly been there before.

He then went on, lamenting the old days and that everything in 'his' shop was imported from China. I got my 2 pounds back and bought the parts from a musty old electrical shop tucked down a side alley that's been there for decades. Should have gone there first.

I bought a halogen heater in Maplins once as well, the power switch broke and one of the lamps failed in a few weeks.

Although, I see weak quality control in many products over the last few years, from everywhere.

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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

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The Internet and general procrastination mucks my day up enough.

I can't imagine what it would be like to have new messages from outside work coming at me while I'm trying to type, say, an important draft for a Parliamentary White Paper.

*BingBong - Jimmy has sent you a picture of his sandwich, how nice.*

*BingBong - Jenny has shared a video of idiots hurting their arses on the floor*

etc. etc.

I suppose switching it off would make the boss think you're antisocial or something god-awful like that.

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Get Quake III running on Raspberry Pi using Broadcom's open-source GPU drivers, earn $10K

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Re: Quake III Arena

I see what you mean, but it was probably a cut down version with less polygons. It was a ported game after all. And I suspect it wasn't in HD (!), the foundation want it running on the RPI at 1920x1080.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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If those keys, err coins, resurface again...

...would they be worth anything?

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Enterprising French chap cranks up €100k 'flying car'

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When they get rid of that fan...

...and I can hear the music playing, and not have to communicate by shouting really loudly.

THEN I'll buy one! : )

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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Ordinary people got caught up in the frenzy for the Wii...

...not to mention Nintendo's freakish family adverts for it - more like Haribo than Call of Duty.

So that's where they found the market, everybody said it was easy to use.

Not everybody is computer literate, of course, and this was advertised as Gran, Mum, and Bro could play all at once, or compete. Try that with Splinter Cell - I don't think Gran would approve.

The Wii U was a design nightmare, and it really didn't help when rumours about an EA boss saying "Wii U is dead to us" and then saying it was a 'last gen' console.

But I think the biggest mistake was presuming that Wii owners were going to buy a Wii U, or even if they understood what the hell it was, or even available. And lastly I think that perhaps Nintendo completely forgot that the Wii had a great price, which made it more of a toy than a computer console - and as a toy it was genius.

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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Some of the games on the Apple store were not copies.

According to some reviews, they came out BEFORE Flappy did, and have now shoved up the charts because thousands of little fingers want to sooth their addiction to it. Bless.

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Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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Western Computer told me they have one hidden in the shop...

...They could show it to me if I wanted to, but I can't buy it! I just refused, with a jolly smile of course, as they get easily offended in there.

I don't want to buy one anyway, because it lacks professional attributes like PCIe slots for things like ProTools. Time to buy the exterior add-ons... oh dear.

Other than the fact that it's a carpet dust sucking ashtray of a thing.

Perhaps they should have called it the 'Mac TopToy.'

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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Great!

We have Microsoft spying in our parliament with cloud based Office software, and we now have another American corporate running our police information cloud. Why don't you just send that foreign country everything you have on us, and get it over with already!

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Microsoft's new CEO: The technology isn't his problem

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Re: Revising History?

It's not as simple as it being just a tablet though. It's not the hardware that plays the trick.

It's the whole experience of Apple's iPad, and the interaction with it that people responded to. It's desirability was built in on purpose.

Ergonomics, visual smoothness, and all that fluffy stuff is the key. And no, people don't mind buying Apps in a walled garden - who'd have known. : )

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Hey, Nadella!

Can you please make Windows 9 just like Win 7, only more efficient, bug free, and user friendly.

Thanks.

Oh and make it about £20,

Cheers.

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ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

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Re: Shock and horror.

It's OK, software theft is endemic, how many MAME games do some people have, do you think? 3000?

It's the same attitude.

And of course it's worse for old software as it's seen as being worthless by many. In other words, people think they can get away with it easier.

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Shock and horror.

I can't help feeling that there's got to be some people on here going all shock and horror at the programmers not being paid royalties, though at the same time feel it's fine to download pirated software for themselves. Oh, that's different I suppose. :p

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Some people are dropping their bids to £1.

But with 2 hours left it looks like this is going ahead anyway.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Re: Android only?

Who's thumbing down? LOL, it's what they said, not me!

BBC:- " Another GCHQ report, in 2012, laid out how to extract information from Angry Birds user information from phones on the Android operating system."

Sky news:- "A 2012 British intelligence report laid out how to extract Angry Birds users' information from phones using the Android operating system, according to The New York Times."

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Android only?

Other news channels, like the BBC and Sky, suggest it's an Android OS specific hack.

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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It was done on purpose, because their reserves were low...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractional_reserve_banking

"In most legal systems, a bank deposit is not a bailment. In other words, the funds deposited are no longer the property of the customer. The funds become the property of the bank, and the customer in turn receives an asset called a deposit account (a checking or savings account). That deposit account is a liability of the bank on the bank's books and on its balance sheet. Because the bank is authorized by law to create credit up to an amount equal to a multiple of the amount of its reserves, the bank's reserves on hand to satisfy payment of deposit liabilities amount to only a fraction of the total amount which the bank is obligated to pay in satisfaction of its demand deposits.

Fractional-reserve banking ordinarily functions smoothly. Relatively few depositors demand payment at any given time, and banks maintain a buffer of reserves to cover depositors' cash withdrawals and other demands for funds. However, during a bank run or a generalized financial crisis, demands for withdrawal can exceed the bank's funding buffer, and the bank will be forced to raise additional reserves to avoid defaulting on its obligations. A bank can raise funds from additional borrowings (e.g., by borrowing in the interbank lending market or from the central bank), by selling assets, or by calling in short-term loans. If creditors are afraid that the bank is running out of reserves or is insolvent, they have an incentive to redeem their deposits as soon as possible before other depositors access the remaining reserves. Thus the fear of a bank run can actually precipitate the crisis."

And yeah, I probably watch too much Keiser Report on RT !

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...

"Could anyone comment on the quantum structure of the event horizon of the progressively deeper hole that one Reg Commentard is digging?"

They are called 'brown holes.'

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Ex-NSA guru builds $4m encrypted email biz - but its nemesis right now is control-C, control-V

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Would it be more secure if...

...I simply give my friends a large RAR password key to keep on their desktop? They can copy and paste the key to decompress the email file I send them. That way I can send them links to cat videos without the slimy snoops knowing about it.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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I would be perfectly fine without the BBC.

I mean it's not like it's an Earth shattering change in life! : D

Beside, I have the full Sky package, why would I want to spend £145 extra for the BBC channels, it doesn't seem right, especially as I don't really watch them much.

The BBC news has become like a magazine, where RT and others provide far better information about World news.

And what about the radio stations? Will they have adverts on them? I'd like to see how that works if not.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Say what you like about Apple (and I often do!)

Apple have the iOS experience with the 'Launchpad' app in OS-X, with big friendly graphics that can be arranged how you want them. It's basically a fat scratchpad of your favourite applications. BUT it's just a separate thing, NOT forced down your throat from boot-up!

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I only ever see on US TV shows.

The one I saw last night had the user go to the desktop almost immediately. They didn't have a touch screen, so it must have seemed a nightmare with the laptop pad.

I'm hoping it will stay in the fictional world.

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ASSAULT CORSE: Eager Walking Dead heads get a second series

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What's wrong with saying,

ASSAULT CORPSE.

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It's not as if the Reg has never used a rhyming pun before.

The Room 1&2 are great games, beautifully designed and crafted. The hints are wrong somewhere on the boat's table, but that just adds to the fun!

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Brit boffin tests LETTUCE as wire for future computers

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It's radicchio-lous!

They should starting with growing brain matter, not mucking around with vegetables.

You need synapses, not sandwiches!

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EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

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I thought he said...

..."These links will work assuming you are on the same network as a BrightBox router and that it has the standard IP of 192.168.1.1, otherwise they will likely result in an error."

https://scotthelme.co.uk/ee-brightbox-router-hacked/

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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I think my FX-100 still has the same batteries from the mid 1980s. Magical rejuvenating batteries, although I recently had to clean the dried up leakage on the contacts.

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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

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If been telling people that FB and Twitter were games for ages.

The people most likely to disagree about Twitter being a massive social game, are the people that use it.

The gaming parallels are in there for a reason - they make it addictive. So all the same design criteria for games are used, and beautifully, it's all user created content, people make their own game environment. They enjoy it because all the same psychological techniques are used to make games.

Games are cleverer than you think, and that they exploit brain chemistry far more than initially expected to those not in the industry.

Of course it's a game, and yes CB likes being a troll and it's funny, but as always he was making a an alternative view point, and pressing it home. It's what he does well.

In the end, why does it matter if it's a game, does it hurt you to call it that? Why? Does it make you feel you've wasted a large part of your life on it, and you want to lash out at Brooker for offending you?

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Haswell micro: Intel’s Next Unit of Computing desktop PC

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Re: Why no TV Capture?

Good call. They probably ran out of space, and price limit. Then they cut out the leased used thing, or what was considered the least used thing.

Or perhaps it's the HDCP High-Bandwidth Digital-Content Protection!

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That GPU score is terrible, does it handle BluRay streaming ok?

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So, which people you read about in The Register got gongs in the Honours list?

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Re: No gong for Mr Raspberry Pi?

Yeah, that's charities for you.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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An ugly thudding word, 'mod.'

It's painful watching MS do things like this, but the name isn't as bad as 'Zune.'

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Re: A Trademark is not a Patent

True, I have emails from people from all over the world where English is not their first language, and they spell everything in the American way without any exception, just like The Register it seems.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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I wonder if this is inversely proportional to the numbers of Apps released.

Could this be the result of a flooded market, or just a Freemium aware public?

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Feuding fanbois in a flap over piracy haven in new iOS 7 jailbreak tool

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I was with you until 'Apple charger'

I really don't blame for that, it's a good idea, as melting your face on a lithium melt down from some dodgy charger would be last thing I would want for my lawyers, I mean, customers.

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It's the dream: Bill Gates chucks cash at WEE-IN-YOUR-PHONE project

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More foreign investment.

Oh well I don't blame them. Good luck with the piss-batt, let's hope it becomes something great.

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MailOnline pulls recipe site after innocent young cookbook DEFILED

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Happy

Was it easy to hack like answer phones?

Name: admin

Pass: 00

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