* Posts by Alan Twelve

30 posts • joined 7 Dec 2010

NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

Alan Twelve

Re: now hope for some volcanoes

Seriously, dude - what the fuck? Volcanic CO2 output is, like, 1% - less,even - of what we humans are putting into the atmosphere every year. Do none of you self-styled sceptics have enough actual scepticism to fact check your own bullshit claims?

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

Alan Twelve

Re: @Crazy guy

"Data of actual temperatures recorded by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA GISS), the United Kingdom’s Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the University of East Anglia (Hadley-CRU), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), satellites measuring atmospheric and deep oceanic temperatures, and a remote sensor system in California, all show a lack of warming over the past 17 years."

[Citation needed]. FFS.

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Alan Twelve

Re: @So its the mass deforestation thats causing the high CO2 issue

And more to the point, [citation needed].

Seriously, do any of you denier bozos even know what evidence is?

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Alan Twelve

Re: Might need more of these

"(MMGW became ACC when the warming they were so sure of didn't show up)"

A question for you, LucreLout:

When did the IPCC change its name from the IPGW?

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

Alan Twelve

Re: "if you have Android 4.0"

"You can't quote sources on the internet, Alan - you're supposed to make wild, unsubstantiated claims!"

Sorry - I forgot where I was there for a moment...

Your other comment about only upgrading your Android because you're a tinkerer kind of puts the lie to the notion that upgrades are super-important to users, I think. I used to have a Samsung Galaxy S2, as did a number of my acquaintances. When the ICS upgrade was made available for the phone, only two of us actually bothered to upgrade. The others were perfectly happy with the phone as it was (Touchwiz and all!) and didn't see the point. I also see plenty of iPhones and iPads at work that are still on iOS 6.

I appreciate there are security issues with not upgrading, but outside of dumb iOS vs Android arguments online, I don't think that almost anyone really gives a toss about using the latest version of their phone OS.

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Alan Twelve

Re: And Yet...

"So it's basically an open* operating system aimed at people who like to pay as little as possible for something, and preferably not pay at all."

I've never understood this attitude that it's somehow desirable to overpay for your gadgetry. Just why is it preferable to have your hard earned cash sitting offshore in an Apple bank account rather in your own? It's insanity.

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Alan Twelve

Re: "if you have Android 4.0"

"But isn't Gingerbread still the most prevalent flavout of Android?"

No, it's not even close to Jelly Bean's share:

https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html?utm_source=ausdroid.net

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We're being royalty screwed! Pandora blames price rise on musos wanting money

Alan Twelve

Re: @Nordrick Framelhammer

I can't speak for the cost of promoting an album, but if you're spending more than a few thousand pounds to record a band's first album, you're doing it wrong. Recording these days is extremely cheap, if you want it to be.

I'd also question whether it's true that "most bands will never sell enough records to recoup the record label's investment." Certainly, most bands will never recoup the label's investment from their royalties, but that's a very different matter from the label actually losing money.

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Alan Twelve

Re: Defensive much?

Not to mention that the headline is contradicted by the very first sentence of the article.

Headline: "...blames price rise on musos wanting money"

Article: "...blaming a jump in royalties it has to pay out to record labels"

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Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather

Alan Twelve

Re: Haven't you heard? IPCC Chairman Pachauri confirms it: Global warming stopped in 1997!

If global warming stopped in 1997, how come 12 of the 15 years since have been warmer than 1997?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Enso-global-temp-anomalies.png

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Sony Tablet S

Alan Twelve

Why not just buy an iPad?

Because this is better?

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HTC brings Beats to bigger blower

Alan Twelve

I appreciate that it goes against the teachings of St Steve, but I believe the idea is to offer the consumer choice.

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Android outsells Apple 2:1

Alan Twelve

Beer also outsells Blue Nun.

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Alan Twelve

Haven't seen manufacturer comparisons more recently than June, but Neilsen's figures then showed Apple on top with 28% (same as now). Second were RIM and HTC, both with 20%. Given Android's growth, I'd be a little surprised if HTC aren't a couple of points closer now.

I thought at the time that Apple would have had a bigger lead.

It should be noted though that of HTC's 20%, 14% was Android and 6% Windows Mobile in its various forms. It could be that their Android growth is cancelled out by WM share losses.

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/in-u-s-smartphone-market-android-is-top-operating-system-apple-is-top-manufacturer/

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Ten... budget Android tablets

Alan Twelve

Archos Gen 8

Debian is available for the Archos 70 and 101.

http://www.openaos.org/archives/732

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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

Alan Twelve

In Rainbows

Justin, AC

You are aware, of course, that In Rainbows was only available as a pay-what-you-want release for two months and that after that two month period, when the album received a full physical release, it sold 3 million copies in 10 months?

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Developer fury as Google makes Android apps vanish

Alan Twelve

RE: Let me get this straight

Gah! I'd hoped it would be obvious that I was taking the piss out of Little Me's post.

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normal people

Yes, my completely non-technical old mum who can't work computers, for example. She was going to get an Android phone, but after reading about the Market search issues on the Google support forums, she's now getting an iphone. Fuck sake...

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HTC Salsa Android smartphone

Alan Twelve

The odd shaped chin...

I find the chin (on my old Hero, at least) makes the phone more comfortable to hold and manipulate with one hand - it kind of hooks onto your thumb. Also, if you place the phone face-down on a flat surface, neither the screen, nor any hardware buttons, touch the surface. It's a nice piece of design, even if it does look a little odd.

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Google sued over – yes – Android location tracking

Alan Twelve

Definitely opt-in...

According to the screenshot here:

http://www.androidcentral.com/editorial-if-you-want-know-where-ive-been-all-you-have-do-ask

you either hit 'agree' or 'disagree' - no tickbox involved. This may be a recent change, of course, I honestly don't remember from the last time I did an activation.

Whatever, Google/Android is completely upfront about it, and it's not like the situation with the non-optional location tracking bug on the iPhone.

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Alan Twelve

Required title

"Google says that Android location services use an "opt-in" setup and that location data sent back to the company is "anonymized"."

FFS, when you first activate your Android, you're asked if you want to use Google's location services. It's not in the least bit shady, as you seem to be trying to suggest here. It's opt-in, not "opt-in".

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Download data versus piracy claims: the figures don’t add up

Alan Twelve

Thought experiment, of something...

So let's imagine that the content industry's figures are correct and the majority of us broadband users are breaking IP laws. Is it maybe time to consider that the laws themselves are the problem, and not the downloading? Perhaps, rather than increasing the scope and enforcement of current IP laws, we need to do away with them altogether for non-commercial copying, and stop attempting to criminalise the majority of the online population?

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Apple sells 500,000 iPads, runs out of stock

Alan Twelve

Given that they all bought iPads...

...they were all Apple customers, surely?

Oh, and Macs are PCs anyway.

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Alan Twelve

Re: Hmm

Even better, because their new devices are always 'sold out within MINUTES!!!1!', in order to get one, you have to either wait weeks, or queue up to get it on the first day, thereby guaranteeing they'll be 'sold out within MINUTES!!!1!'

It's a kind of genius. Albeit, one that's only enabled by having an extremely creepy relationship with the press.

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Dixons prices up Motorola Android 3.0 tablet

Alan Twelve

Archos 101?

Tony

Do you mean the likes of the Archos 101, which you have actually reviewed, and yet doesn't appear on your tablet tabulation..?

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Toshiba £300 'entry level' Froyo tablet back on sale next month

Alan Twelve

Google's Honeycomb hardware requirements

Did I miss the announcement of the minimum requirements for Honeycomb? Last I remember was Google's Dan Morrill denying that there were minimum requirements (some time in Jan?).

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Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty

Alan Twelve

Gah!

AJO, you even say yourself - the article is about smartphone sales. More specifically, about US smartphone sales and how Android is selling faster than iOS. In this context, iPods and iPads are irrelevant.

The internet: where nothing goes without saying...

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Why is Android outselling iOS?

There's been a lot of debate on the thread about why Android's doing so well, but no-one seems willing to point out what might just be the reason, so let me be the one:

Android is, quite simply, better than iOS.

The one caveat? If you have a Google account. But who doesn't? If you use Gmail, Google Maps, Google Reader, Talk, Contacts, Calendar, Search, YouTube - any of the stuff developed/supported by Google, an Android phone pisses all over the iPhone. It's much, much better. Android overtook the iPhone about a year ago and Apple's rather pathetic response has been 'more pixels'. Sadly,even the Retina Display isn't as nice as the AMOLED screens Samsung's using.

Apple's hardware's nice, but the design is bland and uniform. The software's slick, but offers so much less. Android is just better.

Oh, and to those predicting armaggedon for Android when the iPhone's on Verizon - wasn't that meant to have happened when the iPhone 4 was released?

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Apple iPad vs... the rest

Alan Twelve

iPad looks...

"Indeed, of all the tablets on the market so far, none can beat the iPad when it comes to looks."

No. The iPad is ugly. Like, staggeringly so. It looks like a joke - a Fisher Price iPod Activity Centre. Which doesn't detract from its usefulness or usability one jot, but it is decidedly not an attractive piece of kit.

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Apple sells more mobile PCs than Dell

Alan Twelve

Oh, Michael...

Michael, why does it matter to you so much?

I'm amused that when it was launched, the iPad was a whole new category of device. But now it's a proper computer and not a different device after all. Poor old desperate-to-be-number-1 Apple.

Also, I keep reading about how the iPad is eating into netbook sales, but would I not be right in saying that netbooks are still selling at a much greater rate than the iPad, or tablets in general, for that matter? Don't have figures to hand, but I don't see any from anyone else, so I'll declare that netbook sales are actually increasing at an exponentially hyperbolicalistic rate compared to iPads. Probably.

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