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* Posts by Old Cynic

20 posts • joined 14 Jan 2011

Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

Old Cynic

I seem to recall

Labour were happy enough encouraging globalisation, offshoring, manufacturing in the cheapest place, bringing workers in from around the globe and paying them peanuts.

Now some companies are globalising their tax payments they don't like it. Why not use the cheapest option - they were encouraged throughout Labour's reign....

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UK games market clutches chest, bleeds out sales in 2012

Old Cynic

No mention of taxes?

Interesting that this story hasn't led to howls of tax evasion by the people who scream at Amazon/Google/Microsoft et al...

If you think about it, the UK's large spend on games, music, software, movies could (likely already is) handled through tax-efficient arrangements and no physical goods change hands so even easier than the Amazon setup. It would be interesting to quantify the impact on the treasury as soon there'll be no workers in shops selling these things, so no income tax, NI, shop rents etc...

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

Old Cynic

Here we go again

I'm sick and tired of re-doing my programme list across 4 tellys every other day. Can they just re-do the bastard thing so that any dedicated shopping/smut/religion/music or subscription channel is at the top end and normal stuff is at the bottom end. That way I can use the normal channels without ploughing through endless lists of crud (or re-programming on a daily basis)

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

Old Cynic

Erm isn't the Droid Razr

thinner? 7.1mm vs iToy5 7.6mm?

And, wasn't it released quite some time ago? And didn't it have memory card expansion? And a kevlar casing to make it robust ?

I'm sorry but the new shiny shiny has produced nothing new, all of the innovation is courtesy of the manufacturers e.g. Samsung, LG, Hitachi etc... who actually make the components.

NFC? No way until Apple get a slice of every transaction. Wireless charging? No, apparently that is too complicated.

I see they are being vague on the CPU - why not just say it's a fast dual core? Oh that's why, because quad-core is now standard on flagship phones except for Apple's.

The new screen res is interesting, now it's a 16:9 ratio, oh like most other smartphones have been for years. The aspect means most apps will have black borders until the developers sort it out - sounds like fragmentation to me.

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Build a bonkers home cinema

Old Cynic

Sounds expensive

and I doubt if all that equipment would work so well in a smallish room - no doubt amazing in a large room.

My ~£6k setup has most of the features mentioned apart from a disc ripper (mine is a 3TB NAS that holds a few HD movies dowloaded, ahem ripped by myself).

I'm not an audio/video-phile but I honestly can't tell any difference between being at home and being in the cinema. Even now the cinemas have gone 4k, you're such a distance from the screen, I don't see how anyone will appreciate it.

The sound is probably the only area where there's much of a difference but I think that's got a lot to do with the size of the room. However, in my dedicated room at home, there are no interruptions from arseholes coughing, rustling, talking, or lighting up there bastard phones. And I've got a (silent) beer fridge at hand ;)

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Samsung whips out Galaxy Note II, cam-phone with proper zoom lens

Old Cynic

Re: " it's clear Sammy sees bigger blowers as something consumers crave"

This is Android mate, you can have almost anything you want. Apple may let you have a choice of 3.5" or 4" screen in a couple of weeks time though (apparently)...

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Old Cynic

Court case has been booked....

...that is a blatant rip-off of the Apple iCam, which was the first ever camera with a zoom on one side and a screen on the other.

Oh wait, it's not 2014 yet, the iCam hasn't been released.

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Millions face Megaupload data deletion by Thursday

Old Cynic

imagine if banks were forced to open up every safe deposit box in the vaults because somebody thought there was something dodgy in one of them...

Now imagine if the contents disappeared...

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Samsung threatens Apple in response to patent lawsuit

Old Cynic
WTF?

mmmm anyone remember the prada Phone?

Well,

Rectangular phone with rounded corners.....check

Black bezel.....check

full screen touch......check

Icons......check

Purchased months before the iphone was launched.....oh yes.

I'm not saying it's better than the jesus device, but sure looks close.....

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer

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Keyboard is a good idea....

...and they've added value by putting a pad and a battery in it.

I use a Vega - £250 very well spent and can now be had for less. Hooked up to an old wiresless mini-keyboard & pad that I had lying around no problem. Cursor is on-screen and I can get around Android 2.2 quite nicely, I suspect Honeycomb will be built with this nav method in mind.

Unlike the transformer though, I can use my wireless keyboard to drive the Vega when it's hooked up to the bedroom telly playing vides or games (and it's damn good cos it can handle full HD).

Looking at the Android scene, ther are so many tabs coming out with different forms, resolutions, attachments and capabilities from prices starting at rock-bottom that I think we're seeing the end of the i-pad. Unless Apple can get properly creative....

I just donwloaded the wank-o-meter app this morning, fantastically funny. Is it out on the iThingies yet cos I know some people who really need to get a copy!

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George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace

Old Cynic
Gates Horns

It will probably be very good...

...technically.

Bearing in mind non of the actors saw anything other than a green screen, it should be easy to stereoscope them. The rest of the film was rendered by computer so simply doubling up there can't be difficult.

Still a back of shite, just shite in 3d.

I'd prefer them to put the effort and money into remaking the film properly, from scratch, with minimal cg, decent script, and actors who are allowed to actually act.

That means no input from the bearded one.

Dvillish Bill Gates cos there isn't an icon for Lucas.

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Samsung teases with trim tablet snap

Old Cynic

could the battery life be the killer here?

78910 seconds is nearly 22 hours and the event is march 22...

Doubtful they can be much better than an ifad for screen/apps/accessories etc... Plenty of other tabs have usb, hdmi etc... but a massively better battery....hmmm.

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Samsung intros 10in Android tablet

Old Cynic

just got meself an advent vega

While everyone drools over these new tabs, i picked up an Advent Vega for 250 notes. 10" screen, multi-touch, android 2.2, decent screen res, decent battery, hdmi at 1080, micro sd and usb for good measure.

Dual core tegra at 1GHZ is good enough for anything and angry birds looks amazing, there's some kind of display hardware smoothing going on.

Don't know why all the fuss about these new pads....

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Apple tightens screws on hardware hackers

Old Cynic

once again

Doing everything to make it as hard as possible for your average punter to upgrade or enhance without pennies falling into Apple's coffers.

Most phones these daft screws but laptops and desktop machines?

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UK short 100K tech recruits this year

Old Cynic
Flame

Sounds like...

...a few more work permits dropping out of the printer.

Some big offshoring companies have no doubt been lobbying MPs, plus big business in the UK complaining that pesky UK-based IT workers are terribly expensive, making them less competitive.

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Apple's Jobs stand-in touts iPad's enterprise reach

Old Cynic

cant see enterprise coughing up for ios devices....

...for the minions. Most big companies give the plebs really quite cheap phones. You need voice and email, - that'll be a few thousand blackberries at tuppence each, locked down for security reasons of course.

No point having your staff running around with iPhone playing angry birds all day "being creative". Only the boss "needs" an iPhone.....

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Prisoners cannibalise mice for mobile power

Old Cynic

no 3 pin plug needed

...as they have access to the basics needed for a minimum standard of living (ie hd tellies and ps3s), they only need a usb charger.

I'm surprised they haven't adapted the charge cables they use for their pods......

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Raised res iPad 2 to sport four-core chip?

Old Cynic

@jdx

They've run out of things to do with the software (apart from make more revenue) so they up the hardware spec. A large chunk of Apple buyers have no idea about the technicals....

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No court order against PlayStation hackers for now

Old Cynic

reality check

Sony don't give a monkey's about some geek hacking his own box so he can run Linux or OS whatever. They only care about losing revenue through blagged copies of games. Everything else is just noise.

They will use any possible avenue to stop it - just like any other company would.

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Mitsubishi commuter e-car goes on sale

Old Cynic

nobody ever mentions....

How much co2 per km these things emit (assuming grid-fed power)

How much to charge it up and what would the equivalent cost be if taxed in the same way as normal fuel? Sooner or later hmrc are going to have to tax these things....

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