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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

MrWibble

Re: They are making profits of over £100m...

"It would be like that totally pointless "MPG on the EU cycle" figure that car manufacturers have to publish, even though it bears no relation to real-life usage."

It doesn't matter that it bears no relation to real-life usage. What it does do is provide a comparison between two different makes/models, using one standardised baseline, so comparisons can be made.

Just like NCAP stars, 0-60 times, etc. they're just numbers to compare one to another to see which is "best".

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

MrWibble

Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

I'd put money on my house being still standing in 20 years. Amazon / Kindle infrastructure? Not so much (Yes Amazon are big now, but then again so was Woolworths, Northern Rock and MySpace)

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

MrWibble

"I sense there will some gnashing of teeth among the left brain thinkers out there who buy into the Edge when it arrives though"

I always thought that lefties were right-brain dominant? "Only left handers are in their right mind".

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

MrWibble

Dropkicker

Exactly the site I was looking for (without realising it!) - this satisfies my cynicism perfectly! Ta for the link!

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

MrWibble

One of the failings of the "Monopoly Board" model - it doesn't actually cover London, mainly a lot of West London. So, whilst it makes a good headline, and topic of conversation, I think it's bit useless in telling us the best in "London".

On that note, if this were done covering London, what should be defined as "London"? Central/Greater/M25/etc?

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

MrWibble

Déjà vu?

A company raising prices approximately a year after doing it last. Who'd have though it? Is this unique to Virgin Media, or are we going to get a "news" item about this for every company in the tech world?

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

MrWibble

I've purchased a banjo off eBay when drunk. Can't play the damn thing either!

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

MrWibble

And formatting a PC hard drive doesn't securely wipe it either. Is this really news, or just someone trying to sell their product?

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Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

MrWibble

Re: How?

@AC

Thanks - that makes sense, the sneaky bastards! Whilst I do clear cookies regularly, it seems they've probably got a way around that too.

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MrWibble

How?

So I'm on my mobile, I click on an ad from facebook for a penis pump, or whatever. But don't buy it.

Then I log onto my desktop, and buy said item. How does facebook know that it's me both times? I'm on a different network, different device, etc. Unless they're reliant on me opening facebook on my desktop, finding the same advert and clicking through again.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

MrWibble

Re: So they are

mkv is a container for codecs, not a file format per se.

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

MrWibble

Fair dos. I'm sure that wasn't there originally, either way, I look a fool now. And I accept that!

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MrWibble

"Or just carried out responsible disclosure, where they tell Google first, then makes it public when Google had a chance to address it"

Could be, but I'd have expected them to be crowing about it as soon as Google pushed the update, especially once it had been pushed to Nexus devices. As it is, at least 3 months after release to ASOP, I'm not convinced.

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MrWibble

So Bluebox "discovered" this recently. Even though Google patched it in April (reporting via an open bug tracker)? If I were a cynical chap, I'd have thought someone was seeking publicity / cheap advertising...

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

MrWibble

Re: oh dear

Another OSF user here - although it has now been relegated to a bike GPS computer, and MP3 player, rather than a day to day phone. For £100 over three years ago, it was a damn good phone.

For offline mapping, OSMDroid is good - you can pay for it via google play, or get it free from github, or F-Droid (Open source)

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

MrWibble

Re: a netbook by any other name would stink as much

Netbooks were/are amazingly awesome. Until Microsoft got/get their hands on them, that is.

My acer aspire one (running Ubuntu) is still great for writing documents on the train, for example.

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

MrWibble

Re: knock, knock, Ginger

"Knock out ginger" in my part of Bristol

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

MrWibble

Re: The famous porn brand BaDoink

Why advertise, when you can put out a press release?

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

MrWibble
Trollface

Re: Words that are friends ...

GESTPO.

What?

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

MrWibble

Re: Runnng 4.4.4 no worries

Agreed - the problem here isn't Google / Android - they fix the bugs pretty much as soon as found (and all software has bugs, regardless of who makes it).

The problem is Samsung/LG/HTC along with Vodafone/EE/whoever, who require that so much extra crap is added on top of Android, and this all needs to be rewritten and thoroughly tested for a new release. This is what takes the time to roll out, and why they all can't be bothered to upgrade old handsets. Hopefully the Silver programme may change this mindset.

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UK Xmas 2014: Go to shops a normal human, walk out a glasshole

MrWibble
Facepalm

"Come and try out all this new connected kit that we'll be selling at Christmas. Oh, an Internet connection - what do you need that for?"

Whoever "planned" this event needs a kick up the arris.

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Facebook pays half a billion dollars for firm that slaps ads on videos

MrWibble

"We believe that LiveRail, Facebook ... make video ads better and more relevant for the hundreds of millions of people who watch digital video every month. More relevant ads will be more interesting and engaging to people watching online video...."

How can he keep a straight face when saying that?

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'Maximized minimalism' is Samsung's spiel for Galaxy S5 Mini

MrWibble

Once again "Mini" phone has mini spec (comparable to the S3, I think). How about a high range phone in a smaller package Samsung? One thing Sony has got right, IMO.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

MrWibble

The "but" is trying to make it sounds like it's a significant wait, whereas it's probably the same delivery time you'd from a number of online retailers if you were to purchase something today.

So, whilst technically correct, I find it a little misleading.

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MrWibble

"but LG's and Samsung's don't start shipping to the general public until early July"

The first are shipping in 3 days time...

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

MrWibble

Re: Spot on

"1997... a daily download of ALL the data in the mainframe database so they could import it into Excel rather than using the Mainframe software."

Pah! The company I work for does that now!

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

MrWibble

Re: about:crashes

"again.. Firefox is the only program that's crashing... since it doesnt do that for you.. do you use any add-ons?"

Got about 20 add-ons active at present (and another 15 or so deactivated). But as the poster above, I'm on Linux, so maybe it's just a bit crap on Windows?

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MrWibble

Re: about:crashes

According to that page, my last crash was in 2009 (and I use Firefox daily). So I’d suggest it's something you've screwed up on your system.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

MrWibble

Security updates are quite a useful thing to have, at a guess!

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

MrWibble

In some ways, I think in app purchase is OK.

As an example: Badland - one in app purchase of £1.99 (I think) to unlock day 2, and remove the ads. No other nagging, and you get to play 40 levels for free anyway (hours of entertainment).

Contrast that to Dungeon Keeper. £2.99 for 5 minutes play, or £69.99 "best value" pack for probably 30 minutes. Otherwise you're stuck with hours of waiting for "life" to regenerate.

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TANGO DOWN! Google presents its 3D non-fondle slab to the world

MrWibble
Happy

Costing one Kibidollar :)

Think I've got that right?!?

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

MrWibble

Changelog

https://gist.github.com/archon810/1b7c6faa2e2eab831017

(mirrored from original location, 25 days ago).

Source:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/05/09/android-4-4-3-changelog-turns-up-in-aosp-with-every-modification-since-kitkat-4-4/

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

MrWibble

No more landfill?

So from this, and the Moto E review, I get the feeling that all mobes are pretty much good enough for most people - given the only things identified in the reviews are pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things (slow, low, powered, crap screen, etc that plagued last year's landfill).

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NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

MrWibble

Shame that NASA doesn't have any real work to do.

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TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

MrWibble

"However, one use case we heard sounds eminently plausible. Picture everyone inside a sports stadium able to watch replays of goals – or watch an incident from a different angle"

Or you could plonk a giant telly at each end of the ground, so people don't have to stare at a tiny screen to see the replay. Naa, it'll never catch on.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

MrWibble

Re: One more off the list...

And I'd counter that with: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fad_diet

Billy Connelly had the best solution: "eat less, move more".

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

MrWibble

Re: So...

"Do you need my pin number?"

Just the PIN will do...

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

MrWibble

Re: Can you ...

Since that's illegal in most places, I assume it can't be done via standard settings!

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Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog

MrWibble
WTF?

Re: Advanced IntelAIgent Team Terrain Systems for Earthed Operation in that Cyber Space Place

What?

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

MrWibble

Re: Three questions

a: yes

b: yes

c: Nope.

what do I win?

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

MrWibble

Re: So...

I did the same with a different company after a particularly sour experience. Yes the amount of money was the same, but at least the shit company weren't getting any of it. Made me feel a little better!

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'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

MrWibble

Re: I don't want a larger phone

Problem with the "Mini" phones is that the specs are "mini" too. Only Sony seem to recognise that people may want a top end phone, in a smaller size.

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FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

MrWibble

reading comprehension?

Seem that most Commentards are not reading this properly. it's "open data", not "open data formats" that's being discussed here.

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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

MrWibble

Oh dear, that'll be the end of Viber then. Play.com turned to shit after they took over.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

MrWibble

Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?

So how many left the service during the period?

From the numbers given in the report, it seems that the rate of increase has "plummeted" - not exactly the same as losing subscribers though.

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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

MrWibble

Re: Is Chrome somehow special?

Chrome automatically, and silently updates extension. Firefox at least tells you it's been updated. No idea about Opera.

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Apple loses sauce, BlackBerry squashed and Microsoft, er, WinsPhones (Nokia's)

MrWibble

Re: Curiosity kills the KitKat.

I'd suggest a nexus 5, with one of the many custom ROMs loaded onto it, without gapps.

No Google slurping, and still fully functional. apps can be got from f-droid (open source app store)

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

MrWibble

"... but rooted devices usually have other kind of security issues, therefore we wouldn't recommend this step," he explained.

Go on then, enlighten me, what "other kind of security issues" are there (beside user stupidity)?

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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

MrWibble

"Then there’s the PS4’s much-hyped ability to let gamers play PS One, PS2 and PS3 games remotely with cloud-gaming service Gaikai.... All those grumbles about backward compatibility? Gone"

Ah, yes, I assume it'll be making me *rent* the same game that I've already purchased...

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

MrWibble

"He picked out Linux distribution Ubuntu for praise as well."

Except when it comes to Mir...

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