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* Posts by mdava

37 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011

A potted history of cloud computing

mdava

What about financial security/

What I'd really like to see (purely from my selfish individual viewpoint, I'm not making business decisions about cloud strategy) is an analysis of the financial stability/viability of cloud storage providers.

Given they are (almost) all pursuing the freemium approach, how confident can I be that my 5Gb of files at cheekycloudstartup.com won't be switched off by the administrators tomorrow or that Google won't suddenly decide that drive is non-core (I feel that this one is fairly low-risk :~) and will be deprecated next week?

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

mdava

Re: Funny thing is

I loved the idea behind that book - fantastic example of using a pervasive concept so mundane that nobody notices it.

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Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas

mdava

Twattery

Even if I win the Euromillions ten weeks in a row, I'm still not stooping to this level of conspicuous consumption.

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

mdava

I propose . . .

. . . The Qatar Quim

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

mdava

Nominative determinism

"Apple marketing man Phil Schiller"

Is it only me that finds this amusing?

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

mdava

Reply-all should require more input

Reply-all is fine, but it is proved time and time again that it's used inappropriately.

I think all email clients should require that when you click "reply-all" you have to individually say "yes" to each of the email addresses that you are responding to.

I can't think of a valid reason to reply-all to more than 20 people, so doesn't seem unworkable.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

mdava

Re: Who are they kidding?

For the price of a *large* TV. I bought a 32" own-brand from Sainsburys at Xmas (for the kids to XBox on) with my Nectar points for substantially less than that!

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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Re: He makes Chilli Jam !

Chilli Jam is finally going mainstream - Sainsburys make a pretty good one that can be found in a cubic glass far next to the pickles and suchlike.

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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

mdava

Re: just TWO people?

I have never understood this either.

Even if you assume that each complainant represents a thousand others who shared their view but were too lazy to do anything about it, that is still only three-thousandths of a percent of the population.

Also, I thought the ad was not bad.

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Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN

mdava

Risque French ads

Reminds of this quality effort http://files.coloribus.com/files/adsarchive/part_359/3599205/file/manix-lubricant-harbour-small-98340.jpg

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Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL

mdava

Malware

Wow! Just wow! That is genuinely outrageous behaviour.

Thank god I uninstalled FB's slow, cr@ppy app. They deserve a LOT of abuse for this.

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National Rail Enquiries

mdava

What about traintimes.org.uk?

This site works for me - whether on a PC or a smartphone - no pointless graphics, just information. I believe that it scrapes all the info from the National Rail website, so is just as up-to-date.

You can bookmark your favourite stations, departure boards or the "get me home" function as (eg) http://traintimes.org.uk/nearest/london

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Spotify dances onto iPad

mdava

Re: Great

"......browse and choose music whilst driving"

What. The. F*ck? I seriously hope that you live far away from me.

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Supermodel-fiddling tool Photoshop CS6 flinged in free beta

mdava

Re: And wait for the....

The "home user who needs to resize and crop a picture" should use Irfanview.

Actually, everyone should use Irfanview (for the things that it is best at).

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

mdava

I'd like to nominate Moulin Rouge, although (bizarrely) apparently a lot of other people liked it.

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Renault Mégane 265 Trophy 2.0 turbo

mdava

I was behind some boring hatch the other day and spotted a decal on the back with the now-familiar Nurburgring lap shape.

However, just as I was preparing to sigh I noticed that underneath the text had been changed to "Notbothering".

Made me chuckle, anyway.

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Watchdog hits out at malware racking up premium-rate charges

mdava

I agree 100%. It is wholly irrational for anyone, under any circumstance, to be able to charge your phone bill for tens or hundreds of pounds. There should be a low cap for one-off charges (a fiver?) and an even lower cap for these scams where your phone gets charged repeatedly for rubbish like ring-tones, wallpaper or horoscopes*.

* For the avoidance of doubt, I haven't been robbed for these things, but my son was unfortunately sufficiently naive to be caught out. Until, having put a tenner on his PAYG account I told him to check it *15*minutes*later* and found that three (!) £2.50 charges had been taken immediately. I phoned the network and told them they could refund the money or give me a PAC code.

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Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

mdava

What I *actually* want to see

Is a smartphone with a sensible battery life.

The (absence of any) useful battery life on my otherwise pretty cool smartphone is pissing me off so much that I'm seriously considering a £10 Tesco dumbphone as my next handset.

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LinkedIn scoops up browser plugin Rapportive: 'We fell in love'

mdava

Re: What Privacy Policy?

I know what you mean and share your cynicism, but the same suggestions-of-friends-they-couldn't-possibly-know-about happens on (inter alia) Facebook as well and you have to assume that it is as a result of the *other* person letting FB have access to their email contact list. Don't you?

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Groupon's pants 'Weight Loss HOTPANTS' ad banned

mdava

That's a tired, tired campaign. I wish they'd stop it.

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Nokia to sell off luxury phone brand

mdava

"...sells basic mobile phones with classy cases to the overpaid"

It's rare to see a business description that is both so concise and so accurate.

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Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety

mdava

What a crock

Is someone going to pop round and sprinkle some fairy-dust on it as well?

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Gadget Shop kingpin cuffed in nightclub 'toilet sex' incident

mdava

Coincidence?

That the link immediately below the comments link is:

"Previous ← Three touts dongle-sharing DIY hotspot box"

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Kingston Wi-Drive wireless flash storage

mdava

Which is even funnier . . .

. . .. when I can buy a 16Gb MicroSD for my android for less than fifteen quid. :~)

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Brits love their phones, but spend less than ten years ago

mdava

Orange sucks hardest

My company mobile/blackberry is on Orange and the network is deeply useless - in terms of both coverage and the late voicemail notifications you referred to.

I have used all of the other networks at one time or another and, while they may not be excellent, they are all less sh*t than Orange.

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IT boss jailed for plundering Scottish library

mdava

Irrelevant content

"Dinham ... is involved with the Baptist Church"

So what? His religion obviously didn't stop him from nicking the cash in the first place, so why should I care whether/where he is praying now?

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TomTom Start 20 satnav

mdava

"You'd think by now there would be a standard mount fitted to every car."

+1

Surely the only reason that there isn't is protectionism = spec a £1000 sat-nav option rather than buy a £130 TomTom!

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Texas cinema texter becomes foul-mouthed movie star

mdava

If I lived near their theatre . . .

. . . .I'd visit purely because of that ad / blog post. Just excellent.

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Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock

mdava

I dislike religion

That is all.

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Samsung Galaxy S II dual core Android smartphone

mdava

Ta very much

Very lucid article.

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mdava

Battteries (again)

Battery life on smartphones is ridiculous. I have a (lowly) Wildfire, and am staggered at what it can do, but the idea that less-than-a-day of heavy(ish) use is acceptable is just stupid. I'd rather it was 2mm thicker and had a battery twice the size.

On a related note, can anyone put to rest for me the question of whether killing applications with task managers actually has an impact (as comments seem to be evenly split)?

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US Navy produces smart, cheap 6kg fire+forget missile

mdava

Ref Iain M Banks

Knife missile, anyone?

Awesome.

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Go SMS Pro

mdava

Seriously?

WTF sort of texts are you sending that need encrypting?

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Lads from Lagos pop up in Libya

mdava

I know that it's a very old scam

. . . but that is priceless just for the wholesale slaughter of the English language.

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HTC Incredible S Android smartphone

mdava

title

Only an observation: I use Skype all the time, but almost never use the video facility. I generally know the people I'm talking to, and don't need a blurry image of them talking to a camera.

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Lloyds, First Direct websites hit by payday outages

mdava

Nope

It's still borked. You can log in, but you can't do anything.

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