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40 posts • joined 8 Jun 2011

Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Raphael

No FM Radio

Yes some of us still listen to that.

I see the HTC One M8 has a FM Radio, so that might have just made my decision for me. (a small thing I know, but do use the FM Radio on my S3 a fair bit)

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

Raphael

People estimating dollar values have a nasty habit of assuming if you didn't buy their product you would have bought mine.

The problem is I could have just as easily bought someone-elses product.

For example I am one of the few weird people who was happy with my WinMo2003SE to WinMo 6.1 phones....I only moved to Android after the WinPho7 cock-up....for me Apple was never an option worth considering.

The fact that I went with a Samsung Galaxy S was because it was better than the offerings that Sony Ericsson and HTC had at the time, likewise with my S3.

And now when my contract is coming up for renewal again, I'm looking to decide if I want the HTCOne, the S5 or if I'm willing put up with WinPho8 for one of those awesome cameras the Nokia engineers managed to squeeze into the Lumia 1020.

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Raphael

Re: Please get rid of this f**ker for us

Although I do think it would be nice if he could also pay the people he owes money to before we put on the plane out of here.

I wonder what the flag for the Internet Party is going to be? That red and black one he has stashed away in his basement that Whale Oil mentioned?

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Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

Raphael

resurrecting Microsoft Reader?

It wasn't a bad app, and infact still works just fine on my old iPaq 3630 when I fire it up. That's what originally got me sold on the idea that eBooks were definitely going to largely replace hardcopy books.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

Raphael

Could someone please clarify something for me

In my admittedly limited understanding of bitcoins each bitcoin is unique (which is why mining them is taking more and more computational power).

How are fractions of bitcoins then managed?

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

Raphael
Pint

Brilliant Simon. Have a pint on me.

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

Raphael

like these?

http://jet.reconinstruments.com/triathlon/

http://www.reconinstruments.com/products/snow-heads-up-display

or this one from Oakley?

http://www.oakley.com/airwave

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

Raphael

Add some citrix portals to the broken list

I tried logging in to one of our clients this morning on IE11.....had to switch it to compatibility view (after I found the damn button) to get the site to render anything.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Raphael

hands up

who didn't see that one coming.

Anyone?

The Trojan horse has done his work.

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Raphael

yeah...no

I will stick to to Kingsoft Office.

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Opera rewrite comes to Android

Raphael

Re: Oh dear...

thanks for that. that was one of my issues with the update.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

Raphael

I recall a BOFH episode where they did something similiar.....

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

Raphael

do these people not even try look for prior art?

*has a look at his 3 year old Logitech headset*

Hmmmm, I see two very similar ones on there. the mute button even has a circle around it.

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'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously

Raphael

Re: Romans? Not likely...

No, the Romans probably did record the Hatepe Eruption of Taupo in 186AD

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

"The Taupo eruption was at one time dated to approximately 130 AD based on 14C from carbonized vegetation enclosed in the eruption products. However, the 22 selected samples used to obtain an average date of 1,819 ± 17 years BP (131) had much larger standard deviations than the average date itself.[3] Most if not all geologists now accept that the tephra or pumice fall from the eruption was far greater than previously thought, approximately 150 km3 (36 cu mi) instead of 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi). This means the event would have been visible from China and Rome. It was therefore posited by Wilson et al. (and is now generally accepted) that the meteorological phenomena described by Fan Ye in China and by Herodian in Rome[6] were due to this eruption, which therefore can be dated exactly to 186 AD.[7] However, recent radiocarbon dating by R. Sparks has put the date at 233 AD ± 13 (95% confidence).[8][9]"

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Raphael

Re: Theories about why this is happening

Meh, we took the kids down to Whakapapa Ski Field (on Raupehu) this winter a week after Tongariro erupted earlier this year. Apart from a bit of ash on the one road, and signs saying "no stopping due to volcanic activity" it was fine.

Of course the folk out Nelson way dealing with heavier ash raining down on their gardens didn't agree.

But that eruption was a small short one.

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Raphael

Re: Theories about why this is happening

Jucy Rentals? Wicked Campers?

They're pretty cheap.

http://www.jucy.co.nz/

http://www.wicked-campers.co.nz/

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Anonymous attacks Israeli websites over Gaza bombings

Raphael

Re: Must watch more news

no more like they got pissed off with Hamas firing hundreds of rockets at their civilians in the past couple of weeks.

1.) Israel got out of Gaza in 2005....who was the US President then? oh right Bush.

2.) Ahmed Jabari got what he damn well deserved

3.) it's simple, you want Israel to stop attacking you? Stop attacking their civilians.

In Sderot civilians have 15 seconds from the IDF radar picking up Hamas rockets and sounding a warning before the rockets hit. In the week befor eIsreal took out Jabari they had fired over a hundred into Sderot.

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Ten gaming headsets

Raphael

Re: Great, but what about us four-eyes?

I got myself glasses with an older pair of these frames about 6 years back for that very reason: http://www.parasite-eyewear.com/en/collection/optical/led-vision/scion-2/SCI289.html

They're light, comfortable and most importantly as the nothing sitting between your ear and your head you can wear big headsets.

Of course mine are getting old now and I can't afford to replace the damn things.

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Submarine cable outage hits Kiwi internet

Raphael

Didn't affect us on the otherside of the Firth either.

Curran is probably just wanting to distract the MMS from the coup going on at the Labour Conference this week,

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Accidental discounts land Apple in NZ's Disputes Tribunal

Raphael

Re: He Was Hoping To Get $89 Worth Of Stuff For $0.83 - Really?

According to this article, yes.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7898719/Waikato-man-takes-on-Apple

" Soon after he placed the order he said he received an email saying some of the goods had been shipped, and then other emails to confirm the order had been processed and his credit card charged.

'Two or three days later they came back and said the order's been cancelled because there was a problem with the price.'

They told him they would honour the part of the order they had already shipped, but later managed to intercept the courier package. "

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

Raphael

"The music volume isn't independent of ringer volume - still."

And this is the reason I, the rare happy Windows Mobile user, jumped ship to Android.

My Windows Pocket PC 2003 SE iPAQ hw6500 phone can do that.

My Windows Mobile 5.0 HTC Touch HD can do that.

sure they've added a lot of nifty new features, but on some core features they generally seen to have gone a step backwards.

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Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

Raphael

Re: So, 24 hours have clearly elapsed....

scroll down on the apple.co.uk page. Apple have made it so you can't see the text unless you scroll down.

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Google in new Maps patent row - but not with Apple

Raphael
Holmes

I remember a BOFH episode from 2003

using the basic idea, with bluetooth dongles to provide better granularity through the building

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/08/11/802_11bofh/

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Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review

Raphael

Re: Good typing and mousing experiences

My Acer Iconia A500 has a full size USB port on the tablet. Chuck a Logitech Unifying receiver into it and you can use a mouse and a keyboard at the same time.

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

Raphael
FAIL

Why on earth

do you insist on quoting Florian Mueller?

His opinion's on Android are worthless.

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Outlook.com launch a gold rush for jokers, spammers

Raphael

Re: Does Outlook.com support POP3?

Yup. (we're a small business that moved to using Office365 about a year ago......Outlook.com plays nicely with setting it up on an android device)

POP setting

Server name: XXXX.outlook.com

Port: 995

Encryption method: SSL

IMAP setting

Server name: XXXXX.outlook.com

Port: 993

Encryption method: SSL

SMTP setting

Server name: XXXXX.outlook.com

Port: 587

Encryption method: TLS

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Microsoft unveils fondle-ready keyboards, mice

Raphael

Re: Looks like a nice enough keyboard

depends on the power usage of the keyboard.

I've been using a Logitech keyboard for over a year, and still on the original batteries which are still sitting at over 50%. (Logitech also a solar powered keyboard which doesn't need to have the users replacing batteries ...never used it so can't comment).

I must admit though that my wife's Microsoft mouse goes through batteries a heck of a lot faster than my Logitech mouse does.

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

Raphael

Re: Users and their backups...

I take it you never used any old PDA's?

Windows Mobile devices all they way up to 6.5 used to do that. if you let the back-up battery go flat it would reset to factory defaults. (some had a place to store a back-up of your contacts so it could restore them after the reset).

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Facebook: Our phone app DID seize your email

Raphael
Devil

The bug

was that people noticed what they had done.

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Nympho hauled to loon-cooler after serial bonkathon brutality

Raphael

As I recall at the Australian Olympics they ran out of condoms at the Olympic Village, I think it already is... unofficially.

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Dad sues Apple for pushing cash-draining 'free' games at kids

Raphael

Speaking as someone with kids.

I do let my kids play games on my phone and my tablet (both Android), but I put them into flight mode first.

And certain games that do pop-up "buy this" every 5 seconds get uninstalled fast (and I play all the games I let them play first so that I know what they are playing and what prompts and offers there may be)

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Lenovo readies Yoga Ultrabook-cum-tablet for Blighty

Raphael

Re: Not quite...

Indeed.

I've never used Metro, but I have an Acer Iconia A500 (which one day will get ICS.....hopefully before the end of the century) and at work we've just got a couple of Samsung Slates running Windows 7 (http://www.samsung.com/nz/consumer/pc-peripherals/notebook-pc/ultra-portable/XE700T1A-A01AU-features). And Windows 7 is definitely not all that finger friendly in comparison.

You have to use the stylus a fair amount, rather than your fingers (which was always the old complaint about WinMo.....I miss my old WinMo phones but Android easier to use as you don't have to muck about with a stylus.)

(that being said the slate is an impressive little machine and we will be putting Win8 on one at a later stage)

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TITANIC 'UNLIKELY' TO SINK AGAIN, says prof - apparently

Raphael

What I still find amazing

is the novel Futility, or The Wreck of the Titan.

Which is a book about about Titan, the Largest Passenger Liner in the world, that is described as being unsinkable, hitting an iceberg and sinking. A shortage of lifeboats results in massive loss of life with over half of the 2500 passengers drowning..

Was written a mere 14 years _before_ the Titanic sank.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futility,_or_the_Wreck_of_the_Titan

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Ubuntu hammers out Metal-as-a-Service tool for microservers

Raphael
FAIL

He needs to choose better names.

Maas is a fermented milk product. (Afrikaans name is Maas, Zulu is Amasi)

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

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Nokia threatens to elbow Apple's rival nano-SIM off a cliff

Raphael

@AC 18:38

You've never encountered teenagers have you?

My nieces and their friends generally have 3 sims (Vodafone, Telecom XT and 2 Degrees) because of different packages for texting. They will swap out their sims several times a day.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

Raphael

I think Top Gear's point was not so much the 55 miles they calculated it would do ("we _worked_ out that on our track it would run out after just 55 miles") because actually that's fairly comparable to other sportscars they tested at race speeds do on their track. It's the 17 hours for a recharge vs the 10 minutes for a refuel.

And the fact that a blown fuse means you have no breaks is frankly scary and I hope Tesla has implemented a failsafe for that.

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Sid Meier's Civilization

Raphael
Thumb Up

Spent many an hour

playing this, Infact I was just playing Civ IV yesterday. And did the whole "one more turn" thing until 3am.

The Colonization series also isn't bad, but could do with allowing you more turns.

(And FreeCol is heaps better than FreeCiv).

DosDOX for Android should allow the older versions to run on my tablet......hmmmmmmm

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Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept

Raphael

Hmmmm

I think this is actually a rather decent idea. I know a couple of people who want a PDA, with a slightly bigger screen than the smartphones, but they don't want a "phone" (yeah yeah, I know, work with me here people)

And the same people do want a stylus, because they don't do too well with using their fingers on a touch screen.

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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

Raphael

All the best Steve.

I personally don't own or even like Apples products, but at the same time wish Steve Jobs all the best and hope that he beats the odds (the transplant he had gives at most an extra three or so years to people) and remains strong and healthy for a long time.

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Apple iCloud: Steve Jobs' own private internet

Raphael

data roaming

I was over in Australia the other week (I live in NZ), and the data roaming was NZ$5/Mb (recently decreased from NZ$10/Mb). So as a result, my smart phone had data roaming turned off, and I wasn't paying the extortion rates that the hotel I was in charges for WiFi.

This meant that the apps on my smartphone that rely on an internet connection were completely useless (like Navigation).

And there-in lies the problem with the Cloud. Until we have dirt cheap (i.e. free/unlimited) wireless internet available globally, moving everything to the cloud simply isn't practical.

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