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858 posts • joined 12 Jun 2007

Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: We told you it was shit

"good UI developers identify which approach is best"

Best for whom?

In my experience, existing users want new features to fit with the current style, new users don't know better.

Over time, existing users may come to prefer new styles (I actually prefer 2007's ribbon to 2003's menu system now, mostly because of the visual cues, though I still have to hunt for some things) but they don't want to be forced to learn a whole new "user experience paradigm" (that's probably going to change in the next release) just to continue doing what they've always done.

I think this fits perfectly with TIFKAM, which I've disabled on my only Win8 box as much as I could, and have never felt like I'm missing out on something.

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Look ma, no plugins! Streaming web video with just JavaScript

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Re: Shouldn't that be...

Not subtle enough and it turns consumers away, too subtle and a simple reencoding can corrupt or strip out the watermark info.

It's an interesting idea, and certainly better than the full DRM options, but it's still security by obscurity, which just doesn't last (see AACS and others).

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Google hit by building automation security FAIL

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Re: And who in their right mind puts a BMS on the Internet?

Agreed. Certificate-based VPN (possibly IP-restricted) should be the minimum for such a critical system, if it has to be accessible externally.

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37,000-machine study finds most reliable Windows PC is a Mac

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Re: Let's see....

It's blue

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Re: Have a gorilla...

Please... don't do that

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Facebook Messenger tech to glue 50bn-strong Internet of Stuff

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Or your local router? Seems like a logical place for such a broker

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"in the past year I have seen 4 computer monitors and 3 TV's die"

Have you got surge protectors? If so, you seem to have the worse luck with electrical equipment I've ever heard of

(maybe you project an anti-technology field? useful for the robot uprising)

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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All banks "relend" investment, it's how they create the credit in the first place, which is what powers the economy.

One view is that a "responsible" bank should hold enough assets at any time to cover a minimum of 20% of their exposure.

And although Lehmans practiced some truly irresponsible trading and lending, they were far from the cause of GFC (sounds catchier).

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

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Re: Brilliant initiative from Google's end

Look on the BBC today and you'll see an article about a woman parking a car being filmed. It's already here, if people want it, using phones; I don't see Glass changing that. Upskirt shorts are far easier with any of the hundreds of "spy" cameras available for sub-£100 than Glass.

Plus, the current specs of Glass mean that you really wouldn't want to video things unless they were of real interest as the battery just doesn't last that long. Google also limited the mic to only pick up the wearer's voice properly, and their low-light ability is terrible.

"How long before a salesman in a shop you've never been in before knows your sales history and credit rating before even speaking to you? Google sell the info and the facial recognition data, heaven forfend!"

Google aren't that dumb. There's a legal limit (currently) to what information can be shared without direct user's consent, based around legitimate relevance to what the information was given for.

I'm not saying Glass isn't a privacy issue, but I don't see it as any worse than current smart phones. I never know if the people on the train are holding their phone up to read the screen better or take a picture/video of me.

Anyone know if Glass has a light to show it's recording?

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Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE

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Re: No Chip and Pin in America?

"the easiest method of stealing card numbers"

Didn't you read the article?!

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Peak txt: 1.5 BEELLLION more chat app msgs sent than SMSes a day

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Re: Another app?

I use SMS, Google Messenger, and WhatsApp, depending on the friends involved.

I actually prefer GM because I can start a session on my phone and continue it on my PC and back again. WhatsApp's group feature is also very useful, but (as you said) everyone has SMS so it's the default point of contact.

The real crime here is the cost of SMS; telco's are laughing for every text they charge for.

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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@Andrew Orlowski

"Of course, some people were in a hurry. When the"

... comment was written?

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Re: Excuse me

I should probably check, but I was under the impression that Flickr did provide ownership controls that updated the EXIF metadata?

It'll be interesting to see how defensible the claim of orphaned work is.

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

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How do I upvote the article tagline?

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Re: Not out of the woods yet...

"each time they sell a phone, they simply create a dissatisfied customer, who won't go back. Why? The phones suck, Nokia hardware is not state of the art any more, but a generation behind. The operating system also sucks."

So when does this Eadon report come out?

I have 3 friends on WinPho (all Nokia) and they're all very happy. Do you know why? Because the phones do exactly what they need them to do, and they do it well.

These are not people who want to customise their phones, and they don't need whizz-bang features. Essentially, they would also have been happy with the older BBs (can't say I've looked at BB10/QNX yet).

True, it might not be the demographic that MS were hoping for, but I can see it being a good growth area for them.

Like it or not, WP8 is a functional, simple, and (arguably) elegant OS for a phone.

And what do you mean by "state of the art" hardware? Nokia has the best camera sensor and microphones that I'm aware of (although, the HTC One camera looks to be getting closer).

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Re: Egg sarnies

Also, add some vinegar = pickled eggs! Last for ages

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: Sad realities

"What do we get now?"

Well, I have a Cowon J3, which has a superb sound and plenty of EQ controls. Battery lasts 50+ hours and I've currently got 64GB on it (32GB onboard + 32GB uSDHC card). Plus, it plays everything from classical and opera through to rock and indie without concern.

I can't see me moving away from a dedicated music player for a long time; I don't have to worry about using up phone battery to listen to music and the device is designed specifically to play music well.

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Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

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Re: Another dodgy practice...

YMMV, but I've had good experiences with duckduckgo

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Re: could have been worse

It would also be slightly rude if they had both hands in their pockets

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Re: Gates vs Politician - college is not necessarily good. Brunel.

"they knew more by 10 than modern teaching teaches kids by 18. Brunel had mastered Euclid's elements by 8 years."

You mean, those that could afford it? Brunel had by no means a standard education of his day

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Galaxy S4 radiant, but has black holes

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15 minutes? I fail to see how this is an issue... If you'd said a day, then I'd agree.

Personally, the ability to customise it massively outweighs the time to do so.

On the very rare occasions when I do a full wipe, it takes longer for my installed apps to redownload (automatically, though) than it does for me to customise the home screens.

Also, on the discussion of lag, I can't help but feel that this is Samsung's issue more than Android itself. I have the original Sensation running a kang of CM 10.1 (Albinoman887, for those that are interested) and don't have any issues with lag.

(Isn't it time for a Google/Android icon?)

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Ready for the car 2.0? Nvidia preps UPGRADABLE car system

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Re: No

Why, is that what your current GPS does?

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: Overreaction?

This seems to me just a way to prevent scalping. True, it comes across as horridly totalitarian, but how else do you prevent people buying up the (limited) stock for their personal profit?

The purpose of the first release is to get the device in to the hands of devs so that they can create cool stuff for it, which would be hurt by allowing anyone to buy and resell them.

Arguably, "free market" blah blah blah, but they have a point.

Caveat: the above is void if this clause remains for the final product.

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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Re: Wrong...

"I have always found that it is the same or cheaper to buy the phone outright and use a SIM only plan. In fact, buying the phone on some credit cards can sometimes work out cheaper!"

Agreed. I don't change my phone every year, but I always buy outright.

As I'm on a one-month rolling "contract", I can change whenever I like and am always on the lookout for a cheaper one.

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Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

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Re: Not a particular google fan but

They want them to stop being so successful so that everyone can have a go at Internet supremacy.

This just sounds like MS (and others) moaning that they didn't take the 'net credibly until it was too late.

I'm sure Google could scale back some of their integration in to everyone's 'net use, but it's difficult to say that they don't deserve their current position, given the innovations and effort they've put in.

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: Only quoting the bits where Steig agrees with you?

"It's a popular tactic amongst commentators of all stripes."

There, fixed that for you.

Proponents do it as much as denialists; it's pretty standard rhetoric.

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Movie review: Oblivion

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My first thought (on seeing the trailer) was where did all this shiny futuristic tech come from? My understanding is that this is set ~65 years in the future...

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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Re: I can imagine receiving the alert

Or "I told you I was ill"

Apologies to Mr Milligan

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NASA-backed fusion engine could cut Mars trip down to 30 days

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Re: But it takes 2lbs of frozen peas

... Only if your peas can initiate/sustain nuclear fusion

Very cool tech (no pun)

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Re: Ha!

I was thinking that with this line "embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses"

Seriously? This came from Microsoft (by proxy)? They have the biggest ones I've ever seen

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

"Never had an accident in 30+ years of driving, so your implication that I can't control a vehicle is a bit absurd by the simple evidence."

Not that I implied such a thing, I merely said that it was your responsibility to be in control.

And 30+ years or 100+ years, it only takes a few seconds for someone to pull out in front of you at high speed to cause an accident, and it won't matter whose fault it is if someone is seriously injured.

The default position I have when driving is to assume the other drivers are about to do something stupid (and I see enough doing things like high speed undertaking or sitting in blindspots). Driving is not a right.

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Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

"when I go to California, I'm in a rental car - I don't have a GPS holder on the dash."

I think it's pretty fair to say that this is your problem.

"If I need to look at the GPS on the phone, I've got to pick it up in my hand"

You really don't. You need to have sorted it out before you set off.

Not to make it sound black and white, but you are the one in control of the x tonne vehicle capable of doing serious amounts of damage, it is your job to stay in control of it. Everything else is secondary.

If you get the first part wrong, someone could die (possibly you); if you get the second part wrong, you might get to your destination late.

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Re: Actual Satnav units

Cool movie; when's it out?

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MISSING LINK between HUMANS and MONKEYS FOUND

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Re: ObJoke

I love the progression of replies to this and how they were increasingly poorly received

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German court says nein to Apple's slide-to-unlock patent

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Re: It shouldn't be patentable....

Even if you said "mobile electronic device", my very first ThinkPad back in the dark ages of the 90's had a single sliding catch on the lid in order to "unlock" it.

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BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

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"amongst the cheapest ISPs as far as the general public are concerned"

Not in my area (London). A pitiful 10GB/m is £28.45 w/ line rental or £31.45 for unlimited*.

Their competitors are offering unlimited (w/ line rental) for £28 (O2; less if you have an O2 mobile), £23.98 (PlusNet), £21.45 (TalkTalk), and I pay £19 for EE (£24 if you aren't on Orange/T-Mobile).

* For the 18 months I was with BT, I ended up with a total of over £50 in hidden costs, that I had to argue with them about and eventually got removed.

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Sci/Tech quango promises an end to 'events with no women'

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Re: Gender over Quality?

While I applaud seeing more gender equality, especially in the sausage-fest that is IT, adding a quota of females is still sexual discrimination.

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

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Re: Shame...

I'm a big fan of Double Fine. I've always considered it a great injustice that Psychonauts passed so many people by

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Re: Shame...

Check out "Ben There, Dan That" and it's sequel "Time Gentlemen, Please!".

Not quite as long as DOTT, Sam and Max, Full Throttle, etc., but still a good laugh on a similar vein.

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Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

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While I'm not going to tout doom, I do think it's a shame that this sounds like it won't be a compatible fork that Google can use to feed back fixes and improvements to WebKit.

I don't believe multiple engines is the answer to a better web, it's multiple groups maintaining and using engines, whether they be the same engine or different ones. It's the competitiveness of the engine use that promotes the improvements.

Who knows, though, maybe in a few years Safari et al. will have moved to Blink.

As long as it's open source, there's no harm done.

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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

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Re: Really?

From someone who isn't a Firefox user, is this story true? Seems like a glaring omission to have been lacking this feature for so long...

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Re: They'd be wise to let this go

But then people would start looking in to all of the other software patents (not just Apple's) and someone might realise that it's a completely stupid concept

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

They'll have blackboxes to record if/when the autopilot is engaged.

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Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?

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Updates

It doesn't help that the updater is such an annoying little **** and seems to always have a new to apply. If I accidentally accept it, I'm then bombarded with UAC prompts at random intervals.

At some point (for me, years ago) people choose to be blind to the constant nagging and just ignore it.

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Roomba dust-bust bot bods one step closer to ROBOBUTLERS

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Re: The ability-

Once you plop...?

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Nokia deflates Google's video codec thought bubble

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Re: Doesn't Nokia have a point?

A land-grab using a codec that they open sourced... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/20/google_confident_on_vp8_and_patents/

Apart from their name recorded as the original owners, what do they gain from owning the codec? Their plan seems to be about having a free universal standard, which I'm all for.

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Re: Doesn't Nokia have a point?

Except that Google has VP8 under a royalty-free public license in order to promote a single, universally supported format.

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"Now everyone will use the single standard of H264 and H265 and the market won't be split by Google's proprietary bs....."

Quite right! We should all conform to the MPEG LA's "proprietary bs" (payign for licenses for products that encode or decode) and ignore the open alternative that was being offered for free to promote innovation and universal sharing of videos!

VP8 might not be perfect, but at least anyone would be free to provide support for it without worrying about a legal tap on the shoulder.

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Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

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Re: Don't blame Apple for the price drop

"There is no fundamental difference between the above and any of those on-line gambing sites"

On an almost related level are the "analysts" who publish annual recommendations on hedge funds. I don't have it in electronic copy, but there was a brilliant article in Private Eye covering the success rate of these hedge fund recommendations in London over the last 5 years and how only one analyst has been able to make suggestions that would have given an investor a positive return.

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Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop hailed oddest book title

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Re: The point of this is?

Err... Friday?

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