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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

'Perfect' INVISIBLE SHED stuns boffinry world

Silverburn

Invisible Shed

Pictures, or it didn't hap...

oh wait.

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Star Wars VII: The Disney Movie signs Toy Story III script genius

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@ AC

...whoosh!

Besides...how do you shoot the sequels when:

- The emperor is dead

- Darth Vader is dead

- The death star is....errr...dead

- The master star destroyer and the chain of command is dead

- The ewoks are dead...no wait. Damn.

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Joke

Lets all do the hotdog dance!

...with light sabres!

And if you know what the hotdog dance is...you are officially in hell, and you have my condolences.

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Surface sales 'modest' so far, Ballmer modestly admits

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Re: Well thats no surprise is it

There might be more to it than a collective incompetence of the marketing drones in this area. Though it's hard to believe I actually came out with a statement like that...No, I think the problem here is that they saw what Apple did, and decided they had 3 choices;

a) copy and undercut without compromising "perceived quality". Which has proven harder than expected. Maybe the plastic vs aluminium is something to do with it. Who knows.

b) copy Apple wholesale; form factor, pricing/margin model the whole shebang and hope people associate their product as being identical to an iPad. Which has failed for some, as their either end up in court (unfairly or otherwise), or can't match Apple "perceived" quality levels at this price.

c) Differentiate. Snag here is that that takes them down very niche roads, and so far these niches are much narrower than expected. Or by tweaking the form factor, and in the process alienate the "I want an ipad, but don't want an ipad" crowd. And then some have just arsed it up royally in a hurry to get to market (eg aforementioned Playbook).

MS could do well here, but they need to think about instilling "coolness" and some USP's into their products, as it's certain unique.

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EU mobe warning system for imminent disasters won't work on iPhone

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Happy

Cricket scores = time critical?

are they really that important...or did I just read that wrong?

I suspect being eaten by zombies would be preferrable to being spammed by cricket scores.

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Apple-v-Samsung $1bn iPhone fine: 'Jury foreman was biased'

Silverburn

A technical question occurs...

..if Samsung manage to discredit the foreman, sure that's only 1 vote, and unlikely to swing the majority decision?

Assuming that a majority verdict is even a requirement, of course?

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Oooooh

Samsung might have a case here...

...but damn, they're really stretching the case here, no matter how much you'd want to see Apples win turned over. Then again, with a billion dollar fine due to be paid soon I guess it doesn't harm them to try appealing it.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

Silverburn

Nice phone...I'm actually tempted. Shame about the OS X support being terrible.

But then again...a windows phone, syncing with a mac? It just seems...wrong. Taboo, even.

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@ Graeme

Given the abundance of sour grape downvotes on any articles/posts even slightly critical of Android, I'd go with the later.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

Silverburn

Pic 2/3...

...ok, who else thought "Mills and Boon" when they saw the book the auth was reading...?

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I, for one, would like to welcome our Android overlord

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Re: @ AC

Plenty downvotes, but not clarifications or corrections? Or were these just Fandroid sour grape downvotes?

Since platform allegance seems to be important for credibility to some, this was written on a Galaxy Note.

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Re: @ AC

You mean only allow downloads from the super secure and safe play store...? This play store: ?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57476986-83/when-good-android-apps-go-bad-a-security-lesson/?tag=postrtcol;FD.posts

(fixed now, IIRC)

And re: the sources...so you're telling me that *everyone* that reports this has a hidden agenda...? Including these guys...?

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/android/

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@ Craigness FUD? Pfft!

FUD? You mean like this:

http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792222/Mobile_Malware_Evolution_Part_5

http://www.hotforsecurity.com/blog/android-malware-report-may-2012-2194.html

http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/MobileThreatReport_Q2_2012.pdf

http://www.ibtimes.com/android-malware-increases-64-q1-2012-sms-based-trojans-see-faster-growth-report-742530

http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/press/2012/Android_Under_Attack__Malware_Levels_for_Googles_OS_Rise_Threefold_in_Q2_2012

Please quote your sources which point to Android malware decreasing or not being a significant risk, and I'll give you 5 which show it increasing.

The only one guilty of FUD here is you, since malware denial can be considered a form of FUD.

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Cue Fandroid denial responses in 3...2...1...

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Happy

Lets see..

Yesterday: Fanboi-appeasing post re: ipad Mini

Today: Fandroid-appeasing post: re: Android

Tomorrow: Winboi-appeasing post re: win8 on mobile?

Friday: Clickbait article on how they're all brilliant and we should just have group hugs?

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Comet staff should be for life, not just for Christmas

Silverburn

I agree - any job is better than none. But they'll still be booted out, even if xmas provides a temporary stay of execution IMO. Comet need a miracle, and in this climate, they won't get one (through a massive and sustained sales spike).

Be interesting to see how many seniors fall on their swords for this...

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Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

Silverburn

Never heard of it, but sounds interesting. Will give it a go. I'll just pop over to my online vendor of choi...

...oh wait. DVD. <Scotty>How quaint</Scotty>

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Phone lacking NFC pay-by-bonk tech? It can go on a SIM

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Re: NFC - No Flippin' Chance

+1. Too many potential security issues with NFC for it to be released in the wild properly, IMO.

Put it this way...an NFC skimmer will be *a lot* easier to build and disguise than a traditional ATM card skimmer.

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Are you an IT pro? It's no longer safe to bet your career on Microsoft

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FAIL

@ NomNom

"sorry you must use Internet Explorer 6.1 to view this website". This also reduces traffic.

a) If your site only advocates using a Swiss Cheese browser, I'd steer clear of it too. To my mind, there is only one reason you could possibly want me to use IE6...

b) You do know IE 6 is dead, right?

c) You wrote a site for yourself? Why bother with a website at all then?

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Re: And the public *still* hasn't really seen Win 8

Apart from Joe Punter has never heard of gnome. Chances are, he's probably never even heard of UNIX/Linux either. He probably only even has a vague notion of what a "server" is, other than that's where his files and emails are.

He cruises into Comet (ha, ha!) or PC World and he sees Windows boxes or Apples. To him, that's the entire PC/IT market.

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Boffin

Graphics @ double speed

...meh. So compared to windows, my games will be how many fps faster/smoother?

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Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

Silverburn

Ok, who seriously did not see this coming. I'm just surprised it took so long after the skype purchase.

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Re: Love Elite

Will never forgive realistic physics in a space sim

So...it's still to be a sim, but without the realism part? Yes, that makes perfect sense...

Fair enough, the newtonian physics detracted from the dogfighting, but I think you're being a bit harsh. I was more annoyed that the autopilot would sometimes not work out the physics correctly either, and smash you into a planet.

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Re: Will you be able to take on assassination contracts?

And that was the great thing about this - you could choose.

I'd like to see the a "consequences engine" in the new one...pick up too many mafia hit contracts, and *you* become the target in a contract. How cool would that be...being chased across the galaxy by the mafia and other player assassins, trying to stay "off the radar" as much as possible.

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Re: @dz-015 - Multiplayer game based on Elite?

And the "Omigod omigod I'm gonna die!' aspect of the combat takes a lot of beating.

Or docking, come to think of it. Then there was the "c'mon...c'mon...c'mon" nailbiting as you raced for the safety of the "S" zone in an anarchy system, with all your shields and missiles gone. Only to crash into a *stupid* python emerging from the gate while you are on finals. Lets hope the new version has some sort of flight controller employed at the space stations...

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Newtonian physics

I actually massively respected the achievement made with this, and if you were simply in the mood, it made a really interesting gaming/simulator concept - even if aiming for an human-controlled orbital insertion from vast distances impossible. Especially in system like Apha Centauri where the jump point was "months" out when using a big cruiser.

If anything, it underlined the fact that humans simply don't have the mental capacity or concept of scale for realtime space flight.

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Re: You know what would make a cool setting for a game like this?

Mostly, I agree...apart from the battles are all done in slipspace, barely last more than a second or two, and done over vast (3 dimensional) distances and well beyond visible to the naked eye, and invariably end in a simple massive explosion.

A good dogfighting experience it would not be, I'm afraid.

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We don’t talk any more... on the commute

Silverburn

Re: “Is this the train to Faversham?”

The cryptic response works too:

"Is this the train to Faversham?"

"I hope not"

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

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Re: So, when will apple be applying to patent the laws of physics?

I'll take the down vote as "yes".

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Happy

Re: So, when will apple be applying to patent the laws of physics?

Nice wee rant there... Feel better now?

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Careful of the ad regulators.

So Amazon release a "selective" side by side comparison - woopee. Show me a manufacturer who doesn't do this - Apple included.

However, I do think Amazon need to watch what they say here, as two immediate issue jump out the Ad regulators will want to explorer. And guaranteed Apple, being the litigation happy company they are, will already be exploring a way to get this ad retracted.

1. Can't play HD. Actually the ipad mini can, but not at HD. Semantics, I know, but other advertisers have fallen foul of worse.

2. Comparing radio hardware, but not listing Apple's hardware. Again, they have to watch here, especially as The mini does Group N, plus LTE and bluetooth 4.0. They've maybe go a point with MIMO, but the regulator won't care.

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Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets

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Dilema

Ok, I had 3 generations of iPhone before I moved to a galaxy note, because I need a mapping program, and and the bigger screen was needed.

So I stroll into a store and play with the iphone5...and I realise apple have dropped the ball. The screen is not enough - micron levels of finish? Irrelevant. Apple have misread the market. Samsung have not.

However... The polish as general attention to detail in ios still makes android look like a work in progress. IMO. Will I go back to iOS? Hmmm.. Sorry apple... Nice operating environment, but the hardware specs are not what agnostic consumers want.

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Hurricane Sandy stops Apple stock deflating

Silverburn

Given the state of the channel (margins, stock etc), and the fact Apple runs its own stores and pretty much takes all the margin, why does anyone bother reselling apple kit?

Only a mass dumping of their lines by multi big names, robbing apple of reach and share, will encourage apple to be more channel friendly.

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Microsoft aims to herd 70% of enterprise onto Windows 7 by mid-2013

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Facepalm

That's lovely.

Do you mind if I send you our legacy apps for conversion? There's on 16, with only 3 of those deemed "mission critical".

Only 3,000 workstations too.

If you can do by tomorrow morning and for free that would be great.

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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Re: The problem is weight

Doesn't help when most of the weight gain is due to the battery.

Which seems slightly circular and self-defeating.

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Re: Close...but no cigar

Additionally...have you seen that display? Good gahd, I could barely understand what it meant after 3 attempts while sat at my desk. A quick glance while driving? I'd have no idea what the vehicle status was!

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Close...but no cigar

It's just about there...bump the electric range to 60-70, and drop the price to something sensible and it's a deal.

Right now, it's 10 miles too short and 10 grand too expensive.

Still waiting for fuel cells though...

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Samsung ships two smartphones for every one Apple sells

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Happy

Re: And...

Actually Samsung cars are essentially Nissans - although these days it's Renault which owns the bulk of Samsung's Automotive Division.

Lets see...Automotive company who's products struggle to last 3 years without catastrophic failure partners with technology company who's products struggle to last 3 years without....

Woohoo! Synergy! Someone better tell the PHB...

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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Re: Dalton fan checking in

Beer, because it's as close as you have to a martini...

Careful what you wish for...in Skyfall, he supposedly replaces his Vodka martini with a Heine...no, I can't even say it. I'm too traumatised.

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Devil

Re: I'd vote Goldeneye but....

But the Bond Car.... A BMW Z3, I half expected Bond to confront Alec Trevelyan and offer him a light perm and a bit off the back.

It could be worse - he could drive a rented Mundane-o, whereapon he'd jump out and try and sell you some plumbing supplies...damn you Cas Roy!

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Re: I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

The later movies have become too action orientated...no intrigue, no deductions or working out of the cunning plan (instead, we rely on Mr evil to spell it out), no covert ninja-ing, too much reliance on intel and gadgets to solve the problems for you. All DC has to do is run about fighting.

More brain, less braun please. More John le Carré, less David Morrell (Rambo).

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Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

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Facepalm

Useful features

Sinofksy has even attached wheels and used Surface as a skateboard

Because that's important in a tablet. Why has it taken all the manufacturers so long to add this mission critical feature...?

Though it would not surprise me in the slightest to find Apple has 'patent-turfed' this particular feature.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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Re: No nub?

Worst than that, my nub just fell off. Followed shortly by the N key. Then my unit started doing random back-to-bios reboots. When I took it to tech support, I find lots of Lenovo laptops having issues.

In short: thinkpads aren't what they used to be.

Come back IBM! All is forgiven.

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Happy

Re: @ Teecee

He actually thinks?

Wow, I just thought it was a Turing engine with an anti-apple dictionary and sewage farm attached...

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Happy

Re: Shitpeas in Orlowski like shocker.

In other news...

Barry Shitpeas' sense of self importance reaches critically dangerous levels. Lucky nobody gives a shit so a Global Apocalype has been avoided. For now.

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Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

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Re: 10,595

Check the small print. They've probably extended the warranty to 5 years.

Which means the engine and gearbox rebuild you'll need in year 3, and replacement of half the suspension, steering and braking systems youll need in year 4 has been built into the purchase price...

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

Silverburn

I read this as

"Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD Paperweight to Brits ."

Maybe I shouldn't have tried to Jelly Bean mine afterall...

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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Happy

Obligatory Scotty reference

"A digital compass? How quaint...."

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Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Sexual Discrimination

Is it just me, or this sexual discrimination?

If I - as a guy - applied for a position on the team, would I be rejected because I wasn't female?

Could you imagine the outrage if it was the other way round?

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China's Goophone unveils US$99 Android iPad Mini clone

Silverburn

Re: AC re: Breitling

A Brietling? Pfft. What you want is an Aeternitas. Unreadable and unuseable, but reassuringly expensive. Because to some, that's all that matters.

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