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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Samsung whips out Galaxy Note II, cam-phone with proper zoom lens

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Facepalm

Re: Galaxy Note 2

woops...it's 3100mAh..soz.

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Galaxy Note 2

Damn, I just bought the old one too...

Other improvements I'd like to see in this model:

- better battery life. Even with a 3200, I suspect this will be one day of moderate use only. Alternatives? A fuel cell or something nuclear...:-)

- less heat (aka wasted battery life). Get busy with this phone, and it gets hot quickly, front and back.

- a better, more accurate stylus. The current one is crap, with the "ink" often being 1-2mm away from the actual nib.

Apart from that...yummy! Better start saving my pennies now...

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Sony unwraps James Bond's new Droidphone

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Happy

Missing features:

- remote control of armour-plated 7 series

- finger print scanning

- tazer

- plastic explosives

- lock-picking antenna

- ultrasonic glass shattering thingy

- facial scanner, even when subject is 1/2 a kilometer away

- high speed Mi6 datafeed

- an actual phone

And no Apple, "Q" invented these, not you, so f* off.

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Apple Mac OS X Server for Mountain Lion review

Silverburn

Re: Can you virtualize an OSX server on non OSX hardware?

Beyond a small office already using Apple products only there's really no reason to use it.

I'd be very surprised if there was.

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Silverburn

Re: Come on people! @AC

Outgrowing a NAS: NAS does not do multi-partions and granular permissions that well, and there is the issue of throuput, and £ per mb costs of that scaling. And the amount of shared apps on NAS's is limited and generally not that well featured.

Shared apps: Not everyone wants to load "mission critical" info or services into the cloud, and there is the cloud performance issue of some services which don't necessarily scale that well. And there's the cost...£14 for an truly unlimited, local, always on, secure services vs one that's in the cloud and will probably cost you £14 *per month*?

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DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

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Boffin

But you forget the light speed effect. Yes, it was destroyed, but back here on Earth we can still see it.

Given it's 250m light years away, we've got a long wait until we on Earth can see it actually being destroyed.

Light speed - and reality - is such a bummer.

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Silverburn
Headmaster

The spacecraft had found a Tatooine-style world - one planet orbiting two suns as seen in Star Wars last year -

Last year...and the year before that. And the year before that. And...

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IDC: Trying to flog PCs? It's not going to happen

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You claim to be a techie, and don't use the start button?

You sir...are a f*ing magician...kudos!

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FAIL

Lets see...if the big USP of W8 is the touch interface, then surely everyone is waiting for the manufacturers to release a PC which actually has a touchscreen?

I know some are available now, but Joe Punter doesn't care...all he knows is that with the W8 sticker on the front, he "knows" his future W8 PC will have a touchscreen...

...won't it?

And thus the whole EPIC FAIL of METRO and W8 strategy is revealed...

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Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit

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Holmes

It should probably be noted that the detail of the banned devices - and even the trial and verdict itself - has probably complete bypassed Joe Punter. And even if they did, they'd realise that any possible ban will affect new sales - their handset won't be confiscated or anything as dramatic as that.

As other have pertained to - this is probably just a blip in the normal "trade in the old before buying the new shiny" activity.

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

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Happy

Re: Drool

No, but if you dribble on it, it counts as "store damage", so you are obliged to buy it.

Which the dribbler do without thought, naturally.

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Silverburn

Re: Now you know..

+1. But in their defence, they did twig eventually that I was a guy in "shopping mode":

Me: "I'd like a base MB Air 11' please"

Genuis: "Have you considered the 13'? It has..."

Me: "No. Just the base 11."

Genuis "Would you like the 4GB option? It's better for..."

Me: "No. Just the base 11."

Genuis "Ok, sir - have you considered a thunderbolt display?"

Me: "No. Just the base 11."

Genuis "Ah, ok, sir, I'll check the stock now. How will you be paying?"

Me: "Immediately."

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It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Childcatcher

Daily mail outrage!

Look at the unfair representation of the female body image on page 2!

Now all girls will be aspiring to an androgenous body shape 5 sizes too small for their heads with size 26 feet, no knees, no elbows and snap-on hands!

Won't someone...etc etc.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet review

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Meh

Stylus performance?

But what of the stylus accuracy? On my note the sensor appears far up in the pen, so if you write with the pen slanted (and who doesn't???) you actually end up writing 1-2mm away from where the nib actually is. A bit annoying, and especially affects left-handers for some reason.

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Curiosity rover hijacked by will.i.am to debut science song

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Re: Calm down

Whether you like him or not firstly, you have to admit will.i.am does at least have some musical talent

Where???

Secondly, as the article states, surely trying to get the 'yoof' interested or at least aware of missions like curiosity can be no bad thing

Agree. But to use this tosser??? What about someone more media friendly but still scientifically credible, such as one of the prof-u-celeb-tards, such as (Dr) Brian Cox?

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Court confirms $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs

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Re: Pointless

As other have stated...he has to pay this.

However, he can submit accounts against this, which will fall in his favour, and would favour him more if he was bankrupt, unemployed and with children.

Negotiated repayment at $2-3 per week for rest of his life? Entirely - and absurdly - possible.

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Silverburn
Angel

Re: Get medieval on his arse...

Unfortunately, the Judge pretty much *had" to rubber stamp whatever the Jury elected.

This is the risk you take with a "free and impartial" judicial system.

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Silverburn
Mushroom

Re: Another solution

I stopped buying music ages ago.

But I did it because it all sounds like the same noisy, unintelligible crap these days. It's not even good enough to listen to, even if I chose to download it for "free".

Now...where is Radio 4's frequency again...

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Facebook updates iOS app, still poking around for mobile dollars

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FAIL

I just got a Farcebook update for Android just the other day.

Since then it has crashed 10x, and keeps losing it's connection. What a PoS. At least the old version was stable.

Yay, progress.

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South Korea bans Apple's AND Samsung's ageing phones, tabs

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Mushroom

It's telling that the first thing I thought of when reading this was the fights I used to have with my siblings over some crappy toys.

Very quickly my mum would barge in and take all the toys away, and we'd get no dessert with tea.

That fact an incident between 8 year old can have any parallels with a dispute between supposedly mature companies is a sad indictment indeed for the companies.

Frankly, both companies deserve this, but the fines should have been way, way Bigger to discourage future childish squabbles.

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Red hot chilli peppers floor Bristol shoplifter

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Happy

Lol. What a f*ing muppet.

Maybe we should give all repeated convicted shoplifters the choice - jail, fine, or eat this scotch bonnet.

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Coming to a cloud near you: dirty laundry

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Happy

damn...

I read the heading, and was wondering how airing your dirty laundry in the cloud is any better than doing it by facebook.

That'll learn me to read the article first...

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Microsoft's new retro-flavoured logo channels Channel 4

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Happy

Where's the whalesong? Goodness me, the agencies have really lost their touch these days.

But it's good to see the "It took us 5 minutes of doodling and we discovered it by accident but we're still going to charge you 6 figures" philosophy is still in place.

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MoD to become even more top-heavy as a result of personnel cuts

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Joke

Re: Admirals, Generals

To maintain the theme of the article...one editor per section naturally, and one senior editor per subdomain.theregister.co.uk.

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Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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Happy

It could be the fastest.

But only when:

- not torrenting

- not skyping

- not surfing between the "peak" hours of 00:00 and 23:59

- not sending large attachments. ie bigger than 92k.

- the contention ratio number doesn't look like the same chances ratio of being struck by lightning

- using an approved router. Even if it's shittier than the one you actually have.

- using a PC. Slow internet connection? That not your router or the clogged upstream, oh god forbid...it's your MAC.

- downloading, not uploading

- using UDP, not HTTP. Ignore the quality, watch the speed! Garbage or not, it's still 20mb!

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Apple's patent insanity infects Silicon Valley

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Mushroom

Most arrows point to Apple. Says it all really.

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Ten Androids for under 100 quid

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Happy

Galaxy fit/Y

I got one as an emergency/backup phone. It was alright actually - bit slow, but was it was still a phone, still did email and maps ok. Facebook app was a bit slow (but when is it not). And the battery life was excellent - especially when "off" - it could last for weeks with almost negligible drain.

For 100 quid, what's not to like!

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Happy

Re: My personal view..@ Mark 183

I wish I could click play. But my open source OS is so full of viruses, the UI is essentially inoperable.

It keeps come up with a black window with a white cursor line in it, for one thing. That's definitely got to be a virus.

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Google loads Moto Mobility cannon, fires patent shells at Apple

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Mushroom

F* me

When will this patent bollox end? Isn't there a plague I can release which specifically only targets patent lawyers, and the people who hire them?

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: I'd like to have it done

Seconded!

** heebee jeebies **

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Silverburn
Boffin

And to think I was 50:50 about the surgery. Until now.

<-- Looks like I'll be sticking with these for a while yet.

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Windows 8: Microsoft's tablet-desktop still painful to swallow

Silverburn
Facepalm

438 per cent better, but that is for drawing rectangles

..and that's important to someone, I guess.

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Samsung's Wang was up 22 hours a day, had no time to copy Apple

Silverburn
Mushroom

Ok, take my next comments with a pitch of salt, because I know f* all about US patents...

1. If Apple copied your design, and your design was not "protected", you can probably argue prior art until you're blue in the face, but if you have no *proof* your design predates Apples, then your probably SOL. However, see point 3.

2. If you show Apple something in a shut door session, and you signed their NDA, and your design was not "protected"...what did you think would happen? Did they ask you some obvious questions like "have you shown anyone else this? In particular anyone from the press or our competitors?". FFS.

3. Who the f* was in charge of the "prior art research" at the patent office when Apple submitted theirs? There is so much public domain stuff out there with "round corners" that *someone* at the PO must have noticed??? FFS.

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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Happy

It's the year 2020...

...and 5pm on Friday. Everyone hops in their electric cars for the drive home.

5:30, the grid goes down, as 100,000 cars plug in for a fast charge at home.

The grind stays down all weekend, while EDF spend the 48 hrs replacing all the overheads which have all melted.

In other news: The UK's reported electric consumption and CO2 production met targets in 2020, because everyone now walks to work. In the dark.

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 64GB Android tablet review

Silverburn

Battery charging annoyance fixed?

Have they fixed the battery charging fiasco from the original?

I'd hope that powering the keyboard (now) will:

a) charge the keyboard while the tablet is unplugged

b) charge BOTH tablet and keyboard at once

I've been out the loop a while, so maybe this is fixed now.

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Burglar steals $60,000 of computers from Steve Jobs' home

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Holmes

I'm surprised nobody has come out with the "Hows disrespectful of the dead" angle yet.

So to head that one off, here's my response: The thief was probably just a druggie muppet, who figured he's case a transparently wealthy family's house. I doubt very much that this was a targeted effort.

The fact he has already been caught is a big giveaway. If the US police are anywhere near as incompetent and apathetic as our when it comes to burglary, they probably only caught him because he tried to flog them a 20 grand jewelry piece. Not the mistake a serious memorbilia thief would make.

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Storming quarter sees Apple reassert tablet dominance

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Boffin

Re: Right moves my ass! @ Tidosho

Time for a car analogy...

Austin did not invent:

- Internal combustion

- wheels

- multi-link suspension

- syncromesh gearboxes

- pnuematic tyres

- Shock absorbers

- rack an pinion steering

- the car

Yet, they "invented" the mini, and revolutionised the small car market in the process. And they sold by the bucketload.

Just because Apple did not invent some of it's component technologies, it did see a way of packaging them in such a way as to create a new product which "revolutionised" (their words, not mine...) the tablet market.

Sidenote: Surely there's a godwin-style meme for when a thread resorts to car analogies..?

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Acer Aspire Timeline M3 Ultra review

Silverburn

So to summarise...

...it's a midrange laptop that's nothing special...?

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Apple 'offered Samsung $30-per-mobe' patent licence truce

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FRAND?

$30 per handset is pretty steep, even if the assumption are that it's for a "full licence pack".

Aren't most FRAND prices way cheaper than this? Are Apple therefore saying there are no FRAND patents in their "pack"?

Or are they just taking the piss? Oh wait, no, don't answer that.

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NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels

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It wasn't ready 3 years ago when the specs were frozen.

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Facepalm

Re: The key question here is...

No...but it does have a "mobility system" apparently.

ie wheels.

They should have just gone the whole hog and called it a "mobility solution".

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Apple patents shopping lists

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Coat

What is the guy in the picture doing?

At first glance, that picture says to me:

"Wiggle your phone around and shopping things happen".

Naturally this is far too technical and restrictive a defiinition (read: we can't sue everyone for using it) for Apple to use in their patent.

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Android app DRM quietly disabled due to bug

Silverburn

Awww... Diddums.. Did your DRM break? Lemme get my violin out...

Personally I pay for ALL my stuff.. But it's a royal arse pain ripping out all that DRM afterwards. It's not hard, but I could find better thing to do with my time, frankly.

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Apple: Samsung was in 'crisis' over our iPhone awesomeness

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Mushroom

Lol - FFS, can this get any more childish?

What's next - a game of chinese burns until someone cries?

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NHS trust: Not buying through NHS IT saved us £7m

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Coat

@ CadenceOrange

Average UK male: 80kg

Average UK female: 65kg

Male:female ratio: 1:1

Ergo approximate 14 patients per ton. Ish. Chop of a couple of limbs, and you'll be back to the exact ton.

Unfortunately, if you want your Soylent Green to be less fatty, we'd need to mix in some low BF Europeans to add some extra texture and improve the protein balance.

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@ Mark 65

Depends on which side of the tendering process you're sitting on.

Client incompetence = extra margin.

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Happy

Sir Humphrey Appleby would be so proud.

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Curiosity snapped mid-flight by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Happy

Raising the bar

This does raise the question what they'll do next time. Using a sky crane was obviously too easy.

Maybe we can do a few backflips and loop-the-loops on the descent, then maybe do a commando-style, "tank-drop" from the back of a low flying aero? While doing mach 1? (which isn't that much slower than on Earth) Or maybe some sort of HALO?

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Happy

Re: Why on Mars didn't they...

ahah! So it was you who programmed the beagle trajectory, eh, Major Tom...?

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Re: NUKES IN SPACE!!?!

The nuke reactor is ok...it's that hydrazine spewing from the now-crashed sky crane you've gotta watch out for.

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