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* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

AT&T may charge fanbois for FaceTime vid chat, hints iOS 6

Silverburn

Re: Obviously!

Looks like you're an *even more* secret Fanboi, Mr "AC-whos-post-history-is-concealed".

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Sorry, but Skype - for all its problems - is at least platform agnostic, and even Fanbois realise that not all their friends have been absorbed into the Apple Collective.

So there's a surprising amount of iphone users with it installed.

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Sony preps PS3 with old-school design

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Stop smoking.

More money for games, longer lasting hardware and wetware.

Simples.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

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Re: That and...

Indeed.

Personally, I'd love to see the 'revenue' and 'registered users' graphs with markers for everytime they added to or bumped the pricing model in ebay. I'd put real money down that they showed a decrease every time.

They really do take the piss now.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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WTF?

Re: Oh Joy @ Boris

Wow. Typed that elegantly intelectual response in Office 2013 I see...

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Luddite alert!

Ok, so I still prefer 2003, and the button bar simplicity of it all. Maybe it's because I'm a simpleton, and I do simple stuff, up to and including mail merges.

This just looks like...a f*ing mess. Look at all that crap - buttons, pullsdowns, menus...total overload. ooh, so MS chose a simplier font...sorry guys but that doesn't disguise the barrage of buttonry on the screen, and the learning curve to make use/find everything.

Still nothing here to tempt me to upgrade. So until Office starts writing my letters for me telepathically, I'll stick to 2003.

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Giant super-laser passes 500 TRILLION watts

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Happy

Non-technical dumbass asks stupid questions

If i cranked this up for 1 second, could I:

- put a really big hole in something

- plunge the US into complete darkness, and trigger another recession?

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Apple Store staircase flagged as Peeping Tom black spot

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Happy

Re: Not just women that need to watch out

Methink the "get the coat icon" would be more appropriate for that howler...

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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Re: Amusingly, *none* of the iPads ever made meet any of the requirements

Being registered != being approved

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Meh

Re: Depleated Uranium

Unfortunately you can't opt out of the vehicle being hit by one of these babies...and the results are particularly gruesome, even if you somehow survive the original shot.

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

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Windows

More pressing than the apps is the inherent lack of enterprise security eco-system - a gap companies like MobileIron are trying to fill, but it's a bit like fitting the square peg in the round hole.

Unrelated query: Why is the windows user icon a tramp?

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Christians get God-optimized 'Edifi' Android fondleslab

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Re: "......peak at inappropriate content."

Inappropriate content? So that's Lancet, New Scientist and all the works of Darwin banned then...

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Pure Contour 200i Air wireless music system

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Happy

The shape of this makes me crave cake and participation in dangerous testing for some reason.

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Google pushing Jelly Bean updates to Android devices

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Meh

Just got ICS for my Note. Can't see anything on the JB spec list to give me an urgent desire to update.

Now if it could give me 12 hours usage under moderate/heavy usage, *that" would do it for me.

I do have to confess though - as a recent Android convert from Apple - I do prefer Apple's "available immediately to all" approach. Why can't Google do the OS releases (as per Apple), and the manufacturers do their own "bloatware/UI tweaks" seperately?

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Foxconn trumps Apple to sit pretty on Fortune 500

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Happy

Foxconns dollars with go further than Apple's though, given the low cost base of China. It would not surprise me if it's "effective" profits are 2-3x more than the dollar figure.

This is assuming that money stays or is spent in China. If it needed to important anything from abroad - say strong CHF'ed Switzerland - then it's more of an issue. You'll only get 12 toblerones from your £1.1bn these days. 13 if you go for the horrible dark chocolate ones.

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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

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Re: Been there, done that (long time ago)

Yep - Item 2 on the clean build action list "Switch off all the unneccessary crap". Gadgets and sidebar disabled, never to return.

Item 1: install AV

Item 3: Run windows update & reboot. Repeat for items 4,5,6,7,8,9...

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Hubble finds fifth moon orbiting Pluto

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Boffin

Moon vs really big asteroid

When does an orbiting asteroid become big enough to become a moon? Enquiring minds must know.

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Apple boss Cook may have stumped up $60m IPAD pay-out

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If you can afford to spunk 60m of your own "cash" into a black hole you obviously have far too much of it...

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Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

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I think I'll nominate it as a permanent running track for the guy who downvoted my last nine historical posts in under 3 minutes.

A running track with no lights, spikes on the walls and hunger pitbulls for running partners.

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Silverburn
Boffin

Enough bickering you lot...

...time to put those minds to work...

We've got 15 miles of a 54 mile loop built which we could no doubt pick up for peanuts. If we built the remaining 39 miles, could we actually use it for something profitable? Or fun?

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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

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Happy

Ok, I have the attention span of a fish, and I can only aspire to it's intelectual capacity. Because this article - to me - read as:

blah, blah, blah

"It's David Attenborough!! Talking about physics! Cool!"

blah, blah...

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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

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Facepalm

Re: Germany, Italy

Because German is close to Britain than Italy...?

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Re: 'Productivity'

Well...at least looking at porn on the train will guarantee the seat next to you remains free...be sure and wear an old trenchcoat to complete the "I'm-a-dirt-perv" look.

That's assuming you get a seat in the first place, of course.

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Happy

Ha, ha! almost got me there...

...Britain actually *leading* anything to do with rail services (other than charging the highest prices, and having the highest passenger to carriage ration outside of India) - almost had me there.

God, I'll be glad when tomorrow comes and all these April fool jokes are done.

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

Silverburn

Re: Why - @ LarsG

For once I actually agree with Lars...this thing is indeed a paperweight. And the thing with the splash screen arrows pointing to nowhere? This smacks of poor testing, and poor design.Which doesn't bode well for the rest of it...and indeed it was proven to be so.

My opinion: Avoid. 300 quid is better spent elsewhere.

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Sony SmartWatch Android remote

Silverburn

Re: USB Charging

Personally, I stopped wearing a watch 20 years ago, when my last one broke, and I realised that time is so all-present in a modern lifestyle (on mobile phones, town squares, TV, buses, trains, shop windows etc) that a watch is *functionally* no longer required.

So now on special nights out when I wear the watch the rolex just hangs there like jewellry, pulling the hairs out my arms and generally being annoying...

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"Hands free strap on"

..isn't that the whole idea of strap ons...? To be hands free ?

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Jaw-jaw no more-more as calls fall down tally of phone tasks

Silverburn

Re: seems I'm less extreme than I thought ;)

So..in short...you've got no friends then..?

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'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Sounds like they need...Clippy

See icon! <--

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Re: no backup of the schedule?

"heroically deleted"

+1. My phrase for the week!

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Google brings HD sneezing pandas to UK: But why?

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Happy

Sonys form

At least Sonyhas experience...

....of losing money on niche form factors

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

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Re: Train of thought

Comment of the week!

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Tech fault at RBS and Natwest freezes millions of UK bank balances

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Facepalm

The irony is...

...this incident happened around the time they paid their own staff. Most of those missing pay packets are likely to be their own...

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Chinese 'nauts reach Heaven after 8-minute coupling

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Coat

Re: Fancy a quick dock?

A slow but sure easing in giving entry to a larger chamber.

Naturally, one assumes all the appropriate safety precautions were taken first...

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Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

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Facepalm

Dammit, and I just bought the "old" version last month for the wife.

Someone plase stamp "muppet" on my forehead please.

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Voyager ticks one box for interstellar arrival

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Re: Lucky Bastards!

Only Snag is your latest Episode of House will be 16.5hrs Late.

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Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

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Re: Blogger was causing 'distress and harm'?

+1. Just looking at it makes me want to cry.

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Gistle-based pie

Sounds lovely. All it needs is some triple and some eels, and you're all set.

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iPhone denies existence of Gibraltar, other bits of British empire

Silverburn

Re: That's not a problem.

It does. It just corrects it to "Spain", if you have the spanish language option running.

Gibraltar...to the British it's politically another Falklands. But warmer and with monkeys not sheep.

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Apple iMac refresh due Real Soon Now

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Holmes

Digital TV hookup? Bzzzt. Nope.

Retinal display? Bzzzt.

30" screen? Nah

Ivy Bridge? oooh very likely

Speed bump CPU and new GPU? Also very likely

Bigger SSD? Yep

Release with ML? Yep

It won't be anything spectacular, so lets not get carried away?

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Tim Cook reveals 'great' update for Mac Pro

Silverburn

MacPro 1.1

My - admittedly "non-apple-approved" upgrades (not quite latest gen AMD GPU, upgraded XEONS) to my 1.1 should see me right for a good while yet*.

Those complaining about non-latest GPU's in factory fresh kit have a perfectly good point, but those of us with older kit outside of warranty are more than happy to flash the BIOS on a PC GPU, update QE_CI, and bingo - cheaper and faster GPU's than we'd ever get as standard.

*...*if* 10.7 doesn't consign it to the legacy cul-de-sac of death...

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Super sushi-bot churns out 2,500 rolls an hour

Silverburn

Re: @AceRimmer (was: The next time you're in San Jose)

There's been many a time after a hard bike ride, where you've bonked, and any food is fuel. Cold peas, the dog's dinner from last night, anything.

However, if we treat all food as fuel, we might as well just start munching soylent green...

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Why would you want 6 speeds?

Wouldn't you only need two:

1. Slow, energy efficient mode, for preparing the lunchtime batch ahead of time

2. Fast, for when you miscalculate lunchtime load and need to rattle off a few hundred ASAP

6 speed just looks like showing off...

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Skype launches in-call ads

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Black Helicopters

If the ads are contextual to my conversation (eg: talking about "boats", and an ad for a yacht dealer in my area comes up), I will unplug all my appliances, and go live in a cave. Or sue.

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance mid-range Android

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Happy

This is what counts as a midrange phone these days? Holy crap, I need to try and keep up...

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Trust lawyers, not techies, when it comes to the cloud

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A lawyer recommends we trust lawyers.

Something wrong with this picture?

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Top bosses admit: Tweets, Facebook Likes influence decisions

Silverburn

...intuition in the boardroom...

Best joke I've heard all day.

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Hitchhiker shot while researching 'Kindness of America'

Silverburn

Re: At least

...and I suspect, a lot, lot shorter.

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Apple Passbook card-'n'-ticket app paves way for iOS e-wallet

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Re: do train e-tickts really exist ?

Oooh, beat me to it.

Should be noted that the scanners often have problems detecting the image; many conductors are complaining about it.

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