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* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart

Silverburn

Re: Anyone still not developing for Android?

Sorry bazza, but if you'd read this:

http://www.reghardware.com/2012/04/26/apple_commands_enterprise_smartphone_tablet_usage_says_good/

You'd see that if you were gonna blow for corporate cash on a mobile app, you'd choose Apple. But you don't see it, because you're completely anti-apple.

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Facepalm

Long story short: Choose the phone that has the features and software that fits your needs, and just tune out the fanbois/fandroids and the duff market figures.

<-- icon for the market figures.

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iPhone 5 in ICE CREAM SANDWICH photo riddle

Silverburn

They've not trademarked "iPhone 5", but - according to te pic - they have trademark rights to "iPhone".

Which, of course, they f*ing don't. Not in a million years. Welcome to China, where TM/patents landscapes are distinctly one-sided. They'll happily sue "us", bu you've got a rats chance in hell of getting your litigation to stick, while all and sundry slap your TM all over their often completely unrelated (see: Soup) and often inferior tat. See BMW, Apple, Rayban, Armani etc

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Panasonic touts monster 8k by 4k 'flickerless' plasma

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.....wwwwoooooowwwwwwww...me want!

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New satellite will blow your socks off - and spot them from spaaaace

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Tinfoil hats on standby...

...surely it would just be cheaper to rebrand one of the military spy sats that have surely had this resolution since the 70's...?

<runs for cover>

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Doh! Sage Pay forgets to renew SSL certificate

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Facepalm

Ah, that ol' chestnut...the third party supplier was it? Yeeeeesssss, of course it was.

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: Analysts: Don't You Just Love 'Em?

And then patent lawyers.

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CloudOn

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Coat

re: powerpoint pic

Wow...is it legal to have that much wood for powerpoint...?

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

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Gimp

Re: Short wait here...

Just 24hrs? I'm still waiting...

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Official: Britain staggers into double-dip recession doom

Silverburn

Re: it could be worse

Only in Britain could something as improbable as this happen.

One is reminded of Quantitive Easing for some reason. Not sure why.

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Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

Silverburn

Re: The numbers being the prediction

Re: Imacs: You can now get i7's @ 3.4ghz. Hardly midrange. Graphics are, however, and unlikely to improve given the form factor does not lend itself to serious GPU hardware.

Re: Mac Pro: So they're last gen Westmere's not Sandy bridges - you're still looking at 12x 2.9ghz Xeon's with DDR3. While not cutting edge, they're not exactly slow. And given the target useage of the Mac Pro's a 5870 is hardly skimping (though i take your point - you should be able to spec a 6xxx or 7xxx at the factory, rather than have to re-BIOS a PC unit). I anticipate a jump straight to Ivy shortly, as Apple are not usually tardy updating the Pro range.

Re: OSX. Gotta agree here - keep IOS touch candy out of OSX please, Ta very much.

Re: Apps: Actually I don't think this makes the slightest difference; if you can attract newbs with simplified features and wizards while retaining the 'pros', go for it, I say.

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Silverburn

I'd have thought dumping the 13' macbook pro was more sensible; as they seem to have duplication in that factor size and the prices and performance are very close (unless you max out the 13" pro).

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China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war

Silverburn

Re: Just shewd @ Dazed

OP was right - this is shrewd practice to avoid gouging, which some suppliers are prone to trying once they know who they're supplying to.

For other examples, see Government defence contracts. £165 for a replacement ratchet spanner to can get from Halfords for £25? Ah, that'll be BAE...

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Silverburn

Fair hearing in China?

Unlikely. Just ask BMW how well their X5 case went.

Did anyone actually think the Chinese government *wouldnt* side with one of their own companies???

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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

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Gimp

Indeed. For those not familiar with this, i think he is referring to:

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

Got confidential data? Don't go near US infrastructure.

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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

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Warning: PDF

Why the warning?

Is it because it's either:

- so boringly business orientated you are at risk from powerpoint poisoning...but in PDF?

- or because it's probably laden with malware?

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China's rare earth policy backs Apple into a corner

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Time to go..

...mining the moon! Plenty He3 up there too (apparently) as an additional benefit.

All I need now is a fleet of robotic combine harvester looking thingies, and a cellar full of human clones.

Ironically, 100's of human clones will still need loads of metals (some precious), so we're back to where we started I guess...

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Four CEOs better than one as Huawei profits slump

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FAIL

3 CEO's

Triple the price, triple the chance of failure. THere will be no harmony..only infighting and political maneuvering.

<-- Utter, utter

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PC World, Currys, Dixons websites all go titsup

Silverburn

Re: Just about sums them all up really.

Maybe they should have bought the "extended warranty".

Oh wait.

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Microsoft lobs out first Skype for Windows Phone

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Happy

Re: How The Mobile Telecos Love Skype

I don't think it needs any QOS demotion for calls to get crap. It can achieve that perfectly well on its own, thanks very much.

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Silverburn

Re: How long till Skype...

Given they finished filming 30 years ago, never.

I refuse to acknowledge the existance of the new one. Their suits, shades and haircuts are simply not outrageous enough for a start.

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Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles

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FAIL

Re: Oh now WTF?!

Sideshow = some perfectly good scrap code some tech threw together in his spare time for a bit of fun...but then the marketing department thought they could monitize it.

Perhaps if they went back to the developer and actually asked him what it was designed to do, they might be able to sell it afterall...

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Adobe Cloud offers leg up over Creative Suite's price wall

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Facepalm

Too much

Alternatively Adobe, just reduce the price of CS to sensible money. It's a price which says "yeah, we own this whole market segment, so f* you, we'll charge what we want".

Oh wait, this is Adobe. Sorry.

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Killers laugh in face of death penalty threat, say US experts

Silverburn

Re: @Silverburn - I'm reminded of the Life of Brian "Jehovah" sketch

@ AC 20/04 15:25 (and other posters thinking the same)

Actually, I didn't mention gene suppression at all.

If you'd watched the program others have provided the link for, you'd realise that having the gene does not automatically make you a killer. One of the researchers even had the gene, yet was not a killer (though did display some strange behaviours), mainly due to the environment he was raised in. The program theorised that a good percentage of people have the same gene, yet don't become killers, for the same reasons - a nuturing environment.

Which was my point - if you knew someone had the gene, you'd be especially careful to cultivate their enviroment so as not to give 'oxygen to the flame'.

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Re: I'm reminded of the Life of Brian "Jehovah" sketch

I believe that many on deathrow are psychopaths or psychopathic tendencies. I can't remember where I saw that.

Which means they place no value on life, neither their victims or their own, so I agree - the death penalty is ultimately useless as a deterent.

In an ideal world you'd gene test for the psycho gene, and make the appropriate environment adjustments to ensure that gene doesn't get 'oxygen to burn'. Naturally, some will have moral objections to this, so downvote away...

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Battlefield Earth ruled worst film EVER

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re: Battleship

The immediate give away this was going to be a complete howler was it was some non-actor (normally a singer) celeb's first film. See also: Sting, J-lo, Madonna, Phil Collins etc etc. At least Witney Houston actually sang in hers, which still didn't give her a passing grade.

Yes, "Riri", you can supposedly sing and "shake booty", but lets stick to that shall we?

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Ten... mad materials made into tech

Silverburn

Oh the shame

..I should fess up I actually quite like the look of the stainless steel blackberry.

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Biologists create synthetic DNA capable of EVOLUTION

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Mushroom

Lol

Demonstrable evolution *and* something less than 6,000 years old.

What will the nutters think of that one!

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Channel bites Apple's hand off for any old iPads in Q1

Silverburn

Would be interesting to see if all these sales corrospond to market share.

Does make you wonder how much kit they could sell if they weren't hosing the channel...

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Mayor Boris' Chinese vote master stroke backfires on twit clone

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Happy

Go for it Boris, ya big crazy haired galoot. You might be quite mad, but you're marginally better comedy value than the rest of the power-mad brain dead muppets after your job.

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Apple throws free Snow Leopard bone at MobileMe punters

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Re: SL is Intel-only

Worse is Lion is 64bit, so even the SL users (ie me) get hosed. Basically, Apple OOL'ed SL in about a year, and hard from around that time in 3 years - what must be the shortest "forced upgrade" cycle Apple has ever pulled.

Cheers for that Apple!

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Silverburn

Sound good Apple sign me up

Oh wait...you're stupid OS restrictions mean I can't run Lion. Looks like I'm SOL then and will have to upgrade my kit, eh! Gits.

Well, not this time.

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Fake Instagram app slings SMS Trojan onto Android gear

Silverburn

This is sort of my point. How much do they need to do to protect users from themselves? As the general (non-techie, non-T&C reading, click-anything) public start to use Android more and more, more of this stuff will appear, and the blame will be place at the ecosystem, because - god forbid - it's the users fault.

And it's only a short step from there to a walled garden, where the users absolutely cannot do anything because it's hard-wired in, and the freedom Android users once had will be gone.

Pah humbug!

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Facepalm

Maybe Google should just completely prevent stupid users from downloading apps from unknown sources or from webpages, and perhaps put some sort of vetting process in place for applications before users can install them.

Some sort of "Walled Garden" should do it. Oh wait...

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Irish national telco gets 100 days to escape €4bn debt hell

Silverburn
Gimp

Simples!!

1. Change the T&C's so the exit notice period is 120 days

2. Charge 2 years fees for early exit

3. ...

4. PROFIT!!!

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Insatiable China to gobble up 84 MILLION PCs in 2012

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Happy

Inflicting Windows 8 on China? Is this the latest offensive strike by the US in their cyberwar?

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Chinese and US military square off for cyber war games

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Boffin

Re: Silverburn

Thank you for your valuable "contributions" to this discussion. I pray I am there on the day Skitt's (oooh) Law bites you in the ass, as is the fate of all pedants.

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Silverburn

Re: "and other"

No, I believe there are two words I was looking for. And one of them wasn't 'another'.

PS isn't it "THE vast majority, not A vast majority"?

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Boffin

Re: IT'S = IT IS

If you're (<-- oooh, look) too pedantic to view content as more important than one apostrophe, don't (<-- ooh, and other!) bother commenting.

Downvote wasn't (<--wow, I'm (<-- and other!) on a f*ing roll!) mine btw.

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Silverburn

One would hope that the US is playing it's cards very close to it's chest here. They have the technology, and one would hope, the experience and knowledge. Afterall, the first rule of 'engagement' is to never reveal your true capability.

Then again, this is the country that thinks ritual humiliation of the populous at its airports is a deterent to terrorism...

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Public sector IT buyers 'hogtied by mess of red tape'

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Mushroom

Why do I have a sudden compulsion to source all my formally-public services privately?

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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Facepalm

I'm sorry...a BILLION bucks for what...? Seriously? This counts as indispensible, market-changing innovation does it?

FFS.

Also, this going-over-the-head of the board business will not end well either for Zucks or FB. They'll spend the next 3 months or whatever it is until IPO trying put a muzzle and a leash on him after this "stunt". Though "Stunts" are normally *a lot* cheaper than $1bn...

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China's bullet trains to get face-invading cameras

Silverburn

Quite simply really

1. wear sunglasses

2. Grow a beard & tache

3. wear a hat

4. Wear a buhrka

Alternatively, move to the 'burbs, dump your mobile phone, buy a cow and a mudhut, and grow rice for a living. You will effectively vanish...

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Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

Silverburn

Re: Btw..

..but walk into a Apple store and they've got tons.

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Silverburn

Btw..

..this shafting the channel is not limited to iPads. Try buying an 11.6 macbook air in the shops these days...barely anyone has one.

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Global chocolate crisis looms

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@ Khaptain

Have you tried the 12 layer chocolate cake from Sprungli? Oh man...

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