* Posts by Silverburn

1604 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

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Headmaster

mouth-watering = eye-watering?

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Coat

Better names

Nokia Maps is rebranded as HERE Maps (and HERE Drive and HERE Transit)

How about HERE, THERE and EVERYWHERE?

Thanks. I'm here all night.

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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Re: Once again...

You need to seriously reassess your values.

I could counter by saying "MTFU". But I won't. Sticks and stones an' all that.

What did you expect? A warm coco, a hug and a suggestion that perhaps a little tweaking would make sure everyone's teddies didn't cry?

No way...he was doing the kernel equivalent of trying to stick it in reverse while doing 80mph in the outside lane of the M1 at rush hour. I'd have been screaming and cursing too if you tried that in my car.

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Re: Once again...

History is replete with examples of a single mind, dedicated to a vision, making history and succeeding.

Whereas delegated ownership or committees (and I include Governments in this) has far more failures than successes, and even more compromised deliveries.

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Go

When your name is mentioned as something that is even worse than trolling, you know your upgrade to El Reg Gold membership is gonna be in the post any day now.

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Microsoft latest to 'fess up to Java-based Mac attack

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Mushroom

Given this is an MS article with an Apple theme...It'll be *both* Eadon and Obviously! trolling each other to critical mass.

<-- And then this will happen.

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Silverburn
Stop

in a move which will do nothing to reassure enterprise Mac users of the security of their platform

All two of them?

Apple are hardly renowned for their enterprise offerings...they even killed off the proper rack-based X servers not long ago, ffs.

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Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Razzies...the only awards worth watching, and probably closer to the actual public's view of the commercial film scene. The Oscars are just a total love-in.

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You've made an app for Android, iOS, Windows - what about the user interface?

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: re. " ... junky dory ..."

Is 'Junky Dory" a fish on smack?

Lol. Looks like I'll definitely need that new keyboard with H & J keys the right way round now.

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Silverburn

Re: re. " ... junky dory ..."

I'm sure there's a philisophical message in there, about the margin between "Hunky"/good and "Junky"/bad being only 1-2mm...

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Silverburn
Facepalm

Re: re. " ... junky dory ..."

Lol...autocorrect and copy-checking fail for me! I should be thankful - it could have been much, much worse...

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Silverburn

It's all bollox while the number of different form factors and screen resolutions vary so much; yeah, the coding might be easier with a framework, but the user testing is still a bastard (even if everything comes back junky dory, it's still an expensive, time consuming business).

Of the two main platforms, Apple appear to suggest/require the most adherence to a particular UI design standard...this can be good and bad in equal measures.

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Toshiba boffins claim battery life boost with SRAM tweaks

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FAIL

how much power the system will need by using replicated bit lines to monitor the frequency of the ring oscillator, and minimises the active power of SRAM

Whooosh!

<-- icon is for me.

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Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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FAIL

Re: OMG it never worked before, why still try?

As glasses wearers will have probably spotted, the Google glasses will never fly in their current form - witness the jaunty angle in the press clip - too much weight on one side. They will be an enormous pain in the ass until both sides balance, and the glasses sit there without user intervention.

But this raises another problem...adding some counter weight to the other side, will add weight to the glasses; in summer, this will manifest in "sweaty nose slippage", requiring them to be pushed up every 5 minutes. Annoying.

Then there's the sheer ugliness factor, which will prevent you wearing them in public for fear for constant ridicule.

No...methinks not. Wake me up when neural laces are available on the NHS.

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

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Trollface

I made this comment and was slagged off by some of the ladies who frequent this place

Or it could be because your previous posting form points to a preference for spouting troll-like bollocks. Calling people "ladies" is hardly going to get them onside either (apologies to any actual ladies).

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Happy

Re: "...stereoscopic..."

Wow...the same answer in "stereophonic"!

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Silverburn

Re: Oh god

There was one interesting part to that conversation though...he found the concept of measuring in minutes, not mb amusing. Specfically, that the quality of the recording was "fixed", and that quality did not affect capacity. AM, FM, or CD quality...if a song was 3 minutes, it only used 3 minutes of "capacity". A 60minute tape always contained 60 minutes of music, whether it was recorded off the AM radio, or off a CD.

He only knows a world where a crappy DVD rip is 500mb, full DVD quality is nearly 3gb, and Blu-ray is 25gb. Yet the film is still 2hrs long in each case.

Kids can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but they are refreshingly useful for reminding you that sometimes things look very different if you approach them with an uncluttered, inquisitive mind.

Edit: Actually Mike, that might answer your query, in a roundabout way.

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Silverburn

Oh god

..I've just realised that I'm very, very old. Witness conversation with friends son:

"What's a tape?"

"We used then to put in walkmans, because LP's could only be played on a record player"

"I don't know what any of those words are...how do you download music to it [the tape]? How many mb was the tape?"

...and I think you know where it goes from here. And it's all downhill (for me anyway...).

Ironically, the days of downloadable individual songs mean "albums" have been replaced with "playlists".

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NBC.com HACKED to spread bank account-raiding Trojan

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NBC.com - which hosts entertainment

It does??? I suppose some of the political commentators are hilarious.

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Happy

Re: CoS @ AC 23:55

But what good will it do for the CoS to receive a post card saying: "Sorry, we were unable to deliver your package..."?

Ah yes, that might backfire a bit if they choose to return to sender. I might have to rethink that one.

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Silverburn
Happy

Re: CoS

Wow...surprised at the level of downvoting on this one. Are humour bypasses free on the NHS now?

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Silverburn
Mushroom

CoS

<-- When I rule the world via a tyranical dictatorship, I will be Fedex-ing CoS one of these.

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Build your own 180TB NAS for $US1,942.59 (plus disk)

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(plus disk)

Ah, so what you mean is your 180TB NAS actually costs nearer £12,000 (based on retail prices of 3.5" 4TB drives).

Still...that's not bad. No data on redundancy method though.

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Apple files 'iWatch' patent application

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Coat

given the energy requirements of the display and processor, the kenetic thingy will need to be moving constantly and vigorously.

A related thought occurs...how do you view pR0n on this when it's....errrr...."moving" all the time...?

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Chromebook app launcher touted to Chrome browser users

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This...actually has promise. From my lowly "user" perspective.

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Xamarin chucks Apple fruit at Microsoft mobe wobblers

Silverburn

You taught me everything I know in that regard, Ob...

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Silverburn
Trollface

Obviously! hates Apple more than Eadon hates MS. Discuss.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

Silverburn

Re: Desktop Wars!!!!!

Browser wars - still running. IE still ahead, but performing a tactical rear-guard retreat

Search wars - Google vs MSN / Bing - Google Won. Actually, yes they did.

Console wars - no clear winners here yet.

Mobile phone wars - Apple opened a new western front, progress halted, and now it's a trench war. Ongoing.

Tablet wars - Apple invaded Poland, took over most of Europe, and now Google is gradually getting it's shit together for a counter attack.

Server Wars - Stuck in a trench war, with Linux holding territorial advantage.

Cloud Wars - The data security equivalent of global thermo-nuclear war. Nobody wins.

Desktop Wars - Microsoft controls all of western Europe airspace, but their new dual-role 109's are no match for the new Spitfires, Mosquitos and Mustangs from Linux, Google and Apple. Fronts are being eroded.

Office suit wars: Microsoft controls all of western Europe, but their Panzer tank is now too heavy, too slow, and the driver controls overly complicated. The easier to use and lighter, faster Shermans and Churchhills of LO/OO and - I can't believe I'm saying this - iworks are making advances.

You are correct - only one war was won - but it was Google's search war.

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Adobe punts fix for Reader, Acrobat holes battered by PC, Mac hackers

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Happy

...I just wish it worked properly...

I've been Drug Adobe free for 5 years since my intervention!

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

Silverburn

Re: The more you tighten your grip, Microsoft...

+1 for the Princess Leia reference.

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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

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Trollface

Re: its a reboot issue for me

iOS is worse still! Are blind/deaf/dumb (circle as appropriate) man?

So instead of crashing after 20 C&P's, iOS crashes sooner is that right? Much as you'd love to believe that, sadly, it's utterly erronous. If you are going to go on an anti-iOS bender, try and choose the right topics first.

Here's a free one for you - how about iOS's "button dance" access to bypass the front screen security?

Back under the bridge please...

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Silverburn

Re: No problems so far

I had mine for 14 months, and had exactly this c&p issue. I tried different ROMs and JB was the only one that could do it reliably (but introduced its own issues!).

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Silverburn

Re: Wow @ Obviously!

What, bigger that the mess of iOS?

I went back to iOS after living with a G Note for 14 months - I gave android/samsung all the benefits of the doubt over that time to convert me to android. This C&P issue was one of 8 reasons I couldn't dump it quick enough to go back to iphone. Fanboi? No, before you downvoters get busy - I'm a normal tech who just want a reliable phone that I can actually use. The number of times the G Note had crashed, restarted and SIM-locked was too many to count, and the number of resulting missed calls also too many. It even cost me real money - a 5 hours of callout charge to be specific - because I couldn't be reached, because it had crashed and was sitting at the sim unlock screen. It went back to base for checking 3x, and came back with "no hardware faults".

iOS (in 6.1) is simply better - *for my needs*. And iOS - in my usage - has *less* issues than Android. Most of it was just niggly crap and annoyances, but it's still true.

You wanna do all sorts of funk stuff on your phone? knock yourself out with Android. I tried it, but just didn't like it or need all that extra stuff. In fact I went back to standard ROMs, just to try - in vain - to regain some stability/reliability.

Mines the coat without the shiny shiny with no real use phone.

Have you even tried using the iphone in real life, before coming out with BS statements like this? SSH sessions? RDC? VPN? Media streaming? C&C admin? Can all be done. Exactly what what part of the iphone is "no real use"? Because in *my* normal day use - and in the occasional advance use scenarios - I've never been restricted. You Fandroids are as bad as the Fanbois with your FUD and blinkered views.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: Shame the sun didn't come out

This was shot last year, where the rainfall was measures in kilometers per month, and sunlight measured in minutes per season.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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Re: A billion tins of beans

I'd have been more impressed if they'd quoted the volume in the number of actual beans. Utterly irrelevant, but impressive all the same.

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Silverburn
Holmes

And the name of this ship is...?

<-- his skills are required, apparently...is the Triple E the class, or the name?

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FIFA stages shoot-out between British and German goal line tech

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FAIL

Jeez...

...last time I checked, Football was just a f*ing sport.

It's come to this, has it???

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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Re: Burn him!

Anti-Clarkson Daily Mail reader brigade comes out to partake in their annual drive to make the World a Better Place®

Maybe they could start with the twitter hackers first...they are *genuinely* annoying. At least with Clarkson you can *choose* to watch/read his dribblings or not (which are sometimes quite funny and/or accurate).

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Is it a bird? Is it a cloud? No! It's just a new Seagate biz NAS box

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calling it Seagate Business Storage

Adding Business into the title = "add extra 30% to price".

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Nature pulls ‘North Korean radioactivity’ story

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We played this wrong.

When we (the civilised world) declared we were going to test for evidence of the detonation, then later admitted we'd found jack shit, we ended up looking stupid.

What we should have done was use NK's own tactics against them, and just made some shit up. Like:

"oh yeah, we found *tons* of Xenon-133 in the atmosphere. Definitely. We should therefore crush the evil communist devils under our mighty tank tracks and free the world from their nuclear menace."

It worked for Iraq and WMD...

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Coat

Hmmm

My conversations must be very strange - it never anticipates anything like what I wanted to say.

Then again, this might explain why I never get invited to parties...

What - time for me to leave already? Ok...

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Mobe networks bag UK 4G for a steal - £1bn shy of Osborne's £3.5bn

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Ha, ha!

That's somewhat short of Chancellor George Osborne's expectations of £3.5bn.

Only by virtue that Osborne wanted to totally take the piss by trying to repeat the 3G cash bonanza. Good to see some sanity is restored, although 1bn is still a shed load of money.

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Windows

Bill copying Steve Jobs

1. Take your company to plateau

2. Appoint total muppet to lead in your absence

3. Leave with golden parachute

4. Take a long holiday, or until share price halves and your fall guy is fired

5. Return phoenix-like to save the day

6. Return to step 1, while trying to avoid contracting cancer.

Bill is still at step 4, but step 5 is imminent, surely...

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Gates has just OSBORNED the Win 8 phone

@AC - true, I since soldered the caps lock back to the keyboard.

It's a Microsoft keyboard, isn't it Eadon? C'mon...admin it...and you loved it so much you fixed it instead of replacing it...

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Pirate Bay reports pirating anti-piracy group to police

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Pirate

Pirate Bay reports pirating anti-piracy group to police

So...many...pirates!

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Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Coat

Re: Can

Getting office to work with Linux will require lots of wine, I'm afraid. A case of Chateau Neuf at a minimum.

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Silverburn

Especially in this situation when they're competing with iworks.

Ignoring the fact the iworks apps are actually not that good - they come pre-loaded (in trial form) on new macs, costs a fraction of the MS office price, and can even be installed on your iphone/ipad allowing documents to be synced transparently between them via icloud (though why you'd want to trust Apple like that is the topic for another discussion).

That's an uphill sell for MS. They need to bring the price down to $40 just to be level pegging.

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Gimp

I still haven't used all the features in Office 11, so methinks I'll happily pass this time.

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Silverburn

Open office is already I believe.

http://www.openoffice.org/porting/mac/

Though it would not surprise me that most mac users use iworks, just because a) it works and b) is a fraction of the price of MS office. Thought I can't say I'm a fan (especially given the stupidly restrictive cloud requirements).

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