* Posts by Blank Reg

138 posts • joined 21 Jun 2011

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Blank Reg

Re: So not going to happen.........??

I hope you're right, that way I can safely ignore whatever crap they choose to inflict on their followers.

If they were to try to get into other manufactures instead of building their own car then that would reduce the brands of cars I'd be willing to buy,

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Blank Reg

I've defeated datacenter locks with a coat hanger when the card scanner wasn't letting me in. Much faster than waiting for security to fix their screwup.

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Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

Blank Reg

I expect it will get the latest updates for some time to come. My Z2 tablet is currently running 5.0.2 and I've seen that 5.1 is available on the developer site so I should be getting that soon.

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Hey, Apple! 1999 just called and it wants its voicemail avatar back

Blank Reg

The technology is much improved. My carrier offers this and it is remarkably accurate, even correctly spelling the names of people, places and streets

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

Blank Reg

I don't want to drive a car that sounds like a golf cart. And unless they find a way to get their batteries to work well at -20c and below then I doubt I'll ever have to. There are still just too many compromises in driving electric vehicles regardless of the price of the batteries.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Blank Reg

Re: No Skype?

Skype is a good product, but it was only ever worth a fraction of what they paid for it. It's only a matter of time before they write off the cost of that acquisition as well.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

Blank Reg

Re: The magic roundabout

That's the age old problem of politics, most of those that want to be politicians shouldn't, and those that should be politicians don't want to.

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

Blank Reg

So what's new here?

This is information we've known for ages, it's the basis for all the co2+heat mosquito traps

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

Blank Reg

Re: Existing cards

If it's a hassle then you need a new bank. All my cards have 0 liability and any cases of fraud have been resolved with just a single call, often initiated by the bank as they were the ones to detect the fraud.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

Blank Reg

Re: cares about quality?

He really does care about the quality. He's been bashing CDs forever, but was very happy about Bluray audio quality.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

Blank Reg

Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

And the laws typically require that drivers and taxi companies be licensed, have the required insurance etc. And as far as I know fares are also regulated in most cities. How is it fair that taxis have to abide by all the rules, pay all the fees, be restricted in what they can charge yet uber can do as they please and charge what they want?

If uber had to follow all the same rules then their business pretty much falls apart, if cabs were released from all the overhead and restrictions then again the uber business suffers. Basically uber can only succeed because of unfair advantages.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

Blank Reg

As APIs are original creative works they should be subject to copyright, just because people don't like it doesn't mean they shouldn't be copyrighted.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

Blank Reg

Re: Usual Apple greed

I'm not amazed at all. Every product/service decision Apple makes is to maximize their profits. If someone else happens to be able to make some money as well then that's purely accidental, and will be dealt with shortly.

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Blank Reg

I'm willing to take her at her word. With a net worth in excess of $200 million I really doubt she's bothered by missing out on a few extra dollars during the trial period.

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

Blank Reg

Re: Rational decisions

Luckily for me cost is not an issue when choosing a phone as I get handed all manner of phones, I have drawers full of them. So I can just choose what works best, and so I normally use a Blackberry. They just work better than everything else and the UI is brilliant. Using IOS or Android always feels like a step back to the stone age.

Now if I was some self absorbed teenager needing to inform the world of every vacuous thought that popped into my head and to share my best duck face photos I'd probably choose something else. Thankfully I'm decades past that.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

Blank Reg

There isn't even much need to argue over how much CO2 is too much. CO2 is seldom expelled all on it's lonesome. It's typically accompanied by a whole host of other nasty byproducts, none of which are doing us or the environment any good. And it's not just burning the fossil fuels, refining such fuels is not an entirely clean process.

Reducing such pollutants and toxins should be a good enough reason to try and reduce our use of carbon based fuels.

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Facebook ditches HTML mobe future in favour of Zuck-style JavaScript

Blank Reg

Re: Bizarre

It does seem odd given that I was able to use Facebook on feature phones running Java ME where the processor speed was a few 10's of Mhz and RAM was measured in single digit MBs.

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

Blank Reg

The rise in interest rates keeps getting delayed and QE continues because I think governments don't know how to safely get out of this situation. Interest rates have to go up eventually and QE needs to go away, but doing it too fast will lead to trouble. Does anyone know the value for "too fast"? I doubt it.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

Blank Reg

Sure, but can the self driving car anticipate the "unexpected" behaviour? Quite often a real driver can tell what another driver might or might not do based on how they are driving,where they are looking/not looking and just their general driving style. I've avoided plenty of accidents because I could see another driver was an inattentive idiot so I was prepared even before they pulled their bonehead move for the day.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

Blank Reg

Re: A speaker that's also a handy heater?

Not a speaker, it's boombox :)

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White House forced to wade into Oracle vs Google Java bickerfest

Blank Reg

It can only cause issues if copyright holders choose to restrict the use of their copyrighted works.

But APIs certainly should be protected by copyright as they meet the necessary requirements. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean they are any less subject to copyright. Creating a large API such as Java is a huge amount of work, how can it be right that someone just comes along and copies your years of work without any recompense?

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

Blank Reg

Re: Hmmm?

Yup I used to always have the laptop running so I could see the live timing, but that was the good old days when this was provided via a Java Applet, now they use HTML for the live timing and it's crap in comparison.

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Never trust a developer who says 'I can fix this in a few minutes'

Blank Reg

Re: Trust

It might well be that he can fix it in a few minutes, but can he run a full test cycle to make sure that he didn't bugger up something else?

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

Blank Reg

Did you really expect anything less from Harper and his band of idiots?

All they do is lie about everything that they haven't managed to hide from the public. Now this gives them even more power to try and bury anything that threatens to expose the extent of their incompetence.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

Blank Reg

Re: Idiot?

If you're offended that someone you don't even know may have indirectly implied that you're idiot, then maybe they're right.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Blank Reg

Oh Waily Waily :(

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

Blank Reg

If you're going to spend $10k on a watch why would you buy this overpriced toy that will be made obsolete in 6 months by thinner, lighter and more powerful toys? Better off getting a Piaget or something that will still be working decades from now, and may actually appreciate in value.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

Blank Reg

Missed alarms after an update? I guess they are trying to copy Apple now ;)

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Canuck Bitcoin exchange gives up after security SNAFU

Blank Reg

Well this is a first. A bitcoin exchange shutting down and NOT buggering off with all the funds.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

Blank Reg

Seems like cool tech, but I don't expect it to really go anywhere. The potential uses just don't seem worth the hassle.

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Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

Blank Reg

Re: Paper techs......

He could be very helpful pulling cables under a raised floor. Just stick him under the floor, hand him a cable and point him to where he should pop up ;)

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Blank Reg

Re: Bah humbug

Well they had to leave something "revolutionary" and "magical" to put in the iPhone 7.

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

Blank Reg

Re: What is it...

I don't get it either. Sometimes such leaks are on purpose just for the publicity. For the rest, if they don't want their nude photos plastered across the Internet then the simple solution is to not take any nude photos in the first place.

If it's on the Internet and you're a celebrity or other target of interest then just assume that someday someone will try to access your data.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

Blank Reg

Re: He is giving a talk about mavern

This is why I don't understand all the commotion about this. As you've pointed out, other than swapping handsome for beautiful the statements are not gender specific. Had it been a woman presenting this slide comparing Maven to her boyfriend would anyone have cared? I doubt it.

Much ado about nothing, yet again

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Sony brags: We've hit over 2 MEELLION PS4 console 'sales' worldwide

Blank Reg

If this is the standard we go by for "not finished" then few electronic gadgets are finished at launch. Look at all the new features and fixes that get rolled out with every Android and IOS update for example.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Blank Reg

There must be a typo in the prices

Only $50 extra to add 16gb, that's almost reasonable. It must be wrong.

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Microsoft plugs Xbox One consoles into its cloud - what could go wrong?

Blank Reg

We already had console games this gen with hundreds of players, such as MAG for example with 256 players, and not a cloud in sight :)

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

Blank Reg

Is there a Surface 2 XL on the way?

That docking station looks like it was designed for a bigger tablet than the current Surface 2, maybe there are some larger models coming.

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

Blank Reg

Re: quiet in here

Just because Blackberry is in trouble doesn't change the fact that they still have the best Mobile OS currently available. It's a sad but repeating pattern in tech that the best products seldom win.

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SQUEEEEE! Microsoft goes retro with pay-by-squawk NFC tech

Blank Reg

Re: Anyone remember BBC micro?

Microsoft Research has come up with some rather clever stuff over the years. Unfortunately it would appear that there are too many layers of boneheads above them that never let such ideas see the light of day. I guess management is far too busy approving projects to annoy and chase away their customers to be bothered with something that might be truly innovative.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Blank Reg

I wasn't implying that there aren't still talented musicians as there definitely are, and I've seen plenty in clubs over the years. But such talent is no longer a prerequisite for success.

If you look at the current big name "artists" few of them have any real talent. Top 40 lists are littered with more talentless fluff than ever before, not that I've ever been one to listen much to top 40 even when it did require some musical ability.

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Blank Reg

That's because back then some level of musical talent was required before you could make music. Now all you need is your team of marketing and PR people, stylists, song writers, etc., and of course the guy to run the software that makes it sound like you can actually sing.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

Blank Reg

I'm prepared to pay more, but Microsoft have yet to given me any reason to want to pay anything for an Xbox One.

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Blank Reg

Re: I think I've spotted..

Actually I do care about productivity, it's the main reason I hate using my Mac as the os seems designed to ensure you work as slowly as possible.

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

Blank Reg

Re: Yet another tallscreen Android tablet?

Why would anyone want to put out something with the antiquated 4:3 aspect ratio? You just end up with a fatter and less portable device.

All new video is 16:9 or even wider and all other screens are using those aspect ratios, TV's, phones and tablets. The only media that is still predominantly in 4:3 is photographs. Non video media work just fine on a widescreen screen format in either landscape or portrait.

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

Blank Reg

Re: So...

You're implying there was a time when macbooks didn't have inferior wifi, in my experience their wifi has always been substandard.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

Blank Reg

If you lack the coordination to use a controller well then there is always easy mode.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Blank Reg

Re: used games and 24hourt authentication...

I think it was all put in there to slow down people trying to write an Xbox One emulator for PC, otherwise I expect it would be pretty easy given the low specs of the Xbox 1 and the fact that it's now basically a PC, and not even a special PC.

At least the PS4 has the 8GB of GDDR5 as both main and system RAM which will makes things a little more complicated for those trying to get an emulator running on a normal PC.

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Blank Reg

Re: Pay to Play and no one cares?

You can blame Microsoft for that as well. Sony would not have been able to get away with it had not Microsoft shown that people are willing to get ripped off for online for years.

But at least PS+ is a much better deal as you get so much more for your money. Also I believe this online fee is what allowed them to keep the price down so it's not all bad, especially for those that only want to play single player.

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Blank Reg

Re: Hang on.

You're right. It's only something special because of Microsoft's colossal stupidity and greed. It's only a minor improvement over the policies on PS3 so it would have been little more than a footnote otherwise.

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