* Posts by Lallabalalla

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JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

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Re: I like it

That's funny - it takes a full 5 minutes to start up on my Win7 8-core machine. On a good day.

Running the standard Java dev env I find I can't change the code or variable values when stopped at a breakpoint... surely this should be a given these days?

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

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But why?

After the HP series Daniel Radcliffe never need work again, he is rich beyond the dreams of Croseus. Therefore I assume he only does the roles he wants to. In which case

a) he must love GTA and/or

b) WTF?

Why doesn't he do some proper indie films with a proper story and proper acting. Oh.....

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Meh!

And not as good as an iPhone 6, which with 64Gb memory is actually cheaper, too! Fail!

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What a turkey

So tl;dr - it's more expensive than an iPhone 6, the battery only compares well with iPhone 6+, it's outstanding feature is the camera and it's outperformed by the iPhone 6, the reception is even worse than the original "you're holding it wrong" iPhone 4... WTF? Why would I ever buy this thing? Oh because it's got an OS that's open to hackery, trojans, malware and anything else you can put in an app from the largely unregulated Wild West Store.

Really don't think so.

Tick one of the following:

A) I read this article and came to some conclusions

B) Everything made by Apple is Inferior Rubbish for Sheeple

C) Everything made by Samsung is Wonderful Joy

D) Whatever, I just hate Android

E) I love Apple and Samsung are just wannabe's

F) None of the above

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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I totally agree with this

If youtube and twitter can't abide by their own policies they should be shut down. Allowing themselves to be used to broadcast ransom demands and beheadings, and to be the media outlet of choice by terrorist organisations, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom to blackmail, kidnap and murder.

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

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Re: Time to change

What goes on? Trying to bring the price in under the iPhone6 AND out-spec some of its numbers (e.g. the camera).

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

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Form already follows functionality - to an extent.

To the extent that my iPhone 6 battery lasts a couple of days - more if I don't check mail/messenger/facebook all the time. And the camera's pretty damn good thanks.

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Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

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Chance'd be a fine thing

Both my kids have Samsung handsets and the chances of my finding either of them using Samsung's frankly awful "find my device" webpage/system are about 1,000:1

It's buggy, slow, unreliable and soul-destroying to use, to the point where I give my eldest my old iPhone4 if I'm really going to need to know where he's at, because the Apple version works immediately, quickly, reliably and without fail. Everything the Samsung system is not.

I know the apple-haters and Samsung apologists will be downvoting the actual reality of my personal experience but hey. Haters gonna hate, potaters gonna potate.

Samsung, your "find my device" stuff really really sucks.

Apple - yours doesn't.

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Android SDK nonce flaw lets hackers fiddle with your Dropbox privates

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sloppy coding in Dropbox's SDK Version 1.5.4 for Android

So, iOS not affected.

Open is better though, right?

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

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

It's easily upgradeable. They hold their value so damn well you just flog it and buy a new one every year or so. Cheaper than upgrading components!

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

But they are cheap. Cheaper to produce that is. So profit margins are hiked twice over: once, given the high price and again, by saving production costs.

Soldering things straight to the board also increases reliability and makes them thinner and lighter, which apparently is what everybody wants.

I don't have to cart a laptop around anywhere so it's not much of a selling point for me, although having said that I would rather sit around with that thing on my lap than our old Dell!

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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You're wearing it wrong

I wear my watch on the inside of my wrist to prevent me constantly banging it on door frames and stuff. I don't know about you but the inside of my wrist is definitely not hairy, and the sensors would work just fine.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Corporations own our lawmakers

Why else would voda be let off £4 BEEELION (as elreg would have it) in tax, and be allowed to continue this roaming charge nonsense?

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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

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There's a principle at stake here

It's the same one that says rape victims should not be accused of provocation because of what they were wearing "Don't use the Internet" .... REALLY? "Don't wear a short skirt, or you're just asking for it"

Such BS.

However, I'm not surprised people don't want to get involved. A friend of mine once intervened in a bloke getting pushed around on a tube platform one night. The original victim ran away and *he* ended up getting a good kicking.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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What's my size?

There must be a mundane equation to work out the best size TV for a room of a given shape/area. Can't be bothered to work it out, myself.... but as used to be the case with websites of old, you can make them as pretty as you want but if there's no content, there's no lasting traffic.

Probably our age but we struggle to find more than 90 minutes of TV a night, and that's including re-runs of trivial stuff we've missed (9oo10cats does countdown for example). As far as new content? There's very little, we're kind of picky when it comes to movies and we don't follow sport.

The only real reason for bigger and bigger TVs is "because we can". The home cinema for the super-rich must be a diminishing market, since more and more wealth is rapidly being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people (no citation need, I think)

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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How did that actually work then?

Not that I want to scam anyone (not even Clarkson), but how, if banks are "secure", is it possible to set up a DD or withdraw money or whatever if all you have is a/c & sortcode.

I am the naivest person ever but I, like Clarkson, assume you could only put money IN with those.

I'm probably also naive if I think anyone is going to explain it to me, tbf, but anyway...

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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This makes me really angry. Why?

Because it's us that is paying for these Utter Hoxtons to bugger everything up and ruin people's lives. Gaah!

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Mozilla's Flash-killer 'Shumway' appears in Firefox nightlies

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Re: I thought that HTML5

There is definitely a right way and a wrong way, but after 2.5 years of it I still haven't got it all down perfect - every day is a schoolday as they say.

There's a right way to do Javascript IMO but there's more than one right way. Ditto HTML5 and CSS. I prefer to do as little HTML and CSS as possible, and do everything else on the Canvas using Javascript in a strictly O-O way. But that's just me and the people I work with.

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Re: I thought that HTML5

Despite all the razzmatazz, getting HTML5 to do everything Flash can do - at a reasonable framerate (24 and above) - on a reasonable subset of devices (S4, S5, iPhone5, iPod Touch, iPad 4+ .... nobody doing HTML5 codes for *just* desktop) - is Quite Hard. Simple stuff, yes of course, but tens or hundreds-of-thousands-of-lines applications? Games, slot machines, anything properly interactive? Not easy, trust me. Much easier to knock out a swf. Apart from anything else it has built in support for loading all the assets gracefully, playing sounds RELIABLY,all sorts of stuff which you otherwise have to write yourself or use a 3rd party framework. And DON'T get me started on those. You're back to relying on other people and that might as well be Adobe as anyone.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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It's the underground race of Martians

Previously undetected, they have been hiding from us ever since they launched the "B" Ark all those years ago.

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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Meh to the video

The BBC's clickonline have a better one.

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Now not even muggers want your iPhone

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Re: urrr... they will still steal your device

Urrr... apparently at least 25% WON'T steal your device, that's what this article is actually about.

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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Huh?

Why would anybody want a computer with XP on it any more? Really? With the total lack of support they surely can't even give them away?

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

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a viable alternative to the likes of the Xbox One and PS4?

I'd have thought they should produce a client which doesn't regularly lose the location of its game files or just plain corrupt them, allows more than one login (as previously alluded to), doesn't run like treacle on all but the very latest hardware, wakes gracefully and has a decent support infrastructure over and above "ask someone else or wait 2 weeks for us to patronise you".

I realise a LOT of people play through Steam. A quick google will reveal that my kids (and therefore I) am not alone in finding the whole thing to be rather pants.

Last month we waited half an hour for some enormous (paid-for) game to download only to be told "oh this only runs on windows, sucker". No refund. No warning that it wasn't going to play despite being obviously downloaded to OSX. And again, no refund. WTF.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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FAIL

Please contact the web site owners to inform them of this problem.

Using the contact details provided on the page we won't let you access.

"No keyboard detected. Press F1 to continue"

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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I preferred Into The Woods

It was more historically accurate. And the singing was better.

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The Year of Living Danishly, The Internet is Not the Answer and Classical Literature

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I was there for a week, once

and so I know all about Denmark. There's industrial quantities of potatoes with everything and the beer is incredibly weak. Lovely people, too. Danish pastries and bacon, not so much, at least where I was.

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Siri? Are you seeing another man?

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Ooh look how clever *we* are

We did a thing, because we can. And it got reported. So it must be a valuable contribution.

Or something.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Re: This SO reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey...

You *really* wouldn't want to switch that one back on though.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

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Re: hang on

You're complaining that a computer remembered your registered email address so that you didn't have to? I thought that was what computers (well, databases) were *for*?

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Re: F#ck me!

iMessages are still blue and text messages green though

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Re: F#ck me!

I've never had a problem with iMessage except from occasionally in shopping centers for some reason, but the handy "send as text message" option always does the trick.

I now have an iPhone 6 and it's a really nice jump up from the 4. Fast, slim, light, great battery, screen size and so on. I'm not worried about the sticky-out camera as I keep it in one of those leather flip cases that holds a couple of credit cards, and the leather's easily thick enough to protect it, as would any kind of bumper or skin be.

Incidentally, I think there is one massive advantage to having the lens stick out a bit like that .... when using the camera with the phone in its case, when the flash is on, you don't get that truly awful lens flare that I used to get on the 4, which made taking flash photos impossible without wresting it out of the case first, which is always a PITA.

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Re: Bug????

True, but people forget - there's so much else to worry about when changing ecosystems.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: 4K monitors do not need to be bigger than 32 inches in size

That's fine if you have a small room. Our previously enormous 26" set suddenly looked like a postage stamp when we plonked it down in the front room of our new house: subjectively, the 46" set we replaced it with only looks like a 32" would have done in the old house.

OTOH I don't see why anybody would need more than 640k of RAM

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Re: too complex

Not sure about the phoning home - I think my Samsung can only do that if you set up a Samsung account - a requirement of some of the "smart" features - but the only things I actually use are the iPlayer & other catchup apps, and youtube, both of which I find very handy indeed.

Costco won't have done any kind of setup on those screens .... they often default to some pretty crappy settings and viewing them under a massive wash of striplighting may not help things.

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None of it really matters IMO (unless you're a manufacturer, I guess)

For me - and I suspect a lot of people - there are 2 things at play here which utterly override the whole 720->1080->4K->[...] upgrade path thing.

1. At some point, everyone decides that a good enough picture is good enough. I have a 1080p 46" screen and it's absolutely fine. I will change it when it breaks or I move and need a bigger or smaller one.

2. The whole point of a TV is the content. Yes, you can enjoy that content more when it's Attenboro' or sports maybe, etc, but for the most part one watches the show not the picture quality. A really good programme could be on anything and it will be as good as the writing and acting can make it. First time I saw Das Boot it was on a 12" black and white set, and it was as riveting as when I saw it again on a 26" TFT.

There will always be the er, TV-o-philes same as there are audiophiles who listen to the Hifi rather than the music, but they are rare by comparison.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Owning a Supercar...maybe 'seemed a good idea at the time'?

Surely you just drive it from one of your country mansions to another of your country mansions?

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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What's with the numbering, guys?

Windows 7 -> 8 -> 10

XBOX -> XBOX 360 -> XBOX One

Is it just me and Sheldon Cooper thinks this is ALL WRONG?

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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What a turkey - somebody tell them Xmas is over.

Lacklustre and grimy-sounding "reading experience". Virtually no content available (er - remind me again what the point of an ereader is). A bit large and slippery to be held comfortably. Also - HOW MUCH??

Oh but it's 3mm thinner than a paperwhite. Pardon me for not rushing out to get one.

No wonder nobody has heard of this turkey. And they never will.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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5 adults AND 2 children?

Really? Where - in that huge boot?

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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Subscription coming?

Er hang on. It's currently not a subscription service, and I "own" 3 or 4 seasons of Breaking Bad, Doctor Who and a few other bits n pieces.

So if TalkTalk (Worst. ISP. Ever) turn this into a subscription service - what happens to the stuff I "own" ... am I going to have to pay again to watch my own property?

I will never trust digital content, and this is why.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Graham 24 Built to appeal to its market, which is not you

So this car isn't for you. Get over it and buy a Zafira. Or an XC90...

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Re: Built to appeal to its market, which is not you

Pootling around is exactly all you are going to do in this: it's a school run car, with trips to the hairdresser and Tesco and dogwalking thrown in.

Any serious travelling is done in Dad's vehicle - you know, the powerful one with the twin turbos.

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YMMV - literally

@Norphy - Well, I have a VW Transporter-based camper - RHD - and the bonnet release is on the left. Methinks it's not so much lazy as a mixture of "who really cares" mixed with a VERY large dose of "it's cheaper that way".

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

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Re: Hmm, weird. Talks about iOS alot

No, what it means is that if they sell 10,000 windows tablets the growth is 500% whereas if they sell 10,000 iPads growth is -100,000%

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Re: This..

No. Both my kids' phones have trashed their SD cards and they were reputable branded cards from a reputable source. SAMSUNG galaxy fame. SAMSUNG is to blame for this.

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Would that include the proprietary connector that allows you to connect ..... a 32Gb SD card?

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That's only partially helpful. Yes, you get lots of storage for music files and photos. No, you don't get any more room for apps on most (not all) handsets as they are forced to store in main memory. My kids are constantly having to delete apps to make room for some new game or other, and moan mightily about being unable to remove bloatware that they never wanted or use.

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

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No no no

We, the retail consumers, pay for everything. Note: Every. Thing. The multinationals, as noted above, reclaim the cost of the spectrum through lower taxation, any fiscal shortfall is paid for by us. A lot of them don't pay any tax anyway - Vodaphone for example. Oil analogy? When oil goes up, pump prices go up, and usually fail to come down again with any sort of promptness. Fixed costs are passed on to us as a baseline minimum price, on top that it's all profit, which doesn't get taxed because of writing off other costs against tax and moving surpluses offshore, and round we go again.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: @ Lallabalalla

You're an idiot

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