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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

RubberJohnny

Stuff your screen resolutions, more dots per inch give no useful extra to a phone.

I want: More Battery life, better daylight visibility, good signal reception, ability to withstand being dropped. They are all USEFUL things.

Extra dots per inch = waste of time.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

RubberJohnny

Because generally speaking, Londoners are a bit dopey and more likely to be careless, plus they are very gullible and easy to fool.

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

RubberJohnny

The large one a few months after the first one is exactly as reported for the last 2 or 3 months.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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Re: How the sale went down

The guys at my local Maplin are a good bunch. One looked at my shopping list and we got into a discussion about balanced and unbalanced audio cables, and when I explained what I was doing with the stuff he agreed with me. They do know their stuff and are most apologetic about the prices of some things.

I do wish the display shelves wouldn't fall apart when I touch something though.

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Re: Vouchers

Yes, about that time I was using the Maplin catalogue as a component data sheet, it had all the pin-outs and specs. A cut out page in the back had a form to hand write your part numbers and quantities and send off to Rayleigh. Them and the RadioShack/Tandy catalogue, hours of entertainment. Then I started work and discovered RS.

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

RubberJohnny

In a VAG

Didn't VW Group drop the name "VAG" in 1992?

Some American prude was offended.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

RubberJohnny

Re: Pixel wars

My son's retina iPad doesn't actually do anything that my iPad 2 doesn't do.

But numbers are extremely important to the terminally stupid. And there are a lot of them and they have credit cards.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

RubberJohnny

Re: Where have all the fanboyz gone

I think the Windows boys don't see those yellow shields, they use RDCMan tool to manage multi RDPs and I don't think 15 is considered a lot.

And they WSUS servers to automate the patching.

They complained to me about the lack of opportunity to earn a bit extra at weekends.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

RubberJohnny

Re: mac book air screen

That's nonsense really, iPhones are screwed together, they disassemble entirely with screws. To separate the digitiser from the LCD requires a heat gun, but the replacement is dirt cheap.

iPods do not disassemble easily and will need a heat gun, i believe the iPad is the same, but the iPhone is definitely a screw together device and most repairs are simple stuff.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

RubberJohnny

Re: It didn't need a big team

Gestures was bought in. Apple purchased Fingerworks Inc. of Delaware, USA, which might have been a spin off of University of Delaware.

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Tesla wants $1.6bn to help fund $5bn TOP SECRET Gigafactory

RubberJohnny

Re: So they should wait until they have a better battery?

The curve of battery development over the years is becoming distorted lately, because only recently has the case to move away from fossil fuel as portable energy source become so lucrative. Whilst combustibles were relatively cheap, plentiful and had the existing distribution in place there was no urgency to go to electrical cells.

Now with the climate thing going on and the oil industry dove has returned to the ark with an olive branch, there are stupendous rewards waiting for the battery breakthrough. A serendipitous CERN discovery would be my bet.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

RubberJohnny

Re: Ah, the QL—fond memories!

Thank you. I also had one, but it always worked perfectly, and reading this article I was wondering how I ever afforded it. I was beginning to think I imagined it, but thanks to you Chas I know I'm not going mad. Yet.

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Ditch your boring iPhone for a hot Android piece, says Google's TOTALLY UNBIASED Eric Schmidt

RubberJohnny

I have both, one for work where I don't have a choice and a personal phone that I bought for myself.

The work one is latest specs and version and is a nightmare fussy pita where the OS intrudes and makes a nuisance of itself. I constantly curse it's irritations, failures and needy tinkering requirement.

My personal phone barely makes itself known, it does it's job - as a platform for the apps and messaging without me thinking about the phone or OS.

I'm not interested in marketing specs or silly pissing contests, I really am not interested in the phone, I just want to get on with the jobs I use it for.

That's why my personal phone is an iPhone 5.

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Dear-ly beloved: Apple’s costly iPad Mini with Retina Display

RubberJohnny

" iPhone is supposed to have a screen that is more or less RGB perfect"

Essential for Candy Crush and Facebook.

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RubberJohnny

The Jacket Pocket Argument

A 7 inch tablet in the inside pocket makes a smart jacket asymmetrically sag and the wearer transforms into a tramp.

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RubberJohnny

Music Creation Apps

Android devices still don't support low latency audio, so they are next to useless for instrument input, which is why Line6 Mobile Pod is only available on iOS.

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

RubberJohnny

But duh!

It's very difficult to get hold of a 5S, I have to wait for an unspecified date in Oct/Nov before I can get a 5S, therefore I am unable to activate it. Maybe there are more 5S available in the US and other terrotories.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

RubberJohnny

Oh shut up with all this Android / iOS bickering crap. I got sick of reading the same old stuff years ago and the saddos are still bleating on at each other. Just shut up SHUT UP buy the phone you prefer and shut the f*** up. That is all.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

RubberJohnny

Take an early stake in Verizon and sell it on for 80 billion sounds like much better business to me.

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RubberJohnny

Re: Conspiracy theory time

Our story is more fun.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

RubberJohnny

Can it get and hold reasonable signal strength in fringe reception areas?

Can it survive being dropped from head height onto concrete?

Can it survive being rained on or dropped into a toilet so it has to be rinsed off?

Will the battery last between reasonable charge opportunities?

Can I read the display clearly in bright sunlight?

I actually have no interest in its relative benchmark score. I am interested in stuff that makes a real difference.

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RubberJohnny

The market is finally learning that Megapixels are not the be all and end all of cameras.

It seems to be taking longer to understand that benchmark performance is not the be all and end all of any consumer device.

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MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

RubberJohnny

Re: The 'Custom' GPU in the 808

Wrong. BCM2835 in the Raspberry Pi can't handle over 20MP.

http://www.broadcom.com/products/BCM2835

The chip in the 808 is one co developed by Nokia and a partner, possibly Broadcom, but not a 2835.

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RubberJohnny

Come on Jolla, hurry up with Sailfish and let me get away from all thiss hit.

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RubberJohnny

Re: Windows phones built to Microsoft's hardware recipe

Nokia 808 has the best Smartphone camera.

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Study: US iPhone owners tend to be rich, educated, white

RubberJohnny

I use an iPhone because I have better things to think about than my phone. It does it' s job and I don't need to be sending hours sorting out home screens and widgets thanks.

Oh, and it was dirt cheap from Ebay and 100% reliable so far.

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RubberJohnny

How about a £200 Ebay iPhone 3GS? Bought outright and operated on PAYG?

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BlackBerry Messenger unleashed: Look out Twitter and Facebook

RubberJohnny

I long for the day when there is one decent messaging standard that all phones use, like SMS but improved.

I can't stand having to open up seperate apps depending on whether is iMessage for Apple, What's App for Android etc.

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BlackBerry and Apple pie this summer. Or BBM-onna-Droid

RubberJohnny

Consolidation

Next for the iMessages to consolidate seamlessly with BBM and then we will have consolidated messaging instead of hard boundaries. Then the lowest common denominator - SMS can go quietly.

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

RubberJohnny

Yes hi def, more pixels per inch so we can have smaller text - great!

Imagine if the print industry had access to such resolution, they could make tiny books!

Oh wait.... the print industry does have more density, but they don't make tiny books because nobody wants them.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

RubberJohnny

Re: Sadly, the under 40s

"going on 1.5 months now waiting for a phone line to be connected (and on an estate) so things have not changed all that much"

A week for my VirginMedia connection.

Or I can walk into Carphone Warehouse and have a connected new phone number in less than 5 minutes.

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Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

RubberJohnny

Re: How to LIE witih selective STATISTICS

Zune started as a huge investment. I was a supplier as a small part of that whole environment that was built.

The goal was to go after iPod. Then iPod touch appeared and Zune was ****ed.

Microsoft had the experience to know when it was beat, so they stopped pumping the investment in.

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Re: How to LIE witih selective STATISTICS

"We will be successful with WinPhone. We are successful with all of our major investments. We have time, money and experience on our side. Just saying...."

OK, try it like this:

"We will be successful with ZUNE. We are successful with all of our major investments. We have time, money and experience on our side. Just saying..."

Still believe it?

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

RubberJohnny

Re: Puzzled

"https://support.google.com/gmm/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2650218"

That's a failure. I tried to use this on a trip, but the area you can pre-cache is too small, Nokia can store the entire world, the google pre-loading couldn't even select half of England.

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Re: Puzzled

"Perhaps you should actually use it before explaining it? ... I have 3 offline maps cached at the minute total size <200Mb which cover all of Nothern England - and much better than my in-car when it comes to new builds and industrial estates."

3 maps? What a ridiculous faff. It's 2013 and my £60 tomtom 8 years ago had the whole country in with nothing to do but switch on and go. Google have some quality maps, but it's a crap user system.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

RubberJohnny

Re: I haven't driven more than a hundred miles in a go for about five years!

Airport is only 20 miles from home.

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RubberJohnny

Top Gear were proved right in court. If you only get 55 miles and run out in the Tesla then you have to get it towed and wait hours before you can refuel it again. In your old track car you just take a jerry can to it and you are on your way. That was the point.

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Re: @Michael B.

If you are a film director with limited time and budget, are you going to waste time driving a car round and round for 55 miles just to show an 8 second clip of it running out of charge, or are you going to use the Tesla supplied data and just go ahead and get the shot you need?

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RubberJohnny

In fact it was Tesla's own boffins in California that calculated that 55 mile figure. If you look at the actual material presented you can see that the BBC was entirely in the right and that Tesla's PR people need replacing with people that can actually do the job. Top Gear were making a film, when you have a days shoot and people to pay you don't drive a car round and round for 55 miles just to waste time. No director would ever let that happen.

Surey they should have done some research into what Top Gear was like before they handed them a car to test? Every car gets similar treatment, but usually the toys stay in the pram.

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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

RubberJohnny

Re: here comes the onslaught

"Should of" used to be wrong. But now it is used so often that it has become the correct form. Fluid language you see. The modal verb plus "have" plus past participle has had its day.

But I might have been called old fashioned, once.

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Re: here comes the onslaught

Ahhh, Control Panel defaults to thicky mode and offers "Switch to Classic Mode" for the less thick.

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RubberJohnny

Re: Surface Pro will also fail

It's not the openness that is selling Android, 99% of buyers don't know it's open, or what "open" means.

What is selling Android is Samsung, and Apple actually making their latest phones less appealing.

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

RubberJohnny

I've got the original

One board computer, innovation:

http://www.vintage.org/special/apple-1/

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She's a beauty! Super WATER-RICH Mars rock FOUND

RubberJohnny

Re: And the Russians used a pencil

omg, you must be having to turn down dinner dates.

Yep, we all know it's an urban myth. Which is why it worked as a title.

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RubberJohnny

And the Russians used a pencil

So, how many billion are being spent sending a robot car to Mars?

In Morocco somebody bent down and picked up a rock, got better results?

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Nokia's imaging chief makes surprise exit

RubberJohnny

"From the get-go"

WTF is a "get-go" ???

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

RubberJohnny

RDS

5 Live on 909 and 693 is still hugely popular, so not an easy thing to do to figure out how to find spectrum for FM. It's about time though, that the large audience for this station could start using RDS whilst listening.

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Microsoft and Skype to axe world's most popular IM client early 2013

RubberJohnny

UNIFY

I need to open one app to talk to Messenger people, another for WhatsApp, another for iMessage, and FB Messenger, Skype and I can't even see Blackberry messages. Then there are texts and emails. All with separate clients. That's a mess by anyone's standard.

Time for one brilliant startup to create a single app on all platforms that will consume messages from anywhere, possibly by using gateway servers. Hell I might even have a go at proof of concept myself.

I'll see you in court.

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