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* Posts by Ally 1

45 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

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Shows how much analysts know. They have been crying out for a cheaper iphone for years.

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LinkedIn fires back against 'hack-and-spam' US class-action sue bomb

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Re: Ok....

I'm against Linkedin. I have never ever ticked the box to allow them access to the email addresses I use..for spam mainly and chat. I used my work address to join up, but they ask if I'd like to connect with people in my hotmail and yahoo email accounts..which I've never told them I have.

It's pointless, there's nobody there I would like to "connect" to in a work environment in my hotmail and yahoo accounts. But still they appear on my "people you may know" sidebar.

What's more, they appear with full names and workplaces, where before I only knew them by nicknames and email addresses. For instance, I signed up to a dating site a few years back through my spam hotmail account...which linkedin shouldn't even know I have if it wasn't spying. Girls who I chatted with through hotmail are appearing on linkedin with full names and places of work. So a person I exchanged a few emails with..not even in my adress book.. brighteyes from brighteyes@hotmail.co.uk is now Mary Smith, secretary at Acme Processing, High Street, Crawley (made up details). It's a serious security flaw, and a stalkers dream

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Google cooks web dev teaching tool for Raspberry Pi

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Re: Pi still a miss. @beauchamp

As far as I know, Google no longer does the 20% projects..or if they do it has to go through the corporate approval cycle

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Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

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Re: @Dave 126 You beat me to it.

You mean like Samsung Apps that already comes with Samsung phones

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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So the headmaster called Glasgow Uni to inform them that there was a student who swore on his way

I can just imagine the response from a Glaswegian..knows the fuckin language already then?

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Re: I'm actually surprised....

Pure unadulterated fun I suppose. If someone said to me, take this angle grinder and those big tools and smash up that shiny Apple hardware..I'd be fighting the gorillas off until there wasn't anything bigger than a flat matchstick left. Stuff letting them have all the fun

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Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over UNPAID intern advert

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Re: Retarded. Where is the problem, again?

It can be a plus alright..but who for? Anyone from a poorer background is almost automatically excluded no matter how well qualified or intelligent. Anyone not from a well off background just can't afford to do a year's unpaid work to flesh out their CV. It's just another case of the rich helping their own and discriminating against everyone else.

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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Re: This should be done by the networks

I'm sure I've read before that operators aren't allowed to use IMEI blocking in the US. This is because phone manufacturers want to sell more phones. If the user gets his phone back then Apple/Samsung etc lose a sale

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: 2 year upgrade cycle

I wish I could upgrade 18 months into a 24 month contract. My Razr packed up last night. Went into the shop today and found out I was 19 months into the contract and if I wanted to upgrade then I'd have to pay £100. I probably face a similar bill for the replacement of the microUSB connector which is broken. I now have the choice of finishing the contract on a crap old phone, paying to upgrade early, getting the phone fixed for the next couple months or buying the contract out and going elsewhere. I reckon each will cost me about £100.

I think they will be losing a customer

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Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

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Re: Let me get this straight

If OP is anything like me, he is not blaming Obama for everything, but disappointed because I seriously expected things to get better under him, not worse. He's been under a lot of pressure from congress, but there's no excuse for his spying, war on whistleblowers and breaking of promises.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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From what I've been reading, because the PS4 isn't region specific the Aussies can order if from the US for cost price plus $15 delivery, which would make it cheaper there than in most US states when tax is taken into account. Amazon has confirmed it will ship to Australia.

The Xbone is region specific, which would make it difficult to do the same

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

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These megacorps spend half their time lobbying governments for tax breaks, reductions and law changes. Then they turn round and blame governments for the tax laws.

The government gets the tax companies who work for these corporation in to consult on new laws..while at the same time letting these tax giants know the loopholes before to "add value" to their services.

The whole thing is a sham

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

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Re: Yeah.. I'm kind of with you on this..

I think the overheads for games is tiny anyway in comparison to the end price.

The thing that gets me is that because of the restrictions in second hand games..2nd hand games will be 90% of the purchase price of a new game..people will be a lot more focused on games they want, and that will lead to hyped-up blockbusters and big marketers getting the vast majority of the custom. Welcome to Xbox One, we have CoD, FIFA AND Forza, all you'll ever need!

OK it's a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much

I've seen nothing at all that makes me want either the One or the PS4

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Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

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I'll be honest. From my perspective an ecosystem is not too important. I have had an Android phone for the last couple of years and the amount of apps I've downloaded is negligible...under ten anyway. Of those I've used a couple regularly and some I have not used at all. Make calls, take good pics and browse quickly are my priorities.

I would like to try the 925 to see how the Windows phone operates. At the moment my next phone is the HTC One, but I'd be open to persuasion

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

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Re: Thank the stars she privatised BT...

That saved the car industry!

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How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Continue to believe the Norks are stupid at your own peril:

I'm very dubious. The OIRA was almost irrelevant by the early 70s.

Though good churchgoing communists are not unusual. Just look at Cuba http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17509340

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Re: Fingers crossed...

£10m of improvements

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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Re: FFS!

Trolling us and getting a shedload of views and comments? It's fun to watch

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Queen of Tech City says she will decide what Tech City does soon now

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Re: The way that it actually works...

Or get a job as a programmer and outsource your job to China so you can work on your own project

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Inside Intel's deal to let FPGA biz Altera use its 22nm TriGate fabs

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It's a strange one. As far as I know Intel has never gone out and actively looked for subcontract deals, so you could be right. Also Altera have fallen quite a bit behind Xilinx in both performance and the roll out of new geometries.

FPGAs are the easiest chips to manufacture after memory as they tend to be a repetative pattern. Often foundries use FPGAs as the proving technologies for new geometries because of it.

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Linus Torvalds in NSFW Red Hat rant

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Re: Carlsberg? Eww! (was: Quite frankly.....)

Not sure what you mean by infected, but thumbs up for Lagunitas. Had it for the first time last year and loved it. Pity you can't get it in the UK

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Bipartisan Senate group proposes green cards for tech grads

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Re: If this passed there will be a massive rise in the price of ...

There will be a massive expansion in the number of expensive "crossover" from arts to STEM courses that are not worth the parchment they are printed on you mean?

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Re: I'm quite left leaning...

I can't see that at all. The people they are talking about would have probably already paid a fortune to study in the US, either that or be the best of the best from their country to get scholarships. I don't think they'd settle for being a BOFH. If they don't get a good US job, they'd probably head back home and use parental money and influence to get a dream job in country of origin.

I also travel a quite frequently to Slicon Valley, and the number of immigrant start-up owners I meet is unbelievable, especially those from India and China. So those guys end up employing STEM grads in well paying positions, reather than replacing local labour

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Lynch mob of bankers say they'll stump up cash to take Dell private

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Re: follow up

According to this they have already paid a lot back, and are still 82% owned by the government http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9245088/RBS-on-path-to-recover-as-it-pays-off-bail-out-loans.html

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Firefox for Android now runs on EVEN OLDER, slower kit

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Re: Yet More Places to run this?

You may have read that Farnell has sold 500k. RS and the other smaller distis must have sold about a similar amount

I might give FF another go. It was the first thing I installed when I got my HTC desire, which was at the time the state of the art Android phone..and the first thing deleted after shuddering along trying to load pages. I use Opera at themoment on my Razr, but that's no great shakes either. I may try naked browser mentioned above

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Foxconn calls in the cops over supplier bribes claims

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Why kid yourself it doesn't happen elsewhere?

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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Re: Sounds like....

Agree with you there. Most HR are only interested in finding drones who will fit in with their idea of what corporate culture should look like. Anyone who looks like they have an opinion that would be outside the corporate norm is instantly disgarded. They usually end up stagnating in a working day comprising totally of meetings where they connect with each other, affirming and sharing each others' out of the box, blue sky thinking...which generally turns out to be exactly the same as old style thinking with a few extra bells and whistles.

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British boffins 3D print electrical sensors

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Re: Neat, but not quite the first

That is a nice link, thanks. There was good video on the site showing the sensor in action.

I think the main difference is the substance in the article is formable into any shape, as opposed to a printed strip.

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Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

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noo I didnt get a badge

One of the problems withbadges is that people write any old inane crap to get to the highest level. Quantity over quality every time

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Ooh did I get a badge?

We had to do our own appraisals and then the management came told us why we were wrong in our assesment. I had to set my own targets which I made sure were easy

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Google avoids tax with ‘Double Irish Dutch Sandwich’

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Re: It's the wrong discussion

That would be good. If the Australian government reduced corporate to Ireland's rate then Google could miss out that step and syphon the cash directly to Holland in royalties which would save legal and accountancy fees and enable them to have an even larger pile of dosh sitting in the Carribean?

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Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

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Re: The title is no longer required

I have to set this up soon. I'm a member of a non techy forum and there is a 15 page thread on this. Seems to be simple to set up, fast and reliable.

Maybe an idea for a reg article?

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Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

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I have occasional problems streaming, but nothing critical. I do find it funny when I'm downloading a big file like a ame upgrade. It can sit at 48mbs for a couple of minutes then drop off to slower than dial up for 10 minutes and then keep repeating the same pattern

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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MS were pushing this as the same price as an iPad but with double the memory, so I can see a point if the guy is getting it with the same free space as the iPad

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iPhone maker Foxconn hatching US factory expansion plan?

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America has Labor laws..since when?

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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I'd love this to happen.

Played Elite, Frontier and EVE and love the genre. I understand the criticism of Eve here, but I had a great time for about 4 years. Made some great friends from round the world and had some brilliant experiences. I think the best was the corps first PVP kill against a wartarget. There were 5 of us literally screaming like little girls on voice and when the ship went down it was pandemonium. After that I could barely speak for an hour as my jaw had locked through the stress of it. No other game has made me feel like that.

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Why is 4G so expensive? Answer: The Post-Voice Era is coming

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Re: US does cost more but most of the world doesn't

I read before, and I'm not sure if its true, that when the US allocated mobile phone numbers they didn't make them significantly different to home phone numbers, with the area code etc. So then they were forced to charge similar prices for calls as they did for home phones, so all local calls were free. If it is true the extortionate data rates are probably trying to claw some of that money back

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Chinese 'Thunder God' plant could crush cancer

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Now the centre will patent the active compound and serve notice on 200,000 Chinese herbalists for patent infringement

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Virgin Media's blighted SuperHub NOW comes with extra squeal (oink)

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I hate the Superhub, even in modem mode it cuts the router off quite frequently. My 50MB is less than 0.5mb wireless in the next room of a fairly new flat, even in router mode. It's funny I live in a block of flats and the signal from the next room turns up near the bottom of a list of 20 signals sorted by strength

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'Never seen before' Fraunhofer wireless breakthrough... seen before

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Re: Sooo

My guess is that the new release is 1G/s over a standard protocol, where the last one was straight ones and zeros. There is usually some qualifying statement

Nice pun though!

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Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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Re: Seagate?

Apple also use Samsung chips, and chips fabbed by Samsung.

Anyways did you miss the big bit about Samsung being the major shareholder in Seagate?

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iPad factory towns in China to finally get Apple Stores

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Things are improving over there. Foxconns profits dropped a bit despite more business, mainly because of the increase staff benefits they were forced to provide

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Hardware exists.

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Re: If it needs a fan

Diode to datacentre?

Would be nice to see more smaller electronic stuffs

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