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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

Waspy

I agree, probably the best mobile OS out there right now - it runs android apps (almost) as if they were native to boot. Multi-tasking is very good, the hub is brilliant, messaging is the best i've used on almost any platform, bluetooth isn't the crippled 'only connect to audio devices and other phones by the same manufacturer via some voodoo proprietary protocol' variety...why do all the best OSes shuffle off to die? webOS never got the traction it deserved, Meego got binned (although it lives on as Sailfish...not quite as nice imho) and now BB10 could be jumping off the cliff.

I don't want to use iOS (locked down as hell, inflexible as hell, eveyone has a fucking iPhone, I have an iPad and it does my head in) and I don't want Android (messy UI between apps, is a data collection tool for creepy Google). WinPhone is alright but still almost as inflexible as iOS. I feel like I am cursed, perhaps I should buy an iphone and watch apple's stock slide.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Waspy

Really nice to see even reg commentards taking Nokia's (really quite good imo) WinPhones to their hearts here...wasn't so long ago you'd get downvoted to oblivion for even suggesting you liked the look of the tiles...

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

Waspy

Just give NASA the cash

and so it goes again...some of the greatest human acheivements will be done through a political and military lens. We only went to the Moon because America felt silly and threatened by Sputnik and Gagarin's flight, and here we go again. I guess we souldn't look a gift horse in the mouth but can't humans for once back the idea of space exploration for its own sake? Just give NASA the cash!

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BlackBerry revenue slips below $1bn as users shun BB10

Waspy

I think my Q10 is brilliant

I have just replaced my phone with a second hand q10, and it is possibly one of the best phones I have ever used. The multi tasking is true multi tasking (although the 8 app limit is annoying), the email/message etc hub is really useful and push email is as it should be - quick and efficient. Add in the brilliant browser and the ability to run android apps and I am very happy.

The exorbitant pricing for the new devices was part of the problem but the other thing is that bb's marketing has been shocking - most people don't even realise they have new models out. Add in the herd mentality (people only buy what everyone else has, hence why only apple and Samsung make all the profit) and the fashionable idea that 'blackberrys are crap' and you have the perfect storm of zero profit for blackberry. It's a real shame, as I personally think that neither apple or samsung devices are worth the money, and with samsung especially I think the ui is horrible - I think, sparse App Store aside, a modern bb would suit many people (at the right price) better that whatever the phone shop person has pushed on them. Best of luck to Chen.

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Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices

Waspy

What makes Tizen any different to other mobile oses?

Good reporting on the state (or lack of any state) of Tizen in the marketplace but I take issue with one opinion in this article - that of the Jolla phone and Sailfish being underwhelming. Sure it's still very much a hobbyist OS right now but it does so many things right, and the Jolla hardware, whilst not being top spec is perfectly adequate for the job and nice looking too.

The main thing that keeps me with Sailfish is true, unbridled multi-tasking, something I loved from Symbian, webOS and MeeGo Harmattan, all now obviously dead (there seems to be a pattern here, hopefully only coincidental...). Evidence would suggest that consumers couldn't care less about real multi-tasking (that or they do not know what it is/what they are missing) but for me personally I wouldn't go near a Tizen handset unless it had this feature. I've used several androids in the past and I currently have an iPad and the awful hacked on pseudo-multitasking drives me nuts - web pages constantly have to reload when I go back to them, streaming services have to reload, things log out etc.

if any when a device comes out, and If Tizen was to differentiate itself, maybe that is one way it could do so.

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Microsoft gets GIANT GLASS HQ in FINLAND as part of Nokia deal

Waspy

Re: Rented building anyway

yeah they did sell it, all part of the reason they are glad to be shot of the whole enterprise. Sad really, but tge hope of a return to handsets and hardware remains alive with Jolla...

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

Waspy

Price conscious public?

If you were shopping around for a low price handset, why the fuck would you by an iPhone? If it's colourful plastic you like then - dare I say it - you could get a well made and easy to use Nokia Lumia for about a quarter of the price. Judging from the reviews the Nokia plastic is better wearing anyway and won't scratch within a few days.

But then most people don't actually buy phones for utility, despite how much they try and convince themselves.

The 5c may be cheaper than a 5s but cheaper doesn't necessarily mean cheap...

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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Devil

Maybe there's life in the old Lib Dem dogs yet...

They do have a reason exist after all!

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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

Waspy

Re: Nokia becoming more like M$oft alredy

Seems to be a lot of blind loyalty on these forums...anything remotely criticising Android seems to always get a downvote! I agree completely, Android is great on high end (although I still think it's often inconsistent and fiddly for the non-techy user compared to iOS and WP8) but awful on low-end hardware. Windows Phone runs incredibly well on very low-spec hardware, and the UI is consistent, clean and easy to use (yeah yeah, some people hate Metro but I happen to like it).

I just can't understand this blind hatred of a copmpany and its products...WinPhone is a good product (and yes, far better than Windows 8, so credit should be given where credit is due). You think Microsoft is evil? I'm really not sure Apple or Google are any better these days. I can only guess people here are so loyal to Android because you can fiddle about with almost everything on it in a really geeky way...which is great (I enjoy this myself) but almost everyone else I meet couldn't care less about that stuff. Go out in the street and ask any Samsung Galaxy user what 'rooting' means. Hell, ask them what Android is. You'll get a lot of blank looks, I guarantee it.

I'm sad that Nokia's devices division has now been sold - I still use Symbian - but I think that Nokia's management made the right decision at the time...I don't think Android would have allowed them to diffrentiate their handsets enough and as mentioned, Android runs like a dog on low-end chippery. Unfortunately it's all gone to shit now, but you never know, the new MS Lumias may be really good if they keep the Nokia division autonomous enough. I however shall be looking to Jolla from here on in, eagerly awaiting my pre-order!

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Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait

Waspy

Re: Game over already

Care to back this up? I've read a few initial crappy 'I used auto settings' breathless gadget mag comparisons but I'm not sure many proper tests have been done yet.

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

Waspy

A decent article...

...and a brief but a decent obituary, thanks Andrew. If you go to the BBC, the clueless 'tech' hacks there would have you believe that Nokia only made 'phones with Snake on' prior to the iPhone (and they all have iPhones, natch)...according to them, the iPhone is the first and only smartphone

If you showed the BBC tech team a 770 tablet from 2005 I think it would blow their minds

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Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short

Waspy

Mark's take on the word 'innovation'

Hmm, what a surprise. I liked the ambition of the pitch, I even though the product looked nice, but my major beef was with Shuttleworth talking out of his arse. No innovation in smartphones? If he was talking purely about iPhones then maybe, but have you seen Nokia's pureview phones? What about Samsung's 'throw every bit of tech into a slabphone and see what sticks' approach? Or HTC's MacBook-esque alumnium bodies of the One series phones? Yes Mark, no one but Canonical is innovating. If Unity is innovation then I think you need to look up the word 'innovation'.

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Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

Waspy
FAIL

You know how to use your tablet and have set appropriate levels of security on it - hell, you actually know what a tablet is, I've met people who will only recognise what a tablet is if you qualify it with "like an iPad".

Your appraoch is in direct contract to the thousands of parents who buy shiny stuff and have no idea how it really works, and then shove it in front of their kids as a digital dummy...yes, these companies are detestable and ruthless for selling such horribly priced worthless goods but the clueless parents are providing a market for it, so they should probably educate themselves on how to use their £400 gadget before leaving it with a child.

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Sources spill CEO Heins' beans: BlackBerry 'open' to going private

Waspy
WTF?

Re: But why would anyone pay anything for a company clearly in terminal decline?

I don't know, your analogy might be better than you think - Nokia had great hardware the whole way through, and Symbian was a very competent system with stuff that even now mostly eludes the current crop, except, ironically, BB10 (low battery drain, true multitasking, full bluetooth support, HDMI out etc).

The problem was that the UI was written by engineers and not people who understood how the average user used a phone, so you ended up with a very functional looking OS with amazing features but a labrinthine UI...so no one actually knew what those features were.

BB10 is actually very easy to use and looks pretty, so BlackBerry are clearly not doing something right.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Childcatcher

Re: Level of ignorance

What's more worrying (if that's possible) is that Dave keeps conflating the viewing of/ownership/distribution of child abuse material (which is already and quite rightly illegal with heavy penalties) with viewing everyday pr0n (which is quite rightly entirely legal).

This is such a heinous sleight of hand and is clearly designed to fuse the idea of legal pr0n censorship and peodophile crackdowns so that no-one feels able to oppose the idea of a pr0n filter in case they are accused of condoning child-abuse.

"we're going to protect children by cracking down on pr0n and cracking down on child pr0n". These are NOT the same issues.

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Waspy
Mushroom

Chinese democracy...

Seems Dave's recent visits to China have paid off...it wasn't about trade at all! (or maybe it was...where China is gearing up to sell the UK the means to build its own Great Firewall, after testing the waters first...)

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Holmes

"...the cars will...not be fully autonomous, meaning a human can step in if it looks as if the robot driver's going to mow down pedestrians."

Erm, I think it's the meatbag drivers who are more likely to mow down pedestrians, but you'll have spend a lot of time and money getting people used to the idea that they are no-where near as good at driving as they think they are

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Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

Waspy
Pint

The headline...

I haven't even read the article, and I don't really care what it says. Full marks!

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

Waspy
Joke

Re: Ah, the memories

Someone's got to do it...

EPIC EADON NO SHOW FAIL

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T-Mobile to let US customers swap phones twice a year

Waspy

Seems reasonable but do people really live with cracked screens for up to two years? From my anecdotal evidence from regularly seeing people on the Tube with really busted screens, the answer would be 'yes'.

I always wonder what's wrong with these people...if they can afford an iPhone they can afford to get it repaired or replaced - personally a barely usable cracked screen would drive me nuts! And don't get me on to the "I got this phone but really don't like it and it's 18 months until my upgrade" whingers. If you don't like it, then why don't you sell the phone and buy something you do like? I made the mistake of suggesting this once, the reply was was "How would I do that?". Erm...?

So yeah, this scheme would probably work for these people. I'm obviously the odd one out.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

Waspy

A real shame. I would actually really like a Q10, but it is prohibitively expensive (it is essentially the cost of an iPhone 5 and I think that is overpriced too). Of the three former titans of the mobile world (Sony, Nokia and BlackBerry), BlackBerry is the one the one that has failed to understand who the fuck actually buys their stuff and what their products mean to punters in general.

Nokia now gets it (and arguably they might just make it out the woods too) - they cover a range of price points with thier new handsets and all are reliable, quality and good value, with the higher priced models getting you some really nice features, and all have the great Nokia built apps.

Sony also now understand their brand significance - they too are trading on their reputation for good design (and slightly overpriced higer-end products...but they can get away with it). Their new range forgets the SonyEricsson wilderness years and harks back to a time when Sony made brilliant products - and it seems to be working.

BlackBerry however have no fucking clue who buys their products. BB10 is actually pretty good, and I like the Z10 and Q10, but no-one will pay what BB want for them, the pricing is just crazy. Cash-strapped IT managers won't buy these, the general workers have already managed to convince IT to let them use their own devices (more fool them), why would they then spend mental money new BB phones that everyone perceives to be rubbish? And then, like the review says, what teenager can afford this, the most budget BB10 device? Teenagers buy BB 'cause they are reliable and cheap. One part of that equation has disappeared now.

Sorry BlackBerry, you're absolutely doomed. I might pick up a Q10 in the firesale.

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HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

Waspy
FAIL

How long will you stick to this plan HP?

I have, charging wirelessly on my desk, a HP mobile phone. It's called the Pre 3. HP spent 1.3 billion dollars buying the software inside it and an untold sum developing that software and the hardware to put it in. The software is incredible, light years ahead of the competition in some areas - true, intutive multitasking, unified online services (ie it will pull in all infor from Twitter, Facebook, Google, Hotmail etc and present it together), instant searching/app launching, unified inbox etc etc. Even the hardware, whilst not Apple or Nokia's level of quality had something special - the aformentioned wireless charging, which STILL has only really appeared on Nokia phones recently, even though Palm released it in 2009.

HP threw all this away on a whim because they didn't have the balls to try and win some marketshare. They had a unique product and frittered billions on doing nothing with it, and now they want to get into the game by producing the same crap as everyone else. Good luck HP, you don't deserve anything at all!

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

Waspy
Paris Hilton

Re: one of the problems of selling to a non tech end user

You say Android has weak hotspot password generator? Oh no, I've not got one of those, I've got a Samsung Galaxy.

What's a hotspot?

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Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

Waspy
Big Brother

Re: Terrorism

That's the bonkers thing about the massive amount of Americans swallowing this horseshit, they all learnt the Gettysburg Address by heart at school, have they forgotten the salient part?

"...that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".

What's by the people or for the people about PRISM?

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Korean doctors: Smartphones really ARE doing your head in

Waspy
Devil

Hmmm...

Must be a really slow news day if the Reg is rewording articles from the Daily Mail

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Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

Waspy
Joke

Re: ^ Very much this.

The Daily Mail not having a clue about any subject you care to choose yet having a very strong opinion on it? Never!

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

Waspy

Re: Apathy tends to rule these days...

Hmm, which Harvard professor was this? I am not totally dimissing your point, but your argument seems to miss the subtleties and context such equality laws were drawn up around - the reason discussions about racial differences are so taboo in our current Western society is arguably due to the horror that was realised by the Nazis when objective discourse and debate about ethnic traits, drawbacks and positives was turned into genocide by a warped view of the theories. On top that, the so-called theories unscientific and were probably tainted from the outset anyway, having been forged in the minds of imperialistic, arogant and racist Victorians. IQ is difficult to measure, and effects on groups/populations' intelligence can be afffected by an infinite set of external factors so I am interested to see what that particular professor's argument was. Highly qualified academics can sometimes be spectacularly wrong and unscientific too.

But yes, to simply believe that everyone can live a completely equal outcome is naive, I agree...but the important thing to aim for is to increase the base level for all people. People have inalienble human rights and should not be subject to poverty, so I disagree slightly with what I think is the gist of your post.

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Waspy
Big Brother

Apathy tends to rule these days...

Yeah I tend to agree that we are far more closer to Huxley's vision than Orwell's - I don't really use Facebook that much but posted a link to the breaking PRISM story thinking it might be interesting and stir up some debate...and it stirred up fuck all. People were too busy posteing pictures of their cats/children/pets or complainng abouit the postman being late or some other triviality to care. It's really sad.

Interestingly, I am from a unique generation (I am 30) that has seen the Web develop and explode from when I was a teenager, so whilst it has been around in some form or another for most of my adult life, I can remember a time when it was not ubiquitous. Chatting to a friend who is about 5 years younger than me last night, it seems there is far more apathy amongst him and his peers than with those my age. He seemed to be resigned to the fact that "we know it has been happening for years anyway, and I've got nothing to hide". I fear we are sleepwalking into this whole situation, and this also makes me sad.

Speaking of Huxley, Orwell and having nothing to hide, don't forget about Yevgeny Zamyatin's 'We', the story that inspired both 1984 and Brave New World...the characters in that novel live in glass houses and do everything at the same time because they had nothing to hide...and it is a truly horrible existence.

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

Waspy
Devil

Next up...

...Apple 'invents' wireless charging. Everyone borrows from each other but it is annoying to see the average user proclaiming how 'innovative' Apple stuff is when patently is is not. I have to admit that iOS7 does looks nice, but yeah, that's 'cause it looks like Meego, webOS and Meego

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

Waspy
Gimp

iOSweb10WindowsGoDroid

Apple has never borrowed anything from anyone, ever, which is why they can sue the shit of everyone. Oh, but wait, what's this? iOS7 looks like Windows Phone, MeeGo, webOS, BB10 and even Android...nice one lads, better drop the whole lawsuit schtick then

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SEXY models clash at big bash over catty tweets: Yup, it's HTC v Samsung

Waspy
WTF?

Nice one HTC...

Hope you can afford the lawsuit!

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

Waspy
Thumb Up

Re: False positives

@Trevor Pott Excellently put, I said something similar in a Reg forum post a while back, and got into an argument with another poster who claimed to have been a victim in some small capacity of terrorist attacks, but seemed too emotionally involved to not see the irony of his demand that the security services, police and government be given more powers to monitor citizens...when that is exactly the kind of society that extremists want.

The thing is, I too have had a close brush with atrocities and like Iain said in the article, and whilst I was lucky I would not change anyone's right to privacy to change the outcome. I walk around thinking, talking and acting freely knowing full well that there is a minuscule chance that I or my loved ones could be injured or killed by those who do not wish me to have those freedoms. This is the price I and all of us pay to exist in our hard-won democracy, and it's high time everyone realised what living in such a society requires of them.

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

Waspy
WTF?

What happened to the Big Society?

Dave seems to have forgotten all about his little tirade against 'silly regulations' and 'governement quangos'...as leader of a party that traditionally hates regulating (or threatening to regulate), he doing a lot of regulating (or threatening...).

Where do I start? On a broad level it seems the pace of technology is faster than the general populaces ability to actually know how to use that technology. In my experience most people frankly don't have a fucking clue how to use any of the shiny gadgets they buy, and they don't really understand how the Web works. They also seem to fail to understand the ethical and moral implications of enforcing ISP level blocking (and on a side note they also fail to see the issues around giving police and GCHQ greater powers in the wake of a brutal terrorist attack, but that's another story...).

Just because Esther Ranson has been bleating in the government's collective ear (Ranson and most of the government also don't have a fucking clue how any of this stuff works) doesn't mean that access to (crucially legal) material and information should be blocked, just because parents can't be fucked to learn how to use said shiny stuff.

Here's my solution: the gov should try and run educational programs / or contract out such lessons/material/TV programs to teach people how to set up simple blocks on PCs/tablets/networks. They should also teach kids in schools (starting from now) on how our increasingly complex elctronic world works so that in the future we don't have a nation of clueless fuckwits and we end up in a simlar situation when those kids grow up. Instead, Michael Gove thinks that lessons on a long since faded empire are the solution to all of our educational woes.

This whole thing is by an old buys PPE educated club in government, and we need more scientists, engineers and academics in charge to give balance, because the House of Commons right mostly does not understand any of the things they are regulating and acting on.

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Cameron eyes 'non legislative options' for more spook snoop powers

Waspy
Devil

Good old Keith Vaz...

"Labour MP and Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz asked the PM if he would revisit the panel's 2012 recommendation..."

The same Keith Vaz who has led a misinformed but never ending crusade against violent (but crucially adult-rated) video games, despite lots of evidence against his claims...? Might have known he'd be pushing for this sort of knee-kerk bullshit

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

Waspy

Lots of exciting developments in the world of biology and medicine (cybernetics, stem cell research, retrovirus research etc), a good deal of this stuff in development today is likely to be in use by the 2030s (and more importantly, there have been a host of recent advancements in the prevention and treatment of cancer) so the problem may well be moot, or at least less of an issue by then. Of course, potential but not guaranteed technologies should be a basis for NASAa policies on astronaut safety but it's food for thought.

Ironically there will probably be lots of new science discovered about the effect of cosmic rays on such a trip so perhaps cancer treatments and cures will come out of such a trip, but you can't be a pioneer without taking risks. It's what makes us human. Actually I'm thrilled that NASA are even gearing up to go, I've been waiting for this since I read about the moon landings, aged 4!

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

Waspy
Childcatcher

Re: Waspy Police state

Using terms like 'sheeple' and 'hand wringers' plus straw men and lashings of your own opinion makes your post sound a little bit silly. In fact you sound exactly how I would imagine Richard Littlejohn on acid to be

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Waspy

Re: Police state

@Matt Bryant, whilst I sympathise with what must have been a terrible experience (I heard the bus explosion that day but was far enough away to not be directly affected, thankfully, and my girlfriend would have been on the tube that blew up had she not stayed at my house that night - we are luckier than most), I fail to see what your point is. Do you think that the government should be given powers like in the article? Do you think the snooper's charter is necessary? I don't mean to sound callous but taking a serious decision personally and emotionally (like giving even greater powers to the police and security services) is not really a good solution.

Many would argue that there are sufficient laws and provisions in place already - yes the police and MI5 will argue for greater powers but that is their job, in exactly the same way an IT manager will always push for the greatest budget he can, even if it is not in the overall interest of the business. He just wants to get his job done the best way he can, just like our surveillance professionals. These laws are serious though and could have far reaching effects beyond catching potential terrorists - once you have introduced laws like May's, it is very difficult to go back. Is that the road you wish to go down?

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Waspy
Megaphone

Daily Mail crowd is on the warpath again...

I really don't think the everyone realises the trade off he or she has made to live in a democratic, free-speaking (mostly) society. Whilst I abhor and condone what happened last week, it is going to happen at some point every now and again. Attacking and murdering a defenceless person (or any person for that matter) is illegal, and it will be dealt with by laws that have been in place for centuries. Merely thinking or talking about murdering a person IS NOT A CRIME and signing up to the idea that if politicians slowly erode democratic rights and freedoms it will stop people imagining such things is not going to work...and all just because you are scared that such a horrific thing might happen to you or your loved ones. I gladly live with that risk compared to the awful reality of a totalitarian/authoritarian state (and murder still happened in the Soviet Union and still happens in Iran/modern Russia/N Korea etc).

This is before you get on to the statistically tiny chance that you will ever be involved in such an attack anyway (every day people get into cars, use kitchen knives, step over skateboards and shoes that are far more likely to kill).

And way before you even consider the irony that extremist minorities actually want a society that is restricted in such a manner.

All this is stating the obvious but I thought I'd exercise my democratoc right to do so, natch. Democracy is often wasted on the democratic it seems.

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

Waspy
Devil

Re: Zucky is pretty good at biz

Hilariously Eadon finds the Microsoft angle in yet another non-Microsoft story, I don't know whether to 'like' it or report it

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

Waspy
Boffin

8 out of 10 women agreed that this product is amazing

So this has only been tested it on one subject? For three months? Even Oil of Olay have a more scientifically credible approach to testing and peer review than this joker.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

Waspy

Re: so.what do we do....

Fair cop, for some reason I confused 20,000 for 12,000, mea culpa (in my defence I mention 12,000 above, a case of mathematical dyslexia I fear). But you've not really answered anything, the fact remains that of any papers that expressed an opinion on agw, 97% agree with a human cause. I'm simply trying to understand your position... I really cannot understand the opposition to the idea of man made climate change outside perhaps that of a politically motivated one.

We could argue forever about this but as concluded at the bottom of the article, it is generally accepted that most scientists agree with the whole idea of man made global warming. Do you know better? have you got access to information and data climatologists have not? Can you name someone credible (and qualified) opposed to agw? All I see are right- wing pundits and media outlets. Oh, and James Delingpole, a right wing pundit who has admitted that he hasn't got the time to read peer reviewed literature, despite having strong opinions on it.

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Waspy
Facepalm

Re: so.what do we do....

ok, so you tell me why, in statistical and scientific terms why those 97% of the 20,000 papers are inaccurate? Yes, sometimes science can get things wrong and studies (and their results) can sometimes be politically, emotionally and personally be interpreted with bias. I will be honest with you; the idea that 19,400 independently conducted and peer reviewed studies over 20 years have ALL come to biased conclusions is frankly bollocks. You are honestly trying to say that 19,400 studies are, as you described it "junk science"? Let's be scientific about this, where, in each of these 19,400 studies have the authors gone wrong? Is it the data sets? Is it the interpretation? What would you have submitted for your peer review had you been asked to professionally look at each of these studies?

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Waspy
WTF?

Re: so.what do we do....

Everyone's an expert here it seems. You seem to be saying a lot but nothing at all, clutching at straws to imagine a seret cabal of scientists in a web of conspiracy designed to convince us that carbon dioxide can cause a planet to warm up. Ever seen Venus?

Sure there is more data to gather, sure some companies and governments have sought to capitalise on the situation, but that does not mean the data is wrong or that 97% of peer reviewed journal submissions are incorrect. The only bias here is yours. You rather remind me of lunar landing or 911 conspiracy proponents, or even big tobacco executives up until recently, all invoking scientific terms and words such as Occam's Razor or 'undeniable evidence', without looking at themselves. Let's be specific here; what's more likely, there is some secret sect all scientists belong to making them lie in their papers, the measurements and weather stations are all wrong and governments are all peddling a sinister agenda...or that 20 years worth of unlinked scientific papers (and 12,000 of them) might be on to something? Hmm?

however, in the interests of balance, what kind of study would satisfy you?

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Google research chief: 'Emergent artificial intelligence? Hogwash!'

Waspy

Re: Anyone remember Kevin the Cyborg?

Don't see what's so veiled about it, I found the mockery quite funny, but 10 years on it seems writers at the Reg are coming to terms with the fact that someone like Kevin Warwick may not have been totally talking out of his backside after all.

I like the cynical nature of the Register, it's well informed but conservative (and has a funny tabloid-esque side to it too)...but this provides a grounded counterpoint to some of the more pie in the sky utopian articles and books on science and technology that I read. The point I am making that if something as practical and realistic as the Register is writing serious articles about this stuff then clearly we are moving increasingly towards a very science fiction kind of direction (or what would have been science fiction...it's science fact by the time you get there)

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Waspy
Terminator

Anyone remember Kevin the Cyborg?

Interesting how the usually utterly cynical el Reg seems to be taking a significantly less cynical look at true AI and all the Vinge/Kurzweil paraphernalia that goes with it. Seems a long time ago when they ran weekly piss-take articles on 'Kevin the Cyborg'. (not that I am totally defending Kevin Warwick, he's said some silly things but he used to raise some interesting issues...)

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

Waspy
WTF?

Re: boris

" 'cause he is that funny guy wot is off the telly" seems to be a worryingly real reason I've heard from others.

To be fair to him he has done more good for London than I thought he would and he does have a certain charm about him in an everyman Clinton/Kennedy/Blair teflon kind of way...but aside from the fact that he stands against everything I admire politically, I wouldn't trust him as far as I can throw him.

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Review: BlackBerry Q10

Waspy
Headmaster

Type and Go = webOS Just Type

"Type and Go is a great feature, a natural for a real-QWERTY device, and very accessible (one swipe up, and start typing). It's so obvious you wonder why nobody thought of putting it into a smartphone before."

Erm, this was seen before, although admitedly by almost no-one...Palm's webOS had this feature (called Just Type) and as you've found on the Q10, it's an incredible feature. On my Pre 3 I don't even bother organinsing apps or anything (no wobbly icons for me, thankyou very much!), just start typing and things happen.

I really, really like the look of BB10 and the Q10 in particular, it seems to take the essense of true multitasking systems like webOS and Meego and distill it into something really productive, adding in the famed BlackBerry mechanical keys (if you want) to the mix too. I already have a PlayBook, BlackBerry may well find me all in soon

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Intel plucks new CEO Brian Krzanich from its own ranks

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Boffin

Good luck...

Good luck to him, while Intel are hardly going to go bust tomorrow, they have a lot of work to do...they are near non-existent on smartphones/tablets, no one is buying into the Ultrabook brand and AMD seem to be doing lots of interesting things with powerful GPU/CPU combo chips.

Strangely though, although having not personally used one the Motorola Razr i is reported to be one of the best performing Android phones you can get batery life wise (and it's pretty snappy too as a single core...but then perhaps Intel realise the multi-core phone cpu sham better than most)...and whilst I've seen a few ads about town 've never actually seen one in the wild. Seems to be that they've solved their power consumption problems so why aren't they muscling into the phone/slab market? Seems to me they need to strike a deal with their old pals Microsoft to get included in the Windows Phone spec, cause Apple and Samsung sure as hell aren't going to start using them now.

I used to hear the "bong bing bong bong" jingle all the time years ago, I haven't heard it for ages now. Actually, maybe that's a good thing...

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

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I went to on a visit to CERN last summer while in Geneva...

...And saw firstly the cinematic show introducing the work that goes on at CERN and then the museum across the road. Strangely the 'world's first web server' appeared to be in both buildings under exactly that label - they'd sneakily put the actual NeXt cube on display in the cinema building and the rest of it (monitor/keyboard/mouse) was in a glass case in the museum!

I'll let them off though, I wouldn't have found the place without the Web

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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Go

Fortunes are changing?

Nokia aren't going anywhere; Elop has steadied the ship and they aren't bleeding cash anymore (see the latest quarterly results) so all they need now is to make a decent profit. Judging anecdotaley by what I am seeing and hearing around me, Windows Phone (and crucially mainly Nokia Windows Phone) seems to be gaining traction; in the past two weeks I have discovered that my 18yo cousin has a Lumia and her boyfriend has a HTC (although he is annoyed that he dropped his and it now needs repair, I laughed and said that the Nokia would not have done that). She said that they both love their Windows Phones, and can't understand why more people don't have them.

My partner has ordred a Lumia 920 as her main work phone (to replace her BlackBerry) and I have seen several Lumias out and about on public transport. Plus two colleagies of mine mentioned Lumias yesterday, one of them saw a mate use his at the weekend and now has his sights set firmly on upgrading to a new Nokia, and the other also saw a friend at the weekend who was waxing lyrical about how much he loved his WP Nokia and was pronouncing that the new range had turned Nokia's fortunes around. Perhaps slightly premature but there is definitely room for optimism.

I'm pleasd for Nokia - it's a real shame Symbian and Meego weren't taken on the path previosly set out (still love my N9 and N86, and Symbian Belle was very good), and many of the excellent hardware features are sadly missed in the current Lumias (Bluetooth file transfer/browsing, built in torch, USB OTG, sleeping screen OLED/AMOLED screen clock and message alert etc) but there is rumour that they will be bringing them to WP at some point so good luck to them. IN any case, as Andrew mentions in the article, these are far better value handsets than the shockingly awful cheapo HTC and Samsung Androids (there is an ongoing saga with the in-law's quite frankly shower-of-shit Galaxy Ace, still in contract).

I think Elop will be judged far more kindly in the future he pulls this off - for the Symbian apologists, read the Reg article about the Symbian politburo that was gradually killing the company through infighting; the burning memo was perhaps in hindsight a silly move but Elop had to do something. I hope he suceeds.

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