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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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unlike Android’s comparatively fractured ecosystem

I'd like to see how many ios apps don't work correctly when screen ratios change compared to android ones. This "fractured" view is wrong, the word varied would be better and most android developers learn how to deal with this on day 2.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Re: F'ing Hell.....

> Going by HP prices it would be cheaper to coat them in gold then hand engrave the picutre

They'll just buy OEM or refilled carts.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: 2 year ATT contract?

Of course they can fork it and have done. Doesn't mean to say I want their fork on my phone. I won't even have their app store on my phone even though I've purchased a fair bit of software via it a while back.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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RE: behaved as "badly as a virus"

So operating normally with norton installed then

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

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Re: could someone please explain?

Are you looking to get down voted again?

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: Invest in titanium sintering

Adamantium would be better

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Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

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RE: missing something

Passing the data back and forth is quicker than the processing on the data.

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Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious

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RE: There go the tinfoil hats then, I guess..

Surely any self respecting tin hat owner has already stocked up on tin foil to last several lifetimes

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: So there actually *are*

Or in the pay of ISPs who want to save on disk space.

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SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

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I'm surprised ms, google and amazon are not involved so as to slow the process down and create a standard that is impractical or even unworkable.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: People have stopped laughing at Windows Phone

Yeah, even the best jokes grow less funny with time.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Status Pages

They couldn't update them as they could resolve the servers host name

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Pricey and f*ck ugly..

Dells M4800 is more of a closer spec to this, same screen size for starters, if you match the specs as close as you can on their website is works out about the same but poorer graphics

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

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Re: no volume constraints

No, you can play it as loud as you want

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Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

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Re: where the money went

Or just sold off for next to nothing.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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No, I think their heads are up something else.

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Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

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Oracle Forms

has been certifed with 1.7 for a while now, on 11g at least

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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60 per cent of the population

Population of what? The UK, US, world? What does access mean, you can buy one?

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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reconstructed an asteroid

That's a pretty big jigsaw puzzle for one that big

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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MS Support

"Microsoft certainty isn't going to act in support of a rival to their own patented technology"

I think they would if mainstream manufacturers switched. As for "out of the box", most hardware still comes with a cd with extra stuff on, why not bundle a ext4 driver? Plus a lot of devices now support MTP, the underlying file system is then irrelevant from the point of view of the connected PC. Always surprised MTP has not bitten MS in the foot by affecting their FAT licensing.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Early release?

Maybe someone took Joel Spolsky a bit too literally when he said it's better to release a limited product and build up a user base, rather than waiting until everything is complete and perfect but most potential customers have since found something else.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: re. use in portrait orientation

> Buying a windows tablet with one note built in would be half the price. (Never thought I'd be saying something like that, I need a shower.)

Did you know, lemons tend to be more expensive than oranges? So next next you want an lemon you know what to do to save some cash.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: I've RTFM for English

What language is the manual in? Hope it's not English.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Re: So what are the alternatives that people recommend?

I recommend centrastage dot com. Gives a nice web interface to supporting windows boxes, can even set it up to email before the machine goes t*ts up, e.g. disk is getting full. Never needed to lookup my families ips or setup dyndns since I've started using this. Think it's only free for a few devices though.

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Is this some beta version auto trolling software being tested? If so it needs some work.

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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

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Re: Never confuse malice-

That was the comment that sprung to mind before I read the article, I assume (yeah I know) they check the results against Bing from elsewhere to see what was filtered.

Is it possible that the other native search engines get a way with a little more or maybe are not filtering things they should? I can't remember the last time I stuck up for MIcrosoft but maybe they are erring on the side of caution, the Chinese government are a bit picky after all.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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> more likely google are just paying viacom the advertising revenue

Which is probably a lot more than the actual revenues they've lost because of people watching in on YouTube

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Re: Don't care.

As well as an up and down voting button, can we have one to indicate that someone does not understand the comment, how on earth is Aldi related to this?

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Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds

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"A method for building an automated assistant, the method comprising: interfacing a service-oriented architecture comprising a plurality of services to an execution environment comprising an active ontology, wherein the active ontology models a domain and comprises a logical arrangement of a plurality of active processing elements, wherein each active processing element is configured to receive at least one fact relating to the modeled domain and to perform at least one action responsive to at least one received fact ..."

So they are trying to patent a rules engine then?

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Re: I find that nappies

Hmm, an American correcting English on an British web site? I had to look up the word stanch as I'd never come across it before, thought something was amiss when firefox put a red wiggly line underneath it, this is what google had to say:

stanch1

stɔːn(t)ʃ,stɑːn(t)ʃ/

verb

US

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variant spelling of staunch2.

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Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

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Re: @ Don Jefe (was: To mis-quote Frank Zappa)

> Frank would have looked at you and shaken his head in disgust.

Frank would, but his widow has a different take on things.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: Minty

> Are you sure?

The poster is correct. Mint 14 requires PAE, the version of ubuntu it is based requires this, Ubuntu do have a nonpae version but Mint have not done so which is a shame. Mint 13 however does support processors without PAE and will be supported till 2017, I'd recommend just using 13 it will still have most of the stuff from 14, especially security updates., course it depends on what you want it for.

> MM yes. 32 bits is a long time ago tho.

It is, but putting linux onto old hardware is an excellent way of getting extra life out of a machine, Mint have dropped the ball here IMHO

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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RE: ever attempted to assemble something

That's the word that sums up my dislike for Ikea (and it's ilk) 'assemble', the average quality of furniture nowadays is terrible and stems from everyones insatiable appetite for everything now. Whatever happened to the days where people saved and bought good quality stuff that will last a life time (often improving with age).

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: obvious link between people who don't believe in AGW, and religion.

No there isn't. One thing you could say may be true is that someone who believes in religion is more likely to accept things put to them by popular opinion as fact, so maybe there is a correlation between people who believe both are true.

I don't believe in either BTW

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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@Boltar

> Javascript should not be used for large scale development.

I'd always prefer something else whenever possible. But say you have a number of core products that are customised for many clients that need to work offline on any device, say for geospatial data collection, then you've apps for processing/cleansing that data further up the chain and of course presentation of that data, you've got a lot of code though hopefully a lot of it shared . Then of course in all that source code you've got components that are used in completely different apps, e.g. data entry/validation components, even with backend checking you still need validation at the UI.

It doesn't take long before you've got a pretty large code base where your only alternative is using native apps or forcing the user online and always do stuff server side (which then reduces your client base).

I'm not saying this is how projects I work on are built, our javascript for large/medium projects tends to be generated from a variaety of tools/sources e.g. domain models, rules and buisness DSLs, those same generators create corresponding java, wsdl, c# etc...

> And if you have that much code client side then perhaps you should rethink your whole design.

Certainly an indicator that it should be revisited.

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Re: Can't see the point myself.

I like using both typed and untyped languages, each have their place. E.g. for the large (0.5M LOC) code base give me a typed language any day for a number of reasons, but if you have any doubts on this just compare refactoring possibilities for JS and Java, a typed language simply makes refactoring much easier.

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Re: Can't see the point myself.

Because like it or not Javascript development does not scale easily. Sure you can roll your own tools and pick and mix form open source tools but when you start approaching large code bases shared across projects it starts get hairy and refactoring is an absolute enormous pain.

And before anyone starts saying, you can do this with X and that with Y, sure you can but they are just bandaids. I like javascript and used it for many years, very familiar with jquery, mootools, various unit testing frameworks, package managers etc... But they don't come anywhere close to the tool chains that you get for say Java, TypeScript and Dart are a step in the right direction.

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Linux-friendly Munich: Ja, we'll take open source collab cloud

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Re: Hmm. You never......

> Debian require more resources than Debian

Oops, should have been Debian require more resources than _Ubuntu_, need longer editing windows

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Re: Hmm. You never......

> Here you go if the press commentary was not evidence enough:

Was this document put there with the conset of the publisher? I'd be interested to know the details in this as my german is really not very good. For example, are they really say that you can run XP professional on a really crap 300Mz cpu with 128MB ram and Debian needs a much higher spec machine and a 5GB disk? Also, how does Debian require more resources than Debian. And this is just the bit I understand, maybe the rest of the document is nonsense?

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Re: publicly available evidence

Eh, how does an article based on a press release statinging that the report won't be published count as evidence? Evidence is something that can be examined, reviewed and concluded upon, a few tidbits of what someone who works in MS decides to put in a press release is not evidence.

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Re: Lucky

Even if it did cost more the most important point is that THEY are now in control of their IT roadmap and infrastructure. Remember the mess the NHS is in with XP?

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Pirate Bay becomes 'Research Bay' for three days

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Re: Modern Cinema

Maybe the cineme app detects when a video is being recorded on the phone and notifies the cinema to catch people recording the movie. Though why anyone would want to watch a recording by someone sitting in the audience is beyond me.

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WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

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Re: I'm glad it was a router problem.

> Obviously It is clear that now we need to rewrite the whole internet infrastructure in a better language

But that won't stop people configuring it wrong

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Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

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Re: Goto

The code in question highlights the benefits of at least 4 essential coding standard rules:

Never initialise a return value if the language can detect an unassigned value (e.g. java) otherwise initialise to a value that can not be possibly be correct.

Have automated unit tests, both for success and failures.

ALWAYS add braces around blocks of code

Have automated unit tests, both for success and failures.

Plus a couple of minor ones:

only use goto _really_ improves readability (only rarely seen cases where it does)

don't use tabs for code indentation

In this case I've have thought a code development IDE would have made this glaringly obvious to the operator if they allow it to indent your code.

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Re: Shitty comments abound, too..

> Shitty comments abound, too... You should expect some down votes for making an unsubstantiated snidey comment about a wide-spread set of tools that a lot of people use by choice.

Maybe the op thought that what he said is did not need to be substantiated given the audience on this forum. For many application areas standards identify subsets of language features that can be used, e.g. MISRA for c/c++

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Re: Every household?

Yep, we did not receive one either.

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Russian cybercrooks shun real currencies, develop private altcoins

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Re: But it keeps bouncing back.

And bouncing back down, and up and down ...

Good for speculation (potentially) No good for cash flow you are running a business regardless of legality.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Re: Not enough protection?

Downvoted for stating that patents do not cover ideas or solutions that have prior art or even cover other solutions to the same problem? Either people don't understand or work at Dyson?

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Not enough protection?

"The patent system offers us some protection but not enough: with an army of lawyers, hidden prior art is occasionally found and ways to design around existing patents identified."

Why should it offer any protection to something that is not prior art or if a company achieve the desired effect in a different way? You can't patent ideas, just the way of implementing them neber mind if it's not an original suggestion.

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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Location Salted?

"geographical information such as longitude, latitude, altitude and the length of the boundary to form the password, which is salted"

I thought a scorched earth policy was outlawed under the Geneva convention?

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