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13 posts • joined 10 Jul 2007

'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

Alastair MacDiarmid

for those of us of an age with changeing eyesight

The larger displays, I've recently moved from an iphone to a HTC one, really are a lot more readable, it's a problem as you age and one that I've really noticed in the last year as I approach 50..

I would have stuck with apple if there had been a larger more readable screen available.

If you're about to blather on about reading glasses etc etc, it's not always convenient in my line of work to be fishing out glasses to read a text or an email. I have a busy physically active job.

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

Alastair MacDiarmid

Re: Another shiny HTC, another poor camera

The camera on the m7 is gorgeous, it's not all about loads of pixels M8.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Alastair MacDiarmid

This really rankles for those of us on shitty adsl at about 2meg or less on a country exchange, with BT as the only provider.

Perhaps some of this money could be spent on evening out the divide rather than giving faster and faster to those who already have it?

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Apple stops Caring in Italy, probably all Europe soon

Alastair MacDiarmid

there are some advantages to apple care if you travel

For example, those of us who buy laptops and travel with them around the world are guaranteed service in other places.

A laptop I used to have, bought it in the US, I live in the UK, it died in NZ.

New motherboard, no problem.

Having said that I've never bothered with it since.

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O2 roaming rates to rise by up to 140%

Alastair MacDiarmid

Try looking for the "on and on" rate

Just swapped into it.

Unlimited voice and text in the uk. 1GB of data. 1.50 a day to use this in Europe. Sounds alright to me. Very cheap.

In truth their 3G coverage is appalling and 3G over 900mhz a scam because they don't seem to be upgrading the back haul with the air link upgrade. So your phone says 3G but it still takes five minutes to load an image. Yawn.

I'm in the middle of Sussex with an indifferent 2g connection. Not even edge. I get mybroadband from 3 who have the only useable 3G signal. Too far from a Bt only exchange to bother with copper. I'd swap to 3 but their roaming packages are non existent.

O2 were great before they got the iPhone. The creaking infrastructure never came right after.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

Alastair MacDiarmid
FAIL

"for instance for low-voltage ceiling spotlights. In such cases, of course, it is often not feasible to cut power to the transformer without knocking off a breaker or pulling out the light fitting"

really? really? you clearly have no idea how domestic electricity is switched. There is no low voltage switching, it's all mains, therefore if you switch off a low voltage light you switch off it's transformer.

Makes me think that perhaps some of the other arguments are a bit fallacious too.

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Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers

Alastair MacDiarmid
Happy

I don't have an purchased ebooks and mine seems fine.

Only use it as a pdf reader and for freebees anyway, everything else is on kindle......

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Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

Alastair MacDiarmid
WTF?

give it up you fools

Here's an idea, how about the UK and the british people stop pissing around pretending they're a world superpower and their opinions and politics are more valid than anywhere else.

Then all this money squandered on these useless ego inflating arms could be spent looking after the poor and disenfranchised in the UK.

Look how little sympathy Pakistan has had recently over the floods and earthquakes, they squandered massive amounts of their money on nuclear arms.

Frankly, given a big natural disaster ( and I don't mean a bit of anticipate-able snow this winter) the rest of the world is going to look the same way at your arrogant country as we do on Pakistan, pretty much like everyone does at the States when shit goes wrong.

Get over yourselves, nobody cares about you, if you didn't insist on arrogantly meddling in other's perfectly legitimate politics nobody would be in the slightest bit interested in bombing the tube, which is what you need to be looking at, not some crazy nuclear deterrent.

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Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

Alastair MacDiarmid
Jobs Halo

Mine's Fine.

Thing is, I live in a really marginal O2 coverage area, and my 4 is absolutely fine however I grip the thing, before or after the software update.

Better than the 3G I had before.

Maybe this is a storm in a media tea cup?

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Robo soup chefs wrangle ramen

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3G iPhone not ready for the enterprise?

Alastair MacDiarmid
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"O2 don't cap their 3G at 128kb/" ..... bullshit

"O2 don't cap their 3G at 128kb/s. The WAP APN is capped at that speed and is designed for use with the O2 WAP portal. For full internet use, the mobileweb APN should be used, this is not capped, and will give you full HSDPA speeds, currently 1.8mb/s, soon to be >3mb/s."

errr they are capping it, my connection is still only around 100k with the "mobile"APN, and it's not my phone or network setting as I get a good 1.5m with the same setup on my at&t pre pay card in the states

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Brain-sucking parasitic killer menaces warming lake waters

Alastair MacDiarmid

common in thermal pools in New Zealand

We were always advised as kids to avoid putting our heads under water in natural thermal pools when swimming, most these days use a heat transfer system to avoid contact with thrmal water that's been in contact with the soil where the amoeba contamination comes from.

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O2 lacking Apple focus

Alastair MacDiarmid

works fine for me with safari

It was a bit iffy about a year back but Ive not had probems with it since.

Are we not confusing the fact th O2 don't "support" apple, doesn't mean that it doesn't actually function....

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