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* Posts by g e

2768 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Swarm of investors crave 'more shares than Facebook is selling'

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WTF?

Oversubscribed?

Overvalued, more like.

Bubble, meet pin.

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

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XBMC

Another vote for this great app.

It's looks great and is the only media player I've found on 'doze (and Linux come to think of it) that easily lets you browse standards-compliant non-Microsoft DLNA media servers.

Never got Mediatomb/Ushare to show up under VLC/Media Player/Rhythm Box/Banshee

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Fanbois froth as Apple claims 'iPhone5.com' rights

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Re: Well, duh.

Agreed but it's not like Apple didn't know they were going to make an ithing5 is it.

Why didn't they exercise due diligence over their own trademarks and register 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, etc way back.

Each side would seem to be as stupid as the other this time.

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.eu is a Euro domain, for Euro people - top legal bod

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Re: I'm sure the US will regard this as a trading barrier

Given that the US will withdraw your .com on a whim I'd never buy one these days - .co.uk for me

I'm sure the .EU ruling is regarded as an act of terrorism or something by the pointyheads in the Pennergarrrrn. Fuck 'em.

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Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

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Oh, and while I remember

I can switch from my current Manufacturer (HTC) to the Sammy S3 and still use all my installed stuff from the old phone.

Though I get that some people enjoy lock-in like some people get off on BDSM.

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Re: The new...

Android users aren't poor.

They just have smarter financial priorities.

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Your move Apple...?

OK, what's the betting on the next Cupertino move being...

A. Innovate

B. Sue

C. None of the above

Seriously, not trolling.

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Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

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1%

Sounds like a bloody high fail rate for HD's

Maybe the pallet was dropped or maybe apple are just lying, they have plenty of previous in that respect.

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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Re: Note vs S3? Hmmm

I tried a Note for a weekend and it was great.

You feel like a cock talking on a phone that huge though... but if you're a bluetoother or micphones user then no prob. The S3 has more grunt though.

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Re: Looks good

Awww Android is top stuff. At least you can change your preference of manufacturer and pretty much keep all your shizzle.

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Re: also automation is worrying

Facial unlock.

Unless you're using a picture of your nob to unlock your phone...

(And no. Not THAT kind of facial)

Paris. Facial.

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Yeah

Options:

French

German

Japanese

Suomi

English

American

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Re: "Best smartphone in the world"

Cos it's subjective which is always a bit murky when you have playground bullies like Apple around who'd happily tie you up in court for a decade nit-picking over that.

Mind you, they had the good sense to also not call it '4G', too.

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Re: Depending on battery life...

Well I did read something recently (on El Reg?) that the Exynos 4 is almost 2x as powerful for 20% less juice which is a fine feat of engineering, so dependant upon how much juice the eye tracking and voice commanding takes up combined with that screen it could be like an S2 or maybe a bit better on battery...

Will have to wait for the hands on reviews, natch.

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Canada failing to sufficiently protect IP rights – US report

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Re: Dear US

I know I keep saying it but hell, maybe if it's said enough...

Fuck the cinema, save the money for buying it secondhand when it's out on dvd/bd and put the rest to a 43" TV for your wall & surround if you don't yet have it. Don't feed Hollywood.

If everyone buys one thing secondhand instead of new you halve their revenue cos they had the initial sale but not the second one, but YOU still get the same media at the same quality. There's only one bunch of people funding these bastards and that's the customers. So stop it.

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I've had the USA on my watch list for years

For generally being self-serving duplicitous bastards as a nation.

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

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Aye, and buy your digital media secondhand where it makes no odds to you.

It's not really the ISP's fault, they have a court order to comply with. Starve Big Media of your cash instead.

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Re: disappointing pay alternatives

I went the other way round as I find the Netfilx UI much better on the PS3 (my chosen gadget for the job as it's already connected to the living room TV).

The Lovefilm UI was dire. NF has a decent search on the PS3 UI, at least, not tried other devices.

What it's highlighting to me though is that the 'Content Providers' are still restricting stuff by territory. In the US I believe NF has Weeds up to season 5 or 6. In the UK it's stops with season 3. This has resulted in me buying seasons 4,5,6 from eBay secondhand ( no money for The Man) and they will be punted back onto eBay when watched (again someone else not giving money to The Man) while all the time they could have licensed the content and got paid out from my NF subscription (again no money for The Man). I actually MADE a couple of quid punting S04 back onto the 'bay, so Big Media's stupidity/OCD is actually PAYING ME not to use NF in one sense, subsidising the NF subscription in another.

It's real bullet-meet-foot stuff from the MAFIAA and chums. They still really Don't Get It (tm).

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Re: A sad day

Corporate-interest-driven censorship at that.

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Software functionality not subject to copyright: EU court

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Victory for common sense

Otherwise Lexicon would be suing anyone who made a digital reverb, Microsoft anyone who made officey apps, etc, etc.

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Apple blocking Dropbox SDK over in-app buying

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Headmaster

Edit...

... in case they then subsequently go to a different page on the same site which allows a purchase...

-- for the pedants

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Re: Hopefully easily fixed.

Best hope his bed isn't against a wall...

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Children

Maybe Crapple should ban Safari then as I notice it just said 'link to site', not link to purchase page.

Safari is the culprit here, surely, as it allows you to access the web. Preventing users from visiting your own site from your own app in case they go to a page on the site that allows a purchase is childish and pathetic. But utterly Apple, all the same. Perhaps it did go to a purchase page but that's a well-known no-no so unlikely, you'd think.

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Biennial boner blights Beemer biker

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Hang on a mo..

He is prevented from indulging in sexual activity because he HAS a boner???

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Sega squirts urinal game console onto shop shelves

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Is it dangerous?

The little boy depicted has a plaster on his little leggin... awwwww

(Or is that some extremely sticky pee)

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Phone-hack saga: Murdoch 'not fit' to run News Corp, blast MPs

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Not fit to run a megacorp

Shame no comment on whether or not he was fit to live was proffered

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"apologises to everyone whose privacy was invaded"

Words are cheap.

Get your wallet out - £1M each compensation as punishment.

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UK ad watchdog probes Apple iPad '4G' boasts

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Re: What's the issue

The fact they'll refund you based on the 4G labelling is admission they lied.

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Re: pot meet kettle

El Reg don't make out that they don't do they?

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Yeah but

I think it is 'reasonable' for the customer to assume that a device sold in their country branded as 4G 'capable' would be also **COMPATIBLE** with any forthcoming 4G network in that country.

Don't you?

Furthermore it's also reasonable, in Trading Standards'/ASA's eyes to assume the customer would believe that displayed features would work out of the box, also. It's not the customer's job to check claims and labelling made by the manufacturer.

For example HD-Ready TV's must be labelled 720p / 1080i / 1080p / whatever on the packaging so the customer is not misled into thinking they're getting a 1080 unit when it's really 720 by virtue of the fact that it has HD-Ready on the box.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

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It wouldn't

I see more and more stories and blog posts about how people TRY to give money to the media corps, they WANT to buy/view series xx of program yyyyy but because the media corps as so OCD about territory, release schedules, etc, they effectively say 'No you can't consume that media, we won't take your money'

Bullet. Foot.

About time a judge somewhere said 'Why can't this chap buy this media? I don't see it available for him. This is not a lost sale, you actively prevented access to it for him - come back when someone is downloading something you have provided legitimate access to in his territory instead of inciting him to download your material by withholding it. Go fix your own house first. Fined £500k for wasting my time.'

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OMFG

The movie companies are funding terrorism!

They should go sue themselves right now. That should keep them confused for years

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Stop

"without paying a penny to the people who created them"

Sounds like they're more of a competing record company on that basis.

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

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Coat

Hahaha!

They must be soooo pissed on off.

Well someone had to.

Coat got.

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Study finds water cycle accelerating with warming

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Meh

So ?

Is this why the Himalayan glaciers are also going in the opposite direction to the doomsayers' predictions?

Perhaps the evaporate is just ending up there.

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HP and Epic 'preferred bidders' for UK eHospital plan

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WTF?

So, EDS, effectively

Why do govt projects ever go back to EDS (now borg'd by HP)?

Is everyone else THAT much shitter than even they are?

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Predatory IP threatening the progress of open innovation

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Surely all you need

Is documentary proof that the patent owner is actively taking steps to implement the designs outlined which could reasonably easily be established, you'd think.

If not then until such time as they can show they ARE implementing their own IP then they don't get to defend it.

Real patent holders (note, not 'real patents' as in proper non-obvious and manly inventorising, snigger) like Apple, Google, IBM, Samsung, General Motors, etc are obviously using their portfolio but the Trolls are another matter and only exist to bend over 'legitimate' businesses for their lunch money. The law currently allows it, yes, but that doesn't mean that it should.

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Oz court blows away cloud PVRs

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You'd have thought

Something like TV Now would make a 'jolly good' service addon if bought by Foxtel....

Mind you, that would involve a large corp thinking about its customers as 'those who make its continued existence possible' instead of 'revenue stream'

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EU privacy body slams ACTA as 'unacceptable'

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Re: About bloody time

'Lord' Mandelson needs a stout kick in *&^$%&, then, if he's part of our last line of defence from the self-interested, self-funding NIMBY's in the Commons.

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Re: About bloody time

Trained most of the world's top chefs, too ... they all do a stint in Paris, mostly.

So add 'tasty food' to that, too :oD

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Big Brother

Keep the population scared

and denounce the naysayers as anti-patriotic

... to paraphrase Goebels (or was it Goerring?)

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Yes they are.

Peter Mandelson's blatant IP u-turn following a luxury paid-for holiday with Peter Geffen serves as a near-perfect example of politics bought & paid for.

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: Huh?

VHS / BETAMAX - one had the better marketing.

That is all.

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IPCom's 'priority call' patent ruled too broad, world+dog faints

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FAIL

Best news I've read all week.

"So far, of 62 IPCom patents that have come to judgment, none has been found valid as granted"

IPCOM must be the world's worst patent troll.

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Samsung heralds quad-core chip 'first'

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Whether you like Samsung or not

That's a pretty good demonstration of Moore's law right there... it might be harder to apply it to x86 architecture these days but I'd not be surprised to see some of these chips in more 'computery' roles (as opposed to mobile widgetry). I wonder if a normal ARM compiler is good for the job or it needs a special one.

2x the grunt for 80% of the power. nice. That SG3 will go like a nutter.

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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Re: go traditional

Ahhh, dancing the Tyburn Jig ;o)

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Re: Put them to good use

Have you not seen those films where the strangler's hand get transplanted, etc?

By crikey!

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Bring back The Games

Yep, Gladiatorial combat Running Man style

I also advocate this for footballist fans hooligans... one field with a 25ft electric fence, Arsehole City fans enter from one side while Rapist United fans enter from the other. Big box of bats and machetes in the middle.

Last one standing goes through to the next round.

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

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I got some second hand food he can have

I only ate it 16 hours ago, it's fairly 'fresh'.

I'm a big fan of buying secondhand as a 'legal method' of sticking it to The Man (i.e. Big Media), as in general He does so little to deserve the money, so if I can't buy cheap secondhand games on the next gen of consoles then I spose I'll be sticking with my PS3 and 360 for a good while yet.

Ironic, really, games are the media I buy most from new, when I do. Bullet meet foot.

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Tim Cook rejects Apple's old business model of suing everyone

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Re: Inventing

Yeah it is a shame but it's useful to be reminded I guess.

Apple are a Corporation so I doubt they'd change course in their actions unless they thought it would be net-positive to profit/reputation/brand/etc - maybe they're worried their OCD litigation is starting to harm their image and impinge on sales... Oh and the Galaxy Siii is possibly due to be unveiled next week, too, quel coincidence.

Cynical? Where shareholders are involved you betcha.

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