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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

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Good!

Keep that little boat afloat :)

At €349 now, I might soon treat myself to that just for the fun of it. Damn Nokia N9 just refuses to get old. Yay for technolust.

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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They need to step up their game

Having had opportunity to fool around with the Wii U a couple of time I can say that it really is a fun system. But: The interface is a little sluggish, this makes browsing the store etc a little frustrating. There are some great titles but there is no abundance. The latter is especially true for the Virtual Console: There are true gems in there (like Pop'n Twinbee!) but there should be a lot more.

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Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

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naaa

Why replace what still works just swell? A second gen Jolla might be tempting, as would be a new high end Nokia (made in Finland, please) – but the latter would most likely run Backdoor…uh, Android, and that's just not as attractive these days.

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LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

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Re: @Feature Phones'

Usually you can find those batteries in the usual places. I will sure stock some for all those nice E-Series phones that just refuse to break no matter how often I drop them.

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ripples on a pond

… as left, say, by a little boat… how do the Finns say? Ah, yes…  "Jolla".

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

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Re: No thanks, I'm fine with SACD

It's a humble Denon DVD-2900 ;) Was a steal when new and is even more of a steal today as you can pick it up for less then 200. Not the last word in terms of über-expensive audiophile technolust but excellent value for money and hard to beat in any of those dreaded "real world" environments.

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Re: The good thing about CDs

Exactly.

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No thanks, I'm fine with SACD

Being among those who were actually willing to shell out "400 quid" (where did that number come from? It'll serve for illustration, yet I think we are really missing a digit here…) for a dedicated SACD player I feel compelled to comment. Oh wait, that dedicated SACD player is also a reference grade CD player, reference grade DVD player and also happens to happens to play the two DVD-Audio discs (QUEEN!) I managed to acquire before the format tanked. Let's just say it was quite the good investment.

But I digress. 99% of my considerable number of SACDs are hybrids with a DRM-free CDDA layer. They all feature DRM-protected high resolution stereo and the majority also comes with 5.1 content.

The point: The format is very versatile, can be played everywhere or serve to make rips at the desired quality. There is also much more content that I could ever consume in any sense, with only crappy current pop being underrepresented. Everything that is actually worth listening to in high resolution audio is there in ample supply.

So what exactly has HFPA on offer? It can only properly play on BR players, mind at a "mix" not "remaster" quality level, there is no CDDA layer in sight and instead, one will be forced to jump through whatever hoops the companies come up with in order to get one's hands on a ripped file of the content that may or may not come in the format or quality desired and may or may not be riddled with further DRM. Even thinking about it leaves me feeling exhausted.

In short: I feel not at all compelled.

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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This is still a thing?

I thought this had already passed. Anyway, it involves a creative element, therefore: MUCH BETTER than the avalanche of self-obsessed duck-faces, unpleasant, badly lit dishes, my-ugly-naked-trotters-in-front-of-whatever-random-vacation-locality, or – my personal pet peeve – the dreaded "jumping with joy" shot.

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Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

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Re: What is Error #2035 ?

It's called "Cant haz Google request"

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Video

Does not work.

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ASSAULT CORSE: Eager Walking Dead heads get a second series

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Walking Dead S201 is more of a 4/5 in my book

Only 4 because this particular episode is simply too short and rather on the easy side. Otherwise it is just as gripping and involving as it used to be, including several very well executed "geez, what have I done?!" moments. And yes, like it or not, the zombie apocalypse still comes with zombie violence.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

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Re: @Bad Beaver

Naa, I have ancient, heavily abused Fruitgear that still works like a charm and regularly see stuff of the same age happily chugging away. There is plenty of lasting kit. I just don't see myself paying with my own money for any of their new stuff, especially when portable. The whole unfolding security aspect might also lead to different shores in time.

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Re: Sigh

The new Mac Pro sais "fuck you and buy new shit" to all those pros with formerly well expandable Mac Pro towers. That's about all in my book. It could have been the nice affordable yet powerful minitower people have been bitching and moaning for since the Cube's demise. A good companion to the big, expensive towers with lots of slots. Instead, you get a very expensive machine with no slots. Go buy thunderbolt boxes to slot your stuff in, bub. And good luck to those looking to put this in a rack or create a cluster of some sort. Ahhh, but it's so pretty… so shiny… and it creates its own boutique-industry of "move it anywhere"-bags, specialized rack-mounts and whatnot.

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Sigh

Good stuff from back when Apple still came up with insanely great products that actually deserved to be labeled as such, along with fantastic advertising (just wow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuJvwvome1o ) and did not peddle as much crap designed to last no longer than 24 months. Basically: back when Apple was still cool.

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Bjork, 500+ novelist pals ask UN for 1 bill of digital rights to RULE 'EM ALL

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Re: Mmm

You want to pick up a copy of Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" if you haven't read it already.

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Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

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Re: Don't think it's a good idea

So you really just created an account here to share your lack of VISION?

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Review it!

A venture this bold deserves support.

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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Beat me to it

Sure smells like one.

Don't feel dirty, it could be worse. Know any Michael Bay movie quotes?

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

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"Allegedly." -> Thank you

Thank for making that point and making it so very clear. There is no doubt that NK is not a very nice place to be but the way some of the press here is reporting this "story" is way below any standards of decent journalism.

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Steve Wozniak: 'I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners'

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Combinded efforts to use ressources for the common good? Why not?

It's called The Venus Project.

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Nokia tears devs' hearts out, shutters Symbian and Meego stores early

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Good job

fucking up one of the greatest brands ever. Yet another promise kept, hm?

This is bad news, especially considering that a lot of people in the developing markets might be much more dependent on the store than us jaded first worlders.

Regardless: Hats off to all the Symbian and Meego developers whose tireless efforts have brougth us countless benefits over the years. Keep the good stuff coming, we'll keep paying you for it.

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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This is a hoax, right?

Please supply us with a reply from Sammy should you get one. This certainly is a runner for the top ten of "how to fuck up your brand" premium-bad-ideas(tm).

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

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Never again

I vowed to never again buy an iMac with my own money. Too expensive for a SPOF design. They are great machines as long as they work but then they … well they stop and should that happen out of warranty you might as well dump them.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Meanwhile…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmine

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Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

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Re: *TEST*

No, you are not.

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Re: proper compartmentlization...?

Look up how to replace the battery on the N9. They are dead-cheap and only a few torx screws away.

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Re: What would be the point of Sailfish?

Maybe you can find the time to look into it a little more, you might like what you see.

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Looking forward to the final device

It could all turn out pretty nifty. Jolla folks have the best possible background so expectations are quite high but the "other half" concept provides a an excellent USP. Android is the cherry on top and the saftey line for all those afraid of "dead ends". I might actually succumb to pure technolust and get the Jolla device despite my private Nokia N9 being all fine. All thumbs up.

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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Keep the green! Probably the best computers I ever had

Wanting to put an end to endless piles of papers during my studies I picked up a second hand MP130 on the cheap. I quickly got hooked and ended up with the 130, the original Message Pad (for novelty) and two MP2100s. The latter machines are still there and they still work perfectly well even after years of use and abuse. There used to be a very true saying on the old NewtonTalk mailing list that "Newton never dies, it just gets new batteries". (A community was full of tinkering geniuses that constantly taught the devices new tricks. We ended up with WiFi, Bluetooth, hardware hacks of all sorts, full system emulation on more modern hardware…) To me, the Newton was invaluable. Incredibly powerful for its time, it was also very intuitive, built like a brick, worked like a charm, lasted forever on a single charge, was small, light and unobtrusive enough to take anywhere – and it had all my data, right there, at my fingertips (or on one of those massive 32MB cards)! A 90's cyber-dream come true.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Maybe they needed a reason to upgrade to a Nokia

Good hardware design anticipates user error such as "drop" and taskes proper precautions. The GF managed to fling her brand new Lumia across the pub (upon arrival, mind you), having it slide glass down over the floor and crash into the wall. Once dusted off there was a tiny little dent in the polybody, period. Lots of accidental abuse later, that phone has aquired a few warts but still works like a charm. No cracked screen, loose buttons or whatnot. This reflects my personal Nokia experience. The worst thing that happened: I once had to bend a metal connector back into shape after dropping my 8110i so hard the flap came off. 1 minute with a toothpick. Apparently, they just know what they are doing. You see plenty of old Nokias working just fine, you never see Lumias with a broken screen – but about 1 in 5 iPhones has glass damage and I'm not even looking at all those androids. Call me a fanboy, but this is part of the "experience of a product" that Apple is so busy promoting these days.

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Nokia tears wrapper off Lumia 1020 monster imaging mobe

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Re: Replace N808

I'm torn, for all the points you just made. I see they did some nice things with the 1020 but it STILL falls short of the 808 in terms of useful features.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: I've seen the future and it will be

No worries Mr. Pock, I got it and it made me smile.

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A waste indeed.

I remember slamming the table in anger and frustration when HP cancelled the Pre 3 days before release and then started to pull off their terrible "maybe we'll sell some of them today, maybe not" games with no clear future for the OS cut out so you didn't know whether you'd be buying a useless brick at insane prices on eBay. At least when Nokia burned Symbian and MeeGo you got some kind of roadmap.

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Re: Numbers Game

Ever heard about Sailfish? I'd call that quite compelling.

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

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Mindbending

I did not get into the details much as of yet, but even the casal observer will notice that…

• iOS 7 "borrows" quite a bit from the other kids, including Sailfish, WebOS, Symbian …  (!)

• if people spend MEGABUX on a Mac Pro maybe they want to be able to stick their long, hard edged thingies in it. Or cram a number of them in a rack. Or stuff the thing full of platters. Or … well, do stuff pros do.

It's amazing how much the company lost the plot. This from a dyed in the wool Apple kid. And I don't give a damn about how they name the OS.

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Amazon faces its third strike in Germany

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Re: Also...

Shove it, Jim.

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Living with a 41-megapixel 808 PureView: Symbian's heroic last stand

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I was into video

I would totally pick this up. For the money, nothing can really touch it, video and audio are both excellent. Just look for concert footage taken with it. Symbian Belle is also very workable on a device as powerful as the 808.

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Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB

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Re: N9 Meego....

Wazapp works fine – until the folks at Whatsapp mess things up on purpose, then you sometimes have to wait a little for an update. There are some motivated folks working on it and they deserve a little tip for that every now and then. Anyhow, talk.maemo.org is your friend.

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Looking forward to it

My N9 is doing fine but I might just preorder this. Been following Jolla for a while and watched the live stream. These folks deserve some success for their enthusiasm and BALLS to pull this thing through alone, even before seeing that the expandable hardware idea is pretty nifty in and by itself (check your facts, El Reg, the covers supposedly can do more than just be a memory card). Could not care less about specs with this OS running on the device.

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Android device? Ooohhhh, you mean a Samsung phone

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Re: Design?

I think we actually agree to a pretty high degree, I just happened to employ certain … trigger words :D And I still think Samsung looks terribly bland. The N900 and even more so the N9 a perfect examples of designs that are very, even extremely reduced and "out of the way" yet also manage to provide excellent "feel" – and this very much includes the interface and what you can actually do with it.

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Re: Design?

Sorry guys, if you think that an attractive design that connects with the user is worthless, then you utterly deserve the dreariness of those phones. Even the most utilitarian things can exude a character that makes using them a pleasure. And some things are just… boring.

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Re: Design?

Guess I deserved that ;) Sure, the games move you - but what you *feel* is the controller (unless you are actually moving in front of some motion sensing device… darn modern times) and if the controller feels right it will help your immersion. Just because it's a device it does not mean that it should not be a pleasure to use all by itself. Ok, that's it, coat…

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Re: Design?

Not much in droidland, no. Motorola used to come up with some interesting things. The others are almost nonexistant. I find Samsung's ads an incredible bore. They are like your uncle the hobbyist magician, overly keen on pulling new tricks out every 2 seconds so nothing really stands out. Apple used to be very good but now they feel just empty. Now Nokia's ads wow again and again with impressive imagery, consistent look and feel – and they are pretty much the only ones who know how to properly show a phone … aw crap, I forgot I'm not at work anymore.

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WTF?

Design?

So Samsung has the best design in Droidland? THAT is the best there is? I mean, you cannot deny their success, yet whenever I look at one of their phones … they are crammed full of the nicest things but they do not move or involve me at all. Soulless.

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Nokia's debuts new 'Fastlane' UI in $99 flagship Asha 501

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Good Stuff

Love to see glimpses of the N9 design in this little bugger. If I was the target, I'd get this over some low-spec droid in a heartbeat. Great design in quality hardware, fluid UI, designed to work on very little bandwidth (which is sugar on top of the price), great battery life … the only thing a cheap droid has to offer in return is the same price. And you have seen cheap droids, you know you don't want them. Admittedly, no 3G (I hear it will come to Asha soon) is a tough sell to 1st world powerusers but Asha a) is designed for emerging markets and b) not for powerusers in the first place.

I am still repulsed by the idea of a mobile OS that is so inefficient that it needs a high-end device to produce a pleasant experience.

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Facebook: Yeah, we'll ban chainsaw beheading vids - when journos call us

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yuck

Now you've made me watch what can only be described as a not a very professional beheading. Yuck. No like for that.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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WTF?

Suckers will be suckers

RE: Music quality goes down the drain – I used to be much more invested in the topic but once I noticed that I, me, myself am part of a significant market – listeners who care about how stuff sounds – I knew that I would always be catered to. There are more high quality music releases than I can find the time to listen to. Hell, MobileFidelity alone releases so many top notch SACDs on a regular basis that they could eat up the better part of my monthly music budget. If you are more of the download type, there are several places that offer a great variety of up to 192Hhz material.

RE: Quality gear is getting too expensive – Far from it! The co.uk area in particular is home to some of the best makers of audio gear on the planet. Linn, Naim, Exposure, you name it – and they all offer affordable systems with excellent bang-for-buck ratio. Sure, you can still shoot for the moon. That is a game of quickly diminishing returns. Plus quality gear is an excellent thing to buy second hand. It tends to last.

RE: Beats phones – who gives a toss? You know they are overpriced abominations for posers and fashion victims. Buy something else and educate your kids about the finer things in life. Stop worrying about how other people spend their money, have more time to enjoy your music.

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Re: Audio on the cheap

What's your hobby, parkour?

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