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* Posts by Ivan Headache

690 posts • joined 24 Jul 2007

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

Ivan Headache

Re: Hardly any different than....Dan Paul

"Creating a specification that must be complied with is much different than restricting trade. Apple does the very same thing with all it's products and software"

Except that Google do not make any phones. Apple can do it because they make the phone and the OS and, as far as I can see, that doesn't restrict trade.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Re: slagging off the competition

I've just come back from a holiday/wedding in Spain with 2 companions who each own a Galaxy 4S.

One was permanently complaining about battery life (though to be fair, he did seem to have an unhealthy addiction to FB) and the other (who was complaining about her phone before she arrived) swearing that when the contract was up she was getting an iPhone.

What was quite interesting, that in similar circumstances, the iPhone and the iPad in the other room, picked up and connected to access points much quicker than either of the sammies.

I must say though, that the camera on the Galaxy produces much better pictures than my iPhone.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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I've got my Page 2s all mixed up.

Pardon?

"I've got a lot of page 2s and I can't work out which ones goes with which page 1."

Anyone?

(Clue: older person, management consultant.)

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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

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Re: Re distance from your pocket

How's about it knowing that it has wandered away from your iWatch and therefore might have been 'lifted'?

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

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Re: Tax avoiders?

Wasn't it called something like 'Neal's Yard Abbatoir'?

(For those not getting the joke, at the time Neal's Yard was a hive (or epicentre - as the BBC would describe it) of health-food/whole-food/vegetarian/alternative therapy businesses.)

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

Ivan Headache

Wouldn't it be more useful

If it would fly in front of you?

It could be following anybody!

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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Beware of Card-Clash

BoldMan is doing the right thing.

Every day when I'm on the tube now I get multiple warnings about avoiding Card-Clash.

If the touch-and go card readers can't differentiate between an oyster and a Visa then what hope is there?

A couple of nights back I was in Tesco buying some Champagne Magnums (the ice-cream not the bubbly) and the chap in front of me was trying to bonk with a card. After about 4 failed attempts he

stuck the card in the reader and entered his PIN.

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Former Microsoft exec Bates bounces to GoPro

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Evanelgism

Is it one of those weird things you do once you fasten a GoPro to your head?

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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I'm wondering how

an interception point in Seeb monitors coms entering the Red Sea.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

Ivan Headache

Re: I really don't see...

Except that iMessage is not SMS as it works with computers that are not phones and also with non-cellular iPod and iPads. It is not tied to a number but to a user.

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Shazam! Record labels shovel $9m into name-that-song app

Ivan Headache

Automation?

And here's me thinking that there was a room full of anoraks at the other end.

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Sage's 63-year-old CEO says au revoir: 'Life's all about choices'

Ivan Headache

If he'd been a woman it would have been obligatory

Also what colour dress she was wearing and how many children she had.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

Ivan Headache

Re: Amazed its not called an iTV

I'm amazed I haven't heared anyone mention this before.

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

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Did he really beat it?

According to the nokia he didn't becasue it says the world record is 20.53ms

Or do they use some weird microsoft time units?

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

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Angel

And what would happen

If the BOFH and the PFY got to control it?

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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

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I fully expected to see George Clooney drifting by in that video..

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

Ivan Headache

Re: No Bar!!

And at least a half-dozen shoe shops.

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Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS

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Joke

And how much wifi info did it slurp on the way round?

Or did it have a bunch of GoPros attached to the bottom?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Ivan Headache

Re: Prior Art

But there was also another called Text 'n Walk at the same time.

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Re: Prior Art

There's been an iPhone app available since 2009

http://threewordchant.com/2009/05/28/see-through-iphone-app-for-texting-while-walking/

(still only shows the feet though!)

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

Ivan Headache

Re: mirrors the endless discussion of Max Clifford's penis

Me Too.

I remember when all the Saville stuff started to break, Clifford was quoted as saying (something like) "There's an awful lot of famou people going to be very worried now."

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Resolution

This has nothing to do with the missing flight.

I often wondered why the Google Earth imagery of Holland went from fanstatic to barely useable a few years ago. and also why several other high-res pictures siddenly became similarly bad.

The example I would quote is of the prison in Scheveningen in Den Haag.

Originally the view was so fanstastic you could see the schadow (sorry) of the tennis net on the court and actually see the netting (true - not making it up for effect). It was also possible to clearly identify individual items in the exercise yard. I'm sure that if any of the tennis-playing inmates had access to the pictures they could easily have identified themselves too - particularly the guy doing press-ups (and his guard).

A short distance from the prison is Madurodam, Holland's world-famous model village. The images there of the model jumbos at Schipol and the ships in Rotterdam were as good as the images we now see of real life ships and planes now.

It's all gone - the Holland imagery is now rubbish - as is Paris and London.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

Ivan Headache

Re: Deja Vu

Except that Apple doesn't have a proprietry charger. It's charger will charge every make of phone.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Ivan Headache

Re: Needle nose pliers

And the Needle-nardle-noo pliers are quite good for removing goons.

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Re: @ Aaiieeee

Generally you will find them with the several 3-way 13A plug adaptors that the wife has put away so that you know where they are.

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

Ivan Headache

Envelopes.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Proops (in Lincoln)

Not really. Back in the 60s and 70s there was an amazing shop at the bottom end of Steep hill that was a lot like Proops. It was run by an amiable soul called Johnny Birkett.

He sold loads of 'government surplus' and had all manner of stuff in his window and store rooms (plus all those cheap Eagle things). It was where you went if you wanted an HF receiver from a Lancaster bomber or a servo gun-sight for your Aden cannon.

Rumour has it that when a Vulcan at Scampton was desperately short of an item that stores couldn't get (even VOG) (never understood what that meant) a quick call to Johnny Birketts was enough to keep our nuclear deterrent on QRA (I knew what that one meant).

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Ivan Headache

Henry's

There's still a Henry's in the Edgware Road, same location for the last 40-odd years. Not sure if it's the same ownership though as all the other shops seem to have gone.

Then there was Lasky's (the length of TCR)!

I've still got a load of Bulgin plugs (but no sockets) bought from Home Radio.

With regard to Maplin prices, they were the cheapest place to buy the little half-length lithium PRAM batteries for the original iMacs. I seem to remember buying them at about £3.90 or thereabouts. Now they are over £9.00 - which is a bit steep when I can buya pack of 4 AA Lithium Enenergisers for less than £6.00.

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Re: Two way adapters

And then, after christmas, you'll find them all where the wife put them.

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The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

Ivan Headache

Music Tastemakers?

What?

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

Ivan Headache

Plasticky handset

It might be made of plastic but it's certainly not plasticky. In fact it feels like enamelled metal.

I must admit that after the launch of the 5S and 5C all I saw were 5Ss, even in the phone shops - the 5C was nowhere to be seen.

However over the last 3 or 4 weeks I have seen an increasing number of 5Cs, mostly (as reported above) in the hands of young (teenage) girls.

One exception is an eighty-year-old client of mine who has bought a green one.

I am tempted to get one myself to replace my trusty reliable iPhone 4 - which iOS7 has turned into a dog!

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

Ivan Headache

Re: Buzzwords buzzed my sheeple!

But some of these quad-copters (or whatever the correct term for them is) are not toys.

Take a mosey down to the Excel next week and you will see a range of these things, ranging in size from a couple of feet across to a couple of metres across and capable of lifting hefty DSLRs with remote pan, tilt and zoom.

I'm guessing that the flyer in this case was on the larger side because the overall stability is very, very good and the height it acheives is impressive. (Yes it could have been stabilied in post, but I don't think it was).

As I've said earlier, this kid knows how to fly this thing.

The BBC used something like this over the flooded tracks at Datchet - but their film was nowhere near as good.

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Ivan Headache

Nancy

I didn't realise what a beautiful city it is.

This lad's film is a brilliant promotion for the city.

And...This kid can really fly.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Ivan Headache

Re: Didn't Apple deep-six profssional users with Final Cut Pro X ?

Why not look up some new comments - July 2011 is a long time ago.

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Ivan Headache

Re WatAWorld

That was then. Look at the date of the link you cited - two and a half years ago! A lot has changed since then.

The Film is being edited by 6 editors working on the latest version of FCP X working together as a distributed job working with 4K video and 40TB or raw footage.

Here's a quote from an editor of 37+years experiencel

"We have been using FCPX on a professional level for a long time now, so the fact that a Hollywood studio feature is being cut on it neither surprises me, nor does it make any difference to us. But I hope it will finally stop some people from still posting idiotic statements as "FCPX is not ready for professional use" on various forums. "

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Re: Final Cut Pro X?

Wrong. Warner Bros have a $100M film being edited in FCP X right now. And from what I've been reading in various video-related postings, some of those who abandoned the FCP ship after the intiial launch have been revisiting and are finding that the new version is so easy to use and so slick (and capable) that many are adusting to the new workflow and returning to the fold (as it were).

<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/83441833" width="500" height="281" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Cointerra promises free, specced-up boxen for late shipments of first gen miners

Ivan Headache
Happy

1 gigahash

equals 1000 megaspliffs

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Ivan Headache

Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen - Samsung are simply better value

Until they Kack.

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Ivan Headache

Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Same here.

Daughter bought a Samsung TV, we bought them a Samsung cinema system to go with it.

Just over 18 months later the TV screen went kack. 6 or so months after that the surround sound went kack.

No more Samsung anything for me.

On the other hand, I know a number of Sony Trinitrons (and some monitors) still going strong.

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Patent-holding firm's lawsuit against Googorola kicks off

Ivan Headache

So are these patents 'world' patents or just 'American' patents ? (regardeless of were they are held)

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UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results

Ivan Headache

Re: Bing

Just tried it here on Bing and HMRC came up first as well - no ads either.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Ivan Headache

4MB ED

If there's anyone out there who can print me out a bunch of Archive and Quill files from 4MB ED floppies.

d love to hear from them.

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Ivan Headache

Re: Nice article, thanks Reg

"It got to the stage where people wanted standard floppy drives and to use standard printers."

WhenI eventually retired mine (it's in the loft staring at me when i go in there) it had twin 3.5 inch floppies and was on its second 'standard' printer. The first was the universally popular Citizen LSP10. Evenually I got sick of the noise and replaced it with an Epson Laser that cost me about £700 (possibly more). Both of them connected with a 'standard' serial to Centronics (bought for about £29 at MicroAnvica's first shop in TCR.)

I'm another one who didn't have problems with microdives - but as soon as the floppies came along the MDs were never used again.

That machine earned me quite a lot of dosh at the time. Th Psion suite along with Tony Tebby's QJump OS made it a terrific machine to use.

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Alicia Keys throws in towel on BlackBerry's creative director job

Ivan Headache

AK and Apple

I may just be hallucinating, but I have a recollection of AK being one of Steve Jobs' special guests at the end of some iProduct launch.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

Ivan Headache

Re: Life imitates the Simpsons

I got the elephant version.

Works well.

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Apple sends in the bulldozers as Fruit Loop construction begins

Ivan Headache

A Canteen?

I should hope it contains more than one.

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

Ivan Headache

Or even worse

http://gawker.com/christian-science-church-looks-like-a-giant-dick-from-s-1454084292

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China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

Ivan Headache

Re: oh come on!

What's the Port Of London Authority got to do with all this?

I thought they just cleared the rubbish out of the Thames.

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

Ivan Headache

Re: It takes ages for the operators to put out an OTA update...

"iPhones are updated by Apple, and most devices are now on iOS7."

Not in this house!

1 is on iOS7, 2 are on iOS5

You can choose to update or not. Only 1 in this house has chosen to update - and I expect that there are a significant number of others (outside this house) who do not like the new OS, running iOS 6.

(They are not all outside my house - some of them live round the corner.)

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

Ivan Headache

No Queues?

Perhaps, only perhaps, the fact that you no longer have to go to Regent Street to buy a new Apple product has something to do with it.

From my house I can visit Apple stores in Watford, Shepherd's Bush, Stratford and Regent Street with train/tube journeys of approximately 30-45 minutes. Additionally I can get a bus to Brent Cross.

The Covent Garden store is there for the tourists (the Russians etc.)

There are so many stores now that queuing is generally unnecessary (especially in the rain and cold).

My store of choice used to be Brent Cross but now it's Watford.

(Oh, and I forgot, it's so easy to buy the things online too).

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