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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

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Re: Hmm on the Alfa analogy

My Alfa Giulietta 170 is running quite nicely, thank you very much.

As is my iPhone. Which is not a BMW, just a smartphone that suits *my* usecase.

*cough*

Enough with the lame analogies!

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Web application != website. That's the fail here. There's nothing intrinsically *wrong* with a JavaScript framework application (BackboneJS, EmberJS, pick your flavour), but in this context it was just a horrible choice of technologies. What were they thinking?

Some of the upstream notes about payload side are a little naive. Moderns applications will localstorage assets, so it's essentially a non-issue. Same goes for navigation/state.

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Email-sniffing Linkedin Intro NOT security threat, insists biz network

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Re: Yeah, but no.

Fair point. I don't actually use my iPhone for work accounts at all (it's *my* phone, I don't want work emails out of work hours thank you very much). But I have plenty of other projects I'm involved in outside of work that have varying levels of confidentiality - let alone personal stuff I'd rather not be parsed by a 3rd party. Pretty sure some folks at Day Job connect to our Exchange servers via iOS devices though.

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Yeah, but no.

It seems a terrible idea. I read the justification on their blog yesterday and it just doesn't wash. It was only last year that their security was breached (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57448079-83/millions-of-linkedin-passwords-reportedly-leaked-online/), and here they are trying to convince us that allowing them to route confidential business emails is a good idea? No system is 100% secure, and given their track record and the minimal fairly cosmetic functionality Intro offers, the risk just doesn't seem worth it.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: And now the world waits...

Actually it is *really* free for some users. I bought a Mac Mini 6 weeks ago (with no iWorks), and last night App Store popped up "You qualify for iWorks, download here...". I've never bought iWorks, never been that interested in it either. But a half hour playing with KeyNotes and I can't see myself voluntarily using PowerPoint ever again.

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'Microsoft Word is a tyrant of the imagination'

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Most writers I know use Scrivener these days (including me). It's a tool very much designed around how writers work. Word clearly tries to please everyone - most people getting an compromised experience and a horrific mess of bloated functionality - much of which I suspect the majority of users will never touch. I couldn't imagine having to use Word for creative writing, but similarly, Word *is* pretty useful in the context of my day-job.

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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Re: Really?

I'm another of those users. Mac user, mind, but the Outlook client is godawful (the web client is even worse), so I bypass it completely and use Apple Mail (talking to Exchange). Undoubtedly, somewhere I'm still counted as having an Outlook license...

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Never understood why browsers didn't password protect this feature. OS X has a similar feature in keychain, but requires your password to display the requested field - which seems fair enough to me.

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Latest Firefox boosts video chat, 3D graphics, JavaScript performance

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Re: "WebRTC " sounds like more NSAWare

You're prompted to enable access to your camera & microphone. You could always chose NOT to say yes. Easier to do that than have someone who wants to use WebRTC have to start fiddling with configuration options, yes? Incidentally, this is the same as Chrome, which has had WebRTC for a while now.

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Three's mobile data goes titsup in mysterious spreading outage

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Re: Rare occurrence on 3

As frustrating as the network being down is, this is also my experience. Three is usually very reliable - I use a dongle with my fruity laptop as well as the SIM in the 'pad.

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Three -or None

Bizarre behaviour with my Three-connected iPad here - it does appear to be an authentication issue. While trying to connection to anything, I get a flash of a dialog that appears to be asking for credentials, which then vanishes before it can be tapped. Also, "The internet connection appears to be offline" says TuneIn Radio.

* Have restarted device and now no 3G connection symbol either, Edinburgh city centre.

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New 4TB drive spaffs half a telly season into your eyes AT ONCE

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Re: Seagate has a new 4TB 3.5in hard disk for digital video recorders

My Virgin Media DVR (Tivo) has a healthy 1Tb in it. Standard model.

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Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

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Re: What about the benefits

Master Collection *upgrade* is £1300. Full price is £2500.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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I'm a CC subscriber (via work) and think the model works well. I'm not forced to take our a year subscription, paying monthly instead. I can stop when I want. The software does *not* require an internet connection all of the time, only occasionally on start up - and these days, I rarely close photoshop when I'm not using it anyway. It doesn't use any resources to worry about while in the background.

It's not for everyone, granted, but I prefer the more frequent updates that CC already offers rather than the 18-month gap between boxed releases, and I love not having to drop £££ on the upgrades up front.

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Windows Firefox stiffs Adobe Flash, plays H.264 YouTube vids

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Re: About time too

Javascript supports threading (webworkers), so those choke points are falling away.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Re: Windows version

They're also basically Chrome under a different name. Safari and Chrome are branches of the same WebKit engine I believe (and Apple, Google and others contribute to WebKit itself)

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Game closes 277 stores

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Re: list of closed stores

The Edinburgh stores were not previously Gamestation as far as I know. We also had a Gamestation here, but that closed last year.

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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Re: Great for tablets and phones

Using OSX with an Apple Trackpad works well, even in a development environment. Swiping between full-screen apps is very nice, and feels natural. Not so well with the Windows 8 VM I set-up last night. COuldn't get anything like swiping to work, and what mouse gestures there are feel horribly counter-intuitive.

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Meh

Missed a trick

WIndows 8 really misses the point of 'touch'. It's supposed to be natural, intuitive. I shouldn't need to 'figure out' how to move between windows, how to get around running apps. After playing for a few hours last night I still dont really understand what happens when you drag windows to the top of the screen, or how the new split screen works. When Apple introduced swiping between full-screen apps and the new 'mission control' into OSX it felt 'natural'. I didn't have to think about it because it was similar to 'real life'. I'm disappointed. There's a lot of nice stuff in the tiled Metro UI, I like the way it looks, but in actual use it is so badly broken it feels poorly thought out, very much incomplete.

What I'd love to see is the full-screen / gesture based functionality of OSX Lion + Metro's tiles.

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Newfangled graphics engine for browsers fosters data theft

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Not just fancy effects.

Or beyond that, 3d visualisation - for example on the medical products I'm working on. As with any technology it could be misused (intro hell), but that doesn't mean that technology should just be dismissed because of it.

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Microsoft's IE9: Don't believe the hype

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Nice fonts

I disagree. I think font rendering is still much better in all browsers on OS X.

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Insane

The IE9 beta installation already hosed my Windows 7 desktop (work PC, wouldn't let one of these in my house!). Thankfully our support folks are giving me a Windows7 VM to try it with this week, having had to rebuild my PC on Friday. I don't think either of us want to do that again.

The mind boggle why they have to intergrate anything. For the chap up-thread who suggests the integration is just UI: if that's the case, why does the beta insist on downloading 4 components that require my PC to reboot? Safari, FireFox, Chrome don't require WINDOWS to be modified to run... it's just inane.

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Microsoft sends IE9 'do-not-track' tech to W3C

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FAIL

Ate my PC

So, tried installing the beta this morning. Required 36 updates to my desktop computer behind company fire wall. Okay, so I installed updates. Required reboot. All but 4 updates failed. Suddenly half my programs dont work. Tried to repair. Re-run IE9 install. Tells me I have to install updates... everything still broken.

So Microsoft DONT learn. They still have a browser so tied into the system that it can easily break everything if something goes wrong.

Also this week: Installed FireFox 4 b10 and Opera 11.x, both of which didn't require any changes to Windows 7 and work like a charm. And Chrome 9 has been working perfectly on this PC since the day I got it.

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Passenger cleared after TSA checkpoint stare-down

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UK

Well, actually, in the UK I've never taken photo ID. You can fly internally with BA and not show ANY photo ID at all. You're simply not asked to present an ID unless you use a check-in desk. I always check-in online, and only have a carry-on back. I flew countless times last year between Edinburgh and Heathrow, and once this year.

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iTunes gifting scam plunges Reg reader into the red

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FAIL

Stung by iTunes too

November last year, my iTunes account was stung for £30 of app purchases and "in-app" purchase in... Chinese. These is despite a 16 character mixed-case password (not easily guessed) and never accessed from anything other than iPad/iPhone and my Mac (which is secure). It took 48 hours to get Apple to refund the amount, and it came with a very curt-but-polite "Apple's policy is that all purchases are final, non-refundable" despite my multiple protests that *I* did not make the purchases. Something somewhere is leaking account information, either a hack somewhere in iTunes or leaking OSX... I dont know, but it wasn't pleasant, and Apples attitude was less that supportive.

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End of the line for ID cards

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Passports

ot:

In recent months I've flown at least 10 times within the UK (twice this week), and have never once taken any photo ID with me. We always fly with BA, but maybe other airlines are more strict.

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Jackal novelist blames NSA for wife's laptop hack

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Big Brother

Sp00ky

And I suppose there was no chance at all that it is a Windows machine and it just randomly popped... as they do?

I think he's been reading too many of his own books.

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Sony sued for dropping Linux from PS3

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Ahem

"Imagine if iPhones suddenly lost their multitouch capabilities."

That's a wee bit over dramatic?

When using an iPhone you pretty much HAVE to use Multitouch as part of the Apple UI - so, what, 100% of users?

How many people do you know who actually run Linux on their PS3s? A few hardcore techies? 0.01% of all users maybe?

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AMD ships low-cost six-core Phenom IIs

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Go

6... 12.... 24... 48...

6 cores for £199 already? Perhaps Intels estimate of the number of cores doubling each year should be revised! Wonder if you can stick two of these things into a mobo? Actually, I also wonder if there's any software out there that would actually make use of 12 cores... (can games do that yet?).

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EU plans IP address snatch to battle cybercrime

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Shared

In a world full of shared hosts with many hundreds of web sites possibly sitting on one IP address, it's a somewhat frightening prospect...

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BT mops up after flood and fire

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FAIL

Scotland too

It appeared to knock our POS card devices as far away as Edinburgh, Scotland too - at least my fave cinema lost their card facilities, with their provider pointing the finger at BT. I thought the whole point in the Internet was in the event of something like this happening everything would still 'just work'.

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Apple details iPad's 'breakthrough' mobile contract

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250mb?

250Mb may be 'a lot of farting applications' but that's half a days worth of YouTube in HD... If you really are going to use this for web browsing, 250mb is hopelessly low. The bigger screen lends itself to video playback.

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Steve Jobs Flash rant put to the test

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Webkit

The implementation of HTML5 in Safari on iPhones etc is based on the open source Webkit engine, of which Apple is just one contributor. Google Chrome is also webkit based. To suggest that Apple 'controls' is perhaps a little unfair?

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iPad nearly had video conferencing?

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iPhones

I can see iPhones getting front-facing cameras, but it doesn't seem an iPad type of thing. I imagine the beta SDK is likely to cover 4th gen iPhones as well as iPads, so finding reference to video conferencing isn't a shock.

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iPad pitch to the Wall Street Journal laid bare

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Grenade

RIP Flash

It wouldn't take much to re-train from Flash to JavaScript y'know: AS3 isn't that different. It's just like JavaScript with classes.

I wouldn't miss Flash if it died tomorrow - I loved coding for it, but these days I can do so much more with jQuery and JavaScript and never worry about plugins!

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Sky 3D soccer fails to score

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Glasses

The fancy 3d glasses sit fine over regular glasses, but you do end up looking even more of a twit (speaking from personal experience).

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Adobe heats up iPad Flash bash

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Welcome

@alphaman

Adobe have an opportunity to become "the" development platform for iPad/iPhone though with their up-coming Flash CS5. Building apps right inside Flash in native iPad/iPhone format sounds rather cool - AS3 is heck of a lot more forgiving than objective-c.... plus you wouldn't necessarily have to write any code at all yourself (looking at Flash Catalyst). Flash lends itself to the slick UIs we see on these devices.

IMO Flash is doomed as a browser plug-in, with the infinitely more flexible open tech like HTML5 and powerful frameworks like jQuery: Adobe need to find a new market, and perhaps this is the one. If they can get Flash to compile apps specifically for other platforms, like Android, or even (gasp) Windows Mobile, they could 'own' the cross-platform development field.

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Adobe sounds off on iPad's Flash slap

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time to die

Long-time Flash advocate (in the absence of anything better) but IMO Flash has had it's day. There is little in Flash that you can't do with JavaScript and HTML5 now. While I think Flash still has its place (games) I certainly would not recommend it for regular web sites and frankly flash-heavy sites are a PITA even on a meaty computer. The only 'killer feature' that Flash really adds over HTML5+JavaScript is the ease of putting together sexy UIs, but given frameworks like jQuery or Scriptacul.us that gap is rapidly narrowing: plus iPad is a app-driven platform so you can create your sexy UIs in objective-c instead, no?

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Steve Jobs uncloaks the 'iPad'

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Not new but...

They said that about the iPhone tho. "Nothing new here". Have you any idea how many iPhones I see on the commute to work every morning!? Those buggers are everywhere (um... including my jacket pocket...). The iPad isn't "new" - it's a pooling of some of the best interface ideas in a format that is more easily consumed. I'm really excited by the idea of what this could do to the publishing industry. I'd much rather have an interactive stack of digital magazines that the backpack of design mags I usually lug around with me.

But I'm cautious too: I dont know if there is a market for an expensive device like this. And it'll only be a success if the content (such as interactive mags, lots of good books, a few killer apps) is there. And the idea of spending £499 + 3G contract on top of my iPhone contract... meh. Is there anyone rich enough left in the UK (apart from bankers) who can actually afford that any more?

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Sikh coppers request bulletproof turbans

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secularism ?

@masterpikey

You have cleanly demonstrated the problem; people seem unable to hold a frank and unemotional discussion when it comes the religious rights.

Perhaps we in the UK should take a leaf from Turkish secularism - a large, faithful Muslim society that STRICTLY separates religion from work/politics/public services.

I'm British, non-Christian (married to a Turkish Muslim), and I'm happy (and more than welcome) people to express their beliefs in any way they like - in their personal space and time. But when this starts to encroach on politics or public services, paid for from my taxes or otherwise, as a non-religious person this makes me very uncomfortable.

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Un-PC

Why are they wearing them in the first place? Perhaps it's terribly un-PC of me (har har), but surely the police shouldn't be allowed to have such blatantly religious regalia in the first place while on the job.

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Irish Wikifiddler hoaxes worldwide journos

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Coat

@Andy Bright

Too much WoWTime? (Or, applied to me, for knowing!)

I agree with the other comment re: WikiP is what it is - it's a great place for finding information that you're not to worried about the validity of - or a place to start if you're research a subject. But it should NEVER be taken as "fact". The journalists involved should be fired. What other lazy reporting for these authors has slipped by without being noticed?

Jacket because... I'm late for am Ulduar raid.

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Recession takes chunk out of game sales

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Big Bang?

How accurate are these figure? This time last year, GTA4 was released, which massively boosted games & console sales. There's no equiv "big bag" release any time soon, so I'm not sure how much the dip is due to the economy, or just that there are no big titles out.

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City of Heroes fingered in MMO patent lawsuit

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Alert

@By I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects

Pants :( You're right. Back to Azeroth for me, RL is way too frightening.

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Imba slacker trolls strike again

WoW's "message of the day" stuff is in an HTML box sat along side your 3d avatar (occasional game crashes can expose malformed HTML tags in that box, and other popup messages). So I guess it's covered.

Not that I've ever played WoW, honest.

I know it's probably naive, but is there no mechanism for fighting the patent system itself? Surely nobody takes it seriously any more. Why aren't people turning their lawyers against the system instead?

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Applers howl over Mac OS fix

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Flame

Frustrated!

Mac Pro: Bootcamp to Vista to enable other half to watch 'Driving Hazard Training DVLA' DVD (no Mac support). Keyboard suddenly does not work (drivers magically forgot how to talk to blue-toother Mac keyboard). Finally get that working again, and half way through mock exam, Vista interrupts "Important system updates", ruins test. Apply updates, reboot machine. Half way through next mock exam "Windows is configuring your updates", ruins test, then reboots the machine with no warning. When it comes back, mysteriously lost the keyboard AND mouse this time. Finally get that working again. Half way through the next (3rd) mock exam, "Blah program blah wants to run...", ruins test... It finally all worked after that, for an hour. Totally frustrating, how can anyone use this!?

Rebooted Mac into OSX, noticed there were updated (10.5.6) applied them. No problems. No interruptions. No work lost. Carried on working rest of the evening with relief, knowing I wont have to load Vista again for a very long time.

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OMFG, what have you done?

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@ Double Dekkers

Like the BBC news site, or most other news sites?

Users always hate change, but sometimes it's just something you have to do. I can't decide if I like the design yet. It seems a little more readable on an iPhone screen (flame away, I don't care), but there is heck of a lot of wasted space on the right column in any browser. But then, same goes for most news sites. You can never please everyone: personally I don't use browsers full screen (trust me, even the wonderful Reg full-screen on a 30" Apple Cinema Display would be totally overwhelming), so I'm quite happy for fixed width sites. Fixed with allows for a wider range of design choices that doesn't destroy the layout soon as a user resized the browser.

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Apple slapped for dodgy ads

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@ Ivan Headache

BBC and YouTube provide Quicktime alternatives of all the content that the iPhone is able to decode. The iPhone does not support Flash. It's never likely too either. Anyone following the Adobe development blogs will know that Adobe currently have no plans, or real incentive, for making a Flash player for iPhone. Apple aren't pushing for it either probably because it would just drain the battery so fast (Flash is pretty intensive). As the Flash player isn't open source, nobody else can make a Flash player for the iPhone legally (without paying a hefty license fee to Adobe I guess). I'd love to see Flash on the iPhone, but I doubt it'll happen.

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Apple faces lawsuit over wobbly 3G claims

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Spotty

Well the 3G here in Edinburgh spotty at best with the iPhones. Three times this week I've had no coverage, or apparently connected but unable to actually *get* to anything over 3G (mail/web/apps all time out). My other halfs 3G iPhone is just the same.

It's a shame, because when the 3G does work, it's brilliant. But it's fecking annoying with all these outages (and there's no free WIFI near my office). I really hope it can be fixed via software, but I have my doubts :(

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Swedish spy agency sics lawyers on wiretap critic

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Accidents waiting to happen?

What scares me with these types of legal incidents, and the resulting "Streisand effect", maybe next time they won't bother with the legal path. Accidents are easily arranged...

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