* Posts by David Pickering

62 posts • joined 22 Nov 2007

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Watch out, Martians! Curiosity to scoop its first soil sample

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Alien

rocknest monstaah!

New version of Chrome can WATCH and LISTEN

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Trollface

insecurity by a thousand ill-concieved apis

Stephen on Steve: The most important man on Earth

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title

whatever

One-third of US consumers will buy an iPhone 5

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the title says it all really.

didnt read any of the content.

The Node Ahead: JavaScript leaps from browser into future

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thumbs up

well said!

iPhone-wielding chumps rush to give data to phish sites

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because

no self respecting corporate it department would roll out iphones to their user-base.

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yet more proof that

iphone users are idiots.

Windows Phone 7 to get cut'n'paste shortly, says Ballmer

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Copy and paste isn't something one uses every day

really? i mean really? if u just want a phone, buy a phone.

mines the one with an n900 in the pocket

Sex offender tagging system crashes

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what a load of tosh

mere facesaving. Piss Poor Management.

Can Windows Phone 7 help Microsoft come from behind?

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i must disagree with the author

imo the usability/interface is terrible :( to me in general it feels rushed and half-thought out with only limited customisation possible. tends to happen when there no vision driving it.

Hands on with Windows Phone 7

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oh dear

i dont have a facebook account or own an xbox. this pointless consumer os means nothing to me, having used the previous versions of winmo for some time - enjoying the power and control they provided. i feel left out in the cold by winpho7 :(

over to maemo it is..

Smartphone buyers want Apple, Android

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WTF?

im a smartphone buyer

and i want neither the iphone (dear god) or an android device. i echo previous commentor - what about meego/maemo!

Coders tip Google Android for eclipse of the Steve

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hmm

might also have something to do with the way apple treats developers?

How do you copy 60m files?

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i had a similar problem

had to extract millions of files from millions of zips over a network - ended up writing a lil .net app to do it - worked beautifully and could produce a report on the problem files too

Moses' parting of the Red Sea: New sim explains whole thing

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these people

really should be spending their time on more important questions

Meego goes 3D

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2d in 3d

htc sense ui is 3d (andriod and winmo) - uses opengl/lua - has been around for ages

and no, imo a 3d interface for phones is a stupid idea if they expect you to navigate it with just your finger - i have yet to see a compelling 3d interface for any operating system tbh - the HCI (input mostly) just isnt there.

i do like meego though.

and what the fuck is a prosumer.

MOON SHRINKING FAST - shock NASA discovery

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eeeh?

why are smaller craters considered newer? i thought the moon didnt have erosion etc.. i dont follow :(

Perseid meteors 'thrill star-gazers'

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yay

i saw some!

iPhone users get more sex than Android fans

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good job

fanning the fanboi/hateboi flames there.. if you were of a simplistic persuasion, you might read it that by not having an iphone you're somehow missing out...

iPads for hospitals: is this a good idea?

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You cannot be serious..

why ipads? why now? what possible requirements list does the ipad meet? secure? durable? fit for purpose? battery life? environmental conditions? what about getting data on/off? integration? itunes? hahaha.

is this just some highlevel muppet who got sucked into the hype?

appalling.

IT bods: Cloud won't turn us into dinosaurs

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what?

last time i checked, 'cloud computing' was just some bullshit bingo phrase managers like to bang around that basically means 'the internet'.

fail.

iPhone 4 developers get software update, but will it fix death grip?

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hmm

if the code that draws the bars is also responsible for managing the phones network state i would be shocked. that is horrific software design. the system would already know the percentage left in the battery, the code that draws the bars should just draw the bars and nothing else. if the update is just changing how the bars are drawn this is entirely cosmetic and wont affect calls being dropped etc at all.

if the update adds specific logic to the system that turnsoff the antennas etc given certain situation, that might alleviate the problem but not eliminate it.

Fanbois end Judas Phone 'Death Grip' with, um, SIM tape

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doubt they'll recall

remember the outcry about hardware accelerated graphics on the htc tytn2? same sort of thing and they got away with it..

suprised this antenna issue got through qa though..

is crapple hitting the fan?

US boffins synthesize self-replicating bacteria

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perhaps this is the most compelling solution

to global warming, fuel and food production and drug/vaccine synthesis - i for one commend JCVI's efforts - cant wait for more news on this!

Britons: iPhone eighth most important invention — ever

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WTF?

the tard mass population

has spoken

Security bug bites 64-bit Windows 7

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win7 ui is crap

even with the basic skin enabled i still cant navigate through the shell and explorer with the keyboard properly.

Adobe tilts at windmills with image apps for iPad

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erm let me correct you there

i do beleive you called the ipad a 'computer' - i think youll find its an oversized phone... without the phone..

Win XP SP2 support to cease in two months

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sad day when xp support dies

i really like xp - it doesnt get in the way of the things i try to do - i sure as hell am not moving to windows7 - i tried it for a while but it just rubs me the wrong way at every oppertunity - so inefficient and the ui is just ill-thought out rubbish (imo - did they hire _any_ usability people for windows7?!) :(

ill be going over to linux eventually, ms have lost their way (ever since bill left imo)

Pentagon looks to revive Nazi space-bomber plan

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why?

thought we'd got past comparing dick sizes ;/

Steve Jobs bans all apps from iPhone (or thereabouts)

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really helping to forward technology there steve

'Apparently, Steve Jobs has hinted the new SDK language is an effort to prevent anyone else from establishing a de facto standard platform on top of his own tools'

what the hell.. tho if he wants to remove his shit from the technological gene pool, im not gonna stop him! natural selection taking place

Microsoft confirms IE9 will shun Windows XP

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never use that crud anyway

will make making developing ie/html5 supporting websites a pita tho.

Steve Jobs Flash rant put to the test

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hmm

just thought id say i couldnt really give a toss either way - html5 is nice tho - does the ipad browser support html5? just curiouis - even if it did im still not dumb enough to buy one

Microsoft re-tiles mobile platform for Windows 7 era

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MS just need some decent ui ppl

oh dear - if lack of customisability is what microsoft sees as a good thing in apple products then the future will be very bland and monotone.

this is just my take but do they think customisability hampers adoption because people are too stupid to correctly use customisation tools? or is it just a quick corner-cutter in terms of development time.

i cant seriously beleive for a second they think less is more? what sort of reality distortion feilds is being felt at redmond?

Is Mandy right to cut science funding?

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what

a cock-end.

Frustrated bug hunters to expose a flaw a day for a month

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good on em

bout time these companies get a swift kick up the arse tbh. i for one am so tired of half-baked mickey mose software.

Dell tech flashes woman with (her own) jubblies

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disgusting

shocking behaviour. how old is this 'techie' - comes across as far too immature to be in employment imo. im grossed out now :( yuk.

RatemyCouncil site launches, falls over

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what a waste of money

what was wrong with upmystreet? christ

Nokia to halve its smartphone portfolio in 2010

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Apple got a 3% global share with

bullshit and spin.

Apple voids warranties over cigarette smoke, users say

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well..

if youre STUPID enough to buy crapple tatt..

btw, lol at second hand smoke - fucking ridiculous.

Icon design for dummies fanbois

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gimp > *

using a windows app to make icons for mac. i thought they were supposed to be good at this sort of thing - at least thats what every mactard fanboi robotically turdspurts at me. oh wait i get it - they are!(?) but you have to part with lots of cash first right..

i have actually used this icon workshop thing in the past and tbh i found it a bit clunky - i have since moved on to using the gimp to make all of my icons - its a very powerful tool that can read/write icon files - by far the best overlooked option imo.

Kingston SSD Now V 40GB boot drive

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if ur pc takes 5 minutes to boot

then ur doin smt wrong tbh. imo ssd's just dont have the lifespan yet.

World's first iPhone worm Rickrolls angry fanbois

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wouldnt suprise me

if this 'ikee' chap works at (cr)apple

Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul

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ui might look old but it is functionally sound imo

gotta disagree strongly on one point - firefox has a "tall and bulky UI footprint" - what a load of crap.

firefoxes ui is fantastically customisable - it knocks spots off everything else in terms of flexibility imo. just look at internot exploders foolbar - you cant change the size of the buttons or where theyre placed on the toolbar - you cant have the address bar or the menu bar share their 'bands' with anything else, resulting in needlessly wasted screen space (which is made worse the wider your monitor is). and what the hell is with not being able to put the menu bar (file, edit etc) _above_ the navigation bar? utter rubbish.

i only mention this because in windows7 they have only gone and put this hideous unconfigurable toolbar interface thing into the bloody windows file explorer. and you cant get rid of it.

ill take firefoxes ui over anything else any day TBQFH.

(p.s. sorry this turned into an internot exploder bash :))

US Spec Ops operates psywar websites targeted at UK

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snorkling with the fael whale

the more articles i read the more i want to kill myself and end it all :(

Apple gives Palm the boot - again

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Megaphone

turdspurt

wintards vs crapple fanbois - the clashses in the comments section are getting a little predictable now tbh! (hehe though i have in the past contributed to the nonsense with a rather malevolent intent ;)

at the end of the day i dont think these companies and the crap they produce can really be compared - neither is better than the other - as their target audiences, at least to me, seem to be at either end of some sort of tard spectrum.

get over it, move on - imo if you place any personal investment/interest in either company then you are a mug. get a life.

Windows Mobile 7 feature details mined

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ja

ive been using 6.5 on my raphael for over a month now - imo its not much different than 6.1 - only its got a new home screen and you can drag the contents of certain window controls around with your finger instead of having to try and pick at those crappy scrollbars. a few tab-based dialogs look a bit different too - other than that i cant think of much else that has changed from 6.1 - however, 6.5 is still a big improvement, even though ive got htcs manilla2.1 plastered all over my device so i rarely have to interface with windows directly anyway, though titanium (the new home screen) does look rather nice.

as for video calling though - wtf? ive been able to hold video calls on this device ever sice i got it - even on wm6.0 - so im not quite getting that part of the article.. unless you mean its just baked into the OS rather than as a third party app or smt (in which case that to me isnt exactly profound).

anyway - mines the one with the huge scorch mark where the pocket used to be

srsly tho - scew apple! ha ^^;

Snow Leopard forces silent Flash downgrade

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my heart bleeds

for all the vulnerable (cr)apple users out there.

apple loves you - no really.

HTC smartphones vulnerable to Bluetooth file sniffing

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suprised?

don't expect to hear anything useful back from htc ever on this tbh (well, maybe some lip service) - existing devices with this problem will _never_ be fixed - only devices that haven't yet come out will have the required patch - this is how htc work - once you've bought one of their f*ck-off expensive handsets they stick 2 fingers up at you and tell you to go swivel (if they bother responding at all) when you ask for some support (or they'll lie to you about graphics drivers etc).

BOO.

Adobe yanks speech exposing critical 'clickjacking' vulns

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erm

im not sure i get it... using javascript to rewrite a ahref tag is now a vulnerability? i fail to see how this can take control of your webcam etc... (though i only read the first few paragraphs ha)

mines the one made out of tin foil

The Top Ten 3G iPhone beaters

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glaring omission

wheres the htc tytn2 in the list?

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