* Posts by Richard

16 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008

Big Ben squeezes into your iPhone

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Yes, it is pointless, but fun(ish)

However, why oh why doesn't it also chime the quarters (like the real one). It is annoying to have to wait for the full hour to hear the bells' dulcet tones.

iPhone 3.0 to nix app redownloading?

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Contradictions?

I think the article needs to be redacted a little as the second paragraph (which is correct) contradicts the first (which is incorrect).

Wolfram Alpha - a new kind of Fail

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Is this potty-mouth diatribe necessary?

I'm not a prude, honestly I'm not, but come on Reg, this isn't necessary. After all, some geeky youngsters could well be amongst your readers and don't need this in a story (in a comment would be another matter).

Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact

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SIC?

Without meaning to appear (overly) rude, but isn't it a little rich seeing 'sic' appended to a description from a foreign museum given the often parlous state of proofreading apparent within El Reg's own pages, to which the English language is meant to be native.

Just a thought init..

YouTube gets new mobile client

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Time for a new phone

Bill,

Hi. Shame you don't own an iPhone 3G as the YouTube client on mine has worked faultlessly since I bought it.

I realise it's not a vital App but I thought I should let you in case it influences any future purchasing decisions.

R.

iPhone 3.0 beta reveals mixed blessing

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Taketh away?

Only the Apple-hating El-Reg (continuing behaviour which I find bewildering) could misconstrue new (much needed) features for ones being removed.

Products such as the iPhone are fundamentally designed with the end-user in mind; while it is good to maintain a healthy developer ecosystem, to keep them all in business is not the iPhone's raison d'etre.

Come on, feel the love...

Apple plays catch-up with new iPhone features

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Serious?

Come on Bill, try a little dispassionate reporting rather than poorly argued and half-correct polemic...

Paris... because even she knows impartial journalism when she sees it.

The iPhone App Store - a classic protection racket

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Huh?

What evidence do you have for Apple increasing the "vig" as you so intelligently put it? Please tell.

As a non-geek I am very happy with the status-quo; some security that malware will not be installed on my phone coupled with the remarkable convenience of the App Store. This is just what the vast majority of end users are looking for and I'll wager that most developers are happy with the split too.

Ted, if you need to create a story to sell, surely you can do better than this.

Regards,

Richard.

iPhone 3G isn't necessarily

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Does it matter in Europe?

I note that this maybe an intermittent problem with WCDMA. Now, correct me if I am wrong (and I'm sure someone will) isn't it a super version of GSM and only mainly available in the US. My understanding is that it is an inferior form of 3G which doesn't even allow simultaneous speech and browsing. In Europe do we not use the superior, and built from the ground up, UMTS which uses different technology and frequencies? If this is the case (and I realise I may be quite wrong here) then in Europe (at least in the UK) where UMTS proliferates should we not be unaffected by this issue?

What say you WTF? - you seem to know your stuff.

Suprise at spelling snafu sanctions

Richard
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No joke...

This is depressing beyond belief.

Maybe there's a reason that some 'new' universities are treated with disdain.

I have trouble keeping to the speed-limits, maybe we should increase them to match my infringements.

Paris, for the obvious reason.

Apple pulls posted pulled iPhone modem app

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Paris Hilton

"who're"

No such contraction in either of the popular forms of the English language John, unless you meant something entirely different. I don't normally comment on typos, but I suspect this was intentional.

Good article though, and the hobbled Bluetooth really grinds my gears too!

Paris, because "who're" might be in her Blackberry dictionary.

iPhone 3G not compatible with existing accessories

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Radio Remote

I am most decidedly the kind of phanboy most readers love to hate, but I must admit to be extremely miffed by the fact that Apple's own (otherwise excellent) Radio/Remote control does not function with either of the iPhones and the iPod Touch. This is a real shame as it would be a welcome accessory to a phone which doesn't do radio (notwithstanding the streamed version) and has a perfunctory remote as part of the head-set which is far inferior to the one which I own. One would think that this could be enabled in a (dare I say) simple firmware update. If others have been irritated by this I urge you to use Apple's feedback pages to have a word in their corporate shell-like.

The Firewire charging issue is annoying too. Come on Apple - get a grip!

Hawkeye technology turns tennis into a cartoon

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What?

Not a bad piece... that is until the "bootnote". Sheer nonsense; Ashlee, please stick to tech as you clearly know absolutely nothing about the game of Lawn Tennis.

O2 prices up the latest iPhone

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@ Alex Johnson

Many thanks Alex. I thought I was going to have to collate all the points you so accurately covered. Thanks for saving me the effort. I don't get why some folk will go to the effort of posting a daft point or question without the most cursory of reading around the topic.

The economy: A big Arab did it and ran away, claims PM

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Supply/Demand

Of course there's a shortage; the author's lack of incite into basic economics is astonishing. The question is whether OPEC is actually capable of pumping substantially more of the kind of the crude that we need or are we already at peak flow.

And to the foolish comments pining for a reduction in fuel duty: where should the money be spirited from in order to pay for our schools, hospitals, Welfare State etc? A hike in income tax perhaps? From recent experience I think we know how popular that would be.

Personally, I think petrol on the forecourt (for private cars) is still far too cheap; now if there was a way to offer discounts to hauliers and rural folk who need their cars to get around, I would be happy to see a doubling of petrol/DERV prices for us spoiled urbanites whose cars are often (but not always) an unnecessary luxury.

Steve Jobs unveils plans to dominate RIM BlackBerry, Life, the Universe, and Everything

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El Reg persona non grata?

Please, please stop with the incessant (and all too predictable) sniping at Apple for not inviting you to events such as this one. I enjoy reading The Register's output, but each and every time your stringers opine in this manner you lower yourself to the ranks of a third-rate blog, and it devalues the El Reg brand. Try and rise above the perceived snub, and bear in mind that you are good, but you're no CNN.

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