* Posts by Gordon 10

3048 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks

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Meh

Not much different

To any other Ipad keyboard. I personally am awaiting the availability of the Adonit Writer 2 plus for the iPad 3.

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Ofcom: The Office of Screwing Over Murdoch?

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FAIL

Jim Morrow Gets it wrong

NOTW did not fake the recruitment agency message - it was a wrong number.

Link

Secondly El Reg commentards have a duty to avoid emotive word hacking the trivial task of accessing voicemail.

You sir are as bad as you claim Mr Orlowski to be.

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Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

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Joke

Lewis Page

Obviously not Lewis' as they would come marked as published before.

Nuclear Power - check.

Silly Carrier decisions - check.

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

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IK+

Lifted above the other karate games by the 3 player option and the dozen or so easter eggs like dropping their trousers and the worm across the screen.

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China's rare earth policy backs Apple into a corner

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Very Poor Article

No up to El Regs usual standards.

As per the rest of the commentards plenty of REO production exists outside of china.

Take that away you have a story that high tech electronics contain RE's. Although its obviously not mentioned that the quantities are miniscule.

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Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles

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Errmm - Re-inventing their Laptop idea

Wasnt it MS who came up with a secondard display in the top of a laptop lid as a cunning ruse to sell more Win Mob licenses.

This seems very similar - especially the bit about selling Win Mob/WinPho licenses :)

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Adonit Jot Flip precision tablet stylus

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Re: Resolution?

Most of the ipad handwriting Apps simulate a piece of paper of much smaller size than the 20% smaller than A4 ipad screen.

Most of the Apps tend to show text at a fairly high level of zoom for this reason. they also tend to have auto - CR's or "follow along the full length of the line" functionality as a result.

It takes some pratice to use the iPad as an A4 notepad.

Handwriting recognition varies hughly between apps but is a pretty reasonable on the good (paid) apps.

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Re: recommended

I have a Pro too. It comes with a Alu machined screw top cap. Mine tended to come undone on its own after a week or so boucing around under my iPad or laptop in the bottom of my bag.

The Pro includes a magnet that sticks to Smart Covers and the internal ipad magnets - good for meeting room posing.

The little plastic crosshairs are replaceable from Ebay or Adonit directly. Note that the pen doesnt work without the plastic bit.

Waiting for the Jot Touch with pressure sensitivity.

Also waiting for the Adonit Writer 2 Plus Keyboard but thats another story.

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What kind of LOSER sits in front of a PC...

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Tablets dont count

Followed by the next sentence referencing the Kindle Fire - a tablet.

Well Done! /SlowHandClap

What was the point of this article apart from the fact that you believe the only valid consumption device is dedicated ebook reader, and that you deliberately ignored the other Ebook sellers outthere?

Are you the mutant offspring of Matt Assay and Lewis Page? More mono-focused than Lewis and even less relevant than Matt?

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Lytro light field camera

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In theory

Yes.

In Practice (according to the reivew) no

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Cray taps Microsoft parallel guru as CTO

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Re: Time to short Cray

This guy seems more of a credible ex-engineer than a bean counting idiot like Elop.

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HTC One S Android smartphone

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So in other words

Probably a better alround smartphone than the X but with a nobbled memory.

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Swiss, German physicists split the electron

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Where did the charge go?

Did it stay with the spinon, orbiton or wander off by itself to cry in the corner all alone?

Is this result really that significant? Afaik this wasn't a true splitting of a discrete electron but rather the apparent shift of some of its properties around the electron sea in a semi conductor - whilst it's an exciting result - it's not the revelation that breaking apart a single electron orbiting a hydrogen atom would be.

Having said that it may have theoretical and practical uses analogous to the 'electron holes' concept in semi-conductors.

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RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

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Digitizer

The Computer pages on C4 were good/bonkers. (cant remember if digitize were the original one or the poor outsourced imitation)

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Re: Actually in Germany

We still have it in the UK, there are slightly differing flavours on Freeview, FreeSat and Sky.

Cant speak for Virgin.

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Re: Digital text

The core content (news/weather) is the same. What actually happened was that the Internet took over the non-core stuff like Holidays etc.

Arguably the content is less interesting but thats just because the range is smaller and there are other/better delivery channels.

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O2 declares 4G trial success... with 1000 users

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Meh

Re: "which makes one wonder why O2 wants any of the old analogue TV spectrum at all"

the cynic in me suggests that should read:

Breakneck speeds or low latency or excellent coverage or less base stations

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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Are they?

Any manufacturer worth their salt has Arm tablets in their labs running Win8, Android, Ubuntu and probably WebOS and Meego.

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OMG

A media consumption device without Windows Media Player - WFT!!!!!!!

Will they be installing Media Player Classic instead?

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SpaceX Dragon gets green-light for launch to Space Station

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Re: "....the cargo isn't critical stuff for the astronauts...."

Unfortunately no-one had thought through the implications of a well matured Brie aboard the ISS.

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Apple TV third-generation (2012)

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Re: The Usability Paradox

There is a huge difference between Apple TV and MCE codec packs - I've found nothing that MCE won't play with a small collection of codec packs installed.

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UK.gov: Firms can't fondle your smart meter privates...

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Hmm

Nothing about DECC using the information for their own commercial purposes? Or being able to opt in or out of the purposes

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NASA brainstorms with John Q Public for 2018 Mars mission

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My first thought

Was how much of the potential Mars budget they were going to piss away on Web 2.0 and social Meedja bollocks.

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WTF is... scale-in?

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Sound like

A mix of appliances and hyper scale servers to me.

Craming more compute power into lower data Center volumes.

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Balsillie planned to bust open BlackBerry network before leaving

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More evidence RIM is fuscked

Someone comes up with a plan that does rely on a increasingly dodgy looking handset and OS proposition and no one has the balls to try it out.

RIM thy end is nigh.

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Starck brewing 'fairly, if not very, revolutionary' Apple THING

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Re: Philippe Starck?

Tony Stark or iRon Man?

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Two teens cuffed after Blighty's anti-terror hotline hacked

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WTF?

How did they hack the follow on call?

Not convinced by Scotland Yards denial. I can only think of a limited number of ways to eavesdrop on that follow on conversation.

1. Bug one of the end points (as SY seem to be stating) colour me dubious.

2. If it was a Conf Call - get the joining code and lurk.

3. Actually compromise the system (ie force a conf call)

2 looks the most likely - although that atleast means an email addy or pc is compromised.

3 Looks next likely.

1. Looks less likely - these unless it was all VOIP. These are skiddies not MI5.

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Laptop computers are crap

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Re: I had a marvellous on-line argument the other week

screen quality. Compare a tablet to a similarly priced laptop.

The screen on the table will be better and viewable in more lighting conditions and at more angles. If you look at the ips screen on the ipad you can view it at angles approaching 0/180 degrees top & bottom. (ie almost edge on).

I talked my dad out of buying a new laptop specifically on these grounds.

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Good Friday article

+1 beer

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Chinese whispers point to Huawei bid for Motorola

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Re: US Congress

Lenovo werent a major player in cellular comms afaik.

Huawei are.

Plus its obvious the CIA/FBI/MI5/TLA obviously have a hardon against them. (Or their political masters do - which amounts to the same thing.

Besides I bet IBM own contribute to far more politicians than google do.

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Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

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Not a great solution

Maybe the agency model is the lesser of two evils?

Consumers potentially suffer a bit more now to prevent a far more costly suffering in a future where Amazon is the ebook equivalent of Google or Facebook. It could be argued that they are that now but whilst there are many competing stores they are the default choice but not the only choice.

Maybe we need the Agency model for the next 5 years? A digital equivalent of the Net Book agreement?

Of course I expect the fandroids to do the usual Apple = Evil thing and loose sight of the fact that Amazon is no better.

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Motorola's bid to sink Windows, XBoxes sales snubbed

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The law needs a Stag night clause.

What goes on in Germany stays in Germany and ditto for the US.

On a more serious note I would have thought that if the German and US arms of Moto and MS were separate legal entities registered in the local country most of the arguments from MS and the US judge become null and void.

Ie both MS and Moto's entities have to obey local laws first and head office directives second.

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UK.gov has shaved off 16% of IT staff in 4 years

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IT vs ICT

Why is it when we switch to Education and International Development the workers switch from IT to ICT?

Is it perchance the higher number of numpties who pretend to do IT work in those departments.

Cant we ban the TLA ICT from El Reg?

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OnLive goes legit with licensing downshift for virtual Windows

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Re: What's the Ppoint?

The only point I believe is OnLive's "special sauce" streaming tech, and doesnt require your own desktop.

Other than *maybe* offering some performance improvements over slim connections and not needing your own desktop I dont see any difference between this and say LogMeIn and the rest of the VNC/RDP crowd in the iOS store.

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Softphones strangled by smartphone battery life

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WTF?

WTF?

This sounds like excuses for poor sales.

For me the major use case for softphones is to facilitate remote working in the enterprise.

Since remote working generally involves either having a laptop or PC switch on as well I would question why this is a bar to adoption.

The major plus of softphones is to avoid mobile/landline charges for work calls by using call back type functionality.

I see softphones on smartphones as a interim/passing technology soon to be gobbled up by unified comms containers that provide full BYOD functionality. (ie integrated contacts, email, phone etc) all within a secured section of the phone and therefore again not a major area of problems.

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Intel discloses sub-10-watt 'Centerton' Atom chip

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Can AMD complete?

With ARM and Intel both having better long term potential in this space are AMD chips even credible? Lets face it performance per watt isnt one of AMD's better performing metrics these days.

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The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

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@bk33k34 Re: *still* not there

Quick google came up with Lindy IR socket. Plug that into the Sub psu (I assume it's an active sub) and either set it up as a new device on the harmony or Learn it to an unused key when the harmony is in Amp mode.

In my experience the harmonies have the IR power to bounce into odd corners so it should work. Biggest pain with the newer logitech harmonies is that the device limit is too low.

Hope this helps.

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Employers' group: New comp sci GCSE driven by vendor agenda

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Re: A little bit more

Au contraire - my highest education level in IT is the original computer studies GCSE. My education past that is all Maths & Science related. Last time I checked a lot of other techies were in my boat too.

In fact what you see in my peer group is completely unrelated A levels and degrees with the occasional conversion to the fold by via a masters.

Infact I once programmed with a lady whose primary degree was Egyptology - beat that!

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Yahoo! pleads! for! ad! juice! as! products! guru! exits!

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Dead Man Walking

Unfortunately Yahoo's fate was sealed many years ago when it failed to maintain its hold as the portal of choice in the face of Google.

It turns out that people dont want Portals - they want basic search (google) or a semi-cozy environment to interact with their friends (Facebook). Since Yahoo do/did neither well they are doomed.

Now if they had attempted to monetise Hadoop - it may have failed, but it may have gained a revenue stream.

Infact if I was google I would be looking at Yahoo rather nervously right now. Their fates could be the same over the long term - stuck in a (profitable for now) rut - but unable to innovate out of it. Before you say it - Android is just a method of generating more input to that rut.

The next decade will be interesting to say the least.

1. Yahoo dies.

2. Web 2.0 bubble implodes - taking out most Secondary and Lower tier players.

3. Microsoft nosedives further.

4. Oracle's Hardware business finally gives up the ghost and is limited to appliances for pure Oracle stacks.

5. Big Data saves us all or implodes.

6. Google fails to re-invent itself for the 2020's again and again. (but rakes it in in the medium term).

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Wellcome Trust backs boffins in open publishing row

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Stop

What precisely

Are the costs of Open Access publishing?

Formatting, editing, copy editing - what?

Genuinely don't understand.

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Big Four US carriers vow to switch off stolen smartphones

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FAIL

Dear US

Welcome to the naughties. Do try and catch up.

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Toshiba prices up 13in monster tablet

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WTF?

Oh dear

Weight - huge - flawed.

Screen res - meh not great for size.

Use cases - any?

Battery life - unknown.

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Anonymous plans DDoS attack on GCHQ in snoop law protest

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Timing

Whats with the weekend attacks? It hardly strikes me as a peak time for anyone.

I bet they barely bothered getting the HO BOFH out of bed. Probably left it to the PFY.

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Councils get online arsenal to battle billion-pound bloodsuckers

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NFA

And how much does the NFA cost us a year?

IIt's a quango and therefore by my own personal definition probably a government sanctioned fraud in its own right?

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'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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Re: LTE? Really...

Why be fussed over a mere issue of branding. As long as an LTE capable iPhone actually means LTE (+ existing 3G + 2G) capability without compromising on anything else (battery life etc) what's the issue?

The new iPads girth and weight "issues" are solely driven by the new display and it's power requirements boding well for any LTE equipped iPhone 5. Even if it's LTE-ness is essentially irrelevant in the uk market as a credible UK LTE rollout is 2+ years away.

Besides the only advantage LTE has for the consumer is that small minority using phones as modems. I can't quote any accepted figures but from personal experience that's a max of 8-10 people per rail 50+?person carriage.

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WTF is... UltraViolet

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Re: $2 or $5 to copy to the system

Did you miss the bit where you could upgrade It to HD?

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Square kilometre array decision delayed again

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WTF?

Re: Stereo Vision?

I would have thought the better question is just what part of the sky could be seen from both places at the same time. Afaik the interferometry needed in this kind of set up works best in real time. Therefore both sites would have to be pointing at the same point.

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

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Yawn

Give good odds that 50% of the issues are DNS issues. Another 40% are cell site backhaul overloading. 5% software bugs and 5% real manufacturing faults.

All in all fairly standard.

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HTC One X Android smartphone

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Re: dropbox

Loadsa memory? What you mean less than the phone actually comes with? That's not loads in my book.

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