* Posts by Confuciousmobil

201 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009


Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services


Pong pong

Outsourcing saves millions. Everyone knows that.

Bringing it back saves millions. Everyone knows that.

Do it enough times and you will save enough s the service actually makes you money.

Replace one shower with another is far better than paying for the service you actually want. Cheaper is obviously better....

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


I use Apple devices precisely because you can only buy from one place and you know the apps will work.

If you want a total mess, go Android. This case is farcical and should be thrown out immediately.

It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu


Re: Data costs

If use Giffgaff on my phone but for data only neither come near £20 for six months data.


Re: Data costs

£18/month is nearly what I pay every 6 months. How does £108 for six months compare to £20? I don't need calls and it's PAYG. Why would I pay £18/month rather than £20 /6 months? :confused:


Data costs

I was at Brooklands yesterday and couldn't access the Internet on 3G. It was a pain.

But if someone can tell me of another carrier that will provide me 6 months of data (limited to 1Gb /month) then I will certainly consider it, but I have yet to find anyone apart from T-mobils who can do this.

Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins


Oh dear

Oh god, we're going to get cars driving even slower? Round towns that's a good idea, I just hope these things are allowed nowhere near our motorways.

Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report


Maybe it's just me

I used to use an Ad blocker but now I dont.

For the first couple of days the adds annoyed me -now I really don't noti them.

Someone argued that they use bandwidth but that surely only relates to mobile devices and 1Gb/month is more than enough on my iPad and iPhone as I am on wifi most of the time.

If you have severely restricted bandwidth it might be worth blocking adds but otherwise they really are not that bad - most of the time.

I used to spend a lot of time tinkering to get things working but now can't be bothered.

I realise there are a lot of techies here that enjoy spending 90% of their waking hours trying to save themselves 5 minutes but I'm to old for that now.

I'd rather things just work, and the vast majority of the time they just do.

Finding out that Ad Block is basically just blackmail makes me realise how glad I am that I don't wor about it any more.


Apple in 2007: Who wants a stylus? Apple in 2010: We want a stylus!


I bought my daughter a Livescribe 3 for Christmas. I guess Apple will sue them if they get this patent....

Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year


I have an iPhone 5 and won't upgrade to a 6 because it is to big. What I want is a smaller phone, the 4 had the right size screen, the five is to big. How is one with the screen The size of the five a 'mini'? It is to big, give us a phone size phone, I have an iPad for a large screen.

It does remind me of Apple before Jobs returned though, too many products and not enough focus.

Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES


I love the generic advice everyone gives.

I am a member of a Whisky club and I think the only thing we all agree on is that we all like our whisky in different ways (but never with more than a splash of clean water)

One bit of advice we were given was that if you do have ice you should use bottled water and make sure you wash your icecube trays (when was the last time you washed yours?) it is contaminates that give you a hangover.

The range of whiskys is stunning and they all taste different. Japanese whisky is great, so is Irish - but both over priced compared to scotch of a similar quality (at least in the UK). Indian Whisky is surprisingly good, unfortunately I can't say the same of English whisky.

Best advice is try them all - or just stick to one you like.

Just because you don't like one does not mean you won't like another and what one person raves about you might hate.

Just enjoy!

Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb



Who are the target market? Most of my family own iPhones and iPads but I have a watch I like and wouldn't swap it for something cheap and tacky like this. My children don't wear watches or see the point in them. I can't see who would actually buy such a thing.

Which means they are likely to be ubiquitous next year.

'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection


Assets and liabilities?

If they have assets of $1 billion they are laughing, if they have liabilities of $1 billion they are in trouble.

But assets and liabilities of $1 billion surely makes them neutral....

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice


I'm eligible.

I'm eligible but will I take mine in? Heck no!

I've had no problems and even if I did, it's not worth losing my JB for.

Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order


I was using the site when it was taken down.

A great loss :(

He provided a great service, I can get the information other ways but none so continent as this site.

I have, of course, written to Oracle but, surprise, suprise, no reply.

Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1


Not for Jailbreakers

I thought I'd just say the obvious, don't upgrade if you want to jailbreak.

BlackBerry makes its devilish Android trickery official in OS update


I'm impressed!

I thought Blackberry had already gone out of business. Nice to see one last gasp....

Apple iPhone 5s still world's top-selling smartphone – report


Re: Corporate League Tables

"The fact that the Android ecosystem is by far the most popular (81% of the market, according to IDC) is absolute proof that consumers demand that diversity, and is a far more significant metric than which specific device sells most, for exactly the same reasons that the vast size of the Windows ecosystem comparred to the tiny Mac monoculture is a more significant metric than the sales figures for any single model of PC versus sales of the Mac."

Absolute proof that users demand diversity? That made me laugh.

Most users just want a cheap phone and Android provide that, they will go for whatever they can get and don't "demand" anything.

The high end has very little competition, it's Apple or Samsung. Apple have few, high margin, phones while Samsung have a multiplicity of devices. The rest (including Samsungs lower end devices) are high volume, low margin devices. I would like to see some decent high end Nokia devices make an inroad just for some diversity, but with Microsoft that seems unlikely.

A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH


It will be higher

Once the JB is released I'm sure the uptake will be a lot higher. My iP5 is on iOS7 as there is no JB for it, my iPad is JB on iOS 6.1 and will remain there until I can keep my JB on iOS7

Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales


Re: It's actually quite good

Saved me typing a reply, couldn't have put it better myself.

I bought the XBox because I've always bought XBoxes, a friend bought the PS4 because he has always bought Sony (and he hates MS)

I like my XBox, he likes his PS4, it's certainly not something we argue about, if you feel that strongly about your console maybe you should think about getting one df these life things I've heard about?

Apple stalls iWatch, 12.9-inch iPad from Quanta rumored for mid-2014



The iPad is a device for consuming information, not creating it, although it makes a great input device for some apps.

That's where MS went wrong with the Surface, trying to make it a Jack of all trades.

I can't see a larger iPad being successful - but then I said the same of the iPad mini so, no doubt, it will be a great success.....

Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching


Mine's fine

I like my XBone :)

XBOX ONE ROUNDUP-of-the-ROUNDUPS: Everything YOU need to know


Mine is on its way

I'm looking forward to getting mine tomorrow. But, judging from the comments on here, I will have trouble finding people to play online with as everyone else seems to think it is terrible.

Oh we'll, I will just have to play with myself....

BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink



The number of comment especially as most of them are about the headline, speaks volume about the volumes of Blackberry users....

Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL


I love...

I love how people get so worked up about this so I will say it again.

I like my Apple products and hated Android when I tried it.


Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently



The Fandroids come out in force at the mention of anything Apple.

I like Apple products but have no interest in an iWatch. Having said that, if one is actually released if past experience is anything to go by I will probably change my mind once I actually get to see and use one, but to read the comments here you would think that Apple had just said they were going to kill everyone's first born.

If the Fandroids get this wound up about a rumour of a possible future device we should be able to actually hear their heads exploding if it is actually released.

I have no interest in the device itself but hope Apple release it son just to see the reaction of the Fandroids.

Maybe I'm an iSheep, but I'm half Welsh - and we like sheep ;)

Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?


Re: "one important factor behind their success: price"

I think you got the wrong icon, surely you meant tho joke icon?

iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch


It's obviously terrible

El Reg and the Fandroids say so.

Actual reviews such as http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a528527/apple-ipad-air-review-technology-on-a-diet-but-does-it-deliver.html disagree but I have learned from reading the well informed comments on here that a 64 bit chip is slower than a 32 bit chip and the weight loss is 'minimal' .

If you are a Fandroids, fine, go and buy an Android tablet and phone.

I will stick to Apple products because I, personally, like them and my foray into the world of Android was a horrifying experience (I gather this is not the case for most but it will take a lot for me to try it again)

I, personally, can not justify upgrading from my iPad 3 to the Air but I am fairly certain that the next iPad will be enough of an improvement for me to upgrade.

If Apple made massive improvements each year people would complain about obsolescence, the increment ale approach means my 'old' iPad is OK but after a few iterations I want to upgrade.

Suits me.

Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE


Joy at last!

I bought an HP6500a when it first came out because it was one of the first AirPrint printers.

It didn't work.

IF I was lucky I could print one page before it died and needed to be reconnected to the wireless network. Then, after about half an hour of a lot of noise, if I was really lucky I might get it to print another page provided the paper didnt jam.

I was told that wireless printers never work so I basically gave up and email stuff and print it at work if I really needed a hard copy of something.

Then, last week, I decided to try again and bought a Canon MG5400 and... It works!

Not only can I print from my laptops, desktop and server but also from my iPad and iPhones! I can also scan directly to my iPad and printing photos just works, they come out on 6 X 4 photo paper in tray 2 and everything else comes out on A4 in the other tray, no selection, no hassle, it just works!

I've not yet tried printing on DVDs with the supplied DVD tray, but was pleased to find it duplexes by default.

Print quality is great and it just works.

I've printed more in the past week than I have in the past couple of years.

I've found a printer that actually works!

Please don't tell me it's all going to go horribly wrong - I don't want to know. At the moment I am in that joyous state of believing that printing needn't be hell.

Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling


Nice phone

Nice phone for people that can't afford an iPhone......

Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION


You think their Bots can actually tell?

Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last


To late

If they had released this a year ago it probably would have saved Blackberry.

As for complaining about a $600 price tag - what price do you think high end smartphones go for? I wish my iPhone was that cheap.

Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?


Not surprised.

Most people are waiting for the 5S - the only people I know who have ordered the 5C will be getting the S as well. The C isn't the main show here, not surprised sales aren't exactly soaring.

Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event



15 replies? I'm surprised there are that many people who can be bothered to read an article on the Surface.

MS will be pleased.

Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report



I'm over 35 and have an iPhone.

I really should get rid of it and get a Samsung to make these stats look even better.....

Or maybe not.

Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR


They don't agree with everything

My comment has more down votes than up votes because I said I don't actually care.

If you are passionate about what you say, then people will agree with anything you say.

Unfortunately the only thing I'm passionate about is my wife.


Which one?

I got the Xbox360 when it first came out, the PS3 didn't come out for over a year so I'm glad I did.

This time the next gen consoles will be released about the same time - nd there is likely to be a shortage on release.

I think the bundled Kinnect is well worth the £80 price differential so price isn't really an issue.

I think I'll wait for the reviews when they have both been released but I'm sure gatherer will just be a lot of bickering like there is here, over things that of very little importance to me.

Unless the PS4 is stunningly better than the XBOne I will probably go Microsoft again because I like the Kinnect.

There're really doesn't seem a lot of difference, I would probably be happy with either but will leave it a while before succumbing and buying one or the other. I'll probably walk into a shop and see an offer of a bundled game with one or the other and buy that one because its shiny.

Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old



I didn't realise this article was all about Unix, strange that there are so many people who actually care about it, and all seem to post here.

I love may iPhone and if its Unix based or not matters not onejotto me.

Thanks for caring though ;)

Samsung brings back clamshell phones with added Android


I still want..

Two tin cans connected by a bit of string, never needs recharging, why don't they bring that back?

Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month


I'm so glad..

That I have an iPhone again so things just work. I'll leave the fandroids to argue the best solution for their devices. My Nexus is going back on eBay when I get home from hols

I still don't know why anyone who has tried iOS (I know there are people that will never buy Apple whatever) would put up with Android.

ITunes is awful, so managing media is easier on Android but is that really worth outing up with the rest of Android? Certainly not for me. YMMV

Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015


I remember

When people were wondering why CDs were made. They were expensive and who would need all that space?

Most computer content is downloaded or streamed these days, I only have a 120 Meg connection, I'm sure it will be faster in a few years 13 years ago I was paying £70/month for a 64k connection) . I have a 46" 3D TV and Blu Ray player which was unheard of a few years ago. If 4K TV takes off then people will need something to buy 4K films on, I would imagine download speeds for most still would not have caught up.

I am surprised at people here saying things like "no one will use it", people will find a use. Things move on, and while computers seem to be moving to an online world, films are just one area this might be useful - the other obvious one is, of course, backup. Now why didn't Sony/Panasonic think of that? Oh, wait, they did.

Have fun all.

Bloke raises hand in vid, claims: I sparked Apple dev site hack panic


If you want to know

How the treat people who find security flaws, just ask 0xCharlie!

Android sig vuln exploit SEEN IN THE WILD



You are kidding, aren't you?

Do tell me hat you do actually read even a little bit about security and do know what utter claptrap you have written?

Droid X2 plus ActiveSync equals DATA SLURP


Of course

You have an option with Android, agree to let them have all your data or don't install the app. Or in this case, use the device. Permisions you are expected to grant for even the most basic of Apps are appalling.

The more I use Android the les I like it :(

Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead



The scrapping of SBS was the start, Microsoft do not want Small Businesses.

My not so Small Bussiness just paid £500k to get out of their MS contract rather than pay a lot more to be tied in.

MS are losing the plot.

Report: Android malware up 614% as smartphone scams go industrial



I am appalled by the permisions 'normal' android apps ask for.

And the really intrusive adds.

I'll stick with it for a while, changing does take some getting used to, but I'll see when the next iPhone comes out if I'll jump back, really strugling to like Android so far. (Nexus 4).

Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?


Looks like...

Looks like I'll be the only one buying an XBone then?

That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go


They already own them.

Microsoft already own Nokia in all but name. Elop ensures Nokia do Micirosoft's bidding with no risk to them.

Why on earth would MS want to waste their own cash on Nokia?

Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One


It's terrible

I know I should wait for the price to come down or for the PS4, but I had my 360 for nearly a year before the PS3.

All my devices are always connected anyway, if yours aren't you really should try joining the 21st C

Not sure I'm that keen on the DRM but it probably won't affect me and the price could be cheaper - but how much is a top of the range graphics card for your PC (cue flames).

Have fun you guys, I will with an xbone.

YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading



Most of my devices are always connected to the Internet, I usually make sure I buy things that can be.

As for second hand games, I've never bought one or sold one.

Some people might not like it but most won't care.

People do like to moan, don't they?

Happy 23rd birthday, Windows 3.0


Only one

Windows 3.0 was the only version of Windows I pre-ordered and eagerly awaited. It was what broke us free!

I got the disks and installed it the day it came out.

2 months later the Lotus User Group's quarterly newsletter came out and said that unfortunately Lotus 123 used different memory management so couldn't work with Windows 3.0

They released an update a couple of days later after I told them how I got it working the day Windows 3.0 came out.

Windows 3.0 is what released us from the 640k memory limit and that, for me, makes it the greatest release of Windows ever. It was the game changer.


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