* Posts by dotdavid

1708 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010

BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

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Re: Ahh China

But they have democratic right up there in their name!

Barnes & Noble to sling their Nook - report

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Unhappy

A shame

If only that the Nook makes a pretty nice hackable e-ink Android tablet.

Mobile operators look to Firefox to beat back Google, Apple

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Re: re. " ... the dumb pipes they really are ..."

Save us from manufacturer and operator app stores.

What will happen with Firefox OS and Ubuntu is what has happened to Android. The operators and manufacturers, in the mistaken belief that we actually give a pair of dingos' kidneys about their brands, will install an app store on their devices and everyone will just use the official Firefox/Ubuntu app store instead as it is cheaper to buy things from, better designed and/or they have more apps on it.

Some of the dumber manufacturers and operators will see that no-one is using their app store and decide that the solution to that problem is to make their app store the only app store on the device, and will therefore only sell to less technically-savvy customers who probably won't buy any apps anyway.

I used to think that eventually the operators and manufacturers would have to give up and focus on their core strengths of making decent hardware / providing a reliable dumb data pipe, but it seems that they're going to keep going round in circles with this "we want to own the platform" rubbish for the foreseeable future.

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Re: What we really need

I suspect the mobile Firefox and Ubuntu operating systems will be ported to most Android handsets, although it might be a bit "unofficial" for most people.

Unfortunately I doubt that will change much - you and I might want this feature, but most people just want a phone that can do pocket computer stuff - not a pocket computer that they have to set up before they can use.

Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Re: Introducing a new definition of "a few"

Also the iPod wasn't originally flash - it had a 2.5" HDD in it until (I think) the iPod Mini in 2004.

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Don't copy that floppy.

Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Facepalm

The bit I'm failing to understand is why they think they need to trademark Python, and why they thought no-one in a community known for its "passion" wouldn't mind.

BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

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Re: What's a radio?

Vision - sounds too strategy-boutique, so call the division "Video"

Audio and Music - music is still audio, so call the division "Audio"

There, that took ten seconds.

Google Play privacy SNAFU sends app buyers' details to devs

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Re: You're not paranoid if they really ARE out to get you.

"Not paying for paid apps is theft"

Indeed, but the OP didn't say he was theiving - he might have been using Amazon's app store, as that company is a shining beacon of privacy good practice *cough* or one of the other legit Android markets.

Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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"They could put her lovely toothless smile on Coke bottles as a warning like cigarettes. That will cut down consumption"

Why would it? Her photo only proves you can get like that when you drink 10 litres of the stuff a day, after all, which isn't the norm. It proves nothing about lesser consumption, so why should it discourage people who drink less?

BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

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Re: wtf icon

I guess they're targeting people who aren't their customers (non licence fee payers), while simultaneously not understanding that they probably aren't customers because they don't want to pay a licence fee rather than because they can't get iPlayer programmes until after they've aired in the traditional manner.

British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Alien

Marines?

I always thought space marines, lacking any marine environment in the depths of space, would probably be more accurately named "spaces" or something.

Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal

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Re: Price rise?

Every month or so probably, so no change there.

Ofcom: You like to make CALLS, yeah? Tell us what you want from mobiles

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"the regulator is required to monitor performance of the network operators "

Shame it doesn't seem to have to do anything about said performance afterwards.

Germany's RTL pulls free-to-air channels off terrestrial TV

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Re: Small problem with satellite

I had heard that Sky had the exclusive satellite broadcast rights to UKTV's channels, although the truth is it's probably a bit of both stopping the channels appearing on Freesat. A shame.

Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech

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Facepalm

Re: Find out who signed the petition ......

"Your honour, I was only expressing my right to free speech through the medium of hitting 'im repeatedly with my fist. I have always found that knocking people down is a good way of making sure my points are heard"

FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

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Re: Android on the RPi

RaspBMC is pretty fast and stable now, but as it is using the latest beta of XBMC it doesn't have a massive plugin support. The iPlayer plugin I tried crashes for example. But XBMC is a brilliant interface compared to some of the Android sticks'.

However I think the main advantage of the Android sticks is that Android has apps for services like Netflix and LoveFilm which as far as I know you can't get an XBMC plugin for.

Hopefully soon the Android XBMC port will work well enough on these things to give you the best of both worlds.

Lights, camera, infection: HACKERS get Bollywood makeover

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Meh

Hack the planet

""Let's hope that Mickey Virus does not glamourise or trivialise hacking and malware creation too much," said Graham Cluley, senior security consultant at Sophos,"

Bah, he's just bitter that he has a boring desk job on the right side of the law, rather than a glamourous lifestyle on the run as a l33t h4x0r, hacking the gibson from a late night bar/rollerdisco/arcade (not from home, of course) in the company of Angelina.

Google wriggles out of FTC search smackdown. Now to Europe!

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"But rival Microsoft is already accusing the ad giant of failing to be a "responsible" leader and is claiming victory in the lengthy antitrust case."

Unsurprising, as they seemingly funded most of it.

Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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I think even exoskeletons that you needed to frequently recharge would still be useful. Thinking of elderly relatives that have trouble getting around, for example. Inductive charging while in bed or in a chair and it would be pretty lifechanging I think.

Ofcom looks at contract opt-outs as users rage over price hikes

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Re: Leave it alone ofcom

Theoretically there's a competitive mobile market, so at least one of the operators should buck any attempt to raise prices, figuring that extra potential subscribers will more than make up for the extra risk.

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FAIL

"leaving network operators in the impossible position of being unable to raise prices against rising costs"

Funny that - I am similarly unable to reduce my mobile-related contractual obligations against similarly rising costs. How terribly sad I am to hear the operators might have to take the potential for such cost rises into account when agreeing to contracts! It's so unfair that they might be exposed to that risk like the rest of us are, the poor dears.

Aw grandad, I asked for an iPad and you got me an iPod

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Re: I wanted a Nexus 7

That's nothing, I got an eye pad.

What the hell would I want one of those for, grandad!

China switches on 'BDS' civilian nav-sat rival to GPS

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"Beidou's coverage isn't global yet, the Chinese only have half a dozen satellites in the sky"

In Communist China, you find satnav!

Samsung still faces EU antitrust charges, says official

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FAIL

Re: good

A shame the EU investigation seems to only be about using FRAND patents (rather than frivilous patents in general) to get import bans as a trade tool.

It's a bit like the police seeing a bunch of getaway cars whose passengers have just robbed a bank, chasing and catching up with them, and then giving just one of them a speeding ticket while letting the rest off.

Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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FAIL

" If it acknowledged the question at all, Cupertino - get this - hasn't responded to our query on the matter."

I have never understood why Apple are always going off for a sulk when El Reg says something mean about them.

Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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"The bargain-basement airline appeared to perform badly across the board, but slightly worse in its functionality, travel options available and choice of flights on offer. The biz was not available for comment at time of writing."

Admit it, they tried to charge you a £5 "comment processing fee" didn't they...

Canadian man: I solved WWII WAR HERO pigeon code!

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Perhaps they've already cracked the pigeon code and are just withholding the solution in case it has tactical importance in our forthcoming war wi... I've said too much.

Samsung: Smart TV security hole is so minor we'll fix it immediately

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FAIL

Shame these Smart TVs' updates tend to not be issued by the manufacturers that long. One or two updates are the norm, if you're lucky, and if there's a security vulnerability after that - tough. You don't even get an Android-style enthusiast community to provide ongoing software updates because all the software is proprietary rubbish.

This problem will only get worse.

Ten... tech stocking stuffers

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Re: FAT32

FAT32 has a 4GB file size limit, but that's the only problem I can think of. Useless for blu-ray rips perhaps.

Samsung mobes pwned by ANY APP, thanks to chip code hole

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Re: Headline is flawed

"You're not paying for the OS, remember that it is open source and free. Fix it yourself"

Perhaps an obvious troll, but while Android may be free the kernel drivers may not be, and even if they are by default Samsung do not allow you to install custom firmware on your phone.

Senator threatens FAA with legislation over in-flight fondleslabbing

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Stop

True, but the airlines are quite happy to let people continue to read their dead-tree books, which are equally adept at becoming dangerous projectiles when moving at speed. Seems a bit of a double standard to me.

Assange voted in to play John McAfee in upcoming blockbuster

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Paris Hilton

McAfee? Pah

I want to see the movie adaptation of the Playmonaut's life. Preferably featuring a cameo from Paris.

John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

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Phenomenal

phe·nom·e·non

/fəˈnäməˌnän/

Noun

1.A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, esp. one whose cause is in question.

2.A remarkable person or thing.

Phenomenal? I agree - I think it is quite remarkable they've sold any copies of Windows 8 at all.

Doesn't mean to say they've sold many copies...

Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Your move apple...

"Storm in a teacup that probably only a few percent of people genuinely cared about"

Obviously an anecdote doesn't equal proof, but the number of non-techy (and, well, techy) mates I've heard mention Apple Maps being broken, and discussing alternatives either to the maps app or to the iPhone, would suggest otherwise.

In fact Google have probably saved a big chunk of Apple's iPhone-selling business by releasing this, and relatively promptly considering they supposedly only knew Google Maps was getting dumped from IOS when everyone else did.

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named 'most improved tech CEO'

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Meh

"who are asked to rate factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, work/life balance, and senior management"

I was under the impression the CEO had very little to do with any of that, basically being there to maximise shareholder value.

Stephen Hawking gets $3m physics prize from Mail.ru tycoon

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Facepalm

"The Fundamental Physics Prize underlines the value of fundamental physics to society"

Not saying it's not well-deserved, but technically it only underlines the value of fundamental physics to a Russian billionaire, not society.

John McAfee: Let me go to the USA - or old Blighty

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Black Helicopters

"during which he fell against a wall and further injured himself"

You mean "repeatedly fell against a wall and further injured himself", surely?

Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Coat

Re: @McWibble Console name

Surely considering Valve are releasing it, and considering their common release delays, it should be the Waited Companion Cube.

Waited/Weighted! Geddit?! I'll get my coat...

Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

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"She urged the companies again to settle, saying it would be good for customers and the industry if they did"

Probably better for customers and the industry if the case could be dismissed, with no damages granted, so these stupid patent lawsuits can stop.

Tim Cook’s 'One more thing': Apple TV rumor-stoker

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100% IPTV?

Just as there was a big rush to satellite, perhaps there will be a rush to an internet-based TV delivery system. Perhaps Apple could be the next Sky.

E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

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Re: Makes sense

Actually it turns out the physical costs of producing a book (binding, printing, distribution etc) are quite cheap compared to the cost of writing the things, editing them and whatnot.

As ebooks still have the latter costs, I can kind of understand how they're not massively cheaper, although I would still expect them to be slightly cheaper (idiotic VAT aside).

Windows Phone 8 must be Microsoft's priority one, two AND three

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Optional Metro

"You can fix Windows 8 by making the new touchscreen-driven Metro user interface optional on desktops and laptops that aren't primarily touch devices "

I'm honestly baffled as to why Microsoft didn't do that to start with.

Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

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Holmes

As Sir Isaac Newton once famously said...

...you should take with a pinch of salt any fact found on the internet.

Curiosity finds organics on Mars, but possibly not of Mars

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Black Helicopters

Re: NASA bulls and lies as usual..talking molecules while alien spaceships all around Curiosity...

Don't worry, I did a little Googling and found the image the OP was on about. It really is quite amazing why this hasn't been widely reported by anyone other than zany conspiracy theorists.

Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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My password

Is *********. Hiding in plain sight.

John McAfee 'captured'

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Re: Movie, pretty please with sugar on top

Certainly the trailer for any McAfee movie would be on YouTube. It would probably also be bundled with the sale of other new BluRay movies and be very difficult to remove.

Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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WTF?

"It just shows how far behind Apple are now"

Sorry, now? Apple have rarely been first to market with a technology; what they do best is innovate around the user interaction side of things to make a technology that's already been invented far more usable for the average punter. They do this by designing very usable UIs, and/or locking it down so it works seamlessly with other Apple products.

Wireless charging will only really work if it either becomes so cheap you can get one for each of your devices, or they finally come up with a standard so your charger will work with all your stuff. Granting Apple a patent in this area won't really help with either of those.

NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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Stop

Re: Apparently there's a 'safe place' somewhere in France...

"Girlfriend has suggested that if that place exists, we go there on the 21st to watch the doomsdayers gather"

Leading to the amusing situation of having 12 doomsdayers and 30,000 amused spectators, unfortunately misidentified by the media as doomsdayers.

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Re: It it's not true...

But why then did they keep January 2013 onwards? I reckon the entire human race gets abducted by aliens on the 1st December for a month-long tour of the solar system, and then returned on New Year's Day with a sore head.

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