* Posts by David Barrett

231 posts • joined 25 Aug 2007


WTF is... NFC

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Re: It's not too bad


Until you get outside and realise that they gave you:

a. Too little change.

b. a mixture of £sterling and some ones lira left over from a holiday in the 80s that they managed to pass off as a pound coin earlier in the day.

c. Coins that have been handled by a number of people, some of which (statistically) didnt wash their hands after their last wee/poo/fap) - Im not overly concerned about that level of cleanliness but really when you think about it thats minging.

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Re: It's not too bad

Card dropped in street : Phone for new card.

Cash dropped in street : ?

Thats one of the reasons I dont like carrying cash.

Another is that card payments are faster than waiting for cashier to count my change, getting it wrong, sorting it (Or more commonly just not realising that they gave you the wrong cahneg in the first place.

I really dont care if some one wants to pour over my card purchases.. the only thing that I would be concerned about would be what they thought was happening on the days when my girlfriend borrows my card and goes clothes shopping.

Myspace mutates Windows 8 with new look

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Re: .net

Seriously? Thumbs down for asking a question?

There are some bell ends on these forums.

Ten external battery packs

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Re: Product convergence

Yes because that *never* happens with branded batteries...

French Skyper freed after accidentally hacking bank's phone system

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Re: Er, he was trying to hack them?

No you missed the point what he was trying to do was find the geographical equivalent of a charged number (rather like in the UK calling the 017xx number rather than the 084xx number) nothing illegal, in fact some companies will give it out if asked.

Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Re: Into the Canal Instead

In my Defense I said should, I know that it won't happen!

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Re: Into the Canal Instead

I don't see where the dump comes into it?

Refuse and recycling is collected from outside most peoples houses in the UK.

As for he canal, fair enough, didn't spot that, but wasn't he op talking about this scheme being used in the UK?

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Re: Don't we already pay

Well researched there...


Point 4 on the first bulleted list, I have lived in several local authorities over the UK and this is common in all.

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Re: Into the Canal Instead

Maybe if you live next to a canal... for me it would mean a 15 minute round trip (driving) to empty my bin... I dont think I could justify the time/fuel to save 0.5p per kilo or whatever the change would be..

you have to remember, our refuse collection is not free in the UK, you might not pay for it directly but part of your council tax is for refuse collection, so this may end up reducing CT charges (or at least it should).

HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

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Re: IT Pros?


Yeah, but if your post is anything to go by the spelling/Grammar checker isn't that great.

The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: Disappointing

From my experience a high pixel count is no substitute for a good lens.

I have a 4.3 mp camera that takes better pics because of its lens than some of the 14mp ones I have played with.

Its also worth noting that these phones have replaceable covers, so no need for a car to prevent scuffs and scrapes so the fact its a little thicker doesn't really matter, most people go out to get an super thin device and then jam it in 3mm of ugly plastic to protect it anyway!

Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

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Shirley the reasoning will be:

Someone untechnical wants an iPad (Bearing in mind that a good proportion of the population consider iPad and Tablet to be the same thing)

They buy a samsung because it is a tablet has rounded corners etc and looks like their friends iPad, it does what they want so they have an iPad in their mind... in this case apple lost a sale because the person was going to buy someting that looked and functioned like the tablets that they have seen apple advetising, that their friends have...

However Im with you, apple shouldnt get away with it, no one should, its anti competitive and a huge waste of everyones time.

Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

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Given the state of the patent app process I'm sure they would be awarded it.

Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

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#this #doesn't #do #anything #here.

Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

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Re: They must have amazing staff...


They stated in previous articles that there will be no electronic facial recognition it will all be down to the orange interface between the iPad and the customer (ie cabin crew)

Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

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Re: Yes you can replace the battery

Soo...$200 for a battery and fitting when I'm perfectly capable of getting one from a third party for a fraction of that price and fitting it myself (or would be if the machine was easily serviceable).

Sounds more like a way to drum up more money from your customers to me.

Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study

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Re: Having fun

Yes, This http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_involved/events_and_challenges/vertical_rush was fun.

In fact I would recommend signing up for the next one.

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"It was considerably safer to be "severely obese": the people in this category were just 1.26 times as likely to die as 'normals'"

Funny, I would have thought that they would be just as likely to die as anyone else (100% certainty, given enough time)

Just how do you build the perfect Olympic stadium?

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Re: 8 to 15 people per square metre

Four of these and a big blender?


Kogan 'taxes' IE7 users

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Re: So what is the tax rate for IE6?

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Watchdog relieves iPhone 5 scammers of £10k

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Re: not detterrent enough

I read it as £10k fine + full refunds.

So there is no profit and they are £10k + operating costs out of pocket?

Apple can't agree with Australian regulator on iPad 4G

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You're holding it (in the) wrong (country).

Smoked by Android: Microsoft coughs up free laptop

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Re: Fair play!

Read the article again...

Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

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Re: 30%

Paypal do not take 30% of everything, is that what you're sugesting?

Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

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Re: Passive version

Not sure how passive it could be, its still going to have to detect and chase stuff to match speed etc, I doubt a big ball of blu-tack will do much when a space bolt hits it a 2km/s.

Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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"I swore for my next update that soldered memory is preferable to a mem that might not be there when you need it! - so WinP7 won. Duuno what I'll get next time!"

Hmm, then the Mozart must have been a tough choice given that its bundled memory is provided by an 8GB MicroSD card. Its a fu*ker to change (requires a void waranty and a torx) but at the end of the day its just a concealed SD card held in with a piece of tape.

I believe the mozart can handle upto 32GB but its a bit picky about what it wants shoved in it.

O2 leaks 3G users' mobile numbers to every website visited

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Actually I think I know

O2 have a mobile formatted My o2 site which would only work if you used your mobile data as opposed to home broadband to view it (unless you registered your home connection with them)

This appears to have stopped working now... and the header seems to have gone..

Could be interesting fudging someone elses phone number into the header and accessing that site as there was no authentication, Im betting you could view their bills, tarriff info and call history - ill certinally give this a shot when I get home tonight and attempt to get my partners data to display via my phone...

Ten... IPTV set-top boxes

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"their insistence on moving to Silverlight for streaming"

Don't Netflix use SL as well? - I thought that they did.

NHS has to pay docs to put life-sign sensors in patients' digs

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If I do anything outside of my contract I expect to be paid extra for it.

A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes

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All they seem to have done is overlayed a div over the normal content showing a message, firebug/IE Dev toolbar does a good job of allowing access again.

PayPal dispute ends in 'violin destruction'

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If you keep your life savings in your current account or give your savings account details to PayPal..

Id suggest that either of the above would be a dumb thing to do.

Boffin's bot spots red light jumpers before they kill

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If you read the article you would see that the result of this would be 700 High res images of a smashed car with dead people in it...

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As opposed to "training them" by letting them run into the side of crossing cars?

Id much rather if they were going to do it that I had some way of knowing about it in advance...

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Its not going to be retro fitted to all cars... So it will do little to stop some knob in an h reg astra ploughing into the side of me.. Unless its fitted to my car and warns me in advance that there is a knob on the loose...

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Yeah, because banning people for speeding put a stop to that didnt it?

The very fact that you can get a ban for driving without a licence should tell you all you need to know about the kinds of drivers that we are talking about here.

Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight

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.. true, with the exception of when they are forced.

Given the option to change and loose a small percentage of their customers or stay with flash and loose most content and thus the most custom they would do a cost benefit analysis and decide on the better option.

Of course the best option is to do nothing... Until you are forced, as they have been.

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Wikipedia says...

Wikipedia says that Windows has 87% market share at the moment,

So if there are 2000000 love film users that means that 1740000 of them are running windows some of the remainder will be using PS3 etc and the rest running Linux/Mac.

Now remember that Love Film is a business, it exists to make money.

Is the best way to do this to devote a huge amount of resource on developing HTML5 (esp given that others are activly doing this)?


Is the best way to do this to stick with flash and end up with no content to stream?


Is the best way to move to the next best technology which is available and will work for 87% of your users...


The fact is that MS have not said either way that they are scrapping SL, from what I have read it is supported in Win8 so will need to be supported until it comes to the end of its life (so at least 5 years) that give LF some time to play with a long term strategy for content delivery, whilst maintaining some content in the mean time.

I guess that Netfix etc are being given the same deal by the Content Providers, It will be interesting to see how they react.

Finally, What happened to moonlight?

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"What are LoveFilm thinking"

Probably something along the lines of "If we dont do this we will have nothing to stream... Best crack on with it"

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Correct me if Im wrong, but...

I suspect that the frame rate may suffer?

Anonymous launches OpRobinHood against banks

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(about 25% in the UK) [Citation Needed]

Do you have a source to back that up?

Not saying your wrong but I was under the impression that it was MORE than that - Im not in the 1% and Im paying somewhere in the range of 20-25% (Never actually looked at it)

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Yeah, thought so...


35k+ means that you pay 40% income tax *

150k+ means that you pay 50% income tax *

* Depending on how creative your accountant is.

Samsung strokes big bulb that'll keep going for decades

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$75 saved over 35 years!


I could almost an pack of chewing gum a year with those savings!

Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

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Stencil, Spray paint : "THIS IS NOT AN iPAD" on the back of each one. problem solved.

Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

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PO02 Y0U

<-- Some one has this and I want it.

Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety

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"We are enormously grateful for the hard work of those who salt the roads in all hours and in all weathers"

All Weathers? Pretty sure its just ice and snow... Not much call for a "Summer Salting"

PS. Are they f**cking serious? blessing grit?

Kent county council stages developer compo

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Why a "phone app", could this not be a mobile formatted web app? wouldnt that be alot less effort and more cost effective?

'Angry Bird' netflinger projectile brings down drug ultralights

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Maybe the engine doesnt need to spin for the plane to glide?


Better than my idea of a snake catapult...

Zimbabwean claims prostitute turned into donkey

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Actually I find it easier to believe in prozzy -> donkey conversion given that I can observe prozzies and donkeys now and can confirm that both exist, its just the conversion that requires some faith at this stage.

China punts free condoms at iPhone owners

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3 packs of 10 every 2 months?

What would anyone need a lifetime supply for 10 people every 2 months for?


Apple iPhone 4S

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Good point, this is exactly why I am currently living in a box for the next 10 years and trying to save 300k to buy a house outright instead of getting a mortgage...

Ok, so a house is a slightly bigger investement but the idea is the same, if you can buy outright its going to be cheaper, but thats not going to be an option for everyone.

Do I have £500 right now?


If I did would I blow it all on on a phone?


Would I be willing to pay a bit extra to spread the cost over 10mo - 2 yr?


Ps. I didnt do this, I went down the middle and got a cheaper winmo phone on contract. £25 per month 18 mo, no upfront cost Probably works out at +£100 the cost of the handset over the life of the phone, but I can think of many things Id rather spend a wad of cash on in one go which win out over a phone!


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