* Posts by E Haines

138 posts • joined 16 Oct 2007

iPhone 5 poised to trounce Android, devastate BlackBerry?

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"Most of the iPhone users I know have DRM protected iTunes music on their handsets"

No they don't. iTunes music isn't DRM-protected, hasn't been for years, and even if they had bought it back when it was, it's somewhat likely they would have swapped it for the non-DRM (256K) versions by now.

Early verdict on Intel Ultrabook™ push: FAIL

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If they've actually been granted a trademark, then it should be Ultrabook®, surely. Anyone can use ™, but you're only (legally) allowed to use ® if the trademark has been registered.

NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

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"It is the result of reasoned engineering thought, but it still looks crazy."

Well, sure, but...it's so crazy, it just might work!

Powering your iPad costs $1.36 per year

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You must have crap ones then; the ones I've got light up to full brightness instantly.

Sharp to show OLED 'retina' display for laptops

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Re: can you see the difference?

...Just to clarify, I'm talking about laser printing, which has no anti-aliasing. 300dpi is fine for computer displays, which can do anti-aliasing.

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Re: can you see the difference?

Er, the difference between 150dpi and 600dpi is really obvious. Even 300dpi looks jagged and crappy from a normal reading distance. 600dpi is basically the minimum; more is better if you're printing color, so you can get a good lpi. Sounds like you're in need of glasses.

Steve Jobs was top of the flops, says Apple's Tim Cook

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Re: Situation normal

I have to say I honestly don't get this "Foxconn rebranding" meme. If that's true, then pretty much every hardware company is an "[insert factory name here] rebranding" company, and should be referred to as such, unless they have their own factories, which they don't these days. If it's because of that story where Foxconn offered to design stuff for other companies, have you considered that Apple presumably hasn't actually taken them up on that offer? Apple seems to have their own engineers and designers--what, exactly, do you suppose they're doing? (Other than losing things in bars.) I mean, surely Sir Jony at least does something aside from galavanting around getting knighted and whatnot.

Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining

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Re: James Cameron on board, hmmm?

> Lacking space suits, they rapidly decompress...

No, they don't.

Why new iPad renders your pile of slab mags as garbage

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Re: it's only a matter of time before this kind of pixel density becomes standard

As I said, only a matter of time: http://liliputing.com/2012/04/intel-retina-laptop-desktop-displays-coming-in-2013.html

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Re: WHY does it look worse?

Correct, it's only worse by comparison. Everyone might as well start fixing things up for high resolution now, because it's only a matter of time before this kind of pixel density becomes standard. Nothing to do with the iPad 3 per se; it was going to happen anyway. (Say hello to higher bandwidth usage!)

Arizona bill makes it illegal to 'annoy or offend' online

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Re: So if I read El Reg's position aright

Correct. What you do is ignore them.

Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

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Re: Smart meters serve two main functions

What's in it for you (or at least for me): not having to shovel a path to the meter during the winter anymore. Also, a bit less pollution by not having a bunch of guys driving trucks around to all the meters constantly. My old meter was replaced last year...aside from the total lack of warning when they did it, no complaints so far. We'll see how it goes.

Apple resellers left to pick bones of dwindling iPad stocks

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Re: One born every minute

How about, "Apple had as many made as was physically possible given the timeframe, but that just wasn't enough to cover the initial demand". I know, that's very boring and far too lacking in conspiracy theories and irrational hatred to be a good explanation, but it's all I could come up with.

New forum Wishlist

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

OK, I take that back, it works now. Although I did clear my cache, don't know if that had anything to do with it. (But I have to agree that the new layout isn't great, plus it still breaks a bit if you bump up the font size, which I do because I use a higher-than-average dpi screen and want to avoid teeny-tiny text.)

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

It's totally broken in Safari as well. Plus the layout with the icons and so on is messed up (they appear above the post instead of to the left).

Top RIM jobs were too powerful and had to go - inquiry

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"Yet I never see any negative reporting about apple." Um...wow. I don't think any site would want you as a subscriber, so feel free to leave. You obviously don't pay the slightest bit of attention.

Apple dishes out cheap, tasty Macs 'n slabs to staff

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The math was correct. 25,200,000,000 is $25 billion, it's not $25 trillion. Methinks you are confused by all the zeroes.

Apple CEO: 'Amazon Fire didn't dent our sales'

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It should be illegal to use the "grammar nazi" icon and then proceed to write "would of gained". Or at least there should be some flogging involved.

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Yeah, it's changing all right...sales keep going up. By a lot, it would seem, according to the latest financials (124% iPhone growth vs 40% growth for the industry).

Fahrenheit 451 published as Bradbury finally succumbs to ebooks

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I believe Bradbury would object to the term "science fiction writer". Fantasy writer would be more accurate. He doesn't really do science.

What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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Er, yes. The ship in Forbidden Planet was in fact mentioned.

Compact Disc death foretold for 2012

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Where did you buy from? Next time try someplace more sensible like the iTunes store or Amazon, which have no DRM.

BOFH: We don't need no stinkin' upgrade

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Version numbers are not bleedin' decimals

"[W]e haven't actually got many revisions left before we have to change to 7" is utter nonsense; you have an infinite number of revisions left. After 6.8 you do 6.9, then 6.10, 6.11, 6.12 etc. etc. etc. Just keep counting up, it's dead simple. Total fail, completely unworthy. If Apple can manage it, so can you--OS X version 10.4.0, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, 10.4.5, 10.4.6, 10.4.7, 10.4.8, 10.4.9, 10.4.10, 10.4.11. Then they were done with the 10.4 series and went to 10.5.0. See?

Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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"Real" gaming? Is that like "no true Scotsman"? Gaming is gaming, and to deny the massive influence the iPhone has had is to be blindly foolish. But putting Steve Jobs at #1 is a bit much. I'd accept top 10 somewhere at most.

id Software's Rage

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"[M]ost of us don’t have a PC with hardware expensive enough to really do Rage justice". I'm sorry, but that's absurd. Aging, outdated, 5-year-old consoles certainly can't do it justice. Please review it on a system that can actually play it; I strongly suspect that most people who are interested do in fact have at least semi-recent computer hardware.

Apple girds loins for 'obscene iPad sales surge'

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As evidenced by the TouchPad, people do want tablets, not just iPads, but only if they are sold far below cost. Apparently the only tablet maker allowed to make a profit on the venture is Apple for some reason.

Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

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Why even ask?

Because Apple sells hardware, Microsoft sells software. Duh. Microsoft doesn't care what the heck you run Windows on as long as you buy a copy of Windows; Apple obviously cares if you don't buy Apple kit, because they make money from selling hardware. Certainly they don't make any money from selling operating systems for $30.

Ricoh reveals paper-bright colour e-paper

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The reason for using K is because of impurities in the inks, as well as registration issues. If the colors are close to perfect, then theoretically a nice black (and greys) would be possible without using anything other than CMY, and of course registration isn't a problem here.

'Upgraded' Apple iMacs lock out hard drive replacement

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Most upgradeable Mac of all time

It's not "arguable" that the Power Mac G5 was the most upgradeable. Clearly, the Mac Pro is. The Power Macs required fiddling with wires when installing/removing hard drives, whereas with the Mac Pros you just slide a tray in. (Also there are 4 drive bays instead of 2.) Furthermore, it's possible although not straightforward to change the CPUs in a Mac Pro, but the CPUs in a Power Mac G5 are not going anywhere.

Apple tops Microsoft market cap, revenue, and profits

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Not this again. The $150 million in stock in 1997 was a cross-licensing agreement that benefitted MS at least as much as it did Apple. Apple had well over $1B in cash at the time, which may be a far cry from the ludicrous mountain of bucks they have today, but nevertheless they were not in any immediate danger of going under, so the $150M made no significant difference even then. (MS ended up selling all the stock before long anyway; bit of a dumb move since they could have made billions if they'd held onto it longer.)

Nintendo blames puzzled public for 3DS sales shortfall

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Enough with this fake 3D stuff already

Same for movies/TV as well. Seriously, just quit it. It's merely a gimmick and you know it.

Apple seals $66bn in Jobsian wallet

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If that's all it was, plenty of other companies would be doing just as well.

Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

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What closed system?

What about OS X is "closed?" It's more open than Windows is. There's no DRM, there are open-source components, the design of the system is far more open--instead of impenetrable binary blobs, you can access app bundles easily and mess around with their XML files and such as you please. The fact that Apple hasn't licensed it to other manufacturers doesn't make it "closed".

Amazon is best hope of a viable alternative to iPad

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This is why

It's because, in reality, if you glance at the guidelines and make a reasonable effort not to blatantly violate them (which is straightforward enough; the guidelines are mostly common sense and not really onerous), you have a 99.9% chance of having your app approved with no issues. Despite what you hear from a few high-profile complainers, Apple is actually pretty easy to work with. This is not to say that everything is perfect, but the process has been noticeably streamlined since the early days, and usually they end up doing the right thing (like with the whole "must use Objective-C" kerfuffle, which they backed down on).

I know, it's more fun to throw a fit and behave completely irrationally where Apple is concerned. Being reasonable is less interesting, but more profitable....

Apple vanishes Java from Mac OS X Lion

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If by "WarCraft 3.0" you mean Warcraft III, that's a universal binary and runs natively on Intel Macs since years. (Obviously via patch, not the version included on the disc, but why would you be using that.)

Death by 30% cut: Apple app tax must change

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How soon we forget

I guess you don't remember that Apple's 30% cut on the iOS app store was hailed as something of a breakthrough, given that normally the percentages were the other way 'round. Also, comparisons to credit card companies miss the point that there's rather more going on than just a transaction, such as probably a pretty huge amount of bandwidth (which isn't free), not to mention the vast numbers of free apps being transmitted, the support for which is subsidized by the paid apps.

Apple $10k winner hangs up on 'prank caller'

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Fatal flaw

You can't sell an app for $10K; the most you can charge is $999.

Duke Nukem Forever release date revealed

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Read article first, then post

If you did, perhaps you would have seen the "May 3" release date.

Apple sells more mobile PCs than Dell

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If and when the iPad is able to operate 100% independently without it being necessary to sync to iTunes, then yes, I would definitely say it counts as a "real" mobile computer. As it is, I'd have to say "kinda maybe sorta-ish".

Unity 3D game kit opens digital tool store

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Pedant alert

It does run on *nix...namely, OS X. Assuming you mean Linux, then it does there too, at least via Native Client in Chrome, apparently. Although no, not stand-alone games.


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60 vs 30

"can you tell the difference between 60 and 30 fps with just your eyes?"

Yes, it's blindingly obvious. 30fps is stuttery and laggy by comparison. I can tell the difference between 120fps and 60fps too, although it's a little harder, and of course requires a display that actually does 120fps. (Which I have, and 120fps is sweet if you can get a game that will do so consistently, usually older titles. Talking about computers here obviously, not consoles.)

Fallout: New Vegas

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What's wrong with 75%?

75% is halfway between average and perfect, which sounds pretty good to me. I hope you're not part of the Review Score Inflation Posse, which seems to think that anything less than 90% is "bad" somehow, which makes percentage ratings nearly useless.

Inside Windows Phone 7: ghost of Zune

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Not really like iOS

Apple doesn't dictate what developers can program their apps in. That was a fairly short-lived commandment that they dropped that a couple of months ago; now you can use whatever you feel like, with the only restriction being that you can't execute downloaded code. So yeah, Microsoft aren't like Apple.

Unity – iPhone code swap approved by Jobs (for now)

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Um, sure....

Write an engine that runs on top of another engine? I'm sure devs will be all over that.

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It's already out

Unity 2.0 was released a couple years ago in fact. Unity 3 is a unified editor: all platform targets have a common codebase and are made in the same editor. So your scenario is impossible.

iPads for hospitals: is this a good idea?

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Battery life

10 hours is for continuous usage of the iPad with the screen on all the time. Since it's highly unlikely this would actually occur during a shift, it would be reasonable to expect real-world battery life to be more than sufficient.

Apple app police anoint un-Flash code translation

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Yes, really

Safari has crashed on me twice this year, both times when trying to run some Flash thingy. Granted two crashes isn't exactly the apocalypse; however it's pretty clear what the culprit is.

Apple iPad 3G 32GB

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Thumbs down?

Stupid comments generally get voted down, regardless of whether they are pro- or anti-Apple. If you don't want downvotes, don't make stupid comments. By the way, being anti-Apple for the sake of being anti-Apple doesn't make you hip or clever or anything. There's legitimate complaints, and then there's trolling.

Microsoft dubs Windows Phone 7 'ad serving machine'

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I wouldn't have thought it possible to make iAds look positively benign by comparison, but nevertheless MS have managed it. Congratulations, I guess.


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