* Posts by TuckerJJ

30 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Feb 2008

iPad Mini's quite a handful


"The essence of the iOS experience has now remained unchanged for several years"

I never really understood this complaint. The UI does the job, sure there're always improvements that can be made, but what would be the point in overhauling it from the ground up. Change for changes sake?

Sth Korean gamers suffer joystick curfew shock



Samsung outs 5in Galaxy Note as new smartphone concept


Samsung Thinking Different

I like it, but they should have called the Notepad.

Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm


Sold out...

I wanted to nab one for my girlfriend to stop her hogging the iPad. She only uses it for Internet and maps, so this would've been fine.

iPad sales shove Apple to top of mobile computing tree



I don't know if anyone's written a script to generate auto troll responses to iPad articles, but the above post certainly reads like one.

Apple Mac Mini 2011


Weak pound

The £399 price was back when the pound was two to the dollar. Now it's stuck around 1.6 I doubt we'll be seeing those sort of prices for a while!

Cheapskate Aussie net-shoppers safe from GST for now


Apple Tax?

Er, I thought the Apple tax was supposedly paying more money than you would for an equivalent spec non apple PC/device, just because it's made by Apple.

Who'll keep taking Windows Tablets in the iPad era?


It did

"I cant help but think that the iphone was a stepping stone to the ipad and the concept of the ipad came first."


Plods roll out new Police National Database


Yes, more info on this please.

I find the privacy groups lack of interest about as likely as the bottles protesters hurled whilst police valiantly tried to save a dying newspaper seller, or the man in the suspiciously large puffer jacket who jumped the barriers at stockwell tube and failed to respond to police requests to stop.

Apple dealers hit with Lion bar


What's a price point?

Is that like a price?

Anonymous vows to attack Federal Reserve


Sit ins?

Doesn't sound very anonymous.

US bill would make concealing data breaches a crime



Who exactly will go to the jail? The CEO, CIO, or some engineer "responsible" for security whose recommendations to improve security were shot down

Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix



and you'll get exactly the same prompt for a password to make system-level changes when you're logged in as an admin too...


Oh dear indeed

You really don't know what you're talking about do you.

Admin on OS X != root

Seagate, WD should put a gun to Brussels' head



"It strikes me that both Seagate and WD could go to the EU's head competition bureaucrat, Commission VP Joaquín Almunia, and hold a gun to his head by saying: "Prohibit our acquisitions if you want, but it's your EU citizens and businesses that will suffer." "

If they really are in a position to pull this kind of behaviour then there's already too little competition in the market and the EC is right to put it's foot down now rather then just let matters get worse.

Nokia: regular WinPho handset releases through 2012


Choice Overload

"Pushing new releases on a quarterly basis is what Nokia - and many of its rivals - have been doing for the past decade" - Oh for god's sake, when Nokia started doing this is when they jumped the shark, though it took Blackberry, the iPhone and Android to hammer the point home.

I remember the days when most people in my peer group, and not just the geeks, could name at least a few model numbers of Nokia phones, which they preferred, and the differentiating factors that led to this choice. Despite these factors, impressive battery life and a very intuitive UI were consistent across the range.

Then Nokia expanded their range massively, but without obviously useful differentiating factors (and in some cases terrible design choices - 3650 anyone?), whilst the battery life decreased and the UI became increasingly fragmented and complicated. This rapid expansion could have been interpreted superficially as a sign of innovation, but then RIM, Apple and Android came along and demonstrated otherwise.

New Mac scareware variant installs without password


pre UAC windows admin perms != OS X admin perms

This isn't entirely correct as it implies that a user with admin permissions has total and unfettered access to the system - this was always a big gaping hole in Windows security until UAC, but with OS X an administrator account has always needed the user to enter a password for access to system files, prefs and other sensitive areas.

The malware is using the equivalent of the Windows "install for current user" (as opposed to "all users") to avoid the need for an admin password. This does mean that even when installed it could only wreak havoc within the users account, not the whole system.

I'm splitting hairs as this is still pretty shitty from the users point of view.

CES wrap: let the battle of the tablets commence


Camera Connection Kit

While it's not built in, there is an adaptor available which I find works very well for exactly this purpose.


Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty


"not nearly as professionalized"

Surely "professional"? The English language getting a bit butcherized there...


Inciteful or Insightful?

If you intend to post something inciteful than you should expect downvotes!

Steve Jobs chucks Apple server biz from pram


Re: Who cares about tin these days

Absolutely agree that this would be the sensible way forward, but currently OS X Server's EULA only allows it to run in a virtual machine on an "Apple labelled computer". Of course it's entirely possible to do otherwise, but no enterprise would ever risk running unlicensed, unsupported software in production!

Apple signs Xserve death warrant


Re Begs the question

Actually, I'm retracting that statement. As Jess correctly points out, although virtualisation is allowed, the current EULA insists that OS X Server is installed only on an "Apple-labeled computer". Of course, maybe this is where those Apple logo stickers they supply with all their kit come in handy!


Big deal

It's only the hardware they're EOLing, not OS X server. If your business is big enough to need data centre space, you're probably going virtual anyway, which the license for OS X server now allows. Even smaller businesses with just 1 rack, in-house server rooms seem to be going this route these days. And if you're smaller than that then a mac mini or pro should suffice.

Google sticks goggles on the iPhone


Die Katze in der hut

Now if they could make this work in real time with labels above all recognised objects, in a language of one's choice, that would really help me with my German language course. And then if they could put this into some actual goggles that would be awesome too.

Ballmer says Windows will shame iPad



"the iPad is general-purpose, while Windows tablets will adapt to particular uses"

iPhone 4.0: iAds, multitasking, and 98 tweaks


Multitasking Correction

Small quibble with the write up; local notifications allow apps to schedule alerts/notifications even when the app isn't running, so for example a tv guide app could remind you that a show is about to start. Also task completion allows an app to continue running in the background (yes, actual multitasking!) so that a task can complete, for example a flickr type app could allow you to upload photos, even if the user switches to another app.

Government Gateway login details found in pub car park

Thumb Down

Brown's response


iPhone may sidestep rubbish caller ID suit


Design Issue

@ Andy Bright - The phone's just a dumb terminal. Your system needs to be configured to add a 9 to all incoming calls, and allow local call patterns out to the pstn.

EFF and chums sue Feds over border laptop inspections


@ JayKay

Not sure that'll help much. A friend of mine visited the states recently - customs sat him down in front of a pc, got him to login to his hotmail, and read through his emails to check he wasn't planning to outstay his welcome. He didn't kick up a fuss as it was either that or the next plane back to Blighty...