* Posts by SynicNZ

51 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2008


Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry


Have a BB for work

Hate it with a passion. Cannot understand why people use these things at all

NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech


Yes you can

All you need is a ticket to Lille and you do not go through British immigration at Brussels.

The issue has been that people have then not been getting off at Lille but continuing to London.

British Immigration tried to check all and deny boarding to those they suspected would not get off but were threatened with arrest by Belgium police - so checks at both ends

'World's BIGGEST online fraud': Suspect's phone had 'location' switched on


Deported to the US?

extradited surely?

I would have thought you can only deported to your point of origin on this trip or your own country

Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be


Re: Dials of WTF handsets

It was to avoid BT's patent or so I am lead to believe

Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app


wouldn't work on mine

But NFCTagInfo has no problem. Reads other countries also.

Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums


A pen anyone

Just write the location down on your entry ticket

Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod


Perhaps its just an excuse

for not upgrading all their terminals - they need to save some dosh

Amazon: We're expanding into TWO HUNDRED countries


And one day they will support he Nexus 7

I am never going to buy a Kindle so give me support

Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC


Re: It's about choice

Worse. BBC pays Sky to carry it

thanks to Maggie

Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft


Re: Anyone know who the band was?



Anyone know who the band was?

No, not the 2001 theme, the bit first

Blighty's film biz asks gov to hurry up pirate crackdown


quite interesting numbers in that report

It is interesting that before the 2.5% of watching films by p2p, there is 26% from dvds.

That legal download is but 1% (no mention of margin of error) and online streaming only 1.9% suggests that people use p2p because online viewing is just not available (or looking at lovefilm and netflix - there is nothing you want to watch).

Another piece of data is found interesting is the source of funding for British films. The first point is that its the only table in which the figure are not sorted. Is it perhaps to hide the point that the second largest source of funding is the UKFC lottery (at 18%). That is the national lottery. Its only behind distributors at 20%.

Me think they protest too much

Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove


I do not understand how R Pi will save the world

Raspberry Pi is just some hardware abet cheap.

To teach kids to program they need:

an environment that supports development

teachers with the knowledge and skill to guide the pupils

a language that will in the first instance allow quick development - with GUI

a language that can then be expanded to allow more control - i.e. lower level.

As far as I am aware R Pi is not going to supply all of that.

In teaching programing, the hardware is not important. What is important is the environment, the tools, and the teacher

TV Guide UK


not quite good enough

Still shows the old shit programmes

Christmas cosmonauts set out safely for ISS


lucky buggers

they don't have to put up with all that Christmas crap

Ebooks must stay fat with VAT, blame the EU, MPs told


Easy way to even it out

just add VAT to books.

No more arguments

Germany gloomy over AT&T merger


Deutsche Telekom hadn't been given a full picture of the regulatory risks

Bollocks - the breakup fee would not have been so large had they been sure that it would have been successful

Belkin Chef Stand and Stylus for tablets


In need something like that but ....

I was thinking about a plate stand

C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead


Thank you for OS-X

And Android, et al

Firms are RUBBISH at payment security


The real problem

is that PCI is overly onerous and yes still allows such bullshit as Verified by Visa to exist

Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting


Let's face up to the real reason Apple wants control

Because they want it BACK.

They had it with the ipod. Android mean you don't use your ipod (well I don't) and I don't use itunes anymore.

Apple gets no more money from me and since I got an Android phone I use no apple products.

They just want my money and control of me again.

Pogoplug maker intros nano Nas for smartphones


The problem with the pogoplug solutions ....

Is that you must access your pogo via their website.

Why is this necessary

Heathrow to get new facial recognition scanners


Used it to enter NZ last Nov

Skipped all the queues.

Came back and did the retina scan here - skipped those queues also.

The main issue is the mixing of domestic and 'foreign' travelers. It hasn't worked in the US ever - so why introduce it here. Oh that's right its about the airlines - not security.

Amazon tackles soaring textbook prices


Let's not forget publisher's shitty practices

When a lecturer at my university had a book published everything as delivered as both text and photo ready content.

So the publisher had someone type in every single thing again along the way inserting errors into every example and every formula

Orange spreads Glasto goofery to t-shirts


What sort of power level would you get if you

hung it/them out on the washing line?

Q2 motion-controlled internet radio


You want to know the first thing I do when seeing these reviews?

I go to the last page and check the price.


No I am not even going to read the review

Nuance Flext9


I love this app, except

That like all speech enabled apps the size is huge. Running in at 10Mb + and no App2SD its just too big.

So like flash 10.1 (version indicative of the space required) its uninstalled despite being a great app.

Amazon preps upmarket US Android app emporium


plus $99

You opposition finishes their article with a throwaway sentence of

'For anyone who joins its Appstore Developer Portal now, Amazon will waive the first year's $99 membership fee'.


Why the fee. It rather suggests a new Itunes with lockout to other stores

ACPO exec wants 'ugly mugs' database to protect sex workers


So that's a photo of every punter - just in case

And we know how careful the govt is with data.

ID fraud costs UK £2.7bn a year


How much of this is just stolen credit cards

reworded into 'fraud to get a line of credit' rather than actual ID theft.

Oracle: no license for Android's Harmony friend


maybe apple was right ...

And Objective-C was a route to go down.

Oracle can only loose from this - they can never win.

Car wrecks rise after texting bans imposed


it seems that everyone has missed the point

The data is based on insurance claims. If texting is illegal then you will not be writing on your insurance claim that you were texting at the time of the accident - instant decline of claim.

The report makes inferences that are just plain bollocks.

No one needs Blu-ray, says Microsoft exec


Another case of saying it will make it so

Or so they hope

NZ woman pays motorised tribute to A RYAN 1


Don't for get MOTSUX

Surrendered after just 2 weeks on the road - cannot imagine why :-)

Underweight passport pic left traveller stuck in Amsterdam


Careful where you go here ...

5 year passports get expensive and annoying - and are also the solution to this issue.

People have no bloody idea about saving energy


If an aluminium can takes less energy to make than a glass one ...

Why are all the smelters parked next to power generation stations but glass foundrys are not?

I am genuinely interested!

Revealed: Government blows thousands on iPhone apps


Tried the android version of the job centre app ....

It sucked - should not have been surprised.

Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased


I would suggest that more reliable testing results ...

could be generated by using the management of the taser company itself

Volcanic ash grounds dozens of UK flights


Do you thinks its cause we want the money back???

Nothing here - move along.

Virgin signals start of telegraph pole broadband test


Wait for it ....

As soon as people see how ugly fibre is on power lines the bitching will begin

Robot cauliflower harvesters to replace vanishing migrants


Real cause of waste?

Just how much of the wastage is caused by the supermarkets rejecting the produce because of its shape or colour rather than the lack of pickers?

Norfolk children get £310,000 of free laptops


10+ teachers

Imagine the benefit if they had hired 10+ teachers for a bit of one-on-one tuition instead.

Will the laptops last longer than the Xmas toys?

Main BBC channels to be broadcast live via web


wot a todger

I have BT at "7'MB" though iPlayer in the evening is like a politician justifying his girlfriend's maid's visa renewal. Lots of stutter but no action. Rubbish that statement. BT sucks. Live? Next week maybe.

Remember the shareholders^h^h^^h^h^h....what ever

Symbian: Linux unfit for mobile phones


Symbian is a pig

What is never mentioned in that Symbian is a pig to program

Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account


for god's sake - remove the picture of the devil

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7-year-old faces M&S Inquisition


The kid is 7

By law he s too young to give consent!

One must be 16 to give consent to anything

How to stop worrying and enjoy paying for incoming calls


this is bollocks

Number portability is marketing ploy nothing else - who really wants it.

The cost of termination is rubbish also. All the mobile companies except for 3 have sufficient customers calling the other networks that at settlement time the cost to the initiating carrier is nil. Only 3 has to pay as they have so few customers. They could remove the termination charge completely and it would not affect the carriers at all.

This is just ofcom being blow hards - again. Who is actually behind it? Ofcom have never done anything on their own - they are just not bright enough

UK fraudster gang go PIN sniffing



A leading chain of stores is currently advertising for a supervisor at 7.50/hr (in London).

A supervisor!!

£10/hr must a highly paid job

China readies Blu-Ray competitor


HD can still kill Blu-Ray

Since all the investment in HD is lost Toshiba should open source all the technology of HD. With no IP to pay for hardware costs would be next to nothing - it would stop Blu-Ray in its tracks

US bars ID refuseniks from planes - but not ID losers


You've got it all wrong

Its all about money - pouring money not yet paid in taxes into the coffers of the mates of whoever is in power.

Hopeless Security will continue to create these bullshit rules to justify their cost. They have not hope of catching anyone/anything. They have to justify their excessive budget somehow.

Just don't go to America - or fly anywhere for that matter- and ensure you wear a hoodie