* Posts by iamapizza

154 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Dec 2008


Digg, deep in the hole, sells self for $500K


Not 500K

Somewhat misleading. Digg sold for $16m in total:


Microsoft student mail checkmates Google state grab


Re: imap?

Long answer:

I think they responded about this once - they prefer ActiveSync and are sticking to that because of "all the other stuff it comes with". IMAP does exist, but only for mobile devices. So you'll need an email client with ActiveSync.

They've also added security so that you can browse your emails over HTTPS (not just the login page) but if you enable that, it will break your mobile device email setup.

Short answer:


Microsoft invents touch-sensitive mouse

Gates Horns


What tangled webs they weave. I'll bet Balmer was miffed when Apple invented video calling*.

*Yes, they actually said this.

Google 'open' nonsense brainwashes US gov


Oh but...

Here's the source code for Android:


Here's the source code for iOS:

Here's the source code for Win Phone 7:

So as far as the current state of the market of major players is concerned, Android is more open than the others. Problem?

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm


Don't forget Uldum

One of the best bits of Cataclysm was the new zone Uldum - they did pretty good there for an outdated graphics engine (plus the Indiana Jones quest line). You can tell they've spent a lot of time and effort on creating this beautiful zone. Vash'Jir is good, but nothing compares to the earthy tones and visuals of Uldum.

I'm not sure what you mean by worse gear - the stats that you concentrate on 80+ has changed. So previously, in WotLK, it was all about hit points and mana, whereas in the newer gear, they're concentrating on mastery and hit points as a mechanism for defeating bosses. So your hits and spells become more powerful and your heals become more powerful the more mastery you have. Going back to Level 80 raids with 80+ gear actually makes things easier. Further, even if you ignore hit and mastery, the stats are far above WotLK gear - if you quest enough you will get them.

Throne of Tides is definitely entertaining, as is Lost City and Vortex Pinnacle.

Ofcom proposes UK phone numbers prefix re-org

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Fire brigade

This means it should now be cheaper to call the fire brigade at 01189998819991197253.

LG whips out dual-core Android smartphone



Does it come with a fan?

Google Books spanked by Amazon Kindle

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There's a problem with your 'review'

You're far too concerned about how the app looks and how snappy the page turns are and what the page turn animation looks like. The mere fact that you're doing this on an ipad indicates that the contents are secondary; you only want a pretty app, not an app that serves books to you or whether Google Books will have a lot of titles available to you or not.

Google sued for scanning emails of non-Gmail users


Royal Mail is worse!

The other day I sent a letter to my ailing mother in Scotland. I wrote a loving message on it and put her address on the front of the envelope along with stamps of the correct amount.

Imagine my surprise when I found out that the Royal Mail postal workers were looking at what I wrote on the envelope! I was never informed that they would invade my privacy in this way, for I had not explicitly given anyone permission to do so.

Well, I tell you what, I'm never using their services again. I will be delivering my mail using a more reliable postal service such as that of France, thank you very much.

Ubuntu's Shuttleworth lands luxury NY crash pad


What I'd do with my millions...

Reinvest into the company I'm running so as to further propagate the use of and knowledge of Linux as well as Ubuntu and FOSS in the community. But that's just me.

Google lures Microsoft Officers with Docs plug-in




Dell netbook-cum-tablet priced up

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Do a review!

I'm hoping you'll do a review of the Inspiron Duo soon. Coming from a mindset of usually buying netbooks for 100-200 GBP, I'd like to see if the swivel tablet mode actually justifies the price. What better way to find out than to have you guys buy it, review it and let me know?

Bill Gates oils up Microsoft's Lync product


Tried searching

Couldn't find anything about this. Could somebody send me a lync please?

Virgin demands ISPs end broadband speed 'con'


Good point

Even the first paragraph on their 'stop the broadband con' site reminds me of the new throttling measures they introduced a while ago - P2P is throttled, Usenet is throttled and FTP is throttled. So, no, I don't actually get what I pay for.

You'd think this was put out by some marketing department completely clueless as to what the rest of the company is actually doing.

Speak geek: The world of made-up language


"Scaramouche! Scaramouche!"

Jesus Christ on a winebarrel. You owe me a new keyboard and I'm not exaggerating either. I was merrily reading this article, when I happened to see the Klingonian Bohemian Rhapsody reference. My immediate reaction was to drop my cup - which was weak from years of use - which immediately cracked and spilled its contents as well as bits of tiny shards all over and inside my keyboard. I was, however, too busy choking on the liquids that I had accidentally sent down into my lungs as a result of the laugh that I attempted and so I realized the disaster a bit too late.

I have now borrowed a coworker's keyboard to type this message out. Said coworker will return from lunch soon and that will be the end of my day.

How exactly am I going to explain this to management?

Dell tablet-netbook combo PC out next week


@The BigYin

Sure, it'll come with Win7, but you know that the 'community' will find a way to get Ubuntu and FC and Android and what-not working on it. You only need wait.

Steve Jobs no longer Eggman as Beatles hits iTunes


I've been waiting for this

I've been waiting for this for so long. At last, Apple have proven their worthiness as an organization by bringing the Beatles to itunes. I had always felt that my music collection was lacking, but now that the Beatles are available to me, I can immediately go out and purchase these songs. I am sure I will enjoy songs by the Beatles, never mind that I tried listening to some a few years ago and moved away from it soon after. The audio quality must be so much better because it's on itunes. I can't wait to listen to it on my ipad while I tweet about it from my iphone.

I wish I had a womb so that Steve Jobs could impregnate me with the next visionary.

Google it: Ask.com gives up ghost on search market


"Google too huge to defeat"

They said that about Microsoft once...

Software engineer blogs own Starbucks wiretap


Which ones are safe?

So this establishes that FB and Amazon aren't using full SSL for their logins. Which sites have implemented proper login systems, or which sites ARE safe then?

Seagate squirts out rectal cleaning spray

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SATAsfaction guaranteed.

Strange, blobaceous 'alien pod' lifeform found in Virginian lake



I, for one, would like to welcome our large, bizarre, blob-like lifeform overlord as it floats in an artificial lake in Virginia.

Fans roast Microsoft for Silverlight demotion


It's happened before

This isn't the first time something has been touted as the latest-and-greatest only to be redacted later. Linq to Sql was one of the biggest new features that came out with .NET 2.0+. Everyone was using it. Then came the ADO.NET Entity Framework. Which did the same thing (and more), and so they stopped development on Linq to SQL with similar statements - it's not "going away", it just won't be developed anymore. Same angry waves of disbelief pervaded.

A constantly changing focus can be very dissuading for developers. I've spent all this time learning technology X but now you're telling me that Y is better. Why didn't you tell me about Y before? Mind you, there could be perfectly legitimate reasons, but most of it comes down to commercial factors. It wouldn't be too profitable to go against HTML5's <video> as well as Flash, so off you go, let's focus on HTML5's features.

Flip side - as a developer you SHOULD be expanding your skills constantly and not build an entire career structure around one single technology.

Internet Explorer info leak festers for 2 years



>We are not aware of any attacks seeking to exploit this issue

Surely the point of an exploit is that *nobody* is aware?

Android phone sales up 1,309%


Re: Now who is in the rear view mirror?

Android is catching up - soon we can have the signal loss problems and lack of copy paste and lack of multitasking too. You'll see.

First tube station to get Wi-Fi next week

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Wow, paid wifi

It's a bit shameful for us when you go to a third world country and they have free wifi everywhere. Everywhere. Even restaurants and mosques and dinky little malls have free wifi.

In the UK, 'wifi available' simply means "We will now perform the magic trick of extracting money through your nose!" This may be down to a public perception. BT realizes that us chumps are perfectly willing to pay money to use wifi and so will not offer it for free. (Lack of consumer power?) Whereas in other places, the consumer is more important and so they do get wifi for free.

Google Nexus Two 'lands November 8'



I think I prefer the non-manufacturer UIs. Keep it plain and simple, don't spam me with your sponsored apps and candycoated UI to impose your brand.

iPhones, MacBooks sicken Chinese women

Jobs Horns

Apple Employees

Our employees... they just work.

Top 10 Kindle books outsell dead-tree versions 2-1


Re: keyboard

Interesting, you look at the keyboard as a negative? You do understand why the keyboard is there, right? You'd use it to search across the book or the kindle store or your installed dictionaries. Having the alternative - a touchscreen keyboard - would make the Kindle useless. Touchscreen readers aren't readers, they're gimmicks that detract from reading and market to those with the same short attention span your article describes (that would probably stem from the constant ipad vs kindle comparisons you keep seeing which are completely meaningless).

196 nations open three week (!) telecoms congress



Surreal, mysterious, arcane, informative... this article has everything to keep me hooked. I *will* be back tomorrow to know more about this. I was completely oblivious to the existence of the ITU - a surprise in itself in today's world and an entity which I am SURE has questioned itself in the past, just done nothing about it due to international political bureaucracy (think UN) - and will now be spending many hours constantly pressing F5 in anticipation.

Amazon Kindle 3 e-book reader



If you want to read epubs, get yourself Calibre. You can then take your epubs and convert them to mobis, then send them over to the Kindle. It's a must-have for ereader readers. That takes care of the does-not-support-epub point, although the lazy ones among you may complain about the extra steps required, it's still better than nothing. Right. Right.

Man ordered to pay Facebook $1bn

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Samsung E60 e-book reader

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E-Readers are not tablets

Anyone making a comparison between e-readers and the iPad doesn't know what an e-reader is. E-Readers are for reading books. iPads are for posting on twitter about the *idea* of reading books without actually doing it.

Windows Phone 7 launch dates leak



Can I order the Optimus using Amazon Prime?

BioWare zeroes in on Mass Effect download snafu



Do you reckon someone did a

cat /dev/zero > MassEffectDLC2.exe

Symbian users Swype Samsung's tricks


Beta forever

Swype is a great text entry method. Unfortunately, it has been in beta everywhere forever... It's on Android too and is probably the only thing I'm actually willing to pay for.

Yahoo! search Bingified in US and Canada

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Re: Forget the search

This! I was hopeful When MS tried to buy Yahoo; Flickr would then get a decent map UI. Anything but Yahoo's maps!

iPad hits Asus Eee PC sales



... let this just be a fad.

Oracle sues Google over Java in Android

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My first thought...

This is why we can't have nice things.

Free Android antivirus clocks up 2.5m downloads


I jailbroke my Android phone!!11

I've finally managed to jailbreak my Android phone. It was tough, because then itunes stopped working. And I haven't received my antenna case yet!

Android is Apple's phone, right?

UK set for eBook pricing showdown



Depends... sometimes you want a book to read but you don't have anything specific in mind. Then you definitely care about price. Cheapest place first.

But then George RR Martin decides to wake up and actually write something... and it's out there in digital format. Then you want that book and you don't care about the price and you don't care about DRM.

If you bought a kindle, you don't care too much about DRM, it's part of the package anyway, right? It's part of the package.

Re: local bookstores... are ebooks that popular? I still see more people on the trains holding real books rather than readers.


Sometimes I hate Sony

Sony has its own ebookstore. As a PRS 505 owner, I used to buy books from there in dollars, which was cheaper than anywhere else. They recently changed everything - first, you had to have their Sony Reader software which had a browser embedded in it - that embedded browser is now the only way you can buy books from their store. Also, you have to be in the US. So yes - Sony is pushing its ereader customers (victims?) to Waterstones where you can buy books at 1.5 times the price. Hurrah.

However, being a Kindle owner as well, I can buy books cheaper from the Amazon UK store and uh... "transfer" them to the PRS 505. This saves me a bit of money as your article has noticed the significant price difference between theh stores.

What is upsetting though, is that I bought the PRS 505 before the price cut at about 150GBP and I was one of the early Kindle-UK adopters (idiot?) when it was being sold from the Amazon US store - none of these @100GBP prices.

If any of you are considering buying eReaders, now is the best time. You've never had it so good.

Amazon opens UK Kindle store doors to teeming hordes


(Too) Early adopter :(

I'm an earlier adopter (UK) - I bought a Kindle when they started shipping it from the US store, internationally. Having seen the new Kindle on sale, I'm weeping every 5 minutes since I spent far more than 109 GBP on it.

I also doubt whether the UK Kindle books will be available for me to buy. Any other of my fellow chumps know?

Apathy kills Google's new-age Wave



For similar functionality within an office network, there is OneNote - it doesn't have a browser's limitations so is much easier and simpler to use and of course the content it supports is much richer. Wave was limited by JS and HTML and so it was a slightly weaker collaboration tool.

BUT, Wave was better for talking and sharing with people who weren't within the office network. I'm a bit surprised that there wasn't enough adoption!

Aussie broadband is slower than a slow thing in a slow town



Was the UK still in last place as it has always been?

Fake Firefox update used to sling scareware


Bottom line

Always look at the URL. Just keep glancing back up at it to make sure you're on the right site.

Also, there is a legit page that does appear when you update firefox and this is an exact copy of that. The difference is where that URL goes, so look at the status bar too.

*checks to make sure he's on el reg*


Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop


That keyboard...

I'm guessing that keyboard was designed for people who only ever use the mouse.

Firefox joins Microsoft in uncool kids class



Got news for you - if they're using Chrome, they're very likely not developers, just tech enthusiasts.

Confusion over 'secret code' in US military Cyberforce crest

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Try this in terminal

Try this:

$ echo -n "USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries." | md5sum

9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a -

Pictures of Ubuntu: Linux's best photo shots at Windows and Mac


Smiley face

What a timely article - I'm attempting to transition from Win7 to Ubuntu 10.04 and one of the main things I need is a Lightroom equivalent. Tried RawTherapee, Lightzone and Bibble - all of them fall short of the glory that is Lightroom, I suppose it'll just take some getting used to.

Are you sure Lightzone is free, though? It wasn't immediately obvious on the lightzone website, but I could go look again.

Also, your screenshots are way too small. You should consider allowing us to click on it to see a larger version. Look for lightbox. It's nice.