* Posts by PsychicMonkey

301 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Jun 2009


Bill for half a billion quid lands on Apple's desk in Facetime patent scrap


Apple wanting patent reform?

wow, seems they don't like it up'em as the saying goes!

A pox on all their houses!

Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets


Re: 50 Quid for a tablet

So people should expect malware because something is cheap?

Poor build quality if fine, expected even. However coming pre-loaded with malware (that can't be removed) is just crap, no-one should expect, or have to put up with that.

Porsche-gate: Android Auto isn't slurping tons of engine data, claims Google – but questions remain


I would suggest....

that Porsche choosing iOS had nothing to do with data collection, and more to do with brand. Lets not forget that Porsche is a premium brand and that Apple is seen as a premium brand, at a guess I'd say that the majority or Porsche drivers (as in new ones, not second hand) are probably iPhone users as well.

Any connection questions aimed at Android can be also be aimed at Apple. They will, after all, connect to the same system.

Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY


Re: Value?

Ah the usual Apple refrain, "you are doing it wrong". If you supply hardware and/or software you should try to make it as easy as possible for your users to do what they want with said hardware/software. For some reason Apple constantly get away with telling people what to do and those people just suck it up.

Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30



Same here. I believe the first version of worms was written in AMOS (although I may be wrong!)


Re: Oddly enough

Speedball 2 was my favourite all time game. "ice cream, ice cream!"

Google robo-car in rear-end smash – but cack-handed human blamed


Not my fault guv...

There seem to be a large number of comments here asking why the google cars (how many cars do they have in total?) have been in accidents in the 6 years they have been running. These comments appear to be saying that the automatic car must be at fault somehow.... I really can't see how that leap happens, if you rear end anything it is almost certainly always your fault. If you can't react fast enough to stop then you are too close at the speed you are going. Now I know this is an idealised view and I have been on both ends of this situation before, but the point still stands. The google car can not be at fault here, it had stopped as it should have done and as any fleshbag should have done, the person behind could not have been paying attention otherwise they would have seen the slowing car and done the same. I think it's fair to say that people will make far more errors on the road than an automated car will, but just as people always try to blame each other they are trying to blame the google car.

Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid


Isn't it obvious?

That is the NHS pricing...

Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit


Re: Well...

On my pre kitkat S3 mini just loading the music on the card is enough for the music app to pick it up...

But just for shits and giggles I've just installed the google music app. All of my music is on the SD card, copied there using a card reader not the phone. Open Google music app. Press the little three line menu button. Press "MyLibrary" button. All my music available.

Wow. Very difficult.

Oh, guess I might be helpful after all, but my previous assertion was wrong. It's not just hardware you shouldn't touching.



Your friend chose the wrong person to try and help then. If you can't get your music on to the SD card you have no business touching hardware.

Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave


Re: Not strange to me...

Step away from the computer before the gov find you! quick hide, they might want to frame you for something and create an elaborate cover story that only the truly enlightened can pick holes in by using grainy you tube footage.

Apple patents autographs. Checkmate, eBay

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Cheaper to purchase?

Maybe now they are not allowed to fix the prices....

Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters



I'll agree that freenas wasn't the easiest to setup, although I think they have improved a lot on that in recent times. You certainly can upgrade though, I've done it twice so far with no issues at all.


Re: Or alternatively...

Couldn't agree more, I use FreeNas but the sentiment is the same. My "unpopulated" set up probably cost just under £150, including a dedicated NAS enclosure with 4 hot swap bays, 4 gb ram and a mini-itx Atom board. Works flawlessly.

Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid


A friend has a bent iPhone 4s, to be fair it was in her bag and got driven over (not on purpose) and it still works even though it is bent, which I have to say I was quite impressed by. Still wouldn't buy one though.

DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire


not true, it's the same as it is now. You get a refund for the remaining (full) months, and you have to tax for the whole month even if you buy it on the last day, it's always been a rip off. Only now it's digital.

iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!



See Title.

Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

Big Brother

Re: in regards to a thief,

isn't it a case of better than nothing though? The clothes they are wearing could tie them to your crime, or other crimes, the get away vehicle could be in shot and of course other possibilities.

Some evidence has to be better than no evidence.

Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids


Re: Settings go further than just "Wifi Only"

Android also has the off setting, not that it actually seems to matter, it appears to just auto play them anyway.

FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'


Re: Still rubbish

You seem to drop things a lot, I'd see a doctor if I were you.

Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network


Re: untold story

hmm. Telling people to change their password isn't really telling them how to configure wifi security though is it?

Even if some wifi was being "stolen", if the owner of the connection hasn't made a complaint then IMHO the police have no reason to act at all.

Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen


Re: Research

because it's on "a mobile device", didn't you know that renders all prior art invalid....

'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'


Re: Have they patented 4.7" displays yet?

because they need to add the "On a mobile device" bit to it first.

Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone


invalid patent

thats something Apple know a lot about...

Maybe they want the patent ruled invalid so they can file a patent for it themselves.

Amazon patents caches for physical goods


Re: Next stage

going by recent experience it would be nice if the yodel delivery actually turned up instead of claiming to have attempted delivery at 3am...

Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'


Re: Pathetic lawsuit

"Most unsuspecting consumers couldn't tell the difference"

really? cause the large apple or words "Samsung" didn't make them look different?

If you can't tell them apart you must be a muppet.

HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target


My first thought as well, but...

Pledge $49 to get it according to the blurb.

BIG, CURVY Apple models: Just right for SLAP AND TICKLE


Re: Errr...

Ah but when Apple do it, it has to be first, don't let trivial things like facts get in the way. They are probably filing the patent for it and sharpening the knives as we type...

How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 years ago


I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...

What Google do is with the consent of the users, ok so many didn't read the T&C's but that’s no excuse.

If you don't want them doing what they do then don't use their services.

What the NSA ( & others) are doing has no legal basis. No one ticked the box that says the NSA can read my mail.

Google are far from perfect but to blame them for what the NSA is doing is just stupid.

Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex


Re: The other flaw...

Sorry, I must be thick. How do you calculate that? What assumptions do you make?

"so we have a limited number of years where we are fertile." that one is wrong for a start. Women have a finite limit of fertile years but men can keep going a lot longer.

There are around 7 billion people on the planet at the moment, you are really saying that you don't think there have been over that number in the past?

As they used to say in maths class, you really need to show your working out.

Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy


Re: Physics!

you assume that the electricity is being used for heating?

I'm pretty sure that most heating in the UK is via gas or oil, although I have not stats at hand to back it up.

Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES


I think

you underestimate the stupidity of people in general, especially those that follow the directions of a satnav blindly.

They would see the tape and assume it didn't apply to them because the sat nav said it was ok....

Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH


Re: Compliance and Annoyance in One Easy Step

" How can this possibly be cheaper than setting up the traditional pneumatic cross-lane traffic counters?"

Just a guess, but maybe it's because they have to get the equipment to do the counting, pay people to install the equipment, pay people to get the data off the equipment.

It doesn't surprise me at all that it's cheaper to get the data from the phone network. Seems like a good use of the data to me.

iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating


Re: who paid for the report?

yeah, the first line of the report should have given it away really :

"Why is it that the arrival of iOS 7 is necessarily a momentous event for the smartphone market?"

First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C


Re: Remember that...

"But it would be nice to see something with 'Wow!' factor again..."

The only wow factor I've ever got from an iPhone is "Wow! you pay how much for that???"

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch



An estate agent, so he is taking his holiday to get this is he? I thought estate agents were twats, now confirmed.

And a 17 year old student, studying hard I see. It's apparently too expensive to go to uni but fine to spunk the best part of £800 on a phone.

Yes it may be less on a contract, but if he bought the 5 last year he won't be out of contract yet. Plus he's not even old enough to sign the contract!

New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'


Re: Complete bollocks

I beleive it's a little tick box, says "Request desktop site", under the hood it changes the user agent.

So yes, many people probably do do it.


ah yes

'cause last years "main" release was so very exciting....

It's Apple doing the advantage taking....


Re: Same old delusional overpriced shite

"1. Is the device so hard to shift that they have to give it away?"

no, but it costs less so the network can subsidise it for people who don't want to be shafted on the phone & the contract. Cheap doesn't have to mean bad.

If your choices are dictated by what other people want and do I suspect you are Apples core demographic.

Some people make choices for themselves, and actually don't care if they have the latest shiny you know.

Still, there will be queues for days for this, just as there always is.

Osama Bin Pwned: Al Qaeda mocked in Twitter counter-jihad


Re: @ Demosthenese (was: Lame)


The story was about twitter, showing tweets that people had tweeted....

He is probabably aware that this isn't twitter.....


Re: @ribosome (was: There's guns and guns.)


We get it, you are great at everything you do, so is your offspring and all your friends....

but, what about the others, that have hand guns lying around and get killed because their kids pick up the guns and shoot them, or the kid shoots themselves, or they shoot a friend.

Most sensible people are not talking about taking away RESPONSIBLE gun ownership, but making it harder for those less responsible to have guns, and gee I don't know, maybe stop toddlers killing each other?

I honestly fail to see how that would be a bad thing.

Apple threatens ANOTHER Samsung patent lawsuit


iPhone is expensive

the HTC One & the Galaxy S4 may be similar prices, but they are superior phones.


Re: strange behaviour

Brabantia are the ones who will sue Apple for the new desktop bin...

Facebook's Sean Parker fined $2.5m for tasteless eco-trashing wedding


Re: Rich

problem is they appear to be right most the time.

Cook: Apple has 'no current plan' to pull profits out of Ireland


Re: Slackers in the US

of course the joke icon should have given it away...

Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader


"After sending that information, I thought I had been hacked"

erm no, you were not hacked. You sent them your details, that's the complete opposite of being hacked.

'Liberator': Proof that you can't make a working gun in a 3D printer


Re: All very true, but..

Doesn't really work though does it, if the right brothers had been able to buy an already functioning plane them maybe your argument would hold up...

Setanta, ESPN couldn't make UK footie TV work. How will BT Sport?



I've never understood how it's good for the consumer to split the packages up like OFCOM insisted they do.

If Sky have all the games I pay Sky to watch them, if (like now) Sky & ESPN have the games I have to pay Sky & ESPN to watch what I could have watched with Sky if they still had them all. The BT deal is the same thing again. This isn't competition.

Competition would be multiple broadcasters having the rights to the same games so I could choose who I wanted to buy from, thereby makign it cheaper for the consumer via competition. All that has happened here is that Sky still charge the same for less games and someone else charges again for the rest.

Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO


Re: @ AC hypocrites

strange... My Motorola V3X had a seperate GPU.....2006, did the Iphone still trump that?

Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: I would like

The S3 mini ticks most of those boxes.

My battery lasts 2 days easily. Granted I don't make too many calls but plenty of emails and web use.

Nice size for my hands and pocket also.