* Posts by T-Unit

57 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Feb 2010


Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now


Re: Welcome to the modern world

Isn't it more stupid to spend money on maintaining an old device with a dwindling user base?

As a Samsung customer I understand that you can't support a device forever. A new phone every 4 years seems perfectly reasonable.

Just the place you'd want to spot a BSOD: While waiting in line for a roller coaster that lifts you up 124ft


Re: confidence inspiring

Or the braking system. No one would be smiling then.

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin


Re: I don't think this does as much as people think

I never trust those trams to go where they say


Re: Works for Waze too

Waze asks other users for confirmation and takes the numbers into account when re-routing. You'd either need to do this same thing with many phones or report an incident (crash, roadworks etc) to affect it. In the former case, one or two cars passing through unimpeded would undo your work, and in the latter case a few users hitting "not there" would undo it.

On top of that, if you are frequently reporting things that other users mark as incorrect, a behind-the-scenes credibility score drops and the weighting of your input is reduced.


Re: Ingenious

Fun fact: There is no mention of them being red in the original German version. That was inserted into the English one to make the syllable count scan better.

Also Nena (the original band) don't really like the English translation claiming it "We made a mistake there. I think the song loses something in translation and even sounds silly."

Elon Musk shows world that he is truly awful at something


When's your next open mic?

WindiLeaks: 250 million Microsoft customer support records dating back to 2005 exposed to open internet


Re: Another day

You clearly misconfigured your attire :)

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job


Re: One of life's losers...

That's a very good point. I have some sympathy for Pleskov, I've been in environments where 'winning' was fetishised to the point that cheating, lying, and sabotaging others was practically encouraged.

That said, this was no such an environment so that feeling was down to him alone. It does sound like he's learned that lesson though, the hard way.

Samsung’s aspirational Galaxy Chromebook: Shell out $1k for a fast beaut (and remember to try Linux if you're into that)


Re: arguably the most aspirational Chrome OS device


GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


Re: Eh?

Free speech is an incredibly low bar to set yourself. If 'not breaking the law' is the only barrier between your brain and your mouth then you are an unkind, mean-spirited, thoughtless, a-hole.

The law isn't a set of rules for how we should behave, it's a last resort when someone is bahving SO badly they need to be physically stopped!

There are posters at my kid's school that say "Before you speak, THINK" and that acronym means you shouldn't say something unless it's "True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind". I really wish more adults would consider this before they open their mouths.

Just because you CAN say something, and even if it's true ("you're really fat") doesn't mean you should.

Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use


Re: Outside the office, inside the warehouse

This was my first thought too. I read it as 'outside the server room' rather than outside in a field!

Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards


Re: Kids wandering into unsuitable places, particularly roads. Without looking

That's extra stupid because the game doesn't even work like that. The pokemon appear for all players, they don't go away when one person catches them.

Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs


Re: I've got a lot of fond memories of playing Pokemon Leafgreen with my son.

This is exactly the ignorance that is being proliferated by the media. You can catch a pokemon if it is within about 15 feet of you. You never need to go into the middle of a road, or a railway line, or someone's private property to catch them. There is nothing wrong with the game mechanics.

Also, the game literally warns you to "Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings" every time you load it up. People who are putting themselves in danger are idiots blaming something else for their own stupidity.

Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO


And it's making matters worse. If the unofficial APK was no good because there was no data outside the officially released regions, people wouldn't be using it. That would alleviate these worries of malware and reduce the strain on their servers.

Don't get me wrong, I play it here in the UK so I'm glad it works but nearly every pokestop and gym I've been to (these are the location points based on landmarks and public buildings) there have been several other players, even in my quiet little village. There must be tens of thousands of people playing it here in the UK alone. Given that it requires constant connection to the servers and uses GPS locations it would be trivial to disable it in unreleased regions.

It's almost as if they don't want to do that.

Telsa S robo-death-dodge


Auto horn?

I am going to pretend the car also automatically beeped the horn too, also that it has some kind of external screen on which to display a flipped bird.

Boaty McBoatface 'wins'


Got what they wanted

It would be a big slap in the face to overrule it. They got way more publicity as a result of the Boaty McBoatFace suggestion than they ever would have done otherwise. They either capitalise on that by going with the name or they reject it and effectively dismiss their huge new found audience.

Actor Simon Pegg warns over banking Trojan Twitter hack



No one accept your friend requests then? Yeah, who needs em, right?

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Why not!

Never let the tenuousness of the connection to the story stop you from posting your pointless opinion on his films.

No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC


Not long

Since it already happened a couple of months ago!

CM7 runs on Desire just fine.


Not really

If anything it just shows what a bloaty piece of crap Sense is.

Launcher Pro


To all those moaning about expiry

It was a problem for a small number of users which the dev fixed and apologised for. It's not like it was supposed to cause you all that hassle and please stop being dramatic and saying it bricked your phone. Bricking implied that it was unfixable when in fact it was easy to fix.

iPhone 5 rumors: bigger, smaller, cloudy, keyboard-equipped


Nexus S appears twice

You have the device listed twice as both a Google Nexus S and a Samsung Nexus S . Given the identical specs I assume that is the mistake.

Why is Google's new Nexus S like no other smartphone?


New versions of android run on older phones

Even those that aren't officially upgraded can easily be run with something like CyanogenMod which is prted to all kinds of devices. At the moment you can even run 2.2 on a G1!

Herts cops 'ate the evidence' at scene of crime, court told


Would it have more value...

... if they had bagged the pizza and then pulled out a bag of sweaty mold 18 months later when the case finally makes it to court?!

By then there would be nothing to say that even ever WAS pizza!

Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP?

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It's called Twitter. I'm sure you just made a typo or were misinformed rather than trying to make that tired, lazy joke to which even David bloody Cameron beat you


Jake, stop being a nob

You don't have all the answers and sound like a petulant, ignorant fool. The simple fact is that I do not want to carry around a dedicated camera for the odd opportunist photo of friends being silly, nor a music player for the stroll to work, a sat nav for visiting client sites, a games console for the odd moment I'm waiting for my girlfriend to try something on in a shop plus the plethora of other funky things I do with my Android phone every day.

Of course convergent devices aren't as good as stand alone, but it's about convenience and compromising some quality for that. Considering that, the quality I get is more than adequate anyway

Espionage app updated for Windows phones


XDA Devs is not a hacking collective!

I doubt I'll be the last XDA member to come on here and say this but it is NOT a hacking collective or anything of the sort. It is, as the name suggests, a group of developers but also enthusiasts, fans and pasing visitors who are looking to get the best out of their smartphone. Some of the work revolves around custom firmware but a lot more of it is about new apps, themes, ways of doing things and discussion about new devices or how-to guides.

Please don't go all Daily Mail on us.

HTC launches Ovi-ogling cloud service

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For once, us early adopters got an actual benefit! Lifetime membership of WaveSecure, free!


Why that name?

Are they TRYING to be confusing, given that Sense is also the name of the UI overlay they employ on many of their devices.

Yahoo! preps (cellular) video chat for iPhone, Android


Apple no

But for Android, there is no restriction

Man enraged by sagging pants pops cap in teen's ass


I suspect...

Anyone saying "Todays kids havent got a clue" is probably fairly out of touch with youth culture anyway

Google sticks goggles on the iPhone

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Totally agree

I saw a painting I really liked in an office I was visiting recently, I snapped it with goggles and was able to find out what it was, who the artist was and several others of their, all of which I liked too.

It also worked on the vast majority of albums, books and product brands I've tested.

For the only app of it's kind (at least, the only that I've ever seen), it's pretty accomplished

Google frees Gmail updates from Android


Hahaa ha haa haa

aaaaaah ha ha ha, nice one

Cyber-jihadists deface home of teddy bears' picnic


Not as dimwitted...

... as blaming a Muslim place of worship for the actions of an extremist subset of that religion. Idiot

Paris Hilton tweets armed intruder drama

Paris Hilton

I feel such sympathy

for the attacker. Must try harder

Apple fans drool over Liquidmetal widget

Jobs Horns

Are Apple doing it on purpose?

It almost feels like they are laying technology traps just so they can keep floating on a sea of law suits. I fully expect some company to make real, beneficial use of this tech somewhere down the line and Apple to spring out and sue them.

Perhaps I'm just a big cynical Sally

Android app secretly uploads GPS data, warns Symantec


Actually Giles

Android DOES explain the techy terms. If an app needs permission for location it actually lists it as as "your location course (network)" and "Your location fine (GPS)". Not sure quite how much clearer they could make it

BOFH: Lies and the lying liars who lie about them

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Pot Noodle?

Eating one of those is stupid no matter what the circumstances!

Free Android antivirus clocks up 2.5m downloads


Not jail breaking OR rooting

Absolutely right. 'Jail breaking' is an iPhone activity, it is similar to rooting Android devices but by no means the same thing.

In any case, you do not need any root access to run code from outside the market, you just need to tick a box (which is clearly presented in settings).

Big fail here.

Android's UK phone sales quadruple



Claw hammer, then send the remains to Mizuma as a non-working phone. Less money but more satisfaction :)



You realise what a sheep you sound?

When confronted with choice you basically panicked and went back to Apple as they kindly decide what is best for you without you having to trouble your poor brain?

I realise that's very patronising but that is essentially what you did! Why not read the review on this very site to find out which HTC device is best for you? My initial thought would be the Desire

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They hold their value

Sell it on eBay or one of those phone recycling companies and you will easily be able to pick up a decent Android or BB device for the money

Cops taser Somerset chap's nether regions


Fortunately for him

Driving a BMW means his genitalia was small enough to avoid the taser

Xmas kicks off on 2 August


To be fair

There is a lot more reason to be booking a Christmas meal this much in advance than buying tinsel

BOFH: Little ups and downs


A typo?

I hate to be a pedant* but:


The same as 9, but for 30 minutes."

9 was the one that takes you to the floor with the hottest woman. 10 was the one that goes up and down randomly for 15 minutes.

* This is the opposite of the truth

Bookie takes wagers on iPhone 4 recall

Jobs Horns

Surely a safer bet

does not exist. The odds might not be great but Apple admitting fault does not seem likely so admitting a fault AND shelling out to fix it seems like the kind of thing they might do the day Satan takes up ice skating

Fanbois end Judas Phone 'Death Grip' with, um, SIM tape


Android is not a phone

It is an OS which runs on many different phones with many different batteries, the life of which varies greatly. You cannot simply say that 'android phones' have poor battery. My Nexus One lasts 2 days with moderate use, for example.


You know what they say?

If it can't be duck'd, then it's really... beyond repair

Bendy bike inventor scores design prize win



The bigger advantage here is things like loading it into a car or taking it on a train etc and there is literally no mention of that!

Apple iPhone 4

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My Toyota never randomly accelerated, doesn't mean there wasn't a manufacturing problem. Your personal experience doesn't negate the facts!