* Posts by spaceyjase

29 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Apr 2010

What do iOS and Android have in common? Their apps suck at privacy, boffins say


Re: Firefox...

Sir, Cookie Autodelete.

Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

Paris Hilton

Hypothetical question...

I wanna know how Proxima Centauri b did in our local solar system.

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max


Fix it


Chips can kill: Official


Re: and again...

Aye, a diet eating fewer chips and crisps sounds like a terrible idea.

Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs


Re: It's worse than that

Not seen this myself -- surely that's in the spirit of the game? They're playing, signed up and interacting with players. Local security forces, AI hunters and other players will grab bounties and punish those with kill warrants; welcome to Elite.

(as an aside, this happened during beta where it was essentially a free-for-all around one of the lesser policed stations; docking at Freeport was hit-and-miss for ages, great fun jumping in a strafe-blasting a bunch of a-holes for bounty).

Tables turned, I don't think anyone is complaining about all the extras Frontier have added since early in development. I didn't sign up for a free ship (etc)!

Frontier have produced a stunning game that is every bit as good as imagined.

NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports


Re: Cost

Except it is the same price. Noted here, at the source: http://www.raspberrypi.org/introducing-raspberry-pi-model-b-plus/

Titan sprouts 'Magic Island', say astroboffins


Re: It's not "magic".

Feels like magic though. As a race, we're still discovering things about this planet and here's a whole other rock in space of truly undiscovered wonder, observed from afar by naive observers.

Very handy: Nokia’s DC-50 wireless-charging power brick for your mobe

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Wireless? Magic!

It is one of those things that's easy to scoff at until one gets to used it. I've a charger at work and a couple in the home. It's such a clever thing and no hassle at all; I wish more things put it to use, especially in combination with other features. The Lumia line has a wireless charger/speaker combo that works really well. It uses NFC to play music when the phone is positioned in the charging area... it's quick and simple; it just works.

Wireless chargers would be an excellent addition in a car, for example. Hooked up via bluetooth/NFC, in car display, etc... lets have some more of this magical technology please!

Tesla icon required.

British ankle-biters handed first mobe at the age of SEVEN - Ofcom


work balance

Secondary school is a good time as they're often going out in an unsupervised capacity, sports clubs, friends houses, girls/boys, etc. Earlier than this, there's an unbelievable level of protection abounds kids that telecommunication isn't required; the little 'uns should know that they need to speak to an adult, not text their parents.

When they were of age, I bought the phone under the condition they pay for calls (etc) themselves. This meant they also had to earn some cash to get what they wanted, which is a good thing. Mostly (kids!).

Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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I quite like this. At least it (kind of) confirms that there's still some clever bods over at Nokia and they can hang on to the tech. Symbian made it easy to drop in the specialist hardware needed to run the camera, so I'd like to think there's someone driving Windows development too. Will it function as well as the 808? I'd like to hope so, will probably end up buying one (sadly, my 808 is less useful without multi-calendar sync).

Target audience is easy. I take my 808 out and about where I wouldn't normally have a full range of camera kit with me. It's only a passing hobby, yet I know I can take some damn fine pictures while I'm cycling around or even just the random bugs in my garden (for example).



Twitter to let ad pals TRACK COOKIES on micro-blogging site




'nuff said really. Although I can appreciate how a company wants to turn a profit, I don't appreciate how my personal habits may be leaked to an entity I have limited control over.

Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot



"I need your cardigan, your slippers and your mobility scooter".

I do like Arnie though, he's a top bloke. The Terminator franchise too. Maybe it'll be all right?

MYSTERY Nokia image-mangling mobe spotted in public

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Lovely, really looking forward to seeing the tech resurface; I had started to worry that Nokia had forgotten about it! Love my 808, use it up in favour of other phones if I'm out and about for impromptu photography. While the iPhone is good, the speed and control over the optics in the 808 is really noticeable.

Good stuff!

Lego X-wing fighter touches down in New York's Times Square

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Landing configuration. Will the s-foils be open while on display?

Curiosity's MYSTERY MARS find: NASA reveals THE TRUTH


Rumour is NASA have given it a code-name of 'Soylent Green'.

'You get burned out on Facebook after a while'


Death Star

I often think social network types are reason enough to build a Death Star:


Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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To be honest with you, I've not had any HDMI issues -- is it a TV thing too, or does it apply to all 2012 minis? I've had the odd flicker when resuming but figured that's exactly that, sleepy hardware cranking its way to life.

Don't be put off purchasing one though. It's a really nice system! I replaced an ageing Hackintosh that I had previously used for development work and was flaky as hell. I have even thought about replacing the little wall wart server I have with this as everything Linux-based just works (with a few --arg exceptions...) so it is instantly useful, small and exceptionally quiet. Power use is only marginally higher than that of the wall wart (a Guruplug derivative) so will do just nicely. Max your mini with 16Gig RAM and it is way beyond anything else as a roll-your-own media server, client or whatever really.

Totally happy with mine. I even posted while logged on so can be labelled a fan boy ;-)

We CAN'T GET ENOUGH Windows 8 tablets, moan distributors

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Or at least the geek in me wants it, being addicted to gadgets and all. Stopped because of the difference between Windows RT and Windows 8; the later tablet isn't available yet.

Maybe everyone else is scared, or it hasn't really crossed their minds? It doesn't seem that long ago when Windows 7 was the latest and greatest. And anything else was an iPad. Maybe in a year's time, it'll get picked up, kind of like the Nexus and Samsung tablets now (anecdotal)? Could it be the software and games?

Twitter survives election after Ruby-to-Java move

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It's an interesting performance choice for sure. There's not much parsing of a tweet's content once submitted but there's some additional overhead to produce something that maps into a bit of XML (e.g. take a look at a tweet's XML when accessed via the API) and to keep track of retweets and conversations. I'd say it's a fairly spectacular goal to achieve, and to keep going to claim higher performance, especially as this is the back-end that has changed all hints at a really well designed and engineered bit of software.

Quite exciting, this computer magic.

Mars probably never wet enough for life, nuclear bomb crater indicates


Earth-style life.

What about Mars-style life?

Sony PlayStation Vita sales crawl



It's a great system, hardware is good and it feels good to play. Feels like it's missing a Mass Effect-like RPG or something, something ported from the larger consoles down to the Vita (rather than up from a DS, urgh). Games like Gravity Rush, Wipeout and Uncharted go some way to showing how capable the system is and others like Rayman and Disgaea 3 are perfect hand held titles. There's plenty on the PS store although I'd personally like to see a few more Indie-like games, like Limbo and a few other things. I don't know how the quantity of games compares to other systems lifespan; still feels pretty early on in its life. It is just not 'cool' enough, I guess.

I realise posting probably makes me a bit of fanboy. Oh well. I kind of get 'app fatigue' browsing the various stores, coming across once awesome games only to be ruined by a touch screen.

Bikini clad Princess Leia spied shakin' booty in Star Wars game



Black Ops has best videogame ending ever



Many, many better endings than Black Ops, surely? One of my personal favourites is Panzer Dragoon Saga which had a very, very clever ending that meant it was something personal to the one playing. I recall her indoors saying "Your face was a picture" when it had finished. Superb stuff.

Bug-Byte Manic Miner


Final Barrier?

The screen shot isn't from the Speecy version which had a picturesque view like shown on the title screen and a long conveyor belt under the exit. I've no idea what version the one form the article is from.

Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?


What are the US...

...going to do with 100 million PS3 gamer details?

Nokia's developers wait and wait for Windows Phone

Gates Horns


I can't figure it out at all and can't help but jump to the conclusion that it's all some crazy corporate conspiracy. It seems like Microsoft want everything Nokia have; telco partners and R&D patents. Oops, I mean 'partnership'.

1. Allow ex-Microsoft, but loyal, employee join a potential victim.

2. Partner with Microsoft.

3. ???

4. Profit.


Blu-ray barely better than DVD



A bold claim based on 17 discs. Well done.

Telespial Systems Trackstick Mini GPS



I nearly spat out the tea I was drinking when I read the price. It might be small (ish) but £220 (suggested)? Crikey. One could pick up an Garmin eTrex Vista or Legend for around £140 and they're reasonably small, have massive battery life (I've run one for 23 hours on a pair of AA batteries, how quaint!) and have, not only the precise GPS tracking offered with this device, but also a multitude of additional features (e.g. compass, maps, basic navigation, trip computer and more).

I just don't get it. The pricing needs a re-think. I expected to see a price tag of around £70.

Government wastes millions on redundant cycle route planner


Break down of costs

Yes, although posted in the linked article's comments: