* Posts by n4blue

71 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Sep 2011


Chinese Apple pirate Kuaiyong sets sail for rest of WORLD


@cyke1: rights and responsibilities

"you should have ever right to put app's on your device from somewhere other then apple"

That's not the same thing as saying that Apple has a responsibility to make it easy to install apps from other sources. If you don't like the way Apple do things then don't buy their products. There are plenty of good alternatives. Apple doesn't have a monopoly. Just because you don't like their business model doesn't make it 'wrong' in any moral or legal sense.

On top of that, as I understand it, this store is distributing pirated apps. That IS wrong and Apple have every right to send in the lawyers.

(Geez I can't believe I just defended Apple - must be going soft)

RIM PlayBook trumps new iPad in UK channel sales - analyst


Sales direct from Apple included?

I'm guessing these numbers don't include sales via Apple Stores, both physical and online, right?

Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US


Sane countries

Not sure I'd class any of those countries (except perhaps Finland) as entirely sane.

I'm guessing this has a lot to do with the consumer demand for unlocked phones, and that this is driven more by the need for international roaming than the desire to switch domestic operators.

In a country like Singapore, where many of its citizens regularly cross the border into Malaysia or Indonesia, not being able to swap your SIM would create a big backlash. In the U.S., where only 30% of the population have a passport, this is less of a problem. Note that AT&T unlock iPhones for free for U.S. service personnel stationed overseas.

Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google


Lazy coders

If you want to see the result of coding laziness, try looking at what Excel thinks is the day after 28 Feb 1900. This is a carry-over from 1-2-3, whose coders decided a leap year should happen every 4 years with no exceptions. It also shows Microsoft's obsession with backward-compatibility (at least at that time).

Google's Schmidt: I squeezed Norks to lift web blockade


Re: Bread.

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every ad that proceedeth from the servers of Mountain View.' Gospel according to Eric

Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter


Re: When I used to teach English in China

...perhaps if you had gone 'strait' to the dictionary a little more your spelling would have improved.

Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013


'phenomenal' sales

So 2 million sales in 3 days in China is 'less than 1% market penetration' and 'hardly phenomenal'...

...but 5 million sales in the USA and Europe (0.6% market penetration in a market where GDP is 4 times that of China) - phenomenal?

Microsoft pats self on back over Windows 8 sales


100 million downloads - shocklingly unimpressive?

Hmm. Let's see...

SAN FRANCISCO—September 9, 2008—Apple® today announced that iPhone™ and iPod® touch users have downloaded more than 100 million applications from its groundbreaking new App Store since its launch on July 11, 2008. More than 3,000 applications are currently available on the App Store

CUPERTINO, California—December 12, 2011—Apple® today announced that over 100 million apps have been downloaded from the Mac® App Store™ in less than one year... “With more than 100 million downloads in less than a year, the Mac App Store is the largest and fastest growing PC software store in the world.”

MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers


Re: What happened on the 2nd to last value?

Similar problem for the 2nd value. No 5th place and two sharing 6th place.

Must be using Integer Basic.

John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets


Re: Demand might be phenomenal

"I suspect the assumption it performs better is down to Windows 8 providing a better overall user experience for day to day stuff"

How dare they!

Australian Prime Minister: Mayan calendar 'true'


Re: "unreconstructed"?

The term comes from a specific use of the word 'reconstruction' related to the U.S. Civil War:

"The process by which the Confederate states which had seceded during the Civil War were reorganized and restored to the Federal system of government."

So 'unreconstructed' becomes:

"not reconciled or converted to the current political orthodoxy; unreformed; die-hard."

(quotes from OED)

Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance


tethering isn't new...

...It's been there since WP 7.5.

Windows RT OEMs unveil pricing for Surface wannabes


Re: 'Sales, what sales?'

Well exactly.

They're all taking a low risk approach because no one knows if Windows RT will actually sell. This is precisely why (I think) MS decided to make the Surface, beacuase they knew the OEMs wouldn't make the risky investment in developing sexy hardware for an unproved OS. They saw what happened with the WP7 launch - innovative software hamstrung by a sorry-looking collection of year-old hardware. They tried to fix this with Nokia, but by then most of the impetus was gone. This time round they've got the flagship Surface in place. If it fails, it fails, but they're giving it a shot.

Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters


Re: So-

"Does it actually DO anything?"

Of course not. It's intended to compete with the iPad.

Chinese e-tailer to build 1,000 empty stores


Unless there is a large segment with phones and no internet?

I wouldn't be surprised if that is in fact the case in China and other developing markets.

Harvey Weinstein wants US to adopt French piracy laws


"the speed at which it happens..."

...is also (inversely) dependent on the amount of money Google throws at the US Govt

Apple: Blue-shirts can fix iOS Maps in their spare time


tectonic plates???

I thought tectonic plates moved only a few cm per year. Unless the Apple Store in Sydney has been there for a 100 years or so I think you'd be hard pressed to use that as an excuse for a POI being off position by 200m.

NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past


Re: Apparaent distance-time anomaly explanation required here

I can't get my head around this.

If the big bang happened 13.7bn years ago, then the matter that makes up those galaxies and the matter that makes up us were in the same place 13.7bn years ago.

If the light from those galaxies took 13.2bn years to reach us, then 13.2bn years ago (500m years after thr big bang) those galaxies were 13.2bn light years away from us .

So over a period of 500m years the matter in those galaxies moved 13.2bn light years away from us, at a rate of over 26 times the speed of light.

Is that correct?

Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it


"El Reg has been really, really harsh on MS..."

... but often because they deserve it.

As a user (and, mostly, fan) of MS products, I keep coming back here because the articles (and comments) pointing out Redmond's flaws are usually well-informed and not just the vitriol of a hater. It quickly puts an end to any fanboy tendencies I may have.

Keep on biting the hand that feeds, and I hope I will always be willing to read and listen to intelligent people who disagree with me.

Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app


Re: But Surely

Yes you're right. Apparently iOS 7 will include iFart. It won't be as good as any of the other fart apps available but you'll at least have MORE free farting choices on iOS.

Microsoft promises two-step IE fix


Just fix it quick please

So here's my (entirely subjective) summary of the options:

Chrome - by far the best but you give all your data to Google

IE9 - perfectly usable but you give all your data to a hacker

Firefox - ugly and cumbersome

Opera - just tried this for the first time and now I understand why no-one else does.

In summary, 'free' software sucks.

The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?



...and down 13% at the close. I expect this is because there was no detail of pricing or availability. Not only that, but it looks like neither the phones or the OS are anywhere near as ready as they'd like them to be - I doubt if they'll be in the shops before the end of October.

Since the iPhone 5 will be announced next week,and will probably be available almost immediately, that's a big problem. It may not have everything that Nokia has added to the Lumia, but doubtless it will have plenty of new 'magic' to get people excited.

Getting the Lumia announced before the iPhone was probably the right thing to do, but every week that goes by without it being available will just mean more lost opportunity and more sales of the S III and iPhone.

'Google's crap for business' - CIOs give ad giant dose of reality


@AC 19:36 Re: "Near identical"?

What you say about OWA 2007 may be true. All I can say is that OWA from Exchange Server 2010 looks like it has the full functionality, including rules, under Chrome. I just checked.

I prefer IE9 to Chrome anyway but that's another story.

Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft


John Major... Microsoft’s all-encompassing IDE loser

I've heard him called a lot of things, but...

Gemalto gets NFC gig: Singapore punters will all bonk the same way

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In Singapore this might actually work.

For me, the only reason to have pay-by-NFC at all is if I can reliably leave my wallet at home. That means it needs to work on MRT (tube), buses, taxis and in all shops, restaurants and bars I'm likely to visit. That's a big ask but in a small country with a very high level of tech adoption and a government that likes to set strict standards it has a chance.

Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD


Bad science?

"Once a PC crashes, its crash probability rate goes up by a factor of 100 and for a second and third crash."

This implies cause, doesn't it? Unless the first crash can be artificially engineered somehow for a control group, I don't know how you can support this.

Nexus 7 and Surface: A bonanza for landfill miners

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Re: "Surface is a Laptop"


Windows RT Surface will compete against the iPad, where it will struggle, mainly due to relative lack of apps.

Windows 8 Surface, however, will compete with ultrabooks and I think will do ok in that segment.

Second win for Apple as Galaxy Nexus sales banned in US


doesn't bode well for the new Nexus 7

It won't be long now before Apple bring out a 7" iPad and sue Google for copying it.

Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser


I just like that we have choice

I have IE9, Chrome 20 and Firefox installed.

IE9 is my current favourite. Before it came along I used Chrome. Before Chrome was around I used Firefox. I still use them all at times, they all have pros and cons. I'm well aware that there are other excellent alternatives too, but frankly these three are more than enough for me.

I really couldn't care which one is the 'most popular'. I suspect that Google are correct in claiming this, if only because many enterprises still mandate the use of IE regardless of their users' preference.

I will only care if any of them achieve such a dominance that the lack of competition causes development and innovation to slow down or stop.

What impresses me about Google is that they are pressing ahead with Chrome for iOS despite the restrictions imposed by Apple. This is in contrast to Mozilla, who cited these restrictions when saying they wouldn't port Firefox to iOS (as they have also now repeated with respect to Windows RT). I respect Mozilla's position, but I applaud Google's attitude. Given this it's not surprising they've been so successful.

Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack


Re: Currency conversion

Oh you've just brought back nasty memories of a COBOL fund accounting system I had the misfortune to work with. Exchange rate field was 3.8 and on the daily import, the Turkish Lira rate (then well over 1000 to the pound) lost its most significant digit. Data admin had to manually type in a rate of 999.999... every morning because that was the closest they could get.

That and the currency table had only 50 rows, so if they wanted to trade a currency not on the list they had to first find one not currently in use and delete it. To be fair though, the original developers asked the users how many currencies they would need and were told 'about 6' so 50 seemed a reasonable limit - it was one of those projects developed for one desk and inevitably rolled out across the whole company.


Currency conversion

I appreciate the conversion of the euro amount into pounds and US dollars, but don't you think it would be useful to quote the figure in drachma too (20,445,000 in this case) so that the article still makes sense in a few months time?

Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now


Re: It's all about the kids

"What the kids use today will be the standard in 10 years time"

Utter rubbish.

Sent from my Sinclair zxPad

China overestimates 3G numbers by HALF


not 'arf

Surely your headline should be 'China overestimates 3G numbers by 100%' or simliar - the current version implies the overestimate was 50%, which contradicts what the article says.

John Lewis appears to punt Chromebook with Windows 7


ChomeOS = WP7?

It strikes me that in most of the above comments you could replace 'ChromeOS' with 'WP7' and they could be from a thread talking about phones.

Underpowered hardware, efficient OS. All very nice but no one is buying.

Perhaps Google need to find a once dominant laptop manufacturer with great design capabilities and plummeting market share...

Chinese 3G users top 150 MILLION but most still on 2G


iOS impact overstated

"number one in the world for new iOS and Android activations" - this is misleading (the statistic was for Android and iOS taken together). As I understand it Android has nearly 70% of the smartphone market share in China and iOS is at 6%. Even WP is ahead of iOS at 7% and that's starting from nothing 2 months ago.

Google+ dying on its arse – shock new poll


I seriously doubt whether anyone has ever created a facebook account just so they can rate a video.

I also seriously doubt that YouTube has hundreds of millions of user accounts - users, yes, but accounts, no.

Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'


Re: I'm not sure if it counts as nostalgia...

IIRC there was an address on the Spectrum you could poke with a value that would offset the pointer to the start of the character set data in ROM, which made all text unreadable.

Developer leaks Microsoft product plans for next two years


Is this really news?

A roadmap starting at the beginning of 2011, and one that calls Windows Phone 7.5 'v.Next'?

This thing must be at least a year old. Move along, please...

550,000-strong army of Mac zombies spreads across world


Re: O/S

If you don't have Java on your Mac then you should be safe, yes.

It's not the fault of Adobe (this time). The security 'hole' is in Java. Oracle patched this particlar hole in February, but Apple maintain their own version of Java fo OSX and it took them until Tuesday to issue a patch.



Serious question - no Apple or Java bashing here. Why is it that Apple manage the Java updates for OSX when Oracle do them for Windows and Linux? From what I've read it seems Apple would prefer Oracle to do this, but how did they get into this situation in the first place?

Internet Explorer nibbles browser rivals, swells by 1%

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Re: Its the competition, not Microsoft..

@ShelLuser thank you for an intelligent and balnced post.

"...there is also a slowly growing concern when it comes to Google and the data they're collecting. It wouldn't surprise me if this issue also resulted in some people moving away from Chrome."

I'm one of those people. Having switched to Chrome years ago (for its speed) from FF I thought I'd try IE9. No issues so far after a few months of use.

@ArmanX you make a good point and I will take a look at Opera again when I have time.

ARM-Android to outship Windows-Anything by 2016


Re: The end is nigh...?

"most Windows users haven't actually enjoyed using Windows and have been yearning for the opportunity to use something else"

Well yes, I would love to leave my Windows PC and use something else, maybe a sun-lounger or a hang-glider or a snowboard. Not sure my boss would approve, though.


Re: Don't believe it....

I agree with most of what you say except the idea that Windows will dominate tablets, which seems a tad optimistic to say the least!

Android has failed (relatively speaking) on tablets largely, I think, due to the low quality of apps when compared to the iPad. Microsoft will face the same problem, starting from scratch, but at least they will throw money at developers.

On the desktop, I can't see Windows 8 being a success, but Microsoft can fix that with Windows 9 and they'll be ok. On tablets it's a different story. In order to succeed against the iPad they'll need to beat Apple in all areas - hardware, OS and apps - and even if they manage that they still have to overcome the Apple brand advantage.

Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit


It's all part of the plan

I think I've figured out what's going on here. Why do Windows versions alternate between awful and quite good? Because otherwise no one would ever buy the expensive upgrades.

If every version of Windows was just a little bit of an evolution on the last (as OSX appears to be - I'm not a Mac user so I can't comment) then no one would bother upgrading until they bought a new PC. The only copies of windows sold to consumers would be the OEM versions.

I bought my PC-before-last in late 2008. When W7 came out the following year I struggled manfully on with Vista for a while but eventually had to give in and fork out a fairly substantial sum for the W7 upgrade. If Vista hadn't been so awful I'd not have got W7 (on my home PC at least) until that PC died a few months ago.


Re: Stealing focus...

Yes I agree it's a real pain. Not helped by the inconsistent use of MDI in Office 2010 - with Excel you can easily close the last document without closing Excel - in Word you can't without losing the ability to easily switch between docs. So while I launch Excel once on a Monday and it stays running until I shut down on Friday, I must launch Word a dozen times a day.

It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler


Re: I don't get it

agree it sounds iffy.

However, the report seems to claim that this is exactly what's happening:

"The code that [the researcher] found gave advertising networks access to your contacts, calendar and location. It came from a large U.S. ad network called Mobclix."

Finally a use for PlayBook: Tab bodged into Windows, PS3 remote


Re: Spelling

Windows Phone does it too

Royal astro-boffin to MPs: Stop thinking about headlines

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Totally agree.

Maybe Paxo can help solve this? For one week, put the Newsnight guests on University Challenge and the brainy students on Newsnight - I think we'd all learn a lot.

Angry Birds boss: Piracy helps us 'get more business'


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