* Posts by James Delaney

69 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2007


Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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<blockquote>Currently my phone is lying flat on my desk, I can unlock it without picking it up it with my finger or a pin and check the screen for notifications. How is a system that requires picking it up to be scanned by its camera(s) making my life easier?</blockquote>

I think you'll still be able to do this, just tap the screen. You might have to raise it to interact with those notifications but according to the keynote it looks like you'll definitely be able to see them without picking it up.

Amazon: 'Alexa, how do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps? Asking, er, for a friend'

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How do you fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps?

You just fix shoddy APIs that keep breaking apps.

Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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1Password supports TouchID for what it's worth, though this is in addition to the master password.

Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

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Re: Out on a limb here

Unless it was an in cinema recording or they took a screener copy from a reviewer or member of the film's entourage I'm not sure they will have "stolen" it. I wonder how many of these "pirate" versions actually come from within the film industry in the first place.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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I could tell her how to rotate her photos…

…but watching her do this is too funny.

Apple hypegasm countdown. What will the new, big iPad ACTUALLY be called?

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I for one…

welcome our fruitchomp-branded love/hate Wall Street darling of the technology world overlord.

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Deep-fried cheesy Hungarian

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Re: Love your new nail polish, Lester!

We don't need no food safety.

Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Too easy?

Was there any mention of different versions as there has been in the past with Home, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and that choice nightmare?

I wonder if it may turn out that anyone can upgrade to Win10 for free, but if you want the "professional" stuff like support for Domains in XP etc. then you end up paying? We'll have to wait and see but I look forward to seeing if they can truly keep it as simple as the one windows idea.

I'm sure the suits will get involved at some point.

Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Hands on…

To follow up, The Oatmeal has had a hands on with these and summarises them in his inimitable style: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/google_self_driving_car (long story short, you probably don't want one if you drive fast).

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Flimsy looking doesn't mean it's flimsy

Just look at the Smart ForTwo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnI-LiKCtuE The little, flimsy looking car that can take a serious beating.

Wouldn't want to be in any car going from 70 to 0 mph in just 1 second and I don't think Google's car is really designed for that sort of role but it could make an excellent taxi/cab in towns and cities.

Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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Re: Help me out here...

If Apple manage something it's getting people to do more technical stuff without realising. Enabling it on the Apple devices, linking it to you already existing iTunes account, which already has your card details, may take enough of the effort out of it that those with their gold iPhones might give it a try.

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Re: Too late

Apple already announced a partnership with Uber for the "Ride Now" feature. I imagine retail apps will want to support Apple Pay as it potentially reduces friction for purchases. So they look to have that covered too, at least in terms of mobile commerce.

Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: So basically, MS says ...

They're saying complexity isn't the answer. A memorable password might be the answer as long as it's only memorable to you i.e. not common.

Google driver flees after Street View car crashes

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Re: Sounds about right.

Having just forked out the best part of £650 for some body work I'm wondering how it is that I can pay £650 in the UK for the work or ship it to India and get the work done for the same cost.

For the record, that doesn't include getting it back but still, if I'd needed anything more it might just have been cost effective.

Bother! Breakdown busts bloke's bold boffin-blasted briny boat balloon bid

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Pic please. On train and video's blocked :(

How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

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Re: Reg ongoing feature?

Try LightwaveRF kit. Apart from funky looking light/dimmer switch faceplates she'll never know :)

Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Aaaah instagib.

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Re: Descent @diodesign

We used to play multiplayer on the sly in our college library. There was no better feeling when you should have been studying than dropping down on top of your mate and blowing him to smithereens. There's no hiding place when you've all three axis. I probably should have been chasing skirt but I did love Descent :)

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Re: One thing I do remember from Unreal..

ATI and Glide and 3dfx and Voodoo. Heady days. I went the Voodoo route entirely because 3dfx Voodoo sounded much cooler to my teenage self.

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Re: Unreal Tournament & II for me

I think I know that CTF map.

We used to play UT multiplayer during lunchtimes day after day at one of my old workplaces. We had technical support vs production departments. It was brilliant. The sales guys just didn't get it. :)

Was that CTF map really, really big with little forts at either side? It used to get skipped a lot but I liked it. We had around 4000 maps loaded up so no game was the same. I remember when I installed the MatrixMoves mod and freaked everyone out by running along the walls, double jumping, pausing in mid-air and other such nonsense. It was great.

Happy days!

Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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It's not the power that's important…

It's what you do with it that counts.

How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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Re: RE: "My iPad is more robust than most of the appliances....

"What a twat. "

Now hang on, that's a bit unnecessary. A twit maybe...

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Re: Robust


I admit it has a case and after a certain figure the height becomes irrelevant but it does still work. Even with a case I imagine my toaster would either break or try to kill me.

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I'm with you Gavin

My iPad 2's been working away happily yet I've been through a microwave, two kettles and a toaster - all of similar age.

Can't speak for your average datacenter but I imagine, where kitchen appliances are simple, datacenters are complicated enough to be more likely to suffer a component failure of some description than my iPad.

O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

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Not perfect but still great and Re: Yup...'working on support for business contracts' and

Business contracts can get a femtocell with business level support. I'm not sure Tu Go is even close to reliable enough to run your business from it.

Still, for 'consumers' (I hate to think that we're lumped in with locusts) it's brilliant. Especially as where I live though we have a road, community, train station and even streetlights, any sort of mobile phone signal is still too much to expect.

Since Tu Go arrived I've not felt so disconnected from the rest of the country and can finally make and receive calls from home :)

Mobile TV is BACK: Ericsson launches broadcast video for 4G

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Would hate to get a call and miss a good bit

I can't imagine people wanting to stream live content very often but on a small scale that sounds interesting.

Switching between live driver cams/channels on your smartphone when at the F1?

Hated Visual Studio 11 beta in HIGH-ENERGY colour blast

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Re: Oddly enough...

Don't forget iTunes. That's been getting duller with each release.

REVEALED: Samsung Galaxy S III is a PHONE

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Sounds like a Daily Mash story

It reads like a parody of typically Apple hype?

iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

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Re: Roll on PVRs

We don't have advertising on the BBC or iPlayer. That's not the same as the US - they make their money from subscriptions (much like the BBC) and advertising revenue/product placement/sponsorship on top.

PVRs do reduce the need for catch-up services but are going to ultimately be replaced by net-connected streaming services/subscription boxes. They fit a current need one sky and Virgin are pushing but when the publishers realise they can resell or license content using boxes that appear to behave in a similar way they'll push them to the majority instead.

Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Time to chuck out my kids DVDs then

My 360 has become more of a DVD player recently spending most of its time playing The Gruffalo over and over again. I can understand MS wanting to move people to a download model ala Apple's successful iTunes and App stores but not having the drive at all will punish people like those with families that use it as an entertainment device and watch relatively cheap (and often older) DVDs or Blurays.

I'm usually the first to suggest tech as a solution but the market for media and the broadband infrastructure don't support the download only model just yet.

Moaning about second hand games is a non-starter. EMEA is notorious for reducing game prices not long after launch. Other (larger?) markets keep game prices higher for much much longer. It's retailers and distributors here that are worse for the publisher - they have created an expectation of lower prices a few weeks after launch.

Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

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I'm distracted by lady's fingernail on her little finger in the first photo.

Smart telly trends make Apple 'iTV' a certainty

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They're not interested in people with AVIs

or those with MKVs for that matter. Most don't know there even are different formats and containers and don't care. They'll continue to buy whatever they're presented with.

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Re: I wonder what they would call iTV in the UK?

AppleTV anyone?

They have a using a name even though the specs change considerably over time - and they don't have version numbers so AppleTV seems the most likely to me.

O2 quietly cans gratis Cloud Wi-Fi connectivity

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Me too

I remember getting a text a while back and thinking whatever - I'm sure all those moaning probably, at the time, ignored it too.

Formula 1 revs engines through Virgin Media

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This is just a game to you?

That's not a real photo is it?

On topic, I'm not going to sign up to a sports package just to get F1. I want to watch the F1 not the football.

Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho

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James D

Thank you so very much for ending my day with this :-)

Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'

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8 track

The idea of Voyager floating through space with only its 8 track for company is brilliant.

If only it was blasting out Rita Coolidge's Higher and Higher, Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop, Foreigner's Cold As Ice and of course the theme from Star Wars (also a number 1 hit in 1977).

(Before the pedants get on their soap boxes: use your imagination dudes)

Man faces prison after enormous red chopper panics woman

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Charges dropped


Thank god for that.

OS X Lion roars, coughs on appearance in App Store

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RE: Pricing

ASFAIK it needs 10.6 installed first and if you have that already, purchased separately or included with a machine, then you're looking at 20.99.

Lion is then an upgrade from a clean, patched up-to-date, install of 10.6

Google+ disk space cockup creates notification spam-storm

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A pub with no beer?! That's it. I'm going home.

Parmo v poutine: The ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch

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Great post Lester

That is all.

UK doctor loses unencrypted laptop containing patient data

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Sounds like a case of...


Nudie subterranean rat protein could arrest human ageing

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Paris Hilton


...on gettin love juice into a url!

Paris 'cos well, just because.

French record labels sue, um, SourceForge

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Paris Hilton

@shay mclachlan

Does that include: "Joe le taxi?" Surely that can be excluded? ;)

Paris, cos she probably thinks French pop music is ace.

Gov to Manchester: No new trams without road pricing

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Democracy is a wonderful thing

Can we have some in Britain please?

Tosh on top for laptop reliability

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How do you know...

"Asus's Eee PC scored highly for customer satisfaction, but not enough respondents had one for it to be included."

Surely, if it wasn't included you'd not know it scored highly?

Nike pulls Air Stab trainers

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Xbox 360

I'm suprised the country isn't panicked at the thought of all the kiddies playing about with the 'blades' on their xbox interface.

Sony names date for Euro 80GB PS3

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Re: Pricing

I think they're referring to the fact that the 80GB model over here is a cheaper version of the original 80GB model (based on currency conversion) that was released in the US and Japan but not over here.

Their original 80GB model featured backwards compatibility by effectively also having PS2 hardware inside it. So be removing this and some other features like memory card readers etc they can relaunch it cheaper (and in all territories this time).

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40GB version

I'll be looking for an older one now if they end up getting big cuts in an effort to offload stock.

It sounds like the only real difference is going to be a hard drive change. The drive bay is user serviceable anyway, and it might possible to replace an offloaded 40GB with a 250GB+ drive and still cost the same as the new model with an 80GB drive.