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Comment Re:Jury Deliberation went something like this: (Score 1) 151 151

Juror 1: "If we say this patent is valid, they'll take our internet away!" Jurors: "Hell no!" Juror 1: "I guess we should shoot the breeze for a couple hours so they will think we thought hard about this."

Replace "internet" with "Facebook"

Replace "Facebook" with "Farmville"

Comment Re:G'bye .NET, So long C-pound, Sayonara Silverlig (Score 1) 516 516

What Microsoft is going to announce is that they're retiring Silverlight and that .NET is going to be .NOT. Sorry to all you folks who invested your time and brain capital in those technologies--you f'd up, you trusted Microsoft not to screw you.

Obvious troll is obvious...

Comment Re:Battery drain (Score 1) 64 64

Yeah, it's definately a battery drain as it uses GPS at regular intervals to work out where you are; however, I'm going to keep running it as long as I can as there's an outside chance that this data might be able to convince certain operators (*cough* Vodafone *cough*) that their coverage in my area is not as wonderful as they claim it is.

Comment An Opportunity Missed (Score 1) 252 252

This is a real shame IMHO; I've watched the Engadet video of the device in action and I have to say that compared to iOS or Android I'm seriously underwhelmed by the Harmatten UI - the underlying OS may well be superb, but with that current interface I can't see Joe Public taking much interest.

Comment Re:Not sure about the point (Score 1) 406 406

I recently discovered the joys of Subsonic; I have the Android client installed on my phone, and the iSub client on my iPod and the Subsonic server running on an old system at home. I now have a single repository for all of my music that I can access pretty much 100% of the time - if I know I'll be listening to, say, some Penguin Cafe Orchestra during the day I can select the album in the Android client and download it straight to the phone over my local WiFi before leaving home in about five seconds flat - I can even set the client to force the server to resample the files to a maximum bitrate if I'm connected via 3G. All of this means I can access whichever album/track I want to listen to out of my 500Gb (and growing) collection and store it in one place.

Comment Re:Tech Evangelist Upton Sinclair (Score 1) 609 609

(Upton Sinclair, if you've never heard of him, was the coinventor of the Timex Sinclair -- he's not as well remembered as Wozniak, Jobs, or Gates, but he's far more quotable.)

Clever trick for a man who died in 1968...

The quote is definitely from Upton Sinclair (the American author), but you're conflating him with Clive Sinclair

Comment Re:I haven't paid for one yet. (Score 1) 323 323

I've also lost download history, and really don't trust the Market to remember me through every OTA upgrade, custom ROM, and system wipe. Sorry, color me cynical, but it can't remember the free stuff.

The Market does definitely remember any purchases you make; I made the transition from an HTC Magic to an HTC Legend last year, and have flashed both devices with several ROMs in the process.

Whatever I've purchased is always listed on the My Apps tab.

Comment Re:Perhaps an Objective C - Java tool? (Score 1) 323 323

Thank you for posting this; in the last half hour since reading your post I've downloaded and installed the Subsonic server on my home server and installed the client on my HTC Legend and it works perfectly! Definitely slinging some Euros to the developer for this!
Cloud

Submission + - Gmail who? Amazon launches new Cloud email service->

hostedftp writes: Google and Microsoft have been going toe to toe for the Cloud market that it might have left an opening for Amazon to enter the email service market with the launch of their new Cloud Simple Email Service. A enterprise that has been dominated by Google and Microsoft, Amazon is offering the new email service to their ever expanding Cloud portfolio.
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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Michael Dell Sees Upside of Austerity - Digits - W->

Suki I writes: Many participants in Davos are fretting about anemic Western economies and the potential for inflation elsewhere in the world. Michael Dell isn’t one of them.

The Dell Inc. CEO told The Wall Street Journal that the era of austerity could actually be good for his company in some ways. Mr. Dell reckons it will prod governments, corporations and other institutions to look for ways to boost productivity, and technology is the obvious answer.

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User Journal

Journal Journal: c: an obstacle of our own creation? 2 2

I must admit that it was difficult to wrap my layman head around the idea of 'time travel'. My reading (and watching, thanks to an online friend of mine who will know who he is should he read this) involved many presentations involving metre sticks, clocks, pythagorean triangulation and space travel - or in other words, 'time dilation'. I get the concept, but there's something about the theory's point of view, if not its motivation, that bothers me.

Twitter

Submission + - A Bear That Tweets Out Loud - Digits - WSJ->

Suki I writes: Too busy to log into your Twitter account? Fear no more. A four-inch tall bear has emerged in Japan that can read out every tweet that comes into your account.

The “Charatter,” as it’s known, is Japan’s first tweet-reading character toy. It received an unusually large number of pre-orders online, and has been enjoying brisk sales since its Nov. 30 launch, says a spokeswoman at WiZ, the manufacturer, though the company doesn’t disclose sales numbers.

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Communications

Submission + - Pocket Femtocell Could Cut Roaming Bills ->

judgecorp writes: What do you call a pocket-sized femtocell? An attocell, according to Ubiquisys, which just launched one aimed at international travellers. Femtocells create a bubble of 3G signal and connect voice and data over the Internet to the mobile network. They're predicted to take various roles but this one is interesting, because 3G spectrum is licensed — and this idea relies on using such low energy the device does not need type approval.
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Comment Windows Live Family Safety (Score 1) 742 742

My kids have Windows Live Family Safety installed on the PC that they have access to; I can remotely deny or allow access to websites and check their browsing behaviour no matter if they're using IE, FireFox or Chrome. I can even use it to restrict how much time they're spending playing games - although their machine is in the front room where both my wife and I can see what they're up to - and all Messenger friend requests have to be vetted by me.

It's not that I don't trust my kids - I do - but I don't trust the wider internet, and they're simply too young to be given unfettered access.

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