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Comment: Re:A though on why the iPhone 4 does not have Siri (Score 1) 148

by Oscar_Wilde (#37889364) Attached to: iPhone 4S Has Been Jailbroken, Hack Enables Siri on iPhone 4

I am thinking early next year Siri will be rolled out to iPhone 4 and iPad 2 owners

No doubt I'll be wrong in some spectacular way but my guess is that it'll be a paid option for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. If that's correct it'll probably cost Apple's usual "token" amount of $10 or so.

Comment: Re:Shared libraries are a big key (Score 2, Insightful) 328

by Oscar_Wilde (#33719428) Attached to: Devs Bet Big On Android Over Apple's iOS

I think with (b) the poster is talking about the totally idiotic way you move files between applications on iOS.

Say I have a text file created in one Application and I want to open it with another to do some formatting then open in again in the original application. On a sane system I'd have some sort of file browser I can use to locate the file. On iOS you have to send a copy to the other application, modify it, hope it knows about the original application so it can send it back, send back another copy of the file. It's a huge mess. It means you only ever bother to get documents onto iOS devices to view them and never bother trying to edit them there for fear you'll never be able to keep the dozens of eventual copies in order.

Even iOS applications that have native support for WebDAV manage to screw up and make duplicates of things all the time. The iWork apps on iPad are great examples of this. You wan't to work on something on a WebDAV share? Sure, here's a copy. You want to save those changes back to the WebDAV share? Ok, I'll just make another copy....

I hope that at some point Apple figures out that everybody hates their iOS file swapping system and at least gives us a walled of file area that we can access via WebDAV or over USB. Applications should then just pick files from that common area rather than maintaining their own duplicates of everything.

Access to the root filesystem of the device would be even better but I know that's unlikely to happen.

Comment: Astronomers? (Score 3, Funny) 142

by Oscar_Wilde (#32518990) Attached to: NASA Astronomers To Observe Hayabusa's Fiery Homecoming

NASA astronomers will be flying onboard a specially equipped DC-8

Sure, right.

We all know that when they say "astronomers" they really mean Xenu.

We all know that when they say "DC-8"s the really mean space ships that look exactly like DC-8s.

Don't be fooled people! It's all happening again!

Comment: Re:Doesn't dispell the basic fud (Score 1) 590

by Oscar_Wilde (#31004028) Attached to: The Lancet Recants Study Linking Autism To Vaccine

Notice when there are outbreaks of measles, etc. they never tell you what percentage of those infected were 'vaccinated', do they... I wonder why...


They most certainly do. Around a third of children infected with measles will have been vaccinated but they have milder infections and are far less likely to die of them. Take a look at,, and for some examples.

Your statement is even more absurd when you consider the research that must be done to determine the probability of successful vaccination. In the case of the MMR vaccine it's only around 80%, IIRC. Luckily most children are surrounded by vaccinated people who wont spread it to them.

I don't know if you're trolling or honestly believe a big medical conspiracy is out to kill you but either way, you're wrong.

Comment: The problem with an OLED e-reader is the E. (Score 5, Insightful) 118

by Oscar_Wilde (#30253026) Attached to: Flexible, Color OLED Screens For E-Readers

Oh for goodness sake!

The last thing you want in an e-reader is for it to be light emitting. There's a reason we're putting so much effort into developing better eInk displays.

The only people who don't seem to understand this are the ones who don't read much or haven't read much on an eInk screen. It's a huge improvement over anything that works by shining light directly into your eyes.

Comment: Re:It is harder ... (Score 1) 314

by Oscar_Wilde (#29373417) Attached to: Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites' Usability

I'm fine with both.

I'm not sure what you expected from Apple. It's a technical reference. The content is well organised and concise.

The MSDN content is maybe slightly more confusing. Why, for example, is the first link under "Getting Started with Visual Basic" a list of "what's new" and the "Visual Basic Guided Tour" is in "related sections"? Seems backwards.

I'm sure it would be possible to find examples showing it to be the other way around.

Both are real documentation for professional audiences. If either was written in the style each company uses for end user documentation they'd be unusable. Not that I think you were trying to suggest they should be.

Comment: Re:Dinosaurs (Score 1) 326

by Oscar_Wilde (#29169827) Attached to: Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google Voice

The only major phone that doesn't work that way? You guessed it: Apple's iPhone.

It's ridiculous, I agree, but it's quite possibly the telephone operators who are to blame.

They've been used to selling services that they know most customers will never actually use for years. A couple of phones come onto the market that actually make use of their internet connections and boom it's network meltdown.

Blaming Apple makes no sense, why would they care about how much data you use?

At least this is the problem here in Australia. On the plus side, the introduction of the iPhone means that mobile internet packages have become much better. Even Telstra, the government created monopoly, give you more than 2MB (not a typo) per month now.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.