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Comment Not intuitive (Score 1) 1

When I first picked up an iPhone, I had no idea how to drive it. The only thing that was obvious was how to get back to where I started. There was a button for it. The home button is a 'get me back to the start' route for the uninitiated. If you have to use a non-obvious gesture (and let's face it, most gestures aren't obvious until you know them), new users will not be able to use the phone without some basic tuition.

Comment Re:maybe (Score 1) 336

Nokia's respect for the privacy of its (not it's) customers doesn't extend to allowing you to unsubscribe from their annoying mailing lists. I made the mistake of registering when I had an N95. That went a long time ago but efforts to opt out of mailshots are completely ignored. I don't just get emails but SMSs too. I deleted my Ovi account but they continue to pester me.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 307

While companies are growing, waxing profitable and don't feel threatened, it is easy for them to be honest and straight forward. It's when they see market share suffering or competition gaining the upper-hand that they tend to resort to deceptions and shady practices. Big media feels threatened by YouTube and the wider copyright violation/pirating issues but are too fat, comfortable and lazy to innovate around it. They'd much rather litigate because it's easy and avoids all that messy thinking.

Comment Current 3D tech is still way short (Score 1) 532

The problem is that while there is now a perception of depth, the viewer isn't able to focus on what takes their attention. If the camera is focused on the foreground and you want to look at something in the background, it will be blurry. Your eye attempts to correct this but it doesn't work. This is confusing to the optical system and it's why a some people come out of 3D viewings with a headache. It's not at all obvious how this can be corrected without a personalised viewing experience that detects the viewers point of interest and brings it into focus.

Comment Give it time (Score 1) 2

Android is still new and until very recently there was only a single handset and it had bit of a geeky reputation. There are a whole bunch of Android phones from a fat handful of manufacturers about to hit the market before the end of this year which is going to change the landscape completely. I've had the HTC Hero for a few weeks. It's a brilliant phone and impresses everyone who sees it. I was showing it to a couple of guys in a shop and before long I had a small crowd who were all saying they wanted one.

Submission + - 1,000 London CCTV cameras 'solve one crime' (

SpuriousLogic writes: Only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year, a report into the city's surveillance network has claimed. The internal police report found the million-plus cameras in London rarely help catch criminals. In one month CCTV helped capture just eight out of 269 suspected robbers. David Davis MP, the former shadow home secretary, said: "It should provoke a long overdue rethink on where the crime prevention budget is being spent." He added: "CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness. "It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security. "The Metropolitan Police has been extraordinarily slow to act to deal with the ineffectiveness of CCTV."

Submission + - Real Networks Planning Rhapsody iPhone App

adeelarshad82 writes: Real will submit its application for an on-demand streaming version of Rhapsody for the iPhone and the iPod Touch. Rhapsody subscribers will be able to sign into the app with the same username and password they use on the PC. Non-subscribers will be provided with a limited time free-trial period.
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Submission + - The dangers of the Free Public Wi-Fi ad hoc (

L3sPau1 writes: "It can be tough to convince users — especially those challenged by shrinking travel budgets — to avoid the allure of free wireless Internet. When employers can't or won't pay for unlimited wireless Internet, employees get creative. Why should they waste thankless hours waiting for planes and trains when they could be using Free Public WiFi to catch up on mail, download iTunes, or watch a little Slingbox? Unfortunately, Free Public WiFi isn't what it sounds like. In most cases, this unsecured wireless network is actually being offered by a nearby laptop or smartphone. Any naive user who tries to connect may well succeed, but the ad hoc node (wireless peer) at the far end isn't an on-ramp to the Internet. At best, it's a wireless cul-de-sac; a dead end for IP packets. At worst, it's a thief using KARMA to spoof destination servers, launch man-in-the-middle attacks and steal personal and business identities."

Submission + - Discovery could lead to computer revolution 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham have shown that the electron can be divided into other particles.

From the article published 31 July 2009;

"The electron is a fundamental building block of nature and is indivisible in isolation, yet a new experiment has shown that electrons, if crowded into narrow wires, are seen to split apart."

The new particles are called the Spinon and Holon.

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