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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Rik Sweeney But it is "good enough" (437 comments)

My phone (Galaxy S3) doesn't support Lollipop (and it's looking like Cyanogenmod isn't going to support it either).

To be honest, my phone works "good enough" for me. I'll upgrade when it gives up the ghost.

I haven't upgraded my laptop in 8 or so years, because it works "good enough". Same goes for my DVR, even though it doesn't support HD. The only reason I got a new TV was because my old one died (that said, being able to watch YouTube and BBC iPlayer directly through the TV is brilliant).

about three weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Rik Sweeney On the plus side (391 comments)

It does come with a microSD slot!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

Rik Sweeney Re:Snake? (150 comments)

It will, but you'll need to wait 24 hours for the fruit to refresh, or you can buy more pieces as follows:

1 piece - 99c
5 pieces - $1.99
20 pieces - $2.99
100 pieces - $9.99 (Best deal!)
500 pieces - $24.99
2500 pieces - $99.99

about a month ago
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Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

Rik Sweeney Re:I don't get "smartphones are too expensive" (150 comments)

what exactly is the point of this?

In some countries, people only earn a couple of dollars a day. They still want access to the internet, but paying hundreds of dollars (hell, even a hundred dollars) to do it on their phone is madness. A $29 phone is precisely what they want (and even at this price, I imagine a few people might have to give this investment some serious thought first).

Both Microsoft and Google (read: Android phone manufacturers) have moved to the emerging markets as they can see its potential. I have no idea why Apple aren't tapping into this, maybe they know their customers will blindly buy their next phone regardless of its features or price.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Rik Sweeney Why I stopped going (400 comments)

I stopped going to the cinema because of people talking to their mates (usually in any language but English) either because they were bored or couldn't understand what was going on. The second reason was people checking Facebook or something on their phone and causing a distraction.

That said, some movies simply don't work as well on the small screen. I watched Guardians Of The Galaxy a couple of days ago and wished I'd watched it in the cinema instead. The climatic battle at the end didn't feel as epic as it should have.

Provided it gets good reviews, I'll watch the new Star Wars film in the cinema, but as for everything else, I'll rent it off whatever streaming service hosts it.

about a month ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Rik Sweeney Georgia (160 comments)

Come on, give us some credit. Maybe it's just because I don't live in the US that I'm aware that there's a country called Georgia.

It's like in most Hollywood movies when they write "Beijing, China", or "Paris, France", but then write "San Francisco, California".

about a month and a half ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Rik Sweeney I'm confused (589 comments)

Are we backing Sony at the moment?

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

Rik Sweeney Fake torrents don't work (130 comments)

Uploading a fake torrent would only work for about an hour before all the leechers find out it's bad and stop downloading, reducing the number of seeders to less than a dozen.

All these studios (not just Sony) need to realize that people don't want to subscribe to an entire suite of channels just to watch 1 show. HBO seems to get this, but I imagine their new service will only work in the US, meaning the rest of us will have to get Game Of Thrones the usual way.

about a month and a half ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Rik Sweeney Rhianna (244 comments)

We Found Dove In A Soapless Place

about 2 months ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

Rik Sweeney Re:What about all the other torrent sites? (251 comments)

According to Torrent Freak, a lot of other sites have gone down, including EZTV, Zoink, Torrage and the Istole tracker (I can't confirm though because I'm at work).

about 2 months ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

Rik Sweeney Meanwhile (310 comments)

Disgruntled GTA V fans have called upon Target to withdraw the Bible from sale, for exactly the same reason.

https://www.change.org/p/targe...

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

Rik Sweeney Re:Disgraceful considering Google's age restrictio (193 comments)

let Google slide their camel under the tent.

I think you mean "Let Google slide their camel's nose into the tent".

Unless you're making a reference to some weird sex thing I don't know about.

about 2 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

Rik Sweeney Re:G+? (167 comments)

Google+ is popular?

about 3 months ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

Rik Sweeney Re:Looks good (127 comments)

Clearly you don't live in Britain, otherwise you'd understand how polite and accommodating we are.

If there are no seats, ask a fellow passenger if you can sit on their lap. They'll usually oblige, unless they have a very good reason.

Try it the next time you visit.

about 4 months ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

Rik Sweeney Do people actually use Siri? (161 comments)

I'm genuinely curious here, do any Slashdotters use Siri on a regular (let's say daily) basis? What do you use it for?

I've always thought this kind of tech to be more of a gimmick, something to show your mates every now and again.

about 4 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Rik Sweeney Apple's response (421 comments)

"You're sitting wrong."

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Rik Sweeney And our response (243 comments)

No.

about 5 months ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Rik Sweeney Re:The iphone's latest demise. (222 comments)

I was an iPhone fan when they first came out. I remember standing in the phone shops, looking at the Android phones running the laggy Gingerbread and wondering why anyone would want to buy a POS like that.

Then I ran into antenna-gate while I was trying to get a job. Eventually I told callers that I had an iPhone so if the call ended suddenly it was because of that, and not because I'd just hung up on them. As soon as my contract was up I moved to Android.

I'm sure it's fast and simple to use, but ultimately it's a phone. And if I can't make calls on it, then it's going in the bin.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

Rik Sweeney Re:generic® (405 comments)

Some of your generics are American based, and I ended up having to stop my Hoovering to Google what they are.

about 5 months ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Rik Sweeney Is the embargo really affecting them? (540 comments)

I was in Cuba earlier this year. They seem to be doing OK for themselves.

Sure, there are towns outside of Havana and Trinidad where there isn't a lot to do, but I didn't see any real evidence of extreme poverty.

As far as I could see, the only thing the embargo is doing is preventing (most) Americans from visiting the place.

about 5 months ago

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UK to scrap "dull" IT classes

Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  about 3 years ago

Rik Sweeney (471717) writes "Schools in England are to scrap the current programme of information and communications technology (ICT) and replace it with an "open source" curriculum in computer science and programming designed with the help of universities and industry after it was described as "harmful and dull"."
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PSN credit card details were encrypted

Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Rik Sweeney (471717) writes "Sony EU have issued a statement on their blog informing users that credit card details are encrypted on their servers. Personal details however were not. The blog also points out that there is still no firm evidence that the CC details were taken."
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Blob and Conquer has been released

Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Rik Sweeney (471717) writes "After several years of development, Parallel Realities' latest (and probably last) game has been released. The game is a sequel to Blob Wars: Metal Blob Solid and the action now takes place in a 3D environment. However, what should have been a cause for celebration has turned into a "get it out the door and forget about it" fiasco, with binaries being removed from the website and from most Linux repositories due to concerns rasied from over-enthusiastic upholders of the GPL complaining about copyright."
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Rik Sweeney Rik Sweeney writes  |  about 8 years ago

Rik Sweeney writes "The pre-registration site for this year's Glastonbury Festival has opened. In a bid to prevent tickets from being touted on eBay, anyone wishing to attend will need to submit a photograph, by either uploading or posting. This photograph will then be printed directly onto the ticket, provided that the individual actually manages to buy one when they go on sale on April 1st."

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