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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

maglor_83 Re:Worst annoucment ever.... (730 comments)

Yes, a lot of people like a large screen. So since they're doing two sizes, why not make one of them small, or at least medium, instead of one large and one ridiculously large?

about a week ago

My favorite season:

maglor_83 Re:Favorite color (346 comments)

If by 'people' you mean English speaking North Americans, then you're probably right. In (all?) other English speaking countries, Autumn is the term used, and fall is only heard on American and Canadian TV shows and films.

about a year ago

Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

maglor_83 Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (507 comments)

Congratulations. I just don't speed or run red lights. Simpler, safer, cheaper and less restrictive.

about a year ago

Video Poker Firmware Bug Yields Big Money, Federal Charges

maglor_83 Re:Fraud is fraud (312 comments)

The rules of the game are clear. Malfunction voids all games. That works BOTH directions. That means neither side whens in the case of an error in the machine.

So they will be refunding money to everyone who lost money on this machine?

about a year ago

Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

maglor_83 Re:Why not an official Wikipedia editing applicati (370 comments)

On the desktop, it's mostly pretty good, although tables can look a bit poor when not done well. On the mobile, I would go as far as to say it is the single best looking site I've seen.

more than 2 years ago

I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

maglor_83 Re:In New Zealand... (380 comments)

In Victoria, you must carry your licence while driving if you are under 26 years old. If you are older, then you have 7 days to produce it. This has been the case since 2007, and I only just found out about it now.

more than 2 years ago

In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For '4G' Advertising Claims

maglor_83 Re:Wow, AU... just when I though you guys made sen (154 comments)

If you read what the standard defines you'd know that its talking about data rates. It doesn't say a whit about interoperability with local networks.

If it's not interoperable with local networks what will the data rate be?

Again, this is a misinterpretation of what 4G is defined as. 4G is defined as a maximum possible data rate, given by the international standards body. It is possible for the 4G iPad to achieve these rates as that's what the hardware is capable of. Even if Australia had no cellular ability whatsoever, data, voice, 2G, 3G or any identifiable network whatsoever, this would still not change the simple fact that the hardware is capable of achieving those speeds.

Why is this so difficult to understand? Another poster used a wonderful metaphor: If in the US, I purchased an electronic drill that was only compatible with the European electrical grid, and not compatible with the electric grid in the US, no one would attempt to claim that the device, magically, was no longer and electric device. It is still an electric drill, even if it won't work in the the US. It is merely incompatible with grid. The same is true of the 4G iPad in Australia... it is still 4G, irregardless of the incompatibility with the network. Further, Apple made this clear... and then changed their advertising to make it even clearer. It's a simple thing, and simply solved: buy another brand in Australia that is compatible with the 4G networks.

And if you tried to sell an electric drill in Australia that was incompatible with our grid, you'd get shot down exactly the same as Apple is. The device is not fit for purpose. If you say a product can do something, it has to be able to do it here. Australian consumer protection laws are stricter than those in the US. Is this so difficult to understand?

more than 2 years ago

In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For '4G' Advertising Claims

maglor_83 Re:a little understated (154 comments)

Telstra has a 4G network here. But not one that is compatible with the iPad.

more than 2 years ago

Apple, Google: Battle of the Cloud Maps

maglor_83 Re:Not all functionality has to be built-in (179 comments)

It's a 10mile 'radius' square. So each square is 20x20 = 400 square miles. 6 of them makes 2,400sqm. Now he said that they overlapped a bit, but then the 21MB includes other cached maps as well, not just the permanent ones, so lets call it even.

3,794,083/2,400 = 1,581, so 33GB.

Then take into account, that GP most likely saved map data in a city (higher density), which the vast majority of the USA is not, and it's likely comparable.

more than 2 years ago

Assange Stands 'Real Chance' of Election In Australia

maglor_83 Re:Bad (204 comments)

No, it highlights how Australians will vote for a name they know. We'd probably vote in Hitler if he stood for election, simply because that's the only name on the ballot we recognise.

more than 2 years ago

Your Passwords Don't Suck — It's Your Policies

maglor_83 Re:The main problem is... (487 comments)

Mine used to be like that.

Exactly 6 characters.
First 2 must be alpha.
Last 4 at least 2 consecutive digits.
No special characters.

Fortunately they've changed that now.

more than 2 years ago

Annual Airline Achievement Report Released

maglor_83 Re:Games airlines play (78 comments)

Nearly half the 15 airlines improved their on-time arrival performance in 2011

That looks suspiciously like more than half were worse.

more than 2 years ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

maglor_83 Re: 8 and 4 (756 comments)

That would be quite uncomfortable in a right-hand drive car, so instead I have a 3ish position.

more than 2 years ago

What is your most productive time of day?

maglor_83 Re:PM and AM? (185 comments)

Yeah I prefer 24 hour time too, but do you seriously not know how to read the time?!

more than 2 years ago

Hobbit Film Trailer Posted Online

maglor_83 Re:Oh Mayans. (257 comments)

No, it is simply because the Mayan calendar 'ends' soon. If it was an ancient, foreign calendar with mystic wisdom that 'ends' in 5000 years time nobody would give a shit about it.

more than 2 years ago

Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

maglor_83 Re:well (601 comments)

My bank used to have a six character limit. Letters and numbers, no symbols. It had to have at least 2 characters in a row, and 2 numbers in a row somewhere in the password. And the first two characters had to be letters. Fortunately now it can be anything you want.

more than 2 years ago

Why Google Is Disabling Kids' Gmail Accounts

maglor_83 Re:Who's fault is it? (228 comments)

Worked for Leisure Suit Larry... oh wait no it didn't.

more than 2 years ago

Dell Kills Streak 7, Bails On Android Tablets

maglor_83 Re:Revenue model (232 comments)

That chart shows revenue, not profit.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google Chase 'Got Milk?' Patents

maglor_83 Re:Location-based reminders? (250 comments)

That's on a bike computer. This is on a phone, so is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!

more than 2 years ago



maglor_83 maglor_83 writes  |  about 8 years ago

maglor_83 (856254) writes "According to ITWire, Universal Music will offer its music catalogue for free download from website The service will be supported by ad revenue, and is set to launch in North America in December, and in Europe in early 2007. The music will be protected by Windows DRM, and will not allow CD burns."


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