* Posts by Haku

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Futuristic Home Owner's Diary from about 20 years ago, doesn't seem too far from today's futuristic home predictions just without wifi, and replace the Usenet reference with Facebook & Bittorrent.

Also, beware of plugging your computer into all your appliances for fear of it becomming sentient. Cases in point: Electric Dreams (1984) & Demon Seed (1977)

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

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Huh?

The only makes of car I can think of which you can fit in your pocket aren't involved in the mobile industry, you know the ones, Matchbox, Hot Wheels, Corgi, Dinky...

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Boffins create tiny holographic battery that fits INSIDE a chip

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Apple will love this!

It'll give them the ability to legitimately state they can't replace the battery so you'll have to buy a new one.

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Android ransomware poses as FBI smut warning

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Re: The future isn't looking bright

Ransomware may not be the first thing you worry about with your new smart home...

This is a tongue-in-cheek prediction from about 20 years ago: Futuristic Home Owner's Diary

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UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

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Re: Quick point

"If you have nothing bad to hide, who cares if they see it?"

That's so true, innocent people never get locked up, everyone knows that.

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'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

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An article about a rumour of an Apple product feature. Hmm, slow news day?

As for "push back",isn't that just a fancy vibrate motion like when you type on a smartphone and the internal vibrator motor makes the device shake a little?

I do wish more tablet makers put the little vibrator motor in theirs, it almost makes typing on a touchscreen keyboard bearable. I also wish said tablet makers put a big fat white LED next to the camera too.

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

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Thanks for the Talking Heads earworm, Danny!

Well, two can play at that game...

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Hacker uses Starbucks INFINITE MONEY for free CHICKEN SANDWICH

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Re: Unlicensed Disclosures

I'm sure there have been plenty of people who've discovered flaws/bugs in systems over the decades but never used them to their advantage or disclosed them to anyone for fear of serious negative consequences, starting with the company asking "So why were you poking around in ---- when you know you're not allowed?".

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"The exploitation of discovered bugs is widely-considered bad practise and will usually result in the forfeiture of paid bounties, and occasionally in legal action."

But Shirley they can't be serious about that because in some instances you have to exploit the bug you think you've discovered to test and see if it actually works

Isn't all the "we'll sue the goddamn hell out of anyone that discovers bugs in our system!" attitude from major companies stifling creative thinking or simply making sure that when bugs are discovered they're not disclosed to anyone with the power to fix them and so used to exploit the system?

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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Gawp Goggles.

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Candlelit vigil planned to honour executed Newcastle cow Bessie

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From the previous article: "Northumbria Police scrambled 'a helicopter, up to 20 cars and firearms officers to deal with one brown cow"

What the fuck?

I never get that kind of backup when almost each year in the summer four or five cows walk down off the common in a group & past my house looking for more greenery to munch on, and all by myself I have to herd them back up the steep hill to where they belong because there's no cattlegrid along one particular road.

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Swedish government wins legal case to seize Pirate Bay domains

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First Pirate Bay Helps Puts Sweden on the Map, Govt. Agency Says

Then the next day they seize their domain names.

Congratulations Sweden, your government is as abysmal as everyone elses.

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Re: Whats up doc?

Yes it's a terrible situation that Warner Bros. cartoons have been put on YouTube, especially since I grew up watching them on tv as a kid and now I only have one brother due to an anvil incedent inspired by Wile E. Coyote.

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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Re: Conundrum

"Maybe ad-blocking should be a paid-for service, with some of that payment being compensation to the businesses whose (paid-for) ads are being blocked"

Are you fucking serious? That's a mafia tactic!

"Say that's a nice clean fast mobile device you got there, it'd be a shame if something were to happen to slow it down, use up your monthly data allowance and clutter up the screen pestering you to buy things all the time..."

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Mobile ads? What mobile ads?

Since I rooted my Android devices and installed AdAway along with AdBlock Plus on FireFox I see very few mobile ads in apps and on web pages.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Can we submit our own "DO NOT DRIVE DOWN THIS BIT OF ROAD" requests?

To stop big ass lorries from trying to traverse through roads that are clearly too narrow for them and as such represent a danger to everyone using/living along that bit of road..

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Trans Pacific Partnership 'fast-track' bill dumped

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I have not read anything that would suggest TPP is beneficial to the world as a whole.

Do any unbiased articles that praise the TPP actually exist?

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Re: Sheep may safely browse

But back then Demon did have a COW (Center Of World router) called Ermintrude, which then split into two COWs as Demon grew, one called Ermin and the other called Trude.

/useless fact of the day

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High broadband speed areas are very patchy, I'm in Gloucestershire and I get the full rate out of a BT Infinity 2 connection, but a couple of roads over and the houses there have no Infinity so struggle to get even 5mbit ADSL.

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Gigabit home internet? Crikey!

I have trouble saturating my 76mbit connection for more than a few minutes at a time, what possibilities does a gigabit home internet bring?

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Verizon in SUDDEN $4.4bn AOL GOBBLE, aims to make fourplay more exciting

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$4.4bn? Really?

And here was us thinking we AOL came free on a CD.

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El Reg knocks a fiver off 16GB USB stick

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Re: Sorry, too small, too slow.

Like the poster above, I bought my Grixx sticks from 7dayshop.com

From now on whenever I need to buy a USB memory stick I'll be getting USB3 type as they leave virtually all USB2 sticks in the dust when it comes to transfer rates, even when plugged into USB2 speed ports.

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I was given a fake 8GB stick, ran software that reprogrammed it to show the actual capacity and got 112MB out of it :)

It's actually very useful because I made it DOS bootable for when I need to run a DOS program outside of Windows to change some setting in hardware (like idle time on a harddrive or run MHDD etc.)

Someone I know has an 8MB stick that still works.

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Sorry, too small, too slow.

I have 3 Grixx branded USB3 128GB memory sticks and at around £30 each they're worth every penny, read speeds reaching 90MB/s and write speeds reaching 50MB/s, and unlike most unnecessary bulky USB sticks you can put 2 or 3 into immediately adjacent USB sockets without issue because they're nice & skinny.

To keep them safe during storage/transport they're stored in individual metal pill keychains, with a bit of foam to stop them rattling around, they're water resistant and very durable.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Blogster Dabbsy

If he did videos of his 'screwing up tests on new products', I'd imagine it would be something along the lines of Techmoan crossed with Ashens

Techmoan reviews little known (usually on the cheaper end of the scale) technology items often with full in-depth showing of the features of said tech. Factual and formal.

whereas Ashens gets hold of the cheapest tat you've probably never seen before (from 99p stores etc. and items sent to his po box from across the globe) then promply verbally and often physically tears it to pieces with his scathing wit and his disembodied hands (the camera always points at his sofa where the objects of not-desire are perused). Amusing, often funny, and sad when you realise people are actually buying the showcased products because they mistakenly believe they want them....

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Fox gives Minority Report the nod – precog goes primetime on tellybox

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Re: Quick! I have to stop the terrible thing that... might not happen!

For those who love Futurama and were saddened by it's demise when they cancelled it, twice! I strongly urge you to check out Rick and Morty

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Sci-fi shows too often have a rough ride and a short life

I love sci-fi, I watch too much tv, and too often I've been really getting into a show only for those short-sighted damned execs to cancel it because it doesn't get the instant ratings that usual tv dross will often get (ie sitcoms, 'reality' shows, gameshows etc.), they have no faith that a show will gain a large and devoted following (see Firefly).

Another reason I read that shows often get cancelled is that when new heads of programming/execs etc. get into power they cancel the predecessors shows because they want to be the one to gain recognition (and a higher wage) for bringing in a new hit tv show that will keep them in their job for longer.

Some of the sci-fi shows that I'm really pissed they cancelled - Firefly, Alphas, Almost Human, Stargate Universe, Dollhouse, Caprica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, V, Flashforward, Threshold, The Event.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

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"NEW AND IMPROVED!"

If you're talking about UI, no thank you, I want to keep the buttons & layout of regularly used software (& websites for that matter) exactly where they have been for a long time.

Don't keep changing the layout because you think it'll attract more customers, or mistakenly believe that's what we want, you'll just end up pissing off your current userbase, forcing some to go elsewhere where they're treated with respect..

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Crowdfunded ZX Spectrum revival just days from shipment

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Re: "The builder has created a viral cat video too."

Thanks Anon! Best news I've heard all day!

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Re: I don't get the point of this thing

"The chances of getting a fully working one that stays working now is, err, somewhat low."

Oh ye of little faith.

My Speccy +2 still works perfectly fine, with the built-in tape deck it means no farting around with volume / tone levels either.

But when I want a bit of nostalgia without digging the +2 out, connecting it to a screen and waiting for the tapes to load I have Marvin, it fits in my pocket, along with my Zeemote Bluetooth joystick :)

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"The builder has created a viral cat video too."

I would hardly call a video that has gained less than a couple of thousand views "viral".

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: I'll sit back and see

I'm with you on the sitting back and seeing, what with the potential competition and that Facebook own it, however, like with most things that have a continuing 'invention evolution' if you will, if you're interested in getting some good VR kit then you'll have to make the plunge at some point, making the wisest decision you possibly can for what you buy at that moment in time, or you'll be forever sitting on the side waiting for the holy grail whilst watching everyone play with their new toys and not being able to join in on the playtime.

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Apple in rinky-dink ink stink wristjob admission: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

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Tattoo removal services will start cashing in on this little problem by offering to remove the small patch of offending ink at a discount price in 3..2...

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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Don't forget the ID-Ten-T part of the equation,,,

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Give me POWER: How to keep working when the lights go out

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Re: Nowt much to add, but...

"a fetching shade of red."

I hereby dub these red emercency corded phones "Batphones"

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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I'm still not convinced about the usefulness of a 'smartwatch' for a couple of reasons

1) Battery life - I already have a couple of tablets & an Android phone that get charged regularly, I not in a hurry to get another electronic mouth to feed

2) I'd have to start wearing glasses again, I can cope with my phone but anything smaller wouldn't be nice to try and use on a regular basis

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The Techmoan guy owns an Omate 'smartwatch' he got from a Kickstarter last July, a full blown Android phone with a capacitive touchscreen, he discovered it's far more useful as a consumption device (reading news etc.) rather than a feedback device (writing emails etc.).

Check out his short review video of it, even going as far as browsing his own website and viewing a YouTube video on it:

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/7/23/first-the-omate-truesmart-3g-smartwatch.html

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Hey, I really like The Blacklist, I showed the first episode to a couple of friends and they got hooked to the point of binge watching all the episodes to date.

But everyone else who does like The Blacklist should also check out Banshee

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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I am actually looking forward to the release of the Apple Watch.

No I don't want one, I'm keeping an eye on all the other gadget/watch manufacturers scrabbling to produce their own offerings so I can select one of theirs which will be more suited to my wants (and at a nicer price).

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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"Personally, I don't buy games that need a remote connection to work"

I fully understand where you're coming from, hence my upvote, especially with the debacle of the Sim City game that required you to have an active internet connection to play the game despite it being a single player...

However I've become somewhat addicted to GTA Online, which I won't go into detail about how much I play except that I'm level 502... but I do realise eventually one day the GTA V Online servers will be taken offline so I'm making the most of what I have right now, and when the servers do go cold I'll still have the offline version of GTA V to play, which is still fun but sadly I'll lose a whole heap of content and idioms of the game the Online version offers.

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I feel this won't end well because not enough influential people care about old games.

But what would it be like if the same happened with old music/tv/films because the content creators knew they couldn't make money off old stock so took steps to legally stop people from consuming anything but new stock?

"We are sorry but you cannot to watch "It's a Wondeful Life" as this title has been deleted. Other film suggestions you might like to watch instead include "Fast & Furious 7", "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" and "The Expendables 3"."

Actually, this already happens with those on-demand tv sites like iPlayer etc. where the shows have a short shelf life :(

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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

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I see Amazon are getting more advertising they didn't directly pay for...

/eternal cynic

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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Re: It's all about the target market

I've given my Samsung S2 a tempered glass screen protector and a rugged case (a rubber holder with a plastic outer case), making it very tough, and easier to hold because without the thickness the protection layers give I found it quite awkward to use because it was too thin and slippery to hold propely.

My phone is a tool, not a fashion statement.

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Bendy phones? Bendy phablets?

Isn't this the perfect opportunity for manufacurers to properly impliment those flexible LCD screens they've been demonstrating for years now?

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Men dressed as women, it must be a couple of FBI agents.

Or Adam Sandler is making another movie.

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Sony snags Spotify for streaming music to Playstation gamers

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"Sony killed off its Music Unlimited song streaming service"

So it's not just ISPs that lie about their 'unlimited' services then.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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Re: Helium inside and nobody made a turbo boost joke yet?

So I should only make jokes that the majority of society will get?

That's not a world I would like to inhabit.

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Helium inside and nobody made a turbo boost joke yet?

/disappointed Knight Rider fan

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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Re: "It's not 1080p, WAAAH!"

Yes I certainly expect to see small portable projectors with full 1080p today.

Why?

Because I have some Sony Glasstron PLM-S700E video glasses which have tiny 0.7 inch LCD screens in them that have a native resolution of 832 x 624, and those video glasses were made back in 1998, 17 years ago!

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Hmm...$10,000...

For the longest time (nearly a decade) a TS-150 thermometer watch

Then I got a TSR-100 infra-red thermo-scanner watch

After that a CMD-40-1ZT infra-red remote control watch

Now I got a smartphone for my time telling needs... but I still have those watches (and many more with built-in games)

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Re: Uh-oh

"just expect it to work"

You're not wrong there, if it looks like a lightbulb people will expect it to behave like a lightbulb - give it power and it lights up, but with new fangled wireless control technology embedded inside them they may not behave as expected by looking at the exterior.

Perhaps a new, standardised name is needed for them to distinguish them from ordinary bulbs, dare I suggest iLites? Because everyone knows when you put a small i in front of a word it somehow indicates it's special in a technological way... well, except when used for place name like iNverness or iSle of Man.

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