* Posts by John Robson

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Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

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It's amazing how quickly I've got used to having numbers on a Fn-row, then again alot of symbols are on "the other" Fn-row as well...

It was something I was concerned with when I bought the keyboards, but it's not something that I even notice any more.

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Not everyone is you

A tablet is more than enough for 99% of people - these keyboards are a good input device.

Heck 99% of the time my laptop keyboard isn't used, because it's sat at work with a dekstop keyboard (and two monitors) plugged in. Ironically that means that the screen isn't used either.

My tablet on the other hand is pretty much alweays with me, and the keyboard is with me most of the time - when I want to write longer messages I open up the keyboard, easy.

Most of my tablet usage doesn't need the extra bulk. Emails/messages are relatviely short and the on screen keyboard is perfectly good enough for that.

Browsing requires minimal typing, again the on screen keyboard is fine.

I've not come across a laptop that boasts all day battery life, a mobile data connection, and fits in my pocket. The iPad mini2/3 does that easily - the keyboard can sit in another pocket, and I'm sorted.

Heck most of the time I don't even bring my "work" laptop to work (I'm permanently onsite and have a customer company laptop which tends to stay on site as well) because my iPad does everything I need (and more)

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Bad form - replying to myself, but hey...

I've now seen the video, and think that it would be unusable on anything other than a table, or similar firm surface. There doesn't appear to be any locking mechanism to stop it rolling up if you put it on your lap for instance, or hold it in one hand...

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Re: Hmmm... not sure, personally.

I use a Think Outside Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard

Model XTBT01

Unfortunately I don't think they are available any more - but if you see one on ebay then jump on it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awJyCPtlNOI

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Looks like it folds, rather than rolls - so assuming there is a decent locking mechanism on the fold it could be OK.I use a Think Outside Stowaway keyboard - it folds in half with a Psion5 like Z hinge - which mean it's solid in use, no folding as you type.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: Despite dispute over the very existence of the syndrome

@Loyal Commenter - I don't understand some people's reaction to ...

Heck, *I* don't understand my reaction to wasps either.

That's kind of the point - my brain is broken is a very specific way, in this instance it doesn't really affect my life, but if I had Bipolar/ Schizophrenia/ Depression/ OCD/ Anorexia/ .... then it would, and they all deserve sensible treatment. To declare that they are "imaginary" is massively disrespectful, and actively harmful to those affected. The brain is the least well understood organ in the body, yet people assume that it can't have failure modes?!

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Re: Despite dispute over the very existence of the syndrome

@Ledswinger

I have those rackets (one at work, one at home) I still don't go looking for them - that's not how phobias work.

Mine is sufficiently mild that I can deal to some extent, but it has taken solid work over the last 10+ years to get to the point that I can force myself to stay in the same building.

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Re: Despite dispute over the very existence of the syndrome

@Mage - A mental disorder, also called a mental illness, as it's imaginary.

That's (wrongly) lumping a huge number of conditions under the flag "imaginary".

Mental health is a serious issue - and it's comments like that the perpetuate the stigma attached to it. I have no problem telling people I have a bowel disorder, no more than I would a broken leg - but if it's my brain that's broken... that's a whole different story.

Good thing you understand the brain *so* well that you can determine that all "mental illnesses" are imaginary - imagine the amount of R&D spend you can save for companies all over the world.

PS - I agree that there is no real sensitivity, but then I don't have a real sensitivity to wasps either, doesn't stop my heart rate doubling, or more, in the second or so after seeing one.

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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If it's only a light speed drive then we're doomed - you can't transmit the message faster than the deathrays anyway.

If it's an FTL drive then you've (probably) just invented time travel, and you can just fly back home to warn people, no need to send a message.

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Time is relative, lunchtime doubly so.

Since there is no universal "now" it possibly only makes sense to describe the age "as seen".

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Re: Errm...

@ James O'Shea

That's a HUGE amount of information you just gave out.

There aren't that many languages with <100k native speakers in the world, you've massively reduced the space of the search.

Actually you've managed to reduce it seriously,even ignoring the language thing:

9 letters -> 26^9

1 number -> 10^1

position of number -> 10^1

position of capitals -> 9*8 (since one position is taken by a number)

That's a pretty small search space compared with the scale of the attack before you published your method.

Now let's asusme that I care, and figure where you went to uni - I reckon I could guess the language, or at least limit it to one or two.

Then look at some stats about transliterated letter combinations.

[If you see a q in english then the next letter is au - 99+% of the time, so the next letter isn't a choice of 26, it's bascially a choice of 1]

Then I've probably cut the search space by another significant factor - maybe 10?

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Re: is that number right?

@cbars - touching the middle dot

The middle dot is easy to avoid, you don't have to drag in a straight line...

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Re: PIN generation

Hardly a surprise there...

The limitations are in terms of allowed attempts etc.

And how exactly do I use upper and lower case letters on my debit card pin?

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PIN generation

I use my RSA token.

I have between 10 and 15 pins which have been generated this way, and yes I can remember them. Takes a little while to start with, but we can recall short numbers with a fair degree of success. Then again i remember phone numbers as well...

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People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

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Re: Bored "with"?

@Evil Graham

Maybe you're getting old, maybe not.

I'm not with the news though, bored by would be much more appropriate.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/bored-by-of-or-with

It's a common usage, although probably not for use in formal settings. I'm pretty sure that this isn't a formal setting though.

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I'm getting bored of this "news" being repeatedly trotted out.

Both regarding phones and tablets, oh and PCs...

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: Does anyone know...

@Chronos - We do know what is in the exhaled vapour

Is that because they are so well regulated?

Seems to be a plethora of cheap stalls thrown up for a few days at a time selling goodness knows what around here.

And we, here in this office, don't know what's in the vapour. Frankly I don't care either - the smell is enough to make me not want them anywhere near me - those with nicotine content freuently give me a (very specific) hell of headache as well.

Aside from that the first ecig link I found was an FDA page from last month saying that they hadn't been fully studied and it wasn't known, amongst other things "how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use".

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The issue is that they are not as clean as claimed...

If you can smell the vapour then it isn't 'just steam' as is commonly claimed.

And the vapour does smell - it's not as noxious as the combustible version, but it isn't clean, and as a non smoker/vaper I don't really want to be inhaling your product.

They're banned in the office here - quite rightly. This means that people step outside, as they would with any other similar product. Of course they rarely step outside by far enough, but that's a different issue.

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Re: Does anyone know...

@Gruezi

Because they stink, and we don't really know what is in the fumes.

There may also be issues with various smoke detection systems.

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Not quite sure I'd consider upvotes as an indication of being liked...

We've had at least a couple of good discussions in the past, but I'm not sure I'd say I considered any other commentard as "well respected".

Mine was more a comment on the generally dismissive style on these forums than any reflection on the level of respect between commentards on these - in hindsight it could prbably have used an emoticon.

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@1980s_coder - well respected

Interesting self description - given a couple of posts I've seen recently which mention your name in slightly less glowing terms.

Also - do we respect (beyond basic human respect) other commentards anyway?

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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Re: Please DavCrav

@AC - Please take your "blankie" and go back to kindergarten where you belong.

How long until you're allowed to go to nursery?

If you're going to launch personal attacks on someone then at least stand behind them.

I had a look at the shootings stats between the UK and the USA a few weeks back and I was utterly horrified by the statistics in the US. In 30 years (of increasing gun control) the UK has had 3 mass shootings, one in a school and one involved a school - the US had over a hundred in the last 5 years in schools alone...

(http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/07/06/us_cops_warn_against_pistol_shaped_iphone_case/#c_2562432)

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Also - my car can do 150mph, that doesn't make it legal to do so past a school at chucking out time.

But it's "out of the box" functionality... WaaHaa...

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

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0.000....1%

of the data in this data centre, or of their global data store?

Looks likely to be the data centre, but I generally assume that stats are fudged...

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Looks like a nice device for a guest network

Although I can't see any way to get hold of one...

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: Another attempt to pour your money down the drain

@J.G.Harston

Whislt normally I'd be right behind you regarding the Car tax....

The word is shorter, and it's more correct...

Anyhow - in this case the idea is to shift the remaining VED onto fuel, an idea I fully support - but it would make the pump more expensive so...

Even if it was done in a revnue neutral way (i.e. costs the motorists of the country less, since there would be less infrastructure required to collect it) the majority would object to seeing the pump price go up - despite the fact that it is inevitable that significantly more than half would be better off...

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: 4 Lars

@Lars - Not only smoke

It's an H2/O2 engine - there is no smoke, it's all water...

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Re: new technology...

Air is a bit of an issue - maybe doing it on the side of kilimanjaro (fairly tall, and near the equator) might be useful

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

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Re: FFS

Different sample points mean different approximations to the ride on each device, so each device will have a slightly different description of each corner, curve, wiggle....

And that's assuming they are all taking "1 per second" samples, rather than "smart" sampling.

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Boffins nail 2FA with 'ambient sound' login for the lazy

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Bluetooth?

Didn't we do this before, with short range radio reception.

We could even use a wireless charging pad with an NFC reader in it now?!

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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Re: Good on them....

@Stoneshop - In all the cars I know the handbrake applies ONLY to the rear wheels

Citroen C5 - Handbrake, drive and steering are all on the front wheels...

OTOTH they are often low power, my Father recalls thinking that a company car he was delivering up the M1 wasn't pulling well, then realised he hadn't taken the handbrake off...

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Re: Just the tip of the iceberg

Did you read the article?

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Seems like quite a complimentary review

Not necessarily good that the were such flaws, better than most in that the failure cases were basically* 'safe', if blooming inconvenient.

Much more so the approach to working with the researchers and fixing things, as well as the overall architecture, with modules secured against each other etc...

* Of course applying the handbrake on a level crossing isn't safe, but you get the gist...

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Imperva demos cloudy man-in-the-middle attack

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Sorry - let me get this straight...

If the attacker has access to your machine - then why don't they just look in the synced directories?

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Fancy 10 Gbps home broadband? Broadcom's built the guts of it

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Re: 10Gbs fibre to 4*1Gbs ethernet

So basically yes - they still can't sell a 10G connection...

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10Gbs fibre to 4*1Gbs ethernet

Erm - so assuming perfect trunking I'm still only able to access 40% of the available bandwidth...

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DNS chief and wannabe master-of-the-internet ICANN pwned… again

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Re: How to enforce good security practices.

Anyone with a CxO designation gets no remuneration for the year.

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Hey, FBI. Wanna track someone by cellphone? Get a proper warrant, says US appeals court

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There are two cases here

The general case - you should get a warrant, which requires more than "I have a hunch", and this seems reasonable

This case - we got a court order (which the court accepted as the corrent thing at the time) in a case where we had pretty good reason for suspicion (multiple similar crimes, catching these guys at/near the latest one).

I'd suggest that would have been good enough for a warrant, but the court didn't ask for one. I therefore see no issue in handing out a "get a warrant in the future, but this case stands". The only surprise is that a court would do something so sensible...

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Re: Me too!

Whilst I'd love to agree with you....

I would have bought a feature phone, except that I had a few devices on the shelf, and it seemed pointless. So I now run an HTC Desire S.

It has most of it's "smart" features turned off - and how long do you think the battery lasts?

A week? more? less?

The 10% battery alert went off and I realised that I couldn't remember when I had last charged it, so I checked on the battery status screen: ten days, 19 hours. And it still had 10% left...

The other thing I like is that I can sync contacts to it once in a blue moon, but that's often enough to have the important contact details available when I need them.

This looks like a reasonable compromise - smart enough to keep contacts up to date, physical keys, protected screen... I guess that if you disable all the pointless ctuff then the battery will last well. I'd quite like an e-ink screen on the outside, so I don't even need to open it up to check if there are any missed calls/texts, or whether it's on silent - but that's a minor quibble.

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Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

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@Blank Reg

You have seen how many of these things are sold in Scandinavia right..

They like them, alot - partly because they work so damned well, no fuel to freeze see.

They also have very good road holding and the various computerised "keep me on the road" gubbins can react far faster than a combustion engine can...

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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Big torch...

to keep it online long enough to reprogram?

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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Re: Why 40mm fans?

Because 120mm fans don't fit in 2u...

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Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth

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Re: Torrent is as Torrent Does...

@Charles 9

UPnP

That's still a thing?

Never had it enabled on anything of mine for any longer than it took to give a device an IP address...

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Tried to sell this to them nearly a decade ago...

It makes sense for them - and for most customers actually, it would be nice if it limited it's upload, but since it can't see all the network traffic at the gateway I don't hold much hope for that...

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Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

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IP block...

Just firewall off all access to Google from the French (or maybe from the French courts/parliament only?)

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

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Cost?

'cos I'd run that for a community station if I could - the FM license is stupidly expensive.

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Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes

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@moiety - it won't be safe to wear in public.

But this is designed as a workplace tool, so it doesn't really matter.

What was wrong with the red LED indication which camera was live?

Have people forgotten that every buttonhole might be a concealed camera?

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Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again

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Re: spamjfo@gmail.com

@jerkyflexoff

No they're not.

I am reasonable techy - certainly more techy than your average person on the street.

My iPad is my primary computing device, as was the Nexus7 before it.

I have a bluetooth keyboard, which I use on occasion - mostly when I'm sat at my desk - occasionally I'll grab the mac keyboard for longer use at home.

The on screen keyboard does most of what I need though, most things I type are relatively short, with the irritation of an occasional autoscrewup comedy moment.

It is quite capable of holding a VPN to my wider network, as well as SSH sessions and a VNC/VPN option to my VPS (mostly used for game playing actually).

Virtually everything I do is perfectly well catered for, and its battery lasts all day

The iPad fits in my pocket (as did the N7), so I always have it around. The keyboard folds up and sits with my "normal" kit that gets carried around, so that's normally close by as needed.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Fridge magnet...

If a woman's work is never done... why start?

Given the current (reported) state of W10...

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A third of workers admit they'd leak sensitive biz data for peanuts

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Tax isn't the issue - you've just pissed off the mob...

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