* Posts by Steve Evans

2556 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

YouTube puts T-Mobile US on naughty list for throttling all vids to 480p

Steve Evans

I think you're a little behind on your mobile screen resolutions!

"and many of the latest smartphones can handle 1080p resolution"...

Many many mobiles (mid range and even budget) have been able to handle 1080p for ages. Nexus 5, a cheap £300 handset from the end of 2013 had a 1080p screen, and it certainly wasn't the first, the LG G2 launched earlier in 2013 had 1080p too.

We've moved on since then... Nexus 6 from 2014 had a QHD screen (2560x1440), as did the LG G4. this years 6P and many many many other handsets from Samsung, HTC, etc etc...

Even a windows phone, April 2014 - Lumia 930

Apple were slow adopters, but even they managed to finally get 1080 on the 6 plus model in September 2014.

IIRC Sony have even launched a 4K mobile.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

Steve Evans

Re: They got it the wrong way round

Portability and easy backup are the *big* pluses TB has for me.

I use it daily, and have done for years.

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Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

Steve Evans

Re: Lemme see if I have this....

If all the bulbs are on the same data network, they could hand over as you move from room to room... Basically your device replies via whichever back-haul method they pick (WiFi, IR LED pointing up towards the lamp etc) with the ID of the bulb it can see (ID being constantly broadcast from all enabled light sources), and tada, your data stream is switched across to that source bulb instead.

So you can walk about consuming your stream of data, and as a secondary effect (which I'm sure will be quickly exploited in frightening ways) the location of your device can be tracked. Could be useful in a shopping centre to direct lost and bemused males to the nearest sanctuary (bar).

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

Steve Evans

Re: That's a big drone

Listening to the wind howling outside in London ATM, I can't help imagining all these drones going backwards across the channel as a fair lick...

Aka, this delivery method really isn't suited to real world with real weather... Just those few (very few) days where the air is calm and still, and it's not raining.

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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

Steve Evans

Re: VPNs

The search engines and other sites aren't just building a profile of you based on IP. They leave ID cookies on your machine which are passed as part of the HTTP(S) request.

It doesn't matter how the data gets to Google/facebook etc, if the ID cookie is there, it knows who you are, and anything you then do over that connection will be added to the profile.

If you want to be completely unrecognisable you'd need to block or delete the cookie so the target website won't recognise you from the last time you visited, and use a VPN, and home HM Gov haven't got a warrant for the VPN company's logs.

If you only ever access the 'net via VPN, the only info the search engines etc will be missing will be your location... Although your search history, maps use and site visit history will probably give a good indication...

Scare yet?

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

Steve Evans

Re: Ah... fond memories...

I love how we've all picked up a single (at time of posting) down vote for our little trips down memory lane...

Guess that's the guy who played with the 3 phase, and can't remember anything...

... Or stop twitching.

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Steve Evans

Ah... fond memories...

Similar self taught programmer here, except I had a BBC Micro, which gave me the option of fiddling about with hardware too...

Fused the house lights with triacs a few times, and became immune to 240v electric shocks before I was out of my teens!

Playing on machines with such restricted power and storage has come in useful. I don't faint when confronted with a microcontroller project that has to run in a K.

Although with the more modern ARM MCUs I'm tempted to start talk in a Northern accent to my colleagues and mentioning how spoilt we are now, and something about residing in a cardboard box in middle of t' street.

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

Steve Evans

Diebold? Still?

How does Diebold manage to stay in this market given all the stories of insecurity?

Being a Brit I have only been confronted by their equipment once... A cash machine in a Slovakian Tescos.... I decided to not risk it, and used a different one down the road!

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Steve Evans

Re: So like Intel's Hyper-Threading bullshit

But it does have 8 cores in the 8 core model...

Each core is capable of symmetric integer mathematics.

Sure, there are some shared bits like cache and FPU, but most of those weren't even internal to the processor, if fitted at all only a few years back.

Yes, the shared bits could cause bottlenecks, but now you're arguing about the performance of the chip, not the definition of what is inside (the claim).

Just because "8 core" was read as meaning "will be 200% the speed of this 4 core intel chip we have" does not make AMD wrong... It makes the plaintiff naive.

For an encore they could try going after GM, and claiming the V8 model isn't a V8 because it doesn't reach twice the speed of the 4 pot.

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Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth

Steve Evans

Re: Glad he's back

Indeed... It's a nice change to actually having a musician playing instruments and performing, instead of a full line up of clothes/markup singing someone else's track played by unnamed session musicians.

(Or even worse, covering/destroying a classic track I liked from my youth whilst contributing nothing new to it musically!)

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Steve Evans

Re: Where do I sign?

YAY! I no longer have a partially redundant skill-set!

6502/Z80 assembly... More recent experience with low power micro controllers with only a few K of eeprom and 1K of RAM.

And they said I wouldn't go far!

:-D

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'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

Steve Evans

Re: Fantastic

"Phew, so the buggers can't make me disclose Pa$$W0rd1 as my key"

Actually they can, and have been able to since 2000...

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 part III (RIPA 3) gives the UK power to authorities to compel the disclosure of encryption keys or decryption of encrypted data by way of a Section 49 Notice. A suspect instructed to disclose keys can be prevented from telling anyone else about it, outside of their legal representative. Refusal to comply can result in a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment, or five years in cases involving national security[1] or child indecency[2].

[1] Amended by Terrorism Act 2006 enacted 2006-03-30

[2] Amended by Policing and Crime Act 2009 enacted 2010-01-25

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Online daters swindled out of £33m last year – police

Steve Evans

Are they including the site operators in this calculation?

It's been long suspected, and the Ashley Mad data rather proved the point, that pay-for online dating sites are full of fake profile operated by the site owners for no other purpose than to make you part with cash so you can reply to their "Oh you looks so hot!" private messages...

The moment cash is extracted, tumbleweeds roll in...

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

Steve Evans

Re: Firewall

I believe the solution to this is encrypting it at source.

A few hours in the local pub should do it... Now where do I apply for the research grant?

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

Steve Evans

Re: lack of self cancelling indicators?

Very difficult to set up on a bike... Due to the curved profiles of the tyres, you can (and do) steer a bike purely by leaning over on the tyres, with little or no rotation of the bars... Big movements of the handlebars are only for the shuffle shuffle shuffle of parking up somewhere at very low speeds.

I like the idea of a system that uses the speedo pulses to cancel them after a set distance though, that sounds like a nice modification.

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Steve Evans

Re: lack of self cancelling indicators?

Having wrestled and argued with "self cancelling halfway through a manoeuvre" (or, you can't quite latch me on right now as the steering wheel isn't quite in the correct position) indicators for more years than I care to remember, the canceller broke in my car about 4 years ago, and you know what, I love it!

It would probably be only a few £, and less than an hour's work to fix, but I'm more than happy with an indicator which indicates when I tell it, and stops when I tell it. There's a big flashy thing on the dash to tell me it's flashing, and the tick-tock sound, so I never forget.

I know that also being a motorcycle rider might help me with this, but it seems far more relaxing.

Occasionally I drive the work van... Its self cancelling is over enthusiastic... So much so that when cancelling from a right, it flies down with so much force, it goes into left indicate... This is kinda cool for indicating roundabout exits, but usually just annoying.

I'm tempted to "convert" it to manual too.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

Steve Evans

Re: life span

I'm sure the lifespan of the wildlife is very similar to non-glowing wildlife... Which is a lot shorter than the lifespan of humans.

If humans were allowed to live in the area they would become sick after a few decades. The animals don't have a long enough natural lifespan for cancer to become a major issue in their demise.

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

Steve Evans

But why????

Why are they building the body components so far from the assembly plant? That's at least 4 flights of the transport aircraft to bring all the bits in!

I know that's how Airbus do it, but Airbus is a logistical nightmare created by politicians to prove Europeans can actually get along without shooting/invading each other!

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Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences

Steve Evans

"(Windows 7+ PC, OS X 10.7+ Mac, Android 4.1+ device, or – of course – a Chromebook, although you can't set one up with a Mac nor a Chromebook)"

So can you set it up on a Chromebook or not, you appear confused...

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Overheating iPhone 6S+ BLINDED my cam, cries flashgate fanboy

Steve Evans

Re: Samsung

It's probably more the other way round... LED flashes used as torches (flashlights to the colonials) are driven pretty hard, and get hot... Using them for extended periods of time can kill the LED.

So it looks like the iPhone has a thermal protection for the LED to stop you burning it out, which is nice.

Unfortunately the phone appears to have got hot enough to trick the LED protection circuit into thinking the LED has been used extensively, even when it hasn't been used for hours, and should be given a chance to cool down... Which would mean either the phone is getting pretty damn hot in there, or the LED temperature detector is faulty or too sensitive.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Steve Evans

Mobile computing isn't all about convenience... For example, right now I could use both hands, and double my productivity, but if I do the red sea is likely to come back.

We all have to make sacrifices.

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Smartphone passcodes protected by the Fifth Amendment – US court

Steve Evans

Meanwhile...

In the UK... Failure to provide passwords/decryption keys upon demand is in itself a criminal act and punishable by 2 years iirc...

So if you're going to hide something, you might as well make it a serious something which is worth more than 2 years!

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

Steve Evans

So....

If PETA are claiming the animal didn't sign a model release, and therefore owns the copyright, I take it they would have no problem is showing the piece of paper from said animal where he authorises them to act on his behalf?

You can't just go suing people left right and centre on other creature's behalf without their permission.

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

Steve Evans

Re: "...it's only since the iPhone..."

@Bc1609 There were quite a few phones prior to the iPhone which had plenty of functionality, and still had a multi-day battery life. The Nokia N series comes to mind.

You could even get Opera onto the models like the N70, not to mention removable storage and a music player.

What the iPhone *did* introduce was much shiny shiny, and the concept that just about making through a day was a worth-while trade for shiny!

Oh, and my main "feature" gripe they introduced - PAYING FOR TETHERING!

I had been tethering mobiles for years before Apple came along with it as a "pay for" feature (usually by serial cable to the laptop, or irDA). Carriers didn't care, data was data and what I had paid for... Suddenly Apple start charging for it, and carriers suddenly think "Oh hang on, we've sold this guy a data package allowance, how about we charge him for it again if he wants to use the paid for data in a slightly different way?!"

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We are the Knights who code Ni!

Steve Evans

I fear the loop command could be a tad long-winded...

Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.

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Steve Evans

Re: It is now NO LONGER the language called Ni

languagethatuntilrecentlywascalledni.exe

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

Steve Evans

Too many people running about in a blind panic in the "land of the brave"...

"he brought the clock – a simple project housed in a pencil case – to show his engineering teacher. When the clock was seen by another teacher, school administrators and police were called in and the young man was eventually led away in handcuffs."

Given the "other" teacher and administrators were obviously complete ignorami, why didn't anyone think to ask the engineering teacher to have a quick look before they started calling the feds?

Or maybe a chemistry teacher (who I hope would be able to spot a lump of possible explosive)... Or anyone who doesn't get their entire world view from hollywood?

Honestly, it's mains powered, it doesn't even have a nice cluster of cylindrical batteries to *vaguely* represent the stereotypical 6 dynamite sticks... It's less likely to explode than a mobile phone on a cheap Chinese knock-off charger!

So who fancies sending the school a present?

http://nootropicdesign.com/defusableclock/

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Android 5 lock-screens can be bypassed by typing in a reeeeally long password. In 2015

Steve Evans

Re: where as android needs months to bring all their users to that update

Unfortunately Google gave other manufacturers a nice phone OS to use for free, with very little tie in... In hindsight it might have been better to have a little more control, such as enforcing timely upgrades for at least a couple of years after a phone model stops being sold. They didn't, and Android as a whole cops the bad press, when the delay is with the OEMs.

But that's hindsight for you... Reality is get a Nexus, and get updates, or go to HTC/LG/Samsung etc, and hope.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

Steve Evans

Re: Rare Bacon?

I knew that sounded a bit wrong almost before I hit submit!

But hey, it was worth it for the giggle.

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Steve Evans

Re: Rare Bacon?

That bacon doesn't look anywhere near enough...

I think you need some nice thick cut man bacon, this foreign living is making you soft!

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Arizona lads recover epic stratovid – two years after launch

Steve Evans
Coffee/keyboard

Relying on the mobile phone company's coverage map!!!

Oh the innocence of youth!

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HERE COMES APPLE with some new sh*t or something

Steve Evans

Re: Suck it up, haterz

Whilst this might be clickbait, and what part of the internet isn't these days? I like to think of this article as a satirical, text based, slap of "get a grip" on all the hype swallowing/regurgitating news channels.

By God they need it!

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Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

Steve Evans

Re: Absolutely brilliant, except the screen size

Don't worry, these things go in cycles... I'm sure the race to the tea tray size phone will soon stop, and we'll begin the race to the USB stick size again...

I for one am not looking forward to the Nokia 8210 scale devices, my sausage fingers are way to big for such toys...

/me lovingly strokes Nexus 6...

Re the Swift - I can see a big market for this phone, not bad at all!

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Partially blind albino porn pirate nabbed for £300k bedroom streaming site

Steve Evans

Re: @Ilmarinen - @6x7=42

Don't blame the company, they are simply reading and obeying the rules written by HM Gov... The only reason they can avoid paying as much as you is that they are multinationals, so have a several rule books, with big holes to drive the monkey truck through. the accountants as simply doing their job.

The whole demonising of "avoidance" by the HM Gov is laughable, they're all at it with their trust funds and country houses owned by companies (so they can pass to the kids avoiding inheritance tax), and accounts on far flung islands.

If Cameron was really serious he'd start fixing the rule book instead of going for media sound bites, but then those in the houses of commons and Lords would feel it right in the wallet.

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Stench of confiscated dope overwhelms Catalan cop shop

Steve Evans

I believe there is a great invention for this problem...

Plastic bags!

In fact, given that this is evidence for prosecution, you'd rather hope the evidence would be secured and tagged, not just thrown in a pile in the garage!

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Sacré bleu! Apple, Nokia, Samsung et al end their three-year sulk over 'home taping' tax

Steve Evans

Re: I supposed that ...

It raises an interesting question... Does this mean that video/music piracy is legal in France? After all you have paid a tax which assumed you are going to pirate something on the media, which rather blows a hole through claims of "theft" and denying the right holders of their income...

(Yes, I know, I live in a dream world which is far too logical).

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

Steve Evans

Re: I have an Honor 6

Software updates are always my concern, especially with Chinese manufacturers. I lose count the number of times I've become the nominated support person for some crazy cheap phone, and then battled with "Chinglish" websites in an attempt to find updates, only to find that what it shipped with is all that it ever got. Having said that, even the likes of HTC have bitten me with that on my first Android. Abandoning me with an unsupported phone less than 6 months after I bought it as a current model several years ago (which is why HTC rarely even make it to my long list, let alone my short list these days).

However, it's still interesting, and if CyanogenMod started supporting it (binary firmware blobs permitting of course), I could be very interested in recommending it to my cheapskate rellies.

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Steve Evans

Re: One unanswered question ..

Unlikely.

Just be glad it's a "vaguely" real word, it could have been something far worse!

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

Steve Evans

Re: Ok so 10M have installed it

It's certainly "on" two of my machines, having downloaded (and eaten a chunk of my C drive), but I haven't installed it yet...

Given the nature of PR, I imagine he chose his words carefully, and I do count +2 to the total.

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

Steve Evans

Machine translation is always good for a giggle!

You have to be so careful with automatic translation... Machines have no idea about idioms and colloquialisms, so avoid them like the plague.

Sometimes people just don't realise that their local name for something isn't universal... This is especially true of food. I've seen English menus which are a literal translation of the local language, which are no more help to me than the original.... "Princess steak - Steak cooked in the traditional princess style" (I think it was princess)... Perfectly good English, just completely useless!

If you want to see truly bad machine translate, try bing. I've yet to use it to translate any of my foreign Farcebook friends into anything more than gibberish.

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Steve Evans

Re: Cover: Blown.

Gives a great excuse though... "Sorry dear, we know who you are... You must understand you can't be allowed in the building with any clothing or footwear."

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Steve Evans

Re: http://imgur.com/a/hj07m

"I'm inordinately proud of the amount of plastic required to support my boobs :-D"

She's knows exactly what she's doing... VERY DANGEROUS! DO NOT APPROACH!

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Steve Evans

Holy shamoly...

Sorry, all coherent brain function has just failed...

Thank God I'm not in charge of door locks!

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Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

Steve Evans

Re: No substitute for a big battery

I used to think like that, but since getting the Nexus 6, which supports Qualcomm turbo charge, and the Aukey 10,000mAh USB battery (which also supports Qualcomm turbo charging), I'm rather glad the Nexus didn't have a bigger battery...

That keeps the weight of the phone down, and 30 minutes tethered to the Aukey whilst I'm having my lunch, driving the car etc, and the Nexus is juiced up again.

The USB thing looks interesting... At the moment I'm trying to find a site where they understand that converting a price from $ to £ involves a bit more than just changing the $ to a £.... *mutters*

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

Steve Evans

Collective noun...

Shooorley a lot of flaws would make a tower block... Or high rise.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

Steve Evans

Re: Taketh away

IIRC, the US patent system will basically take your registration fee and register it... They leave the arguments of prior art to be sorted out later in court.

In other parts of the world you have to pay for a search to ensure your patent isn't already registered, and it's actually checked to see if it's even worthy of a patent before you can actually go about registering.

You can see how the US one would be more profitable for the patent office, and the lawyers a few years later,

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

Steve Evans

Re: Not much difference in distances....

I remember doing 50mph on my pedal bike as a teenager, it was easy...

Only became terrifying once I let go of the sissy bar on my brothers motorbike and had to rely on my own little brake blocks and not just stopping myself via my arm braced against his bike.

I'll admit there was probably about a second of "weeeeeee" enjoyment, just before reality and outright terror set in.

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Steve Evans

Re: FFS

I assume the author has never seen GPS accuracy figures...

GPS isn't precise, it's pretty good, but it will suffer from "jitters", you can be sitting still and your location will still be wandering about a few meters in all 3 dimensions according the the GPS data. It's down to the software to try to smooth this out... If you are sitting still, and it's possible to take multiple readings, then averaging is fine and over a few seconds the exact location will become pretty precise... But you're not stationary, you're pedalling along... So if you're riding along a flat road, and the GPS jitter is showing you're going up 1m in one measurement, and down 1m in the next (in reality you'll be luck if it's as small as 1m!), what should the software do? Probably ignore it as jitter... But where should it draw the line of jitter vs you going over humps on a off-road BMX course?

No surprise that different programmers come up with different arbitrary levels, either based on figures off the top of their heads, or maybe some data they collected cycling to work in their own specific environment.

Combine these natural GPS drifts and programming assumptions over a long ride, and figures will be incredibly different. It's amazing they are as close as they were.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

Steve Evans

Re: Absurd map

I just checked my office... It appears 4G indoors is expected...

Odd, because we struggle with voice calls inside, and generally struggle with 2G data outside... Must be my phone... And those of all my colleagues...

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Choc Factory patches zero day Google for Work hack hole

Steve Evans

It's a tricky thing to judge.

It's not safe to assume that the white hat hacker is the only person to discover the flaw, a black hat could have discovered the flaw since, or more concerning, before.

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