* Posts by Chris Evans

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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Re: Lollipop?

"Marshmallow was released 6 months ago." Yes but it is only available on top of the range phones.

I went phone shopping for my wife earlier this month and IIRC the cheapest phone to buy unlocked with Marshmallow was over £250.

The shop assistant did say that Marshmallow would probably eventually appear for the Motorola Moto G she bought!

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Irish researchers sweep smartphones clear of super bugs

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Re: A la les chickens

"won't this just lead to yet more highly-resistant bacteriological strains evolving?"

Not necessarily. Bacteria will always try and adapt to survive but they don't always do so. I'm thinking of Silver, its antibacterial properties don't seem to have diminished over hundreds of years!

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Sounds very promising!

I just hope they don't find a gotcha to stop commercial implementation.

I wonder what other usages there are apart from phones and tablets!

Pity no time scales for practical usage were given.

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Each to their own!

and something to tell the grandchildren but I do wonder if any Pastafarians don't have their tongue firmly in their cheek!

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Re: Still does not compete on price

Intel aren't wanting to ship lots of development boards but the chip. So it is the 100,000+ chip cost that is the important thing.

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Man pleads guilty for serving white hat with DoS, swearbot, sex toys

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And who is RWM?

Confusing.

I'm guessing someone at mccrewsecurity.com.

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Google-funded study concludes: Make DMCA even more Google-friendly

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OSP = Online service provider

Not my area but I'm presuming OSP = Online service provider?

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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UK price.

$35,000 sounds not to bad in the UK except whilst $35,000 = £24,500 Tesla [1] want £48,500 + £10,500 VAT. It doesn't cost £24,000 to ship!

[1]https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/models/design

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Who's paying the piper?

No LED street lights around here but almost all the pedestrian crossing now use them for the lights the cars see, the green/red cross now/don't cross and the button LED the pedestrians press, they are all very bright in particular the red LED in the button the pedestrians press I find quite a glaring distraction as a motorist or cyclist.

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Amazon to bad cable slingers: USB-C yourself out

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Why the explicit exception?

I would have thought that they'd have a catch all "All products should comply with the appropriate standards", there going to have a very long list otherwise and if something isn't on the list enforcing a catch all becomes more difficult.

I recall one site (I think it might be Amazon) that says you can't list anything illegal! Which seems a very stupid condition to me, it's as if their T's&C's override the law

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: Refunds hide fundamentally insecure system

Certainties in life: Death, Taxes and Theft inc. card fraud

"Dealing with cash is a definite, rather high, cost."

Probably less than fraud or can you cite otherwise?

"Also, doesn't the merchant pay a small cut of each transaction? Cash doesn't provide that."

Credit/debit card Merchant service companies charge me between 2.5 and 4% so not such a small cut!

For cash, businesses do get charged a handling fee by the banks. My bank charges 0.5% to pay in bank notes, coins are a lot more. Not sure about withdrawals.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Designed by committee?

It seems to have been designed by committee which I suspect is one of the reasons it was delayed so long.

I do wish the project well but with the Pi Zero now available I think they missed the boat.

Also items that are given away are not valued and often discarded quickly. Thomas Paine: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly:"

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Re: Old photo caption

Yes definitely an Acorn Atom.

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

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USB not SATA

"interested to see the SATA interface"

Whilst the info on the WD website is very sparse and the photos very small, you can just make out the USB 3 socket on the motherboard and the corresponding plug on the cable kit.

From the WD site:

"Native USB 7mm HDD – slim drive"

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Lithium ion batteries banned from passenger aircraft holds

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Is that a quote? Sounds like from the film Airplane but google doesn't confirm.

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Wee little ARM Cortex-A32 core design tugs at engineers' sleeves, wants IoT love too

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Re: Desktop

My RapidO Ig (Cortex-A15) has 4GB!

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Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

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Search scores of own websites

I give:

Wikipedia 6/10

ebay 9/10

HP 3/10

Amazon 1/10

On Amazon unless it is music or a book their search is abysmal. Searching for computer bits is dire.

I managed to phone them up to ask what syntax/operators can be used for searching and not even a supervisor knew that you can omit red items with -red

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Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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Re: Because data protection

Yes they need to provide a way that the customer can phone them back (on a publicly published number). Unfortunately last time I asked a caller from my companies bank what department I needed to ask for, they said the call centre couldn't put me through to his particular department. IIRC it sounded like it would have been to our advantage.

I should have done I'll tell you one of my data points if you'll tell me one then another from each side and so on.

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Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

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Another Dept.?

I suspect in some(many?) companies the department in charge of the building control won't be the IT department!

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Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

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Far east, Korea, Singapore etc!

Now if NetFlix operated in the far east I think the results would be quite different!

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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No mention that the original design files were found and are visualised on the web!

I'm surprised there was no mention of: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/28/arm1_visualized/

"In the case of the ARM1, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Brit chip architects ARM, the team have managed to lay their hands on the original designs of the 32-bit RISC processor core, and visualized it for the web" http://visual6502.org/sim/varm/armgl.html

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Xombrero browser replacement

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NetSurf?

NetSurf http://www.netsurf-browser.org/ it's small, open source and actively being developed!

Otter https://otter-browser.org/ not so small but also open source and actively being developed!

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Dabbs's Law

I thought every one knew:

The likely hood of a printer successfully completing a print job is in inverse proportion to the urgency f the job.!

i.e. "Sod's Law" on steroids!

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Vital info missing!

How much cash are they sitting on and the big topical one: How much TAX did they pay?

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Intel lobs out new Core m3/m5 Compute Sticks, shouts 'Fetch!'

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Re: RJ45 Sockets are BIG

I know that some RJ45 sockets have integrated magnetics like on the Raspberry Pi, on most PCB's I've seen with an RJ45 separate magnetics can clearly be seen on the PCB next to the socket.

Smaller possible? Nearly all the volume in a plug and socket are plastic with electronic purpose.

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Re: Why the Dickie Davies would I pay $100 more for Win10?

"I can get a legit Win8 license for half that and upgrade free. What gives?"

Please do tell me where from?

I need one and Ingram want over £90+VAT

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RJ45 Sockets are BIG

"Lack of ethernet is a huge oversight IMHO"

One big problem all these small devices have is that an RJ45socket is very large in comparison and often requires an increase in the devices thickness so massively increasing the volume.

Intel have muscle to create a new smaller ethernet connector standard. I do hope they do.

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Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

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ARM-compatible... missleading

ARM-compatible suggests either all their own design or that they have an 'ARM architectural licence' (like Apple). Later in the article it mentions "seem to be dual or quad-core Cortex-A15" if that is true it is not ARM-compatible it IS an ARM core!

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Furious Easyspace customers moan about 'random' site outages

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"...Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

If I was a customer of theirs that would annoy me

It should be: "Apologies for THE inconvenience caused."

Trying to down play the effects normally backfires.

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Outfit throws fit, hits FitBit's hit kit with writ (Apple also involved)

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Re: Where is their product??

I quick look says that their business model is 'design and development' leaving manufacturing to licensees. Not that different from ARM!

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Up and down like the proverbial...

bbc.co.uk

Down for me from 1.45 to 2.08

Now Up at 2.10

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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You can have...

24/7

24/7/52

24/365

and even 24/7/4.33/12

but 24/7/365 makes no sense

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Battery-free IoT sensor feeds off radio waves

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Shrinking wouldn't help significantly

I would expect most (90%+?) of the power used to be in the transmission.

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Ofcom asks: Do kids believe anything they read on the internet?

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No objection to FF itself!

I'd expect it be either 'Installing extra software' (who knows what anti-virus, toolbars or malware etc a youngster might install unwittingly) or it might get round parental controls.

Technically it is a criminal offence! Though I can't see any sensible parent going the nuclear route.

We had a work experience lad who downloaded on one of our PCs at least three applications without authorisation. He was also work shy and only lasted a couple of days.

Education and talking to your children is the key.

Though how non savy parents will cope should be a big concern to society along side radicalisation, grooming.... and even just the persuasive lad in the year above that asks for a nude selfie. Oh to be a parent of a teenager.

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IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

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Misquote

Moore didn't say

"overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years."

It was "the number of transistors" in a IC would double.

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Feeble Phobos flaking as it falls to Mars

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Size, tides and despun?

Including its size in the article would have been useful!

"Phobos is a small, irregularly shaped object with a mean radius of 11 km"

Also when trying to understand tides it is important to know if the moon is despun like Earth's (i.e. the same face of the moon always faces Earth.)

From Wikipedia I've found:

Rotation period: Synchronous

I read that to say it is despun so I'm not sure how the Phobos has tides, unless Mars has significantly irregular gravity! Which I wouldn't have expected.

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Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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Pocket search?

Most phones will fit in pockets!

So how do they check they aren't going out the back door in a pocket?

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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How much better than the current best?

It may be to early to tell but the only benefit quoted is "this saves a lot of weight". To some people 10% is 'a lot'. It would be great if this does result in more efficient batteries but it seems to early to say if the pro's are going to outweigh the cons. I wish them well.

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Source of Oxygen? Re: How delicate is it? etc

The article mentions "...Instead it incorporates hydrogen stripped from the water (H2O) " so can't the Oxygen left over be used? I do realise the quantity available may not be enough!

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

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'Platooning' Re: Already do this...

Thanks for the post Teddy. The article didn't explain the term 'platooning' but your comment explained enough thanks. All the other articles on driverless cars I've read have referred to 'convoys' . Why articles do not include an explanation for terms that I'm sure many readers won't have seen in that context before, is sloppy journalism.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Re: False offer for "free credit reporting"

Thanks for the link AC. So TT aren't quite as bad as I thought, but they are still awful.

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False offer for "free credit reporting"

Their misleading stance goes from bad to down right lying!

Their email to me said: "Sign up to your free credit reporting service using this code: TT231"

That seems the appropriate thing for them to do, to pay for a financial report for customers.

So I duly signed up, but during signing up I was never asked for a code. I then found out that anyone can sign up for free no code is necessary. noddle.co.uk

I also do wonder about the reports usefulness, any misuse of my financial information would probably takes weeks if not months to show up. Some people might thing it offered some protection not just tell you the horse bolted a month ago.

I wonder if they will be able to survive this.

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Radio 4's bottom line!

Evan Davis did a 'The Bottom Line' program a couple of weeks ago about what companies should do when they have a crisis like this. They covered VW's and BP's recent woes.

I suspect Talk Talk must have listened and decided to do the opposite!

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

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'corporate speak' from the start

The fourth and fifth words were corporate speak. "moving forward"

"Team,

We are moving forward with a restructuring of our workforce so we can put our company on a stronger path to grow. Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight."

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

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How did they know?

Whilst it seems that Apple are not denying they use this particular technique, how on earth can anyone tell if is being used?

Without access to the design I'd-have thought it impossible to confirm.

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Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: 6.022 140 82x10^23, plus or minus 180,000,000,000,000,000

Yes whilst 12 parts per billion is very accurate I'd have thought they needed even more than extremely accurate.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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The limit keeps rising!

When introduced in 2008 they said don't worry it is only up to a maximum of £15 (or was £10 I forget) then it went to £20 and now it is £30. The increase is way more than inflation!

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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Re: Waste of time and money, you can't break the rules of biology.

Whilst resolutions greater than 1080p may not be noticeable to most people with a good 1080p source. Most TV is broadcast with such high compression that the jpeg artefacts are obvious:-(

Higher resolutions will mean less noticeable artefacts:-)

n.b. The size of room is not important, it is the size of screen compared to how far away the viewer is that is relevant.

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Re: "a decent fibre network connection (around 15Mbps)"

I'm one of the lucky ones. I happen to live next to an exchange so get 18-20Mbps.

Whilst I'm sure the vast majority of standard ADSL customers won't get 15Mbps maybe 5% do?

Is there something else like latency that means that 15Mbps over fibre could be used when 15Mbps over standard ADSL couldn't?

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Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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King Cnut reference misleading.

The King Cnut reference reinforces the now common belief that King Canute was an ego maniac who believed he could control the tides. Whereas the opposite was true: "Canute demonstrates to his flattering courtiers that he has no control over the elements (the incoming tide), explaining that secular power is vain compared to the supreme power of God." (Wikipedia)

n.b. I was in my fifties before I was disabused of the common incorrect belief.

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