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863 posts • joined 25 Jul 2008

USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Part of the problem with current (micro at least) USB seems to be there's no standard way for the socket itself to be oriented. I've got a selection of tablets, different e-readers and phones, and with the screen facing you some need the micro-USB inserted with the wider side of the USB upwards (top of socket is towards the screen side), and some with it downwards (top of the socket is towards the back side of the device).

It would certainly help if there could be an over-riding "normal" as to which way up the damn socket should be, so all we need to concern with is which way up the plug-end actually is...

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and a lot faster than the introduction of USB 2.0 back at the turn of the century

and a lot faster than the introduction of USB 2.0 back at the turn of the century

You really know how to make a man feel old, you know that...? ;)

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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...as Tiles could show live information

Well, at least live to within the last half-hour or so, except for selected ones like the HTC clock tile.

Now if they could work out how to make live tiles truly live without murdering the battery in the process, that would be really welcome.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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Or even into the ethernet socket just on the other side, whose width is just about the same?

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Re: @ frank ly - Am I the only one ....

At least on the expensive proprietary chargers from the manufacturers anyway.

Buying cheap stuff from Chinese sweatshops could be about to become even more of an incendiary gamble than it currently is...

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Re: all thumbs

Personally I'd more predict confusion when it won't fit, followed by a realisation that I'm trying to put it into an "old style" micro-USB port which will no-doubt still be included for legacy compatibility with the multitude of kit out there still.

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LaCie adds fire to Fuel: Revs Wi-Fi external storage gadget to 2TB

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Re: Brave or Foolish?

Or alternatively just pair a Ravpower Filehub with a suitable portable drive (personally I use a WD My Passport 2TB), get all this devices features (except drop-box) plus an SD card slot and a built-in battery that can be used also to charge things in an emergency (plus power the drive otherwise), and save yourself about £50 on the overall deal. And DLNA-supporting firmware is apparently coming sometime this month (as is a new version of the Filehub with it onboard), to give alternative to the current Samba.

OK it's two items rather than one, but both fit nicely into an Amazon Basics My Passport case. Makes a nice little travelling entertainment solution.

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

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Boffin

And if Frogmanaut is flying Judy (ooer missus, to continue the Carry On theme), then it does beg the scientific question of who is flying Punch? These important scientific tests need witnesses as well as cameras.

Enquiring minds need to know!

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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Re: IT angle?

Come on, Lester must be having an off-day. Got through a whole article about a naked woman getting cuffed and having her collar felt without asking if they matched...

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Re: actually...

But at least they'd know if it matched her cuffs...

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Re: This would be funny except ...

Reminds me of this London Underground poster, with apologies to the blogger for any excess traffic (as I can't find the image online anywhere else).

Henry with Anne Boleyn and court, with tagline "A return trip to the Tower, and a single for my wife".

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Re: Ahh BOFH..

Indeed, although in the gaps in between our dear Mr Dabbs does seem to be slowly metamorphosising into a PFY, to quite entertaining effect for a Friday afternoon read instead.

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

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Pirate

Re: Yes

And if I'd managed to lose the equivalent of $120million down the back of the sofa, I think I'd be asked even more questions than they already have been. Plus wouldn't these have been the property of someone before, who seems to have conveniently forgotten they exist?

I'd more wonder if they mysteriously appeared as a result of waking up next to a horses head...

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: I'm not happy unless I'm complaining.

Isn't there a going to be a competition? If so I'll submit a picture of the Queen, a sure winner :D

But just to mess with people's heads, have her looking left rather than right...

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

And both get a nice bit of free advertising (for a given value of free, depending on quite what the undisclosed figures were and who paid what to whom), and the lawyers get their usual percentage...

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: Phone/Tablet?

I think that only came in with Android 4.3 or thereabouts, so whilst it's good for up to date systems, it's of limited widespread usage. I looked into it when we got our kids their Hudl's for example, and as those only currently run 4.2.x then it wasn't available.

That said I've also gone the route that others above have mentioned, no cc is associated with the device play store apps, and if they want stuff they can swap their pocket money for gift cards and go that way. So far it's worked out well, and indeed is a useful part of their learning money management.

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Re: Self-powering?

Does /any device/ generate more energy than it consumes?

My kids after a slurp of full-fat Coke or similar hyper-sugar juice?

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All we know is...

We now need a nano-Stig to test it around the track (a racetrack oscillator should do nicely).

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Ap Liu Street in Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

if you reach Fuk Wing Street, you've gone too far

I'm sure many a young man has thought that in the cold light of the morning after...

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Re: Arrghgghghghg MAAPLIIIIIIIIIIIN

Speaking of hover-stuff, saw this yesterday and it gave a good laugh (and is quite well done):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4vE_vpkr90

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Where's doggie?

Ultrasonic dog-chaser: A totally practical gadget for any central London office

Look around you - are there any dogs in the office snarling and waiting to tear your throat out?

No? Well it obviously works then ;)

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Boffin

Maplin...

Ikea for the technophile.

Can't walk out of that bloody place either without a bag full of stuff I didn't need when I went in. Plus of course there's the additional lure there of the damn meatballs.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

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Re: Aye...

Also have one here for my 2012 N7. It's basically just a bluetooth keyboard, so it works with just about anything that has bluetooth on it and can accept keyboard input (I have before had it running with my work Dell Latitude laptop, albeit just to see if it would).

The only problem I found with it is as it doubles as a cover/case, there is a raised ridge along the front of it where it clasps around the N7 when acting as a cover (especially at the middle - you can see it in the images in the Amazon link above). It's quite sharp, and I keep catching my fingers on it when trying to type (which isn't that great an experience as the keys are small, but it's do-able if you're not writing a novel).

Got mine for about £15 if I remember well. Was a nice little purchase, although not something I use too often I must admit these days.

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Re: What do you want?

What do you/we want?

A little application of compassionate common sense?

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Oi - my shed's got a rather big lock on it. Nice and secure.

And no Austrian psychoanalysts are left in it overnight anyway...

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: PINGU

Be careful or he'll set his missus onto you. Ready steady cook'd Pingu...

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

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Decisions, decisions

In my job I travel a lot across Europe, so have a little HD and wifi hub set-up which I use to carry some movies and TV programmes on to keep me away from local TV and somewhere near sane. Usually I take my old netbook with me (with HDMI output) and play them onto the hotel TV via that, but I'm very much in the market for an alternative solution where I can just take the hub/HD, plus my Nexus7 and HTC 8X and use one of those to send the media to the TV (the hub has SMB support, and apparently is soon to get DLNA via a firmware update, also probably around April-ish).

So I've been looking at both Chromecast (not in the UK yet), some of the cheap Chinese DLNA/HDMI dongles (cheapest I've seen is ~£20 inc P&P), the Android-on-a-stick's (which I'm not keen on as I don't want to need a bluetooth keyboard/mouse) and now Roku have added this to the mix.

I'd be interested to know of others experiences doing something like that. Current front-runner I think is the cheap Chinese job, as I don't really need iPlayer/Netflix (said hotels are usually abroad which would kill off live iPlayer, and their wifi speeds would kill Netflix et al) so just looking for something to act as the receiver for the locally-sourced files (mostly MP4).

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Re: I'm Mr Angry, from Birmingham...

To mention nothing of the gentle irony of people taking to the internet to moan that they can't get on the internet...

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: How to load an airship with celebrities

My first thought on reading that was maybe they've just found the new Big Brother house?

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: News just in

Banks giving away half their money?

Don't they call it a bonus these days?

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Re: "Amateur Hour is Over"

Oh I dunno, now the amateurs are out, they can get the organised (crime) people in to do it all properly.

I mean after all, they're already significant stakeholders aren't they? They'll want their safeguards, presumably in the form of baseball bats, hospital visits and long snoozes with underwater creatures.

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But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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My eyes!

a visually rich web interface that required customers to install a T1 line merely to see what a £230 woolly jumper looked like

If they looked like the jumper in the image below the original line, then we could praise having a slow link...

It's also a little frightening that if you exchange the words "lastminute.com" for "MtGox" in most of that article, it's equally relevant and accurate.

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Hang on, you mean I've gone overnight from being a lazy and scruffy sod to being hip? Although somehow I suspect the amount of mine that's now gone grey (which the rest of my scruffily long locks are following, but not quite as quickly) might just spoil the effect somewhat.

It must be Friday...

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Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

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Happy

Who wants to live forever?

Booze and bacon sarnies: A recipe for immortality?

No, but you'll enjoy your life so damn much that even if it's briefer, it'll seem like immortality

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara has sent subpoenas

If I were Karpeles, I think I'd be less worried about the US sending subpoenas and more about what (or who) some of the less reputable and legal people with money in MtGox might be sending his way if their money has gone AWOL...

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Re: Read it. Now!

There's a link to it in one of the articles above.

Or for the more lazy, click here (pdf file).

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Mushroom

Unfortunately I have to (very) occasionally at work (semiconductor manufacturing - it's a chamber cleaning gas). The key trick is to keep it as a gas, as if it liquidies in the pipework whilst flowing then if the pipework changes direction, the liquid flow quite probably won't and will eat straight through. Might explain why it's banned in many of our customer sites, and indeed in several European countries iirc.

It's a fun job being a semiconductor process engineer - every chemical you work with is either toxic, carcinogenic, flammable, asphyxiant, explosive and/or water.

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Headmaster

A lesson learned?

When you shake the bottle, don't forget to put the bloody cap on or it'll get VERY VERY sticky, VERY VERY quickly.

There speaks the voice of experience (and regret)?

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Re: No wonder Americans are scared

Typical, I read this after my mid-afternoon snack break of a cup of coffee and a banana.

This is also starting to look like we may need a whole new measurement scale of scientific scaremongering, ranging from a Reg all the way up to a Daily Mail by way of a BBC and an al-Jazeera?

By the way, according to the BBC the Fukushima town hall received ~1000 BED's worth of radiation in the two weeks following the accident (about 1/4 of the dose from a mammogram and 1/70th of the dose from a CT scan, from the table in the article).

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Meh

The only problem I have with the postal versions is with the DVD box-sets, as they count each disc as a single rental. Hence for a normal box (4-6 discs or so) you can't just rent the whole thing at once, you've got at least a couple of days gap in the middle whilst the first pair go back and the second arrive (presuming your subscription is for enough discs to cover what you need).

I was going to go for the upper level of the subscription, but ended up with the lower one (2 discs a month, one at a time) to drip-feed the recent cinema releases. And for the box-sets, my local library (and it's sister libraries in the area) have quite a reasonable stock of box sets which can be rented for a week for £2 (last weekend was a Boardwalk Empire weekend).

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Samsung Gear splurge skews smartwatch market Google’s way

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Yet SA judges that Firefox warrants an entry of its own in the table, but that Pebble does not.

Pebble says it had sent out more than 190,000 smartwatches by 6 November 2013.

But didn't send any of those 190,000 out as freebies to SA perhaps?

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Terminator

R2D2 - the Sith Years

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Spam, a lot of it: Bubble tea is the Seoul of wit

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Re: "Next week, I’m going to the office in a pink-and-blue jumpsuit."

I must admit, I was trying to decide whether Dabbsy was having an 80's flashback episode and trying to be either Anneka or Clive James.

I'm going with the latter, as the mental image of the jumpsuit is too much to entertain.

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Re: Those Sun Pillows look brilliant!

There are worse pillow examples than that sun one (one for lonely on this day of love and profit maybe?).

Also had a banking spam recently which kinda gave itself away by greeting me as "Dear Barclays costumer" - obviously thought I was going to dress up in a stripey jumper and mask to hand over my swag bag?

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IT'S ALIVE! China's Jade Rabbit rover RETURNS from the DEAD

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Yikes!

Yikes! A zombie robot bunny! On the moon! Someone call the Daily Sport, quick!

And mechanical abnormality? Pah, it's just a flesh, I mean chassis, wound...

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So cool it 2.4 gigahertz: BATTERY-FREE comms for international band

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Alien

DNA

For example, you could build something where when you press the black button and a little sign lights up saying "Do press this button again".

Has someone been partaking of some Douglas Adams lately?

Entirely understandable if true, if slightly misquoted.

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Qipp debuts 'Clippy for your STUFF' app

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Re: Great

No, that'd be on your knees milking someone elses snake...

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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Re: Wrist Tether ?

Being able to put the thing away in your pocket without either a Houdini act or tying yourself to your trousers?

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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In a crowded place

So the cop walks into Times Square or a similarly crowded area, and the system either overloads and melts, or just spams his vision enough to be useless at best, and a safety issue at worst?

Plus I didn't think Google Glass came in a mirrored shades version yet? Or will that be a special police sunglasses edition?

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

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As the video below shows, Taranis is an impressive-looking creation.

It was confusingly appropriate I think that when I clicked on the video to watch it, after a few seconds it ended up overlaid with a Google advert for a Ford Transit van?

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