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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Re: HP Cables Here In The UK Have A Fault To

A lot of the time, dodgy plugs are obvious (insulation in the wrong places or lack of, pin dimensions shot, tiny gap around the edge of the plug to live and neutral, etc.), but dodgy cables, not so much, if they stick a small conductor inside and put thick insulation on it.

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The resistance encountered by the load is of course that which causes the problem; with a smaller cable, substandard and ridiculous American voltage will heat a wire more because more current is required to provide the same power, as you say.

Copper is costly, so the Chinese will surely love to ship you some aluminium instead, or maybe some aluminium covered in something vaguely copper looking to fool you (this happens).

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Daytime running lights

I agree that DRLs are a pretty pointless addition, and it encourages people only to check for light sources. If you can't see a giant chunk of metal flying at you, but you can now it has a few LEDs on it while in broad daylight, you probably need your eyes checked.

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Never heard of this before now. Diaspora* must be happy, since now they're getting the most publicity ever.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

I think the water craft is in bad taste itself, the name isn't going to make it worse. Approved.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Well my cousin will be happy

That detail was always one of the worst wastes of money.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Top bollock

It's not the weekend without Alistair Dabbs' opinion pieces.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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This is why you don't trust some service with your passwords

Get a copy of KeepAss, and store the database somewhere you can always access. Several places, even.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: 0% semitic??

Anti-Semitism is NOT the opposite of Semitism.

Anti-Semitism was made up shorthand to describe Jew Hatred, which is still far more accurate.

Anti-Semitism is has almost nothing to do with hating Semitic peoples.

A Jew might be Semitic, but not all Semitics are Jews.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: If you ask for soya 'milk'

Yeah, pretty much.

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Re: If you want a proper coffee

.. If you want a proper coffee, you don't add any milk or any of that shit to at all.

What are you trying to taste, sweet syrup and mammary secretions, or coffee?

Most people don't want lemonade in their beer, so why add crap to coffee?

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Re: If you ask for soya 'milk'

One that can be perfectly viable in ancient times, it seems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soy_milk

"The oldest evidence of soy milk production is from China where a kitchen scene proving use of soy milk was incised on a stone slab dated around AD 25–225."

Not some modern hippy invention, as much as you'd love to believe.

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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Re: Want one so much!

Nah, the most modern aren't included in the charge, but very few engines at the moment are Euro 6 compliant.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Self service checkouts in Waitrose have far better manners than ones in plebian stores such as Tesco or Sainsburys: after you pay, and it detects your items are still on the platform, it doesn't repeatedly tell you to shove off, which is obnoxious and unnecessary, because you're no doubt trying to get a hold of your items.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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If only we had snapshots and virtualisation.

Oh wait, we do.

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Pretty much.

It's not as if the company deliberately is going to shun a black guy.

It's simply a matter of the best people applying and getting jobs are white or asian males.

That's not a problem with the business, it's a problem with attitudes or education, and frankly, overall demographics. In a country where whites are still the largest group, it would be understandable that that was shown in other stats.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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It's the right decision, make an android phone or don't, not this mess, but Satya Nadella is turning out to be one depressing CEO.

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

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Re: Looking forward to it

Model S is fifty quid? Bugger me, I better rush to a Tesla dealer right this second and buy a few.

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There's a remake?

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

Yeah, I only use KeepAss too.

Never did trust the idea of using some web service to do the job.

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: King Canute

My local is a Waitrose...

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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"Making a separate tournament for females is highly patronising and implies they are less capable of winning than a male player. Having a 'female only' tournament without a separate 'male only' is even more patronising, in addition to being by definition sexual discrimination."

Could not agree more. What a sexist farce.

Women are known to be great on factory assembly lines in China - they have to work with their hands very quickly then, and surely they have the same fight or flight instinct. Taking physical constraints mostly out of the way, the only thing stopping women competing in games just as well is likely the fact they have better shit to do.

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British and European data cops probe Facebook user-manipulation scandal

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.. and nothing of value was lost.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: still

That, and the sheer spectacle.

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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Re: 3G

Well, that's the best we've got.

LTE advertised as '4G' mostly doesn't meet the minimum 4G standard that was set in 2008.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G#Technical_understanding

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LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

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Re: Why 3000mAh?

Should really be watt-hours anyway, or joules, to be specific.

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"let the resolution wars begin"

Goodness, I hope not. I want cheaper, longer lasting handsets of a reasonable size.

4.5" - 4.7" 1280×720.

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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https://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/F2J07AA?HP-Chromebook-11-1101-PC-Made-with-Google-

HP Chromebook 11. Uses a microUSB charger.

Also known for its charger bursting into flames.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/13/chromebook_11_pulled_from_sale/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/17/hp_chromebook_11_charger_recall/

That said, the story doesn't add up.

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I think it was more of a sound bite referencing standards; if the plug doesn't conform to Aussie standards, that's a good start to being suspicious about the quality of the device.

The same thing applies here to some degree, but sometimes those Chinese get confused and put insulation on the earth pin, which is a definite sign the thing isn't BS1363. (I've seen many other violations too).

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Study of Brit students finds TXTING doesn't ruin your writing

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*then select.

Also, a vote down? Is Kevin an El Reg poster?

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Never have used "text speak" in messages to others. It honestly just makes you look like an idiot.

Also, what's the point? We have predictive text for a reason. Often it can be faster to type a few characters than select the entire word than deliberately butcher a word.

Going past a one SMS limit is a load of old tosh. Most people have plentiful or free text messages these days (which I rarely use - e-mails for me). That said, if you're trying to post a message on Twitter, nobody can help you.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Re: And in the mean time

I feel the same way about the actual raw resources that go into crap like this, and countless other swathes of useless plastic junk that never needed to exist. All to be tossed in landfill a year or two down the road.

It's not all going to last forever, we may as well make things that aren't totally awful.

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Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

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You think beast, I think full chroma sampling

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EXPLICIT PICS: We take you inside Adobe's Creative Cloud update

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Re: Just add...everything

Quite.

Although as long as you don't use Paint to save as JPEG.

Paint's JPEG output is absolutely awful.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: Can you afford $15K to replace the battery pack?

The cost of the pack is something people would like to avoid talking about.

Some want to see it rolled into a lease, well, that won't work for most people.

Most people want a car free of debt that they can patch up when absolutely necessary.

Having a car that has a slowly shrinking fuel tank that costs a lot to replace is clearly a problem.

If people say "oh, but they'll get cheaper over the years" - that may be true, but it sure won't be for the old packs, and even if it was, they can charge you whatever they want.

Ever tried to buy a projector bulb for an old model? Just as expensive, if not more, than a new one. The good old razor and blades model.

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Re: On Street Parking

I can 'charge' my diesel car in a few minutes also, get over 600 miles of range with 55~ MPG and it cost me £3K. It's also a big estate so I can haul pretty much anything.

Although admittedly it is in no way fair to compare used and new prices, this is simple reality. How much is a used electric car going to be worth, seeing as the battery is considered a consumable, and the battery alone will cost more than an ICE car in decent nick? "Good money after bad" comes to mind, as an example, I bought my car just over 2 years ago, it's a '57 plate. If a battery pack in say, a Nissan Leaf goes: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=9820 $600/module - 48 modules in the full pack http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/?title=Battery_specs - $28,800, then my guess is that vehicle is a write off. Does writing off cars because of batteries sound green?).

Yeah, electric cars have a long way to go. It seems fine now if you're an early adopter in many ways, but it in no way can scale the same way ICE vehicles have.

The sheer amount of energy we can pour in a tank in the form of refined oil in a brief time would require some genuinely INDUSTRIAL electricity supplies at every forecourt around the country and many more charging points than petrol pumps. Not to mention a battery chemistry that is going to take that kind of abuse on the chin every day.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Re: Everyone should learn how to design internal combustion engines

"Before a person turns 16 and can get a driver's licence, the person must be able to display a good knowledge of thermodynamics, mechanics and the chemistry of hydrocarbon combustion. Then they should also learn how to weld and spraypaint."

That doesn't sound stupid at all. That sounds incredibly practical and useful.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I sympathise entirely

I was sat around at home after work, and suddenly had an unsolicited call from someone who had a problem with their laptop.

I swear my reaction was almost one of PTSD, and I refused to take the call until I had more information and had calmed down.

The idea that people may keep calling to ask about any and all problems is an idea of personal hell.

Maybe when I was 14 or so, when I was enthusiastic still about cleaning crap from people's computers and helping them out, but now, embittered by time and work, I don't want to fill up my own time with a stream of petty issues.

I imagine car mechanics have the same problem - so I suppose at least we don't have to climb underneath oily, greasy cars out in the cold.

I do feel sorry for them, because they're usually old and poor, but that makes it worth my time even less, because there's no point me charging a huge amount they won't be able to pay.

Oh, and that anecdote about "what laptop to buy?" is a good one, because you then have to ask them their requirements, because to be honest, any cheap shitty laptop these days is more than good enough unless you want to game. People also get confused when 15.6" laptops are cheaper than smaller ones.

But the best part is, the time you actually consider the question properly, and give a good suggestion, they end up buying some other piece of crap anyway, and wonder why it's not much use.

That said, I've had my advice requested a few times and it has been adhered to, so it's not all bad.

Keeping completely old pieces of crap is another problem these people have - I don't think they realise how old their machine is, and how much better one for less than £300 would be if they just opened their wallet. After all, it saves you time when you're using the machine.

I've seen silly examples where people have spent money fixing/upgrading ancient shitty machines when they would have spent a similar amount if they just replaced it completely and achieved a far superior result.

I'm glad you also touched on inkjets, which are a bloody trojan horse. Don't let one in your home.

A cheap mono laser for printing out your flight passes and instructions and so on, and an online print service if you actually want quality photos produced.

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My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

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Re: Shut up take my money!

That's how I feel about it. A two terabyte insanely fast PCI Express SSD by Intel? So it'll be reliable, too.

I know what's on my wish list.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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I'm not a fan of overly slick experiences that appear to have read my mind, so although I have an Android device, I have a de-bloated custom ROM, plus I've frozen a lot of the Google services (google now, search, etc) using Titanium Backup, as I prefer to search (in Opera Mobile Classic) using DuckDuckGo.

I use XPrivacy to lock down anything that I am even vaguely suspicious of, and I rarely install new things anyway.

My phone has incredible stamina (RAZR MAXX HD) and a great form factor, and I can just dump any files I want onto it or the 32GB microSD card in the side at will (which I regularly do for shuttling large files from work to home).

I don't see what iPhone could do for me, other than cost me more, give me shorter battery life, and force me into an incredibly claustrophobic experience.

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HP reveals Apple-powered Android 'SlateBook'

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Re: Ha! Busted!

I'd point the finger at Windows' DPI Scaling and ill-informed consumers just as much as the manufacturers.

That said, I have a 13.1" 1600×900 laptop and I find that absolutely spot on, so, like others, I find 15.6" 1366×768 machines pitiful.

Bear in mind, though, that for certain reasons, low res screens are required.

Doing a mass rollout of corporate laptops, those aforementioned horrible 15.6" 1366×768 screens are actually fine, because most people don't like small text, and changing the default DPI can break lots of strange old programmes.

I came across a laptop that was 15.6" 1366×768 where the user had actually increased the text size. Yeah.

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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Re: HHHMMMNNN...

Great post and fantastic anecdote, but HR should feel bad. HR are often a bunch of oxygen-thieves.

This: "HR asked him what his weaknesses were" was a horrific read. Nobody should ask these clichéd bullshit questions, they're meaningless, as shown by the answer.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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We make shite toasters now.

The Americans had this sewn up a few decades ago.

http://www.automaticbeyondbelief.org/

"There are no levers to press down. Just put the bread in the slot. The weight of the bread activates the heating elements, causing the center wire to lengthen microscopically and the bread to be carried into the toaster under its own weight.

Inside, the Radiant Control thermostat monitors the heat radiated (not conducted) from the outer surface of the bread, which is directly proportional to its color change. There are no timers. The toast is raised only when it is properly toasted; no sooner and no later.

When the thermostat opens, the elements cool, and the center element wire contracts. This movement is very small — on the order of thousandths of an inch — but a mechanical linkage multiplies this movement approximately 175 times. This is sufficient to operate the carriage and raise the toasted bread from the toaster."

The crap we have now is primitive in comparison.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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#2 - XPrivacy

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

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Yeah, I use KeepAss, just updated ebay with a 20 character (maximum the field allows!) randomly generated password with brackets, special characters and so on enabled.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: "Cloud computing is shite."

"it is worst"?

Good thing you're not a journalist, then.

Edit: ah, bollocks, I've been beaten to the punch by some time.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: I would definitely rather drink some human piss than...

I should add some modifiers to be specific, before someone says something about stew.

You know what I mean. Warm, rotting flesh, covered in flies, gently warming in the sun.

As well as all the other heaps of muck in an open-air reservoir.

A bit of well filtered blood seems tame in comparison.

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I would definitely rather drink some human piss than...

Water that has dead animals marinating in it.

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TalkTalk broadband growth WANES as it reports surge in pay-TV customers

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People voluntarily give money to TalkTalk?

You learn something every day...

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Re: Not worried about viruses?

How would he get a virus exactly?

These aren't the days when he's getting random floppies from people, or putting in everything he can find from the front of a magazine.

He's booting up an old DOS machine with no network connectivity to do one thing only.

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