* Posts by hitmouse

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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This recent talk at UNSW by two leading experts on ageing: David Sinclair and Steven Simpson is quite revealing. Their general thrust is on delaying the onset of diseases that affect the elderly and reduce life satisfation.

Skip ahead (through some interminable intro) to about 13m30 for Prof Steven Simpson talking about carb vs protein vs fat profiles and how they work differently for different outcomes.

http://video.mypremiereshow.com/view/x0-Jt7az-54/Scientists-close-to-reversing-ageing.html

Prof Sinclair talks about resveterol and other promising compounds.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: Not just on Windows

I had to turn off automatic app updates on my Android tablet because Chrome simply doesn't work at all since a recent update. I've had to reset to factory settings.

I must be far from alone as the number of 1 star reviews has leapt up recently.

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Re: hmmmm

Rather like Apple's treatment of the 90% of its iTunes users on Windows where the temple of UI doesn't respect the UI conventions of the host platform.

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Omnibox has been appallingly random in its use of my history for ages. It seems to look for the most remote in time, infrequently used sites first over anything I have visit regularly or recently.

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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And for the forgotten southern hemisphere which has its own aurora ("australis"), details here:http://www.softservenews.com/southern_lights.html

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: iPlayer overseas

So all those production companies end up getting nothing, because baby only a tiny percentage goes overseas as sales.

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Re: Nail on head.

+1

I'd pay the license fee just to get access to BBC radio content that I used to be able to download as podcasts - the BBC closed down that avenue in 2012 with the promise that a paid option was about to become available. ... and nothing.

So now I record off air. BBC makes nothing from that.

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

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Gave up on MyCloud - my WD could never finish indexing my photos even when left for weeks to do nothing but index. Seems to be a common problem.

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Yawn powerpoint diss

Should we blame the creators of the word-processor, typewriter and pen for inflicting hackneyed prose on the world?

There were a billion somnolence-inducing presentations from lecturns, recited from over-head projectors, and beamed from earlier presentation software before Microsoft purchased the pre-existing Presenter software.and renamed it PowerPoint.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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Re: So they won't be diversifying...

They could call them iJobs

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This would be the same Apple that allows Playboy for iPhone and yet won't allow apps like Grindr to display men in bathing suits ??

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: Sonos legacy support...

Don't invite another SONOS user into your home and give them Wifi access - that may trigger a cascade of updates in your home system that make your handsets incompatible.

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I bought my first SONOS equipment before I bought my first iPhone in 2008.

Interestingly, SONOS haven't upgraded the basic hardware to support higher capacity libraries or better indexing in that period, yet they seem to think that Apple the intervening 5-6 generations of Apple hardware are disposable.

With new media streaming functions coming from all quarters, disposing of SONOS gets easier and easier.

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: So

"it's too hard getting UK-QWERTY keyboards"

I lived in France for three years. QWERTY keyboards were easily found in computer stores, and computer sections of places like Carrefour.

Also delivery from the UK was so cheap that I generally bought computer gear direct from UK suppliers and had them delivered at minimal charge within 2 days. I also found it was cheaper and faster to buy many French products from John Lewis and have them delivered to France.

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Re: République du Bisonoursland!

There is the large Francophone selection at amazon.ca

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Sonos Controller app update conflict

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Re: I am disapointed with the lack of Windows Native App support.

Sonos keep updating the hardware and tinkering with the controller apps, but they have nothing to increase the fundamental capacity of the system to store metadata. Library size limitations and lack of support for multivalued tags are (in my not isolated view) the biggest daily drawbacks of the system.

For those saying that not many people have libraries that big:

1. the people who typically buy Sonos are more likely to have large, well-managed libraries

2. a household of people with varying tastes and libraries will hit those limits very quickly

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It took me ten minutes to find the current queue with the new interface because the UI element for it is so small as to be nearly invisible.

Sonos also make it difficult to avoid updates because if one person on the network upgrades their controller app, it triggers updates in the system that mean everyone else has to follow suit. I had a house guest once who had their own Sonos system, and once they came on my network, an earlier update that I had resisted because of flaws was also forced onto the household.

There are much older threads on their forums with more than 150 posts I am sure, where the response is the usual "we're listening" mantra.

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YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

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I can't think of a time that Ancestry has ever compensated subscribers for lost time due to their appalling lack of technical proficiency. They probably qualify 10 people logging in simultaneously as a DDoS.

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Panasonic pulls pyromaniac batteries

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The only battery I've ever had explode was a Panasonic, and yet they put firmware in their cameras to stop "dangerous" third party batteries from working.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: I really don't see...

I went through this weeks ago: turned off in it iMessage and deregistered the phone from Apple's servers. That didn't work - messages were simply lost, going neither to old iPhone or new Android phone. No error registered at sender's phone.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Re: Good

Having worked with a few ex-WordPerfect employees in my time, I can vouch for them HATING Novell and feeling like they were a pawn for Ray Noorda to play out his hatred for Gates. If he invested as much in employees and the product rather than litigation then things might be a bit different. However there were a lot of overpaid egos around at that time who resisted Microsoft's invitations to develop for the new platform: Noorda, Kahn, Manzi. Go back to the newspapers of the late 80s, early 90s and see where they were spending their money.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: Allowing for bezels

A4 paper may have margins, but the vast quantity of A4 formatted documents still need to be comfortably read without zooming. That includes not only text, but music, equations, diagrams.

So 12.6 is not, for me at least, an "effective" A4 implementation.

It's worth pointing out that large tablets have virtues other than portability. I have a number of uses for them which would mean they rarely left home or the office. Much like many large books I own.

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I spent years "running around" with a 13+ inch M1300 tablet that weighed 3lb, and now run around with a Yoga 13 of approx same size.

I sometimes get the feeling that most reviewers don't have the strength to lift more than a skeptical eyebrow.

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hitmouse

"does the world really need an Android tablet this big?"

Actually It could be bigger. A4 is 14.3", and I would be very happy with A3 (as an open A4 book), or a folding pair of A4 screens thus.

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Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

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Those people using styluses for (pressure-sensitive) handwriting and drawing on Windows tablets can hardly wait. Oh yeah, they've had them for twelve years now used in Journal, OneNote and a plethora of mind-mapping, drawing and painting apps.

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Thirty meters!

What are they all measuring?

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Microsoft's JavaScript challenger nears 1.0, wins Visual Studio love

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: It's nice to see they're updating iOS 6.x also

But they're not making it available for iPhone 4, which is really to slow to run iOS7.x

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Strictly speaking, all attachments are electromagnetic bonds even if two bits of wood glued together.

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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

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This is not an isolated example, but part of a pattern of incompetence in transitioning Federal government sites for years. Some have had multiple name changes in recent years, with a failure to update not only links between them, but also email addresses, and documents referencing all of them.

No one competent to complain to.

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Atlassian's UK-IPO plans: Smart business isn't a disaster

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Doug Burgum ... you mean Atlassian is hiring people over 40 now?

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Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

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More research money pissed into the wind

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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Re: Warn Admen?

Whereas most current Windows apps would still run on Windows XP, there is no going back with iOS. "Why change it" can be a virtue. Upgrading a free OS is hardly something Microsoft would envy.

Since iOS apps update frequently, and often put an OS version floor in, then you have a choice of staying with the old version of having to upgrade the entire machine. Many of those who do upgrade regret it, and unlike with Windows have no way of reverting.

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+1 There are plenty of iPhone 4 (pre-Siri) models running, and going to iOS7 makes the hardware near unfunctional. You're just left with a lot of apps now looking totally mismatched with iOS6

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

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If they made it iStan, then the US would probably invade it.

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Australia's Silicon Beach is a wipeout

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Re: I wish we all could be ...

What little "creative IT" exists in Australia is for niche vertical markets.

Where pools of talent have existed in particular areas, various governments have managed to dry up in short order. There's a large cargo-cult mentality operating in Australia whereby only foreign technology can be good or innovative*.

(* exceptions being know-nothing government folk who see some lame local implementation of 15 year old shareware and pronounce it as a Microsoft killer )

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New Internet Explorer chief is man behind Windows Phone reboot

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Re: Dont let Microsoft dominate it leads to

Many of the Microsoft folks from that era went on to Google, Amazon, Apple etc, who have each done what MS wasn't allowed to do.

Same people, different stock symbols.

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Microsoft sues Acacia for suing Microsoft

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This is from Amazon's Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post ?

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Oz gov sysadmins ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

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Quite a lot of Australian government websites don't even have a front door.

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Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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Look at the tables outside DVD stores in London, Paris etc which are heaving with shonky product. Police walk straight past.

I tried to buy local product once, but I was tied up by a couple with pointy noses and sharp teeth.

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Post-PC world? POST-MAC WORLD more like

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Re: Apple PC buyers are more savvy

Aside from the small detail that almost all computers get upgraded, the only better specs that most Mac fainbois understand are minute changes to the frames of their black horn-rimmed geek goggles.

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Former Microsoftie in AUTOMATIC BEER MAKER funding plea

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Will it come in a Blue Bottle of Death?

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hitmouse

Actually Starbucks outlets in and around Seattle are generally pretty good.

As a rule of thumb, the further you get from there the worse, but Britain has made it especially awful.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Cupertino is already preparing a more aesthetically appropriate reality distortion field-effect inductive charging standard that will only work on their devices.

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Wouldn't cider gold be more appropriate?

'cos I've got a combine harvester and you've got an iPhone 3

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Peter Capaldi named as 12th Doctor Who

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Local Hero to Universal Hero

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Australia threatens Adobe, Apple, with geo-blocking ban

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Re: Currency conversion

Apple charges Australia more than the US for music regardless of where the exchange rate is. They change their rhetoric to suit whether it's < 1 or > 1.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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Re: Who would want a 13" tablet?

"Books are 'single purpose devices'"

Really? You do know there are books you can read and books you can write in, and their form factor varies according to what is being read or written.

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Re: Who would want a 13" tablet?

A proper A4 (or even A3) tablet is what's needed for sheet music, and large format graphical material like comic books where layout and dimensions are very important. The market for musicians alone is enormous.

There are markets for small books with small pieces of paper and markets for large books with large pieces of paper.

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Spotify: If musicians don't give us their stuff they get pirated more

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There's about 100 different iTunes stores and six or so Amazon stores, and quite a few Spotify country zones. They don't share all their catalogue. Access is restricted by credit-card address and/or IP address.

An artist may spread their music via Facebook, Twitter or use in TV soundtracks, but only make their music available on a handful of iTunes or Amazon stores, and so the rest of the world may be left with piracy as the only option for acquiring the content. So saying "it's on iTunes or not" is not a strict binary matter, even when you leave out the enormous pricing differentials between iTunes stores for delivering the same bits.

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