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iPhone 'Do Not Disturb' bug to self-destruct on Monday

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Re: *Time* for change ?

"I remember Nokia introducing scheduled profiles years ago and they didn't suffer from any of these issues.. you know why ? they actually tested their code. Back then updating phones software was not as easy/commonplace as it is today"

Granted, it's a stupid bug on Apple's part, but comparing it to a Nokia profile schedule of the 90s (when I recall it on my 3310) isn't particularly fair. Yes they probably did have better test coverage, but I suspect it was a much smaller code path on of the old Nokia OS and so a lot easier to achieve that coverage compared with a smartphone. The demand for features wasn't as great either.

But yes, old Nokias had bugs too, even the aforementioned 3310 (had trouble operating when "no service" was displayed and rebooted).

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What's THAT, you say? Apple MIGHT be making a NEW iPHONE, iOS?

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Re: WTF !?!

@A Non e-mouse - yup, selectively quoting and missing off the end of that paragraph (namely "not that anyone sane was suggesting that") is a clever way of getting a different point across. Or did you just stop reading at that point and rush to the comments?

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Re: Really?

"Stop thinking so much about your advertising revenues and BITE THE HAND."

And you don't think a massively sarcastic article about Apple hype is doing just that?

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Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

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Coat in advance

"Of course, this being a lithium battery, our hero’s bosses in the SIS would need to ensure the power pack can be eventually removed and replace"

Unless it was created by Apple, in which case it would be welded to your skull...

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Re: FW800 slower than USB2?

I think it might a symptom of the Firewire cards used in the test being PCI, not PCIe

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Re: USB 2.0

What's more interesting to me is that USB 3 is "only" 2.5x faster than USB 2 in realworld tests.

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Re: Charts: Mb/s or MB/s ?

I'd assumed Megabit/s, but you're right by the looks of it as I just did the maths. Otherwise ~50MB/s would be quite tame.

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Official SCIENCE*: HIGH HEELS make you SEXY (Ladies)

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Re: Really?????

"What a waste of time."

Consider why it was published:

1) it was part of a study of human behaviour, these sorts of things are useful to know in evolutionary studies

2) (most likely) it's a good advertisement for Portsmouth Uni, coincidentally 2 weeks before admission deadlines close (15th Jan), particularly for the Sports & Exercise Science course starting in September.

3) (less likely, but plausible), it's not uncommon for sponsored research work. Wouldn't be at all surprised if I saw Schuh or similar quoting the results.

But of the likeliest options, I'd go with 2, with a mixture of 1.

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

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Re: AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++ Article

You forgot "would reccommend", "would recomend", "wood reccomend" or the highly unlikely "would recommend"

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Craptastic analysis turns 2.8 zettabytes of Big Data into 2.8 ZB of FAIL

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Re: Delta Tango Oscar

It's Greek, therefore older than America, let alone "American-business-twatspeak nonsense". I first encountered it in school when I learnt calculus. I've also encountered it in the phonetic alphabet which you've perhaps ironically used.

As FDR mentioned, perhaps you'd have preferred "difference", but that wouldn't have accurately fit, given the author could then have been talking about the differences in the data sets, not the difference gap. So yes, it's quite a good word. I use it when describing data sets as just one example.

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Review: Kingston Hyper-X 3K 240GB SSD

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Pictures

If you're going to put a vulture logo in the pictures to protect yourselves from theft, at least make the photos worthy of stealing? Did you take it on an old camera phone, print it out on a dot matrix and then re-scan it?

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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

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"It's a fantastic piece of kit, limited only by the range of your iDevices"

And wallet

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Re: Technic LEGO for 21st Century..

Kits are very expensive. Generic sets of blocks, a lot cheaper. You're usually paying for the design (or copyrights for the Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR et al) when you buy specific kits.

Just buy the blocks, let the kid's imagination do the design - will be a lot more satisfying too.

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Boffins cook raw numbers, hope to bake PERFECT kilogram

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Presumably the new standard will match the old one on day 1, and the old standard will gradually drift.

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Ten... tech stocking stuffers

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FAT32

Why would it be useless formatted to FAT32? I have terabyte drives formatted to FAT32, think the limit is 2TB (or even 16TB if you up the sector size)

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Siri: Can you make a Raspberry Pi open a garage door?

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Re: in my experience it would be more like...

This is your reminder to call the vet

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DARPA planning 100 Gbps wireless

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Bingo!

I got a full house at "synergistically" - where do I collect my bullsht bingo prize?

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Good

Does the X-37b have an offensive ability?

Yeah, it's got a picture of a guy giving the bird as it flies past.

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Chinese spacecraft JUUUUST avoids smashing into Toutatis

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Re: Micro gravitation changes?

"Does such a close encounter have any gravitational affect on the asteroids orbital path?"

Yes, a very very very (...etc...) slight one. In the same way any craft does when using gravity assisted accelerations or deccelerations.

"Might it now be on a collision course with us in another 5,000 years?"

It might, but then again it may have nudged it off a collision course. Our ability to calculate orbital paths of small objects isn't as accurate as that.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Ooh, voice-guided turn by turn nav?

And somehow, miraculously, Google have managed to make voice guided TBT navigation available on the older kit too - something Apple insist can't be done (no voice recog/Siri or TBT on their Maps app on an iPhone 4, only 4S and 5).

There has been speculation that Google weren't able to update their map app as frequently as they'd like when it was embedded in iOS - I think this app goes some way to support that theory.

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LOHAN fabricates full-fat fantastical flying truss

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Amendment

"The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team"

*cough* hydrogen now *cough*

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

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Re: Health insurance

I think that's the grim reality hidden beneath this message:

Now that costs have supposedly plummeted, the market is ripe to be exploited by private companies hoping to cash in by using these rich datasets to create "personalised medicines and individualised treatments".

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Tor node admin raided by cops appeals for help with legal bills

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Really?

"The system is used by journalists, activists and military organisations around the world to bypass censorship and communicate securely."

The *military* uses Tor?? Really?? Would expect it to be a fairly tin-pot military that resorted to Tor.

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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

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Re: Status > Landing

@asdf - There are anecdotal stories that speak of pilots hearing the tell-tale mobile phone interference in their headsets.

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

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Re: Shock Horror

You're rather overselling NTLM by describing it as "crypto" I reckon :-)

As I recall from whenever one of my parents forgot their password on XP it was a case of removing a single file in the System32 folder. Their profile name with an extension but I forget which (.key, .pid, .sam?).

"Cracking" XP is about as impressive as cracking a diary's padlock.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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Re: Globalisation is coming back home

"About time stop all businesses outsourcing or moving production."

Outsourcing <> shipping to China. Apple will still outsource production, even if it's in the US. Every company outsources something, be it the cleaner, security guard, electrician or IT.

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Latest Call of Duty sequel shoots past Avatar sales benchmark

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Re: 8bitStyle

You paid £5 for River Raid?? Mine was £2.99 on cassette ;-)

Am amazed Activision have survived too. I'm sure I was told back at the time that tape 2 tape was going to kill them off.

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Moon riven by colossal cracks

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Re: Also in the news..

Well they will now there's a reference to it on the Internet that can be quoted out of context! ;-)

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McAfee seeks asylum in Guatemala

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"I faked that EXIF data!"

aka "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

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Re: Hydrogen?

"Helium is for softies."

Indeed, such was the frequent point made in the forums/comments sections and disregarded every time. Glad it's changed, just surprised there wasn't a browbeaten article from Lester :-)

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Hydrogen?

Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator

When did the switch to hydrogen happen?

God speed Playmonaut - I like to think you're not lost and are riding LOHAN hard across the channel towards Paris.

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Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

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Easy

it's not a "simple 'screwdriver' operation.

Nope, it's a screwdriver and gluegun operation from the sounds of that teardown - is that enough?

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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What killed Motorola?

I'm hoping it was those irritating adverts. "Hello Moto. Play, play, I wanna play some games..."

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Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers

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Re: I wont let mine go because

"The recycling companies wanted to give me about 30 quid for em....Piss off......."

^^ That. If they value the phone at less than £20, it's barely worth my time spent going to the post office to get proof of postage. It's also worth more to me as a spare phone.

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Take-Two praises release breaks for Grand Theft Auto's healthy figure

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The difference

The CoD franchise has effectively been a level expansion pack for some time, and very little replay value. The online multiplayer element is (largely) the same from game to game. They release a game pretty much annually.

GTA on the other hand, bases itself around an open world which in itself you'd take several weeks to get bored of. GTA is pretty much a release of multiple stories, with a vast new city each time. They also don't churn out a slightly rehashed version each year.

Saying this as someone who'll buy every installment of both series. But as an occasional gamer CoD I'll be done with in a month, GTA will last me at least 6.

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SPEARS fired up for explosive climax

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Re: Code release?

You've just discovered there are jackasses on the internet? Rest assured that for every rude comment there will be at least 10 people interested to see it :-) I'm interested in your approach to compensating for drift on the accelerometers for example, having struggled with it over a year or so (on and off anyway!)

Pretty please, with sugar on top?

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Code release?

Go on, you know you want to! :-)

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

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Re: Hitting # or * a few times can sometimes work too

"agent" is a good way to break out of a voice recognition system

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Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords

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Re: Uh, what default password?

Have you worked with *any* domestic router???

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Re: Some models even advertise their MAC address on the case of the device!

And those models with a helpful label showing the MAC address usually print the default WPA keys, so to ignore that, read the MAC address on the label and hashing it seems a bit of a strange task indeed...

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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

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Cheaper yet

It's about 3p/GB if you avoid the 4TB premium drives and settle for 3TB instead. Scary when I consider getting excited for drives that broke the GB barrier for £100 back in the mid-90's.

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Extreme teleworking: A Reg hack reports from the internet's frontier

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Nice

Lucky swine. You could probably do the same story in any number of small hamlets in deep dark Wales where my father-in-law lives. Except without the sunny summers.

Still, "Copper Cable of Uncertainty" - I'm using that phrase forever more!

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London Underground platform Wi-Fi set to cost £2 daily for many

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Re: How much?

15 minutes per day on a Tube platform? I'd be amazed if it were 5 on an average day.

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Just what you needed: A cell phone with a remote control. No, really

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Re: Wow, just wow...

You mean you whistled several times, looked like a nutter to passers-by and occasionally got it to generate the tone. Or alternatively you coughed, slammed a door, boiled a kettle or dropped a pin and it would generate a tone too.

Such was my experience with them anyway!

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NASA admits hiding 'really good' news from Martian soil

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Re: Blue skies on Mars?

Not really, the sky is usually blue at sunset on Mars, and reddish during the day. Pretty much the opposite of Earth.

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Yup, think the article's oversimplified it. Curiosity isn't designed to detect life directly, only the elements required for life (as we understand it), "organic" compounds and biosignatures (or evidence life existed).

Although if a ma-hoooo-sive spider crawled across the ground where a camera was pointing, they could probably claim that one

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Boffins biff over ‘twisted radio’

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Re: The fundamental things apply

"Let me brake it down for you"

Probably destroyed your argument before you even began sadly.

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Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

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Re: Unfair comparison

Not to mention there have been 9 "pure" COD games to date (not including the various PSP/Vita/DS alternates).

So yes, thing that cost 5x as much and has had more releases, outsells other thing. Good news.

I reckon it cost me less to see the entire Star Wars saga at the cinema over the years than a single copy of a COD game. Heck the bluray release last year cost less the same.

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And is dead, last I checked

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UK digital terrestrial TV turns 14 today

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Channel 5

" Back then, Brits seemed satisfied with a pair of BBC channels, whatever broadcasters was running ITV in their region [...] and Channel 4"

And whatever soft grumble flick Channel 5 were screening. Red shoe diaries or similar I'd imagine.

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