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One million people have bonked on London public transport

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Re: Obvious reason is obvious

Yes, but they're the same as Oyster ones, and because cash fares are so outrageously expensive, very few people don't have Oyster cards any more.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: sigh

@Steven Jones: you're missing the point - what is done currently is irrelevant - we are developing higher frame rates (as well as other improvements) to go with higher resolutions for the future. You might as well have been arguing in the 1950s that there was no point in developing colour TV because no commercial or broadcast systems captured in colour.

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Re: Nirvana

@leon clarke: a 3.5mm jack plug shorts out every time it is inserted.

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Re: sigh

@Steven Jones: you're concentrating on large-area flicker whilst completely ignoring motion portrayal. The eye will track moving objects, so if you don't wish an object to go blurred as soon as it (or the camera, eg when panning) starts to move, you need a high enough refresh rate. The higher the resolution of the static image, the more noticeable will be the effect so as resolution increases, frame rate needs to increase to maintain image quality. There is evidence that several hundred frames per second can be needed for ultra-high resolution ("4K"). For further explanation, see, for instance, here.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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My laptop's display is glued together

...and at a year old, the "glue" (some variation on double-sided tape by the looks of it) started to come unstuck at the point of maximum stress - the hinge. Before display, backlight, touch screen or aerials failed, I applied epoxy resin adhesive, clamped it shut to set and so far it's holding, fingers crossed.

The laptop is made by S*msung.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

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Musunderestimation

It is impossible to underestimate just how upset some of us get about these things.

Oh hang on...

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Re: How much do you care?

If it's just a quote, it needs a subtitle.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: Marketplace

How do you know how much an OEM pays MS per machine it ships? It's a closely-guarded secret, which is why when MS panicked and started foisting Windows XP on netbooks to nip the consumer Linux PC in the bud, you could never get the same spec machine with Linux as with Windows, so it was impossible to work out how much the Windows licence actually cost - positive, zero or negative!

Why is it such a secret? Could it be that if indeed it does turn out to cost the hardware manufacturer peanuts compared with a standalone copy, the OEM bundling would be viewed as an anti-competitive subsidy to hinder the adoption of alternative operating systems and applications which run on them (or MS's applications which don't - for no technical reason)? Perish the thought!

Because it is a secret, the court can only award the known price of the software, which is that of a stand-alone licence. I think we agree that this is likely to be far higher than the price paid by the OEM, so that secrecy backfires in a particularly satisfying manner! If this becomes a trend, MS will soon change the way it does things.

Microsoft was the company that institutionalised this anti-competitive behaviour - nay stranglehold - and has benefited from it since the 1980s, so the fact that you think it's "unfair" to penalise the company for it strikes me as quite bizarre.

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Re: What are Apple buyers going to do.

@Mad Chaz: yes, but that's not the point: you can install any OS on a PC too. But in both cases, non-free (as in beer) software has been bundled with the hardware, for which you can get no refund. I have explained the difference between the two situations above.

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Re: What are Apple buyers going to do.

@Curly4: hasn't it dawned on you that the case of Apple is one company's non-free software being bundled with the same company's hardware, whereas in the case of Microsoft it is one company's non-free software being bundled with a myriad of other companies' hardware?

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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I think your iWatch is running slow...

"...or become a Linux geek - in much the same way that many car drivers have no desire to learn how to be a mechanic."

I think it's running slow by about a decade.

"I read very few of 'em, these days."

But you read this one...

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New USB spec offers two-way power flows AND double-sided plug

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Re: History

"The Amstrad had the power supply in the monitor."

Shh - don't tell anyone! Apple invented that concept with the iMac!

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@ AC opening poster: research > rant

"They change connectors way too often; you had the whole mini and micro and all they did was reduce one dimension. Why they even had the other is beyond me; they weren't that far apart."

If you do a little reading up you will find that micro USB connectors are actually a lot more durable than mini USB.

"USB was an idea copied off of others and they continue to copy, but not very well either."

Like what? FireWire? How much do you think a FireWire mouse would cost?

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Re: "Your mobe could charge your laptop"

"(I complain because something happened to USB cables about a year after I bought my last mobe. They don't work with it. That was just 2 1/2 years ago.)"

The price of copper went up.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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"The most downloaded app in Europe is not Google, it is Facebook Messenger"

That's because on the majority of devices Google doesn't have to be downloaded - it's already there!

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

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Re: UPnP, WPS, SNMP

My router allows you to specify allowed internal and external UPnP port ranges - better than nothing?

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Re: WPS

@AC: Consult an Android phone to see if it's still running?

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Re: WPS

@irongut: Having never used it, I didn't know it was a "short PIN" - assuming the PIN method is enabled at all, being optional. Time to get off your high horse.

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Re: WPS

It might be known to you, but I didn't know it, and while my third-party router firmware, which has a reputation for caring about security, disables one service by default (and warns about it), it says nothing about WPS. I'm not sure it's "well known".

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Just switched off WPS

Not even sure if my router contains a Broadcom chipset, but I never use it anyway.

I notice Android phones now helpfully tell you if the networks they find have WPS.

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Re: Dumb question here

A particular favourite is to change the DNS server to one of your own via the default router password most people don't bother to change, so you can divert every web page (etc) request wherever you want it.

As to one of the questions you've just added: assuming they haven't gained access to your router configuration (you changed the password...), to see what else is on the network you can check your router logs, list of attached clients, etc. Take a look - all routers are different.

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Broadcom reveals $20 'Pi in the sky' IoT development widget

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Re: Broadcom

On the other hand, they are targeting people who have no concept of value for money with something based on price.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Why are they even looking at the passwords in plain text?

"They" appears to be a computer program. Implementing this stupid feature does not prove that anyone actually looked at the passwords beforehand.

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Re: Merde!

The "show password" tick-box is increasing in popularity.

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"the more heinous crime is that Virgin constrain the password length to 8-10 characters."

Yes, but that's only part of the problem - worse is that they don't allow anything except numbers and letters. El Reg, can you "bite their hand" about this please?

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KER-CHING! CryptoWall ransomware scam rakes in $1 MEEELLION

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Re: No mention of existing prevention methods?

To update the above, I've just had a look at a spam email attachment "invoice_<random digits>.zip" - it contains "invoice_<different random digits>.exe" - in other words, not even attempting to hide the file type. This may or may not be CryptoWall - perhaps I should try executing it using wine? ;)

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Re: No mention of existing prevention methods?

Not if the contents of the zip file has names ending in .pdf.exe.

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If you follow Cipher's link, your questions will be answered:

1) Yes they do get their files back

2) Very

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Re: Most Apps are pointless

Hmm. As far as I can tell, web browsers suffer from a few problems which apps can solve:

- Access to OS services (eg the camera flash as a torch, or an external GPS receiver for better reception and dramatically improved battery life [Bluetooth GPS])

- Memory footprint (web browsers are heavyweight and tend to get shut down when backgrounded, making them slow to access when you, say, want to check the weather [BBC Weather])

- Access to network services (eg ssh [ConnectBot] and irc [AndChat])

- Local storage (eg downloading maps for subsequent navigation and tracking [Viewranger])

- Ability to keep functioning in the background (most of the apps above)

Some of these ought to be built into the operating system of course, but in the mean time apps allow you to get this functionality, and I'd say are more secure than an all-encompassing web browser. (I use Firefox by the way, for its ability to block ads and seamlessly erase cookies etc using plugins.)

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Re: Paranoid, moi?

No back door - it's refining its own voice recognition system all the time, in the same way that search engines refine themselves by seeing how near the top of the results people click, and face recognition systems refine themselves by people tagging images on Facebook.

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Re: But do you trust it?

Oh I wouldn't worry - it'll soon learn all your preferences and biases: the power of the targeted ad has ensured that that technology is mature already.

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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

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Re: Real coding!

Daniel B. - don't be such a snob.

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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"three times the response times"

Doesn't sound very good to me.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Where did you get that braided cotton USB cable?

From your USB iron?

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: Upgrade the display ??

Yes, the whole point of the "retina" marketing is that the eye cannot discern the individual pixels, so putting in any more is a completely futile exercise.

Whoops Apple - might have backed yourself into a corner there!

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: Is it a false economy

He might have had qualities that you don't possess though, such as an ability to spell...

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Re: They may indeed have used alkalines

My experience for toys and other high-drain devices is that you need your head examined if you don't use rechargeables. And with today's low self-discharge varieties that argument extends all the way into "pretty low-drain" territory too.

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Re: sell by?

Mystic Megabyte, I think you mean self-discharge rather than internal resistance.

I bought a cheap set of Keter electronic kitchen scales from Argos some 20 years ago, which I use a couple of times a week. The four "Tesco Extra Long Life" alkaline AAA cells they contain, in a natty black and gold colour scheme, have a best before date stamp of June 2001, and the low battery indicator hasn't come on yet...

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solar cells

AC you've obviously failed to engage your brain today before putting your keyboard warrior hat on, as a simple search for "solar parking meter" will show you. The cells are quite large so "some dirt" or "a piece of paper" is not a trivial solution to apply, and the meters' internal storage means they will work for ages even with the cells blocked - certainly long enough for the sort of amateur vandalism you suggest to be remedied by the wardens who enforce the parking regulations.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: Storage costs aren't always commutable @ Kubla Cant

Accessed identically, with the advantage that the device can still access it at the same time.

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Re: It's also a phone!

...because otherwise you'd need to carry a Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth headphones with mic or wired headphones with mic?

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O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

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Lycra Mobile?

Have you let the Tour de France go to your head?

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Mobe battery flat? These ELECTRIC PANTS will pump things up

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Re: Inefficent

@Wanting more: I was going to make a comment about efficiency too - it's clear that these techno-trousers are a stupid idea. I've read that the transfer efficiency of wireless chargers is 70-80%, yet yours only appears to be 50%. How did you measure it - ammeter on the input side and some reading from the phone on the output side? Or just the rating printed on the charger, which doesn't mean that it's actually delivering that amount of current? If it were only 50% efficient, given a 5V supply the thing would be dissipating 3.75W which would make it rather warm.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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"simulated" sex acts?

Why a simulated sex act? I thought only actors did that.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Ordure of Bull?

I would be interested to read about this, but a search of your name and loudspeaker didn't find anything.

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There's such a stark parallel...

...between hi-fi nuts and anthropomorphic climate-change deniers.

Let the downvotes roll in. ;)

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Re: paper cone piston

Yes, I agree with most of that, apart from bit rates - lossy compression is usually tuned down to the level where the effects are audible.

And as for Bose, well although most of it is doubtless brand engineering, I have to admit I was amazed at the amount of bass you get out of a Soundlink Mini. They really have done something clever there.

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Room acoustics

Now that's really cinderella. Yet people seem to think a loudspeaker will sound the same wherever it's put. The differences are enormous.

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Re: Beats headphones?

You think that multiplex managers have control over the sound level?

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: "eventuates"

Wow - I was just about to post asking that the author could speak English.

"If that outcome eventuates" indeed! What sort of little bubble of jargon do they live in?

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