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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: It's nowhere near ready yet

"How are automated cars going to deal with those if they can miss a white lorry?"

Because for every widely-publicised incident like that, there are 100 non-newsworthy incidents of preventable collisions being caused by human drivers which would have been avoided by autonomous vehicles. You so eloquently described how you were misled in a similar situation; how do you even know that your average driver might not have crashed into that white lorry too?

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English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

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Black cab dinosaurs

@astrax: "going for regular examinations (called "appearances") in which the examiner can ask for practically any road, cul-de-sac or point of interest in a 20 mile radius"

Why? Just why, nowadays? Because "the Uber drivers' SatNav fluffing mid journey"? Car breaking down is more likely.

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Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

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Re: Meh

I've had Virgin but not Openreach availability for years.

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Re: "The proof is in the pudding"

I take your point, smartypants, but upload speed is becoming more important with our ever-increasing cloudiness, and I'm not sure this was anticipated when the specification of DOCSIS 3 was hammered out. According to the Wiki, they appear to be addressing that now with version 3.1+.

We're not talking about symmetric communication here - just slightly less blindingly asymmetric.

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"The proof is in the pudding"

No it isn't, it's in the eating of the pudding.

But don't forget Virgin's dirty little secret - upload speeds.

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Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed

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"a collision, or worse"

Ooh do tell us - what's worse?

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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"Lightening"

Lightning is weird, but calling it lightening is more weird.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Re: Battery....?

Yes. And Samsung devices have a pen holster, so you don't lose it, unlike MS or Apple. If Apple had a holster, it could contain a connector to charge the battery the Apple Penci has to have.

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Licensing issues too, maybe?

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Re: Probably the best (...) in the world

Clickbait.

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Re: Still using my Note 2

@AC "which I find pretty useless as it's just not practical running that from a backpack when hiking etc"

Chasing Pokemon, you mean. :)

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Samsung eyeballs new Note

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64GB of RAM?

You seem to be making a habit of this...

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Re: Fixed battery - disaster

"Disaster"? No-one cares that tablets and increasingly laptops have non-removable batteries, so why worry about phones? People seem to be living in the past, when batteries really didn't last very long.

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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Re: Barelling

@Paul Crawford: I agree, especially as you can still market your camera as having the same number of pixels, and that big number is the only thing that matters anyway...

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Barelling

"barrelling, for which there is no magic cure in a 7mm thin device"

Do you mean barrel distortion? There's an easy cure: reverse the distortion in software. Of course this results in non-uniform resolution, but is a technique much larger cameras employ.

PS I think you mean 64/128GB of flash memory, not RAM.

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TP-Link fined $200k, told to be nice to wireless router tinkers after throwing a hissy fit

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It is, but because different jurisdictions have different limits, these different limits now somehow have to be enforced in hardware rather than software, which means more product variations, leading to higher cost.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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Excellent article

Thank you. However, while it may be the world's only swinging aqueduct, it isn't the only moving one. There is the much more modern Falkirk Wheel which is just as mind-boggling as it rotates in a vertical plane, without tipping the water out! (I guess though that you could argue that this isn't an aqueduct as it doesn't carry water across something!)

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IPO spews email addresses to hundreds of recipients. Twice

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Why oh why...

...can't email clients pop up an "are you sure?" if you try to send something with more than a few addresses in To: and Cc:?

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ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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Controller chip refuses to charge it any more?

What? Never heard that one before. Battery charge controllers are not like printer toner cartridge chips you know.

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"a battery that can be removed and replaced in less than ten seconds"

Except that's not the whole story, is it? To change the battery requires the phone to be rebooted; to connect it to an external battery, assuming it wasn't completely flat, results in no loss of service.

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Re: A question of balance

Depends whether their hard disks contain helium or not.

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"Most batteries wear out because of overcharging."

Can you point me to convincing evidence for this please? The phone contains circuitry that will prevent overcharging, so leaving the charger connected overnight does not mean you are a "dimwit".

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Uber opens up on Oz deactivation policies, just a little

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"Deactivated"?

Do these people know how their language comes across? It's as if they consider their drivers to be robots.

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

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Re: I love Bluetooth

I agree that there are a lot of ludicrous Bluetooth-enabled devices, but for this one there is definitely method in the madness, because it allows the motor to be switched on and off without having to run a very obvious wire from it to the control on the handlebars.

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UberEats into food delivery with new app launch in London

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Destroy the competition

When you're sitting on a huge pile of cash you can subsidise new ventures like this in order to destroy the competition, and then you can charge what you like and the consumer is the loser.

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Flash. Bang. Wallet: Marcher crooks target UK Android users

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Re: If you are using your phone for 2FA

When 2FA becomes sweet FA...

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Verification image

Santander (and probably others) has for a long time shown you an image previously selected by them, and a phrase previously entered by you, after you have entered your customer number, but before you enter your secret information. Assuming the user is awake, this ought to defeat attacks which present the same spoof site to every user.

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Re: why it's Droid-only

Except this isn't, for once, a Flash vulnerability. It appears to be another vector which just pretends to be something to do with Flash in order to get the user to execute it. 99% of Apple users won't know their device doesn't use Flash so would behave in the same way anyway.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

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Re: In terms of watts per dollar...

@Killing Time: the thing you've overlooked is the much higher efficiency of hot water production from solar thermal than from diverting exported solar PV into immersion heaters. I looked into the latter in some detail as I have solar PV, and besides the relatively small amount of hot water you'll get, you need things like a large EMI filter and a lots of heatsinking. At least in the UK, PV plus thermal is the best way to go.

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Re: Science is a filthy tease...

@Andrew Jones 2: I haven't noticed any efficiency drop in my 5 year old PV installation so far, though I accept the capacitors in the inverter might not last for ever.

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Re: Science is a filthy tease...

@Spit the dog: have you really not worked out that if the energy produced by the installation over its lifetime is far more than that embodied in it by the use of "Mongolian coal!!" (and it is), then the net result is beneficial?

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Re: Barking in the wrong forest.

No (isolating) transformer is required by law to connect solar panels to the grid - is that different for wind turbines?

One thing you can't get away from is large capacitors to store the charge necessary to produce mains AC frequency.

The enormous variation in the power of the wind makes it hard to design something that will produce anything useful at all most of the time without destroying itself in a storm. Turbines also create vibration and noise (you will soon regret bolting one to the side of the house) and require maintenance. A car alternator's front bearing isn't designed to cope with the forces imposed on it by large wind vanes. You would also need to protect the alternator from the weather. People have tried to stick propellors on car alternators for decades with very little success.

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Helium... No. Do you think this is some kind of game? Toshiba intros 8TB desktop drive

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@Len Goddard

Somebody needs to step away from the keyboard...

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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"the stylus became part of the detritus... in the bottom of my laptop bag"

Yes, that was a big mistake - unlike Samsung Notes, there is no holster for the stylus. I'd much rather have a slightly less comfortable slimmer stylus than none at all because it's been lost or left at home. Oh, and as it knows when the stylus is in the holster, it can be programmed to save power by not looking for it when it knows it's not there.

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"the battery discharges even whilst powered off."

Ah, fond memories of the Original EEE PC in 2008 - I sent mine back twice for motherboard replacement to fix this fault and of course as it didn't, then got a refund.

Just opened my "eee" folder on Yahoo Mail to check that for the first time in more than 5 years. Only took it a couple of seconds to retrieve that from who knows where...

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"Why on Earth would a non-responsive bluetooth module stop a laptop from sleeping?"

@Jeffrey Nonken: because it's a hardware fault. You have a broken computer. The OS doesn't know, for instance, if the Bluetooth module is in a mode where it's slurping power at maximum rate and so will flatten the battery rapidly while everything else is asleep. Maybe its designers responded to angry complaints from similarly-afflicted users that their batteries go flat in sleep mode, and decided that honesty was the best policy: the OS shouldn't make promises it can't keep?

You can't blame any OS for not miraculously finding a way to work properly on broken hardware. Who knows - maybe the Surface Pro is being similarly dishonest about a hardware irregularity, leading to the "sleep of death" that people are complaining about?

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

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Re: 122GB ? Pah. Windows 10 OneDrive client ate over 200GB of my files!

...which is ironic as not so long ago it was Microsoft that was forcing us away from that.

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Re: A: he is not a real musician

Yes, you missed at least four things here (having read the original blog and then checked to see if The Reg had picked it up):

- You can only download it again while you have internet access (obvious but still important)

- The system can conflate different versions of the same song, replacing one with another

- Apple doesn't support WAV files, so the original material has now been compressed

- If you take up the 3 month free subscription to Apple Music and then cancel it, all your music is gone forever, apparently.

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

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Re: Yahoo

TBF, spam does auto-expire and the filtering is of similar effectiveness to other providers in my experience.

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Ubuntu plugs code exec, DoS Linux kernel holes

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Re: Updates issued for still-supported OS version!

Are you new here? Since when has "newsworthy" been a necessary criterion for a Register article?

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Google, Facebook's CAPTCHAs vanquished by security researchers

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Can you solve this Captcha?

"They were also able to spin up a virtual host that assumed the necessary identifying criteria of a legitimate user and could then generate clean cookies to solve CAPTCHAs out of the normal bounds."

I'm trying to make sense of this sentence, and I'm a human being (I think).

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India orders 770 million LED light bulbs, prices drop 83 per cent

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Re: Dull

They're not necessarily ferociously bright but ferociously focussed.

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What is a "normal" light bulb? Incandescent is distinctly retro even now. But even more retro are clear glass LED filament lamps, which bear a passable resemblance to incandescent filaments but consist of hundreds of tiny LEDs in series in a common phoshor-impregnated silicone rubber coating.

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LED rear lights

"Makes me wonder how you can screw that up if you have a frigging 12 V direct current power supply that you can just connect to those LEDs directly."

Because running them with more current at a low duty cycle generates less heat for the same subjective brightness, which means you can use cheaper LEDs (and also consume less power).

"To make matters worse, some models have it, some don't, and sometimes it's within the same make."

Running at different frequencies I guess. The higher the frequency the greater the switching losses, i.e. heat generated in the driver circuit. Driver circuitry has become more efficient over the years.

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

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"One thing that's less clear, is who Solus is really for."

Quite. Especially a new package management system. Package management has lots of subtleties and I'd be interested to know what's wrong with the highly mature Debian or RPM systems.

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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The last mile

"The same "last mile" losses would largeky also apply if generation was decentralized and/or micro-generation became widespread."

Why? I've got plenty of neighbours to use the energy I generate.

But I'm glad that's the only thing you disagree with.

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Clean energy is the result of the subsidy, and its substatial level kick-started the market with the result that prices have dropped so there are still companies offering free solar installations. But I'm sure you are surveying every visible and invisible roof in your area at regular intervals to come to the authoritative conclusion that no more panels are being fitted.

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Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that the average householder would be able to afford solar cells at the scale required to cover their roof to generate at the kW level? And even when I had mine installed, the prospect of being able to store significant amounts of that at home was a pipe dream, yet it's now possible if still a little bit out of most people's league.

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Re: What we need ..

Lightning strikes would provide a minuscule amount. Don't be fooled by their dramatic nature; the energy available per unit time per unit area is insignificant.

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Re: Electric Cars: Rich People

Not as much massive increase as you might think. Better load management on the grid (even to the extent of getting your fridge to switch off for 5 minutes to shave the peaks), micro-generation (reducing the distance the energy has to be transported), and storage technologies like the ones discussed, which can also be placed close to areas of consumption as they don't emit pollution and don't have to be huge, and can be charged dynamically in response to grid capacity variations.

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