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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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love em or hate em

they made me 10 grand over the last 2 years in shares.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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App store bring down

Can't be the tech. I dunno if they still use WebObjects though, probably not.

They used to in the early days - and web objects was awesome imho.

I'm biased as I cut my teeth on nextstep, openstep, EOF, and then web objects.

It shat all over J2EE well into the 2000s but just didn't have the market presence and wasn't core, so got more or less binned by apple (the WOF bit I mean... obviously openstep became OSX).

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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I'll be getting one

or an iwatch - I'll wait till tomorrow to decide.

I think you're missing the point.

1. they aint watches. they are a device that fits on yer wrist - so it gets compared to a watch, and frankly would be stupid to not tell you the time. But that's hardly the point of it.

2. For me anyway it's about custom apps, fitness apps, augmented screens, etc. I fly paramotors and paragliders and use a HUD build around a MOD Live at present running an app of my own devising that gives me all the info I need for flying on my HUD. I can see this 'watch' being useful for those kind of apps: make use of the gps, data, etc, etc on the parent device, but serve up just the basic easy to read info on the wrist app - so for example show me my alti, speed, closest airspace, wind speed, direction to home AZ, etc (as my MOD does), but far handier for more folk to wear than building a custom HUD into their helmet.

Same goes for stuff like cycling, running, etc. hence why it has pedometer, heart rate, etc build in. You don't want to be running along, taking your 5" phone out to see all the time - but a glimpse of the 'watch' is perfect. Clearly is you 'don't see the point of gadgets for running' then you're not the market.. but it doesn't mean there isn't one.

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Mozilla certification revocation: 107,000 websites sunk by untrusted torpedo

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untrusted pedo

I am the only one that misread that ?

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3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

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A fraction of the price

well yeh.. if the fraction is 8/3rds...

Sense 3d handheld scanner is just over 300 quid, has been out for over a year and does the same thing.

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Homer's car

Wow, just wow.

The Morgan is like something Homer designed.

And the rest are pretty hideous too.

How the hell does Jay Kay still make enough money for these - who the hell is still being Jameroqui albums in 2014 ???

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Al Jazeera

I'd suggest are an order of magnitude more competent than any other news org.

there's tv coverage, and website news is 2nd to none.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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packaging lipos, etc

Make sure you don't get caught out with lipos, etc if this is going in hold luggage Lester. The rules are pretty strict now.

Or is it getting shipped ?

It might be worth trying to get someone like BA on board to 'sponsor' it a bit by providing assured hold transportation, etc ? It's flight related, GB first, etc, etc... they could be interested ? Let me know if you want to pursue and I'll find out some contacts (consulting at BA headquarters at the moment)

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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i don't get it

I fucking despair.

that, and the 10 million for a 'homer builds a cooler' kickstarter.

the world is full of fuckwits.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Nearly a year of living with my 3d printer now

Firstly, unless you are gonna learn CAD (solid works student edition for me), it's a waste of time.

printing out things other folk have built is not particularly useful - you might as well get them printed my shape ways or i.materialise, etc.

But once you've learned to build stuff yourself, if you are a DIYers or hobbiest, you really do find them useful.

ABS is actually remarkably solid for most stuff you'd want to use if for - from brackets, to door handles, to project containers, etc - I can print off a caribiner that will hold my weight in 30 mins for example - now that would be stupid - I'd buy a caribiner… and there is the issue - don't print out things you can BUY, you print out things you need that don't exist, or (as in the case of my Stubilizer project) prototype stuff.

If you are not a DIY/hobbiest or someone in need of prototyping - then don't buy one. If you are - you'll be wishing you bought one years ago. I've put through about 5kg of ABS in the last year - and had a lot of fun, learned new skills and build some cool stuff.

Time and time again thought you meet folk that ask 'have you printed a gun', and 'can i download and print something'… both of which is to entirely miss the point.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Daily show got it spot on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClvI9fZaz6M

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Amazonian Women

not a single mention of em....

I've seen alt.binaries.amazon-women.admirers.... no thanks.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

'Hamas' do not fire missiles.

How can they, when the government of Palestine is not allowed an army ?

So what you have on one side, is a group of nutters, backed into a corner like a dog - don't be expected if it bites.

But they are not 'Hamas'. they are not the government of Palestine carrying out the wishing of the population. They are a bunch of nutters.

On the other side, we have a GOVERNMENT sanctioned army, killing civilians.

The equivalent would be Britain sending airstrikes on Dublin because the IRA bombed Manchester. It would be utterly moronic, immoral and pathetic.

And it's what Israel does every time. That, sir, is the difference.

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Western morality

Though clearly a pretty horrible thing to do, I can't help being a bit depressed by the coverage this gets in the western press.

This morning 6 children were blown/burned to bits by Israeli airstrikes.

It gets almost no coverage at all.

perhaps that also needs to be videoed and posted on facebook before the western media gives a shit....

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Conscious IE users

I'd like to know the percentage of users out there who use IE as a conscious decision they have made, and not just because they were steered that way and/or it is the default in win7/8.

How many actually DECIDED to use IE after trying the rest ?

How many even KNOW there are other browsers ?

Most are unaware what a browser is.. it's just 'the internet'.

ActiveX on the one extreme and on the other, the moronic 'click here and download that file again if you want to download it because we didn't believe you the first time' on the other are two good enough reasons to consign IE to the bin.

It's painful enough using it for the 2 minutes it takes me to download chrome... to actually USE it...you'd have to be a madman.

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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ken arsehole monroe

ok.. I want to get some publicity from this crappy story.. what can I do…

aha … THINK OF THE CHILDREN !!

staklers…yeh yeh that'll do it.

prick.

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

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Soya latte !!!,!,

Come and ask for that in Glasgow you big Jessie .

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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pfft

I just called me niece, who is 6.

She couldn't explain the difference between abstraction and encapsulation, and failed to name even one GoF pattern.

And frankly, her design diagram showing the main components of her bicycle and their interactions, was laughably inadequate.

idiot.

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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arduino

Yup, it'll be basic 433mhz am signals.

2 quid gets you a set of tx/rx. another 2 quid gets you an arduino.

listen to the codes, repeat. job done.

this is how we can use arduino's to 'learn' to control remote power plugs, etc.

It's nothing new though.

Obviously fancier ones have rolling psuedo random codes, etc but I imagine many of them when reset start from the same seed too - so you just need to find the seed value to sync up.

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Kickstarter hopefuls promise high-res aerial maps for the masses

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PTGUI

I just use PTGUI.

chuck 100+ stills at it and it works a treat.

He does seem to be redesigning the wheel somewhat....

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Ad biz now has one less excuse to sponsor freetards and filth

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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privacy agreement

Interestingly my LG updated its firmware (700megs) a few weeks ago.

It came up and forces you to agree to the new privacy agreement, or no more smart tv.

I wonder if this is legal ?

I've never used the smarttv part tbh - it's plugged into my macmini and that's what I use all the time, so I gave it a 'yes' for an easy life, and knowing it won't be able to track anything.

however, it does seem a bit rich, effectively disabling your tv if you don't agree to changes in privacy conditions after an update.

here's someone detailing the same issue:

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140511/17430627199/lg-will-take-smart-out-your-smart-tv-if-you-dont-agree-to-share-your-viewing-search-data-with-third-parties.shtml

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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americans

was it Douglas Adams that said something like 'the terribly sad thing about americans, is that they LOVE bacon, but they don't realise they are doing it wrong - it could be soooo much better'

summit like that anyway.

google is turning u a blank, so please correct quote and attributer commentards.

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

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Re: don't forget train ticket barriers....

Ah yes... the underground...

I soon realised I had to wait for the person infront of me to actually GO THROUGH the barrier...

since By default you swipe as you are already walking into the gate.

So of course, there oyster card has expired, but muggins behind swipes his ticket.

voila, they scoot through on your ticket.. leaving you then wondering for a second why your ticket isn't working before realising what's happened.

it look a few times for the penny to drop. I'm pretty sure this is an accepted way of using the underground without paying...

So now I wait until punter in front has actually got gate to open and has departed before my ticket is fed into the thing.

I still often wonder how foreigners manage not to get lost on platforms with more than one line - as LU still seem to expect that simply specifying that the next train is for 'BARKING' will endow the perspective passenger with the magical knowledge that it is on the hamersmith and city line, and that they need to memorise every single stop on the circle line and wait for a train with one of those on the front to get on the circle line....is it so fucking difficult to put: "H&C: BARKING' or "CIRCLE:EMBANKMENT"

poor bastards

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don't forget train ticket barriers....

For 18 months I have been travelling down once a week from ipswich to heathrow.

I get a return ticket (£116 a week !!!!!)

On getting to the automated barriers at liverpool st, it refuses the ticket.

After 2 or 3 weeks of this, I realised it was not just a shit ticket - but an inherent problem - so started queuing up with the season pass holders for the one human at one side of the 10 barriers right away rather than wasting my time trying the fucker in the machine, and have to show that to him every week.

Around 1 time in 3 he still insists that I try it - which of course I have to do even after telling him it won't work... and it doesn't work.

ah... you are thinking - why don't you sort this at the source!

well... after about 6 months, I remembered one monday morning while getting my ticket.

"Er.. see these tickets you give me. I get them every week. They never work in the automatic barrier at liverpool street"

train grunt: "Oh"

"Yeh.. I mean I'm not talking about now and again, I mean every week for 6 months. I'm assuming since they work for most folk, that your system has some sort of bug in it and is screwing up tickets which end in heathrow somehow"

<pause> i am silently stared at.

"er... I just though maybe you'd like to know the details... maybe you could pass them on to someone. you know - it's probably affecting other people and other routes going by the number of other people I see having their tickets refused by the barriers"

<pause> I am still silently stared at.

"right then... er... goodbye"

that was 12 months ago.

they still don't work.

To be fair the train ticket grunt is still about 4x quicker at issuing a ticket than the asthmatic automatic ticketing machine - which seems to have cornered the market in 1980s dot matrix printers and takes around 1 minute (which is a loooong fucking time when you are waiting there) to print out 3 ticket parts.

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Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro

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Re: Still too expensive

"Oh dear, oh dear.

You know that a .Mov is an Apple format?

Try opening a wmv file with a Apples default player....same result."

funny enough, 15 years in the video industry means, yes I do know that.

Show me a camera that saves to wmv format numpty ?

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Re: Still too expensive

users don't use operating systems, they use applications.

when you are using photoshop, facebook, etc it doesn't matter a fuck to most users what the OS is.

most have only the absolute minimum knowledge of a file system, etc - all they need to do is click on an app to start it.

The reason osx sells is because of the 'ilife' (as was) suite - that's what users USE.

microshaft, still don't get that. I couldn't believe when I got a windows 8 laptop last year*, that it still couldn't open a .mov file from my camera with mediaplayer.

out the box users get all the basic apps they need - email, browsing, video editing, photo editing, messaging and can even get into music editing.

out the box windows users 9x out of 10 get a piece of shit laptop which has been loaded with crapware, none of which is actually useful and slows the thing to a crawl - leaving the user having to work out how to get rid of the shite, or end up paying for norton AV and god knows all what... and still leaving them trying to edit their videos with the world's shittest video editor.

None of this was anything to do with what OS is on the machine, and everything to do with the diametric apposite approach each company takes to packaging and marketing there product.

stu (100% osx since 2007)

*it now runs osx.

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Re: Broadcast TV is a dinosaur

I mean sending a tv program over the air by broadcast to everyone.

So they all have to watch it at the same time.

Then later we invented video recorders, and then HD recorders to try and get around these limitations technology imposed (the fact that the only way to get a tv program was to broadcast it).

But you still have a situation where every program got sent out - once. unless you set your own device to record it you are stuffed. or you hoped for a 'repeat'.

what the hell is the point of that ? It makes no sense now that there are more efficient ways of getting you that tv program - on demand, when you want it.

So no need to BROADCAST it to everyone. No need to hope you knew it was on and recorded it.

'oh I've missed reading the latest dawkins book. never mind it might be repeated in a few years' - makes no bloody sense at all does it ? And yet we've been programmed to treat TV media differently from books... and expect a program to be transmitted to our house at a certain time, where we either have to watch it then and there, or be responsible for recording it ourselves to watch later.

I've not watched broadcast tv since 2000 when I got my first tivo. From 2004, I stopped having any mechanism to watch broadcast tv (live or locally recorded). I was tv programs and films when I want, though netflix, amazon prime, or downloaded.

broadcast tv is ridiculous if you stand back and thing about it - but one we've got used to thinking is normal and makes sense, when it makes no sense at all.

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Broadcast TV is a dinosaur

Put it out its misery once and for all and kill it.

It's an anachronism from the 20th century we've grown up with through technological limitations.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Smappee

I bought a smappee (smappee.com) 2 weeks ago.

Don't buy one - they are utter shite.

most of features don't work, support is terrible and app is flaky.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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africa

and I wonder if they'll cover what happened in Africa ?

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World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

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Re: Quick bit of reasearch found

that's the 'female' robot out of WallE yeh ?

I mean, that's good going an' all.. just wondering what the relevance is.

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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

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Daily Show Reviewed the Google Glass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClvI9fZaz6M

spot on.

I especially like the bit about explorers.

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PayPal post-checkout cash slurp a FEATURE not a BUG

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Re: WTF?

Hows is it legal ?

Because it's Paypal - they have an almost complete monopoly and can do whatever the fuck they want, unregulated (they are not a bank).

don't like it ? go somewhere else.

what's that ? there IS nowhere else ?

sure, you can reopen your account.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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awesome

that is class.

I like the fact he keeps going and keeps going - does he really think that as he pisses this customer off more and more and yet thinks he's gonna keep the guy.

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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scanners

top marks for the shitty parody animated GIF of exploding head from scanners.

I think that was the first ever computer 'video' I ever saw - on my amiga in 1987.

I think it took a whole disk, might have been more than one to load it and then played back the 20 or 30 frames.

It was awesome.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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spot on

that's what I've been doing for 20 years. always giving website your crap 'spam' email address (hotmail) is another part of that.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: 231BHP from 1.5l

It's not that high really. Though still impressive.

BMW has been doing 100hp per litre for 20 years with the M series. My 2000 M Roadster has 324hp or so from 3.2 litres (the 3 series gets an extra 20hp from the same engine with a longer exhaust).

Bolt a massive turbo on, and an extra 80hp ain't asking that much.

And it's a beemer - it'll be solid and reliable. though I may be biased, but I have 2 of em - the other one is a 4.4 V8 X5 from 2001 - it's done 130,000 miles and looks and drives like it came out the factory yesterday.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: War of the Databases

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Heil Cameron!

I for one think this does not go far enough!

Think of the children!!

Who is checking their bottoms are clean after every toilet visit ?*

I'll tell you - no one!

It's good to see Britain is finally turning into the fascist dictatorism we so narrowly missed out on 70 years ago.

Heil Cameron!

*http://listentothepeople.co.uk/component/content/article/24-wild-imaginings/353-the-bottom-inspectors-from-viz.html

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

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Re: I'm Ivan Dobsky. I'm the Meatsafe Murderer, only I never done it.

nice to see a monkey dust reference.

especially as we've just appointed a paedofinder general.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Happened to me twice.

Once, I bought a Sony UX-180 UMPC.

the owner had thoughtfully left some pictures on it (it has a camera)... oh there are his kids.. looks like maybe Florida or something, there they are having dinner, very nice... WOHO.. there's the wife with a massive dildo up her furry cave.

The next one was a camera from ebay. They'd deleted the photos from internal memory, but the phone had a 'noticeboard' feature (panasonic lumix) which let you store a few photos seperated (for maps, etc) and those were still there... I was treated to 4 photos of close ups of a toilet bowl and the owner's pride in his/her ability to excrete a large shite. lovely.

As for scrubbing phones : can anyone suggest the best way of doing it then ?? Otherwise my own prize collection of my favourite shaped shites will be available to the next owner (obviously the camera triggered me to take up this facinating and valuable passtime)

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

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50% are stupid

assuming stupid is defined as being lower than average intelligent.

unless extremely thick or extremely intelligent people are over represented in the world (and I was always taught it was a bell curve), then pretty much exactly 50% of 'people' are stupid

Or just keep it simple, and simply define the thickest 50% of people in the world as stupid.

I'd go for about 90% of the world being stupid personally though.. certainly that's my experience.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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mental.

my gardener charges me 20 quid a pop. once every 2 weeks.

He trims the edges, pulls the weeds and disposes of the grass afterwards.

In a standard year, I maybe get 10 cuts = 200 quid.

So, that thing has a ROI of over 6 years. By which time it will be 5 years of of warranty, have gone through god knows how many batteries, and in all likelyhood have spend most of the 6 years in the back of the garage after finding it was shit.

the wonders of technology.....

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Re: Time Machine

Yup, I loved true image in the bad old days post mac (<2008).

But not really sure I understand:

"Time Machine is great, but it doesn't protect against hardware failure/destruction and is inflexible, doesn't allow for incremental backups for virtual machines and True Image for Mac allows for much more flexible backup schedules (no more "do you want to back up to Time Machine" reminders)."

eh ?

In what way does it not support from hardware failure ? It absolutely does. I have recovery a timemachine back up onto new hard drives in a machine (Where harddrive has failed), or into a completely new machine - hell the power/design of OSX means I can restore a backup onto any mac I have - even if hardware is completely different (different north/south bridge, processor, graphics card the lot) and it still works fine.

AND it knows the difference between apps/libraries and OS, so I can, say restore the timemachine backup of all my applications on my desktop to my newly bought macbook - and it will just work - all apps added to macbook.

inflexible backup schedules and reminders??? eh ? there are NO reminders. there is NO schedule. the defining USP of timemachine is that it is just working - all the time in the background (ok..every hour)... it doesn't REMIND me to run, it just runs. no stupid reminder on a sunday night to run a backup like true image does...

I will give it the vm one - as VMs are effectively one big bastard file, then sure - timemachine makes a meal of these - so much so that I have them excluded from backups. But arguably you could use snapshots in your VM for the same purpose and get more out of it.

So... really not sure why they bothered here.

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

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depressing lack of common sense/base scientific knowledge

fuckwittery of the unwashed public depressingly confirmed again.

The time is right for my kickstarter I think:

Beanstalk Inter-dimensional universe transportation device

- For your investment of $100 (or one fresian cow in good working order), I will provide:

- 5 magic beans!

- a 'tee' thanking you for being a backer!

If we reach our stretch goal of 5,000,000 we will also provide each backer with their own golden egg.

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Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

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Re: @Kevin

I'd imagine range does depend on body weight.

Sorry, was my detailed reply not enough for you ? next time I will endevour to post a full graph of range vs body weight, perhaps adding in humidity, temperature and the colour of my hat.

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Re: @Kevin

Wish I hadn't bothered replying now. I thought you were serious. what a load of mince.

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@Kevin

I've been using electric bikes for 7 years now. I have 3 - a high power off roader, a folding commuter and an every day one.

What you want is readily available. My regular every day one was originally a Cytronex bike (based on a Trek 7.3x). In the 7 years I've replaced the controller and battery with my own ones giving me more range however.

It weighs in at 19kg including the battery. It cruises at 15-16mph with no pedaling - pedaling obviously reduces the current used, and I can average 16-17mph usuallly when out riding (i.e. including hills, etc).

Range is around 20 miles of regular use.

There current range is even lighter at around 16kg I believe (though they use tiny 4AH batteries so you get about 10 miles regular use).

regeneration is a waste of time with an electric bike:

1. you should rarely be braking

2. there is very little momentum and therefore very little to 'regenerate'

3. the most common technology of frictionless brushless motors don't lend themselves to it

4. it's just not needed.

If you have an existing bike, you can covert it with around 8kg of kit (battery, controller, hub motor) for around 300 pounds.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: What is needed is some sort of robot....

you could sell that script to the BBC for 'mrs browns boys' and every other derivative shite sitcom they have ever made. they'd probably pay you a fortune.

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