* Posts by dave 93

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

dave 93

Subscription version of iPlayer for non-UK customers

For the last few years, the BBC had a subscription version of the iPlayer for iOS users via a BBC Worldwide app. It worked well, and offered curated collections of BBC programmes, including whole series rather than catch-up TV content.

Sadly, as of this month, this app is no longer supported, and the BBC has stopped taking my money.

Offering BBC content to a global paying audience over the internet seems like an obvious way to make extra income, and solves the 'conditional access' problem - what am I missing?

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Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key

dave 93

At last! A way to delete a Facebook account (in effect)

Set up PGP. Delete private key. Request password reset. Done

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

dave 93
Coat

Just the right shape

To go on the roofrack of an electric car!

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dave 93

Missed the point

It isn't about the minutiae of which battery from which supplier.

The interesting part is that Elon Musk, a proven tech innovator, has pointed out that renewable generation + battery storage is actually viable, and do-able.

Like him or not, people do listen to him - and like them or not, PayPal, Tesla and Space X have real working products.

The Tesla Power Wall will be a working, consumer grade product that people will buy, partly because of belief in Musk's vision (which is an altogether positive vision for CO2 reduction).

Tesla have open-sourced all the technology for others to build compatible products.

Credit where credit is due, and a big fat battery for fast charging in every garage would help kickstart the switch to electric transport too. Surprise, surprise!

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

dave 93

Regenerative brakes

From the picture, it must be the back brake that generates electricity. The front one looks like a normal disk brake.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

dave 93

Uploading 'everything' to iCloud?

You did remember to delete the copies of the original, giant DSLR files after you downsampled them, so you only had to sync the small ones, right? Or even emailed the small pictures a few at a time.

If you really want to travel light, have you seen how good the latest smartphone cameras are - iPhone 6 plus could just about replace all your kit.

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Apple taxpayers swarm to stone-age iPhone 6+ purely for the bigness

dave 93

You ignored the best-in-class camera

iPhones have always had good cameras when compared to the competition, and the 6+ camera receives consistently great reviews - only the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes close, and it isn't much cheaper $699 vs $750 for the iPhone. @AndrewOrlowski - What phone have you got in your pocket, eh?

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dave 93

Haters gonna hate...

...but the numbers speak for themselves.

Apple and Google aren't charities, they're both in business to make money.

What phone does Orlowski use, I wonder...?

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

dave 93

Tax corporate revenue, not profits

Just as normal people pay tax on all their income, then corporations could be treated the same way.

Only paying tax on 'profits' is the giant loophole that is out of the reach of ordinary employees.

Hat tip to Steve Wozniak for suggesting this radical simplification of the tax code - getting rid of corporate deductibles would get rid of huge amounts of tax rules, and create a more level playing field for all taxpayers. Not so good for accountants and auditors though...

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

dave 93

Re: every pilot should have permanent acces to two tablets

American Airlines spokesperson on the BBC said $1,000,000 saving a year on fuel from the new system. They do have about 1,000 planes in their fleet though.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

dave 93

Original iBook only had one USB port

And a headphone jack that could output composite video.

This new MacBook looks evolutionary; hi-res display, entirely new touch interaction option, super-thin but usable keyboard and fanless, so no moving parts.

Just like the iMac and iBook kick-started Type 1 USB the third party peripheral market, this MacBook will probably do the same for the far more capable USB-C connector.

Want more ports? Buy a MacBook Pro - the 13" retina is $100 cheaper too

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Google casts about for wireless audio

dave 93

Could be excellent for Google Music

If it works like the other Google stuff, you could start a playlist/mix on your phone, and then use your phone for something else (or even turn it off) while Google streams your music direct to the Chromecast. Just sayin'

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

dave 93

Lazy bastard

If you were actually interested in the numbers, not just sounding off, it is easy to find them...

http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2819917

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Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

dave 93
Happy

I am impressed too

I was finally tempted to see what all this Chromebook malarkey was like in the real world, and this Lenovo n20p has been a very pleasant surprise. Boots from cold in three seconds (as a 30 year computer user this is still awesome to experience!) and it is perfectly fast enough for you never to notice.

As the reviewer says, the sensitivity and accuracy of the touchscreen and trackpad is very good, and you do actually use the folded, touch only mode a lot, especially as it goes all iPad on you with auto screen rotation, and instant on-screen keyboard. Can't wait for more Android apps to get ported. I am sure Apple has the same plan for Safari and iOS apps - they would be silly not to.

Seems pretty robust so far, and it looks fairly classy. I might check out the low profile micro SD card, but to be honest, it is just a window into your Google account where all the files can live happily and it hasn't been an issue, especially with the free 200GB. The limited viewing angle is a bit primitive, but is was only 230 quid.

Get one, if you want a touchscreen chromebook, that is.... :-)

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

dave 93

It's all about the UX

Apple care about making it 'just work' and this is a good example. Now they are effectively a MVNO I predict they will soon (but not too soon) offer a complete global phone and data service with guaranteed QoS so their devices function smoothly wherever, whenever. Saying goodbye to shady free-wifi is another plus

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dave 93

Er, there isn't a soft-SIM. It is a removable SIM

From the Apple website - "One SIM. Many options.

The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad."

OK, so the SIM isn't dead, there is no 'software SIM'. Apple make their own SIM, which is pre-installed, but you can take it out if you want to. Apple have indeed struck deals with many carriers to make it more convenient to switch between operators they support, but you aren't locked in to Apple.

An alternative description is that Apple have become a data-only, global Virtual Network Operator, piggy-backing on partner networks, and they give the SIM away for free because they already have your payment details to charge you for any use. A smart move, but a long way from a monopoly.

Data networks will eventually replace PSTN, because they are actually the same thing with different protocols, but data networks are ultimately more capable and one set of protocols is easier to manage. This is the real story, and a very disruptive one, but a bit less shouty than 'Apple and Google ate my Hampster! by Andrew Orlovski'

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

dave 93

I hate CD cases

Totally agree that it is better to have something physical to own, even though we are definitely heading to an always on, access to everything everywhere, world, but what were they thinking of with the stupid 'jewel case'. Just sayin'

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

dave 93

You don't get it

When some people create a platform for others to make money; that is the deal.

All the big names you mention are explicit about the arrangement, so what is the argument?

"Hey! You have been letting me use your platform to make money, and now you're making money too!"

I believe it is a bit of a stretch to call all customers investors in the business, even if they are the very first customers. I cannot think of any business that gives away equity in the business to customers, can you?

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Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

dave 93

75 million is 15% of total number of iPhones

There are about 500 million iPhones out there already, so hundreds of millions of users could be looking to replace old models. I had to switch to Android to get a decent size screen, so that alone could the feature that a lot of people have been waiting for...

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

dave 93

If BT made their 2G service free...

They would get millions of 'registered users' then they could sell themselves to Facebook

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

dave 93

Not much to go wrong with a tablet

Apple kit is usually quite long-lasting, and with virtually no moving parts a well treated iPad will last until the battery dies. If laptops are anything to go by, then five years should be about it.

The iPad was launched in 2010, with peak sales in 2012-13, we should see the first round of replacements starting next year and peaking in 2017-18.

Love them or hate them, iPad style tablets are here to stay because people love the form factor, the interaction style and they just work.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

dave 93

'Safe' drinking water is allowed to be a bit contaminated

http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/#List

I agree with the idea that it was just to justify harsh charges, and they definitely kept the water, because it's impossible to prove they didn't.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

dave 93

Re: to widen the discussion...

I like your thinking! Voids can be 3D printed using a filler material that can be easily removed afterwards. In the concrete printing you describe, perhaps some kind of urethane foam that hardens to support the next layer? Depending on the resolution, and the materials available, you could even print ABS support members into the concrete as you go...

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dave 93

Re: A 3D printed cycle helmet?

If they are reasonably durable, then custom printed helmet liners, shoe insoles, seat cushions etc. would be immediately useful, particularly for any people with non-standard shape bodies that will never be catered for by mass market manufacturers. Just sayin'

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

dave 93

Warranty should cover it

Do the manuals warn you not to try messing with the settings?

I am sure MS can repair them - it's only software, right?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

dave 93

I am tempted to make an iOS 6 to Android switch

My iPhone 4 is still on iOS 6, and I have seen them struggling with iOS 7, and given that the new look and features would take some getting used to, I have held off updating because I know I will end up wanting a new iPhone - 500 quid.

I am seriously considering the Moto G with its big screen and fast processor, and learning Android's way of doing things instead, because it will be interesting and offers a bit more freedom than iOS - 150 quid.

I might just keep the iPhone 4 for another year or two, because it is still fine on iOS 6. - 0 quid

Hmmm -not trolling, just sayin'

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New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

dave 93
Facepalm

It's Xmas soon. Just sayin'

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HTC phone STOPS BULLET, saves Florida gas station clerk's life

dave 93
Happy

Another argument in favour of VLPs

or a tablet toting jacket!

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

dave 93

Re: they really have nothing

I thought it was a new apple wireless trackpad - http://images.apple.com/magictrackpad/images/hero_1.png

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

dave 93
Meh

A bit harsh

"few cosmetic changes and some minor weight loss."

New 64bit architecture, and a 33% weight reduction are significant updates however prejudiced one may choose to be.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

dave 93

It's not about Microsoft

It is about aligning iOS users' experience of free OS updates and lots of free software if you buy Apple products.

It is also about eliminating 'fragmentation' of the platform because Apple only has to support one OS - if you have a problem with Mountain Lion or Lion, Apple will just tell you to install the free upgrade.

The other advantage is that older hardware will struggle with Mavericks, nudging you towards purchasing a new machine. These are all good business reasons for appearing to give away stuff for free

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

dave 93

Re: What happens when you are outside the UK?

3 have thrown down the gauntlet with 3LikeHome. My EU based contract lets me visit the UK and several other countries and use my bundled minutes, texts and data. You do need to check the carrier ID before you call though.

I pay around €30 a month including a few hundred minutes of international calls, including mobiles.

I think Nicholas Negroponte (remember him?) said that the cost of calls is trending down to zero...

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Apple bags top Windows feature: Blue Screen Of Death arrives on iPhone 5S

dave 93

"We're dealing with Apple, after all, and our role as consumers is to simply sit back and wait until Cupertino's iOS engineering team releases an update."

As opposed to what, exactly? Whipping up your own OS in VB?

At least you will get an update, and another, and another... until your old 5S is obsoleted with iOS X on the new iPhone 8S in 3-4 years

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Video thrilled the radio star: Tracking the history of magnetic tape

dave 93

Re: Tip for cheap, long digital audio recording - think DJ sets, parties etc.

Just googled the Nicam specs, and as well as the digital stereo recorded diagonally, there is also a linear analogue copy along the edge of the tape - a built in backup for compatibility with non-Nicam players.

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dave 93

Tip for cheap, long digital audio recording - think DJ sets, parties etc.

Snag yourself a Nicam Digital Stereo VHS machine on ebay and stick a 4hour tape in.

Just use the audio inputs and forget the video input, unless you're on the mixing desk, then why not plug in a camera as well, and you have something ready for YouTube.

I believe the audio quality is the same if you use LP and EP to get 8hour, or longer, recordings.

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

dave 93
Meh

"take your phone to your friend’s house, you can play your games"

No you can't (unless they are web-based)

AFAIK - Content from YouTube, Netfix, Google Play, and anything that will display in a Chrome browser window.

No Angry Birds, Doodle Jump etc.

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Pirate Bay bod and pals bag $100k to craft NSA-proof mobe yammer app

dave 93

It's not what you say, but who you say it to...

IIUC - The NSA and GCHQ are much more interested in who messages who, and not what they say, so, to a large extent this app may not help - unless of course IDs are encrypted and random delays are introduced for messages to mask sender/recipient pairs. Just sayin'

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

dave 93

Re: Tremendous place, this museum

Hmm, and deliberately sending thousands of seamen to the bottom of the Atlantic as 'bait' for the U-Boat convoys so they wouldn't guess the Enigma had been compromised. War is not a noble pursuit, sorry to disillusion you.

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dave 93
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Bletchley IS Milton Keynes

They might not like it, but Bletchley is definitely part of Milton Keynes, and Bletchley Park is in the middle of Bletchley. Just sayin'

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle - Ah, the irony

Good article. As an alternative, we should start sending letters again - only one copy with a letter!

Just as governments are leaning on multi-nationals for globalizing their tax arrangements, to successfully and legally avoid their financial responsibilities.

Is it a coincidence that those same governments are now revealed to be globalizing their intelligence gathering to avoid their constitutional responsibilities?

It should be a good fight.

I hope 'We the people' get a bit more respect and transparency from governments and businesses who have taken us for fools!

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New 4TB drive spaffs half a telly season into your eyes AT ONCE

dave 93
Meh

Impressive numbers, but...

is it the last gasps of the 'rotating rust' technology?

A 4G solid-state drive could stream many more simultaneous feeds.

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How to save UK's open data: Meet the 'Fair Value Licence'

dave 93
Coat

News organisations too?

When you say 'realise its commercial value', surely selling ads around topical content counts as commercial?

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Are biofuels Europe's sh*ttiest idea ever?

dave 93
WTF?

Re: to answer the headline question

No, this article misses the point, and ignores the difficulty of changing human behaviour.

Raising awareness of all alternatives to unsustainable fossil fuels, by kick-starting initiatives and investment to produce sustainable fuels, of which biofuels and wind power are notable examples, is a 'Good Thing'.

Putting the Climate Change debate to one side - Left to market forces there would be no alternatives until the fossil fuels started to run out - and this is another example of the selfish theft from future generations that we, 'post-Industrial Revolution' humans, will be remembered for.

Nice to be able to comment on Andrew's articles for a change :-)

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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

dave 93
Boffin

Re: Fallacy

A virtual machine XP-in-a-box is the future! Clone your old machine and run it on a secure platform .

Linux could finally invade the desktop, as a secure VM babysitter for a legacy powerhouse!

Now, if you could 'slide' the OS and hypervisor (whatever) on to a system, so XP and the user didn't even know, you might have a serious business opportunity. The Window of opportunity is there.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

dave 93
Meh

Google Glass anyone?

Then you can have targeted ads and virtual product placement - in your own home/office/whole life!

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dave 93
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Clever people make. Clever people break!

If you can use 'processing power' to insert branded crap, it is only a matter of time before someone writes a 'plug-in' that uses your computer and a library of brand images to remove the branded crap and replace it with cute kittens, or whatever.

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

dave 93
Facepalm

I stopped reading here...

"3D printing does not represent a pervasive, durable and penetrating transformation of the dynamics and status of manufacturing."

Bullshit for controversy's sake from someone who has probably never tried to 'manufacture' anything other than opinions.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Nice product

I have has two iPhones, and am getting bored with the iPhone 4 and all the stupid hoops you have to jump through to share things with myself and others. It is actually the Google software running this phone that is tempting me - you can be sure LG, HTC et al. will have similar spec phones out in a few months. I know Google is trying to kill the Android 'brand', but as an OS it seems to have got all the features I want, and is a little more open than iOS, although Google Play seems to be developing Apple tendencies - they just killed an app that let you block ads.

8 cores in a full HD phone! That is still kind of awesome if you are a nerd born in the 60s or the 70s :D

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1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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Re: Most XP machines would choke on 7 or 8

I just got rid of a trolley full of Dell Mini 10s with 1G RAM running Windows 7 Pro. 10 minutes to boot and load Firefox and Word - 10 minutes! If it were my decision, I would have downgraded them to XP (not allowed), or put Linux on them (nobody wanted that). Replaced them with 5 year old Intel Macbooks - everyone is happy now.

Wintards commence your trolling!

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dave 93
Meh

Most XP machines would choke on 7 or 8

2GHz or less CPU, with 1G or less of RAM is a functional XP machine.

You are entering a world of pain trying to run 7 or 8 on that spec.

You could always get a nice new Windows 8 box and run XP as a virtual machine cloned from your old system! :D

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