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* Posts by Rob 44

39 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009

America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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Re: NO CHANCE OF WINNING a nuclear exchange ...

I love that game.

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MasterCard adds fingerprint scanner to credit cards for spending sans the PIN

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Re: What happens when....

This is what I've never understood either.

Are we going to have to have fingers or eyes replaced once the data is compromised?

This is such a bad idea on so many levels.

Its the same with facial recognition too. Wasn't there a slew of bearded men being arrested for looking like bin Laden?

Biometrics just isn't a good idea. I don't have a solution, but I know it isn't this.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Heh..

Guess the old saying still stands true: "A little bit of charity hides a multitude of sins".

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Re: Let there be light!

You also have to account for the fact that street lighting saves lives. Literally.

Well lit street areas have lower crime rates. You're less likely to be the victim of violent crime in a well lit area. So street lighting isn't just about looking nice.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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Nostalgia moment. I remember the Matrox Mystique. Voodoo cards too.

Had a 500gig Quantum Fireball HDD too. But my mist favourite bit of kit was a Yamaha DB50 XG daughter board for my sound blaster. Improved midi music no end hahaha.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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I dont get it.

I don't get electric cars.

If we all start driving electric, aren't we then placing more stress on power plants, therefore creating more pollution, which is kind of what the electric car is supposed to be reducing?

Or did I miss something?

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Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

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Hmm..

Most people use the same nicknames on different sites. I expect they will use a crawler to locate you and what sites you visit. So even if you use a fake name they will know where you are and what you're doing.

Nice try Facebook, nice try.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: lets look at this in another way..

Its not better though. To claim it is shows a total lack of knowledge on the subject. Apples products aren't sold because they are good, they are sold because they are desirable. They are nothing more than a status symbol.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

Rob 44

Stuff the License.

I don't watch a single second of TV. My other half may watch maybe an hour a month. And they want us to pay 150 for that? They can get stuffed.

Its not just the crap they peddle that puts me off. Its also the fact that I'm funding things I can't watch or listen to. BBC Asian radio? I can't speak Punjab or Bengali. BBC America? Why are we funding a channel you can only watch in the states?

There are plenty of other reasons too, terrible programming, biased news reports etc etc. The BBC has become nothing more than a machine for spitting out propaganda.

They love harping on about how terrible the health service is and agreeing with the Tory line that it should be sold off and privatised. But no opposing reasons for why it shouldn't be. No exposes showing how the current government is purposely messing it up to make themselves and their friends in the private health sector a nice fat easy profit. No mention of the tens of thousands who regularly protests against the destruction of the NHS.

What about their lack of impartiality with other things too. How come its OK to have guests who will sit and criticise Hamas and validate Israels wholesale murder of innocents, bit anyone defending the innocent people in Palestine is immediately told to shut up and stop talking. Tony Ben for example, was stopped live on air when he tried to publicise a charity that can help he people of Palestine. Or the rapper they censored and blanked out him saying "free Palestine".

There's nothing honest or unbiased or even good about the BBC anymore. Its just another gravy train for fat cats to bump up their CV and make a nice bit of easy cash in the process. Its also nothing more than a government mouthpiece.

Time to shut it down and remove it.

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Rob 44

Hmm..

Do we get a cut of the merchandising sales of books, magazines, DVD's, toys etc etc etc?

Oh no, they are a non commercial organisation. They couldn't possibly be profiting from the service WE pay for.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

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Re: NFC? . . . .

Fingerprint?

(Tinfoil hat mode) There's no way on earth I would ever let any corporation to store a copy of my fingerprint. Not gonna happen.

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Rob 44

Re: Apple DOES NOT benefit the mobile payments space

You really think they won't be watching what you buy?

So naive.

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

Rob 44

Re: Passpattern

Piece of cake. But then I am using a note 3 with a rather large keyboard.

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Rob 44

Passpattern

Am I the only person that does this?

Allow me to explain. I don't use any names or words of any kind at all. Ever.

Instead I use patterns on the keyboard. Each site has a different pattern and combination of uppercase and lowercase lettering and a few numbers thrown in for good measure. So for example (purely and example) if it was twitter I would use 12QWasZXweSDZX simple pattern, easier to remember a pattern too.

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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Re: Must agree

I've just thought about it and think I have a solution that might work.

Make all games free, but give them a time limit of say 6 hours. If you clock up 6 hours and want to carry on playing then you trump up the cash or uninstall it.

That should fix all the problems with refunds etc.

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Rob 44

Must agree

Steams no refunds under any circumstances is a bit harsh whatever way you look at it.

Take the play store for android. If I purchase an app and within 15 minutes find out its not suitable for purpose or is of no actual value to me, I can uninstall the app and get a refund. I think this should be the case with Steam too. Although admittedly you'd need a larger amount of time to assess a game properly.

Some people say "get the demo first then". That's great if the game makers provide a demo, but very few do.

Also I notice someone mentioned you can't play the games without steam being online. This is and isn't true. Some games require it some don't. This is mainly because of features such as achievements etc, or workshop updates and suchlike. However, its entirely possible to patch a game and play it without even having steam installed at all.

Also at least 20 of the 72 games I have in my list can be played without steam or being online. Its simply not as black and white as that. If a game requires steam to be present and online, that's the developers choice and not steams. Just as its not compulsory to have achievements for a game.

Most zero day pirated games are released with no steam patches. So its a great resource for pirates.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

Rob 44

Everyones saying..

But you won't be able to feel the buttons.

Didn't apple recently patent a system for making screens emulate the feeling of textures and shapes?

I don't recall the tech wizardry behind it. But couple that with a side screen, I think it could actually work. Although it would be far from perfect. I guess instead of a press, once your finger has located the "button" you want you'd have to hold your finger there for a second or two before the phone accepts it as a press and not just a finger fumble.

Messy, but not entirely impossible.

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Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN

Rob 44

Tor isn't useless. If utilised properly. As part of a range of measures rather than the only measure it's actually quite effective.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Rob 44

Big deal.

Football is a massive snooze fest for me to be honest. So the less of it polluting my twitter time line the better as far as I'm concerned.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

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Re: Here's a thought.

I can feel a movie plot coming.

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Rob 44

Re: Here's a thought.

That's true. But any good criminal will realise this countries terrible record for security and will have already backdoored the system or paid someone off for a Ahem mistake to happen at just then right time.

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Rob 44

Here's a thought.

Now, I'm going to assume that these driver less cars will have safety measures. So let's say for example someone comes flying head on into one or up the arse of one in a regular car, it will make evasive maneuvers.

So let's fast forward a few years when (if they succeed) to when the majority of cars will be driverless. Say I'm a getaway driver for a bank job. This is going to make my life loads easier. Because I could just floor it and watch all the surrounding traffic part like the red sea as I make a flying escape. Handy!

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TuneIn Radio Pro

Rob 44

Rubbish app.

I've used it on both ios and android. The android version is pitiful.

Scanning through recorded stations is painful, the slider is poor to react and skips all over the place. Also the ios version when you record a stream also captures the tracks id3 tags so you know what you're listening to and you can even skip between tracks, something the android version still doesn't have and probably never will by the looks of things.

Its been riddled with all kinds of bugs from day one, and has always been painful to use. If they develop it to the level of the ios version then I may consider re-installing it, until then I wont let it pollute my HTC handset.

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Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

Rob 44

Re: Basic units fail

Sigh, a user makes a valid point and you pick apart numbers. Does it make his point less valid? Don't think so.

Perhaps with your keen eye for number detail, you could take a job in the national office for statistics. After all I'm sure they are screaming out for someone with your mathematical marvelosity. You'd probably find it a more worthwhile use of your time and who knows, it may even lead to the eventual cure of your inferiority complex.

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Rob 44

Re: This all sounds great

Yeah that's what I'm thinking.

"download at super fast speeds"

Which loosely translates to

"reach your bandwidth cap faster than ever before"

I don't see the point in increasing any of these speeds or touting the amazing uses for them when the isp's and telcos seem hell bent on punishing users for actually getting any use out of them.

One great analogy or todays internet I read was "Its like having a formula one racing car but having only 3cm of road to drive it on. You pop it into first gear and you're out of road"

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

Rob 44

Re: Electric cars...

You might be onto something there. Zero pollution and less obesity. Two birds with one stone and all that.

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Rob 44

Re: @ rob44

True I'm sure it is more efficient, but that just means more burnt more efficiently. Which still means a massive increase in pollutant output.

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Rob 44

Defeating the object.

I can't understand the hype behind electric cars.

Is it going to save the planet if we all buy them? No, is the simple answer.

While you might not be polluting directly by burning fossil fuels, the power plants to cope with all the extra electricity consumption will have to burn more to keep up with the demand. So its defeating the purpose.

The only way forward is hydrogen powdered cars. Hydrogen is the most abundant material in the universe. (I could be wrong, feel free to correct me on that). The only by product of a hydrogen powered car is water. No extra electricity needs to be generated, and no pollution is produced. The sooner car manafacturers (other than Honda who already have prototypes on the road) realise this, the better.

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Rob 44

Re: Re: Re: can you say class action ?

Actually you're very wrong.

Clarkson has nothing but praise for Honda's hydrogen powered car.

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Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper

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FAIL

Pfft...

"Chester Wisniewski of Sophos notes that the technology only looks at executable files downloaded via the internet. That means files from USB drives, CD/DVD/BR or even network shares "will all install and run without being screened""

For now.

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Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge

Rob 44
FAIL

Re: Re: Totally ineffective

Hide My Ass?

HAHAHAHAHA!

Seriously, anyone that thinks that the owners of that site won't roll over and hand over your details to big brother is an idiot and quite frankly deserves to be caught sentenced and fined.

Hide My Ass is fine if you're a schoolboy trying to look at porn in the library, other than that it's so dodgy it's not even funny.

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Japanese boffins fire up 802 teraflops ceepie-geepie

Rob 44

But...

Will it run crysis?

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Apple killer app Siri struggles with Indian regional accents

Rob 44

pleeaasee fuuucckingg wooorrkkk

Voice recognition has been around for decades, but the one flaw it's always had is that unless you speak in a slow monotone unaccented way it never ever works. This is why so little of it exists.

It's the reason so many people hate those automated phone lines, the reason secretaries still use dictation machines to write letters etc.

If a desktop PC with the latest CPU etc struggles I hardly think a mobile phone is ever going to be capable of doing it properly for everyone. But as with all apple ideas, its all about the gimmick and sadly people will still blindly like sheep fight tooth and nail for the iPhone. First apple try to act like they invented video calling and now this, its laughable.

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Rob 44

pleeeaasssee diiieee

Voice recognition has been around for decades, but the one flaw it's always had is that unless you speak in a slow monotone unaccented way it never ever works. This is why so little of it exists.

It's the reason so many people hate those automated phone lines, the reason secretaries still use dictation machines to write letters etc.

If a desktop PC with the latest CPU etc struggles I hardly think a mobile phone is ever going to be capable of doing it properly for everyone. But as with all apple ideas, its all about the gimmick and sadly people will still blindly like sheep fight tooth and nail for the iPhone. First apple try to act like they invented video calling and now this, its laughable.

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Flying 'Motorbike'/Reliant Robin 'to take off next year'

Rob 44

Not gonna happen.

Lets just think about this for a second.

We have something called border controls. You need passports and suchlike to travel from one country to another. So lets say for example Mr Criminal has just robbed a bank nearby dover. All he has to do is find a small stretch of road and take off and pop over to france. No immigration, no security checks, no passport.

Now I know none of these so called flying cars are gonna be taking us from the uk to the usa or something like that. But do you really think governments are just gonna let people fly wherever they want whenever they want ? I don't think so. It's just too risky.

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Alleged games console modder faces DMCA charges

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FAIL

@ Robert E A Harvey

You might want to read this....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-488626/Was-Dr-Crippen-REALLY-innocent-We-exam-startling-new-evidence.html

Enjoy :D

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Pirate Bay sinks under electric storm

Rob 44

What annoys me....

What annoys me is these whining music and movie companies saying they have lost tons and tons of money. They haven't lost anything, it's just money they haven't made. They talk about it like it's money they are entitled to, regardless of if the product is good or not. "we made this so give us your money"

How long have things like napster, kazaa, bit torrent etc etc etc been around now ? must be at least ten years. If all these companies keep "losing" as much money as they say, then why arent they all bankrupt now ?

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