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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

banjomike
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Re: I'm a Nespresso fan

Two of the reasons I like the Nespresso system are the variety of flavours that are available and the fact that the capsules are completely airtight and last for years (officially 12 months but I accidently left a few in a box for an extra year and they tasted almost exactly the same ie. very nice). I love fresh-ground coffee but as an idle person I would not use it before it went off and I would get tired of the same flavour each time. Variety rules, Yay.

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banjomike
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I'm a Nespresso fan

Pros - straightforward to use, fast, excellent taste, large variety of coffees (21 at the moment) and all are pretty good. Looks good in the kitchen. Aluminium capsules are collected & recycled for free by Nespresso.

Cons - noisy.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

banjomike

Re: Apple recently added back support for old apps on App Store...

Sometimes the last available version is the bug infested version that won't even load properly.

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Re: Not so rare.

No, same problem. The end result of their update & dropping IOS 5+6 was that no device running anything prior to IOS 7 will work. Period.

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Not so rare.

IOS developers regularly drop support for older versions of IOS without bothering to tell their users. At least Sonos tell you before you upgrade. The cloud idiots at Barracuda/Copy dropped support for anything before IOS 7 with no prior warning at all. The itunes webpage for the app was claiming support for IOS 5 for days after the update was released. It was made into a much larger problem by the fact that the final version which support IOS 5 was so full of bugs and crap code that it simply will not load. When the itunes system offers to install 'the last version your ancient hardware supports' it will install a completely duff version. I asked Copy about this and they just came out with the traditional trite nonsense about not being able to support all OS versions forever. Idiots. They don't need to support all OS versions forever, all they need to do is warn people BEFORE they drop support NOT AFTER.

Postscript: since I can no longer use Copy on ONE of my devices I won't be renewing my contract for ANY of my devices... How much would it have cost Barracuda to add a line to the update page saying "No longer supports anything prior to IOS 7" ????

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

banjomike
WTF?

They must be expecting trouble...

400 bar is 5800 pounds per square inch. Nespresso go up to 19 bar (with metal pipes).

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

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double the visual assets

Well, I should hope so...

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Poison PDF pusher released to public

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Microsoft blocked it FOUR YEARS ago...

Are there any anti-virus packages which don't block it?

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World's first ever Nobel Prize winning integrated circuit to be auctioned

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A link to a page with piccies

http://www.christies.com/presscenter/pdf/2014/release_microchip_june2014.pdf

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

banjomike
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no indication of INCREASED fraudulent account activity on eBay

I love that phrasing.

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GM reveals how much you'll pay to turn your car into a rolling 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

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send more than 10,000 emails...

...Oh great, a mobile spammer.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

banjomike

Re: A Mac article with no mention of Xerox or PARC...

The words of Steve Jobs from the Isaacson book after his umpteenth visit to Xerox PARC.

'The Smalltalk demonstration showed three amazing features. One was how computers could be networked; the second was how object-oriented programming worked. But Jobs and his team paid little attention to these attributes because they were so amazed by the third feature, the graphical interface that was made possible by a bitmapped screen. “It was like a veil being lifted from my eyes,” Jobs recalled. “I could see what the future of computing was destined to be.”'

ALSO:

'The Apple raid on Xerox PARC is sometimes described as one of the biggest heists in the chronicles of industry. Jobs occasionally endorsed this view, with pride.'

AND:

'bs and his engineers significantly improved the graphical interface ideas they saw at Xerox PARC, and then were able to implement them in ways that Xerox never could accomplish. For example, the Xerox mouse had three buttons, was complicated, cost $300 apiece, and didn’t roll around smoothly; a few days after his second Xerox PARC visit, Jobs went to a local industrial design firm, IDEO, and told one of its founders, Dean Hovey, that he wanted a simple single-button model that cost $15, “and I want to be able to use it on Formica and my blue jeans.” Hovey complied.'

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banjomike
WTF?

A Mac article with no mention of Xerox or PARC...

Difficult, I would have thought, since Apple acquired their GUI and mouse stuff from there.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

banjomike
WTF?

...BT spend a fortune on buying football rights and giving it away with broadband...

Yes, giving it with their broadband but they have also put up the price of landlines, calls, and for the first time in years they have started to charge for Caller ID. I use BT for landline not for broadband or TV so the end result for me is higher prices but no advantages so I don't see that the market has been made healthier, just more expensive.

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Think your brilliant app idea will earn some big bucks? HAH. You fool

banjomike
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make less than $1,250 a day...

I wish...

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

banjomike

Spock Must Die is not a novelisation

A novelisation would be a book based (maybe loosely) on the plot of a film or TV episode. Spock Must Die is based upon nothing like that and is not a bad tale if you can ignore the Trek characters not behaving quite 'right'.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

banjomike
WTF?

Calls to 118 500/404 cost 59p per call plus £2.39 per minute

That is £2.98 per enquiry

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

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Don't compare Viglen with the Amstrad PC

Viglen did make a PC that behaved, most of the time, as a PC should behave. The Amstrad PC was just crap. Unreliable, slow, pure pure crap. It had problems running many standard packages (dBase, Supercalc) and needed its own version of Wordstar (Wordstar 1512 for the Amstrad PC1512). Viglen I might miss, Amstrad games machines I will certainly miss. Amstrad PC I was glad to see the back of.

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App to manage Android app permissions

banjomike
Meh

It isn't obvious how much it costs for the full version.

the free version will tell you what is spying but you need the paid version to block it. This is from their FAQ:

How much does SnoopWall cost?

In order to meet the differing needs of individuals, families, businesses and other organizations, SnoopWall is licensed on an monthly or annual basis per device.

Anyone see a price anywhere?

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Popular app gets Apple acquisition for founder

banjomike
WTF?

Apple wouldn't tell the WSJ what plans it has for the acquisition.

Do you really need to ask? How many of their acquisitions are still available now?

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Want Google to erase your data? Just wait for it to kill off one of its apps

banjomike
FAIL

...we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock...

...because Google paid us to.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

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Casio FX-502P Programmable

In 1977 I bought a Casio FX-502P. I still use it daily and it is on its fifth set of batteries in 36 years. Georgeous calculator, programmable (not in BASIC), with printer and external storage!!. Extremely usable and fast unlike some of the Sinclair models where you could actually watch the display changing while it calculating the answer.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

banjomike
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Re: "old faithful Google Maps" on Android is becoming MUCH less useful

Not round here. If I zoom to display approx 10 miles of local towns, 'ok maps', and put the phone into airplane mode (simulating loss of signal) then zoom into a town all I get is a grey line where a road or building is but no names or numbers or colours and no voice. It used to download everything.

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banjomike
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"old faithful Google Maps" on Android is becoming MUCH less useful

Google maps on IOS might get good reviews but on Android (including Google's own devices!) it is now fairly useless if you don't have an unbroken 3G/Wifi signal for the entire length of your journey since it no longer lets you store a section of maps offline. Once it loses a signal it also regularly forgets where you were going and has to be reset. Wonderful. Even street view is less useful than it used to be. The Apple Maps mob must be happy.

And don't even mention TomTom on Android. Look at these stats https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomtom.ukireland&hl=en

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Proposed California law demands anti-theft 'kill switch' in all smartphones

banjomike
WTF?

What happened last time?

I seem to remember that this was going to happen years ago, report the phone stolen and 'they' kill it.

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Sugarsync add to the fails of cloud storage

banjomike

RSPCA???

What gets me is that is that I've happily been using SugarSync for nearly three years with no problems until you think you are using a 'safe' service and then suddenly they take it away. BT did the exact same thing with their free service. Seems like any cloud backup needs a cloud backup of its own. There is plenty of free space around, I have over 120GB lying around the cloud but none of it is reliable.

The Sugarsync paid option is $74.99 after the first (special price) year.

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Sugarsync add to the fails of cloud storage

Sugarsync say "beginning on February 8th, 2014 we will transition to a paid service. In order to continue using SugarSync you will need to upgrade your account."

Nice. Another example of a company talking up the idea of free storage UNTIL they decide to take it away (along with your data) unless you pay for it. Very nice.

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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

banjomike
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seems slippery at best...

from a company that prides itself on not paying taxes. Hypocrites.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

banjomike
FAIL

This explains BT starting to charge for Caller ID

They need the money for crap.

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Oracle's nemesis MariaDB releases sleekest seal yet to beta

banjomike

...doesn't affect our Google Cloud Platform’s Cloud SQL offering for developers...

Yet

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Shiny doodad blog Engadget clubbed with Reddit banhammer

banjomike
WTF?

Don’t try to game the system...

Don't call it "gaming the system". It is cheating. It is lying. It is fraud.

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B&N's spooky glowing Nook unzips wand, turns 4GB into 2.5GB of space

banjomike
FAIL

All that useless space...

A 4gig device with only 500meg available for non-official books. Crazy. And no way to root it. Bad. And rather ugly too.

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

banjomike
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Not 'users'

judging by the intelligence shown by some of them they should be called amoeba or plankton.

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Top architect: The TRUTH about dead Steve Jobs' new spaceship Apple HQ

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Stop

That process continues today and will continue throughout the construction...

... Warning! Warning! that means the building will end up as a 30 storey monstrosity with no trees.

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

banjomike
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Not new, unfortunately

There are many sites offering to boost books on Amazon and on Goodreads by "gaming the system", translation: we can sell your product by using nothing more than lying, fraud, and deceit. Aren't they good?

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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That could get expensive to use

14cm3 is only 1 cubic inch. 13 of them for £52.80. It would need to be a very GOOD cubic inch to justify that. Looks like a great idea though.

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

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Re: About time!

Did you miss this bit, "All they need to do is mention when they stop supporting a version and then we won't update it." Simple enough. They could add it to the bottom of the description just after the bit that says how wonderful it is and how much it will change our lives (until they abandon it withou warning). "Needs IOS 5.1 or later". Easy enough. No one expects a product to be supported forever but even Microsoft will give advance warning that something is being dropped. Using Apple and their control freak behaviour as an excuse is not acceptable.

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About time!

IOS developers seem have a fetish for NOT mentioning when they drop support for an IOS revision. I have at least a dozen apps that have been dropped this way and either dn't run at all or crash while loading. The devs always say "We can't support every version of IOS" but they don't have to support every version. All they need to do is mention when they stop supporting a version and then we won't update it.

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banjomike

My third gen ipod touch happily upgraded itself to 5.1.1 when that turned up. Is yours different?

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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Re: Not Steve Jobs then...

Tim Berners-Lee wrote his system on a Norsk Data NORD-10 running under the Norsk Data OS Sintran III. Where do Apple fit in?

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banjomike
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Not Steve Jobs then...

So Apple made their first moves towards pocket-sized devices at a time whem Jobs wasn't on the payroll? That will be a nice bit of trivia to drop into conversations at nerd get-togethers.

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

banjomike

Re: you can always turn it off

It would be more appropriate if you could 'just turn it ON'.

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It isn't about watching porn!

It is about allowing some Mary Whitehouse-type to decide what IS porn and therefore decide what is not allowed to be viewed. If the courts say "this is illegal" then fine, I can live with that but not with some dozy functionary in the basement of Virgin Media or BT Towers deciding for me.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

banjomike

"Only downside is the cable but I can live with that."

Don't forget that your HD *cannot* live *without* it. The cable fails and the nook is dead. You need to think about getting a spare cable.

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banjomike

Re: What out for the USB cable

Blackwells did answer when I asked about the kit. But when you add postage you get £17.45 when you only need the USB cable! Too much in my opinion. Much too much.

The charger it comes with is rated at 2 amps which is a LOT higher than normal USB lumps or your PC output.

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banjomike
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What out for the USB cable

I have the HD Plus but they both use a weird 30 Pin USB cable for charging & syncing. The cable simply isn't available by itself, only with a charger and isn't compatible with anyone elses 30 pin cable. The nook site only shows it with a US plug http://uk.nook.com/accessories/universal-power-kit-in-asphalt/9780594515364 and make a point of saying it is "imported". They also refuse to answer emails about what is included in the pack. I've emailed them 3 times in 2 months and got no replies at all. If they are clearing stock then you can bet that the mythical cable will soon be in very short supply and so I've stopped telling people how great the tablet is (it is brilliant) and just say stay away.

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ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees

banjomike

the period of time a chess grandmaster takes to notice that his king is in check...

Probably not. I would think that the average chess grandmaster would know several moves ago that he likely to be in check.

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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FAIL

Don't forget BT Digital Vault

BT started sending threatening emails about closing their previous Cloud offering, BT Digital Vault, back in March. Vault was 2GB available to anyone, anywhere, forever, supposedly. They scrapped Vault and brought in Cloud which is only for BT Broadband subscribers. If you stop subscribing to BT Broadband you say goodbye to your data AND they ALSO say: "This service will be stopped and your files deleted if you don’t use it for 90 days". Sounds like a wonderful service that you can totally rely on.

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myOpenID to close down for good in February 2014

banjomike
WTF?

Another Cloud hazard

So not only can your data go walkies in the Cloud but your actual identity can as well. The future looks even worse now.

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

banjomike
WTF?

TalkTalk say WHAT?

...our customers' rights always come first and we would never agree to anything that could compromise them...

Didn't TalkTalk monitor all the web activity of their entire customer base? How hypocritical, not to say lying, can they get.

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