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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Re: Meh

An Apple iPad is much more limited and slower compared to a laptop, as is any laptop compared to a desktop.

Any developer who values their time and doesn't need to be mobile, uses a powerful desktop with a least two large monitors, preferable 1080p and 24" or better.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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IDC: iPad sales CRASH incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

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Mostly wrong

Yes, Apple will lose market share, but you have to be kidding to think Windows 8 will grow that fast and get that much market share! A surprise may pop out of Others than Microsoft and hammer it.

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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Re: Bye bye then

It didn't just affect BT customers, but other ISPs too; I've noticed my fibre to cabinet speed increase noticeable recently!

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

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Just how hard is a progress bar?....

I've done plenty; this patent application is lame and idea of patents is lame!

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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There have been a lot of studies and presentations by private and state groups which have not been published in the mainstream media, where it is the microwave pulses which damage cells, not heating, including cancer by where a mobile was held for long periods. The effects near mobile masts have literally felt shocking for some, especially for mobile masts placed close to residential rooms on top of buildings.

I keep my mobile phone several cm away from my body in a back pack or on a table and always use a Bluetooth headphone with microphone for calls, but mostly have it in aircraft mode, to limit exposure.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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All expensive for what they are

I've had an old Dyson hand held for years which is much more convenient than a mains ones, but even with Li-ion batteries and high speed DC pulse motors I am disappointed just how expensive and short battery life these devices still are. I like the idea of more suction power with the newer DC58 and DC59, but £220 and £300 is tacking the piss! The price is actually rising for these devices, WTF!

I don't buy the excuse that making high speed DC motors is so hard and expensive, it's just rotating parts engineering, SMTP like electronics, and adaptive software to adapt the stepping spindle motor technology used in Hard Disks.

Dyson are flat out wrong on short battery life being OK; they need to provide the facility to charge extra batteries away from the vacuum, and price the batteries and cradle reasonably.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Anyone using a single drive NAS i.e. without RAID1, 5 or better is franky naive

You get what you pay for, or a little less it you build it yourself, and that device is too cheap junk, as the Amazon reviews document.

Drives fail when you least expect it and often without a recent enough backup, and you will be in misery if the head crashed, because that £500 recovery service (if you can afford it) can just say sorry... been there!

I looked at decent off-the-shelf NAS, choked at the prices with/without drives and know that RAID 1, 5, 6 are flawed because they only cover drive data corruption.

I build my own FreeNAS boxes with quality commodity PC motherboards, quality PSUs and huge WD Red as RAIDZ2; I have had one out of six new drives fail (free warranty replacement via Scan), quickly spotted as fading and failed by ZFS and Smart for each box I built, with no risk of data loss; RAID1, 5 and 6 only detect a failure late, with the risk of data corruption until a new drive is added and rebuilt.

I use small size drive RAID 1 in desktops and it has saved me several times from data loss which periodic backup can't do; I'd use ZFS there too if I could find standard OS boot support by the OSs I like using.

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Glass, hmm..

Most buildings will have a lot of surfaces which are not glass or even clean smooth glass and the surfaces may not be able to take that much load! If I expected a visit like that, I'd add something to make the surfaces slippery or rough.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Re: And instead you reccomend

That's fine provided you still have your own servers and use the cloud as complementary scalable resource, not all the resource, because all-in can be all-fail!

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Legal?

No unlawful i.e. a null and void contract, because there are strict requirements for a contact to be lawful, and small print is a definite no no!

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Vinyl introduces a lot of failings

Agreed.

I really don't understand this Vinyl nostalgia, I had records (audible quirks and damage), then tapes (quirks and noise), then CDs (wow!). I find that properly recorded digital audio on CDs, Digital video, Flacs and MP3s, without stupid compression (too common for signed bands), sloppy clipping or poor sample rates, sounds far better than any Vinyl I heard, and doesn't need stupid expensive equipment to play it at best quality, including archaic Valve or Class A amplifiers (class D is excellent now); even tablets and phones often have quality audio chipsets now, and high quality PC sound cards sound even better.

Frankly, quality digital audio played through decent DACs (e.g. Burr Brown), with quality amplification stages or direct to Class D, and a smooth power supply blows away Vinyl and other obsolete analogue tech. much like the even older wax cylinders I've also heard played.

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SAVE ME, NASA system builder, from my DEAD WORKSTATION

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Re: Sounds lovely...

I used to do loads of soldering for a living, including SMD, so that sounds naive...

A track or through plated hole was probably cracked, so trying to replace the connector probably wouldn't fix it.

The most I'd try would be to desolder, and re-solder each connector pin with high wattage kit, flux, solder paste and solder, just-in-case it was a dry joint or a crack could be bridged; but I wouldn't have much confidence in the likelihood or reliability of a fix.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Native including VM Native is where it is at, not browser 'platforms'.

Because of compromised stuff like HTML and untyped Javascript, browsers will never be as good as native, as amply demonstrated by Microsoft's incredibly stupid lock-in of Internet Explorer into Windows Explorer for an insecure, inflexible, synchronous, single-threaded, kludged mess! Directory Opus proved just how much better a non-browser, native, asynchronous multi-threaded, not just multi-paned, directory tool is; although even it is suffering from some GUI stalls now.

Mozilla did provide a possible app platform with support for web pages as separate applications with their own profiles, and there used to be a Firefox extension to create new custom runnable profiles which could be run concurrently from an application icon, but they stupidly killed this. This should really be a browser option like Private mode, but instead loading/saving plugin config and other state with a completely separate profile, and directly runnable via a separate application icon.

Firefox has got worse with the new GUI base, and Mozilla need to upgrade the browser to isolate pages and their plugin use separately so that a single stalled page can't stall the whole browser and they must provided a means to monitor/kill off stalled pages; this will probably require at least one thread or continuation per page, not the cop-out bloated process fork model used by Google Chrome, and require (secure, asynchronous) message passing (including for cross-page Javascript access), like the Amiga did, and QNX and Android do now for processes, not shared memory!

Browser plugin access APIs will probably have to support complete state isolation for each page too, if this is not already supported.

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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SSDs are great for wide random access, seq speed, portable use and low power use.

The main reason I got SSDs is not sequential speed, it was because they don't have a several millisecond head seek delay which spinning disk have for wide random access, this can remove loads of delays and remove the need to defragment disks,

Anyone who uses SSDs for bulk storage either has more money than sense, or really has a good use case for no seek time and/or faster sequential speed.

I have separate Samsung SSDs for an OS/app 128GB disk and a 256GB for fast data use (including random access maniac Calibre); everything else is on local WD Black, or several WD Red in NAS. All these disks are either RAID1 or RAIDZ5 (6), because I expect one disk to fail at just the wrong moment, given experience, including WD Reds; I regard this as especially important for SSDs!

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Re: Developers need what now?

AN,

I hope you always get crappy code from developers, very, very late, because that's what your moronic attitude will lead too.

I've been a Software Developer for decades, so am competent to tell you to STFU!

Developer tools, especially IDEs, can be surprisingly heavy users of disks, as can other software we use like database servers!

Developers /always/ need well better specified machines with ample CPU and RAM because we are not just running the end product, we also run IDEs (which all proper developers use), other debugging and monitoring tools, database tools, source control clients, servers, Virtual Machines etc., often concurrently, and we damned well need to be able do lots of build cycles, including automated testing, to release usable code! Modern development is often not Waterfall, it is often deliberately iterative to reduce total development time for a /useable/ product.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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Meh

I'll stick with my better value Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 thanks.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is plenty fast enough with 4 big and 4 little CPUs, 3GB RAM and a much better screen than this currently half-baked Android 5 tablet, and it will very likely get an Android 5 upgrade. Sorry 2GB and no micro-SD card slot is completely unforgivable on /any/ new premium tablet, especially one with the new supposedly game friendly NVidia chipset.

As for cheap tablets, you get what you pay for, serious compromises. Windows 8.* is bloated spyware, so I will only use that at work. Anyone still running Windows XP on a chunky so-called 'tablet' PC with feeble battery life should be ashamed of themselves, it is very dated and insecure!

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

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Aren't these tunnel vision Carbon-phobes dead already!

The major population developing areas can't go lower carbon dioxide production and won't while they are upgrading so fast, so efforts by the developed countries maybe futile anyway, and of those, it seem the US is the most wasteful for numerous resources, which all cost energy.

We need resource use driven by engineers and scientists with long term interests in mind, a proper free market may provide this, not fads of politicians, bought scientists and other Ponzi economics actors, like wasteful and distracting AGW nonsense and its ridiculous model predictions like this.

We need dense enough affordable energy sources which provide enough power on demand, not inadequate drips of power when the wind happens to be blowing and the sun light happens to be bright enough, so currently Hydrocarbon based fuels and nuclear fission.

It would be much better to spend on improving power generation technology, including safer and longer lasting fission reactors and fuel, developing Thorium fission and Fusion reactors, and developing distributed bulk power storage appliances so that we can smooth out power generation demand and improve generator efficiency; distributed bulk power storage could make wind and Solar power more useful too.

The real problem is energy and resource availability at affordable cost; as time goes on, drilling and mining gets harder and costs more energy to do, because we already got the easier stuff e.g. some oil reserves may cost so much energy to get to and collect that it may only become worth it as chemical feedstock, not as fuel! California, a major farming state of the US, already has worsening water rationing in several areas because they have pumped water too rapidly out of underground aquifers; this is already having serious effects on farming there, and may have been addressed if brain dead eco-twits had not blocked a nuclear powered desalination plant there, decades ago!

All manufacturing should look at the full lifecycle costs of a product, including farming, mining, manufacturing, pollution/waste costs, active energy use, and disposal e.g. for paper, it is probably more economical to plant more trees and use the waste as fuel, land fill or for fermentation, than recycling as paper, cardboard or building materials.

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Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet

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Re: There'll never be another...

How about none of the above, just very lean government with lean local government, kind of like the Swiss and their Cantons, but even leaner.

A permanent centralised military is a dangerous thing and tends to get misused for poking it's nose in where it has no business being, at huge cost to productive people, like on the European continent, Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Libya, and other parts of Asia and Africa; which were worse than a waste of money, because they increased UK defence and immigration costs.

The Swiss don't let their nominal air force get away with that wasteful stupidity; they have a militarily prepared population and long term defensive plans to FUBAR invasion, so less need for a separate military forces.

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Re: Fake Queen

There is no real HMQ because it's been fake (including by it's own rules) for a LOT longer than many people realise, definitely fake after Victoria because Albert couldn't breed (which made all the children illegitimate!), probably even further back too! Princess Diana was just used to get some pure royal Bloodline bred back in, then sacrificed.

Anyhow we don't need no warlords, Monarchs, Presidents, bloated Government or other gilded death mongers, drug dealing and pedo thugs to rule us; they are elite only in illusion, destruction, waste of lives, and waste of resources, forget honest virtue; that includes the 'Crown' demented fake religious cult warlords of the Vatican too!

The royal flag should be a skull and crossbones, as Elizabeth 1st effectively admitted.

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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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I want freedom, not liberty, especially from mealy mouthed gangsters like him!

Pedos, fraudsters and other sociopaths/psychopaths seem to concentrate more in (protected) authority, often gangster, positions than anywhere else, so that persons excuses fall flat.

The emergent anarchistic behavior of the internet is a good thing, not bad, because it allows us to bypass these gangsters' control and the reveal their wrongs.

We need less authority; the church is largely irrelevant now, but we still need to make the guilds (the 'worshipful' etc. asses still exist), the banksters (including the BIS and central banks), the neo-feudalist 'democratic' state, and the other corporations (fraud businesses) including the NGOs like the UN, the IMF etc. irrelevant too!

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: Who would deal with the spiders from mars?

Muscle use in low and zero gravity will require better spacial coordination and momentum control of the same mass in three dimensions (see Enders Game) than in an Earth gravity environment, so a much smaller subset of the female population than the male population.

If a female has to be just as strong as a male for a task, then they will need more muscle and expend more energy to carry and use the muscle because not all tasks can be done by multiple people, especially if space is constrained; it will be!

The smaller body volume of a women thus smaller surface area will also be more vulnerable to external thermal changes, which could affect survival.

It would seem better to have a mixed sex crew, to balance the benefits and disadvantages of each sex, and to allow for unknown hazards.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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FAIL

GDP sucks, and happiness is a reward for doing right.

The GDP includes significant unproductive spending like excessive wasteful consumerist purchasing and massively wasteful government tax funded (which hurts the economy in multiples) interference in the market, like the NHS, an excessive social safety net, wasteful and harmful education, and an excessive military, so the P in GDP is very dubious indeed.

As I see it, happiness is firstly a side benefit of doing the right things to survive (e.g. being productive enough), then having the luxury of resources to do what you want to do, possibly socially; this does not necessarily require paying for stuff, so linking this to the GDP is stupid.

Also a significant proportion of people have abnormal 'happiness' triggers (e.g. people with malfunctioning brains like sociopaths and psychopaths, and other mentally ill people) and these people can be destructive and diminish other peoples happiness so corrupt measures of happiness.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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FAIL

Just Crocodile Tears from increasingly visible government gangsters

Some government is probably OK, to keep the peace and ensure honest trade, but it has gone far beyond that now into quite obvious gangsterism *, so these f'tard corpocracy enforcers should STFU and accept that people no longer trust them, so are locking them out!

* As amusingly illustrated on the Santiago Capital "Stockholm Syndrome" video on Real Vision Television on the internet.

I've also discovered the "Log Horizon" Anime series, and it looks like an interesting model for how limited government could work.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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A container would be much less resource greedy than a VM on a non server machine, so limiting this to server OS machines is dense or greedy.

As a Developer, I frequently run VMs on a windows pro/ultimate machine for test environments, but would often prefer to have a lighter weight alternative; I expect other power users would also agree.

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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FAIL

It's Microsoft, so who gives a dump.

Platform lock-in multiple times, so not interested.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Big Brother

Re: 192.150.16.235

Just added to my fibre router CSM >> URL Content Filter (URL blacklist) as adelogs.adobe.com; that way they can't sneak past by changing the IP address or by using load balancer.

All the worst URLs get blocked at my router, so that all my devices are protected.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Last weeks passed my lameness tolerance, so I stopped delayed watching.

I haven't seen this weeks, and I don't think I'll bother now; there is vastly better quality subbed Anime to watch.

Capaldi looked wrong from the start, the plots are getting worse; I'll skip this lameness until both Capaldi and script writers have been canned.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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It's TPTB fault, including the Banksters and the Vatican cult(s).

The problem is basically insanely evil greed by The Powers that Be (TPTB) only tempered by productive innovation and some cunning and infighting in TPTB, with periodic wars (divide and conquer games) to cull the population and for moar profit and plunder.

Starting in ancient world usury (when they were still sensible enough have debt write-off Jubilees), to the evil Venetian banksters, to the hijacking of London (City of London state), to the hijacking of the USA (The "United States" of Virgina state), to the hijacking of Rome (Vatican state), to the formation of the Federal Reserve, BIS and central banks fiat currency conspiracy, with a web of compartmentalised secret society layers linking them together, with plenty of Hegelian Dialectic to steer lower layer secret societies and the proles.

BTW, all those stocks and shares are derivatives in most developed countries because the base debt is only owned by one holding company, owned by the banks which own the central banks, which sell derivative paper to the stockbrokers who sell their derivative paper to you; sound secure? LOL! That is only a fraction of about $1,000,000,000,000,000 of insanely leveraged derivatives debt /which can never ever be paid off/!!!

The banks, the central banks, the publicly owed corporations (who do what they are told by the single debt holding corporation, /not public shareholders/), and the whore governments who get cheap credit so allow ever more of this shit, all of them are basically gangsters; the FUBAR is so bad now, that the rigged illusions of relative economy stability are becoming increasingly hard to maintain, so will fail again!

This stinking vile mess needs to be demolish ASAP and replaced by something simpler without gangster middlemens' 'help', based on genuine value.

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Applied Micro: Get lost, PowerPC! We're flinging 64-bit ARM HeliX cores at robots next year

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FreeNAS, please make a version for mobos using this

Much lower power, ample CPU, 6 SATA 3.0, enough RAM support for a big ZFS cache, and two 10GE controllers! What's not to like?

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Human Rights are a mirage

In theory Human Rights should protect us, but they are seen as the maximum official rights (privileges) people have, which are often broken unofficially.

What we really need is respected for common law, ethics, morals, and unlimited, cultural, plain common decency, not hypocritical, 'do gooder', creeping socialist, statist rights.

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Payment is not its problem, so this is yet another effort wasting gimmick

Tescos problem is prices which do not match their service, range, and general quality, and to a lesser extent people getting a better deals at discount shops.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Coat

Why not also have a vertical holographic display with Zombie arrowed at the person

Seem OK to me, because it's probably accurate if they are so clueless that they need a hazard warning.

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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"Positive" decrimination and feminist conditioned men are oppressing men.

This nonsense ironically hurts women as badly as men, as documented in the book

"The Myth of Male Power" by Dr Warren Farrell, so the trolls attack is half justified.

Stupid Emma Watson is not helping because the solution is not more feminism and distractions like acceptance of a variance of attributes for males and females, rather it is to stop denying that men and women are different, so think and behave in the different ways, even if there is some overlap.

Too many men have been at least partially conditioned by abuse of feminism by fanatic feminist women has made it socially and legally destructive.

I'm pissed off hearing 'empowered' (spoilt) women saying the problem is 'immature' men when we should be trying to meet at the overlap, and accept and appreciate our complementary differences.

Us men should stop suffering in silence, speak up and expect to be treated as equals; that include learning to spot and no longer accepting abusive manipulation by spoilt women, so that they grow up and become better people. This needs to get political too, to roll back the destructive excesses of feminism e.g. for unfair paternity and maintenance rulings.

As for the UN; no frigging way do I have any respect or trust that gang of Socialist power usurpers.

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

Caveat Emptor for very low priced ebay goods, especially newer stuff like 64GB+ cards!

The cheapest good 32GB SDHC card is probably about £10, 64GB card about £23 to £30; 128GB about £70 to £80.

Apple are still seriously taking the piss for a 16GB to 64GB difference of £80, and a 16GB to 128GB difference of £160 for well over 100% pure profit!

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Re: Hmm

I love your ironic cynicism :)

As you allude to, it is nonsense to suggest that you can steal ideas, because they are intangible and can only be copied.

It is always deceitful sophistry to associate the word thieves or theft, with copyright e.g. the headline.

Copyright is just a discredited state granted monopoly privilege on ideas which serves no useful purpose for the public, hampers the market with artificial scarcity far worse than any private earned monopoly, and contradicts real property rights.

The use of the word Pirate with reference to copyright rebels is also toxic double speak and it is shameful that some dictionaries support this abuse of the word definition.

The study authors are obviously just mercenary trolls for rentier corporate use of a destructive state monopoly privilege.

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

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Meh

Who few still use Adobe Acrobat and Reader?

Both are bloated and insecure; I've never had a problem with SumatraPDF (reader) and other PDF writer tools.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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LOL

Only 1 day battery life, not even wireless charging mentioned and if looks bulky as fcuk, please.....

No amount to 'style' can save it; it's just a toy accessory for an iPhone.

IMO only people with more money than sense buy Apple; people are either slaves to the Apple brand (as illustrated for brands in the film "Branded") or it is effectively treated as Bling; IMO opinion several Android devices are better designed, nicer looking, and plain better than Apples portable products, so even the Bling factor seems diminished.

I'm doing better than average, but I still won't consider anything Apple sells, because I have a sense, including for value, privacy, etc.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Terminator

James Dyson is right, other robot vacuums are tiresome jokes.

I had a Roomba, I wore quickly, clogged easily, and eventually broke and they got more expensive, so it wasn't replaced.

So for the Dyson 360 Eye:

* It really is damned tall so will not go under furniture which other robot vacuums can.

* What is the cleaning time between recharges?

* Will it be affordable?

* It better be affordable, because the price of the latest battery hand vacuums and their short cleaning time seriously takes the piss, as do the O fans!

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Meh

BS Fablets are too bulky as phones, and limited for detailed content and readability.

Seriously, you really don't want to be look at much detailed stuff on a phone; too much scrolling.

Around 300DPI is the sweet spot for any quality media on a hand held screen; much above this the detail will be wasted, so there is a niche for fast about 300DPI tablets for anything big and detailed, like magazines, technical books, images and detailed maps e.g. the Samsung Tab Pro and S tablets.

I decided to upgrade to a new Samsung Tab S 10.5" because these are finally good enough for fast 2 page views of PDF books. PDF to EPub conversion for lower resolution screens can have rendering artifacts and EPub often has less detail, so proper full page(s) view of PDFs is really useful.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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... and if you have a slow, intermittent or no network connection to that other computer or anything else goes wrong it becomes completely useless functionality.

There are also the problems of spying, wrong consequent action, or deliberately managed consequent action in the interest of some other party!

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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More prior art patent BS

The US patent system looks rather like a toxic idea waste dump and state mafia protection racket.

How very unoriginal of that worm ridden rotting fruit, and it is a stupid set of ideas idea because

* touch screen side buttons will prevent use of even a clear elastomer "bumper" band

* a case may not be practical, or look ugly, offer far less shock protection on the sides, and be liable to break easily

* side touch screen button are so very stupid, because they will not be tactile /before/ use, to find and press like mechanical buttons, and could be a difficult to press precisely given how small they will have to be; audio feedback and haptics there will be too late, so quite pointless!

Samsung are killing Apple for display tech, ideas, and product, which is why scared Apple were so very nasty in court. e.g. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S models seriously mock the current iPADs, my 10.5" one is wow better at £330!

Android is winning; Apple is hyped, but boring and bla as BMW.

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LG takes on Nokia X, Moto G: These are the cheapie 'droids you've been looking for

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Re: Landfill!!! Fill my pants!!!

Agreed, the Moto G is quality kit.

I looked at all the other cheaper mobiles, and got an 16GB Moto G because it has a near 720p display (320dpi), excellent hardware, Android 4.4.2, a still portable size and excellent value at £130 (fully inc.) from Hong Kong.

HTC so failed here; these are not just mobiles, they are very portable Android tablets, GPS and media devices, and 800x600 and 854x480 are pathetic screen dimensions and DPI.

In my opinion, there is no excuse not to provide at least 300dpi on all new tablet devices, including /all/ GPS map computers.

I'll just be using my Moto G for PAYG phone calls (I'm not a social insecurity zombie), local stored GPS maps, travel, minimal apps and media, so don't need more storage; I have proper 7" and 10.5" Android tablets for more demanding stuff, so I have no interest in pocket busting "fablets".

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Holmes

Well, Balmer really did stuff up Microsoft after Gates became too stale and retired

It look like the replacement still has a lot of work to do undoing all the damage Balmer did!

Microsoft maybe in the Stagnation phase of a corporate lifecycle, and if it is, it will probably have to do an IBM like fat burn to survive, which it appears it maybe doing.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Meh

And the backwardness of the BCS was why I never bothered with the hassle of becoming a member even though I could have easily done so.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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HUD better, gestures bad, starting calls or using social media bad.

HUD is a good idea for keep eyes focused ahead, to show carefully designed information relevant to /driving/, like navigation directions, speed, fuel etc., but only minimal notifications for mobile calls or data, because just too much distracting input can escalate into dangerous mental scarcity for the demanding task of driving a potentially deadly, powerful, load of metal and not having an accident. This is no different from Google Glass, both could easily cause accidents.

Bad 1: Gesture control; device control should be by speech or near physical controls, not gesture; gestures are too costly in a car, because you need both your hands to drive.

Bad 2: Allowing use of mobile phones or interactive media; never allow use of mobile phones or interactive media by the driver of a moving car; at most status!

Bad 3: A transparent screen; this may become useless in bright sunlight.

The designers need to read the book "Scarcity" by Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Sharif; many people don't realise the stupid side effects of scarcity.

All conversations on mobile phone calls (yes, even hands free) or use of interactive media while driving should be regarded as dangerous driving, no excuses, so be banned for apps for this device, because these can easily cause unexpected mental scarcity; /always park to do these/, I'm fed up seeing negligent asses driving motor vehicles while using mobiles, with obviously compromised driving!

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

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What a vicious women

IP is BS, the arguments for it have been soundly demolished; it's a pity that governments still haven't got the message.

A copyright (BS) ignorer is not a Pirate or a thief; there is never any real loss.

This women would appear to be out of touch, greedy, vicious and a bit mentally lacking.

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65 patches later and Java STILL breaks stuff

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Re: Uh...

A/C "Uh..." is a stupid Troll.

This issue is not Oracles' fault, rather it is cowboy alternative JVM language developers breaking the class constructor rules and temporary getting away with it because the class byte code validator (security code) wasn't as strict as the Java language compiler javac; this check is done by javac because this broken class constructor code could cause race condition bugs and even become a separate security issue, which is also not Oracles' fault now.

What should happen is the offending alternative JVM language providers should be told tough by Oracle and told that it is their responsibility to fix their already broken class constructor code if they want to run their language to run on a JVM. This is also important because their code maybe called by Java code and break it too!

At least Java is not as horrible to fix as dotNet installs, because when they fail, it can get real nasty!

If anything Java can be easier to update than Flash (which I wish would die everywhere), because I've had several occasions when it wouldn't update without a reboot; unacceptable! Browser Javascript is getting nearly as painful as Flash due to the growing bloat of client side Javascript and AJAX which can even make browsers freeze, even on powerful PCs!

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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This all seems rather pointless (sic)

1. This will really piss off humans more than lame Catchas, so you get less quality traffic too!

2. OCR can already beat Catchas, and a bit of smart image processing code would probably beat this too; anyone with a botnet will probably laugh at this soon.

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Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency

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How useful is this really!?

This data is probably only useful for static flames in low gravity environments, not for a moving flame in low gravity or a flame on Earth, because the more fuel to moves away from the flame before it can burn; I also doubt that a probably highly variable heat output flame would be useful for doing work in a given time period.

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