* Posts by JP19

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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Re: bad shit

"was killed just because he tried to open a bar of candy"

Nope he was killed because he was an idiot - the candy bar was just a symptom.

At least the gene pool is a little improved.

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"than him being a reckless driver putting lives at risk"

You and we don't know that he was. It sounds like he was using media player controls and doing that on your wrist is probably less distracting than doing it on the car stereo. How dangerous either distraction is depends on road conditions which we don't know.

It would be nice to think the police observed him dicking around with his watch under difficult traffic conditions and he had it coming. Unfortunately no one trusts the police enough to give them that discretion which why they have idiotic "use a hand-held device that includes a telephone function" laws - especially idiotic when we all know the danger is in the telephone function not the hand holding part.

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'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

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More getting ready for unknown things

"Asked about use cases" He came up with drivel.

Customers are going to let hotels location track them so they can make trivial savings turning off the heating the customer paid for anyway? Not that it has anything to do with an internet of things.

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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Re: Missing the point?

"Maybe there are other reasons for wearable fitness - factors such as"

Nice list - more succinctly replaced with

I am a pathetic spineless fool with no real friends or life.

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink – Brillo

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Nest, Android, and Chrome teams

Developers from our premier privacy invading products put together to come up with ways to invade our privacy with these newfangled things.

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Microsoft tosses Office, Skype portball to 20 Android makers

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Oh dear

More crap that you have to root your device to get rid of properly.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

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"After the disaster of Windows 8, Windows 10 should be accepted with more open arms”

Yep Microsoft have spent 3 years and two versions polishing that turd.

As far as PCs and laptops go it is still a turd and no one cares about it on phones and fondleslabs.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: The Nightmare

"creationists. Unfortunately it will be a nightmare if their views become part of kids education"

Omnipotent being responsible for everything and we will see her when we die - no problem.

Same being created the whole world a couple of thousand years ago - nightmare.

If you believe in an omnipotent being you are an idiot - unless it is made of spaghetti in which case you are smart but telling fibs.

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"We all learn by discourse"

Yes we do, but, discourse makes no distinction between truth and religious drivel.

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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What a complete and utter pile of crap

I find it hard to believe anyone has the cheek to produce a website so devoid of any useful information and even harder to believe people are taken in by it.

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Openreach to trial G.fast in Swansea

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"our data demands online will have drastically increased"

No they won't for the same reason a telephone conversations today needs no more than 8kb/s the same as when telephones were invented. Humans simply can't process more than 10 or 20Mb/s of information so pipes delivering more than that are only really useful to reduced the wait downloading big gobs of information for later processing and for serving multiple humans simultaneously. The first case isn't worth much and the second case doesn't happen much so people will not pay much to be able to do it.

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"supportive environment"

Personally I doubt many people will pay more than a slight premium for more than 20Mb because the majority of people will notice no more than a slight difference..

You need to be within 1.5km of a cabinet to get 20Mb with current VDSL and within 100m to get 500Mb using G.Fast. It needs around 220 times more cabinets to give everyone 500Mb.

I doubt openreach will get much support from customers - idiot politicians are another matter.

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Expensive and unsatisfying

The app seems to be a good match for F1.

If Ecclestone could completely have his way they would be racing transit vans to provide more space for advertising. Bizarrely the racing might also be more exciting.

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Factory reset memory wipe FAILS in 500 MEELLION Android mobes

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Re: What should be expected from a factory reset?

The settings option is called and described with :-

Factory data reset

Erases all data on phone

Expecting it to do what it says it will seems reasonable.

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Huh?

You mean some people trust android devices with sensitive information?

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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Re: oh £100 light bulbs with that special glow

"calling the engineer out for breakdown repairs"

For faults which the control system can detect unaided - if you want more you start spending more on built in diagnostics and sensors but I would rather have that money spent on making the thing more reliable and longer lasting in the first place.

It won't be calling engineers anyway because without prior arrangement with you no one will be there to grant access and you would want a quote because a lot of white goods are cheaper to scrap than repair.

What is the difference between a dishwasher telling you it has a fault (when you are washing dishes) and you contacting the manufacturer to arrange repair and the dishwasher contracting the manufacturer over the interwebs and them contacting you to arrange repair? - Nothing worth spending money on IMO.

You seem to be extrapolating from business equipment which often has maintenance contracts, almost guaranteed access during working hours, and substantial down time costs which justify the contracts. That doesn't scale to domestic white goods.

My boiler has almost no electronics in it and hasn't broken down in its 30+ year life - that is the kind of 'thing' I want to buy.

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Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel

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" it reckons there'll be 100 billion devices in 2025"

So that is about 14 for every soul currently on the planet and still I can't think of one thing I want connected to the internet that isn't already.

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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"to bring all those involved to justice"

Lol - this is America where the amount of money you have (to be sued for) is much more important than your amount of guilt.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

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"Driverless cars are the future. That's almost indisputable"

How far in the future?

"Dr. James Baker laid out the description of a speech understanding system called DRAGON in 1975" eventually to become Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Here we are 40 years later and speech recognition is still shite.

I am pleasantly surprised when OK Google gets it right and understanding a car's environment and driving through it is orders of magnitude more complex than speech recognition and acceptable error rates orders of magnitude lower.

Personally I don't think we will see fully autonomous vehicles given unrestricted access to the roads in the next 25 years. I don't think Detroit or taxi drivers have much to worry about.

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

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"If we get more than one cent of coin for each $1 of 'leccie used I'll be damned surprised"

People are still mining bitcoin for a profit so making more than the cost of the hardware and electricity is possible. If you have a device which needs silicon circuitry and a net connection anyway then the incremental cost of a bit more silicon for a bitcoin mining engine is low, hard to see how it can't be lower than the cost of hardware which can only mine bitcoin.

So the hardware costs beat existing profitable mines, the mining silicon needs to match or beat existing mining silicon efficiency in coins/W and then you are just left with the relative price of electricity. I don't know if bitcoin mining margins are so slim that it can only be profitable in places with cheap electricity. Even if the electricity is too expensive the losses are not going to be 99%.

Not that I think pissing away vast amounts of hardware and electricity producing special 'numbers' was ever a sensible thing to do.

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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"The bindings are stored in a .ini file which you can manually edit"

Got it installed now. That file (input.settings) is more than 2000 lines FFS. Some keys are bound like 20 times in different game states. Pain to edit and overkill because if it really took 2000+ lines of key binds no one could possibly remember them all.

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"can't re-map controls"

You can map some keys in game but not WASD for movement which is indeed utterly bonkers.

The bindings are stored in a .ini file which you can manually edit - Witcher 2 was the same.

My main gripe with Projekt Red is they concentrate on controllers which are shit in so many ways and don't make the UI any better for those using mouse/keyboard.

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

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"convenient and cost effective"

The 60 times higher energy density of chemical fuels over batteries is what makes vehicles powered by them convenient and cost effective.

That isn't going to change one day.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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What about right turns?

How many accidents are caused by turning right across the path of oncoming traffic? A fundamentally more dangerous manoeuvre.

The idea of route planning to avoid left or right turns is utterly ridiculous - it takes eco green cycling fuck-wittery to turn ridicule into reality.

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Gbit perspective

Plusnet publish some usage stats.

Yesterday the peak download bandwidth they supplied was 130 Gbit shared between 843k users.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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Creating

I wish people/press would stop with this 'creating' bullshit.

Unless the retail sales are expanding and need 500 people more to pack stuff jobs have not been created. They have just been moved from elsewhere in the sector and if amazon is efficient (and they likely are) their 500 jobs replace more than 500 elsewhere and jobs have actually being destroyed.

The same with every new supermarket announcement.

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Boffins set to reveal state of play on fully duplex comms - on the same FREQ

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Re: This concept is not new.

That concept is not duplex and not transmitting and receiving on the same frequency. It is transmitting twice on the same frequency and a receiver can cancel out one of the signals if it knows what it is.

The problem (which is pretty much impossible) is cancelling out a transmit signal which is 100's of millions of times more powerful than a signal at the same frequency you are trying to receive.

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Amstrad founder Lord Sugar quits 'anti-enterprise' Labour party

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Re: Given they're between leaders and policies

Lol so they are leader and policy free - pretty much the same as they were before the election.

Labour is dead, no reason for being other than to keep it's career politicians careers going.

Vote for us because we are a bit left of the Tories and we can't possibly be as incompetent and useless as the last time we were in power.........

Curl up and die will you so we can vote for some real opposition to the Tories instead of having to vote for them to keep you useless f**kers (with or without the SNP) out.

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Re: White Elephant

"big wheels have less rolling resistance"

The wheels are the same size anyway and the other post talking about rotational kinetic energy is drivel for that reason and more so because the rotational kinetic energy of the wheels is of the same order as their linear kinetic energy and almost trivial compared to the linear kinetic energy of the whole vehicle.

I know bugger all about eco tyres but forming the flat contact patch on a higher profile tyre probably requires less overall deformation of the rubber.

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1.4kWh battery?

Sheesh - giving an electric range of about 3 miles and less than 1 minute of flat out electric motor.

Hybrids don't make a lot of sense but the ones that make the most are plugins allowing the first 20 or 30 miles of each journey to be on (artificially) cheap and (pretend) green electricity while avoiding the cost of a large battery and having to lug it around everywhere.

Fuel economy wobbling round on its hard skinny tyres is far from impressive hard to see the point of this car although at least it isn't hugely expensive.

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear.

Careful - Internet trolls can get 2 years in pokey now you know.

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Re: That MP...

Sad day.

Typical of politicians to take the votes they got because the main opposition are incompetent buffoons as a mandate to do what they like.

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

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£1800?

You must be shitting me.

50cc moped - with a 70 kg rider it weighs 50% more but has 1000% more power and twice the top speed. Bottom of the range - yours for £499.

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

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Re: Load balancing

"I have a 10MWh battery store near my house:"

"The project was awarded £13.2m from Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund"

At least 75% paid for by tax payers because it makes no economic sense.

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Re: Max Power

Technically illiterate moron - just the kind of customer Tesla needs.

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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

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Copying vmware again?

AppV sounding pretty much identical to vmware ThinApp.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Toaster not a good candidate

What is to stop you turning off your free toaster at the wall socket while not actually making toast?

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Barclaycard axes bonking payments bracelet

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Re: whats so good about bonking?

"couldnt they just do that for the swipe system too"

Yes or for the chip system. When you have to take your card out of your wallet anyway because two or more cards interfere with each other and you can't choose which you would like to use the time taken to swipe it through a stripe reader or poke it into a slot for a fraction of a second is trivial.

Personally I refuse to carry an RFID tag

http://www.leaderproducts.com.au/images/256.jpg

so always on bonking is simply not an option.

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"great on the buses and tubes"

For people who can't afford cars then?

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

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Re: Windows 7 is popular because it is easy to pirate

Lol - complete lack of copy/pirate protection wouldn't make Win 8 popular.

Microsoft giving away Win 10 should give you an idea of how desirable even Microsoft really thinks it is going to be.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: Much needed publicity for energy storage at last!

Because power generation and distribution is some kind of celebrity driven contest?

If only facebook likes and tweets could boil my kettle......

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Re: Surplus power

"One of the problems with nuclear power is that it can't spin up quickly"

The cost of nuclear fuel is relatively so trivial there no point spinning them down to save it - not much of a problem.

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"Or pretty much 7 years."

You assume a daily full battery cycle - if the battery isn't completely knackered after 7 years it certainly will be down on capacity (especially in warm climates).

Also the AC/DC conversion happens twice with 3% (if you are lucky) losses. Did you include installation costs?

On top of that wide adoption will increase the demand for cheap off peak electricity pushing up the price and reducing the savings. If there was money to be made time shifting electricity generation with lithium batteries the generators would be doing it on a huge scale much more economically than little home installations.

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Google polishes Chrome security with Password Alert

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Re: "Google promises that it won't ever share the password"

"Half? I'd be surprised if it wasn't more like 90%"

Well I assumed that if you don't choose the option to 'Back up my data" then android and google apps won't steal your WiFi passwords regardless.

It would be interesting to know what proportion of users do have that option checked and so give every bit of information on their androids to google (and the NSA).

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"Google promises that it won't ever share the password"

Wonder what the NSA has to say about that?

"and, after all, storing it locally means there's no need for the extension to phone home"

Except to sync to other devices and on android you are expected to backup everything unencrypted to Google anyway.

I expect Google has passwords for half the WiFi access points in the world and knows exactly where they all are.

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This is Spartan? No, it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

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"be available on one billion devices"

Really?

Does he mean there are a billion devices out there that could run windows 10 and if they chose to install windows 10 could chose to run edge?

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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"threat to the European Union's economy"

The amount of time people waste gawping at facebook when they should be working isn't already a much bigger threat to the economy?

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Bug or feature?

The watch looked at his arm and decided a pulse didn't really matter?

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

"why the *EU* is trying to mandate this?"

Dunno I don't remember voting for it?

I don't remember voting and wouldn't for 90% of what the EU do.

That is why local politicians love the EU, it gives us voters what the local politicians think is good for us without them having to worry about us agreeing or not.

An enormous and hugely expensive organisation allowing the 'right thinking' political elite to bypass democracy - that alone is more than enough reason for us to get out.

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

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Re: "imagine what a trained Scout Sniper can do"

"Where did the assumption a smoothbore"

You can't use fins to guide something spinning at a thousands of rpm.

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