* Posts by JP19

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: quite true

"That is though, relative poverty"

Yes we can completely eradicate such poverty in this county by taking lots of money from the rich and burning it.

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Re: 1930s

In the late 50's I, my parents, 3 brothers and sister lived in a rented two bedroom cottage with no running water and an outside elsan toilet my father had to dig a hole for in the garden and bury once a week. I don't really remember but my mother tells me we were often hungry. My father was a travelling salesman (on a motorbike with sidecar) my mother worked part time as a cleaner and used to keep the contents of the ash trays for my father to make roll-ups from the dog-ends. A woman living across the street had running water - a sink with a tap was a novelty for me and I remember playing washing and ironing (with flat irons heated on a stove) her dish cloths.

My parents worked hard and slowly prospered. Nowadays deprivation seems to be not having a 50" flat screen and SKY.

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

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Seriously?

When I am writing code the editor occupies most of my first 30" screen and the other is usually full of help files, reference documents and a couple of browser windows.

I find a laptop with a single 1920x1080 screen relatively painful to work on.

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

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Re: Compensation?

"only permitted where compensation is also introduced. It doesn't say what this compensation should be"

On behalf of all the people in the world to all rights holders I say "Thanks". Compensation at an appropriate level has been introduced and delivered. Job done, move along.

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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"three-finger navigation gestures"

When it comes to Windows 8 and probably 10 two-finger gesturing is all I need.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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"British MEP, Timothy Kirkhope"

"I am the Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber"

Just thought his party affiliation was worth noting.

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If only 0.006% care about BLOOD-SOAKED METAL ... why are we spending all this cash?

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Re: A difference of OPINION

"That sounds like a number they pulled out of their asses"

It has cost me personally at least a tenner to fill out some stupid form from one of my American subsidiary customers to whom I have only ever supplied a handful of not-for resale prototype electronic assemblies. The answers were mostly don't know because I couldn't be arsed to send the same form to 20 of my suppliers.

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"So why are we happily spending $4bn"

"of other people's money on this solution which our best evidence tells us won't work?"

I think you will find 'we' are not happy, on the other hand, politicians are very happy to spend other people's money on waving their ethical willies.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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"should wake up to reality"

Maybe he should wake up to the reality that these companies are giving customers what they want - and in this case what they want has been highlighted by politicians and governments giving them what they didn't want.

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Microsoft's 'loss leader' Office 365 pricing strategy? NO THANKS

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Called bait and switch isn't it?

as title.

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Elon Musk hits the brakes on Tesla's e-SUV Model X production

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Re: "just under 8,000 Model S sedans in the three months"

"potential to revolutionise"

Depends if you think sticking a motor and wheels on 2000 laptops worth of Li batteries is some kind of revolution.

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"just under 8,000 Model S sedans in the three months"

In 2013 Toyota made just under 28,000 cars every day.

315 times more cars for less than 8 times the market capitalisation - makes you think huh?

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AT LAST! London gets BONKERS FLYING PRINTER TEST LAB

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"in the UK could be worth £7bn"

So that will be about £100 million for commercial applications having drones look at things and about £6900 million for military applications having drones spy on and kill people.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

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Re: Another great reason...

I haven't been to a cinema in years I doubt I will again before I die.

My screen at home is adequate. The sound is probably better and I get to control the volume. I can pause when I like. Watch a bit again if I want to. The seating is more comfortable, the food better and cheaper. I can have a fag if I want to. The company is better. I chose my own 'screening' times. I don't have to travel miles. It is cheaper.

Seeing the latest offerings now instead of in a few months doesn't come close to compensating for the downsides. Cinemas are a relic from a bygone age, about time they curled up and died.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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If articles here were anonymous...

Would Andrew Orlowski or Lewis Page be the most easily recognised author?

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Re: They did exactly what they should have done

You know internet trolls can get 2 years in pokey now.

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"They have us quaking in our boots"

"sensitive to the slightest little thing."

Not really.

When your job is fighting terror and there isn't any you have to make do with fighting anything that faintly whiffs of terror like jokes, someone having a sly e-cig on bus, and now Wi-Fi hotspot names.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Re: Freetard redux?

"deliberately damaged"

It didn't damage anything. It fixed a compatibility issue which if you are grasping at straws for a way to blame FTDI also caused another compatibility issue if you subsequently plug the device into a Linux box.

If the POS the customer bought complied with USB specifications, you know had that little logo on it (which wasn't fake) shit like this wouldn't happen.

Wow. Just... wow.

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"knowingly causes the transmission of a program, information, code, or command,"

It seems the device knowing caused the transmission of fake VID and PID codes to the computer which resulted in damage to itself - justice :)

I said before if you don't want FTDI drivers messing with your device then don't program your device with VID and PID requesting FTDI drivers to be loaded.

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"Erasing the PID and VID makes the device non-functional"

The VID and PID claim the device is a specific FTDI product. FTDI drivers detected that it wasn't an FTDI product at all and corrected the invalid PID so the device would not incorrectly request FTDI drivers to be loaded again. The FTDI drivers are only licensed for use on genuine FTDI products.

Under windows the device never was functional because there are no legitimate drivers for it, Yes there is a small lame argument that plugging your fake device claiming to be something it is not into a Windows box will result in it subsequently not working with open drivers on a Linux box.

"I'm hoping that Microsoft comes out with a strong statement and matching sanctions. They've made a big deal of WHQL certification, extensive testing and driver signing. This was either a failure of their process, or a demonstration that driver qualification nothing but business leverage."

Just lol - FTDI submit their drivers and hardware for testing and pay for it. Do you really think they should also be responsible for testing all the fakes and clones because they have FTDI stamped on them or use a VID allocated to FTDI by the USB-IF?

FTDI have no problem with competitors - they have a problem with products pretending to be manufactured by FTDI which abuse and tarnish their good reputation and use their drivers without license.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Very dumb idea

"What is proposed here, is that the driver makes a change to the device that prevents the device from operating on any system."

If you don't want someone else's driver making changes to your device then don't program your device with VID/PID which requests that driver to be loaded. Not exactly rocket science is it.

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Re: That's going to cause some problems

"Knowing the issue, and in need of a USB to Serial, will you take the risk of getting an FTDI based one (with the risk that it is a fake one), or go for another one that doesn't have this risk?"

In a few months after this FTDI driver action has flushed low quality clone crap from the supply chain I will be more likely to buy an FTDI based one because it will be less likely to be low quality crap with a fake chip.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: Typical over-reaction

I can just cut an paste my post from the 2 years for trolls article:-

It used to be taking offence on behalf of someone else was enough to (dishonestly) demonstrate you were more caring, noble, and deserving of votes than the offender and anyone taking less offence than you.

Now the players have decided that they can (dishonestly) demonstrate they are even more caring, noble and deserving of votes by further demonizing the offender to the extent that they need to be locked up.

Making a fuss about and dealing vicious punishment for something that is just not very nice scores you more politically correct game play points than the same level of fuss and punishment for something which is quite nasty.

Escalation of the stakes in political correct game play will continue until the (hopefully) sensible majority make it clear they consider the players to be dishonest slimeballs, not caring, noble, and worthy of votes.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Out of proportion

"treated way too harshly by people who don't get technology"

It isn't technology, it is just more politically correct game play.

It used to be taking offence on behalf of someone else was enough to (dishonestly) demonstrate you were more caring, noble, and deserving of votes than the offender and anyone taking less offence than you.

Now the players have decided that they can (dishonestly) demonstrate they are even more caring, noble and deserving of votes by further demonizing the offender to the extent that they need to be locked up.

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Re: obviously using your logic

"Exactly. People can act big and say terrible things to targeted people when hiding behind a keyboard and screen"

Which is why things said from hiding behind a keyboard and screen shouldn't be taken seriously.

If being stupid enough to say something terrible from behind keyboard and screen deserves 2 years in pokey then being stupid enough to believe it deserves 6 months.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Terrorists win some more....

without actually needing to do a thing.

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Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease

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Re: Lunacy

"I fail to see why Google should toady to these people."

Because it is the (stupid) law.

I'm getting sick of search engines being used to censor the web.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Of course it is mostly bullshit

The real problem is the number of people who accept and regurgitate such bullshit without question.

We have more of a gullibility than obesity crisis.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Re: Congratulations to the protesters

At 14,000 ft they wouldn't have the energy to be violent.

With the long list of altitude sickness symptoms including 'Excessive flatulation' one wonders how the area became sacred in the first place.

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Economics prof denies digital pirates plundered €20bn from EU coffers

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Of course it is made up shit

The kind that politicians love to sprout and some are even dumb enough to believe.

Globally the only economic effect of piracy is that some people might work a bit harder to pay for stuff if they couldn't get it for free/cheap.

Locally there is more of an issue. If some country pirates all your shit their economy benefits and yours suffers - pirate imports I say :)

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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"mainly used against women"

Because most blokes wouldn't care.

So which half of the equal sexes is wrong - blokes should care more or women less?

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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Follow the money

The majority of spam is generated to try to extract money from the recipient (one way or another).

Money moving from the recipient to the spammer leaves a trail that can be followed.

What is needed is international legislation and cooperation allowing the money to be followed and spammers shut down at source.

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Re: Email spam? What's that?

"Gmail's filters are not perfect, but they are very close to perfect"

Sure, I send an email order to a small business from a legitimate email address that I have had for getting on 20 years and actually paid for. Gmail silently drops it as spam. Days later I chase up on the telephone and the guy swears he has all the Gmail spam filtering turned off. I try again - he doesn't get it. I create a throw away Gmail account to send one email to him and he gets it.

If there had been an easy alternative supplier I would have just walked away. Filters letting spam through is an annoyance, filters blocking non-spam can cost you dearly. I wouldn't use Gmail for anything serious and that is before considering privacy issues.

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

" IoT heat sensors and or door switches would see I was entering the room, know that it was dark, and turn on the IoT lights for me"

Why the hell do you think the connection between a switch on a room door and a light on its ceiling needs to go through a data centre in Iceland?

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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It isn't a court of human rights

The ECHR is about limiting the right governments have to do things to people. Government's ability to do things to people is not restricted to the people that can vote for them so an international organization representing all the people that can have things done to them is what ought to be setting those limits.

You can argue about what those limits should be but I see zero justification for arguing that governments should be able to choose their own limits.

Typical of self righteous prick politicians to think they should be allowed to welch on this international deal because they are so nice and honest and trustworthy that they couldn't possibly do anything bad with the additional powers it gives them.

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Internet of Stuff: Chip rivals try to stop Cortex-M7 from flexing ARM’s muscle

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" the sector is so new that there is considerable uncertainty about the precise capabilities"

The 'sector' doesn't really exist and because they have no idea what the projected 30 billion things on the internet are going to be doing they have no idea how much processing power they will need.

Same as the recent moaning about lack of standards for communication between things. Hard to write a specification when your requirement is little more than a wet finger stuck in the air.

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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"cites disproving the existence of God"

Hard to find a scientist that dumb.

Religions are resistant to such attacks which is why so much of the important stuff happens 'in mysterious ways' and especially after you are dead.

Religions are like that by design, or actually and more amusingly by natural selection.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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but, but, but,

When uncle Ken tells us "if it's yellow...." we must heed his wise words, water is precious.

It can't possibly have been 100% recycled for the last 4.6 billion years. It must be a lie spread by those wicked water is precious deniers.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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"Oh good. So they're going to fit new distribution boxes every 20 metres?"

No. G.Fast is a descendant of VDSL which can go faster over short (up to 250m) cables, much the same as VDSL goes faster than ADSL over short cables.

If they move to G.Fast in the cabinets a bunch of FTTC customers could get upwards of 200Mb and if they stick cabinets every 500m all of them could.

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Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

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Kinda bollocks

"bandwidth would have to catch up with anticipated demand. Even 20 Mbit/s downstream was barely enough for one channel of 4K TV, he told us."

While 8kbit/s is still enough for one phone conversation and has been since the telephone was invented. The rate a human can absorb data is limited, 4k video already exceeds that limit (especially for my old eyes) and no one is going to spend all day watching video so being able to stream at that rate is nice but not essential.

I am not particularly for a one speed internet the same as I would not be for one speed cars. The problem is if I buy a fast car I want it to go fast everywhere. I don't want to buy a car which only goes fast on some roads where I (directly or indirectly) have to pay an additional toll.

Actually maybe I am for a one speed internet - it depends what you think internet and speed means.

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

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Re: The trolls' actions merely prove Watson's point.

So many downvotes and so much angst about Emma's tits being put on the internet. I'm sure this woman www.liveleak.com/view?i=176_1364022789 would be proud of you.

If only the people with the stones had defined her by what she was instead of what she was not and had not miss-perceived the spectrum of her gender.

p.s. The vid is NSFW - Not Suitable For the World.

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Re: The trolls' actions merely prove Watson's point.

"DEMONSTRATES NOTHING about your pet agenda"

My post title is a quote from the article so not my agenda - sorry about the lack of quotation marks.

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The trolls' actions merely prove Watson's point.

Hardly, the religious loons in some of these united nations who keep their women in meat lockers would like to see her flogged or beheaded. I hope they are supposed to be the target of this campaign.

The flowery drivel in her speech was more likely to make westerners barf than have any effect on those that regard women as possessions.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Genuine reason.

"felt like taking a nap" strikes me as the typical illegal-but-somewhat-legit one"

It is drivers taking a nap in the other lanes which makes the hard shoulder a dangerous place. I would not sit in a car on the hard shoulder for any reason I could avoid.

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Re: I'm not sure

"retardation of the general driving populace"

The general driving populace numbers about 30 million. Do you really not expect it to contain a proportion of idiots?

1 in 15,000 got caught illegally parked on motorways in 3 months, 1 in 1.35 million on any given day.

The kind of rate you would expect from non-idiots having an occasional brain fart.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: Pretty much every game, OS, or application torrent has some form of malware.

"drives me strongly towards piracy"

I bought my first game from steam recently. After playing an unofficial 'evaluation' version for a while I felt it was well worth the special offer price from steam at the time.

After all the faffing about installing and understanding steam and downloading I decided I would rather free up some disc and memory and carry on playing the 'evaluation' version.

I think the 'evaluation' version did come with a free trojan, but the packaging is usually very crude needing nothing more than 7zip to extract the original files from an infected setup.

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Re: Pointless

"the piddly few cycles left over from gamers"

And the piddly left over bandwidth couldn't produce useful DDOS attacks by the botnets of PCs owned by similar trojan distribution methods?

If it is pointless it is more likely because gamers with all their fan and temperature etc monitoring junk are the most likely to notice something stealing lots of CPU/GPU cycles.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

"@JP I think the point is that in the making"

I make electronic things for a living. It started as a hobby and remains so. The hardest part is coming up with something useful to make for the hobby. It used to be much easier when there were far fewer electronic things you could buy and they were more expensive. I know people who made their own colour TV sets for less than they cost to buy (not counting their labour). I made my own audio equipment, I made digital clocks when they were a novelty, I made a Z80 based computer before the spectrum came out.

Today I could not bring myself to make something as pointless as a clock displaying time as QR codes and a hand held version of an ancient crappy computer isn't much better. I stand by my comment that I wish makers would put more effort into coming up with something useful to make.

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Re: I wish hackers and makers would...

"Are hackers not allowed to be creative and have fun just for the sake of having fun?"

I think that making something which has more use than showing it to other makers and saying "look what I made" would be rather more fun and satisfying.

Coming up with something useful that you can't already buy for less than it would cost you to make is where real creativity is required and lacking.

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I wish hackers and makers would...

put as much time and effort into thinking of something useful to hack/make as they do into making these pet rocks.

I think the dumbest thing I have ever seen is a digital clock which displays the time as a QR code on an LCD screen. To tell the time you have to take out your phone (which almost certainly has the time displayed as soon as you turn it on) and run an app to take a photo of the LCD so it can decode the QR code and tell you what time it is.

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