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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Fuse wire

And I think it's best to use some properly shielded cable for the control signal, not ribbon cable.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Photos don't work

As if that 'blink' can't be faked with a picture.....

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Re: Works a treat!

You would probably be kicked out(*) of my SSH server with those retries ;)

(*) come back in an hour for your next 3 tries, unless I read the mail about it first

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Re: 2 things

"1. This "Tsar" uses an iPhone, otherwise he will be aware of the Android feature."

And he certainly isn't using a Nexus 7, because Face Unlock has been broken on it for many months now, with not even an acknowledgement from Google....

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Nokia killed itself

They were working in the right direction for a long time already with their nits, but they didn't invest in them and were horribly inefficient at it due to internal battles. They could have had something like the n900 years earlier...

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Re: Why on earth is this news?

If you're going to downvote you might as well say why.... I don't think I've written anything that is factually wrong. EXT* has a problem where UID is a number that only makes sense on one system, and given the way distros assign UIDs often collides. So you're forced to make sure you write everthing with >0666 because AFAIK it's not easy/possible on ChromeOS to do the usual root bypass trick.

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Re: Why on earth is this news?

The reason why is probably because EXT isn't really suited for removable drives anyway, since the whole UID mess is tend to break when hopping between computers...

I do use EXT on removable drives that are backup drives on one and the same system... but for moving stuff between systems? Nah...

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

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Re: How wonderful !

Are you talking about Bose being inferior hype?

I've never been a Bose fan, but when looking for a small speaker for travel, and having spent too much cash on really inferior crap from JBL, I settled on a Bose soundlink mini.

It surprises everybody I demonstrate it to. There's a nice user review on youtube [1] comparing the sound from it with a JBL (the sound of the youtube vid was done with a zoom H1 recorder).

It may not be HiFi, but that's not what I got that tiny speaker for. Kudos for Bose to get that much sound out of such a tiny thing.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=369O58SIyFo

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Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi

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Re: Not for Fanbois.

Get proper gear then... My (QNAP) NAS with SSD is very happy to fully saturate my gigabit network... You can argue about the cost, though prices of 1TB SSD have come down considerably, and you don't need to put everything on SSD either, only the stuff you want fast.

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Another factual error in the conclusion of the El Reg author is that he claims they didn't account for the fact that it gets cold in space, where the cooling actually came from the thermal bridge between the two feed lines.

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Android's Cyanogenmod open to MitM attacks

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FAIL

Indeed, taking sample code from a manufacturer and think this is proper bugfree code is a beginners mistake... I've spent considerable time in the past fixing bugs in drivers and reference designs...

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: What were the criteria for model selection???

Yeah... I guess 'slight bias' was a bit of an understatement - I also run a community forum for Dutch speaking users. I am equally vocal when they can do better / are making a mess of it, I'm on the users' side.

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Re: What were the criteria for model selection???

Fair enough, but the TS-421 is near end of life I think, replaced by TS-431....

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What were the criteria for model selection???

Yes, I have a slight QNAP bias, but go pick their current entry level model and then complain it doesn't perform like the others?

Come on!

Why not pick the TS-451? It wipes all others from the table.....

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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

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Re: Meh.

They even have USB3 expansion racks to add more storage...

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Re: Beyond RAID

I'm actually amazed to get downvoted on this... last time I've seen a RAID5 rebuild fail with an error on a second disk was < 6 months ago. And those were only 2TB disks.

Yes, it's not a backup, but a RAID rebuild is way more convenient, than a full reinstall + backup restore (which will never have all latest changes unless you were on realtime replication, and IMHO that is NOT a good backup strategy)

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Beyond RAID

4TB in RAID1/5 is already stretching it, 6TB even worse. rebuild times become so ridiculously long....

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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That dashboard

"Perhaps the most up to date thing about the 500s is the all-electronic dashboard, which has a round seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli."

I was involved in some SW development on such a dashboard some years ago. It ran WinCE and crashed all the time. Hope they now use a better platform. Anybody knows what they use these days?

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Again?

I remember the Agilent like it was yesterday ;)

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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PNY Optima

I got this one offered by a (trusted) supplier, saw some good reviews and ordered one to test coming week. Cheaper than any of the mentioned ones, I had hoped it would have been mentioned.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: A small step in the right direction

I remember once plugging my laptop in a switch on a customers' desk, and having IT stand next to me within 15 minutes. Good times...

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Google wants to KILL apps with the 'Physical Web'

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Re: Less energy-wasting how exactly ?

I assume this was meant about the mobile device. Currently the system is TX/RX, where the new system would be RX only, thus being much more efficient.

The other side is already transmitting so not much change there.

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

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Re: Firmware with patch was released on Saturday

The hotfix for the remaining shellshock vulnerabilities just landed:

http://download.qnap.com/Storage/Qfix/Qfix_Bash_update_1.0_20141001_x86_ARM.zip

More info:

http://forum.qnap.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=98188

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Firmware with patch was released on Saturday

QNAP released a fix on Saturday (4.1.1 build 0927) which fixes to 2 most urgent ones, and a Qfix is coming up that fixes the rest. There will even be a fix for the stone-age TS-109/209/409 models.

There was a global notification on their forum, a mail to all user contacts they have, and the NAS itself should tell you when you log into the admin interface.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: OK, it's very rare

"the iPhone 6 is in fact no more bendable than the competition."

They mean, of course, the iPhone 6 is no more bendable than the HTC One.

Put the figures in a graph to open your eyes...

And comparing the phablets: 90 versus 150 pounds to deform. No more? Going towards double, they mean...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: That U2 thing...

"It's like you give a girl a gift by sneaking the new lingerie into her panties drawer. It's a nice thought, but you'll be sleeping on the couch anyway."

LOL! have an upvote (and a pint)...

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Re: CDs for me

"Pretty sure iTunes music is not DRM?"

Depends.. it used to be DRM, and then there came non-DRM at a higher price. Are you saying the 'old' DRM tracks are now also non-DRM without cost. That doesn't sound like Apple to me.

And because I don't want to sound like an Apple basher, I loath the way Google hides the download links for the tracks you buy.

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Re: Oh so true...

I'm sure you're not being exploited when using iTunes (it's on another level and it's in the T.O.S. so it's good). Yes portforwarding requires a tiny bit of IT knowledge which I hope you have, visiting this site ;)

I also run my server https-only with blanket .htaccess, and all portal services (like the streaming) that might be vulnerable to the bash bug and future mishaps are on unique paths that a brute-force scanner won't see. As Bruce Schneier recently said, being 100% safe from hacking is an illusion, so this is my best effort. And I have offline backups.

Contrary, however, good luck if your iTunes account gets hacked and wiped, as some journalist discovered a while ago - it wipes across devices so bye bye local copies.

I also don't care about playlists because either I listen to albums, or it's just a track of some one-hit-wonder, which gets dropped in my 'various' folder and gets random treatment. Or selected on genre.

Oh, and since I listen to albums, I like to have all tracks so CD makes sense for me. I can still buy individual tracks from google play and download the mp3 (those one-hit-wonders aren't worth the FLAC)

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Oh so true...

My solution is two-fold:

1) I have my own streaming server on my NAS, so if the environment is right, I can stream any of my music. Works fine at home, on holiday (if there's free wifi),...

2) I can take a subset of that music onto a portable device, and play locally. Works fine on the go or on holiday (no free wifi)

The portable device syncs with the NAS so if I add a new album of an artist I tend to listen to a lot, it will find its way on the portable device by magic :)

Of course, I am the type of user who tends to listen to a set of artists a lot, and if I want to listen to anything else I turn on the radio.

If there's something new, interesting, I can shortly listen online or even download the torrent, and when I think I'll listen to it more, I go out and buy it.

I don't like monthly subscriptions for the same reason I don't like renting a house: at the end of the road (pun not intended), you pay the same (or even more) and end up with nothing. A CD, I can pass on to my kids, or sell.

Of course, if you listen to different music every day, or move location every few years, things are different.

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Cut-off North Sea island: Oh crap, ferry's been and gone. Need milk. SUMMON THE DRONE

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Re: You're all mad. . . Mad, I say.

errr... you could hit the upvote button which would then - by magic I'm told - change your downvote into upvote.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Big boxen big bucks

I'm sorry, but one thing to stay away of is cheap Chinese class-D amplifiers. You need to have a damn good class-D amp to have acceptable distortion.

Basically, class-D is the Chinese dream: cheap, loud (and crap, mostly)

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"How is this even possible when the CD and CD-R are bit for bit identical?"

While I do not quite buy the fact that you can hear the difference, your response is far from correct.

The cause of trouble is what a CD really is: it is a clocked data signal. It isn't a data medium with a lossless file on, that you can copy bit-perfect.

Which is why, when ripping CD, the gear and software matters very much. The gear, for its accuracy, clock-jitter, error correction. The software for its ability to operate the drive correctly, and support of accurip.

If you can buy the studio-quality FLAC (and not some converted mp3), take it over the CD!

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Re: This is a 'how hot is hot' question

If I'm on the go, I'll mostly stream my music from home or have it with me. MP3 makes a HUGE difference in size compared to lossless, both in storage required (fits all on player or not), and bandwidth. And in 99% of the cases, I'm on the go (background noise) or at work (no HQ audio gear), so good luck hearing the difference.

Yes, I can hear the difference between MP3 and lossless, but it makes no sense to use lossless in many occasions

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Joke

Obvious fake!

A Range Rover that is not speeding? Has to be fake!

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Re: Call me sceptical

It would be quite useful here in Belgium, where they manage to put roadsigns with a changed max speed every 100m. Sometimes it feels like driving in PWM mode.

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

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Or the other way around

So there I am, walking and minding the traffic, when suddenly my phone starts vibrating. I look at it to see what it wants to tell me, read about the danger and... oops, shouldn't have been looking at my phone while walking.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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Re: Good Stuff

"Same with NewEgg, they have actually got my business because they fight trolls"

Which shows that the money spent on fighting the troll is as good as PR and advertising money, except it now did something useful

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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night time

I enjoy night time, but because it increases productivity, when noise and light levels are low so one can concentrate...

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Register journo battles Sydney iPHONE queue, FONDLES BIG 'UN

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About the author

I understand that bias is never avoidable, but this is a bit over the top. Also, second article in a week with such incredible bias.

Journalist or fanboi that can write?

Can we have some more balanced articles please?

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Synology bakes word processor, groupware, into its NAS OS

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Sponsored?

I know that for example QNAP is doing the exact same things (in fact, I have their Notes app already installed and running for a while), yet the only NAS vendor we get to read about here is Synology.

And these days, quite often Synology is trailing the rest. Should QNAP also contact the author for sponsoring?

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Netscape plugins about to stop working in Chrome for Mac

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NPAPI soon RIP on Windows too

A Googler told me recently that probably by the end of this year or shortly after, there will be no NPAPI support on Chrome for Windows either...

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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I also have had several corrections accepted.

You should know that mapmaker is run by Google but also by a small community. I discovered that after one of my changes was rejected, and I found that it was based on comments on my change by others, then I saw that these locals had many many changes on their name, each with discussions amongst them.

So if you have troubles getting something accepted, get deeper into it, and discuss with the person who rejected, it works. A bit like getting your patches accepted in an open source project ;)

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: BBC Worldwide

Same here, day starts with setting up VPN and ends with closing it, connecting to work servers, doing RDP, file transfers,...

Like all torrent users are pirates...

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Re: Shame Android often isn't fit for purpose

Indeed, Google is very picky with support for open protocols, and likes to close them when they consider them a threat, like XMPP for example (they'll come up with some technical reason that just doesn't stick).

I'm waiting for them to drop IMAP support, to be honest. They dropped everything else, this is the last one to go. May they close http(s) after that and close their shop :)

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: How about a watch that has the correct time?

My Casio never needs manual charging (solar) and never needs time setting (DCF-77). Win-win ;)

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iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

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I hope for Apple it is a fake

After hiring all these design gurus, the top of the phone still looks like crap... How about combining those tiny holes into one area? Or put the sensors in the edge of the glass like nokia managed 5 years ago with the n900 (granted, behind the plastic screen, not glass)

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

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Totaly unrelated

Can somebody make John Oliver president? Or maybe ruler of the Earth for a while? I like funny common sense

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Re: That is the problem...

Also, a duoploly isn't any better, here in Belgium we have two ISPs basically having a race 'who sucks most'. One runs all the cable and offers plenty of speed, but treats its customers like dirt (talking to you there, telenet), the other one runs on old copper, sucks at speed, used to treat its customers like dirt but got a bit better (no choice if you're the slowest).

End result: crap choice == no choice

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Re: the real problem

Funny, I've been saying this for 10+ years, yet every mobile company insists on planting its own masts with antennae...

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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"Could they put an automatic weighing machine under the passengers queuing for that security check?"

I fail to see how this would work with the current reservation system that most airlines have, where you can pick your seat yourself.

At best, it would flag imbalance and cause seat reassignments shortly before departure (ie, chaos)

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