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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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Facepalm

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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Boffin

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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FAIL

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

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Re: A true Roomba competitior..

Or the Samsung navibot, has had a camera to navigate for some years now, and works fairly well (hard floors only here)

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

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Re: Not really useful

Then check the link in my first post above ;)

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For those who want SSD

QNAP already has a similar product out for a while, but with SSD (and lower capacity) and AFAIK more functionality: QGenie

http://qnap.com/useng/index.php?lang=en-us&sn=862&c=355&sc=3133&t=3134&n=22123

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Re: Quality Over Quantity

Or an app store where you can exclude app categories via a filter (like games,...). Are you listening Google?

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: Feature, not bug...

Indeed, looks like I'll be experimenting with user agents to get back a functional google page, not the fancy crap they are serving now :)

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: Dazed and confused

As a matter of fact, the unlucky 'few' should be happy that Apple does this now... Nice to get a new battery after 2 years, the phones will now last a lot longer than the not-affected ones.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Boffin

Just change MAC address

And enjoy the next free hour ;)

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Giving RealVNC a bad name

Was quite pissed when at some point the security software at work flagged my system as unsecure with malware installed, when it detected a properly set up RealVNC on it.

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

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Re: ODBII

Fair enough, although GPS receivers have improved over time but as a backup it could serve.

As for battery, since you're going to use it for navigating GPS will be on, and since the HUD is wireless you can leave the phone near the charger ;)

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ODBII

I'm a bit puzzled about the inclusion of ODBII - unless your car has an accurate speedmeter, I don't think the ODBII data is interesting, you get far more accurate speed data from the GPS. GPS speed is only inaccurate during manoeuvres, which when you actually don't care about it...

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

Dunno, over here most parking meters use solar and probably a rechargeable battery... works pretty well...

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Re: sounds nice on paper

Encrypt?

Just rename, zip with password. That's how I am forced to mail releases here to get them passed the mail scanners, so it should work with other files too.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

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Re: Blame Where Blame Is Due

yup, created by some ex Apple staffers...

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Facepalm

Do you think they care?

They already have all the blueprints of the chips, so short-term problems for them are zero.

We, on the other hand, will suffer much more in short-term. And this is what it's all about, in the end. These sanctions are not long-term strategies.

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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Re: Mandatory encryption?

Thanks for changing your vote, AC

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Re: Mandatory encryption?

No need to downvote me, I'm just the messenger ;)

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Re: Mandatory encryption?

A friend of mine who is involved in http2 just uttered another loud sigh....

Encryption is NOT mandatory. Seems media are repeating the same nonsense over and over.

Opportunistic encryption != mandatory encryption

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: Remember it's not just Synology

I think he was listing brands with security issues, couldn't find an article on a QNAP security cockup (other than OpenSSL which everyone suffered).

Not that they will be without issues, and I bet they will be doing even more audits and tests in the light of current news...

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: No files ?

"Is the registry not ultimately stored in a file?"

Waiting for the first AV program to detect a virus in the registry and thus to delete the file :D

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

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Payment terminals

Over here most shops just have a payment terminal that is connected to the PoS via serial or network, and the software just tells the terminal what amount the customer has to pay.

No way for crooks to steal any data, the worst they could do is send it incorrect amounts. Money always goes from customer to shop bank account.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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LG L90

I was quite impressed with the LG L90 I bought for a relative recently. Quite a bit of phone for 200 EUR, including microSD slot and a nice >2500mAh battery

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

I surely wasn't...

Some 20 years ago, when the digital age was still in front of us, I did contract work on the network and computer equipment at a very large picture print company (for the young ones: a company that develops your negatives and prints them).

Their staff had lots of picture books with nude pics in them: All pictures passed by quality assurance people who marked badly developed pics, to be redone, and if it contained nude, it was marked as well, and the discarded pic was then recovered from the bin.

There will always be people with access to this stuff that will not mind taking a private copy. The only solution is not to give them access.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: DOA

Check out the new TS-x51 range of QNAP, it flies.... bye bye atom, hello celeron :)

(targeted at home users and small businesses)

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Too complicated

Just install a microphone and trigger on 'WTF'

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