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ESA sends back PRE-LANDING COMET CLOSE-UPS

JaimieV

Re: Gravity Boots

Two harpoons and a screw (aka a good night out on a whaling boat)

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Re: Why?

For all the same reasons as people watch sports commentator shows?

Game videos only tend to have the player in a corner anyway, it's not like you're only watching their reactions. So it's more like watching sports, which are also being commentated.

Except with games there's a lot more personal interest. Unlike vegging out on the sofa watching the footie and shouting occasionally, you may be deciding whether to buy the game and play it yourself, or learning tips and tricks to get better at a game you already play, or you've finished the game and don't want to go back and play for another 40 hours to discover all the secrets and hidden things and alternate endings.

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Apple releases MEGA security patch round for OS X, Server and iTunes

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Re: False Sense of Security

Those considerations need to be mediated by the fact that many people *are* now using security because of TouchID, rather than having no passcode at all. Your notes above apply only to the few people who are already using 2FA.

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

JaimieV

Re: Beyond RAID

Since the array is accessible and usable while rebuilding, and you *of course* have a backup of it because RAID IS NOT BACKUP GUYS, how is a bit of speed loss while it's rebuilding an issue?

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

JaimieV

Re: NFC woes to come

Apple gets between 0.15 and 0.25% commission per transaction. Compared with 2-4% for the card company.

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FAIL

Re: NFC woes to come

You're comparing an always-on tap-to-pay card with no security except physical, to a phone that requires your fingerprint to authorise payment.

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Apple iCloud storage prices now ONLY double Dropbox, Google et al

JaimieV

Re: Wow, shilling much?

"since iCloud backup doesn’t even work with the lowest (free) subscription."

Rubbish - I've been backing up my phone and ipad to it for free ever since it was offered. Currently using 3.5gig of space.

Otherwise I agree with everything you say.

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

JaimieV

Re: Use gift cards.

And again. "None" is an option. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534

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JaimieV

Re: Mandatory Credit Card

Not mandatory at all. When you set up the payment options, "None" is in the list.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2534

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Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

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This is the "sync contacts and calendars" directly between computer and iThing option in the Info tab, which disappeared with iTunes 11 but is now on the way back.

iTunes still has backup+restore functions.

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OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

JaimieV

Re: Well...

This seems to be a lie from MS. I installed a new XP VM today, and MS Update both offered MSE and downloaded today's update for it. It's sitting there happily, having done an initial scan.

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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

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Er, why?

They clearly knew what the bug was, and had the options (in ascending order of complexity)

a) Disable the heartbeat service, which is basically never used anyway (until last week!)

b) Fix the bug

c) Do something to ensure that important things are always >64kB away from the memory space the server process might be using to respond to hearbeat requests

A config tweak vs a ~three-line fix vs writing a large chunk of control code to mess with memory allocation for certain functions. Which they then got wrong anyway.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: ARM vs x86?

The OS is already ported - not only is iOS over half of OSX's codebase running on ARM, but there have been persistent rumours of ARM MacBook sightings for a couple of years, and Apple would be mad not to be running those experiments. OSX was on Intel for years before the switch in chips, so they have form. They have iOS on Intel experiments too - the dev emulator runs on Intel with native executables.

The trouble with going to ARM chips in laptops is that even the latest gen is slow compared with what we have now. Unlike the PPC to Intel change, where the Intel chips could emulate PPC code as fast as - or even faster than - the previous generation of Macs, ARM chips would run Intel code at ~quarter native speed. Crunchy, and Apple are highly allergic to crunchy UX.

And iOS on a laptop would be a horribly crunchy experience. I've used Windows8 on a nice 10" touchscreen laptop, and I've used an iPad Air with a nice Logitech keyboard case. They were both reasonably unpleasant halfway houses, neither laptop not tablet. I'm really not seeing iOS in a laptop form at all.

The point of jumping would be (a) power consumption, which Intel pretty much already have in hand for laptop class chippery, but also (b) moving the CPUs in-house, which I'm sure Apple would love to do. The groundwork is all in place, going ARM64 was one of the last required steps, but it's a couple of years and a couple of chip generations down the line yet.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Not trying to defend the cost, but...

If you (or your workplace) already has an Office365 subscription for your use, then the iPad apps are included in that. There's no extra fee. And the sub you make for the iPad version includes the desktop versions, likewise.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

JaimieV

Re: Re:Linux running most of the world's servers

It's using what was available and known at the time - similar to modern kit that uses TCP/IP to talk to the server *and* USB to signal the hardware.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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@Harston - You don't have to be logged in as admin. Code run as your user will have access to all your files, and all files (eg on network shares) that you have access to - unsurprisingly.

What it won't be able to do is encrypt eg server-side databases that you have front-end access to, and that sort of thing. So you can trash the department's spreadsheets, but not the accounts database system. Unless it's a local copy of Sage...

@Dave - malware like this may have access to your backup destination, depending on how that's implemented. If it's a local HDD, or a permanently attached network share that has stacks of backup files in, then your hourly backups could easily get mashed.

In summary - any file that *you* have rights to delete, can be encrypted by this malware. No admin rights required.

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

JaimieV

Not the same because they're made of killed fungus, but

still interesting - http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2013/01/moulding-fungal-furniture.html

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Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

JaimieV

Re: Crystal cove

It definitely has a camera to supply the position tracking, whether it has LEDs or not isn't so obvious. But you do get those extra three degrees of freedom, yes. Hurrah!

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

JaimieV

Re: You've made me renew my subscription.

Lesticles?

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JaimieV

Re: Aha! But that's clearly two words! *claims internet pendant award*

@JimmyPage "Except the poster clearly stated "term" not "word"."

The article, however, said "word". Good day to you, sir! *bows*

(yes of course 'pendant' was intentional, what do you take me for!)

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JaimieV

Re: Not correct!

Aha! But that's clearly two words! *claims internet pendant award*

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'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth

JaimieV

Re: PC version not censored

The consensus seems to be that the censored versions are slightly funnier than the non-censored ones, as Trey and Matt do voiceovers explaining what exactly was censored.

Disclaimer: I'm playing it this weekend.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

JaimieV

Re: Psion 5mx

Seriously. Bang in a modern phone's guts and it would be soooo goooood.

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JaimieV

Re: Psion 3

Even in 2001 a 5mx was deeply impressive to the 'Merkins. Bless them and their antiquated ways!

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Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

JaimieV

Re: It seems there's no fix for my iPhone4

I finally updated my iPhone4 from iOS6.1.3 to 7.0.6 on Monday, for the same reason that Apple are nannyingly disallowing installation of 6.1.6 on them.

And it turns out it's faster than it was with 6 on, smoother, and less crashy. I know, surprised the hell out of me, I thought I was going to be spending the next day messing around with reinstalling 6 against Apple's wishes.

It;s no panacea, it still has pauses on app switch/startup, but it's no slower and the transitions are less offensive than they were in 6 because 7 does more papering-over-the-cracks stuff with pictures of the last app screen and restarting apps in exactly the same place you left them.

So, all good - for me, anyway. Except Podcasts, which is a bit less crunchy than it was in 6 but buggily doesn't think I've finished any episodes. I've replaced with PocketCasts which is a lot smoother.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

JaimieV

Re: I'd love to get a couple.

Readyboost only relies on read speeds - it's a bootup cache technology, read only after the initial fill (and occasional topup).

They're certainly no replacement for an SSD, though. And as mentioned elsewhere, there are way faster SDcard or USB sticks that would be better for Readyboost use.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

JaimieV

This wasn't an SSL weakness as such

but a copy and paste error that never got picked up in Apple code review. Or by anyone else - this is in open, publically published code.

https://www.imperialviolet.org/2014/02/22/applebug.html

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JaimieV

Re: 850 MB download to patch a lousy SSL bug?

Because iTunes will only do a "restore" - which blanks the boot partition on the phone and replaces the OS.

The phone will do a patch update in place.

Yes, this is another way in which iTunes is shit and should be eschewed.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

JaimieV

Bot traffic?

In an iPhone game? I'd love to hear you justify spreading that rumour.

Non-legit ad revenue gets recalled whether or not the recipient is in business at the time, so quitting has no effect. And don't think we didn't notice your "fact.... speculating" contrivance, either. This sort of intentional nastiness is surely the guy's reason for getting out.

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Apple blows past (most) Wall Street moneymen's expectations

JaimieV

Re: On the contrary; you are the one expecting too much from the stock price

Right, no reason. The billions of extra dollars Apple has banked in the meantime don't signify.

Stock prices are not closely related to the actual worth of the company they're attached to. Look at the numbers of share pumps in companies that are named a bit like a company that's been in the news, let alone the times a company (like Apple has at least once) has more in cash than their market cap. Apple shares go down on almost every product announcement (to much crowing) - then bounce back up (to much silence).

Stock traders, en masse, appear to be a functionally retarded organism.

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HOT AIR-FILLED Apple fanbois SHUNNED iPad 2 at Xmas

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They still build them

And sell them to the educational and semi-embedded systems markets, as controllers on kit that uses the old 30pin iPod connector like tills, and even in-shop intelligent signs and product catalogues. Single function, no need for hi-res displays.

Remember all those Psions used in warehouses in days gone by? That sort of stuff too.

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Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

JaimieV

Re: Apple is shiny and overpriced, true

No warranty exclusions on the Apple refurbs, they get the same Applecare 1 year included / plus two years if you pay as any other Apple kit. I had a dead-shortly-after-arrival refurb iMac replaced immediately with a non-refurb one.

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JaimieV

Re: Apple is shiny and overpriced, true

Dell's 4k screen isn't the 4k that cinemas use - it's 3840 by whatever, so can't show cinema 4096xwhatever in native res. Very significant for the folks who want to edit 4k professionally.

If Apple has got hold of screens that'll do true cinema 4k, they'll clean up no matter what the price. And the price will be more than the Mac Pro needed to drive them!

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

JaimieV

Re: ...the worst backup software there is except ...

And any backup software that you haven't validated that you can backup with, then tried a second backup to see how that works, then tried a restore from each doesn't really count as backup software.

Never trust a single backup. Unless you have your important things in at least three different locations, you don't have them at all.

Being largely Mac based, I use Time Machine to a NAS (homebuilt HP Microserver with FreeNAS9) for those and rsync to the NAS for the others, then the whole NAS is ZFS-replicated to another similar NAS, and then all the actually important stuff is duplicated to external hosts (friends and relatives computers) using Crashplan. Three or four copies of everything, all automated.

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iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

JaimieV

Re: Meh more click bait

That was an odd choice of post for mod deletion. Lucky you quoted the whole thing!

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JaimieV

Re: iPhone batteries are replaceable

BS yourself.

Two outer screws out, slide back cover, lift off.

One screw out for the power connector, shield off, spudge out the battery.

New battery in the hole, click connecter in, shield on, screw down, back cover, two screws.

Easily done in a minute while chatting to someone. 1m30s tops if you're being tentative or drop a screw.

I've not yet needed to get into anything more recent than an iPhone4, which now I think about it says something about battery longevity...

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JaimieV

Re: iPhone batteries are replaceable

Shrug. I've replaced iPhone3GS and iPhone4 batteries. The 4 takes about a minute, the 3GS maybe six minutes. Both replacement batteries were about £7, and neither job needed a special screwdriver.

The 3GS was later replaced by Apple for free (well out of warranty, admittedly) due to an unrelated issue where it wouldn't update to iOS5. The 4 is still going.

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JaimieV

"Normally"? One guy did, and now he's dead. He probably won't do it again.

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Flame

Re: The few

You'd hope product testing would find most issues, so small numbers are good. But occasionally something huge slips through...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10335952/Nissan-recalls-nearly-1-million-cars-worldwide.html

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ARM flexes muscle: Forget iPhone 5S's 64-bit edge – it will soon be standard

JaimieV

Re: Need more than 4GB of RAM?

That's all very nice, but while you're (rightly) making fun of a dippy Guardian journo you're doing something very similar yourself: believing that RAM has anything to do with the use of ARM64. For the moment, it doesn't - but ARM64 is faster and lower power than ARM32 anyway. See here for how:

http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/friday-qa-2013-09-27-arm64-and-you.html

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

JaimieV

On the offchance anyone wants to know about the 64bit ARM

and why it's actually a good thing vs the 32bit version, there's some info here:

http://www.mikeash.com/pyblog/friday-qa-2013-09-27-arm64-and-you.html

Righto, back to your endless squabbling.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

JaimieV

Re: Cost & reliability

Yep. I took my phone apart recently (three years old and the home button was getting iffy). The iFixit instructions were very insistant to never touch any of the shiny contacts, pins or socket, as the tolerances are so tight that a grease film will likely kill the conductance - and I did indeed have to open it up twice more to clean off the wifi and the touchscreen connectors.

The other thing with this is that most of the content of a phone is battery, plus some aerials and the interconnects. The CPU/flash/comms electronics are a tiny tiny sliver. So it's not a set of reasonably sized lego pieces as per the pic, there's one huge lump for the battery and a few bits'n'bobs.

Those bits are seriously tightly packed, with chippery and aerials shaped and overlaid for best space usage. If you split out the cellular radio and its aerial, then the bluetooth and its aerial, wifi, GPS, NFC... you'll end up with a device double its size of a normal integrated phone. If you're assembling a 'phablet' then that's not fatal, but anything under about 5" screen is probably not possible.

Take a look at any disassembly guide for a modern phone, and try and work out how to break that into functional lumps. There aren't enough to make a modular assembly worthwhile, I don't think.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

JaimieV

Re: snow leopard is cool, no need to insult it

If the apps were universal you wouldn't need Rosetta, that's a shim to run PPC code.

Any developer releasing PPC-only code 'not even three years ago' deserves to be pointed and laughed at. But if you still need to run PPC apps, you do indeed need to stay on Snow Leopard (or stick it in a spare partition, or in a VM).

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JaimieV

Re: No Java

The 10.8 upgrade installer wiped Java too. It takes seconds to sort out, since when you first manually launch something Java based a popup pops up offering to download+install it for you.

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You. Netgear ReadyNAS owners. Have you closed your gaping holes today?

JaimieV

*belm*

"if your ReadyNAS web interface is one of the thousands that are directly accessible from the public internet" then you have already lost any semblance of security and deserve all you get. Why would anyone do that? The series comes with a VPN client thing to access your content remotely anyway.

(That said, updating the firmware on a ReadyNAS is a near zero-risk process, Neoc)

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

JaimieV

Re: Ethernet

All phones and almost all pads are toys then? Good to know, despite some of them being only five years behind desktop PCs in computation ability.

OSX automatically asks if you want to download+install the command-line compiler tools if you try to use make, cc or pretty much anything else in the toolchain, btw. The free GUI IDE etc download is about five gig, so I'm happy to not have that included in the base install.

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JaimieV

Although a great idea at first sight (I'd get one), it would be more than entertaining when used through a metal desk...

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How to design a storage array: NOT LIKE THAT, buddy

JaimieV

Re: Whatever.

Definitely. If it's good enough for a home network NAS, it's good enough for multinational industries.

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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

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That's what it would always have done. Nothing to do with the new MPTCP feature.

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JaimieV

Re: TCP/IP has been multi-path from the git-go.

For Macs it's the order the interfaces are shown in the Networks prefs, top down again. You can mess with the priorities using the cog menu below the list, "set service order". Other *nixes will vary.

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