* Posts by Jimbo in Thailand

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

Jimbo in Thailand
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TOTALLY underwhelming Skylake is a complete FAIL!

I was really excited when Intel finally announced its extremely late to the party 14nm Broadwell chips earlier this year. Shortly afterwords I was thinking WTF... where are they? Broadwell came and went faster than a virgin foreigner in a Thai brothel. Sadly Broadwell, overall, was no better than the excellent Haswell 22nm chips. The long overdue reduction from 22nm to 14nm die process must have been problematic as Intel only released slower versions.

What's even worse are these shite Skylake CPUs since the 4% IPS increase can't make up for their slower than Haswell clock speeds. This is what happens when there's no competition. Sadly, underdog AMD simply hasn't had the financial resources to provide any real competition to Intel for over a decade and Intel is taking advantage of its monopoly position in the ancient X86 arena. To get the full story go check out Anandtech.com at: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9483/intel-skylake-review-6700k-6600k-ddr4-ddr3-ipc-6th-generation. Their conclusion is don't even bother upgrading unless you're still running a Sandy Bridge rig or are dependent on Intel's ramped up built-in graphics capabilities.

AMD... PLEASE WAKE UP before it's too late.

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Samsung phablet phrenzy brings mobile payments into the age of WIRELESS TAPE

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Shame on you Samsung!!!!

+1 Nate Amsden! I was hoping Samsung wasn't going to switch to the dark side but... dammit... they apparently have. A welded-in battery and no microSD card slot have always been deal breakers for me. My trusty, but now ancient, SG Note 2 has always sported a 3rd party 6400mAh 'fat' battery that usually only requires recharging about every 3-5 days, depending on usage of course, but never less than 3 days. Of course it's thicker from the waist down but that makes it much easier and MORE COMFORTABLE to hold. It also sports a 64GB mSD card stuffed with tons of scrumptious tunes and videos. Like Nate, I think I'll be on the lookout for a heavily discounted Note 3, the model that can shoot 4K videos.

Gotta admit it's tough, being the hipster geek that I am, entering this new zeitgeist where tech manufacturers no longer give a phuck about their customers. Apparently Samsung, like so many others, has forgotten that many customers don't want to lose these valued features in premium-priced phones.

Like I've ranted about before... vote with your wallet!

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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@amanfrom Mars 1

'wah-dee krup khun amanfrom Mars 1 - I agree with you and the video (thanks for the link, BTW) and the thousands of engineers and architects worldwide who believe that 9/11, like so many others, was indeed a false-flag event. Of course, that specific false flag is proof that the NSA was:

A. either completely incompetent.

B. somehow complicit in the attacks.

C. Both A and B

Then there's Israel. Obviously Israel's Mossad knew of the impending attacks since some Mossad agents were in the vicinity and observed high-fiving each other in glee - in public no less - atop a plain white van when the first jetliner struck the WTC North tower. Of course they were easily tracked down in the monster traffic jams that followed and subsequently arrested for questioning. Since Israel knew and that rogue state shares at least some info with its puppet states, the US and Britain, it follows that GCHQ also must have known. Of course the big question is WHO was really behind the attacks? That's one bit of info I wish Mr. Edward Snowden had run across and informed us all. Sadly we'll probably never know the truth. Meanwhile Echelon is alive and well.

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Excellent article!!! WTF was ECHELON doing on or about 9/11?

I had no idea that illegal spying on all of us - both sides of the Atlantic - has been going on for half a century. The realization that shadow governments in both Britain and the US were already in place and mature so long ago is even more damning. I had naively thought that the 9/11 attacks had triggered most of the national-security-pro-mass-surveillance governmental paranoia/hysteria. Now we learn that this cancer had already been put in place since the1960s... OMFG!!! And what a concept that both the US and Britain's shadow governments have always worked together as butt-phucking anti-citizen's-rights partners - ignoring all laws - to spy on all of us.

Back to the BIG question... WTF was ECHELON doing on or about 9/11? How is it even remotely possible that NSA and GCHQ, along with Adolf Netanyahoo's Unit 8200 surveillance network, were completely impotent in detecting, hence preventing, the World Trade Center attacks? The "inconvenient truth" is it's impossible that they didn't know, just like it's impossible that the creation and early existence of ISIS somehow fell under NSA/GCHQ's radar.

The really damming revelation is that these heinous unlawful governmental mass-surveillance programs have repeatedly proven to be - totally ineffective at deadly threat detection - were never created to protect us, the lowly citizens. The real questions is: Who do they actually represent and for what purpose?

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Why is Assange still holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy after all these years?

With his many resources and tons of contacts I'm shocked that he didn't plan and execute a convincing getaway years ago by slipping out in disguise amongst a team of collaborators posing as a group of embassy visitors. Certainly it shouldn't have been that difficult to fool the embassy watchers, especially if planned during a high traffic period. That in itself leads me to believe he's not as bright as he thinks he is.

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

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It just boggles the mind!

Someone please tell me why NASA suddenly retired the Space Shuttle fleet with no proven replacement in sight! Did I mention dependable?

On a lighter note, the current astronauts may still have plenty of food left, but when the toilet paper runs out it's going to get very interesting.

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Re: James Bond would be proud...

LOL, Adam 1 what are you bitchin' about? There are 2 things to keep in mind here:

1. My post was meant to be a joke.

2. If the VXR8, or any other car, had such a massive mass installed, especially one located so far forward on the chassis (monstrous missile systems included) it ain't gonna wanna turn. Trying to force it into a highspeed turn would cause all kinds of hate and discontent, including causing the front end to 'push', i.e., resist changing direction... aka understeer. That's why all the cool kids drive mid-engined speedsters - without huge missile systems - unless dictated by double-0-prefix job requirements approved by MI6. Hmmm.... is Q out of the picture these days?

Cheers buddy!

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Jimbo in Thailand
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James Bond would be proud...

...to trade in his beloved Aston Martin for this particular bright orange VXR8 with its huge built in launchable missile sticking up out of the bonnet. On second thought, I bet driving around with that massive mechanical erection up front is going to cause some serious handling problems though... understeer, I mean. And forward visibility is bound to be shite.

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

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Re: meh.... Oculus Rift Virtual Blinders™... WTF?! Where's the peripheral vision?

"If these are going to cost around $500 after being developed with fairly standard equipment..."

I'm not even sure what you mean by that statement. Curved screen technology is now, pardon the pun, 'old hat' so what's your point? The only real factors that I can think of are both software related. Obviously modding the display software to provide a correct peripheral view is one and possibly tweaking the diopter adjustment is the second. While I don't believe there would be a significant difference in LCD costs between flat vs curved these days I concede that a slightly wider "noggin-bucket" to accommodate the wider curved field might add a little to the cost. Obviously, the Holy Grail for a virtual reality device, from a purely visual standpoint, would be a wide visual field approaching 180° that is typically normal for most humans.

LOL, if these Virtual Blinders™ are priced at a ridiculous $500 then I'll wait for the inevitable much cheaper Chinese and/or S. Korean copies to hit the market. After all, that's where they'll be manufactured anyway.

BTW, if you downvoted me for my original post for such a minor disagreement - someone certainly did - shame on you!

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Jimbo in Thailand
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meh.... Oculus Rift Virtual Blinders™... WTF?! Where's the peripheral vision?

Virtual reality smerchual reality!!! My initial reaction when I first saw one of these a year or two ago was WTF?! Where are the curved screens offering peripheral vision?! Then I thought, no worries, these are still in the prototype stage so the consumer version will obviously include it. Now we finally see the consumer offering and it's still a huge fugly flat-screen monstrosity that looks straight out of the 1980s or 1990s. Even a built-in head tracker can't overcome the sensation that you're exploring your virtual world with blinders on.

Where's the double quadruple facepalm icon?

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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RIP Scaramanga

I grew up enjoying Christopher Lee's many wonderfully scary characters. He truly was a great actor. At least he lived a long full life. You are already missed Mr. Lee.

Godspeed sir.

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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It's just a big misunderstanding...

The poor lady was simply trying to sell her Son! WOW, so much drama over a simple typo!

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Consumer subsidy per car

"Governments respond to the feedback from voters..."

OMG that's a cruel joke... on us! Let's face it, the reality, as recently mentioned in a comment here at the Reg and often repeated after Mr. Edward Snowden's shocking revelations back in 2013 is this: "NSA - The only branch of the US government that actually listens to its citizens."

Sadly, there might have been a tiny bit of voter influence on our bought-and-paid-for corporate stooges in DC prior to 2010, but that concept went to the tar pits thanks to the traitorous Supreme Court's heinous Citizens United ruling that same year. And once more... the corrupt black-robed idiots comprising the SUPREME COURT... the HIGHEST court in the former Land of the Free... they're all POLITICAL APPOINTEES. What could possibly go wrong? Oh wait!

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

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Black Helicopters

Well, we all know what's coming next...

That's right boys and girls, it's time for another nasty false flag event to put Sen. Rand Paul and his pro-US-Constitution buddies on the back foot for running the clock down on some provisions of the heinous [anti]Patriot Act. I won't be a bit surprised if another 'terrorist' episode magically rears its ugly head shortly. Obama learned from George Dubya Bush that nothing works better to stomp on those pesky tenets of the US Constitution than to pump up the nation's fear factor. Time will tell.

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Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

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OnePLus what Wicked Games you play!

The novel 'invitation' game may have indeed worked to generate some sales early on since no one really knew anything about the then-new One Plus company or their new phone, but after a while the game became tiresome and I believe they lost many sales as a result of dragging it out far too long. The only real winners seemed to be the many ebayers selling their invitations and 1+1 phones for very inflated prices.

Gotta admit I was still considering purchasing a 1+1 phone last summer when my SG Note 2 finally died a slow death. Later I read that Cyanogen dumped OnePlus so I'm guessing there's zero support for the early adopters unless he/she switches to OnePlus's Chinese version of Android, which is too scary to think about.

As for me, I'll skip their Wicked Games (my apologies to Chris Isaac) as there are many great phones out there these days and no need to deal with OnePLus and their shite marketing philosophy.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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DAMN! The tobacco industry claims another beloved icon

The fact that 'Spock' died from COPD just makes me want to cry. As an ex smoker I am painfully aware how unbelievably addictive nicotine truly is. Whether you've succumbed to nicotine's 'high' or not I'm sure, like me, that you personally know some victims who suffer from or have succumbed to COPD. I'm shocked and saddened that it's still business as usual for the tobacco industry. How is it even possible that the despicable tobacco companies are still allowed to sell their deadly products in this, the 21st century? The answer is it's simply capitalism at its worst. OK, enough about that.

I was in high school when Star Trek debuted and I never missed an episode during its initial 3-year run. Leonard Nimoy's incredibly unique Spock character definitely raised the bar exponentially for that genre and won't soon be forgotten. RIP Mr. Nimoy, you are already missed.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

LOL, I tried it and hated it too. I'm back on 27.0 as it sucks less than Australis. I do think Mozilla lost the plot a long time ago. I need to get off my lazy backside (euphemistically speaking) and find a non-M$ non-Go_ogle alternative.

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Amazon's new EC2 compute instances run on SECRET INTEL CHIPS

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Yeah... but will it play Crysis?

Sorry, I couldn't resist!

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Big Brother

Hmmm... how many members of Congress were/are targets?

There has to be a reason why the majority of our 535 'democratically' elected 'representatives' in Washington, DC are lapdogs for the NSA. Of course, we (the public) will never know the truth since the shining examples of shadow government surveillance abuse are redacted by the guilty to protect the guilty.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

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Horace Edwards... The best case I know of for Retroactive Birth Control!

It's truly scary there are synapse-misfiring pro-government mental midgets like Horace Edwards who believe Edward Snowden is not a true patriot. Snowden not only risked his life, but gave up a lucrative career and a very comfortable existence to inform us ALL of the US government's out of control spying programs, etc. It follows that THE reason for the movie Citizenfour is to inform us, not profit from it.

There's only one solution for idiots like Horace Edwards... it's called Retroactive Birth Control! FFS, during Horace Edward's birth the doctor should have instead slapped his mother for having such an imbecile for a son.

I certainly hope his frivolous lawsuit is thrown out but the problem is this 21st Century Amerika certainly ain't my father's America, or even the one I was born and raised in, so we will just have to wait and see.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Compared to the previous layout it sucks...

Your previous layout was easy on the eyes, very efficiently organized so a pleasure to peruse. This new sophomoric layout is TOO WHITE and hurts my eyes. The new layout is also extremely inefficient and appears disorganized. Did I mention it's really inefficient? Then there are the incredibly annoying mouseover popup images on the top nav bar. It would help if you would add a mouseover event delay so we can actually choose to see what images you have for us, or not. Finally, bring back the top 5 headline news, etc. carousel, but this time make it larger hence easier to navigate... and make it work for Android devices as it never worked on my SG Note 2.

Based on all these negative comments I've just read you've got some fast fixin' to do... and pronto!

Good luck!

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Jimbo in Thailand
WTF?

What The F...?!

I love HDR photography, but this seems like a totally different kettle of fish so I wish they would give it a different name. HDR photography combines multiple exposures taken with different exposure settings to eliminate overly bright washed out areas and to remove/lessen extremely dark shadows. The idea is to provide more visible detail throughout the image so it actually tends to reduce the extreme light/dark range. One aspect of HDR photography, if not used sparingly, results in very unrealistic, quite surreal images. Hopefully this new video technology will not result in similarly surrealistic results.

We'll just have to see how this develops but I'm not looking forward to getting blinded by bright sunlight coming from my TV even it it appears more realistic. It seems like they should instead be concentrating on displaying more colors accurately if they want to improve the viewing experience, but that's just my opinion at this early stage.

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eBay planning massive job cuts following PayPal split – report

Jimbo in Thailand

Re: This news is hardly surprising since ebay has gone to shite!

Interesting that you disagree with me AC but sorry to learn of your ebay ills. As primarily a buyer I've been shafted by the same system you complain about as a seller. One example is when a Powerseller shipped me a not only cheaper model Dell/Nvidia video card instead of the model I purchased for my laptop, but it was defective as well. When I installed it, a 2nd-hand part, it displayed tons of graphic anomalies, but I was at least able to verify it was indeed a lower end Nvidia model. I did return the part and after reviewing the seller's feedback found that he had been substituting cheaper parts to others so promptly left negative feedback. He in turn left negative feedback for me, lying about the whole transaction. This was just before ebay changed that policy. Not only did ebay refuse to remove the only negative feedback I've ever received, I checked later and found that they had even removed my negative feedback for that unscrupulous seller. How did he get a way with it? He had massive sales.

I've been ripped off on other transactions. One seller remarked a 2GB SD memory card as a 32GB, back when 32GB cards were the upper end. When I installed it it even reported 32GB. When I attempted to load it with about 20GB of mp3 files when it reached 2GB it completely locked up my computer. After rebooting and checking the card it showed 2GB capacity. During that period he sold a gazillion of them for a much lower price than normal, a red flag that I missed, obviously. Ebay/Paypal refused to refund my money until I returned the item to the seller in China, no less, when the seller was masquerading as a seller out of California. It would have cost me about as much for the return shipping as I paid for it since they required that it be returned with tracking and insurance, etc. so I just had to eat that one instead of throwing good money after bad.

I've had other sellers misrepresent items in their descriptions and I've had to eat those too. And when you look at how nearly impossible it is to contact a seller these days it certainly means to me that buyers are the step-children on ebay. Donahue actually gives sellers the option to refuse questions from buyers. WTF?!

In addition you can no longer report excessive shipping charges. It's also nearly impossible to report misrepresented items. Everything is buried under layers and layers of pointless menus that have almost zero usable options.

I do agree with you about the fees. I was actually a Powerseller for a few months when I was liquidating assets back in the US in preparation for moving to Thailand. Luckily, that was years ago and the fees were still reasonable.

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This news is hardly surprising since ebay has gone to shite!

I've been a fairly active ebay buyer and occasional seller for almost 13 years now. Since choosing to become an expat 10+ years ago ebay has been a lifeline for stuff I either can't get here or is simply way too expensive due to Thailand's ultra-corrupt monopoly distribution system. I'll save that rant for another day.

OK, during my decade long expat odyssey I've steadily observed ebay heading for the sewer (nice euphemism, eh?). Of course greed is the reason and current CEO John Donahue has proven himself to be a completely clueless effing greedy moron. He obviously rode the short bus to CEO school. In a nutshell, via his policies, he has proven himself time and time again to be 100% pro seller and 100% anti buyer at all costs. The dumb f*ck doesn't realize that without buyers there ain't gonna be NO ebay.

I confess I never thought much of Meg Whitman when she was CEO of ebay (and think even less of her post-ebay), but compared to John Donahue, she was a freakin' Einstein, and the ebay experience under her watch was actually a lot of fun. And with the low ebay fees back then prices were much better.. Ahhh, those were the good ol' days when you could actually have decent communications between buyers and sellers to make the right buying decision. Of course Donahue has almost completely finished implementing his policy of ZERO communications between buyers and sellers. The stupid pecker-head doesn't realize that good communication is what made ebay what it was. He's also completely forgotten how important a positive 'ebay experience' was/is to ebay's success.

I have many other gripes but will stop here as this is turning into a tome. Suffice it to say that, if it were legal, and I was in the same room with that dumbass extraordinaire, aka John Donahue, I would put my right foot so far up his ass/arse that he could taste my friggin' shoestrings!

/end rant

Sigh... if only there was a decent alternative to ebay.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: Sorry, I can't get excited about NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

"Rebuttal: Apollo 4, 5, and 6. Three unmanned flights that included the CM."

LOL...You're completely missing the point JP. NASA has already been there - done that - and has the teeshirt to prove it. Waaay back in the 1960s NASA was just spreading its wings and each new mission was unique and previously never done before.That's certainly not the case here in the 21st century. Yes, Orion space program is indeed regressive and is simply a sham. It was born from previous ultra-wasteful pork barrel projects that were cancelled. It just has a new name, that's all.

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Sorry, I can't get excited about NASA's 'new' 1960's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo Space Program v2.0

I'm an old fart who clearly remembers the birth of the space race way back in 1957. The single event that changed our world forever occurred when Russia successfully launched Sputnik 1, the world's very first satellite into orbit. America was completely caught off guard and thus the space race was born. The name Sputnik immediately went viral overnight. Soon, unmanned, then manned, orbital missions followed, again led by Russia. The space race was moving forward at breakneck speeds. JFK's throwing down the gauntlet speech in 1962 proclaiming that America would put a man on the moon in that decade, and did, was a fantastic period of amazing technological achievements by brilliant scientists and engineers and designers using archaic 'slip sticks' (slide rules) and drafting tables. Not only were there no personal computers in those days, there were no electronic handheld calculators. In spite of these challenges NASA did indeed put a man on the moon by 1969. OK, back to the future...

FFS, now I almost feel like Sherman, and we've slipped into Mr. Peabody's WABAC time machine and crash landed back in the early 1960s again. So in this, the 21st century, with ever more powerful super computers and advanced technology we're back to using 1960ish space capsules perched on top of incredibly expensive disposable rockets AND having to fish the soggy space capsules out of the salty brine again. WTF?! It's almost 2015 and we're suddenly back to square 1 again. I just can't believe how absurd this whole mess is.

I always felt like NASA lost the plot decades ago when it promptly abandoned human space exploration way back in 1972 after the (mostly) successful Apollo moon missions and instead concentrated on Earth-orbiting missions resulting in the long running Space Shuttle program. Sure much was learned, but at the cost of not advancing human space exploration.

So now we have the ridiculous Orion program. What an effing joke! We have had the technology to go to Mars decades ago - post Apollo. This can only mean that NASA seems to be employing the same quality of brainless twits, aka, 'scientists', that have infested the medical research 'industry'... you know... the ones who haven't found a cure for anything in the last 50 years. But...hey... they have mastered the art of treating, not curing illnesses, so you and I pay and pay and pay and... OOPS, that's a rant for another day.

OK, here are some interesting tidbits about Orion:

1. From Wikipedia: "Astronauts were deliberately left off the flight to test the heat shield, parachutes, jettisoning components, and on-board computers before committing a crew. As a result, instead of standard seats, cockpit displays, and life-support equipment, the craft was filled with sentimental toys and memorabilia..." OMG, how can anyone respond to this line of thinking? So they didn't think it was important to test the life-support equipment in actual flight conditions. This is effing beyond insane... unless they're not really planning on launching any manned missions!

2. From Wikipedia: "Astronauts may fly on the Orion by 2021." OUCH, so there won't be a manned mission until 2021 at the earliest?! The destination hasn't even been decided yet. [rolls eyes]

3. Here's the biggy... From qz.com:

"The US government has a spacecraft again—but don’t believe the Mars hype"

"The problem is that Orion is neither fish nor fowl: It was originally conceived as part of a program to replace the Space Shuttle as a transportation to low-earth orbit, but that program was cancelled for cost-overruns and replaced with commercial contracts. Orion was revamped as a vehicle for exploration beyond low-earth orbit, but it actually isn’t big enough to allow people to make the three-year trip to Mars—that will require an additional craft, the as-yet-undesigned habitation module. Then there’s the issue of building a lander to get everything down to the surface of the red planet."

"This spacecraft has cost $60 billion to develop so far and likely won’t fly again until 2018."

"And even if Orion is the spacecraft that will take people to Mars, that won’t happen for 20 years. Why then use technology that is decades old, and rockets that are even older?"

"That’s why [former NASA deputy administrator Lori] Garver have been critical of this project, which she says is more about placating contractors and members of Congress than accomplishing scientific goals."

OK, the bottom line for all you younger guys and gals out there who think this Orion program is so wonderful, we older folks, who were around to witness the absolutely extraordinary space programs of the 1960s-1970s, just shake our heads as we know it for what it really is... a gazillion dollar pork barrel project, courtesy of American taxpayers.

[quadruple facepalm]

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Yotaphone's 2 faces... A very cool concept! Also a GREAT BIG THANKS to those who stay on topic!

I think adding a separate e-ink display is very innovative considering it vastly extends battery life and actually provides true readability outdoors. My SG Note 2's 'super-duper' AMOLED display, in spite of Samsung's outrageous claims, is absolute shite outside, bright sun or not.

Regarding the battery, Imagine if the Yotaphone designers had opted for a 3500-4500mAh battery. That would have been fantastic, even if ...OMG... it meant the phone would be slightly thicker. This obsession of smartphone manufacturers one-upping each other by releasing even thinner more anorexic devices when there is no longer a tangible benefit is... errr... ummm... wearing a bit thin.

Finally, for those of you who get sidetracked so easily by politics, geographical locations, etc., ... PLEASE STAY ON TOPIC!!!! After all, this article was specifically about an innovative new product. Also, The Register is primarily a purveyor of tech related news/opinions, etc. There are plenty of political forums out there in the nether regions of the tubes to vent your pent-up political frustrations.

Thanks!

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: It used to be the case...

"Now they [US police officers] s̶e̶e̶m̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶r̶r̶e̶s̶t̶ [choose to SHOOT TO KILL] people [FIRST] and manufacture their case later..."

There, fixed it for ya DG!

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'America radicalised me!' cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

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Re: Kim dot Blob is nothing if not inconsistent

"Kim dot Blob" ROTFLMAO!!! Oh, that fits him to a tee! He's so rotund and full of hot air I'm guessing a team has to tether him to mooring masts whenever he's outside, a la airships, just to keep him from floating away. LOL, maybe that's why the NZ government considers him a flight risk! Haha!

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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OMG... A little restraint please...

FFS, this is a teaser for a movie that's still in production and won't be released for another year!!! I've read so much anti-this and anti-that about this title already and it's not even finished. FFS please stop this BS speculation. When the flick is finally released then everyone can express their opinions. Until then, naysayers please SHUT THE FUCK UP!

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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Re: WTF

Yes DougS I DO HAVE THE NERVE to complain as I certainly don't like, want, or appreciate 'walled gardens' or I would have just bought an Iphone. It's obvious that you don't understand that rooting simply gives the user 'administrator' type permissions (a la M$ Windows) that we should have had anyway. And it doesn't just apply to Samsung as Google throws in a ton of crapware in Android as well.

Also, when I upgraded my Note 2 with Samsung's genuine 4.1.2 version, via Kies, the upgrade simply reset/unrooted it, i.e., didn't brick the phone. I just had to root it again and badda-boom badda-bing back in the saddle again. Also, the phone was under warranty when I first rooted it so didn't want to install a "generic Android" version. It's a simple task to unroot the phone and reset the upgrade counter should I need warranty repair.

Let me ask you a question DougS? Do you use EVERY app included with your smartphone? No? I didn't think so. Obviously Samsung has to provide a wide range of apps/features/etc. to try to entice as many buyers as possible. Does it make sense for you or I or anyone to keep those apps, many of which are running in the background shortening battery life, when we have no intention of ever using them?

Unlike some people, I do happen to like Samsung's TouchWiz interface with the Note 2 or I would have snagged a.custom Android ROM from XDA-Developers or Cyanogen, etc. like I've done in the past.

Do yourself a favor in the future DougS... and leave the attitude at home. Have a nice day.

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It's not just bloatware. Samsung forgot that we have a choice...

I, too, was literally shocked and not 'awed' when I discovered all the bloatware on my then brand new Note 2 a couple of years ago. I was even more shocked to find this crap was running continuously in the background gobbling up precious CPU cycles thus killing battery life. The first thing I did was root the phone and install Super SU, ROM Toolbox Pro, and BusyBox. After rooting, ROM Toolbox Pro allows deleting or freezing (a really outstanding option) those sh1tty Samsung bloatware apps. It took me a while but I finally had a lean and mean running original Samsung Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Android version with much extended battery life.... this in spite of Samsung.

Speaking of Samsung bloatware has anyone bothered to read their Old Testament length EULA? I didn't either. I immediately deleted every Samsung app I could and froze the rest.

Now then, when Jelly Bean 4.1.2 became available I tried to download it from Samsung... OUCH... not gonna happen as i immediately got an error message that said my phone was customized and upgrades were now verboten. WTF?!

The other big FAIL was that Samsung's version of Android didn't allow storing apps, etc. on the removable mSD card. Since Android takes up so much room on the internal 16GB memory this is ridiculous. I found a hack, a script, that somehow swaps the memory location of the external card with the internal memory 'card' thus fooling the system. After installing the script my Note 2 reported 64GB internal memory and 16GB external memory. That script is still working today.

The bottom line is I had to spend waaaay too much time trying to get around Samsung crapola. I'm not likely to do that again. So like I've mentioned in previous recent rants here at the Reg, Samsung had better wake up and soon as there are just too many affordable choices on the horizon. Yes, we do have a choice.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

Jimbo in Thailand

It's too freakin' thin... and other gripes

Nice waaaay-over-the-top hi-res display that will gobble up extra resources while taxing the battery more for no real benefit... but hey... it does give the owner bragging rights, eh? Personally, I simply don't like these paper thin phones as not comfortable to grasp. I still find my Note 2 with its 64GB mSD card and 6500mAH extended 'fat' battery does everything well and I typically only have to recharge it every 4-5 days so no need to upgrade for a while.

Another gripe is Samsung's premium pricing (for those of us who don't get subsidized pricing from our cell tower overlords). Thankfully, that trend can't last much longer with 'new' competitors like Huawei, Oppo, and OnePlus, among others, nipping at Samsung's heels with similar features, quality, and much lower prices. I was considering the Note 3 LTE model with its 4k video shooter but will wait until my Note 2 dies again (mainboard sh1t the bed last time - after the warranty had expired, naturally). Hopefully, by that time there will be more compelling choices out there.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4... meh... (Too bad there's not a Reg icon for that!)

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Google Glass: Even the people who stand to MAKE MONEY from it hate the techno-specs

Jimbo in Thailand

It's the damn camera...

I've mentioned this before but gotta say it again... Go_ogle definitely screwed up by including a camera. Almost all of the anti-Google-Glass fervor for this otherwise interesting device is due to the inclusion of the 3rd eye. None of us want to be photographed or videoed up close and personal WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE or CONSENT. Obviously not only will many "Glassholes" abuse the feature but just think of all the perverts out there.

Amazingly the solution to the massive backlash is just too simple. All the boffins at the Chocolate Factory have to do to calm the fears of the great unwashed masses is to release a new version without this heinous spy feature. Of course, since Go_ogle's raison d'etre is to track all of our activities 24/7 that probably won't happen.

But there is such irony here. Just think about it for a second. We are all concerned with Glassholes spying on us but, in fact, the Glassholes themselves are really the intended targets. After all, each time they switch on the device they are being continuously tracked by Go_ogle. But when they switch on the camera... OMG... it allows Go_ogle to monitor them in a much more personal way because they can see what the Glasshole sees. Obviously that's why Google included the camera in the first place. It's damn scary when you think about it.

Google - The great Trojan Horse of the 21st century. And all this time we thought they were proudly proclaiming their mission to be: "DO NO EVIL". Sadly, we didn't listen correctly. In fact, they were saying they "DO KNOW EVIL". Run and hide!

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

Jimbo in Thailand
Thumb Up

Re: No better

I couldn't agree more Khaptain. Thank you for breaking the ice. The totally unjustified pejorative terms "homophobe and homophobic" are nowhere to be found in my dictionary. Let's get one thing straight: Normal heterosexual males and females are NOT the ones afflicted with (or who simply choose) abnormal same-sex sexual behavior so we have no fear whatsoever of gays. In fact, I feel sorry for gays because it must be a very difficult existence always trying to be something you're not.

Before the flames begin just consider this one 'minor' biological reality: Homosexuals can not MAKE BABIES together... END OF! When homosexual couples can NATURALLY make babies together I'll then eat my words. The bottom line is since gay Homo sapiens can NOT accomplish this impossible feat I shall consider the loud obnoxious gay demographic to be heterophobic, which they indeed are. The rest of the gay community that doesn't try to force us to accept their lifestyle choice I'll just sympathize with.

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

Jimbo in Thailand

Samsung... I can understand the sales plunge

Here in Thailand Samsung has enjoyed huge market share post-Nokia's heyday but things are changing fast with new less-expensive models from Oppo and Huawei, among others, that are good quality on par with Samsung, Sony, and HTC. There are also a gazillion cheap Chinese knockoffs that keep getting better every year.

The Android market is indeed getting saturated, even here. What's worse for the smartphone market here is monopoly pricing and the fact that Thai mobile phone companies don't subsidize phones by locking you into long term contracts. If the OnePlus One actually goes on sale here (or anywhere for that matter) for the current promotional pricing it will be wildly popular with the Thais.

I've got an SG Note 2 I bought a couple of years ago and love it but pretty sure I'll try another brand when the time comes as mine developed the heinous no-connect wifi bug shortly after the warranty expired. Not only that a few months ago I had to replace the system mainboard as after a few months of worsening battery life it began severely overheating - not the battery BTW as I had also replaced it.

I'm definitely not impressed with the build quality of this Samsung phone, but I may have just gotten a crappy one. Since replacing the system board it works like new so am very happy with it for now. Still, when the time comes I'm sure I'll be able to find a good quality but less expensive alternative that still has all the whistles and bells. Yep, Samsung and the other top-tier Android brands had better make some changes or get ready for the fall.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

Jimbo in Thailand

Ballmer's MIcrosoft legacy...

For the life of me I can't ever remember reading about even one single successful contribution/idea/decision that Steve Ballmer made while CEO at Microsoft. I did read that M$ revenue increased during his tenure "in the corner office" but was that because of Ballmer or in spite of him? [scratching my head] Instead Ballmer always appeared to be just a big stupid cartoonish buffoon who road to 'fame' on Bill Gates' coattales. I can certainly understand why Bill Gates is fed up with the chair-throwing goofball. OTOH Ballmer is laughing all the way to the bank. Go figure.

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Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

Jimbo in Thailand
Pint

Best of luck!

Hate to see you move on Rick as I've enjoyed your many articles. I'm a hipster myself and try to keep my hand in playing guitar but have done a couple of small gigs playing bass way back when to help some buddies out. I muddled through with basic bass lines. Luckily, nobody seemed to notice since my buddies were so talented. Gotta admit it was great fun.

Good luck in your future endeavors!

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

WARNING - Plantronics headphones are low quality garbage!

I've purchased two Plantronics headphones, one a wired set of stereo earbuds and the other their, at the time, flagship Backbeat 903+ stereo Bluetooth model. The sound quality of the former was so bad I just tossed them into a drawer and haven't seen them since. The 903+, though slightly adjustable, was so poorly designed that it never fit very well so the sound quality suffered unless I walked around holding them in place over my ears. Also after only a couple of weeks both of the tiny rubber volume control switch covers/caps fell off somewhere and that was the end of that.

Plantronics... utter and complete sh1te! Please don't waste your money like I did.

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Review: HTC One

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Re: Vote with your wallet... I did!

@Al Taylor - Actually you clearly did "attempted to justify the absence of a microSD card slot or a removable battery." And this statement: "There are all too obvious reasons why HTC decided to follow the route it has, none of which I suspect has anything to do with saving money." OH PUH-LEASE!!! That really shows your ignorance when it comes to manufacturing. Let's talk about the microSD card slot first.

There can only be two possible reasons for a manufacturer leaving out the ubiquitous microSD card slot:

1. To SAVE manufacturing costs. It's real easy to understand that manufacturers do everything imaginable to increase their profit margins. Why can't you see that?

2. To try to force the buyer into using their respective Cloud-based media storage services. Both Microsoft and Google have been playing this same anti-consumer game with their mobile phones and have lost market share to Samsung as a result.

I would love to hear what you think is a valid reason why a manufacturer, after years of including these ubiquitous memory card slots, suddenly stops the practice.

OK, on to the 'welded-in' battery issue. It wouldn't matter if manufacturers actually designed their phones around a decent-sized battery as sooner or later that battery is going to require replacing. And unfortunately, with manufacturers vying for the top spot of providing the thinnest phones on the planet the resultant tiny batteries will require daily recharges, or even more frequently. My previous smartphone, a way ahead of its time (2009) ultra-thin Toshiba TG01, featuring a 4 1/8" LCD and 1Ghz CPU was fatally wounded from the gitgo with its miniscule 1000mAh battery that required recharging about every 4 hours. Sadly, an otherwise incredible phone was brought to its knees by an inadequate battery, just for thinnest-mobile-phone-at-the-time bragging rights. At least the battery wasn't 'welded' in.

OK, 'welded-in' batteries have another major flaw. Frequent recharging has the undesirable effect of reducing the service life of the phone by a huge factor. This is because lithium based batteries only have a lifespan of about 500 recharge cycles. It follows that a phone requiring frequent recharging compared with a phone that requires recharging only once per week, or much longer my case, will suffer a much shorter useable lifespan. And when that tiny little battery finally gives up the ghost the phone either goes into the trash bin or the owner has to incur a huge cost and lost time to ship the phone off for another 'welded-in' battery. Shiny aluminum phone cases, or not, the practice sucks. It's also a severely anti-Green practice. How many more mobile phones will end up in landfills prematurely just because the battery died? The bottom line is there is absolutely NO GOOD REASON for manufacturers to not provide easily replaceable batteries.

So like I said in my original post, I like HTC phones as I've had great experiences with there 8525 in the past. That said my HTC had a microSD card slot and a removable battery. Sadly HTC will continue to lose market share until or unless they correct this poor marketing/engineering/manufacturing decision. It's also very sad that you and a few others choose to stick your fingers in your ears and sing, "la la la la la la la" when others, such as myself and many other commenters, point out this major failing of HTC. The reality is that the majority of us won't stand for this no mSD card slot and 'welded-in' battery nonsense. And yes, I voted with my wallet.

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Jimbo in Thailand
Facepalm

Re: Vote with your wallet... I did!

AC, you obviously haven't seen, or handled, a Note 2 with a 6500mAh battery or you wouldn't make such blatantly ridiculous comments. My phone is a whopping 6mm thicker than stock, and only along the lower 2/3 of the phone's length. The upper 1/3, where the camera is located, is stock thickness. The Note 2 is large enough that the extra 6mm hardly looks out of place. In fact, the extra thickness actually makes holding the big Note 2 much easier. My N2 is also not significantly heavier than stock. And, no, it's not a freakin' car battery, for Christ's sake.

To each his own. I just recharged my N2 again last night. As usual, it was the first time in over two weeks. Even though it was down to 4% charge remaining I still had to force the issue to get it fully discharged by turning on BT and Wi-Fi AND playing a looped HD video for over an hour before it finally shut itself off! Now that it's got a full recharge I'll have another 2+ weeks before recharging again. It's all good. Enjoy your HTC.

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Jimbo in Thailand
Coat

Vote with your wallet... I did!

I have to admit it's nauseating to read a fawning 'review' like this one that attempts to justify missing desirable functionality on a premium priced device when there was/is no good reason for HTC to take that tack. If I didn't know better I would swear that Steve Jobs was back on top of the dirt again, but this time as the Patron 'Saint' of HTC, mesmerizing his new cult. HOW SAD it is to see all the new lemmings buying into this crappola!

The real issue here is that HTC has deemed it more worthy to save a few pennies of manufacturing costs by leaving off the MicroSD card slot and by welding the battery in place than by putting the customer first. That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever since HTC has, during recent years, lost mass quantities of market share to crApple and Samsung. Anyone with half an ounce of brainiac upstairs would think HTC would do everything possible to gain back some of that market share. Putting off potential/returning customers by removing important features is definitely not the way to achieve that goal.

Let me say I'm a former HTC phone owner (8525 Hermes/Tytn2) and loved it's great quality and robustness. So when it came time to buy a new phone I looked at HTC first. To put it mildly, I was more than pissed to see them leave off those important features. Instead, I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and couldn't be more happy. Of course, my N2 has a new 64GB mSD card stuffed with music, audiobooks, and ebooks AND sports a 6500mAh 'fat' battery kit. Try as I might I can't run that 'fat' battery down in less than a week and typically get two weeks of moderate use, and even longer for light use. And I don't need no stinkin' USB thumb drives or external battery packs! I truly feel sorry for all the lemmings who feel like it's acceptable to have to carry around extra peripherals to make up for missing functionality purposefully left out to save a little money.

Like I said, vote with your wallet if you despise this kind of shit as much as I do.

<-- Oh yeah... mine's the coat with the loaded Note 2 in the pocket.

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Nokia puts Symbian out to pasture ... why not release it into the wild?

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Nokia... Nothing new, still a massive FAIL on OS selection/support!!!

Back around 2008 I bought a shiny new N800 Internet tablet. It was truly ahead of its time and appeared to be a very full-featured desirable device. It still looks like new and works like new today. Had Nokia included a sim card slot it would have been a very impressive smart phone years ahead of the competition with its 4.13" 480x800 screen with 226 ppi pixel density, stereo speakers, built-in webcam, wi-fi, BT, Flash, dual SD card slots, and on and on.

The N800's Achilles' heal was its Maemo OS. Well, actually it wasn't that Maemo was so bad, it's that Nokia never really supported it. The majority of Maemo applications were done by hobbyist programmers and the results were unpolished unfinished buggy apps. Since then Nokia has just flitted back and forth like a wayward pinball never fully supporting any OS. It's no surprise they've nosedived. Not only Maemo, but Meego and Symbian are victims. Well, the suckers that bought them, like me, are the true victims. Add to that the poor employees who have been laid off as a result of Nokia's continuing lame inept incompetent [fill in the blank] 'leadership'.

/end rant

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GPS trigger will light LOHAN's fire

Jimbo in Thailand
Alert

GPS to trigger LOHAN's rocket motor... Are you sure?

GPS is notoriously inconsistent for reporting Earth-surface-based altitude measurements. It has to do with the inherent error in measuring an extreme vertical distance below the GPS satellites. From Wikipedia the average altitude of GPS satellites is 384,403 kilometres (238,857 mi). I can't imagine that the GPS error would be reduced much at LOHAN's ignite-rocket altitude. I'm not sure what your allowable error-of-altitude measurement is but hope you guys at least take a look at this potential pitfall.

Good luck!

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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Bulgarian airbag saves Russian in knife attack

Jimbo in Thailand
Coat

Let me get this straight...

"A Moscow woman emerged pretty much unscathed from a vicious knife attack... ...after the blade wedged in one of her silicone breast implants."

Hmmm...since she "emerged pretty much unscathed" then she was obviously wearing the breast implant as an accessory outside of her bra, purse, briefcase <you fill in the blank> such that the knife didn't slice into her breast first??!! Gee, what's wrong with this friggin' picture?!

- Ah, that's her coat with the fake jiggly booby in the pocket...and the huge knife cut!

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Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor

Jimbo in Thailand
Facepalm

Hmmm...so crApple follows the rest of us into HELL!

Anyone involved in the design, creation, and adoption of the absolutely abysmal micro USB interface should be summarily lined up and sent post haste to meet their maker(s). I just bought a phone with this disgusting inferior interface and my first burning question was WHY??????????? This POS design is a huge step backwards. The mini USB interface is much more robust and with its trapezoid shape a breeze to plug in properly. At first I wasn't sure which way to plug in the damned micro USB plug because the port on my phone looks roughly symmetrical. Add to that the heart of the micro USB port is a dainty little silicon connector tab that is begging to be snapped off if someone tries to insert the plug improperly. Talk about retrogressive.

And what happened to the 'Green' rhetoric championing standardizing charging ports to the ubiquitous mini USB? Obviously that worked well but now there is another new 'standard' with no benefit at all that I can see. I do remember somewhere that manufacturers pushed for the change to allow slimmer devices, but just compare the two interfaces side by side and it's easy to see that dog just don't hunt as there just can't be any measurable benefit since the mini USB port is already tiny. And soon the landfills will be full of superior mini USB chargers and accessories. What a freakin' waste!!!

That crApple is adopting this putrid interface with an adapter is the only redeeming aspect of this cesspool of de-innovation. Welcome to the party crApple!

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Chinese fuzz bust faux iPhone racket

Jimbo in Thailand
Joke

re: a man called "Dong"?

Actually, Dong and Wang are their last names. Dong's first name is Ding and Wang's first name is Long...or vice versa?

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OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers

Jimbo in Thailand
FAIL

Sad that the concept of privacy...

...is rapidly heading for the tar pits. Funny...I never suspected that GPS, the most accurate and helpful navigation tool out there, would ever be used against us, the users. I'm sure the original GPS system designers are shocked that marketers have perverted its intended use.

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New flash RAM tech promises 99% energy drop

Jimbo in Thailand
Devil

Of course this new develop...

...brings up the inevitable question...How long before the jackasses at Rambus file suit for patent infringement?!

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