* Posts by Dave 126

5870 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Re: QI and unlocked phon

>I do find myself wondering how long it will be before someone thinks they'll make life easier for people and build the feature [QR code recognition] in to the camera application

With all the superfluous CP/GPU power smartphones pack these days, it can only be a matter of time. Or, more sensibly, the phone's photo gallery app automatically scans photos for QI codes and places any URL into the photo's metadata... as a user option, of course.

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Re: Not what I expected from Google

The Z5 and Z5 Compact have 20+Mp sensors which are said to be very good, though by default the phones save 8 Mp interpolated images - sensible enough. Some reviews say the Sony camera software is a bit slow, I don't know the effect of using any 3rd-party camera app.

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Apple 1 goes on sale, expected to fetch £300,000 to £500,000

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>The odd thing is, it's not *that* rare. 50 machines is quite a few.

There are only around 50 Fabergé eggs in existence. They are considered rare in this world of 7 billion people.

Value is only what someone will pay on any given day... and some people will spend silly money on silly things. Your investments may go down as well as up in value etc...

EDIT: The Christies auction description states that there are around 50 Apple Is surviving.

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Amazon Echo: We put Jeff Bezos' always-on microphone-speaker in a Reg family home

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Re: Kieren, out of interest, how old are you?

Perhaps our views have been informed by science fiction... we have watched films in which people interact with disembodied voices. Most famously perhaps, HAL 9000 from 2001:Space Odyssey, or more recently Jarvis from the Iron Man films. The former is dangerous, because it was given poorly thought-through orders by human bureaucrats, the latter benign because it was built by its user.

We also have Colossus: The Forbin Project.

The original Cortana, from the Halo video games was a goody, but the game's developers Bungie have a history of using 'powerful AI gone haywire' as a plot driver (see 'Marathon'). In the video game, Cortana is a military ship AI, providing information pertinent to tactical decisions; in reality, Siri, Cortana et al grew out of research done for the US DOD to triage information for battlefield commanders.

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Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

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Re: Software vs Firmware

[Software / Firmware] vs Hardware

If the concern is that people can operate outside of legitimate frequencies, the authorities could just insist that OEMs make routers that can't do so. That way, it doesn't matter what firmware the user installs.

I appreciate that this might add a few cents to the cost of a router. Whilst not infallible, anyone really wanting to trespass on reserved frequencies will at least have to get their soldering iron out.

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Italian court rules in favour of lunchtime porn viewing

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Indeed Reg hacks are being more careful- hence today's Reg report of 3M's 'Privacy Film', that reduces the viewing angle of any screen it is placed over:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/15/hp_reckons_you_can_hack_a_pc_just_by_looking_at_it/

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

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Re: Why not ARM?

I dont know, it's not clear. However, from the linked document:

"9. The Court has personal jurisdiction over Apple pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 801.05(1)

because Apple is engaged in substantial and not isolated activities in this state and judicial

district, including maintaining a retail store and employees here. "

That doesnt apply to ARM

"16. Since the issuance of the ’752 patent, Apple has filed one or more patent

applications that cite the ’752 patent as relevant prior art. "

I don't know if ARM has cited patent '752

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Who gets Teslas made and throws Apple shade? It's… MUSK!

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Many thanks!

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Yeah yeah this is fun and all, but did I miss the Reg report of Musk's plan to continuously explode hydrogen bombs above the poles of Mars?

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

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Re: The bloody flies (and other airborne thingies)

Of Joseph Lucas, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lucas

He died in Naples of typhoid after drinking contaminated water (he was a devout teetotaller and would not drink wine).

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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I would recommend keeping a roll of Self Amalgamating Tape - the silicone variety - in one's car to anybody. it can be used for repairing hoses and pipes, fashioning tool handles, and some have even used it as a stop-gap fan belt. It has no adhesive, but sticks to itself.

Duck Tape and zip ties are of course essential too!

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

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actually, I'm interestH5ed in this. Eventually like, no rush or anything. As a CAD user, the GPU is notable, because most ultrabooks neglect it.

Stylus screen might be genuinely useful, in a way plain toucscreen laptops don't appear to be.

Application UIs can only get better at taking advantage of Styli when appropriate.

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Made me think of Chris Morris' film Four Lions:

BARRY:

The Feds can track your phone even if the battery’s out.

Really. They can see you underground right...

WAJ:

Can they see you if you’re not there?

BARRY:

Where’s there?

WAJ:

I don’t know.

BARRY:

They can see you everywhere, Waj.

FESSAL:

Are they looking at us through cameras?

BARRY:

Space cameras, yes

FESSAL:

But me dad says I’m not supposed to be on camera - it’s haram

BARRY:

With the greatest of respect Fessal your dad eats newspaper

FESSAL:

Not any more. He eats moths.

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Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

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Re: The name "FMC Corporation" has been taken for decades

>If they're too dim to type type "FMC" into google and find out there's already several big companies with that name,

Fixed it for you! See:

Ford Motor Corporation

FMC Fairbanks Morse and Company - heavy plant

FMC Technologies - oil services

FMC.co.uk Dental industry publishing

It is acceptable to trade under an already used name if you are in a different sector. Do you remember a time when Apple Computer wasn't a player in the music industry, but Apple Corp was?

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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Re: Ahhh OS/2 Warp

I seem to remember that is how far I got,, back when I was a spotty teenager. A hardware / media fail, not the fault of OS/2 (though as I mostly played games on my PC, I might not have had too much for it really).

In 2008, an ATM in Peru rebooted on me, and I saw an OS/2 boot screen.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: Too many processors will confuse the market

>Although many of these processors are not actually manufactured specifically but are selected post-manufacture, how is the average Joe going to know which is which?

Good question, but hasn't it alwaysbeen that way? Generally, gamers will know which chip they want - they enjoy researching stuff like that! Similarly, the CAD crowd will have an idea of what they are looking for, or have a relationship with a shop or vendor who will build and guarantee (and have certified) a complete system.

The 'Average Joe', is just going to look less as a the CPU names, and maybe more at a whole laptop or PC and ask "Will it run WordyPaintWeb quickly enough", or more likely (given most CPUs have been quick enough for most tasks for some time) "How long will it last on one charge?", "How heavy is it?" and "Does the screen flip through 180 deg so I can watch movies comfortably in bed?"

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Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

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Re: Jumped the Shark

Hiya, at the time of writing, the votes and comments above suggest, roughly, that half you really don't want a touscreen laptop, and half of you quite like them or the idea of them.

Maybe we can at least all agree that "Not everybody would consider a touchscreen on a laptop to be a selling point".

Personally, implementation is everything.... If a touch screen laptop only had a conventional hinge, it would be of no use to me because it would be ungainly to touch the screen. However, models with keyboards that can fold out of the way - a la Yoga Pro - I can see the point of those.

I can also see the point in just having a tablet and a laptop as two distinct machines, though well integrated - eg, the tablet can act as a second monitor for the laptop, or as a graphics tablet.

For some tasks, the latter scenario will offer the better experience.

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Re: Wow - Good analysis!

>Still, Im not going to by any tech device that pretty much put together with a glue gun.

No Lotus Elise for you, then!

Okay, I won't bore you with the advantages of glue in manufacturing ( and in use, and in end-of-life recycling), since I suspect your sentiments are based on one truth: Glued devices are tricky for the amateur to repair / swap out components.

In good faith, answer me this: If a device took you one hour to repair, how cheap would it have to be for you to think "Feck it, I'll just get a new one!"?

Damned decent Android and Win phones are available today for £100. If in five years time, your standard do-it-all phone cost £30, would you still spend an hour repairing it? Would you still bother, if the manufacturer offered to part-exchange it for a new one for £10?

Please, I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just thinking ' out loud' about at what point scarapping is the better option.

(And I mean 'scrapping' as an efficient reclamation of materials. You could almost imagine say a Fab designing SoC to be easier to reclaim the scarcer materials... or a laptop maker using cases of a single, common and easily recyclable material- oh wait...)

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Re: Slow Upgraders!

If a person has already invested money in useful Android peripherals (yeah, I know!) and apps, then no Apple phone can be its equal for that individual user.

The converse is also true.

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Re: It seems to me that Apple do almost everything just a bit better than their rivals...

>Re: It seems to me that Apple do almost everything just a bit better than their rivals...

>>That'll be why they have such dominant market share in enterprise software, mobile and desktop O/S, and streaming music then.

Why would any company want 'dominant market share' for it's own sake? A large market share is only desirable if it makes money, or it gives a commercial advantage that will allow money to be made in the future.

Enterprise software: Was never Apple's game, now have deal with IBM

Mobile OS: Apple don't care cos they make most of the money that is to be made.

Desktop OS: Again, Apple don't care as long as you've bought the hardware. OSX has enough users that software developers - especially in some sectors - will continue to offer OSX versions.

Streaming music: Apple do care, very much - because it has disrupted their iTunes business. However, they only joined the race in earnest a coupla months back, so who knows.

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Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

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Re: Keen

The PC platform games always seemed lacking compared to Mario and Sonic - and Wonderboy et al - on the consoles. Keen was EGA ugliness, Jilll of the Jungle was merely alright, Gods was a sort of 'run and gun' game.... Flashback wasn't as good as the Amiga version.

Still, a few years later my console and Amiga-owning friends would come round to mine for X-Wing, and later Doom

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Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

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Re: I'll take the *2nd* thinnest phone in history, please

I've just made my phone 50% thicker to add to its functionality. It is now also a ruler, knife, toothpick, pen, file, tweezers and pen: I glued a Victorinox 'Swiss Card' to it.

It works for me, but i wouldn't expect it work for most people.. Similarly, I see a lot of builders with iPhones in cases ranging from slim to 'two cigarette packets' in size - it seems that the individual users can choose the level of protction that suits them. More battery? Maybe these builders are able to charge their phones off their 18v site stereos, or in their vans. I'm not sure how all these IT Commentards here are always so far away from a USB socket to charge from.

There are, if these threads are to be belived, people who are on the phone so much that they require a second battery, yet at the same time they will tolerate the faff of restarting their phone off every time they need more juice. Don't insult our intelligence by pretending that is an optimum solution.

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Re: Bit of soft shoe-ing here

>But the previous model will even be better on battery life when the new iOS update happens to it.

The battery savings are more likely due to a SoC process shrink. Anandtech will probably republish a Chipworks analysis in due course.

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Re: Yeah, I noticed The Register is in Apple Hate Mode

>Anyone still making buying decisions based on brand loyalty, or in the more current nomenclature, fanboyism, these days is doing themselves a disservice.

That's largely true, but if it takes an individual several days to weigh up one option against another then relying on 'track record' actually makes more sense (depending upon how much one's time is worth). Ultimately, physical products can't be completely expressed 'on paper', and trying things for themselves can take too long. If what you are used to works for you, then buying MKII or MKVII can make sense.

I don't use Apple. I use Android and Windows, Sony and Dell*. However, I don't like unnecessary snark, since it muddies any sensible discussion of useful features and good design choices.

* the aged Dell keeps trooping on, so I will overlook some of its offensive design decisions.... blue LEDs for starters.

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Re: Yeah, I noticed The Register is in Apple Hate Mode

>Yeah so sorry we're not kissing the ass* of a huge multibillion dollar corporation. Funny how everyone likes our snark until we pick on their favorite* business.

'Kissing ass' is a bias, just as is 'pissing on'. Many of us here don't like any form of bias; give us straight info and let us make our own minds up. The headline suggested less battery life, whereas the article remembered that the chances are that the SoC is built on a smaller process and that the new OS version might save power. As a reader, I think it reasonale that the headline and the article agree; c'mon guys, this isn't New Scientist or Wired.com FFS!

I use a couple of Android phones, and I want them and their replacements to be as useful to me as possible... I don't see how spreading FUD about the completion helps that end. Give credit where it is due.

>it is reasonable to assume that a smaller battery means less battery life.

That's only a reasonable assumption if you haven't been paying attention to the trend in CPU power consumption for that last umpteen years. Hell, even Lewis Carroll** knew that in Alice Through the Looking Glass ( what we call the 'Red Queen Effect'). Moore's 'Law' isn't a law, but as a prevailing trend one should consider any observed exceptions to it as noteworthy. By your own admission we don't know the process size of the new iPhone SoC, and you are quite correct, but I'm curious as to why your assumption is that it doesn't fit the trend.

In Android land, the first mainstream phone to use the Snapdragon 800 SoC was the LG G2, and being first its battery life was widely applauded. SoC process size does make a difference to battery life.

* spellings that suggest the article was written by the USA branch of the .co.uk Reg site.

** Snark hunting? Frumious Bandersnatch.

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

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Re: Embarrassing

>but a stylus? Painful to watch and a betrayal of everything Jobs stood for.

It isn't a betrayal at all. A stylus on a phone is a useless hassle, if one is only making phone calls or entering text - the functions of the first iPhone.

A tablet is different beast, and a tablet used as a graphics tablet even more so.

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Re: Slavishly Copied

>Stylus Copied from Samsung

Seriously? Don't be so flippin daft.

> (less well)

You've used this new Apple stylus, have you? Tell us please, how does it compare to the Adobe stylus released earlier this year? In use.

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>People said that the surface pro was expensive well at least with a surface you get a full desktop OS not a smartphone OS.

That's a fairly arbitrary differentiation... If the UI works for the HI hardware and it runs suitable applications, who gives a damn what the origin of an OS is?

>Small point of inquiry. According to the apple presentation the GPU in the new iPad pro and iPhone 6s offer console level graphics. Exactly which console are they comparing it to, the PS One?

Between the PS2 and PS3, roughly.

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/190105-does-the-iphone-6-actually-have-console-quality-graphics

http://static1.gamespot.com/uploads/original/110/1100542/2644037-3674092395-Tegra.jpg

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Re: Stylus is a bit understated

Adobe have already tested these waters for Apple, by releasing pen and ruler for iPod. Obviously Adobe also released iOS software to take advantage of them, too.

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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Re: What about the memory?

The behaviour of streaming audio buffers does my nut in too - and I'm an Android user. Let us both hope that whoever finds the solution first, Apple or Android, is swiftly copied by the other! : D

In fairness, Google has a nasty habit of suggesting that an app be updated (i.e maps), when the newer version exceeds the hardware of my device (yeah, my newish phone broke, so I'm on a aged cheapo phone). Apple are aware that many iOS users are still on older hardware, and then *don't always* trip those people up with OS updates.

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>How is it a good experience for users OR developers to augment the internal memory with memory that is relatively slow, unreliable, and potentially missing completely?

A good point, but as developers of the OS there is nothing to stop Apple from somehow defining data types that are more tolerant of slow speeds and unreliable presence; i.e music and video. However, even then one gets into the situation where SD cards need to be indexed before use, app developers need to define data as such (i.e game engine lives internally, big level maps live on SD) or whatever the the situation is in Android these days ( I only have an Android phone, but I haven't tested the way internal Vs SD storage works... some apps are happier than others to be on SD maybe?)

YMMV

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Heigh ho, oh no! Politically correct panto dumps Snow White’s dwarfs

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Re: I'd have thought

>And sexism - I want to see the lead role played by a man!

Oh c'mon, this is panto - the dame is usually a man, and the young prince (or Peter Pan) is often played by a woman!

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Re: Being six foot two

And of course 6'3" Corporal Carrot was a Dwarf, and it wouldn't occur to any Dwarf (of closer to mean height for their demographic group) that he wasn't. (The Fifth Elephant).

[Oh jeeebus, I have read the book twice and only just now whilst writing the above have I twigged that it is an pun on the Fifth Element. Is there a term for when two bits of info exist within the same brain but only collide some time later?]

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Re: Political Correctness Lunacy

>Indoctrinating children like this should be an offence in itself.

Whilst I agree with you that the decision of this theatre is idiotic, I have to ask "Isn't indoctrinating children the whole point of fairy tales?"

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ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta

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Re: Hmm...

>Follow the money.

ARM sell chip licences to ODMs. ARM think that if they put together an OS and whatnot to facilitate IoT projects, more people will buy these devices with ARM-licenced chips from ODMs. Seems pretty straightforward.

The clue is in the cloud service that they provide - free to play around with, but to use it seriously ARM will require your money in exchange for this service- someone has to pay for the servers. Again, that seems fair and straightforward. If you want to sort out your own hosting and pay for it yourself, fine, ARM will supply you with the software tools gratis.

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Huge SUPERHENGE erection found near Blighty's Stonehenge

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Just a mix up...

over ' feet and " inches.

Still, we can always redo the choreography.

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Xiaomi aims to knock Apple off its branch with move into computers

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Re: oooooooh!

>Thin and Light alone won't cut it.

They are aiming for thin and light and inexpensive.

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Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

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>How about this for a new iPhone? Double the thickness so it doesn't bend in half and give it a battery which can last for 3 days between charges?

Can't you achieve that by putting a standard iPhone in a battery case?

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Re: I'm excited about force touch things

>This way the device will know it's in your back pocket and won't magically unlock itself and dial Zimbabwe when you sit on it. No more butt-dialling!

>The future is now.

Damn right - just sew an NFC-tag into each pocket of each of your trousers, and instruct the phone to remain locked when in range of them, and job's a goodun'!

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Re: Some exclusive features

>Apple is full of marketing geniuses.

Actually, the message you outlined as "It's much the same as the last iPhone, but ever-so-slightly better in lots of areas" is easy to communicate to would-be customers; no genius required! :-)

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: Track Stand? Bah.

>Sturmey Archer hubs cost a lot more than they used to.

Haha! You should see the price of Rholoff 14 speed hubs.... about £800! However, people who are setting on a 10,000 mile expedition by bike find the reliability and minimal maintenance worth the high asking price and extra weight.

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Re: Joined up thinking

Apple owners include some drivers of 10 year-old VW Passat estates, some pedestrians who wear Tricker's brogues, some skateboarders riding Independent decks, some users of the Swindon to Paddington rail line etc etc

Riders of fixie bikes though don't really want an iPhone. They want a WASP T12 SpeechTool: http://trashbat.co.ck/

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Re: Crushed nut algorithm

According to Richard's Bicycle Book ( late nineties edition), the only purpose of fixed-wheel bikes was for training - forcing the rider to spin quickly when going down hill and pedal powerfully when going up can help tone their legs.

If I lived in a mostly flat area, I might not bother with gears (one less mechanism to maintain, and a single-speed bike can have thicker, more durable chains and sprockets), but free-wheel hubs are so reliable that there is no practical reason not to fit one.

Each to their own. My personal preference for a flat city would be a BMX (if chained to a fence those small tough wheels present a challenge to any pisshead who wishes to kick them in), but I would respect the choice of anyone riding a cyclocross bike, hybrid, folding Brompton, mountain bike, whatever if it works for them.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: good article but

Pocket Lint reckon the Honor 7 call quality is "perfectly fine", supporting the assumption that a review will often only touch on this aspect if it is drastically better or worse than average.

>shame about non-removable battery but 99.9% of users won't bother.

Thank you for reminding me to charge my 5200 mAh USB 'power brick' - I'm just packing for a three-day long festival, so It'll be handy. (not that I'm planning on using my phone much, but it's nice to have).

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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Re: BFS was pretty good in the 90's

>Journaling wont catch silent corruption. Only ZFS does.

And BTFS, though the vibe is that it isn't production ready yet. I guess if 10 billion people used a file system for a year and nobody reported any faults, you wouldn't need a mathematical proof.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: Wait a minute....

>Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the roads

Just because you are hopelessly lost doesn't mean that you have to drive dangerously!

Bizarrely, some roads that cross from England to Scotland have signs saying "Drive on the Left". I wonder if there was ever an incident that prompted these signs for the bleedingly obvious?

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Something that was never branded Foxconn can't, by definition, be rebranded. Make valid points about Apple's business practices by all means, but please don't talk gibberish in the style of Anna Leach.

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Re: But will they put their money where their mouth is?

Apple want to make money, and they have a track record that shows that they know how to do that. Part of Apple's strategy is to investigate potential opportunities, and then to pick the avenues that they predict will work well for them. So, one can assume that Apple pay a lot of very bright people to investigate opportunities. These bright people are then provided with the best information that money can buy, and have the resources to conduct expensive original research themselves.

Will Apple make a conventional car? Probably not. Is this an area that shows signs of being disrupted? Yes (see: Uber, Tesla, car clubs, fuels prices, car automation research). Does Apple have a record of working with outside parties? Yes (iTunes and record labels, iPhones and network operators)

The analyst doesn't know. I don't know. Apple don't know, but they will do due process.

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Tens of thousands of Popcorn Time movie streamers menaced by anti-piracy fleet

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Re: What are they being (attempted) sued for?

Rule 92 of the internet: Wired.com are clueless.

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Re: What are they being (attempted) sued for?

To answer your question:

Popcorn-Time presents torrents with a streaming-style UI. Whilst you are watching content on PopcornTime, you become a Torrent peer, uploading. Indeed, you can even drang n drop a torrent file from a website into PopcornTiime and it will play, after buffering.

PopornTime.io says they send you through a Proxy; Popcorntime.se does not, and in addition it sends your CPU cycles skywards. Wired.com being what it is advertised the latter. Go figure.

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