* Posts by Dave 126

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ARM emits Cortex-R52

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Re: Can't drive a car

You could well be on the right track; you mention reliability, and there is also security to be considered.

This got my attention the other day:

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160920-formal-verification-creates-hacker-proof-code/

The gist is that by some effort, code can be formally verified as secure, akin to a mathematical proof, as opposed to testing the code against a sample of possible inputs (you can obviously never test every combination of input). More complex systems can constructed from 'building blocks' of code that is proven to be secure.

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Asian hornets are HERE... those honey bee murdering BASTARDS

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Re: @Steven Roper

The hornets are able to fly - or be carried by wind - over the English Channel, according a fella on Radio 4's World at One today.

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Re: Stings like a bullet

>I somehow doubt you have ever seen people that have been "shot with a rifle".

Is that an African or European rifle? Laden or unladen? Air rifle or powder based? Lead slug or plastic?

tl;dr Too many variables

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1. Please don't kill any of our native hornets (and generally, any black and yellow buzzy thing won't sting you if you don't take swipes at it

2. What happened to that Mosquito-killing laser turret (made cheaply from bits of scanners, cameras and DVD players) from Ted Talks?

Edit: It's the laser from a BluRay player. https://www.ted.com/talks/nathan_myhrvold_could_this_laser_zap_malaria/transcript?language=en

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Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia

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Re: Patent madness

>HOW THE BLINKERED FUCK CAN YOU PATENT A SOUND?!

How the hell can you not have realised that Reg articles tend to skimp on the details, and that it is not a sound that has been patented?

An abstract of the patent in question, filed by Motorola in 1993, is worth reading for the typos (or rather dodgy OCR transcription, I assume):

"This invention shag be designed to be independent of the flap position... ...The sohare [software] shall scan the MUTE key while the tlap is closed, which was not done previously. This invention shag also work while the flap is open since the keypad scan shall scan the full keypad as normal."[sic]

http://priorart.ip.com/IPCOM/000006958

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Robot overlords? Pshaw! I ain't afraid of no AI – researchers

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Re: Joanna Bryson is a woman

Noted! It seems the commenter (or commentard, as we are all known here for reason you might now be able to guess) may have skim read the article. Either that, or the name 'Bryson' is so associated with an avuncular, self depreciating American travel writer that his puny human grey matter returned the wrong mental image. :)

Curiously, the sex of the other two experts in the article are trickier (Zoubin Ghahramani) or impossible (Leslie Smith) from their forename alone.

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> as Donald Rumsfeld would say Known Knowns and Known Unknowns, whilst not knowing about Unknown Knowns and Unknown Unknowns.

Rumsfeld never mentioned 'Unknown Knowns', for reasons I hope you'll find obvious upon reflection! :) However, 'Unkown Knowns' did feature in the title of a documentary about him.

I'm not commenting on the man's policies or politics, please note, just his correct use of English.

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We live in a world where a 'Hamdog' burger hybrid is patented

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More recipes here:

http://thatiswhyyourefat.tumblr.com/

Including my favourite*, the Turtle Burger ( 5 sausages to creates the legs and head, burger for the body, whole lot wrapped in cheese and bacon (to emulate the texture of the shell) and deep fried.

*favourite in principal, I haven't replicated such a work of genius.

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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Re: If you're not paying for the product...

>Naah, they would never sell user data. Browsing habits, on the other hand...

Browsing habits is user data, data about users. Users' data', data belonging to users, is jpg of holiday, txt of a to-do list from ten years ago, odf when they toyed with writing a letter, dat of a savegame from a title than hasn't been played since XP, wav when they tested the mic inputs on a then-new soundcard... and possibly even some useful stuff somewhere amongst the zoo of files they have kicking around. :)

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: The should have just tried

Hard to do when your only available inputs are: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9. :)

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Re: Built in Obsolescence

>Gordon861

There is no motive for Apple to hobble the lifespan of the NAND to promote sales... the finite lifespan of the battery already does that.

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Re: Not really comparable

>"When you desolder the chip that holds all the memory of the device from the board, there is a huge risk that you damage the chip beyond repair"

>>HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... You're not much into electronics, are you... wait, don't bother answering that.

@DropBear The researcher himself acknowledges the risk of damaging the chip when desoldering it. He mentions this under 'Future Work' in his PDF. The magnitude of 'risk' is a function of the consequences, as well as probability.

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Re: Not really comparable

He wasn't an amateur. However, his own PDF does note that removing the NAND still carries a risk of data loss (Presumably a risk that can be made smaller by practice and refinement of technique):

"It would be beneficial to develop a safer way of removing the NAND Flash chip from the main board, or a

way of reading out the NAND Flash contents without the need to physically remove it."

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>The drift of the article seems to be that the cost of developing the attack, which evidently took Skorobogatov quite a few man hours of what seems to be highly skilled analysis and electronic technician work should be ignored

Nah, the gist of the article wasn't that the cost be ignored, but that it wasn't $1,000,000. Four months of part time work by the skilled technician would be in the tens of thousands of dollars, not hundreds of thousands.

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Re: So probably known to TLA's within a week of it's launch?

Eh? Wouldn't the possible bug in the wear levelling algorithm be a reliability issue, not a security issue?

I know that it isn't in the nature of conspiracy-minded folk to read the source material closely, but still...

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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Re: i5 and ARM are similar in performance?

> True i7 can only be had in MBP. Any of these processors will smoke A10 in just about any task.

For sure, but let's remember that a lot of the heavy lifting in traditional Mac productivity apps is done by GPUs (or more specialised silicon via Thunderbolt in the case of raw 4K streams, for example). If ARM is just dandy for web and office, and Adobe Creative Suite leans on the GPU, there's no insurmountable hurdle.

We've seen this in PC gaming too - TomsHardware for ages has suggested that most games don't benefit from anything faster than an i5 CPU

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Idris Elba thrashes Night Manager Hiddleston for James Bond job vacancy

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Re: T'was I...

Unable was I, to compose a palindrome containing SBBAD...

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Re: What the?

@muddysteve

You are quite right! There is indeed confusion, but it appears to be on the part of the game's developers:

-He is the shortest character in the game, despite Oddjob as he appeared in the original film being about average height. It seems likely that he was confused with the actually diminutive Nick Nack from The Man with the Golden Gun.

-Due to his short height, he cannot be hit by the normal auto-aim gunfire (which simply shoots above his -head). Instead the other player must stop moving to use the precise aim crosshairs to aim downward and deliberately at him. Because of this, Oddjob gives his user an unfair advantage and his use is often looked down upon.

- http://goldeneye.wikia.com/wiki/Oddjob

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Credit to...

'quattroprorocked'

According to the Reg Forums search tool, quattroprorocked was the first of us here to support Idris Elba as Bond, though fellow commentards had previously suggested him for Dr Who.

(You have to search for just 'Idris' - if you use his full name then you'll be given the wrong idea that I was the first commentard to support Mr Elba as 007)

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Re: What the?

Well, Odd Job was the toughest playable character in GoldenEye multiplayer on the N64 (because he presented a smaller target).

Peter Dinklage has done plenty of womanising and drinking in Game of Thrones.

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Re: No.

>The only reason he would get the role would be as a token gesture... ...to put a tick in some "diversity" checklist.

There are other check boxes, 007 traits, that Elba has ticks in:

- Very attractive to women

- Physically imposing

- Has driven a Bentley very fast

- British

So whilst I'm not saying that tokenism is completely absent, to say that it is the only factor is going a bit far.

Supporting links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNQl2Ii0H-I (Pacfic Rim- Elba's character dressing down a subordinate)

http://www.bentleymotors.com/en/world-of-bentley/our-story/news/2015/idris-elba-breaks-historic-flying-mile-speed-record-.html

http://www.heart.co.uk/photos/celebrity-photos/top-25-sexiest-men/idris-elba-covers-maxim-magazine/

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Re: Hiddleston and Swift Break-Up

>For those wishing to know what's really going on with Taylor Swift's love life,

... websites more suitable than TheRegister exist. :)

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Submarine tracker

>So I'd guess the mass of a large ICBM submarine even at say a kilometre would still be quite detectable.

It would if the submarine hadn't displaced a volume of water of equal mass to itself. Gravimeters are used to detect underground hollows or other areas of low density.

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Re: Submarine tracker

If your roboats are small and use passive sonar, the submarine captain may have trouble distinguishing from harmless flotsam. Also, the act of taking out a small vessel is likely to draw the very attention he wishes to avoid.

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Re: Submarine tracker

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/12/us_military_drone_submarine_hunter/

DARPA have gone with one 140 ton boat, instead of a herd of smaller ones. I don't know enough to know why... maybe one big powerful sonar system is better than several smaller ones. Maybe it just has a greater range (drag is proportional to cross section, a square power, whereas fuel capacity is proportional to volume, a cube power). Maybe they thought they'd build and test one prototype before making a few more.

My assumption would be that a team of several sensor platforms would offer greater performance than the sum of its elements, since having distance between the sensors allows for triangulation of signals. But hey, I'm not a weapon designer, dolphin or acoustic engineer. :)

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Re: "ASV is working steadily towards true artificial intelligence (AI) on its boats"

It could be a limited AI, which is not the same as Strong AI, General AI or Artificial Sentience or Consciousness.

Intelligence is generally described as the ability to perceive information, and retain it as knowledge to be applied towards adaptive behaviours within an environment or context. Whilst there are other definitions of intelligence, there is no problem in using 'AI' to describe some existing problem solving machines.

>Pattern recognition and pathfinding is not AI for fuck's sake.

Not individually, but how the boat reacts to these inputs (along with weather forecasts, goals, local sensors etc) could be. The article is a bit scant on details, but it seems ASV's work parallels that of autonomous cars, which are classed as AI.

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Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again

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Re: why would the network obey a law

>why would the network obey a law that was never written for it.

Because maybe there is a correlation with how cheap stuff is and how much of it people buy?

The number of connected devices in a household of four today can easily be: - 4 laptops - 1 desktop - 3 tablets - 5 phones - 1 television - 1 PVR - 1 printer - 2 Chromecasts - 1 router - 2 WiFi range extenders - 1 games console.

Ten years ago it would have just been the laptops and router.

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Re: Rsync

I dunno, but before I implemented such a scheme I would weigh up the power consumption costs.

You do raise a good point though - many new PCs have oodles of unused storage, and many folk never fill it up even after years (though the emergence of SSDs has made people rethink stuff... "Instead of a slow 500GB HDD of which I use very little, maybe a fast 128GB SSD would suit me better, especially if I'm using network storage and/or archive media")

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Must be fun...

That's an interesting observation, HailAJ. However, it is a US publication. As far as the UK is concerned (if my 30 seconds of Googling are to believed), legal definitions are taken from a variety of sources, including the Oxford English Dictionary, Stroud's Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases (provides details of where words have been judicially defined by the court), and Words and Phrases Legally Defined (provides details of where words have been defined within legislation).

- https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dictionary

I remember reading that Private Eye, who having used for years the phrase 'tired and emotional' as a euphemism for drunkenness, lost a libel case. The effective outcome is that 'tired and emotional' now means 'drunk'.

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HP doorsteps Apple shoppers at the altar of dreams

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Re: X3

Are MacBooks not stable?

Speed and lightness are merely factors in how comfortable a laptop is to own and use.

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Re: Hey, we still innovate!

HP do innovate, but that doesn't seem to get them many column inches in the press. Take the HP Sprout (yes, that really is its name) for example - a desktop PC incorporating a projector and 3D scanning and hand tracking gear:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-mac-desktops/hp-sprout-review-1284768/review

I'm not saying its a perfect machine, but it seems a step in the right direction, a direction in which we can only advance if stuff like this gets more coverage.

In the laptop space, it is Lenovo that have produced some of the more usefully innovative kit in recent years.

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HP Ink buys Samsung's printer business for a BILLION dollars

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Re: Printing?

Laser at home. For photographs, I use a machine in a high-street chemists - more likely to get good results than a cheaper home inkjet - and if it doesn't print properly, I won't pay for the paper or dye.

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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>In other words, what's the business plan?

Ask Uber.

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Re: Drone drivers?

I always raced around Nascar Racing tracks the wrong way round with the indestructibility option set to ON. Meaning, my car was indestructible, the computer controlled cars were very susceptible to damage! Happy days.... a null modem cable, a 486 and the 386DX it replaced...

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Re: Mansfield bars

>took off via a "ramp" and landed nose first in a field after going up to about 25m high - http://bgr.com/2016/05/08/tesla-model-s-accident/ - they all survived.

Do you have another link? The link you posted only says "the car flew 25 meters (82 feet) in the air, and rolled over at least once after crashing in a field at full speed." That's distance, not height. The photos show the car to be about 25M away from the road, on flat terrain, with no ramp or bank to be seen.

The article is also suspect because is first says the occupants escaped unharmed, then goes on to quote a copper who said they had 'serious but non life-threatening injuries'.

Your point remains though: The front of the car is totalled smashed (no big lump of engine, naturally), the cabin is intact - which is what you would want if you crashed.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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The article doesn't make it clear, but it isn't the Google Play Store app, but Google Play Services - a part of Google's Android that provides APIs (including location) to other apps.

ALSO: Some phones can start getting warm and depleting their battery very quickly, and upon Settings> Battery> you'll see Google Play Services at the top of the list (instead of 'Screen', as is usual). This probably means Google Play Services is being called upon by some rogue 3rd party app.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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John McAfee?

That's if he isn't too busy running for President of the USA, obviously.

/ not sure if serious

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Re: In the absence of a poll…

>Why do people keep banging on about Idris Elba? It's like you all think he's the only black, british actor out there.

Elba has come top in quite a few "World's Sexiest Men" polls by various magazines - and being irresistible to women is a core Bond characteristic. Of the two gentlemen you cite, Gyasi looks too good natured - though does wear a suit well - and the other looks too youthfully cheerful.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is more eligible, though he himself has suggested an American of Mexican descent, Micheal Pena - though perhaps just to throw the journalist off the question (can't blame him). I'm not sure that a franchise character is Ejiofor's cup of tea, either.

There is an element of 007's character that suits his being non-white (or non-English): His feeling of never quite being a part of the establishment he serves.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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>who hasn't seen the "time left" value oscillate between "32 seconds" and "2 days eleven hours and 51 minutes" when copying a file.

Activity: copying [by drag n drop] a music folder from HDD to SD card, then dragging over several more folders.

Expected behaviour: First folder is copied completely, then the second, then the third.... then the Nth.

Observed behaviour: Windows attempts to copy files from all folders at once, so the HDD spends most of its time seeking data rather than reading it. "Time left" goes up to days.

Work around: select all desired folders first (holding Ctrl).

Is there a reason MS implemented copying in this way?

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Re: "evaluating the insurance risks for buildings"

> If I were an insurance company, I sure as hell would not accept a virtual tour of a building

It's just documentation, just as a video recording of the building would be, or a receipt, or the insurance companies' paper or digital records. The documentation is never the actual object it describes. 'This is not a pipe' etc.

Ultimately, in the scenario outlined, it is just a device to make the documentation of physical objects easier. This can aid design - and the nature of design is that it is worth doing well because it will save you money and headaches down the road. 'Measure twice, cut once'

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IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

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Re: Awesome

-Good luck on your voyage Blackadder. The finest cartographers in the land have prepared this Atlas for you.

-Thank you Melchie... Wait, the pages are all blank!

-Yes. They're hoping you could fill it in for them as you go along.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: Samsung has long touted a similar degree of water resistance

> Hmm..... Hang on,call xperias since the Z2 has had onboard hardware active noise cancelling..

And Sony did that by using a TRRRS headphone socket instead of a TRRS socket (basically enough analogue connections that you can have stereo mic in as well as the usual stereo audio out). My point is that the implementation of 3.5mm headsets is not standard, even if the physical dimensions are.

There is also a rather cute stereo condenser microphone I bought for my Z3 Compact that makes use of the TRRRS socket (thank to another Reg commentor who alerted me to its existence). Really though, more serious sound recording would be done with an external ADC connected to the phone by USB Audio.

3.5mm is a good thing, but so often poorly implemented - often the plugs on headphones extend too far from the phone, resulting in excessive mechanical stress on the cable or phone socket. I've had this problem with MiniDisc players, Creative MP3 jukeboxes, laptops, phones.... all with damaged 3.5mm sockets. And then there are the countless headphone cables I've damaged.

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Re: I don't get it...

>Do Apple believe that a phone is the only thing that people plug a pair of headphones into?

I use headphones at home with PC/tablet, and earbuds when out and about. Generally, the earbuds are dedicated to my Android phone.

The only forcing going on is that people won't be able to use the supplied Apple Lightning earbuds with other kit... no great loss because they are leaky and don't fit everybody well. (As opposed to the Apple In Ear Monitors, sold separately, which are actually considered good value for money for Balanced Armature-based earphones. )

High end 3rd party headphones already come with several cables - one Stereo Only, the other with Mic for iOS devices, another for Android devices if you are lucky. Good headphones in future will have a cable for Lightning, a cable for USB C (again, digital audio stream), and a cable for analogue audio pass-through. Or maybe that new Qualcomm chip for lossless audio over Bluetooth.

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Re: Is that all?

>I've never heard of anyone actually buying the current Mac Pro at all,

I have, some professional video editors/compositors, but it was always a nice device. It's strengths aren't in particularly in raw CPU/GPU power, but in shunting data on and off the machine very quickly ( because the video data you care about is going to be redundantly stored off the machine anyhows). I suggest the people you know who are using Hackintoshes might not be focused on the tasks that the Mac Pro was designed for, at least not to the extent that they save money by doing those tasks quicker.

I agree though - the Mac and Macbook range really could do with a refresh.

As for earbuds - I lose thing and I break things. I usually break earbuds by catching the cable on something. I have no doubt that I would lose wireless earbuds, too. However, I am sure that a 3rd party will release a lanyard for them, much as people sell cords for spectacles. Or you could make your own from a piece of cord and a couple of those little tiny elastic bands that are sold to teenage girls for 'weaving' bracelets from. Total cost of solution less than £0.1

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Re: So- nothing compelling........

>On a serious note, do they do FLAC or some equivalent lossless codec yet?

Yes, they have done for years:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Lossless

FLAC support is available on iOS through 3rd party Apps.

Apple Lossless is as the name suggests. It supports sample rates of up to 384kHz and a sample depth of 32bit. (384 kHz is so much higher than the sample of rate of CD audio that it can, like the even higher max sample rate of FLAC, be thought as far more than good enough).

What iOS devices don't do is output analogue audio from a 24bit >192kHz DAC - though they have supported external DACs at higher sample depth/rate for years. A digital out connector (such as Lightning or, on Android, USB Audio) allows you to use an external DAC of your choice - either a discrete unit or integrated into your headphones or amplifier.

Apple Lossless has been reverse engineered, so there is no issue in converting to FLAC and vice versa (and if you want, back and forth with a loss in quality - they are both lossless!)

LG were the first to include a 24bit 192kHz DAC in their phones, the LG G2, and they contributed some code to the AOSP. LG's weird semi modular G5 phone has a B&0-branded DAC and amplifier module - though this module actually works with any Android device with USB C

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/lg-g5-h-fi-plus-module/

(The module is branded B&O, but inside are ES9028 SABRE Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) and SABRE 9602 Headphone Amplifier, both from ESS).

Quite a few external DAC / Amplifiers already exist for Lightning and USB C.

If you have high impedance headphones, then you'll find the amplifier in almost any phone, including an iPhone, unsuitable. Having an external powered amplifier - which might as well contain a DAC away from the electrical noise inside a phone anyway - fixes that. USB C or Lightning (or even USB 2.0 Audio or Apple Camera Connection Kit) allow this. It also allows headphone manufactures to adjust the digital signal to work better with the physical limitations of their drivers.... so let Sennheiser or whoever have full control of the audio pathway, rather than puick it up halfway through from Apple, Samsung, HP or whoever.

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>I recently discovered the secret to Apple's minimalist designs.

No, no you haven't. There isn't space here to teach you enough about products design and CAD for you to realise how little you know.

Creating fancy 3D shapes in CAD is easy - but not very useful. It's akin to the horrors we saw when home users started using DTP software... fucking hideous clipart everywhere, and as many fonts as possible.

CAD is not about fancy shapes, it is about coordinating teams of engineers of various disciplines (mechanical, electronic, RF, manufacturing), creating designs, testing (both virtually and creating physical mockups), retaining the results of those tests (mechanical properties, manufacturing considerations such as mold flow, tolerances, yields) and much more. And for all that, Jony Ive is an old school product designer anyway, preferring to shape foam models by hand.

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Re: It's a bloody single function legacy adapter.

>Maybe its a thing against Sony? (Honest question, easy on the downvotes)

No, Steve Jobs had a lot of respect for Sony, and vice versa, even though they have been rivals in AV editing software and hardware, portable music etc* (And now possibly mobile gaming with Nintendo's Mario coming to iOS - though no sign of an Apple reference physical controller. Not sure how much money Sony make from portable consoles like the Vita or PSP).

- Sony's design teams used Macs before OSX

- The original PlayStation was a homage to Esslinger's Mac design language. The PlayStation designer was a Mac fan, and later went on to push Sony to create the VAIO range. Esslinger had previouskly done work for Wega (before they were bought by Sony).

- Jobs would often pop into Sony Japan as a friend if their CEO. He suggested Sony put a GPS receiver in their compact cameras, and they did.

- Jobs wanted to make exception for Sony VAIOs when he announced the end of MacOS licensing.

- Intel OSX was always demonstrated internally on VAIO laptops.

It won't bother Sony.... shit, I've come across a Sony mini audio system at a friends that had an iPod dock on top, but no means of connecting an Aux cable (no 3.5mm or Phono).

*And now possibly mobile gaming with Nintendo's Mario coming to iOS - though no sign of an Apple reference physical controller. Not sure how much money Sony make from portable consoles like the Vita or PSP

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Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

>Actually, active noise cancellation is built in to the new design, the wireless or powered connected earphones work together to counter environment nose.

Yep, it's like the Sony phones which have TRRRS ( Tip, 3 x Ring, Sleeve ) jacks - the extra Ring allows for *stereo* mic input at the same time as stereo output - this means that active noise cancellation can be done using the phone's existing DSP and battery. The upside is that the noise cancelling headphones don't their own battery or duplicate silicon, making them more convenient and cheaper.

Its also worth noting that whilst the common TRRS (2x Ring) adheres to a physical standard, there is no standard for the electrical implementations for the microphone and remote controls on headsets, even between different Android phones from the same vendor, let alone Apple kit. As a result, the myriad headsets 'designed for iPhone' from Sennheiser, Klipsh, B&W etc etc seldom work properly on Android kit. [ there is a useful Android app called Sound About that allows you to override overly fussy headset detection, and lets you use iPhone headsets without annoying warnings - though you still may not get full mic/remote functionality]

Generally, my headphones stay with my laptop, my earbuds stay with my phone. Earbuds get broken (always the cable) or lost, so I'm not 'invested' in the 3.5mm jack. If I were an iPhone user, the lack of a 3.5mm port really wouldn't put me off the new model. Heck, even on 3.5mm ports, I like to have a small Male > Female cable between the phone and earbuds, just to reduce the mechanical strain on the earbud cable. Ideally, I'd like a physical connector that can 'break away' - saving me money on damaged earbud cables and on damaged 3.5mm ports. (My Dell laptop has its 3.5mm port is damaged, meaning I'm using a USB speaker I had lying around).

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Re: So that's cutting edge design then ?

>Can a knighthood be revoked?

What for - offering adult customers a choice, whilst informing them of potential issues? Or for offering a shiny black finish that doesn't use a costlier, harder ceramic material, a la RADO or Rolex?

Levi Jeans are available in white... and whilst they are no more susceptible to retaining dirt and grime than their blue counterparts such stains will be more visible. If this is a problem for you, we suggest not wearing them at a music festival. Such stains do not impede the primary function of the jeans, that is keeping your legs warm and your underwear hidden.

Ultimately, it doesn't affect you or me. So why not rail against something that does, such as colour-matched bumpers on cars which show small nicks and scratches more than good ol' black ABS bumpers? It's our insurance premiums that help pay for repairs to car components that shouldn't be so susceptible to cosmetic damage in the first place.

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Re: The finish is so beautiful, and so hard

>I do hope Apple won't actually build a car

Existing car manufacturers from Ford to BMW offer different paint colours and finishes, from gloss to matt. Some of these finishes show up bird shit, mud, dead insects and small scratches from hedgerows more than others. I'm not sure why Apple offering the same in phones precludes them from the automotive game in your opinion.

Nor do I see a problem with Apple - or any other company - making clear to potential customers the limitations of their products. It's an anodised finish that will scratch, even though it looks (when new) like a ceramic that won't scratch in normal circumstances.

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