* Posts by johnnymotel

255 posts • joined 10 Sep 2010

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Been saying that too, save a lot of money. Put the army on infrastructure duties, fixing our roads, building railways, bridges, communities. Downsize the UK, we are NOT an empire any more!

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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or the Cornish question!

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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Re: The end of Apple

Then there's the 'software is speech' argument, which could violate one of the constitution rights.

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

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or this version?

"The microphone in the iPhone is always on. Just say "Hey Siri" from across the room and you'll see what I mean."

Doesn't work on my phone....

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Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

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my good fortune....

We are moving house very soon, and before all this happened I had decided TT was bollocks, so was already to cut them off and move to someone else. Trouble is the 'most secure big name' i.e. Virgin is not wired up to our new street, so I have to look elsewhere.

Cant wait to say bye-bye.

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Apple and Cisco begin to map their corporate desires, apps and all

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IBM's IT dept

I have no idea if this figure is true or not, but IBM have stated they use 24 IT people to look after all their Mac machines.

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Apple: We're going to sell $77bn worth of iStuff this holiday season

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More Doom

Doom, Doom, Doom, I say Apple is Doomed

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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robdunford2@me.com

When I read this article and the FDA bit, I immediately thought this is a one shot suicide gun, hence the medical angle.

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BREAKING NEWS: Apple makes money

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Re: Record profits yet Wall St says No

If you were apple, which scenario would you rather have, 90% market share, but in the pits margins and revenue....or 10% market share but tops in margins and revenue share? Answers on a postcard....

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Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers' privacy

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Cynic....

Call me one?

"Both were rejected by the civil liberties committee and dropped, only to be resurrected and fast-tracked following a terrorist attack"

Is it me or is it coincidence that this has been the case after almost every attack in the West since 9/11....

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Did he plea guilty or not guilty? Did the DoJ offer him a deal to avoid a trial?

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Roll on the spirit of meanness...

Another Tory "fuck you and stick this middle finger where it hurts"

Also, it's getting close to that time when I have to leave this dear place with its sick government.

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

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Re: Serious question

Exactly, I've been a Mac user since 1998 and I'd describe myself as a power user. I also use torrents. So far I haven't come across any issues within the OS. I monitor all Internet traffic and have never seen anything constantly making access. I don't experience any slow downs. Perhaps some of the more techie guys here can show me where to look?

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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I can see power companies offering this to properties that are too expensive to lay power cable to.

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Re: Could work for me

Sounds like your house is not designed for passive cooling...but then looking around at houses and apartments in hot countries, the majority don't pay even lip service to passive cooling. Having done some research on this, Australia seems to have the most practical experience and designs.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Back in 1995 I visited some friends up in the Pyrenees on the Spanish side. All they had for leccy, were PV cells and lead batteries. They just about managed day to day. The cost of bring mains power to their house was not cost effective. This is where I can see the advantages, almost anywhere the cost of bringing power lines is not cost effective. I don't know the numbers, but there must be a very large population who don't have mains power and to bring it in is not cost effective. It could be sold by the utility as a package of PV+battery.

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: Not convinced

I have an old fashioned ORIS, with plexiglass cover, that's a lot softer than this glass. It does get scratched, but not that I'd really notice.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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or this version?

long time ago, Mr Clarkson mocked the old Fiat Stilo by saying it looked like someone had sat on a baked potato...I see Citroen has revived this concept.

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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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Build a space station around it

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Got a big day planned in 15 BEELLLION years? You need this clock

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just invented??

This clock has been in development for a number of years, however, its only recently that the boffins have achieved the 15 billion year accuracy. I think the geodesy application has to be the most interesting, perhaps this could be the start of earthquake predictions.

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Are they all packaged in China?

What if all US sold items were freighted from China in custom designed, re-useable stackers, designed to pack the maximum number of items per shipping container. Space costs money in freight. This may not apply to small items like iPhones, watches etc. But on iMacs it could make a big difference.

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

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Most people...

have arms, most people can lift their arms above their heads and most modern digital cameras have screens that flip out so you can do a nice overhead shot.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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or this version?

Buy refurbished, I'd guess almost any of the current lineup would walk all over your seven year old MacBook. You save a few pennies and basically get a new laptop. You could wait...but I don't think the upgrade will seriously trump the current generation.

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thanks, you learn something everyday here.

My favourite is cmd/space for spotlight, then type first one or two letters of the app to open. I am convinced it is a 1000% improvement on using the dock, which I despised the moment it arrived and still find it an ergonomic mess. I have friends who are not power users, with maybe 20+ icons in the dock on a 13" laptop, the dock hide feature turned on and magnify turned on...drives me nuts to use their laptop.

TBH I miss the OS9 drop down box from the Apple icon, with the list of apps in there.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: Frack Bicycle Hub Gears and any gear change at the hub, always a really stupid idea!

You know there is already one manufacturer making a motor/battery combo that fits in the down tube and drives the BB shaft through a gear? Cannot remember their name, but I thought it looked a brilliant idea and one that could be developed further. They make the diameter suitable for most standard downtimes, but why not make a fatter downtime and fit a bigger motor/battery combo.

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Chappie: The AI tale that’s about heart, not intelligence

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I read somewhere, the director has designs on a new Alien, sequel, prequel or whatever....and just last night I watched D9, again, on TV, still totally absorbing.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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or this version?

Once again, I read another article that simply reinforces my almost total cynicism and disbelief in our government, politicians and law upholders.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Re: No point moving out

If we spent all those billions on leaving this earth on sorting out the problems here, it would be heaven. On a 'religious' note, if all the good books had just one extra line 'make heaven on earth' the effect would be transformative.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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The main issue with modular phones is that the design will always be compromised by the modularity. Its a great idea for sure, just don't expect it to be a slim, as lightweight as the competition. I can see it appealing to a subset of users though.

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Port authority: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

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or this version?

this is the baby to covet....

https://eshop.macsales.com/preorder/OWC-Thunderbolt2-Dock/

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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silly question from someone who knows zip....

I know nothing about Raspberry Pi, but do have a nice 5 bay DAS by Lian Li with enough space in the rear for a little board like this....so would it be possible to turn it into a NAS with the right components?

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

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That $351m ad spend produced several billions in revenue, whereas the $363m spend by Samsung produced what? revenue decline? Way to go Samsung.

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LEAKED Qualcomm processors reveal sexy new specs

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IS IT?

64 bit

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So, these guys turn up with AK47s and offer me protection ...

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I have a relative (distant) who worked at a big datacenter just outside Cairo and stayed on all through the uprisings. Maybe I should get him to contribute. I don't think it will be quite as graphic or dangerous for that matter. Their employer took pretty good care of their safety, they spent most of the day and nights at the centre which had armed guards.

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Re: First rule of corrections.

maybe he did that on purpose to test our spelling and to see if we are all awake

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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OMFG...ASTROGASMS....life may really exist out there in the vast and infinite depths of space or in other words 'get a life dear scientists'

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*!@*!!

really so f***ing what!

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Metrics house hails Apple DOMINANCE of X-Mas phone 'n' slab sales

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Re: don't understand the problem...

Don't get me wrong here, I am not looking for an argument. But Apple's implementation seems OK to me, sans a proper filing system.

Under the photos app there are 'collections' and within that are 'moments'. I have a 'moment' that includes all todays photos and email saved pics. If I am in the camera app, I tap 'collections' that takes me to the collections page.

I'm not sure how it could have been done much different really, although I am sure there are other ways. But it feels pretty intuitive.

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don't understand the problem...

"Another of my relatives (older generation) was recently bought an iPad to keep her in touch on e-mail. It's confusing the heck out of her because of the way that it automatically files stuff, in particular different locations for the pictures that she takes with the iPad and pictures that are sent by e-mail and detached."

I just saved a pic from an email and it appeared in my photo gallery alongside all the other photos. That seems quite logical to me.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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come on GCHQ, which is it...

just the other day Ms May announced GCHQ would be helping in the fight against pedophiles, now they are saying they have lost all contact with crimes of all colour.

So which is it?

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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my tenure at ITV

was constantly interrupted by falling asleep

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where are all those other hard hitting docs..

you know the ones on the pedophile ring at a well known broadcaster, Rotherham, super long hours at the NHS...always so easy to point that finger and conveniently ignore the four pointing back in the other direction.

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Apple deliberately wiped rivals' music from iPods – iTunes court claim

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Re: And now they're doing something similar with photos

could you be more specific, links would be great.

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oooops! no plaintiff = no case

According to latest court filings, the two plaintiffs in this court case, both purchased their iPods outside the specified period. Plaintiff lawyers have yet to respond.

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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???

where is the cliff?

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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shock absorbers for landing

Can someone suggest why a sort of shock absorbing system could not have been used to take the energy out of the actual landing. I was thinking some sort of gas releasing valve to absorb the impact energy.

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Race is on to touch down on COMET 67P before WHIFFY SPACE DUCK breaks up

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which is roughly 20,000 kilometres in size....

what exactly does this mean?

Sounds like a lot of km for something 3.5x4km

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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This really is where we are going, I have no doubts about it....and just where does 'a little surveillance' start and stop? This is the trojan horse to allow governments to introduce laws that 'censor' the internet, this is the next step and all in the name of enhance security....

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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I work in PAL conversions

I have a measly MacMini to do most of my simple re-edits. It has a nice Fusion drive, that is pretty speedy. I also have several TB of storage attached to both USB and Thunderbolt. All the project files stay on the internal drive. I find most of the time it works nicely. If I had to upgrade, it would be to all Thunderbolt storage, then maybe a refurbed Mac Pro.

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