* Posts by johnnymotel

235 posts • joined 10 Sep 2010

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

johnnymotel

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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Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

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You do know that sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 was just a RUMOUR. So half this article is based on RUMOUR and because of that I suspect the rest is sitting on quicksand.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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best news yet

Apple just nicely handed me a nice bonus on my fully upgraded MM when I come to sell it and buy the MacPro.

Oh, in case you ask why sell the MM for an MP? Basically, I need lots of cores and fast ones for Compressor and I still use FCP7 which like cores to render out.

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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really?

What company gets deluged with 10's of millions of orders and pre-orders. I'm sure as Apple is Apple, they did their best to predict demand, but to complain of supply chain management when you have a potential order book of 10's of millions in just a few weeks and a current waiting time of 3/4 weeks just sounds like sour grapes.

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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blame it on Wall Street Journal

the whole iPhone 6 sapphire glass RUMOUR, was started by 'journalists' at the WSJ. Now the 6 doesn't have sapphire glass, these scurrilous 'journos' are backtracking fast. It's amazing that a trader can get jailed for a 10$ insider trade, but 'journos' like this, who can cause massive gyrations in stock prices get away scott free.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

johnnymotel

I'd savour the pleasure of going round all the hotel employees, phone tethered to laptop, going nananana

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

johnnymotel

for a more balanced understanding

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/09/29/the-european-commission-is-not-about-to-fine-apple-nor-even-to-accuse-the-company-of-anything/?partner=yahootix

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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

johnnymotel

never touched terminal until now...

then followed the instructions and patched OSX. Really couldn't be simpler.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Facepalm

These front pocket benders must have had some other hard thing going on down there.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

johnnymotel

I quite like the autohide thingy, makes more space. But I agree it was a bit annoying at first.

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Re: Shut up already

Yeah man, all this negative prose is clearly hurting share prices and sales, not.

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

johnnymotel

Same old, same old faux vitriol from El Reg.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Ignorance seemingly not bliss..

Oris Big Crown, have one, lovely watch....

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Same old market share mantra....forgetting that iOS users just spend more time and money on their devices.

There's a lovely lady on our local market, she makes and sells goats cheese. Her cheese is simply divine. It's also £25 per kilo. Doesn't stop people queuing up to buy her cheese and she makes a really decent living out of it.

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Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years

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some cocktail that must have made

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Apple ebook price-fix row: Stiffed readers inch closer to $450m windfall

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Re: ... in contrast to Amazon's approach

except that selling at 0% or a loss at Amazon hurts every other bookstore, physical or online, because they cannot afford to sell at a loss. Note Amazon has made a consistent loss as a company for sometime now and investors are getting itchy feet. A lot of people think Amazon is the best thing since sliced bread, until Amazon starts to flex it's monopolistic muscle and then we all suffer with higher prices.

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...and bookshops too.

I'd wager the damage in the USA is probably permanent, not sure about the rest. I think consumers and governments will rue the day they let Amazon develop such a strong monopoly in online sales. Although there are other costs to using eBay, at least I feel I support the smaller business. Maybe I am misguided about eBay.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Is this the Bose

who still haven't upgraded their bedside speakers with dot matrix displays?

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johnnymotel

not strictly true...

Almost from the get go, Apple sent Samsung requests to desist from their obvious copying, which were rejected by Samsung. So after exhausting the legal letter writing, Apple took them to court.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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just coincidence...

doesn't she look very similar to Alex Vause from the TV series "orange is the new black"?

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Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

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seriously!

"slow pace of releasing new products only when they think they're ready."

If you were a large, multi-national company, producing consumer items would you?? Do you see Mercedes, Audi or BMW bringing out new models with bits a paint missing, odd tyres, ill-fitting interiors....etc etc.

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