* Posts by werdsmith

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Nokia DENIES consumer mobile comeback rumours

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Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets.

Currently, means now. Tomorrow, however, things can change a lot.

Nokia reiterates it has no plans to engage Microsoft's legal department.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Not shiny enough

My 2 are at a school that has got a stack of Macs in the Art and Design, plus a few more in the music classes, but the vast majority are the Windows PCs of a bog standard in the way that only Research Machines can be bog standard.

RM are still going strong and they do windows as well as Mac, so it really doesn't matter that the staff prefer shiny if County have got a deal with a Windows supplier based on budget.

The school also have typing laptops for in class use, where somebody has broken their writing arm and can't use a pen.

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giffgaff riff-raff hacked off with lift-off of cash spaff

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Re: wow 7500 for a handset

* Includes free accessory connected watch.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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€300 for a working used MacBook that works and runs Yosemite??

Here's €600, get me two please. TAKE MY F***ING MONEY NOW!

Seriously, converting to being an OS agnostic solves all the problems at a stroke.

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It's always struck me to be the worse kind of hypocrisy, to use the word "nazi" against someone who has done no more than pick up an orthography error.

See what I did there?

The dumbing down bullies do seem to have the upper hand at the moment though.

Yeaahhh! Off topic is like off-piste!

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I enjoyed the use of "decimated" in the headline, which many people take to mean the same as "annihilated", but decimation is really only 10%.

Good stuff.

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Re: Guess what happens

"When you make a major change in you user interface every couple years - people start thinking you don;t have a clue what you are doing.

And they go else where."

That might be true for the few people that actually pay attention and have any degree of interest.

But the vast majority just buy what is available at the time.

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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"How is it that it's always a 'small number' that is affected?"

0.02% with some unusual activity

Because following a breach, the folks that stole the information either don't have time to mess about with every account, or they attempt to work quietly so as not to give the game away.

So, they could have got all customer details, but have only touched a few accounts.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Re: MitM

An attack where my phone temporarily can't be used is a minor inconvenience.

An attack where I connect to a rogue WiFi hotspot MitM and I am none the wiser happily sending and receiving sensitive data which is being recorded is much more of a problem. Unless it's all going to a do-nut shaped building in Cheltenham.

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

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Re: All change please!

I believe the location service fires up every so often to keep track of last known position allowing it to get a faster satellite lock for the user when it's needed.

If you switch off location services and move to a new location, when you switch on again it takes longer to get a lock and better sky visibility is needed.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Don't really understand why people are suggesting that a google change will make your smart TV dumb, so go straight to dumb yourself is better? A TV is not a dedicated YouTube player.

Try and find a TV without smart functions, it's not easy these days and when you do find one it is not really less expensive. Losing YouTube doesn't make the TV landfill unless you only watch Youtube.

Netflix are not going anywhere because their customers are pay customers and Netflix are not going to shut the door on customers who are handing over cash.

First world problems? Stormy mountain out of a molehill in a teacup.

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Re: Google reminds of Microsoft of old

"You forgot to mention the total disregard for ethics and pesky laws that might get in the way of earning money."

In other words, a successful business, from an investor's point of view.

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Re: Too late the "future" is here.

""...Kids don't watch TV. They watch their peers Youtube channels...""

The kids are getting very peed off with all the adverts.

Anyway, Youtube app isn't the only app that plays youtube videos.

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Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

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Re: Nokia and Android

Android would be more of the same old same old.

Nokia should do something different, better. It won't take much.

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Nokia certainly have the potential to do something a bit different and come roaring back.

What "didn't work out so well last time round" was in fact total domination until 2008 and sales domination beyond that.

But please Nokia, not Android. Please.

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Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date

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Re: Time Signals

The pips rebroadcast are going to be inaccurate, but DAB spec includes a time sync signal that your receiver can use to synchronise its local clock to NAD accurate. If your receiver implements this properly then it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to generate local pips from the local clock.

Unfortunately some software clocks on some DAB receivers check the time sync every hour, and drift wildly over the interim. This is improving on later sets, interestingly cheapo unknown brand radios seem to get this right, syncing much more often.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: hes got money and he is going to spend it

The government isn't going to allow an unproven landing of a fueled rocket on land without that success record.

SpaceX have done it on land already, as can be seen in the article footage link (the cow-scaring video clip).

Quite impressive and getting closer now, amazing what they have managed to achieve. I can't help thinking, though, that the real solution is something other than chucking tons of hot gas out of the bottom to force Newton's third law.

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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Re: Since this part of the thread is completely

Yes, Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki are very much part of the story and had the insight to use mathematics and create a basic version of the Bombe.

What Bletchley Park did was create a huge industrial process, along with the outstations an Y-stations, communications network and with 8000 personnel and an information handling system to catch as much Nazi communications as possible. Then they broke enigma, lost enigma, rebroke enigma, lost it and rebroke it again. For Naval, air and army enigma, for steckerboard enigma, swappable reel enigma, 4 reel enigma etc. Some of the code breaking relied on code book capture. Much clever methodology was developed.

British Tab at Letchworth built around 200 bombe machines which were employed on the mass operation along with the faster US Bombe that came later following Turing's trip to D.C.

And Bill Tutte (not Turing) made the breakthrough at Bletchley on the Lorenz cipher which led to Tommy Flower's development of the Colossus computer (nothing to do with Enigma or Bombes).

10 or so Colussi were built at Dollis Hill in London, each a development of the previous.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: mi.taylor@elsevier.com

I was overtaken on my bicycle by a silent moving vehicle today too. Had I manoeuvred at the wrong moment there would likely have been a collision and one or both of us could have been in real trouble because of the amount of other noise making traffic around. The other vehicle was a bicycle.

Maybe we need noise makers adding to our bikes?

As this is £25K after all us UK taxpayers have helped to subsidise it by sending our money to South Korea it still doesn't work out economically for me. I couldn't save enough in fuel costs to make this car less expensive than the standard car I might buy. Nowhere near.

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Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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Dyson - in upgright mode on domestic carpets it is excellent, using the attachment hose it is hopeless.

Henry - Picking up DIY rubbish and domestic detritus it is excellent, on domestic carpets it is totally and utterly shite with the standard brushhead (which wears out domestic carpets). Even with the optional turbo-head it is a bit better but still comes up short.

So you need both.

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Adjective[edit]

Byzantine (comparative more Byzantine, superlative most Byzantine)

1.Overly complex or intricate. a Byzantine system of regulations

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Really? You like looking like a twat walking around using your phone with something unsightly dangling from it?

Like the owner you mean?

You'd really have to be a twat if you do it that way.

Those with more than 2 brain cells notice their phone is on 10% and plug in the charge for 15 minutes.

Not really that hard.

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"How clearly has it signalled?"

Like a giant flag by the millions sold to people, who are not El Reg readers and clearly don't care about batteries and SD cards and have spent the money.

You can carry a small external battery booster as easily as a spare battery. 2000mAh, £6. Carry on using the device.

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Re: F-Off Samsung!

No need for an Apple Store, replace iPhone batteries, it's kids stuff and takes less than 5 minutes and costs less than a tenner. If you are not so keen doing it yourself, then plenty of independent repairers will happily relieve you of £25 for 5 minutes work.

Samsung is probably the same.

But, as a reason to get all indignant? It's a peach.

Ooh, I'll never buy one of those (pursed lips)....

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Re: Not the fastest?

Faster at doing what? Benchmarking? Very useful in a phone. I benchmark my phone at least 3 times a day.

Most phones are already faster than they need to be.

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UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

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Re: Visit!

No two ways about it, the museum is tatty as hell and needs some money spending on it; Bletchley park is also rather woebegone. But I'd rather it this way than some shiny 'digital multimedia experience environment' full of daft sound bites, patronising marketing and subject to the incessant and tiring dumbing down that pretty much

Errrm, 2 years ago you say?

Time for another look.

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I have no idea how ARM hasn't yet gone to overseas ownership. Must be just a matter of time.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Re: Obvious

Phones all do basically the same things. Beyond a certain point paying more will not give you a better camera better or more accurate GPS. Being seen to afford a very posh car can make people pay for the flashpig model but I'm not sure the same really works for mobile phones.

Indeed, so because of a lack of better ideas the manufacturers start making bigger phones, and people find them a bit too cumbersome to carry around so they don't buy them and look at mid range instead.

I'll give the manufacturers a hint about some useful stuff:

1. Readability in sunlight.

2. Survive dropping from head height to concrete.

3. Survive a dunk in a toilet

4. Battery life able to sustain the advanced functions of the phone for at least a full day.

5. Good solid signal strength in fringe areas.

All those are genuinely useful. But instead we are getting more pixels that we can't even see.

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Re: Flappy Bird Syndrome

"What we're seeing is exactly what happened with digital cameras - rapid annual progress where it was worth upgrading almost every year, until they got so good that it's very difficult to justify upgrading at all.

Digital cameras actually started to get worse. Makers were in a senseless megapixel war, which meant cramming the sensor with too many small elements, each needing amplification resulting in high noise in images, and abominable low light performance. Canon actually took their Megapixel count down on their G range. All because the public understood a bigger number of pixels better than they understood a larger sensor area.

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Re: Obligatory anti-fanboi tirade

I use an iPhone too. Having tried on 3 occasions in the past to get along with Android phones, each experience just left me hating them even more. As an OS it is just too intrusive.

So I use an iPhone, 2 years old, £150 off Ebay, 4G and does more than I need without making a big deal of itself. Absolutely nothing to do with luxury or bling.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Sshhhh! People get upset.

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Re: So I don't know what this is all about...

That's excellent news werdsmith, thanks for keeping us up-to-date

Well not really, because you can't put stuff that people don't want to read on a rant page because it winds them up. Even if it is the truth.

But the article seems to imply that the outage affected all VM customers in the UK, and I was just trying to point out that it didn't.

However, I appreciate that truths against the general negativity are a heinous crime so I'll leave it there.

Edit: Having read down the rest of the discussion it seems there were many of us unaffected and happy to announce so. So UYFA.

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Everything on Virgin Media was working perfectly for me all last night, and for my son who was doing XBOX and that PC game where you build stuff, and for my daughter who watched Netflix on a hudl.

So I don't know what this is all about.

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

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Re: There is NO 'IT' person involved.

I think the MS process is them trying to ensure updates get delivered and people who are not too sure don't leave an unpatched OS lying around. Of course, it is a simple option to switch off auto updating so you can do them under your own control but I guess that a basketball team doesn't employ an admin for that kind of thing.

Kind of like last week when I needed to take my laptop with me and leave in a hurry, I was met with "Installing update 3423 / 35434564564654 Do not switch off your computer. Mea culpa.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Too soon

Yes, unlike those ethnicity oppressing imperials, USA was not involved in the wiping out, clearance and relocation of aboriginal Americans. There was no trail of tears ever.

And there was no slavery in its history. Nor segregation, no need for any heroic civil rights movements.

Ahhh, Marketing Hack. That explains everything.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: It's not expensive

I would just like somebody to make one of these lightweight laptops with a colour memory LCD screen.

Then my summer working outside in the sunshine is a reality.

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Re: Mac vs Windows laptops?

Have you ever tried to develop software on a windows machine vs a Mac?

If it's Windows software you are developing then the Mac generally sucks.

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Re: Low res?

High resolution in laptops is vastly overrated.

No, it's got to be he higher number. I don't care if I can't use or even see the extra pixels, I must have them. If I don't have them some Samsunovo laptop will have more than me and I will suffer low self esteem.

My car has 7 wheels you see. And soon I will have that special ligament relaxing surgery.

More. Higher. Top Trumps.

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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When people talk about smartwatches, they often look at them in the context of their own little world, and forget that there are other people in the world and some of them are different and have different requirements. So, we get these self-absorbed assertions "it's pointless, just a solution looking for a problem, nobody needs a smartwatch or even a watch". Etc.

Newsflash: It's not all about you.

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

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Re: Looks ok but...

E-ink would be more practical

Oh yes, somebody please produce a laptop sized colour memory LCD screen. This would make my garden into my office on sunny days and work life would be very sweet indeed.

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Re: Displays not being updated?

There are a million dullwitted people who don't get that, and for them having lots of pixels that they can't see is important for bragging rights.

It is the Top Trumps school of evaluation at work, the number has to be higher regardless.

My car is better than your car because mine has seven wheels and yours only has four.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: True. Things Just Happen

I ended up getting married and the children came along and it all just happened as life goes on. There was never any need to go looking for any of that, it all came to me without me putting in any effort.

I suspect if I had gone about it strategically and brought the same circumstances about using artificial image-enhancing crap then it might not have felt so 'right'.

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Assuming that these experiences are all repeats of a similar experience, we are still where we were.

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It's all BS.

The watch won't bring you any closer to any experience worth £17K.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Human nature

" when I'm sat at the lights an inattentive driver crashes into the back of me at 50mph, "

But the notion says that there won't be an inattentive driver, because of the spike on his steering wheel.

The "spike in the steering wheel" idea is nothing more than a thought experiment but quite a good one.

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Re: If you need to be seen, sidelights.

There seem to be hundreds of road traffic act rules and highway code guidelines that have been lost to many people just like this use of lights example. A few people make up their own highway code, and people start to copy like sheep. When there's an accident they swear they were in the right, even describing their actions in accordance with the unofficial highway code, only to get a shock from the insurance company and the police.

One colleague of mine was waiting at a T-Junction. An approaching car flashed lights (official highway code says flashing lights = "look out I'm here! warning", unofficial highway code = "I'm yielding right of way to you"). He proceeded, there was a crash, he was prosecuted.

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Re: *shakes head* @Bob

If prisons are built away from a population centre, first of all, there is a huge outcry about using precious green-field sites for prisons, and then if they do get built, a new population centre grows up around the prison, because people working in the prison tend to like living close to where they are working.

New prisons are built away from population centres.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/Rye+Hill+prison/@52.327527,-1.242744,1831m/data=!3m1!1e3

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: It's an Audi TT

@swampdog, why do you openly admit to being an idiot driver?

If you encounter another road user who is being a fool, then just let them get on with it and move away, and when you have some distance between you, continue serenely and safely on your way. Then you will be on your way to becoming a good driver and it won't be necessary to waste your money on short-lifed high grip tyres.

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Re: I just want a dumb car

Putting technology like this into a car is just wasted effort since the car will be obsolete for most of its useful life.

Most of the the people who will buy the car will be taking out a 2 year PCP deal and handing it back for another one at the end of the contract so it's not going to bother them or Audi.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

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Apple Watch

The Pebble folks tweeted to say that orders for the new Pebble Time watch doubled following the Apple iWatch announcement. Partly due to people disappointed with the Apple watch, and had been holding off whilst waiting to see what Apple came up with.

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