* Posts by werdsmith

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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"Getting a new phone every 9 months isn't fun."

Sounds like a really good contract deal to me. As long as it is the latest high spec phone.

My original Pebble battery is 2 years old and not showing any sign of decline.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Meh

"I've had to suffer an iPhone as my work issued phone for the last 5 months. I hate it. Can't believe people spend their own money when Android is just so much more usable."

Subjective I suppose, down to the individual. With Android I find myself asking "why do I need to do this?" and seeing a cluttered up spaghetti of an OS that continually wants attention. Whereas the iPhone just disappears, almost isn't there. I suppose if you are interested in phones then you might prefer something that requires you to do something with it. I'm not interested in phones and I want the phone to get the hell out of my way so I can just use the apps on it.

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Re: Meh

It should be no different to iPhone, where if the battery starts to show its age then you just get a £20 replacement which takes less than 5 minutes to install. Or just do it yourself,for a fiver. It's really no big deal.

The real problem with the Edge is that it uses Android, which is abominable to begin with. Then Samsung make it even worse by soaking it with bloat.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: 2015 class joke....

Large flat panel TV = chav wallpaper.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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Re: argh!

Ready meals versus cooking from raw ingredients.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Splendid ties

Not depressing, just bringing some of the UK stuffy working culture into line with the rest of the planet.

The attire in the photo has more to do with the era, and the fact that he was posing for a photo (back then photos were a big deal).

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Another Marconi monument on the site of one of his wireless stations is at Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight. Rather inauspiciously surrounded by an underwhelming mini theme park.

A walk up to Needles Battery to see the rocket test pads is intriguing though, the ProsperoX3 and Black Arrow rocket display could be better though.

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Re: From a Native

"Richard forgot to mention the dress code in our City versus the UK's City. Business formal means that you wear socks with your Birkies. Business Casual means no socks, and casual Friday could very well mean barefoot."

Depends who you work for in the UK, I haven't needed a suit or anything more than some tidy jeans and polos for many years. At one point there was a sort of developer nurd fashion for Rohan trousers that seems to have died out.

But you can keep your hairy feet and toenails. If that ever comes here then I am going on a permanent work from home.

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Re: "Housing is beyond belief"

I lived in the East Bay (Walnut Creek) and BART commuted in. It was horrible (the commute, not the East Bay), I still have nightmares where I hear the driver's voice announcements: Orinda, Orinda Station, Lafayette, RockRidge, Embarcadero.

The work environment was full of idiots. People used to do things like wear a new shirt every day and throw it away, when they were actually ironing in new shirt packing creases to make them look new.

There's a level of superficiality and faking that I couldn't put up with. I enjoyed working in anxious Germany and pragmatic Scandinavia more.

But joyous memories of Mount Diablo and easy rides across the Central Valley to the mountains.

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

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@P.Lee "Where Apple fails"

Apple is a business, and as a business it is there to generate profit to feed its top employees and its shareholders.

Apple hasn't failed this century, it's been stupefyingly successful.

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Choices

You can also go into settings and choose how you want you iOS to look (from an entirely appearance non-functional point of view).

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Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

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Re: hah hah

Indeed.

"We need to keep the encryption keys here, we need them to keep them secure, it's part of our compliance requirements. No, you don't understand, we NEED to retain all copies of the keys, you can't have them, it's a requirement of our compliance"

"Still don't get it? OK, goodbye Mr massive corporate cloud provider, we'll spend our cash with NetApp thanks.".

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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Re: It does seem rather wonderful

"And (equally important) the ability to problem-solve rather than just regurgitate facts that you have memorised but don't understand"

Isn't that what we've got stackoverflow for?

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Re: Great...

Yes, teachers and schools really do believe that office admin tasks, if done in a Microsoft Office app, qualify as IT and Computing. When visiting on a parent evening, don't tell their IT teacher that you are an IT professional with a related degree. They go coy.

Luckily at my son's school there are some decent non-teachers who go in and do the proper stuff under the "STEM Lecture" theme.

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Re: Emergency control

Does anyone over the age of 12 years old actually care about the upvote/downvote?

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Re: Administrative Schizophrenia

"No, it is far less difficult to navigate an aircraft than a car, it's just that most people are unfamiliar with airspace navigation and so it seems to be complex"

Cool, so I'll have my Jeppesen plates ready for when I'm driving close to home, and get instructions from road traffic control, maybe they'll stack me in the hold a few miles from my house if the traffic is heavy. I'll intersect the localiser, and check my position at the outer and middle marker having picked up the glideslope. At about 500 feet from home I'll check to see if I can see my drive clearly and make a decision about whether I can continue, or go around the block for another try, maybe if the visibility is below minima I'll divert to somebody else's house and get a bus connection or an overnight stay in a hotel.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: Odd

"Funny that the Fitbit Charge HR (and many more beside) can offer this functionality yet Apple can't"

The fitbit charge doesn't offer "this functionality" (presumably "this functionality" is the stuff the article says Apple are dropping from the iWatch), it just monitors heart rate. The article says that the Apple watch will still monitor heart rate.

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On the outside?

"That's why Nurse's have watches on the outside"

Do you wear yours on the inside?

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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

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Re: What??? Violins also evolve???

And all future violin tone will be made by Line6, just like a lot of modern guitar tone.

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Worst … commute … EVER – Surrey to Sydney

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The gentleman prefers the easier going lifestyle and his 2012 job here didn't suit him because of the "live to work" attitude. I've found that there's no need to change countries to change your job to one that suits you better. My current job is an easy going, low stress, flexible hours, interesting work, with education offered. I'm usually home by 4PM every day except Friday when I'm earlier. That's the reason I'm still doing it and not one of my previous jobs that didn't offer all that.

Having said that, I still haven't worked out why I don't live in Australia, NZ or California. Or why the entire planet doesn't just gravitate to these places. I guess some places offer better weather than others but actually, life is what you make it, not where you make it. Just not in a sink estate.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: nice but

There are no less than three closable storage compartments between the seats, and a door pocket.

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Re: Jaguar (Land Rover) an icon of British marketing of the 60s!

"Perhaps that's the advantage the Germans have, they don't have to design Porsche, BMW, MB and Audi based purely on the world's nostalgia for the Germany of half a century ago."

Of course they do, where it's appropriate. The bring back the gull-wing doors on Mercedes, they maintain the Porsche 911 shape and configuration with the engine hanging out the back for 40 years,

they pastiche the VW Beetle, resurrect the Bugatti marque. BMW retro styled the Z8 etc. Those are the ones that come immediately to mind, I'm sure there's more.

Jag have just made a tenuous link in marketing back to the E-Type in order remind everyone that they have a long heritage and are no an upstart. The F-Type is utterly modern.

I believe Jag have a long way to go to recover from the Ford era, and are now setting up their Ingenium engines plants. I'm pretty sure that when they have sorted out the fundamentals the electric powertrain will be attacked and they will come up with something different.

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Re: Cars on a computer site?

"Oh yes, I'm a target demographic."

Must be one of those contractors. The always have a nice car.

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Indian cars made for Arabs and Chinese

"Is anyone here, interested in Indian cars made for Arabs and Chinese?"

It's a British car, engineered and styled in Britain by a mostly British team. Then, it's manufactured in Britain using British components. Most of the money it makes stays in Britain.

Will you tell me that Guinness is not an Irish drink because Guinness is owned by London based Diageo?

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Re: Its No E-Type

Luckily it's not a Series 1 E-Type.

The F is infinitely more reliable, it has brakes that work and tyres that grip.

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FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

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Re: An 8K fondleslab?

"As an everyday user, this gets me what, exactly?"

Stuck pixels that you won't be able to see.

Win Win

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

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Re: Ahhh Tandy

£807 in 1980 is equivalent to £3K now.

Makes some Macs look cheap.

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Re: Back in the day

Our farrier carries everything he needs in a little van, and he comes out to all the yards, nobody has to visit them to get horse shoes these days. They are very busy people, highly skilled and qualified and it's a lucrative profession.

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Re: Sparkfun

There are still markets out there for tinkerers. Tindie (suspiciously like Tandy) have proved that.

The maker movement is a growing market, and Radio Shack could have repositioned to get involved.

My local record shop had a side line in components and hobby electronics because they did TV repairs. I used to plan all kinds of projects with the Radio Shack components in the Tandy catalogue that the record shop sold. Then I found a Maplin catalogue in the newsagents, and Maplin catalogues were fun in those days.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: no sd slot, no removable battery, 550 quid

"£399 I'd go for,"

It will be cheaper than that in a few short months after launch.

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: Oh well

Stupid is the new smart. Innit.

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UK mobile networks LOSE to France and Germany on data speeds

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Interesting, an Ookla test on my phone now just showed 39 Mb/s.

O2 4G.

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Biltong, braais, being an 'IT bitch': A UK woman on working in Africa

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Milton Keynes

Hmmm, MK is actually less of a concrete jungle than most other towns of a similar size.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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Re: No flaps?

"To land, how does one slow to a safe speed *and* maintain safe descent rate w/o flaps?"

You also have the option of a side-slip if your type is suited to it (and you can get away with it on just about anything despite what is said about control surfaces being shield from airflow).

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I have done the Duxford experience, and enjoyed just as much as the others mentioned.

I had already done hundreds of hours on Cessnas and Piper nosewheel planes, and was so pleasantly surprised that the 1930s biplane and more responsive handling. Lovely gentle spin too.

Of course the more "modern" spamcans had damping in their control links to smooth out hamfisted inputs, but the moth was a joy by comparison.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Does anybody remember eproms?

Eproms indeed. We had a UV Eprom eraser and a Stag eprom programmer with a batch of 10 ZIF sockets, plus a master socket. Drop the master Eprom in, and a load of empty ones in the 10 sockets and it would duplicate for you. There was a lad employed to do the job, and one of his tasks was to clean the adhesive gunk from the sticky labels off the windows using isopropyl alcohol, a nice method of recycling. Brings back memories of RS roller leg straighteners for DIL package ICs and tweaking IC legs straight with bent nose pliers.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

And on our first solo we took a little camera and held it behind our head to get a selfie, the panel and the runway on finals photo. Everybody did it, and everybody encouraged everyone else to do it!

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Re: So wait

It's a Cessna 150, so there will be a pilot and a maximum of 1 passenger. Sitting cosily shoulder to shoulder.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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I must have a look at these, the only reason I use iOS is because Android is so abominable and Sailfish didn't provide the escape I was looking for.

This could be a way out, veeeery interesting.

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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RTOS

FreeRTOS is the OS that I think Pebble watch firmware is based on.

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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Re: I don't understand the level of hate here...

"like the idea of an uber cheap computer, but are scared off by having to use Linux. Windows on the Pi will appeal to those people,"

But it's IoT. If they are scared of cute desktop GUI linux, then IoT is going make them shit themselves.

All the headlines about WIndows 10 on the Pi are going to disappoint a lot of people.

The Win10 stuff is for tech devs to write stuff on Visual Studio x64 machines, cross-compile it for ARM and side load it to the IoT machine. It's not for browsing the web, reading emails and looking at photos.

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Re: With Microsoft nothing is free

Not many people are going to be hooked when the find out what IoT is all about.

And these irresponsible headlines that are causing some people to expect more than they are going to get are not helping.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Bah!

I love your mixing of numbering your bullet points.

a) The GUI performance of a Raspberry Pi running tailor-made Raspbian is execrable, all but unusable. Given the shoe-horning a Pi requires, how could a terra-bloat GUI be better?

The Pi which you have spent so many long nights experimenting with is not the one that Win10 IoT is being prepared for. Yesterday a new 4 core ARM7 1GB Pi was released, but you know that already because it was impossible to miss. And IoT is not supposed to be a primarily GUI OS anyway.

2) Wouldn't putting Windows on a Raspberry Pi simply be a way of making the device cost the same as a PC to buy?

Microsoft are giving Windows IoT away free to makers.

Amazing how many people have just hurled themselves at conclusions based, presumably, on just the headline.

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Re: Thar she blows

"I'd rather be running linux, secure , fast configurable......"

You forgot sanctimonious.

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Re: Well... OK

"I'd like to first point out, I think these (alleged) people lining up asking for Windows on Pi, I'd guess in general are expecting *Windows*, not WinRT."

They will be doubly disappointed then, because they are not getting either.

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A Pi OS loads from an SD card.

Pi Suppliers will offer pre-loaded SD cards to folk who are not too keen on doing their own.

Most other users download an image and writes it to the SD card, which the Pi then boots from.

The rest of the users roll their own.

Windows 10 IoT is going to be one of those options. Not Windows RT, not Windows 10 Home Professional Premium Discount Poundland Pedigree Chum Edition.

Just IoT as an option, which will run some kind of cut down GUI shell and allow users to side-load apps that have been developed using VS on x64 and cross-built for ARM IoT Win10.

Nobody is trying to kill your dog or eat your children.

Calm down.

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Re: Not a problem

A lot of guessing going on here.

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

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

The announcement on the official site is saying Windows 10 will be available on the Pi this year too.

I've read it and re-read it and read it again. I've checked that I am actually awake and lucid. It definitely says Windows 10.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Er?

This would be great at the price which is comparable to a decent motorcycle, but they need monthly payment for battery lease, which starts at £30 per month.

It would be OK in a congestion zone, avoiding charges would pay that back, but for my commute, I can do for £30 per month in my existing car.

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: What I do not understand..

"£36 I just got stung to get my address changed "

That's the "please take your business elsewhere" hint.

And a very effective one.

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