* Posts by John Bailey

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: I'm not worried

<quote>I can't afford an Apple box.</quote>

Have you tried asking the people in the supermarket produce section very nicely? They are usually happy to give away the empty ones for free.

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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Re: Noise

"Well that all sounds (sic) rather scientific. Except you forgot to mention from how far away these measurements were made. 'As loud as a jet engine' is often used by 'the media' but it's not that loud if the jet is 50,000 feet away."

I would imagine, approximately one string length away.

How far away do you think they would be measured from? Normal use distance!

It would be kind of pointless to measure the fan noise form the other end of a runway would it not?

So assume indoors in the same room with soft furnishings present.

And the decibels were probably measured by an app on someone's phone, not a professional grade recently calibrated meter in an anechoic chamber.

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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"Ah yet another idiot who perjurers themself by posting on social media."

Or incriminated even..

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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"There is a case for those who want to receive notifications from their phone, but felt that wearing google glass showed you were obviously a twat."

Whereas this makes it less obvious?

But considering Ebay is full of smart watches from China that will do that on pretty much any phone for under £30.. The price premium better allow something waaaay better than just notifications and a glorified fitbit.

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Re: Productivity

Well.. When the office fanboy is trying to show everybody his new shiny, they can all make the excuse they are up to their neck, and can't possibly stop to chat.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Resale Value - not a lot

"Pretty obvious that you didn't keep your original Apple-II for its resale value nowadays."

Pretty obvious you don't understand the difference between price and value.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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"Do the backdoors in iPhones have rounded corners ?"

Not sure.. they do slide to unlock though.

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Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

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Frontier promises..

What could possibly go wrong?

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: Good things come to those who wait...

"It's a pretty interesting idea actually. 3D printing as a service, essentially - means you can get access to a far more capable printer than you could (sensibly) afford."

Yes.

If only someone would offer the service.. Perhaps an online service, where one sends a model, or picks one submitted by someone else, and they print it along with many others to make it more economical, in a variety of materials..

They could call the company Shapeways..

Oh look.. Somebody did already.

BLOODY YEARS AGO.

http://www.shapeways.com/

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US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

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But.. But.. But..

Isn't this kind of thing a curated app store is supposed to stop happening?

Do Apple not individually thoroughly check every app for wholesomeness and high moral fibre?

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

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Re: One answer...

Ahh... I see the problem here.

You're looking at the one on the left aren't you.

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How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

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Re: iWon't

"Yeah, I'm kind of interested how the 18ct gold version will fair, when the owners go to hand that down to their heirs in 30 or 40 years..."

Umm.. I think you mean months.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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"However I do hope vacuous will not be the trait most sought after by voters with at least some boffins and useful folk making the cut."

Of course not..

Bubbly , hunky, slutty, and a willingness to get em out on camera are also highly sought after traits.

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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Re: And when you are drinking distilled rice alcohol, the results could be deadly.

"Somebody care to explain the down votes???"

Sinophobia.

"Ideally one of the guilty??"

Not very likely,.

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Windows 10 to give passwords the finger and dangle dongles

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"I have one question about this."

Only one?

"Where is the authenticated image of you fingerprint stored?"

Where ever the system stores it. Probably on the server of the website, account you are trying to get into. Linked to your customer records in plain text.

"Some "secure" database that will never, ever be hacked?"

Yep. And it's powered with Davinci's perpetual motion machine.. And the UPS is a potato with two strips of metal stuck in it.

"What happens if (when) your unique fingerprint is stolen."

Use another one. You usually have ten to start out with.

"How do you then verify your identity?"

Who says you can. You become the nameless one, and wander from town to town fighting crime, dispatching the bad guys with a Samurai sword disguised as a walking stick.

"It's a bit hard to change your fingerprints."

Oh that isn't the half of it.

Pick pineapples. No fingerprints.

Work on a building site. No finger prints.

Lose hands in an accident. No fingerprints.

Burn fingers. No finger prints.

Millions of people have no, faint, obscured or unreadable fingerprints. And that is without even trying to mask their identity.

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Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

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Re: Great Idea but.....

"My parents first microwave had the sensor. I don't know why they went out of fashion, it'd make a micro so much better at cooking/reheating food."

Because after a while, people stop worrying, and estimate the time and power.

If you want, get a kitchen thermometer. I had one. Didn't bother replacing it when it broke.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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"I can't help thinking that she would still have given birth without the smartphone. Even without the paramedics to help her. Women have been doing it for a least a million years."

Indeed they have. And at one time, I believe it was even the most common cause of death in women.

They don't always just pop out with no fuss.

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Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

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Re: That reminds me..

"Wouldn't a tune about their police using battery cables against various parts of dissidents bodies be more Chinesy."

Yeah,, but America called dibs.

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

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Re: Been nice knowing the RasPi

"Embrace has begun, we all know what stages come next."

Yep.

Exaggerate.. the importance of the product.

Extinguish.. the project when they finally face the fact that the latest big thing, ain't really that big.

10 years ago.. perhaps. When MS was able to command the internet, before it got it's teeth pulled. Microsoft was an entity to be feared.

Now days.. Not so much.

Just about every household name in consumer electronics contributes actively and openly to Linux. Because they benefit.

They stayed away in droves from surface. They offered alternatives to Vista, which is where the rot finally surfaced.. And 8 ha seen many old players bow out of the PC market.

The primary portable os is not Windows based.

Tablets owe little to project Origami.

Even government departments are moving away from MS lockin file formats, despite them buying the ISO certification.

The EEE strategy of yesterday is long long gone.

But never mind sweetie.. I'm sure this will be the year of Windows 8 on the desktop..

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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Re: It's got Seth Rogen in it

"Hmm... Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, and Will Ferrell... Put them together and it's movie magic."

Ohh.. Does it turn into a pumpkin then?

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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"Why can't we find a reason to deport him?"

Because then we would have nowhere to film Doctor Who.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Re: Hardly surprising

"Ok. For the last fucking time. MARKET SHARE MEANS DICK YOU FUCKING MORONS."

So..

Apple users = small dicks.

Android users = big dicks.

Crackberry users = castrati.

Yes?

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

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Re: Looks like a POP Station.

Ohh.. that would be too delicious.. Pound shop tat having prior art on the fruitarian new gizmo that nobody wanted until now.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Re: Optical stylus

"So they mean rework an optical mouse into the shape of a pen. Got it."

So did Genius it seems..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2pfkJQ1vgU

And many others are no doubt also copying Apple.

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Re: Color me surprised

"David Hockney has managed to do some good pictures on the iPad. It's all about the user not the technology."

Yes sweetie..

The operative word being MANAGED..

No doubt he could do something absolutely stunning with some charcoal and a light coloured rock..

Its all about the user after all, not the technology.

Right?

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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Re: Great article but ...

"you mean cows come from eggs?

Who else knew this?"

Pretty much everybody familiar with the process of reproduction..

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

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Re: "A pint of goat urine would be more pleasant to consume"

"I have to ask how you might know this?"

Most of us have tried American Beer.

For the fresh goat urine mouth feel, allow it to reach body temprature.

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Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

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Re: I'll bite

"Why now rather than when the deals were made?"

Probably because companies do not have to register the terms of all deals with a central authority in advance, and such deals are not made public.

So how would they have known if anything was wrong when the deals were made?

These things usually happen in answer to a complaint by an interested party.

Could be a different manufacturer annoyed by the special deals Apple are getting.

Could be a phone company annoyed that the competition is getting a special deal with Apple.

Could be that a phone company is trying to renegotiate their special deal with Apple.

Could be a phone company trying to get out of their special deal with Apple.

An impartial organisation is looking at a deal made between two companies, and despite the cries of victimisation and free market interference that will no doubt be howled by the faithful.. If the contracts are legit, and follow the already made and freely available rules.. No problem.

If they are iContracts.. Problem.

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Re: Gottalottaballs here...

"Then what exactly have the EUC and various European courts been doing demanding that Google (a US based company) do this or that to "forget" a particular search that a person or company would like removed from Google's search index as a result of an order from a European Court?"

The opposite of what is being discussed.

""Muižnieks said there “should be limits on the extraterritorial exercise of national jurisdiction in relation to transnational cybercrimes”. In other words, the US shouldn’t be able to access your private data in Europe just because it wants to.""

Correct.

And Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to access what ever it wants in Columbia, and China should not be allowed to access what ever it wants in Russia.

But specifically..

Courts should not be allowed to break through jurisdiction limits by ordering companies registered within their jurisdiction to hand over information on their servers in entirely different jurisdictions. Asking a company to break local laws is a bit of a nono.

"To paraphrase "In other words, the EUC (or any other entity) shouldn’t be able to access your private data in (wherever) just because it wants to."

Correct.

"Could you people please make up your minds and figure out what you want?"

We have.

Your inability to understand it however is out of our jurisdiction.

Might I suggest acquiring some Sesame Street episodes. I believe they had a song about telling things apart that you might find instructive. They use puppets and bright colours, so I'm sure the idea will eventually sink in.

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Microsoft remote code exec killjoys to dump seven fixes next week

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Re: Surprise!

"Because it gets headlines, and clickbait and makes people like you, that believe in sky fairies also believe that it only Microsoft products that have exploits."

And of course.. it usually only works on Windows.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

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Re: Almost all of this is buying presents no?

"So who gives a rat's arse if it doesn't arrive next day, as long as it's in the next few days?"

Nobody.

But it doesn't sound nearly as apocalyptic if you say it like that.

Realistically.. Anybody who waits until December to get stuff delivered for Christmas is asking for trouble.

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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Re: Shouldn't there be

No.. Usually just a tube

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: Launched way too early

"protip: put your phone in your pocket before this happens"

You mean.. not look at it for more than a second..

Nah.. never work.

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Legislation may not be required

But education certainly will be, a £6 or even £20 screwdriver is bound to attract nefarious users of all kinds. There are a whole raft of laws out there you can break with a screwdriver, just not a specific one that says screwdriver. Perhaps the reg should ask their chums at Outlaw to comment, but at a guess personal screwdrivers are covered by concealed weapon legislation, privacy legislation, public nuisance and a lot of other stuff, so no peeking in bedroom windows for a start. I'd also wonder what happens if you hit someone with one, or fly it into a car. Commercial uses must be a bit of a nightmare on that front.

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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"If Vans can't have their version of the word Vans with a line then surely Coca-Cola can't have their comic sans logo? There are plenty of other similar word based logos that would also fail."

It appears they can.. Stylised text, how ever dull, is fine.

They can not however, have a contrasting line going from heel to toe, roughly following the contour of the top of the shoe, as it looks too much like a little bit of cosmetic greebling, and not in fact.. A logo.

In other words.. A rare showing of common sense.

It isn't the company name that is at issue here.. Or the use of the company name with a line.. It is in fact, a stripe on a shoe.

A logo so minimal even Jonny Ive would have missed it if it had been put on a Braun product.

Giving them the exclusive rights to this would be similar to granting a single car company sole use of go faster stripes.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

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Re: Easy workaround

"Japanese carriers only need to "customize" the phone like US carriers so that they can not work with other phone providers. Surely Soft Bank can pick up this trick from Sprint."

At which point, Japanese consumer law kicks in and tells them to un"customise" it.. And probably slaps them with a hefty fine.

12 year olds arguing to stay up a few more minutes on a school night sneer derisively at your strategy.

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Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8

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"Does this mean your PC wll be pawnd quicker?"

Only if I really need the money.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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Re: @AC "and others are critical of Apple's changes."

"How does holding up another privacy invading business model justify another?

I can't say that I approve of your logic but each to their own."

But it's iLogic.

If something is good. Nobody does it as well as Apple.

OMG.. Apple's new iPhones are sooo thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinn!!! squee..

If something is bad, everybody does the same.

But any phone will bend if you put enough force on it..

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

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Re: The store check-out experience

"Don't be silly. Americans don't have Chip & PIN."

And it seems.. no pay by bendy bonk either.

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Re: The store check-out experience

Clerk: Sir, that will be $845.34

Customer: general small talk as they remove their card from their wallet, place it in the reader, and enter their pin.

Clerk: Thank you very much sir.. Have a nice day.

Pouting iPhone user: Puts things back on shelves, and goes to see if the Apple store will do cashback.

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FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

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Re: A load of brick doo-doo...

"Novel approach: Brick hardware via MS updates. Who would know?"

Well considering the story you are commenting on.. quite a few people..

"I suspect updates with a load of brick doo-doo will be common now that the idea is out.

Management response: "We are so sorry, terribly sorry, we are really, really, really sorry. We are so very, very, very concerned about this. Really we are...concerned and sorry.

Now go away.""

Or..

Get a bollocking from MS for going too far, and stop bricking hardware.... On pain of driver blacklisting on Windows. At which point.. ALL FTDI chips would fail.

Imagine the scenario.. You do an update, and Windows defender flags the FTDI driver as malware..

No.. There is unlikely to be a hardware bricking party. Because it's hard enough to get people to update already. And FTDI's actions have not made them very popular outside the usual trolling fraternity.

Please note.. FTDI have been commanded to pack it in, and do what should have been the maximum extent of their actions in the first place.. Refusal to support non brand chips.

Mine's the one that will have a new Arduino without a FTDI chip in it next week. Supplied FOC by the company I bought the one with the fake chip from.

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Re: Re. dead FTDI232BM

"Anecdotal reports of bricked 3D printers are doing the rounds on H-a-D and coincidentally one of my two Uno R3's seems to have gone "Strange Loop" and no longer shows up correctly."

Glad my RepRap is on a Linux box. It's a Melzi from RepRapPro, and it does have an FTDI. But the source means nothing. Anybody can find out they have fake chips the hard way. And I really don't want to have to reinstall and recalibrate a new board unless I absolutely have to.

Your Uno R3 should not be caught up in this, even if it is a clone. They use the Atmel Mega 16U2 chip instead of an FTDI. So unless FTDI buggered up more than anybody is letting on.. They would be untouched. Different VID and PID entirely. Differnt driver too.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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"A flying platform cannot generate enough energy to propel itself by deploying a wind turbine - if it could, that would make it a perpetual motion machine..."

No it wouldn't.

To qualify as a perpetual motion machine, the device has to have zero external energy input.

Wind is external energy input.

So to qualify, the flying wind turbine would need to produce the wind as well as harvesting it. Which is not being proposed. So a turbine carried aloft by a fleet of quadcopters beaming power via some kind of wireless transfer, is fanciful, but is not perpetual motion. Just highly unlikely to work.

A solar cell in a light proof box powering a bulb it harvests enough energy to power would qualify. But it would have to be more than 100% efficient to perform this act.

A water wheel would not.

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Re: Ummm, no.

"If they think they can do the same thing they did with pilots with car drivers (ie. glue them into a seat with absolutely nothing whatsoever to do for hours, yet require them to react at the first sign of trouble) they're way more delusional than I thought they were."

Don't worry.. You are still the most delusional sweetie.

The whole idea has been to gradually introduce the automation systems. And it has been working just fine for ages now.

ABS is for whimps.. right? Not something a real manly driver like yourself would ever need. Because you know how to apply the braking system in just the right way from one vehicle to another to get it right first time every time.

You did actually practice this.. right? not just see some bloke do it on a test course on telly..

Power steering.. Not for you eh? As you take the wheel in your big manly hands, and force it to do your bidding.

But..

Fancy a few quid off your insurance?

If your next car has one of those tailgating prevention things. You could get a discount, and a free meercat toy. Until they become mandatory in all new cars that is. At which point.. everybody gets a discount.

A system to stop you wandering over the dotted line.. Already here.

Automatic parking. Done.

Reversing sensors..

Coming soon.. Faster motorway lanes for autonomous vehicles. Starting with delivery vehicles in a slow lane in convoys, but gradually becoming an auto only super fast lane.

We are already in the fly by wire age of driving.

In just a few short decades, the last curly haired denim wearing real men of driving will bellow in confusion, as they get driven to the hospital for their hip replacement by a driver-less minicab. Because nobody bothers to buy a car any more. They just hail one, and a few minutes later, one arrives. Takes you to your destination, and joins the spare vehicle pool.

And before you come back with the old "but people want to drive" nonsense..

One question.

Which day is baking day?

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PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

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Re: which is great

No.. It's ok.

Apple hardware problems are always limited to a few isolated cases, and are always the result of tampering. And courts that demand recalls are obviously infiltrated by haters.

According to what I read here......

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Stop ROBOT exploitation, cry striking Foxconn workers

John Bailey
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"I think it was Sir John Harvey Jones who said that if a job can be done cheaper and better by a robot than a person it's probably not going to be a very fulfilling job."

And how often did Sir John Harvey Jones have to skip a few meals to make the rent that week I wonder.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: Your Fridge has shut down unexpectantly, please reboot ...

"Except it hasn't happened. Why?"

Well.. possibly because fridges are not in fact ON ALL THE BLOODY TIME!!

I really hope this is a troll..

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: Correction...

"A bell end who can design , where as everyone else can only copy!"

Yep.. Jonny's work with Braun is quite impressive..

Lift lid.

Insert design.

Close lid.

Press button.

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Compliment

"Does anyone have a recommendation for a Braun inspired mini-itx case for my Hackintosh build?"

An old Mac case perhaps?

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Re: Witness the discrimination inherent in the system!

"Only the big guys? Why don't the little guys get notification from these tools?"

Because the little guys can't kick up a public fuss and make Google's case for it.

This is still Google throwing a sulk when told to go clean it's room by the big meanies at the Data protection department. Not, as they would like to pretend.. an unjust and excessive burden on poor defenceless little google.

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