* Posts by Raphael

61 posts • joined 8 Jun 2011

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

Raphael

Re: It is all in a name...

Exactly this.

Shortly after the crash that killed the chap, I was having a conversation with an older gentleman, and he quite logically said, "if it's an autopilot, why would I bother to have my hands on the steering wheel and pay attention to the road, an autopilot is meant to handle all that"

And that's the point, calling it Autopilot means that people expect it to behave as an autopilot (regardless of what the manual says).

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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Raphael

Because if Netflix don't abide by the regional content streaming rights them the content owners will take the rights away which means no content.

It's annoying and I don't like it but it's not Netflix who should be blamed.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Raphael
Pint

I always enjoyed reading his articles and his wit.

He will be missed. *raises glass in remembrance*

My condolences to his friends and family

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'We accidentally hit wrong button on Dell buyout – here's $194m for the cockup'

Raphael

I recall a BOFH episode

about a marketing chap deleted all his work because the confirm and cancel buttons were so close together......

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

Raphael

Exactly

If I'm going to do interval training using a heart rate monitor, I'm not going to be relying on my fitbit (charge HR), I'm going to be wearing a proper heart rate monitor (I need to replace my polar one but I'm not doing mtb racing at the moment so can't justify the cost)

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Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

Raphael

Re: Real utility

The AC/DC concert in Auckland last year was picked up on the seismographs.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/75152808/acdc-concert-receives-27-noise-complaints-makes-earth-shudder

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

Raphael

Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

I encountered a tech site about a fortnight ago, it possibly had a solution for a problem I was trying to solve. It picked up I had adblock, and with no warning asking me to disable adblock banned our IP (so no one else at work could access the site without getting the same banned because you have adblock message)

This is the site: http://wsdlbrowser.com/

And their banned message http://wsdlbrowser.com/banned-by-adblock

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Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

Raphael

Re: Wheel Damage

looking at a hi re copy, you are correct, it looks pretty munted

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA20284.jpg (8.3 MB)

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

Raphael

Carousel had problems.

That's why I stopped using it. It would generate a thumbnail cache of all your dropbox photos That you could not clear or move to the SD card which in my case would result in a 1.5GB cache.

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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Raphael

Re: How is this different?

As the article says:

"The German operator's T-Systems subsidiary will handle the data trustee functions, managing all access to customer data in the Microsoft data centres. “Microsoft will not be able to access this data without the permission of customers or the data trustee, and if permission is granted by the data trustee, will only do so under its supervision”, the announcement states.

Since Microsoft won't be in charge of the data, even an unfavourable decision in its US court case (in which the Feds want access to e-mails stored in Ireland) won't expose German customer data to American courts or law enforcement."

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Apple in eyebrow-raising threesome with TSMC, Samsung for iPhone 6S

Raphael

Re: The title is no longer required.

Now personally I don't like Apple *hrrawk ptui* very much (I don't own any of their hardware and refuse to even consider buying some)

But given they had their biggest launch (13 million units in 3 days) I don't think we can call it a legacy device.

(even though I will possibly rejoice when the kids stop buying them)

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

Raphael

Re: Xora app user

"Rather than uninstalling the Xora app Myrna should have simply turned the iPhone off. Work phone = work hours."

From what I can see she was required to be on call 24/7, so turning it off wasn't an option.

(that's in the legal filing the Arstechnica article links to)

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Raphael
Pirate

@#$@#$@#$@#%&

Here I was hoping they would sign with NetFlix as NZ finally has NetFlix....now I'm going to have to jump through a number of different hoops to get an Amazon Prime account sorted

(yeah, I know not that difficult, but I'm lazy)

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New Zealand Supreme Court says Kim Dotcom search warrants were legal

Raphael

Re: worked with the authorities

I understand the feds have evidence of him and his team actively making sure that any content on Youtube was to be ripped off and made available on the mega networks.

http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/12/fbi-evidence-kim-dotcom-released/

the summary of their evidence is available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/192754949/Mega-Evidence

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

Raphael

Re: Why?

because the manufacturers perceive those who would want the dual sims to be poorer folk. The presume that anyone else would obviously buy two phones.

Which I know is daft, but that would appear to be their thinking.

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

Raphael

Re: "cannot see or avoid any obstacles in its flight path".

So that rules out using it with any mountain biking in forests.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

Raphael
Devil

if something like this becomes a standard on cars (I doubt it)

How long before the car manufacturers decide it should display advertising if your car is stationary with the engine running? Or if it detects a car is following behind you etc.

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Raphael

I seem to remember

Audi experimenting with AMOLED displays for the tail lights a while back......looked way better than this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSYpQu2IQfI&feature=kp

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

Raphael

Re: Industry not thinking things through - whatever next?

"Your figures presume zero capacity left in the batteries of cars that use the facility."

If the batteries have any charge left in them, it would probably be a good idea for the facility to do a discharge first as batteries still don't like constantly being charged from partly empty. Which means your cycling will probably take longer for a battery that isn't completely discharged.

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

Raphael
Coat

someone's got to say it

surely they're taking the piss?

alright I'll get me coat and be on my way.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

Raphael

Re: 'Camera Failure' pop-up error message

"Fingerprint reader anyone..."

The HP iPAQ H5450 had that back in 2002......

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Raphael

No FM Radio

Yes some of us still listen to that.

I see the HTC One M8 has a FM Radio, so that might have just made my decision for me. (a small thing I know, but do use the FM Radio on my S3 a fair bit)

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

Raphael

People estimating dollar values have a nasty habit of assuming if you didn't buy their product you would have bought mine.

The problem is I could have just as easily bought someone-elses product.

For example I am one of the few weird people who was happy with my WinMo2003SE to WinMo 6.1 phones....I only moved to Android after the WinPho7 cock-up....for me Apple was never an option worth considering.

The fact that I went with a Samsung Galaxy S was because it was better than the offerings that Sony Ericsson and HTC had at the time, likewise with my S3.

And now when my contract is coming up for renewal again, I'm looking to decide if I want the HTCOne, the S5 or if I'm willing put up with WinPho8 for one of those awesome cameras the Nokia engineers managed to squeeze into the Lumia 1020.

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Raphael

Re: Please get rid of this f**ker for us

Although I do think it would be nice if he could also pay the people he owes money to before we put on the plane out of here.

I wonder what the flag for the Internet Party is going to be? That red and black one he has stashed away in his basement that Whale Oil mentioned?

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Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

Raphael

resurrecting Microsoft Reader?

It wasn't a bad app, and infact still works just fine on my old iPaq 3630 when I fire it up. That's what originally got me sold on the idea that eBooks were definitely going to largely replace hardcopy books.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

Raphael

Could someone please clarify something for me

In my admittedly limited understanding of bitcoins each bitcoin is unique (which is why mining them is taking more and more computational power).

How are fractions of bitcoins then managed?

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

Raphael
Pint

Brilliant Simon. Have a pint on me.

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

Raphael

like these?

http://jet.reconinstruments.com/triathlon/

http://www.reconinstruments.com/products/snow-heads-up-display

or this one from Oakley?

http://www.oakley.com/airwave

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

Raphael

Add some citrix portals to the broken list

I tried logging in to one of our clients this morning on IE11.....had to switch it to compatibility view (after I found the damn button) to get the site to render anything.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Raphael

hands up

who didn't see that one coming.

Anyone?

The Trojan horse has done his work.

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

Raphael

yeah...no

I will stick to to Kingsoft Office.

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Opera rewrite comes to Android

Raphael

Re: Oh dear...

thanks for that. that was one of my issues with the update.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

Raphael

I recall a BOFH episode where they did something similiar.....

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

Raphael

do these people not even try look for prior art?

*has a look at his 3 year old Logitech headset*

Hmmmm, I see two very similar ones on there. the mute button even has a circle around it.

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'Mount Doom' rumbling ominously

Raphael

Re: Romans? Not likely...

No, the Romans probably did record the Hatepe Eruption of Taupo in 186AD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatepe_eruption

"The Taupo eruption was at one time dated to approximately 130 AD based on 14C from carbonized vegetation enclosed in the eruption products. However, the 22 selected samples used to obtain an average date of 1,819 ± 17 years BP (131) had much larger standard deviations than the average date itself.[3] Most if not all geologists now accept that the tephra or pumice fall from the eruption was far greater than previously thought, approximately 150 km3 (36 cu mi) instead of 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi). This means the event would have been visible from China and Rome. It was therefore posited by Wilson et al. (and is now generally accepted) that the meteorological phenomena described by Fan Ye in China and by Herodian in Rome[6] were due to this eruption, which therefore can be dated exactly to 186 AD.[7] However, recent radiocarbon dating by R. Sparks has put the date at 233 AD ± 13 (95% confidence).[8][9]"

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Raphael

Re: Theories about why this is happening

Meh, we took the kids down to Whakapapa Ski Field (on Raupehu) this winter a week after Tongariro erupted earlier this year. Apart from a bit of ash on the one road, and signs saying "no stopping due to volcanic activity" it was fine.

Of course the folk out Nelson way dealing with heavier ash raining down on their gardens didn't agree.

But that eruption was a small short one.

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Raphael

Re: Theories about why this is happening

Jucy Rentals? Wicked Campers?

They're pretty cheap.

http://www.jucy.co.nz/

http://www.wicked-campers.co.nz/

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Anonymous attacks Israeli websites over Gaza bombings

Raphael

Re: Must watch more news

no more like they got pissed off with Hamas firing hundreds of rockets at their civilians in the past couple of weeks.

1.) Israel got out of Gaza in 2005....who was the US President then? oh right Bush.

2.) Ahmed Jabari got what he damn well deserved

3.) it's simple, you want Israel to stop attacking you? Stop attacking their civilians.

In Sderot civilians have 15 seconds from the IDF radar picking up Hamas rockets and sounding a warning before the rockets hit. In the week befor eIsreal took out Jabari they had fired over a hundred into Sderot.

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Ten gaming headsets

Raphael

Re: Great, but what about us four-eyes?

I got myself glasses with an older pair of these frames about 6 years back for that very reason: http://www.parasite-eyewear.com/en/collection/optical/led-vision/scion-2/SCI289.html

They're light, comfortable and most importantly as the nothing sitting between your ear and your head you can wear big headsets.

Of course mine are getting old now and I can't afford to replace the damn things.

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Submarine cable outage hits Kiwi internet

Raphael

Didn't affect us on the otherside of the Firth either.

Curran is probably just wanting to distract the MMS from the coup going on at the Labour Conference this week,

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Accidental discounts land Apple in NZ's Disputes Tribunal

Raphael

Re: He Was Hoping To Get $89 Worth Of Stuff For $0.83 - Really?

According to this article, yes.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/7898719/Waikato-man-takes-on-Apple

" Soon after he placed the order he said he received an email saying some of the goods had been shipped, and then other emails to confirm the order had been processed and his credit card charged.

'Two or three days later they came back and said the order's been cancelled because there was a problem with the price.'

They told him they would honour the part of the order they had already shipped, but later managed to intercept the courier package. "

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

Raphael

"The music volume isn't independent of ringer volume - still."

And this is the reason I, the rare happy Windows Mobile user, jumped ship to Android.

My Windows Pocket PC 2003 SE iPAQ hw6500 phone can do that.

My Windows Mobile 5.0 HTC Touch HD can do that.

sure they've added a lot of nifty new features, but on some core features they generally seen to have gone a step backwards.

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Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

Raphael

Re: So, 24 hours have clearly elapsed....

scroll down on the apple.co.uk page. Apple have made it so you can't see the text unless you scroll down.

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Google in new Maps patent row - but not with Apple

Raphael
Holmes

I remember a BOFH episode from 2003

using the basic idea, with bluetooth dongles to provide better granularity through the building

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/08/11/802_11bofh/

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Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review

Raphael

Re: Good typing and mousing experiences

My Acer Iconia A500 has a full size USB port on the tablet. Chuck a Logitech Unifying receiver into it and you can use a mouse and a keyboard at the same time.

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Apple hoards LTE patents to deflect Samsung attack

Raphael
FAIL

Why on earth

do you insist on quoting Florian Mueller?

His opinion's on Android are worthless.

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Outlook.com launch a gold rush for jokers, spammers

Raphael

Re: Does Outlook.com support POP3?

Yup. (we're a small business that moved to using Office365 about a year ago......Outlook.com plays nicely with setting it up on an android device)

POP setting

Server name: XXXX.outlook.com

Port: 995

Encryption method: SSL

IMAP setting

Server name: XXXXX.outlook.com

Port: 993

Encryption method: SSL

SMTP setting

Server name: XXXXX.outlook.com

Port: 587

Encryption method: TLS

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Microsoft unveils fondle-ready keyboards, mice

Raphael

Re: Looks like a nice enough keyboard

depends on the power usage of the keyboard.

I've been using a Logitech keyboard for over a year, and still on the original batteries which are still sitting at over 50%. (Logitech also a solar powered keyboard which doesn't need to have the users replacing batteries ...never used it so can't comment).

I must admit though that my wife's Microsoft mouse goes through batteries a heck of a lot faster than my Logitech mouse does.

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

Raphael

Re: Users and their backups...

I take it you never used any old PDA's?

Windows Mobile devices all they way up to 6.5 used to do that. if you let the back-up battery go flat it would reset to factory defaults. (some had a place to store a back-up of your contacts so it could restore them after the reset).

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Facebook: Our phone app DID seize your email

Raphael
Devil

The bug

was that people noticed what they had done.

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