* Posts by Mondo the Magnificent

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

Mondo the Magnificent
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Johnny Mnemonic named this syndrome in 1995!

Known as the Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS) is a fictional disease in the film, which is not present in the short story. NAS, also called "the black shakes", is caused by an overexposure to electromagnetic radiation from omnipresent technological devices (Source Wikipedia)

So, now we've identified the (no longer fictional) disease, let's see what label the WHO gives it, although I quite like the "NAS" and "Black Shakes" labels...

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Vodafone adopts hydrogen fuel cells to dodge African outages

Mondo the Magnificent
Holmes

The bigger issue at play

Sure, copper theft is a major issue in South Africa, but "load shedding" is the main issue for power outages that affect communications and businesses

The state owned electricity supplier ESKOM is in a world of shit, they are generating almost 40% less electricity than they were in 1994, when democracy came about

This is caused by under investment in the infrastructure, loss of expertise (as in replacing the predominantly white engineers with a workforce that is more representative of the population) and massive delays and billions in additional and non-budgeted costs on their new Medupi power station.

To counter the shortage of electricity on the national grid, ESKOM "schedule" load shedding, although this is mainly aimed at residential areas, it also causes businesses pain and inconvenience.

Home owners and SME/SMBs are relying heavily on solar/inverter/battery power and petrol/diesel systems to ensure they have power 24/7.

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to get a phone signal, fill your car with fuel, or pay for your groceries at the local supermarket when the power is down for long periods.

This also effects the cellular networks, especially when towers are based in the residential and commercial areas that often suffer these long, 4 hour plus power outages

Kudos to Vodacom (as Vodafone is known in S.A.) for coming up with a solution, after all, phone and data services are key to homes and businesses and shouldn't be affected by theft or incompetence. It reassures subscribers that they can be in touch with friends, family and emergency services when power is out.

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

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Meanwhile....

..up above the clouds Henry Ford looks down and shouts "Damned hippies, this what you get for driving an abomination!"

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

Mondo the Magnificent
Go

Shut up.....

...and take my money... a trip down memory lane, I loved my old ThinkPad , but go one step further: Add the pop-out "butterfly keyboard" for those of us with "sausage fingers" as well as the metal hard drive trays to allow us to swap drives without having to perform surgery..

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Aussie cars FTW!

I have to admire the Aussies, they do make some fantastic muscle cars

The Vauxhall (Holden) V8s are such well designed beasts and they sound fanbloodytastic, a pleasure to drive and hear, if one can afford to own and run such a car. I recall reading how the GM in America took a page from Holden in Oz by using the Aussie suspension design in their U.S. market cars, opposed to the old "live axle" design that the Yanks seem to slap under any car with a V8. The Camaro was one such recipient of this suspension and was praised by motoring journalists due to the fact it could hold its own in corners.

When we lived in South Africa, my dad bought a Ford Sierra XR8, it too was an Aussie design and not just a "normal" Sierra with an oversized lump shoehorned into the front either

It had bigger, wider wheels, uprated diff, gearbox, suspension, brakes and if course that lovely V8 with a big Holley carb and Edelbrock headers.

It's good to see that V8 muscle cars are still available and when they are designed from the wheels up as a right hand drive car, it makes them even more appealing to those of us who drive on the left.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Meh

So, we play the waiting game...

I still use a MacBook Pro 13" non-Retina model, I managed to source this new last year, even though the Retina/SSD model was available at a much higher cost

Since then I installed a 500GB SSD and upgraded to 16GB and it does the job, but lacks physical resolution and graphics performance

I do want a larger screened MacBook Pro, but I do like gaming, I not a real big fan of Intel's Iris graphics, the GPU does the job, but I do game on my little Mac too and Iris just doesn't hack it

Run a thermal monitoring application like TG Pro and you will see first hand just how hot that integrated GPU can become when doing/playing anything graphic intensive, and I mean hot, as in 95ºC+, when I looked into it, Apple Support Forum states "MacBooks are not designed for gaming" and the temps are acceptable.. well, okay then...

Another little bugbear is why are Apple so anal on BootCamp nowadays? I mean, us sysadmins like to run more than one OS, and I am happy enough with Windows 7 to run it as a bootable OS, opposed to a VM, but I am forced to use VMware/VirtualBox and create VM's, for my Mint Linux install because BootCamp will no longer support "generic" Linux, so again another VM for Windows 7? Please....

As much as I yearn for a larger MacBook Pro I cannot justify the costs versus the mediocre "improvements", plus anyone can stuff a decent SSD into a MacBook nowadays and fall slightly short of Apple's latest and greatest offerings, unless you have a non-Retina display, but at my age, Retina is not the deal maker, my middle aged eyes are happy with non-retina offerings..

MacBooks will never be cheap, but I do like OS X and the fact I have a functional CLI that I often use to access our LINUX hosts, but in a way I wish Apple would churn out another cheaper [white/black plastic] MacBook, even if it lost the "Pro" moniker

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Equinix moves into Europe by slurping up Telecity

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Telecity...

We use Telecity in the EU. I look after 54 racks in the mainland Europe area

On Tuesday I met with one of Telecity's high level sales bods and he hinted coyly about something going on in the background.. so reading this article it came as no surprise, but the timing was somewhat quicker than I expected.

Hopefully this will bring some changes at Telecity because the operating procedures at the various DC's do vary quite a lot. Telecity are a very good bunch to do business with, it's a slight lack of uniformity that can be frustrating at times.

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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

Mondo the Magnificent
Coat

Being Swiss.....

...it will be released on time then?

Swatch this space...

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Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

Mondo the Magnificent
Go

Cheap as...

Chips?

Looks good from the onset and as an owner of two generations of Pi, this would certainly be added to my little collection

The deal maker here are the built in WiFi and forthcoming "Pocket Chip" add on, something the Raspberry needed in my opinion, a small but functional keyboard and monitor combo, no ribbon cables, USB, HDMI connections needed, an all-in-one add on to get it going anywhere.. come November when the "Pocket Chip" is scheduled for release..

Sure the VGA and HDMI interfaces are optional, but it's a small price to pay..

It seems that these "hipsters" have thought things out, this seems to tick all the boxes in regards to power options, portability and power (LiPo battery option)

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

Mondo the Magnificent
Terminator

Well...

Musk, who's in the long life battery research and development business could well be part of the sceario that he fears so very much....

A robot uprising only lasts as long as the power and batteries do... just saying...

Take the blue pill Elon...

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Synths you've been gone: Vintage tech rules at Musikmesse 2015

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Pint

Excellent!

That was an ace article and it reminds me just how far keyboards have come...

I recall being mesmerised by the likes of Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Rick Wakeman of Yes, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michelle Jarre and all those stalwarts of the analogue and very early digital keyboard era

Then the keyboards started changing, advancing and with that along came the wizzkids like Thomas Dolby, Vangelis and the synth era bands like Depeche Mode, the Human League, OMD and the brilliant productions of the Art of Noise with their extensive use of the Fairlight CMI (Something I endeavour to own one fine day)

In this era of Logic Pro and Midi compatibility, where instrument sounds can be sampled, purchased and reproduced by any Mac, PC or Midi compatible keyboard it's nice to see that some companies are still developing synths that stand out from the norm, the Seaboard is a prime example of that.

Some of the kit is simply quite amazing, but what was really great to see and hear was the old school synths in the "Analogue Ghetto" video. Those old school oscillator driven devices that look like old telephone exchanges (or badly cabled data cabinets) kick out that absolutely unique sound, man it sent shivers down my spine..

El Reg, you've outdone yourselves with this 5 pager, absofuckinglutely amazing!

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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Question:

Why does the U.S. place all these blue chip tech companies in the heart of the San Andreas Fault?

Just an observation....

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Wristjob

Couldn't be a more fitting title for these fandabulous smart watches that last an entire day or so without the need for a recharge..

I am old school, and confidentially my "wristjob" happens to be a Fossil too

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

Mondo the Magnificent
Meh

Oh...

..it can be overridden then?

Well, there's another useless feature my future car may come with as "standard equipment"...

Seriously now, being alert and paying attention is what prevents accidental speeding.. unless of course you want to speed and you can even use your cruise control to "help" you speed.. or maintain the legal speed limit

It's just more sugar coating from the automotive industry that will make fleet managers believe they are doing their road warrior employees a favour by choosing a vehicle with this "nanny feature"..

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Apples values.

I have to agree with that, it seems as if Windows 7 has got what I call "XP Syndrome" with users being quite satisfied with every element of it and sticking to it.. while MS would rather have us "upgrading" to the newer Windows revisions..

My 10.9.5 "Mavericks" MacBook still supports Windows 7 via Boot Camp, but I also opted to VirtualBox, it's just so much more convenient seeing as Apple also abandoned LINUX support in Boot Camp some while back.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

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Zzzzzzzzzt!

Ah, my early days in the pre-Windows era of IT! Mainframes!

I remember how the programmers used to carefully write code to facilitate the oh, so limited memory these oversized, basement situated systems used..

We had a room dedicated to our noisy band printers and dot matrix printers, which were connected via Centronics or Serial (RS232/422) interfaces.

I recall getting ASCII art on 1200ft reel tape and printing it, whoop! Dot matrix art of a Manga-esque girlie in a bikini...

Life was so simple back then... when multimedia was using a Walkman while in the computer room and gaming was trying to beat the mainframe at "hangman" and "tic-tac-toe"

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

Mondo the Magnificent
Devil

Re: Rubbish

No excuse given Apple profit margin.

My laptop anti-reflective screen is MUCH older and perfect. So old I won't divulge the model

Oh, please, please, please do... I've a fresh pot of coffee and popcorn on hand and your revelation could turn this smouldering discussion into an inferno...

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Mondo the Magnificent

Eventually...

I am sure that somewhere Apple is tracking the reports to see if this is just noise or a real issue. If it is a real issue Apple have a reasonable track record of eventually getting around to fixing things and also reimbursing people who have already paid for a repair

But I ask, as a "far from cheap brand", why does it take a digital lynch mob to get Apple to "eventually" respond? It if was half a dozen users over three months complaining, sure, but this is literally hundreds of [now disgruntled] MacBook owners highlighting the issue under discussion!

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Re: Wipeout!

I agree to disagree..

I've been a Mac user for decades and much prefer OS X to Windows' offerings at every level..

There are those of us who hail from the PowerPC era of Apple Mac offerings, Jobs' return to Apple, the migration to x86 processors was great for Mac users, it was a fantastic era and the products were [are still?] good..

For the record, I neither use an iPhone or iPad, I prefer Android offerings when it comes to the touchy/feely part of technology

But.. I've come across more people asking my opinion on Macs because they've bought the Jesus phone and/or fondleslab and now want a desktop or laptop to complete the set.

Many who have taken the plunge and bought a Mac of any kind tend to use them for Office, browsing and iTunes (synch & music) they don't really use their Macs to the full potential, so more of a "fashion accessory" IMO

And yes, Apple seem to have the Microsoft-centric attitude of "ship now, fix later" which is why I am now critical and wary of newer Apple product offerings, there certainly has been a paradigm shift in product QC and Apple's attitude towards the end user as Apple seem more focussed on appeasing the stockholders than the customers...

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Mondo the Magnificent
WTF?

Wipeout!

Is it me, or has anyone noticed a lot of autocracy in the post Steve Jobs Apple?

Again, like the MacBook overheat/CPU contact problems that previously surfaced, Apple remain mum on the issue and when the consumer pressure reaches boiling point, they react on the situation..

Being a "poor" Apple user, I have two generations of 13" MacBook Pros (Core2Duo & i5) and don't suffer from this ailment as it seems to be restricted to the "€/$ 2K+" models.. I breathe a pseudo sigh of relief, but..... I have been strongly considering a larger MacBook Pro... until this epic fail hit the news sites and forums...

This [so called] "cosmetic damage non-warranty issue" (as Apple term it) makes any future investment in an 'upmarket' MacBook Pro a definite no, even if Apple were 'resolving the issue' as the inconvenience of handing it to an Apple Repair Centre for a week for a screen replacement would also piss me off and I have to ask, will they resolve the symptom by replacing the screen with the same type that comes second best to a lint cloth or actually solve the problem by providing a replacement that can stand up to the "rigours of regular cleaning"?

Let's see how the fruit firm react to this, because whether they like this or not, issues like this do a little more than just harming the reputation of Apple, it affects sales, sure I am a once-off type end user buyer, but it's one less shiny MacBook that will be sold in the short to medium term until they sort this crap out.

So, I'll hang on to my money, put the coffee machine on and microwave some popcorn until the "Big A" shuffles its feet on what I don't quite see as a "cosmetic issue"

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Pint

Jaguar (Land Rover) an icon of British success!

Beautiful sums it up and more importantly, designed and built in Britain...

We've seen many of our marques crash and burn over the past few decades, MG Rover, Leyland etc. and when the wheels fall off, no British investment arm or bank seems to want to put them back on, hence us losing the MG/Rover marque to a Chinese consortium.

We've always been good at building "foreign" cars like the Nissan Micra and the Hondas but there is so little left of our large volume production line brands.

Poor Jaguar Land Rover, they really had a table tennis type heritage with Land Rover being owned by BMW, who scooped the Mini to enter the front-wheel-drive market without having to call it a BMW and building on a brand that has a good reputation and fun factor

The two were then bought by Ford who really had no idea what to do with it except plod the Jaguar X-Type body on a Mondeo chassis..

Enter Tata and they just let it be, as they said, no one understands the brand, design and manufacture better than the Brits..

The results have been astounding to be honest, the products are good, at least once a year I read in the Midlands section of the BBC news page that Jaguar/Land Rover are hiring more staff, so all in an ever better story..

The F Type shows that Jaguar's designers and owners are astute and adapting to en ever changing market. Sure everyone loves a big, fast and beautiful car and even better when it's got a fantastic marque, as Jaguar does.

The Jags ooze class and although they are not cheap, I still think it's a viable alternative to BMW and Mercedes, plus buying one, the owner knows that it's proudly British, provides jobs, export revenues and still turns heads when you drive it...

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

Mondo the Magnificent
Go

Say what?

Yes, I too am in the 50+ age group and finding work is like pissing dry ice, painful as f*ck!

I hit 50 in the UK and struggled to find a job, the only "old guys" around when I went for interviews were those retired coppers who do security at the reception desks of the companies I went to for interviews

On a lighter note, I relocated to mainland Europe in July 2014 and was faced with a language barrier too! But, I have just landed a job in a data centre as a "data centre engineer".

The job is for an U.S. based SaaS/Cloud company who has quite a bit of kit in Frankfurt and Amsterdam and one of the biggest issues they have is the language barrier when hiring agency engineers for a day, so even though I am "overqualified" but I am still employable, why?

It seems as if the IA is not capable of plugging in cables, racking and stacking and doing the physical match and patch, storage array config type stuff that will always need to be done by someone. Sure with VMware, MS and Cisco it's simplified and can be automated.... but... the devil is in the detail and although I am not as young as most doing this work, "old guys" my age don't jump ship to new jobs like the youngsters do and that counts for a lot...

So, if you're in the 50+ bracket, not too proud or afraid to do do the physical stuff, not worried about "job titles", don't mind earning a few £K (or €K) less per year and tenacious enough, there is a job out there somewhere!

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UK mobile networks LOSE to France and Germany on data speeds

Mondo the Magnificent
Alien

Interesting....

Is the UK really shuffling its feet on mobile data?

Did a 4G benchmark using Ookla SpeedTest on the 4G mobile phone here in Strasbourg, France where I live.

Like a saddo I posted the result on Facebook..

A few UK based friends replied with their results on various 4G handsets and my results were over 25% faster - and I didn't use the Samsung "download booster" function.

In one of the replies, a friend claimed he was almost under the tower in Aylesbury where he got his result, whereas I was 3 notches down from full signal..

Perhaps it's a case of over 3G subscription in the UK? Too many non 4G handsets out there to force the CSPs hands to make the investment?

Ironically one reply to my test result was from someone in South Africa who gets about the same speeds as the UK 4G subscribers, so either Orange France have really gotten their act together in the "Euro Capital" or the UK and results from the more developed areas of the 3rd world are just what are to be expected?

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

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FAIL

Re: Right...

Caught myself out there... it has a battery! Oh, well.. epic fail..

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Mondo the Magnificent
Coat

Right...

Let me quickly plug my Toshiba jiggery pokery numeric keypad uber secure USB into the only free USB port which is on the rear of my laptop..

Now, let me turn my not so nimble 17" laptop around and press the minute keys with my sausage fingers... so I can unlock the secure USB drive and share this cat video I downloaded...

Turn the laptop back around... pick everything up that fell over on my desk when the audio and HDMI cable played skittles with all the crap on my desk..

Let me rearrange my external USB drive to where it usually sits on my desk now that my laptop has done the "twist"..

There.. how convenient is that?

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

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Devil

And in other news.....

...productivity in the global workplace is at an all time high due to Facebook, Instagram and Tinder being [temporarily] off-line...

We expect the usual workplace dicking around to continue once the blizzard has left the eastern seaboard of the U.S.

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Tor takes off the gloves after sustained staffer harassment

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Coat

Time to call in....

the TerminaTor!

Strange that it's "only" women who work on the Tor project that get harassed

With all this "anonymity" that Tor offers, you'd expect anyone associated with the Tor Project to be a little lower profile about what they do/contribute to this project, after all many authoritarian governments see Tor as major threat to their control and monitoring of all things Internet..

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Good question....

..but firstly, thanks for the mention of Dewey, Huey and Louie from the old school sci-fi epic Silent Running

These were the first "robots" I ever really paid attention to, seeing the movie as a young kid, I was mesmerised at their abilities, fixing the ship, gardening, playing cards and attending to Bruce Dern's left, or was it right[?]* leg in the movie (*Blooper alert) What I really enjoyed about them was the fact they were "tape driven" which was quite freaky for a 70's sci-fi movie, it added that little "limited RAM realism" when I think about it..

There are many worthy contenders in the poll, all legends in their own way, all worthy "candidates" too, but there was a missing candidate, an old school chap just called "Robot" from the late 60's TV show "Lost in Space".. how did Robot get forgotten?

The robot that got my vote was Sonny from I Robot. Why? Because he was the perfect mixture of intelligence, ability and form. If I were to ever own a home/work robot/droid, the "Sonny" appearance would be ideal, not too human (unlike Ash/Alien), very functional, intelligent and strong.

Thanks ElReg, another great survey and some great memories of the many electro-mechanical sidekicks that make us sci-fi fans smile

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Pint

I have to ask....

...if Vinyl was ever really dead or was it just hiding in the CD boxes of cub DJs and in people's spare room cupboards?

The resurgence of Vinyl has been in motion for some time and recently I've even seen articles on how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue!

It's lovely to dig through a stack of albums, admiring the front cover, flipping it over and reading the track list on the rear. Record covers can often be iconic, from Pink Floyd's Storm Thorgerson designed Dark Side of the Moon design to the Beatles Heinz Edelmann designed Yellow Submarine cover, instantly recognisable by anyone over 40! Each record almost has a masterpiece value attached to it too, the detail is Santana's Abraxas album is one such example.

It's good to see that the fragile 12" platters are making a comeback, but a decent turntable is needed to exploit the wonderful capabilities of Vinyl and it's good to see they're becoming a little easier to source too.

I've seen many cheap and cheerful USB turntable/software bundles for converting Vinyl to USB, horrible devices with a ceramic stylus and no wow/flutter adjustment, but decent pure analogue turntables have always been available. Sure, you'll never see them in a front display, but most decent Vinyl focussed record shops also flog mid-range to high-end turntables and they don't come cheap, it's the decent digital/analogue units that have been bastards to find...

The question is, would I want to "digitise" my Vinyls? Yes and no, there are some rarities that just cannot be sourced on CD/MP3, so these are candidates for ripping, but a majority of the music I enjoy is available digitally.

However, I still love playing Vinyl records, removing the album from its sleeve carefully, placing it upon the turntable, lifting the tone arm over the start and lowering it...

Listening to the static and feint scratches on the record, which are soon ignored by the ear... without having my father screaming at me to "turn that noise down"...

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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Terminator

Hell yea, but...

..someone will need to assemble, maintain and repair the robots.. unless they can actually do that themselves, then we're all fucked.. over and out!

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

Mondo the Magnificent
Facepalm

Again...

The focus, as always is on "legal" firearms, which are easier to control..

The bigger picture here is illegal firearms, carried by criminals for criminal intent..

Sure the principle is good, but addressing the symptom never resolves the problem, which in a majority of cases involved the use of illegal weapons.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Coat

Being a wrist device...

I'd expect it to have an ARM processor.....

On a serious note, a good idea but with all the "anti-drone" legislation proposals, you could be breaking the law in some counties...

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Brighten your November morning: 900 in-browser arcade classics added to the Internet Archive

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Devil

Sysadmins please don't take any notice...

Damn, how long before the company sysadmin adds this URL to the shitlist?

Make hay whilst the sun shines, then back to the boring old news pages...

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

Mondo the Magnificent
Devil

Re: Who cares?

I do!

As a resident of Strasbourg, this city is pocked with free WiFi as well as insanely fast 4G.

My 4G on a Galaxy S5 claims 111Mb/s on Ookla "Speed Test" that is faster than any WiFi hotspot, but it's NOT FREE! My contract limits me to 1 gigabyte per month.

Let's also consider how many people are still using 3G phones, more than capable for all things Internet, but again, some CSP's do not offer unlimited 3G either, so WiFi hotspots FTW

The wireless hotspots are a blessing for those with 3G devices and on PAYG or capped 3G/4G contracts,, those who bought cheaper earlier generation iPads without 3G support (like my good self) and of course for those who want to use their beloved laptops within the coffee shops, diners and other such places.

Lastly, Strasbourg is very close to Germany, so when we head of to Kehl, Germany to go shopping, the "international roaming" charges kick in, which is madness because Kehl is 2.4KM from Strasbourg, but it's over the [non existent] border, however the free WiFi in Kehl helps overcome those unjust international roaming charges that makes the CSP smile

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

Mondo the Magnificent
Pint

To eternity and beyond...

I think Richard Branson summed it up well with "Space is hard"

Long before man was exiting the stratosphere into space, the test pilots flying the "X" craft were pushing the limits trying to exceed the sound barrier, that in itself was a feat in the 50's and many paid with their lives in this quest too. The film "The Right Stuff" briefly covered this pioneering era of pre-space flight

Today most tvehciles that head into space are launched vertically, engineers and space agencies have that principle down to a tee, however, as we've seen in the past and also saw earlier this week, things can still go horribly wrong.

The Virgin Spaceship X program is still in its infancy, the methodologies and technologies are constantly being explored and improved.

Sadly, like any form of flight, this carries a calculated risk as engineers strive to perfect their designs and the technology wrapped up within them.

Our condolences to those who risk life and limb whilst pushing the envelope in man's quest for outer earth travel and unfortunately pay the ultimate price.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Pint

iPod classic

I love the classic, seriously, the clickwheel just does it for me, I still have two, 30 & 60GB respectively.

One in black, the other in white.

I recall the U2 [engraved autograph] versions in red, yes U2 does have a history with the iPod classic as well as a faux par with iTunes recently too..

Fortunately you can keep your old iPods alive, there are a few specialist sites that keep parts, like the clickwheel, displays, hard disks and batteries for them.

I've revived a few old iPods that had failed and friends were going to junk. It's usually a battery or disk failure.

Perhaps some developer can come up with a classic clickwheel iPod type interface for the under endowed iPod Touch? That way die hard clickwheel generation fans can feel all nostalgic when pawing their iPod Touch devices..

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Apple to PROTECT YOU from dreaded TROUSER EXPLOSIONS

Mondo the Magnificent
Coat

Whoah!

This could be commercial suicide for Apple!

The flame proof pockets could prevent the "money burning a hole in my pocket" syndrome every time Apple release a new iMusthave device..

Just raying...

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Breaking records: Google exec in terrifying SKY PLUNGE DRAMA

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HALP

High Altitude Low Profile?

Saw the video on BBC news this morning and what a low key affair compares to the Felix Baumgartner affair two years ago.

No fancy capsule with a million different camera angles, no endorsements, no media frenzy, they just strapped Alan Eustace's ass to a balloon and sent him all the way up..

It's quite a humble way to set a new record and although doing things like this aren't exactly cheap affairs, Eustace's attempt was done on a shoestring budget compares to the Baumgartner / Red Bull affair.

Kudos to Alan Eustace and his team, quietly setting a new record with no prior notice, media hype or corporate sponsorship..

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

Mondo the Magnificent

A missed opportunity....

We see this type of thing with startups all the time...

They have a concept or a product that will revolutionise a market segment, they talk the talk but sometimes cannot walk the walk..

Corning was a good and logic alternative, they've been around for a long time and a financially stable.

Due to GT's failings, we've not yet seen or enjoyed the benefits of "sapphire glass" on touchable devices, hopefully GT can pick themselves up and turn this around in the longer term.

I assume that GT hold all the IP cards on this product, if so, perhaps they will enjoy financial sustainability through licensing agreements

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Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

Mondo the Magnificent

Perhaps...

Specifications subject to change without notice?

At the manufacturers' discretion as always...

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AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Mondo the Magnificent

Summing things up...

To quote the article: "The plan will see AMD issuing layoff notices to about 710 employees worldwide, and is expected to cost the chipmaker $57m in severance payments"

That equates to about US$80K/per head.. sure it doesn't divide up as simple as that, but sometimes VSP (Voluntary Severance packages) can be an unwelcome blessing..

When I worked at Intel in 2001, one new college graduate signed his letter of appointment a week before VSP's were announced. He walked out with US$23K after two weeks of work! Not shabby...

It seems to be an American thing, pay up and scale down...

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

Mondo the Magnificent
Meh

I agree

Nokia committed suicide, they have every chance to adapt to the new era of smart phones, but decided to stick with what "they know"

Nokia had every opportunity to jump on the Android bandwagon but obviously didn't take Android's offerings seriously. It's not just Apple that was part of Nokia's demise, but LG, Samsung, HTC, Huawei and Google (Nexus) to name a few.

The fundamental difference being those other manufacturers adapted to Android in order to give Apple a damned good run for their money, and they have...

Hindsight is wonderful, however it's a little too late for Nokia nowadays..

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

Mondo the Magnificent
Childcatcher

What about the battery?

Good stuff indeed, but Nvidia have been fairly coy on just how much power these screamin' GPU's will use.

Sure a gamer will usually use the power adapter when gaming , but in the 'unlikely case' of gaming sans power adapter, how would these compare to Nviadia's previous GPUs?

I assume the vendors will have the laptops use the Core i built in GPU for 'normal' Windows use

It seems as if the laptop tiptoes a little closer to the desktop in all round performance..

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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

Mondo the Magnificent
Pint

FARK!

The GoPro offerings have come a long way over a short time

It's the adventurers' friend, no more risking your expensive DV cam or DSLR whilst filming something ambitious

I like to use my 3 as a "dashcam"[sic] for [motor biking] and mountain biking, always a good reference when I exceed my skills on the mountain bike trail and bail. I've discovered that my pre-crash vocal reactions are fairly entertaining and no longer forgotten!

Also, I believe that the GoPro is the type of birthday or Christmas present that could be the catalyst for kids to embark on a career in film making, with it's versatility, robustness, mounting options and reasonable cost, make it an amazing device if not, the little buggers could have just as much fun strapping to their bikes, radio controlled cars, skateboards and family pets.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

Mondo the Magnificent
Alien

Mirror mirror...

I guess anything for a scoop huh?

And if you can score a politician in the "game" even better..

Common sense needs to prevail too, an up and coming politician dares to send an explicit selfie without thinking of the ramifications of this in short or longer term,.. after all this could come back to bite a person at any time.

One needs to assess the repercussions of posing for and sending such a picture, especially if you're in the cut throat industry of politics.

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Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS

Mondo the Magnificent
Devil

Did you see the rivets on her?

Well done to the Japanese, they're miles ahead of everyone

They will be the first nation to entice robots, droids and other electromechanical mayhem into the grandstands! This is so Futurama!

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

Mondo the Magnificent
Trollface

Loving the comments...

..and the comparisons, branded SD vs. generic, Nexus vs. iPhone, home made coffee vs. Starbucks..

Reading this armed with a big stash of popcorn, the microwave at home stuff, not the overpriced stuff from Vue cinemas

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Mondo the Magnificent

Humble Pie

The iPhone 6's pre and post release hype has gained more press coverage than the Scottish referendum, all things ISIS, Kate and Will's second sprog and the Dalai Lama's third refusal to be allowed into South Africa. It's a fucking phone, not a pacemaker... and I so love the mix of hype and sarcasm that this is iMustHave is wrapped up in.. and with it being water resistant, Mister Fry can gag on it's beauty and functionality without his saliva ruining it..

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

Mondo the Magnificent

Re: I'm having a Windows XP moment here..

I believe it went backwards from 10.6.8, boot times have increased slightly and the time that 10.7x onwards takes to shut down has increased significantly, even with newer [Core i5] processors.

Apple are trying to woo new buyers with a revamped UI experience, but little things like the "Notification Centre" bug the shit out of me.

Perhaps Apple are following Microsoft's [Windows 8/8/1] lead trying to turn the Desktop UI into a phone-type look and feel.

That doesn't quite hack it for everyone, especially me as I prefer my Mac not to echo the IOS look and feel.

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The hoarder's dilemma: 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Mondo the Magnificent
Childcatcher

Sentiment value?

I hoard quite a bit and also still hang on to a late 90's Macintosh SE/30 that is fully functional as well as a working Apple Newton and a working Diamond Multimedia RIO MP3 player

I often wonder if it's the sentimental value or just how much those things cost me way back when?

It's also nice to show them off to the youngsters of today and show them the comparison of how technology has moved along over the past three decades.

Yes, in essence I do hoard, it's hard to throw things away that function but have no use...

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