* Posts by Mondo the Magnificent

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

Mondo the Magnificent
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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

Mondo the Magnificent
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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

Mondo the Magnificent

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

Mondo the Magnificent
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

Mondo the Magnificent
FAIL

Re: Right...

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

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Mondo the Magnificent
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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?

Mondo the Magnificent
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

Mondo the Magnificent
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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

Mondo the Magnificent
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

Mondo the Magnificent
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!

Mondo the Magnificent
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

Mondo the Magnificent
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

Mondo the Magnificent
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

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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...

</sad>

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US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

Mondo the Magnificent
Pint

I have to ask...

..will it carry tools or equally important, a six pack of beer?

As for making unorthodox items fly, as my son and I share the rewarding, but expensive hobby of RC, we've seen radio controlled lawnmowers that fly, however they are based on the principle of basic aircraft design.

I also recall the flying dildo based on an RC chopper that invaded a Russian press conference a few years back (Video can be viewed on YouTube)

It seems that man is drawn to the challenge of making weird objects airborne

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Reminds me...

..of the time I was at police High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) on business.

This unit had a special area for phone forensics and I saw the two investigators handling every phone they touched with rubber gloves.

When I enquired as to why they wear gloves, one detective replied "you'd be very surprised where some of these phones have been. This one was found "in a female inmate" pointing at a Nokia in an evidence bag. He also informed that they'd also investigated phones found "in male inmates"

It seems as if the "jacksey" is the standard cargo compartment for most things then, from an eighth of cannabis to a phone, but I await the day that ElReg reports that some inmate gets found with a fondleslab in the rear cargo hatch...

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Intel reinvents the PC as giant 'Black Brook' fondleslab

Mondo the Magnificent
Meh

One happy familty....

Yes, agreed, it is funny.

No squabbling over who's busy with the device and I see that this happy family don't even save their photo edits or exit the program when handing this oversized fondleslab over to the next person who's waiting impatiently to use it

Watching it being carried, it looks a little cumbersome, so I too would anticipate these being dropped by clumsy family members or by the younger offspring.

Looking to my right, my wok colleague has an MSI 21" touch screen Windows 7 all-in-one type thing.

The only things missing on my colleague's touchy AIO are a battery and Windows 8.1, but in essence the reinvented Intel offering isn't that far off what's already been available for quite some time.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

Mondo the Magnificent

Tragic...

..but shouldn't governments with the help of local media notify and advise citizens about these types of scams?

Sure, one can question the "mental state" of the victim here, but scammers never take the financial, mental or physical state of people into consideration when targeting them with these "ransomware" scams.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

Mondo the Magnificent

Where I work...

..the telesales team has to make a minimum of 200 calls per day with a target of 5 appointments for the reps.

Perhaps HM Prison Grampian, Peterhead is a better option for these poor souls who dredge through online directory services all day in their quest to call and sell someone something they probably don't want anyway..

On a less serious note, the HM Prison telesales program could be a good foundation for ex inmates to find work in Mumbai once released..

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

Mondo the Magnificent
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Crouching kitty, hidden iguana....

Here is Africa the Huawei brand is well known and advertised quite heavily, with massive billboards showing off Huawei's [previous generation] handsets.

When I was still "stationed" in Blighty, circa 2011, I bought me a cheap and cheerful Huawei Android handset at the O2 store for UKL65 on a PAYG package. It worked quite well indeed with the exception of it's WiFi reception, which was dismal. Three bars when positioned next to the WAP.

I believe that Huawei is a force to be reckoned with in regards to consumer electronics, it's taken them some time to reveal their true potential, but the some of the kit I use, like the B683 3G router come WAP and the great little e586 portable WiFi hotspot. They both work very well indeed, especially at the price.

The one thing we always read about Huawei is how Western governments don't trust any networking kit manufactured by them. These could be valid concerns, but the slightest negative press can always taint a good product's reputation.

I await the new Huawei handsets to arrive in Africa. If they arrive before I leave and if the product offers the same or better features for a lower premium than Samsung, LG or Apple, it has a damned good chance of being added to my "shopping cart"

The clear winners here will be the consumers, Huawei may be the product that forces other handset manufacturers to lower their prices. After all, LG, Samsung, Apple and others are mostly made/assembled in China, so it's fitting that a Chinese product with a Chinese brand name could give them a run for their money,

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How NOT to evaluate hard disk reliability: Backblaze vs world+dog

Mondo the Magnificent

Does the candle that burns twice as bright...

..burn half as long?

When selling Host Independent Disk Subsystems into a certain part of the UK public sector, we always filled the slots up with "Enterprise" class SATA disks.

That gave the end users and our good selves peace of mind, but those disks remained powered on and rotating at 7200RPM 24/7/365.

The failure rate was very low, I cannot remember the stats, but I do recall for every 24 bay system we flogged, the end user purchased two spare disks "just in case" and the reported failure rates were less than single digit.

Our biggest installation comprised of over half a Petabyte of storage comprising of 500Gb, 1Tb and 2Tb disks, depending on the age of the disk array and the biggest disk capacity available at the time.

We wouldn't have dreamt of putting "consumer disks" into that environment for a few reasons.

The biggest stigma was the fact they were "desktop drives" and not recommended for heavy duty use by the manufacturers (Seagate or Hitachi)

Secondly was the warranty, the Enterprise disks had a better warranty and a "disk retention policy" where the end user would only have to return the lid of the failed disk to get a warranty replacement unit, thus never risking sensitive data leaving the site, even if the odds of any data recovery were very low.

Thirdly, the Disk Subsystem manufacturers had a "compatibility list" of 'certified hard disks" and this always comprised of the Enterprise class disks, desktop platters never, ever featured and to get support (when needed) we, as integrators adhered to that list religiously

Lastly, the enterprise disks cost more, so from an integrator perspective, by following the vendors' recommended configuration, there was a little extra money to be made.

The notable differences between Desktop and Enterprise disks was the cache size with the Enterprise offering double the cache size of the desktop equivalents, other than that, they were all 7.2K RPM disks.

This article comes as no surprise to me but the statistics make for interesting reading. However, most integrators will continue stuffing Enterprise disks into those RAID arrays that allow us to use disks bought from distribution and we will adhere to the tested disk list because we just have to do things right.

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

Mondo the Magnificent
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WTF!

So, now I can man up. or woman up, or trans up, or whatever up to being whoever or whatever I want to be?

Surely they could have gotten this down to seven choices

Male

Female

Both

Neither

Undecided

Outcome pending

To be confirmed

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

Mondo the Magnificent

I on the other hand....

..would welcome this technology with open arms...

As a kid in the 70's I watched "Silent Running" and seeing Bruce Dern playing poker with the little droids, named Huey, Louis and Dewey I wanted to own a droid!

Stars Wars was the game changer, droids with personality and functionality! My yearning for a droid continued.

Battlestar Galactica gave us the warning that droids can run amok posing a threat to humans when blatantly ignoring Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"

Runaway with Tom Selleck was a classic with criminals purposely programming robots to be bad-assed and commit murders.

I Robot with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a good insight to "when good robots go bad" but those robots were exceptionally functional until the "ghost in the machine" became aware of the "human threat" a-la Skynet from the Terminator franchise

Taking all this positivity and negativity into account I would still welcome a functional and obedient robot into my household. If it can help with chores like putting the garbage out, walking the dog and mowing the lawn, then it's a bonus.

If it can play Chess and / or cards, then even better.

The one thing I wouldn't want is a robot that mimics a human form (Ash in Alien and Bishop in Aliens), as a robot I'd expect it to have robotic features that make it distinctive

The only downside I see is the maintenance and charge times, oh and the possible smell of hydraulic oil, unless it's pneumatic.

Bottom line, I am in my 50's and I certainly don't want the "robot generation" to come too late.

Bring it on James Dyson!

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Bored with patent trolls? Small fry - prepare for the Design Trolls

Mondo the Magnificent
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Wait a minute...

..we came up with that "small but perfectly small bill" years ago

We'll see them in court for the infringement of something that looks like something we already came up with, even though it's not quite the same.,,,

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Bing Maps COCKUP: Oracle UK HQ is 'Elvis Impersonators' joint

Mondo the Magnificent

That confirms it...

Larry Ellison is the king!

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Lenovo haggling with IBM over price of System X... AGAIN

Mondo the Magnificent

I believe the X Server range would be a major coup for Lenovo, but will they pay too much for it?

Let's look back at when Lenovo acquired IBM's desktop and laptop business, sales declined greatly due to the U.S. government's "mistrust" of all things Mainland China and looking to Dell and HP for desktop and laptops

The legendary ThinkPad was once a major seller within branches of the U.S. government and once the marque was sold, it was no longer considered an option

Should Lenovo get its paws on the X Server range, would they experience the same declining sales within their newly acquired server range?

It's a calculated risk, pay too much and not get the sales figures, or pay an acceptable price and hope you can morph the Lenovo branded X Server range into something sellable, although the product would sell volumes in China, how would it fair in the rest of the [Western] market?

Interesting times are upon us and should Lenovo end up owning the X Server range, the "big three" (IBM/HP/Dell) could end up becoming the "Surviving two", as in Dell & HP

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