* Posts by Unicornpiss

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Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?

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Like a mechanic without a driver's license...

There are many apps where I work that I know how to fix when they break... but don't ask me to coherently use them, as the only training I've had on them is poking around with them trying to either get them to break or to ensure that I've actually fixed them. Sometimes the user has to be present to perform whatever procedure made it misbehave, as I have no idea how to use the application. This is common.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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This technology has its place

People that already have alternative energy generation available, such as solar, wind, small hydro, etc. will find this a real boon. It's got to be better than lead-acid and other existing battery technologies in current use for night and off-peak generation times. People living where commercial and residential power is billed at flexible rates depending on the time of day could also set up a timing system where the unit charges during hours of the day where rates are lower and gives you juice when power is most expensive. They also could be useful if you live where power is pretty unreliable, I'm sure.

But I do not expect you will see these in every home anytime soon. I live in an area where commercial power is very reliable overall, and while I own my home, there are too many trees to make solar practical. (also, I just don't use that much power) Plus, a large percentage of the populace everywhere rents their digs.

Maybe if this was licensed to Apple, whose marketing department seems to have an uncanny knack for convincing people to buy things they only have a marginal use for.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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For fuck's sake...

You bought the device. (for a hefty premium too) You should be able to install pretty much what you want on it, as long as it's been vetted for malware and basic quality (eg. it doesn't crash all the time), and if the software sucks, change it or live with it. No clock apps for your iPhone/Watch, eh? Say what you will about Android, but at least you can do what the hell you want with your device, which is what drives evolution and innovation--finding uses you never knew you needed. If I buy an Apple TV device, will it eventually have software to filter out all appearances of Roku, Kindle Fire, etc. in media content?

I understand that it would be stupid to mention a competitor’s products in a good light if you're trying to make money off your own. But it's still a silly strategy that fools no one (God, I hope), any more than watching a TV show where they've cunningly blocked out the manufacturer emblem on a car, but anyone who's not an idiot can still see it's a Ford or whatever.

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Re: Well, well, well, well...

"You could display a coffinated Jobs slowly rotating in microgravity and cunningly deduce the time-of-day based on the position of his outstretched arms."

---No you couldn't, he's by now spinning way too fast in his grave to make a reliable timepiece.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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If I was looking for an SUV...

I'd rather just buy a new Jeep, a good used sports car, and still have enough money left to pay off a good chunk of my mortgage without touching the Rover's price. And still get better reliability and as good of off-road ability out of the Jeep. (but I'm not rich enough to be able to aspire to that degree of impracticality)

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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@"Live a better day"

Ugh. I met a beautiful girl with a tattoo of "Find quality in life", which I really liked and that was a much more profound slogan than the sappy "Live a better day", which sounds like a poorly translated Bond movie title. Unfortunately, she decided I wasn't high enough quality for her. But I still liked the tattoo.

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The obvious for me...

..is that I won't buy any smart watch or "watch device" that you have to recharge every frickin' day. A watch is for convenience. Remembering to recharge my watch is not convenient. Even a windup watch you have to wind every day is more convenient than this.

Maybe once battery life reaches a week between charges, or charging options are more convenient, such as inductive charging while you wear it but without giving you cancer or waking up soft boiled, but nah, probably not even then.

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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Similar experiences..

In 2002 I worked a job supporting POS equipment. (both point-of-sale and the other accepted definition for this acronym are true) My counterpart that worked in the corporate office taking care of the meager network there kept finding many, many connections in the log files to multiple porn sites, including some really sick stuff. Since this had not come up before, she didn't have any sort of logging in place to determine who the culprit was other than general logs as to what the internet gateway was being used for. So she embarked on a campaign to try and catch the person in the act, but couldn't find anyone doing anything they shouldn't be. (yes, there are better ways) She was further stumped by the fact that the porn sites were being accessed at random times throughout the day, not just at lunchtime, after hours, etc. Finally, she managed to finger the culprit. (no pun intended) It turned out to be none other than our CEO and part owner, who apparently had nothing better to do with his day than randomly surf porn in his private office.

I never did find out if she confronted our CEO, but she did manage to block further transgressions by the simple method of remotely editing the hosts file on his machine to point all of his favorite sites to 127.0.0.1. Incidentally, the company filed for bankruptcy and was broken up about 10 years ago

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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

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Re: Don't forget the third reason...

Actually, the drives have one and three year warranties. But the thing of it is, assuming I could warranty every mechanical drive that failed and get a free replacement, I just don't want them. Why would I want another mechanical drive that's just going to fail me in a year or two (and probably sooner, as you typically get a "refurbished" drive on warranty claims), inconvenience both the user and our department, and cost my company productivity and possibly even reputation if a user's laptop is acting up when working with a business partner?

If we have an SSD fail, we will warranty it and get a replacement. (and we have 5 and 10-year warranties on them) But all the mechanical drives can just rot in hell as far as I'm concerned. I'm done with the pathetic fragility, unreliability, and slowness of them. (and I agree with the poster that mentioned that drives used to be better some years ago) I will no more buy another mechanical drive for a laptop or desktop machine than I will stop using digital media and put my music on 8-track tapes. Let them be a monument to the folly of using an obsolete technology to store data.

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@DropBear

Yes, they can bury the heaps of mechanical drives next to the boatload of E.T. cartridges that Atari consigned to legend 30 years ago. The only difference is no one will ever want to dig them up again. Though if you ever did, you could probably find them from the anomalous magnetic field in the area caused by thousands of neodymium magnets.

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Don't forget the third reason...

SSDs rarely fail, unlike spinning rust. At least 40% of the crop of spinning rust we bought a couple of years ago at our company (mostly WD black label laptop drives) have given up the ghost already and/or have been questionable enough to replace with SSDs. We have bought mostly Crucial SSDs, and have had zero failures on the upgrades.

So the built-in obsolescence you get with mechanical drives, and the need to replace them due to attrition also dries up.

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What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

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Company bloat/inertia?

I am a certified professional that owes their employment to MS being less than perfect with their products. But I still wonder how it is that free OSes like Mint, Ubuntu, etc. manage to get so many things right that Microsoft struggles with. Oh, I'm not saying that the Mint OS that I'm using at the moment is perfect. Everything has problems. But nothing steals focus on this OS, it isn't constantly wasting resources trying to index everything, I don't get absurd warnings like "Do you trust this printer?", and I'm not constantly nagged to tweak this, disable that, "your computer could perform better", etc.

Perhaps I'm asking a rhetorical question here, but this is a FREE operating system that gets most everything right, including not rearranging my icons when it feels like it in dual monitor mode, nor the asinine "pin to taskbar" method of creating links. Which I wouldn't be so unhappy with if they'd just stay put and not randomly arrange themselves on a whim. How about updates? My Linux OS tells me updates are available, I click to install, things happen for a couple of minutes, and we're done. Never a reboot unless the kernel is being updated. With MS, updating is a cross your appendages and pray affair--Wait for updates to install, see what failed, reboot, endure "Preparing to configure Windows" (always good to be prepared I guess), possibly reboot again. How is it that an OS with man-years of development behind it, and for which we will pay hundreds of dollars (or thousands in subscriptions) manages to be so flaky/buggy/irritating?

How many times has my Linux OS crashed in the last year, even when gaming with it and doing other things that stress it? Not once, not counting having to restart the window manager a few times after doing something stupid. How many times has my Surface Pro at work crashed while just 'idling'? Every 3 days or so, with the latest drivers available from MS, and the Surface is their in-house effort. And let's not get started with Office and SharePoint. Brilliant concepts, but a lot of debugging yet to do.

Maybe it takes a village to write an OS and not a dictatorship where no one communicates with anyone else.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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HP "Kayak"

We had an HP Kayak PC at work running a piece of lab equipment. Shooting was too good for it and pissing on it would have been a waste of a good piss.

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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After being arrested...

Did they get their one phone call?

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Hmm... Is Uri Geller still around?

'Nuff said...

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Next upgrade...

With all that coffee, the next upgrade will be to the station's toilet I expect...

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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Re: Graffiti anyone?

@bep: Your comment makes sense. It's the same reason that in the days of typewriters that secretaries used shorthand to take notes. I like Swype. Someone mentioned that Swype is great on phones but not so wonderful on tablets and larger devices. I'd agree with that, but why couldn't you just use a smaller (or adjustable/scalable) Swype keyboard on the tablets? What is making you use a keyboard that spans the full screen and forces long distances between characters or using 2 hands?

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Swype?

Having gotten completely used to "Swype", I'll bet the handwriting recognition is quite a bit slower, but I'd still rather use it than a fiddly virtual keyboard on a touch screen.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: Guys, it's really no different on the PC side

There's a difference between having a 'non-replaceable' battery and gluing the living shit out of everything such that it's frustrating and nigh impossible to work on the device. Most integrated batteries can be replaced relatively simply with a little patience and a light touch, but I wouldn't want the pain of dealing with one of these.

It should also make it a serious challenge to recycle these devices at end of life.

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Re: How does this pass EU battery regulations?

"They quote their laptop batteries are good for at least 1000 full cycles to 80% capacity. So let's break that down - you would have to charge and discharge the battery fully every single day (not just work days) for around 2 years 9 months until it was only holding 80% charge."

Maybe, in a perfect world. If you're careful to not let it cook on the dock and run it halfway down several times a week, always floss, and generally life a charmed life. But the fact is that Apple buys their batteries from the same manufacturers as everyone else. And in practice, if you get 18 months of service out of a laptop battery before it starts to significantly degrade, that's pretty good. For every person that manages to stretch a battery to 3 years, there's at least one that starts to have problems after a little over a year. At least this has been my experience dealing with all manner of electronics personally and professionally for the last decade.

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The hacker spirit...

Is dead and mummified in glue at Apple. A device you can't disassemble, upgrade, or tinker with in any way is a soulless appliance and just completely rubs me the wrong way.

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Just thought...

...the definition of patronising at the end was a beautiful touch :)

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Chrome version 42 will pour your Java coffee down the drain: Plugin blocked by default

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<sigh>

Where I work we have a hodgepodge of IE, Chrome, and Firefox. Like many organizations, we keep older versions of IE around for legacy stuff that just will not run right on anything else, even on 11 in "Enterprise Mode". We then allow users to install and use Firefox and Chrome for more modern apps or as a personal preference. Chrome is a big hit. (I'm partial to FF myself) If Chrome will no longer run Java, that will be a deal breaker. And Java is far from dead. One of our departments (with no consulting IT) began using a finance news and file sharing site that requires not only Java, but Java 8. Which is another story for keeping compatibility, but we won't go there.

I suppose my point is that it's wonderful that Google is taking a stand (sarcasm), but if we (and many other companies) must now rely on older versions of Chrome, etc. now to run outdated Java, security has actually decreased, counter to Google's intentions.

I'm sure some well meaning pundit will bring up: "Well, you should be updating/phasing out all those vulnerable legacy apps. You'll get no sympathy from me." Yes, I wholeheartedly agree. And by making such a statement, you've clearly not worked for a large company to whom IT is at best a necessary extravagance and at worst a bastard stepchild whose recommendations are to be viewed with disdain and ignored until a crisis emerges. "What do you mean we can't keep using this DOS app in production?? Oooh, do you have my Surface 3 tablet ready? Shiny!"

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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If it was available a year ago with an SD card slot..

..I would have one of these instead of my S5.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Well well.. I own an S5

Where do you get "no DS card slot?" I have an S5 and the SD card slot was one of the selling points for me. Look under your battery cover again...

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It must not be too bad...

..If it can sway an obviously biased reviewer who mentions the iPhone 6 in nearly every paragraph.

Yes, it looks like an iPhone6. Samsung was obviously influenced in their design by Apple... who were obviously influenced in their design of the 6 by Samsung and other Android models. And so it goes in every sphere of the marketing world. A car becomes popular and all the other manufactures ape the design. True innovation is rare. While I will be sticking to my S5 for a while longer, it makes me happy that Samsung has gotten rid of the 50s diner/kitchen table border around the phone, though the 6 does look more fragile, as the iPhone 6 definitely is. (and I can vouch for that, having replaced at least 20 at our company)

I too wish the author could substantiate his comments about the Android OS being "buggy". All phone software is buggy. I have stationery in my email describing the iPhone reboot process as I've had to explain it so many times I got sick of typing it. It's not worth getting into a pissing contest about which OS is better, though I will say that at least those of us partisan to Android don't have to suffer the kick in the nuts that is iTunes.

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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You may be correct sir...

"The only reason we lack choice now (Linux excepted) is Apple & IBM charging unreasonable prices and Amiga and Commodore both being run into the ground by idiots. The Amiga and ST blew PC hardware into the weeds and given proper support, backing and a decent business model they'd have probably left it there with Bill Gates and Microsoft being confined to the Where Are They Now? lists with x86 hardware being run on the server side by a combination of OS/2 and some version of Unix."

I've always thought that if Jack Tramiel hadn't been such a megalomaniac, that we'd all be running "Amiga Standard" computers instead of PCs. However, Microsoft Basic was (at the time) arguably the best and most bug-free of what was out there in the early 80s, Windows 3.1 and 95 (even DOS-based and a ripoff of Apple's GUI--which was itself a ripoff of Xerox) was still revolutionary. And XP ended up being the "Model T" of computing. It's a shame that MS totally lost their way with the UI on Windows 8, as the back end is fairly decent. I was a skeptic until I ran benchmarks on similar PCs, one running 7 Enterprise and one running 8 with a little worse hardware, and found 8 to be faster.

Anyway, we all have to admit, what a long strange trip it's been, even if the current state of the OS is a bit dystopian these days...

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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My Sony account was hacked and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!

Just another bad decision in a long string of them by Sony management at all levels. Really, how hard would it be to comp this guy? In light of the last decade of bad decisions by Sony, building a little goodwill would go a long way. Sony's hardware has always been impeccable. It's their software and implementation of corporate decisions that will end up doing them in.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Failure mode

It's likely they failed like any electronic device subjected to a major power surge--the power supply for the electronics probably failed, possibly with the capacitors blowing up. I'm sure the circuitry included MOVs to protect against most short-duration power spikes, but thousands of volts for seconds or perhaps minutes is way beyond what any protective circuits are designed to handle.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Sadly...

Most of these pics still look better organized than the wiring closets at my current workplace.

My previous job was worse though, supporting a restaurant chain that had been in business for decades. I found among other things, a UPS plugged into itself with everything else in a power strip. (not a very good perpetual motion machine) A chicken wing with a cable embedded in it behind a computer cabinet, hanging in space. Demarks which had been added to/repaired/modded by indifferent, incompetent, and hostile phone techs over a decade or more--fun fun fun tracing any of that stuff out. A PC that had died from a mouse that was living in it peeing on the motherboard, and the piece d' resistance (in ohms) may be the electrical fire that started behind a toaster oven while I was on the premises of one of the restaurant units.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Lack of removable storage=deal breaker

I would have rather stuck with Motorola when I upgraded my phone last time, but none of the Moto offerings had an SD card slot. So I got an S5, which I've overall been pretty happy with, once I got past the 1950s kitchen table styling.

Cloud services are nice for backups and LT storage, but speed, bandwidth, connectivity, and convenience concerns are why I like having onboard storage. Plus, you break you phone, pop out the SD card, drop it in a new phone or USB reader, and there are all your files, including what didn't get a chance to sync with "the cloud". This is one of my main peeves about iStuff as well. (though there are many others too) A non-removable battery is also a minus, though not that big of a deal.

I will be looking to another company when it's time to replace the S5 unless there are current models with an SD card slot available from Sammy.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

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@Bill

"They will be wishing they gave more than a t shirt next time when somebody decides not to tell them because its not even worth their time."

My understanding from the article is that Amazon was not told of this flaw, but instead it was posted elsewhere on the web and subsequently brought to their attention. I suppose the next person that discovers a vulnerability could just exploit it and not tell anyone, but that happens everyday anyway...

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

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What socket?

...does that monster fit into? Something the size of a standard motherboard?

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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So what happened to Aero?

IMHO, Windows 7 had the best look with Aero and glass windows. Why has MS decided to chuck this and "fuglify" everything starting with Office 2013 and Windows 8? I understand that some compromise needed to be made for usability on touch screen devices, but it now looks worse than early versions of Gnome and KDE. Seriously, how hard is it to keep some of the elegant aspects of Aero and modify to support all devices. Even Win 7 with Aero turned off looks better though.

If they want to go with a more flat look, they should use Linux with the Cinnamon desktop for a while and take notes on how icons, multiple desktops, and the task bar are handled.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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Reminds me...

...of the V8-powered rocking chair they had on Top Gear once...

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Apple has been in trouble...

Since Steve Jobs passed away, Apple has been rudderless. Oh, they were on a straight enough course that it's taken a while for the drift to set in, but they keep getting further from their core values. Do you think iOS8.xx would have been released with as many bugs or need as frequent updates if Mr. Jobs was still alive? And the iPhone6 is shiny enough, but it's awfully fragile compared to previous models, and is only just managed to come up to the level of innovation that the S5 has, and only mostly. Android OS may be less secure, but it is arguably a LOT more flexible and user friendly, at least once you get to know it. And it (at least recent versions) is really only less secure because of the "Play Store" and its apps not being vetted as well as on Apple's ecosystem and not inherent problems with it--at least no more than iOS.

With the exception of Apple being a little more secure with their 'walled garden' for apps, the S5 was already an iPhone killer. The S6 if released will just be double-tapping the survivors. The S5 has more features, and is faster. I will admit the the styling leaves a bit to be desired--and I've always hated the 50s kitchen table styled border around the S5.

Anyone that thinks that "Apple just works" has never had to support hundreds of these devices.

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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I picture this..

Sitting in your living room watching television, when suddenly one of these smashes through and comes to rest, still with its left blinker on, while a surprised driver peers through the windscreen, still clutching their cell phone.

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

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Alternative destructive method

Or, you could buy one of those cheap, Chinese-made stun guns that put out 100KV or more of electricity. A quick zap with one of these should damage about anything, though perhaps not as unobtrusively.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Coming soon...

The gold-plated luxury edition of iTunes... (spent 2 hours today fighting with that POS so had to mention it)

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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FF v30 not vulnerable...

Just tested on my (needs to be upgraded) Mint Linux 16 box...

I'll bet Lynx isn't vulnerable...

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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These should be all the rage in the "right Twix" factory...

...But like the author, I'm a lefty. Also, I can't see a way to implement a sturdy case without at least partially blocking the "edge".

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Acer enters Windows Phone fray with cheap Liquid M220 mobe

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Entry level indeed

I know this is an entry level device, but those are pretty lousy specs these days. I hope it at least has an SD card slot.

It may well run Windows 'better' than it runs an Android OS, but on that hardware I think it would be like watching a slug race a snail.

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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It's a cute device...

And compatibility with the Play Store is definitely useful. But for most folks, unless you need to use it as a poor man's PC, why wouldn't you just get Amazon's Fire TV? The specs are similar, it's cheaper, and it's not a bad little rig. And why didn't Mad Catz build the Bluetooth into the box instead of making you use a dongle?

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Well...

At least they're not having CA develop it for them...

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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I feel like this every day working in IT

Yes, sheep farming would be easier. I don't know if I'd like to trade wading in metaphorical shit all day long for the real thing though.

As a side note, I misread "sex workers servicing clients ten times a night (plus matinees)" as "...plus manatees", which conjured up a picturesque mental image...

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Total Recall...

Someone triggered the ancient atmospheric generator, meant to terraform the planet... which promptly threw a general protection fault and shut down.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

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But how is not drinking saving my life...

...if staying sober makes we want to off myself after a long day of whiny users, poorly-written software, inexplicable problems, and general mayhem?

On top of that, I would cheerfully trade a couple years of the part of my life that is normally spent drooling over a plate of mush in a nursing home for a bit of pleasure and escape in life, albeit artificial.

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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Our engineers love em'

We have a lot of Dell Precision "M series" mobile workstations around. While I wouldn't want to carry one of these (with 180-watt power brick) across a desert, they are actually pretty nice machines. Nice screen, good keyboard (with number pad), and with a SSD and 2GB or better video card, they are quick. Would make a good gaming laptop too. Some of our other departments are realizing that their pretty little "Ultrabook" laptops are really just shiny toys with tepid performance when it comes to actually getting work done and are coveting these as well. Then we have the *snort* Surface Pro tablets that only a delusional marketing type could love...

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Wow, just wow

What do you bet the build quality on these is abysmal as well? Our facilities dept. used to buy "premium" AV cables for our conference rooms--they were about $50-$80 each. And they failed very frequently. Switching to plain old used monitor cables completely eliminated this problem.

Maybe when they were speaking of "unidirectional" cables they were talking about the flow of money from your wallet to the vendor.

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Toshiba Australia recalls combustible laptop power cords

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Not just Australia

A friend has (had) a Toshiba laptop of around that vintage. While a good laptop, the US-spec'd power adapter caught fire in her home. My friend smelled something strange and went into her child's room, just in time to see the adapter light up with a visible flame at the strain relief. To make matters worse, it was partially under a big, fluffy bed at the time. She caught it in plenty of time, but if she had been outside, in the shower, or had left the laptop to charge while running some errands, things could have been a lot worse, to say the least. (to be fair, this is an accident-prone person whose TV also caught fire)

When she contacted Toshiba, naturally Toshiba said (to paraphrase) that: "We've never heard of this happening before." A quick web search proved that this is definitely not the case. They did send her a replacement adapter, which she used much more cautiously until the laptop was eventually scrapped. (destroyed by toddler) I am always paranoid about unplugging all but the tried n' true "wall wart" style adapters when not in use.

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