* Posts by John Tserkezis

1670 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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"Either the King is senile and doesn't know what "his" ministers are doing, or else he's an idiot"

"All of the above" is still a valid proposition you know.

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Harper review: break up ACCC, free up IP*, let freedom reign

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Going on past experience, especially where the ACCC's teeth were concerned (or more importantly, LACK of teeth), I don't see too much changing. The one's who have the most to gain with the current rulings will ensure the status quo is maintained.

Unless you're the end user - then you're just screwed. Bit ironic really, bet the ACCC doesn't see it though.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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Might have been useful to finally get rid of all those f**king cat videos.

Though, they'd probably be up again within the week. Seems to be no end to those.

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Even more phoning home?

I'll just wait till we find out what the config options are to turn that off before I upgrade. It's like we all have unlimited bandwidth here or something.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

Perhaps they're vetting their customers, ensuring just the rabid fanboys are the ones who get to review it.

It won't work: Clearly they don't understand how the Internet works.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: _THAT_ was the plan?

"Pfft--DARPA has all the aliens working for them at Area 51."

Do the aliens have the same worker rights and minium wage rights as other Americans?

No wonder they want to get on their spacecraft and leave.

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

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"Excuse my ignorance, when the system is eventually up and running will my current GPS device ( Garmin running watch ) be able to take advantage of the extra satellites or will I need to buy a new device?"

Like GPS (NavStar) and GLONASS, you will need a new reciever. But unlike those two, from the report, I infer that the publically accessible signals will be degraded, or somehow lesser-featured than the primary commercial (paid for) signals.

I can also guess that by the time it's finished and operational, and by the time we mere mortal human (non-EU branded humans that is) can actually pay for it, we won't care anymore because GPS and GLONASS would still be working. Well, GPS anyway, I have no idea what the funding reliability for GLONASS is like (remember when it fell into disrepair?)...

As far as how much Galileo will cost, as per usual, it's anyone's guess at this point.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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I don't subscribe to any of that Political Correctness bullshit. It isn't sexist, insulting, and at least on this edge of the pond, harassment (and only verbal) is just rare. And the eye candy is nice as well.

What IS the problem, is that when a vendor constructs their entire exhibition around dancing girls, mirrorballs and flashing disco lights - we tend to lose respect.

Us dumb smucks don't need to know what products they have now, how they've evolved from the past, and what plans they have for the furture - nope - the vendor doesn't give a flying fuck about all that - they only care about how many units you're going to buy after purving at the girls.

Not mentioning any names: Intel.

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: I'm thinking that a mammoth is itself

"Is it true that some down there enjoy licking the skins of cane toads or drying then eating or smoking the skin for a psychotropic effect?"

Only if you narrow down the right substance and purify it. Generally, licking enough of it off the back of the toad to get you high will get enough toxins to stop your heart too. In other words, you're just gonna die.

Probably for the best, if you think licking cane toads is a good idea, you're probably not well suited for this society. Might be ok for a politician though.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

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I was going to say, if things get any worse, Swift will need to get her PR team to sack her legal team.

But after what I've seen so far, she should sack her PR team as well.

For that matter, she should sack herself, just to be on the safe side.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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I would be even more disturbed...

...if she tried to kill her mother for taking away her Windows Phone.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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"Us humans, we are disgusting sometimes"

It depends on which side you stand. Or kneel, as the case may be.

Fine, I'm going.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Re: OLED Burn-in

"I've never heard of OLED burn"

Like Plasma, OLED is a phosphor based display technology - and that inherently makes it suseptible to burn.

But as the technologies progress, the phosphors get better. Early Plasmas were so bad, the burn-in procedure (excuse the pun) took 6 months of having limited choice of what and how to display content to age the phosphors enough that they become more resiliant to burn.

That is entirely unreasonable, and foisting this onto even early adopters was probably a major cause of the technology dropping off the end of the earth - even if they did get better later on.

Another post mentioned burn in LCD, it's not quite like that, but the effect is very similar. LCD pixels get "sticky" if not exercised from a particular state, and become reluctant to swing once the electronics directs it to. It does have an "easy" fix however. Applied once every few months under harsh conditions, display a video or Gif or simlar, that flashes black and white (fast and slow) and let it run for an hour or so. There's even lots of software around that does this for you. It is reported that with early LCDs, if you abuse it for some years, it is properly stuck, and can't be fixed.

But again, as with Plasma, as the technology matured, the panels are better, and are less suseptable to sticking - nowadays (and for a while actually), you're unlikely to see it even under harsh conditions, and certainly never see it under "normal use" conditions, even if you never "massage" the display.

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Re: Is LG a good brand?

"Good brand - investing in new TV tech instead of trying to flog the dying horse of LED/LCD. Proper innovation."

Some people are never happy (yes, I mean you AC).

LCD sells to a different market, where you get reasonable performance, for a more reasonable price.

If you were to ban everything except 4K OLED, you would entirely obliterate the TV sales industry overnight - because no-one could afford it. The next thing the engineers would get to work on, is a super-cheap version of 4K OLED, but because YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, it will match the performance of traditional LCD.

And I bet you would still complain.

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Re: Is LG a good brand?

"Let's get this debate started."

There's a debate?

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Re: HDR?

"I must have slept, what is HDR?"

High Dynamic Range.

Along with the other responses, in this particular context(*) however, it means the difference in brightness level between Full Off (black), and Full On (white) of the display technology - the wider the difference, the better.

Raw screen brightness is only half the equation, how black the blacks are, also factor in. It's kinda like the LCD vs Plasma debate all over again. Plasma has a darker black, but LCD overall is better in other areas. OLED has the technogical potential of doing better.

(*) HDR in the context of photography is a "different" thing. In Real Life(TM), dynamic range is just extraordinary, in space it's as wide as the physics can make it, on earth, atmosphere tends to make it fall short a bit, but it's still Holy Crap(TM) wide. Even though the human eye can't compete - it still rates as bloody good. Present day technology however, be it Film, CMOS, CCD, Plasma, LCD, OLED, etc, are just terribly narrow in comparison.

To address this, HDR photography involves taking a range of photos of different brightness of the same scene, and picking the best of the darks, middles and brights, and manipulating the images in software to make it narrower overall.

It does NOT magically give you a higher dynamic range, it just takes Real Life, and makes it fit within today's technology, so it looks nice.

So while HDR in future technology would most certainly be a good thing, I think we're a long, long way away.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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Re: Didn't PCs used to require switching a jumper to flash the BIOS?

"Whatever happened to that? Too user unfriendly?"

I remember when we had to remove the EPROM chip, erase it, program it with the new BIOS, and re-insert.

Ah, for the good 'ole days, way back in the era when seeing "your PC is now stoned" was funny.

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Fujitsu SPARCs up liquid cooling for smartphones

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"The type of coolant is the secret recipe"

Nothing secret about it. The type of coolant used, along with the pressure of the contents are adjusted to suit the application.

You start with a fluid that has a liquid/boiling point that is close to what you need, then adjust the pressure higher to work with higher temperatures, and lower the pressure to work with lower temperatures. Choose the wicking material to suit your coolant and flowrates - and that's the basics done.

It just so happens that in a lot of computing applications, water suits the purpose. Nothing secret about it.

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Re: difference between this and heat pipe ?

"I think that this being formed as a loop is the difference. That leads to other questions of course."

Fluid dynamics not being my strong point mind, but this appears to function in the same way as a regular heat pipe, but in flat device, you don't have the luxury of a pipe thickness.

Where in a heat pipe, the coolant flows in both direction (either wicked liquid along the edges, or in vapour form in the open centre), you don't have that space (pipe diameter) available to you in a thin device.

If you flatten it all, you can still transport the coolant *separately*, without losing effectiveness via the new flat pipe.

So, it's the same thing, just transporting the coolant a differernt way, and a lot flatter.

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NASA wants you to help space mining corp strip mine the Solar System

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But what if..

...the smelting facility on the asteroid starts creating duplicate robots, and they come back to earth for vengance?

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iiNet to be scooped up by TPG for $1.4 billion

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Arg dang it.

I was going to move to iiNet, but hearing that TPG will be running the show - probably not.

Some time back, a company I worked for was with TPG, and every bloody week without fail their email servers would fall over for a better part of a day.

We were almost on a first name basis with the support staff, well called them that often: "email server is down again", "yes we know".

Later on, I was assured by a colleague that TPG's management had changed hands - but I can't shake that old feeling. I am aware many ISPs nowadays either don't supply email at all, and most don't touch newsgroups anymore, so we're driven to third parties - that's fine, but back in the day, using your ISP's email service was the done thing.

Reading reviews doesn't help. It appears that if you're dealing with insurance, real estate or ISPs, you're not going to get out of it happy.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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"Can I actually apply for this job. I can't see it on the Red Bull racing website?"

Like most higher level forms of racing, you usually don't just get there by applying through your "regular" channels.

Like the story says: "Admit it: you want this job. To get it, I'm advised you need to be keen on motor sport, work your way up through lesser formulas and network to make sure you're aware when an opportunity arises."

That is, if you're reading this here on ElReg for the first time, you're not eligible. Sorry.

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"Most jobs in F1 aren't brilliantly paid, the teams budgets are squeezed enormously."

This filters down to other forms of racing too, where at best, you might get flights and accomodation paid. At best.

Even if not at F1 level, you're looking at multi-day events, trying to wrangle to get time off work (you do have a regular job that pays money, remember?).

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We've read all 400 pages of the FCC's baffling net neutrality rules – here's what YOU need to know

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Who would have thought?

"It is notable that on many issues within this whole complex topic that whatever Google said has happened. Google gets quoted repeatedly in the justifications, and so far at least we have not seen a single example of where anything Google opposed has been included."

So, all those nubes who thought that Google WAS the Internet were right after all...

Somebody hold me, I'm frightened.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: nothing competes with:

"Oh god, I'm having flashbacks now... The horror! Prison is too good for whoever produced this..."

Was that Jeremy Clarkeson in the convertable? The expression on his face says he regretted signing up for it.

Says it all really.

"WARNING!!! WARNING!!! JEREMY CLARKSON IS IN THE VIDEO!!!"

Thanks for the warning, but too late, I already clicked on it.

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Re: 10 years...

"But the vast majority of cases will not get anything like that. That upper limit is for big commercial scale pirates. Whereas for manslaughter you're not going to find the majority cases result in a fine of a few hundred or a thousand quid."

Fair statement. But let me bollocks it up for you.

Explain why a registered child molester, who's identity and location are protected by law, can still go to the local swimming pool, when the law says they can't?

Explain why career criminals can rip off the local 7-11 three times in a row, and, not having learnt anything, get "caught" every time, only to be soon released to do it yet again?

Explain why, in some countries, you simply cannot buy factory-mastered DVDs, but find DVD+-R's aplenty, and a casual look in several homes finds mostly writable DVDs, with perhaps only one or two "real" ones?

How about that lawyerboy? Do you really think 10 years (or a mere fine) is going to make a squat of difference to the industry?

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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"they lack the necessary self-control not to say something stupid."

Yes, they have assistants and advisors to tweet something stupid for them.

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White-listed phish slip through Google Apps

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"we were successfully able to trick the Google Mail Server into accepting a wrong FROM parameter."

Am I missing something, or are they trusting what's in the From: field to filter spam?

I learned long ago not to trust it. If I can grunge it, so can everyone else.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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I first met BOB a little recently, and curious, I shoehorned him into an older windows version I had lying around.

Like some of the other posters I want to debate the "easier to use" line.

Windows wasn't hard to use unless you have a head injury, or are aged over 75 (I'm not interested in those darn gosh new fangled things!).

Bob on the other hand was an abortion. You had to hunt around to find anything, you didn't know if something in the room was either eye candy, or if it actually meant something. And you had to change rooms to get to other "stuff". Even though they likened rooms to folders - er, no, not even close.

The saddest part was I had to dig around for a while to get the Bob install code, and then dig further to get it running on something later than '95. What was I thinking? (probably the same thing microsoft was when they created it).

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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"but it’s the kind of car you’d be perfectly happy with as a company car"

So, you're saying it's a wonderful car - as long as you don't have to pay for it.

I'm wondering if the electronics is secure, or is it the same as every other car on the planet - free for all.

After the previous elreg articles on the matter, would be nice to know.

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Tech leaders: Can you predict the future? Tell us all about it

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My prediction:

Paris Hilton will reveal another "lost" sex recording, but this time in UltraHD.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: After all this isn't MS Office that you are installing

"Anyone checked the EULA lately?"

Yeah. Have you noticed they install OpenCandy first, THEN tell you about it in the EULA?

So much for reading the fine print and "opting out" if you "choose".

"choose" HA, my arse.

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Bit of a stupid story. "People who don't read what they are installing, surprised at what they are installing". May as we be "Stupid people use computers too"

But that's my point. While it may have once been the case, today, some software has its user interface specifically structured to make people stumble.

I'll give you a 'frinstance. A fair amount of my time at one place I worked at was re-writing instructional manuals. They were fairly short at less than 4-5 pages, but were detailed instructions on programming equipment that was not user-friendly or intuative at all, so were important that everyone could do the job.

The original documents were along the lines of those "test" instructions that first state you should read all the steps, then go through a dozen steps that are essencially pointless, the very last step is to ignore the above and do something different - intended to catch you out, because they know very well humans don't work like that.

This is not helpful at all, and anyone who claims otherwise probably works for Bastards Incorporated.

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Re: "buying that Blu-Ray in the first place"

"lol u mad???"

No, he's just offended that his power and bandwidth costs are (inefficiently) going towards some charity - not of his choosing - where the internal administration costs could be as high as 80%. (YMMV)

If it were "donateware", then not only could the user choose a charity with lesser administration costs, you don't have to piss power and bandwidth money up against the wall to do it.

But that's not what's happening here. It's been chosen for you, and why those specific charities? I can't help thinking there are kickbacks of some type happening here.

And the "but if you just clicked “Next, Next, Next..." doesn't fly with me. When you structure the installation phase specifically to ask multiple stupid inane questions, it's human nature to just click next repeatedly. They know this, and they're specifically taking advantage of this.

No good will come of this.

Best of all, I haven't mentioned pirate software fucking once, because it isn't relevant. Well, OK, just once.

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Re: They're not selling it to me

"And you can choose the level of geographic dispersion too."

I choose the geographic dispersion that's located directly within our premises.

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Re: No mention of the fact driving with a hand-free mobe isn't really safer

"That's like saying drunk driving is OK so long as you're only drunk on beer, rather than liquor or wine."

It's worse than that. Statistically(*), you're less likely to get killed or injured *driving* home drunk, rather than *walking* home drunk. Drunk walking is apparently a big problem.

That's not to say that driving drunk is a good idea, the stats don't mention how many other people you kill or mame on your way home...

(*) I heard this on a Freakonomics podcast, and as we all know, statistically, you're much more likely to find more accurate information on the radio, rather than the internet. So there.

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Adobe launches cashless bug bounty

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The absolute best that could possibly come out of this, is Adobe cares so little about the maintenance of their products they don't want to pay their employees anything to fix the issues.

The worst is all the way at the other end of the spectrum.

Guess which way it'll go...

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Sophie the Stegosaurus was a teenaged fat lass claims triple-D model

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"nicknamed Sophie after the daughter of the hedge fund manager who bought the ancient bones."

I'm sure she must be very proud to have her namesake be a fat dinosaur. "Thanks dad."

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Internet of Things? Pah! Biz bods, you're wasting your money

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Just goes to prove that carriers still only care about their Roaming profits.

Don't be fooled by the recent pricing changes that "seem" attractive - they're structured to "look" good, and still provide ludicrous profits.

They'll shit their pants once users learn it'll be substancially cheaper to obtain a prepaid SIM at their destination rather than just roam with their own card. No wait...

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Optus joins iiNet with free-to-download Netflix offer for Australians

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On a side note:

I'll be interested to see how far up Netflix prices will go after they've been "Australianised", or to those unfamiliar with the term, "taxed to the f**king hilt".

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Botched NBN installs leave folks with no internet, or recourse

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I've dealt with the TIO before.

This was related to a Telstra connection that didn't happen. They told me point blank, they can only action something if a telco "won't" do something. If said telco "can't" do anything (for whatever internal reason) they just throw their arms into the air and say 'we can't do anything either'.

It's a nice little loophole that absolves them of having to actually do anything.

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Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter

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Re: Still Ugly

"I'm holding off until someone can deliver something that meets both criteria."

You're quite welcome to design your own if you like, or even easier still - to join the Pebble team in their design department. At least do something.

See? Talk does not row the boat (to paraphrase an old proverb).

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Re: battry risks

"Not quite. It becomes dangerous as the probability of that energy being ummm very rapidly released in an uncontrolled way grows."

That's like saying falling off a building isn't bad for your health - it's just the impact at the end that is.

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Re: Battery in straps

"If we can get good capacity batteries that aren't made of....just awful materials"

It isn't the materials that are at fault.

Lipo is a cell/battery technology that has a higher energy density than any other battery technology by far. And it's having all that energy stored in a small volume that's causing the problem - when things go wrong (and they WILL go wrong) they'll go wrong in a bigger way.

Improved charging techniques have been the staple of lithium rechargable technology for the first decade of its life, and this has helped dramatically with overcharged batteries blowing up. Improvements in making manufacturing more stable and repeatable has help a great deal too (though they still have glitches today).

The chemical makeup however is a different story, I might expect minor evolutionary changes to the recipe, but revolutionary changes require teams to do a lot of work - that takes longer and costs more money.

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"The photo was taken at the World Mobile Congress"

This (glare) is a very good thing, and actually raises my respect for the product. It's real.

The alternative is to create CGI images of a product - which has become synonymous with vapourware. Are you listening Apple?

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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Please remain stationary while we do an update.

Your front left wheel has now been identifed as malicious, and has been disabled and quarantined for your safety.

Sorry, creating an exception to this rule is not available for that wheel.

Customer support cannot be called because your cellular modem has been identified as a threat.

The human in the driver's seat has been identified as suspect with the heuristics scan.

Deploying the ejector seat - for your safety of course.

The ejector seat has a virus and has been quarantined.

Locking the doors and deploying the poison gas.

Thank you for using Kaspersky Labs.

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

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"So perhaps as you sit in your driverless car, you can recreate the experience of what people used to call “driving” … in 3D."

I get the same thing looking through the regular windshield now. Without the framerate limitations, though, depending on who's driving, nausea may or may not be an issue.

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Re: Too late, too late

"Making them liable for every single identity fraud penny by all of their customers over the period sold will do the job too"

Firstly, they have more lawyers than you can fit in a courtroom, it's likely at least one of them will come up with a "it's not our fault, we didnt' know, blame the third party software".

It's a nice diversion, but ultimately, they learn to hide it better.

The single thing anyone can do is hit their bottom line - don't buy their gear. Dollars and Cents are more effective than whining who did what.

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

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Re: Well…

"That's not crying, that's good practice."

You just don't see the hypocracy do you?

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Re: Makes Sense

"When did that "dark period" end?"

More recently, but the bit about "looking after the end users" is not quite accurate, it's more like they've changed from screwing the competition, to screwing their customers.

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