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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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"an audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated..."

Oh no, does this mean I can't play bono tunes on my ordinary MP3 player?

Horray!

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Reg bloke zips through an iPHONE 6 queue from ZERO to 60 SECONDS

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It's all so pointless.

I bought my Samsung, sitting on my fat arse, all from the comfort of my spongy chair in front of my computer. It later arrives on my doorstep, where I briefly get off my fat arse to get it.

Similar to the way I'm making this post in fact.

My point being, the actual act of purchasing a mere phone shouldn't be much more than just that. Life's too short for sitting outdoors in a queue. I have more important things to do. Like writing this post frinstance...

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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I think everyone's reading too much into this. This is wholly about covering Apple's arse, and little else. Since you can't tell anyone your data is being peeked at, you remove any hint that it might be the case. So Apple is covering it's arse.

As far as Apple "refusing demands for data", that's bullshit, or at least marketing-influenced stretching of the truth. In the event GovCo fronts up with a valid court order, Apple has two choices, either pony up the data requested, or, suffer the steep consequences of not doing so. Without a court order on the other hand, you may very well say no without consequence. I see the reports "prune down" the legal requirements to make it look like Apple will never pony up any data under any conditions. This is not true, however, it IS better than the likes of Yahoo, who are reputed to hand over data first, and ask questions later. So kudos to them on that note.

On the subject of protecting the users (as some other non-el reg reports imply), this again is not the case, but rather, Apple making life easier for themselves. If Apple is presented with a phone for hacking, now, Apple CAN'T do it, rather than WON'T do it. There is clear legal distinction between the two, one means it's beyond your capability even if you wanted to, the other means you COULD do it, just don't want to. And there are penalties against that to "discourage" the activity. So rather than Apple manhandle phones manually where requested, now they don't have to touch them at all.

So this has nothing to do with the user, rather Apple covering it's own arse, with the reporters making it look like they're doing it out of the goodness of their own fruity hearts. Read it for what it is people.

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

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"Can you think of any more? - Ed"

Yes, if you're going to piss your money up against the wall on fake cards, my last check has a 128Gb MicroSD card at a nice AU$0.99 each.

Your bargaining powers must be waining if you're willing to part with a tenner for what is probably 2G.

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Pop open this iPhone 6 and see where the magic oozes from ... oh hello again, Qualcomm

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"The chaps at iFixit have given both the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and 4.7-inch the iPhone 6 seven out of ten in terms of repairability"

Shocking. It's just shocking I tell you. What next from this topsy turvy world we live in? Samsung reduces phone bloat? Nah, never going to happen.

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Samsung unlocks Knox at zero bucks

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Oh goodie. Now a vendor need pay nothing to get a protection suite that pretends to nag the user about found "intrusions". Or "found" intrusions as the case may be.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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I've dropped phones to demonstrate how well the polycarbonate and silicon rubber case works, heck, I drop the bloody things by accident often enough...

But a naked phone straight out of the box? Er, no. That's why the toughened glass screen protector and case are already ordered and delived before I get the phone.

But that's just me, I don't have a thousand bucks to test dropped a phone. Even if it did have a sapphire screen.

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BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha

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They also don't get the irony that the only way to get the android version is via Google Play, that is, with a google account. Anonymous and private my arse.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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"Doesn't say much for your driving."

No matter, he won't stop to render assistance if he finds you injured on the side of the road. Especially not when he finds you have an iPhone. You know, because it's buggy and all.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: Fill up yer memory

"Fill up yer memory"

That's hardly a practical idea now is it?

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I thought Samsung invented phone bloat. Now Apple wants in on the game, and probably call it their own.

Some things never change...

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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I'm sorry, it was me who brought ebay down.

I was trying to buy some porn, accidently put in "999999" in the quantity, and made a Paypal transfer request that my butt had insufficient funds to honour. (shamefully ripping off Futurama because it fits)

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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"Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase," Apple warns on its website.

Promises promises...

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Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff

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Re: Detectors?

"In German an accumulator (recharbable battery) is not a battery"

I know it can have a number of meanings, the customs declarations are multi-lingual to guard against the "you didn't tell me" crowd.

"because they didn't believe candy and fruit are food..."

It appears that raw, undried and unrefrigerated meats are in that category as well. As long as you store it in your suitcase, it's not food.

Just for the record, for anyone who's planning on coming to Australia, YES, WE HAVE FOOD HERE - YOU DON'T HAVE TO BRING YOUR OWN. Sheeze.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Idiots

"so it will lose twice as much energy to the surrounding air. It follows that a low-powered kettle uses more energy than a high-powered one. No doubt the more scientifically literate will be able to tell me if I'm right or wrong."

You're right, but total consumption is not their concern. It's that you're using bucketloads of it at the same time every morning, same as everyone else, at the same time. THAT'S their concern.

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Re: not smart

"In the event of power shortages, whose electricity will be switched-off first via one of these "smart" meters? Corporations and government offices? Or yours and mine? Precisely."

Smart meters don't have the facility to switch mains on and off. That's +60amps on and off at possibly regular intervals. That's asking a lot of a switch, and significantly increases the per-unit cost.

However, substations do, they have huge switches that can do this, and are designed for the purpose.

But your statement still stands, who (or more correctly, which area) gets to go dark first? Your guess is very probably the right one.

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"They have to be replaced after 30 years - the leccy board came round my house earlier this year to replace ours telling us it was a mandatory legal requirement."

Or, at some houses here in Australia where they were forced^H^H^H^H^H convinced it's a great idea to "upgrade" to a smart meter, they get replaced every few months due to fire "faults".

Whether the fires were caused by actual faults, or the end user lighting them up because he was that pissed off, was still up for debate last I heard...

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"Except those savings are based on the ridiculous assumption that people will use so much less electricity if only they knew how much they were using."

But as per my Long Rant, this isn't about using LESS, it's about smoothing your usage over the 24 hour day, so you don't have huge consumption over some of the day, and minimal over others.

Trust me on this, in the (albeit unlikely) event that we all started using using the same power, evenly over a 24 hour period, then started consuming much more, trust me, they will only be more than thrilled to bits to install extra power stations to take up the load.

What they DON'T like, is to install a power station that only gets used 4 hours a day because you feel hot and want to turn your aircon on. Mainly because you're not the only one who's doing this.

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"it's about regular communications with the utility helping the utility better manage the delivery."

That sounds like utility PR bullshit. You know, code for "we're going to force you to bend to our needs, while making it sound like we're helping you, because we're good guys in all this".

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Re: Smart meters?

"Or "kill switches" in the event of a power shortage?"

You don't need smart meters to do that. This is part of normal operation of the grid, and happens on a not-so-regular-basis to ensure service to critical areas (like corporates in the city centre) when there is high usage for whatever reason (usually aircons on hot part of the day).

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Long rant warning:

"There seems to be the bizarre idea that we all leave the electric oven on each day and that smart meters will mean we're suddenly aware of it."

But we do, and that's what they don't like. Higher energy appliances like washers/dryers, ovens, aircons etc are only ever used during the day, because, well, we're awake. Problem is, everyone else has the same idea, meaning a chunk of the power generation plants that would LIKE to run at full capacity 24/7, can't, and are forced to run full in the middle of the day only, thus taking much longer to make their money. They charge on the energy they put into the grid, so it's in their best interest if you were to "spread" your energy useage evenly over the 24 hour day period.

Smart meters are not designed to save the consumer money - so let's cut that bullshit right now. Their job is to force consurmers to shape (or re-shape) their energy usage to more evenly spread over the 24 hour day. They do that by (at least here in Oz) charging 3-4 times the usual tariff rate for onpeak, compared to regular old skool meters, and a tiny fraction for overnight offpeak use.

This has the potential to make power generation more efficient, because you don't have plants running at bare minimum baseline overnight, and only full bore in the middle of the day when aircons are on. (yes I know that's exaggerated, but you get the idea) And while that's great, there might be a couple of downsides to this. Firstly, the consumer has to spread their heavy energy consumption to overnight. That means, no aircon at all (here in Oz you only run it during the day when it's friggin' hot), and you have to stay up into the offpeak period changover to do your washing, drying and cooking. And this might be a little bit of an inconvenience to general consumers, because society dictates you operate 9-5, which leaves your offpeak time to, well, sleep.

Don't even start me on lighting. It is by far at the opposite end of your majority energy use, and it's mostly used overnight (offpeak) ANYWAY. And my rant wouldn't be complete without stating I'm happy the "standby power" bullshit myth doomsdayers have gone by the wayside. Good friggin' riddance to them.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Am I the only one using something like KeePass?

The secure files are usable on a Wintel PC, WinRT tablets, Android, PocketPC, iPhone, iPad, Mac OSX, Blackberry, J2ME phones, PalmOS, Linux, and that's just what's mentioned on the site.

I can't remember, and don't have to remember secure passwords. More so, I don't have to remember which phonetically-sounding password I used at what point - I have hundreds of the buggers, I can't remember that, and I'm not about to re-use passwords either.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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Re: equips tinfoil hat

"Microsoft doesn't need to pay Symantec to break Windows. Symantec can do that all by themselves."

So can Microsoft, for that matter.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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Re: No wonder ..

"No wonder mobile phone companies are so keen to have FB installed by default - burn those MBs, baby."

We have some (mobile) networks here in australia, that offer facebook, twitter and other "social" sites as unmetered data on their plans. Presumably to attract the gen Yer's.

I bet they're looking at their own T&C's desperately trying to get out of this one.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Kinda makes the trend of pricing the additional 32G of flash (in the 64G model) at about 5x actual value seem not so bad when you put the lock-in and other "features" (cough) in place.

Well done Amazon, you've bollocksed up something to the level that the carriers were unable to...

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Chelyabinsk-sized SURPRISE asteroid to skim Earth, satnav birds

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"Sureley that's a far better benchmark"

How about however many Paris Hiltons laid end to end?

You get not only a unit of measurement, but a joke too!

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Alibaba swings a large one with STONKING IPO legal bills

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Re: I'm not sure if I can trust their numbers...

"Did I sleep through math class?"

Voodoo mathamatics. I had first seen it when a past employer asked me to look over an earlier prospective employee who was asked some basic opamp with divider maths during the interview stage (everyone was asked the same questions).

He had the right answer and showed working, but the boss had no idea what technique this guy used to get there. I couldn't work it out either, so suggested voodoo mathamatics.

You get there in the end, but no-one knows what black magic they used inbetween. You know, like gigahertz range radio theory, except applied for school grade maths.

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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"We have lots of serious developers who don't want their quality Apps to be surrounded by amateur hour"

You mean like Farting Apps? Yeah, you don't want those. Whoops, too late.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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"Strength meters - the small bars that tell you if your password is weak or strong - are useless, the pair argue"

I can attest to that. I had an application that had a three-stage password strength meter, and you could only get to that elusive third band if you used non-alphanumeric characters.

Great I thought - till I found out I can't use ()*&% and some others. They were even quite helpful in letting me know what characters I can't use, to save time on brute forcing. Must have been some division of Microsoft...

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Telstra tells Big Content it won't become unpaid Copyright Cop

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Only a few days ago, Telstra agreed with Optus that any pirates should be hanged, drawn and quartered, then sent to jaol after being relieved of all their bank account contents, and all their lively stuff (copyright theft is a crime now doncha know).

As long as a portion of the moula lines Telstra's pockets of course.

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Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT

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Re: Could many of these hacks have been prevented with 2-step authentication?

"Could many of these hacks have been prevented with 2-step authentication?"

Could many of those not had been hacked if the owners picked a password that was actually WORTHY of being called a password, AND not stored on a cloud accout where you can brute force it without the owner realising?

Nope, that's too hard, it's easier if you start a scare campaign on tracking down the "criminal" who hacked it in the first place.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

"It seems bizarre that you would separate those two versions"

It tells a story you may be missing. Around half the users of 8.x, have no idea, no clue, and no inclination to upgrade anything, to learn that 8.1 is actually better. Even I know this, and I hate 8.x.

And, it's only just *this last surveyed month* that 8.0 and 8.1 combined have overtaken XP. Which tells us, users would rather stick to XP, than risk what something higher would do to their productivity. I have a mechanic associate who uses an old XP laptop to program ECUs as part of his job, and when questioned, he said he'll have to upgrade sometime, but not right now. Because right now, he has work to do, and simply does not have the time to fuck around and learn something new.

He would be a prime candidate for 7, but 8? Are you kidding me?

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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"You do realize that the iOS interface specification was on the first set of 10-Commandments tablets"

I thought he brought forth 15 commandments in the form of three tablets, and dropped the first one. I'm pretty sure that "Thou shalt not create a farting app" was on that first tablet.

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Re: An example to follow

I have most of those classes of apps on my Android phone(s). And all bought through other than google play.

And yet again to those who ask why I hate Apple, this is why.

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Uber alles... nein! Deutschland imposes NATIONWIDE BAN on taxi app

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Seems to be a lot of cabbies here. Pity about 90% of them here in Sydney Australia have no idea where I'm going. I offer to point, but no, they insist on entering my destination into their wiz-bang TomTom and would follow that route - even though it's my city and I know my way around, on and off peak.

Then comes Uber. Couldn't give a fuck if they don't know where to go (though my limited experience with them, isn't any worse than cabbies) as they're cheaper.

Yes, the taxi cartel should be re-built, because if I can't get a cabbie who knows where they're going, at least MAKE THEM FUCKING CHEAPER!

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Another 'could be' law?

"You're the police, it either IS or ISN'T."

They're exercising the "make it up as we go along" laws. You know, the ones that they enact when things aren't going their way...

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Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

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I'm going to reserve my judgement till we see the length of the lines outside Apple stores for this.

Because everyone knows *that* is the true measure of poopularity. Yes, I spelt that right.

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End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls

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I can't believe "you're holding it wrong" hasn't been brought up yet....

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Re: Ah, right.

"That explains this, then. I did wonder."

"I do hope the iPhone 6 has lots of gimmicky features. I feel confident that it will."

I'm confident that us(lus)er won't be dissapointed... :-)

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Nokia: Read these Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear

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Re: Sounds like a petrol station special

"My relatively old S3 wouldn't even charge while doing satnav duties until I bought a chunky 2A car adapter."

You're doing wrong. I've been using <shameful sell here> Oziexplorer for nearly 15 years over a variety of laptops (including a PIII and an Atom), several WinCE devices, and three different Android phones. Although it offers an "online" map display, I've only ever used offline, and all still get used regularly on battery.

Bottom line is, if your phone gets hot, or you need a charger at all to get any reasonable charge life out of the battery, then you paid too much for your satnav application. If it was free, you especially paid too much for it. I'm sure there are other apps that do a suitable job, just not any of the ones mentioned here it seems.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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Re: Ok I'll bite....

"Soooo what should we be using... If not Skype?!"

I ask exactly the same thing of the "don't ever use Skype" crowd, especially when the user asks, "will all my friends on Skype still be able to talk to me when I use XYZ?" "No?" "Not an option."

For good or bad, Skype has momentum, and the "don't ever use Skype" proponents never think of that.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Did the bird programmers offshore their jobs to India while they were busy getting beers?

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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At the first trial: "That’s not going to happen. That’s not who we are at Mozilla."

Today: How quickly they forget, when you drive a dumptruck full of money onto their doorstep...

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Cisco teases UCS refresh with most of 2014's best buzzwords

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Ohhh! "Internet of Everything" sound much more flashy than "Internet of Things".

It'll be a hit!

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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"I assume that that when the cables went to manufacturing HP used a company that was used to making 230 volt cables so they used a wire that was suitable for that forgetting that 115 volts cables require heaver wire - Something that HP QC should have picked up very quickly."

Sometimes you don't pick it up. We've seen many IEC mains cables supplied with much less copper than is required, even though they're marked (fakely) as 10amp capable along with all the other auth stamps.

Using it with the supplied USB external drive or whatever won't matter much, but being IEC cables, they're really easy to "repurpose" to somewhere else that DOES drink the juice.

I'm guessing the chinese built HP cables have had the same thing happen to them.

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"(as a result, we simply banned any further purchase of Brother kit)"

(turns around from desk and looks at work-supplied Brother printer)

At least I didn't pay for it, and it hasn't tried to kill me yet...

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NBN predicts a million premises next year

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"NBN opponents who pointed to low take-up rates in the early stages of the network will be somewhat confounded"

Not at all. We're still waiting with no timetable on the horizon, in metropolitan Sydney. It appears the "haves" and "have nots" are highly selective areas with more political clout than anything else.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Re: "Now you can deliver highly engaging ads ..."

"that privacy option in iOS that limits ad tracking."

You mean like "do not track"? Fat lot of difference that made.

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Re: Adverts.....

"I want one even less now."

But it's really, really shiny!

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: it'll all end in tears

"The simulation's "self-awareness" level is a tricky one to get through."

No problem, the cheat codes are available on the holographic interweb.

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