* Posts by Pookietoo

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Xiaomi greets MediaTek with a handshake, Qualcomm feels awkward

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Re: I assume it only uses one cluster at a time

Would it not have one of the low power cores running all the time to manage everything else?

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Re: We know who it was...

"mother lode"

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: http://happy254.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/bean.jpg

You beat me to it.

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Re: a drop or two of oil into the lock every six months

I thought you were only supposed to use dry lube in locks.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Such a talented guy

But he can't figure out how to use a micrometer.

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: have you looked into step-up transformers

A straight transformer won't shift frequency - you'd need a belt drive motor-generator unit or a rectifier/inverter to do that.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: people with big snakes buy mice and rats for them

AIUI the live feeding of vertebrate species to reptiles is mostly illegal in the UK.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: There is a way to get more energy...

But if there was a way to only emit photons from the screen in the direction that the user is viewing it from ...

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Actually I think it might work ... sort of

Assuming the phone antenna is pretty much omnidirectional most of the signal is going nowhere useful, so you can "harvest" around half of that with an inductor on one side, and subsequently you'll have to point the other side towards the mast. The only problem is that you'd want to put the inductor on the side that's against the user's head (because the signal in that direction is attenuated anyway) which won't work too well with the screen. But if you're willing to put up with the hassle of a directional phone you might as well engineer one with a directional antenna, that wastes a lot less power transmitting in the first place.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: use the moon as a spaceship

Perhaps use it as a staging post - maybe mine and process the shielding material on Luna, so it's a lot cheaper/easier to chuck it at Mars than if it was lifted from Terra.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: You can't reboot while you're over the Atlantic.

Rather that than on approach.

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re: This assumes the problem is understood

I don't think it takes much understanding to fix the problem: power goes down, auxiliary kicks in, pilots/engineer restart failed generator controllers, everything's fine again. Assuming it doesn't happen at a critical stage in the flight, of course.

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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Re: RE: And who said science was dull?

"passersby"

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BATWINGED DINO-PIGEON causes FLAP in bone-boffinry circles

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Re: I never get any reply or acknowledgement

Sometimes I get a reply, sometimes not - I imagine that some corrections are flagged by many readers, and the author can't really be expected to acknowledge all of them.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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Re: My DVB-T stopped working

Have you tried a log periodic aerial? The one I tried (just a temporary set-up - we mostly use cable) worked wonders for our DVB-T reception. It was mounted too low, pointed at the wrong transmitter (according to everyone else's aerials) blocked by large trees and it worked brilliantly.

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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

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"Tips and corrections" is to the left of the "Comments" button.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Re: I highly doubt you'll prefer TV only

I prefer the TV not to dominate our living space - it sits fairly quietly in the corner showing mostly comedy, chat and factual programs, types which don't really benefit from an "immersive experience".

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Re: 2

I'll occasionally plug in a 2.1 system if I'm watching a movie that might benefit from good crashes and rumbles, but for the most part the speakers in the telly are good enough. Philistine, me?

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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all package versions shipping with Jessie are the latest release.

I find that highly unlikely - surely they will be the recent version that has been tested, not necessarily the latest?

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: The middle ground would be C3PO

But the Android logo is pretty much R2D2.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: Writing Secure Code: this one?

The one I found claims to be that one, but only has 451 pages - maybe someone wrote "Don't panic!" on the back cover?

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Re: no joke icon!

Maybe use of the joke icon should be accompanied by [joke] in the title line just to make sure we can all appreciate the witticism ... and possibly an apology at the bottom, or just [coat].

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

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Re: It is inevitable...

. First you have to build some mom & pop stores for them to put out of business.

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'Hackers racked up $$$$s via the Android Play Store, and Google won't pay me back'

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Re: Bank of America debet card

I think we're aware of the concept of a debit card - I've lived a largely cash-free life for years with mine (and the PayPal account it feeds) as I am sure have many Brits. Maybe it's a strange idea across the pond?

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

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writing this in fairly scruffy cursive with no problem, except I haven't figured out how to do Spaces yet! . Not bad for a first try, I think.

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Re: Can I draw a GIANT cock and balls on it?

"This is my basic criterion" or "These are my basic criteria"

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Re: stylus ... very few phones and tablets come with one

They're 99p on eBay, or two for a pound in Poundland. I got one the other day because my large hands just weren't meant for small touchscreens, and it really helps speed and accuracy both typing and writing. The feel is good on the screen, I have yet to fit a screen protector.

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Re: Oh I hope so...

I don't see why lefties and those whose brain is wired that way shouldn't use mirror writing - to me it seems quite readable without a mirror.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Re: Wanted: IT Manager, must have own servers and cat 5 crimp tool.

RJ45 crimp tool.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: 1024 was pretty much standard screen height

I suspect you're thinking of 1024 screen width, which was 768 pixels high. 25 years ago basic PCs came with a 14 inch 800 x 600 monitor.

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Cisco loses logo lawsuit against WiFi inventor boffinhaus

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Re: some foreign company who make stuff

ITYM some foreign company who have stuff made for them in China.

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

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Re: tell the mp3 player to skip a track

Do your headphones not have a few buttons on them for that sort of thing?

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Sony nabs cloud gamers OnLive, administers swift headshot

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Re: the service should be open sourced

But while it may not be profitable to continue the service, there might be value in the software used to provide it, and it's not reasonable to deprive the owner of his ownership simply because he can't justify running the service.

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Re: queue the dude

That would be "cue the dude".

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Re: .......the outage hit around about dinner time..........

That's lunch - dinner is at eight.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: The US is big enough that there are regional usages

The UK is big enough that there are substantial regional differences, as well as three or four non-English native UK languages.

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Re: "rubbish lorry"

"bin lorry"

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: specialist electronic doodad

I taped a Schottky diode to the battery, which produces a suitable voltage drop, at a cost of pennies each on eBay. But no old camera collection is complete without a few vintage light meters, and some of them still work well.

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BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

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Re: Kano is absolutely awesome

But it's just a Raspberry Pi with the bits you need to hook it up, for people who don't already have those bits lying around.

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Re: tools for tablets

It's browser based, so no need to port a toolset.

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Security vendor's blog post pinched to make HMRC phish look legit

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Re: Not unduly convincing

It's clearly not something that HMRC should issue, but on a Friday afternoon perhaps ...

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

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Re: the last thing you'd want to do.

Grounding the screwdriver, OTOH, would seem advisable.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Smart TVs Suck

But what about the stir fry?

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Re: OI! Moderator

It's a link to a page where someone tells how he figured out what sort of "phone home" his TV was doing. What's to explain, and why ask a forum moderator?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: it's not like we can prove that

We don't have to prove it doesn't - they have to prove it does.

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Re: zero packet loss.

But ... but ... jitter ...

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

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Can you not install two keyboards?

A French one for the Windows instance, and the iMac one for OSX?

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

Jim Al-Khalili - Quantum Life: How Physics Can Revolutionise Biology - an hour-long Royal Institution lecture on YouTube.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: I am now really struggling

Why? Weren't you intending to wipe the hard drive and re-install to your own specification? Or do you think the firmware might be similarly compromised?

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Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

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Re: What actually killed true netbooks was ...

Microsoft and Intel. But a few years on they weren't secure enough in a changing market to shut out Android. Having said that, I needed a tablet in a hurry the other day, and the best deal I could find had Intel inside.

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