* Posts by TechnicalBen

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

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Most fitting...

Why? Because we can put a hat on it to put the bugs to rest (or is that nits?).

Thus a "hatstand" of bugs.

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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What...

What adds?

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Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

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Much easier option.

Digital sim (via an app?).

Or a super small sim, where you can fit two in the same slot as a nano/micro sim, and fit the electronics that let's the phone switch.

Ok, both those ideas have been done to some extent already. With either multi sim batteries that offer an additional sim slot, or skype style apps.

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Boffins unwrap honeybee black box recorder project

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Re: Re. Environmental stresses

Assumptions are the mother of... bee hive collapses?

It's very very hard to make any observation without effecting the subject we are observing.

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Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

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Click button to do thing?

That's like ha;f the patents!

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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Re: Never lose data?

Depends if this is a mathematically complete proof.

It's easy to theorise and prove a perfect plan. It's impossible to action and carry it out! :D

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Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

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Re: And quicker updates

Some stuff is understandable or required mind. Say for example the pen in the note, or the windowed cover screen.

Such additions I use every day, and would hate to try to use the phone with a vanilla OS, where I'd have to just make do with a normal non-tracking pen, or have to unlock the phone every time I want to check something.

Perhaps a good midway is to make all these features available as "apps" from the store, and not as integrated into the os?

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Re: Basically

All my games are basically cpu bound anyhow. No real need for bleeding edge graphics. We got to the "good enough" power range of GPUs a while back, and only resolution, not fidelity, is the current bottleneck (4k and above being rather power hungry).

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Re: what is this telling you?

"You from the past, what were you thinking? What did you do? Why? How do I undo it now? At least, I think I want to undo it, whatever "it" is..."

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Not in "my" OS.

As much as there are excuses not to, and pot meet kettle examples. If it's free, and I'm clueless to how it works (due to my own stupidity ;) ), then I'll switch to a form of Linux...

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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"If there's one thing opposable thumbs are good for, it's playing Candy Crush!"

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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Love it.

Overclocking and core unleashing has given me a lot more power and longevity (on performance in the future, not on survivability of the chip!) than if I'd gone with a standard chip. So sounds good.

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Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

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Battery packs...

Seem less than idea in comparison to extra batteries, better power usage, and removable or easily chargeable batteries.

Still cool things to have, and no doubt very useful for long journeys and holidays.

I have to wonder if the latest colour scheme to Android actually lowers battery performance, as the old grey/darker screen would theoretically use less power on an OLED display than the newer white style GUI.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

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Re: You cannot be serious...

Richard Jones 1, what phone do you have and what network? It sounds the same as me! (No signal on 2 networks I've tried at the times I need it, but works perfectly when I don't :P )

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I've seen Kaspersky slap his staff with a walrus penis – and even I doubt the false-positive claims

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Re: The Participant Observer Problem

A hash for every Windows file?

I'm no mathematician, I've not calculated the number of possible collisions, or the size of the file.

I would assume though, that a list of hashes, would be greater in size than an actual windows install, as windows is multiplatform and thus different on certain systems.

Oh, and that's before I consider search times involved.

(Though searching a larger download/update/package before install is fine. Checking every .ini file and .jpg etc on my HDD against a hash? Less sane)

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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I'm not voting on a decision, but...

I don't trust the offer from someone saying "they will keep it for the people" and offering under the odds payment. Why? That smells awfully fishy to me, that they want to turf out the residents at some point and make the profit themselves.

It's happened here with "common land" that "accidentally" got sold to the "local supermarket" development.

PS, as anon above said...

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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Re: Meh

Yes a corrosive gas or spray/fluid sounds a good idea and would allow the platters to spin for a small time (assuming the arm is brought into the rest position) to evenly coat them.

My idea was somewhat more destructive, and I'm not sure how reliable or the size of the powertools required. May not quite fit in a rack space. :P

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: An alternative option..

More likely the TrueCrypt developers were given a legal ultimatum. "Give us a backdoor, stop development, or we drop the books on you for an eternity".

The defeat of the system would have been in the defeat of the people. Their anonymity would have presumably been lost at some point, and then the pressure would have built up as time went by.

That or the hardware backdoors are so prevalent, that it made the software and supposed "security" offered redundant, so a retreat the only current option.

No anon, because, well, would it even make a difference?

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Sun? In Blighty? Nah, just build that rooftop data centre, it’ll be fine

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This also happened at the college I went to. They blew the budget on the PCs and left nothing for the aircon. So unlike the cooled and working Apple Mac room, the PC room constantly had fried PCs. Especially as that room also was fully windowed along the one wall facing the full sun all day long.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Vehicle Assembly Building

Two downvoters don't follow SpaceX twitter and don't play Kerbal Space Program. Thanks for the downvote for referencing both companies and "adding more struts" being their own in joke.

And one upvote for the person who did get the joke! :D

Downvotes, because no better way to know more about others than yourself.

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Re: SpaceX Management is to blame, not a broken strut.

The payload survived. It could have landed and been recovered. They are adding the software to do so in the next attempt.

It was also a failure in manufacturing/supply. I suppose sourcing from 3 suppliers can help, as you'll only get 1 in 3 failure rate if a supplier tries to give you sub standard parts.

They have also considered "adding more struts" as an option. So yes, they can and do have failsafes. The previous failures showed they can, when one engine fails the rest can throttle up or the flight path be adjusted (1 deployment on a 2 bus/satellite delivery).

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Re: Vehicle Assembly Building

Actual truthful statement:

Their latest failure could have been avoided by adding more struts.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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Re: I've always wondered....

Thanks. But I would assume anyone referring to mass in this instance is referring to rest mass (poor concept when scrutinised, but one none the less).

So "having no rest mass does not save it from a black hole" is still a correct statement. ;)

I agree, everything else considered, it is effected by gravity regardless, and I know of no one supposing anything that is not effected by gravity. :)

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Re: I've always wondered....

Massless does not save it from a black hole (which stops even light). There is little to nothing to help escape from a black hole.

Perhaps, it does not escape or there are no gravitons... under some models?

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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Re: Next ...

As I'm eating ice cream (dairy free but close enough) right this second... I can think of a few tasty options for this data. But my dairy free version is as soft as anything. I think its all in the whipping and air content. :)

(Can I have some more...)

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: Must do better.

That's ok, I'm sure some nice white hat can just hack the new firmware into the cars as they drive by...

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Windows 10 on Mobile under the scope: Flaws, confusion, and going nowhere fast

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Re: The main problems with WinPho 8.1 for me

I don't really blame many companies for not offering a browser, or let's be honest, and APP on Windows Phone [x].

As even in this fast age of live distros and rolling updates, who can keep up with the slash and burn, change every day with your socks API cycling that is Microsoft Mobile! ;)

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My pure and error prone opinion....

Why is the text so small? Mostly it looks like a good alternative (3rd horse)? No idea in it's pros and cons because I'll never use it with such a small font I'd have to squint to read it on even a phablet. Yes, I know I can change the size. The default setting shows the GUI design choices, and it's in the wrong direction for me.

I really like Gingerbread/Kitkat on Android. I hate the looks and design choices of Lollipop.

Apple looks usable, and at least has nice icons and quick responses and visual ques, even if the text is smaller at times.

Roll on a linux style swappable gui.

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: You Eretic!

We jest, but what was set in the past, cannot be changed. How do we change all the systems over to something more secure?

Icon, because it's an honest question we need an answer to.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: Soon?

"There are just far too many internal applications that just won't work on any other browser."

It's questionable if they even work on IE...

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Re: Bizarre And Inexplicable Opinion.

And that's before we get to the loudness wars. :P

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Well, that goes and puts a dampener on all those Mass Effect fans.

Great one Nasa!

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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Re: Precision Stylus for Android

Not Samsung AFAIK. Wacom possibly own a few patents and are also one of the best products. If you look at some of the drivers/apps running in the background of the note, it will say "wacom driver". So I assume Samsung paid for the Wacom royalties/use. Where as other manufacturers either don't wish to pay up, or cannot afford.

If Samsung had the patent, we'd see more tabs/laptops with this feature than just the Note.

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Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

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Re: Yellowing

Apparently, Sony were going full Sony, zero Nintendo in the build/design due to their clever trick in contract agreement with Nintendo. Who/when/how the argument started is still disputed, but it was to be 100% Sony royalties, and nothing paid to Nintendo, having little to no Nintendo branding (except the controller? Exception as the contract was "console"?) seems to back up the legitimacy actually. Hmmm.

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Re: Boothy

I think as your example it's more down to the new tech have/needing backwards compatibility.

Not much point in the super extra wide screen having a connector for a resolution so low it does not support it (though not checked if DVI-D does superwide 1080p/1440 etc).

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Many alternatives for both nvidia and ATI, and for receiving most systems work.

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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Re: It may not sound very clever. But...

Why? The traffic is likely to be moving at a walking pace and able to stop in time to avoid it.

... that and it could hitch a ride on a double decker to get back for repairs.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: Perhaps there is another problem with the business model.

Generally I'd assume AMD does not... but then again I'm using a 4 core AMD processor that should have been 3 core had I not being cheeky in unlocking it. :D

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Re: yeah, sounds familiar

IIRC some of the Quadro cards were literally solder joints being active or not (good old pencil trick converted them, or at least opened up the driver to allow reflashing).

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

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Re: making a case a necessity

True. Sadly they want your £500 investment to be worthless. Or for us to pay for a swap of the battery.

I hear some companies do it for free (Apple?). But I prefer the risk/choice/responsibility in my court. Once had a bicycle returned and the pedals fell off. If people cannot be trusted with something that simple, I'd not trust them with my phone! :P

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Not noticed any burn in here. Had my Note 3 for about 6 months now. But do always use power saving mode so the screen is not overbright. If it's up to 100% it does look too bright for the display...

PS, it is the risk of AMOLED screens. Go for a LCD screen phone instead. It's horses for courses as they are less bright and may use more battery power up, but last a little longer. AMOLED is possibly at the 2 year plus lifespan, but not the same extended lifespan of LCD.

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Re: Android 5 bugs?

I just wish they had not changed the GUI... But I might grow to like it... I prefer function over pretty blue dots.

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Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

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Where does one finish and the other begin?

This one is the software... I mean the OS... Apps? What are the terms? I'm confused, it's all got a bit cloudy in here.

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Re: use the sd card for the os...

Function keys are not needed. I would give a digital cookie to anyone still seeing a use for "SysRq", however the extra functionality used for "Prt Scr" is welcome, let alone the extra macro that could be assigned to it.

Other keys less used, but Page up and down are used often. In fact I try and avoid devices that don't even include a numberpad!

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2 USB slots and an SD card...

This at least has me interested with those specs... unlike certain other manufacturers. ;)

(Sorry, but I am a techy at heart, and spec is everything. The SD card slot in my phone saved me 5 hours of file transfer time over wifi, so yes, the specs and connectors are really worth the extra cost and change in product to me! :D )

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

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Well... these days it's how it goes.

I love my android, but currently the latest update borked the play store. No idea if it's a DNS error, other app, login error, timeout whatever, all I know is the store no longer works and nothing has solved the problem (so it sounds like a server side error to me).

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Fact is

So your the first to volunteer for my "new" tv using lasers beamed direct into your eyeballs?

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Google offers 'INFINITY MILLION DOLLARS' for bugs in Chrome

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Re: but everyone knows

No. "Infinity" and "counting to infinity" (the set 1+2+3+...) are two different things. Counting to infinity = -1/12.

(IIRC, citation for assistance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-I6XTVZXww )

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: So...what?

No, the most important is data processing (DNA/reactions to the environment etc). With just a membrane and energy processing, you still just have a chemical process or a "dead" crystal. Be it a very complicated one though, it would not fit much of the definition of "alive".

Without something similar to DNA and without a massive number of processing, construction and regulating equipment in the cell, it would be unable to do anything.

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Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

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Re: oops

Gah. I have to live with this every day. Even worse when model numbers have zeros and "o"s, or ones and lower case "L"s.

I really really have to be careful when ordering model 20002002 and not ordering 20020002 by mistake, just out of typos. :(

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