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Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do

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Once upon a time...

...I visited the residence of a coworker. His home theatre room had an extension cord running from the front to the back. He needed the thick orange cable to provide power behind the couch, for his nifty "wireless" rear speakers.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Re: SpaceX are printing parts for their Merlin engines.

"...SpaceX were going for re-usability..."

Oh. So they'll need just two complete sets then. One set on the launch pad, another set out for cleaning.

Sometimes it's difficult to tell if Musk is joking or not. He's only a small step away from 3D printing my long-delayed (solar powered?) flying car.

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Re: Re:get with the times

@BadPony

Hmmm.. "...like Fermat's Last Theorum, once it **is/was** finally demonstrated to be true...". It's a complex tense, applying to both the past and future examples. Perhaps more "was" than "is".

Others above have explained the rest perfectly.

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SpaceX are printing parts for their Merlin engines.

When they grow up, they will 3D print a mold and start cranking them out much cheaper.

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"...3D printing is an over-hyped, steaming pile of crap."

EXACTLY correct...

Mostly. There are niche applications where it's highly useful and cost effective. The other 99% is crap plastic junk.

That said... Every damn lie about technology eventually comes true. Facial recognition was a damn lie ten years ago, maybe even five. Now it's almost true. And just like Fermat's Last Theorum, once it is finally demonstrated to be true then we can appreciate what a damn lie the original claim really was.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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on Corporate laptops

I knew a guy that had his own HDD to slip into the corporate laptop. Made it his own after working hours.

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Re: uncrackable password

V1.0: Welsh...

You could probably use "cyfrinair" and get away with it.

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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Re: Actual lol

Example: Photographer is sitting on the front step taking pictures of architecture, when a flaming airliner enters the frame. {Click} Okay, granted, with reaction time it might be almost 1s of work. Copyrightable? Yes, of course. He/she pressed the button. Lifetime+ term? Seems a bit generous in this case, do you agree?

No. That "1/60" tag is *not* referring to Ansel Adams humping his gear up Half Dome for six months. Nor is it referring to the years of effort spent by infinite numbers of weekend photographers taking snapshots of leaves reflected in puddles with $6,000 worth of gear. No. It's referring to the other end of the spectrum of possible examples.

There are a near-infinite number of examples in the interesting middle bit, adjacent to the arbitrary line scribed into the continuum. The questionable-copyright area, with "1/60s" and Monkey Selfies as examples. Focus on the correct region of discussion please. There's nothing worth discussing at the other end.

Lesson learned for Mr Monkey Man? Learn to lie: "I used a remote control to activate the shutter at the exact instant that the subject and camera were precisely aligned in accordance with my artistic vision, carefully replicating a 'Monkey Selfie'." He'd have his (US) copyright if he simply knew the rules and could produce a $5 RC from eBay.

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"TOO MUCH" does not imply a preference for zero in *all* cases

"...if someone creates something and others want to use it, they should be paid. Everyone agrees with this - except for one Register reader..."

Classic Strawman FAIL. 1) E.g. No disageement here that Ansel Adams deserves his copyright (an obvious counterexample exposing the strawman nature of your incorrect and overreaching 'summary' quoted above). 2) In the example under discussion, the payment might best be in bananas. The monkey literally created the work in question; the human is falsely claiming copyright and should be fined $10,000 for false claims.

The point: It is trivial to create examples where a copyright might be legally claimed, in circumstances where there is zero moral basis. Or vice versa! The most interesting part is the part at the middle, where the arbitrary line is drawn. Where do we draw the line in a continuum? In this case, who pressed the button? Are you surprised when perceived injustices arise from such arbitrary dichotomies? Are you surprised that the perceived injustices must come in either polarity? Read that last sentence again. Dawkins recently wrote a bit on "Essentialism", mandatory reading for those confused by the subtler aspects of this argument.

If photograpers want a copyright for what may include simply pressing the button, then they shouldn't be surprised if their copyright claim is rejected when they didn't even press the button. Injustice? No. Arbitrary? Yes, perfectly.

Cheers.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: Solution

"Less people?"

That's incorrect. It should be "fewer".

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Re: Where I am.

AC: "...the housing bubble is at maximum point now..."

1) It's not a bubble

2) It's rarely a bad time to buy real estate (exceptions are obvious)

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Move to Canada

Or Australia, if you don't mind waking up to poisonous animals in your bed.

I wonder if the aging demographics might result in more retired people moving out of the big metropolitan areas and into the far corners. I've already got some land on a small Asian topical island lined up. Hopefully it'll be wired up to the 'net before I get there.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Re: Acidity ...

Gastritis - look into grapefruit juice and bacterial causes. Do your research first. Obviously. I mention it because it is counterintuitive and not widely known.

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Crema floats

Coffee making machines that push the coffee out the bottom of the grounds will always struggle to force the crema from the top, all the way through the grounds (thus filtering most of it out), and out the bottom.

Machines that allow the floating crema to exit directly out the top will always have an easier time getting a thick frothy layer of crema into the mug. This is why so many coffee making schemes are complicatedly upside down.

This top/bottom exit is the primary system architectural question.

Yes, yes, I know. If you have 15 bar of steam, you can force the crema through a brick wall.

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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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Re: Abandonment issues

"...getting committed to any new Microsoft based hardware..."

Huh? "Getting committec" to hardware? Or even an OS ecosystem? "Committed"? Seriously? You shouldn't even be using such vocabulary in this context. Not in public anyway. I think it's okay to like or prefer one product over another, even to hate a poorly designed product such as Win 8, but to "commit" oneself to hardware (or an OS) is way too close to that lunatic that legally married his dining room table.

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Really? They're putting tantalum in CPUs now?

DRC-free tantalum

Maybe the *package* contains a few wee feisty SMT capacitors.

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LOHAN tunes into ultra long range radio

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Re: Transmitting Radio without Antennas == "silence"

AC: "Don't power up the RFD900 without both antenna connected. Radios powered without antenna can suffer irreparable damage!"

Seems like an odd claim...

OEM website: "...it is OK to have only one antenna connected"

I had to go check, because it would be rather odd for a low power transmitter (1 watt in this case) to be using such a weak device that an open or short circuit would damage it. It's a flea, and it can't generate enough voltage (roughly 10) to hurt itself.

It's rather trivial to design low power transmitters to be indestructible w.r.t. loads *anywhere* on the Smith chart. Anyone that fails to do so should have a very good reason. Not just laziness.

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Antenna could be better

Acknowledging that you probably *don't* want high gain and the associated high directionality (that may end up pointed away from you) for the mobile platform, but that said - the little rubber ducky antenna doesn't look all that good in terms of wasteful loss at 900 MHz. First thing to look at if you need "MORE POWER!!!!" (JC/TG).

If you can predict the geometry then you might be able to add some appropriate directionality (gain), such as a CSC^2 pattern.

The ground antenna could be a high gain Yagi-Uda antenna, if you're willing to aim it in the general direction of the vehicle.

There's also the concept of Good Enough. If what you've got works, then you're done.

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Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

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██████████████

<SPAN style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: black">This is *NOT* redaction.</SPAN>

This *IS* █████████.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Bus powered HDD - bump up the USB current then!

One of the minor annoyances with the previous Pi was the lack of USB ports, so one had to use a USB Hub, and it might as well be a powered hub, and then both the hub and the Pi lacked power steering diodes, so that the hub back fed +5Vdc out the host cable, and the Pi happily accepted power via its USB port, so that turning off the Pi's AC adapter left the system powered on. Silly.

Open hub, cut +5Vdc trace, so that hub now *requires* its own power supply, and doesn't back feed the overly-accepting* Pi (* is there a word for that?).

Yes, yes, ...I did write "minor".

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Define "air"

"...to generate its own air bubble."

Where does the "air" come from? Is it "air", but '...not as we know it Jim.' ?

What keeps it level? It's a big heavy machine poised in an "air" bubble. So what keeps the big heavy rump from falling down?

How fast does the water move sideways to get out of the way? How does that sideways velocity compare to the speed of sound (compressibility) in water?

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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Did they fix the endless crashes yet?

Google's Chrome browser, running of Google's Android OS, on a Google Nexus Tablet. All fresh and clean and up-to-date. Move your finger too quickly between tabs (details omitted) and the browser locks up.

So I tried Firefox for Android. Gawd almighty, what a pig's breakfast that is.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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@DJ

An excellent argument, and funny. Here's another one...

Monkey man lost his camera. He dropped it along the trail somewhere. Next day he finds it full of monkey selfies. Copyright?

FUNDAMENTALLY: When humans draw thin lines in a continuum, you must expect paradoxes to arise.

The true solution is a gradient of copyright terms based on the sorts of measures mentioned. In this example, maybe a 6 month copyright under the Lucky Break Million Monkey clause.

PS: Compliments to the chef for reinstating top post. Controversial and unpopular .NE. wrong and... .NE. against post policies. Thanks.

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Re: Recent news on Page 2

The problem with your counter argument isn't that it's no good. It's that it's TOO good.

If the man with the monkeys had randomly tripped over a root, spun around and accidentally captured an airplane on fire passing overhead, he would still have a copyright claim. No intent, perhaps no effort if it happened in his backyard. .: Creative intent and hours of prep are interesting, but lack of them doesn't have anything to due with the validity of a copyright claim.

So the rules have been set based on things that are easier to measure. Which ape pressed the button? Them's the rules. If photographers want to lobby Congress or Parliament or Berne to change the rules, so that Copyrights depend on the things you mention, go ahead. Fill out this form IN ADVANCE with your creative intent. Fill out this expense and travel report to document your effort.

The paradoxes that arise are a natural result of drawing a thin line in a continuum. No avoiding them, just choose whatever ones you want.

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The fact that the Copyright Office has refused to register the image, for the same reasons and logic Wiki uses, is good ammunition for a case.

Me thinks photographers get too much copyright for what is often 1/60s work.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: "last for the lifetime of the vehicle"

Yeah, I noticed that too.

"Ford claims its LED headlights ...last for the lifetime of the vehicle. …so Ford has fitted fans to its new headlights." Wee electric cooling fans that will probably fail after a few years, thus taking out the overheating LED too..

It's exactly like the liars that claim that their LED light bulbs will last "100,000 hours", when it's just the LEDs that will last that long. Their crappy overheating driver circuit might last a few months, or years.

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Brit balloon bod Bodnar overflies North Pole

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Iceland now?

It's gonna get Bunga-Bunga'd by BardarBungaBunga.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Seems to parallel the Orthodox Jewish Sabbath rules

I understand that some strict Jewish people can't use electrical devices on their Sabbath, but if for example the elevator just happens to be running in Sabbath Mode (autonomously moving floor to floor, all day), then perhaps some might be willing to stand inside while it moves on its own.

Many paradoxes arise because humans insist on drawing a sharp line in the middle of a continuum.

Hopeless.

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Obama's healthcare.gov savior says: 'No suits please, we're techies'

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It's amazng what can be done when you hire the right talent

More like this.

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Re: Why the different standards?

YAAC missed the wireless bit: "...sitting at a computer in a country on the other side of the Pacific."

Wow, that's quite the 5.8 GHz antenna you have there. Or did you use the 900 MHz link? How many gigawatts did you need? Did you use Moon Bounce? How did you maintain pulse coherence when bouncing high speed data off the Moon? Did you pre-distort it? Amazing; there may be a Nobel prize in that single accomplishment. Wow.

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Pull up! Pull up! Pull up! Ding ... HP ends eleven-quarter sales nosedive

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"their decisions are an embarrasment"

An ideal application for the JP-brand Decision Inverter. It's a simple firmware upgrade to the printer used to print meeting minutes. When the print job includes some keywords such as "Minutes" and "Decisions:", then the firmware will analyze the surrounding text and will reverse the meaning of each decision (e.g. by adding the word "not" as required). It's only about 500 bytes of code.

With this wee feisty update to the printer firmware, all the formal Board decisions will be inverted. Overnight, their decision making batting record will go from 98% dead wrong to 98% exactly correct.

Overnight!! No other changes required!! In fact, you need to freeze the Board membership and Management Hired Help right up to the CEO.

This one little invention may single-handedly change the fortunes of western civilization.

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When I think of HP...

...Stupid loud-mouth empty-headed CEOs, just like MS's former balmy embalmer except without any entertainment value. I have had a personal boycott on HP until recently due simply to the annoying CEOs, Broke down last month, but even then just for a couple of 4-year-old *used* HP desktops.

...difficult-to-source HDD mounting screws, the blue silicon-isolated slide-in thingys. (No, the used PC didn't include the four extra ones under the front bezel.) They're $1+ *each* on eBay, if you're lucky.

...maker of laptops that have been HIGHLY recommended... -> to avoid <- .

...overpriced printer ink.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Never gonna replace windows

The Qty *does* matter because high numbers improves that odds that they'll have the ones you want.

I don't actually watch 520 TV channels available from my provider, but several of the ones I *do* want are not available from the provider that offers "only" 260.

Number matter.

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Steam Streaming

We're just dipping our toe into the following: A several years old gaming PC in the basement (i7=920, 6 GB, GTX280), running Steam under Ubuntu OS. It streams the Steam games over the LAN to any old non-gaming PC or laptop.

The goal is the physical convenience of a laptop, combined with the gaming performance of a huge tower.

We can't yet report on the results, but it's looking hopeful.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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So, exactly the same as BlackBerry's AppWorld_of_disappointment then...

95% rubbish.

Apple's App Store is *far and away* better, at only about 87% rubbish.

Hey: I had to reinstall Win 7 the other night. It's *way* more fun if you do this errand after several glasses of red wine. I don;t understand why IT folks aren't drunk all the time. Or, perhaps they are.

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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"...just one day after..."

"...just one day after the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared..."

How long was it active? Starting on Day 1 until when?

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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About what it's worth...

"Walmart has knocked the price of the fruity-flavoured iPhone 5C down to just 97 cents."

The Apple staff that even came up with the idea of the colourful 5C, loudly proclaiming "I'm a cheap-wad that can't afford the 5S", should get a bonus of the same amount.

As TG's Clarkson constantly explains, the Porsche Boxster is a rolling advertisement that one cannot afford a 911. If the Boxster only came in bright colours, it would only be worse. I guess Apple staff never watch TG.

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Re: I'm not convinced

iPhones have had an *increasing* number of screws (as already stated, *inside*). They (eBay'ers) even sell special iPhone-shaped screw holders to keep them organized, starting with (I think) the 4. Not even required with the 3GS for example.

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Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC

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Re: Genuine question (and maybe that's not the point of the article).

Your instincts are correct.

Netflix has to fairly share costs for the dedicated interconnection. It's a matter for fair negotiation, not a campaign based on misinformation. E.g. that whole "3 Mbps" nonsense "when I'm paying for 30...".

That said, if specific telcos are cheating, then call them out. With facts. I think that they did so in one case. Lawsuits are reasonable in the worst case.

Netflix - purveyor of brain pablum. Explains a lot.

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"Net neutrality FUD campaign failure means Netflix has to share costs fairly"

There, I fixed it for you.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Will they even bother with the plasticy iPhone 5C?

I predict that they would sell precisely zero of the cheap(er) and cheerful 5Cs.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: Percentages and bits

"Three bits gives you eight possible values; two bits gives you four possible values. That sounds like one hundred percent more information."

By your logic, a 6 TB HDD can hold more information than would fit into the known Universe.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Standard Windows timings

You beat me to it.

Reinstalling Win 7 Pro seems to take several hours, if for no other reason than all the updates since the iso was created. Disk speed limited, certainly not my Internet.

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: Hoping for sanity

@FF

Implicit in your post is a false assumption. You assume that very long life incandescent lightbulbs would be A Very Good Thing™. Unfortunately, any wider view, including some very basic but essential background knowledge about filament temperature and illumination efficiency, reveals that very long life incandescent lightbulbs would NOT be A Very Good Thing™. They'd be a tremendous waste of resources, except arguably in some very limited circumstances where changing the lightbulb might be exceedingly difficult (e.g. top of a tower).

Perhaps, and this is speculation, perhaps the cartel was simply agreeing not to compete in the light bulb lifespan space, knowing that it would end badly in terms of The Greater Good™.

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Re: I think this is a made up story

AC: "Apple tends to apply its ability to simplify..."

So you missed that whole thing about putting a microchip into the tiny 'Lightning' connector?

Try to keep up.

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Re: Hoping for sanity

You mean like the USB socket in my kid's laptop? The broken one soldered straight to the motherboard.

Oh well, nothing that can't be fixed after three glasses of red wine.

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Re: I think this is a made up story

Agreed. It's *obviously* a fake.

Apple would have put a solar powered vision system and a motor to spin the connector into correct alignment as the user moves it towards the socket.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Aww that's just unlucky

It's like the horrible Bruce Willis movie, Diehard, where everyone, and I mean everyone, was sharing the same frequency. Police, Fire, Rescue, ATC, CB, Aliens, everyone.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Been there, done that...

Bought a signed-by-the-astronaut book after some red wine. Turns out it's a soft cover book, not hard cover. Major FAIL.

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