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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

Ivan Headache

Hair? What about arms?

If you look at Streetview outside of the Googleplex just where the reported incidents have been taking place, you'll see lost of people standing around - and it's making the arms of many of them rise up above their heads.

There is something there, I'm positive!

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

Ivan Headache

Re: When ?? try 1970 when Marine SSB Radio became std...

The question was "When did Bose enter the headphone Market?" so your answer "try 1970..." is not relevant, nor is any reference to SSB and Plessey.

I worked in the pro-audio business from about 1970, on and off for about 9 years and then full-time until the end of the 90s.

In all that time I never saw a pair of Bose headphones. Sennheiser, AKG and Beyer were the dominant pro manufacturers with Koss dominating the domestic hifi side until Sony and Audio-Technica seemed to push them aside. There were other brands, but mostly irrelevant

According to the Bose website and it's official time-line, Dr Bose conceived the mathematics for noise cancelling-headphones while on a SwissAir flight in 1976. Its prototypes appeared ten years later in 1986 but they were not in production until 1989, and then not available in the consumer space until 2000.

It is therefore disingenuous (and bogus) for Bose claim that they have been developing noise-cancelling headphones for 40 years,

Although I can't immediately find proof, I'm convinced that RACAL were using an identical system of 'anti-noise' at the same time that Bose claim to have invented it. (Bose quote: "ANR is a technique to reduce unwanted noise by introducing a second sound source that destructively interferes with the unwanted noise," ). In the claim against Beats, the earliest patent is from 2004 and appears to introduce the digital domain into the second souce sound - something that should be fairly obvious to anyone working in that area.

Also, your claim that "..everyone came and used it, there are USD $30 Japanese headphones, and there are USD $500 German headphones, all licensed and blessed by Bose." is contradicted by Bose themselves here:

"Our patents cover our unique approach to active noise cancellation," Carolyn Cinotti, director of public relations at Bose.

"Other companies may have their own unique approach. We don't license our technology to other headphone manufacturers."

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Ivan Headache

When

did Bose enter the headphone market?

Certainly not in 1974.

According to the firm's own website, Dr Bose didn't come up with the basic idea for noise cancelling headphones until 1978.

Therefore any claim that Bose has been working on noise cancelling technology for 40 years is bogus.

(And I'm sure that I heard a story about RACAL doing noise canelling headgear for pilots at about the same time.)

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Trio share 2014 Nobel Prize for cracking internal GPS of the brain

Ivan Headache

I often thought that something like this was happening.

Both myself and my younger daughter can retrace our steps to a starting point without any difficulty over a journey of several tens of miles in unfamiliar territory. We can also revisit a place having only been there once - even if was many years ago. My wife and my elder daughter are completely unable to do either - even if the the journey was only an our ago!

My youngest amazed us when she was about 3 years old, by taking my wife back to our parked hire-car in a huge, crowded, Florida theme-park parking-lot when she could barely see over a car bonnet.

She did the same in London once aged about 5. We had parked up near UCL in Bloomsbury. We split up, I went with my eldest to an event and the wife and the yongest went off to go shopping in the Covent Garden area.

At the appointed hour she reappeard at the car with mother in tow, with mother saying "I don't know how she did that - but she's walked straight back here and I've been following all the way."

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

Ivan Headache

Re: Progress

Just the same with the wife's Ford Ka. It doesn't start working until the engine is well and truely warm.

We do get the instances though (when it is warm), of the engine shutting off just when you want to pull away - and , as in the post above, it sometimes starts itself if you are sitting in a queue for any length of time.

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

Ivan Headache

Re: NFC? . . . .Sid_the_Kid

Are you sure about using phones instead of Oysters?

Only yesterday I was talking to the man at my station barrier and he said that you couldn't and he hadn't heard any news about it coming. card-clash yes, but phone-bonk...?

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

Ivan Headache

Re: Dazzle.

Smaller = more dazzle

I get dazzled by the ridiculously bright "points" of light from the current crop of pushbike headlamps.

I can generally see them over a mile away and sometimes they are brighter than the car light behind them - unless the car behind is an Audi with its side-lights on.

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

Ivan Headache

That's not a cork.

This is a cork.

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Ivan Headache

How does it fit?

I can't see (from the photo anyway) how the two plugs can mate - regardless as to which way round the attempt is made.

The tongue in the centre of the new plug has to have a finite thickness which means that it will always bang up against the fixed part of the the receiving socket - unless of course there is a chamfer (not obvious) which then causes the tongue to bend the correct way - moving its contacts away from the mating contacts in the receptacle.

If it works then brilliant, but...

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

Ivan Headache

Re: The iPhone was a copy anyway

But that was a rose thorn DNA testing device not a phone - so no prior art there (unless the iphone can do DNA testing from rose thorn)

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Ivan Headache

Re: Is it just me...

Was it the Billy Cotton version with the radio traffic "P Popsi, P Popsi ...."?

'cos if it was, it was the first record I bought too.

10 incher and it must be up in the loft somewhere.

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Ivan Headache

error!

No burners on a Vulcan.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

Ivan Headache

Re: Hardly any different than....Dan Paul

"Creating a specification that must be complied with is much different than restricting trade. Apple does the very same thing with all it's products and software"

Except that Google do not make any phones. Apple can do it because they make the phone and the OS and, as far as I can see, that doesn't restrict trade.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

Ivan Headache

Re: slagging off the competition

I've just come back from a holiday/wedding in Spain with 2 companions who each own a Galaxy 4S.

One was permanently complaining about battery life (though to be fair, he did seem to have an unhealthy addiction to FB) and the other (who was complaining about her phone before she arrived) swearing that when the contract was up she was getting an iPhone.

What was quite interesting, that in similar circumstances, the iPhone and the iPad in the other room, picked up and connected to access points much quicker than either of the sammies.

I must say though, that the camera on the Galaxy produces much better pictures than my iPhone.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Ivan Headache

I've got my Page 2s all mixed up.

Pardon?

"I've got a lot of page 2s and I can't work out which ones goes with which page 1."

Anyone?

(Clue: older person, management consultant.)

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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

Ivan Headache

Re: Re distance from your pocket

How's about it knowing that it has wandered away from your iWatch and therefore might have been 'lifted'?

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And now for someone completely brilliant: Stephen Hawking to join Monty Python on stage

Ivan Headache

Re: Tax avoiders?

Wasn't it called something like 'Neal's Yard Abbatoir'?

(For those not getting the joke, at the time Neal's Yard was a hive (or epicentre - as the BBC would describe it) of health-food/whole-food/vegetarian/alternative therapy businesses.)

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

Ivan Headache

Wouldn't it be more useful

If it would fly in front of you?

It could be following anybody!

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

Ivan Headache

Beware of Card-Clash

BoldMan is doing the right thing.

Every day when I'm on the tube now I get multiple warnings about avoiding Card-Clash.

If the touch-and go card readers can't differentiate between an oyster and a Visa then what hope is there?

A couple of nights back I was in Tesco buying some Champagne Magnums (the ice-cream not the bubbly) and the chap in front of me was trying to bonk with a card. After about 4 failed attempts he

stuck the card in the reader and entered his PIN.

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Former Microsoft exec Bates bounces to GoPro

Ivan Headache

Evanelgism

Is it one of those weird things you do once you fasten a GoPro to your head?

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Ivan Headache

I'm wondering how

an interception point in Seeb monitors coms entering the Red Sea.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

Ivan Headache

Re: I really don't see...

Except that iMessage is not SMS as it works with computers that are not phones and also with non-cellular iPod and iPads. It is not tied to a number but to a user.

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Shazam! Record labels shovel $9m into name-that-song app

Ivan Headache

Automation?

And here's me thinking that there was a room full of anoraks at the other end.

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Sage's 63-year-old CEO says au revoir: 'Life's all about choices'

Ivan Headache

If he'd been a woman it would have been obligatory

Also what colour dress she was wearing and how many children she had.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

Ivan Headache

Re: Amazed its not called an iTV

I'm amazed I haven't heared anyone mention this before.

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Teen student texter busts 20-second tongue-twisty SMS barrier

Ivan Headache

Did he really beat it?

According to the nokia he didn't becasue it says the world record is 20.53ms

Or do they use some weird microsoft time units?

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

Ivan Headache
Angel

And what would happen

If the BOFH and the PFY got to control it?

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Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery

Ivan Headache

I fully expected to see George Clooney drifting by in that video..

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

Ivan Headache

Re: No Bar!!

And at least a half-dozen shoe shops.

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Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS

Ivan Headache
Joke

And how much wifi info did it slurp on the way round?

Or did it have a bunch of GoPros attached to the bottom?

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Ivan Headache

Re: Prior Art

But there was also another called Text 'n Walk at the same time.

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Ivan Headache

Re: Prior Art

There's been an iPhone app available since 2009

http://threewordchant.com/2009/05/28/see-through-iphone-app-for-texting-while-walking/

(still only shows the feet though!)

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

Ivan Headache

Re: mirrors the endless discussion of Max Clifford's penis

Me Too.

I remember when all the Saville stuff started to break, Clifford was quoted as saying (something like) "There's an awful lot of famou people going to be very worried now."

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

Ivan Headache

Resolution

This has nothing to do with the missing flight.

I often wondered why the Google Earth imagery of Holland went from fanstatic to barely useable a few years ago. and also why several other high-res pictures siddenly became similarly bad.

The example I would quote is of the prison in Scheveningen in Den Haag.

Originally the view was so fanstastic you could see the schadow (sorry) of the tennis net on the court and actually see the netting (true - not making it up for effect). It was also possible to clearly identify individual items in the exercise yard. I'm sure that if any of the tennis-playing inmates had access to the pictures they could easily have identified themselves too - particularly the guy doing press-ups (and his guard).

A short distance from the prison is Madurodam, Holland's world-famous model village. The images there of the model jumbos at Schipol and the ships in Rotterdam were as good as the images we now see of real life ships and planes now.

It's all gone - the Holland imagery is now rubbish - as is Paris and London.

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

Ivan Headache

Re: Deja Vu

Except that Apple doesn't have a proprietry charger. It's charger will charge every make of phone.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Ivan Headache

Re: Needle nose pliers

And the Needle-nardle-noo pliers are quite good for removing goons.

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Ivan Headache

Re: @ Aaiieeee

Generally you will find them with the several 3-way 13A plug adaptors that the wife has put away so that you know where they are.

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

Ivan Headache

Envelopes.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Ivan Headache

Proops (in Lincoln)

Not really. Back in the 60s and 70s there was an amazing shop at the bottom end of Steep hill that was a lot like Proops. It was run by an amiable soul called Johnny Birkett.

He sold loads of 'government surplus' and had all manner of stuff in his window and store rooms (plus all those cheap Eagle things). It was where you went if you wanted an HF receiver from a Lancaster bomber or a servo gun-sight for your Aden cannon.

Rumour has it that when a Vulcan at Scampton was desperately short of an item that stores couldn't get (even VOG) (never understood what that meant) a quick call to Johnny Birketts was enough to keep our nuclear deterrent on QRA (I knew what that one meant).

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Ivan Headache

Henry's

There's still a Henry's in the Edgware Road, same location for the last 40-odd years. Not sure if it's the same ownership though as all the other shops seem to have gone.

Then there was Lasky's (the length of TCR)!

I've still got a load of Bulgin plugs (but no sockets) bought from Home Radio.

With regard to Maplin prices, they were the cheapest place to buy the little half-length lithium PRAM batteries for the original iMacs. I seem to remember buying them at about £3.90 or thereabouts. Now they are over £9.00 - which is a bit steep when I can buya pack of 4 AA Lithium Enenergisers for less than £6.00.

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Ivan Headache

Re: Two way adapters

And then, after christmas, you'll find them all where the wife put them.

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The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

Ivan Headache

Music Tastemakers?

What?

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

Ivan Headache

Plasticky handset

It might be made of plastic but it's certainly not plasticky. In fact it feels like enamelled metal.

I must admit that after the launch of the 5S and 5C all I saw were 5Ss, even in the phone shops - the 5C was nowhere to be seen.

However over the last 3 or 4 weeks I have seen an increasing number of 5Cs, mostly (as reported above) in the hands of young (teenage) girls.

One exception is an eighty-year-old client of mine who has bought a green one.

I am tempted to get one myself to replace my trusty reliable iPhone 4 - which iOS7 has turned into a dog!

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

Ivan Headache

Re: Buzzwords buzzed my sheeple!

But some of these quad-copters (or whatever the correct term for them is) are not toys.

Take a mosey down to the Excel next week and you will see a range of these things, ranging in size from a couple of feet across to a couple of metres across and capable of lifting hefty DSLRs with remote pan, tilt and zoom.

I'm guessing that the flyer in this case was on the larger side because the overall stability is very, very good and the height it acheives is impressive. (Yes it could have been stabilied in post, but I don't think it was).

As I've said earlier, this kid knows how to fly this thing.

The BBC used something like this over the flooded tracks at Datchet - but their film was nowhere near as good.

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Ivan Headache

Nancy

I didn't realise what a beautiful city it is.

This lad's film is a brilliant promotion for the city.

And...This kid can really fly.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Ivan Headache

Re: Didn't Apple deep-six profssional users with Final Cut Pro X ?

Why not look up some new comments - July 2011 is a long time ago.

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Ivan Headache

Re WatAWorld

That was then. Look at the date of the link you cited - two and a half years ago! A lot has changed since then.

The Film is being edited by 6 editors working on the latest version of FCP X working together as a distributed job working with 4K video and 40TB or raw footage.

Here's a quote from an editor of 37+years experiencel

"We have been using FCPX on a professional level for a long time now, so the fact that a Hollywood studio feature is being cut on it neither surprises me, nor does it make any difference to us. But I hope it will finally stop some people from still posting idiotic statements as "FCPX is not ready for professional use" on various forums. "

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Ivan Headache

Re: Final Cut Pro X?

Wrong. Warner Bros have a $100M film being edited in FCP X right now. And from what I've been reading in various video-related postings, some of those who abandoned the FCP ship after the intiial launch have been revisiting and are finding that the new version is so easy to use and so slick (and capable) that many are adusting to the new workflow and returning to the fold (as it were).

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Cointerra promises free, specced-up boxen for late shipments of first gen miners

Ivan Headache
Happy

1 gigahash

equals 1000 megaspliffs

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

Ivan Headache

Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen - Samsung are simply better value

Until they Kack.

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