* Posts by Ivan Headache

741 posts • joined 24 Jul 2007

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

Ivan Headache

Re: Not just sensible cables please - sensible hardware too!

"yet they still arrived at using the same connector for 12v and 19v."

and ac & dc too!

Had this with some routers from D-Link (IIRC - could have been Linksys).

Identical looking units - some ac and some dc.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

Ivan Headache

Re: Reason?

Talk Talk having a sideswipe.

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Website admin cPanel hacked, loses a bunch of folks' contact details

Ivan Headache

This probably accounts

for all my email addresses addresses going bonkers this afternoon.

Constant password failures with some accounts working one way but not the other - ands others working the other way round.

Seems to have sorted itself now but it looks as though its password changing for most ofthis evening.

On top of that, our supersonic Panasonic plasma refuses to power-up (just as Granny turns up to stay for 6 months!)

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2016 in mobile: Visit a components mall in China... 30 min later, you're a manufacturer

Ivan Headache

Re: Wearables come with inconvenience?

Liike Most people - completly unverifiable

Making things up 10/10

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

Ivan Headache

Re: Beep Beep

Just remembered anothe.r

Got a call to say that the keyboard was typing weird stuff, strange characters, lots of little squares or nothing at all.

Turned out to be the corner of a book resting on the Alt & Control keys (mac).

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Ivan Headache

Re: Beep Beep

Had something similar.

"I've been working on this document and all of the sudden the text just vanished"

Looked at the doc on the screen and sure enough no text. Then noticed it said page 134.

133 page deletes later the text miraculously reappeared.

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

Ivan Headache

Too true.

What I miss most (above all the other things I miss) are scroll bars that indicate at a glance how much of a page I am looking at and simultaneously where I am in relation to the top of said page.

Some of Apple's recent UI changes are inexplicable.

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Ivan Headache

Correction

Most of Apple's recent UI changes are inexplicable.

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Alumina in glass could stop smartphones cracking up

Ivan Headache

Young's modulus

I'm curious. How do you test the stiffness of a 2mm sphere?

Shirley you need to be able to bend it. Or do they just crush it?

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Second UK teen suspect arrested over TalkTalk hack

Ivan Headache

Not that Middlesex exists any more

Except on countless websites that insist on you entering a county!

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LG uses sucky logic to force Dyson admission its vacuums suck badly

Ivan Headache

Re: LG no longer Less Good

We're on our second LG cleaner. The cost of the two of them was less that the cost of the dyson the first one replaced.

The first died after cleaning up excessive amounts of brick dust and assorted buildind debris.

The second is still going strong after about 10 years, It has a nifty paddle device which compacts the 'hooverings' as it works and is so effective that when it comes to emptying it I dont have to worry about muck going everywhere (as used to happen with all our prevous cleaners.

My only gripe is that the design of the user end of the hose is too big for me to get it into some of the shelves and smaller spaces.

Yes. I do the 'hoovering'

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

Ivan Headache

Re: Washing machine

Yep! Colourful device with 2 counter-rotating drums IIRC.

One of my clients had one, it was in an alcove near where her computer was. When it was on it was so noisy I couldn't work at the computer - the exact opposite of our Miele. I don't know it's on until it reaches the 15,000 rpm mode on the spin - and then I can only tell if I'm in the same room.

From what I remember, the Dyson shook itself to bits.

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TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack

Ivan Headache

If it's the same woman I saw on BBC news at lunchtime

I got the impression rhat she had fallen for some social engineering trick.

It doesn't take the hack of a database to find out that someone is a TT customer, or their phone number and address. It's also very easy to find a DOB nowadays. Sort codes and account numbers might be a tad more difficult, but we know from Watchdog and You & Yours that people are more than willing to give that info over when asked in a courteous and professional manner.

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EE reports flat Q3 sales, keeps mum on Power Bar recall debacle

Ivan Headache

Power bar debacle.

Is El Reg being a bit daily mail here?

Without any figures to go on, how can you be sure is was a debacle.

It could have just been a kerfuffle.

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Google wins book scan battle. Again. Can post pages online. Again

Ivan Headache
Headmaster

Brushes of ?

Brushes of ?

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Southwest Airlines: 450+ flights delayed as check-ins go TITSUP

Ivan Headache

I suddenly had an image of the waiting travellers being served

water and canapes

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Murder suspect alert? Nah: Scammers fling cop-style malware

Ivan Headache

And the non-stop emails from Transport For London

And the new one 'from' PayPal - We Need You To Help Us.

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Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

Ivan Headache

That may well be possible - but...

With the volume of phishing email that allegedly comes from Apple requesting account verification and confirmation of purchases of fictitious apps, the smarter iPhone user probably ignores every email from Apple.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

Ivan Headache

Re: Gmail has a calendar?

I'll put it in my dairy.

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Foxconn to build Xiaomi phones in India

Ivan Headache

Gosh! That's quick

New factory announced last Monday. Next Monday it's building phones.

(Or did I miss something?)

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

Ivan Headache

Re: The entire plumbing industry ....

Not forgetting "Hellerine Oil"

Those homophones. How do they get them wrong?

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

Ivan Headache

Re: What about other manufacturers?

Well, for them, the tour is over.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Ivan Headache

Re: Christmas greetings

Just a correction. When the Vulcan had a blue steel underneath it had special doors that were shaped to fit around the top surface of the missile. The doors were closed all the time and the missile effectily 'hung' underneath the bomb doors. I seem to remember that there was a lot of missile related gubbins inside the bomb bay - and extra fuel tanks.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

Ivan Headache

And I was told (way back in the fifties)

that 999 was chosen because it could be dialled on a rotary dialler (which all phones had at the time) in the dark or in a smoke-filled room just by feel.

2 fingers placed in the last two holes of the dialler, rotate the dial, let it return do the same again and then again. 999 dialled.

Why would pay phones have to be modified to connect the calls free of charge when there was an operator you could call free of charge on the same phone?

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Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account

Ivan Headache

Richard Branson

was (and probably still is) a dab hand at removing watches from unsuspecting travellers on flights on which he was travelling.

He would do some meet and greet with some of the passengers and surreptitiously remove their watches and then ask them if they were still on UK time or had changed to US time.

Hilarity always ensued.

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

Ivan Headache

Vorsprung durch Tim Cook

Best one in years. have an upvote.

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

Ivan Headache

I was talking to a pro snapper recently about getting one of these.

He talked me out of it in the time it would take to download one of those files.

He said he had tried one and had decided that there was no benefit at all in using it. The time taken to take a standard card out of the camera insert it into his mac, download the pics and display them was less than it took faffing about with the software.

Most of them time he used a cable anyway.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

Ivan Headache

Selfridges

By sheer fluke I was in Oxford Street on Saturday (I know., I know)

Several (possibly 4 or 5) windows at Selfridges were completely black - except for a large white Apple logo and a date for the Watch.

Are Apple opening a specialist watch shop in the store?

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Outbreak! Fake Amazon voucher offer seeds mobile malware attack

Ivan Headache
Facepalm

Strangely

I received a Sainsbury's voucher in my email this morning.

For $50.

Not sure I could use that at my Sainsbury's.

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

Ivan Headache

Night time

There's a plant in Spain that works at night.

See here

http://www.torresolenergy.com/TORRESOL/gemasolar-plant/en

It's quite spectacular to drive past - even after the sun has gone down.

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Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

Ivan Headache

Just an observation -

Not a comment.

There's what looks like a bitcoin ATM in the CEX on Tottenham Court Road.

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Lost SPACECRAFT believed FOUND ON COMET

Ivan Headache

Re: BORING: "Yes, we are pointing out that “GIF” is pronounced “jif”. Again."

Shouldn't that be 'ignorant jits' then?

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

Ivan Headache

Not sure what you mean by 'messy desktop' or 'inconsistent UI'.

Care to explain more.

My desktop looks pretty neat and tidy, and apart from one or two oddities the UI appears to be consistent ove all the app I use.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

Ivan Headache

How things change.

I'm currently having a clearout of old magazines.

However, it is essential that I read them all before binning them.

So found only a few minutes ago, from MacWorld July 2009,

"On 22 April, Apple reported a profit of $1.21bn (£835m) for its fiscal second quarter ending 28 March 2009..."

I know it's not the same quarter but....

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Hong Kong mogul mulls MULTI-BEELLION POUND bid for O2 – report

Ivan Headache

Didn't they also do the Rabbit thing?

(No not that one)

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

Ivan Headache

Re: Really, El Reg...

They don't have to scour the world for this particular story - it's leading every news bulletin in Europe.

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This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

Ivan Headache

Re: So really, REALLY close then.,

Can't happen.

Everyone knows that "Venus and Mars are alright tonight".

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

Ivan Headache

@ Terry

"...& chocolate hob-nob."

Singular?

There's no such thing as a singular hob-nob.

It's a packet of Hob-nobs or no hob-nobs at all!

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

Ivan Headache

Re: Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

"... wear flat ones that don't need to be removed."

So how come I have to take off my Birkenstock sandals every single time I fly?

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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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