* Posts by Ivan Headache

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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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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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