* Posts by Mage

6558 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Competition

Whirlpool?

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Re:BSOD

Back in the days of XP: "ugh windows bluescreens all the time, why do microsoft allow drivers full access to the kernel?"

That happened since NT4.0. Fixable by using decent graphics cards / Printer and drivers. But it should NEVER have been done.

Win7 / Win8 / Win10 are no more stable or secure than properly set-up up NT3.5, NT3.51, NT4.0, Win2K or XP when they were supported.

Win3.0, Win95a, Win ME were garbage. Win3.1x, Win95b, Win98, Win98SE were all far inferior to any NT version, Vista included, but at least could be set up reasonably properly, though practically zero security and no ability to create named pipes.

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Re:It was called Windows 7.

Garbage, that was a bug fix of Vista and should have been free to Vista Users. It was not an updated XP as it still depreciated GDI based apps (almost everything not a game or multimedia) in favour of the "new" Gamer and Eye candy orientated APIs.

Printer & Graphics GDI support should never have been moved into the Kernel (at NT4.0).

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Re: I don't necessarily think that MS does a bad job of maintaining backwards compatibility,

Till Vista.

From Vista onwards they don't seem to care.

They broke NT3.5 with applications for Win95 specially crafted so they would fail on Win3.x + Win32s. So I think (but may be wrong) that many got NT3.51 free, which fixed that.

Applications I wrote for NT 3.5 still worked on XP, but some few Win3.x and Win9x programs and games needed patches (GST Designworks, DTP, Alpha Centauri), it was less backward compatible compare to NT4 / Win2K. Vista / Win7 were dreadful, even breaking Paint Shop Pro.

WOW & NTVDM used to be quite good, but basically killed with Vista. (The DosBox VM /Emulator though was already better for DOS applications than NTVDM and works on later Windows as well as ARM).

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Ironic

Programs like Sage Line 50 are the main reason small Business have stuck with Windows since the Vista débâcle. MS needs to simply produce an updated version of XP rather than all these GUI and Marketing experiments driven by people with no interest in legacy software and clueless about GUI design. Forget Phone / tablet / Worstation / Console universal apps and copying Adobe and Google.

Don't call the OSes for Tablets, console or Phone or embedded "Windows". Differentiate and support the core business, desktop, properly!

This is Microsoft's fault. All XP and Vista drivers and programs should work on Win 10 otherwise it's pointless and people are better migrating to Linux.

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‘Inflexion point’ BlackBerry washes hands of hardware biz

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Re: Cracked screens.

Every city & shopping centre has people that will fit a new screen from stock for common things. Unlike a TV set it's an economically viable repair for common models.

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my son had a new iPhone 7 delivered today

Why?

Is he independently wealthy? A phone that costs more than many laptops (nearly £700 excluding accessories) and twice comparable phones made by others, though more awkward (no 3.5mm jack for car/hifi/earphonse, non-standard I/O connection compared to most phones, nearly impossible to transfer content without iTunes, glued in battery).

It's a shame the only choices now are really Android, or else Apple if you want to spend x2 more and have less functionality. Like 1995 to 2005 for PCs.

I was looking at a MS phone. The Win8 is poorer than Android, the Win 10 upgrade doesn't support some features and is as creepy privacy wise as Android. Shame as it's nice HW, though no USB host mode and probably doomed as a platform.

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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list

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Headmaster

Meaningless stats?

The complaints per operator need scaled with the number of customers per operator.

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Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

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Simple solution.

Scrap continuum and MS phone support altogether. It's a dying / dead market for MS. The desktop Windows has been crippled since win 8.x by this silly idea of one Windows for all devices. Just as stupid as making Win CE on 320 x 240 screens be a minuscule stylus pecked Win 9x GUI.

If a phone has enough "grunt" to dock to a desktop LCD panel, then the dock needs to solve the problem, or just leave it as it is. Anything else is going to be too much overhead for the phone or to crippling for a desktop. Perhaps you just want the phone storage to be on the dock/workstations file system and have a resizeable extra window on the desktop that is the phone screen, with keyboard / touch / mouse routed to phone when that's the active window.

Anyway, the MS concept is doomed to alienate Desktop users or cripple performance of the phone.

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Cars?

Might be useful for those preparing for MOT, or salty water on roads from winter gritting?

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Ofcom punts network-sniffing Android app

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Unhappy

Off load to public

To avoid having any responsibility to actually see if Mobile operators meet the already too weak licence conditions.

If this was complementary, it would be good, but I fear it will be the only verification if enough users use it.

Self selected respondents result in misleading surveys. Will the demographic of those installing it be suitably geographically spread?

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Text input from thin air: boffins give Wi-Fi the finger with AI

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Daft

It's not going to get much better.

It's in the realms of a toy.

A camera is far better.

-- Assuming you want gesture control at all.

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Google launches peer-to-peer YouTube vid sharing, only in India

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Peer to peer?

Really, or person to person via server?

Does Google track this?

Does Google ad Adverts?

Does the preview and download come from your "friend" directly or Google's servers?

Why only video it it's really peer to peer (Skype USED to do this)?

Me, sceptical about Google? If it's server based then it's no different to many other services.

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Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

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Alert

Not that bad...

It's not like it's Google, Facebook etc

Half a million and "Mostly harmless".

Certainly a waste of taxpayers money, but down the back of sofa stuff compared to most government waste, sadly!

WhatsApp, bought for $19B and going to steal privacy (for FB) from people that never signed up, because it has the contact data on the users phones.

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Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

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Win 10 on MS Phone

The FM radio vanishes.

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Re:Having used Windows 10

My points in brackets:

Having used Windows 10, here are the advantages of it of Win7:

* It is faster (But XP is MUCH faster, with proper install /config)

* DirectX 12 (Marketing decision, not inherent)

* Multiple desktops (Available free as add on since at least 2002)

Sadly Win7 is only a bug fix of Vista, that's why Win10 is faster.

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Re: Ads

Only in Skype I think?

The issues are: privacy, forced updates, rubbish GUI, poor compatibility with older windows programs (for some people the only reason the are not using MacOS or Linux).

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On the rise?

"But there are signs that businesses and professional users at least are keen on Windows 10, with European IT market research outfit Context reporting that Windows 10 Pro adoption is on the rise."

Well, what alternative have you to run Sage, Outlook based Scheduling and other corporate Windows only stuff etc?

Bears in the woods, Pope Catholic etc.

Forced rather than keen.

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Germany calls halt to Facebook’s WhatsApp info slurp

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Re: Stop using Facebook and WhatsApp...

Impossible! Because naive friends, colleagues, family and acquaintances are giving WhatsApp / Facebook the info. Their Android apps are taking ALL the contact details on phones!

LinkedIn too steals 3rd party email data by tricking users that sign up.

Don't get me started on Google!

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willing to work with the regulator to resolve their concerns.

Then hold Whatsapp at arms length or sell it.

Stop making it easy for people to give you other peoples info

Stop asking for extra info to be added

Stop asking for phone numbers to turn on "features".

Stop stealing private info and monetising it.

Stop with the cheating on visibility unless paid.

Stop being a walled garden.

Make privacy simple and on by default.

Warn people they may be breaking the law if they post PRIVATE 3rd party text, email, numbers or photos on Facebook.

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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FAIL

No, nothing to do with DIY Innovation

It's abrogation of regulation and pushing a failed format that only suits National Broadcasters.

Also the ergonomics of DAB for users is a disaster. AM/FM radios are superior.

Ofcom is pro DAB and anti AM/FM for political reasons.

Comreg has already done the same "promotion" of such a system here in Ireland.

This is typical Ofcom (and earlier Comreg) propaganda.

It's only a moderately clever achievement as 10 years ago I was doing this with MPEG4 HD DDT using an off the shelf card in a PC.

I don't mean at all to denigrate the techies that did this, just Ofcom's exploitation of it.

http://www.dektec.com/

It's easier with DAB.

Why are there no DAB pirates? The Technology is off the shelf.

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Hubble spies on Europa shooting alien juice from its southern pole

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Alien

re: I wonder what it tastes like?

That's what Darwin did with many of the creatures he caught to examine, after he killed and dissected them. Some were so nice that the sailors were sent to fetch more.

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STUN hack could help admins choose between 'net links

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I'm stunned

Sounds like a clever idea.

DDoS?

A lot of routers and many email servers ignore "ping" to avoid Ping of Death DDoS, and many routers de-prioritise Trace Route.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Paris Hilton

Wikipedia

At time of writing only her husband has a page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Powell_(personal_trainer)#Personal_life

The latecomer to the name deserves to lose and have to pay costs and damages.

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Windows Server 2016 will cost more on big servers, but discounts can be found

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What I said earlier

Though some people don't like being told the Emperor has no clothes

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2016/09/26/microsoft_releases_server_2016_complete_with_commercial_docker_engine/

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Don't let banks fool you, the blockchain really does have other uses

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Totally Niche

It's not scalable. It only suits small, anonymous, distributed applications needing peer-to-peer communications.

Because it stores every transaction and every copy needs updated the performance dies as the history and number of users grows. Bitcoin has a worse problem than even the blockchain, it runs out of coins eventually and the coin generation mechanism is stupid.

A decentralised database for a world currency would need something completely different to Blockchain. Something akin to how a combination of IBAN and DNS works, hierarchical and regionalised. There is no governmental application at all not served better by a conventional secured client - server model.

Bitcoin as it is, is doomed to be a speculation vehicle, money laundering and also essentially a pyramid scheme. Tulips.

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

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Re: adapted ARM core or 8051 and increased clock speed

8051 is way below Z80 / 6502, it's a VERY limited micro-controller with Harvard architecture.

20MHz Z80 cores were available in SoC 20 years ago, so it's either an ASIC or FPGA with a Z80 core, or ARM with a Spectrum (and Z80) Emulator (available quite some time, 10 years?).

An 8051 doesn't even come close to Z80 or Cortex M0 ARM. It can't run anything other than 8051 code (which is nothing like 8080/Z80) and I don't think can run a Z80 emulator. They are still used in a Flash incarnation as legacy alternate to PIC16F or entry level Atmel AVR. Even the PIC 18F series is superior and wouldn't be used to emulate a Z80 either.

It would also have to run at the original clock speed (or simulate it in an Emulator) or many games wouldn't be compatible!

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compatible with “every Spectrum game that exists,”

Not unless it optionally can have a keyboard, and possibly some sort of tape emulation. I'm sure some games needed text.

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India releases Mars data

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Pint

Great!

I hope their commercial and science launches / projects continue well.

Diversity and competition makes sense in this market, unlike water, electricity, mains gas, telecoms infrastructure etc, of which a country should have only one wholesale version regulated to suit consumers.

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It's Pablo Pic-arsehole: Turner Prize wannabe hits rock bottom

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Paris Hilton

Artists or poseurs?

Turner is pointless.

Some artists are just egocentric attention whores. I know real artists.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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Evil bloke

But why do people trust ANYTHING private to anyone's so called "cloud"

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Microsoft releases Server 2016, complete with commercial Docker engine

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Re: Relevant

Is an MS Server relevant at all since 2003, unless you want Exchange and Sharepoint etc?

I installed plenty 1994 to 2004. After that only flavours of Linux. (In 1980s it was Cromix, VAX etc)

You can get more expert support at same price if you are not expert enough yourself for RedHat/CentOS or Debian etc.

What ever about the arguments about the Desktop, aren't we 10 years past EOL for Windows Servers unless you are determined to inflict Exchange and Sharepoint on people (There are better free Mail Servers and CMS, though Calendar/Scheduling is separate, as it should be, Outlook / Exchange concept [of combined mail & schedule] is evil and designed to lock people into MS

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Sherlock Holmes

Apparently they are keen to prove there is a "natural" cause and most people, the over whelming proportion, contacting them are either ill, disturbed or seeking attention. So there must be a lot of Silicon Valley CEOs and Managers being turned away.

Why attribute to Satan what is just ordinary egotism and typical bad behaviour?

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

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Happy

Wonderful

And far more believable than May or Corbyn.

I'd bet a tanner she's right.

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Brain plague or estate agents? I know which I'd prefer in Virtual Reality

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Or Anvil

Anvil (C) 1998 by Nicolas van Pallandt

Several books before 1980 by John Brunner

Also Robert Sheckley

some here:

http://vr.isdale.com/WhatIsVR/frames/WhatIsVR4.1-Fiction.html

I think there are stories from mid 1950s & early 1960s before ST-TOS

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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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Re: Plastic bag charge

People do pay for their connection already.

People often do have a traffic cap, even if hidden in "fair use".

Why should everyone pay for idiots that don't setup their router/firewall properly for their IoT?

We could perhaps fine makers $500 per vulnerable device.

Broadband is already expensive enough without everyone subsidising IoT. The proposal would not help as it's the aggregated data of thousands or even millions of PCs, IoT, tablets, phones and even routers/modems etc.

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Dev teaches bot to talk spammers' ears off

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XKCD

https://xkcd.com/810/

a little less relevant

https://xkcd.com/233/

https://xkcd.com/632/

https://xkcd.com/1646/

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The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka

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.uk expensive rip off?

You should see the price the Irish "non-profit" organisation charges for a .ie domain, I don't know of any more expensive ordinary country domains for a local business.

feayiyo.co.uk Available €7.95

feayiyo.uk Available €7.95

feayiyo.ie Available €19.95

There are "cheaper", even "free" but usually introductory or part of a hosting package

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Dutch bicycle company pretends to be television company

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Re: TV already is a drug

Yeah, Karl Marx wrote that?

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'Everyone' is buying Twitter

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Re: useful services such as Uber, Lyft, or AirBnB

They do NOT provide the service!

They are exploiting the real investors in property and vehicles and exploiting the actual workers by having them as self employed contractors.

They are just specialist advertisers, and Uber is also slurping all the user data (no doubt why Google has invested).

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Re: Sigh, It was inevitable I guess.

It's pointless though unless you are a Celebrity or someone that wants to follow the vacuous tweets.

Facebook is pointless too, but has been more successful? Or have they as it emerges they pumped up the video view time by a huge amount by not counting all the short views!

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$18bn?

So it's got less users to take the personal details of than Whatsapp? ($19bn)

The userbase is the only value of these parasite companies. Same with Uber and AirBnB.

Maybe it would be cheaper to pay <state actor of choice> to hack the database, like Yahoo. I bet Verizon is cross that Yahoo kept it secret. They can only be buying Yahoo for the user details.

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Lean in and pivot: Even Steve Jobs didn't work alone, startup boy

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Money, Personality and Marketing

I discovered later that the tech or other product/service is just something for those to purvey.

Also like novels (Harry Potter) or pop groups maybe a lot of luck. Talent doesn't result in a success with music or writing.

It's true it's 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration, or something like it.

Some get money by successful lying to investors or grant agencies. (Recently T******* and in 1980s D********). Personality!

Also Steve Jobs and many other US startups in a Garage ... Not a UK type garage, but rich families and luxurious workshop man cave garages. Also many exploited other people shamelessly and lied. It was almost never about the Tech. Far better stuff than the Apple I / II at the time. I fell for hype and bought an Apple II when an S100 based CP/M machine would have been better for my 1980 startup.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Re: Obviously...

That's too similar to that place just north of Greece.

(Are they and the Greeks talking to each other yet?).

In other European Geography, British or Britain was hijacked by Queen Liz I of England, and really referred to all "These Islands" (as the GFA calls them) as well as part of France now called Brittany. Before UK or even England existed.

Fascinating stuff, Geography, and my pre-1918 maps of Europe are now more accurate than all later ones done between 1918 and 1991!

Also amazing that Dalriada is making a comeback in "Ulster", but not yet in Scotland and "Glenshane" is to become a region. Maybe UK/England/Scotland should give the re-invented Dalriada the Stone of Scone, which if real, is the Lia Faíl, (Stone of destiny or Shadows), though given that it's Scottish sandstone, someone must have made a copy before the English first took it, but after it was lent to the Scottish from Ireland. Though there may be a 1950s copy too. The pillar in Tara is nothing to do with the Stone of Destiny.

What about Boho-Morav as a contraction of Bohemia-Moravia? Maybe not.

Will we see an independent Catalan / Catalonia too soon?

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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Re:entire villages of empty properties?

Not near anywhere with a college, IT, University or town. The idea was to persuade people to commute for over an hour each way.

Some were no use even for that, simply developers gone mad.

We are short of housing where people want it, hence any help to first time buyers etc simply puts the price up an equivalent amount.

Like the UK, government has been selling off so called "social housing" and building little or none in comparison.

People that can travel from home each day to Uni are seriously envied. Some rents per person sharing for students are more per week than my monthly mortgage. An inferior version of my semi on less land is x3 more inside M50 ring. Or nearly as much on the desirable side of Corrib in Galway City. So I can't afford to move either!

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Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

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Apple unsuited?

Why buy an iPhone at all? Apart from a better touch interface than almost all others in the first year, they have always been overpriced, poor performance, hyped and at least since iPhone 4 or 5 no advantage over the cheaper, better performance competition.

I use a Sony Ericsson Xperia Z1 bought S/H for €50. Had it for ages now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Xperia_Z1

It has a real phone jack, micro USB, micro SDHC (32G card plugged in), Micro HDMI, nice FM radio and good enough camera.

I have for comparison a 32G iPhone 5 I was given, much inferior. I used it a few days and went back to the far better Z1

The new iPhone 7 sounds dreadful for nearly £600! No earphone socket, no SD card slot, worse battery life than iPhone 6 (which was already poor).

Loads of far cheaper far better phones out there.

The "eco system" argument is bogus. A Mac user can use any brand of phone and MacOS != iOS and also any OS Laptop can use an iPhone (I was surprised I can connect iPhone 5 to Linux and browse / read/write all the files, no iTunes installed, I doubt that works on Windows or Mac).

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Pull the plug! PowerPoint may kill my conference audience

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Re: A quick thought

Trivial.

Also the pause / play button is then your friend.

Though not all projectors/TVs support all resolutions or codecs.

Some printers will even print a presentation converted jpeg via the panel USB host socket (Which someone I know thought was for PC and he actually managed to get an adaptor, I told him the PC connects at the back)

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Re: hmmm.... or a broach.

a cask of real ale?

Why do you want to make a hat (or maybe a brooch, perhaps you are from NI or parts of Scotland)

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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No I don't

a) I'm not going to buy anything as a result of an ad on a news site. Usually I buy by browsing a shop, eBay, Amazon etc or searching for something I've decided I want. I never click, so no revenue lost?

b) Phone / Tablet is tiny real Estate, so added Firefox and an adblocker. On Windows and Linux ads are only blocked as a side effect of NoScript, which sadly doesn't seem to be on Android?

c) Ads are often a 3rd party site and can be a source of privacy breaking trackers or malware. On Firefox on Android, Windows and Linux I block 3rd party cookies. Why isn't that the default? Third party cookies break intent of cookie law. Why does no site popping up Cookie Warning have no optout, they all add them anyway, on Windows / Linux I usually block main site cookies too except if I have a log in on the site.

d) Unlike Broadcast or Bill boards it's my bandwidth!

e) I'm wondering if on Radio, adverts should only be between programs, as unlike TV, you can't mute them.

People need to find better ways of making money, besides it mostly feeds Google?

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ARM emits Cortex-R52

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Can't drive a car

Things like cars should have separate semi-automous CPUS for dedicated functions. ARM cpus start at about 50c for a 32 bit alternative to a PIC, 8051 or Atmel microcontroller. Possible subsystems more reliable if each has its own SoC CPU with built in I/O:

* Reversing alarm subsystem

* Engine management

* Heating control

* ABS

* Security / locks / immobiliser

* Dash display management and real time clock

* Fault monitoring, maybe lamps, air bag, seatbelts, seat position?

* Secure Diagnostic Interface

* Entertainment system control

* Voice control

Things like navigation with decent display would be a CPU more like in a tablet.

An autonomous control system would interface to the above systems and extra sub controllers to control things normally done by human.

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