* Posts by the Jim bloke

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Re: Fall Creators Update

I buy a new car expecting the control interface to be the same as what I have been trained on, and that the car will respond to MY control, not the manufacturer...

Perhaps I am just not going to be buying a new car for the immediate future.

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HPE to staff: 'We are PERMANENTLY clipping your costs'

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Cutting Meals

Stop feeding your employees, and eventually you can stop paying them...

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Re: Choppering out the Execs -- Priceless. Cost of the Parachute -- AUUUUGHHH

At Last..

A use for the Zimbabwe Dollar..

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: It's called "drawing the line"

" and they will still be testing boundaries to find levels of societal acceptability."

Yep.

Found em..

As supposedly intelligent young adults they need to be aware of what they can get away with, and where... and anything associated with a professional organisation or status vendor is not the place to show how hard core politically incorrect you can be.

Stupidity is its own reward

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Europe to upgrade its continental GPS

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GNSS accuracy

Apart from minimally adequate hardware components in consumer smartphones, the main source of perceived inaccuracy using satellite navigation is the same as almost every other flaw in the modern world.

Reality is failing to comply with the way we want things to be.

Early computer games notwithstanding, the world is not shaped like a donut or toilet roll (depending on whether you could move directly from south to north edge, or just east-west). Despite the lies-we-tell-to-children, it is not a sphere, or an egg, or a (aussie rules/rugby/american) football, or a pumpkin.

Initiates of the mysteries know that the true shape of the world... is like a potato.

As this isnt something that can be easily mathematically modeled, a number of best-fit approximations have been created, appropriate to different regions of the potato. A common trap for novices is using the model for some other part of the world. As we accumulate observations on the real shape of the world, these models are refined, and at intervals put into public use - Australia is about to move onto GDA 2020, (apart from our capital which is still running on AGD 66).

Even these best fit models need further kludges to get close to the shape of the potato, so there is what is called the N value or separation, which is a database of the local differences between the model and the potato, on an 1.8 km grid over all of Australia - (dont know how others handle it)

None of this was relevant before we started spinning satellites around, or tried measuring back from them to where we were standing.

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

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Consequences happen

I follow the 'heads on sticks' school of legal thought. You will never catch all the criminals, so make disproportionate examples of the ones you do catch, to give the others something to think about - not effective for 14 year olds but eventually it will do some good.

Any punishment should not only take into account intended results but also any unintended damages.

If he is shutting down businesses, the financial cost should go to him, if he is locking up personal computers, he should make amends to the people involved. If he is preventing his peers from accessing social media... he should get a scholarship and a job when he graduates.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

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This does have potential

They could dispense with the drones, and just fire your parcel directly from an artillery base/distribution warehouse. sticky-taping a handkerchief to the label will ensure safe delivery to the correct address and all will be wonderful.

This is probably worthy of a patent in its own right.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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If its a Win 10 laptop

Then he's going to be the one wearing the wedding dress

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Microsoft App Store achieves a major win

it keeps you safe from unnecessary toenail measuring apps.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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While I initially agreed, the idea that only google whitelisted ads would be connected is one of the things wrong with the modern web.

Google has too much control over what gets seen on the web, both blocking content that doesnt pay their extortion and pushing rubbish we dont want because it has paid said extortion.. yet there is definitely a need to block malicious content - as far away from the end user as possible.

Third party filters are also a problem - just who is trustworthy?

Too hard for me, think I want to take up gardening

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

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"Cloud Computing inexplicably stops 3/4 of the way through the race..."

meanwhile, in totally unrelated news, local council workers dig through fibre optic cable..

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And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin hologram ... Sir, it is only wafer thin

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needs clarification of terminology

From reading the headline, it sounded like some body had succesfully reduced whats supposed to be a 3 D image back to almost 2 dimensions.... WHY?

Further reading hints - without clearly stating - they are talking about a projector, not the image.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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Re: Don't be evil

Definition of 'evil' (Google special dictionary)

missing out on any opportunity for profit or extent of influence.

Google is even more strongly determined to "not be evil" than ever before.

Other definitions of 'evil' include - less pervasive than Microsoft

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Re: Loudness wars

The problem is actually selection bias.

Mainstream/commercial recordings are aimed at idiots. I lack the tolerance to listen to whats offered on the radio these days.

Independent/Muso releases are more likely to sound the way the performers intended - for some genres that will be loud and flat, but in that case its supposed to be that way.

If you want quality, exercise discrimination, and avoid the smelly masses.

Its hipster terrritory but they will never be as uncool as me, no matter how hard they try.

(icon for grey straggly beard)

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: Truth or Consequences

"- and because this is America, nobody has ever tried to help him overcome the problem or seek treatment "

I thought everyone in the US had a therapist, (except for the ones who dont) and Merkins embraced psykeye-ettry the way asians do herbal medicine.

used to be called stereotyping, current buzzword is unconscious racism?

Of course if someone is being paid to work on an issue, it may not be in their financial interest to FIX that issue...

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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So..

If they can decree that X vulnerability must be patched, does it mean they can also decree Y vulnerability may NOT be patched ?

There is a wide disconnect between the interests of those exercising power (as distinct from 'running the show'), and the general public.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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They obviously lack IT skills

Otherwise they would have made up something on Flash

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Thanks for the review - S8 is no longer of interest

Although having to follow the specs link to verify the battery was non removable was a minor annoyance, actually including a link to specs is better than some reviews that only link to marketing ...( need a word for something bright and sparkly that is actually fetid runny shit ). That may be more Samsungs credit than the reviewers.

Losing bezel real-estate seems a negative - my note 4 lives inside an Otterbox case and has survived years of abuse, the missus actually uses 2 Nokia Lumia 1520s because she is constantly breaking the screens and always has one in being fixed (strange woman - actually prefers windows phone)... anyway, i am not seeing how this 'edge' thing is compatible with a good protective case.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Re: Why not just leave the satellites on the ground, where you can go and fix them in a van...

Large amounts of west Oz lack recognizable landmarks - even from aerial photos. This is before the landscape is rearranged for mining purposes which is the justification for going there in the first place, and changes the topography much faster than any publication schedule could keep up with.

I have enjoyed recreational map following holidays, but for convenience, productivity and accuracy in an industrial/mining environment,. GNSS is king

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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Obligatory

Pics..

or it didnt happen.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: I do 2 things with my music

My main opportunity to listen to my music is while I am driving. Initially it was to keep me awake on long drives - driving itself provides insufficient stimulation to prevent my brain going into powersaving mode after a short period - and music upped the inputs without distraction (although mechanical noises are no longer noticeable). Commercial radio sets off my idiot-o-meter, seems to be populated by wannabe celebrities trying to launch a TV career - and ads... its almost as bad as the web!

I actually prefer entirely instrumental, or lyrics in a language i dont understand - latest area of interest is Finnish psychedelic black metal.

So its a noisy environment and a fraction off my attention. Lossy mp3 format is entirely adequate.

New music I am getting through bandcamp, who offer a good range of formats to download, but by their nature dont offer older music.

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DocuSign forged – crooks crack email system and send nasties

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This is why...

I delete all correspondence asking for money

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Have any of the idiots promoting this drivel spoken to the airlines

For a trial of effectiveness, lets impose the restrictions on politicians and senior public servants for a year first.

Sadly, getting their gear nicked or broken isnt a hardship for them, and data theft is business-as-usual for them. Depriving them of technology will probably make the world a better place.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: MS Marketing is brilliant

Yes, they produced a fix ..... back in February, according to another Reg article. I can see why they wouldnt release it until they could profit from it, but that doesnt make them in any way decent human beings.

Expect that the next time this situation arises MS will sanitise their metadata a bit better - but otherwise same same..

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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Re: Shouldn't that be "have already taken steps"?

As has just been demonstrated, NOT teaching them also costs money

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Oh dear. XP

Also many Oz government offices, local councils whatever..

Not the sexy, high prestige, celebrity government offices, but the nuts and bolts departments that actually have work to do, and a budget that has to be split between maintaining their garbage truck, providing PPE and shovels to lean on for their workers, and stationery and office equipment - which is probably what they use instead of an IT budget.

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A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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Focused on creativity

Elsewhere referred to as lying

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Mozilla officially kills Firefox OS for smartphones in favour of 'Connected Devices'

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Re: Desktop Vs Phone

"We may not have hit the nail on the head quite yet, ".... but, by god we've smashed a lot of thumbs.

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Linux Mint-using terror nerd awaits sentence for training Islamic State

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Expect Microsoft

To assist the prosecution

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Money Talks

.. and bullshit drowns all sanity and rational thought

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NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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Alien

"No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before.

no 'human' spacecraft..

FTFY

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Phew! Chrome to warn when you watch insecure smut

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the article is saying its a warning

A warning is information, you can proceed as you wish.

blocking access to websites is a different matter entirely, I can see that google would like to do that - for the users good, of course - but I dont think the world is quite ready to accept that. Maybe by Chrome 65...

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Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

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Someone should suggest to the evil clown

.. that he switch GPS 'selective availability' back on. This was the degradation of the american GPS signal to non military ground receivers, discontinued by Ronald Reagan.

In his flailing around trying to appear effective, he would probably consider it a good idea to bugger the worlds GPS accuracy.

Of course, it would not be any use. Professional GPS users use Real Time Kinematic or Post Processing to eliminate satellite errors, and there are now multiple different satellite constellations belonging to nations not under Trumps command.

The effect would be felt most by non-tech civilian users, relying on their GPS for road navigation, and commercial/agricultural/industrial users who want to keep their machinery inside their paddock or whatever.

The best thing is it would put him on a collision course with Google..

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Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

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Re: Ins and Outs

The Peel remote app is why I wont get a phone without a removable battery.

It could be accidentally activated, even on the lock screen, and after one defective update was putting an invisible layer across the screen which did not accept further input. a few mm at top and bottom werent covered, but everything in the main display was -visible but inaccessable-, including the power off/restart menu. only solution was pulling the battery.

I believe Peel have patched their app,.. I have removed it from my phone, but the capability has been demonstrated.

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Webcam sex blackmailer faces extradition to Canada to stand trial for bullied teen's suicide

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Re: Unpopular?

the victim was Canadian, and one of the foundations of society, is that a government protects its citizen.

Failing to act in the interests of its constituents means its not a government, just a gang of despots.

Some weasel around this by redefining whats "good" for their people, others by being selective as to who it considers citizens.

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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There is a lot wrong with the current crop of IT exploiting businesses

And Uber is their poster child.

Its enough to make me wish the Microsoft kiss-of-death upon them, except they would make MS even worse before dying - and probably end up running MS.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Samsung Note 7 probably deserves a spot

It has earned notoriety far beyond its userbase by being publicly banned from airplanes, and fails in a spectacular and pyrotechnic fashion (see icon) - or so Im told, not having seen one go up myself.

Guess I am going to have to stick with my Note 4 for now.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Educated people make better decisions

I see this as Microsoft trying to protect its market share - by sabotaging education and promoting a larger generation of semi-literate consumers.

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

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so..

Is he up for the chair ?

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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So how does this work..

in areas of shit phone reception and poor network capability?

Presumably its irrelevant as the 'services' you are trying to access are also not going to work, but still.

I have to walk out into the carpark to use my phone, and our office network regularly fails.

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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There are only two types of people in the world,

The types that are on the list, and the ones who aren't.

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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I think the best way to describe this

Is environmentally imposed quality assurance

make the operating conditions hostile to insecure devices and they will fail to thrive.

In the darwinist 'survival of the fittest' meme, this malware eliminates those 'unfit to live'

I think its a good thing, and there should be more of it, the only drawback is its dependency on central C&C.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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“I’d like you to make me a mocha-caramel-hazelnut frappe, with raspberry syrup, whipped cream, and a pinch of nutmeg. Then I’d like you to shove it up your ass and get me a cup of coffee"

Hand-washing is required to be included in the process

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Think it was in one of Jerry Pournelles "There will be War" anthologies

An essay on a long duration (weeks to months) flying sky fortress - powered by orbital solar collectors beaming power to collectors on the giant flying wing. Leaving aside why you want a flying fortress if you already have orbital death rays - sometimes you will need to intervene physically and send in the drones prior to burning the place to bedrock...

Anyway, that 80's essay in a sci-fi anthology seems much more technically grounded and feasible than what these guys are talking about.

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Baidu teaches AI 'baby' bots English by ordering them around a maze

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30 years on where's my computer-brain-in-a-jar?

... in a jar ?

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Terminator

If it fails to do so, a negative reward is given.

Thats the way to do it, Beat some intelligence into it!

Next step is to compel it to fetch the 'negative reward' object itself.

Of course, any future robot/human genocide can then be justified as "daddy issues"

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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The technique worked

We are all descendants of thousands of generations of successful breeders, saying the process offends your modern morality is like not only telling the tide not to come in, but not to come in last tuesday.

Education, philosophy, science, technology, all have changed the way humanity interact with their environment, which means choices may be available now which were not valid then. By the same token, those thousands of generations favour responses which are inappropriate in a modern context.

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Same thing Down Under

Back in my foolish yoof, i agreed to donate to "The Wilderness Society", who I have since come to realise are rabid anti-development media-whores riding the wave of white suburban guilt, sinking further towards radicalism as they attempt to keep their "brand" differentiated from other charities/green groups.

On the other hand, they do keep me informed of new and upcoming mining and development projects I might be interested in :D

On a positive note, I am relatively happy supporting WaterAid

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: re Why do you need the intermediate server, which is just another thing to go wrong?

the desire was to control the central heating using the smart phone

" But the end result: I get a text to go and turn the central heating down..."

mission achieved

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: die as free men and women.

when you find a country that will let you do that, form an orderly queue and apply to emigrate there.

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