* Posts by D@v3

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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next year?

My question is. If this year is iPhone 8 and X (10). Then will next year be the 9 which is 'better' than the 8, but not as good as the X (better screen, no sensors? Sensors and same screen?), but then, the year after, when we are due an iPhone10 and 10+, well, we already have the iPhoneX (10) so what then?

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: Am I missing something? (I am most definately not a mathmatician)

I'm surprised it took till page 3 for me to find someone else saying this, specifically, how do you know (apart from on day 1) how many red balls are in there?

Every day, someone takes out 1 ball, but you don't know what colour it is. so there is a possibility that after say, 15 days, all 12 red have been taken out, but because they were removed on non test days, you have no idea. As the tester, every day (whether you are testing or not) there are between 0-12 red balls in the bag.

As others have said, there is a chance that people are coming in drunk on consecutive days, so that could be two or three reds in a row, which would increase the immediate chance of getting caught, but in the long term it would decrease it (which i guess balances out?)

i think I'm getting carried away here because it's Friday morning and I'm full of caffeine, but, with the 'balls test' (in this case) surely the correct way to conduct it, is for two people to be involved, one (the 'drunk', chooses a ball from the bag, and keeps it to them selves, unless the other person (the 'tester') asks them what it is, repeat until either the bag is empty or the 'drunk' gets caught.

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Re: @MJI

or Gin. Neat.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Douglas Adams nailed it

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Proof! (well, it's written in a book, so it must be proof)

"I speak of none other than the computer that is to come after me," intoned Deep Thought, his voice regaining its accustomed declamatory tones. "A computer whose merest operational parameters I am not worthy to calculate - and yet I will design it for you. A computer which can calculate the Question to the Ultimate Answer, a computer of such infinite and subtle complexity that organic life itself shall form part of its operational matrix. And you yourselves shall take on new forms and go down into the computer to navigate its ten-million-year program! Yes! I shall design this computer for you. And I shall name it also unto you. And it shall be called ... The Earth."

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Re: Easter Eggs?

What, like signatures on glaciers?

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more than me?

I came to the conclusion that i was the centre of the universe a long time ago, right around the time i got stuck in a machine that appeared to be powered by a fairy cake.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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charge times

Easy jet already prefer you not to bring hold luggage (or, well, charge a bloody fortune for it), so make that even more 'preferable' and use the space in the hold that would have suitcases in it, for freaking giant, easily removable, batteries.

During passenger loading / unloading, forklift comes and takes the old batteries out, shoves some new ones in.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Re: Price

What i read elsewhere is that it is less about the overall price of the vehicle, and more about how much of a deposit you are able to put down.

Even so, with nowhere to charge one of these things (can't do it at home or work) , i will be sticking with good old dead dinosaurs for some time.

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iPhone 8: Apple has CPU cycles to burn

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Re: Camera phones

The camera in my phone is considerably better than the camera that used to be in my bag, as a result, i do have some photos on my wall that were taken with each.

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Re: AC

If you are running vista and looking to migrate to Win8.1, i feel exceptionally sorry for you.

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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beta testing

iOS11 has been in public beta for weeks, if not months.

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"like a great conversion app"

Would that be MultiConvert by any chance? I am going to miss that.

I don't use it that often, but it has soooo many conversions to offer. I can understand why it hasn't been updated in so long, afterall, what do you change in something that offers factual conversions? maybe add some more categories, but it is already pretty exhaustive. I hope the developer does 'update'' it.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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Re: GruntyMcPugh

What stocks app?

Oh, the one i deleted when iOS10 came out.

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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'iniability to place calls'

my guess, is because it is a (effectively) a 'data only' SIM. We have loads of them here for our mobile staff. They have cheap nokias for phone calls, and a tablet with a data only SIM for, well, everything else.

Also, to me at lease this explains the '2 SIM's 1 number' issue. It's not that that both have the same number, it's that only the one in your phone -needs- a number, because the one in your watch is only dealing with data, it doesnt need to care what 'number' it has.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Re: sleep/wake button five times...

"That's why Apple added the disable where you hit the sleep/wake button five times and it will only unlock with the password."

I've seen a few people mention this, and it sounds like a good idea. I'm assuming it's an iOs11 thing? as it doesn't work on (otherwise) up to date 6s. Can't find anything in the settings either.

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Re: bulging batteries

Can happen any where.

I'm currently mourning the loss of my Pebble Round. The other day the case popped open, due to the battery swelling, and of course now that there is no more Pebble, chances of a service are, slim, to say the least.

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Re: 3D print a face?

Sure, right after you have 3D scanned the face of the person who's phone you've just pinched.

As with the 3D printer a finger print solution that has been suggested before, it seems to me the main problem with most of the ways that i have heard of to 'beat' these various methods of biometric security, involve having access to fairly complicated equipment, and time. Not things that your average mugger on the street have access to.

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Apple's adoption of Qi signals the end of the wireless charging wars

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cars / bluetooth

Bluetooth with iPhones seems to work fine for certain things.

Sure, in my car, wirelessly, i can listen to and control the music, and send / receive (have read out) text messages as they come in and make and receive phone calls.

However, as OP said, you try doing something as simple as sending a photo or phone contact card between an iphone and an android (or anything other than an iThing for that matter). Aint gonna happen. Even between iThings, it's not bluetooth that does those things but ad hoc wifi (in the form of Airdrop)

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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honest question

what are the useful applications for a 400GB micro SD card?

I'm not saying i'm not impressed, (if a little freaked out), I just can't think of what it would be genuinely good for, over say a 128GB card.

GoPro? Surely you'd be backing up / using that footage long before you hit 400GB (or is UHD footage much larger than i think?)

Music in a smartphone? really?

Media store in a media server / rPi? maybe.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: when you think you have made something foolproof

Nature makes a better fool

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What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...

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Re: Focussed Ion Beam microscope

Cool. My Dutch mate Bob has one of those, that he made from components easily available on them there internets, I'll give that a go at the weekend.

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Re: reall_adf

Except as a 'normal user' just because i can look at the source code, doesn't mean it makes any sense to me, or that i can fix it.

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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surprised this is an issue

My cars; current, previous and one before that (at least) had bluetooth, and would auto connect when the engine started, but would just carry on playing what was last played. Current car has CarPlay, and is much the same, plug phone in (car play isn't bluetooth, wired only) picks up where it left off.

Only annoyance i have is that sometimes it doesn't realise I'm listening to a podcast, so it plays music, but i think that is more to do with iOS going, "oooh, you're in your car, where you normally listen to music, here you go" instead of "oooh, you're in your car, here is what you were last listening too"

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: why aren't many people going back to fat feature phones?

Because people don't want 'feature' phones, they would rather have a slim, poor battery smartphone, than a phone that lasts a week that does 'nothing' (which is why the battery lasts so long)

"If there really was a demand for fatter phones, you would think someone would've sold one by now and made a killing."

Can't really argue with you on that one, but, the argument that people are buying slimmer and slimmer phones, is because they are they only ones on the market. I think (and i expect there are many others here who would think the same, IF someone did make a thicker phone, with a double sized battery, they may very well make a killing, but for some reason or another, no one is.

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Capitalism explained

https://matadornetwork.com/pulse/capitalism-around-world-explained-cows/

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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Re: We have to consider the human costs

That is one of the points i was going to make. A lot of people here seem to be focusing on what happens when people on minimum wage, no longer are, and are unable to buy their 'stuff' what happens to the economy?

What they are not looking at is, people on minimum wage are often not buying much 'stuff' because they are on MINIMUM wage, and what they do have goes on important things, like staying alive. Take that away from them, without giving them an alternative means of income and they stop paying bills, (rent / mortgage) and lose their homes. Cant afford food / clothes, resort to shoplifting.

All these things pile up making someone who was already in a low paid job (for what ever reason) even less employable.

Another thing is, the idea of re-training people (which many have already correctly identified as not being viable). You can only train people for the problems you have today, you can't start training people now, for an 'opportunity' that wont present itself for another 10 years, because you don't know what training they will need.

Even with school kids, we can teach kids today, with the skills that are relevant today, what we can't anticipate is how the world will change in the next 5-10 years before they leave school, and how relevant those skills will be then.

You can't replace someone's job with a robot then train them to fix that robot. What happens in the mean time (while they are being trained)? You need the people who can fix the robots before the robots take the jobs.

Also, 1 robot does not equate to 1 robot fixer, so even if you could retrain someone to fix 'their' robot, say you replace 100 minimum wagers, with 100 robots, you retrain and keep maybe 5 fixers. What about the other 95%?

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Deadpan Emoji

Yeah, sure there is

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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Re: Giant Space Ducks!

the question has to be asked....

1 giant space duck

or

100 duck sized pieces of space rock?

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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a couple of things...

1) who the hell cuts an onion with a bread knife? (see pic) also, 1 handed!? this man is a fool.

2) i have found it is the root of the onion that produces the most / worse LF, chopping from the other end rarely causes me any issues.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Re: Malcom (unlocking phones)

With my iphone, when i am at my desk, it is (generally) sitting face up within reach. If a message or email comes in, i can reach over, and with one finger press the home button with enough force to unlock it and slide it towards me, then still using that one finger open, read and reply to that message. Not sure how well that would work with the reader on the back.

I don't think i have ever used two hands to unlock my phone, either when it was 'slide to unlock', complicated password, or print reader.

Yes, i have seen people that hold it in one hand and very carefully apply a finger to the reader with the other, but i have also seen people who type on a PC keyboard with a single finger, so.....

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Pre-order your early-bird pre-sale product today! (Oh did we mention the shipping date has slipped AGAIN?)

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Re: Kickstarter's not all bad...

+1 for exploding kittens.

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Re: HHGTG radio series

Have the collection in a nice 12CD box. Have found that once ripped to an ipod, and played on shuffle, it is just as entertaining, and makes almost as much sense.

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Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

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Re: JeremyTheLaptop

Tag numbers for work units.

Silly names are perfectly acceptable for home units, as you (should) have fewer to manage and keep track of, hence mine have had such standard names as Quentin and Rupert (over the years).

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Glastonbury

I (on O2) found i had lots of 4G bars, but poor signal, worked better when it dropped to 3G (eventually turned 4G off). My girlfriend on EE had good bars and signal all weekend. No surprise that one of the 'partners' for the festival is EE.

Actually found much the same when I went to see Tom Petty in Hyde Park with my mum (also on EE) seems that O2 don't like big crowds of people.

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Kewl!

Don't give them any ideas

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@ richardcox13

The folder may not *actually* be filled with gigabytes of files, but, if all the tools say it is, and you cant use the space for anything else, or delete the files, then does it really matter?

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: "Morse code usage"

at the beginning of OHMSS by Propellerheads (reworking of the classic Bond theme), the letters are played out.

Personal favourite though was in the expansion pack for Red Alert, there was a piece of paper with Morse code instructions on how to access some hidden missions against giant ants.

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Android-ocalypse postponed: Jide withdraws Remix OS from consumer frontline

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Re: big_D

where as, i know a few people with Chromebooks, picked up for <£200. (in the UK)

That does seem to have been near the beginning of their existence, as it is now hard to find one that is over specced and over priced. (big SSD's lots of RAM etc. Also hard to find one with 3/4G modem)

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: the idea of a black Spiderman?

First appearance 2011.

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Miles_Morales_(Earth-1610)

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Re: Two comments

by my count its Capaldi - 3 seasons (8,9,10)

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Re: cloud

what?

surely not..!

I thought all these *free* cloud systems were purely for my convenience.

(OK, OK, I'm going)

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Obligatory

https://xkcd.com/1846/

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: LGBTQQIAAP

Is something i saw the other day, even a bunch of 'young people' had trouble identifying the whole thing

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Nokia touts future of virtual reality ads... but who's the audience?

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Re: Play room

i think the problem of movement / play room is less what the system can handle, and more the actual physical space you have available. If i were using one of these in my living room, i would have maybe 1.5m^2 walking space to move around in before i start bumping into things i cant see.

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Re: Like those Chryogenic companies

I once had a long conversation with a friend who didn't understand the futility of freezing dead people. They couldn't understand that even if you can be defrosted (which as far as i know, no one has cracked yet) you're still a corpse.

You would of course need to freeze 'nearly' dead people, and hope that by the time you have a cure for what ails them you have also worked out how to defrost them.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Sierra

Bring me the head of Sierra Garcia.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

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Re: second SIM

I don't know for sure, as I have not used a phone with more than 1 SIM slot before, but i would have thought that if you are in an area where there is no signal, it doesn't matter if you have 2, 3, 5 or more SIM's, they're not going to help.

My understanding for multiple SIM's is, 1) you spend lots of time in 2 areas, with good signal on two separate networks, 1 SIM for each. 2) you have a really good minutes plan and a really good data plan 1 SIM for each. And you switch between the two as required.

The only way that i can see that the proximity of Twonks could affect the usefulness of your 2nd SIM, is if you have chosen a 2nd network that only has coverage in areas frequented by Twonks.

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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Re: Obligatory XKCD (was: Once again: WE NEED A STANDARD !!!!)

one of my favourites

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

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Re: Where have the real holograms gone?

Cant remember exactly where it was, but the best one i saw (quite small scale) was a computer chip, under a magnifying glass. From the side, you could see a small chip, with a magnifying glass floating above it. If you looked from above, you were looking 'through' the glass, and saw an enlarged image of the chip.

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