* Posts by D@v3

1060 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008


I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!


Re: WTF is it with Faceboob insisting on preinstalling their slurpware

Its pre-installed on the Honor 9 Lite that we have started issuing as company phones. (other than that, they are very nice)

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim


Re: sell for $600

Can you? If so, I've got a 6s that I'd like to sell you.

Best price I've been able to find is around £200, which while not bad for a 4 generation old phone, doesn't reduce the cost of a non-essential update enough, which is why I've still got it.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?



I'm guilty of watching a fair few of these over the years, mostly as just mindless entertainment to kill an hour of an evening when i don't have the enthusiasm to do anything else.

CSI (vegas) was once good,mainly through being original, but lost its way. Miami was never more than a joke, thanks mainly to David (puts on sunglasses) Caruso, New York seemed to mostly be OK, but CSI:Cyber. oh good god that was awful.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: The internet

I really hope that was the sound of a joke wooshing over my head and not another drone.

Something tells me, since operating a drone within the immediate area of an airport is illegal, that being 'double illegal' by flying 'eyes off' wouldn't really be much of a concern.

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging


Re: Niche use case

Niche indeed.

The only real benefit that i can think of from wireless charging is that now that most* phones don't have a headphone socket, but give you a nice usb - headphone dongle, then you can plug your headphones / speakers/whatever in, and still charge.

Good for in a car, you can have wireless pad (plugged in by a wire into the cars USB socket) and the phone plugged into the stereo

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Re: Headphone jack

i've been mostly using bluetooth headphones and speakers for a few years and generally have very few issues with them, but there are still times when being able to plug in a pair of headphones, or speakers, or connect into a stereo / hi-fi that is very useful, and i'd rather not have to carry around an adapter, just in case.

Also, if say, i am in the car with my phone connected to the Aux with the lightning adapter, how am i supposed to charge it?

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS


Re: Alister. If that's a disk...

then where's the turtle?

(i would say elephants, but you wouldn't be able to see them at that angle)

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


Re: Minority of market

While iOS may have a minority of the Mobile OS market, I would expect that of the actual hardware market that Apple are doing quite well (very well indeed before Huawei started being such a big deal).

While anecdotal of course, i see many more people with a single model of iOS phone, than i do within an entire brand of Android phones.(for example, lots and lots of iPhone SE's, but relatively few Samsung phones)

What is also worth remembering is, Apple hold 100% of the iOS market. At least with Android if you decide that you don't like the way Samsung (for example) are doing something, there are alternatives.

(i had a point, but i think it got away from me)

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


Re: How are these supposed to save energy

I like the idea that you are supposed to save money on your electricity bill, by spending lots of money on more energy efficient items.

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day



While the article may say

"It's much cheaper and easier to deploy and that's a saving that can be passed on to a household almost immediately. For example, there's no need for £240-a-year line rental"

I personally just read that as,

"it costs us less to deploy, but because it is 'faster' we can charge even more for it, so double profit for us. yay."

Busy week for ISS as Russia resumes flights and vies for parking spaces with NASA


On the subject of spacecraft


Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Bernard Lovell

Surprised to see only one other mention.

Gave his name to the telescope which was the largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world when it was built (in 1957), even now it is the third-largest (or 2nd, depending on how you look at it, 1st and 2nd are the same size).

Lots of work, research and developments.



Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work


Re: RWB issues

I have a similar problem at the moment.

I have a monitor, (and it is definitely not; the cable, the video card, the drivers. As it happens where ever you plug the monitor in. White (or actually a shade of grey, which Windows likes to use in its system shadings) is decidedly green. Factory re-sets on the monitor, nothing. Playing with the colour balance on the display almost fixes it, but then throws out other colours.

Return to manufacturer, gets "tested" and returned to us with no fault, we then plug it back in to a random PC with a new cable, same fault. (Ba*ds)

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?


Re: But muh headphone jack!

Also, with Bluetooth, you can only use one pair of headphones at a time.

How do you, for example, on a long flight or train journey with a friend, connect two sets of headphones to be able to watch a film together.


Re: ecarlseen

I mostly agree, i have a number of bluetooth headphones and they are great, but i have one question.

Without a headphone jack, how do i plug my phone into my cars aux port, and charge it at the same time? (oldish car, no bluetooth on stereo)


Re: Tigra

Except, while you may need more battery to power both screens, you have more space for battery.

Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product


Re: in response

1) It is, but i have got used to it. Round is nice for a clock face, square(ish) works well for everything else.

2) as the article said, that is generally enough to get you somewhere into day two. I generally find my use goes somewhere along the lines of. Get to work on day 1, watch off to charge for an hour or so, while i get a coffee and catch up with what has happened over night. Fine through day 2, day three is then day 1 again. That includes trips to the gym on both days.

3)it is, but that's Apple.

4) see above

5) there are many, many, reasonably priced, alternatives, of varying quality available from many people on line. But yes, the 'official Apple straps are laughably expensive'

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra


USB storage capacity

I remember when i was at college and the idea of storing things on something you could plug into a USB was becoming a 'thing'. (mice, keyboards, printers had been around a while).

To avoid all the nonsense that my classmates had to put up with using floppies, myself and a couple of chums had invested in USB card readers, and what were at the time, almost exclusively digital camera memory cards. I had a 16mb compact flash card, and a single format card reader, was the best thing ever.

Was a bit of a pain needing to carry around the mini-CD with the drivers on it.

China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts


Re: who would you trust...

If I'm being honest

Apple, as it stands, they don't "seem" to have much interest in mined data, (or maybe i have just been successfully brainwashed)

Then, surprisingly, Google. We all know they are at it, but their main goal "seems" to be to make money and 'improve' their 'services'.

And actually, then PRC, as they are at least keen on 'improving' their country, even if it means shitting on the proles in the process.

But Facebook? Nah, they can take a long walk off a tall building.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?


walking directions

This has fondly reminded me of the time when i found myself in one part of London (near Hyde park) and wanting to get to another, (near London Bridge) to meet a friend for some drinks.

Having decided that taking the tube would get me there far too early, and have me waiting around like a lemon looking for some Gin, i decided to walk it.

Start and end points plugged into google maps, music on, headphones in, phone back in pocket and away i went. Due to the helpful voice in my head telling me to 'turn left up this road' in 'x feet'I didn't have to focus on my phone so was able to relax and enjoy the walk, and didn't get lost.

Arrived exactly when i needed to, and went to the pub.

Good news: Sub-surface life on Mars possible, moons from big impacts. There is no bad news


Re: energy "too cheep to meter"

My concern is that when 'energy to cheap to meter' does finally become a thing, those who are in control of it will find a very efficient way to meter it, and make themselves (as near to) 100% profit (as makes no difference), and we plebs will be no better off for it.

Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh


Re: Speak for yourself

Most of the scientists i know are lovely people.

(with backgrounds in various Chemical, Biological and Physical disciplines)

World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave


Re: knapping

I know that, you know that, but these guys were cavemen, maybe they were still working it out, and using bad material at that.

(i found a pointy stone the other day and hurt myself on it, i wonder if i can make this thing pointy by rubbing it on the wall, to hurt someone else with. no, no i can't)

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


The important question

What the hell does the R in iPhone Xr even mean??


Re: second hand market

certainly used to be the case, but i was (out of sheer curiosity) having a look around the webs this morning, to see how much i could sell my 64gb 6s, should i chose to, err, 'upgrade'. i was seeing offers between £80 and £100.

OK, the 6s is now (counts on fingers) 5 generations old (!) (6s,7, 8, x, xs), but, as many others have said, still works fine, so i will be keeping it for now, and talking to the previous poster about what sounded like a beer subscription service.

Apple pushes new iOS 12 beta build to silence notification spam


Wi-Fi on 6s...?

I have had mine since a little after launch, didn't realise it was broken. What's wrong with it?

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles


Re: Ginger in Gin

At the Gin festival i went to, different Gins came with different accompaniments, ( apparantly as to not clash with the blend). Some came with lemon, others, ginger, or basil, or even peppercorns or chilli. Different Tonics too.

Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs


Re: Camera? Microphone??

I must have missed the bit about putting microphones and cameras in lightbulbs.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Re: Bulky UK plug

I was quite surprised to find one of these


In the box for my apple watch, was expecting to find a cable but to have to sort the plug out myself (especially after seeing the size of the box).

it's great for travel, and would get my vote if there was one for a new 'standard' mains plug design.

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing



As several have noted above, Win10 running on cheap (low powered) chromebooks is going to be, unpleasant at best, but from the article....

Google plans to allow Windows 10 to run on its budget Chromebooks....

..low level source code of a branch of the Google Pixelbook firmware code...drivers that Windows 10 needs to run. (edited for brevity)

My point is, at £1k+ Pixlebooks are anything but budget.

Low level firmware code for a Pixlebook, is unlikely to run on a much lower level hardware, budget chromebook.

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push


Re: quartzie

Probably not.

Apart from actually getting the updates when they are released. I could (on a 6s, coming up on 3 years old) have access to the iOS12 beta, should i so wish.

I will have access to the full release on the day it is released, as will devices as old as the 5s (5 years old?) and the iPad mini2. Even the last iPod touch will get it.

Are we any better off from the meaningless spying? maybe, slightly, but probably not.

Apple emits iPhone cop-block update – plus iOS, macOS, Safari patches


Re: CarPlay

For me, CarPlay (certainly seems to) only work when plugged in, despite the car having both bluetooth and wi-fi.

Which is a bit of a pain, you don't always want your phone charging for the whole of a long journey.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Re: Apple released the X to replace the 8

No, Apple released the 8, to replace the 7.

The X, was released (originally) as a limited run, special edition anniversary device, to celebrate 10 (X) years of iPhone. (At the same time as the 8)

As i read it,( in articles when both devices were released), the X was never expected to be the better selling device.

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum


Re: Design ommisions.

I think it was the same on mine. Tellingly, they removed the switch from the iPad a few generations back. Certainly not there on my Air2, which is a few years old now.

Can't find any reference to the switch in the settings on iOS11, on a 6s.


Design ommisions.

With each new iPhone that emerges, i am still surprised that they haven't done away with the 'mute' switch on the left hand side, above the volume. As it is very much a single function switch, and could easily be replaced by a toggle in the control center.

If you could assign functions to it, as a hardware toggle, that would be useful, but mine just lives very much in the 'mute' position.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour


Re: Apple CarPlay

Fortunately, there is already an option that says "Allow CarPlay while locked"

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover


Re: Spirit

Only almost?

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory


Re: something to trigger the magical thinking in the patient

Not necessarily.

I read a bit about a study recently, into the effectiveness of placebos, including three groups.

one - actual medicine, one - placebo but thought it was real, one - placebo and told upfront 'you are part of a placebo control group'. The end results were that all 3 groups proved to be (more or less) equally effective.

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest


Re: AI lifts?

They'll just end up hiding in the basement.

Meet Asteroid, a drop-in Linux upgrade for your unloved smartwatch


Re: Apple Watch apps

I've had my apple watch (3, Nike) for a few weeks now, brought to replace my Pebble Time that was getting progressively more screwy.

I haven't found the need for many apps(other than the built in), but i expect that will change with time. Only one that i have looked for and not been able to find a suitable option is a basic compass (which i had on the pebble).

Generally speaking, I'm finding it great. Nice to be able to go to the gym without my phone but still listen to the playlist i have synched to it. I'm finding Apple pay much less jarring to use than i expected (and better than taking my phone out to use it).

Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid


Re: Artist name in track titles.

ONLY if it is a collaboration. otherwise, you end up with some albums where there are single tracks scattered all over the place in different Artist folders because track one is "The Guy + and some other guy" track two is "The Guy + and this one dude" for 11 tracks.

If you do, "Track 1, feat some other guy" by "The Guy" sorts all that out.

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat


Re: They have the password.

They do, but a couple of times i have received emails from services i have never heard of, so i go in, have 'forgotten my password', reset link gets sent to my email, i now own the account.

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?


Re: Ready Player One

From what i hear, there are a lot that he had to drop, to stop it from looking too much like, self gratification.


Re: To understand recursion


April FAIL as IETF's funny-but-dodgy draft doc arrives a week early


Jokes on you ! Ah ha!

i knew that, i was wondering if anyone would fall in to my early April Fool


problem is, with April 1st being a saturday this year, a lot of the internet jokes will go unseen untill people get back to work after the easter weekend on tuesday.

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke


Re: your own darkroom

Or, a Polaroid camera

UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site


Re: Look again at that dot...

I am going myself this year, first time for this particular festival, only my second visit to the site. Thoroughly looking forward to it.

iPhone X Face ID fooled again by 'evil twin' mask


$150 3D-printed mask

In the scenario, there is mention of a $150 3D-printed mask. What i want to know is, what is the $150 being spent on?

As someone with no 3D printer and no facial scanning equipment is $150 enough for me to produce one of these masks?

Or is it that, once you have the correct equipment to be able to produce these masks (costing $X in the first place) these masks would then cost $150 each to produce (materials etc..).

I get that this is a case of proving the technology is beatable, but, it still seems that if someone were to be mugged in the street, the mugger wouldn't be able to use this to unlock the stolen phone.

Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox


Why portable?

That was my first thought as well, but thinking about it, i have a couple of possibilities. Mainly, if it is nice weather, you might want to take one into the garden, still within reach of Wi-Fi, so that you can control your music, and do other things.

Other option, much more likely, you cant stand to be disconnected from the hive mind, so carry it with you around the house, from room to room, where you can plug it into the mains.


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