* Posts by D@v3

1029 posts • joined 15 Aug 2008

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

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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.

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Re: Apple CarPlay

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

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

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Re: Spirit

Only almost?

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

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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.

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

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Re: AI lifts?

They'll just end up hiding in the basement.

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

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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).

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Re: To understand recursion

https://xkcd.com/917/

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

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Jokes on you ! Ah ha!

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

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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.

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

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Re: your own darkroom

Or, a Polaroid camera

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

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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.

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

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$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.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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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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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Re: nicking the previous delivery

Do you often have multiple deliveries on the same day at different times?

I know that there are many situations that i find myself outside the 'normal' categories, but the likely hood that I will have more than one delivery a week, let alone a day, are vanishingly small.

(for the record, i also don't think this is a great idea)

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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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D@v3

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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D@v3

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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D@v3

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

D@v3

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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