* Posts by ThomH

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We fought through the crowds to try Oculus's new VR goggles so you don't have to bother (and frankly, you shouldn't)

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I used to do this for a living

Three years ago in my lounge you'd have found a Vive plus the tracking stations plus the ~$4,000 PC to power it, all courtesy of my employer.

You probably wouldn't have found me or my wife using them, since we both had a go once or twice and then left it all to collect dust: VR is isolating, uncomfortable and all-too-often nausea inducing, and any content that might make up for that eluded us. Tilt Brush was briefly engaging, but the novelty wears off quickly. On the plus side, as it seemed to be primarily the motion disconnect that caused sickness, that was the title either of us could endure the longest. With Google Maps at the other end of the scale — truly the worst piece of VR software we tried, completely ill-suited to the medium.

Maybe they can fix the comfort but I don't see the isolation or the nausea going away. Since the primary development goals of the companies seems to be better displays, I'm not even sure they're trying.

If you are a gamer with a strong stomach who usually plays locally alone, a headset might be a fun purchase. For the rest of us, probably not.

Apple's revamped iPad beams a workhorse in from Planet Ludicrous

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What did they want the USB for?

If it was for mass storage, HID devices, ethernet adaptors or audio/MIDI devices then the dongle providing a USB socket was a $29 extra purchase, very misleading sold as the camera adaptor. Yet another dongle, but it might have been cheaper than junking the devices?

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Re: "pholdables"

It's 2019 and I'm Still Playing Would You Rather.

Don't get the pitchforks yet, Apple devs: macOS third-party application clampdown probably not as bad as rumored

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Re: But users don't have the same right?

It doesn't imply anything about Apple's thinking whatsoever, being a quote from Simeon Saëns, co-founder of development biz Two Lives Left.

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Re: and the re$t...

To expand on this:

Join the developer programme and you get a certificate. With a certificate you can sign your software. If you like, you can also submit it to the Mac App Store, where it'll undergo further review as per Apple's fancy.

If you locally sign your software and give it to somebody else, they can install it and launch it. With the default security settings there'll be a single confirmatory dialogue before the first run telling you who signed it and asking whether you want to proceed. From then on it'll launch like any other app.

If you do not sign your software then under the default settings, for a first launch other users will have to right click on it and select 'Open', then confirm that they want to launch an unsigned application. It'll work like any other after that. If they just try to double click without having done the right click + open dance first, they'll be told they can't run the software as it is unsigned.

Apps that are being put in the Mac App Store must opt in to the sandbox. Self-signed and unsigned apps have the option but needn't necessarily do so.

So, supposing Apple were to keep everything else the same but remove the unsigned option, the main difference would be requiring that $99 payment to allow distribution by any means. On imagines they might also mandate the sandbox.

I don't know that I would remain a Mac user in either case.

So about that Atari reboot console... you might want to sit down. It's going to be late, OK?

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Re: Still going better...

And one day we'll make it to Florida, AC. I just need to get over this terrible cough I seem to be suffering.

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Because it's an amorphous project vaguely intending to do a bunch of buzzwordy things — primarily it's a regular computer with the Linux kernel and enough other modules to provide a proprietary Atari storefront with heavy sandboxing all round, plus some sort of hypervisor so that you can boot a full Linux instead. Oh, and they've also chucked in some 2600 titles under emulation because it comes in a nice 2600-style case.

I would hope that most of those who have gambled $320 on the thing just want the nice case. It doesn't take a genius to project the future of the Atari store.

All this information I gleamed from a blog post I just found, which suddenly deviates into the recent health travails of the main system architect. You know, just like a real company's blog post definitely would.

Thought you'd seen everything there is to Ultima Thule? Check this out: IN STEREO!

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Re: Not doing that again...

It doesn't appear to be a cross-eyed image; it's a relaxed-eyed one. I looked into it, and it looked into me.

The first ZX Spectrum prototype laid bare... (What? It was acceptable in the '80s)

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Re: Ah, memories.

If it's not straying too far, I'm pretty sure that it was in an issue of Electron User that I first saw the argument that a circle turned on its side looks like an ellipse, so if you use sin and cos to calculate points on an ellipse and join them with lines, you can do a sort-of rotating polygon. Which sparked pretty much my entire first decade of programming.

Also, it made the centrepiece question on my maths GCSE, about equally-spaced carriages on a Ferris wheel, super easy to solve. That was lucky!

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Re: Ah, memories.

It's the equivalent of about £600 now, according to the very first inflation calculator I found.

But I think you've also hit on the proper response to the article's "Not that there is an awful lot one can actually do with a 16k ZX Spectrum" taunt: it really depends on your imagination.

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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Re: Power unchecked @scrubber

Belated response; apologies.

In the UK we use manifestos to resolve the issue you raise. A set of policy objectives is annunciated by each party in a widely-circulated document; those are the policies that your local candidate for that party promises to work to bring into effect, and the prime minister is whomever the majority of them trust to do the same.

The system is set up to promote input on policies more than personalities. Compare and contrast with electing whomever was most amusing on reality television.

If you really insist that it must be about specific people: what proportion of the UK electorate voted for the Minister of Defence? And what proportion of the American electorate voted for the US Secretary of Defence? Or for any other cabinet member?

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Re: Power unchecked

I take your point re: rerunning until you get the 'right' answer, and it's why I'm on the fence about a second referendum now. Technically it's a different question — mutated from "these are some hypothetical benefits, should we pursue?" to "this is the deal so far, shall we continue?" — but if you follow that path of logic then I guess you'd end up with at least three polls since even May's current deal is, at least in part, to establish a transition period during which the actual final agreement is obtained. So a different absurdity looms.

The chaos in parliament and the prospect of a no-deal exit, which is a thousand miles from what most leavers voted for (cf. Gove, Redwood, et al and their beliefs that a deal would be easy), is the real tragedy here. That's not delivering on the referendum. That's admitting that the thing was so poorly framed and ill-prepared for that the whole system of government has failed to find a way to deal with the result.

On the issue of substance, the 48% I'm in lost. Game over. Farewell, EU.

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Re: Power unchecked @scrubber

I've obviously touched a nerve. But to ignore your "over 50%" request as neither 2016 candidate got over 50% (it was 46.2% for the winner, 48.1% for the loser, to 1dp), I can name zero elections in the UK in which the winner got fewer votes than any of the losers.

I was also pretty clear in slagging off both of the countries I have any association with. Both the one that sleepwalked into allowing a 52% majority kick off a constitutional crisis by taking their opinion only in the negative — much like the MPs are now doing every other week, they indicated what they don't want, without providing any indication on what they want and with no mechanism being in place to find out — and the one that allowed the candidate that got fewer votes to assume the highest office in the land, where he's busy ripping apart the constitution all on his own.

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Re: Power unchecked

In the UK I'm disappointed that the 48% of the population I found myself a member of in 2016 had 0% of the major parties offering their preferred policies during the general election of 2017. Though that's a minor concern compared to my feelings about the negligible lightweight who was so certain of his political powers that he rushed the country into the events of 2016 without nary a moment's planning for what might happen if he wasn't god's gift to referenda. That was the time to be explicit about whether there'd be a second referendum should the government end up in the position of having to negotiate something concrete, I think.

In the US I'm still slightly aghast that the man who won 3 million fewer votes than his opponent gets to be in charge. As if the horrors of the US's primary system weren't bad enough: letting the hardcore fringe of each party pick the candidates is already fairly crazy, but then having the person who obtains a smaller share of the public vote assume power is outright bonkers.

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Re: "Insane homeowners association"

Re: "cannot afford better housing", and speaking as a resident of the New York area, a quick glance on Zillow suggests that even the most expensive currently-listed apartment comes with an HOA: the property costs $88m (!), and HOA fees are $13,500/month (!!).

So I'm not sure that what you can afford necessarily comes into it. Living in a densely-packed area is enough, and if anything those tend to correlate with increasing cost.

My life in the UK was a lot easier. This sort of thing is dealt with via leasehold sales*, ground rent and quarterly service charges. I can't think of anybody with (i) a resident's association; that (ii) attempts to police morality.

* this is ownership when you're talking about something like flat (/'apartment'). You've actually purchased whatever remains of usually something like a 125-year lease, with the legal right to renew. But the obligations and rights that transfer with what is technically a lease but wouldn't with a freehold are pretty necessary when you're talking about multiple people owning parts of a single structure. It's a workaround.

Vodafone exec dons tartan tam-o'-shanter, clutches bottle of Irn-Bru, in snap shared with firm... just before Glasgow staff told of redundo dates

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Don't be so pessimistic; HR compelled everybody here to sign up two or three years ago, and put in place the rule that everybody most post every Friday with an itemised list of the things they had worked on that week. This was to ensure transparency between teams, give us all greater awareness of the company's objectives, etc. It's other use was as the live host for town hall meetings, and the permanent location for their archival afterwards.

If you said: 'but if everybody posts what they've been working on every week, won't the system be 99% noise and therefore very quickly ignored?' then you've hit the nail on the head. That plan had died within six months, at which point Workplace became just the place for town hall meetings and seeing various bits of positive workplace propaganda from HR.

It otherwise having become a ghost town, they've now also moved the live town halls to an alternative platform, and are archiving them via a normal blog-esque CMS.

I'm pretty sure they've formally closed the company's Workplace presence since that, but haven't paid enough attention to be sure.

ZX Spectrum Vega+ 'backer'? Nope, you're now a creditor – and should probably act fast

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Re: I can't stand this nostalgia junk recreating junk.

Those YouTubers sound to be like they're exercising their electronic diagnosis and repair skills in pursuit of a tangible goal, while providing a record of what they did that might help to improve the abilities of others. It doesn't sound any less reasonable of a way to spend time than e.g. working on an open source project which likely won't ever have more than a handful of users. It's also a thousand times more interesting than the usual YouTube stuff of people recounting or enacting perfectly ordinary events as though they were Beowulf, pausing only to gurn.

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Re: Speaking of....

I kind of want to chip in for one of its joysticks, which are available separately. But even $29 feels like too much of a risk. Also, the faddish LEDs are mandatory, which is a shame.

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Re: You can tell your kids...

If not 2014, for that's when the ZX Vega, the one that actually shipped, appeared for crowdfunding.

It's the "the people involved had successfully done this before" factor that makes this saga so unusual, I think.

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Are you sure you didn't read that AT&T has extended its mislabelling of connections as '5G' from Android phones to iPhones?

Absolutely nobody has claimed that Apple intends to deceive. Indeed, anywhere reputable has reported the opposite.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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How about "The All New Magical Evil Willow and Friends, In Colour!"?

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @ Bush Rat ...But Background Checks Don't Work!

Surely it's a but for question? That the crimes tend to happen with illegally-obtained firearms doesn't prove much about the effectiveness of gun laws — you'd need some magical like-for-like way of comparing quantity and expected outcome of crimes with and without such gun controls as exist?

Otherwise you could have a law that, also magically, eliminated 99% of gun crime. It'd still be true that 99% of guns involved in crimes were obtained illegally. But that wouldn't mean that the law was ineffective.

'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

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Re: Why don't people patch?

I'm probably being ignorant, but as I understand it, Meltdown and Spectre arise because the processor speculatively executes code that would not be permitted to execute, with observable side effects.

So I don't think that particular issue has any motherboard-level ramifications. And neither did the OpenSSL issue. So likely this story doesn't cover motherboard manufacturers who, for all I know, have never been forced to work together?

I may be failing to think of the proper angle.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Hmmm...

I think we're also supposed to complain about the dynamic range compression that is now usually applied to digital audio prior to mastering, as a way of arguing that CDs don't sound better.

I'm probably the last person who should comment though, as at this point I don't even still own a CD player, let alone anything more involved.

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that

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640x480 "for that proper old-school DOS feel"?

640x480 is 480% as many pixels as Doom had in DOS!

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple

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Re: just sell it

I think there's quite an ethical leap between using a bug you found to shame a company that (significantly) lags the others in its inducements for bug reports, and seeking to profit from knowledge of a bug by other means.

Assuming he hasn't tried to sell it by any other means, good for him.

Is this a wind-up? Planet Computers boss calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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Re: No money but lots of paperwork

The serial offences point somewhat towards an overt intent which is to be condemned, but I will say this of the practice of going into receivership only for the same leadership to form a new venture and buy the assets of the old shorn of liabilities: it allowed Miles & Gordon to invest a couple more years of effort into the Sam Coupe as SamCo after MGT's failure.

So I'm not entirely opposed. In the abstract. For people without Levy's track record.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

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Re: Two words for you ...

The Spectrum Next team shipped their board-only machines quite a while ago, they just seem to be suffering with the keyboard. And one gets the sense of too many cooks in the kitchen, as the hardware spec for the extended modes mutates every ten minutes but remains consistently overwhelmingly undocumented — though being an FPGA machine, that at least doesn't have manufacturing ramifications. They also post an update every two weeks, full of pictures and dates and so on.

So that's reassuring enough, at least for now.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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Re: PUB Underflated Inflation ALERT

In 1983 a loaf of bread cost about $0.65. Nowadays it costs around $2.40. A stamp cost $0.20, it's now $0.55. A gallon of milk has risen from around $1.90 to $3.80.

Let's be absolutely clear about this: ShadowStats alleges large-scale international governmental data manipulation. It's basically climate change denial for economists.

Due to its frequent citing by Fox News et al for a period, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has taken the time to lay out its methodology at length, and debunk many of the specific allegations made by ShadowStats, such as that they substituted hamburgers for steaks in the inflation basket (spoiler: they didn't).

So it's up to you: have all the governments joined in a massive conspiracy so that inflation since 1983 has been around 1370% but, ummm, bread, milk and stamps have somehow only gone up by an average of around 250%, or is the US government, along with those other governments that track the US economy, right to say that inflation has been about 250%?

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Re: Multi-tasking..as a matter of interest..

It could be a result of those voting actually having read the documentation? Here's a quote directly from the Process Manager documentation that you linked to, to substantiate your claim that "MacOS had full preemptive multi tasking from System 7 onwards":

This chapter describes the Process Manager, the part of the Macintosh Operating System that provides a cooperative multitasking environment.

As mentioned by several others, the classic OS wouldn't go anywhere near pre-emptive multitasking until 8.6 in 1999 via the Multiprocessing Services. To quote the engineer that actually wrote the thing:

I rewrote the nanokernel in OS 8.6, adding multitasking, multiple address space support, fully protected memory, multiprocessing support, a high performance scheduler, enhanced power management. ... The upper layers didn't exploit much of that support in 8.6,

So people are probably reacting negatively to your post because it's counter-factual.

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Re: Multi-tasking

Swift doesn't implement garbage collection any more than C++ does, so that may be your issue.

For automatic handling of heap objects, it uses close logical equivalents of std::shared_ptr and std::weak_ptr, but elevated to being the default semantics and therefore obviating the syntactic burden. Classic Apple stuff: the way they want you to do it is easy, the other ways are absent.

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Re: ' by 1998 there was no actual need to buy a mac for DTP. NT4 was excellent'

I believe Quark, then commanding 95% of the market, essentially bet the house on the statement that "there is now no actual need to buy a Mac for DTP" (see here).

Today they've got a market share that can be reasonably approximated as 0%. So that went well.

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Re: "requires employees to waive any rights to sue or appeal"

In America you can famously be fired for your political beliefs, even if you express them no more strongly than merely having a bumper sticker (that's the 2004 story of a Kerry supporter fired by her Bush-supporting boss).

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Re: "requires employees to waive any rights to sue or appeal"

I don't think the US law is all that different from the UK; where a contract requires arbitration, that process will be required to be completed first, and grounds for overturning an arbitration finding are (1) fraud or corruption; (2) partiality; (3) misconduct in selection of evidence; (4) straying outside of the bounds their powers, by either going too far or failing to reach a conclusion.

If you've the time and curiosity, compare and contrast the Federal Arbitration Act and the Arbitration Act 1986.

I think the Google employees are reacting to a system that in practice appears to have allowed malfeasance by million-dollar employees to be swept under the carpet, more than necessarily a principle of law.

We're two weeks into 2019, and an email can potentially knacker your Cisco message box – plus other bugs to fix

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It's two weeks into 2019, and El Reg is still not witty enough to come up with better headlines.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Re: Never mind China

Similarly, re: Apple's failure to expand beyond the phone, I've been an avowed Mac user since 2004 and an iPhone user since 2008 but when it came to replacing my activity tracker a year or so ago I looked at the Apple Watch and concluded: too expensive for the likely lifespan, allowing for OS updates and battery degradation. Especially the latter if it lasts only a day at first purchase.

So, an ordinary appliance-esque Garmin it was.

For as long as it is usable as a development machine, I'll never give up my Mac; I'm definitely keeping my current iPhone 6s until its bitter end, but then we'll see. I mean, it'll probably be another iPhone but I've effectively cut the usual price of an iPhone for myself by just spreading it out over a much longer period of time. And I don't think any other Apple products are currently for me, even where the company is trying to get itself into new categories.

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Re: F/A 18 Interceptor

Pro tip: it was ported to DOS as Jetfighter, and Jetfighter 2 is a direct enhancement. As in, it could be the same game but for the addition of 256-colour VGA graphics. It works well in DOSBOX if you don't turn the emulated speed up too high (that makes the floor flicker terribly, for some reason), but alas doesn't seem to be available through GoG or elsewhere.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: It'll never happen...

I'm in the same boat as Gary re: possessing firstname.lastname@gmail.com; only once so far has a European company been so persistent that I felt the need to invoke the GDPR, and even then all it took was a fairly passive "I'd be interested to know how you think your failure to respond to my notification that I am not the intended recipient of these emails and do not wish to receive them is consistent with the GDPR" to resolve the problem.

I've also had a couple of times when bills went past payment for which somebody had given my email address as a PayPal destination to invoice; in both cases I let the companies know but in only one did they seem particularly interested. I often receive council meeting notes for a particular other person with my name, but they seem to come from America where the notes would be a matter of public record anyway.

No incorrect contacts via my alternate address, firstname.lastname@outlook.com, yet. Quelle surprise.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

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Re: Slightly wrong.

Had David Milliband not been stitched up by Ed and the disproportionate power of unions* in selecting the Labour leader, I dare imagine we wouldn't have ended up with a Tory majority in 2015 and hence the referendum, or with the embittered old man Corbyn so far of step with his members that there's no mainstream anti-Brexit party despite 48% of people feeling that way when last asked. But, you know, down with Thatcher!

* I've no problem with unions in general, I should add. At least, not in the abstract.

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

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Re: Have to agree.... @Tim99

To one-up you, hopefully not to your disappointment: my 6s was similarly affected — charging slowly devolved from remembering to put the cable in at the proper angle, to wiggling it about a bit until charging started, to wiggling it about a lot and then putting the thing down very carefully. I tried compressed air, I tried a vacuum cleaner, I tried sufficiently-miniature tooth-cleaning products. I believed the thing was done for.

I booked an appointment at the Apple Store that I pass every day anyway, to formalise the bad news and to ask about trade-in prices but they did quite the opposite: the assistant tried cleaning it with a specialised small brush, to limited effect, then peered in and confirmed that some of the pins looked like they'd ended up bent a little too far to retain their necessary springiness.

Then she took the phone into the back room for about fifteen minutes, used an unspecified machine on the thing, and brought it back good as new. Cables click into place and the thing always charges and no longer randomly disconnects when I'm using it in the car for directions.

So, ummm, Apple's service, even for well out-of-warranty products, has cost them at least one phone sale. I wouldn't expect the same outcome with a competitor just because they don't have the High Street presence, so you can't just walk in and get the diagnosis right there. At best there'd have been a whole extra level of phone queues and service requests and posting things back and forth, but likely there'd have been nothing.

I'm not averse to a new iPhone as for my money wireless charging undoes the loss of the headphone socket and I still don't understand the notch controversy, but I was always fine with the Office ribbon too so I may just be a poor representative of tech news comment posters.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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Re: Bah! @bombastic bob

The flag is in the film. The sequence is shown in first-person and Armstrong is shown to plant the flag. There's no long shot or big slow-motion dramatic planting, just as there isn't a long shot or slow-motion lift-off or landing, or anything else.

There's no cutting-room floor footage featuring more of the flag; it's a standard-issue culture war manipulation storm in a teacup.

Per a joint statement from Armstrong's family and the biographer (emphasis added):

Although Neil didn’t see himself that way, he was an American hero. He was also an engineer and a pilot, a father and a friend, a man who suffered privately through great tragedies with incredible grace. This is why, though there are numerous shots of the American flag on the moon, the filmmakers chose to focus on Neil looking back at the earth, his walk to Little West Crater, his unique, personal experience of completing this journey, a journey that has seen so many incredible highs and devastating lows.

... and as if it weren't clear enough to you yet what the real motivation for the chicken-in-a-basket controversy were, they add:

In short, we do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest. Quite the opposite. But don’t take our word for it. We’d encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves.

Which I might paraphase as "they're not the real Americans, we're the real Americans, you should give us some of your money to prove it".

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Re: Post-America Hollywood

Today's films are made for the same reason as films have always been made: to obtain money from audiences. There's really no ulterior motive.

Nowadays that means: a lot of action, because it's language agnostic, and a fairly simple plot, because that's closer to being language agnostic. And if you're doing action then you're in a CGI horse race, so expect an entirely desensitised audience.

The reason they didn't make anything like Citizen Kane last year is not that they're worried about offending sledge owners. The reason that they didn't make The Godfather is not that they're worried about a Twitter shame campaign by horses. It's that neither film would be likely to turn a profit.

The idea that political correctness motivates anything doesn't really have any evidence behind it; films are less likely to be e.g. racist now, but they're also more likely to include mobile phones. Are you worried about Hollywood's mobile phone agenda?

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Suggestions for the putative BttF remake:

Give Marty more of a back story. Lots of intoning about how he was born for greatness, destined to be a saviour.

Up the stakes a little. He should be trying to save the entire universe from complete destruction across all time, not just his own family.

Also, the payoff needs to be larger. Don't just have his family be rich while Biff's are suddenly subservient. Make him president or something.

The Doc is too old to be hanging out with children. Replace him with a wise-cracking tweenager. It'll open up a whole new demographic.

Obviously he's not going back to the 1950s now, he's actually going back to the 1980s. So his dad can't be a nerd because everybody thinks nerds are cool now. Make him more like Bender from Breakfast Club but, you know, not 30. Actually, get rid of him altogether. In this movie Marty has to become his own dad.

With no dad to play off, maybe give him a robotic dog as a sidekick?

88mph is too slow, and we can't really be doing that light-hearted stuff with terrorists. In this version he has to base jump and reach terminal velocity. He first goes back in time because he's an extreme dude whose bungee cord fails. Probably somewhere in China, to hit that demographic. Actually, make the robotic dog Chinese. We know some guys who can do Chinese accents right?

Also it's way too long until he actually travels back in time — something like the entirety of act one is set in the present day. Let's just open with him already back in time, and leave whether he gets back to the present for a sequel.

Also, this Marty guy doesn't seem very interesting. Maybe make the robotic dog the star?

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

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I've a Nexus 5x that has yet to encounter a boot loop, and have previously had 2013 Nexus 7 on which the screen remained firmly bonded, an iPhone 4 that never dropped a call, and an iPhone 6 that didn't bend.

Either I'm the luckiest consumer in the world, or these issues become newsworthy as soon as they affect a decent number of customers rather than every customer.

Did you hear? There's a critical security hole that lets web pages hijack computers. Of course it's Adobe Flash's fault

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Surely some sort of error? As we learnt from the Adobe CEO's 2010 interview with the WSJ, all Adobe Flash crashes on the Mac are the fault of "the Apple operating system". I'm sure Adobe would use the same bullet-proof code on its other platforms too.

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My organisation's computer annual security training required all employees to enable Flash. It's all contracted out, and I suspect its developers haven't yet discovered an HTML5 way to prevent users from skipping 20 minutes of video per topic of people ostentatiously failing to be either informative or funny prior to taking a quiz approximately as difficult as a weekend television phone-in competition.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: New supplier required

Re: switching SoCs, I'm more concerned about the GPU having been essentially in stasis all this time; it still supports only OpenGL ES 2 doesn't it?

I suspect I'm way out on a fringe for caring about the specific version of OpenGL, but it prevents support for the latest WebGL and, well, you know web developers. Something new and shiny through which they can reconstruct less accessible versions of what's already built-in? Yeah, go for it!

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Re: Kaizala? @Stuart Castle

I think you've probably hit on the real target audience for Microsoft and Google's annual new chat platform: middle-managers in HR departments, trying to be seen to be doing something.

They're not all independently missteps — my current employer is presently extricating itself from Facebook Workplace, which can only be a good thing — but the churn is tiresome.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal firm's original directors rejoin

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The next part of the story should be more interesting

As, the money being gone, it sounds like three out of four board members just want the legal ability to throw the fourth to the wolves?

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

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Re: Absolutely

Yeah! E.g. it's only the far-sighted policies of Bannon et al that have finally saved 94% of those farmers who were exporting soy beans to China from having an income. After a terrible half century of international economic progress and relative peace, Bannon has come to save us!

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