* Posts by Steve Davies 3

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Well Done

Mr O for a nice informative article without the usual bad mouthing of Apple.

If what you say is true then the sweetner for Intel must be the increasing use of Intel Modems in iPhones.

Sadly it makes building Hackintoshes a whole lot more difficult. Still, the one I built last month should last 3-4 years.

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AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes

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DNOS

I read this as

DeNial Of Service

I get the feeling that this sort of network will be a huge great target for hackers. Break in and you can do funny things to an awful lot of users. All just to save AT$T a few cents per user.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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So in essence

The Cupertino purveyor of overpriced 'tat' may have stumbled onto 'the next big thing' in AR.

Their approach is certainly different to Google Glass and as the article says, you have all the kit you need with you in the phone.

The nay-sayers here won't have any of it though. "Everything Apple sells is shite and I would not be seen dead using it" seems to be their mantra.

Oh well, only time will tell who is right.

Personally, AR and me? Nah, I prefer 35mm film and writing things down on dead tree things.

Yours

A Grumpy Old Man

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Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas

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Re: So many crappy answers in search of a question

Maybe I am just a grumpy old git

Yes you probably are. So what eh? I'm one as well (if there is room in the church for two 'old gits'?)

The adverts and especially the amazon ones make these things all sound so helpful especially if you have sold your soul to Google and expecially Amazon (and maybe Apple in the future).

Alexa is there to sell you Amazon services not help you in your daily life.

The Google thing is there to collect information about you, pass it to Google so that they can sell it.

What is there left for the Apple thingy?

As they (well they say they don't) sell your data to anyone and that Siri does most of its work locally it can't fit into either of the Amazon or Google camps. Sort of like 'billy no-mates'.

Could this be the reason why it is delayed? Could they come up with a compelling reason to make people ditch Alexa? Somehow I doubt it hence my agreeing with you that this if you take away the Amazon/Google reasons for putting out a device like this then these things are an answer to a question that has not been asked yet.

All I do know is that none of them will ever find a place in my home.

The TLA's will need to find another method to spy on me

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Time to bring out the mobile crushers

Won't that make a few of the miscreants get legal?

Nah, they don't care.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Sport truck! 0-60 in 5 seconds

Yeah, doing that will really suck the juice from your battery especially if you are loaded.

I would not want to be the first driver to run out of electrons a few miles from a charger because they'd used too much power taking off from traffic lights which can be almost every block in US cities.

I don't think (given US employment laws) that you'd have that job for very long.

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But...

He still can't answer the question ...

When all of our jobs are replaced by Robots and we are all out of work, who will have the money to buy the good shipped by your driverless trucks and cars? (apart from the Tax Dodging Super Rich that is)

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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ICE's blocking EV Charging points

There is one rapid charger near me that has one parking space. The forecourt attendant parks his Diesel mobile in the bay meaning that no one can charge their car.

When asked to move it, he says that he can't leave the till area.

The garage operator does not care. They get a space rental from the charger company so he's quids in.

The charger company knows about this but they can't find anywhere local to move the charger to.

The next door local council wants to put CP's into their car parks but the district council won't let them.

doh!

I'm sure that come the next council tax band re-evaluation those of us who care for the environment by having Solar Panels and our own CP will get hit by a rise in Council Tax.

The Chief Exec of the council will no doubt get a double digit percentage pay rise for thinking up such a wheeze.

Jobsworths the lot of them. Eat this

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Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

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Re: why does iplaye implement geo blocking

Because a lot of the content available is only licensed for the UK Market.

I expect that a test case will resolve this eventually but probably not before BREXIT.

The copyright holders of the programmes broadcast want their pound of flesh from every country where their thing is shown/streamed. The amounts vary by country.

I foesee a time when iPlayer has no content and the service dies.

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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A side effect of this will be

That every office used by Law Enforcement will have to have a room dedicated to the interrogation of US Domestic Terrorists. I could suggest it be called Room 101 but most Americans won't understand why. It will be far to subtle for them.

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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

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Childcatcher

Have an upvote for "Advanced Ass kissing"

But should I take that before or after Intermediate 'Boot Licking'?

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Just lie through your back teeth

like all those in South Asia do on their CV's. After all those of you in DXC are competing with them for your jobs aren't you?

DXC must have been using the same HR consultants as IBM in recent times. This reeks of the same sort of thing as their AI system that was mentioned here earlier this week.

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Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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re: Comment by David Lawton

Thanks for explaining your use case for the Apple Watch.

I've never seen one in the wild so it was interesting.

But the Apple Haters are out in force today hence the downvotes. Your post (and this one as well) is like a red rag to a bull for them.

It is nice though for an article mostly about Apple on this site has not used the usual words to describe the Fruity Company. Don't worry people normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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HPE - Fiddling while their empire burns

or to quoye James May,

"What a load of old cock"

But there again as a Baby Boomer, this stuff ain't amied at the likes of me so

"Bah Humbug".

Mines the one with a copy of 'Surely you're Joking, Mr Fenyman' in the pocket.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: "and, worst of all, broadcast Dire Straits whenever asked to play a song"

"Kill it with Fire"

That 'Fire' would be the amazon Fire TV Stick as advertised by JC himself.

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Qualcomm tells Broadcom: Pfffft! $103bn? You insult the very core of our cores

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Expected answer

It is the Board's unanimous belief that Broadcom’s proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the Company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects

Note that they didn't include the possible/probable liabilities from all the law suits they are facing.

Never mind, the current leadership will be long gone before any of them result in QC actually having to stump up any dosh.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Not sure about Office?

Hübner said "no final decision has yet been made" on whether LibreOffice will be swapped out for Microsoft Office. "That will be decided at the end of next year when the full cost of such a move will be known."

Of course they will go for Office 365 when MS makes it cost nothing for the first year.

Then they will put the price up so that any losses they make early on are more than covered in future years.

By then the MS lock in will be total and Munich will just be another cash cow for Microsoft.

Many of us have seen this many times before in the past.

MS will no doubt be hoping that this 'victory' will stop any other companies/local or national governments/etc from even thinking about ditching windows and office even though some major companies are openly saying that the TCO for a Windows environment is more costly than others.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: Pushing people up the ladder

Quote:

so you can't just push people who aren't qualified or experienced up the ladder.

ROFL

I am sure that many of us oldies have seen manager after manager come, fuck things up and get promoted out the way. How else did the term PHB originate then?

I was interviewed for a job once and almost the first question was

"What Golf Clubs do you belong to and what is your handicap?"

My answer was "None and don't have one."

Needless to say, I didn't get the job. Probably a good thing too.

When I was in a position to add more staff, I would have liked to even consider a woman but none applied for the job. Most of the Asian applicants lied through their teeth on their CV's so it is little wonder that I employed a White Male?

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Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

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The results will be meaningless

to a certain inhabitant of Washington DC who refuses to accept global warming.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Re: No Classic Theme Restorer?

This might be the thing that makes me look elsewhere for a browser. Shame really.

Pale Moon might be the solution but as I'm on the ESR Branch I still have time to look around.

Chrome is not the solution for me because of Google. Not interested in using any google software unless I really, really have to.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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She's deluded

if she thinks that people will stop posting Crap. A whole generation are addicted to FB, Twitter etc and most of what they post is pure dog poo.

Still, a story like this will take the mind of the plebs off of BREXIT, who has supposedly molested whom and other political nonsense for a few seconds.

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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

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Not over yet

Other news outlets are reporting that Uber are planning on taking this all the way to the Supreme Court.

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Qualcomm touts deal with Chinese giants to really consider using $12bn of its chips

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Will those deals include double dipping?

as is the case in the sueball going on with Apple?

Or will QC have learnt a lesson?

coming just after Broadcomm has made a hostile bid for QC, I also can't help wondering if this is their first defense against that bid.

This deal should push their market value up and make BC increase their offer price.

This all has a long way to go before things get settled one way or the other.

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Oh dear, DXC: Outsourcer loses two UK.gov contracts

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Re: Good look finding contractors to work at the DWP!

Indeed especially with HMRC's (mis)interpretation of IR-35.

As for DXC.... Time for it to close down. The bean counters have done more than enough to destroy it.

Who would want to work for them knowing that they could be for the chop every day?

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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Jobs going?

Ok. That means less Income Tax/N.I. paid but more people on the Dole.

Can someone explain to us mere mortals, how that is sustainable?

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Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

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Re: Who could have predicted that?

What about...

Putting the system in a locked basement only accessible on a Sunday night that has a full moon and with a sign on the door saying ,'Beware of the Leopard'.

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American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

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Re: I wonder if a home-grown SST would have the same problems?

Can pigs fly?

No

and the same answer applies to your question.

Naturally, it also needs a good number of very think brown envelopes to be passed around AND some really, really generous campaign contributions to ensure that 'No' is the answer.

Then it would need repeating to make sure that the thing gets built in the right place.

W. Virginia has a lot of soon to be laid off (when Trump gets kicked out) coal miners. I'm sure that they will be up to the task of building a high tech aircraft.

{why does it all remind me of DeLorean???}

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Engines at the rear?

If my memory serves me right, wasn't there an eposide of 'Thunderbirds' that featured a supersonic aircraft with the engines on either side of the tail?

Black Helicopters because the Military will be all over this if it gets anywhere past a prototype. Then it will be burried deep, really deep in Area 51.

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Communte Phone Data?

Are they having a larf?

My commute is all of 30 seconds from the house to the office at the bottom of the garden. Oh, and my phone is connected via WiFi so nothing changes.

This is fine for the poor sods having to stand for more than an hour on Southern Railway services (if they bother to run them that is) but many people I know work within one cell tower distance of their home.

Can we have a new unit of measurment?

How many 'cell towers' did you use on your commute to work?

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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

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Re: My car doesn't decide where it should go... I do...

But for how long.

With all the people advocating car sharing and autonomous driving, You, the slab of meat and water will have to give up being in total control. The

"Rise of the Machines"

will make you into even more of a couch slob.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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btinternet.com email

perfect for those 'throw away' email addys just before you leave BT for another provider.

The sad thing is that the email account will still be there 5 or even 10 years from now.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: haters gonna hate

I guess we need an updated version of DOA

DOA+7 perhaps.

Works fine when taken out of the packaging but by the end of Week 1 is basically sucks.

Can apply to any bit of kit (even that sold by Apple).

It will be interesting to see if this is a really widespread problem or just limited to a specific batch of displays.

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Why?

Most of them were wondering why he didn't just take it back for a replacement.

Why?

Taking it back would not get them their 15nSecs of fame on the internet. Isn't that what it is all about?

Answers on a pin head please.

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Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug

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Re: LibreOffice

To have TWO alternatives to that monstrosity available from MS is great.

Long may they continue to develop.

Proudly Microsoft free for more than a year.

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Superdome X gets pumped on Skylake to become Superdome Flex

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The cost?

high, high and you what? you can't be serious.

Still it will be less that trying to license Windows + Oracle + SAP on it. :) :) :) :wink:

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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

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Re: "and strengthening position of traditional PCs"

I'm sure that IDC would release a report stating that Pigs do indeed Fly if they were paid enough.

I have a nice power station on the south bank of the thames for sale, close to Victoria. Any takers?

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Jeff Bezos sells ONE MEELLION Amazon shares, makes ONE BEELLION dollars

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Re: Fireworks

Sadly for him, the term 'BFR' has been taken by Elon Musk.

could it be the new AWS (Amazon works in Space)?

Coat (it is cold this morning) with a copy of 'Transports of Delight' by Spike Milligan in the pocket.

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Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

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Re: Realpolitiks

Even El Trumpo would not be so silly as to attack a fellow NATO member.

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Simple really

US Law applies to the entire planet.

No laws from other countries apply to the USA and the US Judiciary will go to just about any length to keep it that way. Just look at how many criminals get extradited from the USA to face the music elsewhere.

Once you understand that pretty well everything that Google, FB, MS and the rest do makes perfect sense.

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Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

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Re: They Must REALLY Hate Wintel

IBM is doing that because the support costs are less with the Macbooks.

Other companies are doing the same as the overall ROCI is lower with the MacBooks even though the initial cost is higher.

It seems to me that the race to the Office 365/Azure solution is the answer to life etc from Microsoft may well help in this move away from a pure WinTel solution.

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Nah...

This is just a temporary pause in hostilities.

Next week, the use of words like 'Cupertino tat seller' and 'Idiot Tax' will reappear.

Then we can breathe a sigh of relief as normal service is resumed.

After all (sic) who around here will admit to buying new stuff from the 'Fruity' company? /s

I buy used stuff but new? and pay the Idiot Tax? don't be silly.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: Feat of engineering

Is that the one with £10K worth of restoration required?

You have obviously been watching far too many episodes of "Wheeler Dealers" for you own good.

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Qualcomm sues Apple for allegedly blabbing smartphone chip secrets in emails CC'd to Intel

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re:"What an utter load of bullshit."

I agree but it is this sort of thing that gets $300/hour lawyers to actually get out of bed in the mornings.

The post looks like something a paralegal would draw up and not an engineer but hey, this is Apple they are suing. The more mud they can sling the more chance of some of it sticking and then it will be Nirvana for everyone at QC as Apple is forced to capitulate.

{one can dream can't one?}

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: One of these days...

Yep.

Down here in Hampshire, they are proposing charging ratepayers to use the recycling centres.

They seem oblivious to the fact that

1) we have already paid for the service in our Council Tax

2) if they do this then the council will have to spend far more than they receive in clearing up the inevitable increase in fly-tipped rubbish.

It does not take a genius to realise what their actions will cause.

Never mind, I'm sure the £200,000K per year chief executive will be getting his 10% bonus as usual.

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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Re: technology moves on...

Much ado about "errno.h"

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Re: Outliving Groklaw

The case has outlived Groklaw but there were other reasons why PJ closed down new sumbissions to Groklaw (the site is still there) including death threats to her.

You can read the final straw in her last post on www.groklaw.net.

Things have only gotten worse since she wrote it.

As for the court appointed trustee... that job seems to be a license to print money, someone elses money.

The more work they do at $150/hour the more that the case needs to recover just to pay the trustee.

I think that it is a rather nice retirement plan for aging judges. Get a golfing buddy judge to appoint you and you are set for life.

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Google remembers it has an air-fares API, takes the usual action

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Who knew eh?

That this feature existed?

Come on everybody, hands up if you did?

Wot! No one?

That seems to be par for the course with Google and Microsoft for that matter.

Develop/buy something and release it to the world

Forget about it and stop advertising it and then ...????....???....

Close it down because no one was using it.

And with MS's case, totally screw up something that was actually useful.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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The owner would be liable?

So, you mean the leasing companies then?

If you change 'owner' to 'registered keeper' then you might have a case but I'd be rightly miffed if I got three points on my license for my speeding car if I was on the other side of the world...

The idea of self-driving/autonomous cars is that the car will go where it is told so it could be sent to pick up little Jimmy and Jockasta from school with no adult in the car.

Future cars probably won't even have a steering wheel.

Then there is the whole 'car sharing' thing.

Who is liable then eh?

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Google lets Android devs see nanosecond-level GNSS data

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Re: Now where does one go on eBay for weapons-grade plutonium

How about Craigslist locations near Sellafield?

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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So the conclusion is...

Meh!

We were led to believe that Apple had really cracked this Facial ID thingy. But it is a V1 release and those of us who have been around a while avoid V1 releases. It may turn out to be better than the technology used in the S8.

I'll be waiting a year at least before even thinking about getting a phone with FacialID tech in it.

All of us who have eschewed the S8 and iPhone X 'upgrades' will be sitting pretty if not a bit smug.

It is still a bit Meh though and you can hold it wrong.

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