* Posts by Dave 126

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Quite right. Now that the iPhone is finally water resistant, barnacles are now an issue!

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Re: Seems like the apple fanboi isn't very smart...

>An anodised surface doesn't chip/flake off like paint because it isn't paint. If Apple are advertising it as anodised then they're lying. It's flaking off then it's because it's a crap paint/coating job.

Sorry, you're incorrect. Apple isn't lying. It is anodisation, but not the common form of 'Colour Anodisation' that you may be thinking of. Links to evidence at end of this post.

The common Type II - or 'Colour Anodise' - is often seen on bicycle components - metallic blues, reds and purples, amongst other shades. It takes a colour, isn't very hard, and is too thin to chip off. However, the process of 'Hard Anodisation' produces a thicker, harder layer* than can chip off. This kind of anodisation is sometimes seen on bicycle chain rings and cranks, and usually results in a dark grey or muddy colour. It is also very common on aluminium saucepans. I've seen parts where this coating has chipped. If you pop to your kitchen, there is a fair chance you can inspect such chipping with your own eyes.

* It's actually layers: the aluminium is penetrated by about a 0.025mm, and the chemistry results in an oxide layer of similar thickness 'growing' from the surface. It may be that Apple's process results in a thicker layer, making it more prone to the type of chipping that has been reported.

https://wickwerks.com/anodize

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcA7oE8yMvc

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/apple-jet-black-iphone-none-more-black/

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Re: I'm not a major fan of Apple stuff (more Android/Linux for me) , but ...

>Sir Jony only dictates the appearance. Real engineers design it. Mechanical, Electronic, Software, Product, Manufacturing.

And just who do you think co-ordinates those specialist, Mage? Yep, the Product Designer. The design process is one of communication and liaison. If you ask an electronic engineer to 'design me a computer', they will look at you weirdly because you haven't defined any constraints, thermal, power, enclosure size etc. Ditto the mechanical engineer. And it should be self-evident that it is inefficient to just dump a 'finished' design on the desk of a manufacturing engineer - in reality, his team's input will be sought at all stages of the process.

If you have problems with Apple, that's fine. But please, don't denigrate the entire discipline of Product Design, because the last thing we need are more shit products in this world. It's about showing respect for professionals who work in a field you might not have taken the time to fully understand. If you need some case studies to grok this, let's work on some. Maybe a Reg article about Product Design is over due? The Reg did recently run an obituary of Richard Sapper (ThinkPad, Alessi), who was from a more conventional Industrial Design generation - and the differences are informative.

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

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Re: Sean Pertwee

Hehe, it turns out that Sean Bean does have the highest death / film ratio, at 0.32 deaths per movie, narrowly beating John Hurt at 0.31. I think I might have seen a Ridley Scott film in which Sean Bean doesn't die, but instead is sacked and has to play golf, which may or may not be preferable to falling from a cliff, falling from a radio telescope, being shot with arrows, ripped apart by horses, left hanging from chains by his arm, left handing from a chain around his neck or beheaded. How he made it through the Napoleonic wars intact is anybody's guess.

John Hurt, who sadly died last week for real, is recorded as having that largest number of on-screen deaths in total, at 43, including the worst death-by-indigestion ever committed to celluloid (excluding Monty Python's Mr Creosote, obviously. At least the Nostromo wasn't covered in vomit.)

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Re: Even for monkey shaggers

"I adore distilled whippet shit", amazing.

I enjoyed both his autobiography with its accounts of drinking in Soho with Jeffrey Bernard at al, and his short, blackly comic novella 'The Boy Who Kicked Pigs'.

He was also priceless when an impressionist from BBC's Dead Ringers as the Fourth Doctor rang him up:

"I never really knew what to do about the daleks you see, because I always rather fancied Davros"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ7uHzZYREo

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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Re: Irony

>At best this is the kettle calling the pot black. Nobody will accept a wikipedia citation as credible in any of the STEM fields or in college.

There is no reason to do so - Wikipedia pages cite the [often peer-reviewed] sources it has used. With Wikipedia you can look at its sources of an article and drill back through its history, including discussions between contributors. (Of course I don't mean to understate the danger that many readers won't do so)

It's not perfect, but it's no Daily Mail.

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Android Wear: The bloatware that turned into gloatware

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Re: To every one who is slagging smart watches off as utterly useless...

Sony also make a little device about the size of a finger. It can clip to a shirt pocket.

It displays phone notifications, and can be used a make telephone calls over Bluetooth (held to your ear like a teeny-weeny telephone!) It is also a discrete MP3 player and FM radio (with 3.5 mm socket).

I've been tempted by one, but knowing me I'd lose it unless it was strapped to my wrist (which would make the headphone cable tricky to manage!)

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Re: Doomed from the beginning

>2.) They're decidedly nerdy. No matter how elegant they are made to look, they are, at their core, a reincarnation of the pocket protector.

It is perfectly possible to make a connected smartwatch that looks indistinguishable from a traditional analogue watch. I would suggest that the 'nerdy' appearance is an issue of current implementation, and not an insurmountable problem.

Making a watch vibrate in response to an incoming call or text doesn't change its appearance. Useful information can be conveyed through the watch hands, or even a single RGB LED.

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Re: Yes that's very clever,

Once upon a time, I might play music by physically plugging my phone into an amplifier. In such a scenario, a smartwatch that would let me skip a track without walking up to the tethered phone would be handy.

However, these days the phone just instructs a Chromecast Audio - there is no need to leave the phone on the other side of the room, and so less use for a 'remote control for my phone'.

That said, I would like to see more control options for phones. I'm probably not the only one. I've seen quite a few people hear their phone ringing from deep inside their handbag - they might benefit from a little screen that clips to the top of their bag so they can see whether it is worth rummaging to take the call. I also know people who get genuine use from their 'Tile' - about the size of a bottle cap, it allows them to 'page' theior phone if they have mislaid it. This paging works both ways, so that their phone can be used to find whatever their Tile is attached to - usually a bunch of keys.

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ITU-T wants video sizes to halve again by 2020

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Re: Like a suitcase.

>Is there a way to tell how close we are to that limit?

Not really, because to do so would require a perfect understanding of what we humans perceive; it' not purely a mathematical, computational question. Our eyes can only resolve a small area of our visual field at high resolution - for arguments' sake, let's say that the DVD player had control over which part of the screen our eyes flitted over - it would then only have to render the parts of the screen our eyes flit over at maximum resolution. Obviously this wouldn't happen, but it makes that point that our brain does a lot of filling in the gaps, and that a lot of the data sent to a screen is wasted on us. The trouble is, which data is 'wasted' on us varies from viewing to viewing, and from viewer to viewer.

So, the question becomes 'what is the human-relevant information in the video?'. It doesn't matter if we are only viewing Humphrey Bogart in grainy black and white - we are still taking in the emotional content that the director intended. Watching him slap a bad guy around isn't improved by using high res and HDR. On the other hand, a David Attenborough nature documentary would benefit.

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Re: Is this even possible?

Such an approach would require a daft amount of processing at playback, and actors in the background might look like humans but won't necessarily look like the actual actors that were present. If taken to its extreme, this approach would be akin to just telling the computer 'Dark-haired man in white t-shirt walks into a room'. It relies on the output computer already having an idea of what a 'man' looks like.

If it could work for video, it could be useful for rapid story-boarding.

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Re: Is this even possible?

It will be a lossy format. Non-lossy compressed formats are only used for capture and editing etc

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Departing Autodesk CEO says he became dumber and less funny the moment he quit

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Re: Got one thing to say to this ex-CEO

Indeed, CAD has always had a high price tag, traditionally lost in the $100K cost of the hardware required to run it, or the millions invested in the car plant or oil rig being designed.

I've seen small manufacturing shops running happily on Rhinoceros 3D, more affordably priced at 'only' £700ish, especially considering the thousands that a modest CNC mill costs.

Here's the lovely thing though - these design tools allow for hardware to be made less expensively. We're used to the idea of silicon becoming cheaper every year, but advancements in manufacturing tools allow physical objects to be made at greater quality for the same price.

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Re: Got one thing to say to this ex-CEO

Just to clarify: I wasn't knocking the quality of Blender, but it a tool that serves a different purpose to things like AutoDesk Inventor (or D'Assault's Solidworks, Siemen's NX etc etc)- engineering and construction PLM software. The open-source equivalent to these isn't Blender but FreeCAD (though it doesn't look to be as developed). As the OP observed, Blender does the same sort of things as AutoDesk Maya - animation, game assets, special effects, product rendering etc. You might use Blender or Maya to create a CGI car for a movie, but you wouldn't use it to engineer a real car.

For may people's purposes ( modelling and a bit of light Compuer Aided Manufacture) the relatively low-cost Rhinoceros 3D is good enough, and it as some strengths of its own such as support for procedurally-generated geometry via a plug-in. For some people, it justifies its cost just as a file conversion utility.

One exciting trend in the last few years has been the integration of parametric CAD (a la Inventor) with free-form modelling (a la Maya) within the same environment.

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Re: Got one thing to say to this ex-CEO

Blender isn't an alternative to many of Autodesk's products. If Blender works for you for visualisation and animation, good for you.

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Web-standards-allergic Apple unveils WebGPU, a web graphics standard

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Re: Goodbye to annoying capcha systems?

Just to note: i cant find ref to WebGPU being proprietry to Apple.

http://techreport.com/news/31405/webgpu-project-twins-browsers-and-low-level-graphics-apis

It sits on top of Vulkan, Metal, DXx whatever.

Still at very early stages, too.

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Wasn't Apple actively using Metal a year or two before Vulkan was finalised? That would explain Apple's decision to use it.

https://forums.developer.apple.com/thread/38469

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Tosh's new workhorse drive: Not too desktop, not too enterprise

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The Reg sub-headline writer has been losing it for a while. Oh well!

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Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

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Re: Loss of battery life???

> So It's not Android, it's Samsung that is the issue here. Nice try thou.

Not just Samsung, it's sometimes others, as the article notes. I use Android and not iOS, and before upgrading the OS i wait a couple of weeks and lurk around forums to see if other users of my specific handset have experienced any issues.

Of course there are more handsets out there that use Snapdragon SoCs - including most Nexus phones - than use Samsung's Exonyss or whatever it's called.

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Re: Pixel is the reference phone, code works for Google, OEMs sort out the mess on their hardware

From what I've read online, it is difficult to lay your hands on a Pixel phone. Indeed, there have been some reports in the last few days that production is to end. I dont know if this limited supply is a deliberate decision by Google.

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Re: Loss of battery life???

It's been a not uncommon issue with Android updates on non-Nexus hardware in the past... normally fixed a little while later.

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In China, Apple's gegenpress doesn't scare the locals

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Re: was supply constrained on the Pro

Well done Mage - you've got your cause and effect arse about tit, if we are to be so simplistic. Truth is more the opposite of what you state, though of course more inter-related.

I seem to recall we touched upon this the other week and you had your dates in a muddle then. C'mon, simple fact checking doesn't take long, and there's enough fucking noise in this world as it is.

Cheers

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Re: Movie studio branding

Cable Chanel branding might be a better analogy - the term 'HBO-style drama' is an accepted shorthand. AMC and Netflix have caught up perhaps, and even channels such as USA, known for police procedural series, will take a punt on the likes of Mr Robot.

Back in the days of buying CD albums (and without being able to listen to it first on YouTube), one could to an extent go by what record label the album was on.

Still, AO's point stands; Apple's core strengths don't translate to creating original content.

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Re: Movie studio branding

Pixar... formed from the stuff that was sold off to fund the making of Howard the Duck. Pretty sure there's an Apple connection here, too ;)

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Re: April iPhone fatigue?

>This phone is sure to be able to do everything including wipe your backside after doing No 2's.

Since Japanese toilet vendors have recently agreed to standardise the symbols they use to mark the buttons for Bidet, Dry etc, they might even incorporate a Bluetooth or NFC-based API for controlling the crapper with a phone. Stranger things etc.

I don't know if the Koreans have similarly high tech bogs.

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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

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>There's a very good reason why Apple have kept iOS and MacOS separate

Yes, Apple would like you to buy a Mac and an iPad. To that end, Apple has made it easier to use them in concert - ie, Continuity (open a document in your iPhone and it will be open on your Mac), OSX Photoshop can have tool palettes displayed on an iPad, Wireless MIDI baked into to all iDevices so they can just be a control surface.

Google too, as cloud providers, are geared towards the user having both a phone and a Chromebook - though of course they don't really care whose device you use as long as you use their services.

There is some scope for crafting applications that play nice between tablets and desktops (and of course 'convertibles'), but this idea of plugging a phone into a monitor is just daft, now that ARM SoCs are as cheap as (potato) chips.

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Microsoft's DRM can expose Windows-on-Tor users' IP address

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Re: Who in their right mind

>It's the wmv DRM implementation, so in theory at least would affect wmv players on Linux or Mac too

For sure, but as the article notes, Tails disables WMV key requests. If you were concerned about privacy enough to use TOR then you would use a Linux that was tailored for privacy.

If you choose to walk through a maze to make sure you're not being followed, you'd make sure you didn't wear the same jacket that you wear down your local pub.

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Re: Tin Foil Hat alert?

Don't let thoughts of conspiracy blind you to the possibility of cock-up (or vice versa!). I suspect the latter.

I'm obviously naive - I thought TOR was just for buying drugs, or criticising the totalitarian regime you happen you live under - and I didn't realise WMV movies were still a thing.

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

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Just trying to imagine....

... the Sun's masthead being an young man sunbathing naked by a Californian swimming pool, a la young Hockney. Hmm, can't see it appealing to the target market.

Now, a young woman sunbathing topless by a pool might work for the Sun, but even then the colour palette is mainly blue, and not the Currant Bun's usual red.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: I loved the film but what an intro

Oh fank thuck - I thought you were going to link to the animated intro that some TV broadcasts of Dune had!

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Re: Bah!

>Jodorowsky's version would also have been a confusing mish-mash of religeous piety and deus ex machina if the recent documentary is any indication.

And yet the talent he assembled was damned good. Foss, Giger, Bannon, Mobius, Pink Floyd, Dali...

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Re: I'm only interested in seeing Jodorowsky's version

Also, his choice of actor for the role of Emperor is long dead.

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Re: But what about..

I think the Caves of Steel would be more fun as film than the later Foundation series. The sequel to the Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, featured a cover by Chris Foss that was more Arakis than Solaris. Of course, The Naked Sun wouldn't feature much more than a beautiful woman on a lovely planet... a challange for any cinematographer for sure.

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Re: SciFi Channel version

Just to be clear - Jackson never wanted to make the Hobbit movie, but Guillermo del Toro pulled of directing during pre-production. The nature of the studio contract was that Jackson had to take on the reins, and couldn't put back the release date, forcing him to write the script as he filmed.

As for LotR, Jackson celebrated the landscape of NZ, just as Tolkien used a lot of words to describe Middle Earth.

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Please, no more 'easter eggs' for geeks... Such things scratch at the forth wall.

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Re: Chris Foss's artwork and a little known fact

Foss also did a book called Diaries of a Spacegirl, combining b&w line drawings of naked women on some pages, and his full colour airbrushed work (as seen on many an Asimov paperback) on others.

I believe he also paints steam trains. Last i checked, he's still alive. Some contempory conceptual artist copied a Foss painting wholesale but made it much bigger. Weird.

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Re: No Giger

Well some of the Jodowosky Dune team - including Giger, Foss and Bannon - went on to make Alien with Scott. The French artist Mobius was also part of the Dune project, and he's to have his Valerian work brought properly to the silver screen by Luc Besson this summer - though he got a credit on Besson's 5th Element to settle an IP dispute.

Whilst Giger might have been a good match for Jodowsky's Dune, I never saw the biomech aesthetic in Herbert's Dune - but thats just my opinion!

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Re: I thought Arrival was decent.

>yes, all that was evident in the movie. Still comes of as "bam, time travel, done"

IMO.

Most time travel movies have the plot: "Find or invent time machine. Travel in time. Mess with something. Discover bad unintended consequences. Try to fix it. Fix it. The End.*" Arrival was not like that.

*Of course we get themes and variations, where multiple time loops get invoked, or the bad stuff can't be undone. Perhaps the best of these is Primer.

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

> Can you see them advertising a film with a protagonist called Mua'dib leading a group of fanatical warriors in an almost-accidental jihad against the entire rest of the human universe?

The film is called Lawrence of Arabia and it received huge critical acclaim.

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

>is Decker a replicant? Well no coz he's in the new film and he's aged. Fuck you Hollywood.

So, someone turned off Decker's DRM - big deal.

Replicants were built with a finite lifespan as a form of security, that is to say that the finite lifespan was a human creation and not an inherent property of Replicants. Not only does it seem plausible that this limitation could be removed (either because someone found a backdoor or other security hole, or the company that built him had its own reason for removing it - or not actually implementing it in the first place), but it seems implausible that such a security measure could never be circumvented.

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Re: Make something new

> There comes a point where you've seen all future films before they are made.

And some people think that we humans only tell five or so basic stories.

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Re: I am obviously alone in this.

There are some brilliant aspects to Lynch's Dune - especially set and costume design. The noble houses were well differentiated. I also liked some aspects of the special effects, such as the Navigator. However, the special effects in some of the exterior scenes let it down a bit. Imagine if it boasted David Lean's cinematography from Lawrence of Arabia....

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Re: Terrorists

Dune does have a lot of what is now called Asymmetric Warfare, but then so does Lawrence of Arabia.

The list of contents from Dune's Wikpedia page make's a good summery of themes that are as relevant today as they ever have been:

4.1 Environmentalism and ecology

4.2 Declining empires

4.3 Middle Eastern references

4.4 Gender dynamics

4.5 Heroism

4.6 Zen

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Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

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Reg headline

The Reg headline invites us to watch something invisible.

Impressive!

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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

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Just to clarify the article a little (by quoting from the source material, the bold emphasis is mine):

The current ARM-based chip for Macs is independent from the computer’s other components, focusing on the Touch Bar’s functionality itself. The new version in development would go further by connecting to other parts of a Mac’s system, including storage and wireless components, in order to take on the additional responsibilities. Given that a low-power mode already exists, Apple may choose to not highlight the advancement, much like it has not marketed the significance of its current Mac chip, one of the people said.

- https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-01/apple-developing-new-mac-chip-in-test-of-intel-independence

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LG's $1,300 5K monitor foiled by Wi-Fi: Screens go blank near hotspots

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Re: "LG's space-age monitors..."

"These are the days of miracle and wonder

This is a long distance call

The way the camera follows us in slo-mo

The way we look to a star

The way we look to a distant constellation

That's dying in a corner of the sky

These are the days of miracle and wonder

And don't cry baby, don't cry"

- From an album that begins with a description of an Improvised Explosive Device. It was a slow day...

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"LG's space-age monitors..."

Isn't any post-CRT monitor 'space age'? Heck, even the Sony Trinitron CRT was only released in 1968, after man in had been in space and not long before man set foot on the moon.

So, let's have some suggestions for a phrase to replace 'space-age'. Please leave them below!

Mars age?

Reusable rocket age?

Twitbook age?

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Apple CEO: 'Best ever' numbers would be better if we'd not fscked up our iPhone supply

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Nah, he meant supply of iPhones.

It appears that the iPhone 6 is still available (including from such high street stores as John Lewis), so people have still had the option of buying a iPhone with headphone jack if they really want one. Apple's iPhone 7 sales resulats (as per article) suggest that many people haven't been that bothered about just leaving a Lightning dongle attached to their favourite headphones (or using the earbuds supplied with the iPhone 7).

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Interesting:

https://www.flightradar24.com/blog/how-qantas-ferried-an-engine-on-the-wing-of-a-747/

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Baird is the word: Netflix's grandaddy gets bronze London landmark

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Re: Bandwidth?

>Uh, I wonder how he planned to transmit it? HDTV did not really become practical until sufficiently effective digital compression was available.

Curiously enough, Baird wasn't working with digital video! And even if he was, each pixel would require very few bits because of the narrow colour gamut the system used. Telechrome didn't render blues or greens very well, but produced acceptable pink skin tones.

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