* Posts by Raphael

81 posts • joined 8 Jun 2011

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Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

Raphael

Re: Martin JetPack already exists...

Except Martin Jetpacks is in desperate need of funding and is possibly closing down.

https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/96463822/martin-jetpack-suspended-from-share-trading

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

Raphael

Re: Everything old is new again

"Now, with the iPod Nano going defunct, all we need is some 2000-era stand alone MP3 player for joggers who aren't interested in taking a 6" phone slab with them when they exercise..."

I think smart watches are trying to full that niche. (Garmin, Samsung Gear S3 and the new FitBit Ionic all have space for you to upload mp3's)

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Google ARCore brings augmented reality to relatively small audience

Raphael

I can see huge benefits for it in engineering applications.

Lets say you're a council engineer needing to check where the various underground pipelines are running, pull up the AR app on your phone and it can overlay where all of them are (1).

Or architects working with clients trying to visualize their new house. Pull out the phone and fire up the app and you can see that building and walk around it seeing how it will look onsite.

footnote 1: requires accurate data.

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Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Raphael

Re: I've never got my head around Economics...

the memory business may be profitable enough to attract a buyer, but it's not profitable enough for Toshiba to generate the cash it needs in time to avoid delisting on the Tokyo stock exchange.

And getting the loan would be trading one set of debt for another which is the problem they have at the moment.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

Raphael

Speaking from NZ

I would be happy to pay a monthly fee to stream iPlayer content over here in New Zealand. If the paved it in the price range of Netflix and other local streaming products (so NZ$15-NZ$20 pm) it would bring in near the cozy of the annual license.

We have a fair number of British expats over here that would probably be happy to sign up. (I'm a Saffer expat not a Brit)

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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

Raphael

My wife's favorite phone remains her first Android one, the Sony Xperia X10 Mini.

Yeah, it had a tine screen and was a very early Androind version, but the slide out physical keyboard was a winner in her book.

She likes her current S7, but would probably ditch it for an updated Xperia X10 mini.

http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ericsson_xperia_x10_mini-3125.php

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Raphael

And I saw elsewhere it doesn't come with a headphone jack, that makes it a non-starter for me.

Having just lost my second set of bluetooth headphones (Plantronics Backbeat Fit), and the wallet is too empty to buy a replacement I am very grateful for being able to go back to wired headphones

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DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

Raphael

Pretty sure that was an old BOFH episode.

.... found it: https://bofh.subversivedata.com/story/1998/4

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

Raphael
Pint

you guys aren't ever going to get off there "do not communicate" list. You know that right?

All up, Brilliant article, I know some muppets already standing in line for it.

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

Raphael

This week's episode reminds my of the news story a couple of years back about the Nepalese (I think) Airways who sacrificed a goat to repair their avionics.

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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

Raphael

Re: For the 1,000th time

"It was Motorola who started the bloody stupid fad, about two years before Apple and the rest lemming'd merrily after them."

A number of Compaq/HP iPAQ PDA's and Smartphones had them dating back to atleast 2003

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c00031055

And if I recall correctly, they were actually built by HTC.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

Raphael
Pint

Time to raise another in Lester's memory

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

Raphael

Re: Critique

The droid made me think of Marvin from HGTTG....and I'm okay with that.

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Apple sues Nokia's pet patent trolls

Raphael

If my memory serves correct (and I think this was covered by Groklaw) Apple has the habit of interpreting FRAND as "give it to us for free, and you can't use any of ours" where most agreements seems to be reciprocal "you can use our patents for free, and we can use yours for free".

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

Raphael

Back when I was an IT Student (at a certain campus on the Berea .... a few years before the Technikon had it's 2002 name change ... that should be vague enough to keep it anonymous), I was a student technician at the IT Computer labs (meaning we did all the grunt work of rebuilding pc's stuffed by first year students .... after some complete bastard changed the autoexec to ask them if they wanted to format the c drive.

Anyway I digress, we had an Oracle server there (running on a solaris machine). Each 2nd and 3rd year (and BTech) student had their own user with their own DB running on it for their project work. The problem was that it was running out of space. So we were tasked to look at it. Turned out the Senior Lab Technician (a FTE) was using that machine to keep his porn stash....3/4 of the hard drive was packed full of it (the hdd was a monster for the time, can't remember the exact size, but considering I was able to purchase a massive 20GB ide hdd at about the same time, I think it was between 40GB and 60GB).

This same Snr Lab Tech used to try save money, by not purchasing CPU fans and getting us to underclock the pcs. After the third melted motherboard, he finally let us order cpu fans for all the pcs

There was another incident with him where we were having to shut down whole sections of the lab and do complete wipe and rebuild of the machine's to sort out a virus that was spreading all over the place in the lab (got lots of overtime for that). while we're busy working on it he comes and asks us if we'd seen an email that had the suggestive subject "The Real Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves". We cautiously responded in the affirmative. He then asked us what was in the attachment as despite trying it on most of the computers in the lab he couldn't get it to run......when we informed him that it was the source of the virus we were dealing with he, an Indian, turned completely white. We thanked him for the overtime.

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

Raphael

Re: Perhaps...

I actually still have an Encarta '98 cd lying around somewhere.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

Raphael
Alien

Dunno if I would want to go near it.....I saw that episode of Dr Who.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waters_of_Mars

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

Raphael

reminds me of the time

when working at a largish Engineering company (with offices in NZ, Aus, UK and Canada) and student in the head office read a (hoax) news item about a virus.

So he painstakingly went through and sent an email to all staff (all 1000+ of them, he didn't use the mailing lists) warning them of said virus. After the 3rd or 4th reply all to tell him it was a hoax the mail servers crapped themselves and our mail went bye bye for the rest of the day.

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UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

Raphael

punt gun

Surely the simplest option is for the guards to blow the thing out the sky with a punt gun?

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Google's hardware extravaganza: Ad giant takes on Sonos, Roku, Linksys, Amazon, Oculus... you name it

Raphael

A second problem with the multi-account thing is...

Google won't let you create an account for an under 13 year old (which sucks as a parent trying to implement parental controls on the kids computer...it only take about 3 clicks to get to the weird part of Youtube. Microsoft does a better job in this space).

So if they did do multi-account in it, would it be able to respond to kids?

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Is Tesla telling us the truth over autopilot spat?

Raphael

Re: It is all in a name...

Exactly this.

Shortly after the crash that killed the chap, I was having a conversation with an older gentleman, and he quite logically said, "if it's an autopilot, why would I bother to have my hands on the steering wheel and pay attention to the road, an autopilot is meant to handle all that"

And that's the point, calling it Autopilot means that people expect it to behave as an autopilot (regardless of what the manual says).

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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Raphael

Because if Netflix don't abide by the regional content streaming rights them the content owners will take the rights away which means no content.

It's annoying and I don't like it but it's not Netflix who should be blamed.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Raphael
Pint

I always enjoyed reading his articles and his wit.

He will be missed. *raises glass in remembrance*

My condolences to his friends and family

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'We accidentally hit wrong button on Dell buyout – here's $194m for the cockup'

Raphael

I recall a BOFH episode

about a marketing chap deleted all his work because the confirm and cancel buttons were so close together......

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Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

Raphael

Exactly

If I'm going to do interval training using a heart rate monitor, I'm not going to be relying on my fitbit (charge HR), I'm going to be wearing a proper heart rate monitor (I need to replace my polar one but I'm not doing mtb racing at the moment so can't justify the cost)

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Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

Raphael

Re: Real utility

The AC/DC concert in Auckland last year was picked up on the seismographs.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/75152808/acdc-concert-receives-27-noise-complaints-makes-earth-shudder

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

Raphael

Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

I encountered a tech site about a fortnight ago, it possibly had a solution for a problem I was trying to solve. It picked up I had adblock, and with no warning asking me to disable adblock banned our IP (so no one else at work could access the site without getting the same banned because you have adblock message)

This is the site: http://wsdlbrowser.com/

And their banned message http://wsdlbrowser.com/banned-by-adblock

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Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

Raphael

Re: Wheel Damage

looking at a hi re copy, you are correct, it looks pretty munted

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA20284.jpg (8.3 MB)

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Dropbox tells Mailbox and Carousel users to get their affairs in order

Raphael

Carousel had problems.

That's why I stopped using it. It would generate a thumbnail cache of all your dropbox photos That you could not clear or move to the SD card which in my case would result in a 1.5GB cache.

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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

Raphael

Re: How is this different?

As the article says:

"The German operator's T-Systems subsidiary will handle the data trustee functions, managing all access to customer data in the Microsoft data centres. “Microsoft will not be able to access this data without the permission of customers or the data trustee, and if permission is granted by the data trustee, will only do so under its supervision”, the announcement states.

Since Microsoft won't be in charge of the data, even an unfavourable decision in its US court case (in which the Feds want access to e-mails stored in Ireland) won't expose German customer data to American courts or law enforcement."

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Apple in eyebrow-raising threesome with TSMC, Samsung for iPhone 6S

Raphael

Re: The title is no longer required.

Now personally I don't like Apple *hrrawk ptui* very much (I don't own any of their hardware and refuse to even consider buying some)

But given they had their biggest launch (13 million units in 3 days) I don't think we can call it a legacy device.

(even though I will possibly rejoice when the kids stop buying them)

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

Raphael

Re: Xora app user

"Rather than uninstalling the Xora app Myrna should have simply turned the iPhone off. Work phone = work hours."

From what I can see she was required to be on call 24/7, so turning it off wasn't an option.

(that's in the legal filing the Arstechnica article links to)

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Raphael
Pirate

@#$@#$@#$@#%&

Here I was hoping they would sign with NetFlix as NZ finally has NetFlix....now I'm going to have to jump through a number of different hoops to get an Amazon Prime account sorted

(yeah, I know not that difficult, but I'm lazy)

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New Zealand Supreme Court says Kim Dotcom search warrants were legal

Raphael

Re: worked with the authorities

I understand the feds have evidence of him and his team actively making sure that any content on Youtube was to be ripped off and made available on the mega networks.

http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2013/12/fbi-evidence-kim-dotcom-released/

the summary of their evidence is available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/192754949/Mega-Evidence

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

Raphael

Re: Why?

because the manufacturers perceive those who would want the dual sims to be poorer folk. The presume that anyone else would obviously buy two phones.

Which I know is daft, but that would appear to be their thinking.

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VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

Raphael

Re: "cannot see or avoid any obstacles in its flight path".

So that rules out using it with any mountain biking in forests.

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

Raphael
Devil

if something like this becomes a standard on cars (I doubt it)

How long before the car manufacturers decide it should display advertising if your car is stationary with the engine running? Or if it detects a car is following behind you etc.

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Raphael

I seem to remember

Audi experimenting with AMOLED displays for the tail lights a while back......looked way better than this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSYpQu2IQfI&feature=kp

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

Raphael

Re: Industry not thinking things through - whatever next?

"Your figures presume zero capacity left in the batteries of cars that use the facility."

If the batteries have any charge left in them, it would probably be a good idea for the facility to do a discharge first as batteries still don't like constantly being charged from partly empty. Which means your cycling will probably take longer for a battery that isn't completely discharged.

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Urine a goldmine for fuel-cell materials: boffins

Raphael
Coat

someone's got to say it

surely they're taking the piss?

alright I'll get me coat and be on my way.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 owners hit by fatal camera error problem

Raphael

Re: 'Camera Failure' pop-up error message

"Fingerprint reader anyone..."

The HP iPAQ H5450 had that back in 2002......

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Raphael

No FM Radio

Yes some of us still listen to that.

I see the HTC One M8 has a FM Radio, so that might have just made my decision for me. (a small thing I know, but do use the FM Radio on my S3 a fair bit)

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Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

Raphael

People estimating dollar values have a nasty habit of assuming if you didn't buy their product you would have bought mine.

The problem is I could have just as easily bought someone-elses product.

For example I am one of the few weird people who was happy with my WinMo2003SE to WinMo 6.1 phones....I only moved to Android after the WinPho7 cock-up....for me Apple was never an option worth considering.

The fact that I went with a Samsung Galaxy S was because it was better than the offerings that Sony Ericsson and HTC had at the time, likewise with my S3.

And now when my contract is coming up for renewal again, I'm looking to decide if I want the HTCOne, the S5 or if I'm willing put up with WinPho8 for one of those awesome cameras the Nokia engineers managed to squeeze into the Lumia 1020.

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

Raphael

Re: Please get rid of this f**ker for us

Although I do think it would be nice if he could also pay the people he owes money to before we put on the plane out of here.

I wonder what the flag for the Internet Party is going to be? That red and black one he has stashed away in his basement that Whale Oil mentioned?

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Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

Raphael

resurrecting Microsoft Reader?

It wasn't a bad app, and infact still works just fine on my old iPaq 3630 when I fire it up. That's what originally got me sold on the idea that eBooks were definitely going to largely replace hardcopy books.

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Bank of America: Bitcoin could become THE currency of e-commerce

Raphael

Could someone please clarify something for me

In my admittedly limited understanding of bitcoins each bitcoin is unique (which is why mining them is taking more and more computational power).

How are fractions of bitcoins then managed?

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

Raphael
Pint

Brilliant Simon. Have a pint on me.

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Google in PRODUCT RECALL for its Glass spy-goggles

Raphael

like these?

http://jet.reconinstruments.com/triathlon/

http://www.reconinstruments.com/products/snow-heads-up-display

or this one from Oakley?

http://www.oakley.com/airwave

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

Raphael

Add some citrix portals to the broken list

I tried logging in to one of our clients this morning on IE11.....had to switch it to compatibility view (after I found the damn button) to get the site to render anything.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Raphael

hands up

who didn't see that one coming.

Anyone?

The Trojan horse has done his work.

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