* Posts by commonsense

32 posts • joined 9 Jun 2011

Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

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Revolutionary...

"Most usefully, the camera is able to pan and tilt, following someone around the room – something that is done through the software rather than moving the camera physically."

So it has optical zoom then.

"The HDR camera enables what the company is calling "supersight" with a 12x digital zoom that far surpasses anything else we've seen on the market (the current Nest cam does 8x)."

Could this read any more like an advertisement? Who cares about digital zoom?

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Re: Good going cobber - Pollution reasons

"Well for years European economy figures have been based on a car doing 100kph (56 mph) so manufactures had a massive incentive to make them most economical at this speed"

Yet 100kph is 62mph...

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Intel reveals Optane will need a 7th-gen core and a PC-centric launch

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Re: M.2 already goes via PCIe lanes

"Going to be slightly pedantic here; M2 is the physical type of slot"

It's actually M.2 (m-dot-2), if you're going to be pedantic...

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Re: Auto-parking not working is a bad sign...

The M5 doesn't use a ZF 8-speed auto, it uses BMW's M-DCT double-clutch gearbox, which is a Getrag transmission I believe

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

"know, I know, bitching and moaning about how things were better in the past (they really weren't) is much easier than actually dealing with the issue. "

Couldn't agree more. Stuff happens, deal with it. People who don't know it? Well it's always been like that and always will be like that. They keep "The Tech Guys" in business. And the alternative that is trotted out ad infinitum is "Install Linux". Right.

The assumption seems to be that Windows has to be bulletproof and any deviation is a result of the resident Satan at Microsoft. I'm not saying the update process is great, but at least there is a fix, and people can either choose to work it out and research, or call their local IT expert and ask them to fix it.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Re: Worth $300 /400 extra?

Or could it be that the old tech hasn't been reduced to a price relevant to November 2016, and so the $300 looks better than it really is?

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Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

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Black Helicopters

Espionage...

It's a Google conspiracy to sell more overpriced Pixels...

[tin hat off]

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

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BSOD - the B stands for BBC

http://thenewtech.info/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/04/BBC_CRT.jpg

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iOS 'date bug' can be exploited over Wi-Fi using NTP

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Re: client should never accept a time that's wildly different

Yeah but if you fly to Australia from the UK, in Australia, your phone will still connect to time.apple.com. You get the same result back, so there's no shift in time. Your phone adds the 11 hours or whatever once it knows what timezone it is in via the phone network.

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SQL injection vuln found at Panama Papers firm Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Onion?

Well it was a data leek after all.

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Your gran and her cronies are 'embracing online banking' – study

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Re: Bankers for anyone...

I'm curious to know what you actually expected them to do for you? Send you your login details over the live chat session?

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Brit thesp Kate Winslet eyes lead female role in Steve Jobs biopic – report

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Sorry what?

Wasn't there already a film called Jobs with Ashton Kutcher?

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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"A daring thief drove a car through the front of a California Apple store on Friday in what police believe was a planned robbery."

A planned robbery? Believe? For a minute there, I thought somebody had accidentally crashed into an Apple Store and decided to make off with some loot to compensate for it.

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Fanbois SQUEAL as DNS snafu knocks out iTunes website

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What do we check when the Apple System Status site is down??

Get on with your life?

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Back in the real world

"You are terribly out of date - the top laptop bestseller on Amazon has been a Chromebook for the last 8 months. And over Christmas, the top two best sellers were Chromebooks."

As it stands, I have no idea whether Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops, but just because the top seller is a Chromebook, it doesn't mean Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops.

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

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"I hope H is locked up for a long time for his crimes."

... quite right. A life sentence would be too lenient for that camp frothy Steps nonsense.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

That handful would be the tens (if not hundreds) upon thousands of other academics that routinely use LaTeX day in, day out?

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Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast

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Re: If you're all so clever...

Umm, who said anything about buying shares? I was talking about short selling. Look it up.

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Re: If you're all so clever...

a) because we've been told that was made illegal.

For banking shares, yes. It's not Facebank (yet) though, so it's not illegal.

b) joe public cannot sell those shares fast enough to get money shorting, or if they can there are charges and capital gains tax and all those charges for little people who cant afford tax havens.

You still take home a profit, even after tax. And by "fast enough", the concensus seems to be that the value of these shares should be <$10. Currently at $31ish, so there's a fair way to drop so a fair bit of time yet.

My point is that there are many who like to say "yeah yeah saw that coming, how stupid everybody else is..." yet not many willing to put their money where their mouths are. Sure, I have the same hunch - Facebook is not bricks and mortar, like Tesco - but it's a hunch, and I wouldn't be so blasé as to think I'm somehow superior for not buying into Facebook at the IPO.

I wonder how many people here said the same about the Google IPO?

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If you're all so clever...

Why aren't you all millionnaires now, having short sold the stock?

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Comet and Walmart battle for Game

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Re: Poor stock levels

How would us knowing who you are get the guy in trouble?

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HD bandwidth limits BBC Olympics 3D coverage

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Re: Re: Ah, 3D...

Your 16 year old daughter has not grown out of watching Justin Bieber? Dear oh dear.

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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Joke

Left and right

Does it matter which side you have left and right in? If they're wrong, just turn around.

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Sky to open net telly channels to all

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But...

You don't need the Sky Sports subscription for the F1 channel. The basic HD pack subscription is all you need.

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Modeling-clay iPads foisted on unwary Canucks

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"$695 of clay"

Or just sell the clay for $695 and buy an iPad.

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

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Everybody thinks that they are...

...Lewis Hamilton. Not everybody is a skilled driver, not everybody knows how to steer into a skid. And as for ABS, suppose a kid runs out into the street? Not your fault, but I'd be willing to bet that ABS will do a better job than most people here.

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CERN boffins re-running neutrino speed test

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Actually...

It's the best guess at an explanation of the things that we observert are made of.

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NHS claws back £170m refund on duff IT system

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Refund...

You walk into a shop, you order an item for £200 to pick up tomorrow. Go back tomorrow and the shop tells you they can't provide the item. They offer you £170 refund, because the shop keeper has to be paid for his work.

Does that sound right to you?

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UBS tells IT contractors: Take a 10% pay cut ... or 100%

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Er...

What on earth are you on about?

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Hits keep on coming: HP buys Autonomy for $11bn cash

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FAIL

I would hope too...

I think you'll find that "It's not about spelling, it's about meaning"

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

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Since when...

...did an IT news website mandate that you have a particular qualification before posting?

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Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud

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Here's a reason

IE9 won't run on XP

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