* Posts by Duffy Moon

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

Duffy Moon

Re: Hmmm...

I agree with Ledswinger here. Record prices were over-inflated for many years. Record companies refused to change when the internet came along and then moaned when they weren't raking in quite so many billions. I'm particularly irritated when I have to pay the same price for albums released fourty or fifty years ago as for new music. The costs must have been recouped many times over by now and most of the artists I listen to are dead.

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: Congestion is about work not transport

" By making travel difficult and expensive at these times there is an incentive to switch your work habits "

A shame that most do not have much choice - other than not to take a 9 to 5 job. Then you have to explain to the lovely folks at the Jobcentre why you didn't take it - "well I didn't want to add to the congestion".

Under Armour and Virgin Galactic team up so tourists can stay on-trend throughout white-knuckle ride into space

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Re: Comfort is important

It has another problem: the tiny fibres which are washed off and ultimately end up in the sea.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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I'm not that interested in my ancestry

Rather than give money to these dubious companies, I'd rather donate to the British Gut project and find out what kind of microbiome I have. At least that may have some practical value.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

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Re: Depends...

"I kept my last phone (Samsung S7) for two years, and the LG V30 which replaced it has been going strong for around a year"

Funnily enough, I've just upgraded to an LG V30+ (which was an eBay bargain at £360 NIB) after my Samsungs S5 and S7 eventually died (S5 wouldn't boot and S7 display took about 30 power button presses to turn on). I'm very happy with it (especially the excellent DAC) and don't regret moving from Samsung. The only thing I miss is the replaceable battery, but the V30+ does last me the whole day - then I stick it on the wireless charger by my bed.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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I see plenty of helicopters flying overhead and I'm at least a mile from the Thames.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Re: Simon Harris Excellent stuff!

"Its Friday and unlike us Yanks, you Brits drink during lunch."

I think your 'intel' is at least thirty years out of date there.

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?

Duffy Moon

Re: Dopes

Most of the people I know, became addicted to tobacco because it was always mixed with cannabis (in the form of hash) and many started to smoke cigarettes as a result. My belief is that if it hadn't been made illegal, safer forms would have been more easily available (as in the US, where herbal cannabis was more prevalent and less likely to be mixed with tobacco). One only has to look at the states where it has been legalised to see the array of healthier methods of consumption (vaporising, edibles etc).

If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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I saw recently that Seagate now sell a 5TB 2.5" portable drive. I hope Father Christmas brings me one...

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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They missed out two things

Where are the hairs on the balls and the spurts?

Fail.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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Re: Another design approach:

I foolishly believed that, by this time our cars would be powered by MrFusion devices, which would be fuelled by pretty much anything.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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I shouldn't worry

Given that this deal isn't going to get through a Commons vote,the EU won't negotiate another deal and MPs have said they won't leave without a deal, I think there's a good chance the madness will come to an abrupt end. Normal chaos will be resumed.

Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you

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Re: I was in the market for a new Surface. Not now...

Still using an SP3 here. No problems with the new update as far as I can tell.

I did assume that, as it was a Microsoft device that it would be safe to install updates. I'll probably be a bit more cautious in the future.

Florida man won't be compelled to reveal iPhone passcode, yet

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"What could possibly be the file that they want to access so much, and why is it relevant to a car accident?"

I assume they want to find out if he was using the phone at the time of the crash.

The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science

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'roid?

I thought this was a story about steroids for a minute.

UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

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Re: What kind of conservatives want to tax everything?

"It's basic economics, and frankly anyone that can't plot this for themselves on a bit of graph paper does not belong in a polling booth. I expect the usual economically illiterate downvoters to appear enmasse, but facts are facts."

The trouble with economics, basic or otherwise, is that it's 10% mathematics, 10% politics and 80% guesswork. Facts may well be facts, but predicting what will happen with a tweak here or there, is too complex to model with any degree of accuracy.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

Duffy Moon

Re: never seems to taste the same?

"The Americans have also yet to invent it."

Their lower voltage means that an electric kettle would take a lot longer to boil. I think that's why they favour the stove-top.

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

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Re: Smeg

The gestalt entity Grant Naylor?

Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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Re: Not against immigration

"At the moment, I don’t think the UK does anything like enough to nurture the talent potential within its own borders,"

Certainly true in the case of doctors. Probably because it's far cheaper to import them than train them. I spent many years and many thousands of pounds getting the right qualifications and work experience in order to study medicine. I had five interviews, but still could not get a place on a graduate-entry course. Now, I'm struggling to find a job which pays a living wage. A bit of a waste really.

Duffy Moon

Re: our NHS will be short staffed

Why on earth would American doctors want to work in the UK?

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: Who knew they make roof tiles

Because solar panels on domestic roofs look terrible.

I saw the Tesla tiles a while ago and thought it was a great idea - although not a new idea. I think an Australian (?) company already makes something similar. Unfortunately, the installation cost would not make financial sense for me. We use about £1.80-worth per day, so it would take many years to offset the cost.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: hmm

The welfare system could be made much less complicated and much fairer by turning it into a Universal Basic Income system.

Scrapping Brit cap on nurses, doctors means more room for IT folk

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Re: More job displacement, yay

I paid to study for a Biochemistry degree (plus a one-year foundation), spent just under a year working as a Health Care Assistant in a hospital, paid high entry fees for various exams - all so that I could go on to study medicine. My exam results were good enough to qualify me for no less than four interviews at medical schools. I was not offered one place.

Now, I couldn't afford the fees even if I was offered a place (which seems unlikely at the age of 48), as there are no loans for graduate-entry medical degrees.

I wonder why there's as shortage...

Chemical burns, explosive fires, they all come free with Amazon power packs

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Re: Eliminate the need

Oh what wits these ACs are.

"Plus, unlike a removable battery...with a power bank you don't have to turn the phone off to recharge it..."

I have the Samsung spare battery kit - a spare battery plus the charger. So no, I do have to turn the phone off, but only for the 30 seconds it takes to change the battery.

Next 'witty' comment please.

"And, I assume based on your level of sense, you carry around several of these fully charged spare batteries at all times?"

I have two spares, but only ever need to carry one with me. The other is in the charger.

Any other 'witty' comments?

Duffy Moon

Eliminate the need

I have found that I can get by without these devices, by (sensibly) owning a phone with a replaceable battery. What a novel innovation!

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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What I'm looking forward to

I just hope that when they turn up, they bring recordings of all the transmissions we've broadcast. Then I can finally see some of the shows the Beeb wiped.

Department of Work and Pensions internal docs reveal troubled history of Universal Credit

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Re: Hmm

We could totally un-complicate the welfare system, eliminate the benefit trap and much poverty by scrapping the disastrous UC and instigating UBI. It's going to have to happen sooner or later and the sooner the better.

Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

Duffy Moon

A keyboard that doesn't suck

would be called a mechanical keyboard.

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

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Peppermint Patty

Although I don't know if they have versions with more than one word.

Fancy sitting in a Level 4 driverless car roaming London? Get in line

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Joke

Purpose of safety steward

Perhaps the steward is trained to shout "jump out!" in the event of an emergency?

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Re: Sennheiser...

"My current HD25-ii are the perfect travelling headphones for me"

Another vote for the HD25-ii. I bought a used pair and they've lasted for years. I have better quality ones, but they're the ones I use most often. Having a closed back, they isolate perfectly adequately on a commute.

UK takes first step towards criminalising driverless car hackers

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Re: Can they do something more useful instead?

"how hard is it to change from summer to winter tyres? Is it basically the same as having four spare wheels but with the other type of tyres?"

Yes, unless you want to pay a garage to change the tyres on your existing wheels.

No, it would certainly not be practical unless you live in the mountains of Scotland or similar.

I think a set of wheels with winter tyres would cost more than my car is worth. Some folks have no idea how much some of us struggle to make ends meet.

Boffins discover chemistry that could have produced building blocks of life in space

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Re: DNA

"I still have my original THHGTTG Towel from Forbidden planet"

I remember seeing those back when it was in Denmark Street. Too expensive for me, sadly. All I could afford was the 7" with the theme tune on it.

Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

Duffy Moon

Re: What's gone wrong ? IT'S BIGGER !

"thin, fragile phablets"

You could always get a CAT phone. I fancy the S60 with FLIR

Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

Duffy Moon

Minirigs

For that money, you'd be better off buying a British-designed-and-built 2.1 Minirig setup. Bluetooth and a line-in. Very robust and with long battery life.

Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

Duffy Moon

Re: DeX Pad == ASUS PadFone + Bluetooth Keyboard?

Before it was nerfed via an Android update, I could stick my S4 in a dock, plug in a mouse/keyboard and a monitor. It worked very well too.

Digital version of Universal Credit still pricey, wobbly, failing to deliver – MPs

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UBI

In seems to me that the Universal Credit cock-ups all serve to add weight to the argument in favour of Universal Basic Income.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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"And I'm onto my second, second-hand S5"

I also still have an S5 with spare batteries and external battery kit. Much to my surprise, it even received a software update yesterday. Just a security patch I think, but it was very welcome.

National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

Duffy Moon

Re: My experience

I was a very mature student - born in 1970!

Duffy Moon

My experience

I graduated with a biological science degree seven years ago and still haven't found a job which uses it. I even spent more time and money on a masters in biotechnology, thinking it would make me more appealing to employers. The Job Centre just pushed me into applying for office temp work. Maybe I'd have more luck if I lived near Oxford/Cambridge, but I can't relocate.

Originally, the plan was to get into medical school on a graduate degree, but the places are so scarce that I was turned down after all four of my interviews. There's no point in my applying again, as I couldn't afford the fees now.

I seem to be just one of the un-tapped resources in the UK. A potential medical doctor/researcher, now reduced to trying to scrape together cash in the gig economy.

It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

Duffy Moon

Re: Surely...

"Yes, they need to make it a Cyber E-Cave. Much more modern."

Now, with added blockchain.

We won't need to go outside if these haptic tricksters have their way

Duffy Moon

Re: We won't need to go outdoors....

"...then where are we going to get our Vitamin D from?"

Supplements - much as we already do for the nine months of the year other than those that give us enough sunlight in the UK.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

Duffy Moon

"I (almost) remember an error message I used to get on a mac some 10-15 years or so back. It went something like "The applicaton has stopped because something deep and unexplained has occurred.""

Perhaps the guru needed more time to meditate on it.

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

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Not in my Microsoft Store

A search for "Diagnostic Data Viewer" did not give any results that included said app.

Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

Duffy Moon
Joke

My idea

I came up with an alternative device design that catered for those of us who are unable/unwilling to exercise. It didn't catch on for some strange reason. I call it the FatBot.

Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

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Re: Insects...

"Not sure how those weird veggies (you know, the ones that eat fish) stand on eating insects."

My partner is one of those, and since moving in with her, I am too. I wouldn't eat insects and I don't think she would either. There are plenty of other sources of protein that don't require death en masse. Perhaps, as a species, we should be progressing beyond what is rather barbarous if you think about it.

I'd have no problem with bio-engineered meat though, and that's where I'd invest if I wanted to invest in future food technology.

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Re: Coaching

Yet another way to solve the golf problem: don't play that ridiculous, landscape-ruining game at all and take the things you need with you when you actually need them.

Q: How do you get YouTube to stop funneling ads to your vids? A: Make jokes next to a dead body

Duffy Moon

Re: I don't get it

">> How would you remember where you put the gun? Or that you even owned one?

Or, more importantly, who it was you planned to shoot."

One only has to watch The Sopranos to see how that turns out.

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