* Posts by JeffyPooh

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Making apps for touchscreen mobes? YAWN. Try a car instead

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Ford pre-approval works how?

"Ford also insists that it must approve any application that wants to integrate with one of its cars before the software is submitted to the respective mobile app stores."

How on Earth will this be enforced? Especially with Android. Smells like a meaningless statement.

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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I've bought one already...

I've bought one already, but it turned out to be only 888.1784197 TB due to the usual 1000/1024 marketing confusion.

"First, you'll need a fridge..."

Fail - I think (assuming that you intend to install the 1.0 PB array inside the fridge for cooling). A typical "fridge" would probably be overpowered by (on the order of) ~200 watts heat source inside; leaving only the fantastic insulation to melt your expensive array. You'd have much better cooling if you left the fridge door open.

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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

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"...unlikely to be something most non-techie users could pull off..."

"The hack is unlikely to be something most non-techie users could pull off as it requires knowledge of WinDbg."

FAIL. Once the inevitable tool is released, then the average non-techie user follows the instructions and goes "click-click". It's ignoring history (e.g. cracking smart cards, ripping DVDs) to think otherwise.

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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Hopefully they'll be sent to a prison with regular Movie Nights...

...and a string vocational/educational program including Audio-Visual training - especially Movie Projector Operator, Videography, and Video Editing skill sets.

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Canadian astronaut warns William Shatner of life on Earth

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"...damped by gravity..." ???

Damping implies some sort of friction or loss. The radiated acoustical energy from the string into the air is almost certainly the primary damping agent. Air pressure on the ISS is held to a normal, Earth-like value - no difference.

If gravity causes damping, it must be a strange tertiary effect. The physical mechanism from gravity to damping is not obvious.

Anyone know?

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

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Re: $100 per machine per year is a deal?

The proudly claimed "10%" off is noise - I don't understand why anyone would consider that to be anything other than a rounding error..

But putting in terms of $100/year is pretty reasonable.

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"...USB-stick..."

They allow USB sticks? OMG!! SECURITY!!! SECURITY!!! SECURITY!!!

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Tiny Brit island stranded after £10m undersea fibre plea sunk

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"...£2400 per person..."

Don't forget to multiply *your* cost by the number of persons in your house.

E.g. you, your wife and your 2.2 kids it quickly becomes £10,080.

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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Utterly useless graph...

Anyway, I *still* have several Tandy Colour Computers and all sorts of accessories. The collection must be worth a small fortune, ...or perhaps $10.

I also have a Sinclair ZX kicking around somewhere.

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Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

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3=1, etc.

Apple's map flap is shocking only to those that are deaf, dumb and blind. The quality of their code has been *obviously* suspect for years; map flap is just the latest example. They need to clean ranks in their coding department.

The MS Metro fiasco is far far far worse. It signals an inflection point for Microsoft. When *all* Win 8 products flop in the marketplace, it'll be obvious where they're headed.

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Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

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Prediction...

The screen will be lower resolution than expected. It'll also lack GPS.

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Instagram BOWS to pressure, revises T&Cs – a little

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"My photos are on my own site..."

QotW: "My photos are on my own site where I can control their use - and that's where they stay."

LOL. What's the URL? Is your own site on the Interweb?

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

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Re: How far away, far far far away

186,282.3960 (probably changed since I memorized it) and 365.2425.

PS: ((((No) need) for) brackets).

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

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Re: Best application is drenched over three slices of Canadian bacon

"At least here in the UK we are more civilised."

The UK includes deep-fried Mars bars. Just sayin'.

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

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Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity

Most likely the Manglement Team simply forgot to review the proposed Ts&Cs from the point of view of the users. They essentially decided to perform this key step in public, with predictable results. It's exactly what would be expected when there's a one-sided, one-party approach to the "agreement" (sic) combined with a failure to install an intelligent review process.

Legal Dept. .NE. User Relations Dept.

Not smart. Lack of common sense.

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AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

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Near IR is the 95% solution

Using 'The Art of War' for guidance*, play some *invisible to humans* / visible to cameras Near IR laser beams across the screen.

* use tactics such as:

Wait for the action climax of the film, then ruin it for the cameras

Or, using higher brightness fiddle with the cams' autoexposure time constant

Write anti-piracy messages on the screen

Saturate the market with inexpensive Near IR filters that don't quite work properly

By the way, such camcording is sometimes done *by staff*.

Myself? I just capture the new release 4K digital files sent by satellite to the digital theatres in Ireland and elsewhere (Kidding!!!! ...maybe...).

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Hard-up Brit bankers bag endless free Wi-Fi during cig breaks

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Airports in Developing Countries

It's nearly universal for every fast food joint facing the terminal waiting area to provide free wifi. Show Available Networks leads to an endless list.

YMMV.

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Ocean seeding a dead duck as carbon solution

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Spike aviation fuel with iron compounds

They fly over the oceans, etc. etc. etc.

By the way, anyone else notice the Iridium + ADS-B thingy that's coming? They plan to save many billions of dollars of aviation fuel over the first 12 years by simply knowing where the airplanes are mid-ocean. Yay!

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Ray Kurzweil to become Google's top engineer

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Is this the same guy that *just* had an argument with Paul Allen?

Kurzweil has a public argument with Paul Allen, and then a few days later he's hired by Google.

Hey Paul Allen! You're wrong. Wrong wrong wrong!!! ... .:waiting for job offer:.

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum FAILS latest radio noise rules SHOCK

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Re: It was a feature

The TRS-80 Model 3/4 had an available action game that included *actual music* (intentional!) that could be heard by placing an AM radio next to the computer. The booklet that came with the game included directions explaining this absolutely-intentional feature.

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Is this the sleek new BlackBerry mobe that will save RIM jobs?

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How many years until phone hardware becomes a commodity?

My point will perhaps become more obvious when people start porting cracked versions of phone OSes between hardware platforms. Boot up a Samsung with iOS, or maybe port BB10 into a generic hardware platform (as may have happened here - LOL).

"15 feet of car" (Clarkson on a particularly boring BWM 3-series) will become "4.3 inches of phone".

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John McAfee on a plane to America

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The most important question?

Where's that sweet-young-thing 'Sam' (a girl), his 20-year-old squeeze?

Enquiring minds want to know!!!

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Microsoft licence cops kick in TWICE as many customers' doors as rivals

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Re: database software.

No, he's got a valid point.

Something like 99.44% (<- made up, probably about a third) of all MS-Excel files used in business are just being used as tables or "data bases".

Companies hit with huge settlement demands for innocent behaviour should make a counter offer of the same figure as a discount (net zero); with the threat of a move to open source to slash the following year's fees.

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Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

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XM Satellite radio PSUs are actually musical

They don't simply whistle, they actually step through several audio frequencies in an endlessly repeating pattern. It's not an isolated case, I have several (from circa 2008-2009) and they *all* do it.

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Last moon landing was 40 years ago today

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"Ronald E. Evans was the unlucky astronaut left to orbit the moon in the [CM]."

He was unlucky to have died at age 56. But It's a horrible and nasty thing to state that the CM pilots were "unlucky" because they didn't walk on the Moon. They went to the fricken' Moon !!! How cool is that?

24 visited the Moon (three of them twice), but 12 walked upon it. All were damn lucky to have had the opportunity.

The astronauts that never left the ground might be fairly described as "unlucky"; but even that is a stretch because their job was still cooler than yours or mine.

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Apple's iOS 6 maps STILL muddle Mildura

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Two problems...

1) "Mildura" .NE. "Rural City of Mildura"

2) A point .NE. an extended area

Start with these two dumb errors, then anything is possible.

Note that the 2nd one is a common error with almost all mapping databases.

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Re: How many RPM

"The company is an arse-hole. Until now I put up with that because I liked their products and they worked for me. Being an arse hole with shit products though just doesn't make a compelling sales pitch."

Spot on.

I've noticed that their SW (in general) has become poor. It's almost as if their QA department doesn't actually use the iPhone. If they did, then they'd notice the many bugs that I see every day.

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Boffin: Android's on-board malware scanner utterly FAILS

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Re: Wrong assumptions?

Actually the first clue is a toss-away URL. A valuable URL (e.g. www.sex.com) isn't going to be wasted on cheap and cheerful malware. A valueless URL (e.g. www.sexychicz887766.cn) is far more likely to be disposable and thus might be a more risky choice.

This singular rule is probably about 60% of it.

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"Only the very worst malware pops its head up to say hello."

"Only the very worst malware pops its head up to say hello."

So perfectly hidden that we don't even know it's there... As opposed to commercial anti-malware "solutions" that will be so intrusive that they become a complete and utter nuisance?

Similar to the financial analysis. Pay your favourite "Security SW" $25 per year to avoid the one-in-10,000 chance that we might have to PAY MILLIONS? No, that we might have to phone Amex (*) to explain that the credit card data has apparently been stolen. Bad trade off - malware is cheaper overall.

(* Actually, I recently used my Amex to pay Western Union to send money to relatives halfway around the world. My home telephone rang within 30s. It was Amex checking before allowing the transaction.)

Your comment quoted above confirms that AV SW is worse even if the odds of malware was 100%. Given that the odds are well below 1%, it's a complete no brainer - installing AV SW would be daft.

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Re: Using a tablet to get away from AV software?

F.U.D.

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Compare and contrast

Virus - maybe stealthily hiding on your device, trying its best to evade detection, may occasionally try to run off with your credit card number (yeah, good luck with that...).

Anti-virus Software - being generally annoying, constantly demanding updates, constantly demanding scans, blocking access to the Internet, bug-infested junk software, and eventually demanding actual money.

The cure sounds much worse than the disease. One of the reasons we like tablets (as opposed to PCs) is to get away from Anti-virus software as much as getting away from the risk of virus.

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2020AD: Space tourists will be FOUND ON MOON

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"2020AD"

Yes. It's all perfectly true. Absolutely spot on.

By the way, there's just one small typo. You spelled "2043AD" incorrectly.

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Tim Cook: Apple to manufacture Macs in US in 2013

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(i)OS unification

Ever since the invention of the IF-THEN-ELSE statement (and given that storage is cheap), it's perfectly straightforward to follow the "Unified Driver Architecture" example and create one unified (i)OS that reacts to its run-time hardware environment. For example, once the OS has booted to a state of awareness of the hardware, it can pick and choose which modules to load. Modules common to all platforms provide significant advantages both in terms of compatibility and in terms of long term maintenance. Plus you have one team to house and feed. This type of UDA approach isn't new (Nvidia) and should be implemented for cross platform OS merging - unless formally proven to be not feasible (in such cases fire those involved in the white paper and do it anyway).

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Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films

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Does it have a Composite Video input?

Probably unwatchable.

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Re: Resolution

SLRs (35mm film) were killed when DSLRs hit just 6M pixels (2800x2100).

There may be other factors than just resolution, but resolution was probably most of it.

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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Re: Sync books still needs work

Sync (in general, not just books) is a content randomization button.

When you have (for example) a 32GB iPhone and 1,277GB of media in iTunes on the PC, then when you unleash the mindless Sync function - it's too stupid to notice that 1277 > 32 - so it randomly loads in some stuff and then stops with an error message. I've never seen it work properly.

To those that will claim I'm doing it wrong, I'm hovering the cursor over the Sync button and then clicking it. It's Apple, it's supposed to "just work". Yet another Apple SW Fail.

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Big Bang bashing boffins ‘Big Bounce’ back to BIRTH OF TIME

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Laws of Physics breaking down, etc.

The minimum size was exactly one Planck distance larger than the size where the ultimate Laws of Physics break down. It bounced off the limits of those laws.

Just like "Nature abhors a vacuum", She also almost-magically avoids discontinuities. In 13.77 billion years, Nature has 'divided by zero' exactly zero times. In years-per-discontinuity, that's a rate of...

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Japan Airlines to serve KFC on Christmas flights

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Christmas Day 1994 did not exist and nobody even noticed

Once upon a time (Cristmas Eve 1994), I was sitting on a JAL flight (Chicago to Narita). As I take an interest in such things, I was plotting our approximate location based on dead reckoning (the days before GPS maps were available on the Inflight Entertainment System). To a first approximation, we crossed the International Date Line shortly after 0000 local time. In other words, it was 24, 25, 26 December 1994 in fairly quick succession.

Christmas Day 1994 was only minutes in duration for us.

Based on the complete and utter non-reaction of the dozing crew and snoozing passengers, I don't think anyone else even noticed that it was Christmas Day, let alone that our 25 December 1994 lasted mere minutes in local time.

PS: Very cute Flight Attendants on JAL.

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New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

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CBC: "Greenland glacier melting 5 times faster than in 1990s"

"Groundbreaking study 'clearest evidence yet of polar ice sheet losses' and rising sea levels"

"...The study shows Greenland's ice sheets are melting at a rate five times faster than they were in 1990s. In contrast, Antarctica is more or less stable..."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/11/29/pol-ice-sheets-melting-greenland.html

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iPod daddy: Ousted iOS chief Scott Forstall 'got what he deserved'

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NEST Thermostat webpage - OMG!

The NEST webpage (saving-energy, auto-schedule) shows the temperature of a house plunging from 72F to 57F between 8am and 9am. A fifteen degree drop in an hour!!! OMG!!!

Hey - if you want to save energy, how about putting some insulation in those walls. Maybe close the front door during the depths of winter. Geesh...

The more energy efficient your house (well insulated, larger thermal mass, solar gain), the less you'll be able to run the temperature up and down to save money. Also, the concept of heating zones becomes less effective if your house is very well insulated - it *starts* to become one big zone.

It's still worth doing, but it's perhaps not the first hing to do.

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Global warming still stalled since 1998, WMO Doha figures show

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Re: Forever is a long time

"...the dinosauruseruses ...are all dead now."

Nope, not "all" of them.

Some of their descendents are outside right now, perched on telephone wires and pooping on your car.

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Re: The trouble with MIDI

"However there is a worrysome trend. There is not a single piece of equipment made in this decade still working which is older than 3 years. There is also not a single piece of equipment made in this century which is older than 13 years."

I see what you did there. It's funny. Thank you.

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Re: Don't forget the playing (on a PC) of MIDI files

Pota toes != toes

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Don't forget the playing (on a PC) of MIDI files

Zillions of wee little MIDI files floating around the 'net; repositories bursting at the seams with thousands each. The files are typically like 10 to 100KB sort of size, they download in a mere second. A typical PC will play them from MIDI file in to audio out (I can't recall the program, but it was dirt-common).

Some of the MIDI files are for simple and crude tunes, while others are fantastically complicated arrangements that sound like, well, music. Audio "quality" is unlimited (in a manner of speaking).

This tidbit is good for perhaps about an hour of audio entertainment if you're otherwise really, really bored on a dark and stormy night.

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Nowhere to hide for Google users as Play is given Plus treatment

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Re: WTF?

Wasn't me, except this time just for laughs. Cheers!

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Android users: More of them than fanbois, but they don't use the web

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The answer may be in the Data Plans

Here at work, there are more Android phones than iPhones. But the iPhone people tend to have mobile network plans (subscriptions) that include significant monthly data allowance, either 1GB or (in my case) 6GB per month. The Android people here at work are cheap and thrifty and almost universally have cheap-as-chips 'Pay-As-You-Go' type plans and have data allowances on the order of 10MB or 100MB per month.

So the next question is why Android people have smaller data plans than iPhone people. I think it's because thrifty people are repulsed by "expensive" iPhones (thus are forced to Android), and are shocked to their core by they-really-are-fricken-expensive generous GB-class data plans.

Homework: Plot the Android/iPhone ratio as a one-dimensional function from London to Edinburgh. Just sayin'.

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Re: Didn't I make 100 posts in a year?

Testing, hello testing 1 2 3...

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Didn't I make 100 posts in a year?

Too many AC I guess...

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Exec responsible for Apple iOS map fiasco walks the plank

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"Apple's aura of perfection..."

What? I've had an iPhone since Day 2 of the 3GS generation, now up to 4S, and I've noticed it-must-be hundreds of bugs in the Apple iOS and Apple's own apps. They NEVER gave me the impression of perfection. Even now I could easily fill out a half dozen bug reports... ...is there an on-line form?

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

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Big rail-gun to fling raw alumin(i)um slugs into LEO

Just fire aluminum/aluminium slugs into a more-or-less common orbit by means of a big rail gun powered by energy stored up during the off-peak hours. Result is vast quantities of a very useful metal in orbit at very low cost. It'll need a wee feisty shuttle craft to gather them up and keep them organized in a big net. Machining the raw metal into comfortable space ships is not included. That's a common next step for any metal-to-LEO approach.

Metal to orbit - problem solved.

PS: Don't forget to clear out the air traffic...

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