* Posts by Blotto

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: "saying less words"

@jake

Fewer

The issue isn’t the general quantity of words or words themselves, it’s that extra words of description are needed to begin to diagnose an issue.

For example

it doesn’t work

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The lamp doesn’t work

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The light in here is not working (assume several different types of lights in that location)

The second quote has 1 extra word more than the first and makes all the difference.

The third quote has 4 more words than the first and is just as meaningless as the first quote.

So just 1 more word was required to begin to make sense of the quote.

The problem is people saying less words than are needed, not fewer words in general.

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You can never under estimate how stupid some people can be.

My other half has this annoying habit of saying less words than she needs to describe a problem, for example it won’t work. Some context and a few more words and I can resolve most issues half asleep or while cooking, ironing or doing the dishes or my hair or my nails or other stereotypical manly tasks.

Women!!!

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Lloyds' Avios Reward credit cardholders report fraudulent activity

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we are doomed

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Is it an issue with Lloyds, BA or AMEX

Is it an issue with Lloyds, BA or AMEX

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So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

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What distance was the 5G test over?

I get much more than 14mbs on 4g on three, I think the mast is ~500 meters away and I get over 66mbs down and 20 mbs up in a room in my house where I get just 3/5 bars of G WiFi, n is too weak to get in this spot and I’m less than 3m from the router.

As a tech site, it’d be great to have a little table with key facts like technology, speed, distance etc. Would add credibility even if not specifically mentioned in the article.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Holmes

How much did they collect then in £’s and how much did they collect before in £’s

I’d like to see the actual numbers rather than sooner percentage that’s been manipulated to account for factors like inflation etc.

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BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard

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@martin,

Forget 5G,right now it's just not needed. Spend the money on pure fibre to the premises networks and getting mobile coverage sorted. The industry is forever racing ahead of itself creating solutions for problems we don't have and neglecting the ones we do.

so you want pure fibre everywhere so people can stick their own wireless kit on it?

i really don't understand why some people are so fixated with 1 access medium of a technology they don't understand, to then install a cheap as chips wireless router on it to achieve speeds slower than the access technology can provide.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Inflation

if everyone gets X amount, it'll cause costs of stuff (food, fuel, gas, electric, telecoms, transport, loans, mortgages etc) to increase as people will have more money to pay. As inflation rises suddenly the benefit of the UBI is diminished as its buying power will be hugely less.

The system will adjust to the point that UBI will be a huge waste and we will be forced to return the current system of means testing and benefits.

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@phuzz

i think that line is there to catch the eye of the Labour elite as they'd like as many youth as possible to not further their education so they can be looked after by the state for as long as possible.

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Instead of UBI

Everyone should be continually (Monthly) assessed for benefits so that in the event they are needed the work of assessment is already done and only the changes need be considered.

Those that need benefits should receive cash if they:

Have been in employment longer than they have been in receipt of benefits

Have paid income tax & NI for more than 20 years

Are not in arrears to utilities, landlords or anything that may cause them to lose their home.

Everyone else and those that have been on benefits for more than 5 years in the last 8 should:

only get access to credits held in a benefit account and only accessible while using a benefits card which only permits essential purchases and limited non essentials like booze or fags. Essentials like rent & utilities are to be paid directly to the service providers, the smaller their bills the more they can spend on non-essentials. They can only spend at places that are registered with HMRC. If they want cash then they need to work in order to earn cash from their employers.

Everyone will know where they are with respect to accessing state benefits. Tax payers will know that claimants won’t starve or lose their homes. Claimants will be incentivised to work in order to access cash that they can spend where and on whatever they want.

It’ll be like a UBI except those that don’t need it won’t get it and those that do will only receive it to be spent on essentials.

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Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal

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Re: Re downvote

It's a very simple case of what do you do about people accessing public services (in this case healthcare) when they are not entitled to it?

how do you define entitlement and why is it ok for other tourists to be entitled to use other services like police, military forces, fire service, local and national government, subsidised public transport, national regulators, education system and other services our taxes pay for that we don't even think about that all goes to defining our society (for better or worse). Its not always apparent how tax funded public services are used by tourists but for example pretty much every uk tax payer has interacted with the state education system at some point, tourists can't get here without interacting with someone along their journey who's doing their role because of the state education system.

Should we tax people at the border a fee to cover their contributions?

What about those who have or will receive more in benefits than they have or will contribute via taxes, are they just as entitled as those that pay taxes on earnings or profit or taxes on spending money by illegal emigrants earning illegally but not claiming benefits?

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This is very bad

There’s lots of things our tax’s pay for whether we individually agree with them or not.

The whole point if the NHS is to treat patients for free at the time of need. The nhs should be focused on treating the patients in need full stop. Perhaps we should be helping the home nations of the health tourists to have a better health system to stop people traveling here in the first place.

I’d rather they sort out their procurement issues and stop paying over the odds for stuff like £16 for gloves that can be bought for 35p or stupid PFI contracts charging huge sums for basics instead of being an extension of the border control or immigration service.

Our data should not be used in this way.

There will be lots of false positives and also intentional spotty data recording in areas of high immigration.

The government should find another way of dealing with this. Perhaps scrap the f35 program or trident, or introduce proper incentives for all departments to stop wasting our tax contributions.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: Program says "Stop" situation says "move".

@Haefen

New drivers, poor experienced drivers, drive as though slowing or stopping will slow and stop everything around them, software has do better than that.

I always try and read the situation several cars ahead, i've been in numerous scenarios where i've stopped appropriately early to give the several cars ahead room to reverse to permit oncoming traffic through where had i pulled up to the car ahead we'd be all trying to slowly reverse or people would get abusive and it and would take ages.

A computer can't comprehend other peoples intentions or actions and will just sit there and play dumb. As people we can have the extra smarts to read the situation and come up with a plan that even if it breaks the rules of the road, in that specific instance it may just be the correct thing to do, i.e reversing out the way of an oncoming lorry, beep your horn so the lorry driver knew to stop, get out the car and assist a reversing driver etc.

There is a place for autonomous vehicles, but having a machine rigidly working to a set of amongst humans that know where and when the should not always be interpreted literally and strictly will create chaos. Iti'll be narrow streets where the autonomous vehicle has the right of way but could give way to oncoming traffic but doesn't that'll be the most obvious shortcoming. Prob not so much of an issue in the US but will be more problematic in the UK and rest of Europe.

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Re: re: Will self driving busses come in threes?

@Lee D

the same way they've analysed the "traffic joining a motorway causes traffic waves on the motorway" phenomenon. Rather than analyse it and pretend that it's inevitable, fix it. In that case, you fix it by having longer sliproads for traffic to join from and ENFORCING lane management (i.e. fine middle-lane hoggers). Because the problem is caused by people hogging the middle lane, who then stop the left-lane people making room for the joining-people, which slows down the main route for the sake of a handful of cars joining at one of dozens of intersections.

the problem isn't just middle lane hoggers but also slow lane hoggers who don't want to give way to or move to the next lane for joining traffic.

A lot of new motorway updates have now turned the emergency lane into a giant slip road, enabling joining traffic to effectively have their own lane till the next junction.

enables joining traffic to enter without stopping and ensures a good flow for existing traffic, while providing an extended distance for joining traffic to get to speed and the faster ones to move into faster lanes sooner.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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FAIL

Happy tree friends

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

this is all just like Happy Tree Friends but instead of being aimed at adults its being distributed on a kids entertainment platform.

Google really must do better.

Non of us want a restricted web, but a platform that is meant to be restricted to content suitable to young eyes is willingly distributing disturbing content designed for adults.

Google or someone needs to come up with an alternative where kids can be safe online.

I know its a slippery slope, but maybe something like AOL or compuserve where things are curated for free or a small fee.

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China-owned Opera touts big comeback

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Re: State enterprise

@Missing Semicolon

In other words, it's an arm of the state. One belt, One Road is a vehicle for Chinese expansionism.

what is there a problem with that? the US have been doing the same for decades but now we have a choice to go with the Chinese.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: The reports so far with some editorial....

@ac

“Breakdown in society”

That makes it sound like it’s something new and not something that’s been happening for decades if not at least a century.

American society is broken.

How long before it becomes more like that of Canada or Europe?

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Re: Not an insider? IMHO not a credible statement

@Adam 52

no one noticed i assumed at the time, but if they went looking in retrospect would they see it?

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@Loyal Commenter

I guess they are saying they have no evidence of all the data being bulk accessed internally and have no evidence of it leaving their infrastructure, yet 3rd parties have their bulk data so the only logical conclusion is that they must have been hacked in such a sophisticated manor that the forensic investigators they hired can not determine how.

Probably a government with sophisticated abilities obtained the data and was either hacked themselves or has now leaked it to do some damage to someone.

That or their forensic investigators are too crap to work out what happened.

I suspect that in retrospect that much data leaving the organisation would be detectable & as they can't that is why they are claiming they have been victim to a sophisticated hack.

If they can be believed it will be interesting to read what their security measures are & should be a warning to all other international institutions that hold data that should remain private.

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Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

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Re: Pharmacist

@Pen-y-gors

I really don't understand the opposition some people have to progress.

How do you feel about people using technology like the phone to make an appointment as opposed to turning up and waiting in line?

Some people will need to be in the same room as the Dr, for others a chat over the phone or video appointment is sufficient.

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Re: Can't come soon enough

@AC

I've used Babylon successfully a couple of times.

i had a succession of ear infections, saw a real doctor who's advice made it worse, saw a Babylon doctor at home on a Saturday afternoon at a time of my choosing, got a prescription of antibiotics sent to the local pharmacy and collected later. I only get 7 days worth & the infection came back, saw a different real doctor, again no help and made it worse still, got home, contacted Babylon, got another course, which i stretched out whilst I resolved the reason why I was getting infections.

SWAMBO has a different Dr's surgery, she goes in complaining of something or other & doesn't tolerate anti biotics well, gets 2 weeks of double strength 3 times a day of the antibiotics i got which did nothing for her.

i mention this to highlight the inconsistency of different doctors practices. & yes i should probably change my Dr's to hers.

My doctors a 10 min drive from my home, takes ~ 15 mins to park if there is a spot in the multi story car park that they have divided and closed of half for no good reason plus 5 mins getting a ticket then always ~ 1 hour waiting in reception, so round trip to see the Dr's is about 2 hours. Online video appointment is much quicker as i get to wait at home or the privacy of my car if at work and i've been getting much better treatment.

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Re: Rumor has it

@DougS

i reckon the AMD mobile chip with Readeon graphics will out perform the intel equivalent at a cheaper price, providing a viable alternative for the last Apple x86 machines before they go ARM with their own Silicon.

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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

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Re: Non-Redundant Redundancy

@Etatdame

you need to pay for diversity and then have your ISP prove the link is actually diverse, separate PoP's / Exchanges, separate non over lapping routes to your building, separate routes into your building preferably opposite ends etc.

it gets interesting when you want 2 different ISP's to supply diverse routes to each other, as their planners both want to go the easy route.

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Re: RE: Level 3 is one of the trunk roads...

@j Cook,

"I know that one of the companies that Level 3 borged some years ago boasted having it's own transit traffic infrastructure from Tokyo to London. I used to work for said company nearly twenty years ago, and we had a few 'whoopsie' moments like that. as an example:"

would that company be Global Crossing?

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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@iron

I find change not disappearing (dropped out of pocket on bus, in car, office, sofa etc) is a useful way to save some cash too, which is why most of my spending is on a card.

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Qualcomm sues Apple for allegedly blabbing smartphone chip secrets in emails CC'd to Intel

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Re: re:"What an utter load of bullshit."

Forced to capitulate or buy them?

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Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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AnD that’s the level of competence of the people they employ to work on top secret information. No wonder the public have such little faith in the government looking into ever more of our data.

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IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer

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its still called sametime

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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@Rob Moir

its not like the X is a lot more than the 8.

your paying £949 for the equivalent iphone 8 to the x's screen size and no point not going 256GB drive. You save a not insubstantial £200 but your spending £949 anyway so you must be able to justify that extra £200 if you can justify £949.

if you're buying the basic iPhone 8 @ £699 & 64GB drive its not the same beast, as the X and not worth comparing. Its like buying a BMW 1 series and complaining about the cost of the M3 and that you couldn't possibly justify it.

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Punctual as ever, Equifax starts snail-mailing affected Brits about mega-breach

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Re: Moved house?

well they think my last address was a place i lived at 20 years ago, and not the house i moved out from 4 years ago.

I'm not surprised they are having issues matching peoples details with current addresses

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Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

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Re: Countdown?

@pen-y-gors

yes start counting

2,000,000 hours is 228.3105023 years.

lets start that countdown!!

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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect

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I bet Trump......

Is looking on enviously at these developments and wondering how quickly he can get his lackey to do similar in the US. If it’s good enough for Vlad it’s good enough for Trump.

I reckon too that the UK home sec wants the same but is not tough enough (thankfully) to see it through.

Why is it our UK system works out better than that if the leaders of the free world?

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Is the FCC purposefully screwing up US school broadband projects?

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WTF?

What a tool

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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Re: And why should that surprise us?

@big D

Most modern Mac apps will restart where they left off, yes even mid sentence even after a hard power pull restart.

Boots up, login and reopens the app right where you left it before the forced restart.

Even does it with a normal restart.

I wish Windows did that. It’s a pain having to restart due to frequent os updates. It’s a pain having to save my work, close office apps, close those temp notepads reboot and then try and reopen all th3 apps and docs I had open before.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

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Re: Eh?

@AC

basically they don't want to publish in case they start a price war (now days can mean either lowering or raising the price)?

They are the only tram operator, they are competing against buses.

TfGM owns the Metrolink network, controls the price of tickets, and plans future developments.​

http://www.tfgm.com/Corporate/Media_Centre/Pages/facts_figures.aspx

The price rises have already been agreed by TfGM

http://www.tfgm.com/Corporate/media_centre/Pages/News.aspx?articleId=1277

There are a number of bus operators that already compete amongst themselves, keeping prices low & the price is not regulated by TfGM. It really doesn't matter if they've published their 2018 prices or not as "TfGM has no say in the times, routes and fares of these services."

http://www.tfgm.com/Corporate/Media_Centre/Pages/facts_figures.aspx

maybe have a read of what's going on in Southend to gain some perspective.

http://southendnewsnetwork.com/news/volvo-4x4-driver-manages-to-straddle-all-four-lanes-of-the-m25/

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Re: Eh?

@mat smith

The article explains thus

“The transport regulator was responding to a Freedom of Information request for next year's tram ticket prices, which are due to come into force in January 2018.”

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Re: This sounds fair...

@techben

All of them being the other providers that do already publish their fares online already?

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MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

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Glad the search is continuing

I do hope Boeing and other interested parties contribute to the costs if the plane is found.

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

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@Doctor Syntax

it identifies an IP, an ISP, an IMEI, a sim, a subscriber, a location etc, that location can then be sued to scour cctv, the lcoation history can be checked to see where you've been and who with etc.

It makes the detective job much easier to join the dots, or link dots that should not be linked depending on your leaning.

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WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug

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Re: Clarity, please?

@milton

I suspect they used the keywords “same base station” to indicate that ssid is irrelevant and that if you have more than 1 basestation, the attacker must be connected to the same 1 as the victim.

If you have guest WiFi on the same basestation as your private WiFi then it looks like you could be susceptible. It’s to do with part of the wpa setup being reissued to multiple connections, i suspect guest WiFi would reuse the same as private.

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Application Security trumps network security

You need to secure the information as close to the generating source as possible. If you encrypt from the application to the remote server then bad actors in the path between can’t read the content, even malware on the same machine won’t compimise the data. A VPN on the client is not quite as good as malware on the client could intercept unencrypted data from both ends. A VPN or in this case encrypted between client and network exposes unencrypted data on a local network that could be intercepted and content changed without the client ever knowing by a rogue device on that lan.

A site to site vpn won’t prevent a rogue or remotely controlled device from intercepting unencrypted local traffic, but if the applications sending the traffic where using encryption the data would be safe and it’s integrity intact regardless.

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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THE IT-TEAM!!!

"In 2017, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a hack they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them....maybe you can hire The IT-Team."

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Alan should have installed the proper user code, replace user 0.7 with 1.1.

Would have saved him at least 2 trips.

I do hope that users colleagues where in ear shot of all of that.

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Re: Numbers

@a non

The price is more than 4% more so even like fo4 like sales will be huge increase in revenues / profit.

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Re: Numbers

@ledswinger

How long do you estimate before that price sensitive bubble bursts?

It looks to me that people are purchasing not on price but by features. You can get most of the stuff (sometimes more depending on your leaning) on a cheap android but people are shunning those and spending multiples more on stuff they want.

I guess it’s like buying a Dacia vs a mini or bmw something, bmw probably sell vastly more of everything than Dacia at much more cost to the customer, yet they are still around and both manufacturers sell cars with 4 wheels, brakes, electric windows, abs, traction control etc.

My next car may be a Skoda purely because I like the way they have reinvented themselves and love the styling etc and I’m sure I can pick enough options to make it what I want, the rest of my family wouldn’t be seen dead in one purely because of their previous image.

Some people are more accepting of change than others.

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@successcase

Apples problems are rumoured to be due to the yields of the Juliet sensor for the 3D face scan tech,

Not enough sensors to finish enough phones to satisfy demand.

I think you are right though that this will be a 1 model issue. This is the tenth anniversary handset so they have pushed the boat out even further to celebrate their ingenuity.

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So sales will still rise

Just by not as much as a previous model.

Ask any company if they would be upset with a sales rise of 20% or even 5% year on year!!!

Ask any individual if theyd be upset with a 20% salary increase year on year

Classic tale of how to twist a positive into a negative.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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Re: solution seems easy enough

the better solution would be to encrypt the private info as its added to the exif. anyone wanting it could send you the encrypted data, you feed it into your device/photo management app and it can then send them the photo with the correct unencrypted exif data.

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Re: You are shitting me?

my Samsung happy snapper from 2010 does gps tagging of photos. I purchased it specifically for that capability.

i/Photos on the mac will/can strip those gps tags out when exporting to third party apps etc. I think it asks you, certainly the first time, and is something i would do if i uploaded to third parties.

Not sure about how the iPhone deals with sending messages via emails or imessages though, will need to check, but its not mass uploading to the public internet.

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