* Posts by Len Goddard

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Thousand-dollar iPhone X's Face ID wrecked by '$150 3D-printed mask'

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Re: haters gonna hate

This argument would almost make sense if they had implemented facial recognition as well as fingerprint scan. Almost.

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Re: Why oh why

Because they want to unlock it from the front and they can't make the fingerprint scanner work through the screen glass.

Really a fingerprint scanner on the back is no problem provided you put it in the right place. I just bought a Pixel 2 and the scanner falls under my index finger when I pick it up. Registered both index fingers so I can use either hand.

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History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

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It's just another religion.

Fights between tribal groups of techs, be it linux v. Windows v. MacOS, linux desktops, best way to indent C code or whatever, are often described as religious wars. You can see exactly the same schisms in major religions as you see in tech-babble arguments.

Irrational tribalism seems to be written into our genes, either by evolution or the Intelligent Creator(s).

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Official info?

I can abate my panic slightly, for now, as this is the link not the hub. However, there is nothing I could see on the UK site about this. The harmony elite + hub (which I own) are still on sale although marked "out of stock" which doesn't give me a warm feeling.

Time, I think, to put all my old Logitech gear (squeezebox/radio/controllers/remote) in a box and head for the dump. Shame, most of it was pretty good while it worked.

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Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

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Done before?

I could swear that someone tried this sort of cosmic ray tomography years ago without succes, but googling for it is more or less impossible because all you get is results from the latest effort.

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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In the words of a well known sportsman

You have got to be kidding!

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Forget One Windows, Microsoft says it's time to modernize your apps

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Store?

Somewhere along the line I have managed to delete that, or at least all access to it. Can't say I've missed it.

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

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Re: Controlling landers?

The real problem is that you would lose sight of the lander for better than half of each 8 hour orbit no matter where on the surface it was located.

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Controlling landers?

From a base on a rock in an 8 hour orbit so close in that you can't even see above about 70 latitude? Hardly

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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More gaming friendly?

About the only game I play online won't display graphics at all until you disable the "gaming bar". Mind, it is not a M$ Xbox-ported-to-PC effort so they probably don't care.

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Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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International Observe the Moon Night

Is that International as in all over the USA and bits of Canada?

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Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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Problems with the game bar

A number of my friends have had to disable the "game bar" feature as it prevented video being displayed if you were using DX11 (DX9 worked ok).

Personally I wouldn't know, as my system is set up to delay functional upgrades for 6 months while other people beta test them for me. As I don't use one drive and have a real linux system (on an intel NUC) for doing most of my computing tasks there appears to be little in this upgrade I would want anyway.

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NHS: Remember those patient records we didn't deliver? Well, we found another 162,000

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Support your NHS

My personal experiences with the NHS have been uniformally excellent and the staff friendly, helpful and competent (also underpaid, overworked and harrassed but that is a different discussion).

So, I am a massive supporter of the NHS. But sometimes they do make that difficult - oddly, frequently when forced into ill-thought-out "money-saving" ventures with for-profit companies with little or no understanding of the NHS core business.

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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Health and Safety, access, etc

This will last until the first clumsy clutz slips on the rope ladder and breaks an ankle.

Or until someone in a wheelchair is invited.

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Good enough?

"It's not good sound quality – playing music can be a little grating compared to the larger Home, or Amazon's Echo, or, you know, an actual sound system. But it is good enough."

No, it isn't. Unfortunately this sort of thing is why so much music playback today sounds like three blind mice chewing pianowire in the bottom of a bucket. The problem is that people get conditioned to listening to nasty tinny sounds and this becomes the norm and everything sounds like on-hold music on a faulty telephone.

Sorry, thats my rant for the day. I won't do it again

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Grant Shapps of coup shame fame stands by 'broadbad' research

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A lovely description

Possibly the most quietly damning description I have come across for some time:

"Although the whole experience does feel a bit like being speed-briefed by a management consultant."

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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3D

>> it will allow 4K and 3D shows

Is 3D really still regarded as a selling point? I don't personally know anyone who wants it and most of my friends & acquaintances are TV/film/AV buffs.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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In the interest of avoiding another world war ...

the limit should be reduced to 70 chars.

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Chairman Zuck ends would-be president Zuck's political career

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So goodbye to the prospect of president Zuck,

Well, thats a relief

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Hitachi Data Systems is no more! Arise the new 'Hitachi Vantara'

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Failed

If you have to explain what a logo or name is supposed to convey then you have completely failed. If it is not pretty obvious from the outset it is meaningless/useless/a waste of money.

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Atlassian kills God, rebrands as a mountain, a structurally unsound 'A' or a high five

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Money

Looks like a thumb rubbing a forefinger in the old sign for "give me the money"

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Apple has redrawn the poo emoji

I would be more impressed if they had an olfactory emitter which produced the appropriate odour.

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.

Damnit - that's why it wouldn't stop bugging me. I want to defer feature updates for a few months to let other people find all the problems for me.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Alternatives

I've come across this marvelous alternative to online credit. It involves small paper tokens. You can exchange some of the tokens (called cash) for a secure storage facility called a mattress - a one-time expense, no recurring charges.

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Re: Being forced to use Bing can easily scare any propesctive buyers

"To be fair to MS"

why would you want to do that??

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Personally

I don't know how good the survey was (71 seems ... low) but I do know I hate flat interfaces.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Benefits

With the UK slated to leave the EU by 2020, it is unlikely that any financial penalties will result if the target is missed.

Best argument for brexit I've seen so far.

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Hubble Space Telescope spies possibility of liquid water in TRAPPIST-1

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Re: Just time for another bath then...

Have an upthumb for the H2G2 reference.

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Progress

I have books on the shelves behind me dating back to my childhood which categorically state that we will never be able to detect planets around other stars.

At the current rate of progress I confidently expect to see film of little green men and women cavorting in their back yards before my demise.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Re: IBM was hardware, Microsoft not so much

As the article pointed out, IBM maintained support for OS/2 well past the time when that was in any way a profitable option in order to support users. Lotus was acquired to fulfil a promise and many other software products were maintained for many years to support customers. I believe it also kept a production line open for many years providing ferrite core memory and other horribly obsolete components for the space shuttle before NASA finally dumped the original tech in favour of thinkpads.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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A new creators update?

Maybe that is why my system is screaming at me to apply the 1703 update.

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Linux

And no linux support? Not that it matters, I'd rather have a proper NAS. No, wait, I already have a proper NAS ... made by Synology. And it supports linux.

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

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Is IE still a thing?

Does anyone actually use it?

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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Re: Who

You are assuming all cars are autonomous and they have faultless programming. As soon as you have non-autonomous vehicles in the mix the problem of avoiding crashes magnifies enormously. As for flawless programming, well you are in an inevitable crash situation when your AI realises too late that the patch of blue sky aheah is actually the side of a light-blue truck.

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Re: Who

An early experience when I first went to work in the US was to park in front of a big store then, after persuing their produce, cross the road to look in a store on the other side. I was pulled up by a policeman who considered this suspicious behaviour. Apparently "normal" people get back in their car and drive to the parking lot of the store on the other side of the road.

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Who

OK, if a crash is inevitable the car cannot discriminate on race/gender/age etc. But does it prioritize its passengers?

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: Something worth remembering

Half mile? On one hill walk I could see someone drinking from a stream while a sheep pissed in it about 30 yards upstream.

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Yeah, right

I have an HTC phone which has not been upgraded since 5.something. The news that HTC will be shipping or upgrading devices indicates to me that they will expect me to spend £600 to replace a perfectly good phone with something marginally better(?)/different.

Ain't gonna happen

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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

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Re: Transparency = Honesty

Almost all big companies cheat lie and steal. Lack of transparency just makes it easier

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10 minutes of silence storms iTunes charts thanks to awful Apple UI

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Simple tech is good

I connect my player to the car radio with a wire. No autoplay to worry about.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Updates

I'm stull using my old HTC One. The only thing I miss is android updates. One of these days I might get around to jailbreaking it, but probably not.

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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Trash icon

I honestly don't think I have ever used this thing on linux or windoze (not an apple user). Dragging files/icons/whatever there is more effort than hitting del after you have selected them. TBH I'm not even sure if the trash can is enabled 'cause I've never used it to restore anything either.

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At last! Vivaldi lets you kill looping GIFs

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Re: I tried Vivaldi once...

uBlock origin works fine.

If you don't like something in an early release it is worth checking back before you slag the product off.

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The Next Big Thing in Wi-Fi? Multiple access points in every home

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nope

going through all this makes me more determined than ever to stick to nice ease-to-understand wire

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

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If thats a duck

I'd hate to see a goose.

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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

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Consultation?

I worked for IBM when this happened. From memory it went something like this:

Here is what we are going to do. We will consult for one month then do it.

Good faith? Only a lawyer could think that.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: Another microwave story

I worked for IBM in Feltham for a while. The Heathrow high-intensity landing radar used to crash the small on-site mainframe until it was moved into a shielded room.

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Capita's smart meter monopoly is owed £42m by industry

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Unsurprised

British Gas were unsurprisingly unsurprised when I rang them and told them to put their smart meter where the sun never shines. "Yes sir, I'll make a note on your account not to bother you with this again". Seems it happens so often they have a procedure for dealing with it.

Great British public appears to have more sense than I gave it credit for.

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Facebook pulls plug on language-inventing chatbots? THE TRUTH

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Re: "They are no more sentient than a bowl of noodles"

As a firm believer in the Flying Spaghetti Monster I take exception to this blasphemous assertion

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: Standardisation is always welcome

Come off it. Unix had been using / as a directory path delimiter for years before DOS discovered subdirectories. Personally I can't recall any situation I've ever been in where it causes problems or ambiguities with written English or maths.

Backslash was used to maintain compatibility with the 1.x option delimiter. It has caused grief in things like scripts and makefiles ever since due to doubling up as an escape character. It is just about bearable if you work in an entirely windows environment but if you have, for example, a central unix-based build machine you can end up with nightmarish \\\\\\ sequences because you have to escape the backslash enough times that the next stage will still have escaped backslashes.

Also, from an ergonomic point of view putting the separator on a shifted key is irritating in an otherwise case-agnostic filesystem. I believe in some keyboards it actually is on an AltGr key, which is even worse.

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