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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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"Apple's genius with the iPhone X may be in launching a device that, as it did with apps before"

There was nothing genius about iPhone apps. Palm and Microsoft had been doing it for years before. Apple just made it more mainstream because they have a very good marketing dept.

As for the VR platform. One could say the exact same things for Samsung and Google with their VR platforms. Huge user base, been out for a few years now and still no compelling reason to have it other than curiosity.

Like Sammy and Google, Apple is just searching for relevance in an overcrowded market.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Flawed

So Amazon assumes it is just delivery drivers would re-enter? What about someone who waits at a local delivery center, looks for the big package, follows the driver to their destination, waits for them to exit, and then starts the camera jamming process?

Nice try, Amazon, but your spin is weak.

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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Wow

Wow, Reg. Way to regurgitate their entire synopsis for your article.

https://track-adventure.squarespace.com/our-adventure/

Still, very fun idea and execution.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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So... the people who lost jobs to robots, who pays for their new training? What about up and coming people? Who pays for their education to get some other type of work?

And don't forget, it isn't just middle class workers who get the shaft here. Every self checkout station in any store is a job lost.

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: $50K?

No kidding. Guy is a fucking millionaire and he's asking for money? What a tool.

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Picture this if you will: Facebook trousers $77,794. Every. Minute.

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"We built these tools to help people connect and to bring us closer together, and they used them to try to undermine our values. What they did is wrong, and we are not going to stand for it."

Meanwhile, here are our corporate account details. you can make your daily deposits here.

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Re: The science, the hype ...: let's digest the digest

@Cuddles

Thank you for writing this so I didn't have to. So many people thing solar is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but its inefficiency has always been its weakest link.

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What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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Cut Executive Pay?

I don't see any mention of reducing exorbitant pay of executives to help the bottom line. Funny that.

Still love my HP laserjets though.

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

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Re: Why is it...

@Mark65

Everyone's sorry when they get caught.

No. They are sorry they GOT caught. Not sorry for their actions. It's pathetic.

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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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Black Helicopters

So, just like the NSA

Do things you aren't supposed to do, knowing you shouldn't, but not giving a damn anyway. Keep doing it until you get caught, and then explain your way out of if, while lying about how you are going to fix it and not do it again. Then do it again. Fuckers.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Priceless

Best ending in a long while. Love it!

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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@ROLLERBALL

Also the original Deathrace 2000

Back to the Future II 1989 2015 Hoverboard

Seriously? An electric skateboard with the wheels turned sideways does not HOVER! unless you consider that split second before you hit the deck after you loose your balance as hovering? But, really, that seems more like falling with the very slim chance of missing the ground entirely.

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Re: V for Vendetta, 1984 etc.

@Brazil

Or 13 Monkeys

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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Re: Expensive importing goods to the area.....

@Pedigree-Pete

Considering the nature of the line, I'd guess they are running back dead-head (empty).

For those who don't know, multi engine trains are no new thing. Go watch vids of Tahachapi Pass or Cajon pass on the West coast for some good examples. Or older footage of the SP lines in Oregon.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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So we mandate that the users must have some form of encryption on their devices. For Macs this is pretty easy (just turn it on); it's harder on Windows but still doable.

Harder on Windows? Only if you are a biased, clueless MAC user. Enable bitlocker. Done. The decryption keys are stored in AD. End of problem.

As for keeping data on the phone secure, that's easy too. Require encryption on your mail app. Require RBA on documents. Use Office365. Done.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Outrage!

As in, where is it?

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Am I Insane or...

I see a lot of folks sticking up for the two that got sacked. Excuse me, but they knew about it, failed in their implementation and then what? Did nothing? These two are not off the hook. Expect to see them in congressional hearings at the very least.

As for Equifax, sure they are doing what they can to assuage consumers fears, but not enough. Their check your SSN site is still a joke. A user should be able to just put the last 4 of the SSN in, along with a last name and get results. WITHOUT signing up for anything.

I expect a class action lawsuit will be forthcoming. It will present damages so high that Equifax will be no more. What monies they have after the pay out will go to government fines and an escrow account used to pay for identity protection for the entirety of the US for the next 80 years. They are finished as a company. Anyone besides damage control folks would be wise to start looking elsewhere for work.

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Re: What you knew yesterday (or when you graduated) about cyber security is already outdated

@have a sip on me.

You cheap bastard! It's a virtual beer! At least give him the whole pint!

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: Personal experience

Maybe they stopped working because you weren't talking nice to them?

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Re: LMFAO

@AlexGrayhead.

You're welcome.

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Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual

@llsa Loving

OK. Samson RTE 2 - Bluetooth. $47. 40mm driver, rechargeable, blah blah.

Argue all you want, but $200 is still a hilarious price for crap headphones. These ones don't have a cool B on them, but I bet you could fix that with a sharpie and impress all your friends as you jog along prettily with your $1,000 iPhone on the arm holder, you know, so everyone can see what you bought.

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LMFAO

Sorry, but anyone who punts $200 for consumer grade headphones is an idiot. Go to Amazon, search for reference headphones and buy a $50 set of Samson's. They sound incredible and are NEUTRAL! beats are nothing more than over-hyped bass biased headphones with very clever marketing.

And good luck in the lawsuit. This is Apple after all. Even if they loose, they'll never pay out.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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@ITNoob.

Wow. Lot of fur flying in that thread! Thought I was on Gizmodo for a minute

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Starting at $1000

TL:DR all the posts, but I haven't seen anyone mention this. The X starts at 1k. This will likely buy you the 32 or 64GB version. To get more storage, it will be $1,200 or more. Just wait.

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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Re: "it can land vertically in practice, much like the F-35 fighter jet"

@inmypjs

Sure, but that helicopter has 5 wings with fans on it. You can see because they are slowly rotating around the axis to provide even lift.

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: Pressure suits?

@DuncanLarge

What the hell are you going on about?

You would only be accelerated if there was a breach behind the direction of travel.

Heat from braking? Conventional brakes would only work if the train was on rails... Remember, this is a maglev. It will be hovering and all braking and acceleration will be provided by magnetism. Any heat generated by these systems should easily be shunted outside of the tube.

I'm no engineer, but these things didn't take much time to consider...

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Illegal Transport?

That has to be mis-information. There are no laws against moving a firearm from state to state. There may be restrictions based upon the type and state law such as magazine capacity, or bullet buttons, etc, but that would just about be it. Typically pistols don't fall under this category except large capacity automatics.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Celebrate Diversity!

Just don't say someone is different.

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

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Re: The world never stops to amaze me...

The company I work for never makes a profit. It is by design. Has Amazon EVER made a profit?

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

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Paris Hilton

Re: Do you have any idea how GPS works?

@Lee D and Sir Wired 1

And that, folks, is the state of today's The Register. The ole gray mare just aint what she used to be.

Even Paris misses the old days.

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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Re: Seriously?

Trevor, we don't all live in a dream world.

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WTF?

Seriously?

DevOps made developers into sysadmins

Don't even dare to put developers into the sysadmin bucket. Some have a clue as to what it takes to install, configure, and maintain infrastructure. Most do not. So please, don't cheapen our work any more by saying that.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

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Re: Time Warner is Not a "Telco"

@Daniel M

Which is why the FCC isn't involved.

Didn't AT&T try this years ago and got told no way by the FCC?

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Netflix Worth It?

We don't pay much a month for the service. Around $20 for streaming and DVD rental. But the content isn't that great either. Streaming is OK if you are into documentarys. Their original shows are not to my liking, so there is no value there. Disc rental has a so so library. We keep our subscription because it is cheap and offers some entertainment. If the prices ever go up dramatically, I'll likely just cancel. Plenty of content to stream on Amazon Prime after all..

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Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

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Netflix

Kudos to Netflix. They had a nice banner on the home page encouraging subscribers to write the FCC and tell them to knock it off. So I did. Looks like the big players were getting ready to do so as well, but I beat them to it, so there. :)

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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

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Re: Same thing...

I may be dating myself here, but this was the same sort of thing with VCRs back in the 90s.

Everything was advertised as HQ. "4 head vcr with HQ" was the hype. Labels on all the boxes, panels, everywhere. What was this amazing HQ they spoke of? High Quality. Fucking genius.

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Dick?

"We will never be reimbursed for the cost to our lives and the lost time to our companies for having done this favor to the world," he said. "As a society, we need to understand what the costs of this work are."

I'm sorry, but if you don't enjoy doing this sort of thing, that is your own fault. No one is asking you to do it (but we are glad you did). Find something else to do with your time and get paid for it, or quit bitching about not getting compensated for what you do in your spare time.

I spent 5 years restoring a vintage boat. It cost me a lot of money and time. In the end, I have a beautiful boat that I enjoy motoring about with the family in. When I got done with it, I didn't bother crying to the classic boat community about how I'll never get reimbursed for my time on the project. Or how the world needs to be informed about the cost of restoring old shit. I did it because I enjoyed the work and the reward.

Perhaps a lesson in humility is in order here...

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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It is feared that Russia will try and obtain sensitive acoustic data from the carrier by sneaking a submarine into the trials area. That acoustic data can be used to precisely locate the “Big Lizzy” while she is at sea and ultimately be used to launch torpedoes at her.

Meh. Satellites would do just as good a job against surface ships.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

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I'd like to know who the load balancer vendor is. Any equipment that just says fuck off because it is out of license is something that I'll never buy. No support because that expired, well, that's just a gamble that something won't go sideways, but it should still work regardless...

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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Silver Spitfire

Added to Amazon cart. LOL, .98c. It will cost more to deliver it than to buy it! Prime is your friend. :)

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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Fired At Will

Are we the only country that expects people to actually do the job they are hired for or else? I know the Frenchies have some ridiculous entitlements (still baffled by the riots several years ago when people were upset about having to work more than 30 hours a week or whatever). Is this common in the euro zone or?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Can't Wait

We'll be watching in Madras, OR. Supposedly the best location weather wise in the nation to watch. We had already planned to take time there this summer so this was a bonus. Getting lodging was a huge obstacle. However, we lucked into a rental to the south, about an hour away.

There will be an estimated 70k people converging on a town of a few thousand. They've opened the airports for camping, parking lots, you name it. Should be a proper mess. :)

Staying for the week after will allow us to ride some of the best mountain bike trails in the US and drink some of the best beer in the word.

And for fucks sake, can't we keep politics out of at least one commentard section?

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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@AC

"I have always said that the US is a thirld worl country with money.

Look at it: almost no electrification in rail, very expensive infrastructures crumbling for lack of maintenance, very expensive yet overall innefective health system, and very little done to prevent serious injury or death in many aspects: badly designed electric plugs, no decent protections in trucks, no serious safety building standards, almost no checking of drinking water quality, etc etc etc."

You have no idea what you are talking about.

In large metro areas we do have electrified rail. The size of the country prohibits running a 3rd rail for class A railroads. The distances are too great.

Health Care. Well, it isn't perfect and is getting worse from a cost perspective, but I've heard plenty of horror stories about the 'free' health care in the UK.

Building code in the US is probably the best in the world. We have high rise buildings that can withstand 7.0+ earth quakes and homes that can do the same. Older buildings are either required to be brought up to code or are condemned. And considering the tragic fire last week in the UK due to cutting corners, I don't think you have any room to talk there.

Car safety requirements are a big reason why a good percentage of cars built in Europe are not allowed into this country.

Shall I continue?

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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So which tattoo did he get? The snake? The snow flake? All of them? What a tard.

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Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

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FAIL

Silly me, I thought it was an article. Turns out, it was a marketing advert.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Aircraft/public Transit

Not a very good argument. Aircraft fly for hours at a time with very little to no positional changes.And there aren't thousands of them in a few square miles all moving about. So yes, it is easy to be reliable when things are nearly static. Throw in a zillion obstacles, and thousands of things trying to do the same thing you are doing and it suddenly gets very complicated and the chance for an error is high. There are just too many variables with cars vs aircraft to compare.

As for public transit. It isn't very useful in the states because the infrastructure isn't built for it. In metro areas it is OK at best. Factor in the long distances between cities in the US and it becomes slow, impracticable, and a bother. Trains are the same here in the US. Too slow, too expensive.

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IBM will soon become sole gatekeepers to the realm of tape – report

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For 2.5mm spinners to completely go away, SSDs need to become very cheap in the enterprise. And I mean cheap. We are coming up on end of life on some of our first gen SSD deployments. Its not pretty. SSDs don't gradually tip over like a traditional hard disk might. They just stop working. Placed in a RAID, you can have sudden, dramatic loss of RIAD and no rebuild option. Better hope you have good backups at that point. (we just moved to LTO7 and I'm quite happy with the capacity).

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Waymo waves off original Google Firefly driverless car

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Stop

Don't hold your breath..

This is SO far down the road for practical usage it is barely newsworthy. The tech isn't there. It is pretty amazing, but there are so many random things to deal with as a human driver that you can't account for all of them. If these things go live, it will last as long as it takes for one to kill a pedestrian and that will be all she wrote.

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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@Vonya i Mor

I get that, but comparing an F104 to just about any currently operating combat capable aircraft from any country is a bit silly.

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@F104

Why are you people even bringing that aircraft up? It's decades old. In fact, its a 61 year old platform from the very early days of the jet age. Why was Germany even flying these in the 80s as trainers when there were more suitable aircraft to train on? Sorry, but bringing up the safety of something that old, based on tech from the 40s and 50s doesn't support your argument much.

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