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6159 posts • joined 28 May 2010

OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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BT HomeHub?

I just concluded my HH router's 2.4GHz chip had died because I kept losing that SSID (5GHz worked fine). The only thing that changed is I added a CC Audio on the 2.4GHz network.

I concluded it was (another) crappy HH and invested £100 in a nice shiny router. Is it possible I shouldn't have? I should note the CC is hardly ever used whereas the SSID started disappearing about once a day. However I don't know if CC re-awakes periodically if not used?

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: Eh?

The packaging is something people are prepared to pay for too. You can buy a fridge for £300, or a branded one for £600 which stores about the same but has digital display and looks way nicer in your kitchen... both are equally adequate at keeping your food cold.

You can buy a lovely desk for £1000 or get a kitchen worktop and 4 legs from Ikea for £200 (tops). Both offer the same storage area (actually the cheap one is bigger) and pure functionality.

Computers are not immune to this.

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Erase 2017 from your brain. Face ID never happened. The Notch is an illusion

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Re: I'd happily own a phone

Video calling is a pretty core feature surely these days?

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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So is this a OnePlus-beater?

The 1+3 was a great feature/cost trade-off but now 1+ has gone higher-price. I'd love to see a direct comparison review between the 1+5 and the N8.

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: Chicken cannon

You don't have to test at 250kt to correlate simulation against real life. If your simulations against lower speeds bear up well to real life, you extrapolate the same holds at conditions you are unable to test easily. This is rather the point of simulation... anything other than "fly a laden passenger jet into a load of drones" is by some measure a simulation.

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Re: "may not be fatal"

As a passenger being told "you _might_ survive if this happens" is really not great to hear.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: And where does all the plastic come

Solving that problem is much easier. We can already make many plastics without needing fossil fuels and this will doubtless get better with research.

And then consider the amount of plastic used in a car, with the amount of fuel burnt over it's life time. The argument electric cars are bad because they use many kilograms of plastic is either horrendously ignorant, or deliberately manipulative.

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Re: fossil fuel - we're addicted.

I think Prst you're missing the point.

For a start, you now only need to distribute fossil fuels to one location not all over the place. For a second, you can burn the fuel far more efficiently and cleanly in a huge power station.

For a third, the Tesla doesn't care where the Watts come from. We can burn things, use fission and renewable sources in whatever mix we can manage. So a Tesla can consume energy from any power source - including petrol - whereas your combustion engine is inflexible and inefficient.

"Electric cars still need fuel to be burnt" is a daft argument anti-electric people use trivially, and largely, ignorantly.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Rare common sense from government!

Cost of software is tiny compared to cost of training and development

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: $50K?

You don't get rich by spending money.

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Re: Nice idea, but without some scaling-up, this shoe just stinks.

>>But when I think of who has the extra dough (dosh) to waste on this, and the time, and takes risks to try new things, I think of a certain brother-in-law, who is even taller than I, weights more (all muscle), and has a size 16 foot. Mr. Hyneman's proposal as-is would exclude him outright.

>>Nice idea, but without some scaling-up, this shoe just stinks.

Sorry but "there are a few really big people who aren't just fat" is not a reason why such a product would fail. Any more than 3D movies or VR itself would be sunk by the fact some people don't have balanced enough eyesight.

The vast bulk (!) of people are under 215lb - I own ladders with a lower weight limit than that!

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Re: 6.5" cube and 2kg

It's smaller and lighter than a 6-pack of beer or a wine-box. I consider those to be pretty portable.

If you can't get a 6" cube in a your 'small rucksack' then you maybe be confused between a rucksack and a handbag.

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Aircraft w/ no wings

It definitely does have some sort of wings, to very carefully stop it taking off or pressing into the ground too hard. At those speeds, I'm sure it can fly without additional control surface area?

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Cool, but why?

Is there some useful scientific stuff here that I don't get? I'm all for the challenge for it's own sake but typically these things feed into more efficient planes/cars/engines whereas in this case I'm not sure if it's the case? Are there areas it advances our understanding I'm not seeing? If they succeed, do we then aim for a 1500mph car or will people get bored if there are no applications to "strap a jet on the back of a car"?

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Re: Same with 4oD

Sounds like you're paying more effort to avoid the ads than just ignoring them like the rest of us ;)

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Re: 1980s called

To me, those kind of ads were actually a plus - they made it more realistic. Likewise if you're in a game set in London/NY/Tokyo, huge advertising bill-boards advertising real stuff is kind of cool. Is it Blade Runner or Total Recall or something else where they beam holo-ads right in your face as you walk around - that could also be a designed game feature to set the atmosphere.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: People are Heavy!

It's not necessarily even that you need 1500kg to transport a human safely, but that they need a very large amount of space to be carried in.

If you guesstimate 5m^3 per 100kg human, the transport density of people is actually very very low.

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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So bad

From the video it just says some random canned phrases it you touch it. About the level of sophistication as those dolls that wet themselves.

Maybe it got broken fingers from people angry how terrible it was.

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Ballmer was on the right track with windows phone

Agreed. There was real promise before they went all middle-of-the-road and it lost its identity. And the browser was awful.

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So. Should I upgrade to macOS High Sierra?

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The whole point is the haven't made it shinier but focused on the internal stuff.

Why not try reading the article instead?

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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I'm not sure I buy the "computer replacement" thing

For me, iPad (and tablets generally) is primarily a content consumption device which doubles as a communication device and data entry device. For consuming video, it is first-rate. For games, clearly it has a lot of processing/graphical grunt these days for developers who can figure out a touch-centric UI. For people like me, it is ideal for displaying lyrics and guitar chords - and I assume the Pro is great for displaying musical score. Obviously it's fine for browsing the web too. I don't find it good for reading on but my iPad is old and clunky and heavy.

As a "star trek" pad it offers a great way to enter data, an electronic form/clip-board.

For skype et al it's a great solution.

Trying to innovate the iPad is largely difficult due to the fact they pretty much nailed it ages ago and there's not much to change that regular users want. I don't upgrade because a faster CPU doesn't make it better for consuming content.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: Eh what

You do realise the majority of snooker fans have those earpieces to hear the TV commentary when at the Crucible?

The point is to offer additional stuff to complement the live experience, not detract from it. They already put of big screens to let you watch the TV feed and so on, so if augmented reality ever takes off this is quite a good use-case. Watch a car go past and be told who it is, what their position is, what tyres they're on and how many laps they've done, yada yada

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Re: I swore

Yeah the successful landings STILL look fake to me. It's like a children's cartoon version of a rocket landing.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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Every time you visit Google with Edge, you see an ad for Chrome

How do Goodle still get away with this? Using dominance in one area to push dominance in another is how MS got stuffed over IE... having an effective monopoly is one thing but using it to exert influence on other areas isn't(?)

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: A Beard Trimmer!

And all the women, middle aged parents, and kids too young to grow beards. Jealousy?

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Fast charging and 3.5mm

Fast charging on the 1+3 was a real eye-opener. More so than wireless charging on my Nokia, which was always a bit fiddly.

I still don't get the 3.5mm omission. I hate wireless speakers, it always takes longer to make a bluetooth device work than it does to plug a lead in!

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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Re: If only ....

If only you could buy Windows machines from companies other than the company making the OS at cheaper prices.

Oh, wait.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Greggs et al sausage rolls are about half that size and cost about 50p and are generally fairly nice... at least they can be in local bakers. So hardly seems that amazing you can get a foot of sausage for a quid given that pastry costs virtually nothing.

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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Re: Learn all of them, but NOT Java

If you're writing accessors yourself, you really should learn how to use your IDE properly - knowing how to use the tools is a big part of being effective in any language.

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Re: I suspect there are quite a few Java devs out there

So after 20 years you still suck, basically? Java isn't slow and the JVM allows you to write code in many languages not just Java.

It's not my favourite, but it's eminently capable.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at Grsecurity

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re:You cannot be sued for having an opinion that someone disagrees with.

You can if you use your prominent position to spread that opinion and it leads to provable damages, can't you?

Having an opinion and sharing an opinion are very different. If you believe that the Holocaust is not real, that's very different to saying "The Holocaust didn't happen"

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Apple helped Pear out on that second logo

The square-pear logo is just horrible.

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If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

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Re: Been reading Sci-Fi?

A neural lace style device is not necessarily AI. Many SciFi implementations have it just as a regular computer/internet connection with a direct brain interface. In that case, the problem is much smaller though by no means small.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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32/128Gb only

It seems an odd choice to drop 64... or why not drop 32 and have 64/128 only?

I thoguht you could get 256Gb iPhone/iPad or is that only on the iPad Pro range? I'm out of date with iPads, still running an iPad2 and an iPad Retina (3) but a reduction in price is welcome and takes them out of the luxury range, which the iPad Pro now fills nicely.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: Testing

Yeah but testers are good at testing, they know to think outside the box not blindly follow a test script written by a non-tester. Good ones anyway... and this isn't some random bit of code but a really important thing which must surely have to get through all kinds of government red tape and certification - tests reviewed and ending up hundreds of pages long so you want to kill yourself.

This is akin to a car with power steering where the steering sometimes doesn't work... the level of testing should be immense.

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Testing

All other cynicism about smart meters aside... how the F do such issues not get picked up? he level of testing must be crazy on such things, how do they not have them running side-by-side with conventional meters and other measuring techniques for years before launching them?

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Presumably it's impractical now

Pushing that hard was presumably somewhat akin to F1 cars... fuel consumption very high per mile/passenger? These days, environmental issues mean new planes have to focus on fuel efficiency (whether legally, financially or for PR I don't know).

Does modern tech mean a plane could go that fast without drinking fuel or is a fundamental restriction of physics that supersonic flight is fundamentally expensive?

And of course the internet means some of the "I need to be in NY for a meeting" cases are removed.

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Re: El Reg missed the headline...

We have loads of money for the NHS. More than you can easily imagine. Don't be duped by Guardian posts shared on FB!

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Interesting one

While I think Google are using their search dominance to push their maps - which is rather the definition of monopoly foul play - the fact is that integrating their mapping product into search results is really bloody useful for the typical end user.

Now I suppose if they were forced to provide a setting "choose my maps provider" that would be good for all sides but forcing them to do the development work is a little unfair. Tricky.

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Don't be silly. OSM may be better (though I think it's quite subjective) but GM are clearly quite good by objective standards for most use-cases.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Re: Absolutley Brilliant

Actually single-episode spin-offs is a wonderful idea. Probably best doing it as a separate thing not trying to force it into the story arc though... unless he somehow gets some affliction which means he has Uncontrollable Regeneration Syndrome

Seeing different actors would be great although it does take some time to feel out the role I suppose.

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: Whisky vs Whiskey

>>in the UK Whisky is made from grain (barley wheat, rye or maize) and is 3 years in an oak barrel or more. Whiskey is any old shit.

3 year old whisky IS "any old shit".

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Scottish architecture is suddenly so different from English? What silliness.

As a whisky fan and a Dartmoor fan, I could see it being a great place to have a go.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

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Re: Not LaLa Land?

Anyone who leaves a movie after the first ten minutes is pretty silly. Most people say it's wonderful but then only a fool would go to watch a musical if they don't like musicals.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: Political Imprisonment?

Especially for someone who works in IT. We'll have to turn off all the PCs as well as the lights and heating as there'll be no electricity and no oil/gas for heating allowed.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Why don't they just license their content to Netflix et al?

I don't really understand the motivation here. Surely the aim is to get people consuming BBC content, and to generate revenue from that, not just to get people using their own app?

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Alternative OS? Tried the Live USB of Fedora 25

Nobody is interested in hearing you talk about Linux. We all know Linux exists.

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Go read a review of the 3, since the 3T just tweaks the specs a bit.

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Bad data

Come on we need complaints per 1000 customers, not raw data. BT must be one of the largest providers after all.

I thought Plusnet were supposed to be great... has that deteriorated? I'd have expected BT and TalkTalk to be the worst of the main ones!

By contrast SSE and Virgin have really bad reviews online but only relatively few customers.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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re: for the UK government to subsidise PV at the ridiculous rates ... was madness

I don't think you understand. New technology is more expensive so it requires backing to get people to bother - companies will invest seeing the long-term profits but individual people don't have that resource.

The government uses taxes and subsidies as a kind of crude steering because ultimately the market responds to what makes money. Tax things you don't like, subsidise things you do.

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