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2219 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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Very rarely, I plug a little powerbank into it.

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Never been inclined to do any of that SD card stuff, like most of the phone buying market. Most phone buyers use their phones a lot but not for things you need to store many GBs of locally.

There is no incentive for for phone makers to compromise their strategy just to please a few geeks.

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Yes, battery life is important, also being able to survive a drop on to concrete from head height.

I'd also like good screen readability in sunlight, and good connectivity in fringe coverage areas.

I'd rate all those ahead of screen size, slimness etc. I've not missed replaceable battery or SD card slots at all.

The biggest problem is choice in the market. If you wan't to avoid Apple then your only practical option is Android. Not a happy situation.

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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Re: £300 refurbished? You've been ripped off.

Giffgaff have 128GB SE for £299 unlocked Black Friday deal.

New not refurb.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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"longer battery life and lower power consumption."

Ooh you get both! Imagine that!

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: RE: GOT AWAY WITH IT

This guy was the typical entitled cyclist that gets us all a bad name. Didn't think he was riding dangerously and complained that HIS life was ruined. c**t.

http://metro.co.uk/2015/07/15/cyclist-who-hit-little-girl-on-the-pavement-denies-riding-his-bike-dangerously-5297096/

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Re: Cycle lanes/paths

I really enjoy cycling down the cycle path in my jeans and coat and overtaking the lycra twats on the main road.

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Re: ICE's blocking EV Charging points

This is why I have a tankbag full of roofing nails on my electric bike. Same for the people that park across 2 or 3 spaces.

Seriously? You admit that? I would suggest that being a twat is not the best way to deal with other twats.

If I see a sharp object that could puncture a tyre I put it in a bin.

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Re: Fair enough, but...

But one cyclist accidentally knocks over a pedestrian who was on her phone and not paying attention to traffic when crossing the road and you're all up in arms, bloody hypocrites.

If a driver was driving a car with no working brakes and driving an a "wanton and furious" manner then everybody would be up in arms too. Think it through.

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Re: Fair enough, but...

> "Perhaps it's also time they were required to carry insurance?"

>>Be good if all motorists did that:

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All motorist are required to have insurance.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Both travelling south on the A177 near High Shincliffe.

A very standard ordinary road if my memory serves me right, I used it often to get from Durham Uni to the A1M.

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I once passed a cyclist, gave him a full lane width of space, he still turned right without looking or signalling and hit the back of my car.

In fact most car drivers drive in such a way as to yield their so called "right of way" (doesn't exist) in the interests of everybody. But I've noticed a prevalence among cyclists to assert their perceived "right of way" even if that means putting themselves in danger.

On days when I cycle to work (days when I'm not going to be either soaked in sweat or rain) I tend to try to help all the traffic along and I won't let a queue build up behind me. Observe the drivers, at least 19/20 will be looking after you. I observe the other cyclists, they tend not to want to give anything away, some of them even get aggressive toward each other and pedestrians.

It's should always be a co-operative effort, regardless of who has the largest and hardest mass.

Some motorcycle training would be a very good thing for cyclists and drivers.

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Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

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Re: Meh.

Debian based linux has had Systemd on ARM since Jessie.

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

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Look it's true, but you shouldn't say it on The Register forums. Just not done.

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Re: Nothing to see here...

Also known as a "fine" .

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Re: Whot ?

I write and write and write every day. I don't use Office to do the work, I use either the Mac, or the google docs word processor.

But when my work is submitted I have to import it into Word and check the formatting is straight before it goes off, because it can be guaranteed that where-ever it's going they are going to be using Word.

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ARM emulator in a VM? Yup, done. Ready to roll, no config required

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Re: Just how big are they?

"just became a little easier"

I didn't notice on first read-through because I think my brain auto-inserted the missing word to make the sentence work.

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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

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Re: Horsecrap

Apple need OS flash to fix a keyboard bug,

Yes, but there were many lies being told around the web about the fix for the keyboard "i" problem being a 1GB full OS download. In fact the 11.1.1 update is already out and is only 44.6MB including a separate SIRI fix.

Yes, it does include a rstart, no big deal in itself and when I used an Android a reboot was usually a pretty good idea more often than not anyway.

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Re: Who's Supposed To Be The 'Winner' Here?

The thought of an Android monopoly is, for many reasons, an unbearable one.

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Re: Sometimes marketing matters...

ChromeOS doesn't need to be "continually connected to work".

But alas, WebOS is now an LG TV OS, but could have provided a plausible alternative to iOS.

I really wish there was one.

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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Re: RiscOS

Yes, RISCOS sometimes feels like a breath of fresh air when I use it. I just wish the real good productivity stuff wasn't so expensive.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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Re: A short sighted story to medicate the masses

Most of my job is automated already, everything from rules on my email inbox, to plugging in key words to merge into pre-written documents. I automated it myself because I didn't want to be doing all this boring stuff. So people think I'm productive, I'm not at all but the job comes with a PC so I used it to do what it's supposed to. It even looks like I'm working when I'm at home asleep in bed.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Re: ?

I'm 11.1 and it doesn't do anything odd with the I. Is this a hoax?

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Re: Been a busy couple of months with iOS updates

And what about iOS users who have replaced their keyboard with Swiftkey keyboards?

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Anyone know how to reproduce this problem? Because I can't make it do it. Type i get i .

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Re: Been a busy couple of months with iOS updates

A small price to pay to avoid Android.

It will be 1/4 of your 1GB suggestion and roll in a lot of other stuff.

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

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Re: Choice

But many problems need a hands on approach by a doc to get to the bottom of the problem.

Or there could be a special rubber glove attachment for phones?

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Re: Fake news

I dunno about fake news. How about no news.

An 11 minute outage on a twitter account? Can't get excited.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Re: The US has an inverted system

It's true, we are likely to get electric or other non-polluting-at-point-of-use vehicles sooner because of Tesla, so whatever becomes of the business we still have the American tax payer to thank for kick starting the move away from diesel.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Borland

You just reminded me of Borland. Whatever happened to them? Their name used to be everywhere.

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: a decent android phone does everything an iPhone can

Total crap being talked about the cost of iPhones. There is no need to pay £50 per month r £500-£600.

I have an iPhone 7, cost £277. Can pick up a 6 for £150 ish, or cheaper with a screen crack and spend 15 minutes fixing it. Five minutes to replace a battery. If you see someone using an iPhone they might be paying less than your Android cost and they don't have to suffer Android? If these Apple users are sheep, then their Android critics are prime grazing meadow.

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Brit cities overrun with middle-aged dronies, reckons survey

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Re: Strangely ...

One of the local papers ran the story. You can probably find it online

Yeah Jake, I had already read about Nestor Rodriguez. He got in the way of the firefighting aircraft alright, but his drone was not shot down.

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Re: Strangely ...

I love these fictional comments. Always good for a laugh.

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I'm in that demog, and I love the idea of getting aerial film using a drone, being an ex RC flyer too.

But I don't own one. Too much stigma caused by the odd bell end and hysterical half-witted journos.

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

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Fools are one thing, but there are enough people in the world that can splash a few grand and not feel it at all, enough for there to be a market for Apple..

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Re: Who wrote this crap?

I don't mind the style of the piece, but the embellishment and exaggeration is a bit transparent.

Mr Dabbs must have known that there would be readers with actual real experience of driving Nissans that would see through it.

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As a regular Nissan driver, stand near the car holding the key with all the doors shut and press the button on the door handle. That's all. Or press the lock button on the remote.

It won't let you lock your keys in the car so:

If there are keys, spare key or main key inside the car then it will refuse to lock and say "cheep cheep cheep". So maybe keep the key a foot or more away from the car door.

The only problem I've ever had with Nissan keyless is that every now and then the car insists that the key is placed on the start button to sync up. System works really well in my experience.

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DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports

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Most outer markers are further than 5 nautical out, and I live just off the centreline 11 nautical from an international airport. Almost all aircraft make their final turn descending a minute or so before they pass over me at around 2000 feet. Sometimes they've already dropped their wheels, sometimes they do it just after they pass, depending on their speed.

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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

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Re: Brilliant

I have a Bosch dishwasher which is over 10 years old and I am sure will reach 13. It was assembled by me as I had to change its failed water heating element and discovered that Bosch start with the element and assemble the whole machine around it, so it was completely dismantled on my kitchen floor one Christmas.

However, I doubt my dishwasher would last long on Mars. Huge respect for the Curiosity Rover project, I wish I was part of it.

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Google: We don't have a quantum computer yet, but we have a compiler

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Re: Priceless

Actually no - Trainspotting is used as an example by psychologists of an artificial male hierarchy which exists specifically for 'low status' males to group and therein gain some relative status improvements. I wasn't trolling trainspotters per se.

Trainspotters don't do any harm, or annoy anyone in their activity so that puts them on rungs above quite a lot of types.

I mean real spotters, not the Canon DSLR brigade that swarm all over tracks whenever the Flying Scotsman is passing.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Needs disco lessons.

Tandy were here too, they franchised into existing independent electronics outlets that did TV repair. I could pick up a Tandy catalogue and they would order the stuff in for me.

But Maplin was an annual thing, their catalogue would show up in the newsagents and I got it on day one and geeked out on the mini datasheets for early IC packages and transistors. Then to order you would fill a form cut out of the last page of the book with product codes, mail it off, and they would send you your next order form with your delivery.

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Mini - not really

Not as ambitious as a car, but in school a teacher's yellow scooter was hoisted up with pulleys and parked 20 feet up on the edge of the sports hall roof.

When the teacher saw it she angrily stormed off and by the time she came marching back with the deputy head and a posse of other teachers the scooter was parked back down in the car park.

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Re: Work on the move

When its worse storage than a phone or tablet (as at least with those you can (mostly) add SD card to bulk up storage and its not poking out the side like a stick on ChromeBook!) then zero selling point.

My Toshiba chromebook has a 128GB SD card fully inside and not poking out at all.

Storage not a problem.

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Re: Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath

I run a Chromebook because it is thin, light, HD display, has a 10 hour battery and does 95% of what I need , runs Debian with XFCE - and most importantly it cost peanuts

If it was going to cost a grand I would just choose the MacBook which will do 100% of what I need.

If ChromeOS becomes full blown Android then I will choose the MacBook anyway because I harbour an irrational hatred for Android.

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Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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Flocke Kroes

Thank you. That is all.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Pi community has known about this for a while and have worked around it. MS are very late to this party. It doesn't affect me normally as I just leave them sitting on a bench uncased, no heatsink required and then I don't do the equivalent of driving a car flat out in first gear. It's a 40nm very old tech chip which keeps the price down, I think a small charity based outfit would have to think carefully about the spend required to rework it.

If I needed a cooling fan then I would use something else or downclock it as so much thermal waste really isn't playing the small, quiet low power game very well. Not banana pi though, shocking software and can also get hot.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: How do these idiots hold down a job

Presumably this was a full grown man posting pictures of himself on Faecebook? Is so, then it's not prosecution he needs, but maybe referral to the right kind of support.

How he was dressed and what he was pictured with are irrelevant though.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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3KM from the main runways at Jean-Lesage in any direction are populated areas so all it would take is an appeal for the public in the area to report any likely drone fragments on the ground.

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Re: @DainB @Airtor1 and presumably others

No need for a deep investigation. 10 seconds on google will show you numerous incidents of bird strike damage where there is no sign of any body tissue or blood.

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Re: @DainB @Airtor1 and presumably others

It's got nothing to do with "my logic", and I know exactly what the problem is - I'm not trying to suggest that there isn't a problem.

I just stated that it's not proven it was a drone impact.

That is all.

This is not a reason to go all sanctimonious and supercilious on me.

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