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Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: It's called a choke.

Richard Lederer. Love his books.

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

I used to have a pet peeve, but it died of overfeeding.

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Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Re: You know what's always fatal?

"It isn't usually being born that kills you."

...it's the sudden stop at the end.

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Re: Cheesy.

"While perhaps an FDM is about as safe as a BBQ..."

If it is, then there's cause for concern.

https://www.iqair.com/newsroom/your-backyard-barbecue-health-hazard

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Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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So it's an inertial tracker that will work on the Discworld, provided you don't need to know your elevation.

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Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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Re: A note to USAian authors

For the record, this benighted colonist (born in Philadelphia... that's in Pennsylvania, USA in case there's any doubt in anybody's mind WHICH Philadelphia I meant) automatically assumes that London means the one in England, Paris means the one in France, Berlin in Germany, and so on unless otherwise specified.

However, I cannot speak for any of my fellow colonists.

CinemaSins likes to make fun when movies specify the countries of famous cities.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Re: Ancient meme is ancient

Glasses Pull

Fade To Quip

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Sorry, I've spent far too many hours on tvtropes.org.

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Supreme Court tells Big Cable to shut up for once: Net neutrality challenge shot down

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Re: Ah America....

Hail, hail Freedonia

Land of the brave and free!

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Re: Articulated responsibility.

"today's world...?"

The US, anyway.

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Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

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Re: Battery

Watts=volts x amps. mA=0.001A. Same with Watt-hours and Amp-hours and milliwatt-hours and milliamp-hours.

So divide 13Wh by the battery voltage and then multiply by 1000 to get mAh.

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Wow. Apple's only gone and killed off Mac, iPad, iPhone family... figures for units sold to fans

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Re: ah butisnt that the ppoint

Perhaps his experience is with LG. Or some off-brand.

I have several Galaxy S4s that are starting to show their age. And an S3 that's actually in really good condition. The S4s have taken a lot of abuse, at least two have cracked screens. All could use new batteries, but hey, at least I can change the batteries. And they all work, cracked screens notwithstanding.

My current phone is an HTC-built Pixel XL. Too early to talk about long term ruggedness.

Not all Android devices are the same.

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Microsoft claims Office 364 back to business as usual. Oh no it isn't, say suffering sysadmins

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Still hanging onto my old office install discs with a death-like grip.

Also have LibreOffice.

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This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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Re: So the HomeHub has an undocumented API backdoor

"Is it Larry Page or Sergey Brin that are the single down votes of all the critical opinions in here?"

Well, it wasn't me. I'm a firmware developer with hardware roots and two generations of electrical engineers behind me -- IOW I'm not technically an engineer myself, no formal training or certification, but I have the mindset -- and all I've given are upvotes.

As an engineer wannabe and problem-solver, I'm aghast at the design and gobsmacked by the cavalier and dismissive attitude of Google's rep. "Oh, it's only vulnerable to anybody on your network. What could go wrong? You're just being alarmist."

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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I always knew doing my editing in the cloud would be superior to using an installed utility.

Wait, internet is down? No problem, I can still edit locally... D'OH!

No, I will give up my install discs exactly one week after hell freezes over.

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Re: "You (won't)need the Internet for this"

I have both.

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If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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I get excellent customer service from a local ISP named Omsoft. And yes, the "om" stands for exactly what you think it does.

Something to contemplate.

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Micron's Chinese DRAM antagonist hit with US export boycott

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A steel baseball bat? That sounds... excessively heavy.

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With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

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Re: why all the fuss over a headphone socket?

"High quality sound is delivered by wire."

My Bluetooth headphones sound great either way.

That said, I like the option. In particular, using the plug is easier in the car than setting up Bluetooth, especially for multiple phones.

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Re: Why the front-facing camera hullaballoo?

When you make the entire surface of the phone interactive, it means that merely picking up the phone interacts with it. I have enough trouble with unwanted interactions on a phone WITH a bezel as it is.

Sure, it looks sexy. But will you still love it when it's old and gray?

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Re: Had to think then

"The correct term is dog poo, the author must be American?"

Not a euphemism I've ever heard before.

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Uncool: Google won't be setting up shop in disused Berlin electrical substation

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I guarantee a lot of renting in B and commuting to A. I suppose you could build a wall between them to discourage that.

...What? Too soon?

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: Broken, yes... and not fixable.

I also agree with the premise. Better formal testing is part of the solution, but Microsoft needs to build better quality in from the start, not try to merely test the bugs out later.

Quality is something you design in, not tack on. It's not a coat of paint.

I read the article Monday. I think the author is on the right track.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/microsofts-problem-isnt-shipping-windows-updates-its-developing-them/

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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"Nothing particularly ungrammatical about that sentence."

Sentence fragment? Perhaps. I disagree, however; there is an implied "There is" in front, which you've merely left off as redundant. Of course, I just did the same thing.

I'm not actually an expert, so I reserve the right to be wrong.

Meantime, I believe your flamelord's example of "you know" should properly been put in quotes, like I did here.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

What? How can you say that?

https://topatoco.com/products/qc-yolo

What's wrong with owls?

;)

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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1) You guys are holding it wrong.

2) Obviously you need to be running Jelly Bean for it to work. Anybody want to buy this Galaxy SIII for a low, low price of US$500?

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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I usually install a ringtone that sounds like an old-style telephone bell.

This phone came with some soothing quiet Zen stuff, I've just been using that.

Usually I only watch a few seconds of videos like that Skibido one, just enough to get a feel for it but not enough to melt my brain, but I found this one strangely captivating. My favorite part was the attractive woman with the rictus smile that creeped me the hell out.

The dancing walk reminded me of some old Dr. Pepper commercials. Which Bill Murray parodied with the SNL troupe many decades ago. Thus bringing us full circle, in a sense. Yow!

(I apologise if that seemed contrived, but I swear it wasn't.)

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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I've just been using LibreOffice. If OpenOffice is moving too slowly to distinguish from death, I'm not sure I'm interested anyway.

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Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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Re: Charmer

I dunno... She seems to feel entitled to phone service that she's paying for.

Kids these days, eh?

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: rushed

I saw him being completely wrong in response to an article yesterday, so I suspect it's the latter.

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What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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"...the government needs to sit down with stakeholders..."

He means people, right? Australian citizens? I hope so.

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: And then billed 3 extra hours?

"Biggest con I reckon with PCs was the so called "turbo" button which was nothing of the sort. It was actually a slow-down button for app compatibility."

...Yes, but everybody knew what it was and what it was for. Calling it "Turbo" was marketing, not deception. They had to add it for backwards compatibility with programs written for the original PC designed with delay loops that depended on the CPU's clock speed.

The computers would have been cheaper to build without the 2-speed design. Not much, but it was a temporary fix for a real problem that the motherboard guys had no control over.

Calling it a confidence trick seems a bit odd.

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Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Damn it, now I have Simon and Garfunkel running through my brain on repeat.

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Sick of bandwidth gouging? Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft, IBM have some good news

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Re: "While there's a bit of cost to set that up, it doesn't cost much."

My bosses tend to complain about up-front costs, skimp on quality and testing, then are surprised that maintenance and customer service suck down so much money.

If you assume that you can establish an infrastructure and then get a free ride afterwards forevermore, you definitely should try another business.

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True, but TFA says "suggests" not "says". Therefore it's not a direct quote.

FWIW it bothers me too.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Re: Negative towards who?

"If they swapped the guy for another girl, would there still be outrage?

There certainly would be from the girlfriend! Guys ogling other women is bad enough but goes with the territory, ogling other men is a whole heap more of trouble."

Uh, that really, really depends on the people involved. There's an enormously complex spectrum of sexuality out there, and not everybody fits into the nice neat pigeon holes you see in popular culture. Maybe most people don't, in some way.

My wife, for example, would have loved to see me get it on with another guy.

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iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

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Re: THey are probably trying to be clever

"THey are probably trying to be clever

and take the call over a local café wifi connection to save cash instead of actually using it as a phone... Do people with iPhones do that any more?"

Of course they do. Once they've slavishly bought the latest Jesus Phone they can't afford phone service!

Rimshot! That's right folks, we're here all week!

(I kid! I'm just affectionately poking fun. I... OMG you've broken the downvote counter! Gah!)

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Re: Actually getting slightly worse, they used to be 7/10

"If I dropped my X and broke the back glass, I'd just get a case to hide the damage and call it good..."

That's where we differ. I buy a case for my phone on day 1. I prefer a simple slip-on TPU case (today I own this one https://goo.gl/images/ijQPSp). If it falls on flat concrete, I just pick it up with a "tut tut" and keep on reading.

And I also buy a Naztech Gladiator holster to carry it in. Those work well for me. YMMV. There's a matte screen protector as well.

It's a shame I don't get to show off the aesthetic beauty of the original case, but it's not why I bought the phone.

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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What if I have an iPhone 3GS? IOS 6 is as far as I can go.

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What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

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Re: Barbarians!

Alas, English speakers tend to treat it as a mass noun.

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: "you were seriously stuck up a gum tree"

I used Wordstar in non-document mode for nearly a decade. I still miss the ability to do column copy and paste.

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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I agree that a single notification is pathetically insufficient. The companies should be required to convey the account automatically, with the possible exception of allowing the option to bank the extra payments instead. (For use either to shorten the next phone contract period, reduce the payment amount, or upgrade the next phone to a better model. Basically, act as a down payment.) I personally would consider it a foolish waste of money, but I certainly can't speak towards everybody's situation. It would at least stop the money from being outright stolen by the phone companies.

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Re: What an irony !

61.

El Reg wouldn't let me post just the number, in spite of that being the only information I needed to convey. I love it when people encourage a pedant to give more detailed information!

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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"...find other ways to check if they've saved up enough to buy an iPhone XS."

I certainly hope they aren't doing that because the banks are switching to a system that requires an iPhone XS. That would be astonishingly exclusive.

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Re: Your Companion?

Share and enjoy!

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Leeds hospital launches campaign to 'axe the fax'

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Re: Patient use

efax.com

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Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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"My other gripe with those commercials was, [your] team mate is moaning at you because you've lost connection again... over the voice chat"

I've actually seen that happen. Gaming buddy of mine's connection would go titsup but for some reason he had a few extra seconds of voice comms before being sucked into the black hole. "Uh oh, just lost my connection... " We knew he'd be back a few minutes later. And no, I don't think he was messing with us. Just some peculiarity of his crappy service.

I also knew somebody who did voice comms over the phone in her lap while she played the game on their PC. (Obviously a third-party voice chat, not the in-game chat.) She theoretically could have lost one connection while maintaining the other.

I'm not disagreeing with your complaint, mind you. Neither of the above is the usual case. I mean, that's all of two people.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

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"the technology holds the promise to change the way we live, work and play."

Well... yes and no. It's an evolutionary change, not a revolutionary change. I mean, not likely. Who knows? Revolutionary changes are usually obvious in hindsight but difficult to predict. But this just seems like Yet Another Incremental Speed Upgrade.

Besides, as soon as you reach your cap, they'll just throttle to 3G speeds anyway. So who cares?

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

""Because they're not sitting in their bedroom with one PC, but instead have a fleet of..."

You almost certainly have at least 10 unix systems in your house, doing their jobs so unobtrusively that you don't even notice them."

Red herring. There could be 100, or 1000, but that doesn't mean that Parent isn't correct that many businesses run specialized software that only runs under Windows.

As for your numbers: can you give some examples? Where would I find these 10+ *nix systems that the average IT worker wouldn't be aware of?

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Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

I don't know why so many downvotes. People who don't have to work with specialized software that only run under Windows, I guess. It's easy to say "just make the vendor write cross-platform" but real life doesn't work that way. Or "write your own." Easy peasy!

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Re: Er ... weren't the 90s-noughties browser wars fought over this shit ?

"No one *needs* Windows that much. (Moribund workplaces don't count)."

True. This development environment for the microprocessor I use? Pfft. Who needs it? I should just learn to hand-code in binary.

Or just find a less suitable processor that has a Linux IDE. Because there are so many to choose from.

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