* Posts by armyknife

187 publicly visible posts • joined 10 Jun 2009


Upset fat iOS gobbles up so much storage? Too bad, so sad, says judge: Apple lawsuit axed


Yet some manufacturers get it right.

I had to recover/repair a Philips '4gb' MP4 player, I formatted it via a PC and found the memory to be 4.3gb , when repaired and the firmware re-installed it reported an expect 4,000,000,000+ bytes according to windows file manager.

So the manufacturer had included an additional 300mb you'd never normally see or hear about to contain the operating system.

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market


“ Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence

I want zero voice interaction with dumb objects/corporations.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers


Conspicuous consumption FTW.

Why not just up the price on the next model to that of a small family car and see if it sticks?

Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it


Where's the Harm.

I must remember to post my bank details and current balance on the outside of my letterbox tomorrow morning.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart


Best smartphone this season?

There is another choice, no smartphone at all.

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

Big Brother

Colour me surprised.

Why am I unsurprised that someone who's a senior judge, has no understanding of what a free society means.

Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad


Something to play with from your pocket.

Two hundred pounds cheaper, therefore the 600 quid phone must be a bargain. :hmm:

There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!


What a pleasant thread.

Also not a single down vote.

Bungling cops try to use dead chap's fingers to unlock his smartmobe


The Dead Hand of Bureaucracy?

See title.

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security


Absence is a feature?

Chalk up another one to feature phones.

Boffins stalk house-hunting bees, find colony behaves kind of like a human brain


Bee the Change in the Wold.

And do humans similarly scale in their collective decisions?

Brexit, Trump, etc? :chin scratch:

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body


Re: Yeah... Right

Around here it's cyclists riding along the side of the road, often side-by-side, when there's a rail-trail for them to ride on. If the tree-hugging snowflakes insist on ripping up railroads so they can have their stupid bike trails, they can fecking well USE them and not the roads. My brother just LOVES to yell that very point at them when they do that shit

So to summarise, you're saying you're slightly less of a twat than you brother.

Russian boffins blow up teeny asteroids with tiny laser... to work out how to nuke the real thing


Doesn't Really Put it in Context

The Tsar bomber doesn't put that figure of 3 megatons into context, a better yardstick would be to say that power would put it in the upper bracket of nuclear warheads currently deployed on modern ICBMs.

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet


Why Isn't There Better Internet In Morgues.

See title.

Hubble Space Telescope one of 16 suffering data-scrambling sensor error


Science Working.

See headline.

Well done to the scientists for find this.

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump


Pig Ignorant

It's as if the expression was tailor made for him.

Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report


Now I know.

Thanks for the explanation, I've never know what that icon/tile does on various phones and computers I've owned.

Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets


Playing both ends against the middle.

What chance those Saudi and Qatari Brit-built typhoons ending up on opposites sides of a shooing war?

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


Recipe for disaster?

The new style apple turnover mainly features BS with a sprinkling of Orwellian double speak.

Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home



A great writer and a decent man, he said to me his favourite work was the Helliconia trilogy; I shall re-read it as a mark of remembrance.

Ten spacecraft – from Venus Express to Voyager 2 – all tracked same solar flare


From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

His science as compared to Trump's latest tweets.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'


Re: Possible or easy?

Enough about Trumps understanding of the US constitution and government.

US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters


Maybe the demonstrators would have been better off with a slew of differently branded feature phones instead?

Confessions of an ebook eater


I have to admit, I struggled to get to the end of the article. :-(

TalkTalk posts 3% sales drop, says Openreach should walk the WalkWalk


Their Reputation Precedes Them

My own and others experiences with them, have led me to conclude they're a bunch of shitsters.

Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way


Floyd said it.

How much TV can a person watch in a lifetime?

Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...


Hello Nokia

Welcome back Nokia.

Perhaps Psion will now get it's act together? ;-)

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll


Keep the OS(EPOC undated a bit), the keyboard and AA batteries, everything else is negotiable.

Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans


First World Problem?

See title.

Vivaldi and me: Just browsing? Nah, I'm sold


Pretentious Marketing department.

Received this somewhat pretentious marketing email from them within the last hour.

And when you try to unsubscribe, the page generated is a 404 error message.

I think I'm justified in calling them knob-heads

"Hey Customer,

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed varius, leo a ullamcorper feugiat, ante purus sodales justo, a faucibus libero lacus a est.

Sed varius, leo a ullamcorper feugiat, ante purus sodales justo, a faucibus libero lacus a est. Aenean at mollis ipsum. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed varius, leo a ullamcorper feugiat, ante purus sodales justo, a faucibus libero lacus a est.


Team Vivaldi "

Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave


Article More Opaque than Venusian Atmosphere

There I said it.

Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests


Error in news item.

" Winchester Crown Court " should of course be written " Winchester Crown Court, England " ;-)

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


How much will the market bear?

Or a tax on stupidity.

Microsoft kinda did OK this quarter – but whatever, Wall Street loves Satya Nadella


Cloud Cuckoo Land ?

See Title.

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Spotify serving malware, no escape from reality


Thanks for the reminder to Uninstall it.

Thanks for the prompt, that got me around to un-installing it.

Bizarrely after doing that I now have 8mb less on my C drive than before, so off I got manually hunting for all of its components and dettritous left on my system. Shows you what a crap piece of software/adware spotify free edition is.

UK will buy 138 F-35s


What a colossal waste of money.

Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success


Jobs for the Boys and Girls.

So are the three employees paid minimum wage, just the national average or maybe just a little bit more?

Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report


Well informed people?

Better to roll-out smart consumers, but that would require some investment in education and an interest in understanding things by the customer.

Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia


How dare these patient trolls interfere with the Apple creative process.

RAF Reaper drone was involved in botched US Syria airstrike


Old ways?

In retrospect there were certain advantages to countries formally declaring war on each other and then fighting to a non-total victory or negotiated peace treaty.

Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you


If the Shoe Fits.

Does form follow function?

If so in this case, then bit by bit the Stasi is being reborn.

Is there an Echo in here? An Echo in here? Good, says Sonos. Good


Alternatively ....

Just press play?

Blighty's 24-hr Universal Credit outage caused by upgrade glitch


Maybe they should sanction the developers, say an initial 13 weeks wages for this first failure.

Amazon drone tests in UK


Leasons from the Past?

They seize ships in ports when the owners can't pay fees and taxes; why don't we shoot down or intercept these drones until Amazon starts paying UK taxes?

Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come


Frenzied 'investors', hmm we really do have a mature system of capitalism.

Reuters flogs IP for $3.55bn


Why sell the most profitable part of the business?

Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague


It's The Natural Order of Things.

Lord Hague says 'Shut up and do what you're told'

It's what lords do, they lord over us.

123-reg email goes TITSUP


What a shit company.

UK plastic beats cash in 2021


Titles are for toffs

This is shoddily written, please rewrite.

Daily! Mail! eyes! up! Yahoo!'s news! arm!


Titles are for toffs

Damn, and there I was hoping the acquisition was the other way around. :-(