* Posts by Steve 149

20 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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Very generally it seems to me that Sono are doing with hardware what Adobe have done with their software. Pay to play.

I use as little smart kit as possible. Seems to be less hassle.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone with malware-laden WhatsApp message

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The CIA has already sent MBS an invite to Dallas....

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'

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Most, maybe all fly by wire accelerators have 2 'pots' with associated feedback. In Renaults the 'pots' read the opposite way around at the same time. So on pressing the accelerator ones resistances starts 'climbing' and the other ones starts 'falling'. If there's a mismatch in the expected values at the EMU a DTC is triggered.

As to the rest of the story maybe we'll find out eventually.

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job

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Amazing what people will do. Nice detective work.

It is sad that pets are only adopted by some because of their 'profile'. Apparently black cats aren't as adoptable because they're not as photogenic. One of our rescue cats has only one eye but doesn't miss a trick. Hence I call him a pirate.

If it hadn't been for those pesky kids.....

Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Typical ass covering

Once again it seems like a case of persecuting the wrong person. Stalin was being supplied with the raw decripts before they were filtered and fed to him through official channels. The leakage in SIS was incredible but various officials seem to have put far more effort into covering up their own inabilities than catching spy's. I'd recommend reading treachery by Chapman Pincher. I'd say he's got a definite bias but these are obvious and don't stop him contradicting existing mis-information.

The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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You've got to be kidding, complaining that a city car hasn't got enough urge and that it's noisy. How about a review of a MX5 lamenting the lack boot space... The purpose of these cars is to cheaply transport you around the urban environment whilst keeping pollution levels down, neither power or weight (soundproofing) will help with this. My wife's had two 107s both faultless and a colleague's had three (all being faultless), to me they sound so good with their raspy bark it doesn't need silencing. If you want more performance use higher octane fuel, it makes a great deal of difference here on the hills. As for me I'll keep running around in my 23 year old XM.

Frack me! UK shale gas bonanza 'bigger than North Sea oil'

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Backup plan?

Wind turbines can be taken down, nuclear reactors de-commissioned, etc. IF the use of fracking breaks into the water table/water course what technology will they use to seal off the water table and remove the pollution from the water? Surely if they are allowed to use such methods they must have a plan for when things go wrong? De-salination plants to replaced the lost 'fresh' water could be powered by the gas they've recovered.....

Lawyers try to seize Chinese IPAD trademark

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China, a great place to do business.....

IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

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In my workplace the IT department spends some of it's time stopping users buying pointless/stupid kit for the sake of it.

Apple's Galaxy Tab ban was best advertising ever - Samsung

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Brand loyalty

I just don't get it, what's the point? Most companys would/do screw you given the chance, you're a source of income and maybe word of mouth advertising, no more no less. They're a supplier so you buy the product that suits you in your price range. I've always been this way with possessions because that is all they are.

Facebook deletes hacked Pages, destroying years of work

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Big Surprise

Obviously another 'company' that uses the Ebay school of customer support.

Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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I'm not so sure

So iPhones are doomed? Well all car owners aspire to own a Ford/ Vauxhall/ Nissan/ etc. That's why Audi/ Mercedes/ BMW Porsche/ Ferrari/ Aston have disappeared...

Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

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You're kidding right?

"leading to a serious release of core radioactives – though this has had basically zero effect on the world in general nor even much impact on the area around Chernobyl."

I wonder if the families of those who died of radiation sickness after the clean up would agree? Somehow I doubt it. What this shows to me is that not everything can be planned for. I'm not one for sensationalism but I wouldn't want to live near a nuclear reactor of any sort.


Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty

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So what

I don't see as this is a big issue, you pay your money and make your choice. Similar thing to the PC verses MAC debate.

Loud sex ASBO breach woman spared jail

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Just the job

We send 'em to OZ...

Surgery fools Japan's fingerprint checks

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I can't wait for the eyeball stuff to become widespread...

Helpdesk Heroes or unappreciated geeks?

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An IT lecturer that on being told the entire network was down asked if he could check his emails still...

Visa dings teen for $23-quadrillion restaurant charge

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Anyone for seconds?

Did that include a tip?

Conficker left Manchester unable to issue traffic tickets

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What's new?

Age old problem, management not knowing arse from elbow and not taking heed of good practice/advice. Plus not wanting to upset users that want to browse the 'net, show off their photos to colleagues and/or to listen music. Oh yes and everyone's an expert with IT because they have a computer at home.

FAIL because they did.

AT&T rethinks iPhone 3G S upgrade fee

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No surprises?

How surprising a company putting it's customers through the wringer.

What is surprising (to me at least) is that there are companies elsewhere in the world that are as foul to their customers as they are in the UK.