* Posts by Gob Smacked

93 posts • joined 7 Feb 2012


Samsung reveals new folding stuff for people who like flaunting wads of folding stuff

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Re: Er, no

> I'll bet this sees fewer sales than their first folding phone. The hype for folding phones in the popular press is over...

I just got more excited.. Guess it depends on your preconceptions and what you seek in personal tech.

Wish I got the money, but I could try and have the boss buy it for me instead :)

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Re: I will buy one when it can also

"I played with one in the Samsung store, .... bla bla"

Don't lie, you AC. It's just announced. You "might" have fondled with its predecessor, but I doubt even that now.

Worried about the Andromeda galaxy crashing into our Milky Way in four billion years? Too bad, it's quite possibly already happening

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An honest question should not be downvoted... You're correct: on the large scale of the universe, everythings seems to drift apart, like a helium weather balloon floating up in the sky pushing individual heliums atoms further apart as the balloon grows in size. These helium atoms still bounce against eachother though, but that frequency drops as the balloon gets higher up: the internal pressure drops. It's just that individual helium atoms have speeds greater than the speed with which the balloon extends.

It's the same for stars and star systems: if their individual movement is with higher speed than the speed with which the universe is expanding, that individual movement will prevail.

Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

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Re: Investment?

You probably don't want to understand it, but I can try to explain. Many big bitcoin miners are built right next to new and still unprofitable power stations as this is a win-win: bitcoin needs the cheap power to secure the network (has not been hacked ever) and the power station gets an efficiency boost until it becomes profitable (after which the prices go up and bitcoin miners seek there luck elsewhere).

As a financial system, cryptocurrencies use way less power than all banks, their infrastucture and support structures (armored vehicles moving money or gold, all kind of advisers, bank personnel, etc.) together. It never amazes me how big and shiny bank buildings are, the security efforts concerning their large computer systems and buildings in general and how much energy these all waste. And in essence, most banks now move bits too, but with way more overhead than cryptocurrencies...

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Paris Hilton

LOL - only space <x> remarks

There was an entire article, multiple issues.. and the only thing we all dive into: how to type space correctly [yeah, I was hyped too initially :) ]

Seems we're all pretty much the same kind of people - who would have thought that...?

Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all

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Re: If you wish to let people move freely across borders, you need a single app too

Never heard of best effort? If it works and helps to trace most people... every method would have its shortcomings. It's not so much as "don't put the resources into this, but into that", but take the resources, do this and cover the first 80%, some more resources for that which covers an independent 50+ % of the polulation and maybe some other solution to look into the gaps that you may still have. A concerted effort, thought out well and making smart use of "the resources" - instead of a) does not work fully, b) does not work fully, c) does not work fully, so we can't use a, b or c at all...

Think big. Not small.

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update

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Just bought a set of QC 35 II's ...

and received this morning. Followed the instructions on my phone and installed latest firmware.

I can't see anything wrong with noise cancelling. It definitely works. What should be the issue?

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Re: Two days ago, [...] Raymond Hill deployed a fix for Firefox users in uBlock Origin v1.24.1b0

Remove, then install the beta version. FTFY.

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Next to UBO, this...

Nice addition to UBO: Cookie AutoDelete plugin.


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Re: I quit using Chrome and Chromium months ago...

uGet for Android ==> Play Store... Did not test it, but seems legit

Bug-hunter reveals another 'make me admin' Windows 10 zero-day – and vows: 'There's more where that came from'

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Re: She should look in the mirror

Guess she has Aspergers syndrome and this has not been pickup up by the environment earlier. Asperger people can be great contributors to society, but they often can't deal with people around them and need much personal space. Often being bullied in early life gets these kind of results, but under all the hard talk, most aspergers just want to be good people...

Oldest white dwarf star catches amateur's eye – and its dusty ring leaves boffins baffled

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> You don't want a white dwarf squeezing anything past dusty rings around Uranus

Cheap... did smile though... :)

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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The EU moved on...

The UK can't figure out what to do, so EU wide all kind of preparations to prepare for no deal are being implemented.

The EU welcomes all UK businesses that want to do the mainland move, now and later. No worries, there's enough countries to share the load...

Samsung's sleek 'n' sporty X5 SSD pledges blazing transfer speeds

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Re: What a nice bike lamp

Like your own child, you'll forgive its ugliness and love it anyway...

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

@Chris 3: @Y2K bug: "That wasn't Project Fear then, and it isn't Project Fear now"

I was very much involved in the Y2K circus and believe me, a *lot* of potential issues were re-coded, peer reviewed, tested and implemented. Every sensible software maker did their due diligence at the time and most, if not all, critical systems were overhauled in time for Y2K. As it happens, this massive task worked out fine. If we only would take climate change as seriously worldwide too...

Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

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Sorry Syntax. It's no joke... :)

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Re: Can I buy Tulips with Bitcoin?

Just to name 1: https://www.duivenvoorden.nl/

There's a growing list with Bitcoin-friendly retailers in our country (in Dutch): http://www.bitcoinspot.nl/waar-kan-je-in-nederland-met-bitcoins-betalen/zoo-frontpage.html

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@sjsmoto: I am already into Bitcoin since 2009, but only invested in 2013. As I already pulled my investment out 4-fold 2 months ago (halving my wallets), I now see the remains climbing another 15-fold after 2 months and strongly consider to give notice on my invoices that these may be discounted 20% if paid in Bitcoin. Most customers probably won't choose to do so, but doubling the money in a few weeks on the rest may well be worth it...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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@ Anne-Lise Pasch

If you can try it for yourself or have a Note 8 owner at hand, you'll find that the battery life is very good and it charges very, very quickly. Don't mind the figures, listen to the experience.

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Re: The single failure with all "Flagship" these phones..

@Ledswinger: I guess you forget the Note *users*. I can easily do 3 years with a Note and then put my savings on the table for the next big thing. I find it's mostly appreciated by business users and they can easily spare 3 dollars a day to upgrade yearly.

The Note series is mostly about the fan base. If you really use the stylus and the additional software with it, you'll miss that dearly on a "regular" phone.

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Re: I'm marginally annoyed

@rmason: The Note8 by default uses a lower resolution than the S8/S8+. I guess this is the reason that it lasts more than a full day like the Notes before. It'll switch to higher resolution when necessary (video, etc.) or when you make it your preference to go to full resolution allways.

For regular use FullHD is enough for me, can't see the small pixels anyway...

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..and it's good

My son already has it. Batterywise: he's doing more than a full day with a full charge and if he then charges it, it's back on 100% in about an hour.

I'm officially jealous (still on the Note 3).

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Stylus all the way!

The Note series has its own moderate fanatical user base. I'm one of them. My prediction: the Note 8's will sell like hot cakes, just like the previous Notes. Pricier than the S series, like the previous Notes. Still, they'll sell, as Samsung knows well.

My 4 year old Note3 is definately going to be replaced soon...

Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Re: Does ARM export to Europe?

"But it's not surprising that many commentards do not have a clue about ARM or SIC/microelectronics IP in general."

Correct. I know such a company like ARM, but specialising on embedded processing. It's the people that build up the IP in such a firm. People out, that's just no business left over. The existing IP rapidly diminishes in value in the current microelectronics market. It's milking the cow and not feeding it. It just dries up.

Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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April fools?

I'd welcome this. Been a long time user of Cygwin. But April 1 is approaching...

Crypto connoisseurs: Curl up with Princeton's 300-page ode to Bitcoin

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ePub version?

I'd like to read this on my phone... Is ther no epub version available? I tried converting it myself, but there are too many annoying line breaks to make it a good reading experience...

SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Just a comet, what's new...

It's a bit big, but it's just a slowly evaporating body as any other comet.

Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

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I changed the APN settings for the time being:

- Suffixed a ".not" top level domain to the MMSC parameter to make it unresolvable;

- Prefixed "1" to the MMS Proxy Port number to send it into oblivion.

This is easy enough to undo once the coast is clear again.

Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

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Re: Google is to blame

"Given the fact Android is free, it is another proof that people get what they pay for."

So, what is your point exactly then?

Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Not that much water here...

Allthough it seems te be a lot, the complete amount of water on earth is less than what minor planet Ceres or Jupiter moon Europe holds.

I think it was here all the time, in some form, either bound or free. I can live with the assumption that our infant cooking earth was covered with a thick, damp, cosey water blanket.

Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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One type of slab estate should be enough for everyone!

At least, as a 3 year user of a Galaxy Note phone, I never felt the temptation anymore to buy a tablet. I *like* them, but don't need a tablet. A good Windows laptop yes. Something serious that works in most environments next to the quick-dirty-and-useful gadget.

In spinning rust we TRUST: HGST slips out screamingly fast ... HDD

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Re: Am i the only one

@Doug S: hey, 15k rpm translates to 250 Hz, perfectly audible for most...

Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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Internet, as always

routes around the problem...

Once it's out there, it remains accessible somehow. Lawmakers keep having their hands full, but in the end, it's just an arms race. At least, IT technicians like myself always have something to laugh about...

Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

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Re: You might still look like an idiot

"Moot anyway, I'm pretty sure your eyes can't focus on something as close as the end of your eyeball."

Just project it on to the retina...

Ex-Nokia team unveil Jolla smartphone with added Sailfish OS

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Re: No NSA please

@Dave126: 'I just looked at the specs ... and thought - "what have I missed here?"'

That this operating system is far more lightweight than Android.

Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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This is soooo much bollocks...

In the early days (I was there too), Bitcoins were a geeky novelty, worth no more than idle gossip.

I had my PC mining for a while, but soon found my mediocre CPU was not suited for calculating hashes and gave up. I *did* request BTC 5 for free though that some fellow miner delivered to anyone who asked for it. I'm very sorry now that I lost my (then worthless) Bitcoin wallet after a number of PC moves...

It was very common in the early days to just move around "huge" sums of Bitcoins. They had no real value then and only a few very early adopters willing to sell real stuff for Bitcoins...

Bitcoin mining rig firm claims $3m revenue in just FOUR DAYS

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"But, if using those rigs is profitable, why sell them?"

You can only put so many of these rigs in the backroom before you need to upgrade your own power line. You can sell the remaining rigs out of the batch a little delayed and give your own rigs a good head start.

A lot of people forget it's easy to do more than just 1 single thing at a time ... :)

Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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No Photosphere ?

Seems an easy target to me...

All cool kids' phones run ALTERNATIVE alternative custom Android ROM

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Re: This is why I am leaving Android

"Based on your talkingpoints there, I'm pretty sure you've either always been on Apple or are one of those people Apple pays to go post positively about them in forums."

Where do I leave my other plusses...? Spotted that from a mile of myself.. :)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Region Locking

"Nope, the region locking is just for first activation."

Nope, not even that.

It turns out "first activation" means "several days use with a local SIM". It takes a while to turn off, but it does eventually.

There was a lot of complaining after a number of users found their phone still locked after they initially put in a local SIM and some outlandish SIM straight afterwards, It seems Samsung was serious about local activation: you need to use it for a while what effectively destroys quick-insert-and-resell-later schemes.

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Re: Samsung have shot themselves in the foot with SIM region locking, eFuses and warranty policy

"All the talk about the the stylus on the Note 3 neglects to mention that on the Xperia Ultra you can write on the screen with ANY pencil."

Well, my friend complains about all the minute scratches he finds on his Ultra Z after using a 2B pencil... They won't come off anymore.

Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

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Just move it.

There a probably a good number of Chinese universities willing to host the conference...

TPG flashes cheeky 'down under' CAPTCHA

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Nothing special. Last I took a wrong corner and ended up there... It's a village nearby I didn't know of:


Jolla Sailfish OS to support Android hardware, apps

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Re: proper compartmentlization...?

I owned the N9 and it happily outran Android phones while using inferior hardware. I had to move to Android again later due to lack of a few important apps I relied on before the N9.

To have the speed of raw Linux combined with the resources of Android... nice: best of both worlds. :)

KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'

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Re: So one 0 day vuln in the JVM and...

Roo: "The article suggests to me that the JVM is your only line of defence against your entire box being compromised."

"Only" being the key word. A few layers less to worry about w.r.t. 0-day vulnerabilities. If this OSv becomes popular, it will also make sure all flaws in JVM will get full attention and quickly be ironed out. This will help all JVM related projects (quite a lot). In the end, this could upgrade Java's current bad reputation a lot too...

Just 2 cents worth.

Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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Nice idea for Smashung HOME button too...

Only needs root or a root enabled launcher I'd think.

And what if one could include a "wipe all" press combination sequence ? Would it make a nice toy for villains...

Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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Re: Battery life

Barfing sour grapes, eh ?

Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

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Billions of Linux devices...

...need well-tested patches for upgrades. The Linux kernel is probably the most wide spread and ultimately most important piece of kernel code in the world. It *should* be stable.

If I were Linus and got sent improperly tested patches for such an important product, hell yeah, I would be angry too.

Linus' rants have been well known for ages now and serious developers know very well they get blasted if they fuck up things they are responsible for. It keeps them in check and they know it. I even think they depend on it.

I think it's a good thing. And nice to read about too... :)

First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

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Another fail

Wasn't it Intel that discarded development for the then new iPhone, reasoning "it has no economic promise" ?

They might never learn...



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