* Posts by Natalie Gritpants Jr

119 posts • joined 18 Sep 2018


Singapore to pay its citizens to wear Apple Watches

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Think you forgot something

The cost of an iPhone to go with the Apple Watch

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules

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You will never get the same audio quality as CD. The RIAA equalization sees to that. You may get equivalent frequency response and signal to noise (unlikely unless you unwrap and keep your vinyl in a clean room) but those things are not the whole story with audio quality. Transient response is part of the experience too.

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If you want to own the music you shouldn't sell the CDs on eBay. If you do keeping the FLAC files is a breach of copyright and morally not right. Just keep them (or destroy them if you don't have space).

QR-code based contact-tracing app brings 'defining moment' for UK’s 'world beating' test and trace system

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Loving the Yo Sushi QR codes!

Point camera at QR on table and your browser goes to the menu where you order and pay. Then the food turns up. The old way was a bit more fun for the adventurous but I can't see it going back to that.

Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how many signs of intelligent life astroboffins found in probe of TEN MILLION stars

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Most people fall of a bike when they first try riding one. That's the stage we're at.

India flies Mach 6 scramjet for 20 whole seconds

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Blue water navy?

Are there any other types of navy?

TCL's latest e-ink tech looks good on paper, but Chinese giant will have to back up extraordinary claims

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Re: Can you fold it or cut it?

Still won't be paper unless you can burn it safely

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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The actual case is in between your post and the parent post:

1) You're in a small (probably private) school, it's gone from 20 A's to 30

2) You're in a large (probably state) school, to keep the national average roughly constant, it's gone from 50 A's to 40.

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Re: Really?

It only has a mortality rate of 1% when the NHS isn't overwhelmed and that 10% of cases that end up in a hospital stay actually get a hospital stay. Given a broken NHS the mortality rate could be up to 5%. Still fancy your chances?

Architect of tech contractor tax fraud scheme jailed for at least five years

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These people certainly did. Probably you can't legally given the current interest rates

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Your use of the word cease upsets me and reminds me of my deceased ancestors.

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump

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If he does lose

Can we have a nice graph of the exponential decay of his follower numbers? I would guess at a half life of a day or two.

Chips for Huawei are fried: TSMC stops shipping parts to Middle Kingdom mega-maker this September

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Re: Which could be where it gets "interesting"

You do know what the T in TSMC stands for?

Motorbike ride-share app CEO taken to pieces in grisly New York dismemberment

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Re: Did he have BCs?

Good luck with your career as a torturer if you think beheading is a good strategy.

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei

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Re: NSA Backdoors in Cisco and Juniper kit?

Actually, yes, it is. There are clear differences between the governments of China and the USA+UK, both in intent and execution of policy.

If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free

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Re: VHDL's still a verbose horror, then.

Ever tried to diff two versions of a schematic so you can review a bug fix by someone?

Ever tried to figure out why a schematic design has a bug by looking at a waveform diagram of a simulation where every net is called net000123?

Ever tried to do a state machine in a schematic?

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Re: Just what we need

I have a Leyland Roadrunner horsebox for sale on eBay and Facebook if you're interested. 1990 model and it still starts first time. Cabs a bit rusty though.

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Re: Hmm.

Too late for that now that so many people are using company VPNs to work from home. They could ban them and then pay for the resulting unemployment but I doubt that will happen.

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Re: Hmm.

No reason why you shouldn't run a VPN over the link. I assume you already do that over your phone line broadband if you're concerned that GCHQ is listening.

The internet becomes trademarkable, sort of, with near-unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Booking.com

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My decision to trademark furniture.boring was right all along. In your face Ikea!

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: It doesn't matter..

I don't understand. "shone" rhymes with "stone" doesn't it?

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Let's keep crazy and mad and bonkers and looney etc

and stop using them to describe people with mental health issues

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Next great idea

Yes, don't use an inkjet, get a laser printer. Been very happy with my Samsung printer/scanner/copier, but they've sold the business to HP so can't recommend either of them.

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: "......worst death toll in Europe"

Interesting to see how NZ balances the need to keep the virus out against the value of tourism to the economy. I don't mean to come over snarky, I genuinely am interested in what tactic they will take.

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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Re: Horrible flashbacks

I once wrote a sudoku solver in VHDL while waiting for a contract to end. Would be suitable for FPGA implementation and I was planning on putting it in a FPGA dev system with DVI in and out so it could solve any sudoku on the input and substitute the solution on the output in real time. Sadly, have been too busy for the last fifteen years to complete it.

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Re: Sympathies to the employee but

I did say "my" laptop. And would have been using "my" mobile data dongle. Wouldn't trust a work network not to intercept my personal stuff.

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Sympathies to the employee but

I would have been doing something profitable from my laptop if it had been me.

Sweet TCAS! We can make airliners go up-diddly-up whenever we want, say infosec researchers

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Company sponsored blow-job after every casualty-free landing.

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'

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Re: unintended consequences

Actually the lead on a rope was dropped to the floor and then the sailor holding it would hold it vertically and walk along the ship. The time was taken at two points and so the speed of the ship calculated. Swinging the lead was a shortcut so the sailor didn't have to walk to the start point. This was bad as it is less accurate leading to navigation errors (potentially fatal if it means arriving at the end of the sea too soon)

House of Commons agrees to allow Zoom app in Parliament, British MPs will still have to dress smartly

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Re: No opportunity for grabbing the Mace

Two swords? Surely you only need one sword length for safety between the two sides.

Hello, sub £-100 Moto: Lenovo punts 6.1-inch display e6S at low-cost crowd

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Re: Yeah the Nokia 2.3 is better

India has a huge population, many are not poor.

Amazon launches itself into retail IT with 'all the necessary technologies'. Not saying which, but you know...

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Pickpockets paradise

Seems like the cameras are monitoring the shelves to see who picks up and puts back what and then assumes they walk out and are happy to pay for it. All very well till some ne're-do-wells realize the cameras are not monitoring them pinching stuff from other peoples trolleys.

Almost as hopeless as letting you buy watermelons at the self-checkout and not figuring out that it's a case of vodka and not a watermelon you've just put on the scales.

Scottish biz raided, fined £500k for making 193 million automated calls

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Re: The probe found the company made 1.6 million calls a day ...

Of course the telco knows, they also know they are getting paid for every call answered and are not held responsible.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now: Brexit tea towel says it'll just be the gigabit broadband

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Re: Drying

Press the button with your elbow.

Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear

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Small time criminal?

Add to that award winning bee keeper and bitcoin entrepreneur.

Going Dutch: The Bakker Elkhuizen UltraBoard 950 Wireless... because looks aren't everything

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Re: "as your mum once told me"

Move the mouse to the left hand side. Take a bit of getting used to but it's much cheaper than a physio.

Instagram influencer fools followers into thinking Ikea photoshoot was Bali holiday

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Re: Clearly a cover up

Doesn't really matter what the ASCII values are as long as they are in alphabetical order because he is subtracting one set from another. I'm assuming the illuminati were familiar with the english alphabet - oh wait..

Raw sunlight is going to cause our asteroid belt to spin itself to death by YORPing – but not for another six billion years

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Re: Snowballs

So we don't need Bruce Willis?

Built to last: Time to dispose of the disposable, unrepairable brick

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One reason to replace and old desktop is power consumption

A laptop can often be just as powerful, is portable if you need it to be and has a built in UPS. Unless you want terabytes of disk.

Contractors welcome Lords inquiry into IR35 before tax reforms hit private sector but fear it's 'too little, too late'

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Not really (unless you are HMRC). My employer treats me really well - unlimited holidays etc. The company that contracts my employer treats my employer like shit though.

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Re: Too little, too late

<me_too> I've been told I'm inside so I'm looking for a new contract ASAP. It will either cost me income if I don't find one or it will cost my client time to market as we're at a critical point in the run up to tape out.

Cache flow problems continue for Intel: Yet more data-leaking processor design blunders discovered, patches due soon

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And how are they going to put more recent instructions in the older CPUs? Magic?

Good folk of Forfar: Alan Hattel would like you all to know he's not dead despite what it says on his tombstone

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He need some new friends

if they get their social life updates by patrolling the graveyard.

Co-Op Insurance and IBM play blame game over collapse of £175m megaproject

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Re: Good news for...

Indeed, trebles all round for those whose bonuses depended on the signing of contracts and not the delivery.

APEX predator? Chinese phone-flinger Vivo teases upcoming concept phone

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Might be cheaper to have just one really good camera on the back together with a small low res screen on the back for selfies/facetime.

Hold my Bose, we can do premium: Sennheiser chucks pricey wireless cans at travellers

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Re: Does the noise-cancelling work without a source?

Maybe play some music and turn the volume down to zero.

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Re: oh no!

I have a LG-G5 phone with USB-C and it is bollocks, it is now so loose it falls out when it's on the car dashboard. It is very fiddly to get it in properly. Never had those problems with Micro-USB. Stick your finger on the cable end and you can feel which way round it is, then pop it in and it locks.

Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt

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The conclusion I draw is that this is where the Brexit party will be very soon, followed by Labour unless by some miracle they elect a moderate leader.

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards

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Hey geeks

Does anyone know of a good IoT over mains wiring system? I used to use X10 but they are difficult to source now and the most recent ones I bought are crap. They also don't control lights of less than 60W so no LEDs!

I have mains around the garden but as I'm in Somerset WiFi doesn't go more than three feet in normal weather and some of the buildings are stone.



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