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Comment Re:USB soon disappear? (Score 1) 302

I'm wondering because I've heard much of military (not sure if entire DoD) prohibits USB sticks. Also many companies warn their employees to not insert USB sticks into company computers including personal because don't know if the stick contains bugs. Maybe get rid of USB and be done with that problem. What bugs me are many systems not on the internet and also optical media is being phased out.

Yes, the old story of a bank that had security seminar of scammers that dump USB sticks in parking lots, tempting employees to pick them up and insert into computers. Then the next day bank IT security people do a test by dumping sticks in parking lots, and find that half the seminar attendees took and inserted the stick into their computers!

USB will not disappear unless something better replaces it.

So far that's nothing. Most businesses I know of still use USB for portable storage. This is because you can have many types of storage with USB from high capacity hard disks to small flash drives so cheap they're almost disposable to adaptors for every other kind of storage.

And USB is not just for storage, try finding a wired KB or Mouse that isn't USB, half the Bluetooth peripherals use a USB dongle. Every phone comes with a USB cable for charging, printers, cameras and more, the lot use USB because USB is everywhere. USB headphones are more popular than ever.

Very few businesses restrict USB, most of them have very specific reasons for doing so (I.E. DOD/MOD or PCI/PII requirements). The oft quoted "USB sticks in the parking lot" hasn't been a credible threat for years as OS's no longer use autorun.

So if USB is soon to die... What is going to replace it? I've just bought a new gaming PC a few months back, heaps of USB ports but not much of anything else. I cant even remember if it comes with PS2,

Comment Re:MagSafe have save me tons of money (Score 1) 302

I can't count the number of times I've tripped over a laptop cable. I've lost multiple hard drives but only one broken screen with my Windows laptops. Thanks to MagSafe I've lost zero anything on my MacBooks.

I can count the number of times I've tripped over a laptop cable and lost a hard drive or broken a screen.

Its zero.

I use this revolutionary technique called "looking where I put my feet". Next week we cant talk about the advanced technique of "stopping when you feel pressure on your shin".

Magsafe is a good argument for Mac Users being completely uncoordinated.

Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 302

That would not be good. I've tripped over my power cable far too many times and been grateful for having Magsafe.

You need to be less of a klutz.

I've tripped over my power cable enough times to never have even thought of requiring something like Magsafe. With British and US plugs, they pull right out of the wall anyway, not like the AS/NZ3112 plug used in Australia that requires force to dislodge.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 302

Fair enough. I basically stopped using flash drives when I realized I could tether to my phone and upload single-file backups to my computer at home without having to fumble around with a USB device that's thicker than my laptop.

Because that one device can be plugged into anything with a standard USB port from my computer to my car, doesn't require me to carry around a separate cable and is cheap enough that I can just give them to people without worrying about getting it back or missing a phone call.

Beyond this, we're talking about Macs, so it's logical to assume the owner has an Iphone. Apple does not permit them to be used as mass storage devices.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 293

You see, when you "buy" a Tesla, what you're really getting is a time unlimited lease agreement with stipulations on how it can be used. Much the same as if you "bought" a DVD or Apple product, it remains the sole property of the manufacturer and you're just permitted to use it in exchange for money.

That purpose might well be a revenue-earning ride sharing thing

Then they don't have to worry, your Tesla will depreciate faster than you could earn from Uber at its sub minimum wage levels. Then we have consumables and limitations (after the battery runs flat, you'll need to charge it for a few hours), towing costs and what not.

Comment Re:Seems like common courtesy to me (Score 1) 196

If I were to move to, say, France, I'd feel obliged to learn French, preferably before I actually moved there, but as soon as possible upon arriving there otherwise.
Same would go for any other country I might find myself living in. It's rude and absurd for someone moving to another country to expect everyone else to learn your language, you should learn their language, especially if you have a job where you interact with the public-at-large all day long.

To be fair, there are quite a few countries that you can live in with minimal to no knowledge of the local language. Popular retirement spots like Thailand, Spain and the Philippines are full of British (and Americans) who cant speak a word of Spanish, Thai or Tagalog.

Although I largely agree with you, if I were not working in the country or didn't have a requirement to learn the language (I.E. English is spoken well enough where I frequented) I wouldn't go out of my way to learn it. I.E. if I took an expat package in the ME I wouldn't bother learning Arabic beyond the most basic words as I'd eventually go somewhere else when I'd earned enough money.

Comment Re:Requirements for London Cabs? (Score 1) 196

London Black Cabs are known for having extremely rigorous training requirements. They are trained on the city layout and must know the history of various landmarks. More along the line of tour guides than just drivers.

True, however "private hire drivers" covers many other vehicles such as Hackney Carriages and Mini-cabs including Uber which is basically a mini-cab company thats haemorrhaging money. Mini-cabbers have no requirement to pass The Knowledge like Black Cab drivers, in fact the requirements for entry to a private hire license are pretty minimal at best.

Comment Re:Imagine that (Score 1) 196

No it really isn't. That whole racist thing is just how the remainers and media devisively painted it as a lame attempt to discredit Brexit through PeeCee-ism.


This is just a media puff piece about nothing changing at all. London has always required English competency in its private hire drivers.

This is just PR from TFL as another city (cant remember who, I think Birmingham) removed the English language competency for private hire drivers.

As far as I can tell, for most people that voted to leave (including me) the actual issue was the massive amount of corruption/cronyism in Brussels, and the EU's apparently still ongoing attempt at creation of a single federalist super-state that would have nothing recognisable as actual democracy.

Strange, all I heard from Leavers was guff about taking "our" country back from foreign invaders. All Bollocks of course as they happily paid the Pole to clean their house at wages not English would accept whilst complaining about the evil immigrants "turking their jurbs" out of the other side of their mouth.

Comment Re:What does this even mean ? (Score 1) 365

Driving is about anticipation of events way more than reaction time.

This. A good (defensive) driver anticipates hazards and acts to avoid them. A bad (reactive) driver waits until a potential hazard becomes a real one.

Driverless cars might seem better than a bad driver because they're both reactive, but they're nowhere near as good as a defensive driver who is proactive. Nor will they be until AI can reliably make decisions about potential hazards.

The only reason the Google car has not had more than 1 at fault accident is because there was a driver behind the wheel all the time ready to intervene. Given I've worked with the HDL-64 LIDAR systems they use, if there had of been one on my drive this morning in the rain of Southern England it would have crashed without a doubt. There's a reason all the testing has been done in sunny California. I used the HDL-64 for terrain mapping, if there was any rain or cloud cover, it was useless.

Comment Re:Uh, the name... (Score 1) 275

That's like naming a place "Beijing-ia" or "Tamil Nadu-ia"

Thailand in Spanish is Thailandia. So it does happen.

Other languages do tend to conjugate nations and nationalities using their own conventions. We call people from Germany, Germans where as they often refer to themselves as Deutschlanders and vice versa refer to English as Englanders.

Not that I'm arguing with your very eloquent point sir, I am merely saying that Asguardian is a perfectly acceptable anglicisation of a Nordic word.

Comment Re: $300 or $400 for map update (Score 1) 310

Yeah. And they charge hundreds for the actual unit in the first place. It'd be cheaper to buy a new Garmin every 6 months than buy an in dash navigation.

BMW have caught onto that racket, the GPS system is now free... the updates cost hundreds of pounds.

Comment Re:Microsoft... (Score 1) 291

Every time I turn on my Ford truck, here's what I have to do to connect my phone via bluetooth: 1) select AUX 2) press menu 3) scroll to select source 4) click enter 5) scroll to select bluetooth 6) click enter

If while I sit in my truck I turn the vehicle off, turn it back on, I have to do the same thing over again. It doesn't remember shit between vehicle starts. No usability testing, typical of Microsoft products.

I rented a Citroen C1 when I first started working here in the UK, after setting up the bluetooth on my phone (nexus 5X) here is what I had to do to connect it:
1) Turn on the car.
That was pretty much it. I had a harder time finding a decent audio app that would use the folder structure over the ID3 tags (which are bad to non-existent on my music collection)... Even then I'd hardly describe that task as difficult. The C1 is a cheap French hatchback with a 1L engine that sells for 7,500 GBP.

Comment Re:That would help logistics too (Score 3, Funny) 159

They will probably remove superfluous keys like Caps Lock, CTRL, ESC and J.

17 November 2016

CUPERTINO (AP) Today Apple unveiled it's eagerly awaited refreshed Macbook line. The new model is said to be keyboardless and screenless in a move described by some as "bold" and "ahead of its time". Instead of a keyboard and screen, the new Macbook has a touch sensitive sunk relief hand pad and a monocrome Apple logo that lights up and pulsates when the user places their hand in the indentation. This move was explained by Apple CEO Tim Cook who was quoted as "We know our fans don't want complex machinery, they want a simple, streamlined user experience and that is what the new Macbook provides, we have taken the courageous step of not just removing the keyboard, but the screen as well".

This expected move was greeted with surprise and delight by Apple fans worldwide who knew about this from internet rumours for months but still were shocked by the news. One fan, Wayne Kerr commented "This is so revolutionary, no other laptop has removed the keyboard, let alone the screen. This is the start of the post screen era." shortly before trying to sell our journalist his left testicle in order to buy one. As expected, the new Macbook has drawn criticism from supporters of traditional laptops.

Leaks from Apple insiders say the pulsating light emitted from the device is emitted at the right frequency and wavelength to inspire feelings of contentment and reinforce that they made the right decisions buying an Apple product. Leaks also stated that Apple imagineers believe that this is the only reason anyone buys their products.

The new Macbook will go on sale in early December for US$9,938. Apple are expected to offer a wireless keyboard and monitor as optional extras.

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