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MikeB4
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  #2169069 28-Jan-2019 16:19
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Geektastic: Excessive use of the phrase "Breaking News".

This used to be reserved for serious matters. For example, "Breaking News: King George Dies" etc.

Now, "Breaking News: All Time heat record set!"

Way too much hyperbole.

 

Yup, most of the "Breaking News" isn't "Breaking News" it is breaking the new.


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  #2169112 28-Jan-2019 16:34
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MikeB4:

 

Geektastic: Excessive use of the phrase "Breaking News".

This used to be reserved for serious matters. For example, "Breaking News: King George Dies" etc.

Now, "Breaking News: All Time heat record set!"

Way too much hyperbole.

 

Yup, most of the "Breaking News" isn't "Breaking News" it is breaking the new.

 

 

I follow a couple of twitter breaking news accounts. I hate these non-breaking news. Breaking news should be something that interrupts what I'm doing, and likely to make me change my current activities.

 

Sometimes they should be renamed "First!" to indicate they are first to post something unimportant, such as "Sportsman now a father".






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  #2169543 29-Jan-2019 12:18
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Constant e-Scooter bashing by media and do-gooder fun police. 

 

Stats being used as weapons (selectively) to make the "new craze" seem like a bad idea right from the outset. 

 

How about some balance? 





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Handsome Dan does not currently have a side hustle as the mascot for Yale 

 

 

 

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  #2169687 29-Jan-2019 15:48
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The plastic sleeve that the free (water) bottles come in from New World

 

Completely un-required


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  #2169773 29-Jan-2019 16:44
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I've ended up with a handful of "Ultra HD Blu-ray" discs over the past year or so, but nothing to play them with. The discs themselves are BDXL format, so after a quick visit to Google I bought a BDXL drive that's known to work. It doesn't officially claim to be compatible with Ultra HD discs, just BDXL.

 

It turns out that since the original article was published, the manufacturer has decided to update the drive with a "defective by design" firmware that makes it eject a disc as soon as it sees a movie on it.

 

Fortunately I was able to flash the previous firmware onto it, but for heaven's sake. It's one thing to not officially support a format, and quite another to maliciously block it.


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  #2170032 30-Jan-2019 08:37
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Behodar:

 

I've ended up with a handful of "Ultra HD Blu-ray" discs over the past year or so, but nothing to play them with. The discs themselves are BDXL format, so after a quick visit to Google I bought a BDXL drive that's known to work. It doesn't officially claim to be compatible with Ultra HD discs, just BDXL.

 

It turns out that since the original article was published, the manufacturer has decided to update the drive with a "defective by design" firmware that makes it eject a disc as soon as it sees a movie on it.

 

Fortunately I was able to flash the previous firmware onto it, but for heaven's sake. It's one thing to not officially support a format, and quite another to maliciously block it.

 

I completely do not get that behavior...

 

 

 

Is it due to licensing the software to enable playback? Seems quite petty. 





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  #2170034 30-Jan-2019 08:43
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No idea; it doesn't come with any bundled playback software so who knows?


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  #2170037 30-Jan-2019 08:55
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Behodar:

 

No idea; it doesn't come with any bundled playback software so who knows?

 

 

The UHD "friendly" drives can read BDXL but don't implement AACS 2 as required for playback using official software. They can however read the data using an AACS 1 host certificate and certain software exploits this. The drive manufacturer likely has a more expensive model which is UHD compliant, so instead of making your model comply, it just ejects the disk.

 

Technically you're no worse off, but with the firmware update you're a winner overall... as is the movie industry, because I and many others will now buy UHD titles.

 

 


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  #2170045 30-Jan-2019 09:17
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The design of the Greggs sauce bottles.  The tapered nozzle that is damn near impossible to open as you're trying to twist something that tapers in the wrong direction.





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  #2170250 30-Jan-2019 15:02
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Traffic and inconsiderate parents / caregivers now that School is back!

 

What a difference School Holidays make!


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  #2170296 30-Jan-2019 17:00
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Handsomedan:

 

Constant e-Scooter bashing by media and do-gooder fun police. 

 

Stats being used as weapons (selectively) to make the "new craze" seem like a bad idea right from the outset. 

 

How about some balance? 

 

 

Just be grateful no one is trying to introduce a new personal mobility device called a 'bicycle' at the moment...





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  #2170301 30-Jan-2019 17:09
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Trying to pay for the overpriced Playstation Plus for No1 midget.

 

Try to log in, get through that stupid click on anything with a car in it, then find out I got the password wrong. Try again, click on anything with traffic lights in it, find out the password is wrong again, rinse, repeat.

 

Finally get in, try to pay for membership, payment won't work as card date has expired, update card, payment declined for some unknown reason that can't actually be explained. Repeat about three times cos you never know. Think sod it and phone the bank, asked to verify identity by answering some internet password thing specifically designed for just such an occasion as this that I set up about a decade ago and surprise, surprise can't remember. Eventually convince them that I'm me and find out there's some security something somewhere on my PC or Chrome or Sonys software that the credit card transactions software doesn't like, so I have to try again later, or tomorrow, or waive these security checks, which isn't going to happen...





“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” -John Kenneth Galbraith

 

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  #2170302 30-Jan-2019 17:16
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rb99:

 

Handsomedan:

 

Constant e-Scooter bashing by media and do-gooder fun police. 

 

Stats being used as weapons (selectively) to make the "new craze" seem like a bad idea right from the outset. 

 

How about some balance? 

 

 

Just be grateful no one is trying to introduce a new personal mobility device called a 'bicycle' at the moment...

 

 

But they do force you to wear a helmet - despite the lack of evidence for there being any overall benefit, that if there was no law forcing you to wear one, there wouldn't be a law preventing you from wearing one if you so wanted, and pretty well every country that's looked at introducing helmet laws has looked at NZ's ludicrous abject failure as reason to not implement it.  Every time these facts are pointed out, there'll be a meaningless anecdote to refute it.  "But my surgeon said, if I hadn't been wearing a helmet I'd have been dead" etc..


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  #2170304 30-Jan-2019 17:37
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Behodar:

 

I've ended up with a handful of "Ultra HD Blu-ray" discs over the past year or so, but nothing to play them with. The discs themselves are BDXL format, so after a quick visit to Google I bought a BDXL drive that's known to work. It doesn't officially claim to be compatible with Ultra HD discs, just BDXL.

 

It turns out that since the original article was published, the manufacturer has decided to update the drive with a "defective by design" firmware that makes it eject a disc as soon as it sees a movie on it.

 

Fortunately I was able to flash the previous firmware onto it, but for heaven's sake. It's one thing to not officially support a format, and quite another to maliciously block it.

 

 

was it panasonic/mats... by any chance

 

the ... is because the forum blocks the naughty word that is actually part of the company name. I suspect it blocks a type of mushroom as well 


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#2170307 30-Jan-2019 17:50
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I was walking in front of the local Court House today, just next to the entrance, 3-4 big green smoke-free signs. Just in front of them, around 6-7 low life looking people were... guess what... smoking.

 

Same happening next to shop entrances :(


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