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>> No. 26778 Anonymous
1st November 2018
Thursday 7:43 pm
26778 My Mum
Ladfriends, how do I teach my mum to computer?

Watching her two finger typing, getting bamboozled at sound levels and forgetting keyboard shortcuts so often I start to doubt they exist at all is painful. Normally this wouldn't matter, she'd just be that woman in your office who fills you with despair, but she's starting an OU course, which she's perfectly ready for, barring her technological illiteracy. It means a great deal to her, but there are a lot of things she can't do on a computer that could hold her back, at least in terms of confidence if nothing else. Have any of you got experience teaching relatives this sort of thing? Fiddling about on a computer is so innate to me it's difficult to know where to begin with someone who can't find the "downloads" folder. She's not even that old, she just spends most of her free time in a field.
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>> No. 26779 Anonymous
1st November 2018
Thursday 9:41 pm
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My advice is to give up and get her a Chromebook or an iPad. Being "good with computers" is 20% knowledge and 80% attitude, IMO; you can figure out most things on your own, but some people just aren't interested in learning.
>> No. 26780 Anonymous
1st November 2018
Thursday 10:11 pm
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Definitely agree about the attitude. As the 'computer expert' in my family I get asked to do things all the time and nobody appreciates that I just google the answers if I don't know them. No matter how many times I recommend that they do the same they won't, because the inbuilt presumption that anything they read will be beyond their comprehension is so strong they won't even try. It's an insurmountable mental roadblock. Additionally the older ones are so scared that a single slip-up will delete their entire hard drive/somehow let hackers in that they will never do anything they're not entirely comfortable with in the first place. It's frustrating but hey, what can you do. If she really is interested though I'd recommend just showing her how google and youtube can collectively be used to find the answer to anything computer-related you want to do, no matter how simple.

Maybe find her a touch-type tutorial program too, it's the sort of thing that getting good at builds confidence since it looks so professional. I should really get back to those, I have to glance at the keyboard half the time and my backspace is worn down to a nub...

>> No. 26742 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 11:50 am
26742 Dashcams
Can anyone recommend a good dashcam?

I want something that I don't have to remove after I stop driving to deter thieves. So something inconspicuous would be ideal. I've seen ones that clip onto the frontside of the rearview mirror but they also seem to augment the rearview itself, putting a control menu there which I don't like.
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>> No. 26743 Anonymous
17th September 2018
Monday 6:34 pm
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Techmoan has a lot of good reviews, though he does a lot less now that he's focusing more on Hi-Fi stuff.


Anything made by vico vation are very good choices, but they tend to be on the higher-priced side.
>> No. 26775 Anonymous
16th October 2018
Tuesday 3:49 pm
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Thanks. Unfortunately the one he recommends, that I'm interested in, doesn't seem to be around anymore and has a ridiculously inflated price when I can find it.

>> No. 26764 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 8:35 pm
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I and a dozen others have recently begun tenancies in an old, previously empty building. We (understandably) have no active landline connection. I believe the landline is still in place, but BT require an engineer visit before we can start paying for the leased line. I'd like to know if any of the work the phone engineer might do is DIY-able.
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>> No. 26765 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 8:42 pm
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As far as I know (and I don't know much to be honest), for a situation like yours they would send an engineer out and charge the same regardless of the state of the wiring at your premises.
Plus everything up to the socket in your house remains the property of Openreach, if they suspect anything has been tampered with, I think they are able to impose extra charges.
>> No. 26766 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 11:36 pm
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Tech guy here.

You should not fit one yourself. This is definitely engineer work.

As it is, don't try and do it with BT, they will charge you for this. You will not be their customer, strictly speaking, until you have a live service. So break out now.

Certain companies will cover the costs of the Openreach engineer to fit this for you. I know, for example, that the Post Office Homephone and Broadband is currently waiving engineer fees. If you sign up as a customer with them, they will fit the master-socket at no cost to yourself.

This could be done within three working days.

Quick correction on another poster. The internal socket also belongs to Openreach, just not the front cover of the socket, which belongs to the customer. So, you cannot fit it yourself, as it is not your property.

>> No. 26744 Anonymous
28th September 2018
Friday 3:02 pm
26744 Fuck you, Radioddity
The mains charger for my new radio has a USB A socket on it.
Out of that USB socket, comes 12V.

What the actual fuck?
Big Clive doesn't even need to bother, this is evil by design.

Also, I just wanted a pair of radios that did digital PMR446 to each other. I'm in a world of programming, codeplugs and people setting up for repeaters, none of which I want. I feel confused.
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>> No. 26745 Anonymous
28th September 2018
Friday 3:42 pm
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Which radios did you buy? The mention of repeaters suggests that you might have inadvertently bought an amateur radio transceiver instead of PMR446.
>> No. 26746 Anonymous
28th September 2018
Friday 3:50 pm
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Radioddity GD-77 , so yes, I've been criminal scum in that they'll operate outside the unlicensed bands and at unlicensed powers.
hence me wanting to find a codeplug that'll kick them back down to legal DPMR (although I know that won't make them legal, but I'm OK with that).
It's just that my analogue PMRs are really knackered and I lost the good ones in a house move, so fancied something a bit less crackly now that I'm using them more. 'Real' DPMR sets are ball-achingly expensive still, as there aren't that many.

>> No. 26733 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 4:36 pm
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Average CS graduate.
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>> No. 26737 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 5:39 pm
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>> No. 26738 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 5:45 pm
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Last one.

I hope someone appreciated these as much as I did!
>> No. 26739 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 7:05 pm
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You're not alone lad - I also appreciated very much.
>> No. 26740 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 8:46 pm
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Is this why all the games I play these days are so poorly optimised?
>> No. 26741 Anonymous
8th September 2018
Saturday 9:03 pm
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No. As often as not that is user error.

>> No. 26727 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 9:26 pm
26727 Sibilant in-ear headphones.
I've been religiously buying a new set of SoundMAGIC E-10s every 8 -9 months for the past 5 or so years, and so when my latest set gave up, I decided to try something different.

Reading the rave reviews online, I bought a set of RockJAW Alfa Genus V2s. While they are definitely great sounding in the low and mid range, the trebles are absolutely atrocious. Cymbals and 's' sounds are piercing to the point of painfulness unless I listen to them very quietly.

Should I return them while I still can or will this disappear as they get burned in?
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>> No. 26728 Anonymous
2nd September 2018
Sunday 10:33 pm
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Have you tried changing the tuning filters?
>> No. 26729 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 6:40 am
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Yeah, all sound the same. I've made sure they aren't dirty or anything.
>> No. 26730 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 6:40 am
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I mean that they all have the issue, not that they all sound the same.
>> No. 26731 Anonymous
3rd September 2018
Monday 11:29 am
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You could try leaving the headphones playing something on a loop at reasonably high volume for 24 hours; if they still sound fizzy after that, return them.
>> No. 26732 Anonymous
4th September 2018
Tuesday 8:45 am
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Turns out the filters have no foam in them. Might be an issue. Possibly.

>> No. 26694 Anonymous
16th August 2018
Thursday 4:46 pm
26694 Read all of this in a techmoan accent
Lads, are any of you au fait with cassette tapes?

Me and a few mates have been making music for a couple of years, and due to life it's probably coming to an end pretty soon. As an interesting keepsake (for practical terms, we have everything online), I'd like to make us all a cassette of all the music we've made.

I don't have any blank cassettes in the house so I am hunting around eBay.

What should I look out for when buying new old stock cassettes? Are Type II Chrome tapes worth the extra cash?
I've seen a small smattering of Type IV metal tapes - do they require any special equipment or will the Type II setting on my deck suffice?

Which is better for noise reduction? My deck has B and C but if a deck doesn't have it, will it interfere?

Cheers, lads.
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>> No. 26722 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 12:52 am
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I remember mine had 12 seconds of buffer, so you'd really have to shake it continuously for near to that amount of time to hear any skipping.

It rinsed the battery, though, and the frustration of having a machine that was portable yet almost exactly *just* too big to fit in a normal pocket was a bit of a disappointment.
>> No. 26723 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 1:54 am
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>> No. 26724 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 7:14 am
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I'm going to record without Dolby anyway - the music we make was recorded on cheap gear and so hiss will fit right in, and it will be playable everywhere.

I'm even younger than this lad, and I still made mixtapes as a kid in the early 2000s - I did have some CDs but often borrowed from m8s and taped the music I wanted. My parents' car only had a tape player, so I often taped CDs for them, too.
>> No. 26725 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 9:01 am
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But it will sound better in Dubly.
>> No. 26726 Anonymous
19th August 2018
Sunday 9:47 am
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Too much perspective.

>> No. 26461 Anonymous
8th April 2018
Sunday 4:45 pm
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I just shit myself. AI could be about to change the world in a very big way and it might go wrong.

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>> No. 26518 Anonymous
19th April 2018
Thursday 11:47 am
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Petroleum geologists are remarkably optimistic about climate change.
>> No. 26519 Anonymous
20th April 2018
Friday 6:34 pm
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Oil companies are the ones spreading the climate change apocalypse hoax so that they can have even more control over the energy supply.
>> No. 26520 Anonymous
20th April 2018
Friday 10:30 pm
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>> No. 26526 Anonymous
22nd April 2018
Sunday 5:38 pm
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That's not me. The talk was 2 months ago, from what I remember he may have mentioned kill switches and robots just following code, though I'm not sure. You might be better off emailing him yourself: nickh[at]robots.ox.ac.uk
>> No. 26692 Anonymous
15th August 2018
Wednesday 2:55 pm
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ai mixed with invisible to digital eye human violence has already ruined my health, wealth, happiness and another lively hopes and opportunities

(A good day to you Sir!)

>> No. 26680 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 4:26 pm
26680 Ancient Pottery Used To Play Back Recorded Voices From The Distant Past
Archaeologist believe they have discovered sound recordings encoded in ancient artifacts.


(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 26687 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 7:28 pm
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addendum: For those unaware, this site contains a javascript-based cryptcoin miner that uses your CPU power to mine buttcoins for as long as you have the tab open.
>> No. 26688 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 7:46 pm
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I'd have thought someone would put a bit more effort in if you wanted to make some money out of this whole charade, surely? That's worse than the website I made for my Year 10 ICT course work and I hated that subject.
>> No. 26689 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 8:06 pm
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The content itsself matters little, I imagine.

If you spam this on an imageboard with thousands of visitors (rather than the three we have here), and a few hundred click through and spend 30 seconds to 1 minute reading that poorly researched shite, and 90-95% of them aren't using some form of scriptblocker, I imagine you'll make more than you would with banner ads.

It would depend on what currency is being mined and how intense the script is (and I'm not interested in finding out). Someone who knows more about crypto than I may be able to throw out some figures.
>> No. 26690 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 8:57 pm
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With your proposed numbers you're looking at a payout of exactly 0 XMR. Multiply them by ten and you're approaching 0.000051 XMR or most of the way to 1¢.
>> No. 26691 Anonymous
28th July 2018
Saturday 8:58 pm
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WHOIS reveals nothing - it's been registered through a Domains By Proxy company.

Looks like OP is taking analytics of all his visitors too.

The throttle(0.0) means he has the miner running at full whack; while coinhive does have a balance check tool OP has set his to anonymous so I don't think we can check it.

>> No. 26036 Anonymous
4th August 2017
Friday 3:15 am
26036 PAYG Sim
Looking for a PAYG micro-sim card with the most amount of data for your money.
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>> No. 26674 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 2:19 pm
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Three offer unlimited data on many of their plans, and it seems legitimately unlimited as far as I have found. I pay 20 quid a month for mine. That's a rolling SIM only contract so you're not locked in, that might be decent for you? Otherwise their pay as you go SIM plan charges 1p per MB.
>> No. 26675 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 2:32 pm
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I'd suggest an O2 or Three pay-as-you-go SIM. The standard tariff on both is 1p/MB data, 2p texts and 3p/min calls. Your credit doesn't expire. If your broadband keels over or you go into hospital, you can buy a monthly add-on for more data and tether your laptop to your phone via Wifi. Three offer slightly better deals on the larger data add-ons. These tariffs are your best bet if you're normally a light user, but occasionally need to use loads of data.

The NHS is committed to providing free WiFi for hospital patients by the end of this year, although there's no guarantees on quality.


>> No. 26676 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 2:33 pm
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It's genuinely unlimited on your phone, but it's capped at 30GB/mo if you're tethering to your laptop.
>> No. 26678 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 5:04 pm
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I thought they'd killed their unlimited plans. Or at least closed them to new subscribers.
>> No. 26679 Anonymous
18th July 2018
Wednesday 5:17 pm
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They still exist, they're just not as cheap as they used to be.

>> No. 26527 Anonymous
23rd April 2018
Monday 4:54 pm
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I really want an old rotary telephone. I remember using one at my nan's as a kid and the tactility is so satisfying.

Does anyone knows if BT/Virgin still support pulse dialling? My plan is to buy one anyway and convert it to USB using a PIC/Arduino/Pi/Whatever to use it as a VoIP dialler, but it would be nice if I could also connect it to the real phone network.
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>> No. 26651 Anonymous
26th June 2018
Tuesday 7:27 pm
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I've fully restored it now, I think. Replaced the failing carbon granule microphone and added a rectifier.

Only one thing - should you be able your own voice through the receiver?

Turns out a commercial solution for my bluetooth idea does exist, but it does look a bit pricey, especially considering I'll have to modify the RJx jack to the standard BT one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/liGo-Bluewave-Link-Mobile-Hub/dp/B008D2Y1N4/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_121_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=XY82HWSCAM4V9759Q9VN
>> No. 26669 Anonymous
6th July 2018
Friday 9:58 am
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>Only one thing - should you be able your own voice through the receiver?

That was normal from what I remember.
>> No. 26670 Anonymous
10th July 2018
Tuesday 2:38 pm
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Got another one with the intention of selling, ended up lubricating the dial of both of them. Christ, now it's even more satisfying to dial on.

sage for blogging
>> No. 26671 Anonymous
10th July 2018
Tuesday 7:23 pm
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>ended up lubricating the dial of both of them.

>> No. 26672 Anonymous
10th July 2018
Tuesday 9:42 pm
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I mean, this is the closest I will ever get to physical intimacy with another human so yes.

>> No. 26617 Anonymous
23rd June 2018
Saturday 6:35 pm
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Dropbox's free 2GB seems too small to store my online videos so I looked into paying for an upgrade. Their Dropbox Plus package includes 1TB - good stuff - for £79.99 a year.

What the fuck? That's silly money. I could buy a 1TB+ external hard drive for less than half of that and keep it forever. But they want to charge me that much to just rent one?

How can the cloud storage services justify these prices? Technology companies must be able to buy storage at massive bulk discounts.
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>> No. 26664 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 5:02 pm
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>If, as >>26623 argues, "that stuff is pretty much free" and "you're literally just paying for storage", then OVH would still be offering this service
Lad, that's bollocks and you know it.
>> No. 26665 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 5:09 pm
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If I had a service that was 'pretty much free' to run, and I was charging a bit of money for it, I'd probably not stop offering that service.
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1st July 2018
Sunday 5:35 pm
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You might not stop offering it, but then again you're not a top 10 hosting company, so I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that they know their business better than you do. There are plenty of potential explanations for them pulling the plug. If you wanted to just focus on numbers, the straightforward explanation for closing it to new customers while continuing to service existing customers indefinitely would be the marginal cost of new customers, which is made up almost entirely of the physical resources underlying it - hardware and power.

As I said, they know their business better than we do, but if I had to speculate at the reason for doing it, I'd guess that either it's profitable but not sufficiently so, it's someone's pet project and they've moved on, or they believe it's cannibalising the market for the storage part of their primary cloud offering.
>> No. 26667 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 6:06 pm
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Or that it's expensive to run.
>> No. 26668 Anonymous
1st July 2018
Sunday 6:23 pm
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Because if it's too expensive to run the ideal solution is to keep running the service and just close it to new customers.

>> No. 26431 Anonymous
1st April 2018
Sunday 6:32 pm
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I was using an old Moto G2 until recently. As the charging port became warped, a few times I've decided to have a fiddle around with a pin or toothpick to get it back into position and connect properly with the charger.

While tired last night, I tried to use the edge of a pair of tweezers. This went badly and I've totally mashed the inside of the port.

I've already ordered a replacement handset so I'm not exactly heartbroken, but it would be nice to have a go at fixing it and keeping it as a spare handset.

Have any of you lads ever replaced something this fiddly before? Aside from using smaller tools (I'm thinking of a watchmakers screwdriver etc.) how do I avoid hamfisting it?
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>> No. 26601 Anonymous
9th June 2018
Saturday 5:39 pm
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Allo lads. Just thought I'd report back after a couple of months, in case anyone who looks at this thread wanted a followup.


I'm extremely happy with it. It's an upgrade in every way, very few slow moments with apps, storage space fits every app I need and then some, and I really like the metal case. There's some smart UI upgrades that I'm quite fond of, too.

It was a good purchase, I'm hoping I can keep it in sound working order for as long as possible.


This is a properly good product. I'd advise anyone to keep in mind length when you're buying, as the first one was too short. It doesn't hurt to have a spare I suppose. It's saved my MicroUSB connector from big "rips" of the charger out of the port several times already -- and I realise now I must have been tiredly mashing the poor thing every time I came home from work to put in on charge.

To be honest, I think it really should a standard on these phones, considering it's such a delicate part of the phone.
>> No. 26602 Anonymous
9th June 2018
Saturday 8:13 pm
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>This is a properly good product.

>To be honest, I think it really should a standard on these phones, considering it's such a delicate part of the phone.

Unfortunately, they're technically illegal until 2025. Apple hold a patent on magnetic power connectors and will not grant a license to anyone else. Chinese cable manufacturers don't care, but phone manufacturers won't go near it because they'll be sued into the dark ages.


The Qi wireless charging standard is reasonably well-established and is now available on most flagship phones. I expect that mid-range phones will have wireless charging within the next couple of years. It's not as fast as wired charging, but it's a much neater solution.
>> No. 26603 Anonymous
9th June 2018
Saturday 8:29 pm
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>but it's a much neater solution.

Well except for all the heat they throw off.
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9th June 2018
Saturday 9:01 pm
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I much prefer plugged-in quick charge to Qi. I don't want another peripheral I need to charge with, and with quick charge I only need to plug in for about half an hour a day.

Though I'd enjoy a magnetic, vertical Qi mount for my car.
>> No. 26605 Anonymous
10th June 2018
Sunday 1:05 am
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> I'm extremely happy with it. It's an upgrade in every way, very few slow moments with apps, storage space fits every app I need and then some, and I really like the metal case. There's some smart UI upgrades that I'm quite fond of, too.

Very nice lad. I got the cunts at Motorola to fix the damn thing under warranty (luckily it wasn't water damage just some wire or board needing "an adjustment", whatever that means (I'm assuming a wire came loose or something) which at least vouches for the water-proofness of the thing).

Now, all I need to do is find the time to move all my stuff back onto the phone that the bastards nice technicians factory reset back to infinity from this awful, awful "Lenovo K6 Vibe" that I bought in the interim. Honestly everything that could be wrong with a phone is wrong with this one despite the quite respectable specs (32gb internal storage, 3gb ram).

I miss my old Goole Nexus phones, I really do.

Sage for utter rambling.

>> No. 26594 Anonymous
2nd June 2018
Saturday 10:28 pm
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What are the chances of a small voice recorder made in China secretly sending all my recordings back to the manufacturer for phishing purposes?

Should I only buy something like this from well-known US/EU/Japanese brands?
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>> No. 26596 Anonymous
2nd June 2018
Saturday 11:11 pm
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The hardware's cheap and the software even cheaper but unless this requires some odd driver download to get working it's probably not worth worrying about.
>> No. 26597 Anonymous
3rd June 2018
Sunday 3:10 am
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This. If you're buying it in from China on the cheap, then chances are you want to worry less about espionage and more about whether the thing will even work in the first place.

The Chinese direct market is very much polarised into two camps. At one end you have the bargain-bucket zero-fucks manufacturers who put out dirt cheap, low-quality kit. At the other end you have the players that take competition seriously and supply half-decent merchandise at surprisingly good value.

On a side note, one thing you definitely want to avoid buying from China is locks, for reasons entirely unrelated to their quality.
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3rd June 2018
Sunday 4:03 am
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> On a side note, one thing you definitely want to avoid buying from China is locks, for reasons entirely unrelated to their quality.

I'm interested but assuming it's much the same reason you don't install Chinese or Russian AV software either?
>> No. 26599 Anonymous
3rd June 2018
Sunday 7:14 pm
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Nope, it's worse than that. Nobody has blanks for them.

In the West, there are relatively few manufacturers, and a number of standard profiles for keys, so a locksmith can stock a few hundred varieties of blank and be confident they can cut you a key if the two or three you get with the lock aren't enough.

In China, there are thousands of manufacturers, each with their own profiles, often using a new profile on every new product. While they're all usually happy to supply blanks, no product has enough of the market to be considered essential to a locksmith's arsenal, and so with potentially millions of possible blanks on the go, nobody bothers even trying. Though you do at least get at least half a dozen keys with your lock.
>> No. 26600 Anonymous
3rd June 2018
Sunday 10:52 pm
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The lock business is weirdly monopolistic. The majority of lock and door hardware brands are owned by the Assa Abloy group, with most of the rest owned by Allegion.

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