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Hardware & Technology / Re: Peak Iphone?
« on: January 03, 2019, 10:08:26 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/02/apple-stocks-key-quarter-tim-cook

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Apple cut its sales forecasts for its key end of year period on Wednesday, citing the unforeseen “magnitude” of the economic slowdown in China.

Trading in the company’s shares was temporarily halted as Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, issued a letter to shareholders explaining the reason for the change. When selling started again, Apple shares fell by 7.45%, wiping $55bn (£44bn) off its value.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:47:15 AM »
The "no deal" option is May playing chicken with Parliament. i.e. Unless they vote for her deal, that will be the only other option. It's clearly a lie, and hugely irresponsible. It may also be a tactic that works.

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Water Cooler / Re: Whats Your home assistant called?
« on: December 06, 2018, 12:18:54 PM »
I was tempted to buy some Alexa-connected Billy Basses and change Alexa's name to Billy. I've been told that isn't going to happen.

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Water Cooler / Re: Bundling options by default (EU law)
« on: December 03, 2018, 11:07:56 AM »
Hi Rupert,

There was a bit more to it (below), but I reckon it's illegal in the EU. However, I rented a carpet cleaner yesterday, and HSS tried to bundle in an RCD and damage insurance.

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I believe that the Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU was what I recalled. The press release accompanying this (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-655_en.htm) stated “A ban on pre-ticked boxes on the internet, as for example when they buy plane tickets”, and this was widely reported at the time. E.g:

http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/38477/eu-bans-pre-ticked-boxes-on-websites
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15260748

and again when the regulation came in to force:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/10897577/Online-shoppers-get-new-rights-under-EU-rules.html

I believe that the relevant section of the directive is Article 22: “Before the consumer is bound by the contract or offer, the trader shall seek the express consent of the consumer to any extra payment in addition to the remuneration agreed upon for the trader’s main contractual obligation. If the trader has not obtained the consumer’s express consent but has inferred it by using default options which the consumer is required to reject in order to avoid the additional payment, the consumer shall be entitled to reimbursement of this payment.”

The Government also published a response document in 2013 which provided the example:

  • A consumer buys a camera online.  The website has an option to buy an extended guarantee.
  • Under the current law, this option could be ticked automatically on the website. If the consumer did not want to buy the extended guarantee, they would actively have to untick the box.
  • Under the new Regulations, the option must not be ticked automatically. If the consumer did not want the extended guarantee, they would not have to do anything.
  • This means that consumers are less likely to make extra purchases without meaning to do so, and makes the process more transparent.

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Water Cooler / Re: Bundling options by default (EU law)
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:22:00 PM »
Consumer Rights Directive 2011/83/EU

“Before the consumer is bound by the contract or offer, the trader shall seek the express consent of the consumer to any extra payment in addition to the remuneration agreed upon for the trader’s main contractual obligation. If the trader has not obtained the consumer’s express consent but has inferred it by using default options which the consumer is required to reject in order to avoid the additional payment, the consumer shall be entitled to reimbursement of this payment.”

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Water Cooler / Bundling options by default (EU law)
« on: November 30, 2018, 11:09:44 AM »
I'm looking for case law and/or examples of pre-ticking options/accessories/services in shopping carts. I was under the impression that doing so was illegal in the EU, but want to be able to cite some sources one way or another. Can anyone offer any information?

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Web Development / Re: Terchnical SEO : You Should Read
« on: November 29, 2018, 03:31:03 PM »
I have to say that I thought I could have an application/ld+json schema block inside the closing body tag, so I've learned something.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Camera Suggestions SLR/compact
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:51:17 AM »
You've asked at a time when both Nikon and Canon have just released entirely new full frame mirrorless platforms. If you were looking to commit to a brand, you couldn't have worse timing. ;)

Personally, I don't think the type of photography you're asking about is particularly challenging *for a camera body* and pretty much any SLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera will cut it. If it were me I'd want a wide angle zoom (as you've suggested) for the real estate work. I don't know much about product photography, but my impression is that great work is as much about your shooting environment (tripod, lighting etc.) and post-processing as it is your choice of body/lens. Take a look at https://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/how-to-photograph-a-bottle-of-beer/ which illustrates this very well.

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IIRC, variations of this have been part of US Government plans on and off since Reagan's Star Wars/SDI in the early 80s.

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I'm sure it's keyword matching, not measuring stress in the voice or "emotion" directly.

Probably. A number of machine learning tools offer this, including Alexa IIRC. E.g. IBM Watson's Tone Analyzer: https://www.ibm.com/watson/services/tone-analyzer/

Effectively: Voice > Text > Tone Analyzer > Action. All in real time. Very impressive.

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Web Development / Re: Run Mastodon Instance on Raspberry Pi
« on: September 10, 2018, 09:49:12 AM »
I had a couple of Acer Aspire Revo boxes (the NUCs of their day); one running Windows for media streaming and NAS, and the other Ubuntu for a development server plus Postfix/Dovecot for email. Come replacement time, I found NUCs and dedicated NAS boxes were too expensive for what they offered. I ended up building a PC with low power components, battery-backed RAID arrays and 32GB of memory. It runs Vmware ESXi which boots from a USB stick. Infinitely more flexible than bare-metal, with enough power to cope with anything I need it for. It gets left on 24/7 and draws about 60 watts on idle.

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Web Development / Re: Easy way to plot a time series of data?
« on: August 20, 2018, 02:18:56 PM »
https://www.chartjs.org/

Lots of choice in JS libraries, but this one seems to pop up a lot.

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Traffic / Re: Rising stars OS-wise in your web-hits?
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:54:49 AM »
UK automotive, 6 digit users/month:

iOS 45%, up 1% year-on-year
Windows 30%, down 2%
Android 19%, up 2%
Mac OS 5%, static
Linux 0.2%, down 0.1%
Windows Phone 0.2%, down 0.1%
Chrome OS 0.2%, static

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Water Cooler / Re: YOUTUBE music thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:34:13 PM »
I really like that Greta Van Fleet track. Very similar to Rival Sons though, who sometimes have a bit of Doors in their Zep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRfRIXg2spo

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Water Cooler / Re: YOUTUBE music thread
« on: May 15, 2018, 04:53:19 PM »
Sleaford Mods - TCR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT2mLi7ldew

So British it may not translate very well. A cross between The Streets and The Fall.

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