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Alan Rhys Evans
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My trusty old Nexus 4 is beginning to struggle, and I'm considering a replacement pretty soon. Part of me wants to hang on for the rumoured new Nexus 5 in October, but the Moto X 2014 is currently reduced £229/£269, and while it's not a Nexus, it's not far off stock and seems to get pretty timely updates.

We've got no real idea as yet on the spec or price for the new Nexus 5. I could wait, and end up with it being out of my price range. What would this community guess at price wise from there bits and bobs of info we know?

Any thoughts or maybe other suggestions? I think 5.2 inch would be my max, my wife has a OnePlus One and that would be too big for me.

Appreciate any opinions
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Wow I hadn't heard that there would be another Nexus 5 forthcoming. This is great news! My Nexus 5 (2014) is doing just fine, but it is good to know that I will have another option when it is time to replace it.
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This looks like a cool product - a wearable with an actual purpose..
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/revault-world-s-first-wearable-private-cloud
Mighty tempting
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+Phil Chung can the Steel be worn in 3 ways? :)
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I don't usually do book reviews, by I highly recommend the excellent Crimson Worlds series by +Jay Allan​. Looking forward to the upcoming spinoffs and in the meantime I'm going to have a read of his Portal Wars novels!
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+First Utility​ are absolute rubbish. What sort of utility company can't even manage to collect direct debit payments without screwing up over and over. Their customer service is atrocious too.

No one ever responds to messages and unless you have you have half a day to wait around mounting up a huge phone bill you can't get through to anyway that way either.

Anyone considering switching to them I would strongly recommend against it. 
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I'm evaluating open source search options for my organisation, and evaluating openesp, but am having trouble with the installation.

I've got Launch4J installed, but no luck eith the buiild.

build.gradle file seems to be very windows specific.
def architecture = "-windows-x64"
lot's of references to .zip rather than tgz
All the uri's for the linux builds of tomcat etc seem to fail

What's the build process on linux?
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Have you tried the binary distribution first?
We use the windows version of Tomcat for simplicity. Tomcat is a Java application, and the only difference is that the windows version includes windows-specific batch scripts in addition to the unix ones.

Regarding build on Linux, make sure you have a compatible version of Launch4J. Would you mind opening an issue at GitHub regarding this?
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I said that this guy was one to watch! Congrats to him, hope we see him in F1 proper some day soon!

http://www.supersport.com/motorsport/article.aspx?Id=2223384&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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Was marshalling at Pembrey the last couple of days. Had a good time, and apart from a few showers it stayed pretty dry despite the forcast. Was really impressed with Matt Parry (http://www.mattparryracing.co.uk/) in the Intersteps (the chasi that used to be Formula BMW when Vettle was coming through the ranks)

Parry was way ahed of the field the whole weekend - in the final race he just kept pulling pulling out a bigger and bigger lead. Definetly one to watch for the future - and since he's already in +Caterham F1 Team young driver program maybe we'll see a Welshman on the F1 grid at some point in the future
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Hi all, I'm looking for some advice.
I've just purchased a 64gb OPO in the sale as a gift for my wife.

She's not really a power user, though she knows how to get around android pretty well.

I'll set the phone up for her initially (including getting the OPO up to Lollipop). I want her to benefit from future OTA upgrades as this has been one of her complaints with the phones she's had in the past.

She's quite a heavy user in terms of screen on time as she likes playing Candy Crush and similar games so battery life is important.

From reading around I'm getting the feeling that battery life on OxygenOS is a bit better than CM12 at the moment.

As a Nexus user, I'm personally drawn more towards Oxygen as it sound pretty much like stock android, though obviously it's still pretty new and doesn't have some of the bells and whistles CM12 has. But this is her phone not mine, so I'm trying to not let my own personal preferences influence me too much.

After initially setting it up I dont want to be having to get data off and keep flashing different ROMs all the time and I'm a tad concerned about the future of OTA update with CM12 with OP moving in the direction of Oxygen.

She does use her phone for pictures and videos quite a bit, something I understand works a tad better under CM12.

I'm interested in which direction this community would recommend I go in.

Cheers
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Another neat thing about CM12 is that if priority notifications are on and the alarm is set. It will power up the phone a couple of minutes before the alarm, so you can turn the phone off at night and the alarm will still sound in the morning, but priority notifications must be on. 
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If anyone with a Nexus 4 is experiencing very poor battery life since the upgrade to lollipop I can testify that copying data off, doing a factory reset, then restoring data does seem to resolve the problem.

Last week my phone was barley making it to 10pm even with a couple of hours top up charge.

Wiped it yesterday and restored and today it's behaving itself a whole lot better.

Was starting to fear that the battery had developed a fault but touch wood the factory reset seems to have solved the problem.
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Looks good, big fan of the books, hope they do it justice. Trailer looks encouraging though. Could be the best thing since BSG.
The Expanse Trailer: http://youtu.be/kQuTAPWJxNo
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Anyone have any experience with crawling a website with Nutch? I've got it pretty much working and data ending up in solr BUT I need to exclude certain divs (global nav, footer etc) from being parsed.

I've done a lot of googling and have found plugins both for nutch 1.x and for 2.1.x, but can't seem to find anything for 2.2.x

It must be a common problem.

Is there something built in to 2.2.x or do I have to go back to an earlier version so I can use some of the plugins?

Any help greatly appreciated
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Nutch is its own product, you'll need help from people that know about it. That's a question that Solr people can't answer.

If you can't find a group specifically for Nutch, you may need to use their user mailing list.

http://nutch.apache.org/mailing_lists.html
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Hmm so got 4.4 ota update. Told it to install and it restarted but got an error. Mercifully it booted back into 4.3 OK. Any ideas?
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No, it is unlocked, and flashed with a different version of the radio package(.83), as the one that came with 4.3 constantly dropped cellular connection for me, going to sim lockout. Probably why it struggled with the update.
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Interesting concept :-)
 
Cadillac’s World Thorium Fuel Concept : Thanks to +Dirk Reul (via +Henni Tenhunen) for bringing this to my attention. While the news on this concept vehicle has gone viral on the news sites, I attempted to look at the science and verifiability behind the news....At first glance, its hard to find supporting papers on scholar or on the LPS site (which is understandably sketchy at best). At best, it looks like a concept LPS is working on. Many challenges exist, including radioactivity, containment and integrating it efficiently with the turbine and generator.

What seems to be a breakthrough is using the Thorium laser for creating heat instead of light or a nuclear reaction, which is harder to damp and control. It does seem plausible (which may be wishful thinking), though last Gizmodo reported it may be ready by year 8000 for commercial production ( http://goo.gl/dhu1F4 ).

Article in Slatesenergy: Some proposed technological innovations seem so far out that they are easy to reject out of hand. But sometimes, a new idea has a kernel of plausibility. Such is the case with a new project to develop a thorium laser power generation system that its creator says could provide electricity for the grid, stand-alone power applications and even cars. Charles Stevens, an inventor and entrepreneur, recently revealed that his Massachusetts-based R&D firm, Laser Power Systems (LPS), is working on a turbine/electric generator system that is powered by “an accelerator-driven thorium-based laser.” The thorium laser does not produce a beam of coherent light like conventional lasers, but instead heats up and gives off energy.

From CNet (edited): According to an article in the Txchnologist, rather than a small-scale thorium-powered nuclear reactor--as floated by the Cadillac concept--the prototype system Steve is designing uses a proprietary high-intensity "MaxFelaser" laser (a design Stevens built in1985) that is fueled by thorium. According to the article, the MaxFelaser laser beam turns water into pressurized steam, spinning a turbine and generating electricity. ( http://goo.gl/OwW8vO )

Main Article Link: http://www.slatesenergy.com/cadillac_thorium_laser.htm

LPS Website : http://laserpowersystems.com/links/thorium-car/lps-car

Inhabit Link: http://goo.gl/Dguj5N

Wikipedia link on Nuclear Propulsion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_propulsion

LPS news article: http://www.laserpowersystems.com/links/thorium-car

MNN's article quoting Steven Ashley : http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/nuclear-cars-theyre-not-science-fiction-anymore

Nuclear powered vehicles (Stanford Link) : http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2012/ph241/durkin1/

#cars #thorium #lasers  
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The website gives the overall impression that the claims are fraudulent. 
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  • Aberystwyth University
    Computer Science, 1999 - 2002
  • Coleg Meirion Dwyfor - Pwllheli
    History, Geography, Computer Science, 1997 - 1999
  • Ysgol Glan Y Môr, Pwllheli
    1992 - 1997
  • Ysgol Cymerau, Pwllheli
    1985 - 1992
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Aberystwyth Web Developer, Originally from Pwllheli
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  • Aberystwyth University
    Web Application Developer, 2008 - present
  • Urdd Gobaith Cymru
    Swyddog Technoleg Gwybodaeth, 2002 - 2008
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