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Big Plane Thingy

I should add the theme tune from Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.  But then I'd be sued for copyright infringement.  So I won't.

Shot at work, within Dunsfold Park, using 240fps with an iPhone 6 Plus.
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Indeed!
 
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This is getting ridiculous. I looked at one shoe on Amazon yesterday and now I see this crap all over my browser.
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Now that I have a 4K (or to put it in correct terminology - Ultra HD) TV, this is rather disconcerting.  It's taken several attempts to get 4K out to consumers.  First generation 4K TVs are now incompatible with streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Prime.

My TV supports HEVC, and I'll be scuppered if Netflix, Amazon, and anybody else decided they didn't want to pay those sort of royalties.  But I believe they will because there just isn't any alternative right now, and it would also mean that an entire second generation of 4K TVs would have to be abandoned.

As somebody pointed out - the whole thing is reminiscent of the excellent HBO/Sky Atlantic show, Silicon Valley, which tells of an engineer working for a Google-like company suddenly hitting upon an algorithm for a highly efficient video codec.  What follows is the adventures of setting up and running his own company.  It's really funny, and comes from Mike "Beavis & Butthead" Judge.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/07/new-patent-group-threatens-to-derail-4k-hevc-video-streaming/
It's better than H.264, but it's going to cost more than H.264, too.
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For those that love the How To Train Your Dragon series, don't look up the origins of the word "Berk".  The Riders of Berk now has an  entirely new meaning to me, and not in a good way.

http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/berk
Definition of “berk” | The official Collins English Dictionary online. Comprehensive and authoritative, rely on Collins for up-to-date English with insights into language trends and usage.
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So.

I have one of these, but the truth is that with most Apple products these days, the quality assurance of the software is sadly lacking behind that of the quality hardware.

While it has performed remarkably well so far (I love it as a fitness tracker and it works incredibly well during on-call), this morning I came across a problem whereby I could not do anything with the touchscreen.  Whatever I did, the display would just switch off.  Couldn't even get to do a proper shutdown.

So I reset the watch and restored from backup.  That fixed it.

I'm getting awfully fed up with the bugs in Apple software - OS X (my work MacBook Air suffered horribly under 10.8.3, and I had to run the beta version of 10.8.4 which was more stable), iOS 8.3 and now Apple Music (iCloud Music Library timeouts galore, iCloud errors, and all manner of insane matters not fit for public consumption under iTunes 12.2).  

It's about time Tim Cook and Eddy Cue stopped releasing new models of everything so frequently and fix the problems in the existing products.
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I'd really like to post this to customers once in a while.. 

(obviously I won't)
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Happy Sysadmin Appreciation Day to all fellow system administrators. 

http://sysadminday.com/
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This is my job.  To point out where people are making mistakes and correct them.  I see this sort of thing every day.  

The mistake here is that this lady is using an iMac that isn't plugged into power.  It's magic.  How is she getting any work done?  She's typing away merrily.. 

Forget "Always read the label", it should be "Always plug the desktop computer into the wall socket for crying out loud, or buy a laptop!"

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#bonjela   #imac   #nopower   #magiccomputer   #luser   #faceplam   #fail   #tvadvert  
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I completely forgot I backed a Kickstarter campaign a while back, and was very surprised to see my name in the end credits.  The film?  That Guy Dick Miller.  Well worth a worth.  Dick has been in so many films over the years - you'll recognise him.
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I had a big smile watching Modern Family writer Danny Zuker run comedic circles around Donald Trump on Twitter. The presidential candidate's rejoinders to Zuker's spot-on zingers consisted of name ...
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Apple Music is a fine example of how not to do "cloud".  

It is, to be honest, a complete pile of buggy crap and only reinforces my view that quality assurance at Apple has dropped considerably over the past five years or so. All pomp, no circumstance.

https://www.drake.org.uk/apple-music-buggier-than-a-buggy-thing-in-the-land-of-insects/
I have stated on many occasions that I am concerned over the QA of new Apple products and services.  Apple Music is no exception. It's brave that a company the size of Apple, with the resources it ...
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    Senior Systems Administrator, 2008 - present
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Movies on Google Play
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Set at the beginning of the 19th century, England no longer believes in practical magic, until the reclusive Mr Norrell vows to prove himsel

Shazam app launches second-screen experience for 20k AMC, Regal, & C...
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NCM Media Networks, owners of the largest cinema network in the U.S., is about to roll out a new preshow program to its 20,000 theatres that

The Pope says he'll baptize space aliens if they ask him to
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In his weekly homily on Monday, the Pope explores the idea that extraterrestrial beings might want to join the Catholic church and determine

Game of Thrones
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Trouble is brewing in Westeros. For the inhabitants of this world, control of the Iron Throne holds the lure of great power...and far-reachi