* Posts by Fred Dibnah

571 posts • joined 29 Oct 2008


If you're Intel, self-driving cars look an awful lot like PCs

Fred Dibnah

Re: Trickle-down effect?

Although that seems like a good idea and it would reduce the scourge of on-street car storage, er, parking, it would dramatically increase the miles driven.

Instead of driving your own car A --> B then B--> A, it will be


or even D--A--B--D--B--A--D.

Granted sometimes it might go D--A--B--E--F--E--G--H--D, but not every time and hardly ever in rural areas.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey

Fred Dibnah

Re: Regional differences.

Also: Smeg.

To some a smelly discharge, to others a brand of white goods. Plus it's an excellent sweary-type word.

Fred Dibnah

Re: Swearing and games

The rather good pub there, The Bell, used to have a purple sign :-)

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status

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Re: Weetbix

But it's not even the best cereal - Oatibix is better.

This study is hugely flawed because it fails to distinguish between McV's milk chocolate digestives (OK if nothing else available) and dark chocolate digestives (absolutely the best biscuit in the world ever, no argument).

These are facts, not opinions.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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The outrage for me is that by going into coalition instead of making an informal arrangement, the Lib Dems enabled the Tories to implement their 'austerity' programme of huge public spending cuts - loading those cuts onto local government services in order to deflect the blame off themselves and onto councils.

So I’ve scripted a life-saving routine. Pah. What really matters is the icon I give it

Fred Dibnah

Re: Thunderbird 4

Four fresh D cells in bath water. Eeek

Fred Dibnah

Re: Thunderbird............

Cycle 80 miles in 2 hours? Er, no, the 1 hour record is 55km.

Did they go fishing too? If they did, I bet they caught some huuuge fish. :-)

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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And a Project 80 amplifier for the funereal music.

When everyone else is on vacation, it's time to whip out the tiny screwdrivers

Fred Dibnah

Re: Haynes Manuals

In the Mini manual, pretty much every procedure seemed to begin with 'Remove engine' or 'Remove rear subframe'

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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Re: Loss of the ability.....

....and make sure you have a fiver in your pocket.

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain

Fred Dibnah

Re: No surprise there...

Then there’s *An* Ice-Cream War, an altogether different thing.


Full Stream ahead: Microsoft will end 'classic' method of recording Teams meetings despite transcription concerns

Fred Dibnah

Re: Technology

Bottle it will you?

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

Fred Dibnah

Re: Real cameras

I can’t install iTunes on my Mint PC.

UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers

Fred Dibnah

Re: Hmm

As per The Goodies:


Happy 60th, Sinclair Radionics: We'll remember you for your revolutionary calculators and crap watches

Fred Dibnah

Re: Other earlier hardware

That was the Project 80 system. I had the stereo FM tuner, mounted on a die cast box containing the power supply. It was really hard to tune into a station using the slider, and the stereo separation was poor. It also had a tendency for the tuning to drift as it warmed up.

Ex-health secretary said 'vast majority' were 'onside' with GP data grab. Consumer champion Which? reckons 20 million don't even know what it is

Fred Dibnah

Re: Clueless

Ask to see your medical records. It should contain a record of your opting-out instruction to your GP.

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible

Fred Dibnah

Re: Grey on slightly darker grey.

Google Maps.

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

Fred Dibnah

Re: Carbon neutral

For all you know it could have been a Tesla.

Fred Dibnah

Re: Carbon neutral

The EV I leased recently cost twice as much to service than my (larger) car. And it let me down completely & had to be taken away on a flatbed, something which hadn't happened to me before in 40 years of driving.

And don't get me started on the charging network.

Or how EVs will solve all our traffic problems.

Fred Dibnah

Re: "Say it ain't so, Joe..."

A reasonable excuse might be that they were unavoidably delayed, like, for example, their company EV ran out of juice on the way to the court.

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly

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Re: Jargon in rubbish out?

The viewpoint of a satellite flying directly above the British Isles will show roughly correct shape, area, and distances. A satellite over the equator will see shape, area, and distances incorrectly, which is why it was a stupid idea for the BBC to choose that viewpoint. In any case, weather satellites are often in polar orbits.

Next time you look at a paper map of the British Isles, think about where the view is from. It's not from the equator, and for a very good reason.

Fred Dibnah

Re: Jargon in rubbish out?

Good call. All of that also applies to the BBC's TV weather forecasts. It took about a year and thousands of complaints before they would do something as simple as show the British Isles map in its correct dimensions.

Fred Dibnah

Re: No need to thank me

Looser than what?

Parliament demands to know the score with Fujitsu as Post Office Horizon scandal gets inquiry with legal teeth

Fred Dibnah

Re: Typical bullcrap

There's an old saying along the lines of:

You owe the bank £100, it's your problem.

You owe the bank a million pounds, it's the bank's problem.

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet

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Even more impressive if the Grauniad is to be believed:

"Six-wheeled, solar-powered and roughly 240kg, the Chinese rover is on a quest to collect and analyse rock samples from Mars’ surface.

It is expected to spend around three months there."

I wonder where it's off to next?

39 Post Office convictions quashed after Fujitsu evidence about Horizon IT platform called into question

Fred Dibnah

Re: and

A bad idea indeed, but afaik they, like the RSPACA, are still allowed to prosecute people.

NASA's Mars helicopter spins up its blades ahead of hoped-for 12 April hover

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Re: There has been a change in plan

I’m glad about that. April 12th is for the Russians.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

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Paris Hilton

Your hand moving to what?

Ministry of Defence tells contractors not to answer certain UK census questions over security fears

Fred Dibnah

Re: pretty damn sure that I won't be finding some additional person to stay overnight on Sunday.

I'd rather stay in a stable than a Travelodge.

Day 5 of Openreach strikes: No use of tech company toilets. No water. Fresh dates outlined

Fred Dibnah

They could form a huddle by the wall of the building and urinate against it in turn.

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon

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Paris Hilton

Then there's Lisa Simpson from 2012:


Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative

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Re: The quick hack

To me that's a bodge.

Pressure builds on Nominet as members demand to know leadership's contingency plans for when they’re fired

Fred Dibnah

Re: How did we get here?

The 'right' private school ties, the 'right' universities, plus a spot of networking with alumni, and there you are.

Big Tech workers prefer 3 days at home, 2 in the office. We ask Reg readers: What's your home-office balance?

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In my experience, there isn't an online equivalent of bumping into someone in the canteen queue, and finding out about a new project they are working on which I'll need to be involved with later on.

Fancy a £130k director of technology role with the UK's Ministry of Justice? All you need to do is 'fix the basics'

Fred Dibnah

I'd advise anyone considering applying to read the excellent, eye-opening, and shocking 'The Secret Barrister' first.

Voyager 2 receives and executes first command in 11 months as sole antenna that reaches it returns to work

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Re: It's a different world

She was amazing to a horny 18 year old, too :-)

Nominet vows to freeze wages and prices, boost donations, and be more open. For many members, it’s too little, too late

Fred Dibnah


So they awarded themselves double-digit pay rises, and now they are 'offering' not to increase their pay further. I'm sure they think that looks like a concession, but from where I'm looking it looks very different.

Faced with the sack, Nominet CEO half-apologizes for taking the 'wrong tone,' asks angry members to hear him out

Fred Dibnah

Re: "complex landscape"

There's no need to worry too much about his future career prospects. I'd bet anyone a pint that he'll fail upwards - people like him always do.

Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'

Fred Dibnah

Re: Never understood some names

In that case, hockey, tennis, squash, and <insert name of favourite ball game here> are all forms of football.

That's just not cricket.

Brit IBM veteran wins unfair dismissal case after 2018's Global Technology Services redundancy bloodbath

Fred Dibnah

Re: redundancy is laying off workers where the job no longer exists

IANAL but I would imagine that UK courts would count moving jobs offshore as redundancy. Happy to be corrected though.

Employers have to be very careful with who they call redundant. A former colleague was told by email he was to be redundant, and BTW could he put some notes together for the handover to his replacement? Oops...

ThinkPad T14s AMD Gen 1: Workhorse that does the business – and dares you to push that red button

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Typo. It's Hz not hz.

Laptops given to British schools came preloaded with remote-access worm

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Paris Hilton

Re: Safe Sectors

Here's the icon you omitted :-)

With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America

Fred Dibnah


Then why is the biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the USA being unable to pay healthcare bills?

Amazon turns Victorian industrialist with $2bn building project to house workers near new headquarters

Fred Dibnah

Re: Rural hovel

The accommodation in industrial cities was, in many cases, worse than in rural areas. Originally people were generally able to live off the land without having to work for anyone else, but after Enclosure (essentially the landowners appropriating common land with the backing of the authorities) they were forced into cities where the only way to survive was to become a wage slave to an employer.

And so here we are today.

Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back

Fred Dibnah

Re: This is to punish the UK

A majority of seats, but a minority of votes.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet

Fred Dibnah

Re: You read it here first

Austin called the shape 'quartic'. My dad had one, and he would wedge his elbows in the corners of the wheel so he could relfill his pipe as he drove.

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules

Fred Dibnah

Re: playing with the politics of pandemics

Of course he cultivated the buffoon image, the public fell for it and now allows him to get away with being incompetent far beyond any other politician, "because it's just Boris being Boris". If everyone ignored the Latin and the bumbling, and focussed on the actions and policies his government is enacting, he would be unmasked as the devious, lying charlatan he really is. Call me a grumpy old sod, but to me it's not remotely funny and/or clownish, it's tragic.

And I'd replace 'self-respecting' politicians with 'self-serving' ;-)

Fred Dibnah

Re: playing with the politics of pandemics

Again, I like your post but you've fallen into the same trap and called Johnson by a name which (despite you presumably intending it to be negative) only reinforces the bumbling buffoon shtick that has got him where he is today. Why not just call him by his surname, like we do for every other PM and politician?

Fred Dibnah

Re: playing with the politics of pandemics

A good post, apart from the use of 'Boris'. He's not (I assume) your mate, he's the Prime Minister.

iPhone factory workers riot over unpaid wages in India

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Re: Chains of subcontracting

If it *didn't* predate her, she wouldn't have been able to write about it. And No Logo is probably a better source of information than 80s action movies (though arguably less entertaining).



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