* Posts by micheal

217 publicly visible posts • joined 9 May 2007


Airlines in Asia, Africa ground Boeing 737 Max 8s after second death crash in four-ish months


Re: Except that clearly isn't true

according to a "trainer" on BBC news, pulling the yoke does nothing, you need use the trim wheel on the yoke to override the MCAS

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


Re: Change supplier

EON tried hard to convince my late mother-in-law (was 86) she HAD to have one, it's the law they told her over the phone....everyone else in your street has one.

Three times I opened the door to the fitter and told him "go away" much to her horror about being dragged from the house as a criminal.

It wasnt until I accidentally answered the phone to EON rep and told them I was recording the call, can they send me proof of the new legislation that they left her alone

much like the energy switching door knockers who frighten old people

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut


Re: When changing bearings

Drift was always read as "broken screwdriver or 1/2 drive ratchet extension"


Re: Nobody's mentioned a Haynes ToolTip?

Ditto trying to remove the rocker cover on a CB400Four F1 Super Sport

Not worked on my BB yet aside brakes and oil changes, so will look forward to that one

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price



Allied Carpets went bust whilst their limited time 25 year sale was on

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you


Re: They'll then move on to something else

Already started

Holiday Abroad sickness

personal Injury (they even do it if the injury was caused by you being an arse)

NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely


Re: Unless they're dancing...

small enough to be a good crowdfunding target.

As per the IEEE reboot I took part in funding a while back....it was very exciting to be a part of

Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out


Re: I wonder...

So the question is, if the battery is replaced does the OS take away the deliberate slow down?


MY iphone 6 suddenly went from 1.5-2 days battery life to half a day overnight (no new apps, I dont do social media) about the time the iPhone 7 came out

Had battery changed but still half a day, Apple store looked at it sort of "buy a newer one"

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Paris Hilton

Re: 19?

Not true because for part of the solar year, we are gaining on voyager quicker than it is leaving us

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims


Re: The issue I have with this

However, as the police has noted many times around this story - this was LEGAL pornography

To be exact, the copper who kept copies insists it was all legal porn.

As Mandy Rice-Davies remarked "He would, wouldn't he?"

So if it's not OK for the MP to have it, how OK is it for the copper (ex) to peruse, keep and then classify as "legal" then?

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!


Re: Just let's not go down the Blair + Brown route shall we?

On that subject..

Didnt the services (Plod, Ambulance, Army) all do the single fuel evaluation based on the Brown / Livingstone "Diesel is good" policy?

Bet some large companies got good dividends for that one.

Are they going to rethink it based on the "new" evidence?

Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049



This along with the original Dune, Repo Man and The Andromeda Strain I could watch all night long.

They have an appeal and timelessness that lots of modern movies do not.

End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA


Re: Yes!

"Up to speeds" should be the expected peak time speeds for 67% of users

I would propose "from" speeds that at least their lowest 5% achieve too (probably 40% in the real world)

English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan


Re: Black cab dinosaurs

Past few black cabs I have used in central london have spent most of the journey playing with their multiple phones and satnavs attached to the windscreen and very little else, makes me wonder if the have actually remembered the routes they learned

Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest


It's a much easier and better solution to peak demand,

Hello, Mrs brown

NHS Direct here, are you prepared to pay the surge pricing or we'll turn off your baby's IC Unit?

Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate's view


disabling the 10-strikes-and-you're-out mechanism on the PIN

But if Apple can do it, so can the hackers....

I'd rather Apple tried / succeeded / fixed it, they even save on the "bug bounty" cost....what's not to like

Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes


Where does it say

That every MP will get one?

The way i read it the tellers (counting) will be able to scribe the names down and it counts them without having to write, go back after and count.

They then have more time to use the subsidised bars and canteens for their 5 hour lunches and "entertainment"

Here – here is that 'hoverboard' you've wanted so much. Look at it. Look. at. it.


it'll be 499.99 and have 4 hours of battery life

so a hover i-board 3

Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early


Re: Well, so much for reform

"Since the state screwed up I can see this one heading to the ferals if the state tries to lock any back up."

Any of Madhoff's friends? state officials?

Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker


Re: Seriously? There are far more important issues to consider...

"The best shows, the ones that endure, often have the odd reference designed to go over a younger persons head and reach the adult also watching. The Goodies, The Muppets, others from the time when the entire family sat round the tv together looking to be entertained had these."

Captain Pugwash

Cow and Chicken

2 Stupid Dogs

Johnny Bravo

California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY


Re: I'll betcha a dollar that...

the sum of their respective speeds.

Mythbusters proved this is not the case, and Jamie had to admit that he thought this too before testing

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges


Re: Good precedent

And why would an automated delivery drone need a high res camera?

Beard transplants up 600% for men 'lacking length elsewhere'


Re: Sheep

I couldnt care less if it is fashionable, you look like a Royal Navy conscript.

RM male personnel may wear moustaches at their option.

The Command may order individuals to shave off beards deemed inappropriate

Don't think beards are allowed below senior rank so conscripts cannot wear one


Re: Lies, damned lies and...

Are we talking about face beards here, or something else?

Well they are 'Merkin

What a shower: METEORS will BLAZE a FIERY TRAIL across our skies


Re: Wrong title

Clearly the title of the book should be "The British Book of Astronomical Highlights

cos it's as close as we'll ever get to seeing them

Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips


Re: A few things

I heard someone say they drive to the local (to me) shops because the Milk is cheaper - did I mention it's a 45 minute drive from their place?!

Yes, my wife's grandfather used to drive from Archway to Haringay Sainsbury's petrol station to save 1p a gallon on fuel for his rover 213, total savings about 6p per fill (he didn't shop at Sains, only Jones Brothers in Holloway)

On a shopping Saturday the journey took him roughly an hour each way



Re: The article is wrong - there is no hard £20 limit for Pay payments

Most shops in my area (trendy Islington) wont even accept a £50 note as payment

BT fined £800k over lax emergency text relay delay blunder


£800k? Oh good

"£800k? Oh good. I'm glad it was a really big fine."

About 5 seconds profit

£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns


Re: Risk? sometimes the end is still a good outcome

"Don't judge kickstarter by a single failure, there have been many projects that have concluded successfully"

I opted to fund the IEEE Reboot with a mid level (bit more than I really had but the cause was one I support), Ok so it didn't get back to Earth, but it's still a viable usable science project in space, that was worth the money to me.

RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered


Re: Binge watch time

He also appeared in Columbo

Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay


Re: £1200 pa per laptop?!

£250 for licenses, £950 for CRAPITA to bribe more Civil Service heads of department



Send something through space for 10 years into the correct place

Then misplace it at the last minute

tsk tsk

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?


Re: Frikkin' sharks? my yardstick is Open Water

2 hours of my life i'll never get back

Pearl Harbour - Open water with ships

Gravity - Open water in Space

etc etc

Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work


Re: Plenty of colleagues I do want to be social with

The rest of my colleagues are men

Phnarr Phnarr

Ground control to 2014: A year in Space


Re: It's still going ...

I think every day for both Voyager's is a miracle of science and engineering of the bloody things in the first place

There are many probes and satellites still working (in various low level and just about states), the people who built them may be gone, but the pride of their labour remains


ISEE-3 Reboot?

Surely should be in private or crowdfunded

Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators


Re: "EU market while the US does perfectly well with four or five"

To see how this pans out, find the South Park episode about Cable Tv choices



Re: Re the Need For Standards

"I could disable them all in less time than it took me to find out the phone number for one of my lost plastic cards"

if you had your phone stolen and only use pay by NFC, where will you get a phone to use? most payphones now only take cards or pre-pay cards?

just wondering?

Anti-theft mobe KILL SWITCH edges closer to reality in California


Re: I still say this is ripe for abuse.

" People don't die when their phone stops working"

Ever been out with a group of under 30's lately?

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber


Re: AC Cancer. Cancer everyhwere!

London Taxi's run their meter from the engine so charge based on revolutions, hence sitting still clocks up 60p a minute

Mini cabs charge per mile plus a bit for waiting time

Also, try getting a black taxi outside central London of an evening, they're all full of suits on company accounts and wont want to take you or I home

Mini cabs have plenty of uses filling in where black cabs wont or refuse to go "not worth my while mate" often cited when I want to go from city to harlow at night (I have 2 black cab driver relatives, neither of who I would ant to get into their taxi's)

Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour


Re: oh dearie me...

Was a time I'd only buy from Tempo as they were family owned, not shareholder owned so cared about repeat custom

Virgin Media sales are a bit flat under the Cable Cowboy's reign


Re: Nothing to do with the quality of their customer service?

"Or the rest of Virgin groups misselling of financial packages?"

I bet you blame Richard Branson for owning it as well

they are all separate companies, Virgin Media is as far from Virgin Money as Sainsbury's is from Harrods

Stop fondling that slab and shag, says Durex


Re: I know its necessary and all...

"And it can't come soon enough for me!

Phnar!! Phnar!!!"

eBay stockholders! There's MORE to COME, thunders Carl Icahn



Icahn is also looking to get two of his nominees onto the board of directors who he said "will be focused more on enhancing value for all eBay stockholders than on leveraging their relationships with eBay to benefit their outside personal investments".

isnt leveraging his men into the board doing exactly what he claims? is he putting them there for his health and vitality or to get his plans voted in?

this guy is such a hypocrite

Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad


Re: He should sue for emotional distress in a US court

What pictures do people keep on an ipad that are not on their PC?

It seems Apple et Al cannot win, either security is too much or security is too loose.

French youth faces court for illegal drone flight


Go take a Placebo AC.

That play on words was so lost on the AC

THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS


"upgrade by April or you'll all die"

From the same people who made millions from the "Millenium Bug" scare about planes dropping from the sky, trains crashing and world disorder

DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS


Re: History PEN 1S

Steve Parrish had it on his Merc Sports

FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life


Re: Nooooooooooooo

Perhaps rather than whinging you should have wandered along to the stewards van and informed them?

I've had many a not so personal stereo person removed from Quiet despite their protests

Carl Icahn broadcasts his $150bn Apple shakedown effort to world+dog


Re: Slightly confused

"Why is he so confident? Simple. "My firm's success and my expertise as an investor would be difficult for anyone to argue," he sniffed"

Like he was successful with his plans for DELL?