* Posts by Pete Smith 2

28 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Aug 2009

As Google sets burial date for legacy Chrome Extensions, fears for ad-blockers grow

Pete Smith 2

Re: I don't have an ad-blocker....

Or use pi-hole (or equivalent). There's even instructions out there to run pihole in Docker.

A low-key good experience for Thor-oughly new penguins: Elementary OS 6, aka Odin

Pete Smith 2

^ This.

I do the same. I have my preferred choco file, and just throw it at a blank PC + Chocolatey and I'm away.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

Pete Smith 2

Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

I'm going to have to disagree with you there.

My current car has the letter "O" in it's registration, and a previous car had 2 letter "O"s in the registration.

In the UK and Aus case though, the number plates are deterministic. You know which are letters, and which are numbers. Perhaps the ticket machines didn't have a QWERTY keyboard, and were confusing to use.

Article 13 reasons why... we agree with EU, nods Britain at Council of Ministers

Pete Smith 2

Re: Can someone explain why they renumbered the articles?

I think you're right. From memory, several of the MEPs who voted for "17" and "15" were voting for the *old* 17 and 15, not the new ones. When they found out, they tried to withdraw their votes, but were told they couldn't.

I don't remember the exact numbers, but "several" would have actually swayed the vote in the other direction.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

Pete Smith 2

Re: Sprouts

Same for all brassicas. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage. They all turn nasty if you cook them too much. Cook them just right and they're perfect.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

Pete Smith 2

Re: Well....

It's a triple. You also forgot the chutney....

Plusnet? More like Plus-naught: Mobile data on the fritz for days for some unlucky punters

Pete Smith 2

I seem to be the only person on the planet with no trouble!

I ordered 3 sims ~ 20th December. Delivered about the 23rd.

2 of them didn't work in my wife and daughters iPhones straight as the phones were locked to ID (even though Three had unlocked them prior to our switch to ID - the unlock must have been a temporary one).

Mine was dropped into my phone (Wileyfox Storm) and just worked. As it's EE, the coverage is way better than with ID (runs on top of Three) - bits of the house that had no signal at all on ID/Three now have full 4G. Requested a number port on Monday Dec 26th, and was ported by Wed (2 working days).

Requested ID to unlock the 2 iPhones. This took ~7 days (over the Christmas break). Numbers were ported as soon as we saw the unlock messages. Port took 2 days, and we've now got 3 SIMs, all running happy with data, and no problems.

Looks like we were lucky.

Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Pete Smith 2

Apparently, the holes are where the water and dignity run out.

(I can't talk though - I've got 2 pairs of my own, and I've worn a 3rd pair out!)

Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

Pete Smith 2

Re: I've just installed Cyanogenmod 12

I believe that you can remove the battery cover on the swift, locate the area on the phone that houses the GPS antenna and compass ID, and remove the ferrous shielding from the inside of the back of the case.

When you do this, I've heard the GPS/Compass performance will improve.

I've got a Storm, and the GPS is fine, but the compass is pants. Probably for the same reason.

VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels

Pete Smith 2

Re: Why did I buy a diesel ?

My wife's got a 1.0 3 pot Focus (125bhp), and that gets ~45mpg on a mix of school run and driving to work.

If I drove it, it wouldn't get that much, as it's such an entertaining little engine.

Ford are pushing people away from the 1.6 engine to the 1.0, which gets the same power, but much better economy.

I personally went for the 1.6 diesel which can get up to 65mpg when driven on a long boring road, but which gets mid 50's on normal mixed usage.

Nvidia unveils credit card-sized 'supercomputer' for portable AI

Pete Smith 2

Re: A pedo's Dream...

Presumably not yet, as drones aren't in use.

In the future, if every child has a nanny drone, are you going to notice one extra?

Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

Pete Smith 2

Re: Eh?

This is the proof of concept & calibration application.

They've left the GPS code in there so that they can get the battery levels against location to act as a way of baselining the system.

Presumably they could then turn GPS location off, and pass the power usage back through the baseline data, and reconstruct the location.

So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

Pete Smith 2

I did.

Admittedly it was an Orange San-Francisco (AKA ZTE Blade).

I didn't like the Orange bloatware/GUI it came with, so within 12 hours of opening it, I'd rooted it, unlocked it, and stuck the latest Cyanogenmod on it.

Since then, every phone I've owned has had Cyanogenmod put on it within a day of receiving it.

Being a tightwad though, when I accidentally washed my SF, I bought a 2nd hand HTC Desire off a friend at work, then when another friend realised I only had a single core phone, gave me his old cast-off dual-core HTC Sensation XE that was gathering dust in a drawer.

My daughter received her 1st mobile (Samsung Ace 3 - I know! I wanted to get a Moto E, but "Selfies are important"), and she immediately asked for Cyanogen mod on it, as she was used to using my old Desire. Once it's out of warranty, the excuse for an OS will be removed, and something sensible put on it!

My next phone (assuming I don't get any more Pity Phones) will probably be a Moto, running vanilla Android, which is just how I like it.

Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Pete Smith 2

Re: Reanult has a problem, called 'marketing'

It's not just the "small" Fords.

The 999cc 3 pot turbo is used (to great effect IMO) in the Focus. We've just bought one, and it's an absolute hoot! As much power & torque as I had in my old Mk2 Mondeo in a smaller car with better ride.

They're even talking about putting that engine in the Mk IV Mondeo!

Do dishwashers really blunt knives

Pete Smith 2

Re: Do dishwashers really blunt knives

My take on this:

I have had a 9" Sabatier knife for just over 20 years.

It's been sharpened with a steel whenever it needed it (every few uses) - the steel is now worn out, but the knife *blade* is fine.

However, the overall structure of the knife is a stainless steel blade & tang. It's an encapsulated tang though - the knife tang and end of the blade is wrapped in an aluminium sheath, and that's then inside the black plastic handle.

Because the encapsulating material is aluminimum, the highly caustic dishwasher tablets have eroded it, which means the blade is now slightly loose in the handle.

Since I realised this was happening, I've stopped putting it in the dishwasher, but the damage is done.

EU signs off on eCall emergency-phone-in-every-car plan

Pete Smith 2

Re: Define "crash"

The new Focus is the same - if you pair your Bluetooth phone to the car and the airbags go off, it'll make the call for you in your language (presumably the car knows where it's from) anywhere in Europe.

Presumably it does the same as this proposed system, but uses my phone rather than a built-in one.

'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

Pete Smith 2

Sure of your facts and figures there?

51 gun deaths seems high, but may include homicide and suicide. 2010 seemed to have 27 gun homicides listed[1]

130,000 *deaths* using knives is way too high. Approx 1900 are killed on the roads, and we have hand-wringing groups saying we drive too fast (even though the act of breaking the *posted* speed limit was only a factor in ~5% of accidents[0])

I can't believe for a second that there are ~70x as many people killed with knives than in all road accidents.

According to the government stats for 2011-2012, there were ~30k offences and 200 homicides.[2]

[0] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9273/rrcgb2011-00.pdf

[1] http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/united-kingdom

[2] http://www.parliament.uk/Templates/BriefingPapers/Pages/BPPdfDownload.aspx?bp-id=Sn04304

COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

Pete Smith 2

Re: Please pass the Fluke TrueRMS DVOM

I looked into this a while ago, and the most plausible explanation someone came up with was *very* simple.

They don't allow measurement of the system before it's plugged into an outlet or generator.

They break the Live lead out of the power cable and measure the current going through it.

No other inspection or touching is allowed.

This person postulated they've simply connected the earth lead in the plug to the Live terminal, not the earth terminal.

When demonstrations have been given, the "power output" has always been at around the P=IV for the country. e.g. in the UK they would have nominally a 3.1kw output for 360w input. They have a 360w heater on the live input and a 2750w heater on the "earth" input.

Presto. 1.5A through the measured "live lead", but a full 13A worth of heat being generated.

Ingenious in its simplicity. Occams razor and all that.

Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack forms foraging party

Pete Smith 2

Re: Milk in "risotto"?

That's what I used to do util I saw the error of my ways.

You fry the egg *first*, sort of like an omelette, and then stab it into bits with your wooden spoon (sort of like scrambled eggs, but don't stir constantly).

Remove eggs, add whatever fillings you've got, cook them.

Once they're done, add the rice. This must be absolutely bone dry, or you'll end up with mush.

Finally add the eggs, warm through. Add soy sauce and fresh herbs, and you're done.

Nearly 90% of SAP customers find its cloud pricing confusing

Pete Smith 2

Correction to the article.

SAP users don't understand the software giant's cloud pricing.

Fixed it for you.

Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

Pete Smith 2

Re: So how do you differentiate...

You already can do.

See LBE Privacy Guard.

First thing I do when I install an app, is disable all the permissions that I think it doesn't need. WTF does Angry Birds need to know my location? <disables permission>

Climate change threatens to SHRINK FISH AND CHIP SUPPERS

Pete Smith 2

Re: "According to computer models...

Back in the land of measurements, not models...


"In conclusion, the present study shows ontogenetic variation in optimum temperature for growth in juvenile Atlantic salmon smolts, with increased temperature optimum for growth and decreased temperature for feed conversion efficiency as the fish grow bigger."

(The water has to get *much* hotter before a decrease in the growth of the fish is seen)

The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

Pete Smith 2

Don't forget:

On many modern cars, the ABS replaces the brake proportioning valve. This stops the rear brakes receiving too much pressure. If they have full load, the back end can lock up and put you in a spin.

These used to be physical devices which limited pressure.

These days (I'm led to believe) the ABS system takes care of that.

If you've not got it - fine. If you've got it, but it's broken, it could be dangerous.

Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

Pete Smith 2

Rule 35.

That is all.

Belkin Conserve

Pete Smith 2

I've done better than that.

When we had our house re-wired, I had 2 double sockets added, with a switched fused spur off, with a further 2 double sockets.

I have the router, printer and mouse charger on the permanently powered, and the PC, monitor etc off the switched sockets.

At bedtime, I can power off, flick a switch and a bank of switches is powered down.

Our old house had something like the above, but not remotely controlled. It was a board about 60cm tall, with 6 switched double sockets, 6 un-switched double sockets, and a big power switch at the top. This peeped over the top of the desk, and would disable half the sockets.

Admittedly these were all off a single 13A socket, but I had a shedload of development equipment that ran off wall-warts, so the total power & current was minimal, but I needed many, many sockets.

Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

Pete Smith 2

Not upgradeable?

Pah! I got an Orange San Francisco (ZTE Blade) last Christmas, running 2.1.

Within 24 hours of getting it, it was unlocked, rooted and running a custom 2.2 ROM.

I've just put Cyanogen mod on it, so it's running 2.3.4.

Very upgradeable indeed!

Open sourcers strike back at Google cease-and-desist

Pete Smith 2

@Tony Hoyle

I think what they meant was that it'll take 2 weeks - 2 months to carry out the required modifications to the mod, i.e. remove the closed source apps from the mod, and write some software that will extract the apps from the original ROM backup, and put them into a new ROM.

As others have said, it's the bleeding obvious choice: Google ask you to stop distributing their closed-source applications. You stop. You remove them. You write software to extract the binaries from an existing licensed ROM. You merge the two.

Simples <squeak>

Men in Green step back from GM's 230mpg Volt claim

Pete Smith 2

@Time for a career change

Modern common rail diesel engines run on diesel, and diesel alone. Biodiesel, SVO, RVO etc will shred their high pressure diesel pump innards, due to not being lubricating enough (fnarr). The pressures that these pumps generate is insane. I've seen over 28000psi on mine (via its ODB connector)

Diesels aren't allowed in certain Japanese cities (but that seems to be changing now) with improvements in the particulates. Diesel has (AFAIK) never really taken off in the USA, and is (AAIU) not possible to buy a diesel car in California due to emissions laws. If you're trying to sell into Japan and USA, you've got to use a fuel that's allowed and popular.

Petrol engines can run on petrol, alcohol, LPG, CNG, Hydrogen etc. They're also smaller, lighter and quieter.

I'm not prejudiced against diesels BTW. I've got a 2 litre turbo diesel myself, and wouldn't go back to petrol without a really good reason (such as that 2.9 V6 Cosworth Scorpio, full leather interior and LPG conversion for £450 I didn't get) .

I'm hoping that my next car will be a plugin hybrid with min 40 miles range (enough to get to work to charge up)