* Posts by Jay 11

17 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Aug 2009

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

Jay 11

This is why the value of much older vehicles with limited electronics and vehicles that have less obtrusive electronics are rising in value so quickly.

Toyota tried this last year but backed down. They were a bit ambiguous over there remote connect service which came to light after someone read the small print.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

Jay 11

Re: Sigh ...

My excuse for not doing the IAM or ROSPA test is quite simply that virtually everyone you see with an IAM or ROSPA sticker on their vehicle is driving or riding like a total dick.

When they can't agree with each other over what is safe and what isn't I find it odd that they are rated so highly by their members.

But then after a lot of years as a working rider and probably close to or just over 1 million miles in the seat I don't even hold the Police especially the motorcyclists in anything approaching regard although I do think Lorry drivers and most delivery drivers are pretty good.

Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

Jay 11

The comment in the article concerning cars starting to drive on the right interests me.

Years back I emailed Google asking how their cars software would handle motorcycles filtering in the UK as opposed to the US where filtering or lane splitting is illegal in many states, they didn't answer my question asking only if I was a journalist.

I suspect that there will be a lot of problems caused by coders coding for their local environment and legislation that when put into a different localisation will cause problems, that when someone recodes this could cause a clash with something else.

US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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So what happens...

when the FBI say they found important evidence and use this as an example of why law makers should legislate on businesses selling encrypted equipment?

I suspect this was going to be a win either way for the FBI.

VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

Jay 11

Re: Rolling roads don't work that way

Virtually all road going 4x4's have a centre differential so testing brakes using rollers that create a road speed of less than 5 miles an hour for one axle isn't a problem. Vehicles like the Alvis Saladin which don't have centre diffs can be tested at MOT using a G-meter like the Turnkey instruments G-Meter.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

Jay 11

Most people would think this yes but it isn't really the case. The car is worth more as parts than what is inside it so the ability to take the whole car is rather useful to a thief with a beavertail.

People also think thieves don't take time to set things up but they do. Motorcycles for example with alarms, the old trick was to tie a length of fishing line to it at night and tug from a distance setting the alarm off. Owner eventually thinks the alarm is playing up so turns the alarm off and bike is stolen. Might take a few nights of sitting around but to a thief a few nights for a few grand is time well spent.

Now think of that in relation to a car that can be crated up and out of the country or stripped down in 12 hours and any lapse in security or even merely mistrust of security could net someone a fair few grand for a few nights messing around.

Android engineer: We didn't copy Apple or follow Samsung's orders

Jay 11

Re: this is an example of prior art

You mean Laptops with internal batteries so they can be used in a mobile fashion ie not tied to a desk in an office environment aren't mobile?

Again aiui new applications of a prior used idea aren't generally considered original, unique and patentable otherwise every time someone put a zip on a newly designed item of clothing for example they could sue anyone who used a zip at a later date, clearly nonsense.

Jay 11

Re: Interesting Point I Suppose

It may be pretty damning evidence but it is also quite probably irrelevant.

Take a look at the underside of virtually every laptop and there is a slide to unlock release on the battery so aiui this is an example of prior art.

Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

Jay 11

Pretty sure that was a data centre previously as I helped liquidate the old firm in there a bit over 10 years ago. They ran huge amount of Compaq gear back then.

I think it was called 'Crisscross communications' and they sold access all across Europe.

As the prievious infrastructure would already be in place it would explain why it is based there and not out at Docklands or some other low rent area.

Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

Jay 11

Re: FO Cables in sewers. I heard of this.

You are possibly thinking of the pipework of the London Hydraulic Power Company that was bought by Mercury so they could run cables cheaply through it.

YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Jay 11

Considering we have a legal right within the EU to resell software under our own terms how exactly without adding time limits to the ownership of software, which is of dubious legality in itself when media is supplied do Microsoft intend to implement this without falling foul of the law. Even if as Microsoft say they are merely allowing Software houses to charge they are directly facilitating an illegal act and as they charge a license fee on each and every new sale they are benefiting from an illegal act.

I think someone needs to write a piece on the legality of Microsofts actions. This could make the anti trust cases small in comparison.

Google Shopping Express dips toe in same-day home delivery

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Not a problem

Same day delivery isn't a problem and if de-centralised warehousing is used can be achieved with delivery times of less than an hour per five miles from the warehouse in major urban areas as long as the warehouses are based within or on the edge of a central population areas, the problem is no one wants to pay for it.

If you consider Royal Mail Special Delivery costs from £5.90 for a before 1pm next day delivery the companies offering same day delivery expect to pay less than £5.00 to the delivery company for sameday while charging the customer twice that regardless of volume with free warehousing of their goods as well, an unrealistic expectation.

If companies want to offer an efficient and cost effective sameday service they simply need to do the deliveries in house but that takes someone who has worked in and dealt with the sameday industry rather than someone who wears a suit and has a degree which unfortunately won't happen.

'Inexperienced' RBS tech operative's blunder led to banking meltdown

Jay 11

I wonder?

If it is a batch file problem is it the same kind that had caused trouble for Paypal in the past with their RBS backed prepay debit card?

Natwest net and phone banking goes titsup

Jay 11

The problems...

are continuing at the branches. All systems are down so you can't deposit or withdraw at a branch either

Truck nuts swing onto US freedom of speech agenda

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One has to wonder...

where the tow ball is in that picture...

DVLA off-road system seriously off-message

Jay 11

Why not use the Internet?

Well the answer to that is tied up in the red tape DVLA have wrapped around SORN.

If you don't receive your VED reminder and can't find your log book (my paperwork system is haphazard at best) or have an old style log book for a vehicle that has been off the road since before SORN came into being (DVLA didn't issue new type log books for these vehicles) then you are forced to download and print form V890 and apply for SORN by POST.

As you can't interact directly with the DVLA data base via their website, even if you do apply online there is no guarantee that your SORN application will be processed. In fact take a look around the Internet and you will find a fair few examples of this.

It's very easy to assume that just because you are able to SORN your vehicle over the internet that everyone else can. Last figures I read stated that something like 10% of vehicles couldn't be SORN'd online.

Hope that helps answer a few questions.


James E Collins

Trade body loses laptop full of driving conviction data

Jay 11

Time saving exercise maybe?

I suppose it means DVLA doesn't have to think up fanciful reasons for giving it out now.