* Posts by Richard 72

9 publicly visible posts • joined 17 May 2010

MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

Richard 72

Re: Does that mean we're entitled to all MP meta data?

Ahh. how cute. Obviously you hadn't heard of the Wilson Doctrine . MPs are exempt !!

Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

Richard 72

I have discovered proxpn

It makes a very good compliment to VM as they can now no longer traffic shape *anything* (p2p or http) and also I can watch hulu and other such services too. And of course you are no longer blocked by any sites the the UK govt or VM deem as unsuitable for paying customers.

I initially only got a vpn service so I could have a point-of-presence in the US to improve skype (the alternative was allow skype nodes to do the routing and that was .. basically ... abysmal).

I only wish I could put a referral link here....

Raspberry Pi IN THE SKY: Wallet-sized PC is disaster drone brain

Richard 72

Not much cred to arduplane ??

I have an ardupilot / arduplane and I would have hoped to see more cred points to it in this article as - even though it is credited with "Control of the aircraft" .. it has built in accelerometers, magnometers, GPS autopilot, waypoint + altitude navigation, geofencing, fly-by-wire capability, telemetry etc etc ... it's an incredible piece of kit that can almost fit inside a matchbox ... at a squeeze... ok a swan vesta matchbox then. The Pi is just a passenger in all this (for what I can see) and does not actually direct the navigation (yet).

LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

Richard 72

Have you tried Ardupilot ?

Just asking...

Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers

Richard 72

Would have liked a "does it scan without ink cartridges" option

As I had a HP which was PURELY purchased just for ADF and sure enough, one cartridge went "dry", the printer failed to do anything demanding I purchase another cartridge (rinse and repeat).

Motorola Xoom gets Android 3.1

Richard 72

Motorola Xoom is *not* a GED

The primary reason I bought the xoom was that I thought it was a "Google experience device" - ie on the list of devices that Google prioritize for updates... However, it is NOT outside the US !! This has frustrated me almost to the point of returning it ... especially with 3.2 being distributed already to other tablets..

I'm not a "must have the latest" fanboi, but 3.0.1 was broken in soo many places, the browser, gmail and obviously the SD slot etc. About time... that's all I can say...

Samsung Solid Immerse rugged phone

Richard 72

I think it's a great phone!

I have this and the nexus one.. For usual "office / home" life the nexus is my first choice, but if I'm going away for the weekend or doing something outdoorsy then my SIM goes into the Samsung and I'm happy it can take a bashing and I don't have to care about getting wet, battery life etc etc. It can read email at a stretch, but it's nice to get away from those things every now and then.

In fact... this last weekend I had this phone for "outdoors" and in the backpack the moto xoom and it was a winning combo ... I wonder if that kind of "hardy" phone + more tech tablet combo may catch on ?

UK.gov slams Facebook over Moat fan clubs

Richard 72

as Voltaire once said

Am I the first to include this quote "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

Ten Essential... Android Games

Richard 72


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Barcode Beasties

1) I wrote it

2) It's a great waste of time during shopping

3) Kids love spending hours tearing apart your bookcase / kitchen / bathroom looking for the most powerful monster.

4) I'm now updating it on a regular basis - multiplayer very soon now (honest).