* Posts by a well wisher

142 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Mar 2011


Hands up who reuses the same password everywhere, even with your Nest. Keep your hand up if you like being spied on by hackers

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"Rishi Chandra, general manager of the Google-owned smart home outfit, sent an email to all Nest customers on Wednesday" - Must have used second class email as no such email received here yet

It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday

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And as an exhibitor, it was always a lottery as to where your company would put you up, posh hotel if they booked early, or a local B&B, and anywhere in between, and just how long your morning commute might be to the show ground, sometimes having to stay up to 50 miles away - I'm sure the local economy will miss the opportunity to book out rooms at significant prices at show times.

One particular year, I remember getting on a show shuttle bus at the hotel bound for the show, which was logo'ed up, sponsored by and fitted out by a Sat Nav manufacturer. We were taken on very, very long mystery journey to the show, at several points on the journey, frustratingly we could see the showground across fields in the distance, but still the driver couldn't get there, all the passengers remonstrated loudly with the driver to use the ***** ing Sat Nav - but he admitted he had no idea how to work it ( of course this was some time before the ubiquity of Google Maps ) - a completely wasted marketing opportunity by the Sat Nav company

And the weather at the showground could be pretty brutal, stepping outside one of the halls in to horizontal rain or snow delivered by gale force winds was a great way to clear the head after the parties the night before - of which there were many. As a exhibitor, a good portion of the day was devoted to seeking out the best party ticket for the coming evening

Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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"It is also important to highlight that flying at below 500ft kept the Sensat drone well outside the hugely complex airspace restrictions over East Sussex, which includes the approaches to Gatwick Airport."

How ? - is the Gatwick runway above 500ft ?

New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

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As a model flyer of both RC planes and 'drone's am well aware of the 400 ft rule - BUTtotally unaware that with an observer and line of sight flying I could legally go to 1000ft !

The 400 ft rule just seem eminently more sensible and safer

Although not sure my drone would actually be visible much above 500 ft - no no line of sight since out of sight

Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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Shows the need for that large spike on the steering wheel to be reconsidered to remind drivers whose bum is going to get bitten if things get a little bit out of shape

Timeout everyone. Y'all know that Musk's $500 'flamethrower' is literally a Boring blowtorch?

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Probably a little something he picked up in South Africa, I recall stories of flame throwers being installed under cars for dissuading carjackers in Joberg

Seems I do recall right ...


Buzzzz... gulp. What the heck was that? Drone air traffic app maker swallows $4.5m

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Re: Safe drone use...

Well I don't think the likes of Amazon will be happy if they can only perform drone deliveries when you are in LOS of their warehouse. So I'm guessing they think some of those restrictions could be dropped if their tech works and was on board the 'aircraft'

'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Finding fault capacitors with high current PSUs used to be the norm

Back in the early 80s when repairing old memory boards, at a time when 48 KB was a board about 2 foot square with a gazillion small decoupling caps and one of them was dragging the psu down

A quick application of a car battery to the 12v line would sort the men from the boys capacitor wise and reduce fault finding time no end

Note: No I can't remember what chips they were that needed a 12v line either - but certainly remember the process

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: Emergency Retract

Yes I remember the 80MB and later 300MB SMD drives (made by CDC as I recall ), and being very wary of the emergency retract, especially when replacing a head and doing the head alignment - watching the 'cats eye' on the scope with your hand on the tool ( like an elongated wind up tin opener on cans of sardines ) currently attached to the head carrier , you touched that tool very gingerly indeed !

Hyperloop founder goes on immediate leave following sexual assault 'smear campaign'

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Seems its not only the product name thats Hyper !

The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

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Re: Two wrongs don't make a right

Americans, re-writing history ? surely not

Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

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I'm sure we would all be shocked at what the design agency charged for that change or maybe we wouldn't

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Remember once being in a <large Japanese corporate> local office. in reception hangs a big poster of their logo with about 20 or so arrows pointing at different sections, with a paragraph of text 'explaining' the meaning / reasoning behind that section.

Any logo which requires any level of explanation / interpretation , let alone on 20 points clearly is NOT WORKING !

Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Probably just a co-incidence then that the majority of C level execs all dumped large quantities of shares just days after this happens despite allegedly having no knowledge of the actual hack having taken place

Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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Re: I'm sure

"but that won't stop idiots flying drones ...... using them to spy on people.

Somewhat ironic then, that it was in fact the police who were the ones caught spying on the people from their 'drone' aka helicopter


Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way? No!

"The 8 track would have been useless for home computers."

Although that is exactly what Sinclair went on to do with their Sinclair QL computer - using same, but smaller tape looped cartridge as its data storage - Plagued with problem !

ICL even sold that computer as the 'One Per Desk' colloquially known as the 'One Per Bin' after a short while

Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Re: Minecraft subscription?

Not long after MS got hold of it I'm guessing

Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine

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"do you not find it very suspicious that 99% of the channels on VM TiVo (other than terrestrial) seem to have magically sync'd their advert breaks? Get bored and channel hop? More ads..."

I'd say they've pretty much pulled off that trick on terrestrial Freeview too

Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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"Rent up a few bots though, and no chance of disease,"

Are you sure ?

Rental cars I'm a bit less fussy about , after all I only sit on the seats,

But I'd want some sort of guarantee of a full hygiene valet of a rental sexbot !

Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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But once its bottled, Its "use by date",will be two weeks next Tuesday

Marketing... or how I lost my soul to Lagos

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"Full disclosure: my startup OpenTRV has received funding from EU and UK government sources"

Is it all that red tape thats holding the OpenTRV project up ?

I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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To quote Captin Mannering ...

"I think you're entering the realms of fantasy there, Hyphen-howe "

You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

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But you said they did a drainage check ....

And presumably ignored the results, since even killer roots don't grow that fast

Do you qualify as poor in Palo Alto? Spoiler: Yes, yes, you do

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Re: Come to Spain

"That butler could buy a respectable house outright with his first two month's wages in many parts of Spain,

The commute would be a bit of a bugger though - wouldn't it ?

We’re not holding biz to ransom, says pay to play ad-blocking outfit

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"and would be happy to engage in any discussions as to how we can continue to better the consumer’s online experience"

As an Ad-Blocker ? - Just block ALL the adds !!!

Google robo-car backs into bendy-bus in California

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Watch the TED talk ! - It dealt with a woman in a wheelchair in the road chasing a duck round & round in circles

Qualcomm, Nvidia are driving us nuts – with silicon-brains-for-cars

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Last 2 cars I scrapped, were due to the excessive cost of replacement of a failed engine management unit

This looks a lot more complicated !

But hopefully I would still be able to drive the car ? or maybe not

Ofcom spins out Wi-Fi checker app just in time for Christmas

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Convenient and timely smoke screen

What America's drone owner database could look like in future

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Do they think the people who want to fly 'off piste' are really likely to register ?

Just like DVD anti -piracy messages at the front of DVD playback only going to penalize the guys whos doing the right thing

We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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All ideal products for Harry Enfields shop "I saw you coming"


Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

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Except for those muppets who take their phone on holiday and forget to turn off roaming,running up and come back complaing of 100s, maybe 1000 pound bills - When they become poverty increasing devices !

'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Re: Downvotes

Trouble is they don't remove the adverts if you do pay ! - so they want their cake and eat it too

Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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So he would have preferred it just to run him down !

Complaining it stopped seems a strange argument

Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Bit of a pain if you spin off on the far side of the track - but suppose an F1 driver shouldn't do that

Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

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Pure Douglas Adams ...

Who describes their (Sirius Cybernetics) marketing division as "a bunch of mindless jerks who will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes",

If the cap fits !

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Just call him Von !

Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Re: It's hopeless

And didn't he also say that they keep all their info on archival paper EVEN though its all been scanned in

Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: LG do it too

"I've set all my regularly used Smart tools in the quick menu so I can avoid the ads."

That sound like an LG fail ( from their point of view) too - allowing the end user to control / dismiss the Ads - what ever next !

Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Just maybe they meant,

A selfie stick can be used in two modes, one as the name implies, but also in 'periscope' mode to get a better shot or view of the action which it looks like the original Aussie tweet was addressing

But never let the (possible) truth get in the way of a good rant against iPhone wielding narcissists

Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Dumped ?

Has Brin's Google Glasses girlfriend (Amanda Rosenberg) been axed too ?

The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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With the average UPVC door they DO need to be locked from inside !

"errm, virtually all doors these days don't need locking to be secure. You need to key to open them from the outside, to get out from the inside, just push the handle."

With the average UPVC door they do !!

if you don't want your house broken into + car stolen !

Very common for a large bent lever to be pushed thru the letter box to apply downward pressure on the handle - Bingo ! door open, car keys usually on the hook by the door


Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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Another good try from Netgem

Netgem have had a number of good outings in the freeview arena usually ahead of the curve , there was the original Netgem freeview box with full wireless keyboard, then later the quite popular Tesco HD pvr from Fetch TV which was a re-badged netgem unit/software - but Fetch folded killing that box ( can't remember exact cause now)

Netgen : always the best man but never the groom and if BT buy EE the same may happen again -

Candy Crush King king resigns for 'personal reasons'

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Chips have been cashed ?

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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"There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary"

And this could be the hotels obit !

VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Thank Sonos : Que ?

Not entirely sure what we are thanking Sonos for here ?

Link seems fairly tenuous to me

3D printed guns: This time it's for real! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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To quote ....

"I'll give you my gun when you pry this lump of 3d molten plastic from my cold, dead hands"

Google gives Microsoft office an awkward hug with new plugin

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Not related to / prompted by the recent Microsoft / Dropbox tie up then ?

Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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mind games

Can Uri Geller bend one - just by stroking it of course ?

Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

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Just need to sort out the of content now then !

Cancelled my trial after 1st month due to lack of new content

NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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He would do well to team up with ;The Gadget Show' in the UK they also perform equally mindless and irrelevant 'testing' on all sorts of kit