* Posts by Outcast

148 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jun 2007


Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April



Tell me do

What paperwork do empty vehicles need ?

I'm a trucker that goes to Dover every week. Nigh 0n 99% of the wagons heading for Dover are Continental vehicles returning EMPTY.

Why would Customs detain EMPTY vehicles ?

That's right

They wont.

We export bugger all into Europe.

The queues that WILL exist will be all through Calais


Lets see how they like drivers answering the call of nature on the side of their roads !!

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history



Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers


Re: "home-pirating CDs never became a big thing"

Funny you should say that...


Strangely the tape deck has stopped playing now. I suspect a belt has perished

Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it


Took a long time coming.

Karma for Sendo !

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you


Are they going to mandate either the banning or compulsory use of Eco-Roll then ?


Why Ban ?

Because it's downright dangerous. Basically what happens is the truck shuts off power when it has climbed the hill by about 95% and uses kinetics to crest the hill and to return back to speed.

Sounds clever doesn't it ?

Until you realise that the truck you just powered by going uphill and who has just flashed you in has now had to stomp on the anchors because your wagon has gone into Eco-Roll right in front of him/Her and it's not fitted to theirs !

Yes your roadspeed drops like the proverbial brick thrown in the air ! (With no brakes lights as you're not braking)

Now lets add in that your company has disabled all manual functions of the automatic gearbox.

ie: No Kickdown and no pre shifting down in readiness for that hill you know you're going to slow down on. How many following wagons do you think who CAN downshift in readiness and expect you to be doing the same suddenly find themselves up your ringpiece and looking to Get the heck out into Lane 2 pronto ?

And now for Lane depart. Lol what a joke. We get false readings from the "now removed" Lick & Stick road studs from former roadworks and the Anti-Collision" brakes activate full braking when there's nothing there !

I've been a Trucker for nigh on 33 years and I don't feel my job will be threatened by Tech for at least a decade yet !

Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges



I'll stick with my "No Name" XGody Y16

Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies


Reminds me of the time Commodore hired a giant billboard outside Segas headquarters with a pic of an Amiga CD32 on it and the slogan..

"To be this good will take Sega ages" !!

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped


Re: My old music never reached CD let alone digital download

or "Development Corporations" by The Now


Re: Quality of vinyl

Or just buy Direct Cut albums.

If you can afford them or even find them which is actually like trying to find elusive D³ (DDD) CD's


Yup. I bought a CD by Train a while back and even though I played it on low volume it was distorting. I actually thought it was my ageing Arcam Alpha 7 amp biting the dust but playing any of my old CD's afterwards never displayed this anomaly !

Bloody annoying as the songs on the Train CD are quite good.

Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021


This old chestnut : AGAIN

Sure the truck probably could stop.

But the load wont no matter how well you secure it.

Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?


Damned Immigrunt bees.. Coming in here and ruining our jerbs !

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?



I'm (Now) a 55 year old trucker. When you get to the age of 45 you have to go or a FULL medical to make sure you're not going to die at the wheel (or less likely anyway).

I received my "Section 88" at the beginning of March. My Licence expired the day before my 55th birthday (DOB 20th April) so I quickly had my medical and sent it all off.

3 weeks later the replacement still hadn’t arrived so I did the online check and it showed my LGV had expired.

So I phoned them up and was made to feel like a naughty schoolboy for asking about it.

Basically they said "You've got nothing medical wrong with you so you're ok to drive" But that won't wash when you're stopped by DVSA at 02:15 on a rainy monday morning and they check online and... Your licence has expired !

They impound the wagon !! So our company wouldn't let me out on the road. Miraculously the shunter had a load bar fall on him and was off for a fortnight so I covered in the yard for him.

The licence still hadn't arrived or the online version updated two weeks afterwards and the shunter was due back. I had to get them to Fax our company a "Section 88" cover note for me.

I got my shiny licence back last week with my nice UK flag on it !!

I really don't hold any faith in the licence being digital !!


Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that


FB Games

Flash will "go away" only when the FB games no longer use it.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3


Why the heck would anyone willingly want to infect/contaminate perfectly good hardware with Microsoft software ?

Defies comprehension in every single way !

Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package


Although I can move individual frames I still can't zoom in closer than 8 seconds on the timeline.

The Track size is also miniscule on a 4k monitor


But it's coming along nicely

BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?


Never had a problem here in Peterborough. I was online all day & night (using the rest of last years hols up). I have changed BT's HH to a Netgear jobbie though (cost me about £160)

Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward


Slow loading ?

Not on my system it aint

GTX970, 16gb ram ,iiyama 28" 4k monitor


As for learning curve... I remember trying to learn on Art Dep pro, then Image FX (morphing) and Photogenics. (Bit of True Brilliance thrown in there too)

The difference was that it was fun and exciting doing that stuff back then.

Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins


Dude. ALL NLE's Crash.

I used MediaStudioPro and Premiere (with a bit of MainActor) from about 1997 to 2007.

Heck, even my Genlocked & siamesed A1200 (with 060) & running infochannel would crash.

They #ALL crash. Just give it long enough !!


My experience

Indeed Openshot is quite capable. I edited my nieces wedding in it


Yes the intro music is wrong and it WAS precisely what you expected it to be with that intro. Google muted the entire thing so I chose that licence free from their list just for something. Obviously the dvd they got is ok.

No I don't expect anyone to watch more than 2 mins of that !!

Openshot suffers from HORRIFIC timeline redraw delays when using MTS files and you really have to be careful lining up the cuts/Transitions. Kdenlive is superior in this sense because you can use proxy clips.

Both crash if you give it long enough (as does ANY NLE) so ..Save, Save, Save as you go.

I installed Lightworks when it was beta but it has one heck of a learning curve and then you find out that to actually render out to something you can use requires plenty deneros to cross palms

NOxious Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal: Chief falls on sword


/Tinfoil Hat time

Makes you wonder if the former ousted CEO of VW didn't drop a sneaky heads up to the relevant testing authority ?

Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election


Re: Congratulations!

Ukippers are NOT anti Europeans. (Is that geographically possible ?)

We are anti- EU. <----- No it's NOT the same thing.

Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat


Don't write off Nautlilus

Just Yet !!

Bit late to the party but here's a face off of the search engines I did.


Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30


Big Bash

"In the end the Amiga directed me into my career as my first proper job was for an early UK ISP and eventually to the present where I own my own hosting company. I owe it all to you Amiga truly."

Your comment makes you sound suspiciously like an awesome guy I know from Lowestoft who was a major help with our Amiga "Big Bash" shows !

2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift


I know little about the 500 but how can a 1.2 Litre (1200cc) be a 900cc ?

UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?



iirc it has the second longest runway in the UK which is no longer being used and it has excellent road links to get to it.

And it whooshes over John Majors house which is a flange benefit !!

Euro SPACEMAN snaps incredible images of our Blue Planet


Stunning. Although when I watched it I didn't realise the missus had turned the sound down on the player.

I was marrying up the images to Human Leagues - "Gordons Gin" !!

General Motors issues stop deliver for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

Paris Hilton

Brakes ?

They'll only slow ya down !

Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball


Seeing Speedball 2 on my mates A500 was what made me buy one.

Brilliant game. The humourous audio snippets were the icing on the cake.

My daughters loved Tiny Troops mainly for the....

"Aaaaaaaarmageddon & Run Awaaaaaay" sound snippets !

Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth


Re: Perspective please

He's trying to buy his way out of his one way ticket to hell

Clue: Diablo doesn't care about money !


Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s


No Sharp Elsimate ?

I went to school just south of Perth WA in the 70's and this was the "Must-Have".

Pretty wierd considering I couldn't afford one and even if I could no-one was allowed to use them anyway !

Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew


Penal Colony Mars

Now where could we send all those peado's & murderers etc that's out of the way and they won't be coming back, Well. Not for a long time anyway. ?

Don't knock it as it's worked a couple of times before and now one of those colonies is the most powerful nation on the planet and the other is a really nice place !!

When three Linux journos go crowdfunding


Mark me down for a sub

Good luck

Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

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Re: Nice history

In the words of the late Ian Dury..

"There ain arf been some clever barstewards - Lucky Bleeders"

Unknown Aussie and Dutch family car spring solar surprise



Siff upper lip chaps (& Chapessess)

btw.. Centre of gravity appears waaaay too high.

Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn


I'm getting pissed off with artistes who release their cds in oversized sleeves.

Just bought Arctic Monkeys AM and it doesn't fit in the rack (neither does "Panic of Girls" etc) so instead of being proudly displayed in the rack they get lost in the cupboard


It might be Big but it aint Clever !

Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race


Kewl Electric

If they can make them this Cool I'm all for it (at a sensible price for us paupers !!)


Thread that's taken from.... http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1042959&highlight=electric+vehicle

Their latest project... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z9bPY-xXFCQ

Thread .. http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1073960

Yes you'll probably have to join the forum to view the thread. Not much I can do about that other than to say they are kewl projects.

Oh.. And they sound great too.

The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME


Wot No Amiga A3000T & 4000T ?

Even the A1000 was a sexy bit of kit

2012: The year that netbooks DIED


The real reason

I didn't bother reading all the comments to apologies if it has been said..

Asus wanted to release a small form factor laptop with limited RAM & SSD. Asus wanted XP on it but Microsoft wanted to kill XP and was pushing Vista. Vista was too pricey and bloated.

So Asus threatened to ship them with Linux installed. Messers Ballmer and co laughed and said "go ahead, it'll flop".

Asus sold EVERY SINGLE One. Returns were on a par with any windows offering. It was a runaway success.

Microsoft had to back peddle before Linux got traction with the public. So they extended the life of XP and gave Asus the deal it had wanted originally.

Now a campaign of disinformation was started.


Why would you want a tiny 8mb SSD when for the same price you can have a 130gb ? In other words, the usual Ms tactic of newer, faster, bigger (more expensive)

This of course completely defeated the whole concept of the Netbook being a cheap but robust (no spinning HD) computing device.

Asus were no fools either. They deliberately chose Xandros instead of any major distro so as to not completely alienate MS.

Yup, Microsoft wanted this little upstart dead. Looks like they finally won.

A year on the run: El Reg tracks 2012’s techno-fugitives



Much kudos for the Awesome Yammie DX7 alone.

What was the topic ? Sorry, got sidetracked.

NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec



@ Sisk

The Mayans ARE still around

Methinks they'll party hard this year having rickrolled the entire planet !!

The early days of PCs as seen through DEAD TREES


Joe Pillow

@ J.R.Hartley

Indeed. Not a single mention of Joe Pillow or how his arrival @ CES convinced Apple execs their days in the computer industry were (severely) numbered.

Mags I bought regulary (EVERY month)

1: Amiga Format but moved to Amiga Shopper when released

2: Amiga User International

3: CU Amiga

4: MicroMart

5: Computer Shopper <--- Once in a blue moon

None: But peruse online Linux stuff

TiVo: Cisco and pals could owe us BILLIONS over DVR patents


Electronic Design

Anyone rememeber Casablanca NLV ?

I bet ED have/had some patents prior to Tivo's.

Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck


Customer ?

Surely you're only a customer if you paid for the product ?

Ubuntu's Oneiric Ocelot: Nice, but necessary?



Try formatting a USB stick (don't use the cli). I just want to know if anyone else goes through the palaver I went through to do that simple task.

It was right click icon and select format.. Bingo, Job done. (Not anymore)

Oh and I discovered where the reboot option is....

Select Logout, then click on the power button (top right of screen) then select Shutdown.. THEN you get a choice of reboot, Shutdown or Cancel !

I am slowly beginning to fettle 11:10 to something I may be able to put up with but why go around the block just to cross the street ?


Upgrade or downgrade ?

I upgraded last night and was surprised that it completed the upgrade without glitches. So.. on reboot I was expecting Unity and that's what I got. I've been using Gnome 2 "Classic" mode but as this is the "chosen path" I figured I might as well give it a fair suck of the sauce bottle.

So, after reboot what did I find ?

No graphic drivers activated. Not a biggy but on activation.... Where's the restart option in the cog (me menu ?) .. Seriously, there's only Shutdown.

Next... I nipped round corner T'shop for some Doritos and when I got back I discovered the screen locked, s'funny, I had that set to 45 mins. Oh well... I'll have to reset it again... except.... Where is it ? It was in screensavers but that's gone... I used that "Dash" effort to search... I clicked around clicking on likely candidates.. Nope.. I give in ... Give me a clue !!

I'll give this a month and if still not happy I'm gonna change over to Peppermint.

Nobody has any idea about new pension thing happening

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The so government rips off our pension funds and wants us to give them more. At least Maxwell had the decency to top himself.

I was made aware of the new pension crap last year, I'm 50 years old so I'll be opting out <-- They'd probably want a grand a month from me !!

Mr Bean prangs £650k McLaren



I live in Peterborough.. Local news here..


Cornish cow plucked from jaws of death by Navy chopper


Cows with Guns ?

Ok.. So instead of becoming fish food it gets to become (several) burgers.

Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

Paris Hilton


So make roads like Scalextric tracks. That'll make sure the buggers are in the correct lane at the correct time and if they aint then they'll wait for the appropriate correction point !!

Or... Use that electric toothbrush charging idea. iirc Tesla ( Nikolai) discovered a way to send a charge over the airways.

Where's the electric shock icon ? Ok I'll use Paris instead as she probably uses something rechargable !!