* Posts by tomban

129 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Apr 2012


Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer


The correct address

>> The correct address is: https://t.co/MYLOyTehZv

That's easy to remember! M -Y - L - O - y - T - e - h - Z ----------- v

Pencil 15 Jan 2020 in your diary: That's when Microsoft hopes you'll be at the cutting Edge... Chromium style



That icon has a certain Firefox essence about it. I.E. a round swirl type thing.

Will that old Vulcan's engines run? Bluebird jet boat team turn to Cold War bomber


Re: Not British

The SR71 actually leaked fuel when it wasn't hot:

"Fuselage panels were manufactured to fit only loosely with the aircraft on the ground. Proper alignment was achieved as the airframe heated up and expanded several inches. Because of this, and the lack of a fuel-sealing system that could handle the airframe's expansion at extreme temperatures, the aircraft leaked JP-7 fuel on the ground prior to takeoff."


Apple strips clips of WWDC devs booing that $999 monitor stand from the web using copyright claims. Fear not, you can listen again here...


Re: what is this Internet you're talking about?

It's like, a series of tubes.

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them


Re: Re:The buttons are usually for staple items

You could use different combinations of dots and dashes to resemble different letters; A code of sorts.

Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?


Re: What's the battery life like?

"an impressive battery life of one half of ten minutes"


Southend Airport tests drone detection system


Trafalgar Square

Just for fun, distance from Trafalgar Square to the London Airports, as the crow flies:

London City: 7.3 Miles

Heathrow: 14.4 Miles

Gatwick: 24.7 Miles

Luton: 27.4 Miles

Stanstead: 30.6 Miles

Southend: 35.8 Miles

Lydd: 60 Miles

Manston: 65 Miles

Last attempt to find MH370 starts this week


Re: at least we are likely to go there in the future

except Europa, attempt no landing there

The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that


I'm using OLED

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids


screen burn-in

I've had an S7 for over two years now. Gets plenty of use and absolutely no screen burn. Screen is as good as it was when it was new, which is pretty much perfect.

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration


Re: DIY home electrics.

I often cry when I see what 'competent' qualified installed have left behind.

Sure, it's safe* and signed-off, but some have no pride in their work.


Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO


What we've got here...

Is FAILURE, to communicate.

Some men you just can't reach.

Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

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Neat idea!

2 x 2cm, that'll be perfect for my digital watch!

It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard


There's that word again: "heavy." Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?

Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook


Re: Hardware keyboard is new... again?

This would be awesome for this, if it had hardware F-keys (F1-12) not only good for AS400 sessions but I could also use it DOSBox and Amiga emulators! :-)

Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip


Interesting specs


"The M6's thickness is only 8.2mm and the M6 Plus is only 8.2mm. However, because of the tolerance of 0.2mm, not every M6 or M6 Plus is 8.2mm thick."

"1600 Megapixel + 800 Megapixel Camera Combination"

BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot


obligatory scene from Spaced


Music lovers move to block Phil Collins' rebirth


Do you like Phil Collins?

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it


Re: And make the cost of 4G reasonable

>At home I get 1 bar of 4G at the front of the house. ...

I have the same but 1 bar of 4g gives me almost 60Mbps, same at work but only ~25mbps.

Except when it rains, then I get 4 bars of "No Service"

UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists


Re: 100M£

>> Cyclists utter obsession with getting ahead of traffic at junctions does them no favours. It pisses off every other motorist and puts them in dangerous situations.

How about the motorists utter obsession with getting ahead of the cyclist travelling at 25mph in a 30, and then cutting them up?

I have numerous videos of motorist doing exactly that to me.

It would appear that training, licence and insurance does not actually make them better at driving.

Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA


Re: Ahhh, machine learning

Deckard: You're reading a magazine. You come across a full-page nude photo of a girl.

Rachael: Is this testing whether I'm a replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?

Samsung Electronics' sales go OVER A CLIFF


I'd never heard the word "embiggen" until I started reading El Reg.

Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!


Re: Car stereo

The question is this: Given that God is infinite, and that the universe is also infinite... would you like a toasted teacake?

A DRONE OF THEIR OWN: GoPro tabbed for cameracopter launch


Re: GoPro need to do more with their software

I agree. They also need to work on their firmware. I've had a 3 Silver and now have 2 3+ Black editions and they have some interesting bugs like randomly resetting the defaults and sometimes refusing the charge or switch on requiring a battery pull. Sometimes one will get warm when it switched off and drain the battery, very odd. On the silver, it would randomly turn on the WiFi when finishing recording or switching off.

Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL


Re: Ha! Called it!

Yeah, but your 527290232933453823 other guesses were wrong.


Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012


Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter


Re: only 2800

Over 9000?

Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo


Re: pushbike headlamps (flashing)

> Isn't it technically illegal for the flashing lights...




At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.

Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow



"For comparison, the Snapdragon 801-powered Galaxy S5 scores just over 3,000. Only the GPU lets the side down a bit, it’s just not up with the latest Adreno components in terms of outright performance, though this isn’t a failing you’ll ever notice in use."

I don't understand what you are saying here. The benchmark figures quoted above this seem to suggest the Tab S is faster at 3D (9326 compared with 8812) and only 23 point slower at 2D (1601 compared with 1624). Seems that the RAM is quite a bit slower though.

If it's as fast as my SGS5 in real use, I'll be very happy.

NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark


And now they're called Snickers.

'Apple is terrified of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm


Is Slutshole ok?


'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone


brain bleach

Here you go:


Five arrested over money-grubbing fake UK.gov shocker


Re: Meanwhile ICANN stupidity

Ah, but they need those TLDs to generate more IP addresses.

Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT


Yes, IANAL but the FAA rules appear to be guidlines and not actual laws.

Although it changes as soon as you start charging money for it, and exacltly the same model becomes an aircraft.

Also it would appear they want to ban FPV goggles.


Interestingly, even though the drone was in class B airspace, the airport didn't detect it, are they too small for radar?

Also, I would just like to add that this was a foolish thing to do near an airport and it's people like this with DJI Phantoms (search Phantom Flyaway) that will get the hobby banned for the rest of us.

Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good


Re: we have always been rats in a cage

Despite all your rage?

NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars


140 million miles (average)

That's some pretty remote RCE you got there!

Google Glass? Feh. Behold Dyson's 2001 pocket 'puter techno specs with own 'Siri'


Casio F-91W

Sounds like a pretty neat idea!

Apple wheels out sueball cannon, again


Re: Apple's S3 copy is about to launch...

with an S3 like big screen, S3 like '2 apps on screen at once' and S3 like NFC


Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it



Think wearables are the next tech boom? Cisco's numbers beg to differ


Galaxy Gear

I've always liked the idea of wearable computers, and we're almost at the point where technology can provide a solution.

I got a Galaxy Gear on ebay, it's very nice and does what I want it to do. Though, I'm glad I didn't pay the RRP for a new one.

I think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Yet another Brit mobe tower borg: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal


Hopefully this will help my coverage.

I get patchy EE coverage in my part of Kent, mostly in the high streets of my local towns. Luckily it works at Home and Work, although, my local mast has a habit of going offline when there is severe weather.

Also, there is no 4G coverage where I live or work, yet EE still call me up to try and sell me a 4G CONtract.

NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT


Re: @ Dom Jefe

"some popular sci-if mutants"

They sound pretty scary!

Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

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"It is a 'reddened' Ia - meaning it occurs in a known dusty environment"

For those, including myself, who were wondering what an 'Ia' is:

From Wikipedia;I think it's number 3?


Inflammatory arthritis

Ia (genus), of vespertilionid bats

Ia or I-a, a subtype of Type I supernova; see Type Ia supernova

Interactions of actors theory"

UK.gov to Google: Kill impostor taxmen ADs hogging top spot in YOUR search results



Better ban search listings / adverts for accountants as well, then.

Would someone care to explain the scam to me? Government websites have .gov.uk at the end, don't they?

Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'


Re: ... indefatigable ...

I came here just to say that, too:

"All night long the Martians were hammering and stirring, sleepless, indefatigable, at work upon the machines they were making ready, and ever and again a puff of greenish-white smoke whirled up to the starlit sky."

Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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Re: Prius can go up to 106 MPH, and depending on tires, faster.

Cool story, bro!

Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth


Wow, imagine what he'd be worth if Windows was a decent operating system!

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns


But if it does, nobody is going to be shooting the drones down.

It does seem to happen though:


False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror


Re: its all over facebook as well

It doesn't help when sites like the daily star (linked in the article) show a picture of a normal garden spider.


Tales from an expert witness: Lasers, guns and singing Santas


Re: Reverse gear synch

Indeed, I stopped reading at that point.

I don't know about Audis but I know both the Ford MT75 and MTX-75 gearboxes have synchromesh on reverse.