* Posts by Beamerboy

40 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2012

Kids these days will never understand the value of money


Re: Nationwide App

"Nationwide banking app for instance doesn't even show you the account balance on a particular day"

Except in the Quick balance View, the default log on screen and at the top where all the transactions are listed..at least in my Android version of the App. other than that no can't find it anywhere :)


Re: A few years back

I find the banking apps that I use are generally up to date, at least to the day before for purchases, and this includes HSBC. As an example I sometimes have cash which I deposit into a Nationwide account as its most convenient, then as I leave the branch log on to the app, move some of the deposit to my day-to-day HSBC account, which has appeared by the time I have logged into the HSBC app. Now this is real-time magic

CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS


So the wifi kettle...

...which isn't actually an upgrade on my analogue/mechanical timing switch which turns on power to the kettle at 7am so its boiled when I get downstairs at 7:10 all for less than £5. Though if they can make it get the beans out the freezer, grind them and add them to the cafetiere/stove top/cappuccino machine that would be great, oh and steam the milk if that's needed and know what I'm going to fancy then maybe it is worth it!

Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS


Re: Great...

Well I'll be there, with my Smartphone stubbornly set to 'dumb' - how else is the battery going to last 5 days, it's not a Nokia 3110 any more!

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept


Our network team...

...in a previous role when they became part of the larger European company structure were affectionately known as Pan-European Network Integration Services - they knew and revelled in it as any good techies should!

Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom


Re: 'everyone going to a shopping centre...'

Surely these will be at Motorway service stations, given the car will do 200+ miles on a charge (let's not get into that debate here though) the likelihood is you'll want to stop to empty your bladder at somewhere convenient and en route, if you are there for an hour rather than the preferred 2 minutes you'll buy no end of useless junk from the shops! Just can't see people popping into a shopping complex just to recharge - though maybe there are exceptions like Cribbs Causeway now I think about it..

Smash 'n' grab: Fighting GODZILLA in your lounge? Read this first


SimCity is where Godzilla really got his gameplaying rocks off, nothing better than rebuilding after a lizard rampaging across your beautifully crafted city

Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory


University education

Consisted mainly of:

International Track and Field - 4 player mainly

Goldeneye - 4 player

TOCA Touring Cars - 2 player

And that was enough to ensure that there was a huge tangle of cables in front of the TV after passing controllers between us!

Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?


Re: No change

"…Why divide by seven??" - new Apple strategy now derived from children's wizarding books, simple!

BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...


Ahh BOFH..

It's been too long, how I have missed you! You know back in the day we used to get one of these every week...it's what made Friday a Friday!

Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android


Well my HTC Widfire was a bit slow, Ok so veeeeeerrrrrrry sloooooow, but not had any issues since I've had my Nexus 5. Though that's like saying a G-Whiz is a bit slow but my Ferrari seems to be alright for speed!

Boffins claim battery BREAKTHROUGH – with rhubarb-like molecule


Re: Thermal stores would help too

Coming home to hot water after a long time if you've got your own generation is pretty easy, my immersion runs off my solar panels when I have excess generation (this did happen in the summer when it was sunny for weeks an weeks not so much now) and didn't use the gas for heating water for about 4 months. Now I can't generate enough to heat a cup of water to mildly warm, but that's how solar works...

Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly


4K TVs

When i looked in the summer they were £15K, or thereabouts, now you can get them for about £3K - 55" Sony/LG etc not a no brand cheapie. Although I'm not that old (mid thirties) I remember anything over 40" and plasma costing much more than this so shouldn't be too long to wait for them to be affordable.

And they will support Full HD 3D i.e. both images at the same time in full HD or dual screen with different glasses - ideal for gaming, I might only have a Wii but 55" Mario Kart sounds awesome! until they are about a grand I'll keep going with my 28" CRT (unless that dies of course!)

Oh and while I'm typing - every time I think about getting a new TV something changes - plasma/LCD/LED/HD/Full HD/OLED/Smart/4K - guess I'll have to dive in at some point...

Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle


Without wanting to stir up trouble

I'd comment on opticalexpressmademylifemuchbetternowthaticansee.com with something positive. This is not a recommendation - make your own minds up but I'm more than happy with them!

BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK


An excellent start to a Friday! Love the use of the Kennedy

The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...


Re: Earl Grey - VOTE NOW

ready to be downvoted and flamed - but I'd go even further as I prefer Lady Grey, that's what I drink at home in the mornings with Lapsang in the afternoon - unless I'm having coffee but that's another discussion completely!

Mine's the one with the girly teabags in the pocket!

BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest



Best one for ages - icon for obvious reasons, now off to get another tea to actually drink this time!

Asterix rules!


Asterix has a whole theme park just outside Paris - loved the books as a kid and still do I found out as we rediscovered them in the parents loft, cue a wasted afternoon reading through a few of them!

Never really liked TinTin and I still drink the English version of Magic Potion thanks to Getafix!

Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine


Re: Why you should install them

So the guarantee/warranty is for all parts for 20 years - you have to shop around to get this but it is available, and the panels are guaranteed to lose less than 0.25% efficiency over their 20 years.

And the money I used to buy them was being made redundant from RWE - so partly a way to pay less into their coffers and be paid by them for what I export (not the subsidy)

Not saying solar/wind is the answer just saying what has happened.

Yes homes use less energy during the day but industry uses more - shops, offices etc and they use much more than homes so generating in the day makes sense, the problem with wind is that there is more wind at night when there is lower demand.

Nuclear - may or may not be the answer the costs still don't stack up, they get huge subsidies to build the plants and the decommissioning, reprocessing costs are also high.

I'm not particularly pro or anti any of the technologies I just want cheap energy, after a personal investment that's what I have, if the subsidies weren't in force I would still have that, if I could have a small nuclear reactor for a similar cost great! However, burning up fuel from the ground in hundreds of years that takes millions to produce doesn't seem like a long term solution to anything


Why you should install them

With a payback of less than 7 years currently (where you live, which panels etc will change this) and profit all the way from there it's a decent investment to put them on your roof. If you work out the yield it's even worth extending the mortgage by the necessary few thousand (4kW install around £8k or less)

And it is starting to make a proper difference, RWE are proposing to shut down three power plants because the solar installations over there are now providing so much power - one day in June for an hour they were producing 60% of Germany's energy requirements.

Once the energy required to produce them is produced by solar energy they are closer to being carbon neutral, yes I know there is the raw material/transport etc carbon to take into account - but to be honest I'm more interested int he £30k I'll make over their lifetime (20 years when they'll still be producing electricity but this is the guaranteed lifetime)

Skyera unveils rival-crushing 21PB-a-rack flash monster


Re: Apart from the NSA...

Well we could do with some more space in our racks, replacing as near as makes no odds a rack of storage with 1U is certainly an option worth exploring over extending our data centre

ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug


Tim Tam

It's the only thing to 'dunk' - was sceptical about it until I tried it, bite off opposite corners and suck the tea through then eat - simply divine, not sure the type of Tea really matters, but my tipple of choice is Lady Grey without milk, sugar or lemon.

Shack in flat-pack bric-a-brac lack flap? Whack on this 3D flat-pack app

Paris Hilton

What is really needed

For all those people with sensible sized lounges is this app for TVs - far too many small two bed terraced houses near me with oversized TVs - maybe if they could see what 60" looked like intheir house they would have bought something more appropriate!

Paris - because she likes everything life sized

Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing



Is enough for over 8500 photos on my DSLR camera, even if half of it was taken up by OS, Apps etc I think most of us could cope with c4000 photos between uploads! If you choose to fill it with films to watch on the screen (I don't I have a tablet or TV (remember those) for that) that's your choice. And if you are going on a photography heavy holiday, safari or similar, no doubt you'll have your DSLR with you anyway. So just stop moaning about storage and just sort your sh*t out!

As for WinPho8 - have had it as a work phone for the past couple of months, and I'm converted, even a chance my next personal handset will be W8 rather than Android - I used to slate it but having used it now love it!

Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging


Some people are missing the point

You'd only change your battery if (1) You were on a long journey, over 250 miles, and didn't want to stop for 30 minutes (2) Oh no that's it any other occasion you'd either Supercharge/Charge or just charge at home/destination.

For comparison it's like having a car with a petrol guage that doesn't work (I have one of these) and having a 10l petrol tank in the boot for when you misjudge something - not planned to be used but there just in case. And if I'm driving for over 250 miles a stop is probably a good idea to refresh, my fuel tank is bigger than my bladder in any case!

Televisions in living rooms now the fastest-growing internet platform


Lies, dam lies ...

Fastest growing, from an almost totally insignificant number to a marginally insignificant one - fastest growing in terms of total numbers, don't think so, percentagewise, obviously, and no doubt it will be next year too!

Review: Renault Zoe electric car


Re: 75 miles? hahahahahahahaha

Wake up - Tesla Model S will do exactly what you need, though now you'll tell me its too expensive I suppose, though you don't have to rent the battery so another thing you dn't need to worry about!

Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa


Ready to be flamed

But I don't really like normal tea - though do have Lady grey, Ceylon, Darjeeling, redbush and Lapsang (all Twinings of course!) on my desk ready for whatever I fancy. All brewed in a mug without the need for moo juice or sugar - simples!

Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...


And I really should learn to type properly on this new fangled swipe keyboard on my Nexus 10 - great device, poor user!


RE: I'm Cancelling my subscription!

Your post reminded meof the fun we had this year introducing eSheep to the PFYs int he office who hadbn't seen it before. The best app to remote execure of all time

Samsung, LG 'lose confidence' in OLED TV tech


So my 28" Widescreen CRT will have to wait a bit longer to be replaced by OLED, or 4K, not that I have even any 720p HD inputs let alone anything more modern!

Seriously it always seems waiting for the next big thing in TV at the moment, I'll keep hold of mine until it goes bang then gets whatever is latets and greatest at that point, though I assume I'll be watching the same old dross...

Acer CloudMobile S500 Android phone review


Replaceable battery and expandable storage

Sadly this will never catch on...

Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet


But will the new one...

...be a Nexus 4 beater? (Runs for cover)

Bond fans: Test your 007 trivia, now!


23 - good enough for top score in my office

Facebook donates cash seized from spammers to cyber CSI lab


Is this like...

...doping then donating money to the anti-doping lab to make sure you know how it works?

Apple iPod Nano 7G review


Re: No shuffle?

I assume album shuffle means play an entire album, then play another one randomly chosen, rather than, play in order, get all your Wurzels albums at the end when the battery has died anyway or track shuffle, play any track whenever it fancies thereby eliminating the need for artists to even create albums.

As for the amount of data you can get on it, i have a 1GB Shuffle (2G?) and since the only way to charge it is through USB that's when i update the tracks, never get through them all before the battery needs charging anyway so no need for a bigger storage capacity without a better battery.

NB The battery is now old and the device has had a lot of abuse as it is used for gym, running (wet and dry) and basically for a device that can fail as I want a new one now anyway!

Greens wage war on clean low-carbon renewable energy


Far too obvious

Why do something cheap and easy when there is expensive and complex! Geothermal works well in the countries where there are already volcanoes and earthquakes, see Iceland for example, but they survive, not sure a bit of fracking will really cause any issue to the stable Great British Isles. Environmental lunacy!

Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25


Happy Days

Spent playing Lander on the A5000, as well as other games, I remember E-Type being compatible from the A3000 that the next door neighbours had but on the A5000 the average speed ofthe car would be about 300mph, faster processor seemed to result in a faster car! It was also my introduction to SimCity (many lost hours) and I suspect if I asked my parents would still have it in the loft somewhere and would no doubt still work.

Oh and !Draw was an awesome free package, my brother designed an extension for our house using it (never got built) and the kitchen for our new build house (which did get built), just so much easier to use than Visio and massively cheaper than any fancy CAD package.

And the boot up time of 2 seconds eclipses Widows 7 on a SSD no problem...

LG pitches £7k 55in OLED TV, again


My bad

Forgot rear projection, HD-ready and Full HD, soon to be followed by 2k x 4k!



My old 28" CRT refuses to die though :o( Don't need the 55" but when i can get one around the 40" mark for about a grand I'm there. Yes wall mounting would be nice, but I already have upward compatible furniture for the day a flatscreen TV arrives.

TV tech amazes me, there didn't seem tobe much change between invention and the mid-1980s other than colour, since then we'vee had wide screen, digital, plasma, LCD, LED, OLED, internet connectivity, 3D and always at a price point that over time goes from stupid expensive, to expensive, to affordable to downright cheap, can get my TV from a charity shop for £25 and it cost £800 new!