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Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors


Re: Details

Should have pressed 3. Then 2."

It probably did get to level 2 but then the brakes slipped as they were coming on or the wires stretched, you get the same effect when someone drives a 4 tonne forklift into a 2.5 tonne lift, it bobbs up and down a bit!

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Welcome to Cloud Cuckoo Land

All this talk about "free" broadband if fine but as we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch.

So who is going to pay for it since the only money a government has is what it steals off the people?

I'm afraid its going to be you me and all the other taxpayers, including those taxpayers that don't want or use broadband, either in direct taxes or in increased prices from the likes of Amazon who sure as hell are not going to absorb the extra tax.

Xiaomi the way to go phone: That would be with a 108MP camera by the looks of things


Re: 108mp?

Maybe that's what 5G is for

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero


Look on the bright side.

If the ear thingies stop working the only person to know that will be the wearer.

Since most people wear them to impress others it does not matter whether they work or not.

When I was kid people put the dog end of their fag behind their ear, these things look just like dog ends hanging out of the ear.

Samsung on fridge cert error: Someone tried to view 'unsavoury content' in middle of John Lewis


"The bigger question is why the feck would you want a screen on your fridge?"

Well you could fit a camera inside the fridge to save you opening the door to see what you can have for grub

Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app



When I read this kind of thing I thank God I'm an atheist


Re: I must Confess

"Can you do "remote" Confession with the app"

Only if you connect it to St Alexa

We're going deeper Underground: Vulture clicks claws over London's hidden tracks


Re: 20 MPH zones

Tomorrow never comes

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back


Re: Or

"There is no crime of trespassing in the UK, it would be a civil matter."

There is on the railway

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse


Better Now

"Ever been tempted to administer a jolly good thrashing to Windows?"

Not since I've been drinking the Mint tea

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts


I like the one star customer review

"They don’t tell you it’s radioactive, just watch the YouTube videos."

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter


Re: The specialist kit is capable of installing 700 metres of cabling a day

"But always presuming that a) BT engineers know how to use it and b) BT Engineers are not sitting down drinking tea instead of operating the digger."

I doubt even BT would use "Engineers" to plant fibre

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me


"Compromised to what end? So TheBadGuys[tm] can taunt the occupant about their inefficient 1970s appliances. Does it really matter? ... and besides, why would TheBadGuys[tm] bother? There's no money in the taunting game. "

If you could switch consumers off and on in sufficiently large blocks you could very quickly trip out the whole grid, think black start on steroids. No electric, gas, water, sewage, internet, alarms, phones all without a single shot fired.

And even if it is all running correctly you still have to rely on French logic.


But look on the bright side, it would also disable your fibre connected phone so that you don't get a call every 55 min trying to give you bloody insulation for €1

You won't guess where European mobile data was rerouted for two hours. Oh. You can. Yes, it was China Telecom


Re: That's what happens when you use a Huawei router....

At least you won't get idiot scammers pretending to be from China Telecom

It's the curious case of the vanishing iPhone sales as Huawei grabs second place off Apple in smartmobe stakes


Re: Meanwhile ...

"A" Ark or "B" Ark? I'm guessing it will be the one with the 'phone sanitisers."

Hope the B Ark does not turn out to be a bit of a dog

While this CEO may be stiff, his customers are rather stuffed: Quadriga wallets finally cracked open – nothing inside


"Why is there no mention of what date in December the sixth wallet was emptied? "

Yes there is, the 3rd December

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?


Re: 100% 999 coverage?

"We've often thought that it makes that golf course a bit more dangerous than most"

But it makes the golf much more enjoyable without some prat yelling into his mobile.

Jeez, what a Huawei to go: Now US senators want Chinese kit ripped out of national leccy grid



Is the US dislike of Huawei because it told the NRA et al to sod off when they demanded a backdoor?

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


Why would you want a bacon vending machine when there's a Greggs in every town in the UK? Ah, I suppose it's for use after 11 'o'clock

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off


Re: She sounds so vain

With all the coverage this story has been having I suspect it is more about publicity than privacy, and we are contributing to it.

OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor


Re: 5G? what about the back hauL?

You don't have to bury fibre, it works just as well in the air, but it's as ugly as hell

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM


Re: I would rather

A Zero W that I can easily put to sleep without add ons.

Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too


So how is an eSIM better

I don't really see the advantage of an eSIM, when you fly into Australia there will be a Vodaphone shop at the airport to give you a SIM and sell you a package of 40GB, local and international calls for the huge sum of £11.09 at the end of the month throw it away.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?


Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

"Other than TfL, is there any other public sector run transport system?"

Cardiff Bus


Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

"The fact that you have to pay a higher price and that it continually fails at their (presumably) busiest time leads me to believe that behaviour is by design."

Do you really believe that they have the wit to design something like this?

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains


What is it?

So what does .eu stand for, European Union or EUrope?

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Re: EU Standard plug

Why would a foreign plug be dangerous in the UK?

Except that the UK ring main is fused at 32A and the continental spur is fused at 16A

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist


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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain


I am sitting in sunny rural France and at the moment enjoying broadband provided by the national company at 0.88Mbps, tomorrow the guy is supposed to turn up and connect us to the fibre on the pole outside, I hope its a little bit faster.

World+dog ignores Rubin's Wonderdroid


Re: root

But without the GPIO.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing


Re: Missing a crucial step

"Don't you mean served with chips and THEN deep fried?"

or the gourmet version, Poutine

Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses


Re: They were not defeated

I don't really see how you are going to upset a drone with a pressure washer since they rely on the speed of a small flow of water to blast off the dirt. As soon as the water leaves the jet the pressure is zero but the speed is quite high so the cleaning power diminishes very quickly with distance and within less than a meter you will only get a fog.

Now, a fire hose with a 16mm nozzle at 6 Bar will do the job, if you can hold it.

FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'


Re: Face Palm

"The general public don't trust the Govt not to abuse such access."

The general public don't trust any Govt.


Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist


Re: mini-computer?

"So PDP-11 sized, or maybe even VAX?"

Nah, Fox 2/10 size

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'


Re: Barcelona, Spain

"As opposed to Barcelona the planet, where they've got dogs with no noses?"

How do they smell?

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'


Re: let me guess

"What about locomotive engineers?

I assume you are talking about the mechanical engineer that designed the locomotive and not the engine driver.

Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising


Re: Facebook has a "striped down" app?

Just vertical stripes?

Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?


"Will it have a counterpart called Zoomi?"

Yes, but that is designed to look after your pets.

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys


Re: I'm pleased with my 5.

My OnePlus 2 has got the 1 October 2017 Android Security Patches, I have no plans to change it.

Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310


Give it a black and white screen that you can easily read in bright sunlight and I'll have a couple.

'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?


Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

"The annoying thing about this is that you need to have the power-hungry TV screen on just to listen to music"

Not if you use a Chromecast Audio plugged into your stereo or active speaker.

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps


Re: it makes more sense to not have FTTP

I am currently waiting to see how reliable overhead FTTP is. Here in France the whole village (one of only three in the department) is being connected to fibre. That is every house farm and shed. Fibre is being slung along the tops of existing poles on metal tees outside the village, trees have been cut in half, just the half nearest the new fibre, and hedges trimmed with a set of giant circular saws, pretty it is not. Will it ever work?, well hopefully it will be better than the current 1.07Mbps/0.43Mbps on a 5km line

Bixby bailout: Samsungers bailing on lame-duck assistant


Re: But...

I don't like sliced bread either.

IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket


Re: Escape Trowbridge?

Just go to Le Clerc's and get a few cans of Bavarian Brewing Company (from Amsterdam naturally) 8.6

And it's Trowhole not Trowbridge

Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...


French Idea

The French have a much better anti drip device fitted to a 5l cubi (wine box), a little plastic tap, fills a glass with no drips and very little effort.

Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures


Re: Forgot?

Obviously you didn't

Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence


Looks pretty easy to open

After extensive visiting remote sites and having the wrong key this lock looks pretty easy to me. First choice would be a whack with a 11/2lb hammer just above the little green light, next a nip of the stainless hasp with a 24" bolt cropper or otherwise cut it off with a battery angle grinder, all standard tools.

Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee


Re: Sullenberger: the movie

WTF is Jedward?

BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls


Customer Hatred

If you want to experience true customer hatred try complaining to Orange France AKA France Telecom.



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