* Posts by elbisivni

16 posts • joined 8 May 2014

Refurb your enthusiasm: Apple is selling an 8-year-old desktop for over £5k


I think you're being a little unfair about the 2CV's 0-60 time. the test model got to 58 a few years ago, so it should complete its run soonish!


The earliest 2CV claimed to do about 4.6 litres per 100km, the later ones about 4.4. It was my first car - I remember working out how much my 70s model was doing (in the late 80s) - the factory figures were quite accurate - 5 litres per 100 was easy to achieve, going up to about 7 or 8 around town. Yes, I kept notes. Call me a nerd :)

You can get that in quite a few modern internal combustion cars. Something reasonably large and loaded with safety gubbins like the 110tsi 1.4litre Skoda Octavia (or its VW and Seat equivalents) comes to mind at approx 4.6 litres per 100 (on the motorway, not combined cycle). Of course, at a tonne and a half it weighs considerably more than the 600kg 2CV. That's for the manual. Not sure about the autotragic/DSG versions.

You have to wonder what that engine would do lugging a third of the weight around

Google to revive RSS support in Chrome for Android


I loved Google Reader, both for personal and professional use, and it was not a good day (for me) when it went away. Support for RSS in general seemed to wane a bit after that, with many feeds either disappearing, or becoming flaky.

I still miss it, but not enough to install Chrome on my increasingly elderly machines.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 modem code flaw exposed Android smartphones to possible snooping


''Exposed Android smartphones to snooping''.

So the devices were performing as designed, then.

Seriously - I do wish there was a viable alternative to Qualcomm in the Android market, or at least that Samsung would pull its finger out and make Exynos even slightly competitive. Qualcomm's heavy hand even stifles entire nascent markets, such as its miserable efforts at making up-to-date SOCs for smart watches

Facebook Oversight Board upholds decision to ban Trump, asks FB to look at own 'potential contribution' to 'narrative of electoral fraud'


Re: Has he been banned from El Reg forums?

Oh grief. I've only recently stopped having flashbacks to the September that never ended. This would rekindle the whole sorry business!

Apple's macOS Gatekeeper asleep on the job: Exploited flaw put users 'at grave risk' of malware infection


Re: Mavericks

Regrettably not. It appears that the last security update for Mavericks was 13F1911, in late 2016.

Forgive me for asking - what is the obvious reason why people won't update beyond Mavericks? Old version of Adobe's suite?

Yep, you're totally unique: That one very special user and their very special problem


Re: When turn off/turn on fails

You need to be careful making claims like that - the local 'Thylacines are not extinct, and here's a picture that would be rejected by Bigfoot and alien hunters for being too blurry to prove it'' group would take that as actual empirical proof of their continued existence.

Guilty: Sister and brother who over-ordered hundreds of MacBooks for university and sold the kit for millions


This has made me recall a situation very early in what I laughingly refer to as my''çareer'. Administering an old VAX system, as well as a few Macs, including one linked to multiple modems at the same time for journalists overseas to submit their articles.

Anyway, long story short, two Powermac 8100s were ordered for the designers, and about ten 6100s for journos, Can't find the GBP price for the 8100s, but they started at US$4,500 at the time. So getting on for US$8k or more today.

When the pallet arrived I noted that there were two extra 8100s on there. Mentioned it to the boss, who excitedly confided in me that the sales rep had 'given' him them for free as a thank you. and he then took them home. Knowing now that there wasn't exactly a huge profit in the machines for resellers I am suddenly thinking that old mate was even more dodgy than he seemed at the time. Also, glad he didn't try to involve me more in this, or frame me for it.


Re: Why is the second part of:

My thoughts too. I imagine it's a bit like gambling. Have a win, think you can make even more. Maybe win a bit more and become confident it's sustainable, or you've found a working system. And then your luck runs out.

And when I say 'a bit', I really mean 'exactly'.

Android data slurping measured and monitored


Re: Lol, look at all the dumb comments

It does a little bit - it mentions that the communication to Apple servers doesn't include ad related information, and that the amount of data was significantly less.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears


Apple also drops to 15% for in app subscriptions in the second year.

Oz retro computer collection in dire straits, bulldozers on horizon


I have some space, but also in Brisbane. Ugh, tyranny of distance.

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain


Re: The most amazing engineering

Mantevani - that brings back memories. I used to live in one of the mansion blocks on Prince of Wales Drive on the edge of the park and would regularly annoy my flatmate by opening the balcony door to watch and hear Concorde follow the river.

it was also one of the things I missed after I moved to the correct side of the river a few years later.

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app


Re: santa

Want to lose it completely? Have a browse of answer.yahoo.com.

Whenever I'm feeling optimistic about our future as a species going there fixes it completely.

Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech


Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

Personally, I just pop the transmission into 2nd when I go through school zones - If I go over 40 the engine makes enough of a howl to notify me if I hadn't already noticed, and, of course, engine compression will limit me to the same speed on a downhill without ever having to touch the brakes.

If you own an autotragic some of the above may be useless. In that case perhaps a GPS/GPS app with a speed alert might be useful if you can't judge speed through observation alone so you don't have to check the speedo?

Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited


For the last week or so I've been evaluating (ok, playing) with a Nikon Coolpix S9700 for some of our people to use out west.

It is proving very nice to use and has (as they all do) a full auto mode which will remove need for even a one page manual, as well as a decent zoom.

Not particularly beer proof, though.


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