* Posts by arnieL

36 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Jun 2015

We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11


Where's the numbers?

Surely for an IT site the usual parameters should at least get a mention (apart from cost): THD, Frequency response, dynamic range etc. If I wanted to read flowery subjective prose I'd go to 6moons for a laff.

Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders


Not just NTLWorld customers

(Blueyonder) I moved away from Virgin ages ago because there were so many problems with their email service, I think it may have been after the original move from Unix to Exchange some time in the naughties...

BBC bypasses Linux kernel to make streaming videos flow


Re: Smells funny

What are you going to scale out on to? Even Linux needs hardware to run on and that isn't free.

Exposed Volkswagen 'n' pals get 2 more YEARS to sort out emissions


@Pascal Monet

So cars are bad because of something that's nothing to do with them? Sounds logical to me!

And 7 billion people will be driving? Really? Even on the most generous assumptions, only a small fraction of the earth's population have a need to drive each day. I know neither of my kids do, and neither does my mother or wife. So that's one out of 5. Numbers are looking better already!

Probably best to stick to relevant, coherent arguments huh?

The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray


Re: Build your own

Rather than just a case, how about a cycle-accurate scale replica? http://hackaday.com/2012/01/10/help-chris-boot-his-cray-1-supercomputer/

Siege of Shoreditch was like Stalingrad, but with Froot Loops Bloopers


Not the first time

Bunch of "locals" charging around the East End trying to intimidate new arrivals because they don't want their way of life disrupted.

Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war


How about honoring GPL

Yes Mediatek, looking at you. Perhaps they're afraid that seeing the source will reveal how incompetent they are at software. Oh but I see, they're not supposed to be good at just that but "systems"!

There are petitions online, for what good they will do...

All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall


Re: Good article but



Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa


Re: Well...

That sounds reasonable in theory, however I have yet to come across any location where even a quarter of the 5GHz spectrum is in use. 2.4 has been overloaded for years but 5 seems to be very under-utilised.

Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria



an apology from Corbyn on when he becomes PM.

Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app


Re: "OBD-II port is mandatory on all cars sold since 1995"

I had a 1998 Mondeo that did have OBD II, but that is probably because it was a car that was sold in the USA.

From the usual place:


The EOBD (European On Board Diagnostics) regulations are the European equivalent of OBD-II, and apply to all passenger cars of category M1 (with no more than 8 passenger seats and a Gross Vehicle Weight rating of 2500 kg or less) first registered within EU member states since January 1, 2001 for petrol (gasoline) engined cars and since January 1, 2004 for diesel engined cars.[13]

NASA primed for 9-minute live test of mighty rocket motor



How patronising!

Wondering if NASA have had a chat with Megasquirt for this revolutionary marvel of modern tech.

Well, it's not rocket scie...

Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet


Re: Meanwhile

He doesn't appear to be getting the thumbs up.


Perhaps if he was Muslim he'd get a warmer reception from the (possibly slightly conflicted) left, eh Khapitan?


Re: There's plenty of good holocaust jokes

Go on then. Got any about the Rwandan genocide whilst you're at it?

It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE


Re: Risky Experiment [Geddit?!]

You probably don't want to read this then...


UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton


Re: Radio 4


Brother from a different mother! Keepin' it real lolz.


Re: Low cost DAB

Good, then they can all f*** off and leave me to listen to Radio 4 in peace on the commute home.

Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD


Re: Smaller and cheaper

64Gb for £30 good enough?



Re: Give me a PCIe card

Thanks, Mr Coward. Have seen such devices before, as you say only SATA so not ideal. Will have to be content with dreams of an Intel 750 for the moment.


Give me a PCIe card

With 4 slots.

Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch


Re: Roaming

Windows has been aware of metered connections since 8, so I imagine it will defer until you're on an unmetered one. Hopefully!

Google dumps ISP email support. Virgin Media takes ball, stomps home


Round we go...

In the time I've been with BLueyonder/Teleworst/Virgin/whoever, they have gone from one broken email setup to another (UNIX, Exchange, Gmail etc.) with the answer being a Zoho accounts and my own domain.

Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole


Re: Not a black hole.

But an Alternate Universe. One where the Tories won a completely unexpected (by the Left and their mouthpieces in the press) overall majority in the general election. It all makes perfect sense.

FTFY etc. etc.

Yes! Windows Phone lives: Microsoft to pump the device Kool-Aid


Re: May I remind you

@Zippy, I think you should stick to commenting on processed meat production, or whatever it is that you know about, because as far as software goes you clearly have no clue!

One MEEELLION users download Facebook-pwning droid game


Re: Navfree

Nokia Here maps does for me.

Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?



Almost pushed to replace a stack of 600Gb HDD in our main database server with some of these for a major speed and capacity boost. Not with that endurance though - the Revodrive that does tempdb duty has run at an average of 0.2DW/D, so proper database/log drives are going to at least double that (guessing, no stats form the LSI controller to prove either way).

Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels


Re: Why is the BBC doing this?

I'm sure you'd be prepared to reach into your pocket and make up the short fall? Anonymously, of course.

What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?


Re: Wtf @ Salts

Not sure about that, unless it has 64 bit UEFI. Ones in existing Atoms are 32 bit even though processor is 64 bit.

Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS


Tom, actually... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Pugwash#Tom_the_Cabin_Boy

North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses


Re: We need to invent a new version of IP

Can it be packaged in aluminium and sold at an unreasonable margin to beardy hipsters? No? In that case I don't think the fruity ones will be interested.

Revive the Nathan Barley Quango – former Downing Street wonk



@Terry 6: Cuts? Last financial report shows licence fee income going up, not down. Total revenue dropped due to less income from commercial sales. Not enough Top Gear probably...


China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie


Re: Good hardware

So, two things going for it!

Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH


Re: Yeah but

Church and Brand talk the talk, but compare their efforts to Swift (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Swift#Philanthropy for those too lazy to GIYF):

Swift's philanthropic efforts have been recognized by the Do Something Awards,[425] The Giving Back Fund[426] and the Tennessee Disaster Services.[427]

Swift performing at the Speak Now Tour Hots in Sydney, Australia (2012)

In 2012, Michelle Obama presented Swift with The Big Help Award for her "dedication to helping others" and "inspiring others through action."[428] Also that year, Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights presented Swift with the Ripple of Hope Award because of her "dedication to advocacy at such a young age ... Taylor is just the kind of woman we want our daughters to be."[429][430]

Swift is a supporter of arts education. In 2010, she donated $75,000 to Nashville's Hendersonville High School to help refurbish the school auditorium's sound and lighting systems.[431] In 2012, she pledged $4 million to fund the building of a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.[432] The 7,500-square-foot building opened in 2014 and will facilitate new programs and workshops for teenagers and senior citizens.[433][434] The space includes three classrooms and an exhibit space, and houses interactive activities such as a musical petting zoo and a "wet" classroom space to make concert posters and other art projects.[435] Museum officials named it The Taylor Swift Education Center and the singer is involved in an advisory capacity.[436] Also in 2012, Swift partnered with textbook rental company Chegg to donate $60,000 to the music departments of six US colleges.[437][438] In 2013, Swift donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony.[439]

Swift promotes children's literacy. In 2009, she donated $250,000 to various schools around the country that she had either attended or had other associations with. The money was used to buy books, fund educational programs and help pay teachers' salaries.[440] In 2010, she took part in a live webcast, Read Now! with Taylor Swift, broadcast exclusively in US schools to celebrate Scholastic's Read Every Day campaign.[441][442] In 2011, Swift donated 6,000 Scholastic books to Reading Public Library, Pennsylvania[443] and, in 2012, she donated 14,000 books to Nashville Public Library, Tennessee.[444] Most of the books were placed in circulation; the rest were given to children from low-income families, preschools and daycare centers.[444] In 2012, she co-chaired the National Education Association's Read Across America campaign and recorded a PSA encouraging children to read.[445] Also in 2012, Swift promoted the "power of reading" in a second live Scholastic webcast, broadcast directly to US classrooms.[446] In 2013, through the Reach Out and Read initiative, she donated 2,000 Scholastic books to the Reading Hospital Child Health Center's early literacy program.[447] In 2014, she appeared in a READ campaign[448] and took part in another Scholastic webcast, broadcast in US classrooms.[449] Also that year, she donated all proceeds from her song "Welcome to New York" to New York City Public Schools.[450]

Throughout her career, Swift has donated money for helping victims of natural disasters. In 2008, she donated the proceeds from her merchandise sales at the Country Music Festival to the Red Cross's disaster relief fund.[451] Later that year, she donated $100,000 to the Red Cross to help the victims of the Iowa flood of 2008.[452] In 2009, Swift supported the Victorian Bushfire Appeal by joining the lineup at Sydney's Sound Relief concert,[453] reportedly making the biggest contribution of any artist to the Australian Red Cross.[454] In 2010, she took part in the Hope for Haiti telethon; she performed and answered phone calls from viewers wishing to donate money.[455] She also recorded a song for the Hope for Haiti Now album.[456] In response to the May 2010 Tennessee floods, Swift donated $500,000 during a telethon hosted by WSMV.[457] Later that year, she donated $100,000 to help rebuild a playground in Hendersonville, Tennessee which was damaged by floodwater.[458] In 2011, Swift used the final dress rehearsal for the North American leg of her Speak Now tour as a benefit concert for victims of recent tornadoes in the United States, raising more than $750,000.[459] She also donated $250,000 to Alabama football coach Nick Saban's charity, Nick's Kids, to aid in the tornado relief efforts of West Alabama.[460] In 2012, Swift supported Architecture for Humanity's Restore the Shore MTV telethon in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.[461]

Swift opposes LGBT discrimination. Following the 2008 murder of Larry King, she recorded a Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network PSA to combat hate crimes.[462] On the first anniversary of King's death, Swift told Seventeen that her parents taught her "never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion."[463] In 2011, the music video for Swift's anti-bullying song "Mean" dealt in part with homophobia in high schools; the video was later nominated for an MTV VMA social activism award.[464][465][466] The New York Times believes she is part of "a new wave of young (and mostly straight) women who are providing the soundtrack for a generation of gay fans coming to terms with their identity in a time of turbulent and confusing cultural messages."[464]

The singer is involved with a number of charities which provide services to sick children. In 2008, she donated a pink Chevy pick-up truck to the Victory Junction Gang Camp; the truck is used to transport sick children from the airport to the camp.[467] In 2011, as the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year, Swift donated $25,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tennessee. This figure was matched by the Academy.[468] In 2012, Swift participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, performing "Ronan", a song she wrote in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma. The song was made available for digital download, with all proceeds donated to cancer-related charities.[469] In 2014, she donated $100,000 to the V Foundation for Cancer Research[470] and $50,000 to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.[471] Swift has met with many sick fans through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[472][473][474][475] She has also made private visits to hospitals such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Ronald McDonald House, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital & Medical Center and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.[476][477][478][479][480][481]

Swift has encouraged young people to volunteer in their local community as part of Global Youth Service Day.[482] In 2007, she launched a campaign to protect children from online predators, in partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.[483] Also in 2007, she supported an Allstate campaign which promotes safe teenage driving.[484] In 2009, Swift recorded a Sound Matters PSA to make listeners aware of the importance of listening "responsibly."[485] She appeared in a Got Milk? campaign in 2010.[486] Swift has donated auctionable items to a large number of charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation,[487] the UNICEF Tap Project,[488] Oxfam International,[489] Habitat for Humanity,[490] MusiCares[491] and Feeding America.[492] She has also performed at a number of benefit concerts, including for the Food Bank For New York City,[493] and Shriners Hospitals for Children[494]


Re: Yeah but we've got Charlotte Church and Russel Brand

If she (and Brand) are so keen to soak the rich, let them lead by example. I'm sure she could do a lot of good with her fortune and still have, say, a million left in the bank to keep things comfortable. Doesn't have to go to the government if worries of where it's spent are the issue, just send some cheques directly to charity/NGO of choice.


Yeah but we've got Charlotte Church and Russel Brand

Who needs genuine philanthropy and actually doing good when you can just whine about austerity whilst keeping yourself on the rich list and in the media spotlight.

Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac


Remided me of this

Somehow I don't think this is going to affect Apple as it did Amstrad.