* Posts by Richard Cartledge

470 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Aug 2007


Oi, butterfingers! Drop your mobe in a pint? Hope it's not an iPhone

Richard Cartledge

I remember something years ago on the Gadget Show where a smartphone was coated with something that made it very hydrophobic a bit like that Magic Sand. I wonder why we never heard of it again?

Tea, Earl Grey, hot! NASA blows $125k on Star Trek 3D FOOD PRINTER

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I think you would need 7 heads and cartridges for flavours such as sour, ugami, sweet..... and one big one for Soylent as in yesterday's thread. Colour can be added with google glass.

BMW offers in-car streaming music for cross-Europe road trips

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I'd rather just choose my own service such as internet radio. I already use my old iPhone 4 over bluetooth to Audi A8 and the sound is far better than you would expect.

The icing would be if you could install car-optimised apps on the MMI of a car, or maybe some way of controlling phone from car controls for certain apps.

Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Sounds like these Koreans should be forced to attend an Equality and Diversity Awareness re-education event.

'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: Minor point

"Oh if only he wasn't a British citizen and completely free of obligation to adhere to US laws..."

Try telling that to the British man who sold some batteries to Iran, Christopher Tappin.

Doing 35 years in the land of the 'free'.

Deja vote: Iran blocks VPN use ahead of elections

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The Iranian President is just a fall guy or puppet, the public face of The Assembly of Experts (Majles-e Khobregan) who are not democratically elected. It hardly matters who wins.

Honk if the car in front is connected

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Re: This is all going to end in tears...

We use Audi Connect which is an online account which syncs to the car's systems via it's 3G connection. It works very well for syncing contacts, finding google POIs and adding media to the MMI, internet radio. e.g. when in google maps on a computer, one can hover over the drop pin and choose other>send to>car - but I would like to do more, such as add new features, and have a better insight into telematics such as mpg history, telematic status of systems from a computer. It would be good to change settings of things in the car from inside the house and upload them rather than sitting on the drive using clickwheels and buttons..

Maybe someone is missing a trick about an incar OS with it's own app store and online ecosystem. Are motor manufacturer's own second-rate offerings enough?

Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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And it came to pass that the Khazarians replaced that currency with one made out of thin air.

LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

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I love it, it reminds me of the good old days before we had to be upsold and upsold bloated upgrades every 2-3 years.

Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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Looks like a 'weather balloon'.

Windows Phone 8 hasn't slowed Microsoft's mobile freefall

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They are OK, but they are late to the party and are just MS's take on existing ideas. Nothing new. There is also no room for another player unless they offer something new and radical.

iPod & iOS drove Mac OS sales.

Win 8 phone will not drive Win 8 sales as the sales are small and win 8 desktop won't drive win 8 mobile sales as the sales are small so they are in a catch 22 disadvantage.

The best thing would have been to make Win 8 desktop more palatable and I think ordinary users would have enjoyed the seamless transition between Win 8 devices that is offered with MS ID login and skydrive.

Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

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So we still get a floppy disk symbol for Save?

Something nobody under 16 can remember.

Good old Microsoft.

Broadband ESSENTIAL to life, titsup ISPs must cough up - court

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Re: So based on reliabily record to date...

Fair play to VM, they settled my modest claim (which some may say was vexatious and trifling) and court fee immediately - about 5 years ago when I raised a claim with the small claims court this was mainly for having to call their paid-for number from a mobile and time wasted being given 'the runaround'..

Tech giants don't invent the future, they package it

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I only clicked the story because I was interested in the cactus bulb on the photo, but no mention of it.

Bad news: PC slump worse than feared. Good news: It's Friday

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To a great extent, general user needs have stagnated, and they don't wat to do THAT much more that they did 7 years ago, so a 5 year old compter can still watch youtube, type a letter, edit and print a photo, rough-edit a movie or surf the net just fine.

The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Re: ...and they last for XXX years...

I agree, when they are driven hard enough to produce task light, they often blow or flicker after a few months.

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Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'

Same is true in most of Asia, they like 'mahtab' CFLs not 'aftab' but sometimes have eclectic mixes of both.

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One by one, we are replacing our domestic CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) with SMD (surface mount diode) 'corn cobs'. The latest SENCART branded ones we have from dx.com are superb, even better CRI(colour rendering index) and cosiness than old tungsten bulbs and they are full brightness instantly unlike most CFLs.

I don't know why they still make CFL, they should be phased out and replaced with SMDs so they can be made cheaper in greater volumes.

Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

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Not surprising it's going this way. For the iPhone 5S, Apple are in talks with utility companies about taking a cut of the charging cost in return for exclusivity lock-in.

Swedish teens GO BERSERK in Instagram sex pic slut riot

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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These guys look a barrel of laughs.

Xamarin tool lets devs build .Net apps for Mac OS X

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10 years too late.

Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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put "123456" in the number two slot for 2012; the same sequence was used by 37 per cent of all user accounts at the Anonymous-hacked Greek finance ministry.

Sounds like these were initial passwords for new/never-used accounts, I don't think the 37% would be representative of individual-chosen passwords.

Children increasingly named after Apple products

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I'm calling my daughter Plaintalk Microphone.

Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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So if they told you to take off your Hublot Big Bang and wear a Patek Calatrava you would think that's OK?


Don't touch Sony, Panasonic's junk, says credit agency

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I vowed never to buy SONY again due to poor lifespan, arrogance and uneconmical repair of expensive products.

I now buy cheaper LG or SAMSUNG fayre which is just as good and looking, better warranty, support and almost disposable prices.

Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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"We've got one here who can see." - They live. 1988.

Apple cultists slaver as Mothership landing now foretold in 2016

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Apple will be suing Krispy Kreme soon then.

Google fine-tuning iOS mapping app for Apple submission

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Re: This is so funny

From what I have read, Apple could have continued to use the google bundled apps for another year under the current agreement anyway, but they cut their nose off to spite google's face.

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They should name it Andriod Maps.

Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

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Following convention, 2012 should have been the Windows version, and 2013 the Mac version.

The MS website says if you buy Office 2011 Mac now you get the next version free, so I wonder if they will homologate both on 2013?

Worried dad invents pepper-spray iPhone case

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In all of those I've seen/used, it comes out in a waterpistol jet, not a mist as in the photo.

You need something light that you can hold in one hand and adjust aim by wrist tilting.

The form factor of being stuck to a heavy and cumbersome smartphone which you have to hold like a smartphone would make it very hard to aim.

Volkswagen Beetle car review

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£18k for that!

The interior looks very basic.

I like the wheels though.

The genetic button that could turn a WOMAN into a CHIMPANZEE

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"Humans share over 90 per cent of their DNA with primates"

- and ~45% with a cabbage, ~60% with a fruit fly, so not really surprising when you put it into that perspective.

Google expects Apple to block its not crap iOS maps app

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Re: If Apple don't

a) It's slow

b) Every time you background it, it resets, so no dipping in and out.

c) It is not an API so the google maps are not used by other apps such as Find my Friends or Fixmystreet.

Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

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I don't see this is useful, because at this physical size, the optimum viewing distance would be so large, that the increase in resolution is moot. They should concentrate on higher bit-rate 1080p and higher frame rates that are smoother in fast action scenes before going onto the next step of resolution.

Philips eyes trendy homemakers for app-controlled e-lights

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dx.com has more interesting and cheaper LED/SMD lights than this, and what's more you don't need a smartphone as they come with their own dinky remote or can be programmed with a spare button off your existing TV/video recorder remotes.

Apple's 13-inch Retina MacBook torn asunder for your pleasure

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If the batteries are duff in 3 years time (how long they lasted on my pre-retina) I'm sure no-one will mind ripping them out with a pry bar.

Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

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I rather like the Audi Connect system.

The car connects via wifi or 3G to your Audi Connect (free) account and picks up your uploads, contacts, addresses and settings.

Boeing recipe turns cooking oil into jet fuel

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Nothing new here, people have been making gasoil from waste oil and fat for years and Virgin flew a flight using kerosene made from waste oil. It's all vanity and diversity & sustainability policy portfolio codswallop.

Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: @ Mr Client with the optical disk

Don't do business with someone who can't spend £10.70 inc. P&P on an USB DVD drive.

Hello, you could even post them the DVD & DVD drive and say don't bother posting it back.

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Re: Incredible...

£29 is just too much for a USB DVD drive?

In fact, you can get a caddy on ebay for under £5 and pop in al old one from your spare part pile or some 5 year old Acer.

IBM prepares to demo 125TB MONSTER tape

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It is interesting that when you compare the surface area of a HDD's platters with that of an unspooled tape, the capacity of tape is so much lower. I can understand why it's lower, but it must be 1000s of times lower density.

Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

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Re: Free speech

Yes, that's what free speech is, as soon as people being offended takes precedence, we lose freedom of speech as everything will offend someone. This turd should simply be publicly identified and let the people unleash free speech.