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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

GettinSadda

Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches

My understanding is that the SpaceX rockets are already basically man-rated, but the capsule isn't yet. The main thing it needs is proof that the new side-mounted thrusters can be used to abort a take-off by lifting the capsule off a failing rocket.

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

GettinSadda

Re: Obviously differnt in the US!

And unlimited caps are not THAT expensive in the UK, way better priced than the USA...

Try finding one in what is quaintly called "Market 1" where there are no unbundled services!

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GettinSadda

Obviously differnt in the US!

"To avoid crappy connections, Bezos expounded on said Amazon's Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) software, which automatically downloads requested material when it becomes available, and shows you may like based on what you've watched and Amazon's huge store of users' buying habits, which the Fire will add to significantly. That downloaded video will be ready and waiting for you to watch straight away, if you so choose."

Broadband must be different in the USA - many in the UK have usage caps and this is not cap-friendly!

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

GettinSadda

The middle of nowhere?

Strange idea of "the middle of nowhere" - all of those places seem to be right next to major cities (mainly regional capital cities) and/or next to major motorways.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

GettinSadda

Does not add up!

One in five teenage boys under 18 going online were clicking on porn websites from PCs, and one adult site [Pornhub.com, in case you were curious] – which offers free, unrestricted access to thousands of hardcore porn videos – attracted 112,000 of the teenagers.

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She added: "Key among them is legislation to make it possible for the UK payments industry to prevent funds flowing from this country to websites which allow children to access hardcore pornography.”

Something is not right here!

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

GettinSadda

Good Grief!

It's like being told by an Eton toff that I don't have a right to complain about being hungry because these modern food banks are really rather spiffing!

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

GettinSadda

Obligatory Comment

300Mbps link, and a 500MB monthly allowance (2GB if you are willing to pay £95 per month on a 10 year lock-in)

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

GettinSadda

Re: Domestic Grid

"No country has a Domestic Grid that can take even 20% of people using Electric cars."

I wonder who can validate this comment? I know, let's ask the guy that controls the UK power grid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxSaUXfbyM

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GettinSadda
Mushroom

Please read up on hydrogen, and then return with an answer to this question "where will the hydrogen come from?". Note, if your answer is from electrolysis you need to also explain how you will make it more efficient than simply using the same electricity to charge a battery (and I mean explain rather than just "it will be better - fool!")

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

GettinSadda

few words, article done!

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Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

GettinSadda

So does this ban smart-watches?

Smart watches are wearable computers... and they are visible to the driver while driving.

Hmm....

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

GettinSadda

Affected me in the north of Scotland.

Was a real pain too as I discovered that a major road was blocked due to flooding and I had to take a huge detour. Using Waze as sat-nav works great... except when no signal. Google maps no good either! Also I discovered I didn't have the phone number of the person I was due to see and no way to search for it.

We really are too reliant on modern tech!

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

GettinSadda
Alert

Coming Soon...

I hear that they are waiting for approval of a nice grant to bulldoze the entire site and build an Enigma-themed attraction with rides and fast-food joints. Just think of how much profit they'll make!!

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

GettinSadda

Re: In der fence

You can't justify illegal practices by saying others do the same.

I hear that some roofing companies to very poor work and charge for lots of stuff that they don't do (because most customers can't inspect the work) but when a company is found to be doing this it is not a fair defence to say that all the local companies do it!

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Bigger on the inside: WD’s Tardis-like Black² Dual Drive laptop disk

GettinSadda

What you need is the drive to just appear as 1TB to the system, but automagically use the SSD to cache frequently used files.

But... wait... there also needs to be a way that the drive can be instructed by the user to fix certain files to the SSD or to never put them on the SSD. Then the OS can have a property for this in explorer (or similar) and you can tune as you see fit.

The problem is that the drive itself doesn't know enough about what is going on to do this - so how to solve? Perhaps you need a driver that works as a helper? Or perhaps you make the first nGB of space always cached in the SSD and the OS just places "high speed" files in the low space and "low speed" files in the high space. Perhaps you can configure the percentage of the SSD capacity that is used for this, but start with maybe 50% reserved and 50% frequently used data.

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

GettinSadda

Yup - if it had been a Tesla rather than a BMW he would have been safe in the car while it burned!

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

GettinSadda

Re: Have you tried...

>...just beating him until he realises he doesn't actually NEED a laptop, he just wants one?

How about reading the first line of the article:

"My son's school has decreed that next year he'll need a computer of some sort."

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

GettinSadda

Actually it's the other way around. The "car" can't drive on land, but is a working submarine!

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SpaceX Falcon boosts to glory from Vandenberg space force base

GettinSadda

Re: Rocket Science is HARD

The secondary objective wasn't exactly a soft touchdown of the 1st stage - it was to run tests on the basic soft touchdown ability to learn how far they still had to go. It was expected to "fail" but to teach Space X enough to get closer to a soft touchdown with each test.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

GettinSadda

How quaint!

http://www.tesco.com/storeLocator/?bid=2007

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

GettinSadda

Re: This is the most assine article ever....

OK, lets have a race...

You do all that , and I will do:

1. Discover phone is missing

2. Fire up Find My iPhone

3. Lock and wipe

I wonder which of us will be finished first?

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

GettinSadda

But why?

Why do we get shafted again with missing features in the UK?

Siri is awful in iOS 7, nothing like the version advertised. And where is iTunes Radio?

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Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

GettinSadda

Re: Captured PIN

PIN pads on ATMs have to accept the PIN directly into the encryptor (with tamper protection to prevent people inserting secondary key membranes between the keys and encryptor), so that a PIN is never sent over a wire in the clear and the software on the ATM never gets to see a clear PIN. Why isn't the same thing mandated on POS terminals?

Erm... that's fine for genuine un-tampered terminals. This is a fake terminal, or a tampered one. You can't stop someone making a fake item that looks like the real thing just by adding rules to the manufacture of the real ones.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

GettinSadda

Re: Belkin

the interesting thing is that I don't remember the exact detail, only that i have never bought a belkin product since.

Yes - this article means that my opening comments when talking to anybody about using the internet for business will now be to explain that it is important that they don't use BT because of this. If BT don't understand why - then they should not be supplying broadband to businesses!

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

GettinSadda

大概是因為魔猿谷歌機經常出現失誤特別是朝鮮薊的話!

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

GettinSadda

Re: The engine

That engine has been a nightmare in the MINIs. The turboed MINIs are far less reliable that the non turbo versions.

So it will probably be very like the original 205GTi then - they seemed to spend more time in the garage than on the road!

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

GettinSadda

BOTOX

If is all starts to look wrong LOHAN may need to rely on:

Button Operated Termination Of eXperiment

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

GettinSadda

"Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent as this article is published following the announcement."

Wow! That's some statement about his running of the company.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

GettinSadda

Re: Acorn Atom

Erm... the Atom came with 2KB of RAM as the lowest

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US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

GettinSadda
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Re: Trade in value will make it or break it.

They have done as much to tick that last box as they can.

Elon Musk has guaranteed that the buyback price of a used Tesla will never be lower than an equivalent second-hand Mercedes-Benz S Class. There is even cover if Tesla were to go out of business:

"Even if Tesla is unable to honor it, I will personally do so. That's what I mean by putting my money where my mouth is," said Musk in a conference call with reporters. Asked his net worth, he deferred, but said estimates of $11 billion were a "bit too generous."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/04/02/elon-musk-tesla-lease/2047863/

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

GettinSadda
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We are the Judian Peoples Front!

... or are we the Peoples Front of Judea?

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

GettinSadda

Really liking the sound of this type of car, just hating the price. If they produced a smaller version (astra/focus/c'eed, f.ex) for 14-18K, without some of the bells and whistles, and shifted the balance from performance to economy somewhat, they'd probably sell far more of them.

There's a very similar model coming out in two or three years time that is exactly the price you want. It's called the "second-hand V60 Plug-In"

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Egad! Could Samsung be CHEATING in Galaxy benchmark tests?

GettinSadda

Re: Large corproations fudge their numbers?

Next you'll be telling me I can't expect the achieve the mpg figures in my car that are listed in the brochure!

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

GettinSadda
Boffin

Cure

I have placed a little bit of the internet between the two arrows below. Because it is such a small bit, diluted by all the rest it will have a powerful effect to cure the internet of all ills.

==> <==

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Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging

GettinSadda

Re: Apples and pears

Not sure the exact model of Audi, but it looks like perhaps an A6 which has an official range on a full tank of 499 miles. So, less than twice the range for ~$100 of gas. If it costs $50 for 300 miles in a Tesla, and $100 for 499 in an Audi then the Tesla is looking good.

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GettinSadda

"Their batteries will be fully charged, but they'll have to pay for a second swap to get them back."

My understanding is that there is no charge for the swap that gives you your own battery back, if done at the same station that removed it. You will have to pay if you ask them to ship it elsewhere.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

GettinSadda

Will it work?

Save Britain Money, you are an habitual criminal who accepts complaints as an occupational hazard, and presumably accepts ICO fines in the same casual manner. We therefore feel constrained to gently waft this small fine of 0.001% of your operating profit for the year in your general direction.

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BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

GettinSadda
Boffin

Re: Simple (cheaper) solution?

If only it were that simple!

There is a lot more involved - especially when the box of tapes (lots of) plus notes (many notepads plus scraps of paper etc.) are in one part of London, the tape machines are in another part of London, and the people that need access to the video are in Manchester and Cardiff. There are loads more complications too - but yes this was not a good solution!

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

GettinSadda
Black Helicopters

Opens Popcorn

Sits back and waits for the show!

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Eddie Izzard

Having seen Eddie Izzard in Lost Christmas I think he could add loads of depth.

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Inside Intel's Haswell: What do 1.4 BEELLION transistors get you?

GettinSadda
Boffin

Re: RE: no BigLITTLE

Actually I see other uses for bigLITTLE. If you have a system that spends much of its time doing menial tasks, but then needs to do lots of beefy stuff, bigLITTLE makes sense. Like a smartphone.

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Hot new battery technologies need a cooling off period

GettinSadda
Boffin

Re: The battery is only one part of the problem

>And a minor part at that.The REAL problem is charging the things in the time scale

>of a petrol/diesel tank re-charge. And that's never going to happen. Hydrocarbon

>fuel is so energy packed the the "re-charging" rate can be considered to be in the

>range of megawatts. It'd certainly put quite a dent in the local power supply to do

>the same with an electrical re-charge.

Actually the problem here is thinking that is based on using new technology with usage patterns based on the way old technology worked. Like having a typing-pool full of typists using word processors instead of using your own PC to write documents.

Assuming you are not doing some very unusual relay-based car-share you will have one driver, or possibly a couple that share the driving on a long trip. You are rarely going to want to drive for more than ten hours, and with a single driver you really shouldn't drive longer than that without a significant break. At the national speed-limit that would get you 700 miles. However, you can expect to need to eat at least once during that ten hour stint and (assuming you want to remain legal) that needs to be done while the car is parked. Lets say 20 to 30 minutes to eat, go to the toilet and stretch the legs that will have been pretty much immobile for about 5 hours. This means that a car with a 500 mile range needs to be able to add about 200 miles of range in about half an hour. Assuming 300Wh/mile (which seems to be a pretty reasonable figure for current EV technology) you would need to add 60kWh in 30 minutes. Current "rapid" EV chargers tend to be 50kW or 70kW, so you would either need to double the charge-rate, or wait for an hour (not exactly an insurmountable issue). You will have an empty battery at the end of the 700 mile journey, but you will also need some time to rest and sleep before another similar stint - you should expect this to total about 12 hours including evening meal, sleep then breakfast. The 500 mile battery will need to regain 150kWh during this time, at a rate of 12.5kW - so not vast.

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Better Place electric car outfit goes titsup

GettinSadda

Re: Doomed idea

>> Car manufacturers tend not to like standardizing the major components of their design

>You mean like Mazda, Aston Martin, Volvo, Caterham, Morgan, Tiger, and Ginetta all using

> Ford's Duratec engine?

That is quite different as it is companies buying a component for a car from a different manufacturer, but it isn't even that simple... Mazda and Ford have an official partnership, Aston Martin was owned by Ford until 2007, Volvo was owned by Ford until 2010. Caterham, Morgan, Tiger and Ginetta are far too small to build their own engines.

> Or some models of Audi, Porsche and VW using the same chassis?

You do realise that Audi is owned by VW and the majority owner of VW is... Porsche? Not surprising they share components.

> The same engines, transmissions and chassis can appear in different makes and models of cars which in effect means that car manufacturer's do standardise on a lot of major components.

Yes, companies that are partners or closer often share parts. Competitors tend not to!

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GettinSadda
Boffin

Doomed idea

Unfortunately Better Place was based on one of those ideas that sound great, until you start working out the details.

Battery swap stations cost something in the region of £500,000 to build, and require cars built to a certain specification with batteries of a standard size. Rapid chargers (taking 20 minutes to recharge rather than about 5 minutes to swap a battery) cost more like £20,000 and can be used with any car with the right socket.

For battery-swap to work as a business you need a vast number of EVs on the road and worse still you need all the car manufacturers to agree to use the same battery design and mounting system. Car manufacturers tend not to like standardizing the major components of their design as it makes it hard to compete. Better Place ended up with the lack-lustre Renault Fluence ZE and no other options.

A large proportion of those watching have seen this news as inevitable.

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Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK

GettinSadda
Boffin

Re: Oh Noes!!!!111

So you missed the bit about needing to set up a fake GSM transmitter near enough to the smart meter to swamp the real one and be chosen in preference? These devices aren't attached to the internet and aren't attached to home PCs that can be hacked. They use encrypted mobile phone networks.

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GettinSadda
WTF?

Re: Whilst I can see the value.....

Hang on... but your logic seems incomplete.

You claim that something that costs the utility company (such as a smart meter) is really costing me.

But surely this means that something that saves a utility company money (such as not needing to employ meter readers) saves me money too?

You can't claim one without accepting the other... unless you are simply looking for a Daily Mail friendly way to bash the utility companies!

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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

GettinSadda
FAIL

Re: Sending kids?

I believe their "kids" are 27 and 31 - perhaps a happy meal may not be seen as a suitable replacement for a free trip to space!

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Outsourced space trucks battle for US middleweight lifting title

GettinSadda
Boffin

A bit one-sided

So Orbital Sciences charge $1.9bn to launch 8 payloads of 550kg to the ISS

SpaceX charges $1.6bn to launch 12 payloads that can total 6600kg each and can return 2500kg to Earth each time

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8 in 10 small UK firms hacked last year - at £65k a pop: Report

GettinSadda
Boffin

It depends what you count as security breaches...

Having read through a good deal of the report it seems that the main reason that the figures are so high is what is categorised as a "security breach". As well as the sort of stuff you would expect (websites attacked by SQL injection, competitors getting private data by some means) you find that "confidential data e-mailed to a personal account" counts too... ok, perhaps. Then computers inside the organisation encountering a virus, even if immediately dealt with by anti-virus software (um, perhaps... but is this really a breach?), laptops being stolen (ok - um, but a security breach?), disc drive failures (er, hang on here - drive failures are now a security breach?) and the icing on the cake - data corruption caused by software bugs (WT-actual-F?)

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

GettinSadda
Boffin

Re: Foxconn takes 16bn hit?

The article is now corrected, but even so it won't be a $1.6bn hit.

Whatever is wrong with those phones it won't be every component that is faulty. 8 million items is enough to set up a workshop to replace the faulty parts with new ones and return the fixed items to Apple.

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