* Posts by GettinSadda

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

GettinSadda

And another...

I stopped using eBuyer after they charged me about £10 for "next day delivery" and took 4 days to deliver. They refused to offer a refund of the delivery so have lost me as a customer for ever.

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

GettinSadda

Re: JPEG2000

Actually, modern movie "prints" are actually a collection of MXF files with JPEG2000 images inside them.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

GettinSadda
Mushroom

Question: If you were a fireman, would you like to know before approaching it that the mangled vehicle has an LPG tank? Or compressed hydrogen?

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GettinSadda

Yeah - I'm fed up of forever replacing my air-bags having hit speed bumps too hard. Not.

This system is linked to the air-bag system and triggers when the air-bags fire. It also has a hands-free phone built in (or at least the one in my car does) so you can speak to the operator and let them know what state you are in and more details about the crash (assuming you are conscious).

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

GettinSadda

The faulty car should sacrifice itself!

For two driverless cars to get into a situation where they are on a single-track road (otherwise they could just switch lanes) with an unsurvivable drop on one side and an unmountable slope or wall on the other, yet be travelling fast enough that a head-on collision would be fatal even with full brakes applied by both vehicles from the moment they entered each others field of view - at least one car has to be seriously broken!

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

GettinSadda

Simple Really!

> "Downloading mobile apps from non-official sources..."

And there we have the whole story summed up in the first line. Buying prescription meds under the counter from a guy at a gas station? You're going to end up in a bad way! Downloading apps from an unofficial site? Ditto!

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

GettinSadda

Hydrogen is generally made from natural gas - so the power source for this car is natural gas. There is no significant natural source of hydrogen.

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GettinSadda

Re: And If...

In fact that option exists...

https://transportevolved.com/2014/11/18/explained-2016-toyota-mirai-honda-fcv-concept-chademo-sockets/

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

GettinSadda

Re: Charging issues? Range?

Interestingly the guy responsible for managing the National Grid disagrees - I wonder who is right?

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

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Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality

GettinSadda

Not to worry...

The ASA will ensure that six months after this campaign is over the companies will be sent a letter telling them that the misleading adverts must no longer be used!

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

GettinSadda

Re: Since the Tesla S P85

"How do you get from Cumbria to Birmingham and back in the same day?"

Well, Keswick to Birmingham and back is 382 miles. A P85 should do 300 of those on one charge without major problems, meaning that at some point you will need to grab about 85 miles of extra charge. Using a free-to-use Tesla Supercharger would add that in less than the time it would take to go to the loo and buy a latte (not counting drinking it).

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Turing biopic with Cumberbatch, Knightley to premiere at London Film Festival

GettinSadda
Alert

Does not match!

If the film is like the trailer, and my recollections of the project are right, this is not accurate! Anyone else get the same feeling?

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Japan makes Prius palatable with road map to hydrogen cars

GettinSadda

Re: Go Japan Go

"I truly hope that they succeed on several levels :

* That they really do manage to produce a mass production Hydrogen Engine.

* That they succeed in breaking the Oil cartels by doing so."

Oh dear, oh dear!

Have you any idea where commercial hydrogen comes from? It does not come from electrolysis as that is far too inefficient. It is made from natural gas, by companies such as Shell, BP and ExxonMobil. Guess which companies are pouring vast quantities of money into lobbying for a future based on hydrogen?

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

GettinSadda
WTF?

Cruelest Ending!

Of all the awful things that the BOFH and his PFY sidekick have ever done, this has to be the worst! Introducing someone to Access!?!?!?

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

GettinSadda

Re: First stage

> Does anyone know whether they're planning to bring the first stage down gently again?

If you trust: Wikipedia - then yes

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

GettinSadda

Re: Thoughts

Maybe you should read the highway code:

==== QUOTE =====

If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and

be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light

keep close to the side of the road.

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Look inside ELON MUSK'S CAR! Tesla S wundervehicle has voom

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Re: "The 125kW Superchargers work much more rapidly than the existing charging infrastructure.."

"Well if a Tesla charges to full in an hour, and a leaf takes 8 to 12 hours then I would say much more rapidly."

Unfortunately these are not the facts (unless you opt to slow charge the Leaf and rapid charge the Tesla). Both take about the same time to charge, but you get more range in the Tesla.

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GettinSadda

Re: Still waiting to see where the power's coming from

"Would love to see automated hot swappable batteries in cars."

http://www.teslamotors.com/batteryswap

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Re: Rapid Charging

"While it takes seven hours to charge a Nissan Leaf or Citroën C-Zero on the three-pin plug systems they use, a Tesla S will charge from empty to full in an hour with a Supercharger."

Erm... I can fully charge my C-Zero in an hour too. Please don't write electric vehicle articles if you don't understand how they work - your level of knowledge is reminiscent of Stephen Fry trying to explain how GPS works by your car sending messages to satellites.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

GettinSadda

Re: Transcript

Judging by that transcript it is no more than Eliza with a larger list of stock phrases. It even tripped up on a common Eliza fault with "do you like to eat $food" where $food="at home"

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

GettinSadda

What's the point!?

I don't really understand why this story is here - it could just as well have been on the BBC website or in the Daily Mail.

If I read a story about IT failure on an IT news website I expect it to actually tell us something about the IT failure rather than just the "human stories". If you don't know the tech details, leave the fluffy bunny stuff to the BBC and the tabloids! Give us a story when you can make it a tech story!

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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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