* Posts by Nick Pettefar

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

Nick Pettefar

Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

Are we hoping that the EU can fix a US problem? Like the EU taking Google to court instead of the US. Are the Americans indifferent to these issues or already bought over or what?

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

Nick Pettefar

Re: article misses out the most important information...

You mean: "on their superior camera".

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What a time to be alive ... hard and floppy disk drives play Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

Nick Pettefar

Old School, really Old!

http://curation.cs.manchester.ac.uk/digital60/www.digital60.org/media/mark_one_digital_music/index.html

1951 I believe. What a hoot!

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OpenSSL audit kicks off for post-Heartbleed strengthening program

Nick Pettefar

YES But...

One wonders how many Spooks are working on the "audit". Those backdoors won't stay open by themselves.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

Nick Pettefar

Makes sense!

I swapped our CFLs in the chandeliers for ugly LEDs (designed by the same people responsible for the Ducati/Fiat Multistrada/pla one supposes) and our electric bill is €50 less each month! (Also swapped the Sun T2000 for a dumpster-dived laptop for our web server hardware which I suppose also added to the electrical consumption savings.)

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Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

Nick Pettefar

Still waiting for the promised Mac version...

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

Nick Pettefar

I teach in a Coderdojo, Python on a Pi. We currently have Pis on wheels zooming around. We connect things directly to the Pis using jumper leads. Cost is very little.

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Re: argh!

Every child should be taught to solder. And type.

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Burning Man hackers get burnt

Nick Pettefar

Re: The burn

Been three times, enjoyed it immensely each time. There's always glitches, problems and other interesting things with events of this scale. The spirit is wonderful.

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El Reg chefs whip up Post-Pub Noshographic

Nick Pettefar

Problem?

Can you actually order a Doner Kebab for delivery?

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

Nick Pettefar

Busuu

I am trying to improve my German and so signed up for a Premium account with Busuu. Unfortunately I could not access their content; I discovered it was because I was using Ghostery on Firefox. I looked at what Ghostery was blocking and discovered that they were trying to send data from the Premium web page I was trying to access to, amongst others, Doubleclick, Criteo, Google, AdRoll, KissMetrics, Facebook, New Relics, Quantcast, Twitter and Saithru Horizon. This was not a free service. This company wants it both ways and I objected and received a refund. If it was a free service I wouldn't mind so much.

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

Nick Pettefar

Communication is the problem to the answer

I've given up on my Withings scale, can't be bothered to go through the whole setup faffle every bloody time I use it. I lost the Pulse thing somewhere too.

Now I use Runkeeper as it just uses the sensors on my iPhone 6 and doesn't need anything else (to connect to or lose).

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

Nick Pettefar

Re: why all the dreary cars ?

BMW R nineT here. Man I'm having fun! The car (Mazda 323) is for taking the family places.

All cars are dreary when a) looking for somewhere to park or b) driving or waiting in traffic.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

Nick Pettefar

Re: IT angle. Provided.

Shouldn't that be tissues?

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

Nick Pettefar

Re: Prints .... emails?

Those twats that use Word as an e-mail client.....

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30 years ago today, the first commercial UK 'mobile' phone call was made

Nick Pettefar

Essential Contractor's Kit

1988, Philips PRC30. I was contracting in Cambridge at Philips Radio Communications and living in a caravan in Over (a small village). This £600 handheld mobile telephone kept me in touch with the world and agents.

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The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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Single and "Normal"

I think these devices are developed for a single person living in a simple flat, as it seems are a lot of things. That is the only way in which the simplistic algorithms can work. We are a long way away from machines that can interact with a family or even a couple. We have many rooms in our house and are a couple with a small child. There is no pattern to our activities apart from me going to work and as I often work early and late shifts (NOC support) then this isn't a routine either. There is no chance of accurately programming this and any device would have to track whether any of us are in any of the rooms if it wants to turn the heating down or off. Ideally we would want the bedroom temperatures turned right down during the day and then warmed up a bit before we go to bed, whatever time that is. We want the heating in the kitchen-diner turned up when we eat but down otherwise, unless we are cooking, unless we get too hot from the cooking. Ditto for the bedroom if we want to go there for something other than sleeping, if the child is asleep, etc. It's all so complicated!

I bought a Google Nest but it doesn't control the heating and the installation instructions don't seem to cover our Honeywell installation and the Nest support people aren't interested. I will most likely return it.

What you/we really need is a system that can control the individual radiators individually, in other words remote-controlled radiator valves with room thermostats, not a central monitor and control.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Meccano and Raspberry Pi

I am a mentor at our local Coderdojo. I bought some of those dirt-cheap Chinese stepper motors and controllers that work beautifully off the Pi's GPIO. I had to spend some satisfactory time in the shed making up adapters to fit the stepper motor output shafts to Meccano. Now that was good fun. Got to use my pillar drill, Ikea cordless drill (the most powerful model of course), my bench grinder, hacksaw and tap-and-die set. We built a robo-Santa with a moving arm, moving jaw and beard, flashing eyes, talking (Ho-ho-ho) and all triggered from an ultrasound distance sensor. Several of the kids asked their parents for Meccano for Christmas. We programmed it all in Python.

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Re: You left out flying models

I'm doing it all over again with my Parrot Drone 2. It has lost a number of parts, broken others and has been adapted and customised a bit. I spend half the time, at least, trying to find it after it goes off on an unscheduled autonymous flight. Wellies are good in the winter for trekking across waterlogged fields and meadows looking for the damn thing. I must be making up for not having an RC aeroplane in my childhood.

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

Nick Pettefar

Re: iOS, Android - popularising other browsers.

SCOM monitoring

Browsers supported for Web Console:

Web browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, Silverlight 5.0

We were going to use Raspberry Pis running Raspbian with Ice Weasel for Xymon monitoring but we have a requirement to do SCOM monitoring too unfortunately. Pah!

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Mmmmffll-CHOMP: I won? Reg reader to have CHOC-TASTIC YEAR

Nick Pettefar

Is it as good as Hotel Chocolat?

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

Nick Pettefar

No Pocket

The Polo shirt needs a pocket for the On-Call mobile and company badge.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

Nick Pettefar

Is Anyone

thinking of the children?!

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Nick Pettefar

Swindon HiFi

I used to own a Garrard Zero 100SB deck with a parallel arm that turned the cartridge to align with the record - ace! I currently own an SP25, from from Freecycle, for the few records I play nowadays. In the day I hated the hissing and scratches and dust pops but it is nice to occasionally listen to some of my remaining albums - Joni Mitchell Blue, Joan Baez, Bob Marley, Sade, AC/DC, etc - hisses and pops and all. The Swindon Garrard factory is long gone of course although I believe the name survives for some specialist DJ decks built in a nearby village. www.garrard501.com/history.html

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

Nick Pettefar

Re: Why I use SSD #2

My missus strapped her work's laptop to the rack of her (non-suspension) bicycle and rode to work and back for at least a week before it failed.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

Nick Pettefar

Proof Reading?

The Apps' title is "DELVE INTO THE WORLD OF OF THE DEVILISH 1860s SENSATION"

Hmmm... Taking a devil of of of a long time to download too.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Nick Pettefar

Re: The simple way to avoid this.. @Beau

Definitely! I used to live in Brussels until recently.

In a way they lose out both ways, the mobiles are expensive and the contracts aren't as cheap as they should be.

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Solaris fix-it firm offers free BASH patch for legacy Oracle kit

Nick Pettefar

Solaris 9 Bash Patch Bollox

Oracle refused to give us the Solaris 9 bash patch, despite releasing the Solaris 11, 10 AND 8 patches! The Solaris 9 Bash patch depended on another patch which they deemed a Vintage Systems patch and of course we did not have that support...!

Eventually they relented; I guess they received so many requests and complaints (like mine and I also opened level 1 SRs with them for this) that they felt bad about it and gave in, but who knows how these people work...

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Nick Pettefar

Mac flac cack wack

Apple does not forbid flac on Mac or any other format! You can download any program or audio file you want!

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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

Nick Pettefar

Gah!

What a load of rubbish!

These people and companies need to find something useful to do.

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No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate

Nick Pettefar

Re: > Isis please.

:BB:

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

Nick Pettefar

From the Telegraph:

"Elida Dayse, who organises visits to the area, said: “It looks as if the majority of the population are women, but it’s partly because the men leave during the week to work in the city.” However, some of the town’s women fear that an influx of men could destroy their distinctive way of life."

So basically there are a lot of single women but not exclusively, no work, it's poor and it's miles from anywhere. Surely there are better prospects elsewhere for a young man?

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Not so Instagram now: Time-shifting Hyperlapse iPhone tool unveiled

Nick Pettefar

Re: the hyperlapse

yeah but will it run on my iPhone?

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

Nick Pettefar

I upgraded from a 3 to an Air and it was wonderful! Smaller, lighter, faster, more capacity and the new connector too. It was definitely a win win for me. I love my Air. (I didn't see the point to go from a 3 to a 4 though.) I gave my 3 to my musician son who is making very good use of it, even if most of his stuff gives me a headache.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

Nick Pettefar

Do we get a Page Three too?

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Nick Pettefar

I always ask for a normal coffee, with milk. It always works. As for the rest of the drinks they offer - who knows? I once tried a drinking chocolate but it was too sweet.

WiFi needs to be available to all, not dependent on individual businesses/people. It is a basic requirement of modern life.

Sheeeeesh!

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Ham-fisted farmer fear: A peanut-butter-and-iPhone sandwich

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

Nick Pettefar

Re: Coding is a fundamental skill that’s going to be a part of almost everything

"@dan 1980 I think you are mistaken. In the same way that everyday people use a spreadsheet instead of calculating the figures manually"

I don't meet many people who use spreadsheets to calculate figures - most use them to write table-form documents. If any calculations were needed they would do them by hand. Most people haven't a flippin' clue what a spreadsheet is for!

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Nick Pettefar

Traditional?

QNAP TS210 -> Mac Mini (OS X + iTunes) -> Apple TV (all wired GB Ethernet)

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

Nick Pettefar

Canon Powershot SX260 HS

I love my Canon Powershot SX260 HS camera, it was reasonably priced, is easy to use, small, light, has a good battery life, a small charger, a wonderful optical zoom and, best of all, comes in green!

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Och aye! It's the Loch Ness Monster – but only Apple fanbois can see it

Nick Pettefar

I had no idea the El Reg staff were in the pay of the Illuminati.

I will say no more. (Believe your eyes, that's all...)

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

Nick Pettefar

Re: Amazon aren't bad

I have been impressed with Apple many times. The first thing they do is take your number and an alternate one so that they can call you back if the call is interrupted. It carries on from there in the same vein.

Amazon have never let me down, not once. They may not pay honest taxes but they get my vote. I also am impressed with PayPal and eBay who have always sorted out my problems with either them or customers. If I want something nowadays, I rarely buy it if I can't get it via Amazon or eBay because they can be relied upon.

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Re: Do I have to talk to someone

Frakkin' BT Mobile had two call centres, one in NI and one in Newcastle. Gawd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

Nick Pettefar

Re: Lightning

The trouble with the Lightning socket on my iPhone 5 is that it is a little narrow deep hole that filled up with the detritus of my pockets and then stopped working after a year.

For pocket use it needs either a flap, a cover or, to be really funky, designed like a vagina that is closed until something is inserted (and self-cleans).

Still, I got a free replacement iPhone 5 from Apple because of this so I shouldn't complain too loudly.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

Nick Pettefar

Re: I wonder

I set mine to vibrate during sex.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

Nick Pettefar

We called our new daughter Ivy Frances, for medical reasons.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

Nick Pettefar

In Limerick at the police station

Theres a "shortage of pens" situation

When cons turn up to sign on

They're told the pens are all gone

(It's a sign of the state of the nation.)

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Nick Pettefar

Re: iPhone 4S

Most of his "reasons" are just bunk.

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SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

Nick Pettefar

4bn?

I can't imagine how asking people to fill in a form can add up to 4bn of any currency!

Care to enlighten us?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

Nick Pettefar

Re: The picture ..

Don't you mean Hoover over it?

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