* Posts by Simon Rockman

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Euro mobile standards chiefs eye tiny beauty: It's the KEY to 5G

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Re: Am I being stupid here?

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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

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Re: Safety??

Generally I agree with you. Automatic lights? Rain sensitive wipers? If you can't tell it's dark or wet you shouldn't be relying on the car to tell you: you should walk.

But the blind spot indicator isn't an alternative to looking in the mirror, it covers the bit the mirror does not.

Parking sensors lie somewhere inbetween. They are the equivalent to the age old process of having the passenger jump out to have a look. I was rather pleased when I git a BMW X5 to have both front and rear parking sensors beeping at maximum frequency at the same time. That's a tight space.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Two of those are designed for writing on paper and the third is categorised under "toys and hobbies"

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Yes, the finger was 'progress' from the Newton

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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The only interesting financing is as a company car.

If you are paying 45% tax you'll get taxed that amount in a company car as Benefit In Kind. But as a 100% electric its zero rated for BIK so your £100k Tesla costs you the same as a £55k ICE car. You've also spent £100k so you make less profit in the company which means saving £18k on corporation tax. That's £37k it costs you and the government will give you £5k for buying an electric car. So in this case it costs you £32k. All before savings on fuel, parking and congestion charge.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: Why change the system?

There are of uses for live data, such as video from an incident to control, from one police officer to another or a helicopter to men on the ground. Maps and building plans are useful to the police but essential to fire services.

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Right, who feels like going to an Ofcom meeting? Anyone? Bueller?

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Re: I have a few simple suggestions

See you at the meeting then :-)

And it seems I made a mistake and Ofcom is going to address 07050.

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Kodak fires a Bullitt at oldsters with 3G mobe launch

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Hmm, there is an appropriately long story about Saga and mobile,

It's very hard to find an international brand which works for the baby boomer generation. Roberts, Boots, Lionel Blair :-) might work in the UK, Grundig in Europe, OXO Good Grips in the US, but Kodak is about as good as it gets worldwide.

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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Update

When I was researching the story I asked lots of technical questions but the MOJ, perhaps understandably said that they didn't want to go into details.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: Common Sense Prevails

Jay Leno has a gas turbine powered bike. he said that in traffic it can melt the fender of cars which get too close.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM7PK5d2Yug

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

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Before Cellular

Arlene Harris, founder of the US MVNO Great Call must be in her 60s now. She tells of of working as a telephonist when she was teenager for her parents mobile phone company where the operators had to listen to the calls so they could pull the plugs when the call finished.

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'Apple of China' Xiaomi: Yep, we HAVE just bagged $1.1 BEELLION

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I really don't get Sony

The brand is great, the products are great and from my experience working at Sony Ericsson the people are smart.

And yet the devices don't sell. Perhaps there was more that could be done with using the Sony Pictures content, or Playstation gaming but rivals don't have that.

Perhaps it was a mistake to ditch the Cybershot and Walkman names to go Xperia, but I still don't understand why it does so badly.

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No need for a duel

I don't think they are the Apple of the east either.

Just because the CEO wears Polo shirts isn't a reason to see them as the same.

If Apple is Marks and Spencers, Xiaomi is Lidl

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Gridlock is a fallacy

Or if not completely a fallacy, it's a state which very, very rarely exists when there are assorted alternatives.

The green brigade regularly trot out "if it wasn't for us all the cities would be gridlocked", and use the phrase as a scare tactic. If it really was so imminent all the major cities would have shut down long ago.

What actually happens is people have a tolerance for how far they commute. I worked on a project at Motorola where we spent two months understanding how people commute and their attitudes towards it.

The magic figure is 70 minutes.

Below that people think it's a fair door to door travelling time, beyond that it's unacceptable and they will look for a different method or even job. The perfect commute is one you don't remember, and the ideal is a ten minute walk. Second best is a ten minute drive. Introducing a need to rely on other people to create the transport (taxi, train, bus) adds frustration.

As an aside we did this work in 2002 to took at what technology we might want to sell commuters. As most people spend at least 40 minutes of their commute sitting on a bus or train we thought there might be something in these "tablet" things but the product management people dismissed the idea.

Back to the point, the reason we don't get gridlock is that before we get to that stage we get journeys regularly taking so long they pass the 70 minute pain point at which time people find alternatives.

So we end up with a situation where cities are often on the verge of gridlock but never actually get there.

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There is no "best" form of transport

The article is really aimed at people who think the bus is the best way to get around and other forms of transport should cede to buses. What's needed is a co-operative integrated system.

For instance we need much, much better parking at tube stations. But parking is seen as encouraging cars, and cars are bad.

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My source for that may be a little out of date it was Ken Livingstone when I spoke to him on the Ask The Mayor programme.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: If she likes the colour ...

Linux? Linux! What part of "not wanting to be condemned to tech support" or running iTunes and Word did you not understand.

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Careful - your helmet might get squashed by a VOLVO

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Re: Helmet protection

The point is that there are are other things to hit. Principally the pavement. A volvo might do more than 12mph in town but a cyclist probably won't so when you hit your head on the pavement it will protect you,

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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I'm rather impressed..

That CAH had the resources to fulfil the orders.

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Unlock your mobe by STROKING it with your PEARL

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Re: I like cheese

No saccharine is this one: http://galateajewelry.tumblr.com/post/104872596198/it-can-hold-your-voice-your-heart-and-your

And I was good and didn't exploit the obvious NFC Reg joke.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

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Electric charging is a mess of standards.

The is the connector on the Golf I reviewed: http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/08/05/e-golf_charging_socket.jpg The extra two pins are DC, while the to is AC.

The C-Zero has this - http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/05/30/citroen_c-zero_30_amp_charging.jpg and another one I didn't upload the picture for.

The Tesla superchargers *do* have captive cables, but they only plug into Teslas.

The Source London posts are either 3kW or 3kW and 7kW, and it the latter case they have two sockets for the different power levels.

So you need at least two cables. The 3kW/13A chargers use a standard 3 pin plug which is put into the charging post and the lid shut to hold the plug in place and to stop anyone having a laugh and unplugging it. The flap can only be opened with a contactless card. Unfortunately this means that anyone visiting from abroad (and I met a Swiss Tesla owner pulling into a Supercharger this week) will have to get a cable with a Britsih 3 pin plug to use most of the source London chargers.

That is if they can find one both free and working. A look at https://www.sourcelondon.net/stations shows that a good proportion are out of service and most of those that are working are in expensive car parks. A 3 hour charge will cost you £18 in an NCP.

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G.fast is HERE: Sckipio slurps funding to cook up SPAWN of VDSL tech

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Re: Dynamic up/down ratio?

Kind of. It's not dynamic so if you switch from Skype to You Tube it won't change the ratio but it can be changed by the operator, in DSL it's baked into the chipsets and cannot be changed.

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I disagree. The most expensive bit is getting fibre into and around peoples houses.

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

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Re: The Information Age exhibits...

I've always lusted after a PERQ.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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the thing tyhe banking world doesn't get is..

Consumers like cash. having a wad of notes makes you feel good. Abstracting it to something else just isn't the same. that's why casinos use chips, so it doesn't feel like real money.

Just think about how special a £50 note feels. It's more special than three £20 notes.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Re: fair telecoms campaign view

David,

Although the link doesn't work I went and found your response. Your view is fundamentally flawed. You can't treat telecoms in the same way as you can utilities or to some extent transport. Telecoms and particularly mobile telecoms undergoes significant technology changes. In transport if 1G is the horse, 2G is the car. Mobiles have gone from analogue, to TDMA digital to wideband CDMA to OFDM and we'll me on to MiMo in fifty years. There is no way a national utility could keep up.

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Ofcom

Ofcom seems to think its role is to sit between the operators and government, not to control the operators.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: Indiegogo Warning

I don't think there is any doubt it will reach the target. It's done 10% of that in the last hour.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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Re: Sic transit gloria mundi

When MS puts it's mind to it and takes an Asian view of the very long term, it can make things work. Xbox was a long haul. When it launched there was a fight between Sony, Nintendo and Sega. Now it's just Sony and Microsoft left playing.

Phones have been a long haul (you'll find a 2001 review on The Reg that I did of "Stinger") but yes, Sic transit gloria mundi, although it may very well be Apple that finds when a halo slips it strangles you.

Halo reference intentional.

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Mozilla SELLS FIREFOX MOBILES ... in Greece

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No, it's a Qualcomm dual core. They don't say what I guess a 400

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Distribution is everything

The reason Nokia will concentrate on China, and I suspect India next, is distribution. These are very big, very poor places and distribution of high value goods is very difficult. Nokia is/was awesomely good at that. I heard drug companies complain that they couldn't get medicines to places yet Nokia and Coca Cola could.

The only non-local company which could rival Nokia in China was Motorola, and in India Moto killed its reputation with some very poor CDMA products. Then Google took apart the Motorola distribution networks around the world.

This all left Samsung with a clear run at the biggest markets in the world. Note, all of this is volume not money and certainly not margin.

BUT. Nokia having had the distribution has more awareness than any other phone brand. It's going to build this business on the back of China, India and then Africa.

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Re: I would just like to thank Simon for writing a very interesting article

Mum,

How often have I told you not to email me at work

:-)

Thank you.

Simon

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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When I started in the phone business

The top names were

Motorola (35% market share)

Ericsson

NEC

and new hotshot Mobira which became Nokia.

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Samsung says teaming up with mobe-maker Microsoft could violate antitrust law

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Spurious

Microsoft owned phone hardware long before Nokia.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/12/microsoft_kin/

There was also a significant shareholding in Sendo before that.

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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If Apple Pay fails..

NFC in phones is dead. It's never really been alive but the squabbling over HCE and SWP kept it from ever having any traction and I predict that this Barcelona will be the year where we see new high end phones from manufacturers who in the the past have supported NFC, without the tech.

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Carders punch holes through Staples

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Bought something at Staples

I bought a stapler from Staples at Staples corner, but they didn't have any spare staples which was odd because you would have thought it was a staple product.

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Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

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Re: A years supply?

That's some going. Cocoa Runners includes very rich chocolate in the packs.

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Auntie hires API firm to manage new online BBC Store

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Re: Canada calling. Where can I send in my License Fee?

You send it to a UK VPN company.

Really, this whole business of media companies thinking they can chop the world up into territories is a failing battle.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: Only 15 mins faster not 30 mins!

Yes, exactly. I often take 5 mins at the bottom of the hill before tackling it.

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Re: Only 15 mins faster not 30 mins!

Because I go both ways. Twice 15 mins is 30.

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Re: HTFU ^ -1

Mort, yes I know. Getting a bike which fits me is on my to-do list.

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: Channelling Troy Queef?

Guilty as charged.

When I tell people that I review cars they say "You want to be Jeremy Clarkson", and I always reply "No, I want to be Troy Queef".

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: " Carl Sagan's former student "

Hey, I met Sagan once.

Just saying...

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Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

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This is quite common with online sites

I've used it with voicepay and the excellent stripe.com

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You like jumping out of planes? Try the new GoPro 4. Short walks? There's a Hero instead

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The Fiesta review http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/20/review_ford_fiesta_black/

used a GoPro on a drone.

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Reg hands portable Sinclair ZX Spectrum to lucky compo winner

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Although given that you've registered to post that, we've yours too.

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Kenyan court case could sound death knell for mobile money

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Unusually, in this case. Yes. Because if banks stop telcos from doing mobile money then no-one will do it because the banks are not interested in the poor people the telcos are serving unless the telcos are serving them.

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Self driving cars

I was going to post something here but thought it better put in the Forum

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Re: Patriotic?

I have to say that's exactly what I thought as I wrote it. But there was enough piss taking without that.

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Self Driving cars

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Self Driving cars

As a committed petrol head I like the idea of self-driving cars.

It would mean I could drive somewhere, drink and have the car drive home.

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