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June Whitfield and EE to old folk: Would you like a nice cup of tea and some internet, dear?

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I rather think we are in a bubble of techieness

I'm 50, grew up on C=64s, BBC Bs and CPCs. When I was a kid there we eighty different computer magazines in WH Smiths all teaching coding.

There may be Raspberry Pi and Scratch today but that's niche.

It's not just seniors who struggle with technology, it's kids too.

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A very smart guy from Orange was on the standards board which arrived at the mini-USB connector. The standard does allow for a barrel connector but no-one has implemented it.

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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The problem I see with this is..

If it's completely sealed you don't have a little hole in the teat. And if you don't have a little hole how can it work as a pacifier? I mean, how do you get the whisky inside?

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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one of the issues Blackberry will have..

Is selling it in. The channel is stuffed with Z10s. I bumped into my local phone dealing in the street tonight and he said he'd been offered them at silly money but would have to take huge quantities to get the price. He's only got a couple of small shops. I does however mean he won't touch Blackberry at all as he knows the big boys will beat him on price.

The channel in the meantime won't touch the Passport until they have cleared the Z10s.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Oh..

And the FE cars look a lot better than this year's F1 cars with their ill-thought out safety ideas on nose height. I also like the bigger wheels in FE and it will be interesting to see what comes out of today's F1 tyre tests using 18" wheels.

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Thank you Formula E

Now that we have a green racing formula we can stop arsing around with fuel, and fuel-flow limits in F1.

Anyone who cares that much about being green thinks F1 is an abomination anyway and this is just tokenisim, and F1 fans see it as detracting from "hammer time" proper racing.

I like cars, all kinds of cars. Electric ones, diesel ones, whatever. I expect I will go to the London Formula E race and am tempted by Monaco.

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

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The thing is..

When you go into a shop to look at a phone you can see it has a bigger screen with smaller pixels. You can feel that is thinner and mess around with the UI to judge speed. You can't get an impression on battery life.

No-one believes the figures quoted on this the only authoritative source would be the mobile networks which can see, on average, how well all the phones do comparatively, but the relationship with the vendors is too important to them to jepordise by publishing the information.

There was a time when Carphone Warehouse put return rates in their catalogue - both faulty and no-fault found numbers but that's the closest I've seen.

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Google buys shagadelic playlist biz Songza

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Itichypoo park

The fart of noise

Shitting by the dock of the bay

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

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Re: Lady in the first photo

Is part of the team which developed the electronics, not everyone who can use a soldering iron and IDE who has long hair also has a beard, sandals and an Iron Maiden T-shirt.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: Practicality

I mailed Tesla to ask about towing, they say the Model S doesn't support it, and that the company does not offer a tow bar. It's under consideration for the Model X

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Google's Oculus-defying VR headset is made of CARDBOARD – no joke

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Lots of this stuff around

I know of at least three commercial products which are similar to this and the Unity middleware supports side by side 3D. The quality with a good mobile phone is better than a standard definition Oculus Rift.

The things I'd like to see are a 3D modelling program of the calibre of Rhino which let you use a headset and model at the same time, and much more ambitious something which used two cameras on the back of the phone to let you see "through" it to the real world and then superimpose VR stuff on it then tracking hands with something like a Leap Motion to let you interact with the virtual elements in the 3D world.

You could have a UI for creating 3D models - which where then put into games or 3D printed - which could be much more like natural sculpting - than the 2D world.

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

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Thank you

This is the stuff which makes Reg Commentards (not a derisory term) so wonderful.

I once drove a Peugeot 205 1.6 which had been turbocharged, it torque steered like a pig. I got out and told the garage which was selling it that it had ruined a very sweet car. I bought an Integrale instead.

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Re: Will they be doing a Northern version

Oh, silly name? No-one has ever mentioned that before.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Spectrum

What are Google using for Spectrum in their NZ tests?

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US marshals leak list of possible Bitcoin buyers

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This is all going to be very bad for bitcoin

No-one who wants to hide their wealth is going to give the US Marshals service a goverment issued photo ID and a $200,000 wired deposit. It was announced at quite short notice so pretty much the only people who could apply will be companies with $200,000 sitting in a US bank account.

That narrows the field to companies which are reputable in the US and don't worry about what message buying bitcoin sends and who have ~$1m to spend on a lot.

Which is a small number of bidders. The vast majority who will have the profile of wanting to buy cheap from the auction and then see a return by selling, at least a substantial part, through exchanges. Of course they won't dump the coins but will trickle out at a sell value.

Then the US marshalls will announce the sale of the rest of the coins they have something like 144,000 of them. That's 10% of the coins in circulation.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Being a retail bank is the easiest business in the world

It's a billing system. Every business has one of those. It's also a confidence trick. Banks are mandated to have a set of accounts which would get any other business shut down as trading while insolvent.

Stock is other people's money. It's not subject to fashion, doesn't come in sizes or perish.

All the complication in running a business isn't present in being a bank all they need is decent customer service and yet they can't even stay open when customers want to visit.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: And yet...

This is what was behind the Japanese Kei car concept. It produced some amazing little cars like teh Honda Beat, S-cargo, and the Suzuki Cappuccino. I had a Cappuccino but really lusted after an Autozam AZ-1.

If we had a car industry where the factories were British owned there would be more incentive for regulation which as closed in the same kind of way.

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Re: How to Improve electric cars

And the Deltawing did a whole electric lap, but there is a huge difference between this kind of bleeding edge and practical stuff.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Mobile Fantasy

Even if everything went mobile, the mobile industry still needs fibre back-haul. Kit like this is essential for the infrastructure.

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Re: First modem

2400? Luxury!

110 baud acoustic coupler from school to the local college ICL1900 then 300/300 or 1200/75 to Essex MUD on a Commodore 64.

Cue. shoebox int middle 't road comments.

Simon.

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

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'sfunny reading all these comments when you go to an NFC conference it's full of people saying that NFC is just what the market wants.

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Re: Disintermediate - Yet another word for the Bullshit Bingo list

I used to work with someone who used the word in every single discussion.

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

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Yes, it was 42 kilometers, c. 25 miles. It had been sitting at Mitsubishi HQ for years not being driven. I think most of the miles it had done have been the boss of the dealership taking it home.

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NeoPost: This is how you DON'T do PIN security

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Use email

My target customers are older users. They send cheques and often don't have email.

Even when I can sell from the website and they do have email I'm selling mobile phones so at some stage something has to be posted.

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Using other cartridges

When I gave Neopost the right of reply on the piece it hinted that there was no issue with third party ink but stopped (just) short of recommending it.

As an exercise I worked out that if I filled the fuel tank of a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador with printer ink bought at Neopost's prices the ink would cost more than the car.

The Neopost jargon for a printer cartridge is "headset". Neither the word "media" or "headset" are used in the knowledgebase.

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

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Re: the actual cost of the electricity isn’t that great

No, it won't be electricity which gets taxed. It will be the roads. The agenda behind road-pricing (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6349027.stm) is that the government wants the flexibility to charge whatever you use for motive force.

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Ericsson: There'll be over 9 BILLION mobe subscribers by 2019

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Re: 9 Billion

That's 9 billion connections. Phones, Tablets, vending machines, parking meters, sat navs, smug electronic doors.

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Broadcom: If no one buys our modem biz, we'll DITCH IT

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Re: No Point

There might be IP reasons to buy.

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Re: Incoming...

No, MediaTek is a very much stronger player in this market than Intel. Remember Intel dropped out of this space before selling it's mobile chip business to http://www.marvell.com/.

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ProDesk colour 3D printer's secret: It gives hot models great head

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There was the File2Part Gutenberg project which coloured as it printed but I've not heard anything of it for a long time.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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http://sniffpetrol.com/2014/05/28/google-announces-shitty-car-for-idiots/

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Doro 3G

Doro has a bunch of clams which do 3G. Look for the 622 and 621.

I prefer the 614 and 615 which are an older model. The difference between the two is that the 615 has a camera.

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

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Re: I wish...

I looked into 07777 a while ago. BT has been allocated it and not used it. But the MNO/MVNO deal with EE is coming soon.

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a little list

http://www.mvnodynamics.com/mvno-companies/eu-mvno-companies/uk-mvno-companies/

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Hey, operators... 'member our edge-of-SPAAACE interwebs balloons? Help! - Google

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The more I think about it..

The less practical this becomes from both technical and political standpoints.

One major thing Google misses is that the networks hate Google. They believe, rightly or wrongly, they should have the apps revenue and that Google and Apple have stolen their lunch money.

Now Google wants to lease them infrastructure? Pah!

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50+ crowd are wolfing down tablets: Silver foxes are even migrating to the Twitters

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grey porn

It was in the Ofcom survey at 3%

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Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

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Space junk

The thing is, if something from another intelligent life form, the size of Voyager did turn up in orbit around earth we'd never notice it.

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ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

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Re: I trust ARM more than

Is an Android/Qualcomm one any better?

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Source code for world's first MUD, Essex Uni's MUD1, recovered

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I was there too

When I started at The Reg there was a magazine on the desk with a picture of Joi Ito on the front, and I said "I know him, he was on MUD". I made wizard and then arch-wizard.

Initially I played a 110 dial up, then either 1200/75 (anyone can type faster that 75 bits per second) and then in increments at to 19.2k.

I tell my kids I gave up online gaming ten years before the mainstream started.

---* Thor

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Creating your GOLDEN statue of NICOLAS CAGE FINALLY possible

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Re: The molten metal doesn't chase the wax out

Ah, sorry. A sculptor friend once explained lost wax to me and I guess I wasn't listening properly.

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Out of this World science fiction exhibition

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I went last week

It's a great exhibition, but DON'T go in with a kindle, you end up walking round buying things as you look in the cabinets.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

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No one has got it really right. The Vodafone system is the most secure, but it's a pain to have to enter your PIN when you are on your mobile and roaming to a network that doesn't have CAMEL.

Simon

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Why spoof

As I explained in the article I have a perfectly valid reason for spoofing. When the call is going through a switchboard the person receiving the call wants to see the number from the subscriber who originated it not the switchboard in the middle.

OTOH and I have come across an opposite scenario. You are not supposed to use a SKY decoder outside the UK. Sky will occasionally ask the box to ring it up so that they can check the CLI. A friend had his box in Europe and intercepted the line so that outgoing calls went to his home in the UK where he had an ISDN PABX. From there it routed the call out to Sky with his Home CLI

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Not that easy

They have clearly made life harder from themselves by not wanting to just stick the disks in an old Amiga and read them, but given that at the time the Amiga had a reputation for losing it's directory information that's not such an unwise move. Besides if you did what would you do with it? I guess you could load the files into Deluxe Paint and then email them out of the Amiga. But you couldn't write them out as anything sensible.

I also seem to remember that the Amiga used variable speed floppies. I'm not certain on this and should be - I was the Editor of Amiga Computing magazine for years - but if it is the case you'd not be able to put the discs into a conventional drive and read them.

There are a couple of other issues which make this less straightforward than you might think. One is the Amiga graphics file format ILBM (interleaved bitmap mode), Photoshop used to support this - at least to CS3, another is the HAM (hold and modify) display format which was run-length-encoded to give a 4096 colour display with 8 bits per pixel.

It wasn't just pre-A1000 launch that Warhol worked with C= There was definitely something at an event I went to in New York which was post A500 and had prototype A2000s runing 68020s where Warhol did some stuff with a digitising tablet. I remember chatting to Dean "Lucky Stars" Freidman at that.

But it's not just computer memory which is fading...

Simon

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No longer Square: Pear-shaped payments biz seeks buyer - report

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Re: I would disagree

I disagree with your disagreeing.

You can get better rates from smaller vendors like Voice Commerce, but the best deal I got was from stripe.com which was actually chosen because they had the best APIs.

Yes, you do better when you are briks and mortar (my Dad had a kite and fireworks shop and we paid 1.75%) or do huge volumes - a friend's site pays 1.5%.

What I'm not so sure about is how the percentages vary between the US and UK, all of my experience is UK and of course Square is US.

Simon

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EE & Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

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Re: No more cash

There is no minimum balance on an Oyster card, it will let you go a little into a negative balance.

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GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

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Re: Took a couple of laps

The stand (Desiree Wilson?) at Paddock Hill Bend is the best place to watch a race from at any circuit.Better than the Craner Curves, St. Devote or the stands at Indianapolis.

Short circuit races at Brands are always great.

Simon.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Sounds like an eMate

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMate_300

Yeah, that was a great opportunity

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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Re: 5,000 text != unlimited

Ironically I do have two teenagers: 16 and 18. They live on Facebook messaging and Skype, not call minutes and text.

All they want from a mobile operator is for them to be a carrier, the dumb pipe the operators fear. And they want bandwidth because most news comes from buzzfeed and sourcefed videos.

The younger one is a heavy reddit user but that's light on bandwidth.

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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

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Not phones..

This would be much more interesting for electric cars.

Thing is would you want to hold onto a cable capable of delivering enough electrical power to run a car in a few seconds?

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