* Posts by Simon Rockman

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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.

Simon.

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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.

Simon

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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.

SImon

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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.

Simon

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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".

Simon

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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

Simon

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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.

Simon

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

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Depreciation

My 21 year old Merc is at least flat on depreciation and maybe even increasing in value. It's just had an MOT. The only thing it needed was a new tyre and there was an advisory on one seat belt.

OK, so it does a third of the MPG of the Fiesta and is much slower, and not nearly as much fun.

Simon

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Freshly uploaded EU digi-Czar is CLUELESS ON TECH but it's no big deal, says Steelie Neelie

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Maybe he's a hologram like Rimmer.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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I think the story here is

Spies, spy.

It's what GCHQ and NSA do. It's their job and I never understand why people are surprised by this.

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Shades of Mannesmann: Vodafone should buy T-Mobile US

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Re: Slightly confused history

Lots of points, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't.

Yes, the IPO of Deutsche Telekom led to an acquisition spree, and yes the people who benefited most from the pass-the-parcel with Orange were the original shareholders - principally Hutchinson. But the reason the price was so high was that Mannesmann bought Orange not as commercial enterprise but as a poison pill. Vodafone would have bought Mannesmann anyway as it was on a (European) expansion drive. They did all kinds of things to hype the Voda share price which they including talking bollocks about near term value of mobile data.

I take your point on the dowry, but even so Airtouch was a good deal financially if not in terms of "The sun never setting on the Vodafone empire".

But the main thing you are missing is that DT is comitted to selling T-Mobile US.

Simon

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Re: Outlook: fine

Vodafone leaving the money it made from Verizon in the US might have significant benefits in the eyes of the regulators.

The alternative is that they spend it with Scandinavian and Asian companies on infrastructure for other parts of the world.

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Who us, SHARE infrastructure? Networks reject gov proposal

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If the sharing was compulsory (as is proposed) who monitors the inter-network costs? What's to stop the network with the coverage ripping off the other networks like crazy when they are obliged to use it? Who monitors the charging? Ofcom? Yeah, right.

Do it at a reasonable roaming rate and it rapidly becomes easier to not build in poor areas as you lose any advantage.

Simon

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

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Re: Owning a Supercar...maybe 'seemed a good idea at the time'?

I think that's why events like Salon Prive exist. It's somewhere you can take your supercar, where you won't spend the whole time worrying about it.

Simon

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Re: I don't know much about big engines

I asked the builder/owner about this, and he said yes, he can only ride it in leathers.

Simon

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: kickstarter

There are other equity based crown funding sites. Seedrs and CrowdCube spring to mind.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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My Roomba has never found its way home

It gets lost in the middle of the kitchen and bleeps plaintively.

It's not very good as a cleaner but makes an excellent alarm clock.

Simon

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: "The company doesn’t currently produce models from ultrasound,....

Hmm none of those links lead to anyone who actually offers the service. They are either dead links or stories about companies which claim to do it.

Simon

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

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We tested Fenchurch but when we looked at the data it was suspect and so in the interests of rigour it was disregarded. I'll as Dr Carter to expand on this in his live chat.

Simon

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Huawei: 'Tizen has no chance', Windows Phone is 'difficult'... it's Android all the way

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Re: Let me guess why networks want Tizen

No, it's because they think that Google and Apple are stealing apps revenue from them. This ignores the networks (other than NTT DoCoMo) having had a five year run at apps and having screwed it up.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: "Slim headlamps can make a vehicle’s exterior appear more determined and aggressive"

A lower profile can also reduce the damage an impact does to pedestrians.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: All I know is....

When you use data to a level where you are stress testing the network with multiple threads and doing it all day you find that even the most generous fair usages policies can kick in. Managing this was a major undertaking.

Simon

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Re: Interesting, but....

[Satire]* We used Samsungs not Apples

*http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/18/facebook_experiments_with_satire_tag/

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Re: Do not pass Go

Pentonville

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I don't see dead people: Twitter to nix some images of deceased folk

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I wish LinkedIn would do this

It keeps asking me if I know Guy Kewney.

Simon

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Re: Independent Survey?

An Independent Reg survey?

Sounds like a plan. Actually one we already have well underway. Watch this space.

As a mark of comparison while Ofcom reports 98.9% Call completion rates, fixed lines are touted as offering "five nines" availability, that is 99.999%

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