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* Posts by Gavin Chester

14 posts • joined 17 Dec 2007

Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

Gavin Chester

Went years ago, I didn't know it had closed. The Eden projects probably got less bare earth patches than it did when I went too...

Until you get close you simply can't understand the scale of the dishes, you somehow always think they are nearer than they really as your sense of scale assumes they can't be that big so they must be further way.

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

Gavin Chester

Isn't this just the smartphone version of the old 3310 Navi-Key

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

Gavin Chester

Re: Legislation may not be required

Sort of covered, See http://www.bmfa.org/Multi-Rotors/tabid/1425/Default.aspx

Need to be below a set weight, to be classed as a model, and your subject to the Air Navigation laws. (so are prohibited from acting like a loon and endangering anyone or anything) and filming for commercial use is prohibited without a license.

In terms of flying over people, looking in houses etc then existing laws say you cannot fly within 150m of a congested areas (but does not define what congested means), closer than 50m to vehicle , vessel or structure, or 30m of a person who is not involved with that flight (with the exception of the pilot at take off / landing time) and you always have to be in line of sight to the drone.

That said while us modellers may follow the rules others won't, the drones are cheap enough to be bought on a whim (my wife won't agree) and you need no training or insurance to fly one.

And yes I'd like one, but can't justify it at home....

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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

Gavin Chester

Flash you warranty away..

Unfortunately (and this is from experience) replacing the ROM blows away the warranty the networks and manufacturer will not be interested in repairs even if the fault is not down to the software but a physical fault.

I can understand not supporting the software ,I disagree that changing the ROM affects or causes hardware faults but that's what happened to me

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Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more

Gavin Chester

Re: interesting

The UK does have plans that are unlimited, and international and premium numbers can be locked out on request, although it's an opt in system. Did you opt in to the code system or was it automatically done for you? That may be where we differ.

However people tend to think they "may" need these services so don't request a bar.

Once you report a device stolen you are not liable, the problem is also many many people don't even bother with a simple PIN lock on their devices (becasue 4 numbers slows them down too much). Calling UK numbers would (like you) come out of the plan minutes, its only where people have not PIN locked the phone, and have internatinoal calling enabled that it's an issue,and I suspect that may be the case in the USA for some people too.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Gavin Chester

If...

I could get a sigal I'd be qualified to comment on quality.

Given I live 20 miles from the centre of London and can't get a signal at home at all it shows how poor coverage can be in places.

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

Gavin Chester

Re: Baffled

I used to be a member of Fon, one thing repeatedly asked was how they would to any filtering or detection or dubious content. They used to do 30 mins free access for watching a video and leaving an email address. All you needed to sign up was an email address, even a disposable GMail or Hotmail one.

Fon always said they would co operate fully but never said how they would.

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The gaming habits of Reg readers revealed

Gavin Chester
Holmes

IMHO piracy is not the only reason sales are down....

Simple question. What difference does it make to the software houses if I pirate games or buy them used from Game / CEX/ Ebay and so on?

In both cases unless I go and buy extra content (ala DLC) the games houses don't see anything out of me, no sales numbers and no money to them either.

Arguably there was an orignal sale of the game to someone which would not happen if it was a pirate copy, but it's not as if they lost a sale to me because I use the 2nd hand market, it's so infrequently I buy something when it's just out (maybe a game a year) because years of playing has told me to wait and either let others review it and say it's crap and leave it, or wait and buy it cheap, (read sub a tenner), and I don't generally have time to suit and play a game when it comes out. so may as well wait tillI do and the price drops.

Piracy is not the only think harming the market, it's the plethora of low quality games with high quality price tags, Does the industry not remember the Atari ET game burial. High licencing fees and crap gameplay saw truckloads of carts go to Landfill. Games are not cheap when new, and people want value for their money not another clone of something already on the market, and no amount of pretty trinket to decorate an avatar is going to make me preorder a game these days..

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Sci Fi recomendations?

Gavin Chester
Happy

Hmm..

Most Heinlein. You have to rember these were written in the cold war time so theres always a USA Vs USSR type of hero/ villan (and the ocassional oedipus issues) but the beauty of Heinlein to me if the fact the characters and inventions appear in cameos' in other books, and that gives it a more believeable universe feel to me.

Colossus by Feltham Jones (According to Wikipedia) Interesting twist to the idea of a master computer to help man then taking over the world.

Charles Stross - read The Atrocity Archives recently and liked it, probably as its scifi in the present time, am looking for more of his at the moment.

Lincon Child's Utopia, theme park gone mad.

I'm guessing you detect a trend in my reading, although I liked Michael Crighton but of late I can take or leave it, Andromedra strain was excelent.

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Cops raid man whose Wi-Fi was used to download child porn

Gavin Chester
FAIL

Hmm 2

Nice in practice but FON have never been the most customer focused company. This has been raised before many times on the FON boards and the answer is alweays to bury heads in sand and say that is not an issue.

Lets face it just like in this case the police WILL assume the owner is at fault, they chose to share the connection and assume they are guilty.

Many Many people have BT FON because they don't know better and are opted in by simply using the BT homehub. You could always get free access on FON by signing up as a "alien" with a email account and watching a advert. Add in disposable hotmail / yahoo/gmail accounts and the downloader could be effectly anonymous.

With free wifi being more common in pubs, cafes, shops etc Fon's time has been and gone, unfortunalty it's security hole will linger on for BT customers.

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Playboy flashes 3D centerfold

Gavin Chester
Thumb Up

what would Heff say?

Why would HH need a 3D centerfold, no doubt he could get "on demand" access in the flesh to said beauty.

Not jealous ( in case the wife reads this)

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Fon community embraces GSM

Gavin Chester
FAIL

Another dumb FON initative

As an Ex Fonero, it's just another example where FON are claiming publicity and the users pick up the bill.

When I joined FON it was simple, you used my hotspot, I used yours. Simple, easy and you didn't mind losing a bit of bandwidth now and again as you should pick it up when out.

It changed with the BTFon deal. BT paid FON money to co-brand it . BTFon lets anyone with BT broadband and a HomeHub can opt into the scheme. Thats fine, same as before. However if you don't have a HomeHub because they were only available to the option 3 customers for free for a long time and most other people bought a netgear/linksys/dlink box as they were cheaper, then that's fine too in BTFON land, they'll let you roam and when you get a homehub you'll be opted in.

Thats blatently onesided, it means anyone on BT broadband gets to use my Wifi but I can't share there's as the FON firmware won't work on anything other than specific routers, so the average netgear/linksys/dlink box just won't let you in. Oh and it won't work on BT Openzone, only the HomeHub places, so places like motorway services / airports etc where it may be useful won't work, as they are "premium hotspots". BT users can (and always have been able to) use Openzone as part of the BT contract, standard FON users get a payment screen. Hardly fair to people who signed up to share there broadband in exchange for something back.

And let's not forget as part of the BTFon Deal you can't buy cheap FON routers anymore if you have a UK address, the BT contract allegedly states they can't be discounted in the UK, and they cost £30, they also cost $30 or €30 elsewhere. Not a bad exchange rate for FON or BT.

This idea is the same. If I did this I'd pay for a FON Femto Cell, and the services (broadband connection and Power) and get very little back.

FON needs to re-think it's business model, or rather think if it has a viable one now.

Wifi is becoming free to all, it's free in most McD's now and many hotels, restaurants,pubs (Wetherspoons chain offer free wifi) and coffee shops offer it to get customers in, no-one is going to pay when they can use a free connection and sit in comfort with a coffee or a beer. Free Wifi is just another marketing tool to get people through the doors.

So what did I do? reflashed the router and gave up being a member. FON WAS a good idea, unfortunatly the money for getting in bed with the big boys has means the little guy has been left out, and most have walked away, Fon see one less fon spot on the map. But heck the check from BT cleared so no loss overall. But then it is, less people are offering the connection, so less chance of using it, so less reason to sign up. It's not Wifi Everywhere as they say, it's wifi in back streets and housing estates, I've never once had a signal in a town centre where it might actually be useful.

Sorry but FON is a dead horse. Wifi is becoming free in many places as people expect it as a service, places it's not free are usually areas (like airports and hotels) where companies pick up the cost, elsewhere people fall back on mobile data, (3g, GRPS) it's not ideal but already paid for in your phone contract or Dongle bungle, so why pay again?

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Amy Winehouse pitches for Bond theme

Gavin Chester

At least it wont be Geri Haliwell

Nuff said,

Don't like Winewarehouse's voice, but then Madonna's Die Another day (and the entire Hard Candy album after hearing it yesterday) sucked too. Casino Royale's theme was so so but at least it wasn't as inaccessable as Madonna's.

Why not just go back to the Monty Norman theme, It's fantastic, fits the movie will, and timeless and probably a lot cheaper to re-do that paying a fortune to some big anme but about to self explode artist to do it.

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Technical problems mar Barclays' PINSentry roll-out

Gavin Chester
Unhappy

Does not work wth other banks cards

My mastercard and another banks cards both generate "card not valid" responses when I put thise cards in.

Does this mean I have to carry 3 of the flipping things depending on what I want to use. Another reasdon I have to dump Barclays as a bank..

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