* Posts by Neill Mitchell

436 posts • joined 23 Mar 2007

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Neill Mitchell

Has Slough declared independence then? Will food start costing more there as well?

This is all just scaremongering.

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iPhone 6, Watch: Hate it or really hate it, Apple's now a $604.77bn biz

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Re: Shut up already

Yes, fed up with iWatch news going on and on endlessly. Let's talk about the Scottish referendum instead ;)

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Square watches

"LarsG, which similar gadget are your expectations based on? IIRC the original ipod was 10 hours.IIRC the original ipod was 10 hours."

The original ipod was not a watch you relied on to tell you the time. The last thing I want is a watch that is dead when I look at it at 12pm to see if I've got time to make the last tube train.

A watch is not a watch if you have to charge it overnight.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: Not enough time

My Samsung does as well, but it only does obvious things like dim the screen, shut down wifi and mobile data to stop apps chattering back to base etc.

What it will not do and I suspect your HTC will be the same unfortunately, is kill off any rogue/crapware processes that are hammering the battery. Also, since 4.3+ Google have made it almost impossible to kill off certain system apps like Google+. They want to know where you are and what you are doing 24x7. So if one of those goes nuts (and Google+ does frequently) it will just hammer the battery. Even Greenify can't stop it.

Don't even get me started on the bloody media scanner that blindly scans your entire 64GB SD card for hours with no way of excluding folders. This particular piece of junk has battered my battery on numerous occasions :(

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Neill Mitchell

Re: Not enough time

I agree. It's bad enough my phone is no longer a phone.

Last weekend I went out for the day with my kids, phone fully charged. 5 hours later I go to check the traffic for the journey home and the battery is at 3% and the phone shuts down. Some shitty piece of NoQAware (tm) has gone rogue and hammered a 3200mAh battery down to unusable. Nothing in the Android OS prevented it from doing this or killed all non essential processes when the battery got down to, say 15%.

Result is if I'd had an accident or broken down on the way home I would have been been screwed.

Bring back Symbian+QT, we really miss you.

So, as your nice example illustrates, you'll now also have a watch you can't rely on to tell you the bloody time.

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

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Re: Twice the network

Yes, that's exactly what happened to me. After the merge they shut down the Orange tower 2km from my house so now my phone struggles to connect to one 6km away. I get no reception indoors at all and EE couldn't care less.

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

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Daft passwords policies no longer relevant

"passwords must contain 2 of [lower-case, upper-case, punctuation-symbols]"

This might have been relevant last century when it was humans were trying to guess passwords, but do they honestly think it makes a blind bit of difference to a botnet what format the bloody password is?

Plus you are more lightly to store these passwords somewhere insecure because you can't remember all the bloody things.

Better approach, but unfortunately stupid above type policies don't allow it:

http://xkcd.com/936/

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Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

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First Utility

First Utility haven't been able to provide me with a bill since October. Similar back end migration issue. They also stopped taking the direct debits, which I didn't notice for the first couple of months. So now I'm facing a big catch up bill.

Emails are not answered for weeks (if at all) and their call centre queue is usually at least 70 callers deep. When you do finally get through to a poor harassed operator you just get given the same empty excuses and promises they simply don't fulfil. They have been "working hard to resolve this" for nearly 6 months now.

Ofgem seem powerless to do anything about it. Plus they give the energy companies 8 weeks per communication to respond before they will get involved at all.

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'Maybe I'll go to Hell, but I think it's a good thing' says plastic Liberator gunsmith Cody Wilson

Neill Mitchell
Joke

Re: Crime before...

"Two hundred years ago two significant politicians might fight a duel in London which was illegal but socially acceptable, but you can't imagine it today"

Oh I can :D I wonder how we can make it socially acceptable again.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Neill Mitchell

Is this what your ears have been waiting for?

No. I've been waiting for a cure for tinnitus.

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

Neill Mitchell

Ubuntu

I'm sure this will eventually just be an apt-get away :)

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Neill Mitchell

Re: I have to agree

@Lionel. Thanks for the tip. I thought only Vodafone offered them.

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Neill Mitchell

Re: I have to agree

This has been made worse by the Orange/T-Mobile merge into EE. They have been shutting down what they term "duplicate coverage" towers to save money.

At home I used to connect to a mast 1.6 miles away. Now its one 5.5 miles away and the tower I used to connect to has disappeared off the map. Result is I now get no signal. My phone is an expensive paperweight at home now. I've tried getting out of my contract based on them not actually providing me with a service, but no dice of course. Mobile companies are the worst and they just don't seem to care that they have a piss poor public image.

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Use MediaWiki and hate malware? This patch is for you

Neill Mitchell

Re: So..

The patch was released 2 days ago. With MW's close ties with Wikipedia, you can be sure that was the first place the patch was applied :)

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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

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Apple's Tim Cook: Fear not, worried investors, new product salvation is 'absolutely' on the way

Neill Mitchell

Blimey...

So $43bn in just 3 months selling gadgetry is obviously not enough these days. The world has indeed gone mad.

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Ancient video of Steve Jobs launching the first Apple Mac found

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Is it just me...

Or does Apple's famous 1984 promo video seem hugely ironic now.

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Joke

In the UK

They would have called in the Peelers.

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

Neill Mitchell

Thanks goodness

Matte screens seem to be returning. That's another bit of "must have feature 'cos Apple have it" pure marketing madness coming to an end.

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I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Neill Mitchell

Wow

So he's prepared to lose £6.1million then. He should re-brand it Implodesys whilst he's at it.

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iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

Neill Mitchell

For once, I really really hope...

Apple have patented this idea so no one else can copy it.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

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Re: Regret buying one

"Nor power stability. Lose power at just the right (wrong) moment, and no amount of RAID is going to save you."

LOL, so very true. The very next thing I bought after my DS212+ was an APC 650CS UPS. It has saved me at least 3 times now. It also communicates with the 412 via USB, so the NAS shuts down automatically if the power is off long enough for the UPS battery to get low.

If you are going to do home NAS, you might as well do it properly. The APC cost just £70. Worth every penny.

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'Planned maintenance' CRIPPLES nearly HALF of all Salesforce instances in Europe, US

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Well

It's not called cloud cuckoo land for nothing.

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RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

Neill Mitchell

Retro indeed.

Looks like a Z88. Just needs a 640x64 LCD screen.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Neill Mitchell

Re: The triumph of commerce over democracy

"I thought governments were supposed to listen to us?"

Like DAB, they can't hear you due to numerous walls in the way.

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LG G Flex: A new cheeky curvy mobe with a 'SELF-HEALING' bottom

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Rulers obsolete

It will make a great (if rather expensive) desktop catapult.

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

Neill Mitchell

Hang on...

So each kid has to be the owner of an iPhone or Touch? So minimum entry requirement here is around £170 per participant. That's one expensive and fragile controller!

Can't see that many 10 year olds getting one of these from Santa then. Older "kids" will be the ones hogging these ;)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

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Re: Region locking

I stopped reading at "Rest assured that your concerns are recognised by Samsung and we will do our best to answer your questions." This false and patronising "we really love you customers, honestly" crap you get on every single email/press release/Facebook post these days really gets my goat.

I hope comment has made you chew your own arm off and has placed your blood at boiling point . Please comment again if you require any more spin and bullshit to other questions you may have.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Neill Mitchell

I've always used to think...

That there can be no way Bill Gates ever used Word or he would have got it sorted out.

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

Neill Mitchell

Re: Been there, done that.

The Nokia banana phone did not have a flexible display forming the entire front surface of the device. The case was curved, but it had a flat LCD display.

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

Neill Mitchell

Re: Ah come on!

They should seek sponsorship from T-Cut.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

Neill Mitchell

Stuck down a hole, in the fog, at night, WITH AN OWL!

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Basically RUBBISH 'COMET of the Century' ISON snapped by HiRISE in Mars orbit

Neill Mitchell

I'm told it's going to be around 1.7 Kohouteks.

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You put up with CRAPPY iOS 7. You can put up with Obamacare too, says prez

Neill Mitchell

Re: Interesting

Ah, the old "my friends and friends of friends" vagueness.

People only bother to complain, rarely to praise. So of course forums and the media are full or the negative experiences.

So to balance your argument, I can say that both my daughter and father-in-law received excellent treatment recently.

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

Neill Mitchell

Re: Hard Drive Price Drop?

The cheapest I can find WD internal drives is still more than they are charging for the equivalent size MyBooks. How does that work?

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Tracking the history of magnetic tape: A game of noughts and crosses

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Cute recorder

Anyone else think the IBM Selectric typewriter's companion tape recorder looks like a jug eared robot with missing teeth?

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

Neill Mitchell

Upvomited surely :)

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Posh potty owners flushed by dodgy Bluetooth password

Neill Mitchell

Re: A tad over-engineered?

"Why not just use motion sensors for proximity and a side arm for bum washing controls?"

Erm, it does. The photo gives it away. Note the panel above the loo roll. What use would a toilet be that only worked if you have your phone on you? The phone app is just auxiliary marketing bum wipe.

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World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Neill Mitchell

SAP

Is for saps.

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Stock dips as fanbois complain of dodgy Wi-Fi on MacBook Air

Neill Mitchell

Apple Geniuses and Advisors should capture MacBook Air

Are they going to use a net?

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Sony unveils latest attempt at an Android SmartWatch

Neill Mitchell

Re: @system11 - cogs and springs?

"Or are you still wearing a watch that you wind up once a day?"

No, I wear a mechanical watch that winds itself up :)

http://www.christopherward.co.uk/men/view-all-mens-watches/malvern-collection/c5sck-mk2.html

It's killer app is it ticks at a rate of 8 beats per second and has sapphire exhibition window on the back so you can see it working. Okay, it loses a few seconds a week, but so what.

If I had money to burn I'd have one of their fab Harrison C900s. As accurate as you need. If you want "digital" you can have a C9 Jumping Hour MKII ;)

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

Neill Mitchell

They don't last long.

"Magnum" may get them the job, but they usually wind up dead in some freak gasoline-fight accident.

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BT! dumps! Yahoo! after! 10! long! years! together!

Neill Mitchell

LOL

This explains why I got an email a couple of weeks back saying customers who do not login to their BT Yahoo mail at least once before 15th of June would lose their email account. I guess they're trying to cut down the migration numbers.

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Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK

Neill Mitchell

Re: Whilst I can see the value.....@Peter Gathercole

"My base load is still around 500W, and I'm struggling to identify where that is going. Probably not something that a smart meter would help with unless they also supplied per-plug metering devices."

Unfortunately domestic power monitors generally only measure apparent power, rather than true active power consumed.

I found this out when I was initially mortified by our new Induction hob. The monitor suggested it was burning 200W in standby, which luckily was clearly not the case or something would have been getting pretty hot. This lead me onto true power vs apparent power. Check out http://paulaowenconsulting.co.uk/2012/12/02/induction-hobs-the-question-of-standby-and-the-power-factor/

Ironically, the greener you go, the worse the apparent power seems on your monitor as your base load drops. I switched all our halogen kitchen lights to LED and the monitor reading went up. The LEDs are consuming so little true power, it gets masked by the apparent power.

Luckily the power companies bill for active power.

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Re: Blocking access to Remote SMTP servers?

This is a joke. I bought a MiFi dongle from 3 and discovered that I couldn't send emails to my SMTP server. I had even specifically asked in the shop whether it was possible and was told that it was.

After a very protracted process of actually getting to speak to someone, they informed me that SMTP was blocked to stop spammers sending thousands of emails via the dongle. I can't think of a more expensive method of sending spam. Utter bollocks. The only way to send email was via their SMTP relay service, which is completely unreliable and also often triggers the recipients spam filtering. It also means they expect you to change the SMTP settings on your phone each time you switch from using their MiFi device to WiFi etc.

When they realised they were clearly on the losing side of the discussion, they then pointed out that on the box that it said you can "read emails", but sending them is not listed. Based on this they initially refused a return. Honestly, can you believe such bollocks even being suggested? Christ what a crappy world of spin we live in.

Upshot is I eventually managed to ditch the 3 dongle and bought an unlocked version of the same one and lived happily ever after with Orange. Well, so far...

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Win a Nexus 7 with reed.co.uk and El Reg

Neill Mitchell

It doesn't matter what you fill in for location

They'll bombard you with emails about jobs in Aberdeen, Basingstoke, Cardiff, Dundee, Eindhoven, Zurich. Everybody talk about pop music.

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Judge scolds Apple, Motorola for using court as 'business strategy'

Neill Mitchell

Jobs for everyone?

I think that was the business strategy of the previous CEO of Apple :)

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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys burns sales, profits up in smoke

Neill Mitchell

Well, they could try a competitive pricing policy

Seems to work for Amazon. Oh and perhaps stop offering devices weeks before they are actually shipping without offering any sort of firm delivery date would also help. These things tend to hack off your customers.

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