* Posts by Rob Daglish

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

Rob Daglish

Re: £16m

Apparently not, they worked for more than three minutes...

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Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'

Rob Daglish

Less 3D please

I've been to the cinema, but not paid to go and see a film on quite a number of occasions now - having planned to go and see a 2D film with friends, it's sold out when we arrive, so they go and see something else in 3D, which I refuse to pay for as I can't see it due to really bad vision in one eye (I end up not seeing 3D and having a really bad head afterwards, so I avoid it now). There is also a tendency in our local cinema to only show some films in 3D, so I just wait for a DVD to come out. YMMV.

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

Rob Daglish

More info needed

I appreciate it's sub-judice for the time being, but I hope el Reg are going to follow this up? At the moment, it really does feel like we don't know the full story, especially why he was on a roof seemingly without adequate equipment?

From the linked story, the guy was working at a flat on St Stephen's Road, Bow - a quick look on Google Maps suggests I wouldn't be keen on being on top of any of those buildings...

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

Rob Daglish

Re: Freedom

There is a BBC Law In Action program regarding this debate, based on the case of a bakery in Northern Ireland who refused to bake a cake because the customer wanted it to promote gay marriage - the shop refused to make it, the customer claimed it was because he was gay, the shop said they didn't know that and only refused as it was against their christian beliefs to promote gay marriage, and it's all gotten a bit political. It's worth a listen, but if you're not in Blightly I don't know how you'd manage that ;)

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

Rob Daglish

No IT Angle.

That's why it's in "Bootnotes" - are you new here?

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UK Home Office seeks secret settlements over unlawful DNA retention

Rob Daglish

Re: whats wrong with retaining DNA data?

Yes, that's the scientific method. Police method is one of the following:

1) Look for something to prove what we've already decided. Ignore anything else.

2) Find a likely suspect, beat them round the head until they confess to whatever you want.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

Rob Daglish

It's not adaptive brightness...

...it's a change in the colour temperature (brightness makes no odds in this case), reducing the amount of blue light in the colours. I have a pair of glasses that do this all day, and a pair of Zeiss digital lenses for when I'm not at a computer, it's suprising what a difference it makes using them. But I have a proper optician...

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

Rob Daglish

Didn't Look, was shown...

...the videos a mate had taken of his missis after I sorted some viruses on his PC. Mind you, about 8 other people got shown the videos that day. I still can't play pool...

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DARPA to geeks: Weaponize your toasters … for America!

Rob Daglish

Too Late...

The toaster has already been weaponized:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxYeHNoa8XU

Is it nearly Christmas yet?

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

Rob Daglish

I would normally say "station" on it's own, not "railway station" or "train station", but I guess I'd be thinking "railway station". That said, why is a "bus station" not a "road station" then?

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Intravenous hangover clinics don't work, could land you in hospital

Rob Daglish

Re: Not quite

My tap water might be clean, and arguably healthy, but it tastes disgusting - way too chemically for me. It's OK with fruit cordial in, but on it's own, no thanks, pass the San Pellegrino, even if it does cost more!

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Rob Daglish

There is nothing sensitive about the boil on the arse of the world that is Barrow-In-Furness, trust me. (For anyone who hasn't been, imagine the worst place in the world you can think of, and then imagine you're there and being rained on, in a force 10 gale, while being whipped with a wet fish. This is, somehow, still nicer than a day in Barrow.)

Joking aside, x 7, my late father-in-law told me of a colleague of his who taught chemistry at a Barrow school: he needed to "get rid" of some surplus chemicals, namely sodium and potassium. For a bit of a lark, he put varying amounts of each into metal tins (imagine the sort of tin golden syrup comes in), punched a hole in the top and bottom of the tin, and then dropped them into the Buccleuch Dock opposite the school (StreetView - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.108485,-3.2283646,3a,75y,145.42h,102.19t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxq_BobTs8ql6ORRKmYjFYg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1) might explain why Plod took a dim view and asked some searching questions...

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Between you, EE and the lamppost ... this UK cell network is knackered

Rob Daglish

Oooh! I noticed a problem this morning...

For once, I appear to be in the "small number of customers".

Mind you, I've noticed a pattern when there is a mobile outage: when it's O2, everyone complains O2 are terrible. When it's 3, everyone complains 3 are terrible. When it's EE, everyone complains EE are terrible. When Vodafone is out, everyone complains Vodafone is terrible.

I'm left to conclude we have no decent mobile phone service providers in the UK.

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

Rob Daglish
Mushroom

But what if...

Morgan suggests that you start by finding the radio so you can contact air traffic control and say “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is Delta 1603. Both pilots are unconscious and I am a passenger flying the aircraft.”

But what if I'm not on Delta 1603, won't this just confuse ATC?

Sheesh, 99 comments in, and no one has bothered to ask this simple question. I'm starting to wonder about some of you guys...

How my Flight Sim landings normally end ----->

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

Rob Daglish

So length wise...

...30CM is about a foot in old money? Or the length of a Subway? It seems much bigger than that against Katarina, or is she unbeliveably tiny?

In any case, this Gatsby looks much nicer than a Subway!

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

Rob Daglish

Re: Not directly a computer problem but

I had a similar thing with disappearing emails - we'd had lots of problems with NHS identity service for one particular user, who'd had multiple PCs, keyboards, smart cards etc to try and solve it, I eventually got sent out as the local field engineer to do some digging and get it going, which eventually I did. As I was wrapping up and asking her to check that everything worked OK, she asked if I had any idea why her email had started disappearing since she'd been given the new PC. I did some quick digging, couldn't see anything in Deleted Items, so settling down for a look on the Exchange servers, I asked when it was happening: "oh, it's stuff that comes in last thing in the afternoon usually - if I don't get it done that night, it isn't there in the morning". At that point, I twigged that the email wasn't disappearing, it's just Outlook 2010 moving it from "Today" (which was expanded) to "Yesterday" (which wasn't). Explained it nicely, user happy and not embarrassed, good day all round.

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Rob Daglish

Re: I love these stories, it shows what a nasty, immature disfunctional bunch we are.

I remember when we first gave PCs to our County Councillors - at the end of a council meeting, we had a pile of PCs in boxes (Acer 486/DX2 66s), 15" CRT monitors in bigger boxes, and some little Canon BJ-200 printers in little boxes.

"Please take one of each box" we told them, and then we'll come and set them up in your houses for you. For the majority, this worked reasonably well, except for the ones who took three monitors, (presumably bigger box=more powerful?) or one who took three printers as "they didn't have a lot of room for a computer".

Some years later, we did a second roll out, and we took the new kit with us to avoid the cleanups we'd had to do first time round. Again, this worked reasonably well, except for one guy who was very difficult to get an appointment made with, until he asked if we couldn't do it while he was out. Guess which councillor had specified that we could only install kit if the councillor was on site while we did it...

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

Rob Daglish

Re: Really?

Brings a whole new horror to surviving a plane crash, waking up to find you've landed in Teletubby land...

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Police Scotland will have direct access to disabled parking badge database

Rob Daglish

Re: Also Parent and Child bays

Clue: P&C bays aren't about your legs not working. It's about having room to open the car door wide enough to be able to put the kids into their car seats without me having to mash your car door to do it.

I do realise they are provided as a courtesy, but they do make life a lot easier, especially as there seems to be some rule that says you need X car parking spaces for every square foot of floor space, but no rule that says the spaces have to be big enough to take anything larger than a Smart Car...

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Rob Daglish

Not continuous, but...

We've got a large client who are gradually moving away from their 14ish year old IBM M52/55 fleet running XP to some new HP EliteDesk 800s. Running W8.1. :(

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

Rob Daglish

I remember trying to scan a ten pound note into photoshop a few years ago - I seem to recall it came out with a purple transparency over it. I was in a printing company, using Apple Macs, and needed to test that one of their new multifunction machines could scan to the mac over the network, as the MFP installer would only connect it to a Windows system - I seem to remember that I got the same result doing a straight copy on the MFP as well.

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

Rob Daglish

Re: This happened not three weeks ago

Glad I, not the only one to prescribe solitaire to new users!

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Rob Daglish

Re: Keyboards

Had a user whose ir mouse didn't work on a new pc. Swapped it with another users mouse, and the dodgy one worked fine, but the borrowed one showed the same issue. Reinstalled windows just to be sure it wasn't a screwed install, and then got asked to replace the pc - eventually, we figured the boss whose mouse it was had a sheet of glass on the top of his office desk, which was otherwise identical to the others. One mouse mat later, sorted! Seems like the glass interfered with the reflection enough that the mouse couldn't work out what it was doing.

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Rob Daglish

Re: My favorite floppy story...

My personal favourite for AOL cds, hanging behind white christmas lights outside a friend's house, so they reflected the lights, and you got some lovely rainbow effects as the wind blew...

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Rob Daglish

Re: "looking at the device for confirmation that it's working"

Doubt it. I started working on C801/803 ISDN routers in 1999, and they were most definitely Cisco boxes - proper IOS and everything - I'm still running an 897 at home, which was especially nice when TalkTalk wrote to me to tell me that they couldn't scan my router for security issues as they couldn't connect to it...

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

Rob Daglish

Re: opps - Nope, Risk = Impact X Likelihood

I suspect for my friends whose houses were underwater, it doesn't matter if the defences "did not fail" or were "overwhelmed in a few areas" - when you've got to move out while repairs are made when there was something there to prevent that happening, then that something failed!

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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

Rob Daglish

Are there different levels of XPE?

Because I've used Point of Sale and some Carl zeiss meditec equipment running XP Embedded which had "shell, file browsing, control panel, start menu, address bar, etc."

One of the meditec had the default shell changed, but the other you'd have been hard pressed to tell it wasn't desktop XP

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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

Rob Daglish

Sd card

It does have an SD slot. I was torn between this and the Z5. I think the x force is better value, but I went for the z5 as I'm very happy with the m2 I had (and still use as I haven't managed to unbox the z5 yet) and I really like my Z3 compact tablet, so it keeps a consistent interface for me, until Sony update one and not the other I suppose...

Oh, it's described as "water resistant " by moto, while Sony are back tracking on their waterproof description of the z5. If the xforce had a fingerprint sensor, I'd have said stuff the interface difference!

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Manchester 'wins' £10m to test talking bus stops

Rob Daglish

Re: Northern Power House my fat arse

If they aren't running a service and you can prove that, you're better off speaking to the area traffic commissioner. The one that covers Manchester is very good and has been known to cause trouser wetting in more than one bus company Md... Especially as she can make them repay any incorrectly paid BSOG (fuel duty rebate for bus operators).

From experience, a friend of mine complained about consistent late running by a particular company, and ended up with a personal phone call from the TC to update her on what we happening. Mysteriously, they stopped running late after that...

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

Rob Daglish

Re: Yes, plus

I've always understood the expression to be "free rein" - as in, let the rein on the horse loose so it can do as it wishes - here is a discussion from Daily Writing Tips about it: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/free-rein-or-free-reign/

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How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both

Rob Daglish

Re: Why pay fees at all?

As other people have already said - there is no "UK Police Force" - there's 43 in England, PSNI, Police Scotland and I'm not sure about Wales.

There isn't a single "NHS" to buy things. In my county, there is the Clinical Commissioning Group (admin types who buy in services), 2 Acute hospital trusts (1 in the north of the county, one in the south), and shedloads of individual GP practices. All of whom negotiate and purchase for themselves only. Some practices may have 2 or 3 GPs, some practices may have 4 or 5 sites each with 4 or 5 GPs. Most use one of three different systems, so no volume here.

Ditto Education - 350 odd schools, mostly working on their own - OK, they get good deals from MS, but it's not like there is any joined up thinking here!

Whilst it would be nice to have someone negotiate the volume discounts, at the moment, there are too many egos and too much chance of a turfwar for it to happen.

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

Rob Daglish
Coat

Re: SystemD

And why not disparage HAL? look what he did to poor Frank Poole...

Door over there is it? Good, I'll be off then...

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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

Rob Daglish

Re: In the long run spinning off the VW brand is not a good idea

From what I understand, the London Low Emission Zone applies to HGVs and PCVs, and means that engines which don't meet at least Euro IV (basically anything before 2005) are charged £200 a day to enter the zone. Seems like that would accelerate their replacement - I can tell you from experience coach operators don't have margins like that to play with!

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Sky 'fesses up to broken fibre cables as cause of outage woes

Rob Daglish

I'd argue they aren't even "Northern England". I'm about three hours north from them on the motorway, and I'm still in England...

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Thousands of 'directly hackable' hospital devices exposed online

Rob Daglish

Re: who's responsibility?

Nope. XP Embedded on most of the kit I've seen, but some of the Carl Zeiss Meditec stuff has been upgraded to 7 now. My experience of working in healthcare was that people were more concerned with physical security (make sure no one can get into the room with the expensive equipment) than information security (make sure people can't access the expensive equipment over the network), but I'm sure all trusts varied.

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NOxious VW emissions scandal: Car maker warned of cheatware YEARS AGO – reports

Rob Daglish

Re: Today VW ...

Or is it hidden in the C3/C4/C5? SWMBO has a nice diesel Peugeot, and I never twigged it had an AdBlue tank hidden in the boot floor until I needed to change a tyre...

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The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk

Rob Daglish

Re: I'm curious...

If my Samsung Note 8 tablet is anaything to go by, they've got the battery spot on then... I've never known anything with such a shonky battery - 100% to nothing in around an hour today, 100% to 80% in around two hours the following day. And randomly switching off whenever it feels like it. For a "premium" brand, I'm not terribly impressed.

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So unfair! Teachers know what’s happening on students' fondleslabs

Rob Daglish

@john devoy

"shouldn't be submitting work electronically unless its (sic) multimedia based" - Or like me have visual problems which lead to incredibly bad handwriting. I was constantly being assessed for special needs due to the fact that I have one OK and one very bad eye, and it affects my writing and not as in "you need to write slower and neater boy". For me, being able to submit my homework or classwork by email was a great help - I wasn't idle or stupid, just had really bad handwriting that couldn't be fixed! Quite a few people at my school used laptops to get them around various problems like this, and this was around 17 years ago - good solid Compaq laptops with a 486 processor and a black and white screen!

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

Rob Daglish

I'd help...

...if I weren't at the other end of the country...

I well remember repairing vanloads of Model Bs when I worked at the County Council IT Workshop (firstly on work experience, then as an apprentice, then as an employee) during the mid to late 90s. Our main problem was key switches that failed, usually on either the right-shift or break key, causing schools to send them in as "they won't load anything", something fixed in 10 minutes with a soldering iron.

Happy days.

And we always had a TV on in the corner of the workshop at this time of year for the cricket or Wimbledon.

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Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

Rob Daglish

Re: Picture editor fail

When correcting someone else in a dismissive fashion, try not to introduce new errors. I think you'll find Coombe Bissett Down Nature Reserve is practically the south coast of England, the Lake District is about as far north as you can go before men start wearing skirts with their pubes hanging out...

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

Rob Daglish

Re: And there goes the market for VoD to Amazon...

I have to say, I think it depends on your local infrastructure - I moved to TalkTalk as they are one of the few companies (the only one?) who don't charge huge amounts extra because I'm not on an LLU exchange. I got ~11Mb down and ~1Mb up reliably, week in, week out, for 12 months. I think we had a line fault once, but I was able to get it sorted via the mobile app fairly quickly, considering all the horror stories I'd heard about them.

I then got a cracking deal with plusnet,which is basically £75 for a year's phone and broadband, and my speeds have dropped down to ~7Mb/.5Mb, the connection is flaky, unstable and drops about 5% of all packets.

Amazon Prime and Netflix streamed beautifully over TT, but with PN and the packet loss, we're really struggling...

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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

Rob Daglish

My fellow hams...

...have already said pretty much what I was thinking. Apart from the fact, and nobody has yet said this, Oh my God, do MotherBoard not proof-read their articles?

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

Rob Daglish

You sir...

...are the chief scriptwriter for Casualty, and I claim my free prize!

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

Rob Daglish

Re: Today's menu

Nope. Realised what he'd done straight away - anyone else used to play "give the novell netware network a funny IPX number"?

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

Rob Daglish

No, I'm in Copeland, so I'm now an Obese Benefit Scrounger. Official, innit?

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BT's mobe interference claim laughed off air by ad watchdog

Rob Daglish

Given that they have a shaky idea of telephony, and none at all about IP or networking, I'm going to guess that as far as BT are concerned anything that is wireless is a form of black magic and can easily interfere with any other black magic in the area...

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

Rob Daglish

Ah, the Novell Brainshare...

...none of which was complete without being completely and utterly drunk, a giant bouncy castle and a good band, and a lecture from Joe Doupnik, who could make even wire-level protocols interesting.

I remember one event at Manchester, we tried to get Joe to speak after inhaling some of the helium balloons that were strewn around the marquee as he was fairly high-pitched anyways, and we wanted to know if he'd become inaudible!

I still had a school running netware until about 12 months ago, fairly sad when that was all powered down as it was a really good ZEN/Groupwise/NDS system

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

Rob Daglish
Facepalm

@Joe Harrison

I'd suspect that it's probably also due to the fact that the DJ doesn't take any time to properly balance and EQ the sound system too. First time I use a venue's PA, it can take ages until I'm happy that the noise I'm hearing is actually what I want to hear. Just because there is lots of expensive kit there, doesn't mean it all plays together nicely.

Also, laptop sound cards are usually pap - if I'm outputting from a laptop to a PA, I generally use a decent USB audio interface like http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/focusrite-scarlett-2i4-usb-audio-interface--101863

Although as I usually end up with Musical Theatre, it all gets knocked sideways by the vocals...

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless headphones

Rob Daglish

@Nelbert Noggins

Can't speak for these, but I have a very nice pair of over the ear Sennheiser MM-500. They work perfectly well over Bluetooth when I'm out and about and don't want to carry around CDs or vinyl or MiniDisc or whatever.

The advantage is, when I'm at home or if I'm mixing a show, I plug in a cable, and I've still got my nice comfy headphones, but now, the sound quality is a little better

For me, that means I don't have to find a bluetooth set of comfy phones and a wired set of comfy phones - so instead of having to buy two pairs, I have one, and I didn't mind paying a little more than I would for a decent set of wired phones on their own. That said, I wouldn't have paid full price for the Sennys...

YMMV.

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

Rob Daglish
Meh

@Kubla Cant

No need for them to be apps, except it's rather nice that I can grab a copy of the times onto my xperia and read it on the train without needing a mobile phone signal, which is non-existant on the Cumbrian Coast line for large sections, and we don't have any on-train wifi

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