* Posts by david bates

318 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Re: A pair of cans which cancels out those noises entirely would be worth a lot of money.

Apply directly to child and it will sleep through the flight.....

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Me too....I don't remember any adverts stating that they weren’t bothering with that any more so one must assume 'one in front' is still ongoing...

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: I might have a look at one of these...

I've had very few problems with Lollipop on my Nexus 4. About the only annoying things are

Occasionally it will use an unfeasible amount of battery for no reason. A reboot fixes this but shows that the battery level is actually a lot lower than the reported prior to reboot.

Sometimes Now launcher does not launch and Im stuck with a blank screen - again, a reboot (or sometimes launching camera or phone from the lock screen) sorts this out

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Linux?

I bought a previous gen Revo with Linux. Sadly Asus couldn't be bothered to sort out a wireless driver, so despite being advertised as having wireless it actually didn't, unless you sorted it out yourself or installed a proper distro. Also the eeepc shipped with a Linux abomination.

No wonder Linux gets a bad press when manufacturers make such an unforgivable hash of it. They should just ship without an OS as you're going to have to replace whatever crud they drop on in place of windows.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Southern biscuits and gravy

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Re: Close, but not quite.

Simply driving to pretty much any diner in the Mississippi Delta would be a challenge from pretty much any part of the UK...

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NatWest IT cock-up sees 600,000 transactions go 'missing'

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Re: "We apologize"

Aye - they had one on PM...Eddie Mair pointed out that if a customer missed a payment the bank would charge them £6, and asked why customers shouldn't invoice that bank for a similar amount...

Answers ranged from "we will make sure customers are not out of pocket" all the way up to "that would not be appropriate"....which tells you all you need to know.

There needs to be a run on RBS.

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Re: Nationwide

I'm avoiding Lloyds/HBOS. I closed my IF account and credit card over a year ago. Since then they've sent me a NEW credit card...noone can tell me what account that was linked to and how it was sent, and have now started sending me statements for an account that no longer exists and understandably has no transactions....

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: Being picky...

I remember when the last gen RangeRover was being tested the magazine hack in question found that the gear selector was power-assisted, and if you selected reverse at 70mph the system would helpfully comply, with hilarious results.

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Re: Is this really going to affect many people?

Actually you have that wrong. My Pebble STEEL is made of metal and has a battery life of over a week. "quite charming in an unfinished retro kind of way, but an anachronism whose time has already passed." would apply to those items that need a brightly coloured screen to attract owners, but have a battery life measured in hours....

Plus lets bear in mind that a fairly high percentage of people on this site probably got their first taste of computing on the Spectrum

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Also its very, very expensive to build. You watch a Range Rover being glued and riveted together by huge robots, and watch Defenders being built by hand - they even have to align the headlamps still. They're mainly toys now, sold to rich city boys.

I suspect the line will find its way to India, when manual labour is cheaper, and then some will find themselves imported. Dunno where the legislation thats killing the Defender leaves Santana though (assuming they still make Defender-esque vehicles)

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Nokia getting there with HERE as rivals talk up price

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Re: Users expect maps to be free?

You get traffic for free on Waze, as well as speed cameras, incident reports and I think fuel prices (it asks for them anyway if it suspects you're at a petrol station)...dunno about multi-county but I assume so.

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

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Seeing as

Nissan and Renault are pretty much the same group these days I surprised that the NCAP rating came as a surprise...

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

But you still have to pay the £170.00 before you even get the CHANCE to see what Sky or Virgin have to offer.

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Uber and car makers jockey for Nokia's 'HERE' maps – report

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Re: Article Error: Missing Context

I was more objecting to you dismissing Tata as a maker of tin cans to be honest

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Re: Article Error: Missing Context

You do KNOW that Tata owns Jaguar and Landrover, dont you? And that tech and methods are already filtering through from JLR to Tata Motors own brand?

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Im using openELEC. Kodi seems to have been replaced with a new project specifically for Pi. Didn't like the UI, plus half the things I tried to do were 'not currently supported', right down to the generic IR remote which worked in openELEC without issue.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: Why?

Streetwise was DESIGNED to be able to deal with the knocks of city life hence the black bumpers - it never tried to pretend to be a softroader - hence the name.

Seeing as it cost buttons to develop, probably cost less that a 25 to build and sold at a premium (the older drivers especially liked the raised access) Streetwise was actually no bad thing.

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Golem: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

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Im assuming Golem, like Alice, is playing in London.

You'd be AMAZED at how little use this is to the bulk of us who don't live in London. Any chance of slumming it at provincial theatres where most of your readers have to go for culture?

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

david bates

Re: And therein lies the problem ...

Nexus 4 - no problem with Google play or camera. The current biggest power drain is Firefox. HOWEVER My 2012 Nexus 7 had a real perform with Play Services draining the battery so that did get rooted.

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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Re: Given the ease with which you can hack the current system and cause mass-deaths

I once got told off on Crewe station for forgetting to switch the tail light of my bike off. I did point out if this was an issue they should have a sign up because how the hell am I supposed to know its a problem?

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

Yes. As long as your phone manufacturer (not Google) allows you to unlock the boot loader.

I've had three Nexus devices, two of which I've rooted (and Google did nothing to stop me rooting them, and even helped me find the instructions and software to help), and installed a non-google android build on, and then OPTIONALLY installed all the googly goodness I wanted.

Or you could use the Amazon app store or side-load...Google wont stop you

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NatWest and RBS' mobile banking apps go TITSUP

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You're on your way to pick the kids up from school, you stop to fill up with petrol only to find that the bank is having a hiccup and you can't pay...and the garage doesn't really want you to leave without paying.

Once up a time you could have whipped out your chequebook, but the garage probably does not even take cheques. Theres no branch round the corner that you could pop to because its now a trendy wine bar, and the cash machine wont let you have money either. This is the way the banks wanted it, so yes, when they screw up and you have no viable fallback then people have a RIGHT to kick off and expect the problem to be solved NOW.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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I thought it was just me. I'd make the effort of I thought she has anything useful to say but it always seems to be IT (very) lite

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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I've told them the information about whether or not I need a licence is not available for free, that there is a cost (and a requirement to book an appointment) for their goons getting entry to my house and DARED them multiple times to take me to court and get reamed out for my costs when they lose.

I dont feel the need to support Capitas business model for free - they can pay for the privilege.

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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Yes but the 3 will probably have dropped 6k or more in those 3 years. If MG have decided they can't be bothered any more (and they have yet to show any signs that they CAN be bothered, or indeed that they can run a car company at all in the recognised sense of the word) and pull out it'll be worth scrap value.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: just works

I've moved two XP-ers to Mint Mate - no support calls or problems of any sort.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Re: Next

But thats just how Maplin USED to be...a few fairly big stores that you travelled to, or mail ordered from the catalogue. Then they opened everywhere and started specialising in tat. Why would I go to Maplin to buy a folding ladder or a window cleaning set for heavens sake?

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: I just want a dumb car

I'll believe it when I see it tbh....

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Alibaba hopes to roll net-connected car out of the cave

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SAIC.... Because they've done such a sterling job with MG....

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: Why?

"The radio alone is worth paying the TV License fee for."

Its not - its really, really not....the quality drop in Radio 4 over the last 10 years is staggering. Not much science, and a lot of what there is is pop-sci lite. LOTS of cheap social stuff like "The Listening Project" and Saturday Live - lightweight trash to allow people who are not broadcasters for a reason a chance to tell you about their tedious lives for free.

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Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

david bates

Re: Having cars that will park themselves will also free up space in cities

Of COURSE there will be lower insurance premiums... The insurance companies are ALWAYS looking at ways to give us more for less....

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

david bates

I get what I assume is crema, but it's very dependent on what coffee I'm using.

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I'm amazed noone has mentioned Aeropress, so I will.

Fantastic coffee and because the grounds come out as a puck that you can pop straight from the press into the bin there's very little mess. And it's small and cheap enough to have one at home and one at the office.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

david bates

Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

If he does watch BBC stuff on Netflix then he's paying Netflix you idiot

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Of course body shops will be able to men's minor dents and scratches - and more. They've been fixing Landrovers for decades.

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Re: We need more aluminium cars

I'd say Landrover have been quite clever more than Jag....LR have used aluminium since they started, in fact that's why Landrover was invented....

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Re: Jaguar (Land Rover) an icon of British success!

Thank God the Chinese did NOT get Rover. MGR leased the brand from Ford so they could never build a Rover badged 4x4.

Amusingly SAIC failed to realise this and specced a load of grilles etc to take the Rover shield, and were promptly told to piss off. This is why they invented Roewe, with its sheild shaped badge.

Rover is back where it belongs, sleeping quietly at Solihull. MG, on the other hand, is utterly, utterly screwed.

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Bankrupt RadioShack to close up to 2,900 stores, share others with Sprint

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Re: Couldn't get some with a pocket full of 50s in a cat house

You could say most of that about Maplin as well...

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU...

All the XP machines that I support now run Mint 17.1 - Its an LTS release and is good till 2019....MATE means that anyone used to XP is happy in minutes.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Re: Fundraising

Theres a completely different record for cars with driven wheels.

This is an engineering challenge that is involving schools, universities etc. Its also a great adventure. Noone has EVER done this before and I think it'll be not only the largest ever numerical increase in the land speed record, but the largest percentage increase as well.

Anyway, designed in Britain, engineered as far as possible in Britain, Jaguar fuel pump, Eurofighter jet engine...hoe much more British do you want?

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Let it go, let it go ... Sales of games, video and music up for second year

david bates

Re: Frozen

Probably becuase of 'Let it Go'. Even in its own context its an uplifting, power-ballady type of thing that effectively carries the whole film.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: Phew...sort of

O2s crappy network, with GiffGaffs crappy systems glued on too so double the chance of outages as far as I could see.

Plus crowdsourced technical support. Cheap but not very cheerful.

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Re: Phew...sort of

I went from O2 to 3 via (shudder) GiffGaff.

3 have been cheaper and much, much better.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

david bates

Agreed - that pretty much told us nothing. A complete waste of time.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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Plusnet store your Login details in plaintext, and will email your password out to you happily.

If you question this they will tell you that the password database has no connection to the internet so is perfectly safe - nothing can possibly go wrong. How they send your password out to you if this is true is a mystery....

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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Re: So should we have good design or not?

You can get light switches where the switch covers virtually the whole plate. The UK light switch is as big as it is so it uses the same box as the UK power socket, which is as big as it is to take a UK 13 amp plug.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Its actually NOT unusable on Android. Its my browser of choice on Android....

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Steelie Neelie orders Germany to sort out its mobe charges – or EU will go FULL LEGAL

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Re: 5th time warning or else

"Consider this: Who buys a British car for its engineering?"

Well JLR sold 425,006 in 2013 - up 19%...

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

david bates

Re: Brought to you

If thats a KV6 lets hope it wasn't the first gen one - more Kettle than Kool.

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French prez mulls mobe, fondleslab tax for telly

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Re: It's not really a new tax

They understand perfectly - as long as they use it as 'catchup' and not to watch 'live' broadcast then TVL can do one, as they 'do not have a TV'.

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