* Posts by david bates

292 posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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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david bates

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

david bates

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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david bates

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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david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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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david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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?

david bates

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

david bates

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

david bates

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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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

david bates

Re: never forget though

Seeing as the '80s Rover' takes in the R8 at one end - probably the best car in its class at the time, and still handsome compared to the blobby, over styled messes we get these days, and the sleek SD1 at the other (the examples that are still on the road are sorted and often have V8s), and can be fixed by any backstreet garage then I have no problem with that.

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Apple inhales DRUGSTORE deals on iPhone payment system, says report

david bates

Re: No wonder Apple isn't rushing to update AppleTV...

But Apple, IIRC, now have their own ad network, and take a cut of anything third parties sell you...so you're already a customer AND the product.

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

david bates

Re: Pay-by-bonk? Seriously?

New here, are you?

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

david bates

Plus.net store passwords in the clear... And will email them out to you on request. Apparently this is fine as the database is not internet facing and would require a member of staff to durable your password. Or something equally unconvincing.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

david bates

Re: yeah but what about the jobs...?

Build them out of what?

Someone is going to own the raw materials that end up in the robot. How do you get those for free and unowned?

Cows make other cows, but cows still cost money.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

david bates

Re: At least it's not my money these buffoons are burning

No it isn't.

Neither do you need a license to own a TV.

You need a licesence to watch broadcast TV or to stream media 'as live' (ie as its being broadcast). Catch-up TV in its various forms is fine.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

david bates

Re: Old OS == Faster on newer hardware

We forget.

I have a 486 DX33 still alive and running 3.11.

I booted it last year. It was fast. Faster than a P4 booting XP, or a 4 core Athlon black with SSD booting 7 (or Mint come to that).

I was STUNNED but just how speedy the boot was TBH. Amazing.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

david bates

Re: Of Google software and battery drain

It also impacted my 2012 Nexus 7 on KitKat and on Cyanogenmod 11.... Even with wireless and such disabled it would drain the battery in a couple of days on standby. It would routinely use at much as the screen in normal use. I have no idea what it was doing as it has no connection to the outside world.

Disabling it has fixed the problem, so yes, its play services, no, its not a Sony problem...

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

david bates

Re: Hooray

BackCountry Naivgator gives you access (For £7.00 ish one off) to the whole of the OS catalog via Multimap. Tracks you via GPS, and you can download huge swathes of map in multiple magnifications for off-line use. Plus it does all the usual distance, speed, elevation stuff.

Its one downside is (when connected) it uses Google Maps to find places, so it wont necessarily be able to find something that is marked on the map.

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

david bates

Re: Why build on resevoirs?

As I understand it these are brick built reservoir tanks, not lakes. To keep them drained you just plug up the fill pipe...

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600 school sysadmins sacked in New South Wales

david bates

Re: That sounds like American politics...

That always strikes me as bizzare..that in a school full of TEACHERS, who, one would hope, all have at least average intelligence and a love of learning they cannot organise themselves to the point where they can take over the day-to-day maintenance of a handful of PCs.

Swapping out hardware is NOT rocket science. Re-imaging a HD is easy (assuming the Computer Guy ceated the image etc).

In this day and age even primary school teachers should be capable of doing the routine stuff.

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Square-kilometre radio telescope wins millions in UK funding

david bates

Joderall Bank, which is WHERE?

The people of Wilmslow and Knutsford - both MUCH closer to Manchester might have something to say about that.

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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

david bates

Re: I am considering moving away from Barclays

If he's wasting your time invoice him!

I invoiced NatWest when they continued chasing the man who owned my house seven years ago despite being told.

Amazingly, they paid....

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Apple RESURRECTS the iPhone 4: report

david bates

Re: Not one thing or another

Renault/Dacia?

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Smartphone running 'Facebook OS' said to debut this week

david bates

Yes it does...

I want to comment on a website quite often these days it'll want me to log into Facebook first...sometimes G+ is another option, but its often just Facebook.

Not gonna happen

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

david bates

Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

> The simple solution is for you to watch less television. Try reading.

If only that worked - I watch NO television on my own account, but one doesn't have to be exposed to much at someone elses house for example to catch him, or find him oozing on about something you need to buy.

I also habitually listen to Radio 4, which just makes matters worse.

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Drilling into 3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks' nightmare?

david bates

A part that was carefully designed enough to melt in presumably normal use? I'd take my chances with a 'probaby good enough' replacement, as the official part is demonstrably NOT good enough.

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

david bates

Re: For 41p a day, I say, keep the tax.

No, Ive not watched ITV recently. Or the BBC, come to that...

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david bates

Re: A tenner a month for...

And all I want is about 30% of ONE national radio station and probably less that 1 of the TV output, based on what I bother to track down.

And there is a LOT of advertising - just for BBC products and services.

Its a bargain Im not prepared to fall for.

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En Garde! Villagers FIGHT OFF FRENCH INVASION MENACE

david bates

Re: 35 Kms

I just had a look at the nearest road sign. Miles.

I suggest you have a look Gav...

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david bates

Re: small cells?

I got a roaming warning in Wales when my phone wanted to connect to Ireland. If I had been charged the carrier would have been told in no uncertain terms to do one, as I hadn't set foot off the mainland.

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Microsoft parts clouds over Bing Maps with massive sat pic upgrade

david bates

Re: Bing Maps?

Bing ALSO has the entire suite of Ordinance Survey maps...very useful.

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

david bates

Re: Not bad...

Its O2 software - its GOING to be horrible. Their couponny thing is something ridiculous like 3meg for something that only seems to check your location and then dial home to get local offers.

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

david bates

Would these be the SAME "sharp-elbow'd middle classes" we often hear derided on the BBC for "taking all the best schools"? despite the fact that without them these schools would probably get much less in the way of parental support and fund raising?

The hypocrisy in the BBC stuns me sometimes...

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

david bates

Re: The big question is of course;

THAT is a good point...and thinking about it why would they bother to run anything else on it?

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

david bates

Re: Personally I'd be quite happy with a one-use licence

That sounds dangerously like WORKS to me....

Are you really, really sure?

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