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* Posts by Andy Mc

45 posts • joined 13 Mar 2008

French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

Andy Mc

Re: Should be employed..

Yep, my thoughts exactly. He's got a promising career ahead of him...

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Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

Andy Mc

"Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free"

Err, really....?

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

Andy Mc

Re: 2K intermediate

Indeed, but that's only because there's no consumer outlet for 4k except digital cinema right now so there's little point. Once there's a way to get that content to the home on onto people's shiny new 4k panels both the content and the post capability in 4k already exists. Hence the original comment about there being no 4k content not being entirely accurate.

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Andy Mc

Re: 2K intermediate

Actually you'll find that most cinema productions that are digitally recorded with any kind of a budget are being shot in 4k these days, and as for the holdouts still using film, decent quality 35mm stock has small enough grain to justify scanning at 4k or higher (16mm less so). Pretty much all of the post-production suites in Soho are equipped for 4k and higher resolutions and film can be rescanned at higher resolutions than it was for the original releases to good effect, if a decent quality master is used. There's a move towards 4k for TV production too - the cost of 4k kit is plumetting.

And I think you'll find it was 3D that was the recent way of selling new TVs to idiots.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

Andy Mc

But if solar is the answer, then surely the way to do that is centralised, large-scale, high-efficiency with distribution, allowing individual peaks and troughs in demand to be absorbed. If it charges within a day and you don't use it for 3 days then you've wasted 67% of the generation potential because you don't have the batteries to store the energy. (Perhaps you should go for a drive, just to justify it). If you're only using it for small distances then it seems unlikely it'll pay back vs. getting someone else to generate the energy efficiently for you.

I really can't see how this wins vs. a plug-in?

(oh and for the school run, the answer is walking)

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Andy Mc

21 miles from a full day's charging while having to put up with a fugly and pricey roof-full of PV and also having to build a car-sized lens in your garden? And this is progress how, exactly?

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

Andy Mc

Re: useless

Erm, the retail bit of RBS includes Natwest and Ulster banks. Which means they have a hell of a lot more customers in the rest of the UK than in Scotland who rely (relied?) on them to pay their bills. So take your anti-scottish tosh elsewhere.

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Dodgy 'iMessage for Android' app deep-sixed by Google

Andy Mc

Long click on the app in the app drawer, drag to Uninstall. Simples.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

Andy Mc

Sigint capability

What makes you think the Scots would need to be able to intercept undersea cables to monitor terrorists? Independence would allow a break from the Westminster-driven foreign policy that has caused so many nutters to see the UK as a target...

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

Andy Mc

Re: @Thomas 4 -- Does it actually matter?

The whole not knowing the encryption key thing doesn't help you if the security services believe otherwise... How can you prove you don't know it?

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Auntie touts e-babysitting ... and no £15,000 in-app purchase shocks

Andy Mc

146 MB?!?

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Is NASA planning to send LAVA LAMPS to Jupiter?

Andy Mc

Re: Wrong orientation?

Look again. The cage the lamp's in can pivot, so when it gets up to speed the lamp is (almost) horizontal and the primary forces run from the top of the lamp to the bottom. There is still a lateral component of 1g, but this force is 3 times greater so it's more like having the lamp at 30 degrees or thereabouts. Cool anyway :)

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Andy Mc

Re: Indentation

Except when you end up having to read code that someone's peppered with tabs on someone else's machine where they haven't bothered to set up a proper editor or they really like 8 characters per tab and anything over a few levels of hierarchy means that the code's disappeared off the edge of the screen, nothing lines up and it's impossible to follow. Fixed spacing using spaces works universally, unless you're a freak who uses variable-pitch fonts....

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You MERCILESS FIEND... you put that audio file on AUTOPLAY

Andy Mc

"Irrational it may be, but people love it when video plays and hate it when audio does"

Erm, no. Anything that moves gets Adblocked immediately... But your right, audio sucks harder.

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

Andy Mc
WTF?

Re: The kids won't use it??? WTF

Wow, that's impressive! You must be seriously undesirable to get refused a clubcard!

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Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

Andy Mc

Feckin' ada, is anyone really confused by metric vs. imperial? Really? Can't help but think we've got bigger problems to be considering than what unit I buy milk in (which is, anyway, always litres thanks to the laws passed more years ago than I care to remember, just not an integer number of litres). FFS just deal with it, leave it alone and go off and sort out the national debt or something...

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Best Buy slams brakes on UK stores amid spending freeze

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Re: I really like the local BestBuy!

You must be going into a different Best Buy in Southampton. All looked mightily overpriced to me, even compared to Currys/PC World down the road. And as for pushy staff, sorry, I got bored of being hassled and left. Presumably that's how you get your commission?

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Huge fat pipe squirts mighty streams

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Coat

But....

Uncompressed 1080p isn't 746Mbps. 1080p runs at 2.85Gbps... (e.g. 2640 x 1080 x 20b x 50Hz)

Mine's the one with the 3G-SDI to HDMI converter in the pocket.

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Cable vendor slapped for unproven claims

Andy Mc

@AC

No, you see I'd already made my point, which was that you're the only person who wants pages of pointless info to make crappy interfaces even less comprehensible :)

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Andy Mc

@AC

"I'm just aware of what "industry best practice" might be (as exemplified by $20 DSL modems with error counters as an architectural requirement)"

Erm, that'll be the wrong industry's best practice.

I suspect you'll find that the main reason for the quantity of low-level info presented by DSL modems relates to the amount of difficulty a very significant % of users have getting reliable high-speed connections. If you go out and ask your friends, assuming you have some, how many have link, latency, throughput or data loss problems with their broadband vs. their HDMI link from STB to TV, I think you'll understand why it would be a pointless exercise (and increase the cost to the end-user) to implement lots of low-level debug on every HDMI-equipped box.

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Andy Mc

I'm also an engineer.

If your kit's power supply isn't well enough designed to reject significant noise from the mains input then the chances are it's not going to have had much effort put into amp design either (or anything else for that matter) so buying a 1250 quid mains lead isn't going to make your day any better.

Similarly, if your 99p HDMI lead is causing dropouts (and any errors on audio or video will be hugely obvious), splash out on a 1.99 one with a little bit of copper between the connectors. That'll do. No, error correction is not a panacea. But if the 2b/10b, 4b/10b and 8b/10b coding on HDMI's not up to the job then you've either got a *really* badly made lead or some serious noise around. And lose the paranoia. No-one extracts error correction stats because the recovery is entirely automated and done at such a low level (i.e. not software) it would be annoying (not to mention pointless) to do. All anyone cares about is worky/no worky, not how hard the error correction's working.

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I was timeboxed in a holistic scrum

Andy Mc

Erm...

<cough> *AN* holistic scrum....

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Smart meters pose hacker kill-switch risk, warn boffins

Andy Mc

How many?

"The rollout of an estimated 47 million smart meters to each of the UK's 26 million homes"

I thought two meters in my house was plenty, and now I'm going to have 47 million installed? Dunno where they'll fit....

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Andy Mc

You're naive

Because it's either hooked up to the control servers via the power-lines (a connection to which is available in every house) or via a wireless network of some kind (which is therefore available everywhere). How exactly do you propose isolating this network?

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Logitech Squeezebox Touch Wi-Fi music streamer

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hmmm

looks like a mightily expensive alternative to the o2 joggler, which is running at 49 quid right now.

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Labour shock pledge: 16.8-meg broadband for ALL by 2012!

Andy Mc

Re: Lies

Hah, it's not just MPs' election promises that are lies. It's anything any politician utters, ever. Regardless of their chosen colour.

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French top MOT failure league

Andy Mc

Re: Incomplete data

Erm, reading fail. All the tests shown are from one year 2007. The years you're reading are the date of manufacture.....

And as for "Failed Brakes -67 VW Beetles and others", the numbers include advisories as well as fails. Again, try reading.

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Dadaist user manuals - a call for submissions

Andy Mc

and?

English may be one of the official languages in Singapore, but in my experience that doesn't mean it's anything like universally spoken.

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BT names 63 more exchanges for fibre upgrades

Andy Mc

Erm

Thanks, all you "I'm getting 20Mbps already" muppets. It's fine for you if you happen to live <1km from the exchange, but what about those of us 6km+? FTTC will give everyone good rates, not just the lucky few.

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Westfield opens kimono on EV Cup racer

Andy Mc
FAIL

design?

"Its bodywork was designed by Royal College of Art student Elliot Hawkins."

I might have to take issue with the word "designed" in there.....

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UK judges reject Lucas' appeal in Star Wars helmet case

Andy Mc

@AC 15:16

erm, it's Lucasfilm trying to impose US judgements here, not the US courts....

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Unused phone lines to be taxed for rural broadband

Andy Mc

@zedee

> BT: "That'll be £120 for fitting a new line please sir!"

They already do that trick. Tried it on me when I moved into the new place last month.

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E-car driven from Dover to Calais

Andy Mc

@Neil 21

31mph == 50kph

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Big Blue red-faced over Congestion charge crash

Andy Mc
WTF?

@AC 11:59

If it's so shit here, why don't you just jump on your plane instead of sitting around here whining like a little girl?

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Web firms seek Royal Mail rivals with GSOH for delivery fling

Andy Mc
FAIL

Useless

Sent some documents first-class a few weeks ago, in an area that wasn't blighted by their strikes. It took 7 days for them to travel 6 miles. And I've actually lost count of the number of letters and packages to/from me they've lost in the last 12 months. Not to mention the "we've taken your package back to the sorting office" cards that come through the door despite no-one ringing the doorbell.

They complain about poor pay rises. What about the rest of us? I didn't get one last time around, neither did anyone else in my office. News for them: if business isn't good, you won't be getting one.

Fsck them, I say. The strikes will kill the business and something better will spring up in its place (nothing could be worse), hopefully not staffed by the same useless, greedy, good-for-nothings that currently work there. Now if only I could find a way to not have to pay for their dole money.....

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It's US vs Europe as world e-car plug standard race nears end

Andy Mc

400v?

but UK 3-phase is 415v, so a 400v rated limit means it won't be possible to directly connect to a standard 3-phase supply. bonkers.... oh, but I s'pose we're meant to have 230v single-phase over here now, which would work - shame I've never seen it below 245v round these parts....

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Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat HD digital video recorder

Andy Mc
Go

@AC 11:53

Erm, you don't pay for Sky+ if you've got any subscription.

And a point for all those pointing out how much higher the bitrates on Freeview are: higher bitrate does not necessarily equate to higher quality. The encoder is far more important than your decoder....

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Vogue model sues Google over 'defamatory' blog

Andy Mc

sue?

Anyone can sue, doesn't mean there's any chance of winning...

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Bumpkin's Brum — Roving Reg blogger hits the road

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*sniff*

Takes me back to my brum days. You've got me all misty eyed now...

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Ford to drive green motoring with 'leaves and vines' dashboard

Andy Mc

@AC

Which side of the pond? "Mercury Milan" ought to be a slight clue for you....

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Kentucky judge OKs 141-site net casino land grab

Andy Mc

miraculous geo-location

Geolocation's very far from perfect. My (uk) office often pops up with Dutch or German IP geoloc. Besides, all you'd need is an out-of-state proxy to get around it.

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BBC vs ISPs: Bandwidth row escalates as Tiscali wades in

Andy Mc

Re: Who pays for TV transmitters?

"The BBC say they are not in the business of distribution yet I'm fairly certain that no-one has ever had to queue up outside Television Centre to collect their edition of the Nine O'Clock News. Using licence payer money to invest in their own content distribution network sounds like a good idea - no-one would mind if they used that money to upgrade broadcast antennae."

Erm, except the traditional broadcast model is totally different from a public internet based one. Sure, the TV distribution network is partially funded by the Beeb. But that would be because it was entirely established for TV broadcasting and it something that anyone else can send stuff over. And we pay them to do that for us.

The internet has been there for a goodly number of years, happily passing packets around, and last time I checked actually pay my ISP for *any* packets floating about that are addressed to me to be delivered to me. I don't recall any caveats suggesting that only certain packets were going to be delivered, depending on whether the person who sent them had also delivered a sack of cash to my ISP. They've been paid to do it already. Why should the Beeb be paying them for me to receive their data?

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Ericsson CMO says Wi-Fi hotspots' days are numbered

Andy Mc

Ericsson wins either way

Chaps, Ericsson make wired and mobile infrastructure kit, so it doesn't matter whether you use wifi or 3g - your data will still be going through their boxes...

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Red Green Ken v Porsche in battle of the polls

Andy Mc
Stop

Re: poor rich people

erm, you're not getting it are you? People with Mondeos, Passats and Beetles are going to be hit. These aren't exactly your typical rich city boy cars, are they?

And if it was to have the desired effect it should only be applied to new cars, so people can choose. Strangely we don't all change cars every year, and with the huge impact this'll have on 2nd hand values of these cars no-one will be able to afford to replace them with more economical newer ones, and even if they did most of the environmental damage comes from manufacture of the thing in the first place.....

Go Boris...

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Wider London c-charge mooted as road pricing bounces back

Andy Mc

@Wize

"Once you have gone screaming past the queue of cars, they will all have to wait that bit longer as there is now one more vehicle in front of them clogging up the next junction."

You'll find bikes fit into gaps better than cars, ergo less space than if we were sat there in a tintop. We're helping you really :)

"Also, when driving in the opposite direction to the queue, the cars have to slow down as some idiot on a motorbike drives up towards them on the wrong side of the road."

That's pretty rare IME - most bikers don't want to die either and since most drivers on the commute are asleep they tend to keep out of their way (or be ready to avoid you)

"And that's before I even mention the tw*ts who drive up the left side of stationary vehicles (like lorries and buses) making it a pig for anyone coming the other way trying to turn right into a junction"

If you're turning right across traffic, you need to actually open your eyes rather than just assuming nowt's coming. Sounds like your failing.

"And theres the ones on motorways. Slow moving traffic. About to change lanes. Mirror, signal, start to manuver when WOOOOOSH goes a bike from nowhere."

Hate to point it out, but being solid physical objects they don't come from nowhere. Open your damn eyes.

"Motorcycles can be a pest."

Drivers who spend their entire life asleep are even bigger pests.

As always, it basically comes down to jealousy that we can get where we're going while you're trapped. Instead of sitting there fuming, do what I did - join in.

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