* Posts by Mark Wilson

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

Mark Wilson

The Eco Option?

So despite all this clever stuff, this small car still gets worse economy the my 2.2l large family hatchback and whilst I can't comment on this Audi, when I had a Prius as a loan car, the performance was so poor, you ended up flooring the thing everytime you wanted to accelerate even in an urban environment, unlike my car which I barely need to give any throttle to get me up to speed in a reasonable time that won't have a queue of frustrated drivers behind me sounding their horns.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Mark Wilson

Re: I'm pretty sure it won't cut your hand off

At best the sabre would have to be vertical to do any real damage to the user. Look at the size of the guards on some historical broadswords, whilst not sharp, you wouldn't want to be hitting yourself mid swing as it would destroy your chances of hitting the opponent with any degree of force, alonside that it would probably hurt.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

Mark Wilson

Methane?

This does seem to be blown out of all propotion at the moment, we have known about methane in space for ages and it is well documented, though some sources may be controversial. At this stage they have found undetermined organic compunds which could be fairly simple organic molecules, even if more complex molecules are found it doesn't give any more weight to panspermia as a source of life, mainly because all it says is that life didn't start here. One thing we can say with certainty is that scientifically our current knowledge of what has been found proves very little and that every science article must include a quote from the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

Mark Wilson

You know you are getting old when...

You know you are getting old when you read meth in the title and assume someone has been putting methylated spirits in toner cartridges, did think it a bit odd!

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

Mark Wilson

Douglas Adams

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

Mark Wilson

As used by web designers who can't be bothered to find out what is going on under the hood, they just want something that they can role out in seconds and don't really care about the lack of security.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Mark Wilson

Filter Best For Me

I have tried other ways to make coffee but it always comes back to the good old drip filter with paper filters.

When most people go to France they stock up on alcohol and cigarettes, I stock up on coffee! Much better range over there adn far better price.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

Mark Wilson

Snake Oil For Sale

Good stuff, none of my clients have died yet, and actually been used to fight infection* after use all clients recored 100%. Only £50/bottle.

*Test virus was nasopharyngitis

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

Mark Wilson

Is that it?

That would be useless for me, the range wouldn't even cover my daily commute, and with lights, wipers, etc.. I am not sure it would handle one direction.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

Mark Wilson

Why bother making things so thin?

Really what is the point making the tablets and phones so thin that they are so fragile? The user just ends up adding a case which adds bulk anyway.

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Microsoft ups OneDrive storage, slashes prices to match Google Drive

Mark Wilson

Re: humph

Hubic doesn't. Much cheaper to (10TB for €9.99).

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Mark Wilson

Poor Battery Life

I used it today and whilst it has some great new functionality, it seems to kill the battery, on my daily commute (1.5 hours) the battery life fell 25-30% oh and that was plugged in and "charging" with 1.5A.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

Mark Wilson

Re: Location controls

Rather like stock Android then! Just turn on Dev Tools and it is there.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

Mark Wilson

Like the look of TeamViewer.

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iOS motion control iRing here at last ... but it's NOT made by Apple

Mark Wilson

So now we can have an iTheramin!

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Confirmed: Apple gives nod to gobblement of Kinect-maker PrimeSense

Mark Wilson

R&D budget increased again

It looks very much like Apple have increased their R&D budget once more i.e. lets research companies that do what we want and develop ownership of said company.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

Mark Wilson

Reduce or increase

" The browser does its best to get out of the way with a few enhancements that reduce the amount of screen space occupied by its interface."

Yet they switch to rounded rectangles which are less space efficient than the existing ones. I am all for change for improvements sake but I do think this improvement will actually be more of a hindrance due to the fact I often have massive amounts of tabs open.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Mark Wilson

Similar Problems here

Had to print out a document urgently the other day, so sent it to the wireless Lexmark, a few minutes later a message pops up saying "Cannot communicate with printer", no worries, just restart the printer, it is a common problem with this printer. Hmm still no printout, reinstalled the drivers, still nothing, gave up eventually after exhausting all options. Two days later after changing nothing, the document decides to start printing! I know printers can be a bit of a dark art but this takes the biscuit.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Mark Wilson

The wait is nearly over

Give it a few weeks for the initial rush to go down and I will be retiring my iPhone 4.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Mark Wilson

E-On

I used to have a client who were with E-On and they would get reminders saying their bill was late just ten days after the meter was read threatening extra charges if the debt wasn't paid promptly. These companies don't like you paying when it suits you and would rather shift you on to direct debit so they make life as difficult as possible for those who pay by other methods.

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

Mark Wilson

best forgotten for music

And how many artists resisted the move to selling MP3s because the quality was rubbish yet had an entire back catalogue available on tape? Even as a teen I despised the dead sound that came from even the best tape decks. Sure you get "metal" tapes which offered far better sound quality but they were expensive.

The only good thing about them was they made home computing more accessible, though somewhat noisier.

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New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

Mark Wilson

Am I just cynical?

So he buys Apple stock at a low value, says they have a major product launch coming up, then others buy the shares, value goes up, he cashes in.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

Mark Wilson

£20 or £400

So all those people who still do not use smart phones and currently spend <£100 on a phone will all suddenly decide that a £400 handset is for them, somewhat unlikely. Especially as we see Apple's growth slowing already and Android still rising.

Maybe these people will continue to use the dumb phones they are happy with.

When I eventually upgrade my iPhone 4, I won't be sticking with iOS I don't think unless Apple suddenly comes up with something genuinely brilliant which is something they haven't done recently.

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Ofcom anoints broadcaster: Local TV is nearly here

Mark Wilson

How can I watch it?

When we brought our new house, we knew we would get Satelite TV so we didn't bother fitting an aerial and I still see no point in doing so. How many others will go the same route I wonder and as existing aerials get blown down in storms, will they really get replaced? I know I could get freeview through one but for the one or two channels I can't get on freesat, it barely seems worthwhile.

So the potential audience for these channels is going to get smaller and smaller as less people have the capability to receive their broadcasts. Especially if the quality of their output is anything like I experienced when living in Oxford which for years had a local tv channel which I never watched.

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

Mark Wilson

Who'd have guessed

So guys pretending to be women online will wear skimpy clothing because lets face it that is who these people are.

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Mark Wilson

Still using a 701

I have two of the original 701s and one of them is still in use as a fileserver on my home network. Most of the time it just sits there consuming very little power allowing the other machines in the house to drag files off the bank of external drives. It does an admiral job too.

Yes there are better options available but these cost nothing as a school I used to do work for gave me them along with a BBC Master which was about to be scrapped.

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

Mark Wilson

No surprise there

After trying Orange a while back and getting dreadful service, both technical and from customer support, we ended up getting released from our contract after about three months. The view I got was that the call centre in Asia really did not care about the customer.

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

Mark Wilson

Not bad but hard to see why

I have been using it for a while now and bits are quite nice and I would have no issues buying it if I needed another copy of Office. I don't however need another copy and I really struggle to see a big reason to upgrade, I guess most people are in the same boat regarding this and many will ask 'why?'

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

Mark Wilson

Wow a British goverment willing to stand up to their US counterparts. I hope we see future governments follow in their footsteps.

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World+Dog hails 50th birthday of the LED

Mark Wilson

So that is who is responsible

For my lounge being bathed in light 24 hours a day, even with the lights off. Awesome invention.

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Copper-obsessed BT means UK misses out on ultrafast fibre gold

Mark Wilson

False Economy

This is going to hurt OpenReach in a few years when people begin to realise that fttc is a dead end technology and for a reasonable sized family is only really just good enough for today's usage. As bandwidth requirements appear to increase massively OR will be forced to scrap all of those nice new cabs and install fibre to the home.

Even more ridiculous is that new estates are being built with no fibre provision whatsoever and because most of these are on the edge of towns, the ADSL speeds are very poor. Ours included. Took a massive effort for OR to admit that when they surveyed the area for fibre there was just a farm there.

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Campaigners roll out political-correctness Voight-Kampff CAPTCHAs

Mark Wilson

How about "Alexander Lukashenko has changed the Belorussian constitution so that he can be president for life" - another question but less clear cut. Whilst hitting gays with sticks sticks is fairly clearly wrong, other questions are not so.

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FAIL

thought police

so if you disagree with their views, no fail the test and cannot get access to whichever site you want. A system that promotes tolerance through intolerance, fantastic just what we need.

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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

Mark Wilson

bad for America

Surely this is bad for the entire US economy, if companies are not allowed to restrict resales of things produced in the US but they are for things from outside, that is just an incentive to produce more outside the US than already happens.

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HMRC: Moving our data to the cloud will make it MORE secure

Mark Wilson

It Probably Will

Given the governments track record in securing data, giving it to a third party probably will make it more secure. Especially if that third party refuses to give the government access to the data.

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'Replace crypto-couple Alice and Bob with Sita and Rama'

Mark Wilson
FAIL

Why?

If it ain't broke don't fix it.

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Populous

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Wasted Time

Oh how many hours did I waste playing this on my old Zenith Supersport 286e, which I still have kicking around somewhere. Probably second only to Bards Tale.

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Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

Mark Wilson

Bing?

There is a free alternative. Microsoft's Bing contains their maps, maybe not the best but far better than the stock one from Apple and most things are in the right place.

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iOS 6 maps can't find Sydney Apple Store

Mark Wilson
Joke

So Apple really has lost its way since the death of Steve!

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Lessons you remember

These are lessons those guys will remember, not the sat in a classroom going through dreary powerpoints or sat doing calculations. The lessons I remember from school are things like this. Magnesium + iodine, burning through an asbestos mat into the school long jump pit was one I really remember. Barely remember any of my computing lessons though even though that is my field.

Oh and I suspect this was a lesson given to school kids not university students, in order to encourage them to go to university.

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

Mark Wilson

Our road is in the right place

Surprisingly our road is in the right place. Shame the road which leads to it isn't there at all :( Fortunately Bing provides the correct info .

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

Mark Wilson

20 hours

I gave up when it told me that it would take 20 hours to download. Not in any major hurry to upgrade anyway.

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Apple iOS 6 review

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Re: What an ugly outdated GUI !

Totally agree, the fact they are just dumb icons too, why? I have an iPhone 4 and after trying my wife's Nokia with Windows Phone 7.5, I really feel like my phone is second best despite being 3-4 times the price.

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iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

Mark Wilson

Just more reasons

to get rid of Apple next time I get a new phone (soon). When I brought in the iPhone was the best (just) now they are just milking the popularity. Innovation has dried up and the competition are racing ahead.

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iPhone 5 to boost US GDP says JP Morgan

Mark Wilson

and it will sell

Lets face it, the iPhone 5 upgrade will be boring, we pretty much know that, a slightly bigger screen and ... well that is about it. As were the the 4 & 4S. And before the fanbois start, I am not a fandroid, I own an iPhone.

Face it though, handsets from other makers are far more exciting, including the new Nokias and they offer more features.

Despite that the iPhone 5 will sell like hot cakes because they are seen as being cool and the media hype tells consumers who don't know any better that the iPhones are the best. Which a couple of years ago they probably were.

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

Mark Wilson

Bye bye iPhone.

My wife has been using the 710 for a while and it is great, been looking forward to this coming out so I can get rid of that dated iPhone and its Jurassic user interface.

Message to Apple the world has moved on whilst you were so busy worrying about suing the competition.

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Apple confirms 'surprise' September 12 event

Mark Wilson
Trollface

Nobody wants 7" tablets?

Really? Both the Kindle Fire & Nexus 7 appear to have pretty good sales figures.

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iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

Mark Wilson

Re: Confused

I know one, he even agreed that WinPho was superior to iOS yet is waiting for iP5 because it is Apple. A fool and his money.

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

Mark Wilson

Re: I might be wrong, but....

Totally agree about the user interface being dated and restrictive. Apple are clearly struggling to develop new features for it (Siri was brought, not Apple's idea).

My wife just brought a Nokia Lumia 710 which cost about a third of the price and whilst Windows Phone is far from mature, it clearly shows that there is room for it to be a far better OS than iOS, which bugs me cause I have an Iphone 4.

Apple are clearly scared because they see iOS becoming another WP6*, the OS nobody loves then loosing their "cool" and let's face it without the iPhone/iPad nobody will be buying Apple products.

Or did I dream about having a smart phone before the iPhone came along, I guess I must have done because Apple invented it.

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