* Posts by Geoff Campbell

1339 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008

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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

Geoff Campbell

Re: Been done

It's also pretty easy to buy a cheap Qi pad on eBay, rip the guts out, and use them to convert pretty much anything you want. I've had one glued to the underside of the phone tray in my car since early last year, works really well.

GJC

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

Geoff Campbell
Mushroom

WTF?

Who the hell is down-voting all these posts? Whoever you are, you are a real dickwad.

(And yes, I'm pretty sure I know what is about to happen...)

GJC

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

Geoff Campbell
Pirate

Re: If you're an IT Contractor

That one surprised me. I was under the impression that a lot of the "Consultancy-as-hidden-bung" recirculation of money happened through small service companies set up on exactly the same model as IT contractors use. Unusual for the Exchequer to tax its friends like that.

GJC

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Re Questionable thinking

Nah, that's trivially easy to program for. If the "visibility" to the forward sides is restricted due to undergrowth, walls, whatever, then don't bunch up. On motorways, go for it.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Terminator

Re: questionable thinking

There's a steady stream of taxis along the M4 from Heathrow into London, to give just one example.

Your two second separation is mostly reaction time. Without the meatbag, there is no reaction time, it's pretty much instantaneous. Add intelligent signalling between vehicles, and the reaction time can be negative, with cars further back slowing before they are required to. There's no reason why such intelligent cars couldn't drive a few inches apart, ignoring of course the rather boring requirement to maintain the sanity of the passengers.

GJC

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Geoff Campbell
Facepalm

Re: 2017: The year of Linux on the desktop

What, again?

GJC

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Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

Geoff Campbell
Mushroom

I think it might be time to suggest this again.

So, anyone up for Jar-Jar Binks: The Musical?

Anyone? Guys?

GJC

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Microsoft to HIKE Azure prices as exchange rates shift

Geoff Campbell
Facepalm

Ouch

That's going to screw a few budgets.

GJC

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Kobo keeps you free

Calibre works fine with Kindles, too, including a plug-in to strip off DRM from purchased books. My Paperwhite has never been connected to a network.

GJC

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Will rising CO2 damage the world's oceans? NOT SO MUCH – new boffinry

Geoff Campbell

Re: So one piece will be fine...

Mmmmmm, seafood!

GJC

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Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...

Geoff Campbell

Re: @Geoff Campbell ISO

You're welcome.

You didn't make that particularly clear, I have to say.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Devil

Re: The down-vote of the Beast!

Whoever that was just bumped my down-vote count to a nice round 666. Splendid!

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

ISO

Also, as if on cue:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/03/another_day_another_windows_10_build_10162/

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Go

In-place upgrades

Generally, I would agree with you. However, I ran the upgrade to Windows 10 beta release a couple of months back just for the hell of it, and my system has worked perfectly since. I would have to say, cautiously, that I think Microsoft have done a really good job this time.

GJC

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

Geoff Campbell

Re: Why the [sic] in the second paragraph?

Splendid pedantry, indeed!

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Why the [sic] in the second paragraph?

Fulfil only has two Ls, not three.

GJC

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

Geoff Campbell
Happy

Re: Old is new

Ah, down-voted for posting a statement of the bleeding obvious. I love this place :-)

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
FAIL

Re: Old is new

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I do feel it's rather important to point out that Windows 10 has not yet shipped.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Stop

Re. This sort of disingenuity is why a lot of us don't trust Microsoft.

OK, I'll bite.

Why would anyone trust Microsoft, or any other corporate entity? Which corporations do you consider more trustworthy than Microsoft?

GJC

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

Geoff Campbell
Linux

No, I don't think so

I just bought a Galaxy S6 for £430. I don't see that all the compromises in this phone justify a price tag only £50 less than that.

GJC

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

Geoff Campbell

Re: Sauce for the goose, etc.

A good point. All I can tell you is that I didn't catch anything nasty that time.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Pirate

Sauce for the goose, etc.

Although it seems that the Swift business machine is being a bit hypocritical in this:

https://junction10.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/those-in-glass-houses-shouldnt-throw-stones/#more-339

GJC

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Weir's book is well researched and compelling entertainment

Whereas I found the writing spot on in invoking the personal journal of a jobbing engineer. He wouldn't be writing perfect degree-level prose, would he?

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Re: Optimism?

I've not seen that one, sounds good. I'll hunt down a copy.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Alert

Optimism?

I think the thing that made the book for me was that he was, in fact, a complete realist. The book opens with him accepting that he is royally, utterly, and terminally fucked, and is probably going to die sooner rather than later. And then just getting on with it and seeing what he can do to delay that point.

I have to say that I am dubious about the film. Hollywood(tm) has a long and dishonourable history of taking this sort of "Joe Average doing their best to survive" book and completely missing the point, making the central character out to be some sort of superhuman hero.

However, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and go and see it anyway, because it could be bloody excellent :-)

GJC

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

Geoff Campbell
Facepalm

Re: MediaPortal

Well, I tried it, and it is perhaps slightly better thought out than most other FOSS offerings I've tried. But the UI is still full of nasty little gotchas that make it unusable on a family media centre PC, and the setup routine is frankly horrible - separate channels scans for each of four identical tuners? Seriously?

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Re: MediaPortal

That's not one I remember trying, no - I'll add it to the list, thanks.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Re: tribe

ODFO, there's a good chap. I've tried a bunch of alternatives on both Windows and Linux, and for my requirements, WMC is far superior.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Re: Plex

Thanks, it's on my list. Not as nice for the family as WMC, though - fine as a media player, bit crunchy as a DVR, from what I recall.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Re: Would many people notice Media Center [sic] vanishing?

I bloody will, I've been using it for years. It's quick and easy to navigate, the family can manage it, and it works well as a PVR/DVR/whateverwe'recallingthemthesedays.

I have dabbled with a whole bunch of other alternatives, and none of them come close in usability terms. A lot of the supposed competition don't support tuners at all.

Mind you, perhaps it's time I ditched the tuners and stopped paying the licence fee, anyway.

GJC

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Geoff Campbell
Terminator

Me too

I use them regularly, and have never experienced any significant problems.

GJC

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

Geoff Campbell
Holmes

Re: God might have dumbed it down into a metaphor

Alternatively, and much, much more simply, perhaps this whole "God" thing is a crock of shit, cooked up by some early politicians in order to control the population? That's certainly my interpretation, on the rare occasions when I bother to think about it at all.

GJC

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Unmasking hidden Tor service users is too easy, say infosec bods

Geoff Campbell
Black Helicopters

Anonymous network developed by the US government compromised.

Um, anyone surprised by this? Anyone?

GJC

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Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on Class A drugs

Geoff Campbell

Re: Android M will also include much finer user controls as to what apps can access

CynogenMod for your S3, as others have said.

More recent Samsung devices are kept up to date pretty well, I've got an S5 and a Tab S here which are both running Lollipop from official Samsung OTA upgrades.

GJC

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

Geoff Campbell

Yup.

I reckon it is. Although bizarrely, your's is one of the few I have remembered, having met you once in about 1991. Funny ol' game.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Re: Memory for names

Funny you should say that, my very first thought on reading this article was "Don't *ever* get a gig in the MoD".

Not only is the rank thing a real problem, but the whole organisation works on nicknames, with different social groups using different nicknames for the same person, and everyone in the whole world-wide setup knowing each and every one of these nicknames. Within a week I was a gibbering wreck, hiding under the desk whenever anyone came into the office.

Which, actually, worked out pretty well. Who knew?

GJC

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

"objectively gorgeous"

That's an oxymoron. "Gorgeous" is always subjective.

Personally, I don't like the way it looks in photos, but I will reserve judgement until I've seen one in the flesh, as it were.

However, it's a matter of purely academic interest. I can see why some people would find smartwatches useful, but for me, I don't want anything that they do.

GJC

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

Geoff Campbell
Happy

Re: Blimey

Austin Princess 2.2.

A car I once "drove" back from the pub as a sort of tag-team setup hung out of the passenger window operating the throttle via a piece of string, after the throttle cable melted due to the absence of an earth strap.

Happy, happy days.

GJC

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

Geoff Campbell
Facepalm

Anyone else see the problem with this picture?

http://www.zerocensorship.com/bbs/uncensored/103035-australian-woman-karen-davis-flashes-google-street-view-camera-becomes-famous#axzz3WNcAbPak

GJC

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

Geoff Campbell
Go

Re: I heard that already

Dude!

GJC

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Where to put it?

Somewhere close to the equator, would seem like a good bet...

GJC

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

Geoff Campbell
Black Helicopters

Re: IE10???

Chrome v40 appears to be safe.

GJC

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Geoff Campbell
Holmes

Hundreds

Check on eBay. The Chinese are coming...

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: Headphone jack

Headphone jack? What is this, the '90s?

GJC

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Geoff Campbell
FAIL

Re: Second-hand cars

Yes, I do. Do you have any idea how much hassle is involved in running second-hand cars when one does 30-40,000 miles per year?

GJC

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Geoff Campbell
Thumb Up

Re: Prius

Yes, I know, I have one - 4 years and 100,000 miles on the clock, and still drives like new, uses no oil between (cheap) services, and has been excellent value for money.

I replaced it recently with an Auris hybrid, which has been equally good, and my wife has taken over the Prius. She says any suggestion of trading it in or otherwise removing it from her will be a divorcing offence.

GJC

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Geoff Campbell

Hmmmm.

I wonder what the overall lifespan of the vehicle is? Nice thing about electric cars is the lack of moving parts, so in theory their practical life should be measured in millions rather than hundreds of thousands of miles.

Which means that one of these could, potentially, go for four times as long as a £25,000 family hatchback like the Mondeo or the Prius.

Which might make it feasible even at a hundred grand, if financed right.

Hmmmm <wanders off, cogitating mildly>

GJC

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

Geoff Campbell
Go

Re: Great vid...

Wireless charging, here. Qi wireless charging pads are about £6 each, so I have one in any location I'm likely to be spending any significant time, including the guts of one stuck to the underside of the mobile phone tray in my car.

So, whenever I put my phone down for any length of time, it's charging. I can't remember the last time that battery life was an issue for me.

GJC

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

Geoff Campbell
Boffin

Re: I wonder

Because it's just been released.

Oh, and also because it's a marketing press release, and so is almost certainly not as good as it sounds, but that's a different discussion.

GJC

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Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

Geoff Campbell
Go

Why?

Just to make a point that thugs and threats cannot win the day. It's a little thing, but if we all did little things from time to time, perhaps the world would be a better place.

I am not in any way claiming that this action will make the world a better place, mind you. Just a bit of passing whimsy on my part.

GJC

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