* Posts by Geoff Campbell

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

Geoff Campbell
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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

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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

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

Geoff Campbell
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Re: I heard that already

Dude!

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

Geoff Campbell
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Where to put it?

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

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FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: IE10???

Chrome v40 appears to be safe.

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

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Holmes

Hundreds

Check on eBay. The Chinese are coming...

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Re: Headphone jack

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

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

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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?

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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.

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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
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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

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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.

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

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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.

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Re: Torrents are available

Interestingly, I've yet find a genuine torrent. Looks like the malware-mongers are having a field day with this one.

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Geoff Campbell
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Torrents are available

I for one will be downloading and reseeding as many as I can find, just for the hell of it. Probably won't watch it, mind you, it sounds like shite.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

Geoff Campbell
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Re: Wishing my week away!

Can we have a beer anyway?

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Re: As it is Friday

Man, are you in for a disappointment...

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: Only Connect

Dear gods, if the lovely Victoria Coren-Mitchell ever gets wind of that, you're a dead man.

Only Connect started on BBC4, which is an entirely different proposition and worth the licence fee all on its own.

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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Re: Your theory is crap

Well, obviously one adds a splash of water before drinking. I like my throat the way it is, you see.

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Re: Your theory is crap

Scotch is at least 40% alcohol, the good stuff closer to 60%. So a bottle only contains around 0.3 litres of water.

Now, like any good scientist, I'm off to re-test my findings. The 18 year old Jura, I think...

GJC

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Sea ice

This is sea ice, not land. So if it melts, there is no net change in sea level.

This does, however, seem to add weight to the idea that the extra sea ice is a result of ice flowing off of the land masses, and given that the land ice is several kilometres thick, the thickness of the sea ice is largely irrelevant in terms of net ice gain/loss.

GJC

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

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Re: Cars...

Motorcycles don't steer by leaning.

No, really, they don't. The experiment has been done:

http://www.superbikeschool.com/machinery/no-bs-machine.php

Not that I'd want to ride mine under autonomous control, anyway. Happy to get into an automated car, but I see no point at all for bikes.

GJC

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Apple slapped in YET ANOTHER patent battle

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Re: "The long-gone SkyNet"

SkyNet has been in continuous operation since 1969:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_(satellite)

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

Geoff Campbell
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In my two door, I had three more or less fully grown teenagers in the back, rocking out to Motorhead and Alter Bridge, and they all managed to walk out under their own power. The handling was more or less OK, too.

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Geoff Campbell
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Wonderful little cars

I had the original version for three years, and did 60,000 miles in it. I'd recommend going for the sequential gearbox option, and driving it like a four-wheeled motorbike, full throttle and maximum revs everywhere, at which point it becomes a real hoot, and still does 60mpg. Unexpectedly a very capable long-distance motorway car, too.

Yes, it looks and feels quite cheap, but nothing fell off in those three years, and somehow the utilitarian looks added to the charm, I'm not sure why.

GJC

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

Geoff Campbell
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Re: So can I stop by and spray-paint graffiti on your house?

Only if it's well designed.

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Don't forget The Eagle.

Used to do some stunningly good burgers with their own coleslaw in the '80s.

And the Shepherdess, the cafe on the corner by The Eagle, at the traffic lights? I had my own invention on their menu, a large whole-grain bap with four rashers of bacon, about half a pound of grated cheese, and as many mushrooms as they could cram in. Used to be my standard breakfast, after all-night coding sessions.

Happy, if not particularly well-paid, days.

GJC

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GIANT sunspot returns, bigger and belchier than ever before

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Re: We're all doomed!

*So* close to an upvote for being a student of the classics, but docked a mark for misquoting, I'm afraid.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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What the absolute Fuck?

Newspeak at its finest. Denying reality, redefining words to mean whatever they are required to mean for today's power-play.

Do fuck off, there's a dear. We're not buying it.

GJC

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

Geoff Campbell
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NFC Uses

I have some cheap NFC tags from eBay (about a fiver for twelve, if I remember correctly) which I have stuck around the place. So when I sit down at my desk, or in my car, or go to bed, or sit in front of the TV, I touch the phone to the NFC tag and it sets up a complete profile relevant to that location.

Would I miss it if it wasn't there? Probably not. Is it a good use of the technology? Very much so.

GJC

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

Geoff Campbell
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Linux

It's not about trusting the computer.

The computer needs to do a better job than the meatsack is doing currently. Which, given KSI figures on the roads, a ZX-81 programmed by a primary-school child could probably do.

GJC

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NASA finds ancient films that extend Arctic ice record by 15 years

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Re: Have an upvote for the common sense!

"Common sense" and maths in the same breath? Boy, are you in for a surprise...

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@Corinne

Well, I guess that about wraps it up for climate research. Thanks for opening our eyes to what a waste of time trying to understand the world around us is.

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Re: Old film reader?

Ah, but this had to be a *military spec* film scanner.

Which is like a home one, but 20 times the price, of course.

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Look, ma, FOUR HANDS! Microsoft bigs up pixeltastic TWO-USER mega-screen

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Re: "Most mainstream touch-technology, like that on an Apple or Windows tablet, is single touch."

Sure, I got that. That's not really a change in technology, though, it's just a minor change in the assumptions made by the software.

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"Most mainstream touch-technology, like that on an Apple or Windows tablet, is single touch."

You don't really mean that, do you? 'cos it's crap.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: time to seperate switching amplification and processing

I think a lot of TVs can achieve this already, having an optical output that can act as passthrough for whichever HDMI input is active at the time. I've not got around to trying this on my current TV, but the theory looks good, and if it works it'll simplify things enormously.

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Tesla to add charging network in China

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China United Network Communications

Ohhhh, *so* close!

GJC

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Russia: SEXY LIZARDS which landed FROM SPACE are all DEAD

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Re: Geckos! Frozen Geckos!

What flavour are they?

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Steelie Neelie: Enjoy your EXCLUSIVE UHF spectrum in 2020, mobile operators

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Re: Give it all to us ..

Well, yes, in the short term, you have a point.

But all the services you refer to are just data, is the bottom line. So in the long term, it's *way* more efficient to dedicate as much frequency space as possible to providing data services, and then sending the audio/visual stuff as data. One data connection can cover all the FM radio, TV channels, point-to-point voice, and other services that you want.

Sure, the transition needs handling carefully. But to hold up the whole thing because of some notion that a handful of 50-year-old TV sets must have suitable free-to-air transmissions is not a good reason to not do it.

GJC

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: Sanity

Mostly they do. Pretty much every cable I have has the "USB" marking on the top. This isn't perfect, there are some very few odd-ball PCs with the USB ports upside-down, and some PCs live on their sides, but it's a good enough rule of thumb to get the insertion right first time 98% of the time.

GJC

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Xen to practice art of motor vehicle embedded development

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Re: Oh crap

Nope, quite the opposite. Virtualisation simplifies and smoothes most installations. Do you have any actual real-world experience of it in action?

GJC

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

Geoff Campbell
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Re: "If your smart"

Oh, come on! It's like shooting fish in a barrel...

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Is it the year of Linux on the desktop again?

Already?

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

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Galaxy S3

My Galaxy S3 does wireless charging quite happily, with cheap off-the-shelf parts from eBay.

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Splendid!

That is all...

GJC

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: The heat is on?

The temperatures are going up. Anyone claiming they are not does not understand how to draw a trend on a graph, or, worse, is deliberately choosing to draw the trend onto a small subset of the graph to prove their point.

However, the increase has slowed somewhat, probably because more heat energy is going into the oceans, which are (as I understand it) warming faster than was expected. This is not a good thing.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/no-warming-in-16-years.htm

GJC

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Re: A Physicist and a Chemist

I'm not sure I care much for the implicit assumption that a person's skills and views begin and end with their degree, to be honest. Personally, I try and learn and develop throughout life, and even if I had gone to university, it would now be two and a half decades in my past.

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"So we can see..."

Erm, no, we can see no such thing, from the facts presented. You'll have to try harder than that.

GJC

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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Re: Heavy readers

That was my first thought, but then I factored in the audio books, which I consume at a prodigious rate whilst commuting. That might swing it, for me.

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