* Posts by Steve Evans

2410 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: "People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"

A mixed hybrid language, made up of every language spoken in Euroland...

Hmmm...

Oh hang on... That's pretty much the definition of English!

Superb (As they say in France, although in this case they probably wouldn't).

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Why does the UK pander dangerous drivers?

Because sometimes the posted speed limits are totally inappropriate.

There's a road near me (an A road) which used to be a 60mph zone... It's now a 40mph with a 30mph in the middle where there are some houses. I don't object to the 30mph with the houses, that's sensible.

They also added pedestrian refuges in the middle too, which narrows the road.

I have driven it almost daily for over 20 years. The accident rate has increased. Why? Because now when you are stuck behind a tractor (or granny, or Mr/Mrs 35mph everywhere, or more usually the local idiot on his horse and no helmet - Yes, there is someone that stupid), you can't pass easily. The road used to be wide enough for 3 abreast (it's almost straight), now thanks to the pedestrian refuges, it's not, so you either have to be very quick, or time it so you go right over to the far side of the road, the wrong side of the traffic islands.

Oh, but at least the pedestrians are safe... Yes, hundreds of them... All crossing the road... I've never seen a single one... BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY A PAVEMENT ON ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!! (The other side is just a grass verge and fields).

I can't help but think a councilor has a house down there...

That is why people ignore speed limits... Because often they just don't make any sense... A bit like the "fog" warning signs on motorways when you can see several miles, and have barely even seen mist in months.

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Ah the joys of "letter of the law" enforcement...

It seems to be the solution to everything... The fact that someone driving past a school at 3am in the dry doing 35mph is far less dangerous to anyone and everyone than someone driving past the same school at 29mph in pouring rain at school kick-out time (yes, I know, the chances of being able to do anything more than 5mph getting past all the parked 4x4 is slim at best!).

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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Re: Do the BT plans allow tethering?

Given it's a limited data allowance, common sense would say "why would they care how it is used"...

...Except we all know common sense has gone out of the window when it comes to data tethering.

With any luck they'll rely on the SIM "tethering not allowed" flag, which is just a quick hack to bypass on a rooted Android.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: A few at fault here

2) I've seen plenty of small businesses supplied with the terrible Home Hub 3 (even worse, the type A).

TBH, the VOIP fraud attempt volume is quite staggering. I've recently been playing about with Asterisk, and wanted to test by connecting to it externally, it was flooded with attempted call attempts (lucky that I'm not so new in telephony that I had unrestricted outbound permitted!).

It truly was a staggering volume... It didn't gradually ramp it, it was just there! attempts to dial 9nnnnnnn, 00nnnnnn etc etc... As I said, I didn't have any outbound routing configured, so they didn't go anywhere... But I did decide to have some fun with them by sending back 60 seconds of recorded ring tone... (I know, probably did nothing, but if it held up one if their spider threads for 30 seconds, it's a start!).

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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Re: No SIP app required on modern Android hand sets

Which is why I specified the "standard" google dialler. OEMs have a terrible habit of leaving bits out with their (usually pointless) reskin. I've been a Nexus boy since HTC stuffed me and left me on gingerbread. Never regretted it.

It's the same with the camera apps, very few of them add anything over the standard Android one these days, but quite often skip a few things.

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No SIP app required on modern Android hand sets

The standard google Dialler can handle SIP perfectly since at least Kitkat. I've got multiple SIP accounts configured.

It takes some finding though...

Open the dialler, Settings (...), Calls, Calling accounts, Internet calling (SIP) accounts.

Here you can opt to have it log in continually and be a true two way (inbound and outbound), which can be a bit heavy on the battery, or just outbound, which will allow you to at least call someone back from your SIP number and appear to be in the office.

You'll want to set the "call with" option in calling accounts to "ask first" to do this.

As for call quality, I'm not sure why the OP says it's substandard... Maybe in the early years it was, but I've been using SIP as a primary business provider for years, and the only issues experienced have been from a LAN switch fault. The more modern codecs far exceed the audio bandwidth of the traditional phone network, so a SIP to SIP where all parties support that codec is going to sound far better.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Home Hub 3

Until BT stop supplying the known faulty Home Hub (especially the HH3 early, type A, variety), they will continue to get bad publicity.

I personally had a type A which would periodically just stop routing wifi (this at a time when the TV advert said they had the best wifi coverage), initially I added an external AP, and eventually binned the whole thing.

My brother had a type A which simply stopped processing DNS requests.

And a friend has one which seems to have a NAT table capacity of about 4 devices, whenever another device connects, it has a fit, everyone loses internet connection, and eventually it comes back (for a while at least).

In fact I can't think of a single person using a HH3 who hasn't had a problem!

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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Re: Google Apps

And why does the facebook app have permission for, well pretty much everything?!

So much so, that since I got Lollipop (and lost Xprivacy) I've only used m.facebook.com to interact with the crowd, I won't have their app anywhere near my phone without a leash!

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Teaming up for Barclays to promote tech...

Too funny... All the Barclays apps refuse point blank to run on rooted Android devices... So whatever you do, don't become too techie and want to fiddle with your devices.

They seem to spend a huge amount of time and effort to detecting rooted devices, every time a way to hide the fact is discovered, it's quickly squashed by the next release of ping-it et al.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Even worse, the one country (Germany) is issuing a DMCA (US law) which may not even apply to the website they are sending it to!

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Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

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Rented to Apple...

That rather gives away what great manipulators of the media Apple are...

If they *really* wanted to do it in secret, they would have got an Employee's mother to rent it privately... Or maybe just go buy one?!

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Re: Why induction charging?

Did anyone see any mention of battery size/runtime on that page?

To me that was the glaringly missing detail. Along with the weight of course!

Looks interesting, but I can't help wondering how that HDMI cable is going to stay connected, I didn't see any additional locking mechanism on it.

Could be interesting at the right price, but then again, I could probably build my own... Base of an old mouse for the optical, Odroid-C1 for motherboard (Quad core ARM, LiPo built in), wifi USB dongle and I'd just need to sort out the wireless charging coil on the base and the ability to operate as a mouse to a 2nd system (probably just software) and the job's done.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Let them lead by example...

Once I see HM gov and all it's tendrils stop using encryption, I will follow.

(The taxi laptops are not enough proof, sorry)

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Re: Good on them for releasing information about the vulnerability

@A/C that's a bit of an unfair comparison given many of the Androids out there aren't running under google's control of updates... They've already released fixes to bugs in Lollipop, which hasn't been released for 90 days yet, so yes it sounds fair.

If the likes of LG, Samsung, HTC etc, decide to "fork" Android and add their own bits, and control when their users get updates, that's not Google's fault! Cyanogen manage to roll Google's updates into their builds and get them released pretty quick, so why do the huge corporations find it so challenging?

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Re: Good on them for releasing information about the vulnerability

@H4rm0ny, I'm sure they shared the proof of concept code with MS on the day they filled the report.

The 90 day deadline is to get MS to pull their finger out and fix it... Otherwise you know the paper shufflers would push other shiny things in front of it in the queue.

Having stated a 90 day period, they have to stick to it, or the whole "threat" loses credibility, and any sense of urgency is removed from the next one.

Would they hold it back a bit if MS asked, who knows. Maybe.

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Tesla parades sleek model body and fab batt at Roadster fans

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Do you think they'd mind me burning 100 miles of range running a pair of 15" speakers linked to the throttle position, so it can sound like a dragster instead of a milk float?

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Now I know the roadster was based on the Lotus chassis, but that photo looks like the new body has been pinched from Norfolk too!

It's an Exige with the engine cooling scoops smoothed over!

(Which isn't exactly a bad thing).

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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Was anyone here involved in the tube equipment room cock up?

The one that involved in it being flooded with quick drying concrete earlier this year?

That's gotta be a good story (involving pneumatic drills no doubt!).

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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a-ha!

I knew something wasn't right when the verge posted a pro Google article!

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: You guys getting old and NEED BIGGER TYPE?

Oh thank god it wasn't just me... My first reaction was to check I didn't have a zoom of 150% set!

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Re: ARGGGGGGGGGGGH!

Ooooh, that's a point... I might be able to fix it (on the desktop at least) with some abuse in tampermonkey.

BTW, what's the android mobile app like? Has it got any better? Last time I tried it it didn't last an hour before the bin summoned.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: f it's a true clone, it'll start shipping in July at the earliest

"And supply will be severely restricted due to unanticipated excessive demand. The opportunity will be taken by someone selling a clone of the old BBC micro to push a few units."

Why would I need a clone? The original one still works!

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Re: calendar check....

If it's a true clone, it'll start shipping in July at the earliest.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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So based on the %age of time spent talking about particular features, a train wreck = I don't like what they did to the email client.

Thank god you didn't notice the change in colour scheme!

I'm running Lollipop on a Nexus 7 2013 and a Nexus 4. Email handled by the gmail, and K9 (for those accounts I just haven't bothered merging), battery life is great on both devices. Couple of niggles, but so minor I won't bother switching back to the nandroid coy of KitKat. I'll give it 8/10.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Re: Physics.

By the time they've fitted in the size of weights required to perform this tumble, the phone is going to be twice the thickness and weight it was before.

Ironically removing the issues of tight clearance and miniscule crumple-zone which causes a drop to generate serious damage in the first place.

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

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Re: Oh gawd...

If it's one of their hubs, it's probably worth changing, there were some serious security issues with their earlier models.

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Oh gawd...

You actually got them to admit they had a problem?

Well done.

Last time I had to look into a TT issue, they blamed the inability of the customers router to log onto their network on the router... The fact that it had been working fine, and nobody had changed anything for years wasn't the point. The router was customer supplied, so that must be it.

Even explaining I'd tried two routers, both of which has negotiated a good speed with the exchange, but had failed the log on (which occurs afterwards), the problem couldn't possibly be their end... Oh no, it'll be both the routers I used, or maybe BT will have to come out to check the line...

Yes, they were still blaming the physical line, or router, or anyone by themselves.

Took 3 days of calling before we got to someone who realised they weren't talking to a complete idiot. Even then it took over 24 hours for it to magically start working, and they never placed the follow up call to let me know either.

Nobody should ever use a TT email account, you're not going to want to stay with them for a second longer than necessary.

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: How Widespread?

Odd... i7 Win 8.1 laptop with Nvidia 12gig, Chrome fine.

i7 Win 7 desktop with ATI 16gig, Chrome fine

Recent firefox on both, diabolical JS performance.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: Teledildonics

If it was inspired by Elop, then it'll shaft you from behind when you claim you least expected it, whilst the entire world has been sitting back predicting the impending impalement for several months.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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@Roj Blake

Hit the nail on the head there Roj.

Few know what iMessage is. Fewer know what it does, and even fewer know how it could affect them.

TBH, I really don't know what Apple were trying to do. Hijacking an industry standard such as SMS. Worse still having the remote contact remember you as an iMessage user, and default to that route for all future communications, with no apparent "I've not had you pick up an iMessages for a couple of days, I'll drop back to SMS and tell all your contacts" fail back on the server - Although even a couple of days would be pretty unacceptable.

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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Re: But... Why?

I hope she turned him down for being stupid and wasteful... All he had to do was buy 99 *boxes*...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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iDont care

Nothing worth announcing on the product front, so just make an announcement about your sexuality?

News worthy? No.

News (i.e. something which wasn't already known)? No.

iYawn.

iGo to make a cup of tea.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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"What's more, it is claimed, both versions will have expandable memory"

That I seriously doubt...

Which really knocks the credibility of the whole piece.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Do they not read the news?

My apologies Crisp. How could I have forgotten those!

I love that I've picked up 2 down votes for my comment... Either we've got a couple of humourless commentards on here (not unheard of) or the RIAA/MPAA have their reputation protecting drones in our Reg!

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Do they not read the news?

Do they not know that copyright theft is the greatest threat to humanity?

It causes global warming *and* ebola.

(At least that's what it says in the RIAA/MPAA literature)

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Oh please, lets have a good majority...

I don't care which way it goes really (might be erring towards Yes, not that I have a vote), but it needs to be a good turn out, and at least 70% in one direction, or we'll have never ending whining from the losing side and the risk of a Quebec style "Neverendum".

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: I know where there's one you can buy

Can't help being reminded of Topgear's VW advert...

Clarkson at his least political correct... :-D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKTXK8YiCzk

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Not that tight on RAM

I think you're mixing up RAM and online storage.

RAM is what the OS uses to "think". Storage is like your hard drive. It's where things are installed or stored. SD card is your "hard drive"

1GB is a wonderful thing to see... For ages we've seen budget phones shipping with JB or KK and 512MB, which is impossibly low for those OSs to operate effectively.

1GB will actually give the OS a chance without it having to resort to terminating everything else just to open Facebook!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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70s?

He should try Dave... Then he'd be stuck in the naughties :D

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

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Re: Just wondering

Any original recording by Will-I-am before the autotune has been applied.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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Re: A four minute mile is necessary?

I think if I was carrying a pack plus an 11Kg jet accessory along a road, I wouldn't be thinking "Wow, I can do a 4 minute mile now", I'd be thinking "Where's the bloody APC, this shit is heavy".

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

"I've never connected my iPhone to iTunes. That hasn't been necessary for a long time now. You should maybe check your facts before you hit the Reply button."

I assume you're talking about moving data/photos about via "The Cloud" or WiFi... There is something a bit different about being able to connect a phone via a USB cable to a PC and have it appear as a drive... Now what could that be.... Oh yes, you transfer files much much much faster!

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Religion...

Wow, and here I was thinking it was just the users which treated Apple as some kind of religion.

Now we find it goes higher... Cook has a shrine!

I wonder if they have any rituals on St Job's birthday?

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Hardkernel nixes RPi clone project

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Ah, the anonymous downvote with no comment... So helpful...

Do you disagree that it's a nice little board?

Do you disagree that it doesn't compete with the RPi?

Do you disagree that (even if they had nothing to do with it) the simple existence of undenied rumours reflects badly on the raspberry pi foundation?

I guess we'll never know.

Thank you for your contribution, whatever it was.

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Well I've been playing with mine for a few days, and it's very good indeed.

It's a pity it's shipped with a standard Raspian install on the MicroSD card as that means the little TFT screen isn't enabled by default and you have to download and compile a new kernel.

Initially I failed to cross compile it on my desktop, so did it natively on the Odroid-W... I left it over night!

I've now got the cross compile working on my PC, so it's only a few minutes if I have to do it again. :-D

Anyway, I'm very impressed with it. The battery life seems good, it lasted the half hour drive to work (the only real test it's had).

It really is such a pity if this little machine is going to be stopped by politics. I find the posts on the RaspberryPi forum incredibly short sighted... This is what open source and open design is all about!

The RPi uses Linux, which is open source, without it they'd have to write their own OS.

It really isn't going to steal RPi customers anyway... The basic $30 Odroid-W board only has one USB and no ethernet. So it's not going to compete as a cheap desktop machine.

By the time you've added on the RTC battery, the "UPS" battery and the TFT base board, you're looking at over $70. Who's going to pay that instead of a Pi? Only those that want a really compact unit. Who are now scuppered...

I've got half a dozen Pi's kicking about here, but now a potential solution to a specific project has been killed off, I think I might start looking at some of the other (more powerful) Odroid boards and migrating my code across away from the Pi platform.

So maybe the Odroid-W really has impacted potential RPi sales, at least to me.

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Re: Well Doh!

Don't take it to heart, there are lots of people on here who seem to down vote for very random reasons, not that they ever have the nerve, or ability to explain themselves.

I'll give you a +1 to bring you back into balance.

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Typical...

Talk about buying a redundant technology... Mine's due for delivery some time today! lol!

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: nokia carriers...

I doubt a Nexus 4 or 5 would interest these knuckle draggers.

Lets face it, they're the same kind of zombie who would queue up for 3 days before a launch... They just don't have the money.

They'll still be heading for the shiny shiny.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: New browser names:

Maybe they should just adopt the name many of us have called it for years...

Exploder.

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