2355 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
Re: Femto cells??
Ah, the Vodafone Femto, their way of getting you to pay for a fancy box, plug it into the broadband you pay for, and then deduct minutes/bill you for the time you spend using the connection you have provided yourself.
Re: big battery
I do actually carry lead acid batteries for backup power, but they have wheels attached. I've added 5v supply USB sockets to both my car and motorcycle.
If you're planning on sticking lead acid in your pocket, may I suggest you go for slightly smaller 6v instead, it makes the regulation down to a useful 5v somewhat easier and less wasteful. Oh, and make sure you get a sealed one, not vented (unless you don't like your jacket, trousers, rucksack or skin).
As for life expectancy, standard lead acid, as used in a car/motorcycle, are designed to be continually topped up and don't like full charge/discharge cycles. For that you need a variation known as a leisure battery.
Re: Millions of homes
I know what you mean Nemo. Luckily since the Beeb I have continued my tinkering, so I'm planning to add interfaces to mines with the aid of an ATmega (or two) :-D
Re: Millions of homes
Nothing wrong with the games on the Beeb. Defender and Pac-man were authentic copies of the arcade versions. Elite was written for the Beeb originally.
Not to forget the huge expansion possibilities on the Beeb. RGB, composite or modulated video out, serial ports, parallel printer ports and 8 bit user I/O. I personally had great fun with those.
Re: All I had was a Z80 and a handful of switches
Bag of diodes and a torch battery?
Semi-conductors I suppose you posh git!
I had a valve (vacuum tube) diode and a potato with two dissimilar metal nails pushing into it.
So HTC were guilty of flooding the market with too many models in 2011...
So now they have flooded the 4th months of 2012 with three phones with identical names and only an illogical suffix to distinguish them... How very helpful...
Why couldn't they have at least called them the bronze, silver and gold so we could guess which was the cheapy and which was the monster?
Bloody 16:9 screens GRRRR!
I blame everything, well almost everything, on the perverse idea that laptops should have screens designed to play movies.
My trusty old laptop is a ThinkPad R52 with 1400x1050, yes, 4:3, and guess what, it's great. It might be old, slow, and the battery last approx 20 minutes, *but* it's not the size of an aircraft carrier flight deck so is easy to carry from one plug point to the next! I don't need battery life, I need portability. I would by a new replacement, but I don't want to have to purchase a wide load screen just to get a similar vertical resolution to what I've already got. So I'm contemplating a motherboard hack to install a sata SSD instead.
Even on a desktop machine I'm not sure about 16:9. I'm sitting typing this on a 27" 2560x1440, and I seem to have far more slack space on each side then I do top and bottom.
Biggest problem I had with powerline ethernet was the BT supplied infinity modem.
It came with such cheap nasty PSU that simply plugging it in caused my Zyxel powerline ethernet to lose sync and stop working.
I outed their PSU and used a better one.
Re: Actually you know you're really over the hill
Amusing, but you blew it a little there.
You're thinking of David Attenborough, the naturalist, not his older brother Richard, the actor and director.
In the UK we have another solution...
Not providing a password/access when demanded by the UK plod is a criminal offence in itself, so even if they can't get in they can prosecute you for that.
Re: iPhone users <> Apple fanbois
Real programmers (who by definition, don't eat quiche) should be down voting that.
Real programmers don't use any high level language.
Re: iPhone users <> Apple fanbois
Actually "<>" is used in far more places than just Pascal.
And *real* programmers would have to use the hex code for jump not equal specific to their chosen architecture.
What's that in UK creme eggs?
Re: Have they done the Math?
Maybe they're accounting for the fact that anyone laying under the Brooklyn bridge will be much taller and wider (and somewhat thinner) within a fraction of a second?
Re: Stupid comparison
Now check out the stiletto heel figures.
Has he read the U.S. constitution?
Probably not, then again from how some of your politicians and cops behave over there, neither have they!
How can they do this? It will make the screen look dull and boring in the shop, and let you actually see what you're doing when you're using the machine at home instead of looking at the reflection of your own shirt...
Apple choosing functionality over appearance... I guess Satan is good to go with his ice cream parlour plans now.
@Jake, was (Re: @Steve Evins (was: For the record ... ))
Say something against Apple, that usually works for me. IIRC I collected over 20 down votes on one post with this tactic.
Re: @Steve Evins (was: For the record ... )
I wish Ms Bee was still here too :'(
It wasn't really sexist, it was based on experimental data. No more sexist than saying men are taller than women, and women buy more shoes ;-)
We were all under 40, so maybe we need to larger sample. If someone would like to send us another big(ger) box....
Re: For the record ...
80% Jeeez. Are you a girl?
We had some chocolate samples in the office with varying levels of chocolate, and only the girls could eat above 75%, all us guys were happy to stick with the <40% "crap".
Re: Being more pedantic....
Is that a 12Fluid oz US or 12Fluid oz UK?
Yee Gods, please say they don't make the chocolate too.
First Hershey chocolate I tasted was also the last, it was vile.
Apple's lawyers are on the phone, they want a word with MS about the theft of their original Mac's colour palette.
Re: APRIL FOOL
Too true, best we go check that patent number, I wouldn't put anything past the US patent issuing morons!
Re: 28 what
VMax... Brrrrm Brrrrm!
You must have a neck like the QE2 mooring rope!
Re: 28 what
I'm a keen biker and I've seen 160mph+
Tell your mate to ditch the 65 kitted moped and get a real one! ;-)
Far from it, but having a registration they are traceable, and having insurance they can pay for the damage/injury they cause.
Re: Bar room lawyers assemble!
Given some of the "skill" exhibited, cyclists should be forced to have most of those already, including some kind of registration displayed across their backs.
Don't down vote me, I know you are all perfect users of the road, I'm talking about the others!
Re: I would have thought the simple answer is...
Or two seconds of tapping on the smartphone to create a new, empty profile.
Although I'm pretty sure my answer would be "Sure, you can look round my activities the day you hand me the keys to your house so I can do the same"
Re: Who's better, Who's best
Now I like Pertwee, and I like Baker - but which one is better?
There's only one way to fine out...
"The coil doesn't have to be hand-drawn, but it works better that way"
That is all.
Re: did you notice
Hmmm... I think we need El Reg units.
Now I don't think 44 degrees is too much for a minstrel to melt, but I imagine a creme egg would be toast, and toast would be err, bread.
I'm still got my N95... Unlocked and latest firmware, it's a great little backup phone. Nice big MicroSD in it and it's a perfect MP3 player and FM radio. I take it with me onto the mountain me when I go snowboarding and it's survived everything I've thrown at it - unlike several of my ribs and my arm!
Plus the battery lasts for days, not hours :-)
Speaks volumes that it took over a year to do that, and involved Nokia being assimilated by the Elop and murdering their own child.
Hey, Nokia, just think what you could have done if you'd cut down on the meetings and just got on with progressing the Symbian OS and supporting your customer base!
For the record I'm one of the Symbian losses and Android gains... but I jumped ship a few months before the Elop arrived, I had the N97 experience, which wasn't too bad, but the Nokia after sales "care" (read "couldn't give a shit attitude") made me go elsewhere for my phone after 10+ years of Nokias. So it doesn't matter what OS they put on the phone, I will remember being treated like shit for quite a while.
Re: Won't you think about the children???
Ahhh, a down vote...
So which one... French or Italian?
Won't you think about the children???
How can they think such things? Have they not seen the number of planes which fall from the sky on a daily basis because people leave their devices turned on?
I saw parts of a 747 scattered about a street only last night. Mr Cruise from down the road was looking at it.
Oh, hang on, that was War of the Worlds wasn't it.
So in summary, I'll be more worried about having a French crew or an Italian Captain. Then again, not many life boats to accidentally fall into on a plane.
Re: Better still...
Ah yes, you've not lived until you have had the Spanish taxi experience.
It's still etch in my mind, strange considering my eyes were closed most of the time!
9v into 5v reg? Not exactly efficient... Burning off 4 volts to start with, and a PP3 is both pricey and low capacity to start with.
Better to get 4xAAs and then use the 5v reg, you'll probably get a full charge from that.
Work out where you are staying before you leave home and preload your google map tiles onto your phone before you start roaming ya muppet!
"One bloke, who had waited for five hours from 3am for the doors to open, decided to hang around the shop for a while afterwards rather than race home with his new slab. He hadn't tried his iPad yet, adding: "No, no, first I'll go home, relax and then I'll take it out." "
What? You sat about in the cold since 3am, for what? To socialise with the staff? Can't you get any real friends of your own (don't answer that)? There are going to be people who arrived at 9am who are going to have used the thing before you!
The dictionary definition of sad has just got a new example.
Here, please take your coat.
"If the caldera erupts underwater, it could cause local tsunamis and affect boat traffic, including cruise ships"
Shhhhh! Keep your voice down... All those Italian captains jumping over the side could cause a Tsunami all on their own!
Re: Public IPs only?
"That's what I was thinking. If the firewall blocks RDP traffic and one needs a VPN to get access - surely the risk is low? If the network is so compromised as to allow this attack, then the compnay in question has much, much bigger problems."
So because the door is locked you feel safe to leave the family jewels on the kitchen table?
Don't forget that a fair amount of unauthorised access is performed from inside a company network.
Re: Password protect it and you don't get it back.
I actually had a fun evening of hunt the owner a few months ago. I found the phone on a pub seat where two girls had been sitting. Me and my friends enjoyed our beers expecting the girls to return any minute. They didn't, so I rang the last number the owner had called, hoping it was the person they were with that evening. It wasn't, it was a work mate. I explained what had happened and he tried to guess who the friend was from my description, and call them. No luck.
What followed was akin to a keystone cops chase with him suggesting every drinking establishment in the area where they could have gone, and us lot having a drink in pretty much all of them.
Eventually we gave up on the grounds of imminent liver failure, but agreed we had got to visit some very interesting and new establishments!
The next day I received a call from the owner, and arranged to return the phone later in the week when I was back in the area, in the mean time I offered to download all the contact details and send them over so she wouldn't be without numbers. She was a little surprised this was even possible, but gratefully accepted.
The phone was eventually returned, and I earned some more beer for my troubles :-)
..and I'm sure the rumour mill will start churning on that one within the week.
I've had a few minutes of play with 8 & Metro, and it's horrible.
The thought that I have been left with is that M$ seem to be committed to some crazy idea of a "unified user experience" across all devices, something which even Apple realise is a stupid thing to do.
Maybe M$ will use this as some anti iStuff advertising ammo, "You use our desktop like you use our tablet, or our mobile"...
The problem is a scratch and sniff touch interface is designed for big fat fingers prodding on a small screen. A desktop machine with a huge monitor and several hundred DPI optical mouse doesn't need 200x200 pixel squares to click, you can easily hit a 16x16, and use the rest of the screen real-estate for more information and other stuff.
Re: One born every minute
"Apple continue to be completely incompetent when it comes to introducing a new model."
Or (more accurately)
"Gutter press continue to be completely incompetent as Apple once again plays them like a virtuoso."
We've successfully blamed three issue on solar flare activity today, don't ruin it!
Re: no touch
Indeed. The mystical device is not a keyboard.
It is a board of keys.
Sorry, board of ikeys.
If I've read the bits of news correctly, this is what the Cyanogenmod team are trying to do with V9.
Why FSF feels the need to start yet another branch is beyond me, why can't they just help the CM team?
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great