* Posts by Steve Evans

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Canon suspends EOS 5D Mk III shipments

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So...

Sounds like a light leak between the LCD backlight and the metering system inside the case. Nasty.

Not something you'd expect from a £3K camera... Then again, I'm a Nikon boy.

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Austrian village considers a F**king name change

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Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

Plenty of fun places in the UK.

Lady Hole (quite a few of those IIRC)

Cocking in Hampshire

Twatt in the Orkneys

If you're hungry there's always North Curry in Somerset, which is just round the corner from Fivehead wood - Oooh err!

Although one of my favourites is Booby Twin Road, which is in Andover, not far from Norway... So yes, it's in the states.

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RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

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Re: Ceefax nostalgia...

That wouldn't have been in Essex by any chance was it?

If so, then I remember that night well too. I was staggering home from a few too many with the guys (back in the days when the beer scooter still worked) and every police car in the country went flying past me. It was only the next day I found out why.

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BT's 'unbeatable' Infinity broadband ads banned by ASA

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Re: They should have used "Unbeatable*"

Thank you Robert, I got mod-hammered anyway.

Glad I'm not the only one who has read beyond the headline definitions in the dictionary:

rape noun

4. an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: e.g. the rape of the countryside.

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Re: They should have used "Unbeatable*"

I was just wondering why my post got the mod hammer... It's a common phrase round my way for maxing a connection big time.

Goddam political correct mine-field!

Jeeez.

Is blasphemy allowed?

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That's just the start of it.

As an infinity subscriber, those adverts really do annoy me. They continually wank on about how good the wireless coverage is. It's bollox. I'll admit my original type A Home Hub 3 had a very good signal, the only problem is that after a few hours of use it would suddenly stop routing IP packets via the wireless. The AP would still show, but anything sent via it would just vanish. Reboot required.

After a friend went to infinity and didn't wish to use his newer type B Home Hub 3 (he has a Fritzbox) he gave it to me... Hurrah, no more wireless lock ups, but the signal strength is noticeably worse. So much so that I've deployed my old ADSL vigor to act as an 802.11G access point and disabled the one of the Home Hub 3.

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JCB builds Android blower for brickies

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Gorilla glass?

I'm sure the ground in cement dust present in most builders fingers will be testing the scratch resistance of the glass a little more than originally intended.

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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Re: Say what you like about Zuckerberg...

I doubt Systrom is disappointed. $2 billion was probably his joke price, and when Zuck didn't immediately slam the phone down he must have though "hang on a second, there might be something in this... I'll go round for tea.

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Ten... smartphone survival accessories

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Nasty!

If that's a full charge in 5 minutes, you'll be lucky if you battery (or phone) survives for long.

If your phone has a 2000mAh battery, and it gets charged in 5 minutes, that means (in a perfect, 100% transfer world) the average current being pushed through the cable, power socket, circuit board tracks and battery is 40 amps!

A standard charger is between 0.5 and 1 amp, so I think it's safe to say 40 amps is way outside the normal operating range and the likelihood of something melting is quite high.

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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.

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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.

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Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up

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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

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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.

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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.

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HTC One X Android smartphone

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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?

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Laptop computers are crap

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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.

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Soup up your home network

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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.

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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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.

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Forensic snoops: It doesn't take a Genius to break into an iPhone

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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.

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iPhone fanbois enraged by Instagram's Android triumph

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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.

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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.

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Prehistoric monster snake crushed prey under 1.5 Brooklyn Bridges

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What's that in UK creme eggs?

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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?

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Re: Stupid comparison

Now check out the stiletto heel figures.

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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

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Re: infringement

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!

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Apple to take shine off glossy iMacs, say moles

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OMG!

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.

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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

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@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.

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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....

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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".

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Re: Being more pedantic....

Is that a 12Fluid oz US or 12Fluid oz UK?

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Yee Gods, please say they don't make the chocolate too.

First Hershey chocolate I tasted was also the last, it was vile.

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Coders' 'lives sucked out' by black-and-white Visual Studio 11

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Ring ring...

Apple's lawyers are on the phone, they want a word with MS about the theft of their original Mac's colour palette.

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Apple drops 'thermonuclear' patent bombshell

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Re: APRIL FOOL

Too true, best we go check that patent number, I wouldn't put anything past the US patent issuing morons!

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

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Re: 28 what

VMax... Brrrrm Brrrrm!

You must have a neck like the QE2 mooring rope!

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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! ;-)

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@Mike Brown

Far from it, but having a registration they are traceable, and having insurance they can pay for the damage/injury they cause.

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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!

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Republicans shoot down proposed ban on Facebook login boss-snoop

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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"

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Dr Who scores new companion from Emmerdale

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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...

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Nokia invents teeny throbbing tattoos to make your skin crawl

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"The coil doesn't have to be hand-drawn, but it works better that way"

Chortle.

That is all.

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Testicle-boiling new iPad ignites fanboi fury

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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.

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Symbian smacked by Windows Phone

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@Tim Walker...

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 :-)

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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.

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FAA mulls scrapping in-flight iPad, Kindle ban

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Re: Won't you think about the children???

Ahhh, a down vote...

So which one... French or Italian?

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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.

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

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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!

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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.

Better still...

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!

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Apple Store staff outnumber queues as new iPad goes on sale

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"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.

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Death Star SUCKS PLASMA FROM SUN in NASA riddle vid

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Re: Nope

Groan...

Here, please take your coat.

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