* Posts by Steve Evans

2390 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

UK CB radio crowd celebrates three decades of legality

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Actually, the radio control bands were the Alpha channels, gaps in the US 40 channel range.

Some rigs could get to them, but it wasn't a standard feature.

Although you were still at risk if the rig was close, badly aligned (over modulating), or was running some boots with poor filtering bleeding over into your allotted gap.

Having said all that, IIRC, wasn't 27Mhz usually for ground based RC vehicles with RC aircraft usually found on higher frequencies?

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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

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@ThomH

The N8 may indeed be a fine phone, and for those that have bought them, I hope it is, but it was too late to retain me as a customer.

Come to think of it, after the N97, I don't think anything would have retained me as a customer. The whole experience just revealed what can only be described as utter contempt for the end user. Abandoning support for a phone with outstanding bugs that many users are still paying for on excessively long contracts is just disgusting.

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@Chris 211

I would agree right up the the N95. Although it eventually turned out to be a reliable phone, the initial few issues of firmware were buggy as hell, and the GPS was best not even used unless you had 5 minutes to stand still for it to lock.

That should have been a warning that things were heading the wrong way... But it took me to buy an N97 to realise Nokia had been caught with their pants down, raped and left traumatised and shaking when they should have been designing (and supporting) new phones. A phone that was released at least 12 months before it was ready, and abandoned before I'd got halfway through the 24 month contract I'd stupidly signed into. Prompting me to outright buy a replacement phone, just so I didn't need to use the N97 any more. The N97 ended its days with a Hegazy firmware on it, which is a little better, but it still suffers from serious hardware issues - GPS again for starters. It's now used simless as my MP3 player, thanks to its 32gig of storage MicroSD and Nokia headphones with the built in remote buttons.

Symbian was/is a fine mobile OS. Very lightweight and seriously battery friendly. It could have been a contender, but not when it was managed and owned by a company that had all the manoeuvrability of an oil tanker.

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Inside WD's flooded Thai factory

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LOL. Not often a shopper buying from PC World has a chance to be smug when confronted with a seasoned online shopper.

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DEGAUSS?

Blimee granddad, you need to get a new computer TV.

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Well...

If this was a tsunami you could have said...

A working Sea-gate would have protected the WD factory.

But it wasn't

So you can't.

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Porsche finds top gear with BlackBerry design

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Odd....

I thought a "Porsche Design" would just be exactly the same shape as last years, but with a very minor tweak.

Repeat for 60 years.

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A rapid first hands-on: Nokia’s Windows phones

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So who's running the book on how long it is before the 710 has its boot broken and Android installed?

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Nokia's Brave New World is (almost) Finn-free

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eh?

What's the deal with these numeric numbering schemes? They've only got two phones and it's already meaningless!

Old Nokia did attempt some kind of logic to its naming scheme, although hid it well, but 710 and 800, what on earth do these relate to?

if you're going to use numbers, at least make them refer to something... BMW, Merc and Ferrari manage it. A phone doesn't have cylinders, but it does have cores and RAM.

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Hmmm...

Sounds like the norm for the US patent office.

Given the wording, if you just used the text "LOCKED" you could be okay. The patent specifically says image. Then the lawyers could have a lovely argument about the difference between images and text :-)

Having recently seen an ios 5 device, I can't help but notice it now has a top status bar which is revealed by pulling down the screen... Which rather reminds me of a non-ios device I have in my pocket. Now I could be wrong, this could be something ios has had for year, but it is certainly the first time I have seen it.

One thing that does amuse me, it appears it took 7 people to invent that... LOL!

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Gulf of California terrorized by ONE-EYED MUTANT SHARK!

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Well there's the down-vote from the tea party representative.

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That's evolution for you...

Mixing of the genes and random corruption throws up all kinds of weird and wonderful twists. The good twists survive. The daft ones such as a single eye providing no depth perception and reduced peripheral vision will get munch for dinner by something they didn't see coming.

It does look like a human glass eye stuck on the front of a small shark though!

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Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty

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Unfortunately...

Samsung have obviously been copying Apple, there's no removable storage, so as a UK user you'd only have 16gig for your apps and those 1080p video recordings.

Muppets.

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My Council Services

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Gritting...

I wonder if there is a way of requesting gritting, or will my road, and the 3 others I have to take before I reach a gritted bus route, turn into a wreck-strewn ice-rink for a month - as usual.

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Cassandra database now ready for mere mortals

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Twitter?

Hardly the best endorsement given the number of "broken bird" pages that service displays!

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Michael Dell declines to eat his Apple (humble) pie

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@Goat Jam

Hindsight is 20-20.

In 1997 I don't think anyone could have predicted what Jobs could and would do with Apple, and I doubt anyone else would have managed it. It was "his baby" after all. He was a rather unique driving force, and we'll have to see what happens now he's gone.

In the parallel universe where 1997 saw the end of Apple, I don't think anyone will be casting any blame for not sticking with it. Jobs pulled off a 1000:1 shot.

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Apple 'prepping smaller iPad'

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re: Riiiiiiiight

Well actually they are. They are still making the 3GS, that's your cut down budget iphone.

So unless they have some new "super" feature for the ipad 3 they have a problem. How can you sell an ipad1/2 as a budget option if there's bugger all difference to the ipad 3? Also the margins might not let them slash the price of the budget option enough to get in and mix it up with the Android tablets. Hence they might need a real budget model.

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re: Corrections..

I thought the mini ipad had already been release, it was called the iphone and they managed to squeeze wifi and 3G into it (well after a couple of goes anyway!).

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Odd...

I assume the iphone4/4s box does include sandpaper then?

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Re: Cost

Yup, quite a few... The only parts which presently impose a size limit (and a premium if you were to go smaller) are the battery capacity and the users fingers. Everything else is miles away from any kind of super small size premium level.

Screens are actually easier to make smaller, just try and find a large OLED for example! So the screen will be cheaper. A smaller screen will use less power, which is handy as the battery (as always) is really going to be the compromising component.

I doubt they could keep the current margins, and might have to cut it a bit, but that's always the way with a product range. Top end products have the margin. That's how Nokia managed to fail, they dominate the low end, and lost the top.

At the end of the day, a mini-pad would be firmly aimed at those that might go Android, to tempt them into the collective and convert them.

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iPhone 4S: Our *hit list

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90%

We really don't need to comment here do we... You at El Reg can argue if it's a 90% gift of the gods, or a slight update with beta software released a bit too early (rather reminds me of a once great Finnish company).

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Team Philippines solar car in self-combustion drama

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Errr...

You seem to be staying in Dexter Morgan's kill room!

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Apple iPhone 4S

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This website is a strange one... You publish a "Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S" and then review the 4S and give it 90%.

If you keep bouncing across the fence like that you're gonna get splinters!

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iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

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I wonder...

I wonder if Apple would like to use my new advertising tag line, it is available for a reasonable fee...

The #insert_tablet_name_here#, an essential tool for those with poor motor skills.

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Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

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If it's that bad then it probably impacts the voice phone line. Try reporting that and tell them you get crackles, pops etc on the line when it rains. They tend to respond to problems with voice lines with a little more professionalism.

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Leo DiCaprio slated to play Turing in biopic

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Don't forget...

I hope they remember to include Hitler's master code inventor, Abdul.

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Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much

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Siri

Go on, have a laugh, tell it to call you and ambulance.

No prizes for guessing what happens ;-)

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OccupySF BOFH runs protest network on pedal power

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@A/C 09:47 GMT

If you continually charged from one battery of the pair, then sure, it would upset things, but they have multiple phones requiring charge, so allow hookup to both sides of the centre tap and things will even out.

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You're copping the down-votes a bit there, but I think I know what you're trying to say (beyond the humour).

The truth is they probably are middle-class, the lower class can't be squeezed anymore, and now the middle-class are feeling it and they don't like it.

Odd that if they are so energy starved they are using such large machines. Surely an Atom based netbook would be a far better idea.

Also no sign of solar, which is very odd given the off-the-shelf availability of solar phone chargers.

Last, but no least, if you have a 12v charger, and need 5 volts for phones, the easy route is to connect the 12v to a pair of 6v lead acid batteries as used in some UPS's, motorbikes and alarm systems, then you can use the centre tap between the batteries and have two 6volt sources, far easier to work with.

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Sixth of Britain's cellphones have traces of poo on them

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Why pick on phone, good daily-fail headline grabber I supposed, but they should check a few more surfaces.

I think you'd be hard pressed to exit a pub toilet without getting something on your hands from the taps, door handle etc etc etc... Then stand on the bus/tube on the way home and grab something to steady yourself... Oh dear...

So as always, wash your hands before sticking them in your mouth or cooking.

Oh, but don't go completely anal about it, exposure to things does help the immune system, it's one of the theories why there are more allergies these days, kids just don't get out into the garden and eating worms like they used to - they don't get past the door way before an over protective parent dives on them with an anti-bac spray.

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BlackBerry stumbles to feet, full of apologies

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Haha...

Bet RIM won't believe HM gov next time they say inserting that message surveillance system will be seamless.

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iOS update woes prompt gnashing of teeth for Apple fans

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Early day adopter.

Such is the pain of the early day adopter.

Given the track record of dodgy upgrades from Apple (and pretty much everyone else!), you wouldn't catch me jumping in on the first day (or two) with a device which I couldn't afford to be without when it bricks.

Hell, I've only just moved onto Windows 7, still have my XP virtualised in virtualbox though, no vista :-)

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@Goat Jam

There are some humourless twats on here.

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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No idea...

No idea who should play Jobs, but if this is a Hollywood piece, whoever plays Bill Gates will be English.

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Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings

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Yup...

Just change the user agent and tada...

Funny it actively refuses to rate an iOS user agent, whilst others just leave you with a lot of coloured boxes on the screen and no text.

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BlackBerry BBM, email offline AGAIN

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@TeeCee

I take it you're not on facebook then?

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Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

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Wireless kiddo.

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That'll be the expert judges trying to be hip and choosing the one with "dub-step" in the title.

I rather liked Ozzbozz's progressive Nokia.

TheGreatMarvelous's entry was never going to get off the bottom rung once the expert judges got into the act, you would have thought that after appointing Elop they must have a sense of humour, but obviously not.

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Android apps now playable on Windows PCs

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Not bad...

Took a couple of goes to get it to install (Win7 64bit), but worked eventually.

Bad news is that you can't get to their "app store" without using facebook as your sign in, something I'm not willing to do.

NTS: Create dumpable facebook profile.

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Wall Street protest app Vibe is secure enough, cries dev

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Hmmmm

Curiosity got the better of me...

So I thought I'd try it... (Android flavour).

Default shows 10 miles range, yet I'm seeing messages from 125000 miles (yes, I know, that sounds a bit wrong on a planet that's only 25000 miles round). Tried moving the range down to two miles, and it force closed on me...

Tried it again, same result.

I've only seen two or three FCs this year, and this app has doubled it!

Uninstalled. Possibly a record for shortest existence on my phone.

No wonder he just puts the apk up on his site, if he put that kind of buggy code up on the market where there is feedback he would be flamed until he was charcoal.

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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

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RE: You fail at Internet... FOREVER

"Do you know the last time i took the site extension into account? Never."

Really? Your online shopping experience must be a whole world of wonder (literally). When will it arrive? *Will* it arrive? And how much did I pay for postage!!?

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WTF is... HbbTV?

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Even weirder if you only did one of those lines... :-)

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AT&T asks Apple to signal iPhone 4S is a 4G phone

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Don't worry...

Apple have a long and consistent record when it comes to customising phones for carriers. Their reply will look like this icon (but with a different digit raised).

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London 2012 Olympics: 17000 athletes, 11000 computers

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@Piro

Does sound a bit scary doesn't it, but on the bright side I think even an Acer machine can manage to work for 17 days... It's usually at about the 12-18 month point that the power supplies pack up.

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HTC Android handsets spew private data to ANY app

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Ah yes, of course... Silly me ;-)

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

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RIP

Never bought one of your products, and from what I hear you were a complete sod to work for, but I appreciate the rocket you put up the backside of your various competitors.

RIP and condolences to your family and friends.

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What's not in the iPhone 4S ... and why

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That is because the US also has GSM networks. You just wouldn't have been able to roam onto CDMA networks. If your carrier only had a roaming agreement with a US CDMA network you would have been in trouble.

Rather like the situation in the UK back in the last decade when O2/Vodafone were on GSM 900 and Orange/T-mobile (121 at the time I believe) used GSM 1800. For a few years you could buy single band phones which would only work on one or the other. Eventually dual band GSM became the norm and you could use your handset on any of the networks.

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Remember the presentation was PR by sales people. I seriously doubt the claims of "AI" will stand up to any real world standard definition.

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iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

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I didn't shoot you down - I don't remember actually seeing your comment!

I wouldn't be so sure that the lack of anything "wondrous" was a problem with real world delivery of the 5 as much as the real world problem of nobody with any sense (yes I know this usually excludes Apple shoppers) would want to go spend iPhone 5 kinds of money on a new phone right now!

If they can keep moving the smoke and mirrors about and convincing their loyal shoppers that the 4S is the one everyone has to beat and take their wedge of cash from them, then why not. The fact there have been better phones than the iPhone option for several years doesn't seem to matter when you're facing with the Apple PR machine.

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The iPhone 4S in depth: More than just a vestigial 'S'

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Re: Siri

I was wondering if it was on online or offline feature, and suspecting the former. As you observed, that little bit of info was rather hard to find, so again I was suspecting the former. Apple would make a huge song and dance about it (or an even huger song and dance) if it was offline, because those pesky droid phones already have a similar online feature.

And yes, it's a gimmick which is amusing for a while, but in reality not used.

Such cloud based features are all well an good when you're in your home country (although somewhat limited by the "unlimited" data carriers provide), but as soon as you leave the country, something us Europeans have a nasty habit of doing, mobile data roaming becomes something you only do if you really really have to. i.e. you've just severed a limb (because the roaming charges will cost you another one!).

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