* Posts by Steve Evans

2442 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear

Steve Evans

They already have... Have you tried accessing TPB recently?

Although in typical government fashion it's a harf-arsed solution, probably proposed by an IT consultant who's only qualification is he once wrote "Hello World" on the PC's at Dixons, and he went to School with "Dave"'s cousin.

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Woolwich beheading sparks call to REVIVE UK Snoopers' Charter

Steve Evans

Knew it...

Right from the moment the incident happened I was unhappy with the rapid "terrorist" labeling.

I thought Ms May will be out saying "We warned you" any moment now.

Resurrecting the snoopers charter would be pointless, they'd already snooped on at least one of the "men" involved and not deemed him a threat.

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

Steve Evans

And get yourself spray painted Orange.

On the bright side... The word on the high street is the owner of the sugar hut wishes to break his ties with the Orange vacuous ones, so with any luck TOWIE will be moving!

(Also very proud to be an Essex boy!)

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Stephen Hawking nixes Intel voice upgrade plan

Steve Evans

Re: I know that voice! @dgharmon

The hardware one was based on the tones of BBC News reader Kenneth Kendle.

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Currant Bun erects £2 paywall: Wraps digi-paper around free footie

Steve Evans

Re: "The Daily Telegraph introduced a subscription last month, with the first 20 articles free"

As staggering as the graudian's grammar and spell check?

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

Steve Evans

"This move is likely to be welcomed by eco-warriors, as there is less waste involved, and customers too, because they may be able to keep their phone's contents."

Given the sheer pain involved in doing a backup and restore of an iPhone (I've sat and watched with disbelief at how slow and painful it truly was when my Brother had to have his iphone4 replaced twice) this can only be good news.

I'll stick with my little green robot thanks all the same.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Space Oddity ends in Kazakhstan

Steve Evans

Given what passes for a celebrity these days, I can't argue with you!

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

Steve Evans

Matt Berry

Matt Berry is the voice of pretty much every jingle and promo on Absolute radio.

Never fails to make me smile.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

Steve Evans

Re: All very true, but..

"a device that throws a projectile" - Merriam-Webster

Like a catapult.

Or my arm?

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Review: Crucial M500 960GB SSD

Steve Evans

Re: I'll give it a pass

The only failures I've experienced on spinning platter drives in the past ten years have been of the total death variety. Usually the spin controller.

Result, zero data, completely screwed. Luckily, in all but one of these cases the drive was part of a RAID.

The one that wasn't was in a laptop which was being used at the time... Just went BSOD, and that was that.

So in that respect an SSD with it's degrading of cells and not centrally crucial, and mechanically based, function like the motor controller, is a far nicer way to find your drive is on the way out.

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

Steve Evans

Re: The real story here is that pump!

You mean like, erm, convection?

No idea what bore pipe you'd need to make that setup handle 95watts though.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

Steve Evans

Re: 1 MW Electric - What about the Batterys

"would not IC based one be better sharing the same fuel tank as the main rear drive."

Yup, but the autogyro has already been invented, so they couldn't get a patent on that.

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Steve Evans

Re: Aerodynamics

Indeed.... I can't look at that image without thinking where all the lift is coming from... Especially as it's designed to seat 4 Americans... That's gotta average about half a ton of passengers these days.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

Steve Evans

Re: Quickly! Check the state prosecutor's home!

Or a car... Aka a weapon of mass destruction in the supermarket car-park (well she is female!).

*ducks*

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Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

Steve Evans

Re: Err, I thought a coalition was in government, now Clegg says his lot are in charge

As in charge as they were when they stopped the tuition fees...

Oh.

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Apple fanbois' accidental bonking ruled too obvious by watchdog

Steve Evans

Re: Call me paranoid

I can only assume the US patent office charges less for rejecting a patent than accepting one.

So it's better business to just approve everything, and let the lawyers (who are probably from the same lodge) sort it out.

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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

Steve Evans

Re: 30th anniversary of every man and his dog releasing a Spectrum-basher

ARM, which started life as a project at Acorn, the manufacturers of the Atom, BBC Micro and Electron.

Acorn didn't die, it evolved by designing a chip they wanted instead of compromising on an existing processor.

And didn't it work out well!

Funny the think the low power consumption was actually an accident of design!

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

Steve Evans

"Disgo quotes 512MB of RAM but apparently this is shared with the Adreno 203 GPU, with the system info showing around 384MB left for the CPU."

There's your bottle neck. My old mobile has enough of a problem running Gingerbread with that amount of RAM, let alone Jellybean.

If they'd just been a bit less tight and spent a couple more $ to make it 1gig, and it might have been a contender.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

Steve Evans

Re: BBC Android developers are incompetent.

"You don't need a TV license for this...."

Are you sure about that.

IIRC when you start iPlayer for the first time it specifically reminds you that you need a TV licence.

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Steve Evans

@Captain Underpants..

Too right. Blaming the withdrawl of flash, when the iPhone never had it to begin with, is completely illogical.

I still think I'll stick to get_iplayer though... A nice uncluttered mp4 I can copy over from my home server (thanks BT infinity) and store/play indefinitely on my phone no matter what flavour I choose.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

Steve Evans

Re: .so

It's a pity the military forces don't go after the Somalian pirates with the same kind of drive the lawyers have for TPB. Which is a little absurd as last time I checked, TPB had never killed anyone.

(FYI, Somalian pirates have a habit of throwing all the AK47s over the side and claiming to be fishermen when intercepted).

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

Steve Evans

Spectrum and ZX81 sexy?

They looked exactly what they were... Cheap!

Maybe that's how you define sexy...

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Steve Evans

Power lead...

I thought it was a legal requirement to provide a UK plug on all goods sold in the UK intended to be connected to the mains.

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Merde! Dummkopf! Google Translate used as spam cloak

Steve Evans

Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

We did... But only for a minuet.

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Steve Evans

Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

Ha!

Pot calling the kettle drum black!

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Steve Evans

Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

Will you lot please remember to conduct yourself in a civilised manner.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Steve Evans

Ummm...

"Horace Dediu, who once worked for Nokia and now runs the Asymco consultancy, pointed out that long production cycles were normal in the industry."

And we all know how well that Oil-Tanker of an R&D operation did against the competition don't we... Even under Microsoft's control, sorry, I mean Elop's, HTC released Windows based phones before Nokia.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

Steve Evans

Re: Mid Air Collision?

I would suspect that the downdraft of a real helicopter would blow the over-sized toy out of the air... Unless the big chopper happened to fly *under* the toy chopper... Then that could get messy.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

Steve Evans

I made it as far as "For IT departments with staff that grew up with 9 to 5 working hours"...

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

Steve Evans

Re: I miss working @Adastral

It was probably a cheap Chinese (like their home router gear) lift, so made of this metal so you can free yourself with nothing more than a good kick when it inevitably breaks down twice a week.

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Steve Evans

I was wonedring that too...

"an engineering HQ that takes top-flight technology and works out how to deploy and operate it the real world."

So why are they shipping that cheap Chinese Home Hub with all the bugs?

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Freetard den isoHunt loses appeal against search ban

Steve Evans
Big Brother

Canadian website, US judges

Surely it is down to Canadian courts to make this kind of decision?

Or have the Canadians sold themselves down the river to an extent the British government can only dream about?

BTW, this isn't a pro freetard comment, just questioning the legal process.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

Steve Evans

"The model lamented the lack of big stick under local law for snapping people's privates."

In that case she might want to consider wearing some knickers.

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BT engineers - missed appointments

Steve Evans

@Goldmember - Re: I used to be with BT...

This goes back to the early days of opening the network... Anyone remember Mercury Communications?

Anyway, Mercury used to lease lines from BT on a massive scale. The problem for BT was that if they even looked like they were giving preference to their own faults, as opposed to ones on Mercury lines, all hell broke lose with the regulators. So when a Mercury line developed a fault it was all hands to the pumps.

I believe this is still the case today, if not worse as the local loop is now opened up.

I'm sure that if Sky/TalkTalk et al get the slightest feeling of second class treatment, they're straight to the big red phone and contacting the regulator.

The result is as a BT customer, your engineer is likely to be pulled off your job (before he arrives) and sent to deal with a Sky customer.

Oh, and yes, I had a no-show for my Infinity install. No call, nothing. Eventually phoned them as 5pm to be told "Oh, he couldn't make it today".

At least that's better than what I see in the offices where I work... Engineers installing lines and cutting off other offices down the hall. Engineers turning up to setup broadband before the line is even live at the exchange... For a communications company they really suck at communication, even internally!

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

Steve Evans

Amusing he picks MS as the way to do it... Aren't there a load of recent Nokia customers stuck on 7.5 because their reasonably new handsets won't run 8?

That sounds like fragmentation to me, which is impressive given then minor market share.

(And yes, I'm ignoring all the earlier mobile windows versions).

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

Steve Evans

@g e - Re: And can I pop in a vote

Wild boar and venison... Yum yum.

Dammit, now I'm hungry!

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iPhones, 'droids go to WAR: US soldiers invade TOP-SECRET cloud

Steve Evans

"Putting US soldiers in the cloud will give them an edge, added the report:"

Well it'll certainly make capturing some of those trickier portals in Ingress a little easier!

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Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

Steve Evans
Megaphone

Re: Puzzled

You may wish to read the whole article.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

Steve Evans

Kogan Agora 5.0

I suspect the Kogan Agora 5.0 would be frustrating to own. Only 512Meg of RAM is going to be a serious restriction.

My old handset used to have 512, and would get bogged down quite easily with Gingerbread. All the modern OS phones/tablets have 1gig+ for a reason.

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

Steve Evans

Re: Heh heh heh

Sounds like low expectations - unless it's on a very cold nudest beach.

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Steve Evans

Re: 4G scanning

*chortle*

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

Steve Evans

Don't panic!

We're covered, and full of bacteria. Most of it benign.

A bit of exposure is good for keeping the immune system in tip-top condition.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

Steve Evans

Oh nos!

I hope they left it in flight mode or, as every flight attendant will tell you, everything will explode!

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Blackberry Z10 sales fail to impress analysts

Steve Evans

@Mark - Re: Blame the Marketing Dept

Supply shortages played a part, but the big deal is the public exposure, or lack of it.

The mobile networks don't want to carry it because it's actually cheaper for people to buy it direct and be unlocked. If they start pushing it, people will compare prices, have a WTF moment, and then suddenly they've lost their 24 month locked in customer to a monthly contract.

The media (talking TV news here) make a huge song and dance about a new iphone coming out and even the BB gets a mention, but a price-busting device like the N4 doesn't get a mention.

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking round with the world's best kept secret in my pocket!

I've had one for a few weeks, and I've heard every "is that the new ........" you can think of, including BB, but not a single person has said Nexus (unless I've been holding it up with the huge "NEXUS" brand on the back visible, which results in a "What's a nexus?" question). Once told the price most jaws hit the floor. I really should get a commission for the number which have been sold off the back of people playing with mine.

Or maybe I should just hold a stock of them in boot of my car!

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Steve Evans

Hardly a shock.

Every BB owner/fan I know wants a real keyboard, and that version isn't going to be release until Q3. Unfortunately all they have released so far is an iphone/android-a-like with little app support.

Pity, as the BB does have some nice features, and a bit of competition is always good for progress (27,000 lawyers permitting).

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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

Steve Evans

Re: Give an automatic rifle

"Young men can join the air force and fly combat missions where they get to drop bombs on people while they're still considered too young to drink."

I think that has more to do with the oddly high (from the British point of view) drinking age in the US than an oddly low "you can drop bombs on people" age.

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Steve Evans

Re: Give an automatic rifle

Is the USA driving age still strangely low?

In which case this lad could drive several tons of steel at lethal speed, but not look at naked women.

I saw the first boobs of my adult life below that age and it hasn't caused me any ill effects

B( . Y . )bies!

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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

Steve Evans

Time to delete that account then...

During my few ventures onto Twitter it seems a strange place. People who think they have a service to provide you follow you. It seems back-to-front! One of my accounts says "photographer", I ended up with loads of Photoshop gurus and make-up artists following me, and that was without ever posting anything!

It's all a bit strange, and full of people with such a poor grasp of English that it makes my eyes bleed.

If it's about to degenerate further I think the "delete account" button will become very popular.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

Steve Evans

"In most cases that won't be an issue: the leakage from 4G into Freeview will be minimal, but where the viewer is receiving a weak Freeview signal, and using a cheap signal booster, then the effect of boosting both will knock out Freeview reception."

I can't help but wonder what the bleed-over effect will be the other way round. If you live in Crystal Palace, should you expect a 4G dead-spot due to the slightly enormous mast pushing out a subtle 200Kw on each of the 6 local freeview transponders frequencies.

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Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5

Steve Evans
Coat

Well...

Given the Chinese one child policy, maybe the country has just run out of cheap labour available for hire?

Mine's the flame proof one - try it!

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