* Posts by Chris Evans

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

Chris Evans

Ahhhh. a 'BBC apology'

On Newswatch (A 'Points of View' type program specifically for BBC news coverage). They often have Editors or Producers on, who normally defend their actions with excuses, 'we are right' and trite comments, occasionally they give a 'BBC Apology' which like the Shapps letter are so mealy mouthed to be worse than useless to my mind.

I find Newswatch now so infuriating I can't watch it.

It reminds me of the big company customer service department standard response of "We are sorry you felt..." which is no apology at all.

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BBC veterans require skilled hands to massage their innards

Chris Evans

Re: Sorry too busy!

Sorry if I breached netiquette. I don't think I've promoted my business here before.

I thought being so obscure it might be of interest!

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Chris Evans

Sorry too busy!

I wish them well but sadly can't help.

I think we (cjemicros.co.uk) are probably the last business repairing BBC's etc commercially, unfortunately we aren't near TNMOC and have our hands more than full at present.

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Chris Evans

Which companies offices?

"Champagne in certain offices tonight"

I thought the Russians were the alternative.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

Chris Evans

Re: Massive coincidence & How

Well I looked at the top item on the bbc list and then put into google "Heiress killer Richard Holtby" and up popped the bbc page and various other sites with the story.

So either the right to be forgotten isn't working or I'm missing something!

I also tried replacing Richard Holtby in the search with everyone else mentioned in the story on the BBC page and numerous pages came up. e.g. "P**r Bol**n Heiress killed" (I've put stars in just for this posting)

Also how do the BBC know which pages google omits from searches?

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Firefox preps processor revamp under Project Electrolysis

Chris Evans

Memory usage going up?

I hope this doesn't result in yet more memory being used, Chrome seems to grab one or tow 50MB process per tab. FF lets me have hundreds of tabs that only grab significant memory per tab if clicked on.

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Raspberry Pi guys want you to go topless in the heat

Chris Evans

Correction: two and a half year-long plastic hassle

The first words in the official announcement are: "Two and a half years ago"

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

Chris Evans

Thanks El Reg

I expect Vodafone announced this by: "displaying it at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard."

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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

Chris Evans

"power consumption is said to be ESSENTIALLY ZERO in standby mode"

Very interesting but what does essentially mean in this context?

Zero as in FLASH or just very very low?

Having to have a power source no matter how low power would limit its use surely?

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

Chris Evans

Who makes the engine?

On reading the article my first thought was Who makes the engine?

A. Europrop International a consortium "Europe's four leading engine manufacturers: Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), MTU Aero Engines, Rolls-Royce and Snecma Moteurs, the four partners of EPI."

So I wonder if a 'Committee' was involved or a translation problem!

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

Chris Evans

Re: However...

On a related note. I often wonder where the country would be economically now, if the Miners had won?

Also the Coal Mining industry itself?

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HMRC WLTM partner, GSOH, to help it escape the Aspire black hole

Chris Evans

Just until 2017!

Shouldn't the contract cover at least the first year AFTER migration so that they can be held accountable for their plans!

There just might be a few teething problems...

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IoT DANGERS: BYOD’s trashier cousin becoming a right tearaway

Chris Evans

Suggestion

o.k. having IOT equipment on your home network is big security risk. Why not operate two separate networks in a house with an IOT network and another for your computers etc were the more sensitive data is.

The IOT network not being able to access the 'Computer' network but the 'Computer' network being able to access the IOT network for control/monitoring etc.

Setting up and operating two networks would have to be made child's play to get it widely adopted.

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Human error to blame as UK data breach investigations surge

Chris Evans

"inadvertently sent sensitive financial information

"Bank of England was revealed to have inadvertently sent sensitive financial information regarding contingency plans if the UK left the EU"

I can't see what was sensitive, more detailed reports say all that was revealed was that a plan was being worked on!

So the only slightly news worthy part is that they sent a non important email to the wrong person.

It would have been very news worthy if it revealed they weren't working on a contingency plan.

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Xiaomi gears up for phone-free UK launch

Chris Evans

Re: So basically ...

It is what opening the online store suggest will happen (quite soon?) that is news!

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Unisys weans itself off homebrew chippery, finally slurps Intel gear

Chris Evans

"complementary metal oxide semiconductor"

maybe they should have told what RAM stood for!

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

Chris Evans

One of the few planes that look like they should fly!

Most aircraft look to me like they are defying gravity but delta wing air craft like the Vulcan and Concorde actually look like they should be able to fly! I expect it's because they look closer to a paper plane.

I should get a chance to see the Vulcan at Shoreham in almost its last flight. I'll miss it, but not as much as I miss Concorde. I took the day off and went to Heathrow to see the last three Concordes come home for the last time. Fond memories.

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

Chris Evans

Re: List of supported channels/services

Thanks for the info. It does strike me as strange that many companies don't make such basic information readily accessible.

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List of supported channels/services

Sorry if I'm being blind but I can't see on the Roku site a list of supported channels!

Or catch up services, the review mentions iPlayer but I know many boxes miss at least one of the main catch up services such as 4OD, ITVPlayer, Demand 5.

I presume that unless you want one of the premium services, NetFlix etc there is no monthly charge or need to give anyone your credit card but the review and website are silent on this matter.

I mainly want catch up for the main four UK broadcasters as my Humax PVR only does iPlayer and sometimes ITV player when it feels like it.

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You say you want a musical revolution. Actually, have three

Chris Evans

1983 synthesisers!

"1983 when electronic bands [started using]... (synthesisers, samplers and drum machines)"

The use of synthesisers and mellotrons (An early type of sampler) were well established in Prog Rock bands (Pink Floyd, Yes etc) by the early 70's. I think the study is showing an American bias.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

Chris Evans

That's what I call REAL Rocket Science!

It makes normal Rocket Science look easy!

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Intel and LG: Our new mobe cams COULDN'T CARE LESS about pixels

Chris Evans

Different markets have different focuses.

With camera it's all about how many pixels (despite most users then having most of them thrown away when they upload there pics to facebook etc)

Phones ads/reviews concentrate on a mixture of size, number of pixels and pixels per inch which makes sense.

What I don't understand is monitors, where size is the only thing that seems to be important. Trying to find the native resolution of some monitors can be very difficult.

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

Chris Evans

Re: Profit not volumes

Amazon is good example. How it has a multi-billion pound stock market worth but has not yet come close to making a profit is beyond me. At start up I can understand, but they started 1994!

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

Chris Evans

Re: Multiple "no go" points

"3. No mouse buttons"

How do they support all three buttons as well as drag?

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

Chris Evans

Outages happen!

How companies deal with problems is the important part.

How quickly is it resolved?

How often does it happen?

How informative (honest) to their customers are they?

Any decent company will have a status server on another network that logs all outages including ones that affect say just one exchange. The logs should be public for a year or so.

That way potential customers can make informed choices.

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

Chris Evans

Re: @mythicalduck - Exe upload

"You're playing with files on the filesystem. When files come in over a HTTP connection, different rules apply." You mean like no security?

Any program or OS that takes a file and runs it like an exe because of its contents but isn't file typed as exe is asking for trouble.

Who thought that a good idea?

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NASA to take MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER for a spin

Chris Evans

Re: What's happening?

Given that only the length of an Olympic sized swimming pool is specified and the width and depth are minimums its use is gives no accuracy.

Unfortunately the term is frequently used by lazy hacks.

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

Chris Evans

arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Madness.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

Chris Evans

"Get off Facebook" but how do I control my friends?

You don't need to have ever registered yourself on Facebook your friends will have very kindly put your photo and a lot more about you on it and often not at all hidden. Good close friends you may be able to control but friends of friends...

The genie is well and truly out of the bag. There is now no hiding place.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

Chris Evans

Call centres.

"a call centre that really cares about sound quality." does one exist?

As a punter EVERY call centre I've ever had the missfortune to use has been bad.

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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

Chris Evans

Don't Stop there... They've not started!

I think El Reg's "might offer the chance for a complete bloatware scrub." is a bit of wishful thinking. So far what has been mentioned is tinkering around the edges and not addressing the cause.

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

Chris Evans

Not the Nine O'Clock news BBC Lecence fee sketch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5yMPokDcxg

"Mr Tully of Sidcup writes: £32 for a tv licence ! It's a disgrace. It's far too low. With the excellent service that the BBC provides it should be at least £400..."

“I would gladly sell my wife to finance the BBC...”

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One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

Chris Evans

Re: Thank the gods they didn't do it like they do their dates!

There is an ISO for that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

Chris Evans

Re: Bah!

The hand/finger positions look more natural than using a standard keyboard!

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Chris Evans

Re: @Tom 38

IIRC "98% accuracy" is a fail for a typing exam.

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

Chris Evans

Re: Wait a second!

If you look closely you can see it has an RTC module plugged into the GPIO pins hence the battery.

Pity it isn't the RTC module we developed for the Pi.

I like the 8GB of flash. But as a RISC OS dealer it's not for me. I wish them well.

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

Chris Evans

"I suspect it is the billing address rather than the so-called downloading country that would be used. Too easy to spoof a download with a non-EU address and avoid the VAT altogether otherwise."

No. They want two non contradictory pieces of evidence. Some of the sales 'platforms' don't give IP address and some don't require the user to give a physical address. The address of the bank used to pay is one allowable piece of evidence (A lot of people seem to live in Luxumbourg!). PayPal refuse to give the IP address unless you use their API but if you are using a 'platform' you can't do that. And PayPal only give a physical address for registered customers.

I know of people who have made sales who have no evidence of location at all, let alone two.You can't even use email address as some users have a .org email address and .com everyone knows can be anywhere.

So all in all a right cock up!

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Chris Evans

Re: Writers

Since the first of January the VAT threshold for selling digital downloads (ebooks etc) outside the UK but inside the EU is ZERO. Didn't you spot all the publicity about how absurd it is?

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

Chris Evans

Do your bit!

I'm very surprised there aren't more comments about how long people have managed to string them along. I feel it is my duty as part of the IT industry to do my bit to stop these criminal leaches. Come on lads! See how long you can string them along.

I managed just under an hour once and 25 minutes the second time before they gave up.

I told them the computer was upstairs and not turned so I could keep them on hold for four or five minutes each time I turned it on, opened a menu etc.

Scammer persuaded to jack in the job:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874365/Mother-takes-cold-call-crook-tries-scam-phone-instead-convinces-criminal-lifestyle.html

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

Chris Evans

SDHC can't read 64GB either

"However, phones which only support the SDHC standard of five years ago will not be able to [read this 200GB card]."

SDHC can't read more than 32GB

I use a 64GB microSD on my Pi and I've heard of people using 128GB cards and this 200GB should be no problem. But using a memory card that costs about ten times the computer, does seem a bit of over kill.

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Chris Evans

Long term (Free?)server access?

With anything inside the home that you want to access from outside, there is a fundamental problem that I've not seen a good solution for. Either you have to open up your router to allow access (Something that the average user is not up to and has significant security implications) or you use a third party server (Often in the cloud) but unless you are paying for it, it could quickly disappear, and if you are paying for it they could jack the price up or close the service leaving you with a lot of hassle trying to reconfigure kit!

I'd hope for 10-20 years life out of home automation kit, how many times might the occupants have changed over those years.

The only solution I've thought of is if a standard could be adopted that came as part of your ISP contract using their servers and could be automatically transferred when you changed ISPs

Or has some one come up with another solution I've missed.

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Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

Chris Evans

Is Data Centre energy requirements <> Apple Manufacturing?

I wonder if Apples Data Centre energy usage is greater or less than their subcontractor manufacturers usage per year. I Suspect Manufacturing will be considerably more. Green energy usage is to be applauded but I hope they will not be economical with the truth in their PR.

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UK chip champ ARM flexes muscle: Shows strong profit and sales

Chris Evans

Re: How long can this go on for?

Even if someone could come up with better 'low power' cores. They have to compete with / break into a very large ecosystem. Intel despite having significantly better silicon fabrication, spending a ton of money over some years and having its own big ecosystem is barely denting ARM. Also because they are nowhere near as flexible in how they let people use their cores they have one arm tied behind their back.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

Chris Evans

Re: Pricing Confusion

Thanks for clarifying it. That is what I thought and what I though I'd written but as I've been thumbed down it would appear I wasn't clear. Though why anyone would thumb down what was effectively a question I do not know!

EDIT: Just spotted at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/22/windows_10_cortana_and_spartan_and_xbox_oh_my/?page=1

"Once the offer period is over there may be upgrade charges – Microsoft ducked questions on this – but analysts don’t think this is likely."

It seems I'm in good company if ElReg journalists aren't sure of the situation!

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Chris Evans

Re: Pricing Confusion

Not sure if it's bad reporting or bad communication from MS

"Terry Myerson stated at the event that once you've installed Win10 it will be updated free of charge for the lifetime of the device" how does that work if they: "upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will be free, for a year."

The only way I can see both could be true is: "If you upgrade in the first year then it is free"

"... free, for a year." sounds like there is a charge after that.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

Chris Evans

Re: I must confess

Sounds like the Derek Bently case

"You were hanged, I wasn't."

Bently was hanged to!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Bentley_case

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GRENADE! Project Zero pops pin on ANOTHER WINDOWS 0-DAY

Chris Evans

Legal Challenge & Why give details?

I'm sure Google are leaving themselves open to claims. It could be argued that they are assisting/enabling criminal activity. Class action anyone?

If flaws are found and they aren't fixed in a timely manner and/or those responsible for trying to fix them say they aren't going to fix them then yes publicise that. But do they need to go into so much technical detail and help criminal hacking?

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Apple Watch support spotted hiding out in iOS 8.2 beta

Chris Evans

Reg Calender?

"the gizmo won't be ready until at least the end of the first quarter of 2015. Other outlets... claiming the Watch ... will go on sale this March."

On my Calender the end of the first quarter of 2015 is March. I wonder were it is on El.Reg's calender?

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Not app-y with VAT: Apple bumps up prices in Blighty, Europe, Canada

Chris Evans

Re: Exchange rates?

Correction

"... because of tax reasons, Apple US leave overseas revenue in the countries that charge them the least tax"

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Chris Evans

n.b.The new policy of having things listed as X hours/days old rather than giving a posted date/time is a real pain. Many people will know I last read thereg on say 23rd/24th at 4p.m.. How many days ago is that?

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