* Posts by Gomez Adams

67 posts • joined 14 Aug 2006

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29 years of data shows no mobile phone brain cancer link

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Massive increase in mobile phone use yes. But how much of that is actually holding the thing against your head making a traditional voice call?

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BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

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Is this why their app no long runs on my Android tablet? :(

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Free x86 mainframes for all! Virtual x86 mainframes, that is

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How much do I yearn to use an instruction like SNZ (store negative zero) again? :D

And have they sorted out the TDATE$ word format issue that will blow up in their faces come 2028?

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Legal right to 10Mbps broadband is 'not enough', thunders KCOM chief

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Re: Faux Yorkshire subtitle

Looks more like summat from west of the Ouse.

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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I have used a standard memory card in the sat-nav I use on my motorbike for over ten years with no problems from vibration, damp and heat. A solution looking for a problem? Hell, it even survived an unplanned trip bouncing down the road on its own!

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Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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Wouldn't it be easier and less cluttered for stores to have a symbol to show where *no* mobile tracking is in operation? And educate the masses to assume they *are* likely being tracked otherwise.

BTW does putting my phone into Airplane mode offer sufficient protection (which I do anyway when visiting my GP or the cinema rather than turning it off altogether)?

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Hope they get it fixed soon. I am suffering Dr Karl podcast withdrawal symptoms ... :(

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Broadband's frequency hunters denied Freeview patch – for now

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The obvious solution to avert the total obsolescence of so many devices is to retain one MUX as DVB-T hosting the main channels (and radio) in SD.

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: How far off?

But how many journeys are absolutely straight lines? Most are winding paths and you might expect perturbations to the true position of the intermediate measurement points to be as likely to be on the inside of a local bend as on the outside which would underestimate the true distance travelled balancing out the overestimates from being on the outside of the local bend. I suspect the explanation given is more complicated than that.

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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Re: Yes but, no, but...

Not really. They are larger glasses with a line marked to the pint level and then room for the head.

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DIGITAL DOPING might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion

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You are missing the main source of discrepancy

Until and unless your eliminate the "Time In Motion" difference (due to different parameters as to what counts as being in motion) it makes no sense to compare the rest of the stats.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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How about downlighters flush in the ceiling void?

With a well designed small speaker enclosure built into the ceiling tile?

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Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

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Re: Wireless charging is bad.

I don't have any of those problems using wireless charging on my Lumia 820 in its bumper case and range of wireless chargers including a combined power pack / wireless charger. Suggest it is your Nexus that has a poor implementation.

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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Beat me to it!

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

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A solution looking for a problem?

The need for such a device suggest cyclists are so unaware of their surroundings that they are unable to take in at a glance the information displayed on your usual sat-nav screen as other road users seem able to do. This I do not accept.

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Police robot duo storm Colorado house, end four-day siege

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Can El Reg avoid calling remote controlled devices robots please?

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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So who is responsible when a parcel goes "missing" after being picked up a random stranger?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Had similar some year back when parking my motorbike by the side of a race track and it would not start. Turned out to be the timing loop built into the track. Wheeling the bike back away some distance from trackside and all was OK.

Another good reason to stick with my fifteen year old car for some time longer yet.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: Car Insurance is a scam that can die with this device

Not really. They will be scammer magnets as people driver their POS vehicles into these things to claim on Google's insurance.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Hurrah!

Visited link colour back to noticeable.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Marking read links: Very slightly better

I now see that read links are coloured a very slightly different shade of grey. But only noticeable if I look at my laptop screen full on in good light. Need more contrast guys,

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Links no longer marked as read / red?

So how am I supposed to keep track of which articles I have already looked at?

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Plug ugly?

Compared to all the currently available smart watches it is a Venus de Milo.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Why are they even looking at the passwords in plain text?

Surely this is bad practise and a security issue?

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Hear ...

,,, Hear!

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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What about wireless charging?

Does it know the difference between wired charging and wireless charging. Does it know the difference between the phone being first put on the charging pad and when it re-starts charging after the battery drops below the threshhold?

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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You actually means just after *supper*.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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11 miles is not far ...

... if you are wearing the right footwear. Office brogues don't cut it.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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"More broadly, Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it"

So why didn't the driver see the police before they saw her?

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Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

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1337 means FZ in my world. is this what you are referring to?

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NSA: Yes we 'experimented' with US mobile tracking. But we didn't inhale

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As I happen to have two mobile phones (I keep my old one as a backup on PAYG) how can the spooks be certain which of the two places I may actually be for certain?

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Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day

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Only if you work with 8 bit bytes. Not always the case.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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OffPlanetDrive

Taking it to the next level.

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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If you know your codes ...

... and have the right experience then you will know why my mobile lockscreen PIN means "FU" :)

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

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Better than the alternatives

Especially if you are a hard-line Apple and Android refusenik like I am. Would not let either of those anywhere near my personal data.

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

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Bletchley Park is in (not near) Milton Keynes

For the avoidance of confusion.

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The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

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Flagging emails?

Unless you mean something different to what I think you mean you *can* flag up emails in the WM8 email client?

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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Re: Meh

You betcha. You may be anonymous by name but with iOS and Android you are certainly not anonymous by nature.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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The price is not right

I picked up a Harmony 555 for £40 three years ago which also can control up to 15 devices but has a monochrome soft-key screen so much easer on the batteries. Wouldn't be without it although it took a while and some patience to set it up way I want it.

I agree that the web interface is clunky compared to the much slicker local app but some things seem to be only doable using the former.

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Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU

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But will it help Arthur Dent ...

... get a nice hot cup of tea?

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Navy devs cook up Android spyware to map your location - in 3D

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Wouldn't work on me

For the simple reason I use a wrap around phone cover in normal use and have to let the flap swing free and easy away from the back of the phone to let the dog see the rabbit. :D

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Freesat eyes YouView USP for next-gen UI

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Wot? Not 4oD or Demand 5 on launch?

One to keep an eye on for the Christmas after next then.

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Lords call for the end of TV transmissions

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Crazy idea. DTT is a much more efficient use of limited resources for one to many broadcasting than is the internet for the larger values of many we are talking about here.

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YouView: The long march to... er, where exactly?

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Re: Content is king

Anyone moving from a Toppy with MyStuff to this Youview box is going to be very disappointed with the current state of its UI.

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

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Re: Looks better than it is

Any Toppy/Mystuff user playing with one of these is in for a culture shock. For example FIVE key presses to get to see a list of your recordings and SIX key presses to see your list of upcoming timers? Who thought that was a good idea?

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Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse

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If there are enough users with the knowledge and experience perhaps the adminstrator can be persuaded to make the firmware open source?

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Sony outs Google TV set-top box

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Same old, same old

Yet another crippled access product the world does not need.

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YouView reportedly set for 2500-home pre-Olympics trial

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Re: Catch up tv is only 9.2%..

It couldn't be easier to connect a computer to a TV. My Acer Revo is connected with an HDMI lead and has a wireless keyboard and mouse and gives me unfettered access to all the catchup online services and other providers without being straight-jacketed by what the TV makers want to restrict me too. Youview is unnecessary.

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TiVo spits out monster 6-way Pace box for US eyes only

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I have been running three twin-tuner PVRs for several years now. Really is needed for making sure you do not get clashes on late-finishing / early-starting B2B recordings on different channels and for capturing all the F1 and other live sports coverage.

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Ikea to integrate TV, Blu-ray, sound system into sideboard

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FAIL

Looks like the PSU capacitor replacement dudes will be rubbing their hands at the extra business headed their way if these heat capturing enclosures catch on.

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