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3361 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

UK government says no to turbo e-bike

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Re: Pah..

3 12V alarm batteries and a 750W motor?

Okay let's assume you're going for some real porkers of alarm batteries at 10Ah each and you're wiring them in series. That's 36V * 10A = 360Wh.

So basically you get about half an hour of juice and then you're fuckered? Still, at 750W that must be a hell of a half hour.

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Re: no comment

Same way you regulate idiots putting race grade octane enhancers in their petrol: They tend to drive like idiots most of the time.

Of course if you happen to like the extra juice and the occasional sideways drive around a roundabout, t'ain't my place to complain.

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Munich's mayor claims €4m savings from Linux switch

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If by a "certain company" you mean Microsoft...

...then I'm afraid they haven't changed at all. If anything their attitude to FOSS has become more schizophrenic of late, but they do still seem determined to destroy it.

And they're still failing hard at that.

Still, shows you the truth behind Microsoft's bleating about TCO. "Get The Facts", indeed. And damn, they've taken the whole "Get The Facts" sub-site down. Well that could have been handy.

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ARM-Android to outship Windows-Anything by 2016

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Re: In the next couple of years

In the next couple of years, a desktop machine will be that powerful it will make an 8 core fondleslab look shite.

Technology advances, not just on phones.

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Re: Don't believe it....

Not too difficult if you don't mind rooting things and have a propellor for a head.

Seriously, I know we're mostly all techie here, but the rest of the entire world is NOT. People will not root their devices. They will go "oh, it's shit, there's no apps", take it back and get an iPad.

That's your Android tablet problem right there, and it is the only problem. Just a shame Google can't be a bit more proactive about bollocking people who sell unofficial tablets as "Android."

Android based? Yep. Android? No.

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Re: Don't believe it....

See now, I have never had a problem getting droid tablet apps, with the exception of shitty devs who only code to one screen size, and that crapware is quite rare these days.

But then I am on about Android tablets, not cheap knock offs with no Android Market^WGoogle Play.

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Probably not a representative sample, but the people I know with iDevices either use them as dumbphones, or wait until the apps are on 10p offers or some kind of "free for 24 hours" thing before getting them.

In contrast I have quite a number of Android apps I paid full price for, and only a few that I got during the 10p apps offer a few months back. It's worth it to not be bombarded with "personalised" sales pitches all the time.

Annoying to have to get prepaid Mastercards because Google had a dummy-spitting moment with Maestro though.

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

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Be careful whose feet you step on, on your way to the top.

Because they might be connected to the arse you have to kiss on the way back down!

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PlayStation 4 'Orbis' pegged for 2013 release

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Re: Pathetic

Unfortunately the PC is just as shite and getting worse.

If it has Steam, I'm not interested. If it's by EA, Ubisoft or Valve, I'm not interested. If it demands online "activation", I'm not interested. Basically I can walk into a shop and see absolutely NO games that are worth getting now, due to them all coming with a free helping of malware.

Fuck the lot of them and buy only games that don't pull this shit. If everyone did that the devs would change their tune. They won't though, because too many people are addicted to the shiny.

And too many people will buy the PoS 4.

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With this ring, I thee frag

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For some reason...

This reminds me of the Spy+Pyro animation.

Dammit, now I'm giggling on the bus.

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Google offers Oracle slice of Android profits for patents

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Re: Florian, the voice of Microsoft

Never mind, it's all over Google with a quick search.

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/ms-patent/

All I can say to that is: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA....

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Re: Florian, the voice of Microsoft

Link please?

Could be a fun read.

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Dotcom hike will net MEEELLIONS of bucks for Verisign, ICANN

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Re: Things are not quite what you think

Indeed. Hence why I'll not buy one, thanks.

If I end up with a wildly popular web site, it'll be because it's a popular website, not because it has ".com" on the end of it. The squatters can have .com, they'll only get the fools who don't know how to type ".co.uk" into an address bar, and I'm not interested in them.

I know someone with a .co.uk address that I made the site for. He can't get the .com version because the last people he tried to get to make a site for him basically bought the domain name then did little else, letting it expire and be grabbed up by a squatter. Funny how he's struggling to make enough stuff to meet demand, and all without the .com "cachet".

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Meh.

Not like I'll ever buy a dotcom.

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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...

Possible, even probable grounds for dismissal?

Perhaps. However, around here, unless you're working for some fly-by-night shysters, that tends to involve tribunals. You can bring witnesses to tribunals.

My witness will be a journalist from the local rag.

(and no, I don't have a Facebonk account either)

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I would have thought the simple answer is...

..."I don't have a Facebook account."

Doesn't have to be the true answer.

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Is private cloud the next step for the data centre?

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Re: Private Cloud? Buzzword for Accountants!

I believe Eucalyptus is supposed to be compatible with Amazon EC2 and S3 services.

Whether you can use Amazon to just expand your private cloud into when overloaded, I'm not sure.

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No conclusions on EU's Google probe for weeks

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Re: Right.

With Microsoft on the other side? Kidding, right?

They've never forgiven the Chocolate Factory for doing what they never could with a mobile platform based on an OS that they are actively failing to destroy.

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Microsoft censors Pirate Bay links from IM

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Re: Ahh but..

I'm pretty sure that was AOL's filtering, preventing people from Scunthorpe from being able to create accounts with them.

Of course, it could all just be an urban legend.

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Re: Good for MS

If you're in *any* country that where the government has been successfully lobbied to whack a "pirate tax" on blank media and similar items (there are quite a few countries like this), then why the hell shouldn't you download what you like? You're paying for it, right?

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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

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Vinyl

Mostly it's DJs who go for it. Much, much easier to line beats up with two spinning vinyl platters than try to nudge waveforms together on a screen or hope that some auto beat matching thingumajigger gets it right.

Also time-coded vinyl is stupidly expensive and so is the equipment and software that reads it.

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I have bought...

...a total of ONE digital music album.

CDs are just better all round. Right there in the shop, usually nicely priced, and turning it into the compressed file format of your choice is as easy as bunging the disk in the drive and clicking a few icons.

Oh, and no crapware or DRM required, Sony notwithstanding.

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AVG nukes stalking ads at press of BIG SHINY BUTTON

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Re: Well at least it's an add-on pack

Believe it or not a friend of mine actually likes that. He deliberately keeps the voice announcements on so he knows his kids haven't been arsing about and disabling things to make some "ooh free stuff" malware site work.

Though granted, I find it annoying as all hell.

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Tripleton touts telephone for double-ohs

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ot=to

I should lern 2 press "preview".

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Re: If they are not idiots

Well see this is what I was thinking. Most people won't need the "we'll hand-deliver it to your house, chained to our CEO's wrist in a stainless steel and adamantium suitcase" security, but being able to scramble calls might be nice. Both parties have the app and pick a common key (or do a question/answer session like OTR does). Press the "scramble" button and poof, there you go. Bonus point for making it work when you wire a phone ot a CB or walkie talkie.

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How much monies?

This couldn't be done by an app in a cheapo smartphone for near-as-dammit a tenth of the price?

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Angry Birds Space flings 10 MILLION downloads in 3 days

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Tempting.

The other gorillas.bas copies that Rovio do all have had major permissions creep, blamed on "the advertisers". Funny, since plenty of other app developers release ad-supported apps without asking for the moon on a stick.

I just don't know if I trust Rovio NOT to creep the permission requirements up once they have a few captive^Wpaying customers. It's thanks to the actions of developers like this that I get more and more tempted to root my phone and install a selective permission blocker.

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

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Re: There is no such thing as "free" TV

See my other posts: businessess don't get into loss-making ventures deliberately, and would not advertise if it were losing them money.

Commercial telly is not a tax on your food supply for fuxache.

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Re: What's wrong with a licence fee then?

A business will only advertise if it stands to profit from the arrangement. That is, the extra products or services sold due to the advert will outstrip the money spent on the advert.

Suddenly the FUD about commercial telly being a tax on food or some other bullshit is exposed as just that: Thick, stinky bullshit.

The license fee is still extortion and threats though, however you slice it.

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WTF?

JUST LIKE A DRIVING LICENSE

BECAUSE I MIGHT KILL SOMEONE WITH 100MPH OF BIG HEAVY TELEVISION.

Really, what the fucking fuck?

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Re: What about commercial TV?

I call shenanigans.

Those companies have an advertising budget. TV or no TV, that money would be spent on trying to persuade people to buy more of their produce. If it works, it brings in more than it cost, so that "hidden tax" that isn't, is SAVING you money, if you want to play that way.

The BBC and Crapita on the other hand, survive on extortion and threats.

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If you're all for the license fee...

...you pay it. Don't go pretending that the rest of us should finance your particular tastes in goggle-box programming.

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Google asked to bin autocomplete results for Japanese man's name

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Fired on the basis of a Google name search?

What employer would be so cretinous, and would.you want to work for them?

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Giant paper plane thunders across Arizona sky

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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e tablet

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...but no apps?

I predict being able to pick one up from Cash Converters at a knock down price real soon, and yet more new iPad owners who think Android is that crap thing they can't get any stuff for.

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8,400 email addresses spaffed by Student Loans Company

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That was fun.

"You have new mail"

Followed by the email client squealing and complaining about the gutbustingly-huge content. Not sure how many lines were in it, but I know my main account's elreg-specific email address was in it.

Ho hum. Be interesting to see how many spammers/scammers actually use it. Haven't spotted any yet that have made it past my friend Mr Bayes.

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N7Player

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But no SD card install?

This isn't an iPhone ffs. If it can't install to SD then I might as well not bother. That half gig or so of internal storage in an Arc S runs out fast when you get idiot developers who think Android is still stuck at version 1.6.

Still, it is a beta after all.

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Pair of double-As give you cheap, quick charge

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Voltages.

Yup. I remember finding this out myself. Basically TTL chips like to run between 4.8 and 5.2v. I remember the tutor saying how wonderful CMOS technology was because you can run some of the chips on damn near anything from less than 3v up to 18v or so.

That said, I wouldn't want to take the chance on the phone's built-in power management being so smart. Regulator ICs are cheap and pretty efficient, and the phones are probably built in the same place as the chargers, after all!

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UPDATE: GAGA team hunts down grass-smoking ROBOT

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Re: SONAR

Well, you might only need two if the beacons are just acting as locators, so long as the robot can't get to the other side of the line between them and confuse itself. I'm wondering how doable it is to have each beacon mark out the vertices of a polygon that describes the boundary of the lawn though. Stick a light on top and make them look like solar garden decorations.

If each beacon can talk to the others and they can triangulate their positions relative to each other, then they can chat with whatever system is aboard the lawnbot. Maybe even in real-time, so you can move the beacons around mid-mow and define areas where you can sit and enjoy your G&T while watching the mechanized underling beavering away in its half of the garden.

Like I said though, however you design the positioning system of this thing, I think it would be prudent to have a SONAR or RADAR system on the lawnbot itself for detecting obstacles. Nothing fancy, just a kit or COTS box that you point at something and it gives you a varying signal depending on whether it's pointing at anything and how close it is. Stick it on a stepper motor for 360 degree detection, and possibly hack it up with an MP3 player to provide random BOFHisms and threats toward whatever ankles, cats or plant pots get in the way.

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Re: SONAR

About as reliable as it is in the parking alarm sensor sat next to a chugging exhaust system. Or, in an old TV remote competing with the din coming out of the loudspeaker.

I can't see why it wouldn't work, myself. Couple of locator beacons on the lawn boundaries effectively broadcasting small signatures to say "I am boundary vertex number 0x0001", and some transducers (or a single rotating transducer pair) on the mower sending out a simple ping every 20ms or so and listening for the reply. The former lets the mower know where it is, the latter lets it avoid unexpected pets, toys and test engineers. So long as they are taller than the grass, of course.

Of course for extra propellorheadedness, make the whole system self-setting. Plonk the boundary beacons in, they talk to each other, find out their relative positions automatically, and feed that to the mower's onboard computer to tell it what part of the mowing boundary each beacon represents.

Then patent the lot and become the next Dyson. Muahahaha, etc.

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Re: SONAR

Something like this. Can have some transducers on the lawn boundaries broadcasting identifiers, along with maybe some kind of rotating transducers atop the bot working as a SONAR beacon for detecting unexpected cats, dogs and legs.

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iPad queue hog doesn’t want it, won’t be first

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Re: No decent droid handsets at £150

I think you just haven't been looking hard enough. Once you get past the sub-£80 600Mhz ARM11 almost-a-smartphones, you can pick up a decent handset running a decent, official revision of Android for much less than that price. Hell, the Sony-so-it's-expensive Xperia Mini is still being sold in Tesco for a shade under £125, if you fancy a phone with a slidey keyboard. Anything 2.x is not going to be shabby, will support the vast majority of all market apps, and you can always install Launcher 7 if you absolutely must have a launcher with mahoosive buttons^Wtiles. Pretty sure you can get some Gingerbreads for the price of a Lumia.

Or is this a ploy to get some commentards to do your shopping for you? Sneaky Spartacus, go do your own Googling.

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Russell Brand 'threw small voice-enabled iPad through window'

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It's fashionable to diss Russell Brand...

...and in some ways he deserves it.

However, if I was being stalked by creepy assholes with cameras, day in, day out, hunting for some more shit to stir up, I might be tempted to give them something like this to print myself. I'd have at least used the concrete floor and followed it up with a few good, grinding footstamps though. Just to make sure.

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Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

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So...

That mean a little hamlet south of Wigan is going to have to change its name from Bamfurlong?

Just asking.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica nukes print edition, goes digital-only

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Re: Paper is a rubbish format.

Nope.

But I can read a book without switching it on. Doesn't demand that I download the latest version of the English language either. Or become unreadable because everyone has moved to Book v3.2.

Yep, digital information is more conveniently searchable. It's hardly a good archive format though.

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Re: Paper is a rubbish format.

That's a bit like saying your car has a digital original because it was designed in a CAD program?

Like I say, presumably there will still be a print button.

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