* Posts by James Pickett

1293 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

James Pickett

"ongoing innovation"

Spare us!

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

James Pickett

Re: It's almost like Government wanted to control the media

Ain't it just? I have long wondered where the 50% uptake figure came from, and why that implies that the other 50% can then be ignored. IIRC, the digital TV switch required >90% of users to have necessary receivers, and I suspect that most households have more radios than TV's. I should also like to know how many DAB radio owners are classified as users when they operate it in FM...

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

James Pickett

More on GDS and HMRC here, who needed an FOI request to supply some fairly basic information...

http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/article/hmrc-overruns-budget-govuk-transition-project/574500

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James Pickett

"Doubts over whether cost savings will ever become reality"

No doubts whatsoever, IMO. Cost savings are just mooted to ensure a project goes ahead - they never really happen.

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"no explanation from GDS about the lessons learned from the RPA system has been forthcoming"

That's because they haven't learned anything. They never do.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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"still no DAB sets here..."

Likewise. We have 8 radios in our household, including a £10 Lloytron 'tranny' that runs on D-cells. These last 2-3 years in a set that is used daily. Given that most DAB sets also have FM tuners, are there stats for their usage in that mode? I suspect not.

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

James Pickett

Re: Never a day...

"If you're up there looking down on us, I know you'll be bloody annoyed.."

If he was, I'm pretty sure he'd have found a way of communicating the fact by now, assuming he'd got over the initial shock.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

James Pickett

Re: In the news over the weekend...

" the overwhelming demand from the consumer"

Or possibly the overwhelming demand from a consumer.

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£280k Kickstarter camera trigger campaign crashes and burns

James Pickett

Trigger Trap

Perhaps the clue's in the name...

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

James Pickett

"I literally think about him every day."

I think he means that he thinks about him every day. Unless there's a way of thinking figuratively that doesn't involve actual thinking.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

James Pickett

Re: STOP!

"sounding like Darlek's"

Sounding like Darlek's what..?

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

James Pickett

"some form of degradation"

Not to mention the fishy smell...

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

James Pickett

"expected Godzilla to make a guest appearance, or at very least Al Gore"

Not much difference, really. Except Godzilla probably didn't come on to a masseuse...

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

James Pickett

There's always one who spoils it for everyone else...

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

James Pickett

Windows with Bing

Isn't that the worst of all possible worlds..?

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

James Pickett

I'm pleased to see that the old Pi will still be available. They could probably charge more for it...

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

James Pickett

If the police make an arrest, they can tick a box and add 1 to their totaliser.

If it's the wrong person, those actions are not reversed.

The PND is about as reliable as the BBC.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

James Pickett

Anyone who wants their cornea 're-profiled' by a laser is welcome to take the risk. I'll stick with my glasses, which I can have fine-tuned to suit my current prescription, or variation thereof (for close work, driving, etc). The last ones I bought (on line), with photochromic lenses, cost £30.

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

James Pickett

Re: @Wyrdness

"would it still beat the Tesla if it was carrying five adults and two ankle biters?"

I rather doubt that the Tesla itself can post those figures when fully loaded. They probably have a test driver who used to be a jockey...

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

James Pickett

Re: Oh, dear

What about the lovely Ms Stob, I wonder? Or does beauty x brains still equal a constant..? :-(

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

James Pickett

"Microsoft will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device"

Er, what does that mean exactly? I've got working devices over 10 years old...

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

James Pickett

"Windows Phone may be the most attractive and original piece of work Microsoft has ever done"

But that's not saying very much, is it..?

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Coat

Re: Right Direction?

"Virgin being late doesn't matter"

Only if they're still a virgin...

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

James Pickett

I find it hard to believe that replacing a copper wiring loom with an aluminium one will save enough weight to make a measurable difference to fuel economy. It's filthy stuff to make a good connection to, too - we have aluminium phone lines round here, thanks to a copper shortage in the 70's, and BT are forever re-making the connections in the local junction boxes, due to corrosion.

A much simpler way to improve economy is to add a small measure (0.2%) of acetone to the fuel. This reduces surface tension and improves atomisation, with a resultant smoother burn. I've used this in two cars and one motorbike, with an overall 8% improvement in economy. The bike, in particular (as it's a twin) runs more smoothly and is more tractable at low revs. I've been doing it for some years, with no ill effects or damaged seals. It works with petrol and diesel, but increasing the amount does not help - I use 20ml per 10litres.

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James Pickett

"the overengineering in the past meant that things were heavier"

Really? The original Ford Cortina (including propshaft and rear diff) weighed just over 800kg, a current Focus weighs at least 1270kg!

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James Pickett

"a heat exchanger that heats the engine oil"

Seems a bit unnecessary - the engine will warm up the oil directly, as the author later admits. Also, if the thermostat is working properly, water will not be circulating when cold and the pump will have relatively little to do. Centrifugal pumps are loaded by flow, so not inefficient.

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

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Coat

So that's where the aroma comes from.. :-)

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

James Pickett

"$6.9m in interest"

Does MS own Wonga?

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

James Pickett

The problem with winning a rat-race is that you are still a rat...

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

James Pickett

There's a saying about money and sense that temporarily eludes me...

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

James Pickett

"a speed once thought impossible"

I expect it's also doing more than 30mph.

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James Pickett

This article seems to imply that there are no other asteroids heading our way before 2800, which I suspect is not the case. Is this really the most immediate threat they can find..?

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Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

James Pickett

So MS is the favourite with cyber-squatters? I look forward to reading their spin on it...

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

James Pickett

Re: "One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing."

"a world renown[ed] University laboratory that analyzes ice cores"

Would those be the ice cores that show CO2 as an effect of warming rather than the cause? I seem to recall Al Gore glossing over that one...

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China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

James Pickett

If there's a supplier monopoly, shouldn't they be chasing the pirates?

I remember a BBC journalist reporting from Beijing that he tried to buy a legitimate copy of Office, but it was really difficult, and the shrink-wrapped product he finally bought also turned out to be pirated.

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

James Pickett

"courtroom war of attrition"

I don't suppose Apple's lawyers are familiar with 'Jarndyce vs Jarndyce'?

Now, that is prior art.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

James Pickett

Re: Yep- Triples sound nice

Wot - no Rocket 3..?

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James Pickett

Re. 49gm/km

It is complete nonsense, of course, and relies on the electrical component representing zero, even though most of that will have come from the burning of fossil fuel. And how much of the calculation assumes electric power? It must be more than half, which is very unlikely to occur in practice.

As for cars under £95k that better 4.4s, try a Caterham Superlight R500, which costs less than half that and gets to 60 in under 3s. In fact, in 4.4s it could probably get to 60 and back again!

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James Pickett

Scotch is short for Scotch (i.e. Scottish) Whisky, surely? PG Wodehouse used to refer to 'Scotchmen' I think, although he may have been doing it deliberately to wind them up, which is never difficult, in my experience.. :-)

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

James Pickett

"We’d like to apologise.."

Somehow, I doubt it (unless followed by the words, "but we prefer not to").

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NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

James Pickett

@Crazy guy

"the climate-change deniers"

I don't know anyone who denies climate change. I do know a few who believe that it happens naturally, though. After all, it always has.

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It might save them a few bob if they first established whether CO2 is the cause or the effect of AGW. There is some evidence (e.g. Vostok ice cores) that CO2 lags warming by a few hundred years...

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How practical is an electric car in London?

James Pickett

Re: Driving in to central london

"205.3 MPGe"

How big is a gallon of electricity, then..?

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James Pickett

Re: Last mile...

"unplug your car without your consent"

Urban schoolboys will be taking note. Unfortunately.

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James Pickett

"Green thought processes"

Mostly for effect, but I'm glad it worked.. :-)

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"they closed a whole bunch of (perfectly good) nuclear power stations in Germany, because Japan's prone to earthquakes"

Nicely put! Also a useful illustration of Green thought processes, if that's not an oxymoron...

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"Fuck me, you really are anti electric."

Not really - I'm fairly neutral, but I can add up.

Most electric cars require more energy (kWh) to re-charge than the average household uses daily. The Tesla requires more than double (60kWh).

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James Pickett

Re: What happens when we reach "peak electric car"?

I believe this is already approaching in Norway, where there has been a greater uptake thanks to the generous subsidies, which are becoming unsustainable. Their government is now claiming that they didn't say it was permanent (although I suspect they didn't say it wasn't, either) and things will slowly revert to normal as the tax breaks disappear. I certainly wouldn't want to be stuck above the Arctic circle with a dead battery...

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

James Pickett

Service stations are going to need their mains supplies upgraded if electric vehicles ever become popular (and vice-versa), especially when a 'fuel stop' may take a couple of hours for each EV. I know Tesla's 'supercharger' can do it in 30 mins, but how many 120kW outlets can you install without your own sub-station?

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

James Pickett

"we can expect as a result of global warming to see more of this pattern of extreme cold"

Global warming - is there anything it can't do..?

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