* Posts by Andy Miller

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

Andy Miller

Tech angle?

Did you not get one with the "Trailer Assist" automatic trailer reversing gadget? I think lots of caravanners will be interested in that and it's an interesting new bit of applied technology.

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

Andy Miller

However...

I've sampled EE's "customer service". I don't care how good their coverage is, how fast the back haul is or how cheap their tariffs, I will NEVER deal with them again.If it was a choice between EE or nothing, I would forgo my phone.

I know other companies have bad customer service, but EE is breathtakingly terrible.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

Andy Miller

Most of what you say is true, the bulk upload was a bloody nightmare. Kept failing, no message about why. Took me most of Christmas to nail the damn thing.

However, one point. Two parents aren't compulsory. I thought that at the start, however I discovered the small print that says IF you enter a name for the second parent THEN all the fields for that parent become compulsory. Missing out the second parent completely is valid.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

Andy Miller

Banking

"cornering could make passengers nauseous due to sideways G forces", could they bank the curves, so the pod tilts? Then the acceleration is downwards, where humans expect it. BR nearly made it work....

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Notebook news: Dell does density, but Lenovo's a lot lighter

Andy Miller

Re: But what is the screen resolution?

My company spent the extra on a 1600x900 display on my 15.6" (sorry 396.24mm) laptop, and I wish they hadn't. It spends most of it's life tethered to a 1920x1080 584.2mm monitor. As the OS doesn't let me set a font size per screen, I either have the text on my main monitor insanely large or the text on my laptop screen unreadably small. You pays your money...

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Cheap Android phones? Bah! How about a $29 mobe from Microsoft?

Andy Miller

Re: No 3G? Useless in some parts of the world...

Closer to home (the UK in my case), 3 only support 3G phones. If it worked on 3 I'd buy one for festivals and walking holidays.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

Andy Miller

Anyone else?

I got a similar message this morning from the Nationwide BS. Are they using the same service provider?

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Right, suits off: Windows 10 preview Internet Explorer is here

Andy Miller

WebRTC is here

You need to look again at WebRTC. It's in Crome and Firefox stable (and Safari I think), and it is is now usably stable. It is being used right now.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Andy Miller

A touchscreen optimised UI on a desktop PC is as useful as a steering wheel on a washing machine.

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

Andy Miller

Re: Humph!

I was in a branch of a well known DIY store with my 12-year old son. They seem to only have self check-out tills these days. Being 12 he wanted to put the items through the till. All was well until we came to a set of putty knives (about 100mm long and made of flexible plastic). For this the till needed approval. The large, steel brick bolster had gone through without complaint....

PS B&Qs self service tills are by far the worse I have ever used. They are a complete heap of junk.....

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Andy Miller

So we should all replace our radios (the factory fit one in my 2 year old car is going to be expensive) so you can listen to your favourite radio station? Where do you work? The House of Commons?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

Andy Miller

I was looking forward to swapping my Note 1 for a Note 3, but I now have concerns about the SIM region locking. If I go abroad I want to be able to use a local SIM in my phone, and it is not clear to me whether this will work with the Note 3. I'm getting mixed answers to this basic question.

Oh, and no FM radio I see...

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Have you tried turning it off and on again - oh, you did: IT Crowd RETURNS

Andy Miller

Damn you !

Now my complete DVD set isn't complete !

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid: Eco, economy and diesel power

Andy Miller

Re: If I don't need ...

• 1,800 kg towing capacity

• Up to 280 horsepower working at the same time

• Up to 640 Nm of torque

& 4WD

Should pull a pretty big van very well. If only I could afford one, and over-come my anti-Volvo prejudice...

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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Re: *Actual* computer science, rather than fluff

If that's what he means, then I'd agree. However, if that is what he meant, then he would have said "more core" or "more technical"; rather than "more modern". I was taught programming at school, before Word was invented.

If he believes that in the beginning was Word, and coding came latter, than he neither knows his facts (which Mr Gove thinks is bad) nor can he find them out (which I think is bad).

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Andy Miller

Modern is relative

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is widely regarded as the first programmer. That's pretty modern for the reformation re-enactment society we have as a parliament.

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Interview: Steve Jackson, role-playing game titan

Andy Miller

Bigger

Can we have a higher res copy of that photo of the shelves, please? I've worked out about 25% of the games, but there are some I don't recognise.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Andy Miller

Re: Justin Bieber for the next doctor!

Nah, Matt Smith has already done the turning up late bit....

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Fountain of Youth

The Doctor is getting younger. My money is on Tyger Drew-Honey

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STROKE this mouse to make apps POP, says Microsoft

Andy Miller
Alert

Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...

You could consider getting a screwdriver under it and levering it off. If you're lucky the switch itself will still be usable, but it will be below the hight of the other keys and take a deliberate action to press it.

This is at your risk. I take no responsibility if you break your (or your companies) keyboard,

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

Andy Miller

Re: Fans overkill?

OK, so what if you mounted the boards at 45º within the rack? Would that generate a convection current (and look quite cool without increasing the foot print much) ?

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

Andy Miller
Facepalm

Dammit

Now my complete box set will be incomplete.....

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

Andy Miller

Re: Who else has left already?

My Mums leaving as soon as I get some free time to help her.

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Wireless charging on the Galaxy S4: Samsung goes VHS not Betamax

Andy Miller
Coat

Alliance for Wireless Power ??!!

Splitters !!!! We're the Consortium for Wireless Power.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

Andy Miller

Still a great film

There should be room on the list for a time travelling paradox film, can I vote for La Jetée ?

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Re: What, no Alien?

I thought that initially, but on reflection I think it's the right call.

Alien is a cracking film, one of my all time favourites, but is it about big ideas that explore the human condition? I don't think so. Given the spec for this list, I accept it's absence.

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Plastic Logic shows off bendy 'leccy posters: Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Andy Miller

A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies...

We only have 6 years to have electronic bill-boards on the sides of blimps. This is moving in the right direction.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Strategic ?

Strategic? Really? So these bots are designed to cut down crime over the long term, possibly by some kind of deterrence effect?

I think the word needed here is "tactical".

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Ten affordable mid-sized Full HD monitors

Andy Miller

Re: Review comment

Yes, a summary table of size, cost, resolution, inputs, extras etc would be good.

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The best smartphones for Christmas

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Spelling

I had a quick play with a Windows phone, and I was quite impressed; until I opened the calendar app. "january?". It's a proper noun, it has Capital Letters. Couldn't live with that, it would make me twitch.

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Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

Andy Miller

Re: OS/2000

OS/19100 would have been funnier...

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

Andy Miller
IT Angle

Only an IT site would find this surprising.

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Credit card-sized mobile simplified for oldies

Andy Miller

That's a good idea, until you shop around for breakdown cover / insurance at the end of year.

Maybe they need a web front end so someone can change the numbers bound to each button? This would also be useful in the main use case when one of the contacts moves or otherwise changes phone number.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

Andy Miller
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Re: unsatisfying review :(

As for downloading scribbles etc, I've not tried to download an picture from my Note v1.0, but it was surprisingly easy to send a sketch via Skype and e-mail to a colleague. I say surprising because I wasn't expecting to actually use this feature in a business environment, but suddenly it was the right solution and it just worked...

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

Andy Miller

Re: Dilbert

I make no point.

The strip was about the danger of sending inappropriate messages to a group code rather than the legislation. I thought it was funny at the time.

Sorry if my comment offended you.

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Andy Miller

Dilbert

Scott Adams predicted this on May 24, 1995

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Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Re: Bullies and Trolls are not the same thing

I've always defined an Internet Troll as someone who posts something that is not in itself offensive, but causes others to post over-the-top bias and just plain MAD replies.

Posting "Apple have never made a good product" and waiting for the fanbois to explode is trolling. Saying "Mrs X smells of elderberries and her husband is a Hamster" (or something like that) is not Trolling, it's abuse.

The main-stream media didn't follow this definition, just as they never got the term "Hacker". Now it seems the Reg are also using it as a mere synonym for "bully".

I guess I lose, and another linguistic tool turns into a hammer.

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Finally some QUALITY apps for Android: PalmOS emulator ported

Andy Miller

Proprietary

I seem to recall a vogue for running proprietary bespoke apps on PalmOS - stock control, travelling sales reps - that sort of thing. If those apps are still out there, the hardware must be getting on a bit. Maybe this is the target audience?

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Real Units

I make that 1/57 of Wales or about 51,000 football pitches.

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Three touts 'unlimited' Euro data roaming for a fiver a day

Andy Miller

Re: modem-cum-hotspot

It's a small village in Somerset, and they are fed-up of people taking the mick.

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'Zombie bullets' fly off US shelves after wave of undead attacks

Andy Miller
Mushroom

Sure

Dust off and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

Andy Miller
Pint

Squeeze

If they add sensors for squeezing and pulling, you could write an accordion app. No more running out of air on a long series of "push" notes !

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Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

Andy Miller

Break time !

It tells them when to break? Can it tell them how to break? That would be useful if the manufacturer has an over stock of a particular spare part I guess, but doesn't sound good for the owner.

Does it also control braking ?

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Hyundai Veloster coupé

Andy Miller

BL did it best

I've got a colleague who used to work for BL. He tells me that a batch of Allegros were built like this by mistake; one side of the line had been set up for 4 doors and the other for 2 doors.

An enterprising salesman sold the lot to a Police force, on the ground that they could put a ne'er-do-well in the back, and they only needed to put one bobby in to stop them getting out.

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VW STUNS WORLD+DOG WITH REAL HOVER-CAR!

Andy Miller
Headmaster

Buttered Cat Array

(body)

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HTC peeves punters with One X woes

Andy Miller

"worst builders of technology to have ever existed"

Clearly you don't remember Amstrad hi-fis...

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

Andy Miller
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Re: er...no.

My 10-year-old has just been showing me Scratch (http://info.scratch.mit.edu/Support) - which was a new one on me.

I am seriously impressed. It seems to hit a happy medium between 'real' programming (you have to build up a set of instructions and then run them) with instant feedback (things move around on the screen, make sounds etc).

OK, it's not going to teach you how to find memory leaks in an multi-server deployment, but it is sooooo much better than fiddling with some HTML - both in what it teaches and the results you get.

If you have kids (or you are one yourself), you should have a look at it.

Seriously cool!

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The best April 1 gags … or were they?

Andy Miller
Boffin

Industry Standards

Forget these marketing led consumer gadgets. How can you overlook real progress in the industry standards these fripperies are based on?

The NULL packet http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6592

Service Undiscovery Using Hide-and-Go-Seek for the Domain Pseudonym System (DPS) http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6593

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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

Andy Miller
FAIL

Resistance is useless !!!!

One bored afternoon I tested my resistance with an insulation tester. It certainly woke me up.

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New iPad 4G data connection will only work in America

Andy Miller
Happy

Re: Plug-in

As AC notes, irony was intended.

Can I name a mobile phone that has done this? No.

Can I name a laptop that does this? Yes - lots. It's called a USB dongle. If you pull it out whilst you are using the data connection, your application dies.

Think I read a review of a slab that supports just such a plug-in 3G dongle - probably here...

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