* Posts by Bassey

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

Bassey

Re: Spleen

Oh what a comfortable world you live in. But that it were truly so :)

Damn near everything gets passed through the markets, whether you like it or not. You've chosen to invest some of your money in a way you are comfortable with and that's great. But if you have a personal pension, your pension company IS wasting huge amounts of it just moving money around. Because, every time they move YOUR money YOU lose some of it in those 13 layers of transaction charges. Company pension? Same thing. Pay National Insurance? Same thing?

ALL of our money is in the system and being moved around and therefore the value of what the world produces is being constantly diminished by an industry that exists entirely to tempt others into moving money around in order to generate "profits". But there are no profits because they don't produce anything. If one fund makes a profit, someone else makes a loss. And the sum of the two is always a bit less than the whole thanks to those 13 layers of fees and charges.

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Robert Peston

Robert Peston of the BBC did an entire series on this subject on Radio 4. It was both highly revealing and quite frightening. I think it was called "A Dark Magic" but it doesn't appear to be on iPlayer at the moment. He basically suggests that the way the markets operate at the moment are a complete disaster for pretty much everyone. We lose 10s of % points of our pensions in transaction fees each year. The traders pretty much always lose money. I'm going off memory from 2 years ago but something like 5% of hedge fund managers actually make significant profits. However, those 5% make such significant profits that the remaining 95% of break-evens and losses are insignificant. The really scary part was that there is almost no overlap between the 5% who made money last year and the 5% who made money this year. The only people making reliable money are the 13 layers of traders/brokers/etc that perform each transaction and who each take a fraction of a fraction of a penny.

He points out that financial markets, rather than being huge revenue makers as suggested by both Labour and Conservative governments for 20-30 years actually just take money out. Every penny they "make" is actually money they have skimmed off our pensions, savings and whatever our industry generates.

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Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

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The slight letdown

Having owned a few Chinese phones there is a slight downside to ownership. Yes, you get a very high quality device for relatively little money - BUT, there is zero support. I've owned a ZTE and a Huawei and there were zero updates for them. Now, you could argue that this isn't all that important to the general public. If the phone works and does everything you want then who cares if you can't get the latest release of Android? Which is true, unless your device is released with a bug (and my Huawei was) or Google releases a Turkey (Android 5.0) in which case you are either stuffed (general public) or reliant on XDA Devs (those of us on here). That's why, after a few years of owning Chinese phones with some hits but a few significant misses, last year I went with the relatively safe Sony Z1 Compact.

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

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Coat

Summer starts

"Summer starts on June 21st this year"

Really? According to whom? That's the longest day, not the start of summer. According to the Met Office summer is June, July, August which puts the end of July 2/3 of the way through summer.

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

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Smaller screens

My wife has the Lumia 620, one of the very few remaining 3.5" screened phones. It is on the list of phones receiving the update but I'm going to look for a way to disable updates if possible. This just looks like bad news. The reason I recommended Windows Phone to her was the ease of use. This looks like a whole series of headaches (for me - of course) waiting to happen. If you take away Windows Phones ease of use and simple elegance then you might as well get an Android device and just install one of the stripped back launchers.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

Bassey

Re: But...

An instance that immediately sprang to mind of a healthy group that already benefit from this monitoring would be endurance athletes. It is all too easy when training for a Triathlon or Ultra-marathon to over-train. There has been good medical evidence recently that Heart Rate Variability is a good measure of the body's catabolic state and so can provide a pretty good indicator that you are over training and should take a day or two's rest BEFORE you actually start to feel the effects of that over-training with either illness or injury. That is, proper rest, rather than an endurance athlete's idea of "active rest" where they might just swim for an hour and have a more gentle bike ride than usual.

HRV used to require quite expensive equipment but can now be carried out to a fair degree of accuracy with a £5 app on your phone and a £30 Heart Rate Monitor. The camera based monitors aren't accurate enough yet but I have no doubt they will be within a couple of years.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

Bassey

Nice website

I couldn't help but chuckle at the "FAQ". Surely that must be stretching the definition of "Frequently" to breaking point?

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Inheritance

Having known a couple of people that have gone on to make themselves very wealthy and knowing a few people who were already wealthy by the time I met them I'm fairly confident in saying that having a huge wodge of cash to leave their children/grandchildren never entered their minds AT THE TIME of setting out to become wealthy. For most, it became a concern AFTER they were already pretty wealthy (actually, one of them doesn't want his kids to inherit the money having seen what selfish pigs it has already turned them into). So I'm not sure massively taxing inheritance would really be much of a disincentive to entrepreneurship. The problem with massively taxing inheritance is largely that those it hits hardest are in the best position to move to another jurisdiction with less onerous taxation and so you actually end up taxing the middle-income or those unfortunate enough to die late enough to have accrued some wealth but too early to have spent it during their retirement.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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My eldest son has been saving up to buy his first PC (largely to play minecraft and create youtube videos). I strongly suspect this will be shooting straight to the top of the list ahead of the Asus T100 that was the previous leading contender.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Mushroom

M&S

" Marks & Spencer is racist for running out of blue socks in size 11"

M&S don't do socks in size 11. They do size 10-12. Get your facts right you ***** ***** *******!!!!!!

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Awesome

The wife just stuck her head into the study wondering what in earth was making me laugh so loudly. Best ending in a long while!

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HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

Bassey

The only ONE

Whenever I have a play with a HTC One I do love the device BUT - those speakers top and bottom make it feel huge for a 5" phone. That wouldn't be an issue if the One Mini took Sony's approach and just gave you a smaller version of the One. But it doesn't. Assuming they keep to the practices of the earlier One Mini models you end up with a distinctly mid-range spec at an eye-wateringly top-end price.

Which is a real shame as I do think it is a brilliant phone.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

Bassey

Re: @Salamander

> Evolutionary biology knows all about faking it

I think you missed the point slightly. If the female goes for the male, whether he is faking it or not is irrelevant. The point is that she CHOSE him and therefore the "faking", as you put it, was successful. The point is for her to chose the mate most likely to provide offspring that will go on to have offspring. So, in a sense, there is no "fake". Whoever she chooses is the real deal as defined by HER choice, not his actions.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

Bassey

action against the senders of unwanted texts

This was brought up in Prime Ministers Questions by a conservative MP about 2 months ago. She raised a question about an elderly constituent of hers being scammed over and over again by unsolicited calls and asked why the government hadn't clamped down on this despite repeated promises to do so.

Cameron's answer, partially in the form of a joke, centred around the fact that all the political parties would be cold calling and spamming as many of the electorate as they possibly could over the next few months. I'm paraphrasing, clearly. He worded it in such a way as to suggest cold calling was a fundamental part of the democratic process and it was difficult to legislate against "bad" cold callers without effecting "good" cold callers.

Nice, huh?

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

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I think I've got it

I think I've figured this out. We have a £25k car with £15k worth of hybrid technology that serves only to overcome the weight penalty of the £15k worth of hybrid technology but allows you to sell it to the sort of people who wouldn't be seen dead in a £25k car.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

Bassey

Contradictions

I think you illustrate the Beebs main problem perfectly, by making the same mistake they seem to make. Firstly, you say the Beeb should " fill a void, providing news and programmes that the market won't make". And I agree, that is what it is there for. But then you say you "want it to...Broadcast, rather than narrowcast to niches".

Surely this is something of a dichotomy. If something is of general, broad interest to the population then it is something the commercial channels will be making or, if they haven't thought of it yet, will want to make. After all, they want to sell advertising to as many people as possible. The voids, the gaps, the spaces in which you seem to believe the Beeb should be working are, by their very nature, niches.

The Beeb does the same thing. It seems to judge it's own success by viewing figures and "reach" when you could almost make the opposite argument. Once a program or format becomes successful, the commercial operators will always copy it. Arguably, at this point, the Beeb has carried out its function and should stop and move onto something else.

Why does the BBC, an organisation whose main function is to make programs nobody else makes, make Eastenders, a southern copy of Coronation St? Why is it allowed to bid for football rights when that uses public money to inflate the value of those rights which are then sold to the public? Why does it have two mainstream music radio stations?

The BBC needs to be cut back hugely and should not be allowed to enter segments already catered for and should be forced to leave segments if it succeeds in creating new ones that come to be adequately served by the commercial operators.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

Bassey

Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT

"Why translation companies should be so bad at this stuff I don't know..."

The answer is quite simple. Like many companies today, they are an IT company - but they haven't realised it yet because all the people at the top are translators. Banks are IT companies - literally every little thing they do is IT. But they haven't realised this yet because everyone on the board is a banker. Accountants are pretty much the same. There are loads and loads of examples of entire industries which should now fall under IT and therefore should be driven by IT at board level. But they aren't. Because nobody at the top as the least idea that they became an IT company over a decade ago.

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Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

Bassey

Re: It's not the big friendly buttons, or time limits, or even parental controls...

yep, that's because it relies on users to provide feedback as to whether or not in contains inappropriate content. So, until a video is flagged by someone as inappropriate it is assumed to be suitable for all.

Content for the new app will, allegedly, work the other way around. Everything is banned until it has been approved for YouTubeKidz or whatever they call it

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

Bassey

Re: Not the strongest by far!

I beg to differ but any fule know the strongest substance known to science is dried on wheatabix.

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Microsoft slurps Apple-happy, Google-tastic Sunrise calendar firm

Bassey

Quite good news

I keep trying out Sunrise. It looks gorgeous and it is very good at presenting lots of information on a small screen. However, I also remove it within a few days. Some of the usability is awful - particularly around setting reminders and so on. A bit of input from a new development team might be just what it needs - as they as they don't let the MS GUI team anywhere near it.

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

Bassey

begs the question

How did they find a statistically significant control group of non-drinkers in the UK? Even most of the Methodists I know regularly exceed the recommended weekly maximum units.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

Bassey

Re: Spotted what's missing?

I think that very zoomed in bit of Southampton IS just very flat or is so zoomed in the software has removed the contour lines. The image above clearly shows them as present and (presumably) correct.

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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Re: Hasn't this been done (better) before?

They ARE cool (I have two) but, if I've understood it correctly, this configuration would solve one major problem the those (or any) repeaters. With repeaters, your device sees it as another wifi network that just happens to have the same SSID and security as the original Which is fine for static devices but a real PITA for laptops, tablets, phones etc. If I have my laptop in the living room it will attach to the homeplug WiFi extender - fine. If I then wander down to the other end of the house, it can still JUST ABOUT hold onto that signal - which it does, even if the signal is so poor that bandwidth is abysmal and even though it is now within 3m of the original router! I have to manually switch it over (or, actually, just hit the function key that toggles WiFi off and on again. When it switches back on it connects to the strongest signal).

A mesh doesn't have that problem as the device only sees one network and the mesh devices sort out all the complicated handover stuff in the same way a mobile phone network does.

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

Bassey

Re: Activite vs Fitbit Surge

Good question. It isn't about the quantity of sleep per se. It is more about the quality of sleep. Your body/brain go through two distinct phases whilst asleep (a cycle) and most people would look to go through roughly 4 of these cycles in a night. You could get a full 8 hours sleep but, if it turns out your sleep cycles are a little bit longer than 2 hours you might actually be waking up during the 4th cycle (and probably during the dreaming or REM phase, which is regarded as the most important). In which case, you've only really had 3 cycles - or about 6 hours sleep even though you've been asleep for 8 hours and might feel fine. Do that too often and you'll start to build up a sleep "debt" and feel generally shitty.

Note - all of the above is "roughly speaking" as everyone is different. That's why a sleep monitor CAN be a good idea. Have a look at the link below for more detail;

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/how-much-sleep-do-you-need.htm

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Chrome Fast?

I'm not sure Chrome is so fast any more. It seems to be suffering the same bloat as all the others. It was only fast when it was new and unencumbered with legacy code. According to task manager, each of my current Chrome tabs is taking anywhere between 67-230Mb. I have 14 instances and 6 of them are well north of 100Mb. These days, chrome uses the vast majority of my resources and chugs along as slowly as Firefox or IE ever did.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Bassey

Slightly Surprised

Here on the Isle of Man we have the standard setup you describe, only a bit more expensive. Line rental works out at close to £15/month with another £15/month for the cheapest broadband (16Mb). However, it is perfectly straightforward to drop the landline completely and switch to a microwave only broadband connection. They start at about £15 for the same sort of speed. I went for a 40Mb connection for £25. So I'm paying £5 less per month than a standard landline connection but getting a much faster speed and I live in the arse end of nowhere. Surely such things must be available in the UK, even if only in the larger towns and cities?

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

Bassey

So that's

So, that's why Pete's gone to Iceland!

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HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

Bassey

Any Port in a Storm

"The power and volume buttons have been thoughtfully positioned. The same goes for the 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB port"

Where though? Yours and my ideas of "thoughtfull" might be very different and none of the images used show any of the ports - just what looks like either the SIM Card tray cover or the MicroSD Card slot cover on the side.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Bassey

Chicken and Egg?

I'm just getting to the point where a 16MB (actually getting about 11MB) ADSL line isn't quite enough for our family so we'll probably upgrade this year. The only real option being to go up to 40MB. But I would consider us atypically heavy users. For most, 16MB is plenty so they don't see the need to spend more on a faster connection. There needs to be stuff out there that justifies the outlay but companies (understandably) don't want to put the content out there when people don't have the ability to access it.

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

Bassey

Re: Ye Olde Weights and Measures

> Young people today! What do they teach you at school?

Young people? The Decimalisation in the UK happened in 1971 and I believe schools were required to teach metric units from 1969. You'd need to be in your late 60s to have left school before that all came in. And, though I wasn't born then, I'm reliably informed that they were already teaching the metric system for many years before the act was passed.

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Ye Olde Weights and Measures

"1.72lb"

Apparently this is an ancient system used to measure weight by our forebears and equates to 780g - for those equally as baffled as I was.

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CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

Bassey

Re: Audio cast dongle - yes please

Sony sold a gadget for about the £12 mark that was basically just a small bluetooth audio transmitter with a 3.5mm jack. You plugged it into anything with a headphone socket and it allowed you to listen to it with bluetooth headphones. I used to use one to listen to the telly whilst on the treadmill (the treadmill was so noisy I couldn't hear it any other way). Presumably you'd only need the same widget but to work in reverse?

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

Bassey

Who else?

"And, anyway, if the CIA can only account for around half of all UFO sightings, then what the hell else was up there peering down on citizens of Planet Earth?"

The Russian planes spying on the US.

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QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic

Bassey

Handy choice

I know a few people whose companies have switched them onto Android (mainly Galaxy S4s) for lack of a decent Blackberry who will be battering down the door of their IT managers looking for one of these. Never saw the attraction myself (but I'm happy to acknowledge I was never the target market) but I know so many with a crackberry habit for whom Android just couldn't quite scratch the itch.

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Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

Bassey

Re: Wireless Charging

I went for a cheapy USB adaptor off eBay (about £3). It works, but it isn't great and I wish I'd gone for a Dock rather than an adaptor as the tension in the cable often pulls the thing loose meaning I wake up in the morning to a dead battery.

It would be far preferable if Sony had just gone with Qi wireless charging. I had it on the Nexus 4 and it is really hard to take the step backwards.

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Bassey

Re: Z2 Compact

Erm, there is no Z2 Compact?

Bizarrely, Sony produced a Z1, Z1 Compact and Z1 Tablet.

Then the Z2 and Z2 Tablet - but no Z2 Compact

Now the Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet

I think it was because the Z1 Compact was so delayed it only came out a month before the full-sized Z2.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

Bassey

"there was NO excuse for a 6 hour trilogy to cover a 2 hour story"

Six hours? You're kidding aren't you? Try EIGHT hours!!! It is almost 2 hours longer than the original Star Wars Trilogy and if you think of all the things that happened in Star Wars and then the six incidents that make up The Hobbit???

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Bassey

Re: The TV manufacturers really have taken us for chumps

"The TV manufacturers really have taken us for chumps"

This isn't true. There ARE LCD TVs with decent sound out there. Samsung do an excellent 40" TV with superb picture and sound for about £400. But it is thick and has a large frame. It doesn't have 3D and doesn't have Smarts. So, the public choose the fancy, slim, 3D, smart versions that cost a couple of hundred pounds more and look pretty.

So who are the chumps?

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Maxwell Cheapy

If the Maxwell is as good as the review suggests and such a bargain at £230, it is currently on at eBauyer for £140! That sounds (geddit?) like a bit of a steal.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

Bassey

Question for those in the know

I have a 5-year-old HP WiFi printer that I got for £40 from WH Smiths. I've been able to print from Android for years because HP produce an Android app. It works flawlessly from £30 cheapy Android tablets through to a Sony Xperia Z1. I've never even bothered to work out "how" it works. It just does. Might be over the cloud from HP. Might be direct over the WiFi connection. Who cares?

Do HP (and others) not produce similar apps for Chrome? I kind of just assumed they did. It pretty much defeats the point of buying a cheap Chromebook if you then have to go out and spend a fortune on a top of the range printer that, at best, might work slowly and poorly.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

Bassey

"So what we need, is systems for end users which aren't horribly fragile and full of scary warnings"

To be fair, the reason you could feck about with a C64 or Speccy 48k was because the OS was in ROM. There was (almost*) nothing you could do that couldn't be fixed by turning it off and turning it back on again. And the reason windows locks down a good proportion of the file system is because, if you delete some of those files, you really CAN bork the OS and create hours of work for yourself or (more likely) IT. I know I've had to resort to a Windows re-install after a bit of over-zealous tidying up and I can't imagine I'm alone.

*almost - okay, you could completely destroy a Speccy by knocking the kempston joystick interface out of the back whilst playing a game but, as I spent 17 as a coder repeating ad naseum, "that's a hardware issue".

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

Bassey

Your Roots man, don't loose sight of your roots

Whilst that looks simply awe inspiring I can't help feeling you have lost sight of the original experiment. We're looking for Post-Pub nosh here. Anything that requires a list of ingredients, specialist shopping trips, 40+ minutes of cooking time and a sauce that needs straining just doesn't qualify. In a Post-Pub scenario you would have fallen asleep and set the whole house on fire long before you began the process of building the layers. And, frankly, if you have the co-ordination, post-pub, to strain a sauce, then you're simply not trying hard enough.

Post Pub should be limited to a MAXIMUM 6 ingredients and the only sauce required should come from a bottle. That's the beauty of the bacon sarnie - it's simplicity!

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

Bassey

Re: This one's got hot and cold taps on the side...

Sounds like the Samsung 5000 series TVs - they also do pretty reasonable sound to boot. They're thick, ugly and have a pretty massive bezel but they are also cheap, focus on picture quality over design and gimmicks and can play any media format I've ever tried from the USB port. Network playback, alas, is limited to you having DLNA configured correctly and there just aren't enough virgins in these parts for me to sacrifice to the DLNA gods even if the Moon WERE in the 8th house.

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Sony Wall Mount Problem

Those Sony TV's look awesome and I would be very tempted but for one thing not mentioned in the review or on some of the sites selling them. The stand folds back around to form a wall-mounting bracket. This is brilliant IF you don't already have a wall bracket. If you do, none of the current Sony TVs will be compatible with it.

Now, I'm all for innovation and a built-in wall mount is great. But the VESA mounting standard has been around for decades and I can't remember the last time I saw a TV or monitor that wasn't compatible. My walls are built out of Manx Stone. It was an absolute pain in the arse to put the brackets up. We got through two titanium drill bits (they melted). Those are not going anywhere.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

Bassey

Re: >Fat is good - as long as it is the correct fats.

"..carbs and sugars are more or less instant energy while fats are stored energy in terms of how your body deals with and uses it. If you have a regular carb and sugar intake then the fat never gets used and just keeps going into storage..."

That's not 100% accurate but close enough to be useful. In reality, your body tends to burn a blend of carbs and fat all the time but the proportions vary enormously depending on what energy is available in what form and what demands you are placing on the body at the time. In fact, the body needs sugars (glycogen) to break down fats so it can't really act in isolation. But it is certainly useful to think along those lines.

Plenty of people actually like to go for a run or walk first thing in the morning, before breakfast, to "wake up" the fat-burning mechanism within the body before they consume any carbs. Studies have shown it to be quite beneficial. It's a good idea to take something with you, though. if you aren't used to it your body could react badly so it's handy to have something sugary with you just in case.

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This is what is being taught

I've been doing ultra distance races and challenges for a few years now. Obviously, this involves paying careful attention to my diet so I've spent considerable time over the last 4-5 years reading up on this sort of thing and had come to the same conclusion. I even know athletes who have completed an 85 mile race having both trained and raced on a zero-carb, high fat diet. But I wondered if this was just an endurance sports thing.

However, having been made redundant last year I decided to switch careers and am now training to become a personal trainer. I was a bit apprehensive. I assumed I was going to be taught the same old shite. Low fat, high carb. Official government policy. The reality has been that academia are teaching exactly what this article and my own experiences had already found to be true. Fat is good - as long as it is the correct fats. There is a surprising amount of Chemistry for a Personal Trainer course and plenty of focus on what the fats are, how hydrogenated fats are manufactured, what these fats do to "confuse" the body etc. The same goes for sugars and sweetners.

But it really does seem to be only government health authorities that still peddle "Fat is bad". Colleges, the health industry and athletes seem to have cottoned on quite some time ago.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

Bassey

Re: Best one...

"....for quite a while"

It was good but without anyone "having an accident" or, at the very least, the Accounts Team having all their work backed up to null (Hey, the backups were fast!) before a complete server outage I'm not sure it could count as "Best".

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

Bassey

WD TV Live

We've had a WD TV Live for several years now. Western Digital still release fairly regular updates adding new channels. It does Netflix (which is its main purpose) but can also do iPlayer, blinkbox, youtube, spotify, TuneIn and many others. After Netflix, the main use I put it to is streaming all the films I have stored on my NAS. It has HDMI and Composite output, USB input, WifI, Ethrnet, is absolutely tiny, comes with a proper remote but can also be used controlled via an app. Plus my Android Phone and Windows 7+ can see it to stream content to. I've not come across a video format it doesn't support including subtitle files. At around £60, unless you need Amazon Video, I really don't think it can be beaten and if it died today I'd order another without hesitation.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Bassey

"Well, going in with low expectations is the surest way to avoid disappointment."

That's so true. I went into the first Hobbit film expecting it to be awful and, despite the fact that it wasn't exactly brilliant, I came away delighted because it had exceeded my expectations. Unfortunately, because of this, I went into the second film feeling faintly optimistic and came out disappointed. On reflection, it wasn't a bad film. Probably on a par with the first, but my expectations were so much higher I was thoroughly fed up. Thankfully I'm back to expecting No. 3 to be a massive pile poo. "Massive" being the operative term. How can he make three 2.5+ hour films out of a single, fairly short book? Even if the film is good enough to keep the rest of me awake, my backside will surely be asleep well before the end.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

Bassey

Re: I use Chee (Qi) now and it's excellent

Yes, and I have a theory as to why. If I leave my phone on the charge pad overnight, once fully charged, the phone and pad communicate to say "Hey, I'm full, you can turn off the current now". This might happen at 2am. Of course, by the time I wake and pick up the phone it hasn't been charging for the last five hours or so - but, Android isn't reflecting this. It is on a charge pad and had been fully charged so Android shows 100%.

I find it drops VERY quickly for the first hour or two and then levels off so I think it is Android just catching up with the fact that the battery has been draining for five hours or so. To mitigate this I have phoneweaver installed (an automatic profile manager). At midnight it switches into night mode which turns most things off (bluetooth, WiFi, phone data, data sync etc). It still works as an alarm clock and I can still get calls and texts but it is basically a dumb-phone until 7am when everything gets automatically switched back on. That way, the drain over that five hours or so after it has finishes charging is minimal.

Of course, I could be talking utter bollocks.

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