* Posts by Bassey

1110 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

Bassey

Re: FIRST OWNER

I'm not sure it is a case of The Reg conveniently ignoring it. Sure, that's what it appears to say but that would make absolutely no sense whatsoever (as the reg points out later). Why would you ignore 2nd hand use when working out a device's environmental life-span? It is in YOUR favour to estimate the device's lifespan as being longer as the environmental impact per year is "total environmental cost" divided by "total lifespan in years".

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Amazon Shocker: Firm recalls Fire and Fire Kids power adapters

Bassey

Re: Was really easy.....

I'm having the same problem. Just contacted them to ask how I replace the second one (although we don't use the second one so I'd happily take the £12 credit). There are also LOADS of people complaining that the code for getting the charger for free doesn't work at checkout. I had it fail for me once but then it worked the next time. Amazon do seem to be doing the right thing - just not very well

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Security Updates

Whilst I've had plenty of phones from Manufacturers who don't update their phones (Huawei being the worst) Sony have been fantastic of late. I've had the Xperia Compact Z1 since release nearly two years ago. I've lost count of the number of updates since then. It is currently on Android 5.1.something. The amazing thing is, though, that despite the fact Sony have not put it on the list of phones receiving an update to 6.0 (and I didn't for one minute think they would) it IS still receiving security updates. I've had two in the last few months, the last just a couple of weeks ago. For a phone that has already been superseded a couple of times and is no longer receiving OS upgrades I think that's worthy of praise.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

Bassey

"Have you not noticed that if you drive at a normal sort of pace, then those plonkers that are trying to race ahead never actually are usually stay in sight for the entire journey? They never actually get very far."

Quite right and there is a very good reason for that. Despite appearances to the contrary (and the odd breakdown) traffic management is quite sophisticated these days. If you have a large, main stretch of city road with lots of traffic lights along it, the best approach is to accelerate very gently and then dawdle along. The timing of the lights along the stretch is designed to encourage this and, when done well, you'll often find the next set of lights turning green as you approach.

The people who design these systems have shown you get a lot more cars through that way than you do if everyone presses down as hard as they can with their right foot all the time. It also saves on fuel and pollutants.

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Ring Chime: Needy wireless doorbell or $30 bling t'ing?

Bassey

Solution to taking up an extra plug

We got a wireless door chime from B&Q a few months ago. Whilst the cheapest one they had required the chime part to take up a mains socket, on the next one up (which we went for) the Chime part had a 2.1A USB port. The Chime is in the living room and has a micro-usb cable permanently attached for use by, well, whoever needs it at the time. Very handy.

On a related, albeit off topic, subject my youngest has got himself a Goodman's radio alarm clock with two USB sockets, both of which are rated at 2A. Brilliantly useful.

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

Bassey

Taking your argument further....

If we take your argument and apply it to another of the proposed problems, the existence of Cowell, I think most would agree he exists because a large group of today's youth are driven by the media to aspire simply to "becoming famous". Therefore, following the Free School Meal solution, we must either meet the incentive or remove the incentive. Making everyone famous is not realistic so we need to remove the desire to become famous. I can see two ways of doing this.

1) Careful regulation of all media to show how becoming famous is not the be all and end all of existence and that the famous are generally no more happy than the rest of us. This all seems a bit far fetched and I don't really see it working in practice

2) A hunger games style elimination of 100 "celebrities" each week or so. That should cut down on the number of people wishing to become a celebrity, provide TV far more watchable than X-Factor or BGT and, as an added bonus, should I be allowed to create the list of "celebrities" I have a sneaking suspicion Cowell will cease to be a problem.

Ahh, economics at work!

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If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

Bassey

The opposite solution

I've almost gone the opposite way. If there is a film or TV series I want to watch out of casual interest I'll find the cheapest DVD copy on eBay, usually for less than £3, watch it and then immediately flog it again. I often break even, rarely lose more than the cost of postage (90p) and occasionally even make a few quid. When they arrive I'm careful to open the jiffy bag without ripping it so I can just pop it straight back in.

The stuff we REALLY want to watch tends to be series on netflix; House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and plenty of others.

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Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

Bassey

Bloatware

Slightly ironic that you praise them for keeping Bloatware to a minimum and then praise them for the inclusion of Bloatware (SwiftKey). SwiftKey is still Bloatware. The fact that YOU happen to like it and find it useful doesn't change that.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

Bassey

Re: I have an Honor 6

Cheers. I was about to ask if Huawei were still as useless as they used to be with software updates. I had one of their's a couple of years ago that was released with one of the buggier Android releases. There were all sorts of promises as to updates "coming soon" but none arrived and I eventually flogged it through eBay. I've had a Sony Z1 compact since which has had several updates (2 major versions and a few "patches") leading me to feel rather wary of the lesser brands.

And yes, I'm aware Huawei is a bigger company than Sony are these days but Sony is high profile enough that it needs to support it's users. Huawei is unheard of outside China so isn't going to suffer bad press from leaving users with bug-ridden phones.

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

Bassey

Re: Does it really save that much?

According to my heating engineer the simple answer is no. He installed a new heating system for us with a new all-singing all-dancing programmable remote thermostat. It was his son that did all the electronic set up etc for us. He doesn't see the point. According to him the most efficient way to run a modern boiler is to use thermostatic valves on all the radiators. He reckons that, once the valve is set to the correct temperature on each rad. then the boiler will use absolutely bugger-all fuel maintaining the staus quo. Modern condensor boilers only really use energy when they have to change the temperature.

Although I should add that this really applies to modern, well insulated homes with decent windows etc. We'd just spent £2.5k on the boiler, cavity wall insulation, double insultating the loft and having any dodgy windows re-sealed which is why he thought we were wasting £120 on the gadget.

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Doom, Mario, Pac-Man level up to video gaming's Hall of Fame

Bassey

If it's cultural impact

If they are after games that have had a massive cultural impact then wouldn't Angry Birds be a pretty major contender? It was the first significant game on mobile phones and, as such, has kicked off the next phase of computer/video games.

For the last 40 years or so, your age and the machine you/your friends had access to is going to define what you saw as culturally significant. As a ZX Spectrum gamer from the early eighties it would be manic miner for me. The significance of Angry Birds was that it was almost instantly available on a few billion devices and seemed to be played by all generations.

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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

Bassey

Bumper cable

Now if the "Grip bumper" thingy was also the USB 3 cable then that would be excellent. As it is, £10 for a coloured bit of moulded rubber is taking the piss.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

Bassey

Love them

I've been using the original T100 for about 18 months now. It doesn't quite cut it as a main machine (10" screen, only 32GB storage) but it is small and light enough to go everywhere and gets used more than my desktop by a long way. I used to use the full-sized USB port on it quite a bit but I can't actually remember the last time I did. Like the reviewer, all my stuff is on a server and in the cloud. It really does make a decent large tablet AND laptop but, due to the size, gets used by like the original Netbooks. Email, internet, the odd edit to a Word or Excel document etc.

I might have to take a trip to PC World and have a look at this and the Chi 100 as that 32GB of storage is now down to 1.4GB free and there is nothing on there I could remove.

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Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

Bassey

Re: Have they tested it in...

In my (limited) experience of driving north of the Arctic Circle there is also a major problem with reading road signs - and not just because they aren't in English. There are often covered up with snow. I remember driving through Northern Finland, following written instructions (Ah, the days before SatNav) with such directions as "Follow the sign for flokensterklufen" (might have just made that place name up) and having to stop by the side of the road every time I saw a sign, get out, run over to the sign with a brush, remove the snow, compare what was written on the sign to what was written on my sheet of directions, get back in the car and carry on. That was a loooong night.

Assuming the same thing happens to temporary speed limits, road works etc. then Autonomous cars aren't going to stand a chance.

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The yummy mummies' likeable wagon: Nissan Qashqai Tekna

Bassey

Not just the Qashqai

Nissan are just making bloody good cars at the moment. Two of "The Wife"'s last three cars have been Nissans. An Almera and an X-Trail. Both were eminently practical and really quite good fun to drive too. Neither of them ever broke down and they only got replaced due to changes in circumstances. A friend is the senior local traffic copper - the one that gets to drive the serious VIPs when they visit and so gets sent on all the advanced driving courses. He and his wife have owned only Nissans for the last ten years or so - including a Qashqai each, at one point.

I do wish they'd bring back the curry hook from the Almera though - that was a work of genius!

http://www.hadez.org/offsite/aoc/curry256.jpg

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

Bassey

Re: 100M£

> The whole point of commuting by bike is to get there faster. A bonus is it costs less, keeps you fit,

> You have my sympathy - driving cars in cities today is bound to make you feel angry.

Actually, I hardly ever drive and almost never in cities (pisses me off too much). I either run or cycle. And, in my view, the "whole point" is to arrive on time. But at least we all now know what type of cyclist YOU are.

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Bassey

Re: 100M£

I actually have an easier approach than that. Just stop in the middle of the road. Become a part of the flow of normal traffic until you feel safe to move back into the cycle lane. I'd rather be 6 cars back from the red lights but in the middle of the traffic, where I feel an element of control, than right up front but overshadowed by someone who I cannot know whether they have seen me or not.

Cyclists utter obsession with getting ahead of traffic at junctions does them no favours. It pisses off every other motorist and puts them in dangerous situations.

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Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

Bassey

Any chance of an A3 review

Any chance of a review of the A3 too? 4.5" is as large as I'm prepared to go (and, frankly, I'd prefer a bit smaller but can't find anything with a half-way decent spec).

There's no mention of any form of wireless charging though, which is a real shame.

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How Project Centennial brings potentially millions of desktop apps to the Windows 10 Store

Bassey

Re: Sounds good, but

Yes, but do you want to try explaining that to Bud and Britney who just bought a $150 windows tablet from Walmart for little Bud Jnr, accepted the Windows App Store's recommendation to automatically install the free update to Windows 10 (hell, it's free, right?) and are now getting frequent crashes and "out of Memory" errors?

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Bassey

Sounds good, but

I see a conflict between this approach and MSs current sales drive towards low-end hardware for tablets. There are currently a load of $150-$300 Windows 8.1 tablets that work perfectly well, performance wise, as long as you are very careful with your storage. They all come with just 32GB of storage built-in plus MicroSD expansion. But the expansion can only be used for data. You have to install apps into storage. By the time you've done a full install of Windows and Office, and the manufacturer has taken up space with the recovery drive, you are often left with just 7GB or less.

If apps are no longer sharing resources (and that is clearly a good thing) and are now being wrapped in a virtual container they are just going to get bigger and bigger. That's fine for your desktops and laptops which come with almost limitless storage but could make your "Windows 10 capable" tablet rather less capable than you'd been anticipating.

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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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Bassey

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

Bassey

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

Bassey
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

Bassey

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

Bassey

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

Bassey

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

Bassey
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

Bassey

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

Bassey

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

Bassey

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

Bassey

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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