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* Posts by Bassey

1012 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

Bassey

2GB???

I wasn't aware of the 2GB limit. That seems ludicrous. I have a Kindle eBook (coaching manual) that runs into several 10s of MB with just static pictures.

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Scientists weave battery into clothing

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Cool

I do 24-hour walking races and it is a pain having "light-up" as the sun sets. Having the power and lights woven into my racing tops would be handy. If you could combine this with the fabrics that they say generate a charge from motion and I could power my GPS for the full 24-hours too.

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Android users more likely to put out

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Re I've always wondered if.......

"When we were more subject to the effects of the seasons you can imagine it making a difference to a child's development"

This is still the case and has been shown in many studies. Children born in July/August do MUCH worse than children born in Sept/Oct. They also have a higher incidence of suicide (about 10% higher which is ENORMOUS). But, of course, this has nothing to do with the position of the planets. It is down to the Western Education system being based around a school calendar year rather than the absolute age of the child. So a child born at the end of August is almost a year younger when they start school than a child born at the start of September. This makes a huge difference to how they start learning which has a correspondingly large knock-on effect later in life.

Due to their poorer results, poorer job, less money etc they are more likely to suffer anxiety/depression and go on to harm themselves.

But that STILL doesn't mean there is ANYTHING to astrology.

It just proves that society is slightly biased towards a particular date of birth.

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Bassey

Re: why slag off astrology

I don't see why astrology being just like several other ludicrous belief systems is a reason NOT to slag it off. You're going to have to explain your reasoning on that one.

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Sony focuses on light with Cyber-shot refresh

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Re: Umm

Still, it IS nice to see a product launch/press release focus on something related to real-world image quality rather than megapixels, touchscreens, digital zooms etc.

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Met Office cuts off Linux users with new weather widgets

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Re: @Bassey

"What I was trying, and probably failing, to say was that most commercial users will be making decisions on forecasts for periods considerably longer, or further ahead, than the next few minutes."

Ahh, fair enough. Well, as both a keen ultra-distance race-walker and former Mountain Rescue volunteer I can assure you that the hour-by-hour forecasts are hugely useful. Gave up on the met forecasts 4 or 5 years ago, mind. Nowadays I read the pressure charts & radar to get an idea of where things are and where they are going followed by Accuweather for a pretty good stab at what will happen. Their granularity is also much smaller than the Met (i.e. they claim to offer forecasts for smaller areas) and I usually find them to be spot on.

Not holding out much hope for accuracy this week, though. The pressure charts show the warm front edging back and forth over where I live - which basically means prepare for all types of weather every ten minutes or so.

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Bassey

Erm...

"I've never really understood why it is considered necessary to know what the weather will be from minute to minute."

"I can understand that an accurate forecast is very important for certain occupations and industries"

So, having said you don't understand it, one line later you do. Excellent.

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Apple dishes out cheap, tasty Macs 'n slabs to staff

Bassey

Still making money

if the iFixit breakdowns are anywhere close to accurate then Apple is still making a tidy profit - even from its own employees!

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Netflix vs Lovefilm

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Makes my mind up for me

I subscibe to Blockbuster rental-by-post. They have just sent me the last two Harry Potter films on BluRay to watch this weekend. All the comments above lead me to believe, for films, I'm better off sticking with what I have for now. I'll look again next year.

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Sony SVR-HDT1000 Freeview+ HD DVR

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PS3

Whilst I admit that, on a pure cost basis, the PS3 wins hands down, it isn't exactly living room friendly, is it? It makes one hell of a din and pumps out more heat than a tumble dryer. But it does make you wonder why this costs £350 when the PS3 is £200 cheaper with more expensive components.

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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

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Re: Real Life

"Why should we 'grow up' out of video games, Star Trek and posting turds through objectionable neighbour's letter boxes?!"

Erm, because it will send you bankrupt, your wife will leave you leave and you'll be left destitute and in tears. Man, you really weren't paying attention, were you!

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Car gadget cuts off driver's smartphone

Bassey

But surely...

Can't you just turn the bluetooth off on the phone? That way the device will never know the phone is in the car.

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Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold 50in ultra widescreen TV

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Re: Stupid Aspect Ratio

Do you mind clarifying what is "Daft" and "Stupid" about a TV built to be the same aspect ratio as the majority of films? I find it hugely frustrating that I have spent good money on a widescreen TV but still get huge black bars at the top and bottom of most films. I don't watch telly (naff all on worth watching the last few times I looked) so I would love a 21:9 screen. That means either a projector or one of these.

I just can't see what is daft about having a film screen designed correctly for films? Please enlighten me?

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Phone maker punts AA-powered blower

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Re: Missing the Point

Not really. There are already devices perfectly suitable for that. I take a Samsung dumb-phone with a three-week battery life out into the Mountains with me. Would anyone actually trust a piece of electronic kit to be working, untested, after 15 years? Of course not. So the claim is bollocks and the technology pointless.

If I really wanted to run a phone off something like a AA battery I would by one of the £5 AA powered chargers and keep it, along with a couple of batteries, in a dry bag.

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Intel gets Atoms out ahead of CES

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nettops

No mention of nettops? I've been using two NVIDIA ION based Atom Nettops for a couple of years now. With 2GB of RAM I get decent enough Win7 performance from a PC that consumes around 20W peak. It handles Hi-def video, I can do basic video editing (as long as I leave the final "build" to run overnight) and I love it.

I reckon 90% of users could get by on Atom-based hardware and would never notice the difference over a Core i3/5. Certainly most business PCs.

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Japanese boffins crack arse-based ID recognizer

Bassey

Re: Whistledink

"all the ass jokes come off as ... amateurish"

You know some professional ass-joke writers?

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New ATLAS particle part of 'everyday mass'

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I'm probably going to regret asking, but.....

How is it a new "particle" if it is made up of two particles?

Isn't that a bit like saying Sodium Chloride is an element?

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Smartphone accessories

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Bottle Opener

That bottle opener case is so superb I momentarily considered getting an iPhone just so that I could get the case. The insanity passed...

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Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

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Re: A J Macleod

I agree to an extent. I'm amazed there isn't a verticle slider on the market with a standard keypad on it. These were all the rage five years ago (Nokia 7650 etc) and would seem ideal as a decent compromise between touch-screen entertainment and keypadded "getting things done".

That said, I've owned full QWERTY keyboard phones for the best part of a decade and, despite being 1.92m with coal-shovel hands I have never had a problem with them. Sure, they take a few days to get used to but then T9 takes me a few days to get used to each time I have to go back to it and capacative screens caused months of frustration after many years of resistive/stylus use.

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Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

Bassey

Lies, damned lies and more lies

Surely last weeks "sexual partners" survey proved once and for all that asking the public in order to ascertain the truth is entirely pointless. For those that missed it that survey published results last week in which the average man claimed to have had 15 sexual partners and the average woman claimed to have had just six. Which proved that either the vast majority of men are homosexual or everyone lies in surveys, particularly on moral issues.

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Lovefilm buys right to stream Sony Pictures content

Bassey

The Karate Kid? A Kids film? How very dare you?

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eBay scam nets suckers on both sides of the road

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Re: They could have at least put a block of wood in it!

Nah, that would cost more to post. These scammers have their profit margins to think about!

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Southampton Uni climbs aboard LOHAN spaceplane project

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Mixed feelings

Whilst I join the others in positively glowing with pride that the UK is producing such engineering talent and am pleased to see such people anthusiastically jumping on LOHAN - I do wonder if the project is perhaps veering too far from its "Men in Sheds" ethos?

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The moment a computer crash nearly caused my car crash

Bassey

Cut the crap

Whenever there is a car thread in here a bunch hollier than thou morons come on and tell everyone "well, if you were driving properly..."

Bollocks.

I want ABS because the prick at sat in his driveway up ahead might not see me and could pull out in front of me. In that scenario, I have done nothing wrong but ABS might prevent us both winding up dead.

Just because you feel the need to jump on a public forum and tell everyone what a wonderful driver you are doesn't mean there aren't compelete pricks out there that could kill you in a flash.

There is no prize for being "dead" right.

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

Bassey

So you quite like it then?

I must admit to having been a bit of a fan of Asus hardware over the last couple of years. It has generally tended to be well built, well priced, well specced and well thought out.

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Fuel taxes don't hurt the world's poor - they don't have cars

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more economic

"People can choose a more economic vehicle, public transport, a motor bike instead of a car etc etc and the more you consume the service the more you pay towards its cost"

I hear this argument a lot. Politicians, when asked what people can do about rising fuel costs, often go on about how people could insulate their homes, shop around for the cheapest supplier etc etc.

I did that. Several years ago. I double insulated the loft. Had cavity wall insultation injected into the walls. Replaced the boiler with a super-efficient condenser. Had all the windows checked and re-sealed. Sold the old 1.2 Clio (45mpg) and got a 1l Hyundai that does about 65mpg. I lift share with two people in my village. I swapped my mobile contract for one costing just £7.50/month all in. I'm on the cheapest broadband and the cheapest everything else.

I haven't had a pay rise in four years but my wife and I have an extra mouth to feed now. There IS no public transport where we live and we can't sell our house (on the market for over 2 years) to move nearer to work. I was spending about £150 on petrol getting to work. Thanks to fuel price rises It is now around £250 and with 30% hikes in gas, heating oil, electric etc....

What the fuck do I do now?

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eBuyer £1 sale fail: Customers vent fury... on Facebook

Bassey

A lot of fuss

People do get a bit hot and bothered about this sort of thing, don't they? Almost as if they have some inherent right to be the one to get the deal.

I wasn't actually aware of the £1 sale but tried to visit eBuyer to purchase a nettop. As the site wasn't responding I got it from Amazon instead.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

Bassey

Three simple rules

There are three simple rules that most technology literate smartphone users will stick to.

A smartphone MUST have;

1) A memory card slot - preferably MicroSD

2) A Proper SIM slot

3) A removable battery

So many of the flagship smartphones from ALL manufacturers seem to be breaking 1 or 2 of these rules just recently and without any consistency. Manufacturers seem to be sealing in the battery one week, then opening that back up but omitting the memory card slot the next. It doesn't seem to make any sense. They KNOW this pisses customers off and harms retention so why do it?

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Spillover from 400lb man squeezed fellow flier into galley

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Re: Excess Baggage

That seems a bit harsh. I'm 1.92m tall. So, despite the fact I'm fairly trim (I run ultra-marathons) I probably weigh the same as a short lard-arse.

BMI is also a useless system as it assumes people are 2D and so punishes the tall. Is there a system for differentiating people who weigh a lot because they are tall and/or muscular and people who weigh a lot because their eat/move ratio is out of whack?

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Sony demos Augmented Reality on PS Vita

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Google gives up on saving world from cheap coal energy

Bassey

Re: Let's do solar PV properly

I see two main problems;

Firstly, sandy desert isn't great for solar panels. On the other hand, there are plenty of other types of desert that would better suit.

Secondly, the infrasctructure in deserts tends to be rather minimal making the building, maintenance etc prohibitively expensive. Nothing that can't be surmounted but problematic none the less.

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Man nearly faints with relief as cops drop chopper charge

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Re: Iainn

"Again with no explanation of what a 'chopper' is until 3/4 way through the article? Jeez..."

That was the whole point, Iainn. Double Entendre fall a little flat if you explain them beforehand. It's called humour?

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Coders are creatives too: Where's our love?...

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Wholly Crap

A bunch of so-called "Developers" (I still call myself a programmer) whining about their feelings and how society misunderstands them. For christs sake. It's like the bastard child of Twighlight and Loose Women.

Grow a pair!

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Bug silences Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Re: you're not singing anymore

Hadn't spotted that - certainly naughty of them to release it without mentioning the lack of Flash. Okay, they don't need to list every feature that isn't present but most people would take Flash on Android as a given - especially as it is often provided as an example of a differentiator.

A quick Google suggests it IS coming soon though;

Adobe issued the following statement on the matter: “Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0 — expected to be released before the end of this year.”

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SQUID calls 'virtual photons' into real existence

Bassey

Fan-bloody-tastic. Thank you

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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Re: Baffled

Good grief Chris. I know it is early on a Monday but wake up man. He didn't mention WHAT article or WHICH author. This isn't a post. It is a BOT getting in a 1st "relevent" post to try and get around the spam detectors.

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PETA claims anti-Mario campaign was a joke

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Skinning Animals Alive

Seriously? Skinning Animals Alive? I just don't believe that happens as common practice for several reasons.

1) It would be several times more difficult to skin them alive, whilst wriggling, screaming, biting etc. than whilst dead

2) It would be pointless. They aren't sheep. It won't grow back.

3) The fur would get covered in blood. Far better to drain the blood first (and keep it - very tasty).

4) PETA stated it

Doesn't mean there aren't sick bastards out there that do it sometimes for kicks but as a standard business practice it is an awful lot of extra hassle with no benefits.

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Orange revisits San Francisco with another budget blower

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CPU

Anyone know what generation ARM CPU has? I believe the last one had an ARM6 processor which put a limit on some of the apps you could run. Mine still flies along with the latest CyanogenMOD though.

As for the memory, mine has 512MB of RAM so I'm not sure that counts as an upgrade.

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DOOMSDAY 2012 MEGA VOLCANO 'UNLIKELY' - NASA

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Dull

"Indonesia, New Zealand, the United States, and Chile"

So miles away from me then. Who cares?

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Motorola Razr Android smartphone

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Re: Where are the non-removable battery haters?

They stopped reading the review after the words "non-removable battery", obviously.

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Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich code

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Re: Ooooh

Google promised to release the source code.

Lots of people predicted it wouldn't happen and that they were just stalling

Google have now released the source code so that those of us with older devices can get the latest OS on them.

Do you mind explaining why any/all of that is soooo terrible that you felt it necessary to vent your spleen publicly?

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WebOS developer? 'Grab a slab, while stocks last'

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Re: Brian Cox

It was on "The Infinite Monkey Cage" that he denied all responsibility for the penning of "Things Can Only Get better", fully acknowledged that it contravened the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and insisted he had written the little known B-Side, "Entropy Will Always Increase" but claimed the Labour party just weren't interested in using it as an election slogan.

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Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Bassey

Alternatives

I got something similar to this several years ago in the hope it would sort out my RSI from years of mouse useage - particularly the scroll-wheel which is a real killer for me. Whilst I found the touch pad easy to use and the scrolling was fine the motions were too similar to operating a scroll-wheel so the RSI reared its ugly head again.

Now been using a Kensington Expert Mouse trackball that has staved off RSI for 3 or 4 years.

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Hands on with the Sony PlayStation Vita

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Re: Where on earth did you get that price form?

Erm, the paragraph above where he had just pointed out the memory stick will be £100.

£270 + £100 + 1 game = £400 near as makes no difference.

And, lets face it, that design REQUIRES a case - so add £20-30 on for that.

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Another hushed HTC blower set for 2012 debut

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Re: Quad core

Actually, the article states "1.5GHz dual-core processor" so it isn't quad core. However, the general idea of the multiple cores is that you can have more processing power AVAILABLE but without cranking up the power. For example, the latest multi-core arm design has five cores. One, low power core is running most of the time for mundane tasks and uses little-to-no power. The other four cores only kick-in when more grunt is required and then shut back down again with ARM quoting power savings of 30% or more.

So multi-core IS about getting back to a practical battery life - even if it won't be marketed as such because, like it or not, amazing battery life doesn't sell to Joe Public.

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Bassey

Snap!

I call snap. That is EXACTLY the same spec as the Sensation Beats XE apart from the Battery and OS version - and HTC has already confirmed the XE will receive ICS in the New Year. So this is the same phone but with a slightly smaller battery.

That strikes me as a rather difficult differentiation to sell to the market!

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Russian Mars mission launches after multi-year delays

Bassey

Oops

Looks like this was posted an hour or two too soon. Shame. I really don't care who is carrying out Interplanetary missions as long as someone is. Kudos to the Russians for keeping trying and lets hope they can salvage something out of (what looks like) a complete nightmare at the moment.

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Ryanair ponders in-air mucky movie service

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Usual O'Leary nonsense

O'Leary's usual trick of making up nonsense to get himself a bunch of free advertising from brainless churnalists at the Sun.

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New pics of giant black sphere hurtling toward Earth

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Re: It almost clipped the moon

Bloody good point. Everyone goes on about earth impacts but what about a serious moon impact? After all, this object is going to pass a lot closer to the moon than it will to us. And a serious smash on the moon will be far more serious for us, long term, than a 400 kilo-tonne bomb going off (the estimated impact of this thing if it ever hit).

Is anyone tracking potential strikes on the moon?

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BeWeather

Bassey

Was sounding good

Sounded good until "Weather data is ... near enough identical to the BBC’s weather information"

Given that the BBC's weather forecast is complete and utter shite I won't be bothering.

I must admit, despite their being seemingly hundreds of weather apps for Android it is one area I Find disappointing. I'm a hill walker so I'm interested in detailed, accurate weather information but find it very hard to find. Accuweather is brilliant on the web but their Android client is woeful. The best I've found so far is Wetter.com but some of the interface is in English and some in German.

One test I have is looking up the weather for home and work. There is a bloody great range of hills and mountains in between so the weather is usually different in one place to the other - even though there is just 11 miles between them. The BBC always has them as having the same weather.

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