* Posts by Anthony Hegedus

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

Anthony Hegedus

Re: I'm sorry

The person who downvoted that comment

"So downloading a bunch of films is worth more than a kids life."

is a fucking idiot

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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

Anthony Hegedus

Sony computers are and always have been shit. The hardware over engineered and yet poorly executed. Like really complex hinges on laptops that are a cool design and yet aren't strong enough for a 17" screen. Everything about the computers stinks, especially the software. 50-odd sony POS bloatware apps graced the average machine. And they'd build a machine for maybe a month, with its own set of drivers, then a different model with different drivers. Try to get help for a nonfunctioning driver on google? you'd have to hope that someone with some technical knowledge posted something somewhere on the web about that particular model, which is unlikely because a) they didn't make that many of each model and b) people with technical knowledge would presumably have give Sony a wide berth anyway.

The quality of the drivers and software was always poor. Prone to crashing and freezing. Trying to repair a Sony tower was a nightmare. Non standard parts with different screwholes to anything else.

Having said all that, the Sony tablets are amazing. Not so much bloatware, well made and the bits that are made by sony do actually work and are designed reasonably well. And they keep up to date. My z3 phone already has android 5.1.1.

So glad they've exited the PC market though

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Anthony Hegedus

Installing Windows and bringing it up to date really DOES take that long . . . even without Sony!

Same happened to me the other day, minus the captcha screen

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TalkTalk deactivates hundreds of email accounts after legacy spam scare

Anthony Hegedus

Anyone who uses the email address supplied by their ISP ...

... is an idiot!

Email is always an extra service that ISPs add, usually to keep the customer with them (even though you can usually keep your address if you leave). But people don't realise the ISPs don't have an obligation to provide the service. ISPs have an annoying habit of changing the company they buy the service from and cocking it up. BT in particular.

Why not use a gmail, yahoo or even outlook.com / hotmail.com address? At least with something like gmail, even though it's free, google have some sort of reputation to uphold. The most visible thing after search is their email facility. They tend to want to keep it going.

Or better still, register a domain for yourself.

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Ofcom coverage map: 7/10 – must try harder next time

Anthony Hegedus

Re: You cannot be serious...

Well I can help with my house. EE is shit and O2 is great for voice but no data at all (well, GRPS doesn't count). That's saved them some time.

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Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

Anthony Hegedus

I have one of these and it's really rather good. The keyboard actually makes it more than usable for content creation, it's light enough to hold in one hand (without the keyboard) for general web browsing.

The speakers are louder than the Z2, and the waterproofing doesn't require you to mess around with port covers (for the micro usb).

I have two slight issues:

1. The bezel is slightly smaller than the Z2, which makes it slightly easier to accidentally touch something at the edge of the screen. Not a major problem, just an observation really

2. I'm not sure if the battery life is all that good. It seems to vary, and eat up the battery faster than the older z2. It seems to use up battery on standby, but lasts a good while when in use. I used the device with wifi and the bluetooth keyboard almost all the way to London on a flight from LAX recently. It does seem to get a bit hot at times, even when running apps that don't appear to be CPU or GPU intensive, but that could just be a badly written app.

Oh and another plus point, it uses quick-charge technology which allows the charger to boost the voltage up to 12V at 1.8A (I think) so it charges a lot quicker than the Z2 did.

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Yahoo! parties! like! it's! 1999! with! retro! billboard! revival!

Anthony Hegedus

maybe they should make products that work

It used to be that their search results included so many scam companies, more than google did. I just tried it now, I typed "yahoo technical support" into the yahoo.co.uk search field. It yields NO natural search results and one ad - an ad for changing your home page to yahoo.

Seriously though, I know only one person who uses yahoo (they pay for a yahoo email service which goes wrong fairly regularly). When you think of search, who the hell thinks of yahoo? What's it even for?

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

Anthony Hegedus

Just open your documents in MS Word, remembering to tell the computer how important the files are. Usually they'll corrupt themselves beyond any hope of recovery, just because Microsoft.

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German railways upgrade their comms tech from 2G to 4G

Anthony Hegedus

Sure that panel isn't from a yacht?

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Anthony Hegedus

Re: idiotic attitudes all round

Of course. Nobody trusts Microsoft. Why should they? They have a proven track record of making rubbish

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Anthony Hegedus

Re: what's the point in having it available if it's not a good idea to use it?

And therein lies a major problem with the computer industry as a whole

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Anthony Hegedus

Re: idiotic attitudes all round

Maybe I should expand on what I wrote. We expect a few problems but the software should be fit for purpose *generally* - I didn't mean it should be "bug free". But to me, it doesn't make sense that a professional, well-known company like Microsoft is releasing software where the general consensus is "don't install it". If that's the professional opinion, then why are Microsoft releasing it yet?

That's not to say that it's a good idea for everyone to install it immediately, but what's the point in having it available if it's not a good idea to use it? This to me is a reflection on the state of the computer industry as a whole. And a sad reflection at that.

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Anthony Hegedus

idiotic attitudes all round

1. Whoever coded the 512-app limit has committed a silly schoolboy error! Their manager should be fired.

2. Why should we defer upgrading to an OS that has been released? If it's released, it's ready. And if it's ready, it should work. Yes, there'll be a few problems, but if a company actually releases software, isn't it supposedly fit-for-purpose? Or have we reached the stage where we don't trust the biggest software company in the world to make software that actually fucking works?

That aside, when they say there's a 512-app limit on the start menu, is this 512 Program shortcuts, or 512 of those stupid metro "apps" that don't have any purpose?

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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

Anthony Hegedus

64Gbit?

"The controller looks after the Kingston branded NAND which, in actual fact, is Toshiba’s A19 64Gbit MLC Toggle chips. The 240GB drive I’m reviewing uses 16 NAND packages, eight per side of the PCB, and there’s also a 256MB DDR3L 1600 cache chip (Nanya) for good measure."

Surely they'd be 128Gbit to achieve 240GB total, if there are 16 packages?

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

Anthony Hegedus

Isn't vectone one of those "not proper" mobile companies which simply sells cheap SIM cards with bundled minutes to countries only people in the areas in which they advertise would ever need to ring?

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

Anthony Hegedus

It's cheaper than spotify for multiple users

I like the fact that at £15 a month for 6 users, it's cheaper than spotify (£10 per month + £5 per additional user). That, and the fact that spotify haven't finished developing the user interface for increasing the number of users. Once you've gone to 2 users, if you want to change to 3, you need to cancel the service and resubscribe!

Apart from the pricing the service seems good. Quick at changing tracks when you're on 3G/4G, Music selection good (for classical anyway). Seems easier to find music I want than google play music and spotify.

The beats station is useless to me, as so far I've only heard some sort of rap "music" on it that isn't exactly to my taste. I'd like to understand though, is the station set for UK time zone if you listen in the UK, seeing as they have a london base?

So overall, I like the service. A lot easier to set up than the others, and pretty easy to use as well.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

Anthony Hegedus

Re: Which is why

How can a watch have 12? Surely you can select 12 or 24 hour on any watch?

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Anthony Hegedus

Re: Which is why

Other opinions are invalid

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Google presses 'send' on 'undo send' – AT LAST

Anthony Hegedus

Re: The simple answer...

Can you send email from the post office? Is this "postage" thing that you buy an anti-spam measure?

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

Anthony Hegedus

Why not just throw them in the microwave and nuke them? You don't need a box, and it gives you an excuse to buy a new microwave because the smell of burnt arachnoid & banana pie won't shift

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The world .sucks at a minute past midnight on Sunday

Anthony Hegedus

How about .doesntsuck and .dontsuck, and then next year's .areprobablyok and .annoysme and the list goes on and on, until it'll become impossible to work out what the hell domain name to go to, what with .comm and .con and .co and the old-fashioned .com.

It's going to be a gangster's paradise

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

Anthony Hegedus

Re: Sickly stuff

I didn't

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Hi! You've reached TeslaCrypt ransomware customer support. How may we fleece you?

Anthony Hegedus

A PC isnt like a car or anything else we own. People use the car analogy a lot though, presumably because it too is a complex and expensive machine that can be used for so many things. A car can be used for going to work, going to the cinema, going on holiday, moving furniture, picking up a friend from the station etc. A computer can also be used for many diverse things.

But a computer is also flexible, and can be treated (and mistreated) in so many ways. What is really sad is that nobody has come up with a foolproof way of restoring your computer back to factory settings without losing something.

In microsoft's latest incarnation of its windows "OS", there's a facility to restore back to factory settings and "keep all your apps" but what it means by apps is the ones that nobody ever downloads off the "store". Other computers have complex restore options that people don't understand.

I once had a customer who managed to wipe everything off her HP computer because every time it booted, it had "press F12 for restore options" (or similar), and so she decided that it must want her to press F12. So she did. And when it said it'll restore your PC and wipe all the programs and data, she thought it meant something else. When people are that fucking stupid they really aren't going to prevent a cryptolocker infection, are they?

We have had customers infected with one of these crypto-style viruses, and every single one of them was a reasonably intelligent and careful person. They just had a momentary lapse, and that's all it takes.

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T-Mobile prods at corpse of BlackBerry, says 'me too!'

Anthony Hegedus

Re: It was a leading brand in PDA space

Come to think of it, I'm just assuming that the contacts and calendar components of BB10 sync with google. Does anyone know if this is the case?

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Anthony Hegedus

Re: It was a leading brand in PDA space

No native to-do manager? Let's hope the third-party apps are of better quality than the third-party apps were for the old blackberries. They were absolutely dire. Awful UIs, buggy implementations etc.

I love the shape of the passport though. We need to replace our work phones and I for one would be happy with the lack of apps and all, if only the passport could do google drive, docs and sheets properly. Apparently they work if you go via the browser but I don't know how well they work. If I knew I could easily edit, create and view google docs and sheets, the Passport would probably tick all the boxes for me.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

Anthony Hegedus

There is a way to get more energy...

Another commenter wrote here that radio signals don't account for 30% of the total energy output, but I know what does - the screen. Now if you could have a really efficient solar cell blocking the screen out, you'd be able to recoup even more energy.

That's tongue-in-cheek of course, but it's saying much the same thing as recouping "lost" radio energy i.e. it's complete bollocks

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

Anthony Hegedus

The kids might have access to fast broadband at home, tethering on the go and a decent battery life on these devices. And Microsoft's hyper-reliable "onedrive" cloud service never goes wrong does it?

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

Anthony Hegedus

I'm so excited

I love Apple and all their products. I want to buy all their watches and I have four iphones and a macbook air and a macbook pro. I want to give them all my money because I love them so much.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

Anthony Hegedus
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Shall I just get my coat?

Is "binnacle" in common usage anywhere? in my four decades and something on this planet I've never come across it.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

Anthony Hegedus

I once amused myself in my office by feeding these survey scammers false information to see what they did with it. I'd frequently get phone calls after that asking for "Gary Hitler" or "Adolf Eichmann" or various other names I'd made up. In 2011 the trend was to use cheap indian call centres to make the outgoing "sales" calls - offering injury compensation, doing more "surveys" etc. (can't remember if PPI was a thing back then). If the call looked like an "outcome" was promising, they'd escalate it to a slightly less impossible-to-understand indian. If it looked like a "definite", they'd transfer you to a UK call centre staffed with people with vaguely understandable voices and official sounding job titles. The whole thing was probably very well organised and was probably linked to the nascent "your computer is sending out viruses, please pay as to repair it" industry,

Anyway, I recorded one of these scam incoming calls, where they had already been fed rubbish data, and fed them some more. I still can't believe the sheer determination of the call centre staff, tempered only by their ignorance and stupidity. Here's the recording (with subtitles that I added): https://youtu.be/UakaSdXk8ZI

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Anthony Hegedus

Re: Proper punishment

"Then, and only then, snap a finger on each hand just to act as a reminder." - so they'll have been injured, and they should be forced to have to phone each other about it 8 hours a day 7 days a week and try and offer each other compensation. If they don't comply, simply break more fingers.

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

Anthony Hegedus

I really don't get it. I don't get expensive watches either, but I do know they hold their value, because of the craftsmanship, the name, the expensive jewels etc. and of course the fact that they will always do their job as well as the day you bought it.

Apple's "watch" on the other hand will not always do its job as well as the day it was bought. By job, I mean "being a smartwatch". Yes, it'll connect to a 2015-model iphone, but in ten years time, what exactly will it be able to connect to? Are apple going to ensure that a 2035 model of the iphone will still work with that lovely looking apple watch you bought for $10000 20 years previously? I think not. And even if it did, the software won't be upgradeable to whatever apple watches will be using then, for sure.

Unless they've designed it so that the electronics and the display can be easily replaced, leaving a fancy case and strap, the whole thing is fucking daft. No other tech has been made that incorporates precious metals and fancy design in the same way (and I don't count those nokia vertu phones as they're targetted at a different market)

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Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

Anthony Hegedus

Oh good, so they'll block Java, because it insists on loading Ask.com, which is basically malware. And Avast.com because avast tries to load Chrome or dropbox, and adobe because it tries to load mcafee "scan plus" (another virus). And Microsoft.com because it tries to load harmful software such as microsoft updates, Windows 8, etc.

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

Anthony Hegedus

progress...

And pity the poor helpdesk minions. They are armed only with a 10-line set of instructions and no other knowledge of anything in the world.

Reminds me of a helpdesk in the bad old days of AOL actually being an ISP - a customer of mine told me that they rang AOL when their broadband wasn't working, and after half an hour on the phone confirming that their browser was indeed internet exploder, the helpdesk zombie asked the customer to follow the *yellow* lead from the modem to the phone socket. The customer said that that was a grey lead. The AOL operative replied "I'm sorry, we can't help you, as you're not using the equipment that was sent out to you. Please find the yellow lead and call us back"

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

Anthony Hegedus

I often end up having to set up remote access to home security systems so that the owner can ogle his security cameras from afar and I'm shocked by the total lack of security on these systems. There's usually a separate user and admin account, but all too often only the admin account is set up. Then the actual security is usually just a 4-digit pin. And amazingly, it's usually set to "0000" or "1234".

The security companies who put this kit in are not IT security consultants. They understand about fitting cameras to walls, best places to put IR sensors and certainly talk the security talk. But they get lost with IT - completely lost! That's why they often call us to set up the remote access bit.

I've even seen some instances where they completely open up all the remote management ports on a home router that's still got its factory default password set.

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

Anthony Hegedus

And in 50 years, where are we going to find a device that'll be able to read that disc?

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

Anthony Hegedus

Speaking as the owner of an iphone 6 plus, who upgraded 11 months before the contract is due, I'm delighted. I sold my "old" iphone 5s for more than the buy-out cost of my existing contract, got the latest phone on a zero-interest scheme from my network (o2), and now have the phone I wanted. Yes, it does the same basically as the old phone, but I can see the screen better (being nearly twice the size), I can type more accurately, I can take better photos, I can store more music and videos, the battery lasts longer - much longer, as a satnav it's more functional because it's bigger, and the speakerphone seems louder.

The improvements are incremental, but I'm not interested in fashion, I don't care about a new car, I don't even have a TV (another thing that suckers you in to frequent upgrades - 47" is the new 32" I believe).

It's what floats your boat I suppose. Phones float my boat. I spend less on my phone than other people do on Sky subscriptions, clothes, cars etc.

And the thing about zero percent interest is significant - I could buy an iphone, but it would not cost me less than getting it on a contract (at least with o2) even if I had the money, which I don't.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

Anthony Hegedus

Re: Quick correction

Though I've noticed that sky LLU does this stupid lag thing too.

And the advantage of talktalk LLU is that they have *some* control at least over the line speed. BTW doesn't.

It's all due to trying to run a 21st century technology over a 19th century network.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

Anthony Hegedus

Why would a croc leaves two cat carcasses? Surely a croc would just consume them whole? Or does the reptile daintily nibble away at the cats, eating only the good bits?

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

Anthony Hegedus

Yes you've hit the nail on the head here. But I think that Android should go a several steps beyond what it's currently doing: how about you plug in an SD card and the OS works out which apps to move, informs the user and then actually moves them and their data (and their caches) over to the SD card?

Now someone is going to tell me that that's something that microsoft's thing does.

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Anthony Hegedus

Re: This..

Actually I buy Kingston and sandisk, never cheap sd cards. And that's not the reason my s3 is cocking awful. It's just cocking awful. I could explain why if enough people really want to know.

But my point is that as it comes, you are limited in what you can actually store on SD cards in android. Yes, you can store torrented movies but why does google play insist on using main storage when it even has a setting to use the SD card? And why do games not let you store their huge data files on SD card? Why can't programs be stored on SD card?

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Anthony Hegedus

I have android devices (as well as an iphone 6+) and yes, they have a microSD cards but they're not that useful:

- Google Play Music claims to store my tracks on the SD card but I regularly find it's been using 1GB or more of the main flash storage

- Apps can't be stored on the SD card

- Apps that download data after downloading the app don't always seem to ask where I'd like it stored.

Consequently, my Sony tablet for example keeps telling me my device memory (the 10GB or so left of the 16GB that Sony advertises) is more than 75% full and I should move items to the SD card. It offers a little app to do it for me, and it moves precisely nothing, because it can't.

My samsung phone is so cocking awful (Galaxy s3) that it always has free storage, mainly because I try to use the phone as little as possible anyway. I'm now on my third SD card, and I've given up as all of them are now "damaged or corrupted" and the stupid phone refuses to ever use them again, and plugging them into a PC confirms that they're now faulty.

So they all do it. Look at Windows (!). I installed Windows 8 on a 64GB SSD and it gradually filled up with temporary files, bits of service pack, bits of update and basically crap.

But yes, all manufacturers should say how much space their OS takes up. In the case of Windows, Microsoft should fess up and say it needs at the very least a 120GB SSD to work properly for more than a few months.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Anthony Hegedus

I thought you'd been hacked

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

Anthony Hegedus
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I watched the video

What about Charlie Bit My Finger? Surely that'll break the entire universe. Because it's soooo funny watching a baby bit someone's finger.

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TalkTalk email goes titsup FOR DAYS. Cheapo telco warns: Changing password WON'T fix it

Anthony Hegedus

Re: More [off topic] woe

Similar thing happened to a customer of mine, who was told that if they wanted their old number back, they'd have to pay £400

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

Anthony Hegedus

Re: I Thought the Reg was an IT mag.

Nothing wrong with female chore-easing devices. Can we have reviews of washing machines, washing up brushes and kettles? Thought would draw the line at sewing machines.

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Anthony Hegedus

Black and Decker

I have the 1020L model, which appears to be exactly the same as the 1820L but without the docking station. It only cost £60 as opposed to £170 and I'm very pleased with it. It's strong enough, has an easily switchable brush/solid end mode, and above all, its really tiny and very light.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

Anthony Hegedus

Re: It'll need more fuel from somewhere

I tried hard to include as many basic mistakes as possible

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Anthony Hegedus
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It'll need more fuel from somewhere

It'll eventually slow to a stop without fuel, surely? Maybe they need to just have put bigger fuel tanks on it, ans as they won't weigh anything in space, it won't take any extra fuel to carry enormous quantities of space-diesel (or do they use Kerosene?).

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

Anthony Hegedus

Re: A daily charge is fine IF...

I just say "hey siri what time is it" and my iphone dutifully tells me the time

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