* Posts by MJI

3566 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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F1 lost me when

the BBC stopped showing live races.

Just why do I have to pay a licence?

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Oi

Lots of adults like Shawn, one of the best things on the BBC

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The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

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Format wars, crap often wins.

I hate it when the crap wins, Z-Wave have just stated their product is crap, whenever you compare yourself to Vhs you are stating that fact.

Blu Ray win was not a quality war but a capacity battle. But DAT became a back up format.

But a lot of us remember the Vhs Beta war of the 1980s, I still cannot understand how Vhs won when it was obviously worse.

My Sanyo HiFi deck was clunky but the picture and sound was excellent, my £800 Sony deck was the best 1/2" home deck I had ever played with and my old Sony portable is still in use for video capture.

I did find on editing that a 3rd gen Beta recording looked better than a Vhs 2nd gen recording. If you like my final copy looks better than the Vhs edit master.

A lot of these old tapes still look good when captured and burnt to DVD

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: Vulcan has had his day

Only the first one flew, XR220 never got the chance, The production lines were destroyed in rather a hurry.

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Re: Vulcan has had his day

Better spent?

What on?

Only things I can think of would be to get a Concorde back in the air, or one of the two surviving TSR-2 Airframes for their maiden flight.

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Seen it a few times

Just flying over

First time recently we saw this large aircraft in the distance, after some thought, I worked out it HAD to be a Vulcan.

Then more recently it overflew my house 5 times with some small airliners.

Yes just sat in garden and watched

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Old trick that

433.920

And yes I have a scanner, good for listening to fobs to see if they work!

With some they literally fall apart!

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UK rail comms are safer than mobes – for now – say infosec bods

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Well done for noticing.

Still the best high power express passenger Diesel there is, 53 years as the best!

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: Sky...

High bit rate DVDs can look better than much HD sources.

Das Boot looked fine on a 46" HDTV

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: How about the following?

My home PC is dual boot but I have not done much on Mint.

I need to try to get our software running under WINE, but getting favourite text editors and database editors running would be nice.

Anyway migrating ia always a long task, we started about 15 years ago, niow some of that early Windows stuff needs rewriting!

Some of it was literally cross compiled into console mode programs, but they can be flakey.

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Re: How about the following?

Who is going to rewrite them all?

A lot of authors have retired.

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Re: How about the following?

Not really, some old games are still playable.

Then there are applications not rewritten due to retirement.

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How about the following?

This would be good for me.

A built in 16 bit layer so those old 16 bit programs can be ran

The same layer allows the above to use IP

The command shell allows MSDOS programs to run

The command shell allows above full screen

Do that than XP can die.

There are still too many tools better in MSDOS than Windows, I can run them on anything XP and earlier provided 32 bit.

I still need to keep an XP PC around for the odd task!

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Saga

Does that mean it has a long meaningful story?

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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No they start well meaning then get power hungry.

Eg Blair.

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Re: Penny Mordaunt FTW

She is one of the ones I was thinking about in a previous message.

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Re: Mmm, Berger

I see what you mean.

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Actually, they tend to eventually, but they all go into politics wanting to better the world

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Re: Conservative Majority again.

>>>>so goodness knows what they might be into

I could well imagine on a few of them.

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Re: voting for your MP based on attractiveness

Didn't have that issue here, only one woman and she was standing for a party I did not want to vote for,

So voted for the best person for the job!

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A few thoughts

A smile improves a picture

One of the listed MPs in the mens list is a woman, (wrong flag ticked)

William Hague is quite popular

My MP is quite high (top 150 men)

Some of those featured would be 100x better than Ed Millipede for his ex job.

And I am still trying to work out which of the women would be the most fun.*

Top 20 17 Conservatives!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of the middle ranking ones are much nicer looking than some of the higher ranking. But then long flowing hair or shoulder length normally looks nicer than short hair.

* List your thoughts on this!

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Time for jokes.

Ed Balls has been on 33627 times!

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: Transitional period

I had all three with my current car. Hard work steering it and I went throught the fluid like mad. (oil seal fixed it)

Then ABS and TC failed.

New hub and a reset fixed it.

power steering out was worse!

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Re: Break vs. brake

Or my last car when the crank sensor failed, followed by the alternator (yes a coincidence)

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Self Stopping

Last time I had a car with this a new crank sensor fixed it

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Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

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Always restricted

I wanted to enter a competition once, from home (as that was how it was set up), but was restricted to US only.

How annoying.

Other competitions for same game also insisted on a particular control method which I did not get on with, two control schemes, the most popular with top end players was not allowed. I do not know why as normal controllers had aim assist, the motion controllers did not.

I was in top 1%

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

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Sorry I find it difficult to get interested

in this class of car.

To me this is the white goods of cars, when people discuss Mondeos, these, Vectras and the like, I actually think choosing a new oven was more interesting*

* Bosch double built under for those interested

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: GWML

Oh and I have chatted with someone who has travelled at 152mph on the GWML

A real boffin no less!

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And travel on his railway

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GWML

I still think the GWML is his greatest acheivement, still used today with 125mph trains, no realignment needed, just right to begin with.

Also allowed steam to maintain some of the fastest regular schedules in the 30s

And Royal Albert Bridge is a national monument!

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: Someone won against Microsoft

I would rather MS won against Murdoch

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Makes solar power relevant

Currently solar power is not relevant in the UK, generate power when you don't need it.

Now you could even be off grid.

Storing you daytime collected power for the evening seems a good idea to me.

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: How is this legal?

Most dangerous thing in a filling station are starter motors, they spark, a lot.

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

The problem with DRLs was that the EU mandated they had to be seen and had to dazzle.

The old Volvo sidelights were much better

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

I HATE DRLs

Really dazzling sometimes, especially at dusk when headlamps should be on, headlamps are a lot less dazzly than DRLs

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Re: Gah!

Accidents happen, sometimes you can't avoid them. But then I was undamaged enough to call Police and Ambulance.

Two other people had a head on air bags deployed, just in shock.

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Re: Spikes

No just no, I would like to live thank you, as would the driver who smashed into me.

I still get flash backs of the car infront of me swerving into oncoming traffic (suspect broken wheel), the the car they hit head on spun put of control smashing into me.

So 3 deaths would be a good idea then?

More safety the better, I called 999 for Ambulance and Police, the other two cars were twisted pile of metal and I drove home with a slightly bent but beyond economic repair car (£2500 to repair to a decent standard)

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

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Re: re: If I was looking for an SUV ...

With the ECU cars the answer is Hawkeye or Nanocom.

I had intermittant 3 Amigos, the only thing which fixed t was clearing with Hawkeye, it has behaved ever since. Sensors all OK, wiring all OK.

I do have a spare SLABS ECU but loath to swap due to calibrating the suspension.

With newer cars a code reader like the above two is essential.

Found out that aftermarket MAFs are crap by monitoring the air flow, cleaned the original and now OK, the one I fitted made the car flat.

Ny previous car was OBD2 compliant, gearbox played up, the reader I used on that car said selector switch, used to get to work until repaired (not a fan or gearbox repairs in the snow) was by resetting error codes when they occured. Even discovered new gears like lock up second. Or pulled lock up top from around 300rpm.

I would say that with a code reader the D2 is as maintainable as an early car.

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Re: re: If I was looking for an SUV ...

There is an argument about this, when did they stop making repairable Land Rovers.

To some the end of the series.

To others the end of the TDi300.

Some the Transitification of the Defender.

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Re: If I was looking for an SUV...

D2 injector loom

How else can they get signals to the uint injectors?

Easy just to replace when necessary, not a bad job. Just annoying, but the design does work.

Sun roofs. Mine had a broken pipe, now dry inside

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The problem with the Porsche soft roaders is that they tend to make the owners look like nobs. Porsche sports car styling does not translate to the offroader look at all well.

LR Air suspension does work well, surprisingly compliant off road compared to the coil spring live axle jobbies. My car is part coil part air and the back does ride better than the front.

My problem with the RRS is that it is too small inside for its size and between two better cars, The L405 is pretty majestic despite the silly door grills. Then the D4 is roomier and more practical.

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Re: Hang on a minute...is this a review or a cut and paste job?

Thumbs down, has anyone actually driven one?

The visibilty down is not good, but otherwise it is good off road. Just I prefer the full fat RR or the Discovery.

Someone I know were looking at a large offroader and the RRS was too small inside. So bought a D4.

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Re: Hang on a minute...is this a review or a cut and paste job?

RRS works well off road, just the visibility

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RRS is lower than RR.

D4 is nice, but not as user servicable as anything with live axles.

I can carry out most work on my D2 myself

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Re: @Banksy

No a pre 2007 Defender

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My thoughts

They are lower than the full fat Range Rover (which I prefer) but you sit too low behind the wheel.

I felt more comfortable behind the wheel of a Discovery 4, but the big difference is when you go over very steep summits.

You cannot see the ground, whereas you can on the higher seating position cars.

This car is in market between what I would want.

Family off roader, I'd go Discovery

Luxury off roader, I'd go full fat Range Rover

Full offroading, an older product like a pre 2007 Defender, or a Discovery 1 or 2

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: No rev counter

On my last sports bike I changed gear at 12,500 rpm

It LOVED revving

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Re: No rev counter

Rev counter

Jump off a sports bike into a car, used to power bands starting at say 8000 revving a car to 8000 is not excessive, if it will go there it gets there.

Unless you have ridden high revving engines it is difficult to understand.

When engines with strokes over 60mm are hitting over 10,000 rpm reliably on bikes there is no reason to jump into a shortish stroke car and think that revving it will kill it (when warm of course).

My old pushrod lumped hot hatch was 4mm longer stroke than some superbike engines, no wonder the racve engines were fine at 8000rpm and mine was fine at 7000rpm. Also that it did > 100,000 miles OK

Rev counters are needed.

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Re: No rev counter

The problem is some engines will rev hard into their red sections, no rev limiters, a prime example being the old blobby shaped 1300 Astra D reg era I suppose. Old high mileage lease cars.

Rarely had rev counters, engine would rev like mad, coming off a bike, you think nothing of an engine revving.

Was around a year before I came across a rev counter on a 1300, and was amazed to find I was changing 1st to 2nd at 8000rpm, that is when the power dropped off.

1600 had a rev limiter

1300 red line was under 7000 cannot remember the value.

A few years later I owned a hatch with a 1600 pushrod lump in it, would safely rev to 7000rpm, red line was 6000 but the manufacturer stated bottom end safe in road tests (sportyish model maximum power was over 6000rpm) to around 7000, they were too stingy to produce different rev backgrounds.

A standard low tune 1600 valve bounced before 6000rpm red line, the sportier and tuned ones, well I knew someone with an 8000rpm lump, mine started to bounce a bit over 7000rpm.

So there I am driving around in a old car with silly rev limit and I have to drive a Sierra, 1600 Pinto. belonged to my then employers,

OK it was crap, but the red line was about 5,500 or so, but if no rev counter I would have taken it over 6000, just to get it moving.

By the way I have never rev damaged an engine, but I have killed a couple of poor gearboxes, usually due to crap change quality forcing wrong gears (Ford front drive ones were horrid). When 2 was to he back and left of 1 1st to 4th was common. Perhaps I was spoiled by my own cars having gear levers sticking out of the box itself rather than via cables.

So the first point is, if you do not have a rev counter make sure there is a rev limiter, you do not know what the driver has just come off from. If you have just come off a bike, you will thrash the car just to get slow acceleration, and when you are used to 8000 to 10000 power bands, well a high revving car engine sounds like it is just coming on song.

And another point, too little power, get plenty of power and the car will accelerate well enough without revving. Had 2.0 and over now for 20 years, can't see any reason to buy a tiny engine with the weight cars are today.

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No rev counter

No problem driven loads of cars with no rev counters,

Change gear when they stop accelerating.

Then I drove a rev counter fited version.

Vauxhall Family 2 1300cc engine will do 8000rpm. Red line 6.something

As my own vehicle at the time had a 10,000rpm red line 8000rpm was low.

I had a part time job running ex lease cars around.

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