* Posts by MJI

3498 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: As I have a horrendously long commute

headwinds

I once managed 10mpg driving into a head wind while towing. So blustery I avoided the A30 across Bodmin.

About 40l of propane after 90 miles.

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I used to commute by bike, but the trip got boring so I went faster and faster until I got caught!

large bikes cruised well around 70-80

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Chasing lockup

Actually if you are trying to hypermile an auto you will be doing this a lot, chasing lock up top.

Most autos I have driven lock up around 50, so if you are following a car and they are desparately trying to drive at 50 rather than 45 - they are trying to hypermile a traditional auto.

It can make quite a bit of difference in economy.

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Better to keep an existing car running than waste resources making another

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Re: LED lighting

I agree those PWM rear lights are horrific. Sometimes you cannot even work out which car they are on.

I detest those driving lights too, At dusk as bad as main beam

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Re: Depends on assumptions

I bit my oil filter would not get stone chipped.

It is changed from the top!

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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The tunnel - lots of odd things

Well that tunnel has no doors in it, and no passageways behind the walls, also no ladders nor stariways..

Simply is a curved hole under a hill.

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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Re: "We're no good, but we're the least shitiest."

You forgot

"We are not Murdoch."

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Need to switch from Windows Server 2003? Here’s a workshop just for you

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I think MS should do it all for free

After the tactics used to kill off the proper PC server company I think MS should do it for free.

RIP Netware

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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As a fatter person

My issue is sitting at a desk all day and too tired to take many walks in the evening.

I don't eat as much as I did when young either

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Re: HAHA HAHA HAHA HAHA

When I as small I was shocked when episode 2 of Sale of the Century came on TV, they had already had it!

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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Oh is isn't

The EE I thought it was.

English Electric

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Official: BT wins £420m Wales PSN gig... just as we said it would

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However

I do wish I could get BT to traffic shape MY traffic to prioritise PSN over bloody youtube, or anything else.

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Am I the only one?

Who wondered what they were doing with Playstation Network?

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Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

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Pets

My wife set up a load to get more Farmville crap, and they never noticed, pity the chipmunk died a few years ago (he was old)

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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Just glad

I am glad my Hunter has nearly 200 Sapphire wires.

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Shift up, gran! Microsoft turns living room into AR game 'space'

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Re: Prior Art

Yes

Limited Slip Diff

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: Uh?

No, much better bike engines

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Seen much better

Last week was better, but Moffat was better when not show running, this last episode was just silly.

Moffat high points are

Blink, "Are you my mummy?", GITF, Rory as a Roman Centurion and Auton. And the War Doctor.

RTD had more shockers, but also knew how to delegate. I still think Turn Left was his highlight.

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Re: It's Dr Who

As far as I can recall ACC never had FTL travel in any of his stories

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Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Wrong Wrong Wrong Wrong Wrong

It is the V sign made with the index and middle fingers, originally done to prove you still have your longbow string pulling fingers.

See Harvey Smith

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Built two W7 recently

Also boot into Mint

Our home PC (as opposed to childrens) is XP as it was built just over 5 years ago and it was the OS of choice, it still runs all I need as I chucked a quad core chip in it.

BTW XP can run software Win7 cannot

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Bring back the flag

That new Windows logo is shite, bring back the coloured flag

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Re: Nobody will buy the smaller engine

It is RWD, no one is so stupid as to do rear engine front drive.

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Re: Fiat 500?

Coventry Climax.

Lovely little engine.

Fine in an Imp but terrible in its final home, which why I sold one to a trike builder and dropped an Avenger 1600 in.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Non fruity.

Do you actually know what Blackberries are?

Small black berries of fruit.

They are nice stewed with apples and served with custard

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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I prefer things like

Centre diff lock.

Low range.

Self levelling suspension.

An engine with character.

I have been in an Evoque and I much prefer my Discovery 2.

Not quite as fast, but much roomier and those twin sunroofs.

Mine is the cross over model, last of the traditional things, such as two live axles, transfer box with diff lock, an engine designed by them rather than a Ford or BMW lump. But new features as well such as traction control and HDC. And the only model with hydraulic anti roll

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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Re: I would move like a shot

I genuinely had issues with idiot buyers. I was offering a repair service for an item, they buy the repair then leave neg feedback because I did not send an item and they demanded one.

No morons read the advert "Repair Service" the picture "repair service" and the big warning in the advert

5 in two months

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Re: @MJI I would move like a shot

I up costs to cover paypal as well, but I prefer of all things a crispy tenner.

But then I have managed to wangle a paypal business account with debit card.

Ebay once decided it needed a card as well as paypal just in case paypal was empty. I set up Ebay to use my paypal card.

Unfortunately I could not set up paypal to accept the paypal card!

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I would move like a shot

For a site with

1) Not so steep fees.

2) Does not put fees on postage rates (I add 20% to cover these!)

3) Does not down mark sellers for stupid buyers (had 5 in a couple of months could not read advert, title, nor the big imformation box in the middle)

4) Has a better search.

5) Does not make it unaffordable for the small seller of cheap items, (no profit on a 99p sale)

6) If there is a feedback system allow you to leave negative feedback for buyers.

I used to sell lots of crud on Ebay (old burger toys ect) for small amounts of money, now it is cheaper to charity bag the lot.

I still do a service on Ebay but not sold one in a week or two despite good feedback, market saturated by big sellers.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Consumers who care about quality?

Stretch and crop

Or why I didn't buy a WS TV until I had WS broadcasts.

I am happy have black bars to get the correct look.

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Re: Chicken and Egg

Those bitrates are pretty low compared to disc media

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Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

Digital Terrestrial depended on

Your TV & decoder

Where you live

When

I have seen DTTV which was as good as a good DVD, I have seen DTTV as good as a video CD.

Where you live, my digital reception was better than my analogue - same aerial

TV Anamorphic widescreen is prefereable to letterboxing, RGB usually bypasses artificial sharpening. My last TV had pretty shocking sharpening that I actually considered physically disabling it. It was disabled in movie mode so I used that for video tapes, everything else used carefully set up personal. BUT RGB sources were DVD, PS2, DTTV PVRs, and the TV tuner was internally RGB, so I just never bothered.

The decoder in my TV was also very good, but the TV basically wore out and was also not 8K compliant, sold due to wanting HD.

Early bitrates were higher than today.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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I fit none

I don't like football

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Re: Get Lost Murdoch

I try to do my best.

I supported OnDigital

I torrented things he took off FTA TV (then bought the DVD)

I refuse to even read his bog paper.

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Re: World domination?

Kill of news international?

Where is the downside?

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: And air

They were terraformed by the Traveller

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Re: Story?

There is story, but it is poorly explained in game, I think you are supposed to log into the game site with your PSN account and find it there.

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Re: As a Borderlands fan I have some questions about the loot system

Loot is per player. One fix over Borderlands.

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Enjoying it

Still only on the Earth and Moon, trying to level up, keep doing random missions for XP and Valour points.

Quite a lot of my friends list are on it.

The ability to save random players is good, as are the special events.

The maps are pretty big and complex, I still get lost in the Russia map.

A pop up map would be nice, one you earn like in Borderlands 2.

Now as to its single player longevity, hmm better than quite a few games, but less than a good RPG eg Fallout 3/NV, and it still is not as good as Borderlands for fun. 3 classes, 3 species, 2 sexes.

Co-op is good if they do not run off while you are looting.

Writing is OK but nowhere as good as say Naughty Dog.

Solid 7/10 game.

Enemy AI is not great, Most places you can hide behind cover, they respawn quickly for farming.

Inspirations I have found are looting and fire teams, Borderlands. Drop in co-op Journey, general feel Starwars.

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General Motors issues STOP DELIVERY for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

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Re: GM are slowly dying

Quite a few people already make cars for you.Why cannot manufacturers make cars for me?

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GM are slowly dying

They are slowly getting rid of the interesting parts of the business, the big European cars are dead. Now Holdens is going, not much interesting left.

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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Re: During the meanwhile ...

Why does he not bother?

American TV

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Curved aghhh

They look so odd and the sweet spot makes them awkwards in the real world.

Android on a TV so what, mine uses Linux

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Not wishing to be pedantic

Don't knock our eyes, we have a better blood supply,and more protection.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: ... so the same as the Electrolux Trilobite then...

Ours started getting issues, I could have spent £100 or so doing it up but how long before the bearings went?

Dampers were going, other bits were getting near EOL.

Had it quite a long time though.

Got a Bosch now

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Old HC kit

I have one part of a home cinema system dating back to 1984/85

A Sanyo HiFi VCR.

And it still works, copied a few early rental flipper DVDs to tape to watch again. It stripped Macraprovision and also recorded the wide screen signalling.

Pro Logic is not a patch on AC3 though!

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New amp

I know the feeling, there is a new one out there for me, mine has

No HDMI switching.

Too many surround inputs needed

Remote starting to die

But mine sounds great

Only got room for 5. not 7. anyway

Currently doubling up on inputs, DVD is fed coax from DVD and optical from PS3. PS4 and Humax share vie a crap optical switch the TV in.

I do need in near future 4 HDMI switching, and I still need coax in, and phono in

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Sony backs AllSeen Alliance in Internet of Stuff standards slap-fight

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Re: VHS versus Betamax...Round 2?

But the inventors of both are on the same side.

Panasonic & Sony

Same as it was with DV & BluRay.

BTW my working VCR collection is down to 1 Sanyo and 1 Sony, the Panasonic is dead and my expensive Sony fried a control chip when the soldering iron leaked mains into it.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: "hard core of folks"

6. Some DOS apps

7. PC built just before Win 7 and fast enough to still use

8. Still need to fit another drive for a Linux boot

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