* Posts by pixel

24 posts • joined 16 Apr 2009

Raspberry Pi used as flight computer aboard black-sky balloon

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Re: silly questions...

The Met Office launch several of these each day...

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Re: Wind blows in wrong direction.....

You need CAA approval to launch anything above a certain weight and 2m diameter (I think). More info is on the UK High Altitude Society wiki: http://wiki.ukhas.org.uk/guides:faq

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Why O2 shared your mobile number with the world

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DPA

Last time I looked, if it is information which could reasonably be expected to appear on a business card, which includes name, phone number and email, it's not private information. It didn't appear to make the distinction between personal and work information.

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Nokia's Great Lost Platform

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Meego

And then immediately killing Meego. The N9 was the first phone to get me excited since my HTC HD2 2 years ago, the first phone to make me consider switching. I still like and occasionally use my N800, despite the (now) weak-ass processor.

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Lightsabres to illuminate Christmas dinner

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Not outside the US.

"Shipping restrictions: We cannot ship this item outside of the U.S." Grrr. Although with TG's shipping costs plus import taxes they would probably work out about £100 each anyway.

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How to... re-energise your Android smartphone's OS

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HTC HD2

Works beautifully on my HTC HD2.

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RSA explains how attackers breached its systems

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Layer 8

yet another incident with Layer 8 as the issue. With some help from Adobe of course.

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Microsoft made a phone, and I hate it already

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@gerryg

"I've wanted to lust after an N900." I lusted over the idea of it, right up till they released the real specs. Then I went shopping elsewhere :(

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No

It's too small. They took the best bits of the N800 and N810, the gorgeous screen and lack of phone, and threw them away. I loved my N800 to bits, still do, all I wanted in it was a 3G modem.

So now I rock the HTC HD2. I will glady go back to Maemo when they boost the screen size back to 4"+. 5" would be even better.

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Vodafone revs up UK femtocell program

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Free please

At home I use wifi on my HTC HD2, so I don't give a rat's sphincter about improved 3G. But I'd like it if I could get a working GSM signal from their lousy network. I just don't see why I should pay (twice) for the privilege. Maybe if the device was £20.

Plus their advert complains guaranteed perfect signal for everyone; last time I checked broadband isn't available over 100% of the country yet.

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Nokia Booklet 3G

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Ouch

I'll stick with my £180 Acer Aspire One, and a £20 3G dongle I think.

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Avatar renders this earthly life meaningless

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*sigh*

"I just watched avatar a few weeks ago and I'm feeling depressed and sad." I felt like this whilst being forced to watch this 3 hour nature documentary. I felt better ~6 hours later when the headache caused by the "3D" went away.

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Vodafone: No HD2 for you!

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Big Surprise 2

And the SMS issue now (hopefully) appears to be fixed.

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Big Surprise

Before the HD2 was announced I wanted the Touch Pro 2, which was only available as a business phone. Very short sighted of Vodafone. I want a high-end phone that can support business-type functionality (like native exchange support) so that I only have to carry a single phone, and I don't play games.

Still, I got an HD2 from Vodafone very early :) Apart from the SMS issues it's been great, but as I've not had call to send more than 2 SMS in as many weeks I'm not that bothered, though I can see why some are. Although people really need to learn that SMS is not a guaranteed delivery mechanism, with no SLA on delivery times or delays, and should be treated as such.

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LHC knocked out by ANOTHER power failure

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power consumptio

and we're not even allowed to run an 100 watt light bulb anymore.

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Spain cuts off 3m pre-pay mobiles

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Er...

@Sampler, @Monty Cantsin, @NogginTheNog,

believe it or not, the mobile phone operators actually have the ability to see whether a phone is in use or not. Therefore there is a very good chance that these were 3 million active (i.e. switch on and connected to the network) devices.

My PAYG is anonymous, not because of any desire to do anything naughty, but because there are enough people out there with my details that I want to retain some communication method where I at least stand a fighting chance of not being harassed.

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Amazon Kindle fails test at Bezos alma mater

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Re: Sacriledge

Well said, I was going to post the exact same thought. Books are for reading, not for doodling on.

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iPhone and Windows Mobile get the (Gmail) Push

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What's the big deal about push?

Has everyone forgotten about scheduled polling? All the joys of receiving email without having to press "send and receive", but without the constant interruptions and p1ss poor battery life?

I use a 5 minute poll on a WinMo device against our corporate exchange, and battery life is 2+ times better than with push mail on. If something is that important that it can't wait a few minutes, then you can always use that mobile phone to maybe make a phone call?

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Nokia announces Linux-based smartphone

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Re: It's the apps...

@Tim Walker, it supports MS Exchange sync and Nokia desktop sync. Probably google sync too. Skype is there, but not sure about video yet, as is generic "Internet Calling" (SIP).

They've said 500E +VAT, which works out at around £500. Still a little high, but that is the RRP.

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Hulu's web TV coming to the UK

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How long will we have to wait.

Bet we'll still need to use an American proxy server to get access to the shows in a decent time frame. We're still waiting for Chuck season 2 and House season 5, months after they were shown across the pond

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Next-gen e-book readers to slim down

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Nokia N8x0

I love my Nokia N800 for reading novels. But I need something with a larger screen for textbooks. I have a Acer Aspire One, but the form factor and lousy battery life (2 hrs with stock battery) put me off. Plus a netbook is bigger than the original book in most cases, which kinda defeats the purpose for me.

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Police want new remote hard drive search powers

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Off-site storage

Time to move all your data storage out of the country, along with running all internet access through a TOR network. Store all your data on the cloud, and run SSD drives at home, remembering to frequently format your drives. SSD are very quick to completely and securely erase all data traces.

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HTC's second Android phone coming 1 May

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Android on decent hardware?

I'll buy a new phone when HTC put Android on a phone with a decent keyboard. Like the touch pro 2. All (both?) the Android phones to date are clunky or limited

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Govt powers up electric cars with £5k subsidy

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£5K

That's not going to go very far against the cost of a Tesla.

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