* Posts by Professor Falken

24 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

Professor Falken
Go

You can keep your 4G....

...I'll keep the contract I've been on for the last six years:

£22/month

Unlimited (not even a fair usage - apparently I'm averaging 2.5G downloads at the moment per month!) data

300 minutes

Unlimited Texts

One really pissed-off T-Mobile who can't persuade me to move to a new contract!

No 4G, but the speeds are plenty fast enough to retrieve email and run ssh etc.

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LG opts for a Brazilian, lobs out low-powered Firefox OS mobe Fireweb

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and the UK gets left behind again....

My contract is due up next month, and everytime I try to ring a provider to talk to them about special deals, I get told that I can have a blackberry (unlikely that the support will even last for 24 months given the current state of the company) or a Windows phone.

Nokia make excellent hardware in my experience, but I've got no desire for a Windows phone.

That leaves me with Android. Which is fine, but I'd far rather have a Sailfish or Firefox phone - why are we always the last to see the new Mobile tech?

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How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

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and you can buy these things from...?

Seriously, you can't write an article about such an awesome bit of kit and not link to at least the home page.

(and yes, I know that google exists, but I'm lazy... :P )

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

Professor Falken

How about....

Physically

Under

Slung

Severance

Yoke

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Boffin blends benevolent beer

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Re: "if it tastes acceptable, would have to be an Aussie holy grail"

"Canadian Beer is like making love in a canoe. It's f**king close to water...."

(With apologies to one of the pythons)

Does this mean that as well as the various chocolate bars and other sweet fatty treats that my local leisure centre sells in their vending machines that I'll be able to get a beer there soon as well?

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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Paris Hilton

Really? How could you have left this out?

An entire article on Hamlet and no mention of Faith being a Strumpet or hiding in her private parts?

-1 for this article...

(Paris, because she seems to match the above quote better than the childcatcher...)

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Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow

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Re: Yeah, good luck.

And a little closer to home... HS2 anyone?

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

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Automation...

With a chef/puppet server and a couple of scripts, I'm fairly sure you could automate this to call in to your LBaaS provider and constanly build/configure/destroy a load of front-ends for a web farm...

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Bring them on....

I'm constantly forgetting to send in my meter readings and have had several occurances of being told that my meter has been read when it is quite clear that it hasn't (apparently "our meter reader took a reading but you weren't there" applies even if said meter is locked behind the front door!).

I'm also looking forward to being able to hook it up to my graphite server and start charting energy useage vs. outside temperature/time of day/other because I'm a geek and I like data analysis.

ID cards and the like are completely redundant as we already all have passports, NI Numbers and Tesco Clubcards, these meters strike me as actually being useful.

There are risks with everything and people that work in IT should be more aware of this than most. You are never secure when attached to a network, you just hope that the pople running the system at the other end know what they are doing...

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UK.gov to grab fistful from £150m city broadband pot to pay for digi skills

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Re: I'm still trying to get over Countryfile the other night....

Great to see them rolling out their own fibre though - "The gov are crap, we'll do it ourselves and get far more than 2Mbps"...

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Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

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"The Chinese company is a newcomer to smartphones;"

" a year ago, it didn’t even have a brand for its smartphone range."

Ummm, so the T-Mobile Pulse that I bought nearly four years ago wasn't Huawei then despite the logo inside the casing?

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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Re: What's the problem?

Because most of the "mainstream" press (Sun/Mirror/Mail/Express/etc.) agree with his point of view.

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BT to slap overalls on 1,000 new bods in fibre broadband boost

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Re: Can't come soon enough

16Meg?!!!!!!!!

I would kill for that!

Best we have here is 5.7M and that's assuming that the weather outside is good. When it's chucking it down with rain signal quality dives to closer to 2.2M and despite my complaints to my ISP, I'm being told that BT don't believe this is possible (rain interfering with electrical equipment "just isn't possible" apparently!)

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MWC 2013: The Chinese are coming - and you ain't seen nothing yet

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My first android handset....

... was a Huawei

The T-Mobile Pulse about three years ago.

It worked well and is still in use as a basic throttle for my JMRI-controlled model railway.

They never did release an Android update via T-Mobile that I could use successfully, however one of the modaco ROMs worked beautifully!

Good luck to them!

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

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Great to see someone using the internet in the way it was intended....

anyone remember telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl ?

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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If only it was easier to find on their homepage....

...instead of a 9pt link squeezed into the footer...

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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Sod London, let's try other areas of the UK that don't even have speeds above 6Mbps yet...

"Meanwhile, NIMBYs in Kensington & Chelsea and other well-heeled parts of London will be bitterly grumbling into their G'n'Ts tonight, because they will not be able to oppose fibre-optic cabinet installations in their boroughs."

Fine, BT - if you want to cable the towns in south-east Wales instead, please feel free to do so, apparently I might actually get ADSL2+ in December this year...

FFS.

(P.S. Need an icon for "Don't know they're born...." :P )

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Raspberry Pi served with Ice Cream Sandwich

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Re: Its not trying to be a PC

You put that far better than I did :)

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Re: This is the reason why I bought my R-PI!

Wow! I started a flame thread! :)

Look, don't get me wrong, porting Android to the pi is very clever and brings a load of apps to a platform on which they were previously unavailable.

That said, if I wanted a cheap Android device, I'd go on t'interwebs and purchase a tablet or phone that already has a touch-screen and probably has a lot more Ram and more powerful processor than the Pi for not much more money (there are pads on the market running ICS with a 1GHz chip and 512M RAM for around £52 - that's only £8 more than I paid for my R-Pi from RS inc. shipping/power adapter/SD Card etc).

I love the open-ness of the R-Pi (that's why I was trying to place an order at 6am the day it was launched to help it become a sucess) however with Debian, Arch and Fedora already available for it and applications that will allow you to do much more than you can achieve on a phone, I'm just struggling to see why porting to Droid is such a massive thing.

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Linux

This is the reason why I bought my R-PI!

So that I wasn't restricted to the broken cobination of Java/Linux that is Androind on a cheap computing device.

Thanks for evcerything so far to all those involved in the R-Pi stuff, but this is a step backwards in my opinion.

If someone can get "proper" linux running on my Moto Atrix instead of Android, I'd be far more interested...

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BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

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Coffee/keyboard

Best in a long time

Icon says it all...

"Age is no guarantee of reliability. Just look at senior management."

/me is still giggling at that one...

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

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Stop

I remember ringing Barclays a few years ago...

...and having issues with understanding the person on the other end of the phone.

Turned out the person I'd been speaking to in Bangalore (whom I understood perfectly) had put me through to a call centre in Merseyside for "local service" - I couldn't understand a word...

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A phone in every car gains hard-won GSMA support

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Big Brother

hmmm....GPS + Radio Network on an embeded device?

This box will be completely open and transparent though right? I mean, we'll know exactly what's happening to the GPS data at all times and it will only call 112 after an accident won't it?

Nothing to worry about then, as long as it's got no way of relaying our GPS coordinates at any given time over a (badly) encrypted wireless network such as, oh I dunno, GSM to organisations and governments that ask for it and only keeps the current location in memory we'll be fine...

What's that buzzing noise? Why can I see ropes outside the windows? What was that smashing noise? wha...

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Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

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well...

it worked for me...

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