* Posts by Andy 97

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Andy 97

Re: Who should take the credit for this?

I bet Jezza C would reverse this ridiculous nonsense... no.. wait... oh.

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Andy 97

Too late big Parma, the horse has bolted.

The actual hardware can't be banned as it's glass or plastic, a battery.

Hardcore vape 'modders' now build their own.

To make the fluid, it's pretty simple to go to any garden center and buy the raw materials.

http://www.nicvape.com/How-To-Make-e-Juice

Does public health really want to spark a new underground of vape industry.

I like using my home-built mini vape with a stealthy mixture that has no visible mist. Nobody can smell it and (after all) it's only water vapour which all living creatures with lungs exhale.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Andy 97
Paris Hilton

I was over in San Francisco (near the Visa office) last week.

On Friday at a building across the road - was a fenced-off back yard-type area where employees were allowed to roam like prison inmates during exercise hour.

It was Friday and I spotted a Casual Friday notice saying "It's all about Mexico today", some dev were standing around wearing sombreros while eating burritos. All of them looked throughly depressed.

They looked like they'd been ordered to a relative's birthday and had been told by their Mum to wear a tie. I suspect that working there wouldn't exactly be a bundle of laughs.

Wonder when the top tables will realise that it's better to hide the folks who don't really do 'smart' as opposed to making them conform?

Paris because I miss her antics now that she's an international DJ.

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Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

Andy 97

PRS lawyers on standby....

The gravy train has hit an antipodean landline.

Saying that, the artists who worked hard to craft the music we all enjoy should get some cash.

I spy lawyers getting very very large paydays soon.

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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

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Mushroom

DAB is only useful for big stations.

The cost of putting a station onto DAB is prohibitive for all except the big players.

I have actually investigated DAB carriage (where I live) for a small radio station, the economics make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Radio is all about putting bums on seats and then selling this audience to advertisers.

Going on DAB isn't about simply pushing a transport stream into a transmitter on a hill a few kilometres from your studio - no, you have to back-haul it to somewhere hundreds of miles, then you're at the mercy of the franchise holder's pricing model. If you're lucky you'd get 64kbps in mono on their mux.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

Andy 97

Work in progress.

At this rate Kia will have an extremely good alternative to my Toyota Aygo in about ten years.

I'm happy to let the city dwellers lead the 'early adopter curve' until then.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

Andy 97

Best one I've seen today..

Saying that, it wasn't a tough lineup this year either.

Good work hacks.

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Carphone Warehouse, RootMetrics ink data deal, declare customer love

Andy 97
Facepalm

Be sure thy sins will find ye out.

Oh noes, independently provided data on coverage?

I just hope this data can be continually verified and not open to 'seeded' data.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

Andy 97

Yay! non-WinMo trolls on the rampage...

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

Andy 97

Interesting to note that the carrier who always markets itself on being the best is now languishing at the bottom of the compost heap.

Personally, I'd be happy if I could walk through my relatively large home town (which isn't up on a hill, at the bottom of a valley or near an MOD installation) and they managed to provide voice calls without interruption.

How long before dual-sim phones begin to become much more popular?

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Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

Andy 97

I work (from home) for Americans based in Nevada.

Lync is the desired tool of choice for them and I can honestly say that if MY business relied on Lync I'd be deeply concerned.

Thankfully; Skype seems to fill the void.

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4G Mobile data suck stiffens Vodafone revenues

Andy 97

I envy you city slickers and your fancy 4G stuff.

I'd be happier if they could get their act together and just provide useful 3G in the center of my home town (of 120,000 residents). I know I'm not the only person here who thinks the same way.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

Andy 97

And we still do business with these savages?

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

Andy 97

Never mind all that nonsense...

What I want to know is if Aunty will move Family Guy to BBC 2 in the evening?

If you condensed all the programme material and removed the trails and continuity, would it really need more than four hours a day?

Wouldn't the solution be to move BBC Parliament onto the internet and use that bandwidth instead?

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

Andy 97

What a waste of parlimentary time.

When things get bad, the first thing politicians address is personal liberty because, "it's for your safety".

What exactly have these people got against human sexual freedom?

Producers will simply move to other parts of Europe to produce their features.

We live in a global economy.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

Andy 97

On our second one.

My current wife loved the original one so much, she demanded a replacement.

I own a 'sporty' Golf, but 9/10 I'l always grab the Toyota keys for most jobs.

Yes, the stereo is so crap (I can't even describe how bad), but replace the speakers and you're golden.

MPG is good, running costs are excellent.

I live in the countryside and have never found it wanting in any situation - it's also huge fun to drive.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

Andy 97

Gongratulations El Reg

Click fodder of the week.

Glad to see Google Ad Words is now fully functional.

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Andy 97

Re: "most important book"

This is not a sectarian rant, merely a statement of factual history.

Organized Protestant Christianity give our ancestors access to a universal education system in this country. Without the Protestant Christian free schools many would still have been subject to the horrors of (almost) serfdom or worse.

I'm sure there are examples of exemplary Catholic schools too, but let us not forget that reading was discouraged and that's why the Pope resisted the translations of the Bible from Latin.

Perhaps the list should start with The King James Bible?

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Andy 97

Re: The Bible

I believe that was the book of Moroni (Mormon).

Same players, but a new twist in the sub plot.

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Andy 97

Re: "most important book"

Hitler's book was just as influential I suppose, thankfully it's not part of core syllabuses on many B.A (hons) courses. That could change of course :(

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Andy 97
Mushroom

"most important book"

Das Kapital doesn't even feature in the top 10?

That's 90% of university lecturers up in arms then.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

Andy 97

Re: So does this mean

Ah, but they invest SO much in their 'high quality' product.

It's not all about the football.

Just think about all of the ...er.. homegrown quality drama they make.

*tumbleweed*

No?

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

Andy 97
Pint

Makes sense.

Hope this can save time (and lives).

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

Andy 97

Fiat, do they make cars that last?

£16k, that's a lot of cash to invest in a small car made by a company with a dubious history of build quality.

As it's a Fiat, I wonder just how 'fabulous' it will be once it's had some wear.

Has anyone here got a 5+ yr old 80,000 miler?

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Andy 97

Love the 80's schools television music.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

Andy 97
Paris Hilton

See...that Greenpeace bloke was right!

Usually I treat this kind of thing with skepticism, but if it's good enough for a Greenpeace Director, it's good enough for a sanctimonious, environmentally-friendly person too.

Coming next: how staying at home means we all win!

Paris; because I miss her world of wisdom.

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

Andy 97

Is it better than Lync?

It is? Good!

Saying that, tin cans and wet string would be better than Lync.

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

Andy 97

The NIMBY problem

Unless the NIMBY's become educated about local cell positioning, i.e. it's not going to give little Johnny brain cancer, you're always going to face this problem in the countryside.

Key learning: Local cells mean your phone will attenuate its transmitter, crap coverage means it will fight to obtain it's connection.

My house has a VF Sure Signal and that's the only reason I'm with them. As a majority of my calls are from home, it would be folly to switch providers.

Moving simply due to price is always a false economy.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

Andy 97

Can you back this claim?

I'd like some evidence if possible.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

Andy 97

*************QUOTE OF THE DECADE**************

"Talking bollocks loudly with an attitude of certainty works for other people, so why not me too?"

I shall add it to my all-time top 10.

Thank you.

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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

Andy 97

The data they collect isn't as accurate as the media would have you believe.

A "large mobile network" has a system in place that can give this data correctly to around 3 meters if it's employed. Indeed, this system has been used in the past to find missing people and criminals, however, it's not designed to give big data and the best the agency can hope for is connection to a single cell.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

Andy 97

Snooty fanboi activity fuels Apple PR machine shocker.

"uuuuhh, like... coloured, plastic iPhones..duh"

I worry for the future of humanity sometimes.

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

Andy 97

Re: Chicken / egg

The point I was making Len is that it means a potential DAB broadcaster can now circumnavigate all th at tedious back-haul to the central mux area (forget where it is, but someone will), pay a huge sum for a 64kbps allocation and spend the rest of the time adjusting the dynamic range of the audio to compensate.

The cartel that runs a majority of these facilities counts on an ability to charge for their investment.

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Chicken / egg

While I fully support the Ofcom gentleman for his efforts in running this pilot broadcast, I wonder how long the major mux owners will stand for this kind of thing.

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Is it a BIRD? Is it a plane? Right first time – and she's in SPANDEX

Andy 97

Torture Garden must be hosting a party this weekend or something.

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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

Andy 97
FAIL

Let's have a look at local radio - a warning from history.

Hello all you people involved in community radio, this isn't aimed at you. I believe CR's offer a really local output and have to deal with an unbelievable torrent of effluent thrown at them from other broadcasters and prohibitive legislation that a local radio group owner was instrumental in influencing in his favor.

I have one thing to say on the possibility of local TV: Heart FM.

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Jaguar to open new car-making factory in Blighty (virtually)

Andy 97

UK better at building, but rubbish at owning.

Saw the news yesterday that the UK now makes more cars than France and nearly all the owners are not based in the UK

We are now the 'salary slave' of Europe.

Congratulations unions of the 70's, your socialist utopia has arrived.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

Andy 97
WTF?

Just wait for Space 1999...

As noted above, everyone seems scared of doing original formats now.

I wonder how Space 1999 will look once they've shrunk the flared trousers, jumpsuits and lost Vaseline on the lens during Barbara Bain's close-ups.

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EU wants the Swiss and pals to cough up IT giants' hidden bank info

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Swiss shouted at for hiding stolen gold.

Now where have we seen that before?

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NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha

Andy 97

Re: "Watching ITV Player is like watching iPlayer from ten years ago."

Not to the public...

The prototype did however.

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

Andy 97
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Re: Kiss FM?

Welcome to the future.

Ever listened to US-based 'hit' music radio?

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O2 scoffs at call-centre outsource fears, forgets to rule it out completely

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Shareholder value

I do feel sorry for the people that work for O2, but it's the nature of corporate beast; reducing cost comes before granular growth because it's easier to accomplish and shows on the end of year statements before any increase due to clever marketing or a brilliant product.

Director's bonuses are usually based on profit and removing cost is the fastest way to getting that new Range Rover (or apartment in Florence) for many boardroom 'zeebs'.

Not to mention the pressure these people get from investors (such as pension funds etc) when they issue profit forecasts.

I'm not a socialist, but let's face it, capitalism is the guilty party here.

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

Andy 97
Joke

1979 technology... Phone makers take note.

11BN Miles away and is still working and it's still managing to poll home AND it takes better pictures.

*I do realize it also has a plutonium reactor thing strapped inside too, that could be problematic*

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

Andy 97
FAIL

For 41p a day, I say, keep the tax.

Has anyone actually watched ITV recently?

Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

The BBC isn't perfect (far from it), but compared to the alternative, it's premium content.

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Earthquake killed your network? Satellite-over-balloon to the rescue!

Andy 97

Microwave backhaul?

On a moving object?.... good luck with that then.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Re: business package

I agree with you on so many levels.

On a domestic package, Zen were excellent, when I asked them to build me a special product for an event, they delivered exactly what I wanted and they only cost a few quid more than other providers.

If I didn't have BT Vision they'd have my business now.

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Andy 97
Paris Hilton

The differential cost for a well-run ISP.

A previous employer demanded I claimed for [only] the cheapest provider I could get.

Three outages later and one reoccurring problem; I managed to get them to pay slightly more for an ISP that knew their arse from their elbow.

Surprise surprise, never had another outage.

The cost differential?

£10 a month.

Paris because she knows that's it's not the size of the pipe, it's how you use it.

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Major Freeview EPG revamp to go ahead after appeals rejected

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Now I'll have to spend hours deleting all the shite again.

Thanks a lot numpties!

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Simon Cowell plans X Factor for Tech

Andy 97
Paris Hilton

Entertainment and technology?

It's a marriage made in...

*Orders handcart and map to hell*

Paris because she hardly ever gets an outing these days.

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Freeview kit to require retune tomorrow

Andy 97
FAIL

Now I'll need to spend ages *again* deleting all the shite off the EPG.

Sometimes I really miss the simplicity of four channels.

*Offers Spangles around*

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