* Posts by Neil 44

88 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009

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Apple moving to scrubbed up London's Battersea Power Station

Neil 44

Do you really mean pigs might fly - over Battersea Power Station?

Pink Floyd were there before you: http://www.hipgnosiscovers.com/images/animals_lp_uruguay_front.jpg

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Neil 44

2G/3G/4G/5G/....

2G is going to be around for a long time because lots of the so called "Smart Meters" are using it to communicate...

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BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

Neil 44

Exchange only lines - no chance of faster

We have a so called "Exchange Only" line (that funny little concrete pillar containing all the telephone line joints clearly doesn't rate being called a cabinet!).

Whilst the local exchange has been "upgraded" to fibre to the cabinet (though I'm seeing lots of complaints that the speed isn't anywhere near what was advertised!) we are still on regular ADSL... There seems to be no real plan for our sort of line. There's talk of a cabinet by the exchange - but I can't see that will give any faster connection that we have via ADSL (the "Max" version) which gives about 8Mbs as it has the same line length limitation.

Wish we could get Gigaclear here but as BT are in the exchange, we can't...

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Latest Androids have 'god mode' hack hole, thanks to Qualcomm

Neil 44

Re: Nexus OK?

With the 5th August patch MOB30X, Nexus 7 is down to one (CVE-2016-5340).

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Neil 44
Childcatcher

Nexus OK?

"Owners of pure Android Nexus handsets are already patched, provided they accepted the over the air updates..."

No they aren't! Both my Nexus 5X and 7s report 2 vulnerabilities despite being patched to July 16 level...

Maybe August's goodies will really provide the fixes...

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Here WeGo! Google Maps rival drops Maps branding

Neil 44

maps.me (from my.com BV) is a free, completely offline (once you've downloaded the maps of your choice...) mapping and routing app (Android - don't know about iOS..). Uses OpenStreetMap - so if its wrong, you can correct it. Likewise it has lots of detail available (like house names for the blocks of flats in East London!)

(and yes, @Will Godfrey, it does show foot and bridal paths!)

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

Neil 44

Out of copyright?

Are these out of copyright now? I think there's one an quite a few disks up in the loft (of scenes like the Coronation!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View-Master

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Ofcom is to get powers to fine mobe providers for crap service

Neil 44

Re: Fine?

Trouble is, there are are now lots of M2M services (like energy - gas, electric, heat etc meters) out there that are dependent on the 2G service.

Lots were installed before there was much 3G (and no 4G!)...

Many are privately owned, so there's no "utility company" to foot the bill for replacing them...

I think we are tied to 2G existing for quite a while yet...

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

Neil 44

Nestle Double Berry

Nibs

Nudge (Starbar)

Nunch (Starbar)

Nutty

(all from WikiPedia's list of confectioneries - personally I quite like Nutty!)

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EU commish: We smacked down O2/Three but we didn't take it 'lightly'

Neil 44

What about T-Mobile and Orange?

If they were concerned with the reduction in the number of mobile operators, why didn't they block the merger of T-Mobile and Orange a few years ago?

Exactly the same scenario.

The only difference (from my recollection) was that TM and Orange were French and German owned, whereas O2 and Three are Spanish and Hong Kong owned...

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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G

Neil 44

Re: Don't compound the earlier mistake

If you have a rooted phone, you can change your (2/3/4G) DNS provider to one of your choice: http://thedroidreview.com/how-to-change-dns-on-android-3g4g-root-without-root-methods-1984

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Neil 44

Don't compound the earlier mistake

BT should never have been allowed to take over EE. It has given them an unfair advantage in the telecoms and networking arena...

I too would support splitting Openreach away - that way I might have some hope of faster broadband with my lowly "Exchange Only" (discounting the cabinet / pillar that we have in the road!) line...

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

Neil 44

I think ours is even worse than that:

The fibre feeding the cabinet down the road in the next village goes through the underground chamber immediately next to the somewhat rare concrete pillar junction box (cabinet!) that serves us. However, despite the concrete pillar junction / cabinet we count as "exchange only" lines, so no fibre service. We are about a mile and a half as the cable runs from the exchange (which used to be quite a major routing exchange for the large tower!)

Shame the government / BT didn't think of a decent plan for the not insignificant number of exchange only lines....

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Google risks everything if it doesn’t grab Android round the throat

Neil 44

Poor layout of Android

I can't understand why the ROM doesn't have 2 partitions:

One that is "generic Google" and can be kept up to date easily direct from Google

If the OEMs (and carriers) want their own "customisations" etc, then they could be in a ../local/sbin still in ROM but that doesn't get wiped when the Google partition is updated...

If the local/sbin was in ROM, it would be more persistent than if the OEM/Carrier just loaded their "customisations" from a play store - i.e. harder to delete...

The big challenge would be for the OEMs to keep their stuff maintained so that it worked with all versions of the base OS!

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

Neil 44

How long will it last? How much will they save

"2- How long will Ultra-Ever Dry coating last ?The SE 7.6.110 formula’s longevity in use is susceptible to environmental conditions (UV / abrasion). This coating will generally last 2-8 months in direct sunlight and outdoor conditions before recoating of the top coat would be required. When used in indoor or covered applications outdoors, the SE 7.6.110 coating should last for a year or more. Other formulas are being added to our product line that can provide years of useful life before any recoat is needed."

(from http://ultraeverdry-tap.co.uk/faq.html)

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

Neil 44

Re: Add-on compatibility - Facebook purity

Sounds like the "really useful" FB Purity is being impacted by the new FireFox:

https://www.facebook.com/fluffbustingpurity/posts/10153641397712559

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

Neil 44
Childcatcher

Uber?

Does this mean the Uber charging mechanism has been overcharging if GPS has been overegging the distance?

Class action anyone?

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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 2

Neil 44

A really simple alternative...

is to use Blueonyx (https://www.blueonyx.it/)...

Based on Centos 6 (or 7 soon), it is a derivative of BlueQuartz which ran on the Cobalt Raq range of 1U servers (subsequently owned by Sun)

Suitable for multiple virtual hosts (from its heritage in hosted solutions!)...

Boot the CD, follow the prompts and you're done: all administration can be done via a web interface... If you want you can add a webmail client (eg Roundcube) and mail filtering (spamassassin, clamav etc). Being Centos you can install other things if you like or build them yourself but there is a "shop" if you want to buy some of the packages...

The real bonus is that it is being actively developed, and has a very responsive support group.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

Neil 44

I got several this morning, and, as I was suspicious of a .docm attachment, submitted the attachment to Virus total for a comparison of which AVs detected anything in the attachment and which didn't.

Hats off to those that did!!

Complete scanning result of "OFCOM_REN04_20150715_0976659.docm", processed in VirusTotal at 08/05/2015 09:52:57 (CET)

[ file data ]

* name..: OFCOM_REN04_20150715_0976659.docm

* size..: 49614

* md5...: da8d771db68ed6e27119ccbc528b2ab4

* sha1..: f532ba5c4aa6d2877e46d52cc0cc8e9702662d69

[ scan result ]

ALYac 1.0.1.4/20150805 found nothing

AVG 15.0.0.4392/20150805 found nothing

AVware 1.5.0.21/20150805 found LooksLike.Macro.Malware.g (v)

Ad-Aware 12.0.163.0/20150805 found nothing

AegisLab 1.5/20150805 found nothing

Agnitum 5.5.1.3/20150804 found nothing

AhnLab-V3 2015.08.05.02/20150805 found nothing

Alibaba 1.0/20150803 found nothing

Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1/20150805 found nothing

Arcabit 1.0.0.425/20150805 found HEUR.VBA.Trojan

Avast 8.0.1489.320/20150805 found nothing

Avira 8.3.1.6/20150805 found nothing

Baidu-International 3.5.1.41473/20150804 found nothing

BitDefender 7.2/20150805 found nothing

Bkav 1.3.0.6979/20150804 found nothing

ByteHero 1.0.0.1/20150805 found nothing

CAT-QuickHeal 14.00/20150805 found O97M.Dropper.GO

ClamAV 0.98.5.0/20150804 found nothing

Comodo 22933/20150805 found nothing

Cyren 5.4.16.7/20150805 found nothing

DrWeb 7.0.13.5270/20150805 found nothing

ESET-NOD32 12045/20150805 found nothing

Emsisoft 3.5.0.642/20150805 found nothing

F-Prot 4.7.1.166/20150805 found nothing

F-Secure 11.0.19100.45/20150805 found nothing

Fortinet 5.1.220.0/20150804 found nothing

GData 25/20150805 found nothing

Ikarus T3.1.9.5.0/20150805 found nothing

Jiangmin 16.0.100/20150804 found nothing

K7AntiVirus 9.207.16786/20150805 found nothing

K7GW 9.207.16787/20150805 found nothing

Kaspersky 15.0.1.10/20150805 found nothing

Kingsoft 2013.4.9.267/20150805 found nothing

Malwarebytes 2.1.1.1115/20150805 found nothing

McAfee 6.0.5.614/20150805 found nothing

McAfee-GW-Edition v2015/20150805 found nothing

MicroWorld-eScan 12.0.250.0/20150805 found nothing

Microsoft 1.1.11903.0/20150805 found nothing

NANO-Antivirus 0.30.24.2668/20150805 found nothing

Panda 4.6.4.2/20150804 found W97M/Downloader

Qihoo-360 1.0.0.1015/20150805 found nothing

Rising 25.0.0.17/20150731 found nothing

SUPERAntiSpyware 5.6.0.1032/20150805 found nothing

Sophos 4.98.0/20150805 found Troj/DocDl-WH

Symantec 20141.2.0.56/20150805 found nothing

Tencent 1.0.0.1/20150805 found nothing

TheHacker 6.8.0.5.613/20150805 found nothing

TotalDefense 37.1.62.1/20150805 found nothing

TrendMicro 9.740.0.1012/20150805 found nothing

TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001/20150805 found nothing

VBA32 3.12.26.4/20150805 found nothing

VIPRE 42634/20150805 found LooksLike.Macro.Malware.g (v)

ViRobot 2014.3.20.0/20150805 found nothing

Zillya 2.0.0.2329/20150805 found nothing

Zoner 1.0/20150805 found nothing

nProtect 2015-08-04.01/20150804 found nothing

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

Neil 44

Re: VeraCrypt and alternative

Yes. And got it running whole system on Win 8.1 successfully. (Convert the partition to MBR!)

Slower to boot than TrueCrypt though (I gather it is doing more "trial and error" to determine precisely which encryption was used with more variations...)

Other than that, working fine

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

Neil 44

Having worked with both Zigbee and Z-Wave in real houses, I'd choose Z-Wave every time!

868MHz (which is what UK Z-Wave uses) goes through walls MUCH better than 2.4GHz Zigbee, With Zigbee you need mains-powered repeaters which all adds to the complexity and cost of an install (yes, Z-Wave can have repeaters, but I've never had to use one)

Getting Zigbee units from different manufacturers to talk to each other can be a nightmare: yes, there are standards for applications, but there are so many that finding a common one is tough - and that's before arriving at an ideal product that uses the Zigbee protocol layers, but puts a completely proprietary application layer on top...

Horses for courses...

(Never used IP6-LOPAN which is supposed to be Zigbee like, but marries to WiFi / internet better...)

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Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

Neil 44

The really bubble shaped ones were Heinkels (looks like they were later branded BMW / Isetta...) - the cigar shaped ones were Messerschmitts

(Not particularly an enthusiast, but I remember being taken out for a ride in my cousin's Messerschmitt when I was little!)

OK, its Wikipedia, but this seems reasonably accurate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_car

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

Neil 44

Re: systemd? Do not want.

I always thought it was Edition 7 not V7....

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

Neil 44

Marlow Bridge

At least you were in good company: lots of Chelsea Tractors in Marlow...

You may, or may not, be aware that Marlow Bridge has a weight limit of 3 tonnes.

In the old days it was really only lorries that exceeded this gross weight. However some of the increasingly popular large vehicles in common use today are quite heavy and the owners may be completely unaware that they do in fact exceed the bridges weight limit, even in an unladen state.

For example the following vehicles are, and have always been, to heavy to go over Marlow bridge:

Range Rover- 3.2 tonnes

******* Range Rover Sport- 3.175 tonnes ********

Land Rover Discovery 4- 3.24 tonnes

Land Rover Defender 110- 3.05 tonnes

Mitsubishi Shogun- 3.03 tonnes

Toyota Landcruiser v8- 3.35 tonnes

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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

Neil 44

Nothing that new - was news in 2003!

STREET LIGHTS SET TO BECOME MOBILE MASTS

12:07Tuesday 23 December 2003

Tuesday, December 23: Lampposts all over Hemel Hempstead may soon not be quite what they seem.

T-Mobile put in a clutch of planning applications this week for the removal of several lamp standards, to replace them with look-alike telephone masts for the new 3G system for mobile phones.

The masqueraders are planned to be placed on footpaths outside Greenacres Tavern in Bennetts End, at the junction of Eastbrook Way and Adeyfield Road and on land adjacent to Long Chaulden at the junction with Pulleys Lane.

http://www.hemeltoday.co.uk/news/more-news/street-lights-set-to-become-mobile-masts-1-1211521

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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

Neil 44

Exchange Only lines....

Seems that BT forgot about the XO lines - that go straight to the exchange, not via a cabinet....

We've got one and despite them spreading fibre around, we're still "not available" as there's no cabinet

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

Neil 44

ICF7600D

Mine is still on the bedside and I use it most days - albeit mostly just on FM...

Remember having it in Greece on holiday and listening to the BBC reports on the death of Princess Diana on shortwave

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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

Neil 44

Why such an old Android base?

"based on 4.4.3..."

So.. given 4.4.4 was release mid-june, why haven't Amazon incorporated it (at least!) into their new product? 4.4.4 was supposed to include security fixes - so does that mean this new shiny is missing them?

Not even mentioning Lollipop which has been out in developer preview form since the end of June....

My summary of the product would be "somewhat dated software - possibly even having security vulnerabilities"

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EE plonks 4G in UK Prime Minister's backyard

Neil 44

4G Balckberry?

Maybe someone who has one can confirm if any of the Blackberry crop are 4G enabled?

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

Neil 44

Adblocker?

One of the obvious things to install when you have jailbroken / rooted a device is an adblocker - which surely would kill this attack pretty effectively...

(I'm assuming they exist for iDevices... I know they are not available on the Google Playstore - but if you're capable of rooting a phone, they are easy to find and install)

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

Neil 44

Linear or area

"begin taking snapshots of approximately 680,000km of the Earth every single day."

Do you mean 680,000km2 ? or is it really a linear measurement, in which case how wide is the strip it photographs?

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

Neil 44

Re: The Real World.

Then there are exchanges that are still categorised as Market 1 but that have 3 LLU broadband providers in the building which makes them not Market 1....

Ofcom contacted, but no meaningful response yet....

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Neil 44

BBMF flies over my house almost every year when its going to Farnborough.... Heard it but didn't quite have time to grab anything photographic this year.

Remember seeing a Vulcan at RAF Holton airshow (quite a few) years ago when they were still in service. Definitely impressive when he put the burners on and climbed!

They also had a Lightning there that sat on its tail and went straight up....

Last but not least, they had a middle-eastern private airliner do a flypast at low level: its pilot had trained at Holton!

Lincolnshire to see 3 Lancs: have to see what we're doing that w/e !!

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

Neil 44

Re: Patch cycle

My Google Nexus 7 (2013) updated to 4.4.4 several weeks ago ((KTU84P) - you are on a "stock" ROM aren't you? If not then go an find an update to the ROM you're running!

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

Neil 44

Re: As others here have said

If you're worried about the permissions of apps (like Messenger - why should it need access to my SMS and contact list?) then an App called Advanced Permissions Manager can clip its wings!

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

Neil 44

Re: "(the prius) would have struggled to keep the MPG in the 30s "

The Prius engines are also Atkinson cycle - which is something I can't remember to do with the valve timing. It is supposed to improve efficiency at the cost of peak power

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Neil 44

Re: Exact Change

I'm sure Boris would like to put all the bendy busses onto it....

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Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

Neil 44

Waze

Waze does all of this and, being community supported, has real-user traffic/incident reporting as well as user-fixable mapping and navigation errors.

Oh... and it tells you when friends (/partner) are going to arrive at the same location (i,e. home) if they are using it too.

Ask the "premium" SatNav players how often they update their maps (and how much they'll charge you to do it!). It feels strange driving down a road that has clearly been there a couple of years (e.g. around Stamford in Lincs) and be shown as being in a field!

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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

Neil 44

Three don't even understand they have a problem!

I forwarded the original article to 3 support and to start with they couldn't (weren't allowed to!) open ElReg. Then I sent them .pdf prints of the articles and they couldn't open them so in the end I had to paste the words into an email!!

They wanted to know if I personally had seen the problem, and I had to admit I hadn't - but that I trusted that ElReg really had - but they wanted to know if the problem still existed...

So... any chance of a retest? I'm assuming that if they haven't changed anything, it'll still exist...

hey ho...

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Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

Neil 44

At least it won't be able to hear/understand Jamaica Inn on the Beeb...

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Neil 44

Re: Farnell

I have a Digikey JACKET!! (from Thief River Falls in Minnesota).

Went there on business once and they gave me one of their staff jackets!

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Neil 44

Re: "In conjunction with Electronics Today International. "

>> "[Maplin] were a mail-order only outfit AFAICR"

No they DID have one shop - in London Road, Westcliffe-on-sea in the mid 1970s

My mother in law lived just round the corner from them :)

Also in the area were Scientific and Technical who sold all the tat that you didn't want by mail order ...

(Still waiting for a calm, dry day to try out my Christmas present : a radio controlled helicopter - from Maplin!!!)

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Neil 44

2G will outlive 3G

Lots of "hidden" services (like electric meters) use the 2G network, so the phone companies will be prevailed on to keep it.

I left EE because their 3G coverage was rubbish wherever I went though I do see my Three service sometimes roaming to them nowadays in the few places where the Three network isn't.

Maybe I'll get a phone that supports 4G one day...

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

Neil 44

No thanks

If the fruity lot do get involved with Tesla, then that's a dream car off my list :(

No doubt they will start claiming to have invented all sorts of bits of cars that have been present since Benz's time!

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Neil 44

Sinclair Scientific

Haven't you got a picture of a Sinclair Scientific? RPN (which confused people who borrowed it!) and it was *almost* accurate :)

If you want a picture, I'll dig the one I built from a kit out and take a couple....

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

Neil 44

Took them 15 days to undo whatever had been done to our broadband service IN THE EXCHANGE (I think we'd been plugged into the wrong provider by persons unknown).

Allow other BB providers to have an enforceable SLA with Openreach - with a fixed, escalating compensation to the end customer

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

Neil 44

Waze anyone|?

One of the big issues with any of the "mainstream" (I've used Tomtom and CoPilot) is that, whilst the maps are on the device, they are often out of date! (Like missing the Runcorn bridge...)

Waze is community supported (users report traffic jams, stopped cars, police(!), accidents - and more importantly can report **and fix** mapping and navigation errors)

It is supported on Android and I-things.

Yes, it needs a data connection when planning a route, but it doesn't use much data even on quite a long trip (which is done by a central server setup)...

(Happy Chrimbo, all!)

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

Neil 44
Holmes

Fruity patent opportunity?

No doubt they will try to patent the tube / tower design - forgetting that the Cray 1 had that design (albeit somewhat larger!) back in 1976....

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

Neil 44

Re: WAT

The Interdata 7/32 was a very early Unix platform (the first non-AT&T according to K&R Ed 1!)

It certainly had memory protection and used user and system level interrupts to process things. Processes were isolated from each other.

(admission time: there weren't any 7/32s around when I joined the company, but there were the slightly newer 8/32's!)

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Neil 44

No Traffic Announcements on DAB - useless in cars

The fact there is no provision for a similar facility for RDS-style traffic announcements (switching to a local station for traffic announcements when they are broadcast from whatever else you were listening to) would make me resistant to using DAB in my car even if it had a receiver.

I do listen to "digital radio" from time to time (usually TMS on Radio 4 longwave!) using internet radio from my phone (which is then interrupted by TA announcements from the FM tuner as needed).

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