* Posts by Anna Logg

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

Anna Logg

"The goal was to develop rockets usable both to defend the Soviet state and get it into space."

"After several prototypes, the Soviets produced the R-7, the world's first intercontinental ballistic missile."

ICBMs are a defensive weapon?

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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Re: Points

After their 'devaluation' a while back that'll buy a set of 'X factor' coffee mugs or some such.

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New MH370 handshake and wing debris analysis suggests rapid descent

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Re: doing Conspiracy theories...

Indeed, given that after over a year and millions of bucks spent they haven't found the haystack, let alone the needle.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: I am astonished

"I had one of those too... I liked the way the gear stick stuck out through the dashboard"

My wife had a Renault 5 like that; presumably they had a big pile of bits left over at the end of the 4's production run so used them up on early 5s.

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Re: Are you saying the mini revamp was a success?

Indeed, anybody who thinks that "the redesigned VM Beetle had shown that the market liked a small city car with some character." clearly has no clue what size a 'small city car' is.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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Re: How do you audit and qualify a neural net?

"Quite so - "better than the meatsacks" is a very low bar to clear"

No it isn't. Like I said, I reckon, as an imperfect driver, I have around a 99.99% journey success rate; if it wasn't that order of magnitude for pretty much everybody, every journey I make would be littered with accidents...and they're not.

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"This won't really work until everyone has better cars."

Plus motorcycles, lorries, buses etc.

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Anna Logg

Re: Good grief

"And finally, as has been pointed out many times, human drivers are terrible. "

No we're not. A quick mental calculation and I reckon my personal driving success rate (i.e. arriving at my destination without having an accident) is around 99.99%, and I reckon I'm pretty average. The huge majority of vehicle journeys are completed without incident....and Google's autonomous cars can manage a mere 1500 miles between accidents, it seems. I'll stick with 'terrible' human drivers, thanks.

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What's 5G? Who knows, but Qualcomm's designed a modem for it

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Re: fool around with 28 GHz

This is what I've found baffling about 5G from an RF hardware perspective; these mm wave frequencies are expensive to generate and don't go anywhere. OK there really aren't any easy options for providing an RF channel 800MHz or more wide, but how the heck this can be turned into a commercially viable cellular system eludes me.

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Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion

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"Consumers can be surprisingly forgiving with companies that they trust."

Indeed. TalkTalk still have customers.

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Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

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Re: Disappointing if true...

I don't think the manufacturers have bought any Nokia (as in the actual company) IPR, just the right to use the name; so fancy phones with fancy tech seem unlikely to me.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: Take control when necessary

That's going to be a barrel of fun if there's 40+ ton of truck 20 feet behind you at 55.99 mph at the time....

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Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon

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Re: Just goes to show....

I'm still using a circa 1999 Freeserve email address for some of my personal email; I thought it had finally POPped its cloggs a year ago when there was a two week outage, but no,much to my surprise it came back to life. I'm gradually shifting everything over to a GMail account as surely the Freeserve account will die at some point, I stopped using them as my ISP over a decade ago.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: Extinguish...

..and given that HERE Maps / Drive + won't be supported on WinMo 10 shortly, my one reason for buying into WinMo platform has disappeared.

http://360.here.com/2016/03/15/important-information-about-here-apps-on-windows-phone/

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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Am I reading this right?

"Shipments of PCs have sunk over the last five years - in revenue terms, not literally - from 343 million units in 2012 to an estimated 232 million units in 2016. Escherich stated: "In terms of revenue, the global PC market has contracted from $219m in 2012 to an expected $137m in 2016.""

So for 2016 estimated shipments of 232 million PCs will only generate revenue of 137 million bucks? - about 60 cents per PC? No wonder they're in trouble, or I've missed something.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Re: Unexpected

Whilst we're listing rock stars dodging the Grim Reaper, Iggy Pop was 69 this week.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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This is an interesting technical paper IMHO, covering type approval tests versus more 'real world' tests:-

http://preview.tinyurl.com/grbhwg6

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Anna Logg

Re: Only 10%?

"The intention is that it's used purely as a relative comparator, not an absolute, so that you know that a car with an official consumption figure of 70 mpg will be more efficient than one with a 60 mpg figure, and not that either will actually deliver the quoted consumption figure"

That would work if they all cheated in the same ways, but it seems they don't, judging by the differences between real world figures found on the 'net and the official ones - some cars with some drivers are pretty close to official figures, others way off.

It would help if cheating was made more difficult - measure a vehicle's emissions whilst it achieves its stated 0-62 time for example.

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Is this the last ever Lumia?

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The IPR?

Oh hang on, they didn't get that either.

I assume Ballmer wanted to buy a mobile phone company, Nutella doesn't want one.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: Do organisations not use 360 feedback for support services?

A problem I've seen at several employers / clients is that there is no 'expert user' or whatever for applications, so people turn to IT support. I use Word pretty much every working day, but there are many many functions within it I've seldom/never used. So, when I want to use one of these functions it's just me and Google to try and find out how to do it. Microsoft's major league dicking around with the GUI over the years doesn't help either.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: Yet self driving cars are perfect?

"If a Google car gets confused, it can simply pull over and wait for a towtruck."

Maybe not, if there's 40 tons or more of HGV a few feet behind it at 59.99 mph.....

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Ten years in, ultra-high-def gets a standard

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..and 'Cloud Enabled'

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EE recalls all 'Power Bar' USB batteries due to 'fire safety risk'

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@Suricou

Spot on, don't know how on earth you've attracted a downvote???????

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

Anna Logg

Re: Consequences

This is what ingesting a crow at the wrong moment does to a jet engine:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1jZvlFmqQU

The longer version of the video is an object lesson on how to deal with serious doo-doo happening to the plane you're driving IMHO:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KhZwsYtNDE

I agree with other commentards, a drone would make more of a mess.

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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

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Re: I had a smart meter fitted last week

"But you don't need a smart meter to do this. Fit a clamp and display and you can get all this for a few quid. Nothing like the money required for smart metering. Lots of them can even work out the pounds as well as giving an energy figure."

Many local libraries will lend you one for free for a month, by which time the novelty of saving the cost of half a Mars bar a year by turning the loo light off more promptly will have worn off, job done,

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Honestly? Really?

"Humans are terrible drivers on the whole."

Well we're not that terrible, or 99.99% (estimate based on my own driving, don't have time to Google at the moment) of journeys wouldn't be completed without accident.

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Anna Logg

Re: Luddites

"Trouble is, that sort of utopia only really works if *ALL* cars are autonomous"

Make that 'vehicles' rather than 'cars' and I agree.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Re: Doesn't surprise me

CE does not require testing, manufacturers can self certify based on their own judgment call on whether testing is necessary or not; although they still need to present information relevant to the product to a Notified Body.

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Anna Logg

Re: Doesn't surprise me

Pretty much all cellular radio technologies vary the amplitude of the radio signal itself at a frequency within the audio range, so there is a finite possibility that audio equipment (particularly equipment with high gain and relatively poor screening) will be sensitive to this modulation and produce an audio output from it. Particularly so with GSM IMX.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Post WW2 the UK and USA, at least, had more obsolete nearly new propeller aircraft then they knew what to do with (many were just pushed over the side of carriers), so nuking a few was hardly a great loss.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Re: ..

"One of the reasons I've never (and will never) give MS my credit card for my xbox live account. Pre-paid vouchers all the way."

Same here ..now. Around 40 quid's worth of transactions appeared on my PayPal account from Microsoft for XBox related stuff I hadn't bought, PayPal said not our problem, so gift cards it is from now on.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

Anna Logg

Re: All or nothing

"The only way I see this working (in all honesty) is for it to be universal, and immediate. IE: December 31st 20XX - any driver worth his salt heads out on their last chance power drive on the road to nowhere"

Agreed - but this would be logistically and financially impossible, hence I really don't see how it can be made workable.

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Anna Logg

Re: Am I the only one...

Average drivers have to drive with lots of other traffic and pedestrians, and don't tend to drive the same few miles over and over again (well OK, apart from the daily commute)

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Anna Logg

Re: Am I the only one...

I'm particularly looking forward to that one occurring whilst I've got 44ton of lorry bearing down on my car-bot at 56mph!

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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

Anna Logg

Re: EE femtocell (“Signal Box”) no longer available from EE …

Not sure about the EE ones, but the Vodafone ones need to be registered on their website. I get text messages from Vodafone every so often informing me my femtocell has been moved, please register your new postcode blah blah, even though the thing hasn't been moved.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Two for joy

"If you watched Magpie, you probably went to a comprehensive."

Yes and yes :-) I think Susan Stranks was the first woman I had 'feelings' for :-))

My late father regarded the BBC as a hotbed of communism (despite the fact he worked on the track at Vauxhall), so obtaining permission to watch anything on the beeb took considerable negotiation.

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: Timeless wireless communication ...

Speaking as an RF Hardware engineer who often ends up working on system debug, you wouldn't believe the number of misunderstandings this still causes. SW group enumerate the first physical transmitter in a radio system as TX0, HW group refer to it as TX1, and so on.

I've yet to meet a human being who starts counting on their fingers at zero!

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Re: *ahem*

Whilst we're doing forgotten heroes of wireless communication, J. C. Bose remains top of my list:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagadish_Chandra_Bose

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: "Driverless cars are the future..."?

Me too, they probably made the same speech about DAB.

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Anna Logg

Re: @Chewi - Bristol? Try taking them to Clifton...

Like they said; surely it would have to apply to all road users, not just cars.

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Anna Logg

How would this work?

Mixing driven and driverless cars on the public highway would surely be a recipe for disaster.

An overnight switchover by everybody is logistically and financially impossible IMHO.

So what's the roadmap?

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Wrong location

Mediterranean tourist areas and er.. Brockenhurst!

http://www.hireatwizy.co.uk/

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Anna Logg

Re: One for dad

I think Chrome OS (or tablets) should be compulsory for technophobes

FTFY

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Samsung makes investors happy with $1bn share buyback

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Re: Desperate times

Spot on - Nokia threw billions into the share buyback furnace in the 2000s, achieving diddly in the process.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

Anna Logg

"...but this whole article read like an advert."

Indeed, I would expect an article to have some mention of alternative products / solutions at least: this just reads like a PR release from the company in question.

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Sink your teeth into OCZ's ARC 100 SSD sizzler with tasty home-grown chips

Anna Logg

I'm baffled as to why Toshiba have decided to keeping using the OCZ brand when it was well and truly devalued by the ~50% failure rates on some products.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

Upvote for the first Stroudley reference on The Reg

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Tesco

Judging by photos of the scene at my local one they're now operating a "Kick n'collect" service

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Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

Anna Logg

Re: Definitions

You mean development as opposed to research? Design of new products was considered development in the various companies in the field I've worked for (including Nokia & Huawei.)

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