* Posts by Carl W

88 posts • joined 3 Jul 2009

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

Carl W

Re: Separate work from private life!

Was that the BBC's "Make Me a German"? Which was an excellent insight that I have shared with several German colleagues.

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BOFH: How long does it take to complete Friday's lager-related tasks?

Carl W

COP Thursday

I had that same situation many years ago. The good bit is that having booked all of Friday's time, there's no need to do any of it. It's booked in the system so it must have happened, right?

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Carl W

Improved GPS accuracy?

Since GPS receivers have to make GR corrections already, will an improved understanding of GR lead to better GPS accuracy?

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Lyft hits the brakes: Ban threat stalls taxi app's New York City launch

Carl W

I used both Gett and Uber in NYC recently, so I don't see why Lyft shouldn't be allowed to compete. Gett were doing a promo where anywhere in Manhattan south of 110th St was $10. Almost as cheap as the subway.

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Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

Carl W

Re: Let's talk VAT numbers..

It's not profit, it's turnover. And I think the number is about £80k now. Don't need to sell many iPads to reach £80k of turnover

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Virgin Media's SPAM-AGEDDON 'fix' silences mailboxes

Carl W
FAIL

All my mail goes to my own domain

As does mine. Or nearly all. I discovered a valuable lesson many years ago: do not make your domain's administrative contact an address in that domain, nor an address in a domain hosted by the same provider. Oversight on my part but I accidentally let the domain expire and of course they sent the notification to the administrative contact...

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

Carl W

Re: Rolling roads don't work that way

When I had a 4WD car (Subaru Impreza Turbo) the advice was that the MOT stations had to do all of the braking tests on a test drive rather than a single roller rolling road, for fear of knackering the centre diff. Things may have changed since then.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

Carl W

Re: Let's not forget...

Reduced fuel tax? So why in the UK has diesel, apart from a few weeks about a month ago, been more expensive than petrol? Surely it's simpler to refine?

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taping up body seams

Worse than that, they're not even done on the open road but on a rolling road (presumably with a wind machine). And as you say, self-certified.

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EC mpg tests just as bad

Ever wondered why no-one in the real world can get anything like the manufacturer's claimed mpg figures? The EC emissions test is prescriptive and is x minutes and y mph, y minutes at z mph, etc. So the ECU recognizes that it's on the test and adjusts fuelling appropriately to get artificially high mpg figures.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

Carl W

Re: Was looking good until...

Stansted has an airport. Stanstead (near Ware) does not. But it does have a level crossing in the high street.

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

Carl W

Had to sell the Scooby?

What kit do 2 kids require that doesn't fit in the back of a Scooby? I managed perfectly OK. When the kids were 11 and 8 we managed for the next 2 years with a TVR Cerbera and a Peugeot 206CC, so two 2+2s.

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Carl W

OS X upgrades "cheap"?

The last couple have been free...

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

Carl W

Re: Clarfication

My understanding of how these work is that the loan is never repaid and then when you eventually die it becomes written off by the trustees. I was also offered this scheme and it looked far too dodgy and had the potential to land my family with a huge bill at the end.

But I also know someone who was involved in a scheme like this whilst working as a contractor at HMRC, and they were OK with it.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

Carl W

Re: @Carl W - I'm not seeing it

The article says "You can update to Mint 17.2 directly from Update Manager." which implies now. No problem though, I've downloaded and installed it. Doesn't appear to be a lot different from 17.1 IMHO.

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Carl W

I'm not seeing it

No update available in Update Manager (currently on 17.1 -- just in a VM to see what it's like).

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

Carl W
Coat

Re: SWIGERT

Unfortunately Jack Swigert died in 1982, so unless he's up to some heavenly oxygen tank stirring mischief I think we can rule him out.

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

Carl W

I don't personally agree but...

...IAM would say you should have anticipated his manoeuvre and adjusted your speed/positioning accordingly.

Even in a Honda Jazz it might have been better to have floored it for the overtake :)

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Upstanding chap

Seems he is a fellow gold MacBook owner.

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Woman dumps ultra-rare $200,000 Apple 1 computer in the trash

Carl W
WTF?

Disappointed

Not one commentard has yet remarked that you can get an equivalent Dell for a third of the price.

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Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

Carl W

Re: Didn't know they still existed

Not only are they still in business they are the world's largest watchmaker and own the brands Breguet, Blancpain, Omega, Longines, Rado, Tissot and Certina amongst others, plus the ETA company who make movements used by many watch manufacturers, e.g. IWC, as well as being jointly responsible (with Mercedes-Benz) for the creation of the original Smart car.

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Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

Carl W

Effectively two numbers?

Why would the SIM need two numbers (MSISDNs)? It's possible to map a single MSISDN to multiple IMSIs. Wouldn't it also be better if Google had their own HLR and signed up to wholesale roaming agreements with the two networks?

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

Carl W
FAIL

P*ss poor

Why could they not retain the old API for compatibility purposes?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Success!

And tasty good it was too. But do you think there might be a way without frying the onions and potatoes in a load of olive oil? If not it will have to remain a rare treat rather than staple post-pub diet.

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

Carl W

Re: Glass is not meant to be bendy

Disclaimer: I have an iPhone 6

Personally I believe the zenith of mobile phones was reached with the Nokia 8210. Enough charge to last several days and small enough to fit into the condom pocket of your jeans.

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

Carl W

Re: "...dampers use a patented technology for ... individual wheel control..."

I’ve seen a race car with a single damper for both front wheels. Not sure of the advantages other than weight.

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Carl W

Blimey

A transverse straight 6? Must be the only car on sale with that engine layout.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

Carl W
Big Brother

Benjamin Franklin quote

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

Carl W

Ken Sheriff

Was also one of the authors of Fractint

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

Carl W
Trollface

Surely any date/time format other than YYMMDD HH:MM:SS is illogical?

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

Carl W

BSG

I bought the DVD version of Battlestar Galactica some years back, and it's well worth a watch. Tails off a bit towards the end, but the story of how they first encounter their own civilization's outposts, and then other civilizations, isn't bad.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

Carl W

I tried this

And there was too much garam masala. It wasn't too hot, just too "powdery". Maybe I should have been using level teaspoons instead of heaped. And I didn't have any tomatoes so I used a red (bell) pepper.

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Carl W

Re: Authentically Indian version

Someone else who has spent a significant amount of time in Ahmedabad. I'm hoping not to ever go back. 46 degrees at 6pm...

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

Carl W

The best episode of the series so far IMHO.

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Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

Carl W

What makes it the e-THP?

I was expecting something like some sort of electric motor assist, or an electric supercharger.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

Carl W

Agree

Not only was the egg physically larger than the creature, it was laid immediately after the creature was born. Some of the Steven Moffat scripts were excellent, but they were all when Russell T Davies was the showrunner.

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Carl W

I ordered mine on Friday (from EE) and it turned up on Monday. Actually they tried to deliver it on Saturday. Been using it all week. My minimum contract term ended in July so rather than get a 5S I thought I'd hold out for the 6. It's OK but I'm not impressed with the camera sticking out of the back or the back cover in general -- I thought the zenith was reached with the glass-backed 4/4S.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Carl W

A year left to run on the EE contract?

Why don’t they keep the business running for another year, make another £100m and use the time to find another partner or business model? Or have EE terminated the agreement with immediate effect?

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

Carl W
FAIL

So square

Watch should have been round. Square watches went out in the 1970s. Although I wouldn’t say no to a Jaeger Reverso.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Carl W

Re: Chrome cam

Isn't this what SRWare Iron does?

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Telecity boss directed to the exit after a decade at helm of data centre biz

Carl W

Re: £45,000 "outplacement counselling and assistance"

I think the "outplacement counselling and assistance" is a legal requirement. Bear in mind that the "outplacement counselling and assistance" company is probably charging £1k+/day.

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

Carl W

"Open for All" and "Women". I see no problem there, do you? Reminds me of when I worked at a company who offered up a "Black Engineer of the Year" award.

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Watch this: Managing user experience with UE V 2 0

Carl W

4:3? Really?

And the sound quality is terrible.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Carl W

Re: Re TRAITORS

The Onion covered this a while back http://www.theonion.com/video/cias-facebook-program-dramatically-cut-agencys-cos,19753/

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Job for IT generalist ...

Carl W

Tech PM at 75k+bens perm -- get yourself on a PRINCE2 or PMI course

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

Carl W

Re: Water depth

News this morning was saying 3-5km deep

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

Carl W

As a myopic, I couldn't get it to fit with my glasses on, nor could I see the display with them off.

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Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

Carl W

The ESA?

We don't normally refer to "The NASA".

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