* Posts by Symon

726 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Page:

'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Never again. I went to amazon.hu to buy some matches and I got sent a hovercraft full of eels.

9
0

Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Re: next up - hosted AirCons

In the summer, rather than old Zeeland, run them in New Zealand? --->

1
0

Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Symon
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: Human nature

You hear that whooshing noise? That's the point of my post flying over your head. It's obviously a bad thing to put a spike on a steering wheel. No-one (in their right mind) would assume otherwise. I was having a pop at the AC OP who seemed to be suggesting that safety features are bad because they could have a downside, even though they clearly have a net positive effect. I did this by posting something so ridiculous, it's fucking obvious. Reductio ad absurdum. Jesus.

As for "there are bad drivers, of course there are" posted by codejunky. Not you though, I bet. I wonder if you're one of the 88% of drivers from Lake Wobegon who think they're in the top 50% for safety?

http://heatherlench.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/svenson.pdf

2
4
Symon
Silver badge
Alert

Re: Human nature

@AC. Yes, stupid safety features. They should ban selt belts and airbags and put a massive barbed spike sticking out the middle of the steering wheel. That would stop speeding. Dead.

10
14

Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

Symon
Silver badge
Megaphone

Re: Back when I was a boy ....

Dialup. This is how it worked:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgqEIp2YmtE

0
0

Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

Symon
Silver badge
Big Brother

Re: Pay your taxes...

According to this very rag we're reading, "Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill." Companies try to maximise their profits for shareholders. Rather than have a go at the businesses, it might be better to direct your ire at the daft twats in the treasury/government who make crappy tax laws which have more holes than Swiss cheese. Bear that in mind when you vote next May.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/18/once_more_into_the_tax_breach_dear_friends/

4
7

Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

Symon
Silver badge
Stop

Re: I just want a dumb car

@Samuel.

"Audi is keen to promote the inherent modularity of this system. There’s no reason that a year down the line the system couldn’t be replaced with something more powerful – Tegra 4, for example – and a whole new raft of functions could be added to the screen’s repertoire. No need to wait until the Mk. 3 TT’s mid-life facelift, or the Mk. 4 car."

Admittedly, you had to read page two to get that information.

5
0

Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

Symon
Silver badge
Go

Send Fritz Haber.

"It is estimated that half of the protein within human beings is made of nitrogen that was originally fixed by [the Haber] process"

3
0

Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

Symon
Silver badge
Pint

Re: two fridges

Everyone needs a beer fridge unencumbered by lesser aliment. ---->

At my last place, I had a spare freezer in the garage. (NB, you can't put any old freezer in a garage. A lot of freezers are only specified to work if the ambient temperature is between +10 and +43C. You need a Beko freezer for the garage. http://ao.com/advice/freezers/buying-guide/which-freezers-can-i-keep-in-a-garage.aspx ) Anyway, I also had economy 7 electricity. So, I only ran the freezer from midnight to 7 am on a timer. I put a 2 litre coke bottle full of a eutectic aqueous solution of potassium chloride in there. (Non-poisonous within reason. Don't inject into your heart, though.) This starts to melt at about -10C and absorbs heat through the day. When the power comes back, the fridge freezes the phase change material. It worked very well, I reckon I recovered the cost of the cheapo timer in a few months or so. If you wanted to keep the freezer colder, say -23C, you'd use NaCl in your phase change material instead of KCl. I still have the KCl bottle in the freezer at my new place, it keeps the freezer cold when we get the usual rural power cuts, and is especially useful in the summer in the beer cool box. Which is where I came in--->

1
0

Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

Symon
Silver badge
Flame

@Fazal.

"good fit for solar electricity storage" Nah mate, you want a vanadium redox battery.

http://www.rongkepower.com/index.php/article/show/id/140/language/en

1
0

Galileo! Galileo! Galileo good to go after six-week recovery effort

Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

"satellites orbit every 20 days compared to the rest of the constellation's ten"

That's clearly crap. The 20 day period is the repeat pattern period, i.e. the satellite overflies the same position on the planet every 20 days.

3
0

Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

Symon
Silver badge
Stop

Re: H&S.

@James. No need.

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN01432.pdf

Workforce jobs in the construction industry, UK

Millions % of all jobs

1984 1.90 7.2%

1994 1.88 6.8%

2004 2.11 6.8%

2014 2.10 6.3%

1
0
Symon
Silver badge
Alert

Re: H&S.

@Mormon. "The issue is no amount of training will stop idiots [acting] like idiots." Yes it will. It might not stop every idiot, but it will stop some, if not most. That's the whole point, and is borne out by the statistics showing the reduction of fatalities and serious injuries following the Health and Safety at work act of 1974. The training sometimes seems obvious and 'just common sense', but it's aimed at the lowest common denominator. It saves lives.

As for your 'antediluvian' warning, it appears you did need some training after all, so that you would have known to report the problem to the health and safety officer and/or done something to resolve the issue.

7
4
Symon
Silver badge
Holmes

H&S.

Isn't it ridiculous! Ha ha, stupid rules put in place which are obvious. Waste of time and effort. Except it's not for the hundreds of people still living each year, who would've been killed 40 years ago.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/industry/construction/index.htm

5
8

I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

Symon
Silver badge
Facepalm

Odd how someone so smart...

...could be so stupid. He's not going to listen to those oncologists, what do they know? He's gonna "cure himself through acupuncture sessions, drinking special fruit juices, visiting 'spiritualists' and using other treatments he found on the internet". By the time he changed his mind 9 months later, the tumor had metastasized, and that's that.

27
1

Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

Symon
Silver badge
Big Brother

Re: Rules and Regulations

https://www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home/the-rent-a-room-scheme

@Frank. If you were making £5k a year, you should've paid tax on £750 of it.The £4250 tax-free amount hasn't changed since the 'Rent a Room Scheme' was introduced in 1997. Anyway, as the poster above says, that's nothing to do with the article, except that you can still claim this exemption if you are running a B&B as a business from your main residence...

0
0

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

Symon
Silver badge

Re: "EE has had UMA for some time"

@Mark, I believe Signal Boost is what Orange called their UMA offering. Existing customers are grandfathered in, which is why you're good to go, but it's no longer available for new connections.

0
0
Symon
Silver badge
FAIL

"EE has had UMA for some time"

Except they've ditched it. "Signal Boost was available to Orange customers on selected Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones but is no longer available to purchase."

http://ee.co.uk/business/small/help/mobile-and-home-connections/checking-and-improving-your-network-coverage/signal-boost/about-signal-boost

1
0

BT inks deal with Williams F1 for go-faster cloudy goodness

Symon
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: Which will be more boring...

Extreme, but not unheard of. Ouch!

http://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/domestic-cricket/a-pain-in-bulls-as-chris-lynn-faces-surgery-and-a-six-weeks-out-of-side/story-e6frf3kl-1226572490854

0
0
Symon
Silver badge
Go

Re: Which will be more boring...

Bring back characters like James Hunt! A quote about him being on "Superstars" with Stan Bowles:-

"Hunt - although far from being a natural athlete* - could not bear to lose. "I asked him once why he was so competitive," [David] Vine recalled. "And he said, 'Dear boy, if a cricketer makes a mistake he loses his bails. If a footballer misses the goal it is forgotten the next day. If I make a mistake, I am a red smear on a wall. I live on a higher plane'."

*http://f1.imgci.com/PICTURES/CMS/6700/6742.jpg

2
0
Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Formula 1.

Formula 1 driver Nigel Mansell gave up motor racing this week, as it's "too dangerous". And anyway claims Mansell, "I can get the same sensation by sitting in a wind tunnel with dark glasses on and a paper bag of agitated wasps tied over my head".

1
0

An uncomplicated Buffalo in SOHO: The LinkStation 441D 4-bay NAS box

Symon
Silver badge
Facepalm

Stop. In the name of love.

WTF is it with 'The Register' and NAS boxes. Every week there's an article titled 'NAS box has a terrible 0-day flaw', followed by another titled 'Here's a great cheap NAS box', followed by someone in the comments saying get your arse to http://www.mini-itx.com/store/nas and then go to http://www.nas4free.org/ .

6
1

The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Spinning rust usage is up

How about

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay_line_memory#Mercury_delay_lines

Where does mercury come from? H.G. Wells. --->

0
0

Ex-cops dumped on never-hire blacklist for data misdeeds

Symon
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: @45RPM

@45RPM

"We're The Sweeney, son, and we haven't had any dinner. You've kept us waiting, so unless you want a kicking you tell us where those photographs are."

0
0
Symon
Silver badge
Megaphone

Re: @45RPM

Get yr trousers on. You're nicked.

0
0

In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

Symon
Silver badge
Flame

Better still, one of these:-

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

Eat that, laser boy.

3
0

Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Re: @Ac Hidden TrueCrypt volumes

@Loon. But why did the Queen of England build her castle so close to the airport?

7
0

Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

@Harmony. You seem to know a little too much about the process. Have you faded from your 70's glory perchance?

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

4
0

Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

Symon
Silver badge
Big Brother

Re: Trouble , nothing but trouble

@Fuzzy. God vs. Devil.

Someone added up the number of people killed by Satan in the Bible.

"How many did he kill in the Bible? Well I can only find ten, and even these he shares with God, since God allowed him to do it as a part of a bet. I'm talking about the seven sons and three daughters of Job."

Guess how many God did in? Apparently, it's at least 2,476,633.

http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/who-has-killed-more-satan-or-god.html

Ah, as Dawkins said:-

"“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

26
3

Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

Symon
Silver badge
Terminator

Re: Just curious...

I don't think a crappy beta source is gonna help your fission reactor ambitions! Maybe read up on David Hahn. He made a breeder reactor in his shed. Used americium out of smoke detectors as a neutron source to breed fissile material from thorium, which he got from gas mantles, and uranium, which he bought by pretending to be a schoolteacher. He used lithium from batteries to purify the thorium. It all worked rather too well, and he got caught. Oh, yeah. He was 17 years old.

5
0
Symon
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: No Green???

Can't be a technical reason, 'cause you can buy green ones on the eBays. A quid cheaper.

0
0

WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

Symon
Silver badge
Go

Re: Fancy a bit of DIY?

Says "In stock" atm, one left, but 3p more than the price you quoted!

http://www.ebuyer.com/657023-lenovo-thinkserver-ts440-4gb-xeon-e3-1245v3-3-4-ghz-tower-server-70aq000buk

0
0
Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

FreeNAS vs NAS4Free

Which NAS distro? This might help:-

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/the-ars-nas-distribution-shootout-freenas-vs-nas4free/

I chose NAS4Free, but YMMV! Anyway, as time goes by, I'm using BSD more and more. Firewalls (pfSense) and NAS boxes especially.

0
0
Symon
Silver badge
Go

Fancy a bit of DIY?

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/nas

http://www.nas4free.org/

5
0

The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Anti-virus companies.

I'm sure they're all legit, but somehow they remind me of this cartoon.

http://s177.photobucket.com/user/climatedata/media/farside-agw-brick.jpg.html

1
0

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

Symon
Silver badge
Stop

Re: Which begs the question

No it doesn't.

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

8
8

Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Scandis

@NorthernCoder. It's a bit of a cock up that Norway said no to the EU. -->

1
0

Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

Symon
Silver badge
Megaphone

@AC

re: 1st Amendment. It's a good thing. I always wonder why they didn't include the Bill of Rights in the constitution from the beginning? However, as Alex Cox would tell you, the first amendment doesn't guarantee the right to show whatever you want on the TV, so flip you, you dipsy doodle melonfarmer.

22
1

Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

Re: NASA is setting the date

@Alan.

Mould? Just open the windows now and then. Works in my bathroom. --->

18
0

Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

Symon
Silver badge
Coat

To get in that quick someone had to be hyperactive.

6
0

BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

Symon
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Fixed it ages ago.

Thanks for the reply. At the moment all I have is a CSP (Consumer Splice Point) on the side of the house as installed by the OpenReach guys. Another chap is gonna come and finish the installation which will look like this, I think:-

http://tom.goskar.com/2013/10/16/my-fibre-to-the-premises-fttp-installation-part-2/

I believe there's a battery backup so you can still use the 'phone in a power cut. With a little luck, my pfSense box can plug into the fibre modem thingy, as you describe, and I can dispense with the BT stuff. I'll report back when I learn more. Currently, my HH3 on DSL crashes every few weeks (off and on to fix) so I'll be glad to be shot of it.

0
0
Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Re: Fixed it ages ago.

Hi Joe, my FTTP arrived yesterday, courtesy of OpenReach. I've been sent a HomeHUB 5a, which they're gonna come and connect up any day soon. Can you (or anyone who might like to help) post more details (model numbers?) on your alternative set up? I've got a WRT54 running dd-wrt for my WiFi currently, and I use a pfSense box as my firewall/router. What I really want is a dumb fibre modem, I reckon, and any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks to BT's excellent organisation, I was also sent two off HomeHub 3.0 last year when the installation failed. Can any of this stuff be used in bridge mode? Anyway, I'm off to Google, I'll post back if I find anything helpful...

0
0

MIT demos picowatt radio for Internet of Things

Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Semiconductors.

NPN transistors don't have a gate. They have a base. FETs have gates, maybe that's what was meant.

3
0

How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Symon
Silver badge
Paris Hilton

Re: Montreal?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/2160/

"Trevor Pott is a full-time nerd from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada"

1
0
Symon
Silver badge
Flame

Why?

It pisses me off when people say "I'm no good at calculus" as some kind of badge of honour. No-one would admit that "I'm no good at reading novels". Not liking calculus is something you should keep private, if nothing else. The admission implies that you are a lazy dumbass who can't think too hard about anything. Just fuck off back to your Harry Potter and the Mitten of Wool.

http://www.businessinsider.com/being-good-at-math-is-not-about-natural-ability-2013-11

10
18

Page:

Forums