21 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009
Re: IT angle? Who cares?
Not in this article per se but a log of people are adding aftermarket ECU's and the like., for EFI engines.
I've been hacking my TVR for a few years now (only a measly 4.0l supercharged) and I have been looking at Megasquirt, but I can't justify laying out 200 sobs when I know I can do a better job myself... ECU running real-time Linux anybody?
Just returned from the garage after adapting on a £6 clutch slave cylinder rather than a £50 one with the "official" hydfraulic thread.... let the hacking roll on.
stick linux on it, and use it to watch porn
It is colour, after all....
So what if it isn't tied down...
... we now have a ROVER!
Great job and congratulations to the team.
What about embedded systems
I have a number of pieces of test equipment still on W2K let alone XP.
I would not be surprised if NHS have loads of bits of kit like this.
You don't upgrade it though - it just works. (Well, you can't anyway - it might be a 486 with no RAM expansion capability.)
Re: Does it follow
Paris - becase _she_ prefers a "menage a une"...
Re: Turn off the engine while downhill!
oh that's easy - keep the car in gear with your foot on the clutch, then turn off the ignition and turn it back on when the engine has stopped. Restarting the engine is simple, you let your foot off the clutch and floor it if you need to.
If the brake vacuum reservoir empties you can let your foot off the clutch too.... but that normally lasts 4 or 5 presses.
and giving us all asthma
didn't you know - platinum residues not only coat our streets but our lungs too.
Platinum is a potent asthma-inducing allergen.
Re: One password to rule them all
I see your point - Tesco would probably substitute Vegemite, which is totally disgusting...
Re: For me
And that the site/computer tells you when you last logged in (e.g. UNIX has done this for 30 years and the HMRC website does too.) That way you can self-monitor for breaches.
What like a SIM card...
oh... wait a minute...
Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs
The longest "memory" for passwords I have come across so far in a server, is 8. So you can spend a few minutes each 90 days updating your password 9 times, and on the 9th time set it back to what it was in the first place. Job done.
Typical Rotten Apple Treatment
I wonder what their position was a few weeks before this announcement - bet you it was denials and fobbing-off.
I am still struggling with a mistaken "upgrade" to IOS7 that has knackered my Iphone 4 - and there is no downgrade path allowed.
This sort of shoddy treatment just hacks customers off.
Password Reset Email Received but...
Ebay have previously advised me to ignore all emails from them that do not mention my eBay ID.
I did get an email (possibly) from them, but not quoting my eBay ID, so by their own rules I must ignore it, because it's probably spam...... they are a bunch of divvies, honestly....
Good planning - triple redundancy
At least they had the forethought to launch three "Mother" satellites, KickSat, KickStat and KicSat ;^)
Thanks for all your comments
A number of things really got my goat about this experience, in no particular order:
- It's not really an option for the general population to root their phones and install firewalls. Even if the 10% of typical public who can understand this stuff did it, they may invalidate their warranty, so are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
- The rest of the population have to put up with the balance chiselling.
- Orange never have contacted me to say sorry. Nor refunded the whole amount. The "stock answers" went to the Register - not me.
- Orange didn't even want to refund the £7 until the Register contacted them - how tight is that - especially considering that all they are doing is crediting a PAYG balance? Do we really have to whack these companies over the head with a news story before they will cough up?
- They operate a "phone only" compaints procedure, so when you complain, like most companies that do this, as soon as you hang up the complaint is forgotten. The complaint can't easily be used as evidence to the ombudsman or small claims - I have taken to recording all such customer service calls "for training purposes"!
- If my son want to receive an MMS (for example I might send MMS to get a read receipt for an important message) he has to leave data on - at a cost of around £4 a day - so it's a ridiculous suggestion that he leave it turned off permanently. (Yes the phone is firewalled now, but what about Joe Public with non-rooted phones?)
- The "recent usage" stats online only go back a month or so - so I cannot get proper evidence of previous instances to get refunds for. So much for online billing... get paper every time.
This bug has been around for at least 3 years, it beggars belief that "no one" has reported it. Apart from anything else, the sevenemail1 server must be deluged with pings all the time from millions of handsets, which probably cripples performance.
My next mission is to get as many consumer groups as possible aware of this for people to get refunds. Please help by copying this story this far and wide.
You were lucky!
When I were a lad we ‘ad ter toggle t’ bootstrap into t’PDP front panel, BY HAND, ‘til us fingers bled.
Then us system manager used ter kill us in COLD BLOOD for setting off t' halon in t’ computer room which were a shoebox in t’middle of the M1.
Try telling that….
It's bad enough doing the "reach around" the back of our PC's to find the standard USB ports, to feel for the hole, how on earth are we supposed to fumble for this diddly little orifice to insert our jacks?
The human hammock wouln't be invisible
The cat hammock supports 4kg and absorbs 2.3% of light.
The human hammock - let's assume you are a lithe 100kg - would be 25 sheets thick, assuming we share the load evenly.
So the light absorbtion would be 2.3% 25 times over, so the transmission of light is 0.977^25 = 0.56 or 56%.
The human hammock would appear fairly dark, absorbing 44% of light.
On the other hand, you might always be a flying-car-driving cat, who knows?
Outdated 'cos designed in the '90's??
Err - UNIX was designed in the '70's and is still going strong.
If you got the design right in the first place, you wouldn't be in this mess.....
Now - back to my Isambard Kingdom Brunel biography....
(P.S. W98? I have test equipment that runs W2000....)
Re: Starting an e-petition
The petition is now up - so vote if you feel like it...
"After the council received mixed responses from the public when congestion charging was initially mooted" - well not really _that_ mixed, over 90% of Cambridgeshire residents are opposed.
The County Council owns the roads that would be affected, and hence it must decide, however everyone who lives outside the City doesn't want congestion charges. The City Council wants it, but can't implement it because it doesn't own the roads.
No County councillors have a mandate for introducing this, indeed it's against the majority of their consituents wishes. So hopefully it'll die a death (again).
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