251 posts • joined 25 Nov 2009
Re: I have a...
I used to get 35-40mpg from a 2.0 Turbo petrol (197hp) Skoda Octavia on a mixed driving route. The EU lab combined average was 35.7mpg. Seems to be that the more eco the car the further away form reality the lab results are.
I know plenty of people with "gas guzzlers" paying higher VED rates that get better mpg than others with eco cars.
If nothing else it shows what a nonsense the current EU testing is.
How did the real world mpg compare with the EU paper figures.
I've heard unconfirmed stories of Fiat making Twin-Air owners sign a disclaimer that they understand the car will never achieve the lab figures on the road.
Re: The Martian
When you read the book you realise that the Dune film was a pretty decent stab at something that is just about unfilmable. I've not watched the later Sci-Fi channel miniseries yet.
I like Neal Asher's Polity series myself. Not sure how well they'd translate but I'd really like to see the Spatterjay series as films. The Hoopers are my favourite characters.
Re: The Martian
You'll enjoy it. The main character Watney is very funny and clever.
Not sure if Matt Damon will do it justice or not.
I've only read Red Mars and I found it a bit dull to be honest. A lot of the science was interesting but the characters themselves were uninteresting for the most part.
The Martian by Andy Weir is out as a film next year. The science in it is pretty hard but it was a lot more entertaining than Red Mars.
Don't know it it's enough even if it turns out to be brilliant
It's....odd. I suspect you can only really judge this one by using it for a while and a 5 minute fondle in a shop won't do that.
I'm also not very sure this will work. Sometimes how well a product works just doesn't matter. If your board members think that they will get sniggered at by their peers when they whip a BB Passport out then they won't take it, they'll stick with the shiny.
The productive people in the middle that might benefit from the productivity features and probably don't care as much about what device they use may not get the option.
Also there is still a big question over the costs of running the BB12 back end to manage these. devices. It's a big ask to overhaul everything to stick with a company that may or may not be around in 2yr. Might be easier to overhaul everything and go device agnostic allowing all mobile device types to be used.
If they have sense the iPhone 7 will be made of spring steel
Re: Ded game?
^ My thought too
This was a pleasant surprise with my Lumia. It did come with some crapware but I could remove all of it without needing to resort to rooting it.
I think things are better than there were but that's all come from the guys working in the trenches forming their own inter-agency networks. Not from this MP led pork barrel.
Cabinet Office still expects the work to be done by everyone else while they stamp their name on the end product and take the credit.
Never completed the single player game. Got to the last level but never made it. Then Uni got important. I'll still have the disks for this in a box somewhere.
Shiny thing make everything all better says politician
I don't need a bloody smart meter to tell me to save energy. The feckin big bill every quarter does that.
I thought Apple was good at design. That's a nasty looking watch. Like a 1980s Casio, except it is probably still working and useful after 20yr.
I for one welcome our new fishy overlords
I'd have suspect there will a considerable saving from getting thing right first time so no repeat procedures. Hard to quantify I suppose but all good. Well done those boffins.
A double B+
Top class Boffinry with advanced Bodging. A pint to that man!
Oh please no, I don't need any feckin schools phoning up demanding to get MS Office and iTunes on 200 Chromebooks they've bought without asking.
Re: I'd love one, but
+1 I'd consider a Win8 tab but the Surface is just too expensive. Especially when you add another £100 for a bad keyboard/cover.
I love watches. The one I have on is mechanical but it has sapphire glass and I think it's quite 'smart'.
Can't stand the clunk of a quartz analogue watch ticking. I've no objection to a digital watch, I've got a G-Shock, but the idea of having to plug in a watch to charge every day just sounds awful.
Even mechanical watches will charges themselves through the movement of your wrist, Seiko has kinetic watches which recharge batteries through the same idea. Might have been a nice idea if the Smart watch people had looked back at the last 1000yr of watch making and come up with something a bit more innovative than plugging it in
Are there any potential space witches to weigh this against?
Re: Why is it so hard to see?
Yup after a couple of paragraphs my brain threw in the towel and waked out for a breath of fresh air.
And I thought I knew a little bit about quantum physics.
Re: There's not much wrong with windows
Just after I wrote "since MS / Nokia started selling good phones at budget prices" I saw the prices for the new Nokia 930. I see the marketing droids still have the idea that expensive sells. WinPh will only sell if it's exceptional value since it doesn't have shiny appeal and never will. I picked up a 920 for £83, that seems like a good deal, £500 for a 930 doesn't look like very good value in comparison especially when it's within £50 of a rumoured price for the iPhone6. MS won't beat the king of shiny with a 10% discount.
Re: There's not much wrong with windows
MS are actually producing some decent stuff right now it's just being ruined by the marketing types that are obsessed with everything Apple.
Google is loosing it's sine through its data slurping obsession and the malware that's on Android
We're actually seeing the Apple-for-work fad start to fade now. Reality has bitten and it's being noticed that these devices are actually quite hard to get to work in a large multi-user environment and they need a lot of back office support (MDMs etc) anda re missing useful things like USB ports and removable storage. Apple tabs are being put down and request are starting to come in for Windows laptops again.
Even in schools where iOS and the apps can work very well, it a PITA because it's hard to move the device between individuals and they often need to sign up to itunes whether they want to or not.
People have stopped laughing at Windows Phone since MS / Nokia started selling good phones at budget prices. I've noticed a lot of improvement in the App store with 8.1. Not sure why they persevere with the overpriced Surface.
Even if Win9/10 goes cloud / client based it'll probably be optional and there will be offline working. even Chromebooks have offline capability now. Not everyone lives in a metropolitan area with wall to wall 4G. Lots of us have to live with a poor 2G signal.
MS will never be 'cool', it's the OS of school and work. If they gave up on cool and worked on 'practical' and 'usable' they'd at least firm up their core customers. Plus lots of people like devices which just work without bells ans whistles.
Mix it in with Bad Taste Bears and you're laughing, or screaming depending on your supply of C Cells.
Too small to draw a standard comedy cock on therefore useless.
I set up a new charity website aimed to helpline other 'charities' scam money from the taxpayer in order to pay exorbitant wages to their board of directors.
It's called www.gilding-that-turd.org
My plan is not to actually do anything except getting a celebrity model (preferably on with a bit of a pus on her, seriously a model?) to wax lyrical about it to celebrity fondling magazines.
Can I have my £500k now?
Or I'll settle for My F**KIN MONEY BACK
Re: This is nice but
Maybe this is to bootstrap the current ev market. The patents he's referring to now are probably toast but it doesn't mean he's going to make all future patents open.
Get the market going, profit from battery and charger technology then license future developments to the now established ev market. Long term thinking, the man isn't daft.
Evidence I'm hearing is that the fondleslab fad is fading in the workplace. Workers are getting tired of the compromises needed to work on a tab and the extra infrastructure to make a non-enterprise OS work in a multi-user DPA paranoid environment. Even Win8.1 is a bit of a mess for enterprise.
We're back to asking for laptops now. Just don't ask about the money pissed up the wall on shiny toys, or all the toys that will never be returned to the office.
Buggers up when you can buy an equivalent sized small diesel or petrol car for £12k no including government subsidy. Some of them don't pay VED either and most of us don't live in London so the congestion charge is an irrelevance.
£10k buys a lot of petrol or diesel even at today's prices.
I applaud the technology but we're a long way away from electric vehicles being the obvious choice for the masses. I think most people would happily choose electric for a commuting car if it made sense we're now past the pointing and laughing stage. We're at teh stage of "I've paid a fk lot of money towards this through my taxes and I'd like to see something usable outside of London".
Reynolds is a boffin himself or ex-boffin. Nice little tie up between science and science fiction.
This Balrog seems a bit of a tiddler compared to a current salt water croc at 22 feet and 4000lbs.
Win8 tablets work better in business. They're just smaller flatter touchscreen laptops. No additional wizzy things needed. But not MS Surface, too dear, we've been getting Dells Win8 tabs and they're well liked.
Re: Watchdog puts UK gov IT on RED alert
Cabinet Office will only allow the change of bulb if the bulb changer has undergone disclosure checking, appropriate elearning programs and will only use corporately managed equipment to change the bulb. The used bulb must be disposed according to Architectural Pattern 47 and the new bulb must come from a Cabinet Office approved source with a CESG compliant filament. It is required that 50% of Bulbs will be bought from the Government eBulb store. Bulbs may be bought from an unauthorised source with prior authorisation from the Cabinet Office Department for bulbs, your requests will be answered promptly within 60 years.
In addition all bulbs must be tested by an approved lighting tester accredited to the Government BADGER scheme.
Failure to comply with any of these stipulations will result in a great deal of gum bumping from the Cabinet Office, the issue of grand threat and bugger all action. Unless you are a Government minister or the NHS in which case you can do what the hell you like.
Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.
+1 for the 4:3 screen.
I've a rather ancient HP laptop that is much better than my newer Dell for actually working on.
Also proper feckin keyboards.
Send the Chiclet keyboard to hell
Re: Smart phones where *you* decide which Apps are on them.
Strangely my Nokia 920 Windows phone is the best I've had for this. I've been able to uninstall everything that I didn't want.
The actual phone function is the best I've had for a long time too since...my Nokia 6630 classic which was a symbian feature phone .
Thought it was a new Amstrad Em@iler at first.
Lord Sugah will be impressed.
Information Security for you.
That was me. Have done programming, networking, support, web design, databases and lots of other odd things. Never to a degree to become an expert and never with any certs since no one pays the generalist to become a specialist.
Like you I've very good at problems solving and leading the experts, who can be blinkered, to come to good solutions.
I fell into Information Security / Information Assurance 10yr ago and it's a good fit for someone who knows a bit about everything and can learn about anything quickly. You need to be generally aware because the problems come from all angles on all subjects yet you can never be an expert in them all.
Not a lot of money until you have experience but if you can get CISSP or CLAS then plenty of well paid consultancy.
You might want to bone up on ISO27000, CISSP domains, PCI DSS, BASIL2, PSN.
Re: I actually like Windows phone
Ummm, [shuffles feet], [looks a bit embaressed]....
I quite like my Nokia 920 Windows 8 Phone too.
Fast well made, cheap and does what I need it to do very well.
Yes the app store is a bit thin but most of what you need is there just minus the 500k of garbage that's in the play store too.
It's a very good phone, camera and sat nav. But maybe not the 'lifestyle device' that people expect with Apple and Samsung.
Strangely I've come to the conclusion lately that I probably trust MS more with my data than Google or Apple. I spoke to someone very well versed in security/IA at spooky high levels and he agreed (although he was sticking with his Blackberry).
Re: Wow talk about branching out.....
Maybe not branching out that far since this looks like a flip-top bin.
What about seperate volume levels for the ring tone and media? PITA right now. Much as I like my WinPh8 there are some really stupid things like the lack of volume controls and no file explorer.
I be happy to be able to set my own colours on the tiles, not that bothered about the background images on them.
App store is still pitiful but at least it stops me downloading loads of shite. I have an Android tablet for that.
I wonder if Nokia will sort their Music Mix through this? The last update made things considerably worse, slow and buggy. Worked fine previously.
Nearly. Nearly had me until the end
Deep Freeze is a good call.
Turns a lot of support calls into "have you tried turning it off and on?".
Good for library environment where you might need to let people do things that will probably break computers in a day or so.
Re: For me there is a basic question
I can confirm the Plusnet supplied router is a pile of shite.
At least they do let you change it unlike some ISPs.
No need for more in the public sector. It's other people money anyway. The public humiliation is a more motivating factor than the loss of cash.
Private sector should have a % limit. £500k is pocket-change to some of the big boys
Across the UK? We've not voted yet.
Not enough money in Salmondland I suppose.
Is it he?
Traversing the universe touching things with his noodly appendage
WhatShatt, it's used by the yoof old boy therefore worth billions. It's only the yoof that count right now don't you know that?
Not used by anyone who actually draws a salary; in this country anyway. Pretty much like every Daily Mail evil app of the day.
Re: y'know ...
Fob watch tablet...
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