* Posts by andy gibson

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Will a datacentre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

andy gibson

old cars

My current car is 13 years old, still looks in good nick inside and out, and sailed through its MOT again last week for the third year on the trot.

I'd imagine that in 12 years time my car of 2027 will be a 13 or 63 reg car, assuming they're not so laden full of electronics gizmos with a short lifespan that you can't get parts for and will be resigned to the scrap heap. I don't think I'd trust "park assist" on a 12 year old Ford.

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There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

andy gibson

More to diagnostics than just reading a fault code

The rise of the OBD port and cheap diagnostics is a double edged sword. While it does work out cheaper to buy the kit and do your own diagnostics instead of going to a garage, it sometimes requires more advanced equipment to read live data. And some of the cheap code readers don't even pick up all the faults. On my car, a bluetooth reader and Torque didn't pick up P1351 (glow plugs) or P0402 (I've disconnected my EGR valve) whereas the proper Lexia diagnostic kit did.

A good example is the "P" code which reports low pressure at the high pressure pump. On four occasions now I've had customers come to me after a garage and even national breakdown companies have seen this code and said "your high pressure pump is goosed, mate. £400 to replace including parts and labour". And when the fault hasn't been fixed, shoulder shrugging from the garages.

The fault? Simply a neglected fuel filter, either the one in the engine bay, or the one built into the pump in the fuel tank. The proper kit could read fuel flow at the tank pump. And on another it was a poor electrical connection to the fuel pump. The proper diagnostic kit could read the current at the

pump, and it was incredibly weak.

So I'd recommend getting a second opinion from a fellow owner on a car forum for your marque. You'll probably save hundreds.

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

andy gibson

Micro Men

I must give mention to the last re-telling of computing events of Sinclair and Acorn in BBC's Micro Men. Much better than the usual costume and period dramas the BBC churn out.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

andy gibson

using keys in locks

As a P/T mechanic one of the most common call outs I get is "remote fob not working - can't get in with key because lock is stiff as its never used or I never tested it when I bought the car". I'm pretty much old school and put a drop or two of oil into the lock every six months and routinely use the key once every month or so.

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

andy gibson

also happened in 2007

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w84/R-1R-one/MEN.jpg

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

andy gibson

Great Eastern

A piece on the Great Eastern and finding a piece of it in the mud from "BBC Coast" here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLObOWZjo5I

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

andy gibson

Re: Reading View

Is that this:

http://carocat.tumblr.com/post/661477553/reading-skyline-taken-from-the-top-floor-of-the

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What a time to be alive ... hard and floppy disk drives play Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

andy gibson

Radiohead

My favourite, as it employs a Sinclair Spectrum

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

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

andy gibson

Jealous

Maybe the powers that be are just jealous because he didn't crash it into the Mersey like their plod did:

£13,000 Merseyside Police drone lost as it crashes into River Mersey

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/13000-merseyside-police-drone-lost-3364040

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

andy gibson

IT job at Williams

Williams are also looking for an IT Infrastructure Technician

http://www.williamsf1.com/pages/careers

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

andy gibson

XBOX360 iplayer radio?

Is this why iPlayer radio isn't working on the Xbox 360? I tried and although it showed a wide range of programmes, all were unavailable.

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

andy gibson

Video

Not related to Elite. but the picture you used in the article.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqqfGXrX__8

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

andy gibson

"you're gonna sit at Press F1 screens forever"

You would on a real Speccy too, it didn't have an F1 key.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

andy gibson

Family Guy

I like Stewie's time machine in Family Guy. Good fun when used, and never takes itself too seriously.

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Horizon finds new potential in the sci-fi staple deepsleep tale

andy gibson

2010?

"What Horizon does very well is take the whole idea in a new direction. What if you went to sleep when the world was at a politically precarious peace and when you woke up, everything had changed, including your interstellar mission?"

Wasn't that the plot of 2010, particularly the movie version with Roy Scheider? There was political turmoil on Earth and the US astronauts woke from cyrosleep in the Russian ship?

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

andy gibson

Trek Parody

Sounds like Star Wreck by Leah Rewolinski

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Wreck-Series-Leah-Rewolinski/dp/0752208306/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1413808224&sr=8-2&keywords=star+wreck

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

andy gibson

Re: So what's next?

dotdavid, your comment reminded me of this:

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

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

andy gibson

Re: Demographic targeting

"Makes sense all round to sell the right phone and contract to the right person"

To paraphrase Lionel Hutz (attorney at law) when he's in charge of Red Blazer Realty:

The right phone is the most expensive one. The right person is anybody.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

andy gibson

car

Don't really care about Google Glass, but is that a door wedge on your driver's window glass?

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

andy gibson

John Glenn on "Frasier"

There's a great episode on the old TV show Frasier where he plays himself and comes clean about aliens and the space race. But it all happens during one of Frasier's tantrums and it never gets heard or broadcast. About two minutes in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4iNhaQms0

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

andy gibson

Your Spectrum and Sportscene Specialist Press

I arrived late into the Spectrum world (1986), by which time the newsstands were occupied by Crash, Your Sinclair and Sinclair User, heavily games oriented.

By chance at a car boot sale I picked up the entire collection of Your Sinclair's predecessor - Your Spectrum - for just a quid, which had a much stronger focus on tech.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/

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20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure

andy gibson

Silicon Village

Reminds me of Silicon Village, which came after Micronet 800 in 1993.

http://www.viewdata.org.uk/index.php?cat=40_Silicon-nbsp~Village

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

andy gibson

If I catch you writing in the dust on my car

The only thing that will be "impossible" is being able to use your broken fingers.

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Here come Samsung's, er, Barnes & Noble's new Galaxy Tab, er, Nook fondleslabs

andy gibson

Re: a fire sale on the current nooks?

The Kobos are only £39 at Littlewoods / Very at the moment:

http://www.very.co.uk/kobo-ereader-2gb-6-inch-touch-edition-with-wifi-blue/1103568399.prd

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

andy gibson

Boulby, UK

I've been lucky enough to see the UK's equivalent at Boulby. They occasionally do tours. If you can get on one you will absolutely love it.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

andy gibson

Long term fracking

The article states "So far only tentative exploratory work to research the quality of the shale formations has taken place in the UK"

But this link shows at least one site - Elswick - operating for decades:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26271662

I believe that was previously owned by British Gas. I wonder where the protesters were in 1993?

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Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

andy gibson

Nick Pickles "rent a quote"

I remember a couple of years back where Nick Pickles was orchestrating a very heavy handed FOI request to schools, demanding to know if they had CCTV, where they were and who managed them.

Fair enough you might think. But it led to news stories about CCTV being in school toilets and the usual pitchfork brigade being outraged. What the story glossed over was the fact that the cameras were not in cubicles providing candid shots but in the general hand washing areas, where bullying was rife and CCTV eliminated it from a difficult area to police.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/sep/12/cctv-cameras-schools-out-of-hand

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

andy gibson

Star Wars partworks

Around the time of Phantom Menace I recall seeing one of those weekly partworks magazines for Star Wars (where the first episode is 99p then jumps up to £4.99, with optional binder at £9.99).

One of them had a timeline for all nine episodes, mentioning that Chewbacca died in ep 7 or 8.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

andy gibson

Euro Car Parts

I was in a Euro Car Parts branch yesterday, all their sales team office desktops were on XP.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

andy gibson

Re: Er, camouflage error

Nah, it supposed to blend in with the sky! North Korean stealth technology at its best - they send a black one up at night and a grey one when its cloudy.

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CCL Computers probing source of fake virus-riddled dispatch mail

andy gibson

Re: Are these customers blind, it is a Very Common exploit spam tactic to spoof retailers now!

Its not a case of "customers being blind", some have reported that the tracking number is a legitimate one, and that some of the purchase order numbering details in the email match those that certain people use. Like the article says "It is not clear how the fraudsters got customer details from CCL's database".

Yes, I get fake Amazon and Asda ones daily, which I delete without a second thought. What I don't want to see is my actual order numbers and tracking details being circulated in this way, it points less to being a random spoofing and more of their database being hacked and my details exposed.

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

andy gibson

Lags and lagging

Pipe lagging was once the process of protecting water pipes from frost. Now its a term for cons stealing them for the copper.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

andy gibson

Re: It started on BBC2

I certainly remember watching "edgy" comedy of The Young Ones first time round on BBC2. Same with Red Dwarf, HIGNIFY and many other shows. Didn't Armstrong & Miller and the two Peep Show lads have their sketch shows on BBC2?

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Random car shutdowns force Toyota to recall Prius hybrids - AGAIN

andy gibson

Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question

Would probably be the brake switch. £6 part sited in the passenger footwell. The problem still plagues older 307s and 407s.

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10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

andy gibson

But will it stop me driving over cliffs, into rivers, on railway tracks etc.?

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

andy gibson

Re: Would it be too much...

"We should be thankful that we're not getting a "Tony Blair" note!"

It would have to be a nine bob note if we did.

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

andy gibson

"The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects".

I don't know, scrapping ID cards was a big success.

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

andy gibson

Viglen customer both past and present

My old Viglen 5.25" disk drive is still going strong on my BBC Master.

And I've used Viglen for Microsoft software licence renewals in education. Great pricing and good service.

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Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

andy gibson

late testing

This is nothing new. Just buy a brand new car, especially the first release of a new model. You pay the privilege of being the long term test driving guinea pig to report all the issues which are then ironed out in the "facelift" model.

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

andy gibson

Spectrum 128 version

The Spectrum 128 version was better than the 48k one - all the levels were pre-loaded into the RAMdisc and there was music and sound FX courtesy of the AY-8912 sound chip.

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

andy gibson

"content not there"

6music is probably the best DAB station there is, and getting more popular:

http://www.mediauk.com/radio/316/bbc-radio-6-music/listening-figures

However, I'd happily abandon DAB if they'd give them an FM frequency.

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

andy gibson

Media saturation?

For me I couldn't see the point in watching the movie because the subject has been saturated by the media already. What aspects of the story could be shown in the film that we don't already know?

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Star Wars exec: These ARE THE DROIDS I was LOOKING FOR

andy gibson

They turned me down for the job

Can't think why:

http://th06.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2013/093/6/c/r2d2_cardboard_by_hercreative-d60bb5r.jpg

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

andy gibson

EMP in Fiction

Also check out "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.

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

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Is computer biz Viglen about to GET FIRED? Lord Sugar's firm in rumoured sell-off

andy gibson

Viglen customer here

My Viglen 5.25" twin disk drives are still going strong on my BBC Micro.

And we last used them a couple of years ago for our Microsoft Licence renewal. Good price, good service.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Jailed for refusing to disclose password

I seem to recall this got a lot of coverage at the time:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11479831

But heard nothing since. Has he ever given an interview?

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Google Street View goes INSIDE a Royal Navy submarine

andy gibson

urbex targets

Decommissioned subs and ships are a popular target for the urbexers, here's a link to one of several reports:

http://nwex.co.uk/showthread.php?t=6619

Click on "military sites" for more.

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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

andy gibson

What are the alternatives?

There seems to be a lot of the usual Microsoft bashing here but I don't think many commenters know how much MS's products are integrated into a school's network and how there's no real viable alternative. There's more to school ICT than pupils using MS Office.

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Tape rocks for storage - if you don't need to, um, access your data

andy gibson

Microsoft DPM

I agree with "lansalot" in that DPM is a good solution. However, I disagree about the cost and problems. I might be a little biased as we got the software for free as part of our licensing agreement, but after the initial outlay of a storage array and configuration I've found the software a doddle to use and management is minimal - certainly no calls to MS needed for me.

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

andy gibson

Re: FIVE years?

Yep, I was on Prestel and Micronet back in 1984 with my Spectrum and trust Prism VTX5000 modem (1200/75 baud).

We didn't have emails back then but MBX's.

I think my first download was "Fireview", an alternative to the in-built Viewdata software in the modem.

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