* Posts by Simon Rowsby

81 posts • joined 31 May 2007

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RIP wind power: Minister blows away plans for more turbines

Simon Rowsby

Re: Laugh? I nearly cried.

'What caused the Fukushima disaster was a catastrophic power failure, that's all. They lost power for days and therefore couldn't cool the reactors once they had shut down. There are many possible screnarios that could cause such a thing here, if were were at war for example. Not to mention the fact that nuclear reactors would be a target in such an instance.'

You seem to be ignoring the fact that modernish plants don't need any power for cooling when scrammed.

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Cook & Co. boost Apple TV to 1080p, update interface

Simon Rowsby

Re: If you've got a little patience.

$35 = £22 according to google. HD over wifi has always been a struggle unless you've got a shit-hot signal (at both ends, remember), the psu, according to the website is pretty much any usb phone charger, and as for the remote ios/android both have apps that'll control it better than any remote control (directory browsing, etc) so in my case, that point is moot.

The thing's so small you could just blu-tac it to the back of the telly anyway.

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Somerset buses bin paper tickets, sniff journey-logging chips

Simon Rowsby

Aberdeen has done this for years

you can get a prepaid card that deducts the fare or an unlimited pass. unfortunately the former seems to be the transport industrys best kept secret, probably because they lose out on the exact change only scheme.

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Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

Simon Rowsby

This doesn't bode well.

I haven't seen one in years apart from one being due to hardware failure.

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

Simon Rowsby

On you go

I'm regretting posting as AC now.

In before Spartacus.

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BT shields gentle customers from Min of Sound pirate raids

Simon Rowsby

Given the fact it was a BT employee

Who emailed unencrypted excel files matching names to "infringing" IP's I think this may be a case of closing the gate after the horse has bolted.

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Multi-network iPhone SIM rumours at Apple

Simon Rowsby

Various analysts have speculated that...

The any-network iPhone could "cut the carriers out" of the phone business, and suggest that the new tech could herald a major upheaval.

Are these the same analysts who were going nuts over the nexus one?

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Boxee box to come to Blighty

Simon Rowsby

You've clearly not used xbmc.

That said, you can get an ultra low powered pc (~10 watts) for less than this, that'll do hd and the like. Dead handy for nas+media+scheduling.

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Florida cops tase naked jogger

Simon Rowsby

Tasers

They're like a remote-controlled rugby tackle.

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20% of TVs to ship in 2015 will be 3D, says analyst

Simon Rowsby

Little difference between 2d & 3d

It's just a case of syncing a pair of shutter glasses to the screen (and a panel fast enough to do it) this was successfully done in the 80's on the master system. A lot of tellys have built in usb for media etc, a firmware upgrade could allow a usb dongle to transmit sync pulses to the glasses for an after market upgrade. Doubt it will happen though.

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Three-version Avatar disc sets out 15 November

Simon Rowsby

The bladerunner collecters edition does this.

To an extent, the 2008 cut is separate to give it more bitrate, and i think they had to break the workprint out due to different audio and a lack of post-production. But there's one disc with 3 subtlety different cuts of the film.

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Custodial offence for deliberate invasion of data protection? Forget it!

Simon Rowsby

Isn't this covered by the computer misuse act?

I'm sure one of the main crux's is 'lying to a system that you're authorised to use an account when you're not'.

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Punters still puzzled by broadband ads

Simon Rowsby

upto = no more than.

That's pretty clear. Can we go back to arguing over the definition of 'unlimited'?

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Office for Mac steps closer to Windows version of software

Simon Rowsby

I bet

They still haven't made it so that formatting is preserved when going between mac and pc.

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iPad hits Asus Eee PC sales

Simon Rowsby

All good points.

However another theory could be that given that they're (or were originally) affordable to the point that anyone who wants one already has one.

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'Free' laptops - a popular temptation

Simon Rowsby

fluxbox

is my window manager of choice for crap hardware.

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UK set for eBook pricing showdown

Simon Rowsby

I predict

Some time in 2011 someone will provide a solution for jailbreaking said reader, should it arrive.

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Australia imposes parental lock for digital TVs

Simon Rowsby

Channel 4 experimented with this.

Sending an OTA flag to VCRs' that supported the feature. Then the advertisers caught wind and pointed out where their funding comes from.

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BCS Linux-baiting sparks flame war

Simon Rowsby

But they weren't bringing *their* point across.

They were quoting someone. As a grown up, I feel I can handle quotes verbatim, without someone removing the swears for me.

Ever noticed how the sun will asterisk out swearing but broadsheets will print the quotes?

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but as a professional organisation we have a responsibility to remove expletives

They're calling you unprofessional again.

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Apple preps iOS fix as Germany warns of iPhone peril

Simon Rowsby

I can tell my browser what to open automagically.

I get the impression the iphone doesn't have that option

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Polaroid 300 instant print camera

Simon Rowsby

In a similar vein

My housemate recently went to a party where they made everyone use disposable cameras. Mainly to get rid of the whole "let me see.... that's awful, take it again" bollocks that seems to plague digitals.

I've also discussed with someone the idea of using a small (~128mb) CF card in my dslr and taping over the lcd to simulate film and make me think about composure before banging out a shot.

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Smart meters pose hacker kill-switch risk, warn boffins

Simon Rowsby

Hardware bypass

If the meter were to hold the supply closed, rather than open, then bricking them would still mean you get your 'leccy until they fix your meter. They wouldn't lose much (aside from the cost of fixing the meter) since they could guess your usage (far more accurately than before).

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Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads

Simon Rowsby

Most telivision adverts

Are DVR friendly these days. All the information is present on screen for the duration. Fast-forward just turns them in to blipverts. Which make fat people explode.

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Mac sales tripled since 2005

Simon Rowsby

Growth in china?

Won't be long until affordable apple clones hit the market running osx86/doing that weird efi stuff then.

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iPeds, iRobots, and the Chinese iPad clone machine

Simon Rowsby

With open platforms

It could be an interesting time for clones, given that the knock-off iphone-a-likes and ipods were usually let down by terrible software.

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BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually

Simon Rowsby

open to devices

provided they support closed-source authentication.

pain in the arse it no longer works with xbmc.

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O2 limits unlimited broadband packages

Simon Rowsby

I hope

Anyone who doesn't approve of such restrictions votes with their feet. Of course they won't, they'll complain. Then maybe complain even more when they get suspended.

10GB is pathetic though. I've seen the best part of a gig go through our connection in a day when my housemate spends the day hungover on iplayer, if you're an average family with kids you could easily do that in a month without even going near peer to peer.

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Newzbin code leak could lead to return of Usenet indexer

Simon Rowsby

Incorrect

Broadcasters pay sky for the bandwidth of the channel plus the cost of having themselves appear in the EPG.

How do you think broadcasters afford this?

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No refunds for ID card pioneers

Simon Rowsby

They should

Refund the immigrants that were forced to get an ID card to work in the UK, I have no sympathy for those who voluntarily signed up though.

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iPad users put tablet to netbook tasks

Simon Rowsby

An iPad can do everything my netbook does.

But my netbook can do them all at the same time.

Want to browse the web when listening to spotify? There's an os for that.

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Jobs drops hint on Google open video codec

Simon Rowsby

Steves job was only ever marketing and shouting at people.

I think he's given up the marketing these days as well.

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Facebook scrambles to close hole exposing private data

Simon Rowsby

They can't just give this data out to anyone.

What would their 'trusted partners' think?

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2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing

Simon Rowsby

Bill Drummond argued

That art ceases to become art the minute it is commissioned by councils/government, because it has to be modified to fit in with whatever agenda it is supposed to be supporting.

I'm starting to see where he's coming from.

Burning a million quid would probably be cheaper too.

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Mini Desktop PCs: Best Buys

Simon Rowsby

All well and good

But I figure I should mention the aleutia t1. It's small, fanless and only £160 for an atom-based pc. If you're willing to forgo the embedded wifi, you can add a full hd hardware decoder for about £25 which is compatible with xbmc and windows media player. It's also dead handy for doing always-on background tasks (streaming/nas/firewall) since it only consumes around 15 watts.

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Hackers crack Ubisoft always-online DRM controls

Simon Rowsby

At what point

Did the copy protection mechanisms in games out-innovate the games themselves?

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French city in pedestrian-powered streetlight plan

Simon Rowsby

Er, Hang on

Don't the french rely on around 80% nuclear power?

Which probably means that since you can't really "stop" a nuclear power station for the night, instead having to wind it down a bit; there's probably spare power knocking around at night (after around 11pm/midnight anyway), meaning street-lights probably spend most of their time running off spare electric anyway.

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Murdoch tells old media to 'stand up' to Google, Bing

Simon Rowsby

"If the rest of you don't do it"

Then people will read your news instead of my shit, and since my news reports on things in a way that protects my financial interests (notice how i don't report on china much any more) it could have a knock-on effect.

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Mandy quango says Apple, Amazon are too obscure

Simon Rowsby

Some services do that

Bleep for example, when Itunes was pushing out aac only at poor bitrates they were flogging standard 320kbit mp3, now they offer flac (and in some cases wav), they remember what you bought so you can always re-download it (provided they don't go bump). Sadly, they limit themselves to electronic music that a lot of people have never heard of. Depending on the record label, if you buy their output on vinyl, you can get the flacs for free.

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Apple's Mac - the ghostbuster's choice

Simon Rowsby

Clearly they've been speaking to the wrong spirits

Surely at least one would have mentioned audacity. Maybe Stallman has to die first or something for them to hear about open source.

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Ofcom wades into UK 'Net Neutrality' row

Simon Rowsby

I'd imagine

The bandwidth cost of streaming a popular show to all the Iplayer viewers far outweighs the cost of writing and serving static pages.

Most of the beebs pages seem to be some sort of website by numbers anyway, so the design is uniform and one would only need to know basic html (if any) to write the actual content.

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Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

Simon Rowsby

Google Docs would instead be the way users must open and edit Office documents

Must?

Is this some sort of distro where I can't install my own packages? There's no must about it!

The whole reason I gave up on ubuntu was because they started deciding what apps I should be using to do various tasks and installing them by default, which invariably weren't the ones I wanted to use.

You give me a working clean-slate, I'll decide what I want to do with it.

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Save DAB! Send FM radios to Africa

Simon Rowsby

I have no idea if they're near their rated capacity

But it doesn't hide the fact that my portable fm/am job will last weeks on less of them.

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French top MOT failure league

Simon Rowsby

renault brakes.

This has been the opposite in my experience, every time I've borrowed one I've nearly gone through the windscreen.

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Google tries to quietly trample on Apple's toes

Simon Rowsby

It's not really nexus vs iphone though is it?

It's more android vs iphone. Which could be analogous to windows vs osx, if it takes off as a universal platform.

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Google 'in talks' over Googlenetbook

Simon Rowsby

Thin Client

Where google is the sysop? No ta, it's *my* computer, I should be able to do what I like with it.

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DVLA data powers likely to be abused by foreign officials

Simon Rowsby

to be fair

the data would only get left on a train anyway; might as well make it open in the first place.

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Govt promises unemployed free laptops, net access, websites

Simon Rowsby

Then they'll get them taken back off them.

When they get caught breaking Darth Mandy's p2p rules.

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Twitter founder signs up to iPhone mag-stripe reader

Simon Rowsby

Card Skimming?

There's an app for that.

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Gov targets boozers as Manc ID card scheme launches

Simon Rowsby

Just get a provisional driving licence.

At £50, much cheaper than the passport + Id card combo, plus you get to keep your biometrics to yourself.

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