* Posts by Timbo

186 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

Timbo

Re: So, if i may ask..

"How about DRM cd's dvd etc."

I think this only covers music and CD's....

As far as DVD goes, there's a different "set" of media companies' interests at stake, namely Hollywood and the film studios.

Most (music) albums might only cost a small number (or even fractions) of millions to create, market and produce - so their "losses" to "home taping" are relatively minor. However, studios can spend hundreds of millions of dollars/pounds etc to do a similar job, so "copying" said movies causes a lot more consternation and as such, it's less likely that they will be appeased by said ruling(s).

The technology does exist for individuals to "copy" DVD's and convert said files into MKV (or similar) files that can be watched on various devices (and without needing the original media)....so, at some point some scheme needs to be thought of, to ensure that film companies can be reimbursed with some form of compensation.....but don't hold your breath !!

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Timbo

Re: Very good, but...

"Why would musicians need compensating for format shifting in the first place... what's the original reason for that? "

I think that the original reason comes from "way back when", when there were two sources of music - LP's and tape (either reel to reel, cassette, or even 8-track).

As such, the musicians and record companies expected people to buy TWO copies of any specific song or album, assuming you wanted to play said music at home or in the car and you didn't want to buy a record player for the car or a tape deck for home...

For most people it was never an issue as pre-recorded cassette and 8-tracks sounded dire.

But then higher quality hardware came along and you could then record the LP you bought onto a high quality blank take (which usually sounded better that the fast-duplicated tapes available for sale). Or you record certain favorite songs and make up a mix-tape you could share with friends...so they then didn't have to buy said music at all.

The music industry didn't like this and hence campaigned for blank media to be taxed somehow and for musicians to be given this extra money.

The "battle" has been raging since the mid-1970s....and it would be nice if it came to an conclusion now.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

Timbo

Re: Can't still buy it new, but still the best

"It's still my phone, and I'll never upgrade until it breaks down."

Ditto.....my only gripe about my S 11 is that it works so well that I'm scared of bricking it, by getting it rooted and updated with a more recent version of Android or one of the other versions (eg: CyanogenMod).

But the good news is that you can pick up "looked after" s/h S 11's for not a lot...I got a 16Mb in White for £35 so, I have a spare "just in case" (and I back up my usual phone so I can restore onto the spare if I need to).

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

Timbo

"Maybe trying to land on a floating deck which is moving about all over the place - despite thrusters and stabilizers etc - is just a step too far."

Why can't they just rent a bit of land somewhere remote-ish, paint a nice target ring on it and land it on terra firma.

I know some govt depts don't like the idea of space rockets, partly filled with rocket fuel, landing in peoples back yards, but surely Mr Musk has got deep enough pockets to buy a bit of ground somewhere ?

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

Timbo

Re: exponents....

"Doesn't it make you feel humanity is so very small...?."

Without getting too religious....

oh, alright then....

At the risk of upsetting some people...you'd have thought if God was really THAT great, he'd have created a bigger world for us to reside on, with far more raw materials than we could ever need, in a "Solar System" populated with a bigger Sun and more planets...

Instead, we've got a Sun which always seems to be smaller and less bright than any other "interesting star" that astronomers find. And we don't seem to have too many "interesting bodies" nearby either, aside for (probably) a Black Hole at the centre of our Galaxy.

Some nice binary pulsars nearby would have been good....Stargazing Live announced a new one tonight, spinning at 30 times a second, weighing (approx) a thousand, million, million, million tons (IIRC)...but it's a long, long, long way away (in the constellation of Cygnus, apparently).

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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

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New media format

"We can expect Seagate to spread this helium-based technology across its portfolio of 3.4-inch and 2.5-inch disk drives and so regain basic capacity parity with WDC"

I know that computers have been getting smaller and faster...but shaving 0.1" off a hard drive isn't going to win friends, I'd have thought !!

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Imation sells off the family jewels

Timbo

Re: licensing the brand

"Currently, ASDA have the rights to the Polaroid brand in the UK for audiovisual equipment. Don't know how long *that* deal will last, but it puts it on the level of Technika and Matsui."

I bought a quite cheap Polaroid branded Bluetooth external speaker from ASDA, as I was interested on something portable that I could use as a hands-free kit. I'd seen Jawbone products, but they were more expensive than I wanted to pay.

I didn't know Polaroid was a licensed brand so I guess I was a little "hoodwinked" into thinking it was a quality brand...hence why they want to sell the Memorex brand - as some people will recognise the brand name and make a purchase as a result. Having said that, the item I got works as well as I need so, no problems there.

And let's be honest - it's a lot cheaper (in marketing terms) to buy an "off the shelf" brand name, than to come up with a NEW name and get it "recognised" around the world.

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

Timbo

I think it *will* be a ghastly mess

LCD type panel meters that read one's electricity use, have been around for a while....so, if one wanted to monitor one's energy use, making such a meter "smart" won't make more people change their energy habits.

Of course, linking a smart meter to your broadband and an app, could be useful....but you'll be able to do that with various other solutions, if you wanted to....and there's the rub.

Having this system "foisted" onto consumers (who will end up have to pay for it, in their bills) really doesn't make any sense to me, esp if every consumer is "forced" to have it installed and the device(s) then just sit there, consuming energy themselves (paid for by consumers) and people take no notice of them.

And supposing people don't have broadband - how will they work then? And for people who are "renters" (nor home owners) how will said metering link in to the irregular placement of one's broadband router - by wifi perhaps?

And how long before these individual "smart meter" devices are hacked by 3rd parties?

I can think of better, more sensible ways to spend £19bn....

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

Timbo

Re: how about these?

Looks like a campaign has been started in support of naming one of the new elements "Lemmium"

https://www.change.org/p/support-lemmy-tribute-name-newly-discovered-heavy-metal-lemmium

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Timbo

how about these?

in view of some recent "heavy metal" rock icons departing this mortal coil, I propose:

Philtyium

Kilmisterium

Wurzelium

Lynottium (as it's 30 years to day that he died)

(for non-rock fans, these relate to 3 now deceased MotorHead band members: Phil "Philthy" Taylor, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Michael "Wurzel" Burston and the late lamented Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy).

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

Timbo

still not working, even for BIB..

"Business Banking services are currently running at a significantly reduced capacity and running slower than normal, said the bank in a statement this morning."

All I get when I try BIB is:

"This web page is not available"

followed by:

"The server at www.business.hsbc.co.uk can't be found because the DNS look-up failed."

oh dear !!

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Facepalm time: MS Office update wipes custom Word autotext

Timbo

Re: Hold on there bub

"Lotus 123 wasn't a suite, it was a single application. "

I couldn't afford Lotus 1-2-3, so I ended up using "As-Easy-As", a shareware spreadsheet that could read/write various wk* files.

When, eventually, I got hold of 1-2-3, I found I still preferred A-E-A !!

Just my 2c :)

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Japanese hack gets space probe back on track

Timbo

Just as well....

...that none of the lead Japanese admins and techs on this project didn't commit "seppuku" at the time of the initial failure...as they really would have been up a creek without a paddle.

Good for them that their perseverance paid off. Hope they can get some data from it - they've waited long enough !!

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Alert after Intel Skylake chips, mobo sockets 'warp under coolers'

Timbo

"Intel provide a cheap solution that works. Use it."

err....I did do as you suggest and used an Intel-solution, but it didn't work so well, resulting in a bent pcb. (see other reply I made).

I would suggest that in some cases, 3rd party solutions can sometimes be a better option, simply because they overcome limitations in stock designs, which might not have been foreseen, when the product was originally designed.

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Timbo

Re: Sounds familiar.

You can get under-side re-inforcing plates (that "spread the load" on Intel-type mobo's) quite cheaply...though you might need to change the fan too due to the different fixing arrangement.

I had an issue with a mini-ITX Intel mobo, using a relatively light-weight Intel-made fan/heatsink...and within months, noticed that the mobo PCB was straining under the force of pressure from the cooler, pressing it onto the CPU.

Found an "X" plate, which went under the mobo, and which had small sockets that went through the holes in the mobo (for the Intel cooler) and by changing the fan (to one that uses proper screws, instead of plastic clips that "spread" when the cooler thumbscrews is turned), and the mobo is now perfectly flat and running at a cooler temperature too.

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

Timbo

Re: Homing mat?

One doesn't even need an air rifle....a simple net, or large sheet would do the job - either thrown over the drone (if it's a small one) or throw a sheet up in the air and it'll get caught up in the props or will prevent air movement around them causing the drone to fall out of the sky or become unstable enough that it crash lands...

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

Timbo

What is a...

Poloi TDI BlueMotion ?

(spot the extra "i")

I guess the sub/deputy/head-honcho-ed's are away on a jolly somewhere !!

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

Timbo

A quick trip to Cyprus

I'd installed a system for a customer of ours in Cyprus. A few years later, and I was working for a different company and the original customer calls me and says his system had broken down and would I come out and fix it as I was the only one he would trust to touch it.

Business-class flight was arranged by customer on a new Airbus A310, and his wife collected me from Larnaca to his home in Nicosia.

A 10 minute inspection of said system identified that it failed to power up, and a quick inspection, with a DVM, of the power supply found the fault. A trip to a local component supplier found the correct power transistor which was duly fitted.

My flight back wasn't scheduled for another day or so, so that left me some time to fo some sight seeing.

I knew Cyprus was divided, but I didn't think it extended to Nicosia....so, I was walking around, minding my own business and turned into a street, which proved to be a dead end and was patrolled by some UN troops, with assault rifles. I'd found one of the "green lines" and I could have almost shat myself with fright, having never been that close to armed people before. A quick "hi" and a hasty retreat ensured. Scared the daylights out of me for about 10 seconds.

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Aircraft laser strikes hit new record with 20 incidents in one night

Timbo

Sad...

I have to he honest here and think that, to a degree, we have brought this upon ourselves.

We've used technology to create certain types of devices and this has brought work for people and profits to be made. Which is fine.

But somehow, we've let the genie out of the bottle with the expectation that people will use these devices with good intent, and yet, here we find ourselves a day after Paris, with conversations about how said devices are being used to harm others.

Maybe, just maybe there needs to be restrictions put on the production (and/or sale) of such items which might then lead to a reduction in deaths (or injuries) to other humans? And maybe we should all be accountable for these problems, by not creating a "demand" for them in the first place?

#prayforparis

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The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?

Timbo

Pollution ?

Is it just me, or are others worried by the effects of "blowing things up" by random people and seeing all the noxious gases released by these "experiments". In fact this is one reason why I stopped watching Mythbusters, as they continued to burn/destroy items and the thick black smoke that resulted simply made me think "what's the point of this?"

(It's OK, I realise that said smoke/CO2, etc created, is not much, but it is sad that these YouTube examples will be copied...and it just seems a bit irresponsible).

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

Timbo

Re: backdoor inflation

"If it means we lose the silly '9.99' or '2.49' thing in the supermarkets, which presumably nobody falls for any more, then I wouldn't mind that."

I quite agree....however, some shops use the number of pence as an indicator to shop staff about whether a product is "new", "on special offer" or "discontinued"....so, a price ending in .99 might be for "new", .97 might be for an "offer" and .94 might mean "discontinued".

Given that more people are using credit,. debit or swipe cards (and the likelihood is that this will continue - even Aldi now accept credit cards), I can see a "coin less" future is heading nearer and nearer :)

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Netgear prodded into patching SOHOpeless broadband router

Timbo

Re: No surprise with Netgear

"I've been looking around and am buying a DrayTek 2860N. Expensive but I can't take the hassle of dealing with Netgear problems any more."

I used to always use Netgear, but after a series of issues, I swopped over the Draytek - I had Vigor 2600's and 2800's in use.

However, they used to get very hot, and would drop out or lock up on numerous occasions requiring a power cycle. In the end, I had to use a mains timer to shut the Drayteks off maybe twice a day, (when they were unlikely to be in use much - so lunchtimes and overnight) in order to ensure they were a bit more reliable. In one case, I had to run a USB-powered fan over one of the 2800's, as it became very warm. (I replaced it with another 2800 and that did the same thing - so not likely to be a router fault).

One thing I did like was the options in the router admin section - full featured and very configurable.

Their UK website also has plenty of functionality to upgrade/downgrade the router OS as well.

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UK.gov suspends broadband connection voucher scheme

Timbo
Facepalm

Giving money to fund SME in cities?

I really never understood the sense of giving money to SME's to help pay for broadband, in 50 cities where broadband was already widely available (due to their higher than average populations and hence this has attracted lots of "providers").

Whereas, I'm in a small town, with limited choice of broadband provider and with much lower connection speed (as many of the local business area's are a considerable distance from the local BT exchange).

I would have loved to have been allowed to apply for funding so I could have got a fibre broadband connection, instead of having to rely on 1-2Mb/s ADSL.

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Batteries on wheels are about to reshape our cities and lives

Timbo

Typical...

"Those 21st century energy companies will own fleets of self-driving ‘batteries-on-wheels’ that will literally follow heatwaves and cold snaps and other power-consuming events the same way sunflowers follow the sun."

I'm in my own car and have a meeting to go to somewhere "oop north" and I get held up by a traffic jam, caused by lots of "autonomous self-driving vehicles" heading the same way, because a few northerners got up late and just put the kettle on !!

(However, I also thought that the whole point of a "national grid" was they could divert power to the places where it was needed, without needing to send some place a truck full of coal, for the local carbon-burning generating station).

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Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

Timbo

Re: In the 80's

"I had no idea he had a musician side."

I might be wrong, but I don't believe he was a musician....all his albums (LP's at the time) were recordings of his various comedy acts - a bit like Bob Newhart, or Monty Python, who also had record deals where they released new recordings of either live or studio performances.

I can remember most record shops had separate section for "comedy" and getting a Pryor record on the day of release was akin to "revolution" when the LP was brought to school and played on the 6th form record player - totally uncensored and enough to earn a detention. ;-)

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Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

Timbo

Surely not....

There was a recent BBC tv programme about the issues of dead satellites in orbit around Earth and what happens over time as they collide with each other, generating a huge debris field. (Since two recent incidents, the debris field has increased dramatically, with China firing a missile at one of its satellites and two other satellites colliding with each other).

It seems Samsung just want to build a new range of products that might help its income stream but will further worsen the problem, esp when these things run out of power and cannot be de-orbited.

Surely, it makes more sense to just have a limited number of BIG satellites, made by a group of companies, that will cover a wide area and then be done with it.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

Timbo

"At least with the S4, if the battery span freely when placed flat on a table and spun, (that was the official test apparently), they would replace it under warranty."

That is a useful piece of advice - I've just checked my S2 batteries and one shows a slight bulge in the centre...so maybe it needs to be scrapped before it "blows". Thanks for the tip. :-)

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Timbo

Re: Common sense

"They get warm when discharging also..Thought think they are rated at 2600,

Most phones have at least a higher rated battery that drains this hence it gets very warm.."

I still use a Samsung S2, which uses a 1650mAh battery (of which i have 2 so I can swap batteries during the day).

I got a Power Bar a couple of months ago, Model E1-01 rated at 2600mAh and it saves me time swapping batteries....and I can confirm that it does get warm while re-charging the phone. :(

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Timbo

Re: Er, have you ever heard of "risk assessment"?

"Presumably, these things have a serial number on them"

Nope, they don't (at least not on the outside). There might be a number on a label inside, but the devices appear to be sealed and they can't be checked (unless you want to damage the item and have to pay for it at the end of the 18 month loan period).

I would imagine there isn't a way to tell via USB what the serial number might be....as that would surely add $$'s to the prime cost - though it would help EE to ascertain which Power bars were still serviceable.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Timbo

Like others here, I can't see why Auntie doesn't make all of it's library of programs available for a small "on demand" fee - which can be varied depending on where the viewer lives....after all, those in the UK originally paid for the programme making (at the time) via the licence fee...but those in other countries didn't so, no problem with a two-tier system.

BBC Wordwide has no problem making money out of old programmes when sold on 5" bits of round plastic & aluminium....so, why not go the whole hog, cut out the wasteful resources "medium" and give people downloads direct to their new fangled flat-screens connected via the intra-webby.

While they are at it, do the same with live broadcasts and bingo - everyone pays something when they watch the BBC and we can all forget about the licence fee...

(And by the way, the DAB specification allows for subscriber access modules, but no-one has implemented this on a product yet - so BBC Radio will remain free for now. I seem to remember Bloomberg originally broadcast on DAB, and you needed a subscription to hear it. As no-one had the right "set" it didn't work out for them).

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

Timbo

Re: Dynamic Range

"They knew how to produce great sounding recordings 40 years ago, They still do, and hint, it has nothing to do with "hi def"."

Actually, they knew how to record high quality even before that...take a listen to Buddy Holly and the track "True Love Ways"....which was recorded back in the late 1950's, nearly 60 years ago.

On a good quality hi-fi system (that can show dynamic range), the sheer openness and quality of what they did in ONE take, and with all the musicians in the room at the same time, was truly breathtaking. And, truth be told, you don't even have to like Buddy Holly to hear how good this track is.

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Pi based kid-nerdifier Kano buried under freak cash avalanche

Timbo

Re: so...

A cut-down version of Raspbian? - and yet this "pack" includes a Pi 2, which has more CPU's and more memory than an original Pi, which runs Raspbian pretty well....

I'm sure they must know what they are doing, but why buy their kit, when you can buy the bits separately, and download the software for free? The educational market might be the only way they can shift units at that price, esp if schools get a discount for multiple units?

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Timbo

Reminds me of...

...the original Sinclair ZX80 kit......

Yes, you too, can make a computer !! At least these days, it'd be much easier to load and edit programs on the Kano....back then, it was either using a mono portable cassette tape deck (LOADING...>>), or typing in multiple lines of code....

http://www.gondolin.org.uk/hchof/related-images/zx80-2.jpg

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

Timbo

Maybe good for an LED Lighting circuit?

My first thought about the Powerwall, was it'd be great if it could be fed from solar or wind devices and to then do a simple re-wire of the house lighting circuits, and replace existing bulbs with LED's.

The re-wire wouldn't be expensive, as it just needs disconnecting from the output of the distribution unit and re-wired into the Powerwall output. Likewise, no DC->AC->DC conversion required if the bulbs are all DC to begin with - so no invertors needs.

Likewise, extra DC outlets could be provided to run/recharge DC devices (routers, iPads, mobiles, etc)

OK, so lots of "low energy" bulbs consume little power, but LED's can consume much less, so although you might still be dependant on the grid for high powered AC-mains items, you could possibly save quite a bit of energy cost.

I guess in the end it comes down to the power provided by the Powerwall, vs upfront cost (and some re-wiring, plus new LED bulbs) vs lifetime. Oh, and the cost of the solar panels/wind turbines too. Ah....I can see there might be an issue now :( Oh well.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

Timbo

2001?

So, maybe Arthur C Clarke hid the real reason why HAL9000 went wrong - perhaps his "brain functions" (albeit electronic) were also affected by ionised oxygen and titanium nuclei ??

Not quite sure how Messrs Bowman and Poole got around it though :-(

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DWARF PLANET Ceres beams back SUNNY north pole FROWN

Timbo

Maybe it's a small, Dyson sphere with a white dwarf star inside?

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

Timbo

re: ALL the above

...and you try telling that to the young people of today - they won't believe you :)

(copyright Messrs Python & Co inc)

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

Timbo

Re: Prestel, eh? Communitel... Viewdata... MicroGnome... jumpers for goalposts... Marvellous

Nice link - seeing the MicroGnome, and info about Micronet 800 brought it all back to me: I had over time, 2 Prestel accounts, and loved chatting to TA's (Travel Agents) about various trips abroad that they had had, mainly as freebies from the holiday firms for the holidays that they sold.

And as Bulletin Board Systems sprung up, I was always looking for "Prestel-type" BBS's where I could use the Spectrum 48k + VTX5000 modem on 1200/75 7-E-1.

After that, I upgraded to a PC and got a modem that supported 2400 half or full duplex, 8-N-1 and found some software, such as ProComm to view many new BBS's. There was even some shareware software (the names escapes me right now) that allowed access to Prestel-type BBS's...as most software was stuff that was available in USA and was made available to UK users - does anyone remember the Night Owl series of CDROM's, full of shareware software?

Ah, such happy memories....so thanks for the link :)

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Win! El Reg exceedingly fine mug collection

Timbo

Re: FTW

ITALIAN Sausage in my missues

I mis-read that as being "ITALIAN sausage in my MISSUS" !!!

and thinking to myself that I'm sure she'd be very pleased about her sex-ploits being aired on here !!

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

Timbo

Lager Advert

RIP Mr Nimoy - a man who despite typecasting still had time for humanity in his words and deeds. You'll be greatly missed and in days to come, you will be remembered, both in character and as a person.

On a different note, having seen various images of Nimoy circulating the web over the last day or so, I'm reminded of an advert (for Heineken beer) that for me always made me smile:

[url]http://www.zteamproductions.com/beerspock2.jpg[/url]

I offer it now, in his memory, though I will be supping a Guinness instead.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Timbo

A recent Sky at Night program showed that the aerial for receiving & transmitting data was underneath the 4 solar panels that opened up, once it had landed. The image of Beagle2 on Mars seems to show that only 2 opened correctly....so 2 other panels didn't open and hence the aerial remained hidden, and it couldn't contact it's makers. One would guess that in future, the aerials won't be hidden out of sight :)

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Re: Curiosity

pedant mode here but:

1) there already are (or have been) four things driving around on Mars: Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity - though only the last two are still roving around simultaneously.

http://www.space.com/12404-mars-explored-landers-rovers-1971.html

2) IIRC, Beagle 2 didn't have wheels or any form of movement - it was just designed to land on the surface, do some experiments and report back.

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

Timbo

Re: What about the 1974 Arecibo message?

I checked out the wiki article on the Arecibo messsage...

And according them, by the time the signal (that was sent in 1974) eventually arrives 25,000 years later, M13 won't be there any more:.

[quote]In fact, the stars of M13, to which the message was aimed, will no longer be in that location when the message arrives.[/quote]

Even if someone/something is there, the signal only lasted 3 minutes....and it was never repeated :(

Mind you, there's been lots of other signals broadcast from Terra Firma ever since, even if they weren't of the same magnitude and certainly not of the same historic quality. !!.

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Timbo

Re: Nah, we're safe

I wonder if the Bebo people pointed this signal at where Gliese "was" (in the night sky at the time of the transmission)....or did they point it at where Gliese "would be" once the signal got there 20 years later ?

I would hope for the latter, but even so, if the signal was sent on a narrow beam, the chances of any non-terrestrial picking it up, as the signal reached the Gliese system would be pretty remote. Chances are that they'd be listening in a different direction for signals from "more likely" sources of "alien" (to them) life.

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At the third beep, the Atomic Clock will be 60 ... imprecisely

Timbo

Another DAB "put-down" !!

The writer said "The multiple transmitters in DAB networks are synchronized by GPS. All that technology and still it sounds awful."

This is perhaps only true where specific circumstances are met: (1) The people in charge make limited bandwidth available for DAB (due to not encouraging multiple ensembles to exist. (2) the commercial cost of carrying a DAB signal is higher than it needs to be and given the case in (1) so it forces broadcasters to limit their bandwidth (in order to save money) and hence lower the quality heard by listeners :(

Issue (1) can be resolved if Ofcom (or whatever their name is now) licensed all 37 ensembles (instead of the 2 national and upto 4 regional MUX's currently) that could be used on the DAB network. This then provides far greater bandwidth and broadcasters could then transmit at 256kb, even 384kb and then DAB would sound much better and hence it would stifle any further criticisms.

Even at 192kb, BBC Radio 3 can sound exceptionally good. So please stop tarnishing DAB with the "same old, same old" argument and lets push Ofcom to release new ensembles and get Arqiva to reduce their rates.

PS: The 2nd commercial national multiplex is likely to be on air by 2016, and one of the applicants, Listen2Digital is proposing to broadcast 4 DAB+ stations. http://www.wohnort.org/DAB/uknat.html

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

Timbo

Re: Oh Two, Zero Two

The trouble is that it's "easier" (and lazier) for people to say "OH-8-4-5" then to say "ZERO-8-4-5"...and everyone does it...on radio and tv commercials, news presenters, every level of a-to-z listed celeb, everyone....

One can either "run with the pack" (as we all know it's a zero and not an "O"), or you say it with a "zero" and people say "pardon" because they are expecting you to say ""O", and you've said something else.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Timbo

Re: I cancelled my landline a couple of years ago.

Orange and Vodaphone (and others I'm sure) have devices that provide wifi access to your laptop or tablet. They work over the 3G network (and I'm sure in time, 4G).

One of the more common units is the Huawei E585, but there are others.

So, if you only need internet access, there are options available so you don't need a landline. Once 4G is available in my area, I'll just use the tether on my mobile and get rid of the landline and the expensive monthly cost.

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Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

Timbo

This modular idea is worth a go

If only because once you have the basics of the phone, you can then add or change to the functions you actually need.

I chose to move from my old reliable Nokia work phone 3 years ago and I got a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone and it's very good....it's still in use and does a fine job.

But: The rear facing camera, despite being 8Mega pixels, is not that good. Likewise, it's not 4G...so it would be nice to swop a comms module to have 4G now....and it'd be nice to have a dual-SIM function too. I also don't use Bluetooth, nor GPS and who needs all those extra sensors, like an accelerometer ?

So, being able to pick which things you want, seems a much better way of enabling people to have the phone and functions they actually want....rather than having things they don't need, but still have to pay for.

Shame I need to change the entire phone to get something that better suits my needs. Of course, I could sell it and buy something else...but I'm sure I'd be out of pocket, as the functions I'd like are only found on the higher end, more expensive phones.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

Timbo

Silly question...

but what is the point of FB@W ?

If one wants to converse/share info with a work colleague, whilst at work, one can do that with either email, or meet up at the water/coffee machine or pop to the pub at lunchtime.....one doesn't need an "app" for that.

And who is going to use FB@W when you get home? Surely, by then, you've switched off and will be enjoying some "family time"...and if something is THAT important you'd have a work colleagues mobile number to call or txt, or you can ping them an email. Hell you could even use FB@Home as said work friends/colleagues could be on your FB@Home friends list.

So, unless FB@W offers businesses something that no other software/resource can offer (and irrespective of what money Mr Z can make from this "idea" via advertising), then all I CAN see is that Mr Z is just throwing a lot of money at something that just isn't needed.

Surely, he'd just be better off buying LinkedIn ??

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

Timbo

This SO reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey...

...when HAL9000 "detected" a fault in the AR-35 module, requiring a space walk to fix it.....and leading to the death of Frank Poole :(

Switching off the computer in 2001 did the trick - seems it worked on the ISS as well :)

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