* Posts by wiggers

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

There's still brake fluid that needs replacing biannually,

I think you'll find the recommendation is biennially... 6 months is a bit too frequent!

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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

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CyanogenMod

For the Nexus 4 at least, there's only an update when someone builds it. The latest v12.1 was dated 2015-10-07, so is probably missing some Google updates. There are some v13 nightlies but I don't know if they're usable.

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Think about it...

Whose money is actually going to HMRC with corporation tax? It's the consumers'. Corporation tax is just an indirect way of taxing the consumer. We're already paying income tax and NI on what we earn and VAT on what we spend, why do we have to pay a chunk of the before-tax amount as well?

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: Pilots will soon only be needed for taxiing

They manage to cock up take-off calculations even with fancy electronic briefcases:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/easyjet-urges-cross-check-rigour-after-take-off-data-420811/

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Re: ...how many landings are fully automatic...

If there is a considerable loss of resistance on one side of the car (both wheels on gravel) then I can imaging the total braking effort would be reduced. To maintain full effort on the tarmac side could result in a spin.

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

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Re: Sadly

It seems she is wrong, there are clear beneficial effects of moderate consumption, it says here:

http://www.statsguy.co.uk/new-alcohol-guidelines/

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Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

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Shirley...

if the gravitational wave is distorting spacetime won't it also perturb the measurement frame of reference so the masses will appear not to move?

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Re: Risk assessment...

If you eat a bacon bap it's the bap that will do most harm!

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Writing?

I would nominate writing, the ability to record information such that it doesn't rely on word of mouth communication. Recorded information can be transmitted across time and space. It means that each generation doesn't need to 'reinvent the wheel' and a civilisation can grow and share knowledge beyond the camp fire. Also essential for the scientific method, without being able to record your hypothesis no one would be able to test it and build on the body of evidence. And without writing there would be neither book-keeping nor databases. I've heard it said that the invention of writing also brought about patriarchal societies, although I don't recall the reasons.

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

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Re: Boilers

I read somewhere* recently that older boilers were better on NOx than condensing, although worse on CO2 hence the move to switch. The reason being that the exhause on older boilers cools more slowly, allowing the NOx to degrade to something else. In a condenser the gasses are cooled rapidly defeating this process. Also I believe condensing boilers have a higher max burn temp, increasing NOx production.

*I think it was here on El Reg.

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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They get around a bit

These 'rogue engineers' seem to have been working for other companies also!

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/09/mercedes-honda-mazda-mitsubishi-diesel-emissions-row?CMP=twt_gu

And in the US in the 90s it seems they were all at it...

http://arstechnica.co.uk/cars/2015/10/volkswagens-emissions-cheating-scandal-has-a-long-complicated-history/

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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Boffin

Re: It is not portion size which matters

You're on the right track and bread is a key factor. You can go further and say carbohydrates in general contribute to obesity, diabetes, and a host of other conditions known collectively as metabolic syndrome. This has been shown in numerous high quality studies and meta-analyses. The biochemistry of this is very simple. The body considers carbs as a rarity because for most of the past million years we haven't had supermarkets with aisles full of cereals, crisps, sugary drinks, bread, baked goods, biscuits, jam, sweets, etc. So when you consume carbs the mechanism that makes you feel full is turned off so that you can carb-load and build up fat reserves quickly. That's fine if it's for a short season before winter, but not every day all year round. Eating food high in natural fats will make you feel full properly and it's difficult to over-consume.

Smaller portion sizes will make no difference now that people are accustomed to snacking (and adverts tell them it's good and healthy so to do). They'll still have the mid-morning and mid-afternoon crash in blood-glucose levels and feel 'hungry' so reach for more sugar. Expect sales of snacks and sugary drinks to increase if this is implemented.

Low carb, high fat is what we always used to eat.

http://www.dietdoctor.com/

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Journos to be spared replacement by robots, BBC claims

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Like fusion power

"35 per cent of current jobs in the UK are at high risk of computerisation over the following 20 years".

They've been making predictions like this since the 80s! The thing is this sort of change happens gradually, so the reduction in jobs gets hidden in natural turnover. It's not like shutting down a mine or steelworks where the entire town gets laid off in one go.

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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Re: Android 5.1.1 arrived today

5.1.1 came out in April this year, before Stagefright was discovered. Are you sure it fixes this vuln?

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Right of way

The overtaking vehicle (or ship for that matter) has to give priority to the one being overtaken. Therefore merging lane 1 -> 2 makes sense in that lane 2 are the overtakers and 'should' allow lane 1 vehicles to merge in. It also makes sense to merge lane 4 (say) into 3 as it is the end of the overtaking section. Of the two, I think the latter is preferred as it simply means overtaking is being stopped. Whereas 1 -> 2 is tough on those in lane 1 as they need to find a slot to move into and hope faster vehicles will let them in.

(Disclosure: I have worked in Traffic Management)

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Coat

Re: In other news...

Last of the Summer Whine?

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Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme

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Re: What benefits and to whom?

So the consumers who, along with other taxpayers, are only benefiting to the tune of about £5bn will actually be handing around £9bn to the businesses that are charging them for power anyway. Not to mention the charge for actually having one of these things fitted.

If they are so beneficial to the generating businesses why don't they finance it themselves instead of the taxpayer?

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What benefits and to whom?

Still unclear about the benefits side of the equation and how these provide value against the cost. And to whom do the benefits accrue? So far all I've heard is that it will mean the end of estimated bills (why not read your own meter once a month?) and some wishful thinking about the effects of instant feedback on consumption. The idea of appliances responsive to price is still a long way off. The IoT currently has wildly growing numbers of protocols, so what chance your Curry's washing machine imported from China will know what the price of leccy is?

Far better to invest the umpteen billions in nuclear power to produce more power than we know what to do with, instead of implementing rationing by stealth.

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

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Re: When did the Register become the mouthpiece of a failed labour party??

So anything pointing out problems with a gov't project is automatically deemed a promotion for the opposition? I thought that was just an American disease.

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Slamming of barn doors...

...to the sound of distant hoof-beats.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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I think I'd rather be connected to a nuclear power station than buy one of these and a shed load of solar panels.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Plurality of Protocols

Exactly how many incompatible protocols are mentioned in this article? It's bad enough having apps that only work with minority OSes, but when you are choosing your washing machine according to which flavour of phone you have, or which protocol your fridge uses, it's getting a bit absurd.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: "Satellite is the ideal way to distribute 4K. We will drive it just as we did with HD"

At least on Freesat you can get BBC4 HD, which is just about the only channel with anything worth watching. (Still loads of repeats, to the extent they now have to put 'New' in the title so you can spot the original stuff.) I don't know why they even bothered with SD, it seems to be worse than the analogue channels DTV replaced. Big step backwards!

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Slopey shoulders

This reminds me of complaints I've made in the past. The BBC response has been to 'reframe' the complaint to sidestep the main issue and then say they've done nothing wrong.

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Strap on fitness finesse: Withings Activité Pop

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Nice hardware, shame about the app

This seems to apply to most of the Withings 'ecosystem'. I've been using the Pulse and Smart Body Analyser (=WiFi scales) for 18months but the Android app is still, after all that time, almost unusable. They introduced a new 'Timeline' display a little while ago, but that has even worse synchronisation issues than the original Dashboard. If you report any bug their first response is to uninstall and reinstall the app. This loses all your personalisation setting so you have to go through the painful setup all over again. The bug is usually still there afterwards! Also, the web app has its own settings, some of which are reflected in the mobile app, but some have weird side effects. As the reviewer says, "...when app and hardware are both part of the 'product', a weakness in one is a fault in the other."

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Re: Timezones

I went off Windows phones completely the first time I went abroad with one. When I arrived and it was set to the new timezone, a notice popped up to say it was changing all my calendar appointments by the same amount. So for example a meeting I'd scheduled for 10am now appeared at 6pm. That was an obvious one, but I nearly missed a flight home when the difference was only 1hr. Avoided Windows mobile (and Outlook) ever since.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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The farmer doesn't pay for it, you do! Massive farm subsidies. E.g. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/01/farm-subsidies-blatant-transfer-of-cash-to-rich

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Joke

Why not...

...just give them Bowman. Worked wonderfully with the Army I hear...

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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The NASA site was giving completely wrong timings for Bristol and Bath, compared with the spaceweather.com App, Flybys and actual observations. Friends in Bristol were very confused.

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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

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Withings Pulse Ox

Had one of these for over a year. The altimeter function (measures height gained) only works if you don't put it in the bundled black clip owing to the sensor being covered! The coloured clips have a small hole over the sensor, so provided you mount it the right way round it's OK. I just put it in my pocket without a clip. The sleep band is fastened with Velcro, that gets tired after a few months. I'm on my second band, but have stopped wearing it at night now. The hardware is well designed, good battery life and easy touch interface/display, but the Android app is hopeless. Lost count of the number of bug reports I've submitted and each update introduces new problems. The online dashboard is a bit better, but still has some very odd design aspects. Instead of a rolling 7day display, it restarts every Monday morning.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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0% efficiency...

Between sunset and sunrise. Need to factor in a few AA rechargeable batteries...

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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FAIL

To boldly architect...

Since when did architect become a verb?

"we’ve architected it to have as much natural shielding from the structure and the components that are inside"

"so that you don’t need to architect a path around planets"

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Server or backup?

If you use the NAS box as a server then you need a separate backup strategy. I use my NAS as a backup and just happen to use the copies of vids and music when my PC is off. Always keep at least two copies of everything, preferably three.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Re: A better measure...

If you follow the link they say, "You might think that the exponent should simply be 3, but that doesn't match the data at all. It has been known for a long time that people don't scale in a perfectly linear fashion as they grow. I propose that a better approximation to the actual sizes and shapes of healthy bodies might be given by an exponent of 2.5." So, it is a 'best guess' but, since BMI is only intended to be a rough indicator that suggests other health indicators should be looked at more closely, it's good enough.

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A better measure...

Height to girth is a far better number, girth should be less than half your height to be considered 'healthy'. There is a 'new' BMI calculation that uses a more reasonable power of 2.5:

http://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/trefethen/bmi.html

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FIRST for HUMANITY: Fridge-size PROBOT headed for COMET TOUCHDOWN

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Re: Lighter than a feather...

Still has the momentum of a fridge approaching a hard thing though.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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FAIL

File under...

"What were they thinking?"

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: lies , damn lies, and who are all the pies?

It's not about calories, it how the body handles different food types.

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You lose weight in the kitchen and gain health in the gym. It's 80% diet, 20% exercise.

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Statistics

The analysis omits to examine the incidence of high-carb related diseases such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which have been increasing over the same time. Many of the charts in the article only go back a decade whereas the 'fat is bad' lie goes back to the 70s. Maybe the very slight changes shown in the charts means we are just beginning to wake up to the problem. The assertion it is down to lack of exercise or thermostats falls down when you have newborns and toddlers that are obese. Are they not exercising enough and has their environment really changed that much in the past decade or two? Switching to a low-carb-high-fat (LCHF) diet means you are burning fat to maintain body temperature, the equivalent of an hour's workout on a high-carb diet, just by living! I am not alone in experiencing significant weight loss having gone LCHF, eating when I am hungry and achieving satiation; 20kg loss in just over a year in my case and now enjoying a stable weight on the same intake. BMI is right in the middle of the normal range, height/waist is perfect (had to buy whole new wardrobe though!) 10yr CHD risk is just 4% (avg for my age 14%) all other health indicators very good.

So this article is trying to find statistics to say, "actually chaps we're OK" when the nation's health is far from it. Look at this from first principles. Look at the bio-chemistry of the effect of carbohydrate consumption on insulin, grehlin, leptin, liver function, kidney function, salt excretion and the headline-grabbing cholesterol that Big Pharma would love to resolve by selling even more statins.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Propellor head

Just add a small wind turbine to keep the battery topped up!

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Re: Solution in search of a problem

"The European Union wants a system that automatically calls for help in the event of a crash to be fitted to all new vehicles by 2015." It says here:

http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21615060-way-cars-are-made-bought-and-driven-changing-mobile-communications

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Life imitating art...

Has anyone read Le Carré's latest, A Delicate Truth? Deals with all this kind of stuff very well. Spot on.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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Re: One more off the list...

150 years doesn't exactly make it a fad...

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Re: One more off the list...

There is a simple, cheap fix: Low Carb, High Fat. Answers the 'French Paradox' too.

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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I reckon someone just asked the computer to make a really nice cup of tea...

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Re: Read this man's website

That's where I heard about the X100S. He loves it!

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Fujifilm X100S

Worth a look. Pro: DSLR sensor, HDR mode that works well, fully auto or fully manual and everything in between, huge aperture and high ISO (black cats in coalmines no prob), small and discrete. Con: Probably not beer-proof, fixed lens (but you get so many pixels cropping is fine), pricey (but good value).

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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Traffic

"Last year Google tantalized Map aficionados with the prospect of live traffic results" - Google Maps has had live traffic for years! I can see Waze notifications on the desktop browser version of Maps also, but that might be because I'm a Waze user.

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Heart part more art than state-of-the-art: Shine wearable activity sensor

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Pulse

The Pulse from Withings sounds better; measures altitude gain and has a heart rate monitor, but doesn't do swimming or cycling.

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