* Posts by Van

170 posts • joined 5 Jan 2012

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Nothing to see here. Just another user who thinks it less hassle to buy a new PC than do a clean install, without the initial bloatware.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Re: Cactus?

Of the Renaults and Peugeots I've serviced as a competent DIY mechanic, I give Renault the nod above Peugeot. Leaky gearbox oil seals and ball joint wear were common on both, but the Peugeot ball joints went at much earlier mileage.

Mechanics at garages both cars had previously been to had been negligent in several areas. There is talk of banning us from doing repair work on our own cars which is farcical until garage standards are raised.

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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Roughly 35 million dollars per mile

It amazes me how they drastically underestimated its life. I would have insisted on robotic brush to clean the solar panels though.

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Mégane Renaultsport 275 Trophy: Hands-on gizmo-packed motoring

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re: chav exhaust

It will need something to avert the MOT tester away from the fail

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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Re: " an operating system that crosses the streams ......"

Minecraft wouldn't have taken off without the charm of basic graphics

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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Something is wrong when more people want to inhabit Mars than the Pitcairn Islands

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Are there enough Cessna 150s to send all of the Narcissists up?

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Weather and price

"Not that practical in places that actually have weather."

and you compared it to a scooter? Have you seen the price of Golf carts? Why is nobody having a pop at road legal Golf carts that cost 3 times as much?

http://www.motorculture.co.uk/garia-golf-buggies.html

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shopping

I'm pretty sure if you can squeeze a passenger in the back, you'll get enough food in to survive a week.

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Re: Good idea, wrong price

"except some metropolitan exhibitionist with more money than sense."

Do you realize people spend more than that converting gas cars to electric? There's a great DIY scene for electric conversions, few appear to be exhibitionists or have more money than sense.

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Re: Wrong location

Spot on.

The review and many replies here, appear to think the motoring world revolves around the UK for some bizarre reason.

I've seen these in Milan, where cars were parked up and over curbs in between trees lining the middle of large streets, the Twizzies were parked at the base of the trees, a spot that no other car could use.

I've also seen them in France used as Hotel errand cars, a chef for example going out to buy last minute supplies from the local Butcher.

Renault originally stated these were aimed at teenagers who would otherwise look at scooters.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Re: I don't watch much TV.

The selfie-stick is a wonder of modern science that allows the center of the universe to be filmed in real-time

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Re: Be fair

"Can you imagine how many man hours it took?"

Going through the bins to retrieve stuff you through away is indeed very time consuming.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Wasn't Windows 8 about £29 on launch for a set period?

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Surely it's easier to install all of your disks and disable them in the bios when not needed and/or use a boot loader. Which you can also do on a laptop by emptying the DVD drive bay. Downside is the extra draw of electricity and noise of disks spinning when they wake, upside you can access data from other system's disks.

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Re: Free forever

"They should write something like "upgrading to Windows 10 will free for one year"

As in losing the 'will' to live ? ;)

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Missing defective BEAGLE FOUND ON MARS! Amazing claim

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The tune has changed it a bit around here, from the one claiming this was just a dustbin lid that at best left a nice new crater in Mars. Tw#ts.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

"On a roundabout I can steer whilst signalling to come off the roundabout"

That might explain why mainland europeans struggle with indicating around or over roundabouts.

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Facebook? More like FOGEYBOOK: Zuck's hangout is a cyber-retirement home

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Re: Facebook, What's that?

You might have learnt to spell had you spent time on Facebook though.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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"Electric car owners as a tribe can be quite hard work"

I'm not surprised. Critics tell them way too often what toys they should have spent their money on instead. Nobody rambles on at high end Audi and BMW owners who would have course saved money with a Ford Mondeo and got from A to B just as quick.

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Re: Hmmmm.

"Have you got any idea how many dozens of second-hand cars can be bought for the same hundred grand...?"

Surely a new luxury car is aimed at people who want and can afford to buy new luxury cars?

I have no idea how many dozens of second-hand cars can be bought for the new Porsche spider hybrid, but I'm sure it will sell.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Perhaps Ofcom would like to get on the case of a 'typical household needing' an SSD, as they can improve the browsing experience

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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I wonder if Justin Bieber and that Bitcoin miner are having second thoughts? They're booked on the first trip along with Branson and his kids.

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re: My dad and my brother...

"Twin carbs and an exhaust that popped and crackled like crazy. You could hear that car coming into the village from about two miles away"

Luckily, the world revolved around him

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Jony Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Hypocrite!

I would've loved to have seen what Jonny Ive came up with if he only 'applied' Dieter's principles without seeing any of his work. Or if he hadn't applied them at all after designing that tacky imac.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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Those UBUNTU netbooks were ahead of their time yet got a right slagging off, not least from Steve Jobs.

Downvote city

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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"When I reviewed the Fiesta Black I spent the whole time with a nagging doubt that it was the car you bought if you couldn’t afford the ST"

You seem to review cars mainly on their feel good factor. An ST would be too extreme for my local roads. for me there's no point having something heavily depreciate that's not being used anywhere near to it's potential. I looked at the Fiesta range due to finding a base model hire car interesting to drive. I'vs also driven the 500 and don't care how great the interior or motor makes you feel, the steering feedback isn't enjoyable.

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Re: TOP TIPS

They would still need a small amount of time to pick up the bottle and get their old man out. They should fit them with catheters piped directly to the sewer outside, via brushed Aluminium piping of course so people on the outside think it's cool.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: The road tax won't go...yet

Plenty of people are screwing the system by altering the exhaust system on their cars, potentially upping the emissions. The whole system is null and void until the lucrative business of MOT testing can't do favours to their valued customers with modified cars.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: Extra, Extra, The Daily Sermon from Rev Jasper is here

Which Casio smart watch had a battery that lasted "months, if not years"?

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Ideally Apple would have designed it for the military (like the original wrist watch) and tradesmen, who no doubt will find a smart watch/communicator/notifier very convenient, but Apple want to sell their products to the mass consumer.

I reckon the likes of DeWalt, CAT and Dockers will eventually make the "masculine" device you so desire.

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Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...

That's because you obviously consider a wrist watch to be an item of jewellery for showing off with.

Wrist watches were clocks invented for the Navy, depth gauges and Altimeters followed suit by conveniently being wearable on the wrist.

At some point in the future, when all of our tech can be miniaturised to the size of, errrr, a wrist watch lets say, there's going to be a clash of interests. Although I imagine a complete nobber somewhere will wear a Rolex on one arm and computer/communicator on the other though. Either that or stay in the dark ages carrying a slab around in the pocket.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Well I never

"Watch.......still trying to solve a problem that is not there."

Bullshit. Are you a Jeweller? Tech is getting smaller, the wrist is the obvious place to store it for those who don't want a slab of glass in the pocket to reach for. Just like what happened with pocket watches, altimeters and depth gauge funnily enough.

The watch needs to be allowed to evolve just like the mobile phone was.

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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Re: I think i remember this.

You don't look so hot your self

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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"I used to have wearable connected technology, back in the day, and it was actually very handy.... It was light enough to wear at festivals .... It was a Nokia 6230i."

"The new inconvenience is a £200 watch that you have to charge every day"

Did you consider the phone bills in the early to mid 00's for those inane phone calls and texts on your 6230 to be good value?

I don't agree with your assumption that wearables should do something smartphones can't. I carried Netbooks and MacBook airs around until I was reasonably happy with smartphone performance. I'm still not 100% happy, but can now hopefully watch smart watches evolve, despite these wonky reviews.

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Re: just me ??

Many people wont but they'll stay tight lipped until this tech evolves into something we can't do without/completely replaces the smart phone.

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Re: I like watches tell the time..

I like clocks on the wall for telling the time and leave my skin for regulating body temperature.

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evolution

Funny how mobile phones were allowed to evolve, but most posters here seem to want all or nothing with wearable tech.

The wrist happens to be a convenient place to mount stuff we need in an instant or don't want to lose.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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"I can't see this watch lasting more than a year before it's passed over and we're back to the traditional timepeices, i.e. our mobile phones."

Another one missing the point. We'll eventually have technology embedded into our bodies and you'll still be holding a smart phone up to your face?

Ever wondered why clocks, depth gauges and altimeters all evolved to the wrist?

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Re: Oh good...the iWatch. I can't wait.

I suppose you'd have said the same about wrist watches during the pocket watch era?

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missing the point

There's nothing wrong with Johnny Ive having the confidence that an iwatch will evolve to replace a smart phone, which is where almost everyone here is missing the point.

A rolex watch might be a luxury item to show off with, but you're not going to wear a rolex on one wrist and a smart watch on the other.

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Re: Bang on

"I don't think I'm the only one to see this smart watch thing as a solution looking for a problem."

Look around you. It appears people actually need to have their faces in a screen as much as others need to have a cigarette in their mouths.

Did people really have the same need to have their faces in calculators as much in the 1980s? No they didn't, poor poor comparison.

John Ive believes the iwatch and what it contains will be something people need to have on them.

Was moving a clock off the wall into the pocket, then onto the wrist, really considered cool back in the day?

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: "if you forget your password [..] all your iTunes purchases are gone, forever

It's not just people who lack intelligence or sense who can forget a password.

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SpaceX FINALLY lobs six sats into orbit (don't mention the landing)

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top gear

"In the words of Top Gear's Richard Hammond, "How are we going to use it again?" (@09:30)"

These are rockets for big boys. Top gear faked their show with a cardboard scale model rocket.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: supercar?

"People who drive super cars don't give a shit about gas mileage etc. Make it go fast."

I very rarely see 'super 'cars' being put through their paces on public roads. I've also been to several trackdays where super car drivers are regularly embarrassed by modified hot hatches.

Most super cars are bought for show.

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: On the verge

I would love to convert some modern classics to electric.

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Minor servicing? You'll be due for a new turbo soon (mine lasted 6 years) a cam belt every 5 years give or take with water pump is not a minor job either. Then your crank shaft oil seal will start to leak. Injectors, fuel pump, very expensive especially if your injectors wont budge. Your expensive MAF and MAP sensors don't last for ever.

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Re: Twizy

"The Twizy on the other hand is slow, expensive for a two in line seater that is almost comparable to the Sinclair C5. That however, had the advantage of pedal power when the battery was flat."

Utter garbage. The Twizzy has proper suspension and disc brakes. It was designed to compete in the young person scooter market, to be easy to park and cheap to run. Scooters and small motorcycles arn't particularly cheap and they're not particularly fast or comfortable. So wrong to compare it to a Tesla doing airport ferrying.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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The legend I remember reading was that 'Atari dug a hole in the desert', which added mystery as if it was done secretly in a random place. Being carted down to the local landfill with everybody else's stuff is a bit disappointing.

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