* Posts by FlossyThePig

34 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

FlossyThePig

Re: Well that's just great news!

"The fact BT insist on charging me extra because I refuse to pay by direct debit when they won't give me a chance to see my bill before they take my money if I do."

If you pay by DD the vendor must tell you in advance what they are going to take. I get emails from a number of companies telling me a few days in advance what they are going to charge.

http://www.directdebit.co.uk/DirectDebitExplained/Pages/DirectDebitGuarantee.aspx

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

FlossyThePig

Wuaki.tv?

I'm confused! Their website states:

We are deeply sorry but Wuaki.tv is not available in your country.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

FlossyThePig
Holmes

What about the big stuff?

I thought the article would be about wireless power standards in general, not just pocket ephemera.

No need to plug in electric cars if they can be charged by induction. I believe there are some buses that can do this already (but is there a standard method).

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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What do Apple use? Apart from the £1999 15-inch MacBook Pro they use Intel integrated graphics.

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Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?

FlossyThePig

Re: Substantial majority

To be called Superfast it must provide download speeds in excess of 24 Mbps.

Has anybody looked at the BT website recently? Select the Broadband option and there is a very large prompt to see what speed BT Infinity you can get. Enter Postcode and land line number and it returns the predicted speed range. For me it is 9Mb - 14Mb so not called BT Infinity (or Superfast) but I'm getting about 8.5Mb last time I checked, which is better than 3Mb ADSL I had before.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

FlossyThePig

Mobile phone password issue

So you have a password based on a phrase, using simple number substitution, e.g. s becomes 5.

On a computer keyboard use Shift+5 for upper case S. Then you get a nice new phone and have to enter the password. What is the character you type for Shift+5?

Answer: It's % but how many people know the ten characters used on the numeric keys, and some are different depending on language and machine, " and @ are transposed on Macs compared to PCs in the UK

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

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A another government sponsored project "done on the cheap" but costing a lot of money. The whole thing should have been tackled in the same way as setting up the National Grid. It should be considered a national asset not a BT goldmine.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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Eye-watering?

"and thus bring his electro cars down from eye-watering to merely expensive"

Tesla Model S starts at about £50k, BMW M5 starts at about £73k

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

FlossyThePig

Re: is it just me...

The iPhone 5C colours look sort of Nokia Lumia 520/620 territory to me

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Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

FlossyThePig

Bluetooth has been a power hog, which is the main reason it is not incorporated in hearing aids.The batteries on my NHS supplied hearing aids last between 13 and 14 days, 4 to 5 would be a retrograde step.

I don't worry about losing them as they are usually hanging on my ears, unless I am washing or in bed.

iPhone5 and later all have a HAC rating of M4/T4 rating so no accessories required. My Nokia Lumia 620 works fine with aids in place.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

FlossyThePig

Re: Really hardcore computer users don't use linux or windows

Who is old enough to remember the Singer/ICL System Ten? No operating system on that box.

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Printing the Future: See a few of UK’s 6.2 million 3D-printed ‘things’

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The current crop of home 3D printers are the equivalent of 8pin dot matrix 2D printers. I believe some patents are coming to the end of their restrictive lives soon which should allow some more interesting devices coming on the market at more reasonable prices.

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Microsoft puts something hard and sensitive in your pocket

FlossyThePig
Happy

Re: Not that I know more than one person who's bought a Microsoft/Nokia

I've got a Lumia 620 and some of my colleagues have Microsoft/Nokia phones (one even has a Surface Pro).

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

FlossyThePig

Re: Sony Xperia E

Screen resolution?

Sony 320 x 480, Nokia 480 x 800

Internal storage?

Sony 4GB (plus 32GB microSD), Nokia 8GB (plus 64GB microSD)

Offline SatNav?

Sony ?, Nokia yes

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Wake up at the back!

Yes is the answer. Micro SIMs are supplied as a press out component of full size SIMs

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FlossyThePig

Re: for not much more...

A colleague bought a Nook HD 8GB for £119. Slipped in a microSD card with a £10 software hack. Ended up with a 7" tablet with full android (not the locked down B&N version) and a resolution of 1440x900.

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Win a Nexus 7 with reed.co.uk and El Reg

FlossyThePig

Re: Subversion

Many years ago my father entered the job title of "Soap tank boiler attendant" on an immigration form when he was production manager of a soap facory in Nigeria. A few month later he came across of immigration statistics and was delighted to see "Soap tank boiler attendant - 1" in the figures.

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

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Pint

Re: "The Lumia 620 has been well-received, and deservedly so"

I've got one, works well and not too large like Nexus 4 and all the rest.

Has Google taken over the "spawn of the Devil" mantle from Microsoft?

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Samsung demands Apple's iOS 6 source code in patent case

FlossyThePig

Average?

what's wrong with average?

By "pretty average" do you mean below average?

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BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates

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When is Infinity not Infinity?

I got a letter from BT telling me of the availability of their Infinity product. Went on their website to check expected speed.

"Great news! You can now get faster download speeds using our upgraded fibre optic network. Faster Total Broadband is only available on our Unlimited Broadband and Calls package."

Expected 5.3Mb download which is better than the 2.3Mb I get now.

So I can get FTTC but not at an Infinity speed so they insist I must have the most expensive ADSL package, that's £26/month plus line rental.

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Broadband gov subsidy should end in 2015 -Tory think tank

FlossyThePig

Re: Broadband = New British Rail?

I've said it before:

Early 21st century Broadband should equate to early 20th century National Grid.

Scrap HS rail London to Birmingham and use money to do broadband properly.

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BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish

FlossyThePig
Holmes

Re: Plusnet are owned by BT?

Why? It's a bit like saying I won't buy a Ferrari because they are part of the Fiat group

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Review: Apple iMac 21.5in late 2012

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Grammar

The style of "English" irritated me so much I stopped reading before the end of the first page.

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Pocket strokers will barely feel Qualcomm's new tiny bonk chip

FlossyThePig

Re: Comma

What about "best used for bonking against tills"

Is it just me who reads the coarser British meaning first?

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

FlossyThePig

Re: Anyone else

"I was thinking the same thing and also wondering if it would play out the same way if it were in the UK."

http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/

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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

FlossyThePig

Re: Resolution???

My Kobo Touch has a resolution of 600x800 and the text isn't jagged. Perhaps the typeface used in your Sony is poorly designed. I have 8 typefaces to choose from with size varying from "too small to read" to "three words per line", all with smooth outlines.

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Super-thin iMacs WILL be here for Xmas, cram warehouses even NOW

FlossyThePig

Re: Uh....

Running Windows 8?

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Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

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Ferrari

I hate to actually post a positive comment about this apple patent but if you look at all the pictures they are not specifying a ractangle with rounded corners. Thay are patenting the whole look of the item complete with the position and shape of buttons and sockets.

In much the same way Ferrari patent the shape of their cars.

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Copper-obsessed BT means UK misses out on ultrafast fibre gold

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Blue in the face

I have said it before and I will say it again. FTTP should be rolled out in the same way as the National Grid was in the 1930s.

If the government were really serious about broadband they would pay for it. If they scrapped the HS2 London to Birmingham line the maney saved would pay for HTTP many times over.

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Peeved bumpkins demand legally binding broadband promise from UK.gov

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National Grid

The broadband network should be treated like the National Grid in the 1930s. Unfortunately the government (past and present) want something for nothing, delivered before their next general election.

I read that NZ have decided to skip FTTC for most users, going straight to FTTP as it will be cheaper in the long term. They intend to have a "world-class broadband network ".

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How hard is 3D printing?

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Things to come

if you consider the Makerbot to be the equivalent of an early 8 pin dot matrix printer think what the the equivalent of a current inkjet printer will do. The current range from Objet are interesting but the price is way beyond my budget.

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Bruce Willis didn't Buy Hard: His girls can't inherit his iTunes

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Holmes

Lifespan

Will iTunes still be around in thirty years time?

How many people bought their music on CD thirty years ago? None as they didn't hit the market until 1983.

Who knows what format audio and video will be in the future.

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Ten phones for seniors

FlossyThePig
Megaphone

Hearing impaired

I didn't post as anonymous but do you wear hearing aids? I suspect not.

Hearing aid compatible usually means they don't cause the aid to whistle or buzz. Most phones are "Hearing aid compatible" but I still have to remove an aid to use them. The phone on my desk at work has an external amplifier, between phone and handset, which means no one else can use it as it is TOO LOUD for them.

I want to know what the phones are like to actually use with hearing aids, not what the spec says.

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Asda knocks out Kobo e-reader for £49

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The cheap Kobo uses an older version of the e-ink display. The more expensive Kobo Touch uses the same display as the Kindle Touch and cheaper. E-books from British libraries are compatible with Kobo but not Kindle.

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