* Posts by FlossyThePig

63 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

FlossyThePig

Re: Application?

I am old enough to remember when laser was described as a solution looking for a problem.

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Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

FlossyThePig

Re: Nest already outdated

That's what I'm going to install, not cheap though.

In the mid '80s the magazine "Electronics Today International" had a project for a central heating controller. The controller had multiple temperature sensors including one outside the house to determine when to turn on the boiler to reach the correct temperature at the desired time.

"What goes round comes around"

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Connected smart cars are easily trackable, warns infosec bod

FlossyThePig

Re: "taking note of license plates"

What's a license plate?

My car has two number plates, one at the front and one at the back.

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A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

FlossyThePig

Font (Fount)?

Can someone enlighten me as to when font usurped typeface.

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

FlossyThePig
Coat

Is this the ultimate Kerryman joke?

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

FlossyThePig

Re: Do NOT want

"I kind of get a central heating system I can control from my mobile phone when I am out but the advantages/savings are outweighed tenfold by the cost of the gear."

If you mean the Nest/Hive "Smart" controllers I ask how often do you adjust your non smart timer/thermostat?

The Evohome type system is much more controllable and much more expensive, but has the potential of far greater savings.

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

FlossyThePig

Re: Shiny new object/methodology syndrome

If the project is High Profile, has "challenging" timescales and uses something new (hardware or software) it will fail.

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

FlossyThePig

Will it fit...

on the shelf next to the bread maker you no longer use.

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

FlossyThePig

So there's no sense in Microsoft duking it out in the budget volume segment

Could someone translate that into British English.

OED definition of duking makes no sense

Urban Dictionary makes no sense either but definitely NSFW

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Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

FlossyThePig

Re: @DougS -- cart before horse

@Mark 85

I'm deaf and our front door has a cast iron knocker. It's effing loud, much louder than the dingly dong electrickery ones. No batteries to replace, and not affected by power cuts.

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Euro telly bods say 'non' to spectrum sharing with mobiles

FlossyThePig

MUX Raking

"After 2020, there'll only be space for six multiplexes, rather than the eight we have at the moment."

There are only 6 currently transmitted from Sudbury, so no change there.

A quick look at digitaluk.co.uk revealed that only "QVC+1 HD" and "QVC Beauty HD" are broadcast on COM8 so there's nothing to lose on that one.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

FlossyThePig
Holmes

Re: apparently...

Unlike "Pogue Mahone" which was deliberately designed to be phonetically like "póg mo thóin", as the original band name of The Pogues.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

FlossyThePig

Re: The end of any driving pleasure

@LucreLout

"See Colin Chapmans book"

I know the post was a long time ago but what book are you referring to?

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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

FlossyThePig

Infinity and b...

@Chloe

Is Business Infinity different from Domestic Infinity?

If it's less then 15Mbps Domestic FTTC is not called Infinity. BT only offer me Faster Broadband for my 9.5Mbps connection.

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German prosecutor given Das Boot over Netzpolitik treason charge

FlossyThePig

Re: what ship? I see no ship

Just another example proving that Jennifer Baker should stick to English, especially after the rude French last week.

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

FlossyThePig

What about other manufacturers?

The built in satnav in my Toyota uses Here map data and most likely the full navigation software as well. What will happen to non Germanic cars?

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Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

FlossyThePig

Re: As Mr Scott said....

So you have a password with a mixture of upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters. It was created on a PC with a full keyboard but you want to enter on a laptop or even a smartphone.

What is Shift-6? Or worse what is Shift-2, Apple UK it's @, but PC UK it's ".

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Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

FlossyThePig

Recently updated the firmware on my Kobo Touch so it now has all the functionality of the Glo, apart from the light. The process was really simple: connect to wifi, click on the sync button and wait. I didn't time it but it was seconds rather than minutes.

Most of my books come from Suffolk library (even when I was on holiday in New Zealand). I do have one pdf file on it, the manual for my camera, as the small page format does not cause any problems.

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

FlossyThePig

Catchup TV

Which streaming devices give direct access to the 4 main catchup/on demand services, i.e BBC iPlayer ITV Player, all4 (nee 4OD) and Demand 5?

Roku devices do but not Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV...

My 4OD app has automatically updated to all4.

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

FlossyThePig

Upgrade your RAM?

Had a look at Apple UK for upgrade prices.

Standard RAM

8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB

Upgrade options

16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB [+ £160.00]

32GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x8GB [+ £480.00] (How do they calculate that price?)

Crucial offer

16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB for £86.39 inc. VAT

So do a user memory upgrade to 32 GB for little more than Apple's 16GB and get to keep the original 8GB

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

FlossyThePig

No,no,no, keep the curly haired supercilious git well away from here!

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Singapore to trial 10Gbps home broadband

FlossyThePig

Re: Just one question

Let's add a couple of misquotes to the mix

"I think there is a world market for about five computers"

"640 K ought to be enough for anybody"

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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

FlossyThePig

Re: Can't be too hard

Did you miss the word "Mainframe"?

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Upper house of Parliament joins the drone debate

FlossyThePig

Re: What's the difference...

When did "Government" actually know anything useful about "technology"?

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

FlossyThePig

When?

When will SSDs go native? At the moment they just emulate HDs, so could we get speed increases by getting rid of the emulation?

I gave up caring about Direct Access when I left ICL in 1979. Perhaps it's time to resurrect the concept.

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A truly SHOCKING tale of electrified PCs

FlossyThePig

Re: An odd one worth remembering

In the early 80's I had a house where live and neutral had been wired the wrong way round at the fuse board. Before removing, the expensive to run, electric hot air central heating unit I got a "sparky" friend round to check what I was about to do. He rectified the problem before I did any more work.

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Swift gets swifter: Apple updates its new programming language

FlossyThePig

Which is best?

I've been in the business an awfully long time now and came to the conclusion years ago. The best language is one that you know well and does the job.

I first came across ObjectiveC in the mid '90s as it was the best at the time for developing cross platform software (Win3/95, NT, OS/2, Apple, Solaris and other Unix variations). A pain to test and the development team churned out software at a phenominal rate.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

FlossyThePig

Re: I'd settle...

Don't forget

their, they're and there

your, you're, yaw (and yore)

Plus over 400 more examples at http://www.singularis.ltd.uk/bifroest/misc/homophones-list.html

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Re: Could be useful

Fuel Cell cars are electric cars!

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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

FlossyThePig

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

FlossyThePig
Thumb Down

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

FlossyThePig

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’

FlossyThePig

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

FlossyThePig
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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Thumb Down

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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