* Posts by Mattjimf

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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

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Re: "Bring back Tomorrow's World, I say."

You've never been up at 6:30-7am on a Saturday morning when it's on BBC 1?

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Re: I loved Top Gear

Your in luck as the new show is indeed on Amazon (not sure how you have missed that info).

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Re: TomTom got me round the UK & France without once getting it wrong

You know you can download areas on Google Maps for use when there is no signal, do it for areas you are going to be visiting before you leave the WiFi coverage, then have data free navigation (of course you don't get the realtime traffic updates).

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

The superchargers are there for the journeys where you need to stop and charge, not for you to use as a daily exercise, the fact that your nearest one is 50 miles away, means that you know you can currently travel 150 miles away, and still make it home with the help of said charger.

If you have a charger at home and solar panels why the hell do you need to charge anywhere else if your just using it on battery as a city runabout?

Plug in hybrids are built for running in the city on battery to cut polluiton, current BEV such as the Leaf are built for day to day city commute, Telsa is pushing the current manufacturers to help increase the take up of BEV as a full car rather than a second, city runaround.

I have to point out I run a Leaf as my only car, but it works for me as I have charging available at home (with solar panels) and at work, which is an easy commute across Newcastle and Gateshead. First long trip in car next weekend when I travel up to Aberdeen.

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Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

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Re: There can be many issues that don't comply

Having worked on the helldesk for AppleCare for a few months, when a user gets a refurbished phone, they get a phone that has a new battery and screen but the gubbins of everything else is from a device that has been returned, typically to Ireland.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Given the scarcity of items on our cousins in the material released...

d) Corruption is so rife in the former soviet union that they just expect that they have been stealing millions but can't do anything due to the next person to come in will be just the same regardless of what they say: see Ukriane and Poroshenko.

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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.

You can use standard on street charging as well as the superchargers, just takes a little bit longer.

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Honest in that you can reliably get electric generated from hydro/wind/solar from companies at the moment - see Ecotricity/Good Energy/OVO/LoCO2.

Honest in that the whole push for electric cars is coming from the need to reduce the kerb side emissions in towns not in the emissions used to generate the power (incidentally Scotland just shut off the last coal powered station last month, leaving just a gas powered station and two Nuclear stations).

Honest in that the majority of the rapid chargers on the motorway network are supplied by one of said green energy suppliers (ecotricity).

Honest in that range is crap, but they are built primarily for use as city cars, for the reasons mentioned above.

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Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally

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Might want to have a look at the Kindle Fire OS 5 and blue shade, released in December.

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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There is a thread documenting the whole thing here - https://speakev.com/threads/nissan-connect-app-security-concerns.15143/

@Chris Millar, I'm guessing you have an Outlander. As your battery is only good for 25 miles and your lugging a full engine around for when it invariably goes flat, if this was to affect your vehicle it would make little or no difference, it's the electric only vehicles that are most at risk.

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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Can they not just request access to their Apple account(s) be unlocked for them, from there they can unlock the phone via the find my phone feature on the website.

Full access to the phone without bricking it, Apple don't need to circumvent their own security, everyone wins.

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Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

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Cartoon

I'm guessing it's going to be based along the same lines as the cartoon that's on CITV http://www.awn.com/news/playmobil-series-super-4-headed-cartoon-network

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Missed the visitor centre

I was up there in 2009, didn't realise the visitor centre was in Thurso, so when I got to Dounreay, just stood looking and watching the polis exercising their dog (was heading towards Ullapool, and couldn't be bothered turning back).

When I was a kid I did go on the tour of Sellafield (as it was then) as my dad was working on some of the construction of part of the site at that point.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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What do you mean there's no new iPhone?

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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Re: Sentient being prejudice

I think this highlights your point - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmK0bZl4ILM

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Re: mi.taylor@elsevier.com

"Maybe we need noise makers adding to our bikes?"

Have you tried sticking ice lolly sticks in the spokes?

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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You get the option of not being on the "We're greedy buggers and want cash" one.

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

Mattjimf

Re: could be worse...

Or... "Life Support has stopped responding and needs to shut down"

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Re: I believe...

In my experience iPlayer is London based for watch now BBC shows (at least it is for the news bulletins).

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

The other issue with button (or electronic) handbrakes are that they fail.

My mum's car was hit in a car park by a rouge car where the electronic handbrake failed. The owner, when he returned to find his car across from where he parked, said it had happened a number of times, but they couldn't find a fault with it.

Also it's not as flamboyant pulling handbrake turns with your mates in the back by pushing a button.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Sod the books, free music

So if I buy an album on iTunes, download it to my computer, then copy it from the iTunes music folder into a different folder or burn it to disc, I can then request a refund on the album and still have it.

How long before Apple are doing a U-turn on this.

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HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source

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ummm...

Am I missing a week between Christmas and the 5th of January?

Is next Monday (a week from today) not the 5th of January?

Or were they off last week as well, and El Reg just got round to seeing the complaining email?

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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Re: What pisses me off about all this...

Meanwhile in Scotland, the Rugby fans get to watch all the Internationals on BBC, but the football fans have to pay Sky for the privilege.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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But the Note 2 is an android phone, which he states runs the app fine.

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Re: Vote

T Blair was in a band in the 70's - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/apr/27/labour2001to2005.tonyblair2

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Re: Vote

William (still refuse to put the dots in), James Blunt, Cheryl Cole, Bob Geldolf makes 7 of the top ten, although the original poster did state Bono would take all ten spots.

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New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app

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I remember seeing something pointing to the planning application on the council website around August last year.

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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The T&C thing would have been interesting had Gamestation not done something similar before they went tits up - http://www.geek.com/games/gamestation-eula-collects-7500-souls-from-unsuspecting-customers-1194091/

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Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED

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Re: Better Than Z2

Considering that the wait for the phone is a month if you didn't order it within the first day of the pre-sale being announced, regardless if you ordered online or not.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

" If the Scottish pound (or whatever it becomes) goes the way the No camp is predicting then rUK shops will probably not accept Scottish currency,"

So no big difference from what happens currently then, at least the further south you go.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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I just got a new router from Sky and had to go through the whole I want porn selection again.

When I was in a flat share we had TalkTalk (legacy account, no one wanted to change it) and every time I went on to pay the bill after logging in, I got the Filter screen which I always had to select no, so that may account for the bigger uptake.

In the BBC article it mentions that as Virgin require an engineer to complete the install, and as a matter of course they have been selecting no for the customers, Virgin are saying that they are going to be reviewing the instructions to engineers, I think they should be given bonuses.

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

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Windows 8 not compatible with MDM

The NHS trust I work for has predominately iPhones out in the wild due to being able to be set up and restricted by the MDM solution we use (Sophos). This allows us to restrict the iPad to what we want it to do and ensure that the security of the devices are locked down as much as we can. We have a few Android devices out as well, which again can and are locked to how we want them to be using the same MDM.

When looking at Windows 8 phones the big issue we have found is that Windows allows the user to remove the restrictions put in place without notifying us, so we have no idea what the user is doing with the phone once it's out in the wild. Until this is sorted Windows is just not an option for us.

Of course it may be that this is more to do with the MDM we use rather than Windows, but we are not really in a position to change it.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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I was looking at the cost for a taxi from central London to Watford for a wedding. Uber were quoting £30-35, a taxi fare website was saying a taxi would cost £53. Given that difference in price, I'm not surprised the cabbies are spitting the dummy out.

My local cab company have an app that does pretty much the same as Uber https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autocab.taxibooker.dean.newcastle so it looks like they are ahead of London when it comes to technology.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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So can you now use MDM to restrict like you can on iOS/Android or can the user remove the restrictions without you knowing as at present.

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BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list

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Beware of faulty routers

I had major issues with getting a replacement home hub from BT, existing one was dishing out 169 ip addresses to wifi devices, cue three hubs being sent out to an address we had never had an account, my wife had lived there while a student, and being charged for them sending each one out to the wrong address. Then when it came to moving house, we're going to charge the standard £120 installation charge, Sky were charging £40 and were cheaper and offered a better calling package.

Last time I had to call Sky, I was told how long the queue was and they offered to ring me back.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: Who sued who?

You might want to have a look at this story for the full details - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/13/beastie_boys_sue_goldieblox_right_back/

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

Mattjimf

If they have access to the email address used for verification, could they not just reset the password?

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: Not Necessarily Bad

The follow-up story that will hit the site in a few hours will most likely be a rehash of this - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26464007 where they are talking about a BBC1+1 and extending CBBC.

The BBC 1+1 is presumably to shoe-horn the Eastenders repeats that will be going with BBC 3.

It does also make it seem a bit pointless introducing the BBC3 HD channel at the end of last year.

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"The BBC, which broke the BBC story, reported that the BBC will make an official statement about the BBC on Thursday on the BBC."

I think you could have got a few more BBC into that sentence.

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HTC One grabs BEST SMARTPHONE gong

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Re: James Cordon

I would go one further and say he's even less funny than toothache that results in root canal work.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

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As I mentioned in the comments of Yesterdays article, when I was in high school, I had computing from first year (Scottish system). With this article and a response saying the first time they saw computing was when they moved school to Scotland, I decided to have a look at the curriculum for computing studies at my old school and found the following:

"S1-S3 Course

All pupils in S1 attend core ICT for 1 x 50 minute period per week. Pupils will have the option to chooce Computing or Business Studies for S2 and S3 where they will receive 3 x 50 minute periods in their chosen subject, on top of their core ICT period.

Pupils who chose Computing have the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills and experience a deeper understanding of how software, including games, are designed and created. Topics include computer systems, biometrics, legislation, games design and development in a variety of languages, App design for Android devices and Web Design." http://www.hazleheadacy.aberdeen.sch.uk/computer-studies.html

Without looking at other Scottish school websites, I would guess that most schools will offer the same classes for the first three years. If the government really wants to fix the issues of computing in schools, might it not be an idea to look at what the other constitute countries of the UK are doing with regards to coding and computer studies classes, and stop saying computing teaching in the UK is broken, when it just seems to be in England (god I hate sounding like a nationalist complaining about being lumped in with England).

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Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

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Re: Why not code your own FlaBi?

Or if your a hip, young band (one of these may not be accurate) jump on the bandwagon yourself - http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/02/12/fall-out-boy-releasing-flappy-bird-clone

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I still have my 464 with green screen in the loft at my parents (long since dead) pretty sure there are still tapes in there as well. I remember being jealous of my friend having the adapter to play it on a tv, it was a revelation to go round, or him to bring the adapter round to mine and witness the games I had spent hours playing on a green screen in colour and being totally different.

The other great thing was the tapes that had games for both the speccy and CPC on either side, meaning you could once again borrow from people that had the game for the speccy. Add on the fact that they were generally 2-3 pounds, with the bigger cardboard boxed versions being closer to £10.

The added bonus of a friend having the same machine was that we could copy each others games onto standard tapes, listening to the screeches as it copied (or turning the volume down if watching tv) was second to the perfect timing needed to record songs from the Top 40 on a Sunday.

@Mr C Hill I also remember the franchise in Aberdeen having the GX and all other manner of Amstrad machines, plus games and such.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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I'm still wondering how coding fell out of the syllabus.

When I started high school (Scottish system) we had computing in first and second year where we were taught basic and started with the mundane make the screen flash up to getting a car to move round a track. This was back in 1991, now it seems that that has been abandoned and forgotten, to suddenly be rediscovered by the current boom in the technology sector.

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Dejected NFL fans seek smut after Super Bowl blowout

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More likely to have the Lingerie Bowl then Janet.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

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Re: I'm amazed people use premium rate numbers

"Even if you do have the regular phone directory handy, it only covers the nearest two towns these days anyway"

Unless you live in Aberdeen, which covers Aberdeen City and Orkney and Shetland Islands, rather than the immediate area of Aberdeenshire.

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Re: Facebook - solution

"Unless you are masochistic, are those people really your friends?"

In my case most of them are family, mostly over 60 and just share any crap, but you can't really block family can you? (although you can hide them from your news feed.)

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

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Re: Where's the "I dont need protection"?

I had to select an option before I got the turn off option.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Re: yea google F*ck you

"How is this different from supermarkets who for years have required you to present a "club card" or be charged a higher price for your purchases?"

Which supermarkets are these? As I have a Nectar card and a Tesco Club card and neither give me reduced prices when presented at the till. In fact with all the "offers" they print/send out they are usually trying to get you to spend more with them for the promise of points that typically amount to £2.50.

If you don't want these companies to have that information about you, don't sign up to these things. If you have to sign up use fake details.

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