* Posts by Dr_N

280 posts • joined 12 Nov 2012

Page:

Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Equipment as standard/Options disabled

"How many of the items you are charged for are only options that have previously been disabled, such as all the heating elements and wiring installed in the seats but the software switch to turn it on is not available."

Cost-conscious car markers are unlikely to pay for heated seats in a car that won't use them.

Although the idea they could then charge 2nd or 3rd hand owners to activate such items has been mooted.

So as yet there aren't many manufacturers who load the cars and just disable the option in software.

(Apart from simple features like auto-folding wing mirrors. Where the difference between manual folding and auto folding doesn't entail additional hardware.)

0
0

YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Super Creepy?

Bit harsh.

Although I do have a question:

Is that "Heidi's" real speaking voice or is she doing some kind of baby-talk accent?

Also, the mention of "facial" is always good for a giggle.

0
0

SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

Dr_N
Bronze badge

SFO

I thought everyone knew it meant Serious Farce Office?

1
0

Citrix goes into the mouse business

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Asus Transformer

Touch Screen, Mouse, Mousepad or Stylus.

You choose what HID you want to use.

Sorted.

Was running a CDE session over Citrix on the Android phone the other day. Very useful.

2
0

Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Looks Good For Dogs

If you are looking for a hound carrier check out Fiat's 500L

0
0

Fill 'er up: 'Leccy car firm Tesla brings back PUMP SERVICE

Dr_N
Bronze badge

No change for Oregon or New Jersey then?

I didn't think people were trusted to "Fill 'er up!" on their own in those states anyway.

2
0

You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

Dr_N
Bronze badge

I blame the T-Shirt

In the good old days people who worked in shops wore shirts. Maybe even ties.

Now they dress like everyone else. And woe betide you if you walk into any outlet wearing the same coloured tee-shirt as the staff. You will be swamped.

And the people are bloody rude if you nicely explain you don't work there.

So it's better to tell them to, "**** off" to pre-empt their rudeness.

9
0

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Driven Alfas for years

I've had 3 Alfas since 2001 and apart from the odd battery failure or problem with a German made piece of electronics or sensor have never had a major engine or mechanical issue with any of them.

With only the Giulietta or MiTo in the range to choose from (4C is a long wait and not an everyday car for work) 2014 has been the first year in 13 that I was Alfa-less.

And boy I miss it. This review gets close to capturing the Alfa "thing".

Alfisti have already waited too long:

Roll-on the new models and new (petrol) engines.

5
0

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

Dr_N
Bronze badge

It's the next thing since 3D TV

Big Hype.

Convinced the public want it.

Big investment.

Whoops.

4
1

The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

Dr_N
Bronze badge

I'll wait for the Skoda or SEAT versions...

Cheaper, and I won't feel the need to sit it 6 inches off the bumper of the car in front.

2
0

Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

Dr_N
Bronze badge

How was the Wombat Foetus ...

... "a bit nutty" ?

3
0

Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Dr_N
Bronze badge

"I, like anyone who hasn't just passed their test and is an average driver, can readily glance at a control and press it even if it is on a touchscreen"

Wrong.

You can feel for switches & button without taking your eyes off the road.

And there's feedback.

You have to look at a touch screen to use the controls on it.

Touchscreens don't belong in a cars.

HUDs, classic switchgear and maybe voice control are the only acceptable safe methods of fiddling with gadgets in a car.

3
1

UK.gov STILL won't pop a cap on stolen mobile bills

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: SIM code lock

"If you have an annoying 'friend' who decides it would be fun to mis-enter your PIN three times then you cannot use your phone again without your network giving you a PUK code or posting you a new SIM. "

Hopefully your "friend" doesn't further enter the PUK incorrectly 10 times as that'll fry your SIM...

I'm amazed there still seems to be people who don't SIM lock.

Mine's been active since 1996. And it uses 6 digits , not 4.

2
0

Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Only if they are " too accurate".

So long as they conform to NF Logiciel n° 203 and alert to a zone of a few kilometres rather than pin-pointing the exact location of the radar to within a couple of hundred meters they are legal in France.

4
0

VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Diesel

"It's got the most energy of all fuels. Hence its efficiency and lower CO2 output."

You've missed the point, AC#1.

DERV use may result in lower CO2 emissions, but all the other nasty pollutants have increased as a result and people are now realising that choking themselves may not be the best course of action.

----

"In France Diesel is a lot cheaper than petrol. So can you really see the French government lowering the cost of petrol?"

Why would you think they'd reduce tax on petrol use, AC#2 ?!

DERV prices have been rising steadily over the last 5 years in France as gouv.fr has been been putting more on gazole, not decreasing tax on essence.

3
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Diesel

The French government (a major DERV backer for many years through manufacturer incentives and lower taxation on cars & fuel) has finally realised what a blight private DERVs are.

They'll be de-incentivizing them in the next 5 years. Hopefully it will spread from there.

0
6
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Scirocco:

The Golf's ugly sister.

Who likes to wear very loud fluorescent colors like green or yellow.

1
3

How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

"Really? Or is it that there are lots of people who only rarely fly and are terrorfied by what might happen to them if they get a step wrong in the security checking?"

No. I'm talking about the morons.

You know the ones:

Business traveller. Too busy yabbering on the phone or emailing to sort out his overcoat, laptop, bag of "liquids", carry on suitcase (that's actually waaaay to big to be carry on) etc whilst in the queue.

And then just has to argue with the security bods as to whether his wallet has to go through the scanner or not.

3
8
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Although a fairly accurate and amusing portrayal of LHR security...

... the real problem with airport security is the number of morons in the queue who have to be repeatedly told what to do. Thus slowing the whole process down.

Sometimes weighted surveys are useful. Especially the ones you have to hand out after running a training course, which are probably put on your file over at corporate HQ.

2
18

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

"All hail the VIC-20 RAM Expander pack!"

Nah, the 3K Super Expander was were it was at.

1
0

Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

Dr_N
Bronze badge

So you're comparing the 2nd hand Disco you bought 5 years ago to a brand new 500X....?

The 500X costs half as much as a brand new full spec'd Evoque too. So what....?

5
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Stop Start

At least Italy still has native car industry, producing cars that seem to be selling worldwide.

FCA must be doing something right to be selling so much metal.

Stop-Start is there to hit the emissions figures.

Just turn it off by pushing the button: Problem solved.

4
3

Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: I have good coverage in France, can get 3G in the middle of nowhere...

Yup, ~60 Euros gets you unlimited voice & texts, about 12Gb of data per month as well as a couple of hours voice and a couple of hundred Meg data whilst roaming.

And that's for full fat, there are the cheaper "low-cost" alternatives too.

France has always been pretty good for service & coverage.

0
0

I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Stereotypes

"Have you been driving a BMW recently, Dr_N?"

Nope. Never, Mr AC.

@Alistair Dabbs

I've recently fitted a dashcam. Not for insurance purposes.

Just to share the exploits of incompetent Gallic drivers

with friends & colleagues.

1
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Stereotypes

"Nah, I remember driving in France on summer holidays. The French were ok drivers"

I live there. Believe me, they are quite bad.

I'm sure Mr Dabbs could write a whole book on French driving attitude and "skills".

0
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Sorry

Even the French sneer at modern Citroens. (Old persons car: The C6 was specifically designed and marketed with a retired 80 year old president in mind.)

Which is unfair as everyone knows it's Renault who really badly manufactures cars.

4
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Stereotypes

Mr Dabbs,

Stereotyping people by the cars they drive is lazy journalism. Not all BMW drivers are utter c***s. (Although many probably are.)

You don't go around saying all French drivers are bad, do you? (Even if they are.)

1
11

Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

Dr_N
Bronze badge

ABC Warriors

Not the lone unit featured in Stallone's Dredd, but the whole cadre from 2000AD.

Now there's a bunch of comic characters that need a film adaptation.

4
0

Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Sounds like Tesco taking over the Hoover building on the A40 London

"What can I say, us Yanks can be a dim lot."

Like all the Brits, myself included, who thought/think the World Series for baseball is named after a global competition instead of a newspaper called "The New York World"...?

0
0

Sky ponders 200,000-customer MVNO 'trial'. Soft launch, anyone?

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Voicemail

Will the voicemail service come with PINs pre-shared with other parts of Murdoch's empire?

4
0

How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

Dr_N
Bronze badge

France too

French operators turned off all the anonymous SIMs about ~10 years ago.

As an anti-terrorism/anti-organised crime measure. (But in reality it's because France is a bit of a Police state.)

Concerning the attempt to convince us that SIMs are no good:

What happens when your phone goes down and you need to use a spare?

Currently you pull the SIM, slot it in a spare phone et voila!

What's the procedure going to be for "Soft" SIMs if you want to quickly swap phones?

1
0

SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Webcam Disable Hack:

Put a sticky Label in hole-punch.

Retrieve punched out "chad".

Stick over webcam.

Job done.

(It's the only way to be sure, apps like Cisco's Jabber and Webex seem to forget you've disabled the webcam.)

Cheers for the Dredd references Mr Dabbs.

BTW for a less intrusive VoIP app I recommend the Japanese app LINE.

2
0

Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

Dr_N
Bronze badge

How much for .dot ?

dot.dot.dot

7
0

Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: The problem of course

"Of late, our police have been shown to, at best, have very poor judgement."

Oh I don't know:

Spending seized money on frozen margarita machines for the station shows pretty good judgement IMHO.

2
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?

@Cypher

US, the land of the free, eh?

Go Google "Civil Asset Forfeiture":

You get stopped by the police in the US, for whatever reason, and they can basically take all your stuff.

Including any cash you may have on you. No chance of getting it back either.

Watch this and get back to us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

Now that is repressive.

22
3

Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Toilet breaks?

With all the lovely mobile gadgets we now have, aren't you now expected to work during toilet breaks?

You can easily bring up your Citrix desktop on your company issue smartphone and also answer a few emails whilst answering the call of nature.....

2
0

HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Fact checking

Because you have to go to the country specific HBO GO site.

Of which there are only 4 or 5.

3
0

Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

Dr_N
Bronze badge

There's a switch for that...

You used to be able to switch on/off EFR/EHR with a few #* code key presses on the old Nokias...

2
0

Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

Dr_N
Bronze badge

CTRL-C

Very useful for aborting runs.

Along with CTRL-Z for suspending runs.

"Copy" you say?

4
0

10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Excellent

"He called it how he saw it, now hit the ****ing road."

1
0

'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Is this article a review...

...of a review of a review....?

Social Media, eh?

1
0

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

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Small petrol is back!

Fiat were at the forefront of DERV tech, but they didn't rest on their laurels and perceiving the coming storm of anti-DERV/anti-pollution taxation have come up tops again in the small (turbo'd) petrol car market. TwinAir has now been around for a good while and anyone I know who's driven one calls it "fun".

Stop 'n' start can be de-activated. It's only there to help with quoted consumption figures during tests.

2
0

French prez mulls mobe, fondleslab tax for telly

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Like they don't get enough public funding through the annual <<redevance audiovisuel>> and adverts to produce the large amount of 5th rate guff that they do.

The only thing worse than French TV is French Radio.

4
0

Netflix bullish after six-country European INVASION

Dr_N
Bronze badge

VPN &/or iTunes are still the best viewing options whilst in France.

1
0

Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

Dr_N
Bronze badge

All Very Well..

But it's a Renault: so will last just over 2 years* before a catastrophic engine failure or needing the whole "ordinateur de bord" to be replaced.

Oh, and the dealers are a bunch of arrogant, chain smoking coffee swillers.

*time of standard car warranty in France.

4
2

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Dr_N
Bronze badge

"Off Line"

Ah nothing like your streaming service's "off line" mode

deciding it needs to dial home to validate your subscription whilst at 35000ft and then refusing to play anything.

7
1

Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Well I WANT ONE

Only thing it's missing for me is dual SIM...

5
0

Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: And who needs a reminder of what gear they are in?

@rh587

I'm sensing a bit of hostility towards the success story of LR.....

Making the same-old stuff, decade-after-decade, is what killed off British ownership of car makers in the first place.

1
0
Dr_N
Bronze badge

Re: Call me sceptical

"The Evoque lasted about 20 minutes, including one tow out of a (not very deep) mud patch."

Wrong tyres fitted & inexperienced driver aren't a good combination.

LR runs Evoques on their courses. Only proviso over Defenders/Discos/Full-size RRs is they don't recommend to do it with 4 passengers.

HUDs are a good idea all round. Current centre touch-displays are not a safe idea on or off road.

2
0

Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Dr_N
Bronze badge

Golf

"I bet some of them even play golf, which of course is the saddest, sorriest and bastardest thing that can possibly be blamed on anything close to sentient life anywhere in the universe."

There is a 9-hole golf course across the road from the office and colleagues from around the globe all say how great it must be. Pity no one in this office play golf then.

BTW, Anything with "health" in the title or any kind of "medical" application has the corp lawyers quivering in fear of massive US based lawsuits.

3
0

Page:

Forums