* Posts by Dr_N

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

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Re: Great, thanks FAndroids and Applites.

Supposedly it's customer choice:

Any form-factor you want, so long as it's a huge slab.

Mobile innovation is dead.

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Sure, encrypt your email – while your shiny IoT toothbrush spies on you

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Connected Toothbrush

[Dripping Sarcasm]

Oooh! WOoT!

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Rose Glasses

In Europe JLR shifted 1237 Defenders last year compared to 51626 Evoques.

Even if all the people carping on about its retirement today were to go out and buy one they wouldn't even double the sales.

JLR is there to make and sell products, not to sit back on its successes of yesteryear and get ground into the dust by the competition.

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"Why on earth do they think that the market will sustain another one?"

Because they are making money hand-over-fist with them?

You forgot the new Jag F-Pace too.

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Rose Glasses

There's some right ol' bollocks posted about Land Rovers recently.

Mostly by people who've never driven one further than the end of the road and have no real intention of ever buying one. Hence the need for JLR to find something else to build/sell.

If people really need one there's plenty of really good (and even classic) 2nd hand ones out there ready to rock-n-roll.

"One Life. Live It." Or whatever Camel Trophy fantasy you'd like to stick on the bodywork

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Re: The Evoque

What rot. It's not a frikkin' military spec expedition vehicle is it?!

The Evoque does what it says on the tin.

I've run one for 2 years and it hasn't missed a beat.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: The only decent depiction of VR

eXistenZ FTW!

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Low 4G coverage

Is this a UK only thing?

And what's the big need for a 5G/4G phone anyway?

I've got 4G, but only use it on a USB dongle when customer guest WiFi is too onerous to register/connect to.

The phone is still only a 3G phone and works fine everywhere. Even for streaming radio in the car.

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Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!

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Re: LawBringer

That would be a Lawgiver.

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Alu Alu! Nokia gobbles French rival Alcatel-Lucent in €15.6bn deal

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Re: Finns gonna pay the fat redundancy cheques again

Only if you don't follow the rules.

Turning up on-site in France the day after an acquisition and expecting to be able to fire everyone just means you've not done due diligence on local employment regs.

Follow the rules to the letter and it should go smoothly.

Just don't put yourself in a potential hostage or shirt shredding situation.

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Free Wi-Fi for the NHS, promises health secretary Jeremy Hunt

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Re: As someone who works in IT in the NHS

@patrick_bateman

Is the spell-checker blocked on your system?

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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You can keep the revisionist edits...

I'll keep my childhood memories of those films intact, thank all the same.

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

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Re: These is no such thing as a "Defeat Device"

"I hate people talking about a "defeat device"."

I hate* people spreading FUD about the criminal activities of VW in spite of the fact that VW themselves have already held their hands up and admitted their guilt.

Or is this just part of a deep-cover VAG PR/marketdroid master plan?

*hate is a really overused word for this, really.

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Pentagon gets green light for WAR ... of web propaganda against IS

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Re: Fighting fire with fire

I'd like to agree with you, but when you see the amount FUD circulating on the internet concerning anti-vaccination "facts", miracle cures and other such Woo then you really have to ask whether fighting propaganda with actual facts can really work. Even with a supposedly educated population.

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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La Poste

French one looks better:

http://rmc.bfmtv.com/emission/quand-la-poste-experimente-la-livraison-de-colis-par-drone-918450.html

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

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Re: I drove the Polo Blue Slumber

To be fair to VW, they do label their PoS underpowered, small-engined versions with a big "BlueMotion" badge.

So we can hardly complain about false advertising in that respect.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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RsWyp, PoopCoin ...

I see a pattern.

My iPlopr pay app concept is still available....

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France's 3-month state of emergency lets govt censor the web

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Re: Re. "Temporary" like the USA Patriot Act

Ooooh AC... you so clever!

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France: How it works...

France is probably one of the least liberal countries in Europe when it comes to policing.

The Gendarmerie is a branch of the military, not the civil police force.

The state-of-emergency powers my be shocking to Anglo-Saxons but no one here is batting an eyelid.

And some of the said powers make sense. e.g. allowing the police to carry out raids before 6AM which is normally not allowed under French law. (And currently no need for the equivalent of a warrant either.)

I think it's pretty clear what kind of tactics are being brought to bear given that over 5000 rounds of ammunition and grenades were used in the Saint Denis raid.

Web restrictions and censorship? Pfft. That's the least of it!

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BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

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Re: Will it work?

I think your are confusing (personal) income taxes with (company) corporate taxes.

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Re: Old TVs

Listening to a David Sedaris "audiobook" the other day I was shocked to hear what (some?) South Carolinians (used to?) call the TV remote.

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Original Version Films

One thing I find very annoying about most VOD film services, especially in France, is they only offer the dubbed language version.

Both Google Play and XBox Videos do this. Along with all the IPTV services available from the ISPs. (Amazon doesn't yet offer video in France.)

iTunes is slightly netter, but expensive and has a very **** UI.

Side loaded services on a FireTV Stick seems interesting, but why can't Amazon just offer multi-lple sound tracks on films? Even broadcast TV is doing this this days.

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BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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Re: Dual SIM

Work mobile + personal mobile: Simple as that.

I've tried carrying 2 phones and also SIM swapping/call forwarding.

Neither method comes anywhere near full Dual SIM phone usability.

Also network coverage and available networks when roaming are enhanced.

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Dual SIM

The one feature this handset seems to be missing.

Might get one anyway as a tablet replacement.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

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Audiophiles...

... a deep vein of easily mined cash.

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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You're too easy on French hunters, Mr Dabbs.

They are a drunken menace who think they have a god given right to fire on people.

My solution? Allow walkers/ramblers/mountain bikers to carry side arms:

French hunters would be more careful where/how they discharge their weapons if they thought they'd get a few 9mm rounds back in return.

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

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Phone Hacking ... Hilsborough ...

And people still read it?

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Paris bins banlieue bit barn because cloud is too loud

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Re: Don't mess with French mayors on planning issues

" the owner got his lawyers involved. "

Schooboy error.

Yes, he mayor would have been looking for a "compromise". Normally including cases of good alcohol and a sliver of land.

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

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SKY

The Beeb moved to a beam, that means you need a ruddy >1m dish down near the Med now.

Anyone noticed that Sky don't have any qualms about issuing Sky viewing cards to foreigners who then use them abroad? Are their licensing deals that much better than those obtained by the Beeb?

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

ooooooooooooooooo !!!

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Think your mobile calls and texts are private? It ain't necessarily so

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Isn't all the encryption turned off in some countries anyway?

I seem to remember you get a warning to that effect when logging onto mobile networks in Turkey.

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

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Re: Snow, Rain, Slightly cloudy?

"Fixed it for you. The systems developed by car manufacturers seem to have more depth to them than Google's"

My post didn't need fixing AC.

Also adaptive cruise control doesn't work in the rain for

many models either. Google it.

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Snow, Rain, Slightly cloudy?

I agree, weather conditions will be the downfall of driverless car tech/hype.

Even now the collision avoidance systems don't work in rain.

Driverless cars will be the "Virtual Reality"* of the 21st century:

A much hyped tech with plenty of R&D spent on it but always to be 5 years away from that which is portrayed in film and on TV.

*I remember when The-Man-In-The-Street thought that the Lawnmower Man would soon be a reality...

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Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

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German Sausage: outsourced

Whenever I hear about German sausage I always think of the BBC documentary on India which showed where a large percentage of German sausage casing now come from....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00zpn6v/p00z411s

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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US Rules...

I thought it was swipe & signature for credit, swipe and PIN for Debit?

No sign of a chip anywhere. (Well my US issued card doesn't have one...)

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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Re: USA.gov takes another swing at foregin vehicle maker

"Even with all the bail outs, the USA vehicle manufacturers can't survive because they make shit cars nobody wants."

Isn't the Ford F150 the biggest selling "car" in the US by a country mile?

2014 Figures:

1 Ford F-150 526,769

2 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 404,251

3 Toyota Camry 389,091

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Hmmmm, This Story's Timing ....

Did VW's PR have anything to do with the release of this story...?

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Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft

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Re: "Emotional harm"

After the flooding and deaths in the South of France some school kids were heard to be bleating about the network outages and their "lack of internet". FFS.

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

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Re: Head unit obsolesence.

"Now try doing that on a new Crysler/Fiat where the cretins have hooked up the head unit to the ECU "

Haven't they just hung everything off the CANBus. Like all the other manufacturers.

You can take things off the 'Bus and also connect other things like steering wheel interfaces. It's just a bus.

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Re: Head unit obsolesence.

Ooh, puling out the factory fitted HU can be a whole CANbus of worms these days.

Being a Fiat, the Ferrari would probably give you the dreaded/annoying flashing odometer CANBus error and you'd have to get a "proxy alignment".

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Watch out VW – French prosecutors are pulling on the rubber gloves

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Re: Have a Landy freelander with a remap

"It does test for PM."

No it doesn't.

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Re: Have a Landy freelander with a remap

Does the UK MOT test for NOx or PM?

No, it doesn't. Therefore you cannot say your remapped tax-dodging car is cleaner.

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Only a CNUT would hold back the waves of the sharing economy

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Stopping Uber is easy.

Taxi drivers just have to block the streets and roads:

The government will then step in and make Uber services illegal, as they have in France. Protecting the existing lazy, overcharging, rule breaking taxi scammers. As they did in France. (€70 for 15min/km airport trip anyone?)

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Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

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Oh, is Dr Who back on?

Must have missed that.

Ah well.

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BlackBerry emits Android mobe as biz goes down the Priv

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Dual SIM?

I've really gotten very used to dual SIM, but that keyboard could switch me back to GSM call-forwarding....

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Serious question concerning the "Dash for DERV" ...

Who didn't see this coming?

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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Jesus Wept

If that was the best "designs" they had on show I dread to think what the rest of the tat looked like.

Whatever happened to innovative design?

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: One surprise...

"MOT test is being upgraded to ensure that all emission reducing devices originally installed are still present at the test. So you would need to reinstall the DPF and EGR for it"

Thus DPFs are now cored out not removed so a visual inspection won't catch this.

Canny chaps these polluter-taxdodgers.

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Re: One surprise...

"The large diesel engines are bought by people who want to tow caravans."

What rubbish.

DERVs (especially in the UK) are bought by people who want to pay less on roadtax and fuel.

They then mod the cars, removing the EGR and DPF and getting them remapped for more power. And then chug around polluting to their hearts content. Very happy in the fact they got one over on everyone.

Just check out any UK based car forum, for a marque with significant DERV models, to observe this.

Basically just automotive tax dodging polluters. VAG should really just market directly to them.

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Re: One surprise...

"Diesel drivers tend to be more sedate."

...because they are stuck driving an heavy oilburner with some very restrictive pollution control measures strapped on to it?

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