* Posts by g e

2806 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

Nanocapacitor slab to boost car batteries

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800A ?? Shocking (eeew crap pun)

Eh?

On my old Honda the starter motor fuse is 60A, dunno what the Jag is, will be more but I'm pretty sure you don't need 800 amps to turn a V8 over, either. Unless you mean *literally* flip it over...!

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Re: Stop-Start

Thought as much. Shame as maintaining an ignitable compressed mixture at TDC could be a pretty efficient stop-start strategy. No good for diesel, though, either I spose.

Hohum, back to the drawing board!

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Stop-Start

I always wondered what stop-start cars did when stuck on the M1 for an hour.. do they really restart the engine every 2 car lengths and are they clever enough to know when stopping it means it might not have the juice to restart it?

Now I don't know how tight a seal the piston rings make but I'd have thought stopping the engine with a cylinder fully injected at top-dead-centre would perhaps allow you to restart the engine by kicking a spark into that cylinder if the engine was warm, rather than cranking the starter motor, allowing for many more restarts. Maybe the fuel vapour condenses too fast in the cylinder when left unignited.

Perhaps that's how they work. Dunno.. Ramble ramble

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Apple resellers left to pick bones of dwindling iPad stocks

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Re: Maybe Proview got that ban in the end

Hence use of the word 'maybe' as in 'it's a possibility though as yet unverified'

DUH.

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FAIL

Maybe Proview got that ban in the end

Or maybe someone @ apple thinks the Wii demand model is still sensible.

Or maybe they think they can drag sales out to overlap Samsung releases to dilute Samsung's sales

Or maybe they screwed up again. Fail.

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Rub Facebook pals in your wealth with 'social' credit card

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Bloody right

Bombardier & trains, anyone?

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F'ing Citibank (bit off topic)

What annoys me most about Citibank is that's where I have to pay my VAT.

HMRC have ditched their Bank of England account and gone with Citibank. Nothing quite says 'we don't give a stuff about the economy' quite as much as all the VAT in the country being stored in the USA....

I'd have thought it was against the national interest to have that much UK money stored with a foreign interest.

Fail cos well, it's uk.gov, innit

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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Holmes

The great fresh smell of

An opportunity to grab patents you want to use to kick other companies around with.

I hope Canon buys the lot.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

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But does this 4G work outside the USA?

We must know!

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Re: Are they doing a sony?

Locked to a **USER** on a console with the option to buy 'cheap' keys for the other console users, mark my words...

The games market will tank, surely.

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Unhappy

:o(

I predicted this a coupla months ago, the destruction of the 2nd hand game market.

So, they're going to halve the price of the games now every copy is a sale?

Yeah right. They'll get dearer.

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Google, Asus co-brand tablet to take on Amazon Kindle Fire

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Re: I was..

Doesn't that make it 'Arse-Us' in Americaland ?

I say Ay-sus, not knowing any better until 3 minutes ago...

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Solar storm has a 'sting in its tail', warn space weathermen

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Facepalm

"the Sun may be headed into a lengthy quiet period"

If it gets colder the Warmists won't like that...

Imagine virtually conclusive proof that the gimungous nuclear reactor at the centre of our solar system could affect the temperature of our planet...

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Solar storm arrives, nobody notices

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Explanation

They got it wrong.

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Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

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Trollface

Well

At least it seems to work outside the USA...

That's an improvement.

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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

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Not surprising

When you consider the bullshit the Daily Mail are spouting about it today..

!!!!!!FOUR TIMES FASTER!!!!!!

Scrshot sent to El Reg

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Titanic director James Cameron prepares for deep sea dive

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Happy

If he brings an creatures back...

Won't they explode from suddenly not having 1 tonne/cm2 pressure on their exterior?

Humans get messy enough when they get just 15psi (apprx 1 bar) less exterior pressure (outer space)

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New iPad: Crack open your wallets, fanbois, here's what it'll cost

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Meh

OMFG

I'll hang on for a Samsung Galaxy S3 I think (yes I know that's a phone). It'll be a free upgrade from Vodafone.

Then I'll have something nice and fast to play with while I assess a Transformer Infinity to see if it'll replace a laptop.

Seriously. That's a shit revision for a lot of money, it should've been called the iPad 2s

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New iPad 4G data connection will only work in America

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Meh

No digital tuning?

Surely the LTE module/chip is digitally tunable? Perhaps the cheap ones aren't or something.

Or maybe the antenna's are too band-specific, 700-800 is quite a difference in RF and we know what apple are like with antenna design...

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Meh

What?

You mean there's "stuff" outside of America?

Say it ain't so!

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Top Brit authors turn flamethrowers on barmy IPO

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WTF?

Ooookaayyyy

So it's OK for the gov to steal royalties from starving artisans but not joe public when a rich (and generous-to-politicans) corporation gets its shit downloaded by Joe Public who may never actually have bought it otherwise anyway...

Tidy, as they say in the Western Land of the Druids

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The one tiny slip that put LulzSec chief Sabu in the FBI's pocket

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" because just once"

So, actually, a fabulous-tastic advertisement for TOR for free

Nice :oD

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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Re: In essence...

Woo.

Abacus - Calculator

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Dare I venture...

The iPad Meh-s

If they'd called it the iPad2s the meme would be complete...

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Samsung celebrates iPad 3 day by suing Apple AGAIN

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Chuckle

Perhaps a video of baristas queueing outside a store would be appropriate also?

:oD

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

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"abandon its policy"

So it now thinks it's more profitable to settle/play ball than sue.

Presumably either they've identified a gaping infringement liability in their stuff, realised they risk getting a shedload of patent invalidated or have noticed that a lot of people are being put off buying apple stuff by, errr... apple.

They don't strike me as a company that would play fair when there was $50 profit to be made.

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Katie Price's teasing 'strapline reveal' avoids bust

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Pint

Snickers is completely pointless

Jordan doubly so

(Props to Douglas Adams, posthumous pint)

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Dabs warns staff: Your roles are 'at risk of redundancy'

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Sounds like

the legal hoops HR have to go through in the process of making people redundant, consultation phases are mandatory, I believe, as are a few other things and all these things have to be seen and documented to be done before you can actually make people redundant otherwise you leave yourself open for unfair dismissal or a bunch of other no-win-no-fee lawyering from the dismissed.

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Two Brits in court over Michael Jackson back catalogue hack

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Black Helicopters

Ummmm

How did they identify the perps? Did they have static IP's or something?

Or perhaps this is how long DHCP records are kept for (at least...), which is somewhat revealing

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Apple claims its 'innovation' creates 514,000 US jobs

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Trollface

But they DO innovate

And remember this is me, Mr Confirmed Apple Hater saying this.

They have surely made made innovative leaps in the discipline of patent <strike>trolling</strike> lawyering.

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Tony Blair closes RSA 2012, denounces WikiLeaks

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Mushroom

Politicians need privacy

To do the self-serving sneaky shit they do without fear of being outed.

Can you actually get a Doctorate in disingenuity these days cos they all seem to have one.

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Now Apple opens fire on EPAD trademark in China

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Stop

Sue Clare Rayner

For her PantyPads with wings

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Blighty's fast mobe broadband in music wrecking probe

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Pint

Dude...

You said 'mobe' ...

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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Bigot

Quel surnom!

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Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK

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Re: Apple - pay attention

There is however quite a large amount of 'World' outside the US...

For real, seriously.

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Re: Apple - pay attention

Or buy an Android phone and install Evi on that instead.

It. Just. Works.

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FAIL

I should think it reasonable

For a UK user to have their 'Can Search Maps' app to search UK maps.

Especially as their device knows they're in the UK, speaking 'British' English (if they ever had the choice), etc.

I bet it installs stuff in French in France so to assume your device is properly localised is a reasonable thing.

It's half an application. So much for magical/revolutionary/whatever.

Utter fail.

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Threatmetrix founder to fight 'muffin apocalypse'

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Re: As opposed to the 'muffin top apocalypse', a side-effect of increased obesity rates.

Hahah yeah, I interpreted the headline as meaning fat chicks in jeans two sizes too small, too...

Shame someone can't actually fix that...

Anyone want to co-found a 'Take More Pride in Your Appearance' Quango/Research Unit ? Should be able to bag some uk.gov pork for 'studies' and 'awareness'... (pun intended)

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UK will share passenger data with US in Euro deal

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Stop

So what does EU get as a quid pro quo from the USA?

Oh yeah.

Cock in arse.

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US shuts down Canadian gambling site with Verisign's help

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Re: Re: America...

Oh I got the Team America reference alrighty...

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Outsourced

Probably because they still own us after we hired them as cannon fodder in the second world war with a load of our gold and all of our US-based international interests...

Oh, and because our government has been spineless and suckup for decades now.

It's the 'Special Relationship' that the UK 'enjoys' with the USA

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Re: Any with more info on this?

Yep, I should think all those TLD's are now subject to the whims of crazy puritanical God-Botherers and other influencers like Pharma, Media and anyone else with the money to buy legislation.

Always register a .co.uk local style domain as well

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Or perhaps more simply...

Fuck America

YEAH!

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Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

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Joke

Ten quid

It's 'No space left on device'

:oD

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ISP Be admits crippling iPlayer demand burst its pipes

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Struggling

I struggle to watch Eastenders from the live broadcast.

When I say 'struggle' I mean 'sit through' ...

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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Holmes

Filed in 2008?

I refer my honourable colleagues to the Wikipedia article on 'Microsoft Surface', specifically the History section and the video clip to the right hand side of it.

Conceptualised in 2001, made real in 2003. Multitouch, gestures, everything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Surface

From WP's iPhone entry: "Development of the iPhone began in 2005 with Apple CEO Steve Jobs' direction that Apple engineers investigate touchscreens."

Surely the entire MS Natural Surface thing is prior art to everything everywhere? Or did someone buy the IP from MS ?

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Re: Hang on, though

In fact thinking about it, I bet the screens' data sheets actually have multitouch diagrams in them with examples of use and maybe even some development code to illustrate it in use for system designers.

Most electronics has this, surely this patent is pretty much a photocopy of the manufacturer's (Samsung?) screen's data sheet. You can patent THAT ?

Obviously you can over there. This would be obvious even to my feckless teenage offspring.

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Re: Prior art

Surely Synaptics have been doing the centroid thing for years. They have to know how far your finger has travelled on a touchpad to be able to interpret relative distance which means at some point you have to make some calculation as to the start & endpoints, the obvious way being to work out the rectangle of touched area and calculate its centre.

Plus, if I can explain how to do that in one sentence in an El Reg comment then I'm fairly sure it's *obvious* ...

A bit like touching a touchscreen... USPTO needs a rocket up it. Or a bomb under it. Damn. Now I'm on a child-murdering ricin-peddling AK47-firing gubberment watchlist for being facetious.

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Hang on, though

Apple didn't make or design these screens, right?

So isn't that like me buying PC's from Levono, say, and then patenting a computing device capable of running an operating system and accepting input from a multitude of sensors and devices?

Sounds a bit like patenting driving a car, it's what the car was designed to do.

Bizarre., but then it's Americaland, isn't it. Perhaps everyone should sue the hell out of Apple outside the USA and just ignore the US market. Not like The Rest Of The World is a smaller userbase, is it.

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Linux PC-in-a-stick to cost coders £139

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HDMI-powered?

Shame you can't power it from the HDMI side, I thought HDMI output a 5V feed for low-power stuff?

Perhaps this isn't low-power-enough for that. Maybe I'm confused (not unlikely) :o)

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