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28 posts • joined 4 Sep 2007

Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

David Hicklin

Re: What about Electronics - The Maplin Magazine?

Still got most of mine, although they are mostly scaned to PDF these days (along with ETI an several other mags - those were the days). Still refer to them for ideas.

As for Maplin, can still remember placing orders in the 1970's via mail with my Mum writing out the cheques as I was still ar school at the time. Was quite proud of my original customer numer - 968 - before they changed the systems.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

David Hicklin

Use your NAS?

Got the mail last night - obviously not enough people got fed up with the monthly "keep it alive" nag mail and forked out for the paid option. For the half dozen times a year I have used it to get back to home no way would I consider paying for it.

So I went to my Synology home NAS, signed up with their free service and away I went - goodbye dyndns, been nice knowing you.

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Impending Windows XP doom breathes life into flagging PC sales

David Hicklin

Re: Save XP

There should be a law that if support for any software or o/s is stopped, then it becomes freeware with all licencing restrictions removed.

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Three used cheap deal to lure me into buying expensive slab, chap tells ASA

David Hicklin

Re: This is very common these days

I think you will find that the website is linked to a bricks+mortar distribution back-end somewhere, and the shelf space where the widget you want is empty.

Or (and this is a guess as I am not in this business) as many products are dispatched direct from the manufacturer these days , the web site has sold all it's call off orders

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NASA's nuclear Mars tank REBELS against human control

David Hicklin

Re: speedy autonomous lunar rover

It really would have to be autonomous for the times when it is on the side facing away from the earth as it would be out of touch, unless you have a satellite relay comms system.

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

David Hicklin

Re: Royal Mail optout

Sadly that still does not stop the junk mail addressed to "the occupier".

Yes Virgin - that's you. Straight into the recyling bin

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Greenland melt threshold lower than thought

David Hicklin

2000 Years ?

But have any of these 'models' factored in the end of Oil and Gas that will occur long before then? That should cut CO2 emissions by a heck of a lot.

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NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone

David Hicklin

Re My question is.. → #

At warp5 it will take 4.8 years to get there.

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Data centres gripped by power struggle

David Hicklin

Re:Got that Right

As well as the power loading per rack you also need to consider if one half of a dual power feed goes down, and all the servers in that rack pull their juice off the remaining one. Get the sums wrong and the remaining feed overloads and trips out...

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Extension of flexibility 'may help solve retirement problems'

David Hicklin

Final Salary Pensions

One point not considered so far is what happens to someone working part time (thus getting a reduced salary) and thier pension based on Final salary once they retire?

Hopefully it will be as others have pointed out that pension and retirement ages are different beasts and will be kept apart and your pension based on your last full years salary

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Police spent tens of thousands on failed BitTorrent probe

David Hicklin

Re: Ark Royal

You are thinking about the battleship Royal Oak.

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Lad from Lagos in unencrypted CD teaser

David Hicklin

Exchange Rate?

The lads from Lagos are a bit behind on the pound/dollar exchange rate - I'd take the cash in dollars

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Tesla Motors: Elon Musk's divorce won't sink us

David Hicklin

Why electrics will eventually fail

The problem with electric cars is what happens when the battery runs flat. Today when your fuel tank gets low you go to a petrol station, stuff in the nozzle and in a very short time you are refulled and ready to rock.

The Public want's whatever replaces fossil fuels to do the same.

The only answer (currently) is hydrogen, drive up to a fill point, connect the pipe and fill up. Hydrogen can be stored, so you would use your renewable power sources (turbines, solar, tidal etc) to create the hydrogen.

Sorted. No heavy expensive batteries to worry about

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BT ordered to share telegraph poles for fast broadband

David Hicklin

Re : Broadband fairness

The only way to work this properly is to pay for what you use. That way the freeloaders would pay thier fair share. Add a media TAX and that is the entertainment industry sorted as well.

Wait a min...what am I saying !!???

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Anti-binge drinking ads add to binge drinking

David Hicklin

Re: UK adverts

Yes I have seen them and they just remind me that I have some cans in the fridge nicely chilled that I had not thought about recently, so I go and drink one !

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Microsoft to hook Facebook game maker?

David Hicklin

Re:zynga

Well the games mat be buggy and opinions of the company low, but as has been said they are free and are FUN to play.

Gotta run, crops need harvesting...

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3G networks appeal for power boost

David Hicklin

Re: +68dBm = 6.3 kilowatts → #

Go and live near a TV mast then - they put out up to 1 Megawatt

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Researcher raids browser history for webmail login tokens

David Hicklin

VM it

I have a VM used *just* for my banking and nothing else (the p0rn is on another VM).

Paranoid? yes maybe but I am much happier that way around.

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Don’t let Microsoft timescales dictate your Windows migration

David Hicklin

ELD's

Any software that is EOL'd / ends support should have any licencing restrictions removed.

An example for XP is that the Genuine Windows Disadvantage would get trashed, and a generic code would enable it.

I'd love the EU or someone to make this the law.

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Wi-Fi comes to school buses

David Hicklin

Re: Erm

They are allowed phones at my daughters school - just don't use them [= switch off] during lessons or else they will be taken & held until the end of the day.

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Atlantis Hubble mission set for 12 May

David Hicklin

Re: Full launch manifest

Did they not have two shuttles out at once for the last aborted mission?

They only need the "rescue" for the event that take off damage means that they cannot re-enter safely...they should know that within 3 days

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Roadpricing satnav spybox trials under way

David Hicklin

Re; Tracking

"next, there will be a tracker to bill me every time i take a shit, wherever it may be..."

just remember to get a receipt

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iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds

David Hicklin

Re:Carling?

Well I like the stuff but that's horses for courses I suppose.

Still, I would & won't *ever* buy an iPhone, never mind the $3 for a silly animation..

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Morgan shows 'light & slippery' fuel-cell car concept

David Hicklin

Re: Full Hydrogen or electrics is not the way to go.

This was on Tomorrow's World some 20 years ago - Car had a small generator in the boot (lawnmower maybe? the memory is foggy now) which provided the 'steady running' speed with batteries providing the boost for acceleration.

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Air France pilot in white-knuckle near miss

David Hicklin
Unhappy

Re : I remember when...

Not only could you go and ask to see the cockpit, I actually invited to pull the jump seat down and join the crew whilst they landed the plane.

Amazing experience. that was back in '91

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Europe grows more (and more) GM crops

David Hicklin
Go

What the problem with GM?

All living things mutate from time to time, heck the flu virus changes so much that a new jab is needed each year.

So what if we tinker a bit with the crops? Fewer pesticides is a Very Good thing. And is not crossing different strains of plant the same as GM...there goes all your funny coloured roses then...

Personally I don't have a problem with GM.

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Sky confirms Picnic pick 'n' mix

David Hicklin

Re: Smooth as silk

My move from Virgin to Sky went very smoothly indeed & I am very happy with the service.

There was a delay for phone/broadband but that was down to BT being swamped with new line installations. Even better now that LLU is in place (it wasn't at first).

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Battle of the stats: Blu-ray beats HD DVD

David Hicklin

I don't care who claims to be winning...

..as I won't be touching the HD format until there is only ONE format out there as I have no intention of being left with a 'betamax' in the living room.

I wonder how much longer it will take the two camps to realise that having two competing formats is going to hurt sales. Problem is they are in trench warfare right now.

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