* Posts by Andus McCoatover

2973 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Forgot?

yeah, realised my mistake. Typing one-handed and a Bluetooth keyboard from LIDL.

(I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous)...

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Forgot?

Downvote for saying the bleeding obvious.

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

Andus McCoatover

Re: Welcome back!

Jolla is their successor?

Just went to Jolla shop. Everything's out-of-stock. Are they still going? Hope so.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: They still have a couple of loyal customers here and there

Nokia huge in China? Surely you're joking? How can a Japanese company* possibly succeed in China?

*Every 'merkan knows Now-keeah is Japanese. I've been corrected many times on my visits there when I said it was based in Finland ("Fin-land? What state is that in???").

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Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

Andus McCoatover

Re: Curious

Get his ID from Motor Vehicle records? Where's the fun in that?

Now, his new mate Bubba knows...Oh, dearie.

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Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

Andus McCoatover

Re: Shoddy.

Hope you meant Second-gen! First-gen was the old analog, a-quid-a-minute system!

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Andus McCoatover
Facepalm

Re: Been saying this all along

I pay about £15/month, unlimited 4G (look, mum - no wires!) data in Finland. When I bought it, I asked about 'data capping'. They looked at me as if I'd come from a 3rd world country.

Which, of course, I had. Left Blighty 20 years earlier.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Huel? Gruel?

Fanny Craddock would be spinning in her blender...

Mind you, less than a fiver/day to lose some weight has gotta be cheaper than those tupperware-party-promoted crap products that come out of the Good Ol' US of A, methinks.

Maybe I'll give it a whirl - I'm 8Kg overweight, after all.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

Andus McCoatover
Pint

I must've been under my rock too long

I honsetly just found out - at first, due to the deservedly light-hearted start to the excellent Obit. I thought he'd just moved on job-wise...

S'funny, even now when I reach for HP to put on my bacon butty, his 'nosh' articles come to mind.

Grief, I even mentioned him in a post a couple of weeks ago, without knowing. I'd suggested a bacon buttty icon "a la Lester"

RIP.

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

Andus McCoatover
Windows

They expected failure???? Not disappointed, then...

"As a result of the aircrafts design (skid landing gear, low-slung engines and propellers), the operator expected some damage during normal landings."

If God had meant Amazon to use drones, He would have made the sky brown...

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

Andus McCoatover
Coffee/keyboard

How long before...

...we can buy a receiver for an Arduino for the price of a pint from Banggood, etc?

(Icon, because it looks a bit like a GPS module I've got).

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Is this even legal in the EU? - short memories?

"In fact is this the first time in history something like this has been done ?

1. company sells A

2. company then effectively kills A remotely with no user choice in the matter."

Apple and Error 53?

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

Andus McCoatover
Windows

On quitting smoking...

I desperately want to quit, as a 30-a-day gasper for 45 years.

So, went to doctor, prescribed 1x 28-day course of Champix, and another 56-day course after that.

Fine. First course was a swingeing €102 - I'm on the dole, get €520 every 28 days. KELA (our NHS/Obamacare/whatever) doesn't discount the pills. They worked. Take as prescribed (they increase the dose over 7 days - you can still smoke, until you no longer feel the need to - in my case, a Marlborough had no effect after about 10 days)

I did alright - maybe 2-3 ciggies/day, nil towards the end of he course.

Then I went to get the next 'course'. €220. I could choose to quit smoking, or eat. As 'roll-ups' are much cheaper, I simply carried on, even though sometimes I couch so much with 'rollies' that I sometimes pass out.

I CURSE the day I had my first Players #6 behind the bike sheds when I was 14...

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Silly people

You B'stard! I'm on a diet, but the idea of a bacon butty....

As Oscar Wilde said, "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."*

OK, it's sizzling now.....(pause...) Search Great British HP sauce...check - OK it's from Holland, but it'll have to do...(pause)

Nam nam nam....

(Bacon Butty icon á la Lester Haines required.)

* Full quote, from the Picture of Dorian Gray:

“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.”

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

'Fessd up. Fair enough.

When I was working for Nokia - years ago, we made a basestation with integral antennas. One of the stipulation to the antenna manufacturer was that it didn't contain _any_ of a certain chemical. At that time, I was responsible for procurement of the antenna.

Supplier called me - sheepishly - and said that they actually _do_ use this chemical in a glue, but it was about 1 microgramme per antenna (it hat two). Is it a problem?

The reason this particular material was banned was that it was highly toxic when burned.

Did a bit of research (Google being in its infancy then) and I allowed my common sense to prevail. If about 100,000 of these antennas were to catch fire, simultaneously, and a fireman wasn't wearing his/her breathing apparatus, then, yes - (s)he _might_ get cancer in 20 years.

I decided "Go ahead and make it, folks"

'Elf and Safty somehow have no reason, sometimes. Bit like some "Religious Vegans" I see in the pub, supping beer clarified by isinglass...

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Can you hold down the power button

My keyboard has a key that says "Enter", but for some strange reason, it also has Æ and Ø (where the ö and ä should be). Still, I nicked it from Norway, so can't grumble...

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You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Simples.

Try using an Atmel XMEGA series A/D converter to produce meaningful results.

If anyone can get that working, I'll buy 'em a pint! Even Atmel can't....

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Andus McCoatover

Re: Levels of blame...

GOTO 1.

There, fixed it for you.

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Chinese 'nauts blast off for month-long space station scouting mission

Andus McCoatover
Windows

....China has had to go the extra mile ....

I guess that's why the rocket is called "Long march"

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

Andus McCoatover
Windows

HUH????

...his early experiences writing 6502 machine code gave him appreciation of the way ARM handles instruction pipelines....

Instruction pipeline? 6502? Head, meet wall?

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Arduino vs Arduino

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: If you know how many Arduinos you have

I used to buy Chinese copies of the pro mini in 5's or 10's.

Never reckoned it a 'rip-off', just a small PCB, holding a '328, crystal and a few discretes. Think I got 'em for less than $3 each. None ever failed.

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Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down

Andus McCoatover
Coat

Downloading some brownware?

OK....IT angle.

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Alleged buggy software wrongly flunks wannabe lawyers from bar exam. What happened next won't shock you

Andus McCoatover
Windows

How are these two statements compatible? (Unless you're a lawyer)

"There has been no problem with the software and services provided to the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners."

and:

"We have conducted a thorough investigation and have confirmed the causes of the errors in the scoring process," the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions said. "Those have been corrected and we are establishing procedures to ensure we will not make the same errors going forward."

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Wasn't so long ago...

..that Google Translate translated an adjacent Finnish town to me, Kempele as Ghaziabad. Took 'em some years to fix it.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Seems to bork "Mouse Without Borders", too.

Odd, because it comes from the 'Microsoft garage'. No longer can I slam the mouse towards my other machine, use keyboard and mouse there.

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China's moon rover dies of extreme old age, after two-and-a-half years

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Yes, I'm one of those USAn dolts

You could be Libyan, and still use Fahrenheit.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Give 'em a break...

Thing was supposed to last 3 months*. Pretty good, huh?

*Lasted longer than the 'rabbit' buzzy thing my missus got from China.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Andus McCoatover
Windows

MIF?

Milk-in-first? Lowest form of terrorism ever!

Even my gardener doesn't do that!

Orf with their heads!

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Back to the old days?

"Good Consternoon, afterbul! I'm not as drink as you thunk I am"

"Can I see your driving licence"

"Hic - here"

"Where's your counterpart?"

"She's getting rat-faced in the pub, naturally!"

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: So the bar is now much higher for e-cig makers

OK, so why do builders wear 'hard hats' on the top floor?

Read too many Asterix comics?

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Also you don't need a specialist dealer to service brakes and tyres.

Except, after the service and a software update in the future, you go to use it, and...

ERROR 53.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: How about..

...but brick the phone if something more significant is seen as "wrong", such as memory?...

One massive flaw in your argument.

People buy Apple phones, not rent them. At least, at the moment.

Bit like, if I sell you a car, and you decide to put a different engine in it. Do I have the right to drop a ton of bricks on it?

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

I seriously hope, with all this recent news coverage...

...that some really smart cookie is working on a fix for this. If they (anonymously, to avoid the inevitable lawsuit) published it, I'd jump for joy.

I'd have no problem with said smart cookie making a gazillion dollars from it, either...

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Another analogy.

How about this:

I lose my bank card. I phone bank.

They immediately lock the bank card. Fair enough.

Then, they confiscate all the money in my account - never to be returned - to protect me against 'fraudulent use of the money'.

Simples!

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Well, that's another day of productivity wasted

PER USER. Globally.

I always used to check for, and install updates over lunch.

But, if my experience of installing Windows-10 goes, it'll take a day. OK, not for the upgrade itself - that only took 4 hours - but faffing about trying to find stuff that you just knew where it was yesterday...

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Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Well, currently embroiled in an XMEGA project....

...for which I've had to learn Atmel's Studio 7, and worked with the free compilers, which are adequate, I looked at Microchip's offering.

Seems their licence depends on what part family you're using (8,16 or 32-bit), but turns out about €500 for ONE user, ONE year, ONE architecture. Atmel gives me 8 and 32 bit AVR, and all their ARM stuff - free.

Microchip's strategy would put me off a future upgrade for sure.

So, no thanks, MPLAB.

I'm sticking with Atmel, at least as long as their new Overchipped Microlords will let me...

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: I know how they got there

Ah! Now I know why Lady Worthington was confused, when Ernest said he was found in a handbag...

(Whichever 'line' she was snorting at the time was immaterial)

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Andus McCoatover
Windows

LUXURY!!

I've still got callouses on my fingers from shoving them beads around on the NCB Accounts Department's Abacus machine, calculating the lads wages from working down t' pit. Never needed a reboot. Still working, I hear.

Yoof of today? They don't know they've been born!

Luxury! (etc...)

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Ooh! Should've been quicker!

Look at all those lovely upvotes to my silver badge I'd have got!!

But, thanks "James" - serously good example of why most managers shouldn't.

(In the same way as when I write code, often my variables don't and my constants aren't)

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LHC records biggest bang ever with 1 Peta-electron-volt jolt

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Sucks earth into a black hole???

Sounds like one of those old "Rastus and Elija" jokes

Elija: "Rastus - get away from the platform! That train's gonna suck you off!"

Rastus: "COME ON, TRAIN!!!"

Maybe I should've posted it Friday. Sorry.

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128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Andus McCoatover
Windows

every version of windows was always slower than the previous version

Almost totally wrong.

XP. When we (at Nokia) had this thrust up our collective jaksie's it was pretty good. Yikes, they even gave us 512MB to increase productivity. From WIn-NT it was a miracle!

Then, Service Pack 3 came along.

We at Nokia increased the carbon footprint on the planet because we didn't want to wait for our machines to start every morning, we simply left them on overnight.

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Bloatware fest!

Give piss-poor programmers more space to write crap code?

They might even revert to university-learned Java. God help us.

I remember using a computer (PDP-11) with 128 KILOBYTES of memory. Considered a luxury then. Memory cost thousands - about the asking price of a decent 3-bedroom family house in those days.

Considering, therefore how much a 'word' of code cost, you were FUC*KING cautious!

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: graphics documentation

I stand corrected, Sir!

Yes, I remember seeing that article now.

My point was that I wouldn't use the Broadcom chip to teach a beginner to learn about microprocessor architecture.

I had it easy, I suppose. My first experience of microcontrollers was when a (reasonably elderly) engineer* gave me the Intel 4004 manual. I DRANK it!!!

Now, 40 years on, I use Atmel Xmega a-series, that manual is - well - hard. (Also several errors...Took me a week to get the A/D converter to give me a believable reading).

But, again, I wouldn't give it to a novice.

* He also gave me his HP35 RPN calculator. Still have it, in its leather 'wallet'. When I get the courage, I'll try to power it up. 40 years old???

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Overpriced - NOT an Arduino killer.

I buy Arduino mini-pro's in bags of 5 from China. £2 each.

I use them if I ever get a sudden uncontrollable urge to blink an LED, or create a metronome.

But, as a workhorse (needed a quick pulse generator to simulate varying high speed wind the other day), they're brilliant. Quicker to get that going than solder a 555 etc. onto a scrap of veroboard.

I have the datasheet for the '328p chip. If I was (re)starting programming, it's reasonably clear, and reasonably teachable to assembly level.

Not so the Broadcom chip in the new Pi-Zero. Low-level stuff is protected by IPR, GPU info is definitely hidden. Reading the available information* gave me a fit of the vapours.

So, you learn Python, Scratch, C.

New world.

* http://infocenter.arm.com/help/topic/com.arm.doc.ddi0301h/DDI0301H_arm1176jzfs_r0p7_trm.pdf

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Amazon resets account passwords feared compromised – report

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Me, too.

Yeah, got the Amazon mail, even though I haven't used Amazon for years.

Probably some outfit I DO use, like Banggood.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Dumpster Diving. Hence the icon.

How I get some decent lappies, free.

Got a 'computer graveyard' near my place.

Found a lovely machine, 17" display, loadsa ram (OK, 2Gigs), Vista onboard. DVD stripped. Fortunately, had a couple of DVD's at home from a previous 'forage'.

Next to which, a smashed-up laptop with a Win-7 licence sticker (fortunately, both 32-bit*')

Rest was easy. Expenditure? €10.

Then, load, sweet-talk the operator (Mahatma Kote, I think his name was - might even be related) at Microsoft to let me licence it.

Then - Win-10. Nirvana.

*Someone explain why, when installing Atmel Studio 7, it wants 1Gig for 32-bit systems, but 2Gig for 64-bit, and why 32-bit seems to run faster than 64? (I have 2 computers for comparison). Well, I'm a Bear of Very Small Brain, and long words Bother me.

(Sorry, A.A.Milne, not what You had in mind, I'm sure....)

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: Will Work. For Free.

Spoken like a person who is owned by a cat. (I'd have written quicker, but she keeps nudging me off the keyboard. After some 'kitty-porn' I guess...)

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Andus McCoatover
Windows

NO! It doesn't start faster!!!

Myst-all-Chucking-Frighty----

"Boot" doesn't equal "ready to do some work".

A pretty desktop comes up and the Great Unwashed* - like me - say "Oh, that booted quick!*".

Look at your disk activity LED. Better still, <ctrl><alt><delete> and open task manager.

Then wait 20 minutes or so for the disk usage to go below 80%.

Then, and only then, can you open your e-mails, and go to https://www.gov.uk/ to find out how you'll be sanctioned because you didn't answer/read the e-mail in time...

(OK, I'm not subject to that nowadays (Or, indeed am I one of His*'* Highness' Subjects ?) but even so....

* As a member of the Great Unwashed - soap being deemed to be a luxury - 2GB and and old laptop is my all. Sorry that typing is a bit slow....

'*Alleged pig-porker Prime (Don't get me going!) Minister Cameron.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Almost fill the Albert Hall?

I understand that Himmler had something sim'lar...

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

Andus McCoatover
Windows

Re: @Neil Barnes

...or, in my day, listen to the world on an ECC83...Transistor`Wasn't that one of those funny things that went light-sensitive if you acetone'd the black paint off? ( 2/6d for the painted ones, a guinea for the unpainted version? (OC(p)71 ??)

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