* Posts by John Arthur

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

John Arthur
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Re: Engage pedant mode.....

Sorry, water vapour is the invisible one. Steam is condensed water vapour and can be seen.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

John Arthur
Trollface

Am I the only one

who immediately thought Piece Of Shit when reading the first sentence?

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

John Arthur
WTF?

And El Reg?

The only tab I have open in my browser is thsi El Reg article and Ghostery has blocked a tracker from Facebook Connect. WTF?

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Take the dashboard too literally and your brains might end up all over it

John Arthur

Re: Oil Pressure Gauge ?

The so-called oil pressure gauge is the one in the middle at the top, between the speedo and the tachometer. It would help if it was labelled pressure; it could easily be read as oil temperature. The coolant temperature gauge, another vanishing item, is lower right. My current car, from 2005, has a proper coolant temperature gauge. A couple of years ago I spotted odd behaviour, such as getting lower when cruising downhill, and self-diagnosed a thermostat stuck in the open position. Changed within a week and soon running at usual fuel economy. My wife's slightly newer car has no coolant temperature gauge nor a warning light for when the engine is cold. How one would detect a thermostat stuck open, a very common failure, I don't know. Progress!

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John Arthur
Mushroom

Re: Why do Mazda fake the data?

@Neil Barnes. This is nothing new. In the good old days I had a couple of Jaguars. The first had a proper oil pressure gauge that went up and down a bit depending on revs. and the temperature of the engine. The next one, from 1994, had an oil pressure gauge that went exactly half way as soon as the engine started and stayed there no matter what. When I asked why I was told it was designed like this, effectively no different to a warning light but a lot less conspicuous, as owners in the past had got worried about the varying readings on the 'real' gauges. If the owners are thick then come down to their level!

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

John Arthur
Trollface

Re: Shouldn't lidar work *better* in the dark?

Re Jemma: "Or to put it bluntly "They're as bent as a 9 bob note"

Bloody inflation. It were a 7 bob note when I were a lad.

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Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

John Arthur

Pictures or it didn't happen!

See title

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

John Arthur
IT Angle

@jmch

Please, please, not the Jamie Oliver wing!

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

John Arthur

Re: Reminds me of a story

Re: Doctor Synatx. "And, if you were unlucky, you had a party line." Or even, as I remember as a child, you were on a rural party line with 5 other customers! When the manual exchange (central) rang all the 6 phones rang. Everybody picked up their phone and were supposed to replace theirs when they found the call was not for them. The conversations were often very faint!

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

John Arthur

Re: anti-collision

Re: TonyJ, I could not agree more having seen the results of my wife's car hitting a telegraph pole at such a low speed the airbags were not deployed. Total write-off and made me feel glad she had slowed from ~50 mph to around 5 or so.

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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

John Arthur
Happy

Re: Possible error?

No, you get four old pennies!

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

John Arthur

Re: Faraday

and it should have three 'a's

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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Re: "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

Have an upvote for soldering irons!

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

John Arthur
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Llangorse Lake, the largest in Wales

No it's not. Bala Lake is a natural lake and 3 times the area of Llangorse. I am sure there are other reservoirs larger too.

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

John Arthur

Evening treat!

Just read the comments above at 9.00 pm and remembered that I had two cold but cooked Cumberland sausages in the fridge. That's them sorted just when they though they were safe!

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

John Arthur
Happy

Re: Finally!

Me too! After using Pale Moon for quite a while when Opera went bad I am now a very happy Vivaldi user!

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

John Arthur
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Re: Rangemaster - just don't

Indeed, the Rangemaster group must have paid over the odds for Aga/Rayburn when they were fashionable only to see their investment collapse as the greens took over and pilloried Aga and Rayburn users. Mainly Aga users as they were perceived as being well off and thus a target for envy. All the modern stuff from Rangemaster seems to be afflicted. I recently bought a Leisure sink for our new kitchen. The one I bought nearly 30 years ago for our old house was well made and still going strong when I sold it. The new sink is poorly made and very badly finished. No more Rangemaster stuff for me!

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John Arthur
Happy

Re: Fools and their money

Agreed! I can't imagine why anyone would downvote you. My parents had an oil-fired Aga back in the seventies. It kept their 550 year old Welsh stone farmhouse warm as well as heating the water and being fabulous at cooking. I got an old solid fuel Aga as soon as I had a big enough house. It was converted to gas and kept me spoilt for 20 years. When we moved to another old house in Wales which has no gas I was tempted to get an old oil-fired one and recondition it. Then I found the Everhot website and, after visiting then and talking to their techie, I was convinced and we have had ours working for nearly 5 years now with no problems. Works off a 13A socket and costs perhaps £8 a week. Much better built than an Aga too. No problems with remote control either! Now, remind me, where's the IT angle again?

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Impressive!

If that is the same as the drone in the picture a range of 623 miles is pretty impressive!

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

John Arthur
Joke

Re: Prosecution Costs?!

'Don't discount the hundred million £ development cost of an insecure, barely functional (and only on IE, at that)'

That would be IE6 presumably!

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

John Arthur
FAIL

Re: Classic Trump supporters?

"Lets see...

Spelling mistakes... check.

Couldn't be bothered to read/comprehend the thing their railing about.... check"

It's 'they're' not 'their' if we are talking about spelling

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Millions of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

John Arthur
Stop

Wait a minute!

According to the Ofcom website there were 24.7 million broadband connexions at the end of 2015, 1 million up on 2014. So if we assume that there are now about 26 million broadband connexions the estimated savings of £27 million a year work out to about £12.50 a line a year. Who is going to move supplier for that when you know that the rates change frequently and you may well end up paying the same or more during the first year?

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

John Arthur

Re: Yes, I am an ex-BBCer

Could not agree more. And if the 70 years bit was not enough we have been treated to non-stop Schoenberg for a week now on R3.

Have an upvote for letting me know about Klara Kontinuo which I am listening to now as I pen this...

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Three to appear in court over TalkTalk hack

John Arthur
Mushroom

Three to appear in court over TalkTalk hack

Am I the only one to think that the operator Three (3) is to appear in court?

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WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

John Arthur
Devil

Re: Delivery woes

Having had UK Mail leave a car battery a couple of hundred yards from my house in a neighbouring farmer's field with no attempt to deliver to the house I sympathise with you. If I order anything big or valuable these days I ask first if they use UK Maul and then cancel the order if the answer is yes.

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Netflix reminds password re-users to run a reset

John Arthur
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Amazon too

I had an almost identical email from Amazon last week saying it had changed my password to protect my account and to log in with 'forgot password'. Full marks to Amazon too!

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Plusnet broadband outage: Customers fume as TITSUP* continues

John Arthur

Re: No problems here...

Similarly fine in rural Mid-Wales and has been all day. So far....

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Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family

John Arthur

Really?

"Apparently, ostriches in captivity can survive well into their early 60s - putting them about a decade behind the average Glaswegian male". Shirley the ostriches live a decade longer than the AGM?

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

John Arthur
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Re: Mint

@ Michael Habel: Have an upvote for using Pale Moon. I use it with Mint Cinnamon 17.3 and find it a great replacement for Opera 12.xx.

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

John Arthur
Stop

Re: Hardly a surprise

'Sadly half the population are below median average intelligence and lap this up in exactly the same way they do for SUVs, 4x4s, red wine, gym membership, curved TVs, audiophile equipment, gold plated HDMI cables etc.'

Sorry, including red wine in this list is taking it too far. I'm off to open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

John Arthur
FAIL

Re: Alternative fuels

@ x 7: Rubbish. 'self-regenerating' and 'sustainable' are not the same thing. Sustainable forests are usually well managed by people, not by nature. Trees are mature long before the 'three hundred years' you quote and those that are that age are past their best and, yes, diseased and dying. It's called old age.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

John Arthur

Re: It works...

Well, I for one want mass adoption of Linux precisely to put pressure on developers of third party software to provide Linux versions as well as Windows ones. I have two machines running Linux Mint and would love to use that for everything but I still have to keep a Windows box going for one piece of software that has no Linux variant and which does not seem to run successfully under Wine.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

John Arthur
Headmaster

Re: UK Law

I have given you a thumbs-up but being a pedant I couldn't resist pointing out it is 'infernos', not 'inferos'.

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Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

John Arthur
Stop

Shirely if one was going to nick a disc load of data you would just make a copy and put the original back? Or is that too simple?

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

John Arthur
Mushroom

All very well but....

"imposed more than a million pound's worth of penalties on those responsible for nuisance calls and text messages in 2015"

And how much money exactly was eventually collected?

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Brits leave 138,000 gadgets in the pub

John Arthur
Joke

My inflatable sheep!

Can somebody tell me which pub it was found in?

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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

John Arthur
Unhappy

Re; Your Mother

I am truly sorry to hear about your mother. Are these delusions permanent or just transitory? It may be possible to treat the condition without recourse to a strait jacket.

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

John Arthur
Happy

@readinthereg

"you will have to pay a fee for them just to NOT turn up like a plumber"

TFTFY

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

John Arthur
FAIL

"US military's cruise missile detection literally hardware floated away"

Transpose "literally" and "hardware"?

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

John Arthur
Stop

Metrication

Could you please enlarge on this comment as my calculator says that 0.38 inches is 9.652 mm? Are you saying that the cartridge has less propellant or that the round is lighter. Otherwise I think a .38 should be at least as good as a 9 mm for the intended puropse.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

John Arthur
Stop

The first great invention

surely must be language. Without language complex and abstract ideas are impossible and passing information down the generations also.

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

John Arthur
Go

Re: Urban buses replaced first?

You might find that the tractor idea has already been thought of:

http://21stcenturyequipment.net/are-we-ready-for-autonomous-tractors/

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Herbie goes to a hackathon: Mueller promises cheatware fix

John Arthur

Re: Volkswagen is going to spend up big getting rid of its troublesome cheatware

"It is one seriously good hack if they can." If a hack, even a seriously good one, would fix the problem then shirley the hack would have been incorporated in all the cars from Day 1. More likely that this will require the addition of hardware for urea injection into the exhaust which costs money to install and further money in ongoing refills.

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Manchester skeptics annexed in hostile digital power grab

John Arthur
Joke

Re: Rather More Than A "Fault".

One would expect a group like that to be more sceptical/skeptical!

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse isn't imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

John Arthur

Re: Machine translation is always good for a giggle!

When I was working just outside Brussels the hotel had an English version of the menu which had obviously been translated using a dictionary and no intelligence. 13 years on I still remember "Roast Bergylt with St Peter's Shells". It turned out to be baked haddock with clams. Their "wild rabbit terrine" was hare paté and so on. Happy days!

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Google to French data cops: Dot-com RTBF? Baiser ma DERRIERE

John Arthur
Happy

Better translation

I think "baiser mon cul" would be more idiomatic. However you need to remember that "baiser" does not just mean "kiss". It also means "f**k". So go back and read that again!

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Amazon threatens UK with James Blunt, muscles into music streaming

John Arthur
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"in the world of heavily marketed, mediocre pop acts"

Go on, don't hold back. Say what you really feel!

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

John Arthur
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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

I had to look this one up but, yes, you are right. Under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) (amended by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000) it is illegal to release a grey squirrel into the wild, or allow one to escape.

This means if you trap one, you are obliged to humanely dispatch it. You must not let it go as this act would be illegal.

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So tablets, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a laptop

John Arthur
Devil

Re: I know that I'm a bit dim...

"4G worked almost everywhere that we travelled."

Well, you can't have travelled far then!

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