* Posts by Chris Evans

426 posts • joined 27 Jun 2008

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

Chris Evans

But it reportedly has somethings we don't have!

Many BBC programs are only available on iplayer for a few weeks after broadcast. e.g. iPlayer says about Blackadder: 'This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer' and last week I wanted to watch the first program in the 'Inside no. 9' series only to find it wasn't available despite being broadcast less than three weeks before.

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

Chris Evans

"they may SEEM TO be cheaper ....

There is a very important difference!

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HP Ink says ink sales are down but PC sales are up, up, up!

Chris Evans

Tip!

Even after selecting 'remind me in 50 pages' option on our HP Colour M451DN printing slowed to a crawl. Opening the door to the toner tray, pulling it out and then pushing it back in. Fixed that.

I've lost count as to how many 'remind me in 50 pages' selections I've done and still all colours are printing fine.

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Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10

Chris Evans

Re: -0.8 A clearer option?

Using a full stop as a non decimal separator helps put off potential users. Why not use say a dash or a letter?

So for Release 4 Version 9 Build 2

4.9.2

4-9-2

R4V9B2

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Concorde replacement.

"...hope to debut a new supersonic airliner in 2023"

I do hope that they do get it into service, though I doubt it will happen. There have been many plans for Concorde replacements over the last 30+ years but none have got very far. That is a great pity as delta winged aircraft look beautiful, especially in flight. They are also the only planes that look like they should fly!

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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They don't help their case.

“Three or four cases have gone to prosecution,” Matthew confirmed.

Making statements like that makes them look inept. Either a case has gone to prosecution or it hasn't.

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Virtual monopoly on UK cell towers and TV masts up for sale

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Re: "The truth is that the strong British Pound..."

Yes buying something NOW in GBP is cheap. But the problem for the current owners is that they bought years ago. Any income sent out of the UK will now be lower when converted Canadian Dollars etc.

Whenever there is currency movement there are just as many losers as winners!

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from old electronics

Chris Evans

Re: Calling Tim Worstall

I was going to give you an upvote but then read your last paragraph about athletes, so a down vote it is!

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

Chris Evans

Re: Weigh the coins

"There are ways to make it awkward if you feel really passionately"

I think few people will find the time and effort worth it! Though if you're planning on getting publicity with a view to getting something changed then I can it might work!

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

Chris Evans

Re: @ Lee D

"I can generally type faster than I talk".

I wish I could!

A quick google tells me that "The accepted average typing speed is 41 WPM (words per minute), and professional career typists can exceed 100 WPM"

Also: "..average American English speaker engaged in a friendly conversation speaks at a rate of approximately 110–150 wpm."

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

Chris Evans

Faster capacity?

"one-hundred-times-faster speeds, and one-thousand-times-faster capacity."

Shouldn't that be "Greater capacity"

I realise that there is normally a trade off between speed for an individual user and total capacity.

Or have I misunderstood things?

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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

Chris Evans

Sorry and Welcome back

My condolences on your loss and welcome back.

Almost every day of December I looked your column and was disappointed!

Very glad you have returned, here's hoping for a better 2017 for you.

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Gov claws back £440m for rural broadband

Chris Evans

Re: Super fast 24mb ...

If you hadn't made a typo and had actually written "30Mbps" I'd have given you an up vote!

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Please stop repeating BT's and the Government's lies!

They call it 'Super Fast broadband' but it isn't ,when compared to many other countries. FTTC (BT Infinity etc) is a maximum of 76Mbps. Hong Kong and Singapore already have an 'Average' speed higher than that.

[url=http://www.internetsociety.org/map/global-internet-report/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAkO7CBRDeqJ_ahuiPrtEBEiQAbYupJdjxXSonBF773AFO-VKkQllypAtMGTI4i4_W_3SimuEaAicw8P8HAQ#download-speed-fixed] www.internetsociety.or [/url]

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

Chris Evans

Re: Big John

Who writes the 'sub-headlines' of articles the Journalist or an Editor?

I know the later is the norm for Newspapers but for on-line I suspect it may vary.

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Macbook seized or stolen? But you've set a FileVault password, right? Ha, it's useless

Chris Evans

Why give full details so soon?

I never understand why full details of such vulnerabilities are given so soon after a fix. I wonder how many susceptible computers have yet to be updated. In this case as physical access is required the problem is not massive but why make it easy for hackers?

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

Chris Evans

"from the GPS system work out the wind speed on the surface." How?

"CYGNSS satellites just have receivers. They take their signals from the GPS system [PDF] and use those to work out the wind speed on the surface."

I can see how GPS gives their position and any possible movement but how does that give "wind speed on the surface." Tracking cloud movement is the best I've though of.

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If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

Chris Evans

Re: Remarkable

"It's almost like they only want us to buy through Amazon."

I think some of the regulations have been made with Amazon in mind and were actually trying to restrict them but the result ended up to Amazon's benefit as many other sellers find it difficult to implement. e.g. cross border VAT on digital downloads.

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

Chris Evans

Re: 4.10 later than 4.9?

"It's not a decimal dot, it's a separator!"

Yes I know that, but how many non geeks do?

If geeks want to encourage computer literacy use of jargon and non standard usage of things like the decimal point should be avoided.

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4.10 later than 4.9?

Version numbering can be very confusing for the uninitiated. If you suspect you might need more than 10 versions before incrementing the digit before the decimal place why not start at 4.01?

Getting more people using Linux is a good thing but some people need gentle guidance. The command line is very scary for the uninitiated and whilst very powerful it seems very awkward.

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I was a robot and this is what I learned

Chris Evans

Event capacity?

Whilst I can see using telepresence units as being a bit more efficient at events (you could log in and start the moment the doors open) there is limited capacity on the event floor[1]. Given the saving on travel and accommodation and possibly more importantly time It would be a sort after resource.

So I'd expect market forces to come into apply and you'd have to pay to use one or some other form of distributing the limited resource.

[1] 'Robot wars' could find a new outlet!

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

Chris Evans

Press reporting of Polls

I saw no mention of how accurately (complete with caveats) the poll results were reported! I'm sure that has had a significant effect on the four recent unexpected results (General Election, EU Referendum, US Presidency and the vote in Italy this weekend).

Voters don't seem to like to be told how to vote!

I can't see any politician around the world calling an election unless they absolutely have to or have fixed the result in advance (Russia?)

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

Chris Evans

Most of the creationists I know also believe in evolution! They are not necessarily mutually exclusive, especially if you are thinking of the start. Scientist keep coming up with new ideas about the big bang. AIUI many/most see flaws in the various current theories.

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Banks' bid to board iPhones' NFC chips rebuffed

Chris Evans

Re: They ain't dumb Apple you know

"Apple was happy enough with a tiny percentage"

Figures please?

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

Chris Evans

" Hell, the wildlife are thriving since all the humans moved out."

But how many heads do the cats have!

The Chernobyl_New_Safe_Confinement structure

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_New_Safe_Confinement is some work of engineering! I hope someone makes a program about it. I take my hat off to the designers and builders.

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

Chris Evans

Re: Company law

Great Dilbert!

I always tell people Point one of any Business Plan should be: Make a profit

Otherwise you are a charity or Amazon!

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

Chris Evans

Whitelists don't work.

Well not as they are at present for most people. Some Schools I know adopt a whitelist approach, that just about works for pupils but I often hear teachers complaining it blocks x, y or z! In my work I often visit half dozen new sites each day many are small and I doubt would be on whitelists.

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

Chris Evans
Happy

Brilliant sub heading!

"Unexpected items in the banking area" :-)

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European Commission dangles €374m for low-power exascale research

Chris Evans

ARM?

I wonder if ARM will apply?

IIRC they do have one design centre on the continent!

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ARMed and dangerous, Mate: Huawei slips new Cortex cores into Samsung Note killer

Chris Evans

4,000mAh but how long will that last?

Battery life in normal usage is surely one of the most important specs?

I see no mention of that. If Huawei don't say surely the reporter should point that out.

I'm left presuming it is bad!

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If any idiot can do it, we're heading in the right direction

Chris Evans

Better axiom!

"if your data does not exist in THREE locations, then it does not exist" More than once I've seen someone (including myself) want to use the backup of a file but get confused and copy the later version of a file on top of the old file that you wanted to revert to!

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

Chris Evans

Doing it at home!

I've thought for a while that one way to help achieve partial separation of IOTs this would be to have home routers run two or more separate networks, with the IOT network not having access to the more secure network you put your Desktop and Laptop on. The more secure network could though interrogate the IOT network.

I'm not sure how you'd allow important IOT warnings (The freezer temp is too high) to get through! Maybe via the cloud?

I know some better home routers do offer multiple networks but I'm not sure if it achieves the same end. Not having used such a router or any IOTs.

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

Chris Evans

£4.6m still only a rounding error!

With an annual turnover last year of £41billion £4.6 is not even a gnat bite!

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

Chris Evans

LEDs = Street light polution

Example: The red LED at pedestrian crossings next to the button they press is often brighter than a vehicles rear lights!

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This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

Chris Evans

They've been saying this for the last twenty+ years!

When the TV program Tomorrow's World was on, every few years since the early 1990's they said 'Speech recognition has been unreliable so far but now..."

Whilst it has been improving, it seems to still have a way to go and the improvements appear to be getting smaller. I think it's going to be quite a few years before it is good enough for most people.

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

Chris Evans

Not here it isn't!

" the absolute must-have tool for every adult everywhere." Speak for your self please.

I sit in front of a computer all day and when I get home I have a PC there. When I'm not by a PC I'm cycling, driving or doing something enjoyable. When do I need a smart phone? I hardly ever need to use any of the smart features on mine!

I know there are some people obsessed with their smart phone, mostly their friends are only other phone obsessives!

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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

Chris Evans

I don't understand!

AIUI Rosetta has been orbiting the comet and isn't in a Geostationary[1] orbit so given that the surface is extremely rugged won't it end in up crashing into a mountain side?

[1]I'm not sure geostationary is really the correct term as the 'Geo' bit is of course referring to the earth.

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2,000 year old man found dead near 2,000 year old computer

Chris Evans

Re: Finding DNA could tell archeologists more about the ship and where it came from.

"Still, DNA can tell something about the ship crew and thereby from where it came from."

Not quite, it hopefully will give where that particular individual came from. Whilst probably a crew member that is not a certainty. But it would be a significant part of a big jigsaw.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

Chris Evans

Re: Grammar police alert

I don't think it's wrong but I think in the UK it would normal be written as:

"Apple's reportedly BEEN usING the bag in its stores for a few months now."

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

Chris Evans

Now there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

1st Phone expensive to do. 2nd and subsequent much cheaper.

Yes there was significant time and equipment used to get to the point of being able get at the NAND chip outside of the phone, but now that he has done it. Another phone could similarly have its NAND removed and read comparative easily and I'm sure there are companies who regularly remove such chips without damaging them.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

Chris Evans
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Battery Stapler Horse Fail

Some people seem to think that the multiple words option e.g. "Battery stapler horse" is the way to go. But I saw the XKCD cartoon about this some years ago and tried to memorise it. I've probably seen it two or three times a year since (More often than I visit some websites I have to log into) I've never remembered it yet! If on all the websites I used I had a different three or four word password only a memory champion would be able to remember them. n.b. I note both Alistair and I got it wrong anyway! Its correctbatteryhorsestaple.

Now did I capitalise any letters... what about websites that insist on: numbers, varied case, a low maximum length....

Part of the answer is for websites to not insist on complex passwords unless it is appropriate. I recommend people to use as complicated a system as they can do reliably. I wish I knew the full answer.

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

Chris Evans

Re: The BBC is skint?

Whilst I agree that not all of them probably went first class, I do wonder how much UK government spends funding sports. Remember most of the money 'UK Sport' receives comes from the National Lottery

A bit of research suggests that in 2015 less than £7M came from the government. I doubt the BBC have spent £28M on the RIO Olympics but it might not be far off, given how adept the BBC are at squandering money.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

Chris Evans

Wishful thinking!

"Unless the UK and EU have a really major falling out, the UK is likely to be able to continue to contribute and influence."

That is wishful thinking on two counts, we may or may not have a nasty divorce but I can't see our influence being anything other than significantly reduced

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SSP to PERMANENTLY shutter mega-outage bit barn

Chris Evans

"disappointment "?

"Once again, we would like to express our disappointment about the delay, "

Most of the apology seemed appropriate buy the word 'disappointment' really does sound right to me.

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YouTube breaks Sony Bravias

Chris Evans

Apology fail

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,”

Should be

“We apologise for THE inconvenience this may cause,”

saying ANY sounds like they are trying to downplay things and will really grate with those affected.

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'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

Chris Evans

It's like..

Asking for unusual BSOD situations is like shooting fish in a barrel. Think of almost any conceivable place and it will probably have happened given the ubiquity of Windows and of BSOD.

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That Public Health study? No, it didn't say 'don't do chemo'

Chris Evans

Headline writers!

I frequently read articles and find the headline wasn't just way of the mark but actually the opposite of what the article stated.

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ARM moneymen OK buyout

Chris Evans

I have a soft spot ARM but!

I was an Acorn dealer and sold the first ever computer to use an ARM CPU, the Archimedes (I still selling them now into the retro market). When ARM was established it was owned 30% by Apple, 30% by VLSI and 40% by Acorn. At the time some of the Acorn share holders were probably not British. Recent reports have said 70% of ARM shares were owned by non UK holders. So it is isn't as a significant change in share ownership as a lot of people think. What will happen regarding paying tax and for employees remains to be seen. Employees may vote with their feet but they are a very bright bunch and maybe they will start up another company that can be sold for £24bn, though it did take ARM 26 years!

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

Chris Evans

More info please!

I lot well explained about what went wrong but very little about how "NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN)." was used. I think it means that DSN managed to pick up the weak signals that tell them the current status. What will be really interesting to know is do they think they can send commands to bring it back more under control and how will they do that!

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