* Posts by Dapprman

376 posts • joined 14 Aug 2008


The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again


Let us not forget that Englebart's pre-ARPA experimentation used mechanical levers in a cabinet.

BTW was it not Joseph Licklider who was a big influence on Englebart's funding and career? - I'm asking as my memories are fuzzy but I first read about the pair and work leading up to the Mother of all Demos back in the mid 1990s, when there was a lot less hype.

I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods


Re: What a knob

Suzy Wolf is a bad example as well if you followed her career - she was just there for PC reasons. I watched her first 3 seasons og DTM, the final one of which included a new rookie driver, Paul Di Resta. During her first season she did well and only did not move up a grade (finishing top of the 2 year old car group) because Mika Hakkinen had come in to the series, taking the only spare place in the top group (new cars), meaning there was no progression up. The next two seasons she struggled, though was not necessarily any slower, she just had better competition at her car level. 4th season Paul Di Resta took a seat in the 2 year old car group. He was considerably quicker, so much so he was beating new car drivers (2 groups higher). To say he was a quicker drive than Suzy Wolf (or Stoddard as she was back then) was an understatement. Note Paul failed in F1 as he was consistently slower in qualifying and races than his team mate Adrian Sutil, who was only a mid paced driver.

Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge...


Re: Good product, questionable quality control

I stopped using Evernote about 6 months ago having used it for around 7 years due to a combination of the QA and also the fact they kept changing how things worked, making it frustrating to use. Additionally the desktop, Android and iOS clients all had different options, ways of working, and functionality, which again made it frustrating to use (I had it running on my personal PC, my work laptop, my android phone and my iPad). I gave up on it and migrated to OneNote. The lack of tags can be annoying, but aside from the version in built in to Windows 10, it's the same on every device. It's also easier to use (believe it or not) and more reliable <twlight zone music>. Actually there's one other area where Evernote is superior to OneNote - sync speed. Evernote syncs a lot faster, or rather does when it works. One of the bugs I got fed up with was failed syncs and version clashes.

BTW I was a paying Evernote user after they brought in the limits on the free account, and have lost none of the flexibility and number of devices by using OneNote.

Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets


Still a solution looking for an answer

I actually do own and use a smart watch - a pebble, but I was aware of what little it really would do for me before I bought it. It works for me. I'm also a geek. makes me a very small sub-set of smart phone user base. For most people out there, smart watches offer nothing, so there's no point to them. Note I consider fitness watches to be a side branch with an actual market, but that group is still small.

Where Apple have managed to get it to work is by playing on their 'luxury brand' image. The Apple Watch has now replaced the Rolex among the younger generations as a sign of 'I have made it', along side the Montblanc fountain pen and the Porsche car. Sure there's plenty of people who get good use out of an apple watch (probably a lot on here) but it's still small fry numbers.

Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re: Have always liked Greggs

Club baguette for me - not much where I work but I prefer that over the Subway, WH Smiths and Costa that are my alternatives

UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech

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While in Japan ....

There are now two commercial cars, not just the Toyota Mirai, but also one from Honda (based on the chassis from their hybrid car), with the latter having slightly greater range and looking like a normal car. Also I seem to remember the aim is to have around 200 hydrogen filling stations around Japan by the time of the Olympics, so over there it is a viable car. As to transporting the hydrogen, I believe that the stations are also the production plants (if I'm wrong, they have been talking about taking that route), removing the risk of transport.

I've also been informed that the hydrogen used by the Toyota and Honda systems does not need to be as pure as used in industry with the result that a lot less power is required to produce suitable quality - which maybe why they can produce at the POS.

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Re: ' Current industrial production of hydrogen gas'

Toyota have already thought about the safety angle in a way many a geek could appreciate. What they did was take a number of full petro...hydrogen tanks from the Mirai to an army range and got them to shoot the sh*t out of them. The tanks happily survived 20mm auto-canon as well as assault rifle and battle rifle rounds, so one would suspect they'd be fine in a collision, or the ricochets from trying to stop Godzilla.

Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit


Miss my old 8110i

To this day it was the most comfortable phone I've ever had or used to hold and to, err.., use.

Tempted by this - use as a phone with an android device hung off it's hot spot for errrr PoG..Ingress (honest guv)

Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf


Re: Kafka lives

Doesn't matter whether the original charges were followed through or dropped, or if he was found innocent or guilty, bail jumping is a completely separate criminal offence and unrelated to the reasons behind the arrest. I still can't believe that the bail holders were let off the hook and not charged the bail money they pledged (which they should have been).

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea


Perhaps the drone was asked to wash it's stored data ...

... and saw a very big pot of water to do it in ....

Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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As a paying Photobucket subsciber ...

I've never been that impressed by their service.

I originally used WebShots, as they were the first photo hosting site where the limit was number of pictures, not data capacity, plus their limit increased the longer you were a member. Think it was +100 photos per month for leachers (like me) and 1000 for subscriber. Alas their business model (prints, mugs, etc) obviously did not work and so they changed their system completely, right down to removing all albums (glad I never paid). I went to Photobucket as they seemed decent and I wanted to keep my flickr account just to my 'arty' shots - I used WebShots for holiday and group photos. Even took out a lower end subscription for more capacity, which I've had for about 4 years now. Always found the website slightly clunky and iOS and Android apps refuse to show photos in the correct order (always doing date reverse), but it worked for my purposes and I could cross link photos to forums if I liked.

Now that little used, but useful functionality has been removed from me it does make me wonder if I should drop my subscription and look else where (I need albums and the ability to restrict access to some - such as for photos from friends weddings).

Oddly enough, for general fomu posting I've always used imgur.com.

Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?


Just spent the afternoon in central London ...

And while getting there on the tube I saw and had 4G, once I got out of Liverpool St Station, around that area (which is always quiet at a weekend) and then around Green Park and Piccadilly, I struggled to get anything above HSDPA, and even then the signal was low.

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now


As a heavy PDA user

Psion 5 every time for me. In fact if there were to an up to date one I'd be very tempted to go for it and just use a choclolate/flip type phone with bluetooth and 3G/4G for a data source for teh PDA. FOr years I've been complaing the newer and more powerful the smartphones become, the more dumbed down they seem to be.

Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Great Phones

I've had mine for about 4 months now. It's not perfect, but I don't regret buying it one bit. There were some initial annoynaces but their own forums had answers for most of them and a certain amount seemed to be the phone not picking up items (such as MP3s) until 3rd party apps did the same.

I did think something fundamental was missing, but after 4 months i can't remember what so it can't have been that important.

On charing - I've found that when charging from a USB port it's no slower than any other phone and when using a plus adapter (such as LG, Samsung, etc provide for you to plus a USB cable in to) the charge rate is again comparable to any other phone, just not as fast as their 'dash charge'.

The only thing I'm not a fan of is the slider - in principal I like it but it feels like a half hearted implementation that trips over itself from time to time. Also you can not set it to be mute but allow music to be played as an option, or specific apps as opposed to the preset list (unless recently changed).

Pokemon Go DDoS claim


I assume the latter. Almost certainly they had up-scaled the Ingress, however I don't think anyone expected it to be the success is has become, especially not so quickly

Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub


Re: "since replaced by a dull McAirport"

If you're doing the Giant Commercial Trap, sorry Buddha, then get a ticket including the monastery restaurant as well. Was superb and even a carnivore such as myself was feeling very content and stuffed on the vegetarian food.

On a different note - about Kai Tak - the one time I flew in to there I was really excited and had a window side seat (alas one in, not the actual window seat). The pilot announced we were on our final path and if we looked out of the windows we'd see in through people's windows, sp we all crammed to the nearest side. From my side of the plane there was a lack of noise, sure you could see buildings 10-20 feet below us, but it wasn't quite what we expected. The other side was full off oos and aahs - turns out, on our final approch route atleast, you only got the 'real' view on one side, and not mine.

These days it's a pretty vanilla airport (actually it's a lot better than that) with a very easy and quick route in to the centre (and as a reapet visitor if you have your octopus card from a previous time it does nto expire, you just need it reenabling and possibly topping up for the MTR)


Re: "...spent the next week languishing in the Excelsior Hotel..."

Lazar is not joking about just how much it's changed from a tourist perspective. Been there 6 or 7 times now, last time was a couple of years back, first time in 10. TST has lost virtually all of it's charm as much of lower Nathan Road is now brand new shiny shopping centres full of designer goods, and as for the old port authority building .....

Still love the place, but much of the old neon is now gone and also a certain amount of the character.

(oh and as I discovered on my previous trip in ~2006, you can't guaranty a restaurant being any good any more due to lots of Chinese eating there - could be mainlander tourists - was caught out once).

Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday


Re: How can I tell if the update is applied? @ JDK

Press the Menu button - you'll see the firmware version at the bottom. It needs to be 3.4.2

I've done mine but still keep getting alerts, so will see what happens tomorrow. I did it by downloading, but still kept getting alerts - I needed to resyn again to get the success file.

Streaming speaker biz Sonos lays offs workers as it finds its voice


@ Lusty

Only the Play 1 is not stereo, they just provided the functionality to use Play 3s as a pair of speakers.

BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Re: Mine's fine

Me too - also SE. Actually got slightly better test figures at present ...

Tesla recalls every single Model S car in seatbelt safety probe


On the surface yes, but it's probably as much down to the litigation situation in the US and the blame game. After all Toyota were fined and sued for a lot over the 'sticky accelerator' yet US official testers failed to replicate the problem. Almost certainly all big businesses based or selling in the US must be aware of this,

Elon Musk unmasks Tesla's Model X – the $132k anti-bioweapon SUV for the 1%


Designing solutions where there's no problem ...

.... how often do we hear established entrepreneurs with serial successful businesses say this is what you should avoid (lots of episodes of Dragons Den for a start) .... falcon wing doors, hermetically sealed cabins ....

The S can get away with it's £90k price tag (yes I know it starts at £58, but try adding those things basic in other cars - I priced one up as there's a Tesla garage round the corner from where I work) as it's targeted at other cars in the same sort of price range. This is up against cars two thirds it's price - it's just too much (assuming a suitable charging network is available to you).

And for those who think the falcon wings solve a problem - have a look at the good old (well not so good in reality) Peugeot 1007 where you have a better solution with no headroom or reach out room requirements.

'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Brings back memories

My father got an 8512 when they were nearly new. I'd used superscript before at school on CBM Pets and 4032s, so this was a revelation. My father used it (or to a greater degree his secretary) for years before it finally gave up the ghost. I remember using it, but can't remember what for as it was pre my university days. I do remember playing LHX Attack Copter on it a lot though.

I seem to remember trying Locoscript on a PC a few years later and it just did not seem the same - maybe it was time, or just that the simple integrated system just worked a lot better with it.

Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway


Quite possibly uses Toyota technology

If you can watch it, the latest episode of Samurai Wheels on NHK World (not available on their own streaming site, but possibly around on YouTube) they cover the Toyota Mirai - the first commercial produced hydrogen powered car. In it they explain how it works, take it for a drive (they find the Mirai heavy, but handles well and has a decent turn of pace, including being able to overtake safely), cover costs - cost per mile works out similar in Japan to petrol (think it was about $90 gave them ~800 KM range).

Also they interviewed the head of the Toyota department behind it - he explained they have created some thing like 5000 patents for the technology, all of which they have made free for others to use to try and help push the technology.

Of course the Mirai is expensive and looks odd/large, but from they way the tanks are positioned I suspect much of that is cosmetic to produce a futurist looking car.

Oh and they talked about crash tests on the hydrogen tanks. Apparently they even shot one up and it still failed to explode.

Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer


Re: Ah those days...

Was airfix cheaper ? It was meant to be more reliable.

I had a set that my father bought when I was born (more a base set and extras) and which I got when I was about 10 (just remember coming down stairs one birthday morning to find it set up). The cars would work with Scaletrix, but were faster - great in a straight line, not so great in the corners when driven by a young teen.

Tesla still burning cash: each car loses $4,000


Re: So?

I've priced them up as there's a dealer round the corner from where I work and various colleagues of mine have gone for test drives. Sure they start at ~£50 but that's a rather basic car - like BMWs and Mercs of old, everything is extra. By the time you start adding sensible options (as opposed to luxuries and bling) your 50k is suddenly 85k+

Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'


Re: The Impact On The Public Was Terrible

Hood possibly failed to change course due to existing damage. I'm not sure where the 3 minutes of battle come from it was actually close to quarter an hour and the Hood had already taken serious damage to the stern including a secondary amo store exploding (AA shells in ready position).

BTW the Bismark's guns were 15" ;)

It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE


Re: Ardbeg already did this in 2011-2014

But being Ardberg they were probably on their second different owener by the time it got back down to earth.

I should point out I am a long term (well ~30 years of drinking it) fan of Arbnerg.

Bill Hicks: 25 years on from the cult comedian's big break


Better live than on video

Saw him at Liverpool University on the Revelations tour. Had no clue who he was but a friend who owed me a tenner had a spare ticket so I went. Laughed so hard it was almost painful. Saw the Revelations video when it came out (and have seen it again since) and it didn't work quite so well. He was one of those comedians who you really needed to be in the audience to get the real benefit of his show.

Was truly a great comedian with an audience.

You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'


Range is good, rate of acceleration is useless

While an extra 70 miles is a very good thing with the uprated battery pack, there is no point in the extra acceleration, and this is coming from a person with a sub 5 seconds to 60, 180 mph car.

The whole point of the big cars (and I have one of those as well) is to get from A to B in total comfort (the Tesla is very comfortable), with minimal fuss, and ideally negligible noise (double glazing works well at that). Sure you need a certain amount of power (actually torque), but that's so you can pull away and overtake smoothly plus get out of danger zones quickly. If you need to be pushed in to the back of the seat then you get a more suitable car that will handle a lot better and be set up for the sprint.

The Empire Strikes Back: Disney tractor-beams StarWars.co.uk from Brit biz

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You beat me to it - without this information Abscissa seem like they are totally inocent and have been done wrong, but to have used the same mechanism themselves against a rival ....

Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?


Re: cars are something

Alfa Romeo for me back in the 1990s, complete with lots of electrical problems - but that glorious (and reliable) 3 litre v6 Busso engine. Don't regret it.

Oh and the Citroen C6 now - and the fact I was considering an pre-facelift Maserati Quattroporte auto (not duo select) ....


Re: The Fat Duck instead of Nando's

I know you're only joking, but it was proven to be norovirus, not food poisoning.

Daisy Group offers to gobble Phoenix IT Group for £133m


Beat me to it

Seem to remember Daisy bought some of the 2E2 parts after that failed, and those had not been profitable.

Messerschmitts, Sinclairs and a '50s living room: The Bubblecar Museum

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Shame they would never pass modern safety requirements

I remember as a young kid a Bond Buggy near me and thinking it looked really sporty. It was another 5-10 years before I discovered the truth.

For me Kei cars have been closer to the mark and (until they almost got taxed out of existence) almost followed the same origins. Was tempted by a Honda Beat once, and I'd still be tempted if I saw a Mazda/Autozam AZ1 in this country going for reasonable money and in good condition.

Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!


Re: maglev is the way to go

"One small issue with Maglev: Cost of infrastructure."

Which means it's not guaranteed in Japan. Much of the bullet train network (btw great trains to ride on) was built on the back of corruption scandals and partly caused the big Japanese financial crash in the 1980s, the after shocks of which are still being felt over 30 years later.

Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship


Re: And the thrid ship

All three were laid down as battleships but the 3rd, the Shimano (note the M) was redesigned to be a fleet support carrier. It was not intended to be a launch platform for attack/defensive aircraft, but rather a floating repair station in support of the 1st carrier division.

The Shimano was never completed, but was launched. She was sailing, unaccompanied round the coast for fitting when she was spotted by a US submarine and torpedoed.

Interesting side note. Anywhere where dimensions for these ships are given are giving misinformation. The exact size was never known, only estimated from photos. The Japanese were so paranoid of spies that they were built in three sections, each with separate plans which were destroyed upon completion. Second interesting note. Rumour of the Yamato and Musashi got out, but not what they were, so the IJN published some launch postcards of two new light cruiser ships (Mogami class I seem to remember) using the battleship names.


Re: AA guns

Musashi/Yamato also had 127mm guns for AA, but you're right about an effective AA defence. It was a weakness of the IJN that was never really remedied.

However, the reason the US did so much better was not doing to number of guns, but the invention of the close proximity fuse, which when used with shrapnel AA shells, proved to be highly effective. The key point was the naval battle at Guadalcanal (first time the proximity fuse was used in numbers), where the IJN aviators caused huge amounts of damage and destruction but lost virtually every attack plane, irreversibly crippling Japanese naval air power.

Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS


Re: Might actually stand a chance of delivering

While the Kickstarter campaign for the refrsh and relaunch has now finished, you may also want to keep an eye open for Unspeakable Words - it went big resulting in the new release partly due to a very favourable review on Will Wheaton's show.

Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe


Re: Kyocera

You needed to go to the old arcade - one of the two famous knife shops is in there - no ceramaic knives though. (and I decided I couldn't justify the cost of what I drooled over).

Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT


Re: Wrong location

Totally agree. Seen one here and it looked out of place - seen a few in Rome, and it looked ideal. In fact I seem to remember Renault were pitching them at Mediterranean tourist areas for use as rentals.


Re: Only 40 years from prototype to production

I used to remember seeing that parked up looking tatty in Berkhamstead when visiting a freind there some 10 years ago - think it was actually based on a small CC petrol engine, not electric.

Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point


Re: A few downsides

It's funny watching owners trying to work out what to do when theirs break down as well - I work near one of their show rooms (West Drayton) and have seen a few with bonnets up and owners/drivers looking in some what perplexed.

For me, aside from what I also consider to be a far too distracting dash board, I think Tesla have missed the mark on this one. While it is a good, stylish looking car, in a slightly bland sense, it's meant to be a luxury cruiser. Getting to 300 mph is just 2.1 seconds counts for nothing, it's all about accelerating/decelerating smoothly and being able to drive in comfort. There's no need for the extreme hyper-car like acceleration - would be interesting to know just how much the range could be extended if this were to be curtailed.

Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this


Re: Looks Good For Dogs

It is.

My next door neighbour, who works for Nissan/Renault UK, got one partly due to their large dog. It is also cheaper to run/maintain than the Nissan Quashqai and Nissan Juke, all three of which have the same chassis. Oh and she felt the Juke was less practical on the inside.

I'm still contemplating the fact I can get the Friends and Family discount on a Nissan GTR ....

Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Happy New Owner Here

Bought mine on a whim just under a week ago for £75 in a 'Black Friday lead up' sale. Was nervous it was going to be a bad impulse buy, but from the start I've not regretted it. Learnt the hard way not to have a seconds hand showing, but now my battery life has grown from just 2 days to 4 days so far with ~1/3-1/2 battery left. Still trying new apps, which won't help energy levels.

Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid


It was the hydrogen station problem that prevented BMW, Mercedes and VW launching their hydrogen powered cars in the 1980s - I believe the research was not stopped, so who knows we might get more options.

'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners


Re: For better or for worse, there are a large number of target shooters who are in their dotage.

Going to reply to this one as Trigonoceps is an obvious gun owner/shooter.

When did the law previously change ? My understanding was that anyone who kept guns at home were open for random spot checks to make sure everything was still secure (i.e. guns locked away, no ammunition onsite (or is it in a different safe location ?)).

From my knowledge nothing has changed, just the tin foil brigade making assumptions - as I said I've posted this reply to a gun owner's response as I'm sure he'll correct me if I'm wrong.

An EMC-HP Borg cube will totally ANNIHILATE its storage worlds


Weren't similar things said before the merger of HP and Compaq ?

Just saying as I have no loyalty to either HP nor EMC. Sure it could be a disaster, but HP have been there before and come out quite quickly smelling of roses.

Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER


Re: Fiat 500?

Almost certainly this will get sportier engines - don't forget the Twingo II was launched with just a couple of semi-asthmatic petrol engines and a slow diesel one. The warm and hot versions came later.

I'm looking forwards to trying one of these. The whole FF layout was all about safety as even an original Fiat 500 or 126 could end up in a nasty/embarrassing spin in the wrong circumstances (I had a rear puncture in a 126 as it was turning a corner - ended up facing the other way as the front spun round). It's a shame there's no front space - I assume this is again due to crash protection

Do wish with we'd got the original in the UK. I occasionally look for a second hand one over here but they command high prices and tend to be suffering from bad rust.


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