* Posts by Ade Vickers

12 posts • joined 3 Oct 2008

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen

Ade Vickers

From the advert video...

@50 seconds approx:

“And when you open it, the content moves seamlessly (I see what you did there...) to the inside screen”

#flips open screen from camera view

#Inner screen shows something completely different.

#moving on...

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

Ade Vickers

“If I was looking for a new car, I would consider electric, but only if it fit my requirements for the car it replaced, and nothing I've seen meets my needs”

On the upside, as you’re not looking to replace for ~10 years (unless petrol/diesel prices shoot up dramatically?), by then EVs will be better, cheaper, and there’ll be a ton more infrastructure to support them... Waiting is a sensible game, but equally we need the early adopters to iron out the glitches and drive the demand for infrastructure.

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Re: CO2 is not the problem

“just another scheme to redistribute wealth from the poor to the rich”

You would think that, with these myriad schemes the “rich” have to fleece the “poor”, that all the poor would be dead from starvation and homelessness by now... the fact it just hasn’t happened suggests this is more a political dogma, than it is a fact.

Ade Vickers

Re: Lithium Ion Is not the answer

The new Corsa e goes on sale next year for around £25k. It will have an 8 year warranty, so if you work really hard at it, you could find out how many miles your battery pack is good for, completely without financial risk.

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

Ade Vickers

Can't believe this is causing an argument!

Tsk, people are missing the point badly here. Plus I can't believe there's this much argument about it!

The defining feature of a Full English Breakfast is that, with the sole exception of the mug of tea (refillable on demand preferably), is that it can be entirely cooked in a single frying pan loaded with approx 1/2" deep molten lard.

This automatically rules out:

- Poached, boiled or scrambled eggs - they all have their place, and it's not on an English Breakfast plate.

- Plum tomatoes (unless you're bold and have skin like leather, boy to those fellas spit)

- Hash browns (a Colonial treat - but not at breakfast time)

- Baked beans (also a colonial import)

- Absolutely anything green

You may, if your frying pan is not sufficiently large, substitute all but 1/2 slice of fried bread with toast, generously spread with real butter, and left to soak in. This will be used to mop up the leftover lard & any sauces you may have applied later.

The perfect breakfast IMHO: Fry all of the following in the same pan - Bacon (smoked back bacon, cooked until tender, never crispy), sausages, eggs, bread, mushrooms, black pudding, a whole tomato halved, white pudding if available. Any possible arterial damage is addressed with several cups of strong white tea.

Slack vs. Skype

Ade Vickers

Why oh why....

...does it have such a stupid name?

GALACTIC YO-YO: Doctor Who’s trips to Earth... and beyond

Ade Vickers

Lack of ambition

Personally, I think the whole Earth-centric thing was a bit of a mistake. Dr Who is supposed to be SciFi/SciFantasy. By setting the wilder stories off-planet, one didn't get into the tedious hassle of "well, THAT didn't happen" which plagues the reboot; and frequently the only thing that's actually dated are the special effects/props/acting...

Mind you, I also mourn the lost art of the cliff-hanger. For me, as a child of the Tom Baker era, the 3-parter was a classic format that every single week left you wanting more. Today's American-friendly 45 minute episodes with only the very occasional cliff-hanger are nothing like as edge-of-the-seat.

Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

Ade Vickers

Re: What has this got to do with a Supernova?

""Finally, it is arguable that the Manchester device was the worlds first programmable digital logical computer, rather than a calculating machine which is what all previous devices were (and mostly analogue)."

Argue away..."

Well, Colossus couldn't be reprogrammed without re-wiring it, so it wasn't a programmable digital logic computer", whereas the Manchester Mk1 (which STILL preceded the Americans) was.

That is not to say that Colossus wasn't an absolutely amazing achievement & Tommy Flowers' statue should be in Trafalgar Square.

Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

Ade Vickers

Re: I've got a favorite reason to upgrade to Office 2010 at least

Have they fixed it so you that formatting no longer randomly changes, fails to take effect, or just completely and utterly breaks your e-mail yet?

Massive bugbear with OL2003: Trying to reply in-line on an HTML-formatted email is a bit like nailing your penis to the ceiling: Basically impossible without a lot of screaming and bloodshed.

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Missing the point...?

It seems to me, the biggest PITA in any Office upgrade (since 2000) is that Outlook becomes bigger, slower, and less reliable every single time.

I still use Outlook 2003 and it mostly doesn't crash. My boss uses OL2010 and it crashes frequently. Both OL2003 and OL2010 are capable of reducing the most powerful supercomputer ever built to its digital knees if you have the audacity to ask it to go find an e-mail; although OL2003 will still return the results quicker.

I hate outlook with a passion, but until I can find an e-mail client which will seamlessly manage my calendar as well as allowing me to write a macro that changes ebay.com to ebay.co.uk on incoming e-mails..... I'm stuck.

Red supergiant Betelgeuse heads for SMACKDOWN with 'dust bar'

Ade Vickers
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Re: What has this got to do with a Supernova?

Tsk, didn't you ever watch Blake's 7? All these sorts of questions were answered. In short, travelling through dust clouds is widely regarded to be a Bad Thing, and often causes explosions.

Roll up for the freetard smackdown

Ade Vickers
Paris Hilton

Ooops

"*For the record, neither Andrew nor El Reg will make a penny from this."

That was a bit careless, wasn't it?

At least ask for beer tokens next time...

Paris...because she wouldn't do it for free.

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