* Posts by MJI

5335 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

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I have a Lynx in the tool kit

And know what is happening.

I found a replacement MAF was crap (under reading by 10%) so cleaned and refitted the old one, I fixed an intermittant ABS fault because I could reset all the codes after swapping out the relevant part.

I found the temperature gauge is designed to be vague rather than be accurate.

A code reader is now an essential part of your tool kit.

My OBD port is NOT OBD2 compliant

Aye-aye Eyeo, go safely on your way-o, says German judge

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It is the advertisers fault

TV ads used to be have some good ones, eg Boy & Bicycle, but of course lots of dross, so I FF the adverts stopping to look at good ones. Sorry but if I see some SciFi soldiers attacking aliens on the moon I am going to watch it.

Now to the internet, I never used to block adverts, never bothered me, then they invented pop up adverts, I discovered HOSTS, they use more domains, so ABP gets installed.

Plain banners, do not bother me, side bars, animation, noise, popup, large, just fxxk off

As soon as they abandoned banners I abandoned adverts

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I am really messed up by that, so much so that I cannot watch any TV channel with an animated logo

Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

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What is the point?

Looking for programs, what do you do?

You search the internet.

Oh look an email client, (end up at Mozilla)

Games - Steam

And here is an office productivity pack (Open or Libre office)

And so on, the last thing the average user would do is go to a Windows store

Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Re: The downsides of Landy ownership...

If me, neither, mine has a Land Rover engine, definately not Ford (Transit) nor BMW (the 6s)

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Re: Mungo

Get up and go - it is a TD5 so remap it

Auto raid a D2 for its box and ECUs

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Boot floor fine as it is a D2

But the chassis will go sometime, fine at the moment (one reason I bought it)

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Re: Fuel economy requirements

My Discovery 2 auto is more economical than that!

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Re: Mungo

Just remember the following




And keep it forever!

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Well I reckon good condition Disco 2s will start to appreciate soon.

Nothing too complicated and still pretty user servicable.

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Re: LR 90 to be purchased, here

Hmm 2000, so it has a decent engine then!

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Re: The downsides of Landy ownership...

My 2003 Discovery doesn't normally leak oil.

It did once, just nipped up the canister oil filter a littl emore

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Something about them, but not the latest.

But would I buy a new one?

No. And S/H nothing newer than 2006 either.

I have driven a new one around Eastnor, fun but too many nice things missing. Like a nice engine, and I would have prefered an auto. The new dash felt a bit squashed in as well. That Transit lump is crude and rough, and too many gear changes, does it really need a six speed box?

A few minutes later I climbed into my own car, much nicer, it changes gear itself, the engine is much nicer and it was 10 years older, more room, and still a lot of fun. Cost more when new and a lot less now.

No worse off road and at least it won't smack the front prop shaft into the sump, and I don't get Transit jokes.

For a crude toy I would really like a SIII 109 or a Forwards Control. As to 90/110 Defender there are two periods I would buy happily. 110 V8 or any from 2001 to 2006.

So drive head to head, a brand new one and a ten year old enthusiast owned one, and I think a lot of us would choose the latter.

My car has some of the benefits of a Defender (4WD, similar axles, centre diff lock), but some niceties like climate control, airchair like seats, auto (good off road) and an engine which also worked well in the Defender pre Transitification.

Hmm an auto box from a written off Discovey 2 would fit a pre 2007 Defender!

Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: same with conspiracy theorists

Buzz had the right idea


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A village has

lost its idiot.

Time for him to go home and resume his official position

Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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What are they used for?

They seem like a load of bollox to me.

Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

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I still like the Bora

And that did over 170.

UK.gov confirms it's binned extended Windows XP support

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Re: Perhaps they ran the same as a lot of us.

Yes I do have a more modern OS on as well, but I still have my video editing software which doesn't work with WINE

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Perhaps they ran the same as a lot of us.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Works for me

Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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F1 lost me when

the BBC stopped showing live races.

Just why do I have to pay a licence?

Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Lots of adults like Shawn, one of the best things on the BBC

The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

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Format wars, crap often wins.

I hate it when the crap wins, Z-Wave have just stated their product is crap, whenever you compare yourself to Vhs you are stating that fact.

Blu Ray win was not a quality war but a capacity battle. But DAT became a back up format.

But a lot of us remember the Vhs Beta war of the 1980s, I still cannot understand how Vhs won when it was obviously worse.

My Sanyo HiFi deck was clunky but the picture and sound was excellent, my £800 Sony deck was the best 1/2" home deck I had ever played with and my old Sony portable is still in use for video capture.

I did find on editing that a 3rd gen Beta recording looked better than a Vhs 2nd gen recording. If you like my final copy looks better than the Vhs edit master.

A lot of these old tapes still look good when captured and burnt to DVD

Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: Vulcan has had his day

Only the first one flew, XR220 never got the chance, The production lines were destroyed in rather a hurry.

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Re: Vulcan has had his day

Better spent?

What on?

Only things I can think of would be to get a Concorde back in the air, or one of the two surviving TSR-2 Airframes for their maiden flight.

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Seen it a few times

Just flying over

First time recently we saw this large aircraft in the distance, after some thought, I worked out it HAD to be a Vulcan.

Then more recently it overflew my house 5 times with some small airliners.

Yes just sat in garden and watched

Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Old trick that


And yes I have a scanner, good for listening to fobs to see if they work!

With some they literally fall apart!

UK rail comms are safer than mobes – for now – say infosec bods

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Well done for noticing.

Still the best high power express passenger Diesel there is, 53 years as the best!

Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: Sky...

High bit rate DVDs can look better than much HD sources.

Das Boot looked fine on a 46" HDTV

World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: How about the following?

My home PC is dual boot but I have not done much on Mint.

I need to try to get our software running under WINE, but getting favourite text editors and database editors running would be nice.

Anyway migrating ia always a long task, we started about 15 years ago, niow some of that early Windows stuff needs rewriting!

Some of it was literally cross compiled into console mode programs, but they can be flakey.

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Re: How about the following?

Who is going to rewrite them all?

A lot of authors have retired.

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Re: How about the following?

Not really, some old games are still playable.

Then there are applications not rewritten due to retirement.

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How about the following?

This would be good for me.

A built in 16 bit layer so those old 16 bit programs can be ran

The same layer allows the above to use IP

The command shell allows MSDOS programs to run

The command shell allows above full screen

Do that than XP can die.

There are still too many tools better in MSDOS than Windows, I can run them on anything XP and earlier provided 32 bit.

I still need to keep an XP PC around for the odd task!


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Does that mean it has a long meaningful story?

Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

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No they start well meaning then get power hungry.

Eg Blair.

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Re: Penny Mordaunt FTW

She is one of the ones I was thinking about in a previous message.

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Re: Mmm, Berger

I see what you mean.

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Actually, they tend to eventually, but they all go into politics wanting to better the world

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Re: Conservative Majority again.

>>>>so goodness knows what they might be into

I could well imagine on a few of them.

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Re: voting for your MP based on attractiveness

Didn't have that issue here, only one woman and she was standing for a party I did not want to vote for,

So voted for the best person for the job!

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A few thoughts

A smile improves a picture

One of the listed MPs in the mens list is a woman, (wrong flag ticked)

William Hague is quite popular

My MP is quite high (top 150 men)

Some of those featured would be 100x better than Ed Millipede for his ex job.

And I am still trying to work out which of the women would be the most fun.*

Top 20 17 Conservatives!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of the middle ranking ones are much nicer looking than some of the higher ranking. But then long flowing hair or shoulder length normally looks nicer than short hair.

* List your thoughts on this!

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Time for jokes.

Ed Balls has been on 33627 times!

Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: Transitional period

I had all three with my current car. Hard work steering it and I went throught the fluid like mad. (oil seal fixed it)

Then ABS and TC failed.

New hub and a reset fixed it.

power steering out was worse!

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Re: Break vs. brake

Or my last car when the crank sensor failed, followed by the alternator (yes a coincidence)

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Self Stopping

Last time I had a car with this a new crank sensor fixed it

Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

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Always restricted

I wanted to enter a competition once, from home (as that was how it was set up), but was restricted to US only.

How annoying.

Other competitions for same game also insisted on a particular control method which I did not get on with, two control schemes, the most popular with top end players was not allowed. I do not know why as normal controllers had aim assist, the motion controllers did not.

I was in top 1%

Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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Sorry I find it difficult to get interested

in this class of car.

To me this is the white goods of cars, when people discuss Mondeos, these, Vectras and the like, I actually think choosing a new oven was more interesting*

* Bosch double built under for those interested

Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Oh and I have chatted with someone who has travelled at 152mph on the GWML

A real boffin no less!

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And travel on his railway

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I still think the GWML is his greatest acheivement, still used today with 125mph trains, no realignment needed, just right to begin with.

Also allowed steam to maintain some of the fastest regular schedules in the 30s

And Royal Albert Bridge is a national monument!

Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Re: Someone won against Microsoft

I would rather MS won against Murdoch

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