* Posts by MJI

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Excellent article

I reall enjoyed reading it.

Now for my thoughts.

For that sort of power and torque I think you are much better off with a torque converter, they seem to cope with high power a lot better than a clutch. As an example the old Diesel Hydraulic locomotives would put 1350bhp through a torque converter.

This would provide a lot better operating environment for the transmission.

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Reverse diffs

My cars front diff runs backwards, as they use same diffs both end

Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: Love porthemmet

Ant Cove?

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Re: Porthemmet

Very clever one that and you can tell two or three of the sources of it. Heavily based on Kynance.

There is one beach I know of, difficult to get to, but it is on a flooded valley and seems almost tropical.

One of my favourite parking places is at the cliff top car park between Poldhu and Gunwalloe, another is the car park at Pendennis Head.

That whole area is my favourite place.

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Re: half and an hour? And bring back the barbeques.

Actually last time I had Anne's pastys they were not that nice, but then I don't think she makes them anymore herself.

Rowes were nice, the St Kevern bakery ones were average. Ended up getting Rowes mainly as they are everywhere including the supermarkets.

And yes I did bring back a crate of Rattler.

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half and an hour? And bring back the barbeques.

Do you mean half an hour to Falmouth?

Also at Roskilly's demand they bring back the summer barbeques, much nicer than the stuff they serve now.

Thin pizzas or a nicely barbequed steak?

RNAS Culdrose cafe isn't bad, a litttle shop there as well. A model aircraft factory nearby.

Some great pubs with local drinks.

There is a good hot drink place at Mullion Meadows, also a chocolate factory.

Not giving away any more places, don't want them all overrun!

But I can think of some excellent beaches near by! At least 5.

BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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Who developed the BT boxes?

Were they independantly developed?

BT USED to be pretty good technology wise, in fact in some things world leading if you include GPO.

Are they still good?

Finally is this why I have had drop outs in my broadband in the last week?

(On BT Infinity)

BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Selfishness

Haven't got one any more so I think I will drive instead.

No idea how fast it will go but I reckon about 100, brick aerodynamics do not help. But not as fast as that on the rough!

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Re: Selfishness

Horses scare me, horse at gallop 100x more scarey than 150 on a bike.

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Re: Political Bias? - "rich and porky Tory MPs"

Yes but put together they are still smaller than Cyril Smith.

In fact Cyril Smith looked like he had eaten Eric Pickles whole.

Like my fat list

Those ill thin ones, Stick insect, Thin, Normal, Overweight, Fat, Obese, Darts Player, Darts Player eater.

I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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One car has to be removed from the last.

The Range Rover is still a very competent off roader, as I found out last year dviving around Eastnor Castle.

Also drove a D4 and a Defender. BTW was not keen on the new Defender engine, I prefer the pre 2008 lump.

X series - bland, ML no thanks, Q no.

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Re: Agree about BMW drivers.

Sounds odd.

Subaru drivers here are more likely to be wearing blue anoraks and humming the theme to the BBC Rally programme.

They also will be fans of both the late Richard Burns and the late Colin Mcrea

Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

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So boring

I could not think of a single reason I would want that

Businessman takes Google to High Court to block online abuse from search results

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Mr Bean

Yes I did see that.

I can imagine it now.

Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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I would kill the VAX first time I used it

With water

Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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Re: and 99.9% of Sky channels could be done away with.1

No they would do the sensible thing.

Freesat HD

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Re: Sodding Pace - now permanent shitlist members

Perhaps Humax are best of a bad bunch then?

Pace though - they have burnt me too many times

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Sodding Pace - now permanent shitlist members

I had it out with them. I had a Pace Twin PVR, worked fine until DSO, hardware is 8k compliant but the software isn't. (I could watch but not record).

I phoned them up. Managed to get through to an engineer.

He basically admitted that they could fix it but did not want to spend the time nor money fixing it.

Good news for Humax I feel, as they are the only PVR manufacturer I have used who have NOT let me down. I had a nice chat about their models recently and will be getting a HD Freeview PVR from them soon.

So if anyone from Pace is reading, due to having to bin £450 of your crap, OK a DTVA and a Twin you are on my shitlist and I will NEVER buy anything of yours again.

Humax are always helpfull, I had an early Sony IDTV and they were helpfull, 3 visits to get everything working perfectly including OnDigital. So please note now have Sony LCD panel and my Humax collection will get bigger.

Anyway a 20GB USB dive is usefull and the 100GB I replaced it with is now in a home PC.

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Those transmitters

Put out some serious power. I was having a look to see if Sutton would be affected.

Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Well I thought

Zed launcher and it will stay that way.

As to US spelling, quite often the wrong spelling means that you cannot pronounce them properly.

Think how we say colour, that u is essential for the way you say it.

Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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Re: Sony

I already have my suggestions for the media bosses and they would not like it.


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We have 6 Sony games devices connected to the internet, I don't think it will reach a PSP, nor all the Vitas*. But the 2 consoles will be.

* Teenage boys 2, me 1

** Hmm some mobile telephone game (then on a N8), or Killzone Mercenary and Tearaway, easy choice.

And PS4 BBC Iplayer is horrid!

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Lots of people own consoles

Quick poll here

6 households.

1 has a Roku

3 have a PS3 (one of those a PS4 as well)

Far Cry 4 review: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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I liked 2 a lot.

I was not a fan of Jason Brody. At least in 2 you could choose a character.

But out of the lot Blood Dragon is simply fun.

I will get FC4 when it dips below £40

Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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My wife set up an account for me for faceache game reasons

And I never use it, I just connected up my PSN account so everyone who follows me or whatever the **** it is called knows when I get a trophy.

Oh and that share feature is so usefull for filling faceache up. I use it on Destiny while waiting for public events. So you get a nice view of the Mothyards.

I checked it recently some unread messages from last Christmas!!!!!!

Microsoft exams? Tough, you say? Pffft. 5-YEAR-OLD KID passes MCP test

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The qualification name

Makes me think of Male Chauvinist Pig

BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Can we have it on Fridays?

I keep missing them on Monday

VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: There is at least one upside to vinyl.

But CBS later Sony Music are the section which hurt the WHOLE companies reputation.

The head office should have insisted that the root kit morons (I wonder if that was same people) commit Hari Kari.

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Re: What next?

VHS needs to die permanently as the second worse video format ever (only CVC was worse) I detest it.

I have used N1500 format as well!.

I still use a VCR but it is inside my video camera and records using MPEG2 onto Mini DV tapes in HD.

As to music I have in working condition play back for

MiniDisc, CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, HiFi VCRs. And in now broken my turntable and my cassette deck (with Dolby B and C).

Vinyl could sound good with decent kit.

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Cable elevators

Some nonsense then total sense.

Keeping speaker cables away from power cables is sensible, as it keeping signal cables away as well.

But antistatic stands !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: There is at least one upside to vinyl. Phil

Actually some VCRs (Sanyo and Sony) ignored the messed up signals and recorded as well as they could.

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Re: Macraprovision

Which Sony VCRs totally ignored to my amusement.

Copied a couple of rental DVDs this way

Shoot to THRILL: Assassin's Creed: Unity and Halo: Master Chief Collection

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Re: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Seeing Insomniac on a MS console must be as weird as seeing Bungie on a Sony console.

But then Fuse was disappointing, All for one was well definately no Crack In Time. But I did like Resistance 3.

However we need more good games regardless of platform.

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Re: Watch Dog

No I played part of it on PS4, still crap driving controls, boring story and annoyed me.

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Re: I used to like AC

I may one day but still enjoying Destiny, then I will be onto FC4 if it is any good, then I will want Order 1886 and UC4.

The AC loving son though wanted ACU on his gaming PC but it is not available so does not know what to do.



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So basically the AC fan son cannot play the new game as it has been removed from sale.

So what is wrong with the PC version?

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Re: IWatch Dogs

Got bored after a few hours not touched since.

Luckily a boy had bought it and not me, Currently on Destiny - much more like it.

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Re: I cannot read anything about HALO,

I have also wondered why they keep on about Master Chef as well, but I think of that funny accent chap rather than Mr Slaphead.

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I used to like AC

But never even finished no 3

My favourites was the first, followed by AC2

VXers Shellshocking embedded BusyBox boxen

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You do know that?

This is a time some Vauxhall Owners use for themselves

The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Previous model

A family near us has a couple not sure which badge, but they are pretty distinctive. They are all Aygos to me.

Citroen Aygo

Peugeot Aygo

Toyota Aygo

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Re: Four adults?

No problem DInklage can go in the glove box, and hack the traffic lights while the driver gets attacked

Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: Pirate TV

I actually wanted better than PAL and was rather annoyed by the success of Sky to the detriment of BSB. Yes I have seen analogue Sky, not impressed.

Now we have MP3 being sucessful and SACD DVD-A virtually disappearing

Broadcast HD being a bodge (too low bit rate, too many moronic logos.)

Quality never wins.

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Never used the Bs

Dropped the better technical system. Not a merger but a close down of a good system for a worse system..

Never used them, never will.

EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Would you use an airline?

Funny I am sure I read a few years ago the pay was pretty poor? However it was definately a budget airline.

Anyway thankyou for correcting me.

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Re: Would you use an airline?

Quite a few of us are on average wages and not high wages.

What sort of pilot are you going to get when you do not pay enough to buy a house say near London?

New ones, ones sacked from other airlines, and so on.

Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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A few points

1) Lumia would be a better brand name on a phone than Microsoft.

2) I do like the older Symbian Nokia phones, I found them easier to use day in day out than my current Android.

3) I prefer the old N8 to most modern phones, may be few apps, but it was nice to use and had a good camera.

One day there will be a perfect phone OS, from who, no one knows.

Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: No way to force?

I was saved by my HOSTS last night, for various reasons I had the popup blocker disabled, (wife doing surveys - she makes a few hundred a year doing this), suddenly 4 FF windows and some yank wanker waffling away.

Killed, added more domains to hosts, found it was an attempted incredibar install, why do AV companies not block this?

My HOSTS is getting very large, I even used to have Facebook in it!

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Re: Secure Channel bug - does this affect XP ?

Just see if it is patched for Server 2003 or XP embedded.

Microsoft thinks my legally purchased XP Pro SP3 is XP embedded.

Yes the PC is a Triggers broom

The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: The laptop and desktop are dead.

RAILWAY station thankyou.

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Re: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Video editing.

A decent MPEG encoder used to take a day to encode two hours for a DVD on highest quality settings. A new PC greatly sped this up and I think a large part was going from IDE to SATA.

Now I handle HD, even the quad core plays up sometimes, but I do get the odd issue with strange frame behaviour (Editing MPEG2 if I insert an image it reencodes all teh MPEG2 and then messes up lip sync).

Gaming does appear to be a constant power battle, Good rooom heating though!

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