* Posts by Timmy B

662 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011


Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

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I recon...

A centralised scheme that companies opt into that is responsible for blocking sites. You're Nike and you want fake Nike trainers sites blocked you pay for access to the service for registration of sites blocked as the result of court orders and then ISPS check that service for free. Easy. That way anyone has fair access. Dammit governments if I can come up with these ideas, anyone can!

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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Re: Answering a few points in the comments...

"All of the pro-EV ideas here only make sense while EVs are a tiny minority. None of them scale to full use, due to tax or practical infrastructure issues."

I agree and in may ways we are benefiting at the moment. I say that we should and will need to pay tax of some sort and that it is not maintainable long term like it is. It would nave to be far in excess of the current system to make it more expensive, though.

I'll bet you got a subsidy, and the "fuel" is charged at domestic 5% VAT, not road fuel VAT+duty of "61%. Remove the subsidy and price your electricty at the same per km as petrol or diesel, as must happen long term, and the cost wil be the same."

We didn't get a subsidy as we bought an ex-demo. I agree about VAT and tax as above. It will need to be changed or we'll have loads of car users paying no money to maintain roads.

"But they can't produce the same amount of power as the 'classic' methods. If all cars were EVs the UK would need to double it's annual electricity production to charge them. Can't be done with today's green technology."

Agreed - but I am an anomaly in that I am an EV driver that likes nuclear power....

"Double the range means double the energy stored in the battery. Inevitably that means double the charge time, or double the charge rate. "

No - a charge for newer versions of my car are the same as ours in terms of time. Improvements in efficiency and battery technology are helping loads - you will, of course, pay more.

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Re: Answering a few points in the comments...


We didn't get the £5K grant as we didn't buy new - we bought an ex demonstrator.

We paid for the external charging port - it cost less than the last service for our old car.

So taking all that into account has already been done.

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Re: I've been pointing this out for years.

@Jake: "The pro-EV set always shouts me down ..."


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Answering a few points in the comments...

Our EV works out cheaper by far than the car it replaced. We pay less now including the repayments for the car and all fuel and servicing, etc. than we did for just the fuel on the car it replaced. The EV does very similar miles to the old car.

There are suppliers of electricity that are committed to only using greener methods, such as ecotricity in the UK. They are a little more expensive but even factoring this effect on the anual bill in, the EV still works out a little cheaper than just the fuel of the car it replaced.

We can pick and chose when the car charges. We can decide to charge it in the wee small hours negating the effect. I think that suppliers may offer EV rates where this promoted. If you have off peak tarrifs then this works out cheaper anyway.

Ranges, whilst still not up to scratch, are increasing each year with the latest model of our EV coming out this year able to do double what ours can (purchased 2016). I would say that unless you never do trips less than 50 miles you still can't currently run an EV for all journeys or have it as your only car, as you can't always depend on there being a functional charger at the destination. But this is slowly getting better.

A lot of people do need to get used to the idea that in the lifetime of many readers the only car you can buy will be something that doesn't burn fosil fuel.

Customers reporting credit card fraud after using OnePlus webstore

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"Spyware on the phones, CC fraud if you buy one, not that cheap any more, poor after-sales support."

This is why I didn't get a 3T or 5. It's a bit sad really as the 3 is an excellent phone.

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Re: It's an OS not an Ecosystem

I think, actually, that it's you that doesn't get it. The average user does want an ecosystem. They want something to manage their photos, browse the net, do some emailing and some word processing, and watch some entertainment.

If all these things could be done in one place then they would only go to that one place. This is why tablets are so used. They do all this thing in something you can easily carry about. People only have tablets because their phone screens are too small.

If MS could get all the above things that 90% of the people do 90% of the time done well in something they could easily use and afford then people would buy it. MS know this and this is what they are trying to do. So do Google, and Amazon and Apple and Facebook. Everyone is trying to make a one stop ecosystem for the 90%

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: CGI is killing sci-fi

I am just old enough so that I can remember my Dad taking me to the first Star Wars all those years ago. What I see comparing those distant memories to today is this; Once kids went with their parents to see a film that was made for both and now it's kids taking their parents to see a film made for kids. The Last Jedi and the Force Awakens have only had good reviews from people I know who took their kids and their kids loved them.

Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

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Am I the only one wondering....

... what happens if they put that sticker next to a toaster?

Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

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Re: Which version of Windows 10

I agree - I just installed an MSDN copy of 10 Pro and no sign of it there. I can only find references to the original story. Do we have any 3rd party sources to confirm this? There is a Keeper enterprise that seems to be able to install keeper automatically. I wonder if this is actually what happened.

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"Genius, I tell you!"

It took me all year but I finally came up with the good ideas....

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"This could all be avoided if you just use the same password for everything and keep it on a post it note on your monitor."

I am far more secure. My passwords are all Pa$$w0rd. So easy to remember I don't need to use a post it note.

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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@AC... "Grow up and stop being such a whiny fucking snowflake."

Irony is that this is what I think when I read most of what Kieran writes.....

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Re: Well Article'd

"But I maintain that there is a significant difference between watching twenty two top athletes working as two teams with talent, determination and occasionally breathtaking skill"

That would work if that's what football was. I only see a couple of dozen prima-donnas worried about their haircuts and how they look then falling over and crying foul when somebody goes too close to them. And that's from watching highlight programs to get the "best bits". It's like a fashion show where occasionally something almost like a sport accidently appears.

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: There is no such thing as a zero emission electric car...

Indeed - well done for the B5 - but it's an a not an o. But I suppose he'd actually like you getting it wrong as it's kind of expected....

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"There is no such thing as a zero emission electric car..."

You know that's not what is meant by zero emissions. It is shorthand for "The driving motor/engine of this car produces no emissions during normal running" and to act like it doesn't is a bit dishonest really. As a consumer society Everything we do produces waste and emissions of course but that's not what is meant - and you know it.

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Not quite sure what you mean about Nest...

There is a whole load of Nest stuff showing when I search Amazon including items "Recommended By Amazon". This is a pest, though as one of the reasons I have a Fire TV stick is to watch YouTube. Not the end of the world as I got the Fire for free.

Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

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Is it only battery life...

... that makes these different from other i5 based SSD 2 in 1 laptops? I can get very similar for a couple of hundred pounds less and the only thing that's different seems to be battery life. I'd also get better performance without the emulation. If all you want to do is a little browsing and word processing and youtube then one of the really really cheap convertibles would do the job and you'd save £500 - some of these have data too. I got an atom based Surface 3 for £250 that can do all that.

Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

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no more leds!

"The smart plug glows a low purple when not turned on and a brighter green when it is"

I am fed up with everything having to have bloomin lights on it. Some things have more than 3. I understand if it's a standalone device but If I have something plugged into a plug then the thing plugged in being ON will let me know if the plug is on or I can use the big tablet thing to tell me. Any smart device with an led should give me the ability to turn off said led.

Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams

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RE:" I always wished for a Dr Who meets Sapphire & Steel episode, alas, not to happen..."

Quiet - keep it down. The last thing we need is some American broadcaster hear you and we get a Sapphire and Steel US remake.....

Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

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huawei and honor updates...

...have been terrible. We have devices by both in the house and whilst they are great value neither has had an update for months - and not for the life of the product so far when it comes to the honor. This is pretty poor and really terrible when you consider my oneplus 3 has been getting updates pretty much every month.

I don't think I'll ever spend premium supplier prices again but will not be buying honor or Huawei again.

Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

@Voyna i Mor

"Downhill yes, but the energy consumed in braking usually exceeds the rate at which it can be fed back to the battery."

No. Under breaking or going downhill we can generate charge for the battery in our leaf. On one part of one journey we do a long hill and will generate visible charge on the meters.

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

@ Missing Semi...

"There is no "free charging". YOU don't pay - WE do!."

Unless it's in a shop car park or provided by my car manufacturer or in a commercial car park.

And I do pay - I pay taxes too.

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Re: Free Lunch while you Charge?

@Stuart 22

Wasn't extoling the virtues of the free charging - and a lot of it is in places like supermarkets where the shop provides it as perks. In fact I mostly use ones in Sainsburys. I'd be daft not to use it if it's free. One day it won't be and we will all drive EVs and all pay tax. But for now I'll take any free stuff. Motorway service stations are a good example - they used to be free but now you have to pay a similar mile per pound cost to that of ICE.

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

@Not also known as SC

I agree with a lot of that. And it all adds up to why we've got the Leaf on PCP. It's all a bit of a wild west as far as EVs are concerned here in the UK and we could either go the Norway way and have them well supported by government and infrastructure or we could end up with them so taxed that they become too costly to drive. I wonder what way the UK government is likely to go? For sure once we're all driving electric there will have to be tax in place of some sort - perhaps according to battery size and power output - a zoe pays less than a tesla.

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Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

Your calculations ignore some things.

You are ignoring some technologies that exist in electric cars that affect your maths. Regenerative breaking has quite an effect in our Leaf - something that doesn't exist in ICE cars. Also we can pick and choose the time of day the car draws power meaning we can take advantage of late night tariffs. We can also use free charging that is available in some places. If you have an EV then you would be daft to charge it from a standard 13amp plug all the time - we have a wall socket that does 32amp. We traded in a similar sized car for out Leaf and once you include tax, fuel prices, reduced prices for MOT and servicing (so much less to service or go wrong on an EV) we a saving iro £20 a month. That may not seem much but that INCLUDES the payments for a brand new car..... (and before you ask - we do the same miles including a daily 60 mile commute).

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Jake ...

@Prst. V

re: "I always assumed that the "killed by own weapon" stats were...."

You'd be wrong.

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Re: Presumably, Jake ...

@Richard Jones 1

"Yes they nearly do, since the nominal holders of many 'self defence' weapons end up being killed by their own weapons I guess the guns must fire themselves"

They are not killed by their own weapons they are killed by themselves using their own weapons. the weapons don't up and fire themselves. They are either fired deliberately or accidentally by a person. I suppose it is possible that a weapon could fail due to corrosion or defect and fire if kept in a cocked position but very highly unlikely and the person who left the gun cocked would be the one at fault.

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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Re: EV & Driverless

@AC RE: "Yup. Expensive toys for rich people. Case example: Tesla."

No. We have a Leaf and it does SWMBOs commute every day @30 miles each way. Whole of life resource use puts EVs at between 65 and 85% of a ICE depending on comparisons. We have a leaf and as they have had no battery fires IIRC. As for comparing cars to phones..... well....

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"The best indicator of actual road usage (including damage done etc) is the rate at which tyres are replaced on a vehicle"

no. The best measure of road usage is how much road is used. Some types of tyres last longer and some don't What if a tyre gets damaged after 50 yards? Daft.....

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Re: Make Road Tax simple....


No. Duty on fuel is a duty on the amount of fuel purchased. Different cars and even driving styles use different amounts of fuel per mile. Miles are a constant. You would charge the same per mile covered for cycles as for cars. Weight has nothing to do with it as the wear on the road is only a part of the road tax, you have road signs, maintenance and policing amongst a whole load of stuff.

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Re: Make Road Tax simple....


"That's how you get personal, constant GPS tracking and a police state where you can't even go to shop without being tracked. And you know what? You, as the car owner, pay the tracking equipment, through the nose."

errr. no. we just track miles. All cars have a system for doing this now. They track how many units of leccy you use but don't know what you're powering. Just improve the security of milometers.

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Make Road Tax simple....

Remove duty from fuel and charge based on miles driven. All road users should pay for the upkeep of roads and this tax should be ring fenced. It's that simple. This includes cyclists btw. Cyclists are one of those effected most by poor road condition so they should want to pay for the upkeep of roads.

US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: Gun Control you say?


"Yes you can. You can legislate the definition of "militia" to clarify it means members of the National Guard while officially deployed. "

But the supreme court has already ruled on this deciding that the second amendment is irrespective of the militia part. http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment2.html

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: the vast majority of terrorist incidents world wide are linked to Islam

To voland

"You would be surprised by how many people in western countries would like to introduce these."

Not many as people in these places tend to vote in their laws and none of them have voted these in. But religious dictatorships are another thing....

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Re: the vast majority of terrorist incidents world wide are linked to Islam

"Or you could say the vast majority of terrorists incidents world wide are linked to western imperialism. "

The majority of Islamic terrorist actions worldwide are not against western countries. That kind of makes your point silly.

How many western countries currently have the death penalty for apostasy or homosexuality or adultery? The issue here isn't big bad imperialists. It is a incompatible difference between Islam and western ideals.

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Re: er...

RE: "why are you assuming he's a 'jihadist' exactly?"

Because on balance of probability, being that the vast majority of terrorist incidents world wide are linked to Islam, then it's most likely that's the case here.

You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: A precedent they've made without knowing

"They've paid Cellebrite to unlock the iphone last time."

I keep reading that as "They've paid Cenobites to unlock the iPhone last time".... More effective or not?

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Re: The reports so far with some editorial....


"Without easy (designed for killing people easily and rapidly) gun access those people would still be alive."

We've not seen any instances where people have driven cars or trucks into groups in order to kill, have we? The issue is that we have people that somehow and in some way have grown up thinking that killing other people is a resolution for their problems. How we deal with this is not an easy thing and likely beyond us as a species right now.

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Re: The reports so far with some editorial....


"premeditated" - you keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I have not decided (though I live in the UK where firearms for defence are not allowed so this is a little hypothetical) before hand that I will kill people with my firearms. I have decided that if I had to I would. The same as if I had to mow someone down with my car to save other people I would. That does not mean I have premeditated intent to kill. My intent is to never have to harm another human being as long as I live. I would if I had to but I don't want to.

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Re: The reports so far with some editorial....

"If you choose to own a weapon primarily designed to kill people the you are demonstrating premeditated intent to .... errr .... kill people."

no no no no no

If you chose to own a weapon designed to kill people you may be demonstrating the ability, as a last resort in defence of person or property, to stop people doing you harm. I own a computer and have the skills and ability to do harm with it - does that mean I have a pre-meditated intent to do so? I own knives and tools that make me an proficient butcher - does that mean I intend to butcher people? I own firearms - does that mean I intend to shoot people?

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Re: The reports so far with some editorial....


Shit. The world must be coming to an end. A post of yours I agree with. But then I am a rare beast being an active UK hunter and gun owner. I don't personally own one but I do know other UK hunters, particularly in pest control, that use semi-automatic 22 rimfire. This is when a semi is useful in hunting. When there is likely several targets to be had in quick succession.

KRACK whacked, media playback holes packed, other bugs go splat in Android patch pact

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Re: I will never buy another adrioid device which doesn't ...

"Huawei bragged about how great they were going to be with firmware updates"

My other half has been stung by this. Never going near them again. Oneplus are the polar opposite. I get an update nearly every month. Running my OP3 for well over a year now - on android 8 with September security.

Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

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With profound apologies to Latin scholars (I used google translate)

Surely it should be "specialis disputatio"

or SPG for short - small rat like mammal

it's obvious.

Google on flooding the internet with fake news: Leave us alone, we're trying really hard... *sob*

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@tom dial - you have it right...

I see google as a massive card index to a library. They help you find information in the area that you are looking for. It is then for you to use your eyes and brain and other similar sources to validate what you are reading. The problem is that we are losing the ability to think critically and often the first google result or Wikipedia page is treated as gospel.

For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

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Re: You can always....


"Beggars belief"....

I figured the troll face kind of showed my thoughts.... I must have literally hundreds of things I'd rather pay a grand for than a phone. Particularly one where you pay extra for features that don't work properly.

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You can always....

... turn face id off and have a pass code. If you're some kind of security obsessed luddite.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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They couldn't get inscreen touch id to work...

Isn't that the real reason they went for face id? I would hate it for several reasons. 1. The cost - blimey a grand on a phone should be illegal. 2. Using it on a desk - I often have my phone sat on my desk next to me and reach with my hand, press the button and use it from there. If I had to pick it up, line it up right with my face and then put it down it's just a pain.

Perhaps I'm getting old but I fail to see what I can do with this phone I can't do with one half the price. I may wait 3 nano-seconds longer for an app to load and have a bezel top and bottom. I simply don't care as long as for the few years I have it I get good updates and security patches. My OP3 seems to be giving me all that being already on android O with Septembers security patches.

FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

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Permissions Changes

It's kind of obvious - make the permissions to use a particular part of the phone "Yes, every time", "No, never" and "Ask each time". Or even add an "Ask me every x days" options. It's not a whole load different and far more flexible.


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