* Posts by FlossyThePig

163 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

FlossyThePig

Re: Iron

I still see Google as essentially a phone book, with people arguing that their numbers should be removed and tearing pages out.

I didn't tear the page out, just went ex-directory.

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

FlossyThePig
Joke

Not Sir Clive then!

Oh silly me. I saw Sinclair in the headline and thought "What is Clive doing now?", but it's some trouble in Trumptonshire.

P.S. I hear there are plans to remake Worzel Gummidge, I wonder who could play the part.

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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

FlossyThePig

Re: CEO jobs are on the line...

Perhaps the board should begin to accept that the board should not be full of people who don't understand the company

I'm getting old now. When I started in the business, called "Data Processing" then, there was an effort to get someone with DP knowledge on the Board. I believe this was reasonably successful. Unfortunately they have all now retired and have been replaced with accountants, bankers or other non-technical bods.

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

FlossyThePig

Re: What's the problem?

Negotiations for the Canada - EU trade deal began in 2009 but they started talking about it in 2004. Negotiations were concluded in 2014.

If you expect Brexit negotiations to be concluded in one year (or even three) you must be living in Farage land.

They're coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time*

*Napoleon XIV

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Google lobbies hard to derail new US privacy laws – using dodgy stats

FlossyThePig

YouTube

These days I try to use Google and their other products as little as possible.

For untracked searching I used to use DuckDuckGo but that seems to use Bing these days so I now use StartPage which piggy backs off Google (without tracking, apparently).

Unfortunately the only platform that various Electric Vehicle videos I watch is YouTube as they use the income from Google to pay for production.

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FlossyThePig

Re: Time for transparency

@AC Manufacturers do not need to pay Google anything for using Android on their phones.

Microsoft does get paid for each copy installed though, for licencing fees (last I heard it was about $5).

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

FlossyThePig
Holmes

Re: Follows old adage...

The BT46, designed by Gordon Murray, was not banned. He proved that the majority of the fan use was to provide cooling. It was dropped after one race, which it won, because it wasn't suitable for all the circuits of the time which meant a completely different car would have to be designed and built.

The other race car with a fan was the Chapparal 2J which was banned after 1 unsuccessful season. It was faster than other cars but very unreliable.

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

FlossyThePig
Pint

Brahms and Liszt

Many years ago I worked in Leeds and a new pub opened up near the office. One of the conditions of the licence was that all beer had to be served in a natural manner, i.e. no use of carbon dioxide in its delivery. Hand pumps only or straight from the barrel by gravity.

One lunch a chap came in, ordered a pint, took a sip and uttered the immortal phrase "Ah nectar". Many years before Del Boy but some people were thinking the equivalent of "Ah plonker".

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British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Re: Milton Keynes

@Roland6

should of swapped places

"should've" or "should have" but NEVER "should of"

Go and stand in the corner wearing a conical hat with "D" on it. Whack-O!

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FlossyThePig

Re: So those kids with back to front hats...

Just use high frequency noise generator on the pod. Ability to hear higher frequencies drops with age.

There's probably no fun in that though.

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More power to UK, say 'leccy vehicle makers. Seriously, they need it

FlossyThePig

Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution

Long term parking can be an ideal location for 2-way charging. The cars can sell power back to the grid as well. The Nissan Leaf in Japan already has this feature so it may even be built into models in other markets.

If the carpark knows roughly when you are going to get your car it should be able to balance supply for all.

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UK.gov to plough £67m into gigabit broadband for all and sundry

FlossyThePig

Re: Why?

I was going to say that the UK.gov don't know their arse from their elbow then realised they must do because they don't speak through their elbow.

(I'm sure someone has said that before me.)

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Oh honey! Oxfordshire abuzz with reports of a MEEELLION bees stolen

FlossyThePig

Who keeps bees?

Manton added that moving the hives would have been "quite an operation" and should have required some skill, especially as it was likely to have angered the bees.

It's best to move hives at night when it's dark and they are all, metaphorically, tucked up in bed. Just block the entrance hole, lift hive, but in back of van or lorry, at destination do actions in reverse.

That's what I did when helping my dad (many years ago) but he only had half a dozen hives. Didn't even need to wear special clothes.

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UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

FlossyThePig

Re: Dyson ain't quite wot it used-er to be

@ Teiwaz

Unless the hairdryers have a 'secret' second feature...

It's the Braun electric toothbrush that offers that.

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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

FlossyThePig

Re: Hardware design choices

My phone has

a) a headphone socket

b) a micrSD slot

c) a replaceable battery

It does have Windows 10 Mobile on it though, which is fine for me.

P.S. I don't use the headphone socket as I have bluetooth hands free gear from Oticon.

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Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told

FlossyThePig

Points to ponder

How much electricity does it take to produce a litre of petrol?

Do you always have to charge an EV from empty to full, rather than just top it up?

When will there be a unified means of public charging (you don't need an app to buy petrol)?

Why do people consider EVs in the same way as an ICE vehicle?

...

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

FlossyThePig

Re: Old skool

VHS won because it better fit what consumers wanted, even if you ignore the restrictive licensing by Betamax patent holder Sony relative to VHS's JVC.

Don't forget all the "adult" content on VHS (or is that what you meant by "better fit").

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TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps

FlossyThePig

Not just Dividend

@ Pascal Monett - I think that just about sums up what is wrong with the Stock Market. It's not just dividends though.

The barrow boys at the Stock Exchange treat shares as simple commodities to be bought and then sold at a profit. Now we have computer trading where an advantage for trading is based on milliseconds.

Unfortunately now that most peoples' pension funds rely on the Stock Market we are stuck with it.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

FlossyThePig

Re: Okay, let's pretend I had an aneurysm and bought one of these IoT lock thingies

"Sorry to bust your bubble, but do you know how easy to "bump" your (t)rusty mechanical lock?

I know about "Yale" locks but how do you bump a 5 lever mortice lock?

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Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

FlossyThePig

FoD (not FUD)

According to the BT broadband checker I can get "FTTP on Demand" so I investigated what it was and how much. I don't have the figures to hand but installation was over £6k and as it isn't available from your ordinary ISP the monthly fee was also effing X.

I'll stick with my FTTC 8Mbps for now.

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

FlossyThePig

Re: Wow

@ S4qFBxkFFg

...after being installed in every cinema/theatre in the land...

Couldn't they just install a Faraday Cage like the Gin Tub did?

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

FlossyThePig

Phase 2 - Super Duper Broadband

So they have met the target for "superfast broadband" bringing FTTC to loads of sites. Then they will realise that 24Mbps is no longer good enough (remember when government were talking about 2Mbps) so have to instigate FTTP to 95% (and maybe talk about upload as well as download speeds).

I'll still be stuck on 8Mbps (on FTTC) until they make a much higher speed a legal requirement for all.

@ djstardust - What is "distinctly average"?

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

FlossyThePig

What about "Engrenages" from France. OK it's Spiral on BBC4.

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'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

FlossyThePig

Re: Life changes, tattoos don't

Standing in a queue at the checkout of a supermarket in Italy the woman in front of me had the two words "seriously moody" tattooed on the back of her neck.

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

FlossyThePig

Re: Long live marketing

Long live Lyons Electronic Office!

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

FlossyThePig
Joke

Move over NK

Just a thought (sorry)

Will Kim Dotcom take over from Kim Jong-un?

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Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn

FlossyThePig

EV Mindset

1 - Charging

How do you fill the fuel tank of your ICE car? If, like me, you wait until there is about 1/8 left then fill up with as much juice as will fit, as this reduces the number of times you have to visit the filling station.

The current mindset for charging follows similar lines. However if there were multiple, lower power, charging points at supermarket/public car parks you could add, say, 30 miles to your range while shopping.

The charging infrastructure needs to be thought out. Charging points built into street lights, parking meters, etc. If you visit the Calvados region in France you are no more that 15km from a public charging point and I believe that there are streets in Paris with multiple charging points.

The method of payment needs to be unified. If you use a Shell filling station you don't use a Shell card/app which is different from the supermarket card/app. A credit/debit card is all you need to use the "liquid" charging points.

2 - EV Battery Life

Although the batteries on mobile phones are superficially like those in an EV, the battery management system (BMS) is less sophisticated. If you never let your phone battery fully discharge and never fully charge it (i.e. keep it in the range 20% - 80%) it will have a much longer life.

The current estimates for EV battery life is now something like 200,000 - 300,000 miles before major degradation. Nissan have planned to use old batteries for static applications (think Tesla Power-wall) but they haven't got enough used batteries yet.

Tesla owners have noticed that the charging rate is reduced with frequent use of superchargers as the BMS is protecting the life of the battery

3 - Power Supply

The grid doesn't struggle during the adverts on Coronation Street when everyone switches their kettle on as it's an expected surge.

If everyone switched to EVs there wouldn't be the huge electricity requirement for the oil refineries to extract petrol from crude oil.

The cost of generating electricity from renewable sources is dropping quite rapidly now. We just need developers to incorporate it into new builds, rather than tack it on as an afterthought. See what's happening in the Orkney islands.

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

FlossyThePig

Look what the Kiwis are doing.

A little extract from a document by the NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

To achieve these targets, the Government has allocated over $2 billion to roll out world-leading communications infrastructure through the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) programme, the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) and the Mobile Black Spot Fund (MBSF).

By the end of 2022, 87 per cent of New Zealanders in over 390 towns and cities will be able to access fibre-to-the-premises UFB broadband with speeds close to 1,000 Mbps. That’s fast enough to stream ultra-high definition movies to 40 different devices simultaneously.

They looked at the UK model and then said "Do it once and do it right."

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

FlossyThePig
Megaphone

Oi, less of the pig insults.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

FlossyThePig

A recent Swedish study

Fake news?

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/06/22/swedish-ev-battery-study-sucks/

Points to ponder:

- What is the carbon footprint for manufacturing an ICE and gearbox?

- How much electricity is consumed by refining oil to produce petrol?

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MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers

FlossyThePig

Re: The what?

except that most rebrandings are daft

I am a deaf old fart so wanted to check out the RNID (Royal National Institute for the Deaf), they are now "Action on Hearing Loss".

RNIB is still used but the abbreviation now stands for Royal National Institute for Blind People.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

FlossyThePig

if you're interested in that kind of thing, I recommend a bird feeder. I have one and see loads.

I've had great tits on my fat balls!

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

FlossyThePig

Cycle lanes/paths

I'd be happy if all cyclists use designated cycle lanes/paths when they are available.

Some do and some don't (that reminds me of a Max Miller joke).

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

FlossyThePig

Don't forget ...

Fatberg

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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

FlossyThePig

What does Kryten think?

I regularly watch the youtube videos for the fullychargedshow. One of the recent ones related to Robert Llewellyn appearing as a witness to the committee stage of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. I'm sad enough to follow the link and watched what he said to the committee. Plenty of interesting ideas, e.g. incorporate charging point in street lighting, multiple charging points (not the token 1 or 2) at supermarkets which can add 20-30 miles to the car's range while you shop, and more.

As an aside E-ON are planning a network of superchargers than can supply power way beyond the ability of any current EVs to fully utilise (think Porche concept car).

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

FlossyThePig

Re: Tesla is not typical

If you want a Tesla 11kW charger you need to have a three phase supply. The normal Tesla domestic charger is 7.4kW.

Have a look at some of Robert Llewellyn's videos on http://www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/ and see what's happening on the Orkney Islands.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

FlossyThePig

Re: Depends who you ask

Well according to the BT website when I enter my Postcode, House Number/Name and Land line number:

Fibre broadband8Mb-13Mb Estimated download speed range, 6Mb Lowest assured download speed

Standard broadband1Mb-3.5Mb Estimated download speed range, 512k Lowest assured download speed

I currently get about 7Mb (FTTC) as I am about 2Km from the cabinet

They have upgraded "Up To". Unlimited Broadband - Up to 17Mb, Unlimited Infinity - Up to 52Mb, Unlimited Infinity 2 - Up to 76Mb

@AC

Superfast internet speeds from different suppliers?

...we can only get Virgin Media and according the neighbours the actual speed is poor...

So how do they test their speed (congested WiFi, entrails of a flying pig or a direct connection to the router using an ethernet cable)?

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

FlossyThePig

Re: Does that mean we can now drop the crappy Win10 interface?

...the horrible Tiles-based interface in Win10...

I don't have any tiles on my W10 machine (an old netbook with the free upgrade from W7), they are easy to get rid of. I have reinstated the "Quick Launch" toolbar because that's the way I like to work.

Am I a sad old fart because I am quite happy with my 640.

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

FlossyThePig

The company thinks that level of accuracy will let SatNav systems advise which lane you should drive in, making it a bit easier to prepare for a turn

Can it set a "last moment" parameter for the idiots who cut across at least one lane to get to the exit with one or two yards to spare before the junction is passed?

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

FlossyThePig

How many ads is too many?

I accept ads can help pay for websites but...

I'm using Opera with the built in adblocker switched on.

A little icon tells me this page has 8 blocked ads

Click on the icon and the stats reveal 7797 blocked in the last 7 days

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

FlossyThePig
Megaphone

Re: Dual Bluetooth

I've got noise canceling ears but I wouldn't recommend them because it's called deafness.

My recently fitted NHS hearing aids communicate with with a dongle (Oticon Streamer Pro) which allows switching between a number of bluetooth devices, telephone adapter, TV adapter, mobile phone. Unfortunately the phone adapter does't work with the office phone system. The dongle also lets me turn off the microphones in my hearing aids so I can work in splendid isolation.

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

FlossyThePig

Re: Yup. It's VME hosting an app in IDMSX

@Bill M

In my day it was "George III for me" or "George IV for more", then came VME B and VME K.

I only worked on a subset of George II on 2903/4 systems though.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Re: What was the alternative?

@Lost all faith...

Second, they could of fixed the fault?

It's "have" boy not "of"

Remove the word "could" and does your sentence make sense?

You could use "could've" but that implies you know what an apostrophe is.

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

FlossyThePig

Re: Sunday (autonomous) driving

@ DwarfPants

Have you tried using kickdown?

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

FlossyThePig

Re: If you want good trains

@wolfetone

...I can drive door to door to London from Birmingham for about £30...

What does the £30 cover? fuel, insurance, tax, servicing, capital cost/depreciation, general wear and tear, cost of parking, etc.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

FlossyThePig

Re: At Last The 1948 Show

@Commswonk

Not sure why At Last The 1948 Show got mentioned

It was on that show that "The Four Yorkshiremen" sketch first appeared, a few years before Monty Python.

Four members of the Monty Python team played the sketch on stage for the charity show "The Secret Policeman's Ball", hence the confusion.

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FlossyThePig

At Last The 1948 Show

To paraphrase Monty Python's Four Yorkshiremen...

Poor old Marty Feldman is getting dizzy spinning in his grave because youngsters think every funny sketch is from Monty Python.

Special gold stars for those who can sing the Angus Prune tune.

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FlossyThePig

Seriously though. Cost of HS2: £55Bn. Cost of wiring up the whole country to be proper actual FTTP: <£55Bn. Which one is more important?

Let's face it HS2 is HMG's latest vanity project so will be built no matter what the actual cost becomes (>£55Bn).

I see the vanity project called the Humber Bridge (who really uses it?) is being granted Grade 1 Listed status.

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

FlossyThePig
Pint

Re: Talent

Come on, everyone knows the BBC's real talent commentates on Test Match Special.

TMS = many cakes!

Pint icon because there isn't a cake one

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

FlossyThePig
Coat

Re: Ban ads

...and increase the licence fee...

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