* Posts by FlossyThePig

106 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

FlossyThePig

The unit is capable of 4K video, saved at 30fps

What is the point if most users record in vertical (moron) mode.

Perhaps if vertical videos were actually captured as horizontal 1080p we wouldn't have to suffer the double video shown on news broadcasts.

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

FlossyThePig
Coat

No mention of scrum

There's a term that got lost in translation (or perhaps not for government projects).

However, simplified for effect:

A scrum is where two teams push against each other with very little gain in territory

but

A rolling maul can be very successful for one team to gain territory

The Americans couldn't cope with maul as it sounds like somewhere they go to shop.

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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

FlossyThePig
Holmes

ISPs?

Just had a look at BT and Zen websites. Both have a "what speed can I get" check as one of the first things displayed. Both came back with pretty accurate figures to what I actually get (8Mb on FTTC).

BT had a minimum speed guarantee and only offered their "up to" 15Mb Faster Broadband option

Zen failed by offering all options including "up to" 76Mb

Are we going to get motor manufacturers to change the speedometers fitted as they may offer speeds up to 140 mph when the car can only get to 110mph, with a struggle (autobahn only, of course, officer).

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

FlossyThePig

Re: Microsoft still wanting to be Google

Probably on an upswing, shortly after they started making Android phones.

Aren't the new Nokia phones made by HMD? They have licensed the the brand for the next 10 years.

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

FlossyThePig

Re: Do you know what would deter pirates?

@Gavin Chester

...F1 is a high cost sport...

A few years ago* I went to a talk given by Adrian Newey. One of his opening remarks was roughly "I can't tell you our budget, but we employ over 200 people whose job is to let 2 very wealthy men drive very quickly in circles for a couple a couple of hours every two weeks".

I lost interest in F1 when enforced pitstops became the norm and races were won more by team tactics than the very wealthy man in the car.

* Oh shit it was over 20 years ago.

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

FlossyThePig

Re: There's very little wrong...

In my toolbox at home, I have a spanner made by my grandfather because he didn't have one of the size he needed. It's made out of an old file.

In the words of modern advertising/marketing/media people the file has been re-purposed, or has it been re-imagined. Am I the only one who finds these expressions annoying?

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

FlossyThePig
Facepalm

Re: Justice may be happening already

Has anybody else followed the link to the Cuberon website? If it's an indication of the product are they still in business?

"We are in stealth with select customers"

What does that mean in plain English (British)?

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

FlossyThePig

Flossy's rules of computing

I've just added Rule 2.

Rule 1

Any project using new tools or methods with "ambitious" timescales will fail.

Rule 2

Any large scale public sector development will exceed the initial budget by a factor of x* times and will be late.

* - choose any number but you may underestimate the value.

I will add more when something else blindingly obvious occurs.

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

FlossyThePig

Re: "UK...leader"...?

@smudge

...I'll bet you that none of them has thought about producing an autonomous car that drives on the left...

Nissan has, look at the Fully Charged video

http://www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/previous-episodes#/autonomous-nissan-leaf/

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FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Re: M40 clucking nightmare road

Highway Code

Rule 268. Do not overtake on the left or move to a lane on your left to overtake. In congested conditions, where adjacent lanes of traffic are moving at similar speeds, traffic in left-hand lanes may sometimes be moving faster than traffic to the right.

The magic words are "Do not" which means the rule is advisory rather than "Must/Must not" which is used to state that the rule is law. It is not illegal to pass on the inside lane, just take care.

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

FlossyThePig

Re: Oh well ....

...I've been trying to get PlusNet to sort out my speed and stability problems...

In the old ADSL days I kept getting connection problems. Support bod with Yorkshire accent said I should plug the router into the socket behind the faceplate of the master socket so they could monitor the equipment. Two days later they diagnosed a faulty router and sent me a replacement, which fixed the problem.

I now have FTTC and had an intermittent problem which was fixed by restarting the Openreach modem whenever the connection was lost. Without going into details there was a fault on the ring main supplying power to the modem. Fixed the problem and connection has been stable ever since.

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Re: Water

Go the back of the class and write 100 times:

I don't know the difference between "could've", "could have" and "could of".

Whack-O!

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

FlossyThePig

Re: Good going cobber - Pollution reasons

...as many cars are most economical around 56mph...

Where did this myth come from?

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Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain

FlossyThePig
Facepalm

Re: "Unknown Error"

One system I tested had an error message something like "the series is not monotonically increasing"

!00% accurate but also 100% useless for the intended end user.

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Re: Everything old is new again

Wouldn't happen these days, would it....

If you have a car that is older than three years it requires an MOT test and the certificate shows the mileage from previous tests.

Perhaps:

- You never look at the certificate;

- You only own cars less than four years old;

- You no longer own a car.

Whack-O!

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High tides: Boffins spy on dolphins baked on poisonous piscines

FlossyThePig
Facepalm

La piscine?

I may have visited France too many times but my initial image was strange swimming pools.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

FlossyThePig
Facepalm

Re: What happens

I don't know if anybody here has used Streetlife but it's been taken over by America's Nextdoor.

To quote the bbc

Nextdoor describes itself as a private social network, but one where people give their real names and addresses.

That's rather different from Streetlife, where people are generally John from Acton, rather than John Smith from 225 Acacia Gardens.

The key is under the plantpot!

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

FlossyThePig
Coat

Re: As a long-time Vim user (since 2005 or so)

Get off my lawn you young whippersnapper, etc... etc...

Ah, but what about those who use Vim scouring powder.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

FlossyThePig

Re: Auto-parking not working is a bad sign...

"adding 600kg to 1000kg of batteries to a car"

A Tesla model S is only about 100kg heavier than a BMW M5. Where do you get you your figures from? How heavy is the ICE, transmission and related items?

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Government calls for ideas on how to splash £400m on fibre

FlossyThePig
Holmes

Super-Dooper Broadband

A number of questions to ponder:

1. Who is going to stump up the cash to upgrade the system when FTTC doesn't give the speeds required?

2. When are we going to get matching upload and download speeds (we only ever hear about download)?

3. What will BT call the potentially much faster FTTP service when(/if) it becomes mainstream?

4. Why ...

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

FlossyThePig

999

After reading about the spurious "emergency" calls I would like a bit more information rather than just a simple number.

How many come under a category such as "I can't get 'The Grand Tour' on Netflix"?

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

FlossyThePig

Re: £159 .....

I'll see your £159 and raise you ...

For those who are "hearing impaired" you can now get hearing aids that are "Made for iPhone" which is covered by an Apple patent.

£3000+ but you do get a pair for that price.

No DoF (Deaf old Fart) icon

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Was IoT DDoS attack just a dry run for election day hijinks?

FlossyThePig

Re: At least give her her full title...

Do you mean "Sandi" Toksvig OBE, British citizen?

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

FlossyThePig

Re: Potato

@batfastad

If anyone can point me in the direction of a portable pocket-sized DAB radio that can get through a whole test series of Test Match Special on a pair of AAAs then I'm sold! But until then, LW it is!

Took a little pocket DAB radio to a test match as my little Roberts AM one had died. Sound was fine but delay made it useless, players were starting their second run before the ball on bat click made it to my earphones.

I can remember driving through France listening to the NatWest final on LW with the signal dying south of Bordeaux. Current car has all sorts of fancy "infotainment" features (DAB, Bluetooth, SatNav, etc.) but not LW, reception of British stations vanished shortly after getting off the ferry.

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Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

FlossyThePig

Re: BBC

>An official BBC torrent system would make those problems go away

Didn't the original iPlayer work that way or is my memory clouded by rose tinted specs?

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

FlossyThePig

Link to the Beeb not the Financial Times

The story on the Beeb includes the quote

"This is really a car designed for very specific urban environments. It’s a car that’s going to take people at 20-30 mph through city centres."

I don't know what the link to the Financial Times explains as they want money before they let me read the article.

Why do people keep bringing up the "Tesla death crash" story? Autopilot is only fancy cruise control, which is Level 2 autonomy that requires the driver to monitor the car at all times. Ford are aiming at Level 4 and AC wants Level 5 .

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Eye of Sauron-themed trojan targets Russia, Sweden

FlossyThePig
Boffin

If he was still alive Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) would find that offensive.

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Openreach boss Clive Selley wants Ofcom to wrap it up already

FlossyThePig
Headmaster

Look what is happening in NZ

See what ex-BT CTO Peter Cochrane has to say.

http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/New-Zealand-fibre-benefits-as-copper-choked-UK-risks-digital-exclusion

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

FlossyThePig

Re: a real test please

Are you proposing this as an equivalent Turing Test for Level 5 autonomous vehicles?

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

FlossyThePig

Re: Rub-a-dub?

Isn't bh in a Gaelic word pronounced like a "v"?

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

FlossyThePig

Re: Remember the days...

I treated it as a useful reference manual...

...and I can remember when it was a mail order only operation.

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New York decides not to tinker with vendor lock-down for now

FlossyThePig
Thumb Up

Re: Not everything can be repaired economically.

The latest issue of PC Pro (262, August 2016) main cover story is "Fix the Unfixable".

Google "Restart Party"

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

FlossyThePig
Holmes

Re: Swings and Roundabouts (EUromyths).

How many of these myths can be traced back to Boris (I've invented more EUromyths than you've eaten bars of vegelate*) Johnson

* "Yeah that was mine, when I was working for the Torygraph in Brussels" said BJ

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Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

FlossyThePig
Coat

Re: Pot meet Kettle

Are we allowed to use the word "black" now? Isn't the kettle now "of colour"

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

FlossyThePig

It wasn't me, unfortunately

In the early '90s I was included in a group who were getting the brown envelopes. Redundant on December 31st.

The generous financial package varied depending on years served with a big jump at the 10 year mark. Which at the time was probably giving a total of more than a years salary tax free.

One colleague was asked "Could you come back in February to give the training course scheduled then?". "Only if you defer redundancy until after the course." was the reply, and agreed to.

Total service went from 9 years 11 months to 10 years 1 month.

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UK digital minister denies legal right to 10Mbps is 'damp squib'

FlossyThePig

Gravy train

"We will keep under review, we do not want to leave people on 10Mbps in 10 years' time when they might need 100Mbps," he said.

Does this mean the network will have to be upgraded from FTTC to FTTP and give BT even more dosh?

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

FlossyThePig
Holmes

Re: it amazes me..

"I get 75Mb down and 20Mb up with the last mile over copper"

Do tell me your secret. I can only get 10Mb down and 0.3Mb up on FTTC because I am a mile from the cabinet.

As for 1Gb plus, who knows what may come in the next 20 years (8K video with no compression). How long ago were we all using 56K dialup?

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Small broadband firms aren't fussed about getting access to BT's ducts and poles

FlossyThePig

I've said it before but I'll say it again.

The British broadband infrastructure should be treated in the same way as setting up the National Grid in the '30s. Do it properly once rather, than the current system (mainly FTTC) which will require replacing in a few years time. FTTP should be the standard installation for all except those isolated locations where it is not physically possible.

Who knows what speed will be required in the future. Over the last 20 years I have gone from 56K dial up, to ISDN, ADSL and now FTTC. I only get 10 meg but it's enough, at the moment, for our two adult household as the main use is browsing and steaming catchup TV (e.g. BBC iPlayer).

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

FlossyThePig
Facepalm

Re: CDs, how modern.

BVD?

- Bovine Virus Diarrhoea

- Bureau van Dijk

- a brand of men's underwear

Google isn't the answer!

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NZ government scraps e-voting trial

FlossyThePig

Been there, done that

A few years ago I voted online for the Ipswich (UK) council elections. They only did it once but it appeared to be more secure at the time compared to postal and/or proxy voting.

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No more Nookie for Blighty as Barnes & Noble pulls out

FlossyThePig

Re: I have a local library ...

I use my local library online (Suffolk). Just about all the books I've read on my Kobo Touch came from there, in ePub format.

Calibre is overkill for me as I only need a small utility to strip DRM. How else can you read LOTR (>1300 pages) or GOT (>4000 pages), single volume editions in the three week loan period.

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

FlossyThePig

Re: Thirty-five years ago...

Over Forty years ago I had a job lined up with International Computers Limited (remember them?) but the three day week put it on hold. I did start a few months later as part of their graduate intake. There weren't may computer related degrees amongst the starters and one or two were mildly upset when they found out I didn't have a degree.

It was the right aptitude that was required then and should be now. One of the most productive programmers I have come across over the years was an ex bank manager who had had an enforced career change.

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

FlossyThePig

Re: Application?

I am old enough to remember when laser was described as a solution looking for a problem.

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Nest thermostat owners out in the cold after software update cockup

FlossyThePig

Re: Nest already outdated

That's what I'm going to install, not cheap though.

In the mid '80s the magazine "Electronics Today International" had a project for a central heating controller. The controller had multiple temperature sensors including one outside the house to determine when to turn on the boiler to reach the correct temperature at the desired time.

"What goes round comes around"

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Connected smart cars are easily trackable, warns infosec bod

FlossyThePig

Re: "taking note of license plates"

What's a license plate?

My car has two number plates, one at the front and one at the back.

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A font farewell to Fontdeck as website service closes

FlossyThePig

Font (Fount)?

Can someone enlighten me as to when font usurped typeface.

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

FlossyThePig
Coat

Is this the ultimate Kerryman joke?

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

FlossyThePig

Re: Do NOT want

"I kind of get a central heating system I can control from my mobile phone when I am out but the advantages/savings are outweighed tenfold by the cost of the gear."

If you mean the Nest/Hive "Smart" controllers I ask how often do you adjust your non smart timer/thermostat?

The Evohome type system is much more controllable and much more expensive, but has the potential of far greater savings.

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

FlossyThePig

Re: Shiny new object/methodology syndrome

If the project is High Profile, has "challenging" timescales and uses something new (hardware or software) it will fail.

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