* Posts by FlossyThePig

128 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012

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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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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

FlossyThePig

Re: over-promise, under-deliver

Can we add "agile" and "cloud" to the list

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Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

FlossyThePig

Re: 27 years too late, after Thatcher killed it

...was stopped thanks to one Mrs Thatcher and some careful lobbying by corporations...

The story I heard was slightly different.

At the time there was a push for competition with rival telephone companies and cable TV operations starting up. MrsT's argument was that fibre would make BT an "entertainment" company rather than "telecommunications" which they were at the time.

Remember this was before www (it might have been used at CERN) and the internet was only used by academia and military.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

FlossyThePig

...but Im watching less and less BBC TV. I watch more ITV and CH5 than BBC - I dont like making cakes and I dont like dancing...

So that'll be "Love Island" and "Big Brother" then.

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WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

FlossyThePig
Pint

Re: £21M

Perhaps it would be better if the NHS was one integrated service rather than multiple feifdoms doing their own thing.

It may also reduce "sound bite" government, but I doubt it.

P.S I had an appontment at Ipswich hospital audiology department first thing on 15/05/2017. The hospital was unaffected by WannaCry as they were fully patched and up to date.

Beer icon for Ipswich hospital IT department

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

FlossyThePig

Re: Mass market?

It's the same mass market as the BMW 3 series.

I believe that BMW will have an all electric 3 series model next year.

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

FlossyThePig

Choo Choo!

"...the Xining-Golmud-Lhasa railway...As much a political piece as a transport corridor..."

We're getting one of them, it's called HS2.

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

FlossyThePig

FTTP?

"The next great challenge is fibre to the premise (sic)"

Wouldn't it have been cheaper, in the long run, to do that in the first place?

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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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