* Posts by Mattjimf

121 posts • joined 16 Aug 2012


Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic


Re: WAIT! Hang on, back up a second ...

If plugged in you can pre-heat/cool the car for up to 3 hours, it works best with the 6.6Kw connection as that doesn't use any of the battery, the 3.3Kw versions (only on the 24 and 30KWh versions) use a small amount of the battery power to pre-heat/cool (usually 1-3%). Unplugged you can pre-heat/cool the car for 15 minutes again this only uses 1-3% of battery power.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'


Re: Huh?

You mean swapped your phone for a re-conditioned one with a new battery, unless they opened it right in front of you and actually did what you're accusing them of doing.

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant


Google on Alexa

Tutorial here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR-LVPMU7F4

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov


"The West Midlands is to become the first UK urban 5G testbed area"

Can someone please tell this to the loon in Gateshead who keeps forcing the council to spend money telling him they are not testing 5G and fixing the street lights he keeps breaking.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: Still happens

We had a consultant who would consistantly damage his laptop every year, round about when the new laptops had been released. One excuse was dropping it from the top of the plane stairs.

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade


Good luck with that one. We had one to trial in my work and god it was awful, getting drivers was hideous, the build and performance was woeful and it kept dropping off the WiFi.

Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court


I guess the shop owner is a fan of Herman's Hermits:


(no I can't post HTML)

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


Re: i3 ?

Don't worry, when Intel get to i8, BMW will get the money back.

Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops


Wonder if they will go down the Father Ted route https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pGcE7IvCTs

A todger, a 2.5kg dumbbell, the fire brigade... and the inevitable angle grinder


And the female equivalent


BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown


Looks like Monty Python were right to be worried about it:


And yes I know it's not the retrival system.

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT


Oop North

Not heard any panic up here in the North East so far.

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet


Here we go again.

And it's been blocked again, this time the capture isn't working on Chrome or IE11.


Re: So Chrome gets a free pass?

Alway happens on a Monday, at least in my Trust.

IE 11 and Chrome fine to complete captcha, IE 8 (yes we are still using it, and we still have a few XP machines (in the very low hundreds)) can't manage the captcha.

We currently have a ongoing project to update IE to 11 Trust wide standard, but hampered by external suppliers only supporting IE8, Chrome is App-V only.

Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements


Re: "Bring back Tomorrow's World, I say."

You've never been up at 6:30-7am on a Saturday morning when it's on BBC 1?


Re: I loved Top Gear

Your in luck as the new show is indeed on Amazon (not sure how you have missed that info).

The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom


Re: TomTom got me round the UK & France without once getting it wrong

You know you can download areas on Google Maps for use when there is no signal, do it for areas you are going to be visiting before you leave the WiFi coverage, then have data free navigation (of course you don't get the realtime traffic updates).

Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car


Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

The superchargers are there for the journeys where you need to stop and charge, not for you to use as a daily exercise, the fact that your nearest one is 50 miles away, means that you know you can currently travel 150 miles away, and still make it home with the help of said charger.

If you have a charger at home and solar panels why the hell do you need to charge anywhere else if your just using it on battery as a city runabout?

Plug in hybrids are built for running in the city on battery to cut polluiton, current BEV such as the Leaf are built for day to day city commute, Telsa is pushing the current manufacturers to help increase the take up of BEV as a full car rather than a second, city runaround.

I have to point out I run a Leaf as my only car, but it works for me as I have charging available at home (with solar panels) and at work, which is an easy commute across Newcastle and Gateshead. First long trip in car next weekend when I travel up to Aberdeen.

Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit


Re: There can be many issues that don't comply

Having worked on the helldesk for AppleCare for a few months, when a user gets a refurbished phone, they get a phone that has a new battery and screen but the gubbins of everything else is from a device that has been returned, typically to Ireland.

'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca


Re: Given the scarcity of items on our cousins in the material released...

d) Corruption is so rife in the former soviet union that they just expect that they have been stealing millions but can't do anything due to the next person to come in will be just the same regardless of what they say: see Ukriane and Poroshenko.

Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile


Re: Interesting - Just hope the dates match up.

You can use standard on street charging as well as the superchargers, just takes a little bit longer.


Honest in that you can reliably get electric generated from hydro/wind/solar from companies at the moment - see Ecotricity/Good Energy/OVO/LoCO2.

Honest in that the whole push for electric cars is coming from the need to reduce the kerb side emissions in towns not in the emissions used to generate the power (incidentally Scotland just shut off the last coal powered station last month, leaving just a gas powered station and two Nuclear stations).

Honest in that the majority of the rapid chargers on the motorway network are supplied by one of said green energy suppliers (ecotricity).

Honest in that range is crap, but they are built primarily for use as city cars, for the reasons mentioned above.

Something useful from Cupertino?! Apple sees the light – finally


Might want to have a look at the Kindle Fire OS 5 and blue shade, released in December.

Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication


There is a thread documenting the whole thing here - https://speakev.com/threads/nissan-connect-app-security-concerns.15143/

@Chris Millar, I'm guessing you have an Outlander. As your battery is only good for 25 miles and your lugging a full engine around for when it invariably goes flat, if this was to affect your vehicle it would make little or no difference, it's the electric only vehicles that are most at risk.

Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge


Can they not just request access to their Apple account(s) be unlocked for them, from there they can unlock the phone via the find my phone feature on the website.

Full access to the phone without bricking it, Apple don't need to circumvent their own security, everyone wins.

Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go



I'm guessing it's going to be based along the same lines as the cartoon that's on CITV http://www.awn.com/news/playmobil-series-super-4-headed-cartoon-network

Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station


Missed the visitor centre

I was up there in 2009, didn't realise the visitor centre was in Thurso, so when I got to Dounreay, just stood looking and watching the polis exercising their dog (was heading towards Ullapool, and couldn't be bothered turning back).

When I was a kid I did go on the tour of Sellafield (as it was then) as my dad was working on some of the construction of part of the site at that point.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


What do you mean there's no new iPhone?

Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder


Re: Sentient being prejudice

I think this highlights your point - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmK0bZl4ILM

Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul


Re: mi.taylor@elsevier.com

"Maybe we need noise makers adding to our bikes?"

Have you tried sticking ice lolly sticks in the spokes?

Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles


You get the option of not being on the "We're greedy buggers and want cash" one.

Elon Musk snowed under with Googley dollars for Space Internet


Re: could be worse...

Or... "Life Support has stopped responding and needs to shut down"

DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox


Re: I believe...

In my experience iPlayer is London based for watch now BBC shows (at least it is for the news bulletins).

Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI


Re: Push-button gear change? Really?

The other issue with button (or electronic) handbrakes are that they fail.

My mum's car was hit in a car park by a rouge car where the electronic handbrake failed. The owner, when he returned to find his car across from where he parked, said it had happened a number of times, but they couldn't find a fault with it.

Also it's not as flamboyant pulling handbrake turns with your mates in the back by pushing a button.

FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws


Sod the books, free music

So if I buy an album on iTunes, download it to my computer, then copy it from the iTunes music folder into a different folder or burn it to disc, I can then request a refund on the album and still have it.

How long before Apple are doing a U-turn on this.

HP breaks for Xmas week - aka 'staff hols' - source



Am I missing a week between Christmas and the 5th of January?

Is next Monday (a week from today) not the 5th of January?

Or were they off last week as well, and El Reg just got round to seeing the complaining email?

Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights


Re: What pisses me off about all this...

Meanwhile in Scotland, the Rugby fans get to watch all the Internationals on BBC, but the football fans have to pay Sky for the privilege.

Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent


But the Note 2 is an android phone, which he states runs the app fine.

Bono apologises for iTunes album dump


Re: Vote

T Blair was in a band in the 70's - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/apr/27/labour2001to2005.tonyblair2


Re: Vote

William (still refuse to put the dots in), James Blunt, Cheryl Cole, Bob Geldolf makes 7 of the top ten, although the original poster did state Bono would take all ten spots.

New Scottish Apple Store appears, then VANISHES off map app


I remember seeing something pointing to the planning application on the council website around August last year.

Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey


The T&C thing would have been interesting had Gamestation not done something similar before they went tits up - http://www.geek.com/games/gamestation-eula-collects-7500-souls-from-unsuspecting-customers-1194091/

Jesus phone RAISED from DEAD. Watch iPhone 6 get BURNED, DROWNED, SMASHED


Re: Better Than Z2

Considering that the wait for the phone is a month if you didn't order it within the first day of the pre-sale being announced, regardless if you ordered online or not.

Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to hefty bills


Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

" If the Scottish pound (or whatever it becomes) goes the way the No camp is predicting then rUK shops will probably not accept Scottish currency,"

So no big difference from what happens currently then, at least the further south you go.

Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them


I just got a new router from Sky and had to go through the whole I want porn selection again.

When I was in a flat share we had TalkTalk (legacy account, no one wanted to change it) and every time I went on to pay the bill after logging in, I got the Filter screen which I always had to select no, so that may account for the bigger uptake.

In the BBC article it mentions that as Virgin require an engineer to complete the install, and as a matter of course they have been selecting no for the customers, Virgin are saying that they are going to be reviewing the instructions to engineers, I think they should be given bonuses.

Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business


Windows 8 not compatible with MDM

The NHS trust I work for has predominately iPhones out in the wild due to being able to be set up and restricted by the MDM solution we use (Sophos). This allows us to restrict the iPad to what we want it to do and ensure that the security of the devices are locked down as much as we can. We have a few Android devices out as well, which again can and are locked to how we want them to be using the same MDM.

When looking at Windows 8 phones the big issue we have found is that Windows allows the user to remove the restrictions put in place without notifying us, so we have no idea what the user is doing with the phone once it's out in the wild. Until this is sorted Windows is just not an option for us.

Of course it may be that this is more to do with the MDM we use rather than Windows, but we are not really in a position to change it.

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber


I was looking at the cost for a taxi from central London to Watford for a wedding. Uber were quoting £30-35, a taxi fare website was saying a taxi would cost £53. Given that difference in price, I'm not surprised the cabbies are spitting the dummy out.

My local cab company have an app that does pretty much the same as Uber https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.autocab.taxibooker.dean.newcastle so it looks like they are ahead of London when it comes to technology.

Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER


So can you now use MDM to restrict like you can on iOS/Android or can the user remove the restrictions without you knowing as at present.

BT snatches crown: Soars to top of complaints list


Beware of faulty routers

I had major issues with getting a replacement home hub from BT, existing one was dishing out 169 ip addresses to wifi devices, cue three hubs being sent out to an address we had never had an account, my wife had lived there while a student, and being charged for them sending each one out to the wrong address. Then when it came to moving house, we're going to charge the standard £120 installation charge, Sky were charging £40 and were cheaper and offered a better calling package.

Last time I had to call Sky, I was told how long the queue was and they offered to ring me back.


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