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  • Ed P replied to the topic dos or not to dos in the forum Other Tech 11 hours, 25 minutes ago

    There is no TECHNICAL reason to use  CMOS for things that you change , they could equally well be in a text file read in by the boot routine. Most IoT devices work in that way. Obviously PRAM and PROM could also be used in a similar way.

    CMOS is currently used because it is off the shelf, cheap and a battery costs just a few pennies. It  is c…[Read more]

  • If you fancy converting your old polluting diesel motor into an environmentally friendly electric model, all you will need is a new drop-in crate electric motor and the space and electrics for about 500Kg of lithium batteries!

    Putting aside the cost the plus-side would be a torque to die-for.

  • Ed P replied to the topic dos or not to dos in the forum Other Tech 16 hours, 47 minutes ago

    As a matter of interest the only essential function on a motherboard that requires a battery is the CMOS clock. Today all the other bits and pieces are capable of being self configurable and have their settings in either read only memory (NVRAM) or programmable read only memory (PRAM). Even the clock battery isn’t really required. The Pi and most…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 20 hours, 9 minutes ago

    Actually a contempt of Parliament as well. The Cabinet all deserve the penalty of being locked in the Palace of Westminster Clock Tower while they test Big Ben for a couple of days!

  • This Mozilla link, explains the principles of how DNS works in a simple way. It also introduces DNS over HTTPS. Btw the British Government do not want you to use this facility as it makes it more difficult to spy on you. Your choice!

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 22 hours, 38 minutes ago

    The evil foreign Boris clown once more spurns the law in order to frustrate British democracy.  In doing so he has managed to turn the UK Parliament into something from a Ruritanian farce.

    I’m now waiting for a beautiful Princess to come along and change the wizened Corbyn toad into a different ‘Andy Burnham’-like heroic figure who will come to…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 1 day, 9 hours ago

    We jail Boris in the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster for his contempt!

  • Ed P replied to the topic dos or not to dos in the forum Other Tech 1 day, 11 hours ago

    John I thought you meant something like this. This holds for most PCs though there seems to be a move to eliminate the cmos battery bit. Apples are different and use something called nvram.

  • +1 for PM’s comment on wifi – that brings my data usage down to negligible except when I’m in the boondocks.

  • Use nano instead of vim. Follow the instructions then use CTRL+o (i.e Oh not zero) to save then CTRL +x to quit.

    [edit] I probably should have said that both vi/vim and nano are just command line editors. If these freak you out then you can use the frowned on gui editor for ubuntu use “sudo gedit  /etc/fstab” to launch the gui text editor and…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 1 day, 14 hours ago

    IF Boris can convince MPs that his deal+amendments is sound it is still theoretically possible to have it passed by 31October (assuming a compliant House of Lords). If it survives that process then it deserves to pass because I think the EU are thoroughly fed up with the UK.

    I do however continue to think that any deal that carves off the island…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 1 day, 16 hours ago

    Supposedly a large part of the delay is to sort out enabling legislation such as the clause VFM highlighted, but it also demonstrated that the majority quite correctly do not trust Boris an inch.

    If anyone listened to the commentary around the debate, part of that picked on a quote made by a Hard Brexiteer that irrespective of Boris’s deal they…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic My PC in the forum PC Talk 1 day, 20 hours ago

    Tbh John unless you want to be a willy-waver over your PC ‘s speed, most three year old PCs will run anything you throw at them. In today’s environment the GPU is still probably the most important thing to upgrade when you hit a limitation. You will rarely run into a CPU limit as even today many games only multithread the stuff the GPU handles.…[Read more]

  • It depends if you are a heavy or light user. I think the analysis always shows that light users are better off with a payg phone and sim from Giffgaff or similar. It is more complex for heavier users and the most recent analysis I could find is still a couple of years out of date. However maybe this 2017 MoneySupermarket analysis will help you. link

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 2 days ago

    Ditto Dave’s comment but I’d add that I think that the negotiating team have found out that far from caving in over Ulster the EU have stuck to their guns. Instead it is the Mendacious One who has once again demonstrated his duplicity and carved a border in the Irish Sea. This could come home to haunt us all during the next two+ years.

    As…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 2 days, 10 hours ago

    Hate to disillusion you but we have already paid £6Bn since Theresa May agreed pretty much the same divorce settlement.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 2 days, 11 hours ago

    Its ‘only’ £33Bn now due to all the time that has been wasted, but the actual cost to date of this fiasco is gigantic even excluding lost opportunity cost. If you want an example – the billion or so wasted by that poor excuse of a Minister, Chris Grayling.

  • Ed P replied to the topic Off with his head! in the forum UK 2 days, 12 hours ago

    I’m glad that  the Brexiteers now have no one to blame but themselves if they fail to convince Parliament that this is a good deal. I’m with the Scots Nats this is a great deal if you are not English but it does risk breaking up the Union and places the whole Brexit risk on England. (I exclude Wales as I’m sure Plaid would like the same deal with…[Read more]

  • Probably not for 20 years or so, but I think I’d advise any youngsters not to set their sights on being a part of Financial Services!

    I probably would encourage them instead to do maths plus economics and maybe sociometrics in order to feed the models. I think the world of the future is going to be for polymaths who are good at many…[Read more]

  • Ed P replied to the topic W7 or W10 in the forum Software Talk 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Sounds a reasonable guess unless the drivers are part of the WIM system, or similar.

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