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The day I had hoped to postpone for as long as possible is here 2
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I've now got a Moto E too. Although Virgin haven't had another sale on them, someone was selling an 'as new' one on Amazon for basically the same price and there's somewhere I can sell the Desire to for not much less than that.

As Virgin were quicker in sending the micro SIM than I expected, I can say that it works very nicely and is quite remarkable value for fifty quid. My main quibble is that the on/off button is a bit small and - when in a case - isn't as easy to push as the one on the Desire (plus most third party ROMs also used the optical trackball as another 'on' button).

Next time, I'll try to wait until I have another microSD card because it looks like the backup of the one I reused from the Desire doesn't look as if it was complete. Nothing serious has been lost, but it's annoying not to have a complete backup of it all.

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Hello network 2
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Of course, while the USB-ethernet dongle works fine in Linux - just plug it in and it works - Windows wants to download a driver for it. And without a driver, it can't see the network. Repeat.

And there are people who say that getting hardware to work under Linux is a pain...

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Hello network
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For some reason, JA's PC stopped seeing the internet at some point this evening. This is, of course, a catastrophe because there are videos on YouTube she hasn't seen (again).

Hmm, the network port's lights show it knows it's got a cable plugged in and trying the netbook with the same cable and mains networking plug works, but it's affecting both Linux and (in a rare boot into it) Windows on the PC. It can't see any of the network, so it's a problem with the PC's hardware. Rebooting, turning the network port off, rebooting, turning it on, rebooting doesn't work either.

Fortunately, I have a USB-ethernet dongle lying around - I'm using it to write this - but I've still no idea why the built-in ethernet stopped working. It was working this afternoon for me and earlier in the evening for her...

Anyone got a PCI network card lying around they don't need?

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I've got a Pi and I'm going to use it..
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If that's you, i.e. you have a Raspberry Pi and you want to use it for some hardware stuff, you may be interested to know that the Raspberry Pi Gertboard - Assembled and Raspberry Pi Piface Digital are both available on Amazon for less than £12.50 at the moment.

The Piface is smaller and has two relays, but the Gertboard is more flexible and generally more powerful, including having its own CPU. The Piface is normally around £25 and the Gertboard about £32, so the current price is very good.

Update: Oh, I see the same vendor is also selling the Raspberry Pi Pi-Face Control and Display Plug for the same price - this gives the Pi a small character display plus some buttons for inputs. I've used something similar for Arduinos...

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I'm not sure what this says about me
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While doing other stuff on the computer, I'm watching the LibDem conference, starting with Saturday.

Simon Hughes' speech on civil liberties (1h27m to 1h51m in the iPlayer file) is, as ever with him, well worth a watch. He also thanks someone a namesake of someone several of you know.

In a debate about the party constitution, there's someone I was in the Union of Liberal Students with, now with even less hair than me.

And during that debate, there's a comment by one of the delegates that a proposal risks the party being 'democracy (only) for the rich'. The person the coverage cuts to at 2h33m... that's Edward Lord, isn't it?

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In or visit London?
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Amazon.co.uk's 'free app of the day' is the normally paid for version of a very good London Underground map / route finder / live info program.

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Nom nom nom
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Having mentioned one interesting game recently, for the next three days Groupees has Not the Robots in a 'choose two for a dollar and get some freebies too' bundle:
You are a robot in an office building. You have to eat furniture and not get caught. A mysterious story unfolds.

Not The Robots is this year’s most exciting Roguelike Stealth Furniture Eating Simulator. It’s a game with random levels, permadeath, and the goal of eating furniture. Same furniture is also your stealth cover.

Put like that, how can you resist?

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After the #IndyRef – equality for England
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As part of the response to the 'no' vote in Scotland's independence referendum, various Tory MPs – from the Prime Minister downwards – have been talking about the answer to the West Lothian question* by having only people elected in England voting on matters that affect only England.

They want equality for England to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly. Good.

The Scottish Parliament is elected by PR (under the additional member system). The Welsh Assembly is elected by PR (the additional member system again). The Northern Ireland Assembly is elected by PR (STV this time).

All these ensure that the relevant decision-making bodies actually reflect the wishes of the whole of electorate they are representing much more than a Parliament elected by 'first past the post'.

If it's to be "English votes for English laws", the votes who elect those representatives have to be fair ones. It would also be good to see some devolution within England and it's notable that when that was proposed in 2004, it involved regional assemblies elected via the Additional Member System.**

As well as ignoring the question of which members of the House of Lords would be entitled to vote, the 'grand committee' of the House of Commons consisting of all the MPs elected to English constituencies that various Tory MPs are proposing out of naked self-interest simply isn't good enough.

* It's a sign of my age that I would have been amongst the first to write about that in an O-Level exam in the following June…

** One area rejected a flawed proposal and two others were cancelled because of that and irregularities in an all-postal ballot election.

Mirrored from my website's blog, The deranged mad of a brain man.

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A tale of one bet 2
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Ah ha, Jens Voigt is having a go at the Hour Record tomorrow.

I've used another free bet to say that he won't break it tomorrow. He certainly wouldn't do so if he had to use a Merckx-style bike, and quite a lot can go wrong. He's also not a great time-trial rider - his speciality was long breakaways and that's a very different style of riding (you have hills and things..) My prediction is that he'll be on schedule to do it for quite a while, but drop off the pace in the last 15 minutes.

But if he does manage it, it just makes it harder for Wiggins to get it = the main bet looks better.

The footballer has finally scored too, so that's another free bet available.

Update: he did make it. I'm very happy for him, even though I would have preferred it was postponed for a day :)

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Spam du Jour 2
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I've seen a theory that spam emails are written deliberately badly so that only really gullible people respond to them. Like this:
From: Gabrielle Moroles term @ nephrotic.co.uk

We regret to inform you that your employment with Ricardo UK Ltd is being terminated. Your termination is the result of the following violations of company policy:
- EBC 5 24.05.2011
- EBC 66 24.05.2011
- EBC 97 24.05.2011

You were issued written warnings on 21.08.2014. As stated in your final warning, you needed to take steps to correct your behavior by 15.09.2014. Your failure to do so has resulted in your termination. To appeal this termination, you must return written notification of your intention to appeal to Yuriko Smeby in Ricardo UK Ltd no later than 07:00PM on 18.09.2014.

Sincerely,
Gabrielle Moroles
+07422-476418

Attached: dodgy ARJ file


So.. someone you've never heard of, emailing from an address you've never got email from before and which has nothing to do with the content of the email, says that you're losing the job you know you don't have, talking about a written warning you know you didn't have, and asking you to reply in writing to someone else you'd never heard of at the company you'd never heard of, via opening an attachment of a sort you've probably never heard of. Just how gullible do you have to be??

Oh, yes, I remember the person at ex-work who got an email 'from' himself with an attachment he knew he didn't send, but who opened it 'to see what it was'. I can't be too rude about him: when everyone else was made redundant or left, he was the only one who survived there...

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