265 posts • joined Sunday 25th February 2007 21:38 GMT
Re: Gee Thanks Google
I think your RTFA task has been killed.
"the irritatingly literal EU, which continues to demand that phones work across networks"
Yeah, what a ridiculous assertion that is.
@Test Man Re: RyanAir
"Yeah I'm pretty sure that instead of charging wildly excessive prices if you use a credit or debit card, they now simply call it some "admin fee" or something else now, so EVERYONE pays."
That was my point. Instead of being 'pretty sure', I'm certain from the last two times I booked with them that the price they quoted me up front was the same as the one I ended up paying with my debit card (I tried changing it to credit card out of interest to see how much it increased by, and it was a couple of quid).
Of course they're going to continue charging the same overall amount, but no admin fees were added on at the last minute like before - they were incorporated into the base price as they should be. Makes it easier to compare them through SkyScanner et al.
I feel I need to re-add that I'm far from being their biggest fan; just making sure things are accurate. They now quote prices in the same manner as EasyJet, Monarch, etc.
I fly a lot and RyanAir are normally quite high on my hate-list, but recently they've got better and the up-front price was actually the same one I paid with my debit card. Credit card marginal fee was something like a couple of quid.
Clearly they're just moving the numbers around, but if the up-front price is correct then I can live with that.
Please tell me the "unique link to the company's website" was more complicated than:
Re: weird pet shop
"Looking at the photo, isn't it weird that at both sides of the desk the personnel is crouching down or leaning over?"
I thought that too. It took a while to actually work out what's going on.
Ain't like no pet shop I ever saw! Can't see that many pets for starters.
Re: nit picking?
"150% ...no no no"
There's 'beyond reasonable doubt' and there's pushing it well beyond!
"The Chocolate Factory’s obsessive bid to map every corner of the planet has now taken it up Mount Everest – or at least base camp for climbers – as well as Argentina’s Mt. Aconcagua, Kenya's Kilimanjaro and Russia’s Mt. Elbrus."
You forgot to mention Snowdon. Base camp of course being Pete's Eats in Llanberis.
Re: Money's got to come from somewhere
"If there's neither TV licence or general taxation then you get something like Spanish TV."
If you're referring to the ads:
Advertising breaks during a film is one thing and is fair enough, even if they do put them literally halfway through sentences. Having a 15 minute break about 5 minutes from the end of the film is just cruel!
If you're referring to the quality:
p.s. I do love their idea of scheduling though. You get kids films showing at about 22:00 on a school night and decidedly non-kids films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre on a Sunday afternoon!
Re: Seen it happen on a 64GB card
"My colleagues just went dead after 3 months"
I hope you didn't just leave them slumped at their desks?
'Like a stripper with palms hovering over its body'
Great, now I have to wait 4 hours before I can do anything about that mental image. Luckily I pass a strip club on the way home.
What Are We Waiting For?
So, let's just put the atmosphere back on it, build a massive hose to put a load of water there and then go and live there.
What's the big deal?
You ruined my non-pub lunch with that headline!
What Type of Bees?
Are they the type of bees that make milk?
More like this please
Given the frequency at which the cars Yandexview cars drive around, that's been going on for some time as well.
Re: Screw everything.. but the screen
He can never go back.
You can almost make out car tax discs.
I feel like I'm in one of those films where they say things like "zoom 1000x" and "enhance".
Re: ...terms mere mortals can get their heads round...
How about 10 x 863 million student meals? Any easier?
Re: I did mention Gilbraltar once,
Quit yo' Gib-er Jabber!
"Right now we're looking at the very tiny possibility that it could hit the Earth in 2080, but I suspect that will go away and we'll know we're safe from this asteroid for a long time."
I like that optimism!
"IOS 6.X HACK ALLOWS PERSONAL DATA EXPORT, FREE CALLS"
I just tried this on my phone and called some saucy chat lines, all for free. Thanks for the tip-off! This is doubly-awesome since I'm calling from abroad.
Re: Fake Profiles
"You noticed the sockets?"
Are those 110V pins darlin' or are you just ... erm .... no forget that.
Re: Las Carreteras
'tis true. I'd say literally every single car has parking-related damage of some description.
Although narrow streets densely packed with cars have certainly improved my parallel parking skills (without using the bumpers)
Re: So you're still driving on the wrong side of the road?
Here's the generic formula for you:
2 metres to the left/right* = killing pedestrians/colliding with oncoming traffic*
* Delete as applicable
"Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover"
That's some nice alliteration, good work!
Good article, particularly the point about paid-for versus free services.
On one of the free ones, I've seen a few fake profiles. i.e. Person with a supermodel-looking photo requests a chat out of the blue. It'd be nice if this really happened, but when your instinct tells you something's not right it's generally correct. Suspicions can be confirmed by dropping the profile picture in question into Google images and finding it appears on several hundred other sites with completely different names.
Besides that though, I've struck up some pretty decent conversations so far. I've only been trying it for a few weeks so far out of interest, so let's see!
"Am I supposed to pity the poor white anglo-saxon protestants?"
Protesters surely? Let's not bring religion into this.
Was this drilling followed by it breathing in through its robot teeth and saying "looks like I'll have to rip the 'ole lot out mate, it's gonna cost yer" and then going for a robot brew?
Gravity and time are the key. Standard tea is fine (except budget own-brand pish).
1. Pour the boiling water from higher up so it all bubble up nicely.
2. Swish it three times with the spoon
3. Leave it for three minutes
4. Put milk in if you want. I do.
Also, if we're getting technical we should really discuss Pantone numbers!
There's that word 'inked' again.
Trusty old Cambridge dictionary is still holding out.
Well I watched this 'dirty snowball' video'and I must say, it wasn't what I was expecting.
Re: Double Smubble...
I agree with your general point, but
"Double of 1 is still bugger all"
Double of 1 is 2
Surely half the reason for doing this has gone anyway? As far as I'm aware, the UK operators have to unlock a mobile if you ask them. I did mind recently with Three. They charge about £15, mind you.
I believe it was as a result of some kind of national complaint from France so I'd imagine it's the case elsewhere in Europe too.
So that really just leaves the reason for unlocking as installing apps that have a potentially dodgy source? Most of the apps I use regularly were free or cheap so I'm not that fussed about the walled garden or whatever.
Freedom is always good though, I guess!
Fan or not, was there any need to write 'dead' in the headline?
Re: IT Angle ?
The IT angle is that from now on, every time you see or hear 'Lock the Taskbar' you'll think of a certain song by The Clash.
I guess it's all related, but there was an article on El País about his Dodge the other day.
"We finally have a nanotube fiber with properties that don't exist in any other material," said lead researcher Matteo Pasquali
If he's normally researching lead, what qualifies him to talk about carbon?
So, am I right in thinking that the moral of this story is ... ditching a high volume, low margin client = reduced profits? Who'd have guessed.
The title and possibly the first paragraph of the article makes it look like there's an ill wind blowing across Apple-related businesses.
My Next Research Paper
I'm off to submit my research grant application for:
"A Ten-year Study of Coastal Erosion in Sim City"
Re: Good dog, bad master.
I think it's supposed to be an "analogy".
Except even the most wiliest of foxes can't operate a kettle (in my experience). Although fair play to him for successfully going through the process of buying one and plugging it in.
Be careful if you're googling Heather Brooke!
@JahBless Re: @hitmouse Paperwork
I didn't say that I expected people to speak English with me; I said it's used as an excuse to try and get rid of me. Sometimes it seems like the places aren't interested in making any money.
My Spanish is fairly decent these days, but of course people can still tell I'm not a local so assume I want to use English.
Que será será!
I've been living over here for almost four years now, so have had to visit telco offices several times. While I understand that "all morning" was probably an exaggeration, these trips are rarely smooth experiences. The paperwork is due to the fact that they changed the rules to require ID to purchase anything phone-related after the Madrid bombings, by the way.
Ranging from being told that they don't sell things which are on display in the window to attempted fob-offs using "I don't speak English" (well, we shall have to make do with my moderate Spanish then shan't we?!), I'd summarise that most things involving telcos here are expensive and drawn-out. Even purchasing a SIM card on its own involved about 15 minutes of keyboard-tapping.
Being a Johnny Foreigner* doesn't help sometimes, although generally staff are quite pleasant with the delays and fob-offs!
* Juanito Extranjero?