31 posts • joined 4 Oct 2007
@Craig Vaughton: You are not alone
The UK isn't the only country to have a TV license. Germany has one too.
I sincerely hope that the lower end of the bandwidth goes down considerably lower than 8kHz - otherwise people's voices are going to sound awfully tinny. ;-)
Let me be the first ...
Windows eh? No wonder it can't cope with traffic,
Ubuntu can't access the internet?
That's odd, seems to work for me.
Fact is, the windows PCs on my home network can't access the internet. But that's deliberate - best malware protection money can buy :-)
Give me John Cale's version any day.
Decline in demand for storage? Never!
The world will need somewhere to put all its information about stock market collapses, bankruptcies and other economic disasters, at least in the short term. And by the time that demand starts tailing off the next boom will be on us.
@Mr. Nobody re: 240 Volts
> Cool! I guess it's the extra 10 volts that make those data centres so very expensive.
Assuming you're in the UK ...
Have you actually measured your mains supply recently? Do you really believe that the grid operators went out and replaced all their expensive step-down transformers overnight when the spec for the mains voltage was changed from 240V +/-5% to 230V +/-10% to "harmonise" with most of the rest of Europe, who also changed from their former 220V +/-5% to 230V +/-10%. No, I thought not.
What actually happened was ... nothing.
240V +5% is 252V, which is less than 230V +10% (253V). Similarly, 220V -5% is 209V, which is greater than 230V -10% (207V). So the whole of the ranges permitted under the two previous standards fits neatly into the single range of the shiny new EU harmonised standard and nobody has to do anything. Magic, innit?
Of course, now somebody will prove me wrong and show that new substations actually do generate a nominal 230V, but I doubt it. The power distribution companies probably use the extra range to permit a substation to supply a wider area, since the power drop between substation and consumer is proportional to the length of the cables.
Interesting that here in Germany lightbulbs seem to last a lot longer than they did back in Blighty. http://members.misty.com/don/bulb1.html#mll
Scotch Corner? No wonder there's congestion, if the killer satnavs are directing all the Newcastle-bound traffic via Knightsbridge.
Mines the one with the (paper) map of N. Yorks. in the pocket.
Vacuum cleaners and processors that are afraid of the dark
Had a PC installed at a customer's site once (a prototype system, which is why we developers were looking after it) that started rebooting for no apparent reason at night. But not every night. Turned out that the cleaning staff had decided that the power outlet the PC was plugged into was more convenient than the one just outside the door that they were supposed to use, and simply unplugged the machine when they wanted to clean the floor.
An then there was the mainboard that was afraid of the dark. The PC failed one day - just wouldn't start, no lights, nothing. Onto the bench, case off - works fine. Reassemble - won't start. After a couple of cycles of this (making sure that no connectors were getting disturbed during reassembly) we decided to reassamble under power to see at what point it failed. Simply putting the cover on caused it to fail. Lifting the back of the cover to let a bit of light in - starts working again. One of the guys came to the conclusion that the machine was afraid of the dark ;-) ... Turned out that an LED in the front panel had got one of its legs bent at some stage, and the insulation had gradually chafed away. Unfortunately that leg of the LED carried the 5V rail of the mainboard and a short to the case took out the whole system, but the short was only present when the cover was fully pushed home.
I can imagine ....
... that if such cameras become commonplace, we'll see a rise in car number plates that look something like this:
And so dies a whole line of jokes ...
... because you can't get approx. 0.8 hectares by being kicked by a cow.
Never mind, though - I'm sure the term won't die out for a long time. Here in Germany they still have:
Zentner --- 50kg (hundredweight, near as dammit)
Tonne --- 1000kg (ton, near as dammit)
Pfund --- 500g (pound, near as dammit)
Zoll --- inch (used for screen sizes and, curiously, threaded pipe fittings)
Woche --- (week - still has 7 days) ;-)
Not to mention degrees, hours, minutes etc. Expect them to be decimalised next.
Blast from the past...
I didn't know that our Anthony Aloysius St John (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hancock) was so popular wiv the yoof of today.
Mine's the Astrakhan on the peg with the Homburg.
How about this ...
How possible would it be to find out the ISP and IP address for any of these so-called politicians? If that's at all possible, the remedy might simply be to complain to their ISP that you suspect them of infringing your copyrights. If enough people do it (it only needs 3) then they're out, and we'll see how fast the law gets changed,
I beg to differe
> Better late than never, eh?
No, not really.
Mightn't they have trademark problems from a certain well-known keyboard manufacturer?
Unless of course we've just found their new business model...
@Steven Knox Re: 24 success stories
Apparently these 24 success stories aren't running Vista at all - just the service pack.
Running late, badly specified ...
Just like any other IT project.
Mine's the donkey jacket with Anders^H^H^H^H^H^HAccenture on the back.
> So, I guess they must be paying the hookers to stop.
You're missing the point. They pay the hookers to appear to whip them. Those of us who would whip them for free would do it properly.
@AC and others, re "April Fool"
It *is* an April Fool story - and ISO are the fools.
A very apt typo in the title
Never mind the quallity ...
If digital radio in Blighty is as poor as the terrestrial digital TV over here (Germany) then I'm not surprised nobody wants it.
Before Putrescent Penguin we have to have Nasty Nematode, which I for one will be avoiding :-)
Can't wait to hear what the 'J' release will be called. Jubilant Jabberwocky?
Shame about the dialog.
It's still the original, so if you understand German turn the sound off.
El Reg. writer to boldly split infinitives ...
... that no man has split before.
I'll get my coat.
> Does this mean that any forum or website that requires you to complete a captcha and also enter a password also violates this patent?
Maybe. And if so, DEC also violated the patent in the mid 1980s by having a dual-password feature to log in. So when will DEC^H^H^HCompa^H^H^H^HHewlett Packard get sued?
Should be able to get a monkey joke in here somehow ...
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Just do it.
I'd advise not to bother bidding ...
I'd advise against bidding - the discs are obviously im(it)ations.
Patrick M oore quote
Patrick Moore was misquoted. What he actually said was:
Patents - not really
IIRC there wer no patents involved. Copyrights, yes, and other, stranger theories of "intellectual property" infringement, but no patents.
Does that mean that all my Zep CDs are analogue? Didn't know there was such a thing...
Use the law against itself
If you receive a Section 49 order, encrypt it (or rather, the fact that you have received it) immediately. Then, by the very same law, you may only give your encryption keys to your lawyer.
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