531 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007
Re: "generally inappropriate use of matrix signs"
Ah yes, these should be reserved for messages that are actually reasonably important and relevant to a motorway driver.
There are a number of pointless "propaganda" messages that do not generally meet those criteria, and turn the signs into a distraction (and again inspire Craigie's Pavlovian response).
Examples include "Don't Drink and Drive", "Congestion Stay In Lane" (when the variable speed limit indicators on the same gantry are already active) and "X minutes to <significant junction>" (these are minorly useful, but not really important enough, IMHO, to justify putting them up).
Re: "Red X on tunnel"
Of course, because using the Lane Closed sign for "Queue Ahead" is so obvious!
Incompetent use of the available tools partly explains why idiots like Craigie exist (that and the safety features of modern cars militate against Darwin).
Happiness loves company
Don't worry, you're not the only one who has not had their valuable time wasted (thereby leaving it free for more useful things [see icon]).
Re: BTFO yet again
And yet #think! how much #worse! #things! could be if #Yahoo! had #invented! the #hashtag!
Re: Telephone Tracking
Would that be the one with the stupid and utterly pointless "corporate whalesong" rebrand that (temporarily) went titsup recently?
Re: Intel 5200 at 4K?
I recently replaced an HD5450 in my mATX case with a R7, which is (I understand) about as far as it's possible to go with ATI^H^HMD graphics in low profile at a reasonable price.
"Media Plurality Concerns"
Hmmm, seems more likely that a reduced Murdoch influence (currently he has 100% of Sky DE & IT, and this would be cut to an indirect 40% [via his BSkyB stake]) would be seen as a positive move.
Re: Convoluted registration
Oh my, yes. Whereas the old paper VAT return had just 7 boxes to fill, and a space to squiggle a signature at the bottom (I must admit I was surprised that they never tried to redesign the form, given how beautifully straight-forward it was).
Re: Just what am I supposed to be doing online?
"What am I meant to be doing every 3 months?"
I suspect it's mostly businesses and employers that are being forced into using gov.uk this frequently (or more), as VAT returns now have to be done electronically, and so does PAYE.
(don't get me started on the "we did nothing" reporting that now has to be done for PAYE if you don't pay someone - WTF is the point of PAYE RTI if we have to do this as well???)
Re: So what are the 'things'
I think you'll find it's actually "Intransigence of T'unions".
Re: A blue LED indicates the light is on
So that when you have a blown bulb, you know what state the circuit is in (and can avoid that "argh, I'm blind" moment when a new bulb is fitted).
(the closest icon for indicating a classic "lightbulb" moment that I could find)
Re: Do people still use ISP email accounts these days?
Lots of "ordinary" punters do, yes. Often for business purposes too! (it's not uncommon to see tradesfolk with aol.com/hotmail.com or similar cheaply stencilled on their vans)
And increasingly, legitimate small businesses like mine are finding that the likes of Google will silently blacklist us in ways that make it impossible for us to know whether a single person to person email will be received. (yes, right now, if I send a genuine email that the recipient wants and their email is hosted by Google [such as virgin.net], there's a good chance it won't get there, yet I won't know that [until the client and I are in contact via some other means])
It's a bloody nuisance.
...seems they have that problem licked then.
Re: Diminshing returns
I just dropped £50 for an R7 (having previously had a 5450, though that had to be hijacked for a new Esxi box I was building). And I thought that was pushing the boat out somewhat!
"reverse stock split"
Oh, you mean a consolidation.
(I'm getting a sense of deja vu that I've seen and commented on similar butchery of the english language in a story like this in the past)
Yes, W7 does come with Remote Assistance. And RA provides a better experience (than TeamViewer, IME) for the person providing assistance when it works. But I've also found it to be much less reliable at connecting than TeamViewer - particularly if the remote site is bandwidth-constrained (as is apparently the case here). So I tend to use TeamViewer by default, because it just works.
Re: Who sued who?
Well, I could live with the pink, but Meccano made out of plastic? WTF? That really is outrageous.
Re: happy birthday www
What do you expect from a principally "dead tree" publication?
(is that on the list now, I wonder... hmmm, doesn't appear to be)
Don't you mean Formula 0.00000000001 ?
"You mean you know of an IKEA store where you can actually pay for stuff before your credit/debit card has expired?"
There are two key items of knowledge for successfully visiting an Ikea store in less than three lifetimes:
a) where the internal shortcuts are (so that you aren't forced to circumnavigate the building), and
b) never, under any circumstances, visit after 4pm or on a weekend.
I still have an S2. It does what I need. Why would/should I upgrade? (this isn't necessarily aimed at the S5 per se, but the latest crop of phones in general)
Hmmm, so I guess that practical fusion power is now, what, say 20 years away?
And there used to be a model railway group, sited between the Polish memorial, the codebreakers huts and TNMOC (and the Harrier when that was there too).
Re: Dream? Nightmare more like.
Ah, made from de-oxygenated copper, right? Or is it oxygenated, I can never remember.
Re: It's not just about websites though is it?
«Take my work; every 28 days I'm instructed to "change my password for my security"»
The default in Windows domains is 42 days. I usually push that out to 90 days or so (it's a reasonable compromise for the environments I'm normally managing).
There are a couple of valid reasons for requiring regular password changes - a) if someone leaves and IT isn't informed (no, really, it does occasionally happen!), the password expiry should limit exposure, and b) it discourages users from password-reuse (in the same-password-everywhere sense).
 assuming supporting secure policies are in place (such as preventing remote changes of expired passwords).
Re: Seeing the password
"The fact that the entered password is only seen as a string of ******* doesn't help either."
The theory goes that this provides protection against shoulder-surfing. I suspect that this is less of an issue than previously thought (and those keen observers can probably achieve the same result by finger-watching).
This seems to be being belatedly recognised - I've seen a number of places where the user can now opt to show passwords as they're typed (for example, when connecting to WiFi networks in recent versions of Windows).
Re: Imagine how much better it could be
Conversely, in the run up to Christmas, I placed an order with eBuyer on Fri 19th, with next (working) day delivery, and received confirmation that my goods would be delivered on Monday 23rd.
So when the courier rang my doorbell on Saturday 20th, I nearly missed him because I wasn't expecting the delivery.
Not only that, but when I didn't answer (because I hadn't heard the bell), he knocked on the door as well, and was trying next door as I did belatedly get to the front door. And this was Yodel (formerly HDN).
I think you'll find that it's actually BT's best effort at helpfulness.
It's just their incredible level of incompetent boobery that makes it look like obfuscation.
"much easier and quicker to get someone else to text you the correct number than searching the net for it"
Really? In the time it would take to "phone a friend" and have them search, I've probably found the number, dialled it and dealt with the automated "press 1 for sales, 2 for accounts, ..." and reached a human being who isn't authorised to solve my problem.
@Blue Eyed Boy
192 was abolished in the name of competition (it was perceived that simply allowing other operators to offer equivalent services was not good enough, when everyone "knew" 192).
Personally, with the rise in ubiquity of the internet in your pocket, I'd expect the overall income across all the 118 operators to be falling off a cliff.
In much the same way that Hibu (yes, really), the owners of Yellow Pages, have recently gone into administration (their corporate rebranding can't have helped).
Re: Ah, the vagaries of time...
"159,980 years ago".
IOW, there's fashionably late, and then there's taking the piss.
The logical response from the tech companies running these shuttles would be to arrange to collect from workers private residences instead, and not use the public bus stops at all. Then they won't have to pay the local authority fees (they may still need to pay something to the workers whose residential parking they "borrow" instead).
...and you can spend all day polishing your balls.
Re: Still and expensive 1tb
LaCie always was expensive.
Re: Has anyone checked whether there was a power outage in Gloucester?
"(On the other hand, we are talking about FastHosts...)"
Ah, yes, for "datacentre", read "cupboard under the stairs in minion's house".
"whoever designed and tended the myer.com.au disaster recovery plan is about to revise their curriculum vitae."
Whoever chose to implement a site upgrade/change just ahead of a known high utilisation phase is also likely to need to do that.
Re: What I can't make out - why oh why was it ever put into hibernation?
Have an upvote, as I was wondering the same thing. (and one for the other commentard posting on similar lines)
and the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and the LibDem Party web sites (etc, etc, ad infinitum).
Re: Off to read my BT contract
Andrews & Arnold have publically stated that they are unwilling to install filters of any kind. I'm very glad that I have my business lines with A&A.
Of course, the minimum ratio for the brandy is 5:1. That's 5 parts to the chef, and one to the pudding. Any less and you're definitely doing it wrong.
(icon demonstrating what happens when the lit match is applied at the table)
In general, pretty much any pudding made by someone else for you is "the best" (bread-and-butter pudding being the notable exception of course).
And for anyone else contemplating stepping into this one, desserts are right out.
Why on earth would you waste perfectly good raisins on bread-and-butter pudding? Much better to use them in something worth having, like eccles cakes or a proper tea loaf.
"Sometimes it’s rhubarb crumble."
I'd far rather have that than the abomination that is bread-and-butter pudding (with or without added chocolate).
Probably the fx-451 (he says holding one in his hand [the one I had for school work, some 30-odd years ago]).
"Ignore the letters, eventually they get bored and they stop sending them."
Some 5 years after getting rid of my television, I'm still receiving periodic "you're a crim & we're gonna 'ave you" missives from Crapita on behalf of the BBC.
Would that be a Fraudian slip?
(yes, that is typed as-intended)
"You'd be amazed at what it shakes free."
Yes, but I like my liver and kidneys exactly where they are, thank you very much.
How much effect does the smoothness of the surface have on the aerodynamics of the craft? If there's little difference between the cuttlefish finish and glossy perfection, then by all means, implement just a minimal amount of sanding/priming (saving time for other more useful beer-related purposes). However, if there is a significant difference (in favour of glossy perfection), then it would be just terrible if Vulture 2 failed in its mission because you didn't put enough effort into the decorating.
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