If you try the hoverboard game..
Try ignoring the "RETURN TO PLAY AREA" request. There is lots either side to explore.
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Try ignoring the "RETURN TO PLAY AREA" request. There is lots either side to explore.
This is exactly how services like Stripe and Braintree work.
Except there isn't just one thing to go wrong per race, there are tens of thousands per lap.
The owner had spent a lot of time on the phone to the DVLA in advance of the trip. It was agreed that by the simple application of money - and having an MOT booked for arrival - the problems would go away.
In practice the car didn't attend the MOT it was booked for but was taken off-road on arrival and then trailered to Ariel the next day.
Yes, in fact the car is currently back at Ariel in Somerset and we are thinking of a trip back to London in it.
What I don't get with MX-5s is why there are so few of them. I drove the new 1.5 last week and it's amazing. Sweet, beautifully handling and everything falls to place. I really, really want one.
But it's not savage like an Atom. It doesn't have the grabbing the horizon and pulling it towards you brutality.
But yes, there are lots of good heart as well as head reasons to buy an MX-5 over an Atom.
Of course it runs Android.
It's very unusual for a Walled Garden to be beneficial but I think in the case of automotive, where there are significant safety and security issues it can be justified.
There is a fantastic book on this: Kidnap of the Flying Lady: How Germany Captured Both Rolls-Royce & Bentley
The village being St Jean Cap Ferrat, home to Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, and a place which Chris Evans described as being unaffordable even when he'd just sold Virgin Radio isn't too shabby for a Rolls Royce. Cars we've seen there include Aventadors, Spykers, a Towns Lagonda, an early Countach and a Bugatti TYpe 35. Even if it was a Pur Sang that's a million pound car.
It may be the "Govenments", setting the rules but in practice it's the regulators who are much, much too cosy with those they regulate - particularly in emerging markets.
The telcos use the banks services because they have to. They are made to do so by the regulators. Hmm, I wonder why that happens. And it happens in spite of the banks not because of them.
I've been in meetings where regulators have said "Anyone in our country can have an e-money licence", and an operator from that country said "we applied and didn't get one". The regulator said "That's because we decided that when you said you wanted it you didn't really". It's pathetic, and keeping the poor, poor.
Everyone hates their bank. I remember I said to someone I was off to a meeting with my bank and his response was "give them hell". I was going there to open an account so that wasn't necessary, but the assumption is that banks will give you shit service and treat your money like it belongs to them.
The banks are evil. They work with the regulators to slow down the roll-out of mobile money and in doing so keep the poorest people poor.
I worked in Mobile Money for the GSMA and went to meetings with operators, banks and regulators. They all make noises about "working together" but the truth is that the biggest success, M-Pesa in Kenya happened on the quiet without any grand plan.
I sat next to the architect for M-pesa at a conference. Someone on the stage was extolling the virtues of mobile money and m-pesa in particular so I asked the chap next to me "is he right", the answer I got was "Yes, but what he's missing is that it worked because the banks didn't see us coming".
Now they have seen mobile money coming they don't want the telcos eating their lunch. They ignore the fact that due to M-pesa the number of bank accounts in Kenya has tripled and instead take the view that they don't want to do banking for poor people and they don't want anyone else doing it either.
So they scream "know your customer", "money laundering" and "financing of terrorism" as reasons why the telcos shouldn't be allowed to do it. Many of the poorest people in the world don't even know their date of birth much less have a piece of paper proving it.
There is a reason for this. Banking is the easiest business in the world. Stock is other people's money. In any other business if you sold the same stock to lots of people you'd be done for fraud. Try to invent the idea of a "liquidity ratio" in any other business you'd go to prison for trading while insolvent.
It's so easy the telcos can afford to do it for free. They give consumers free money transfer because they know that when the money arrives at the other end the recipient will buy a top-up and that's where they make their money.
If I want to send £100 from London to Paris, Western Union will charge me £14 to do it. I sat at a fat cats dinner financed by Western Union and thought "I'm being fed by the poorest people in the world".
Gates is right in "We need banking not banks".
Surley 02 + 3 = 5
But then A knights tale is one of my favourite films.
A special version for tablets..
One of the best episodes was "Blink" which pretty much didn't have the doctor in it.
I really like Eccleston because he too the really difficult task of rejuvenating the programme the BBC had neglected and making it work. It's a shame he didn't stick around.
Quite a lot of the "best" doctor comments reflect the age demographic of Reg readers.
The programme needs to reflect on getting rid of K-9 because he made it too easy to get out of tricky situations and then doing exactly the same thing with the sonic screwdriver.
Wow! Only one upvote? And that's mine. Jon Ritman wrote PCW Batman.
I've had three junk calls to my mobile today. Two from 01 and one from an 08 number.
I have a cunning plan.
lemon soaked paper napkins
Yes. They cite using an iPod touch as a phone
It was interesting to hear Germaine Greer on the radio at the weekend being pro-fracking.
A friend once told me that they don't have a witness protection scheme for the Parks Police, because "The Parks don't have grasses".
When I worked at Motorola there were plenty of technical women in senior roles. Engineers, VPs, program managers, developers. For an old-fashioned Mid-west company it was surprisingly not male dominated in engineering.
If you are editing 4K video while on location it makes sense.
Keep the change
There are quite a few 3G senior phones - Doro 615 and 624. But anyway it's far more likely that 2G will outlive 3G. One network gave a 2020 close-down date for 3G and 2025 for 2G
Pah, sold out
It's pride weekend in Brighton.
That's just what I thought when I saw it
The way Loon works, with the balloons constantly moving and changing height to get to different parts of the jet-stream to move in different directions (there is a good YouTube video on this about the New Zealand trial) you need several balloons repositioning for each active one.
It's a fascinating project but I don't think politically workable.
Once changed the wheel for me on my Lancia Delta 1500.
It's weight in printer ink? Do you realise how much that is? I once worked out that if you filled the petrol tank of a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador with printer ink, the ink would cost more than the car.
It will change from insurance to product liability.
From talking to lots of car companies - the mostly autonomous car really isn't that far way. Five to ten years.
I know someone who had a revenue-shared 0705 number. He'd court the spammers and keep them on the line as long as possible raking in the cash. He built quite an elegant solution which even had a social good element sending the revenue to South African townships.
You can't revenue share 0705 any more.
I took my son (17), girlfriend and her son (13). We all enjoyed it but my son *loved* it. I can't remember him being so happy. I think the highlight for him was when a Jawa stole his watch.
He said that he's taught himself to lucid dream and has put himself in the scenario which Secret Cinema built.
I like the ban on phones/cameras, not for the secrecy but it meant the place wasn't full of people taking selfies.
I agree it's worth putting the effort into dressing up (something I did badly), I don't think it too expensive. My only criticism is that the toilets were outside and going to them broke the fourth wall.
I'm booked for July 8th. I can't wait.
I loved the Amiga, I still have a Robo City News t-shirt from the second devcon, '85 I think.
I came back from the event and persuaded the publishers I worked for that they should let me launch Amiga Computing magazine.
Hmm, must get the emulator to play all that old Rainbird stuff.
No, Voda also has a Waterloo office
That pic came from the Met press office, it's funny that no-one there spotted it either.
It's ironic. And seeing as I often get praise for the great stuff the subs do, I'll put my hand up as the person who chose the pic.
Having spent a lot of time talking to people who've attempted such a "simple" change it's anything but.
Security services don't need to crack the encryption, all mobile networks have a lawful interception clause written into their licences. The security services can just wave a piece of paper to listen.
Of course they can't do this in countries where they don't have control, but then some countries are not allowed full strength encryption.
They use it for some BT events. There have been some press launches there.
It's the socks which go missing
The thought that has occured to me today is that this won't of course spot the worst pot-holes. The ones in bus lanes because while cyclists are free to ride in bus lanes - there is nothing more fun than holding up 12 tonnes of hooting bus - range rovers can not.