66 posts • joined Wednesday 12th December 2007 14:47 GMT
"a pin through the coax and cut off flush can be very hard to find"
Oh! That does bring back memories!
My sentiments exactly. The thought of the El Reg hacks sitting in the pub/office thinking up lines like this makes my day.
Thanks adding for THAT picture
I don't know how many times I have seen that picture over the years but today was the first time that it struck me that the lady could not possibly be able to view the screen from that angle.
Re: Out of sympathy
I think you mean "Arguments to curtail freedom always begin with something like this."
Maybe not quite as bad as it's being painted
Re: Sod the lot of them
"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices…. "
Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations" 1776. Still a very relevant book today!
Re: Fast connections
"China is a totalitarian state than can mandate what it likes ...... but people in W. Europe prefer to have some say in where their tax money is spent."
So how do I go about making it known that I would like my tax spent on FTTP rather than on HS2? Or a third runway at Heathrow? Or a forest of wind turbines?
"We're talking audio with something like four to 16 times better fidelity."
And how exactly does one measure four times better? Or 16 times better? What rubbish.
Re: Negative Kinetic Energy but Positive Virtual Power?*
No, it's the man from mars!
Re: Made in Wales?
Twp? Did you not read the bit where it says the typewriter is going to the Science Museum in London?
Is it only me..
but I think the figure looks like Marvin. Didn't think robots did that kind of thing.
Re: and to think I moved accounts from Nat West to Nationwide
Yes, I moved from Natwest to Nationwide also earlier this year. However, whatever the problems with Nationwide's new system I would never go back to Natwest.
Re: I miss the ounce...
Same in Italy. Un etto is 100 grams and is used in grocers where we would use 4 oz or quarter of a pound. And even the French often use un livre which is a direct translation of one pound as a way of ordering 500 g or half a kilo.
Re: Didn't BMW try this once...
I think you have to blame the French, and Michelin in particular, for this piece of nonsense. They persuaded car makers to fit wheels with metric diameters to various vehicles, Montegos and Saabs as well as BMWs, and thus tied you buying replacement tyres from Michelin. Expensive they were too. I think the car manufacturers got the message from angry customers and dropped the idea tout de suite as they say.
I fail to see how countries like The Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Italy, to name but a few, are not on this list and so, presumably, worse than Nigeria etc. Perhaps a few people forgot to send in their forms?
Re: Too Late
Indeed. Even our local library in darkest Wales offers ebooks.
Horse? Stable door?
Re: It's lobsters
Ah! So that explains this
very nicely. Just waiting for them all to appear in my local Tescos.
Water, electricity, sewerage and gas are not universal but there are alternatives. I have a borehole and pump for water, mains electricity, my own septic tank for sewage and no gas. So I use alternatives to mains for three items, water, sewage and oil for heating and hot water instead of gas. I do have the luxury of mains electricity. Electricity is all but universal these days though we did not have it in my youth but had a small hydro plant. I could, expensively, have an alternative for electricity too using a diesel generator. Now tell me how I could provide my own broadband connexion to the backbone without outside help from one of the big players?
Looking out of my window over the Welsh countryside I can see lots of sheep, none of whom appear to be using broadband for anything. Meanwhile I am trying to use a broadband the speed of which is a tiny fraction of the one I left behind in Sussex last year. I want better broadband. I want it here and I want it now. Sod the sheep.
Agreed. I have been on holiday in France for the last week and the complete Orange outage was front page news over here. It just so happens that I am piggy-backed on O2 and had no service here last night. This morning it is working perfectly though. Never mind, it is 30 degrees and sunny!
I got a text from O2 a few days ago telling me that my calls from Europe back home would cost 50p then would come out of my normal monthly calls allowance. Hopefully there will be a bit of a price war now!
Re: One, two, three, jump! But where?
I too jumped from Natwest who I had been with for over 50 years only about 3 months ago. I too went to Nationwide who have been perfect so far. They even have somebody in the bank I can go and talk to, unlike Natwest where every contact seems to have to go via a call centre. The whole Natwest "customer care" system which involved 4 months of mucking me around for a simple change of account name got me so livid I moved. And now I get free travel insurance too! Well done Natwest, you have save me about £100 a year on that one. Idiots!
Re: "I have almost 300 facebook friends"
Great link! You have made my day. Am I allowed to upvote you as well? Oh, let's try it anyway...
Been here before
I seem to remember the Club of Rome around 45 years ago said much the same thing. In fact I think we should all be dead by now judging by their forecasts back then. I doubt that much will change in the next 45 except that this idea will get regurgitated in around 2057.
Join the club!
And I thought it was just me.
Playmobil or it didn't happen!
"A 1907 lighthouse that used prisms to amplify the light without need for an excessively thick lens".
No, the prisms focus the light into a beam. There is no amplification involved. Back to school!
Re: Motorbike Satnavs?
I have been using a Garmin Zumo 550 for the last 5 years and cannot rate it highly enough. Although I do not use it with a Bluetooth headset it can be done and Garmin market some of the Zumo range with Scala Bluetooth headsets as part of the package. I tend to use a lot of out-of-the-way roads, many abroad, and the normal choice of fastest or quickest routing on the GPS is not enough. The Zumo 550 (and some if not all the other Zumos) comes with a route planning program for the PC (Windows only at present I believe) which allows you to create a route on a much larger screen than that of the GPS itself. The route can then be saved and downloaded to the GPS and off you go. All the Zumo range are designed for motorcyclists so are waterproof and pretty rugged. I think they all come with a car windscreen mount too. Your problem is the price, at least double your target £200.
TomTom Go Live 1005 Europe
"The capacitive 5in 272 x 480 screen isn’t as crisp as that on the nüvi 3590LMT, but you are saving £140 on the cost of the Garmin". Well, with the Garmin at £310 and the Tomtom at £270 I make that a £40 difference. Not such a big saving.
Re: Re: Oh yes, that's the car for me!
Can you tell me where this extra 5 litre tank is? How is the switchover performed when the main tank runs dry? How do I know that I am running on the secondary tank and not the main one?
Perhaps you mean that most, if not all, tanks have a safety margin of about 5 litres when the fuel guage or trip computer tells you that it is empty. This has been standard practice since long before fuel injection. With fuel injection the system is normally self-purging of bubbles otherwise cars parked after a long run in the Texas sun would never get started again for fuel vapour blocking the lines under the bonnet. As for the idiot light, it depends on whether that is self-resetting or not.
Ah! I feel a Jenlain coming on. Here that would cost about the same as a month's broadband from BT
Very Short Term Weather Forecast
I just use their on-line rainfall radar with 30 min snapshots of the last 6 hours. Shows you where the rain is coming from and allows you to work out the rough arrival time. The rest of the Met. Office is a waste of my taxes as far as I am concerned.
So what is the terminal velocity of the iPad in one of these cases? Probably fairly low as the case is presumably light and we all know the iPad is too. So dropping it from only 50 feet up might get it striking the Earth at the same speed anyway. Might even save wrecking a perfectly serviceable balloon as well. Sighs...
Can't really blame the clerk...
I don't see anywhere in this article or the two linked ones any statement that the clerk wasn't told of the dangers. However I did note in the newspaper article that she made a habit of not bringing enough paper rolls with her to work. She transferred the files from her stenography machine to her PC then erased the disk of the former. Sounds generally slap-dash and incompetent to me. Definite FAIL
Not saving the planet...
...but probably saving your catalytic converter from being poisoned by neat fuel.
different at depth...
Most of the ocean lies below the influence of the heat input from the Sun. There is little mixing of warm and cold; the cold water is denser and stays down (at close to 4C) and the warm stays on top. You therefore need to calculate the expansion based on the top few meters which are the only bits which are warming, not the whole depth.
Too cheap to meter?
What they forgot was the cost of the transmission network to get the electricity to the consumers. That probably accounts for half the cost of our electricity bills. Neglecting the subsidies for the wind lot that is.
"Old and daft"
Well, I guess that I come into that category but being old means that I do know what goes on under the bonnet (hood to you Merkins) because I had to in my earlier years. The analogy with cars (automobiles) breaks down though because when the number of users became great enough, and there were mounting safety problems i.e. deaths and injuries, the authorities introduced compulsory assessment of driving skills. In the UK it was in, from memory, 1935. (No, I am not quite that old.) The answer was not to make cars uncrashable.
So a true analogy with cars should mean that now there are a huge number of interconnected computers then for the safety of others, never mind the safety of the owner, a form of assessment of computer skills should be a prerequisite for operating anything other than a stand-alone computer not connected to any type of network.
"So far the problem has been largely restricted to low Earth orbit (LEO), but geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) could suffer the same fate over a longer period of time."
Shurely a piece of junk in geosynchronous orbit is not moving relative to the other pieces of junk there so will not collide with it. Anyway it is all over the Equator so who cares?
Not a SNAFU...
but a good illustration of Hanlon's Razor.
Quite right too!
It is clearly completely wrong that a person should break the law even if it is to highlight the poor security of some organisation.
Oh wait! I had forgotten:
"In one major departure to previous Lenovo tablets, the screen rotates only clockwise. " Just like my X60 Tablet which has a screen that rotates only clockwise then.
I bought my X60 several years ago as a private purchase and the only thing I have needed to do is replace the HDD with a larger one. Now how do I get the other half to buy me one of these X220Ts for my birthday?
the brass keyhole is completely out of place on a piece of retro '50s furniture.
The desktop wallpaper is the Horse's Head Nebula: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eifelsternwarte/2836509256/
But what is the round thing on the bottom of the keyboard flap? In Swedish it is "Solsystemet" and looks as if it ought to be an astrolabe. Perhaps even a working one. Does anybody know?
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