Re: I know that I'm a bit dim...
"4G worked almost everywhere that we travelled."
Well, you can't have travelled far then!
97 posts • joined 12 Dec 2007
"4G worked almost everywhere that we travelled."
Well, you can't have travelled far then!
"If, as is implied, the images used in the captcha were selected by a computer which matched them as being a butterfly then what is the point in using them?"
That is exactly the point. If machines selected all these pictures as butterflies then the machines would be unable to deal with this Captcha correctly. Only a human would be able to tell which ones are really butterflies.
I agree and maybe it is more than coincidence that the same problem existed on a Fiat Strada I owned for a couple of months between real cars back in the '80s. It had small rear light clusters above the grey plastic back bumper but the brake lights were sunk into the bumper itself and looked more like rear fog lights than anything else. In those days it was permissible to have two rear fog lights on a car. During the short period I owned the car I was rear-ended twice, a feat that I have only managed once in total on all the other cars I have owned in 50 years of driving.
Do you have a reference for that?
Ah! Supercalc and Wordstar. Those were the good old days. Who needs a mouse?
"We are always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make people’s lives easier"
So, Darren, you know exactly where you can stick any banking service that is one of the "new and exciting ways".
"As a right-thinking Reg reader you may well think that this social science stuff is rubbish and simply isn't to be trusted".
Have an upvote! I do think you should have used the "joke" icon though.
On the other hand perhaps not.....
I think the aim is not to force people to have internet access at home if they don't want it. The aim is to have it available at 10Mbps or greater IF YOU WANT IT no matter where you live. A laudable aim, no?
And it's licence on the east side of the pond
Not sure I'd want to take it off road with 17.9mm (<3/4in) of clearance.
There, fixed that for you.
+1 for Clementine. I use it on my Linux boxes and was so happy with it a Google search for "player like Clementine for Windows" turned up Clementine for Windows much to my surprise and delight. Works better on Linux though. I do get occasional hangs using it on Windows.
Perhaps they already have...
And I have a Lenovo X60 laptop that has survived several tens of thousands of miles in my motorcycle panniers without a spinning rust disk failure so SSD and traditional are equal on that.
So it's 410 grams. How hard was that?
But you get an upvote anyway.
"So it you're about twenty five times more likely to be killed by a criminal or loon than by a policeman."
How many people are killed each year by members of their own family rather than criminals or loons? I suspect a lot.
"said David Sandwell, a hefty geophysicist"
Now that's not very nice, is it?
"No, a shortsighted invention which reduces road safety.". I fully agree. For some years motorcyclists in almost all countries of the EU have had to ride with their headlights on in daytime to make them stand out from all the other traffic. Putting daylight running lights on all vehicles removes this protective advantage from one of the most vulnerable class of road user. Well done all those politicians who don't bother to think things through.
Exactly. Slightly off topic but back in the '80s I remember reading an article in Gramophone magazine about the then-new CD players and the prospects for small version for in-car players. The article pointed out that the problems of a tiny space and the heat given off by the laser made this impossible. On the back cover of the same magazine was an advert for the first self-contained in-dash car radio/CD player!
@John Bailey: I too use CPC/Farnell and I also use Rapid Electronics. I have found both to be excellent though cannot comment on their paper catalogues as I have never asked for one. It would cost me too much in impulse purchases!
TheOtherHobbes: "Not entirely fair. I've always found Maplin staff to be more informed than elsewhere. Some of them are even enthusiastic and genuinely helpful."
You've been shopping in PC World too much!
"The mower I really liked had no wheels, it hovered. Main selling point was being able to cut grass on a slope around a pond or other water source."
I can see how a hover mower can cut on a slope with a human to hold it in position. How does it manage to stay on or climb a slope on its own?
+1 for LibreOffice
Have an upvote for saying what I was about to say!
+1! I also jumped from the useless Natwest to Nationwide nearly two years ago and have never looked back. And I get free European travel cover.
"the rock is around 4.4 billion years old - so it was formed just 100 million years after Mars itself. In planetary terms, this is very young indeed." Surely, while young in terms of the Universe, it is very old in planetary terms if it is only 100 million years younger than Mars itself?
Have an upvote! Showing our age aren't we!
Accepting any vouchers provided that they were for items that the store stocked regardless of whether they had been purchased or not was a deliberate attempt by several of the UK larger supermarkets back then to undermine the whole voucher system as it obviously added overheads to check out times. The attempt failed but, yes, you could get a lot off your weekly bill by collecting coupons from magazines.
It always amazes me that people reverse into supermarket parking slots. It is always easier to drive forwards into a narrow parking space and reverse out into a large open area than vice versa. And that is apart from the disadvantage of returning with your shopping and finding someone, probably me as I have a long car and supermarket parking slots are short, has left insufficient room for the trolley to access the boot or the boot lid/hatch to open.
A quick poll at our local Tesco last week gave the reverse-in parkers a majority over the forward-in ones. Weird!
And you call that a FEATURE?
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.
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.
I think you mean "Arguments to curtail freedom always begin with something like this."
"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!
"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?
And how exactly does one measure four times better? Or 16 times better? What rubbish.
No, it's the man from mars!
Twp? Did you not read the bit where it says the typewriter is going to the Science Museum in London?
but I think the figure looks like Marvin. Didn't think robots did that kind of thing.
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.
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.
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?
Indeed. Even our local library in darkest Wales offers ebooks.
Horse? Stable door?
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?