79 posts • joined 12 Dec 2007
Re: wasn't long ago
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!
It's got to be a nomination for an IgNobel Award!
Re: I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!
@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!
Re: How the sale went down
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!
Re: What happened to GAGA
"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
Re: Free Mein Kampf
Have an upvote for saying what I was about to say!
Re: Resolved? I think not.
+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?
Re:...I'm awaiting Win 8.1.1...!
Have an upvote! Showing our age aren't we!
Re: Auto tills had some redeeming features...
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.
Re: Tesco are the worst
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!
Re: This is a KNOWN FEATURE... READ THE MANUAL...
And you call that a FEATURE?
"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.
"when our sole satellite will approach to within 356,953 km of the Earth.". Our only natural satellite maybe, but only satellite?
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.
Re: map costs
My Garmin has lifetime updates, normally four times a year, of the maps for the whole of Europe for a measly £70 or thereabouts.
Ah! I feel a Jenlain coming on. Here that would cost about the same as a month's broadband from BT
Forgive me for being cynical
"the retailers will ........ do mystery shopping exercises to make sure their staff are telling the shoppers the truth."
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
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...
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