Christ, that's a bit strong - by all means behead someone, but taking them to Halifax first counts as a cruel and unusual punishment, surely?
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Christ, that's a bit strong - by all means behead someone, but taking them to Halifax first counts as a cruel and unusual punishment, surely?
I've said for years it would make sense to do this. Scrap VED as a standalone, charge it on fuel and you can't avoid paying for it (unless you're stealing fuel, and if you do that, would you be paying VED anyways?) Everyone pays a share based on how much fuel they use, which will be determined by driving style, engine size, mileage covered, so it's as fair as you can make it.
In an ideal world, I'd scrap car insurance as well and have a blanket scheme paid for by a fuel levy as well, because it would mean you couldn't be uninsured as long as you paid for fuel...
...I always enjoyed Lester's articles, he always seemed to be enjoying himself, and I suspect he'll be sorely missed at El Reg. My deepest sympathies to his family at this awful time.
Fax - May 27, 1843 (sorry, electric printing telegraph). Alexander Bain, Scotland,
Scanning phototelegraph, Bidwell, 1881.
AC, I'll have two of whatever you're smoking. I think
"Historically, the Lake District in its current form was created in the 18th and 19th century"
is a slight overstatement - yes, Thirlmere, Haweswater and Simpson ground were for Manchester, Kentmere was for mills in Kendal, and there are two other reservoirs, but there are over 60 bodies of water that were nothing to do with mankind - or did the 18th/19th century mill owners send steam-punk robots back in time to use glaciers to carve out the lake district for them?
Apparently not, they worked for more than three minutes...
I've been to the cinema, but not paid to go and see a film on quite a number of occasions now - having planned to go and see a 2D film with friends, it's sold out when we arrive, so they go and see something else in 3D, which I refuse to pay for as I can't see it due to really bad vision in one eye (I end up not seeing 3D and having a really bad head afterwards, so I avoid it now). There is also a tendency in our local cinema to only show some films in 3D, so I just wait for a DVD to come out. YMMV.
I appreciate it's sub-judice for the time being, but I hope el Reg are going to follow this up? At the moment, it really does feel like we don't know the full story, especially why he was on a roof seemingly without adequate equipment?
From the linked story, the guy was working at a flat on St Stephen's Road, Bow - a quick look on Google Maps suggests I wouldn't be keen on being on top of any of those buildings...
There is a BBC Law In Action program regarding this debate, based on the case of a bakery in Northern Ireland who refused to bake a cake because the customer wanted it to promote gay marriage - the shop refused to make it, the customer claimed it was because he was gay, the shop said they didn't know that and only refused as it was against their christian beliefs to promote gay marriage, and it's all gotten a bit political. It's worth a listen, but if you're not in Blightly I don't know how you'd manage that ;)
That's why it's in "Bootnotes" - are you new here?
Yes, that's the scientific method. Police method is one of the following:
1) Look for something to prove what we've already decided. Ignore anything else.
2) Find a likely suspect, beat them round the head until they confess to whatever you want.
...it's a change in the colour temperature (brightness makes no odds in this case), reducing the amount of blue light in the colours. I have a pair of glasses that do this all day, and a pair of Zeiss digital lenses for when I'm not at a computer, it's suprising what a difference it makes using them. But I have a proper optician...
...the videos a mate had taken of his missis after I sorted some viruses on his PC. Mind you, about 8 other people got shown the videos that day. I still can't play pool...
The toaster has already been weaponized:
Is it nearly Christmas yet?
I would normally say "station" on it's own, not "railway station" or "train station", but I guess I'd be thinking "railway station". That said, why is a "bus station" not a "road station" then?
My tap water might be clean, and arguably healthy, but it tastes disgusting - way too chemically for me. It's OK with fruit cordial in, but on it's own, no thanks, pass the San Pellegrino, even if it does cost more!
There is nothing sensitive about the boil on the arse of the world that is Barrow-In-Furness, trust me. (For anyone who hasn't been, imagine the worst place in the world you can think of, and then imagine you're there and being rained on, in a force 10 gale, while being whipped with a wet fish. This is, somehow, still nicer than a day in Barrow.)
Joking aside, x 7, my late father-in-law told me of a colleague of his who taught chemistry at a Barrow school: he needed to "get rid" of some surplus chemicals, namely sodium and potassium. For a bit of a lark, he put varying amounts of each into metal tins (imagine the sort of tin golden syrup comes in), punched a hole in the top and bottom of the tin, and then dropped them into the Buccleuch Dock opposite the school (StreetView - https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-3.2283646,3a,75y,145.42h,102.19t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxq_BobTs8ql6ORRKmYjFYg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1) might explain why Plod took a dim view and asked some searching questions...
For once, I appear to be in the "small number of customers".
Mind you, I've noticed a pattern when there is a mobile outage: when it's O2, everyone complains O2 are terrible. When it's 3, everyone complains 3 are terrible. When it's EE, everyone complains EE are terrible. When Vodafone is out, everyone complains Vodafone is terrible.
I'm left to conclude we have no decent mobile phone service providers in the UK.
Morgan suggests that you start by finding the radio so you can contact air traffic control and say “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! This is Delta 1603. Both pilots are unconscious and I am a passenger flying the aircraft.”
But what if I'm not on Delta 1603, won't this just confuse ATC?
Sheesh, 99 comments in, and no one has bothered to ask this simple question. I'm starting to wonder about some of you guys...
How my Flight Sim landings normally end ----->
...30CM is about a foot in old money? Or the length of a Subway? It seems much bigger than that against Katarina, or is she unbeliveably tiny?
In any case, this Gatsby looks much nicer than a Subway!
I had a similar thing with disappearing emails - we'd had lots of problems with NHS identity service for one particular user, who'd had multiple PCs, keyboards, smart cards etc to try and solve it, I eventually got sent out as the local field engineer to do some digging and get it going, which eventually I did. As I was wrapping up and asking her to check that everything worked OK, she asked if I had any idea why her email had started disappearing since she'd been given the new PC. I did some quick digging, couldn't see anything in Deleted Items, so settling down for a look on the Exchange servers, I asked when it was happening: "oh, it's stuff that comes in last thing in the afternoon usually - if I don't get it done that night, it isn't there in the morning". At that point, I twigged that the email wasn't disappearing, it's just Outlook 2010 moving it from "Today" (which was expanded) to "Yesterday" (which wasn't). Explained it nicely, user happy and not embarrassed, good day all round.
I remember when we first gave PCs to our County Councillors - at the end of a council meeting, we had a pile of PCs in boxes (Acer 486/DX2 66s), 15" CRT monitors in bigger boxes, and some little Canon BJ-200 printers in little boxes.
"Please take one of each box" we told them, and then we'll come and set them up in your houses for you. For the majority, this worked reasonably well, except for the ones who took three monitors, (presumably bigger box=more powerful?) or one who took three printers as "they didn't have a lot of room for a computer".
Some years later, we did a second roll out, and we took the new kit with us to avoid the cleanups we'd had to do first time round. Again, this worked reasonably well, except for one guy who was very difficult to get an appointment made with, until he asked if we couldn't do it while he was out. Guess which councillor had specified that we could only install kit if the councillor was on site while we did it...
Brings a whole new horror to surviving a plane crash, waking up to find you've landed in Teletubby land...
Clue: P&C bays aren't about your legs not working. It's about having room to open the car door wide enough to be able to put the kids into their car seats without me having to mash your car door to do it.
I do realise they are provided as a courtesy, but they do make life a lot easier, especially as there seems to be some rule that says you need X car parking spaces for every square foot of floor space, but no rule that says the spaces have to be big enough to take anything larger than a Smart Car...
We've got a large client who are gradually moving away from their 14ish year old IBM M52/55 fleet running XP to some new HP EliteDesk 800s. Running W8.1. :(
I remember trying to scan a ten pound note into photoshop a few years ago - I seem to recall it came out with a purple transparency over it. I was in a printing company, using Apple Macs, and needed to test that one of their new multifunction machines could scan to the mac over the network, as the MFP installer would only connect it to a Windows system - I seem to remember that I got the same result doing a straight copy on the MFP as well.
Glad I, not the only one to prescribe solitaire to new users!
Had a user whose ir mouse didn't work on a new pc. Swapped it with another users mouse, and the dodgy one worked fine, but the borrowed one showed the same issue. Reinstalled windows just to be sure it wasn't a screwed install, and then got asked to replace the pc - eventually, we figured the boss whose mouse it was had a sheet of glass on the top of his office desk, which was otherwise identical to the others. One mouse mat later, sorted! Seems like the glass interfered with the reflection enough that the mouse couldn't work out what it was doing.
My personal favourite for AOL cds, hanging behind white christmas lights outside a friend's house, so they reflected the lights, and you got some lovely rainbow effects as the wind blew...
Doubt it. I started working on C801/803 ISDN routers in 1999, and they were most definitely Cisco boxes - proper IOS and everything - I'm still running an 897 at home, which was especially nice when TalkTalk wrote to me to tell me that they couldn't scan my router for security issues as they couldn't connect to it...
I suspect for my friends whose houses were underwater, it doesn't matter if the defences "did not fail" or were "overwhelmed in a few areas" - when you've got to move out while repairs are made when there was something there to prevent that happening, then that something failed!
Because I've used Point of Sale and some Carl zeiss meditec equipment running XP Embedded which had "shell, file browsing, control panel, start menu, address bar, etc."
One of the meditec had the default shell changed, but the other you'd have been hard pressed to tell it wasn't desktop XP
It does have an SD slot. I was torn between this and the Z5. I think the x force is better value, but I went for the z5 as I'm very happy with the m2 I had (and still use as I haven't managed to unbox the z5 yet) and I really like my Z3 compact tablet, so it keeps a consistent interface for me, until Sony update one and not the other I suppose...
Oh, it's described as "water resistant " by moto, while Sony are back tracking on their waterproof description of the z5. If the xforce had a fingerprint sensor, I'd have said stuff the interface difference!
If they aren't running a service and you can prove that, you're better off speaking to the area traffic commissioner. The one that covers Manchester is very good and has been known to cause trouser wetting in more than one bus company Md... Especially as she can make them repay any incorrectly paid BSOG (fuel duty rebate for bus operators).
From experience, a friend of mine complained about consistent late running by a particular company, and ended up with a personal phone call from the TC to update her on what we happening. Mysteriously, they stopped running late after that...
I've always understood the expression to be "free rein" - as in, let the rein on the horse loose so it can do as it wishes - here is a discussion from Daily Writing Tips about it: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/free-rein-or-free-reign/
As other people have already said - there is no "UK Police Force" - there's 43 in England, PSNI, Police Scotland and I'm not sure about Wales.
There isn't a single "NHS" to buy things. In my county, there is the Clinical Commissioning Group (admin types who buy in services), 2 Acute hospital trusts (1 in the north of the county, one in the south), and shedloads of individual GP practices. All of whom negotiate and purchase for themselves only. Some practices may have 2 or 3 GPs, some practices may have 4 or 5 sites each with 4 or 5 GPs. Most use one of three different systems, so no volume here.
Ditto Education - 350 odd schools, mostly working on their own - OK, they get good deals from MS, but it's not like there is any joined up thinking here!
Whilst it would be nice to have someone negotiate the volume discounts, at the moment, there are too many egos and too much chance of a turfwar for it to happen.
And why not disparage HAL? look what he did to poor Frank Poole...
Door over there is it? Good, I'll be off then...
From what I understand, the London Low Emission Zone applies to HGVs and PCVs, and means that engines which don't meet at least Euro IV (basically anything before 2005) are charged £200 a day to enter the zone. Seems like that would accelerate their replacement - I can tell you from experience coach operators don't have margins like that to play with!
I'd argue they aren't even "Northern England". I'm about three hours north from them on the motorway, and I'm still in England...
Nope. XP Embedded on most of the kit I've seen, but some of the Carl Zeiss Meditec stuff has been upgraded to 7 now. My experience of working in healthcare was that people were more concerned with physical security (make sure no one can get into the room with the expensive equipment) than information security (make sure people can't access the expensive equipment over the network), but I'm sure all trusts varied.
Or is it hidden in the C3/C4/C5? SWMBO has a nice diesel Peugeot, and I never twigged it had an AdBlue tank hidden in the boot floor until I needed to change a tyre...
If my Samsung Note 8 tablet is anaything to go by, they've got the battery spot on then... I've never known anything with such a shonky battery - 100% to nothing in around an hour today, 100% to 80% in around two hours the following day. And randomly switching off whenever it feels like it. For a "premium" brand, I'm not terribly impressed.
"shouldn't be submitting work electronically unless its (sic) multimedia based" - Or like me have visual problems which lead to incredibly bad handwriting. I was constantly being assessed for special needs due to the fact that I have one OK and one very bad eye, and it affects my writing and not as in "you need to write slower and neater boy". For me, being able to submit my homework or classwork by email was a great help - I wasn't idle or stupid, just had really bad handwriting that couldn't be fixed! Quite a few people at my school used laptops to get them around various problems like this, and this was around 17 years ago - good solid Compaq laptops with a 486 processor and a black and white screen!
...if I weren't at the other end of the country...
I well remember repairing vanloads of Model Bs when I worked at the County Council IT Workshop (firstly on work experience, then as an apprentice, then as an employee) during the mid to late 90s. Our main problem was key switches that failed, usually on either the right-shift or break key, causing schools to send them in as "they won't load anything", something fixed in 10 minutes with a soldering iron.
And we always had a TV on in the corner of the workshop at this time of year for the cricket or Wimbledon.
When correcting someone else in a dismissive fashion, try not to introduce new errors. I think you'll find Coombe Bissett Down Nature Reserve is practically the south coast of England, the Lake District is about as far north as you can go before men start wearing skirts with their pubes hanging out...
I have to say, I think it depends on your local infrastructure - I moved to TalkTalk as they are one of the few companies (the only one?) who don't charge huge amounts extra because I'm not on an LLU exchange. I got ~11Mb down and ~1Mb up reliably, week in, week out, for 12 months. I think we had a line fault once, but I was able to get it sorted via the mobile app fairly quickly, considering all the horror stories I'd heard about them.
I then got a cracking deal with plusnet,which is basically £75 for a year's phone and broadband, and my speeds have dropped down to ~7Mb/.5Mb, the connection is flaky, unstable and drops about 5% of all packets.
Amazon Prime and Netflix streamed beautifully over TT, but with PN and the packet loss, we're really struggling...
...have already said pretty much what I was thinking. Apart from the fact, and nobody has yet said this, Oh my God, do MotherBoard not proof-read their articles?
...are the chief scriptwriter for Casualty, and I claim my free prize!
Nope. Realised what he'd done straight away - anyone else used to play "give the novell netware network a funny IPX number"?
No, I'm in Copeland, so I'm now an Obese Benefit Scrounger. Official, innit?