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Google (other search engines may be available) for "heavy duty bulbs". You can find incandescent bulbs up to 150 watts still available.
Many years ago (no, longer than that), when the E type was young, I was overtaken by one on the minor roads south of Coventry.
A beautiful car, which came blasting past me on a straight, driven by a middle aged man with a long haired blond (female) in the passenger seat.
Of course the road went twisty soon after, so I sat behind him, and it soon became obvious that he didn't know the road, and wasn't at all sure of himself in the car on the bends.
In due course we came to what looked like a blind bend, but which I knew you could get a clear view round if you knew when and where to look - so I dropped back, then accelerated as hard as my car would go, and nipped round him on the bend before he could pull away.
Probably didn't do him any good with the blond he was trying to impress.
The kicker? I was driving a Robin Reliant - 3 wheels and a top speed of about 60.
A while back I was given a "courtesy car" that had keyless entry. I parked it on the drive against the house.
Every time I walked past that window it unlocked... flashed its lights and beeped.
Every time I walked away it locked .... flashed its lights and beeped.
I was glad to get rid of it!
The remote is in one of these pockets.....
Most comments are interested in high levels of usage and/or superfast speeds, but I have rather the opposite problem.
Every couple of months I visit my mother in law for a week - do some jobs, check out her finances, take her out to lunch a couple of times, etc.
The real pain is that I have to use mobile internet whilst I'm there - 3g only, and badly congested until after midnight; even then any sort of video (even flash) is impossible.
Phone service is with BT (of course), and I would love to have broadband, but where can I find an ISP offering a cheap service with a low data cap such as 1Gb a month being perfectly acceptable?
Do any of the small ISP's offer such a deal that anybody has come across?
Installing WGA was not compulsory - particularly if you did manual download of updates, as is only sensible. Just untick that item and tell Update never to show it to you again.
If you have gone and download it by accident, or laziness in checking what MS is sending you, then just Google how to remove it. (Other Search Engines are available)
I thought this was a tech site!
...... the best way to prevent your prints being copied would be to wear false latex fingerprints over your real ones - system recognition of the falsies to trigger an alarm!
Does anybody else remember a woodworking kit - targetted at about 8 yrs or so- in a wooden box with real small scale tools, including a saw, chisels, and drills.
Good enough to actually make small items, but they should have included bandages!
I assume, Alfred E Neumann?
(Re MAD above. Don't know why it ended up here!!!!!!!!!!)
It's not a huge sample, but all the users who bought a new Windows machine just carried on using IE without further consideration.
Those who new what it was about ignored the screen, then went to the URL of their favourite browser(s) and downloaded the latest (or earlier preferred) version directly.
As far as I can see, the EU rule made very little difference to what browsers anybody used.
What did make a difference was the number of opportunities to accidentally install Chrome by failing to uncheck a tick box when downloading something else - eg a AV update. Personally I have found this so irritating that I have refused to use Chrome.
What makes people think that if they paid for access to content they would stop getting ads?
When I retired, mobile phones were still analogue, and though common were not universal.
Work said they needed to contact me when I was out and about - did I have a mobile? Answer was NO. They decided it wasn't that important, so they couldn't justify issuing me one.
Reminds me of when there was a big job coming up, but I was booked on holiday.
"Where are you going in case we need to contact you urgently?"
"Well, I catch a ferry at Dover. When I get to Calais I look at the weather maps, then decide whether to head North, East, or South"
Idiots assumed I must be booked into a nice resort hotel somewhere.
By the time I buy a car built in 2018, it will be 2028 or so.
I will then be pushing 80.
Can this be programmed to give me a wake-up call when I get to the shops?
Blimey, I think all my laptops run on NiCads!
LED bulbs will be a big help in stretching the power.
When I am cruising at the speed limit, and some idiot comes and sits on my tail to try and make me go faster, I just lift my foot until my speed is appropriate for the gap behind me. If he closes up, I go slower.
Probably helps that I drive a Land Rover, and idiots can see that if they ran into the back of me they would have a write-off, and I would need a to re-apply the mud.
So somebody else does that as well!
Have an upvote!
(This was supposed to comment on a remark about putting in high readings before a price hike. Don't know why it ended up here - if it did)
To solve the battery life issue, I carry 2 phones.
An ancient "builders phone" Nokia on O2, which I use for most phone calls - battery lasts at least a weak.
Smartphone, used as a personal assistant, MP3 player, Satnav, and occasionally for making calls on EE if O2 not available or credit/battery low.
Satnav is power hungry, but plug it into the car and it's fine.
I often find myself in poor reception areas, so I would be carrying 2 phones anyway.
My wife is on Vodaphone for extra backup.
Now which phone is where?....
Sure, she lives in a typical south coast urban area, lots of options. But won't contemplate changing supplier for anything from the ones she ended up in after privatisation, because of all the problems other people she knows have had.
No good arguing.
And what I was hoping was that somebody would know of a deal that is not to be found on the switching sites - which I have spent more time on than I care to contemplate!
Whilst we are discussing the horrors of our ISP's, can anybody suggest one that would meet my needs nice and cheaply?
The location is at my mother-in-law's house, where I spend 5 or 6 days every other month. At present I use a mobile dongle, which struggles to give 3G, and even then is s...l..o...w, though it gets a bit better after midnight. There is no 4g here.
Phone service is from BT, and I am stuck with that (phones come from BT, gas from Gas Board, electric from Electricity Board, as it was ordained and always will be).
So. I am looking for an ISP that will provide 1 or 2 GB of data every other month, without demanding the phone line is changed, at a reasonable price.
Personally, I am seriously annoyed by the immoral and unnacceptable increase in the copyright period for existing material.
Copyright is an agreement between the artist and society, giving the artist a period of monopoly in which to earn what they can from their art. To retrospectively extend this monopoly is unjust to society, and should never have been permitted.
As a result, I personally have no respect for any copyright over 50 years, and much less than i otherwise would have for younger works.
That is, if you want to deal with terrorfish.
Outsourcing is one thing, but why choose probably the worst service available?
My late father in law got broadband from BT (against my advice), and the email never worked reliably from day one, despite him spending hours on line to their "support", who knew little.
I then spend hours trying to sort it when I visited (and I do know my way around). Despite my best efforts It only worked on a random basis, so in the end I just set up a freebie account elsewhere and accessed it via POP3. Somehow I managed to get the Yahoo to auto redirect, though I have never found that facility since.
That and the "home hub" are why I would never take broadband from BT
No, it's a backhanded COMPLIMENT.
2 pedant icons in one comment sequence. RIIIIGHT!!!!
Not Welsh - Welsh doesn't have a letter Q
(Finally, I get to use the pedant icon!
Increasingly the answer to "mother's maiden name?" is "Same as mine".
Jupiter is on the east coast of Florida, just north of Palm Beach.
Mars is in Ukraine
Venus is in Arkansas
Moon is in Pennsylvania.
and, of course, Pluto is in Disneyland.
So what was their problem?
Absolutely worthless on a dark night.
The accuracy of a sextant, even in the hands of a skilled user, is often measured in miles, even in calm water. In a gale......
They are fine for crossing oceans, just don't get anywhere near your landfall in the dark, particularly an uninhabited island.
The radar will likely have its own GPS receiver, so that it knows where it is and can thus relate what it "sees" to an electronic map.
The gyrocompass is likely not for steering by, but to give a heading to the nav system for display on the electronic map.
Actually it's DED reckoning. It means to take a previously known position, adjust for time, speed, heading, wind, tide and the accuracy of the helm in holding the planned course, in order to DEDUCE your current position.
Involves a lot of assumptions, and is thus increasingly unreliable over time.
The calculations people are using seem to assume that Voyager has been travelling at a constant speed since launch.
In fact it spent a lot of time looping round the Solar System doing slingshots and stuff until its primary purposes were carried out and it was left to coast in a (more or less) straight line.
It seems reasonable to assume that it is now going faster than it has ever done, and it is this current speed that should be used in calculating its future position.
The data could indeed be very useful, tracking disease clusters. looking for patterns, predicting future outbreaks etc.
Unfortunately the info being collected is far too easy to pin down to an individual. Full postcode is, in many rural locations, a single house. Add date of birth and sex - easy peasy.
Collect first half of the postcode, age in bands, and sex because so much medical depends on it, and it is much less easy!
What most people don't seem to realise is that the TPS works fine. When it doesn't it is either a criminal call, or you have given your number to a firm and failed to tick the box for "do not pass my details to your carefully selected partners" and "do not call me with your latest special offers".
I get far more spam and phishing calls on mobile than on landline, but they are easy to spot - they let it ring 3 times then cut off.
Which would be really helpful if most I get didn't start with "Hi Fred".
Or if the link posted were not usually some afterthought joke unrelated to the main point.
I remember reading somewhere that up to 10% of the population have poor quality or no fingerprints. Builders are a well known case, but lack of fingers is not unknown.
Spotted this in the papers a few days ago. It was obvious from even a short paragraph that no changes had been mad, and the trial areas are just testing the best way to spin it.
Not relevant to me, as I live in Wales, but I have friends and relatives in England who will be getting a heads up and copes of opt-out forms as necessary.
"the massive wave of hype about Windows 95 bringing point-and-click computing to the masses ". Indeed, and I thought Windows 3.? was point and click? Hype indeed.
All this was just before I retired, we were still building IP stacks by hand on each machine, because the slightest factor different on "identical" machines could cause chaos.
All talking to a Novell server (V4??), and, right at the end, through Netscape to the very primitive Web - and still using dialup to bulletin boards that hadn't converted.
Supposedly computer literate kids today would have no idea where to start.
Should have used Thiotimolene!
I notice in yesterdays Times that the health data sharing proposals that were put on one side earlier this year are back on the table. Following the strong reaction against the idea, they are now proposing trials on how to better "explain" the proposals to the public in order to avoid a new flood of objections.
There are, of course, no proposals to address the actual weaknesses of the system, such as the quite inadequate anonomisation.
I can see I will be passing round the opt-out forms again!
And if there is a backdoor into (say) an Android phone, might the terrorist be hacking it?
There was no distillery on Arran last time I was there - you learn something everyday on these tech sites.
I'll have a bottle in my pocket.
Now if only it folded in half, it could have a bigger keyboard (numbers etc.) and the same size screen - use it as a dumb phone without opening it.
They could call it .. oh... maybe.. the Blackberry Psion?
The rest are to operate the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Mill, for the chocolate biscuits
And the 3d printer to make the Marvelous Mechanical bits. After all, it's hardly rocket science.
I am often away for several weeks at a time (holidays, says smug retired git), and had thought of such a system to give confidence that all was OK whilst away.
Unfortunately, I live in a remote area and the broadband dies at least once a week, requiring a power off, or several, to re-aquire it. So, I can't log on to the camera? Is it a broadband problem, has the house burned down, or has a burglar nicked the hardware?
I can't find out, so better not to have the system which will just cause more uncertainty!
For a "real" account that would be true - in this case they had a false name, false date of birth (I am apparently 114 years old) and a disposable one-use email address, so it maight as well be for all the good it will do them.
And I was on public wifi.
I have just been and created a FB account in a false name. There was no ID check at all, except to send a message to an email AC - for which I used a disposable one.
They obviously have some kind of list of what they think are false names, and just reject anything that appears on the list.
BTW, I have deleted the account.
1/1/1900 is the default date I put down when a site asks for date of birth for no good reason.
Often along with their corporate address and phone no.
I just looked at my car insurance, and I find I'm covered for £10mil for third party damage. Why so high? Well, some years ago a car had a blow out on the motorway, went off the road into the hanger of a local airport. Burnt out a whole hanger full of private jets.
That insurance costs me £99 pa
So where do you fit in Second Breakfast?
Until 2003 there was only one register, and it was REQUIRED by law to be sold to anybody who asked. Once upon a time this didn't matter much - it was only available on paper. Later it was available as a computer file, and thus good for sending junk mail.
There were a lot of complaints, over many years, until eventually the edited register was introduced. This could still be sold to anybody, but you could tick a box to not be on it. Junk mailers still used the 2002 list, but this is gradually getting so flakey that it may not be any use for much longer.
Credit reference agencies still get the full version, but it is an offence (specific, not just DPA) for them to sell or give it to anybody else. The low value of the list would not, in any case, be worth the risk to their business model.
On a side note, before the individual registration issue, before it came in a letter would arrive, addressed to "The Householder" saying that it was a criminal offence for said householder not to fill in the form. I contacted our Electoral Registration Officer to ask who the would prosecute in such case, and was told either the owner, or the tenant who had signed the rental. I pointed out that our house was in joint names, and over recent years we had taken it in turns to sign the form - so who would be prosecuted. He had no answer, and said that they had never actually prosecuted anyone anyway.
Congratulations on your Esperanto - you speak it like a native!
A pentras bonvolu.