193 posts • joined 28 Jan 2008
Not such a big deal
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.
Re: Why is this any surprise?
Congratulations on your Esperanto - you speak it like a native!
A pentras bonvolu.
Or perhaps just change the colour of the getaway ca to confuse the witnesses?
Ticket to Ride
So what we have always had to do, unless in the City, is ring a random mini-cab company, agree a price, then hope the car turns up and it and the driver are reasonably respectable.
With Uber, you get on line, say where you are and where you want to go, ask for a price, agree it, and watch on the screen as the cab approaches. The company guarantees the driver and car are insured and vetted, etc, etc.
And you can log feedback on the site for your ride.
I see no downside for the customer, only for the old fashioned cab driver
Very Interesting...........but Stoopid.
But were they able to jump it themselves?
Like to see them run this on the Nokia 1101 I used to use for work. Never used it for anything else, and turned it off out of work hours.
Billed the company for any work calls I made as well.
If they didn't like it they could buy me a later model, but I would still turn it off out of hours.
Of course I had a proper phone for private use.
Not exactly fake
I have an FB account, in order to keep in touch with a very old friend who hardly ever communicates by any other method.
It has my correct name on it, and all other information is false. Not only do they think I'm over 50 - they reckon I am way over 100.
The photograph is not me.
Thus if one of my FB Friends tags a photo as being of me, this will not match the one on my account, and will therefore cause date linking to fail.
The more imaginative the lies you make up, the less sense they can make of you.
Re: In The UK We Already Pay A Levy
You may - I don't, and quite legally.
This means you pay for me to watch iPlayer and listen to the radio.
I've been thinking...
...and now my brain hurts.
I have been trying to count up the number of sets of lights where I live, and it's not easy because I fear that I may have missed one.
However, in the entire county, as far as I can find, there are a total of 3 sets. If I haven't missed one.
The council are too mean to pay for them, but we seem to manage.
Opt outs are ready!
This doesn't affect me directly, as I live in Wales, but I do know that at my elderly mothers surgery, all her friends meet up in the waiting room at their regular appointments, and they are all aware of this issue (I may have given them a nudge). Despite the fact that they are Tories to the core, they do not trust the Government (just they REALLY don't trust the other lot), and will be opting out en mass if this actually starts to go ahead.
Many have already put in forms, and will do so again in case the old ones are now invalid.
Bear in mind these are people in their 70's upward to over 100 - the people who have the most dense medical records. If they opt out at the rate I am seeing for this one surgery, the data files will be largely empty.
Mud 1 test phase
I was visiting Essex Uni at Colchester for an SF Convention. A friend who was doing some sort of IT course there at the time said he wanted to show me something they would be releasing soon. The terminal was linked in to MUD, with about a dozen players on line - all local, testing scenarios and stuff.
Of course my character died almost immediately, as did several more I tried.
Then, genius struck! I equiped my next character with a large bladed pike and named him DEATH.
When the screen said "DEATH enters the room", everybody else left as fast as they could type!
Unfortunately I only had half an hour, but I was having great fun.
I believe they put in some routines to try and stop people doing that again.
Re: Not just protectionist
I think you mean they are flouting the constitution.
What we need is some software capable of altering a photo so that it looks right to the human eye, but is wrong for the computer algorithm. I am thinking of the way you can remove large parts from a piece of written text - eg all the vowels - and mostly people can read it fine but a computer can't.
Nobody's paying attention
I don't have a TV, so when I go where there is one on I tend to notice how people actually watch.
Much of the time, they don't. It's on, and they are aware of it, but they are talking, moving about, checking email, texting, whatever.
This is where 3D falls apart. It only works if everybody puts their daft glasses on and sits down and watches - which you may not be able to get the whole family to do for a film or a game or soap opera. Half the people are only vaguely interested, so when a text arrives, they take the glasses off to attend to it, and can then no longer just glance at the screen for updates as they used to.
Same problem applies if there is a "sweet spot".
All these gimmicks don't relate to the way people actually utilize a TV set.
There is absolutely no restriction on free speech involved here.
He is, and always has been, free to say exactly what he wants.
He does not, however, have the right to demand that anyone gives him a platform for such speech. No newspaper is required to print his words, for instance.
And nobody is required to listen. If you stick your fingers in your ears and sing LA LA LA he cannot force you to hear.
My machines, and those I support, run Word 97. Still works fine, and most people don't do any more than writing letters - I give them Word because they are used to it.
Just been announced that the programme will be delayed 6 months.
"Will not be changed in any way, this is a chance to explain it better"
So still opt out, but more time to get friends and relatives to do so.
Red and Blue Wires??
are those the ones where Our Hero has to guess which one to cut so as to defuse the bomb and save the world?
Mines the Spy vs Spy coat
Re: "If you aren't paying, you aren't the customer. You are the product."
Are you so sure paid apps are any better? Perhaps you are just paying to be the product?
Yahoo? Trusted Site??????
I need to log on to Yahoo very occasionally in connection with Freecycle. A horrible website.
Last I knew, Yahoo ran the email system for BT. Another reason not to have broadband with them.
And paying these inflated rates often is optional. Browse to "Say No to 0870" and see if there is an ordinary number for who you want to speak to.
Or look up their Sales number and try ringing that (usually 0800 for some reason)
Or ask them for their ordinary number "as I will be out of the country and can't call 08whatever numbers" There is one - 08 are just redirector numbers.
Too much average coffee
Once upon a time, most caffs served instant, usually fairly cheap stuff.
Now they've mostly put in an espresso machine, but the coffee is still pretty poor, though not as bad as the instant. It gets tarted up as cappuccino, latte, and so on for a dozen options, but the beans are anonymous and undistinguished
The pretentious big chains are the worst - Starbucks are pretty awful, Cafe Nero better. Coffee One is the best, with real bean choices, but only in the West of England and south west Wales.
What has almost entirely disappeared is the coffee shop offering an interesting range of beans and roasts, with a simple sandwich, cake or biscuit to accompany it. Regional Beans, single estate, custom blends etc. etc.
The best I know is in Saffron Walden (east England near Cambridge, and I live in west Wales), who are the only place I know to offer the Civet coffee. I don't know the name of it, but if you are around there it is near Waitrose, and really worth a visit.
And now I've got to go and put a brew on.
The rhino horn is, I believe, effectively hair. Should be fairly easy to fake powdered rhino horn, short of a DNA test.
Feed it into the smuggling system.
Do this, then you can meet the demand. Keep increasing the supply of the fake, and you will overwhelm the demand and cause the price to drop to the point where the poaching is not viable.
Re: Nostalgic fortysomething
Bought my Beeb at the age of 35.
Now have a project for a Pi, so shall be ordering one soon.
Project? To display the output of my car's diagnostic computer on a small onboard screen, so that I can read all the information the dashboard doesn't give me.
Two geekdoms merged! Result!
Re: Is that really true?
That is NOT old hardware. The world is full of people running hardware twice that old and more. I have just put XP on an old Thinkpad - PII 233, 160Mb, 8Gb HD. Works fine as long as you stick to doing one thing at a time.
Always was rubbish, nothing new in that.
I had to deal with Yahoo for a while, when a relative insisted on BT broadband (cause phone stuff comes from BT) who had (still have?) outsourced their email to them A real nightmare.
Now I just use Freecycle, but I have the posts emailed to me, so I only log in to Yahoo itself when I need to change settings - which is also a nightmare, different on every local group. And they wonder why nobody uses their community forums.
Re: Lift my boat
Kayak certainly. A small charge for a short term canal license for an unpowered craft, and I believe the wheel is then free. Go up and down as many times as you like.
Seriously, the tourist trip is not superflous. Get a seat right at the front for an amazing view on the descent.
Very well hidden
I have several times in the last couple of years looked for something like this for my mother-in-law - and I have never heard of the O2 service. She pays £17 a month for a landline based service, doesn't work outside her flat, can't be taken into a shower, and is useless if she has a fall and is unconscious.
A smartphone should be easily convertible - movement sensor to detect falls, GPS to know where she is when it calls for help - and the ability to ask if she is OK and has just dropped the phone, or needs help.
It does need to be easily charged (no fiddly micro USB, it needs a strong rigid waterproof protective case, and it needs a simplified screen display, imitating a button operated phone.
I'm no programmer, but surely it can't be too difficult?
The first Server I installed had 40Mb hard disk; serviced a dozen thin clients, including email.
Apricot kit - not that you were wondering.
The Master Mind of Mars
Ras Thavas strikes again!
Liverpool is in Ontario
Nellie the Robotic Cow
Touch screen failure
I recently took my elderly mother-in-law to the cashpoint, to discover that they had installed a fancy new touch device. Unfortunately, it seemed to be quite unable to register her fingers - even when we found where the actual touch point was (not always easy).
She will not be using that machine again.
Apart from the fact that it is next to the chippy, and rapidly developing a good layer of grease.
Still here in Spirit
No mention of his seminal work in search of the perfect dram "Raw Spirit"?
A lot of fans wanted to help research that one!
And I've just realised that I got 2 puns in the title. He would have liked that.
Pint of heavy is mandatory.
Identity? From Facebook??
If they think that my logging on via Facebook tells them anything about me, they are much mistaken. My name is correct (almost) but every other piece of data is wrong. Even the beer I like.
A very long time ago I placed the contract to install those big generators in the basement (someone else ordered the huge battery banks need whilst the gensets were running up).
They weren't just for strikes or war emergency - a large proportion of London's phone and TV went through the tower.
During the Royal Wedding (Diana) transmission, some idiot in a JCB put the bucket straight through the main power feed to the tower. Nobody watching noticed. Job well done.
Re: Population growing exponentially ?
And if humanity becomes extinct, exactly how will this matter? Another species will move into the ecological gap, and the world will continue unconcerned.
I wonder how these gadgets would stand up to a substantial localised EMP?
Easily generated by any hobbyist, and I imagine it would fry the chips. This is their kit, so they are responsible for fixing it. Again, and again, and again.......
And I bet they would never figure out what was going on!
Hotmail - for El reg ID's
It runs slower that Hotmail, because it downloads a lot of junk.
The right hand pane is a nuisance - full of junk I don't want, leaves less room for message titles, and I can't see any way to turn it off.
Logout is hidden - should be there up front.
Not impressed - generally a mess.
I think I will gradually be moving
What is this Dead Reckoning of which you speak? Do zombies use it to find Brainz?
The correct term is DED reckoning - short for deduced reckoning, in that your current position is deduced from a previously known position, using knowledge of your course, speed, wind/tide drift etc.
Of course if you get it wrong you may end up dead.
But it is a phone!
G Maps has to connect to the web, via the phone system, to access mapping system - so it is still a phone.
Now if you had a Nokia, you can download maps, turn off WiFi, Data, and phone. Now it's not a phone, you might be able to argue.
Bad and good
For several years now I have been on Plusnet (owned by BT, but operated independantly) I have had good service, and since I do a lot of my surfing after midnight, their 10Gb deal works out very good for me. Only spoken to them a couple of times - once for a phone line fault, and once to set up a service for someone else, and found them knowledgeable and willing to accept that I did not know what I was doing.
I also bought a smartphone a month ago on Orange - I didn't particlularly want Orange, but did want the phone offer. Orange were utterly useless, as I was unable to set up an account to spend money with them! Passed me from department to department, never called back, refused to accept that what I told them was possible, and seemed to be located on the far end of a very cheap VOIP link.
Sent off for a new sim - that didn't work either, as it was impossible to find out what it's phone number was until you had put money on it, and you couldn't put money on until you knew the phone number.
I didn't bother talking to customer services, just binned it and got a t-mobile sim, which worked out of the box, no problems, set up account, paid in money, made calls. Sorted.
Artists never have had any rights over second sale (except, recently, for paintings sold in France) - whether sold for less, the same, or more, or many times more. This is the deal in copyright - the creator is given a limited monopoly to enable them to earn a return on their creation. In this context, the recent extensions to the copyright period are immoral, as they apply to existing copyrights, thus fundamentally changing the deal in retrospect.
One new way media creators will be able to generate new profits for a while is from all the people who copied their CD's to MP3, then sold the CD on eBay. When their hard disk crashes, and they haven't backed up, they will have to go and buy a fresh copy. Same will apply if they have stored it in the cloud, and the company goes bust overnight.
My neighbour did not realise she had NFC enabled on any of her cards - did not remember ever having been told.
Went into a shop and bought something about £25.00. Handed over her card, and without asking, touching or putting in a pin, the till printed out a slip for payment of £20, £5.00 to pay. She was most perturbed by this, as am I.
There was no "bonk" involved - the card just happened to pass near the machine.
The limit was supposed to be £15. I found it had gone up to £20, with no advice or discussion.
The bill was for £25, and so not valid for NFC. I had never heard that it can take a part payment.
I do not like NFC, I do not trust it, and I do not trust the banks, but there appears to be no way to avoid it. I have spoken to several banks with whom I have accounts, and they all say there is no choice - if you want a card, it WILL have NFC enabled, for whatever amount they say.
Given the amount of £Billions our beloved government is proposing to blow on the HS2 rail lines, wouldn't it be better to spend this money on decent broadband infrastructure everywhere - fibre to all cabinets should be affordable - so that far fewer people need to travel, and there is no need for expensive and damaging new train lines.
Atomic Batteries to Power!
This may be the original Batmobile from THE series, but it was not the only one. As with the General Lee, imitations were used for a number of purposes, either to shoot two scenes at the same time, or when there was a stunt (such as they were) that risked damaging the primary vehicle.
A car dealer I knew in Coventry had one of them for a while, as a publicity gimick. I believe it was on a Lincoln chassis, and weighed tons as the bodywork was just metal bashing by hand. It was good for about 40mph in a straight line, the turning circle of a lorry, and the brakes off a bicycle. The suspension didn't bounce as Americars normally do, because it was hard down on the stops at all times.
House Rules Post your own message
It would help a lot if banks etc. would stop sending out emails containing links, OF ANY SORT! The say they will not ask for your security details, but any link is dangerous as it could be to a trojan or whatever.
It would also help if they would not ring you up about something, and ask you to prove your identity without being able to prove theirs. Every time it happens they seem to be startled that I do not automatically believe them.
Flawed business model.
Last year I said HMV were on their way out. Put simply, they had a high street business, which made huge losses. And they had a live music business which made a decent profit. The first was in a dying market, the second was in a thriving market.
So they sold the profitable, growing, live music biz, in order to prop up the dying retail music biz.
Idiots. If they had dumped the shops and kept live music they would be prospering now. Though I don't think that they had really cracked it in live music. Something that is possible, has been done at small venues, but could be a killer for big bands, is to sell a recording of the concert you have just heard, the actual concert, not just the songs, as you leave the venue. I think fans would go mad for that.
Ah well, I will just go on buying CD's & DVD's from the charity shops, car boots and ebay, where people who have ripped them to their ipods sell them off - at least till their hard disk crashes and they don't, of course, have a backup.
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