170 posts • joined Monday 28th January 2008 00:46 GMT
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 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.
CFL's contain far more in the way of unpleasant chemicals than incandescents.
incandescents always ended up in landfill, but this presented no particular problems.
Almost all CFLs still end up in landfill. Most people have no idea that they should be recycled, and no readilly available method of doing so. I pass my local tip most days, so no big deal to drop in. My elderly mother in law cannot walk the 50 yards to the other end of the block of flats, where the recycling bins are - so everything has to go in the nearby landfill bin. To get to the tip she would have to take a taxi, cost around £15. Not going to happen.
Re: Upgrade? I don't need no stinkin upgrade!
Certainly does handle DOCX - theres a tool you can download from Microsoft. I rarely need it anyway, and have yet to see an ODF file.
I did say I would change (not necessarily upgrade) when file format became a problem
Re: hush you
The trouble is that postal ballots are readily subject to fraud of several type;
Intercepted ballot papers
Forced voting - where one person in a household or community ensures that everybody votes in an approved way
They should be banned unless you can provide a medical certificate to say that you are physically unable to get to a polling station
Re: Yeah, right
Innocent UNLESS proven guilty please.
I picked my mobile up for cash at a car boot.
The PAYG sim was already in it.
I top up for cash at the supermarket.
The phone is rarely actually switched on, and never at home.
Difficult to see how "they" could know anything about me.
Re: Keep the Tip
Contactless is now up to £20. So you can get ripped off for up to £60 if it is nicked - and that's per card in your wallet.
The correct answer to calculating a tip is to round it to £0.00. I tip only when I have received quite extraordinary service, way beyond that called for in any reasonable job description. Tip somebody for squirting boiling water through some low grade coffee - why?
Oh, and I haven't seen a card payment device in a restaurant prompt for a tip in ages - and I would never tip that way anyway as it will be pocketed by the firm, not the staff.
Sorry, no loose change in the pocket.
Re - Tried that
Curious that their quote for my Land Rover was twice what I actually pay then!
Anybody else remember the episode of Doomwatch with the giant mutant rats?
Best mobile payment
So who needs security?
Over the last few days I have opened a number of accounts on Outlook.com.
The all have the same simple password.
This is because they are intended to be disposable accounts for websites that insist I join with an email ac in order to use their facilities or download something or buy something - you know the sort of thing.
There is no link back to me, and as soon as one account starts getting too much spam or junk I will dump it. Who cares if it gets hacked?
- reminds me of.
as does Office 97. Does far more than I want, why would I need to change?
Re: Not the medium, the message
The old myth again.
You do not have to have a licence to own a TV.
You do not need a licence to watch pre-recorded shows (DVD/VHS)
You do not need a licence to use iPlayer.
You only need a licence to watch TV as it is broadcast.
Read the BBC website. It is very clear on this, as was the last, very polite, letter I received from TV Licencing, asking whether my circumstances had changed and I might now need a licence.
So many myths, so much nonsense.
A good security system for sensitive data will have "3 wrong passwords and itr's locked". If you suspect you are going to be asked for this, before you go try and log in twice - hten you can just have a slip of the fingers and you can't get in.
Make up a false Facebook identity and load it with a carefully calculated set of data, with just the odd slightly embarrassing item.
"Blimey, I haven't been to the doctors for years, I've no idea how to log on"
As I type this my Psion 3c is sitting on the other end of the desk, though I must admit I haven't used it for at least 2 days now.
Happy days? - Still are.
The datalink is in one of these pockets.....
Nothing is True
Except for my name, everything FB think they know about me is false to a greater or lesser degree - actually even my name is not 100% accurate.
They can do what they like with the information they collect - they are just wasting their time.
Re: From the article and comments, we can deduce 2 things;
And a fanatical devotion to the pope
From the article and comments we can deduce 3 things
- Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland
- Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities
- Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL
- Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes
- Pix Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong