"It just needs a never ending supply of naive teens and twenty somethings dreaming of a utopia all paid for by fairydust and moonbeams who believe it does." - never were truer words spoken. I was one of those starry-eyed teens in the 60s, believing in Harold and his white-hot technology. Eventually, I grew up. The last Labour government nearly destroyed this country, another one now could finish the job.
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Re: It's really simple
Me too. I've more or less given up buying e-books, they're too expensive. Secondhand bookshops are much more fun, and save me a packet.
Fellow Cornishman here. Just to say thanks for saving me the trouble of posting. One can only hope if it comes to court, they both lose. It's hard to know whether I hate Cornwall Council or BT the most.
Air Navigation Orders...
...or whatever the equivalent is in the US.
These are rules which have evolved over time to protect the public and pilots. One of these rules, in the UK, says quite clearly that flying near (500 feet) 'any person, vessel, vehicle or structure' is illegal. And so it should be. The fact that this aircraft is a toy flown by someone incompetent changes nothing. It is a stupid and inconsiderate thing to do.
Re: not setting the bar very high
@Steve Davies 3:
Couldn't agree more. There is ALWAYS something better to do than watch tv.
Re: Oh deals! :)
Is popcorn a secret codeword?
Re: @ Andy Non
Let's face it, if there is a god, he/she/it is a bit of a useless wanker.
Re: Upvoted and elaborated
Indeed so. My Nokia 1020 takes pretty good photos and has a far higher pixel count than my Nikon SLR. However, the Nikon has a bigger sensor, interchangeable lenses...blah, blah. BUT, and it's a big but, as a pro photographer friend says ad nauseam, the best camera in the world is the one you've got with you. In my case, almost invariably the Nokia.
Re: Russia is a slow-mo failed state
Could not agree more. Always has been, always will be. Any state which is at war with its own people, where corruption is the norm should be viewed with extreme suspicion. Compared to Stalin, the Nazis were pussycats.
When I had the misfortune to be senior management in a well-known multinational, I was taken to task by HR for having an overwhelmingly white male team. When I asked them whom they wanted me to sack, they said I was being 'unhelpful'. Fortunately, I was made redundant soon after.
Re: Open drone season
Let me guess... you're American, right?
Re: The wonder of it all - @Turtle
BRILLIANT! Thank you.
For my very simple needs: email, web, videos and music, it is absolutely brilliant. It is fast to startup and shutdown, detected all hardware successfully and is dead reliable - oh, and no MS tax. Shame about Mandriva, nice idea undercapitalised.
Re: Until we stop running scared.......
Sadly, democracy is pretty much dead, big business rules the governments, and they rule us.
I'm staggered anyone should downvote this post.
Re: I'll take MacOS any day because it's certified UNIX
True, that's why I love my Hackintosh. Go and see Tonymac, and you can do it too!
Re: Who is Kidding Who?@ handle
@Anonymous coward (says it all, really)
Downvoted for being a smug tw@
Re: Marlow Bridge
That is very, very heavy for what is, after all, a car.
Name something that could go wrong with a car and it happened to my TR:
Wheel fell off
Diff blew up
Caught fire (twice)
And many, many more. Loved it, though, and would have it back tomorrow - as long as I had another car when I need to get somewhere.
But then I'm an old person, with nice wind-up watches, so what would I know?
Re: Nexus 7 or Nexus 7 2013
I've got both versions of the 7, and a 10. The 7s are both fine with 5.1, the 10 less so - occasionally drops Wifi, but in all other respects all are ok.
Only if I lose my Rolex, and my Omega, and my Junghans, and my Zenith, and my other Rolex, and my Oris...so no, you smug sod, I shan't be wearing a smart watch.
Re: Ah, media hype.
"This is what happens when you let STUPID people, who others believe in because someone gave them a label of "expert", the microphone." - and is why democracy is so very flawed.
Is that something to do with hunting?
Re: Looks stupid from an enterprise perspective...
The plural of 'box' is 'boxes', or maybe that's not cool enough?
Re: Part-time hedonism
All true, certainly in my experience. I've seen men and women go to the loo on the plane and come out in western clothes.
We should not have dealings with this corrupt, backward regime.
Not red, I'm afraid
If you could name one communist state where people are/were happy, could come and go as they pleased and were treated fairly, I'd agree, but for me communism doesn't seem to work out quite the way Marx hoped it would. Shame, really, it's a nice idea.
However, some other sort of revolution would not go amiss. There is no-one worthy of respect of any political hue, and that is depressing. Sadly, most revolutions just seem to end up with a worse bunch of bastards than the set you had before.
Anyone tried any of those USB 'scopes? I'm retired now with time to play, but not money to blow even on a secondhand Tektronix.
Re: Pity the poor rural business
@Ledswinger - amazing! Not only do you post complete tosh, but, having advertised your lack of foresight to the world, you then do another post which, paraphrased says 'no, you did get it right first time, I really am a dick'.
Re: We will try!
The problem with the Greens is that they don't seem to realise that energy, especially electricity, has to come from somewhere, and we use rather a lot of it. They don't want coal, they don't want oil, they don't want gas, they don't want nuclear, but they do want electricity.And so do I.
Re: ya right
@K - don't forget that Jackboots Smith was every bit as keen to remove our freedoms as that cretin May. If I remember correctly, returning our stolen freedoms was something that nice Mr Cameron was going to do when he gained power. They're all shites, that is what is so depressing, there is no-one with integrity or vision.
Re: What data caps?
Lucky old you. I'd happily pay for that, but here in 'Superfast Cornwall' I have 2 Mbps and am told that it will NEVER be upgraded.
Re: NETFLIX BLAH!
They have piss-poor choice anyway, unless you just like blockbusters.
And don't forget...
...think of the children.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
In what way a fail? I have a Nokia 920, makes phone calls, sends texts and email, browser works fine and it has a great camera. The OS is intuitive. I don't see the problem, but I guess I'm just not cool enough.
Re: Take off energy...
And your not so tiny mind is quite correct. When you are landing, you raise the nose to bleed off energy and kill the lift. If the land is sloping upwards at a significant angle, the amount that you need to raise the nose will most likely be above the angle at which the wing will cease to fly, resulting in, at best, a very heavy landing.
Re: Perhaps, 400 miles if you live in sunny S. Calif
It baffles me all the downvotes these FACTS are getting.
Re: How to eliminate drug lords
Absolutely. Even the Economist is in favour. Sadly, this country is run by the Daily Mail and those that read it.
There is always...
...something better to do than watch TV.
Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®
Julia 'look how wonderful I am' Bradbury? No thanks, give me self-deprecating Michael any day.
Re: Welcome to the Police State
You're absolutely right, but it never ceases to amaze me, the number of people who spout the 'if you've nothing to hide...' bollocks. I never thought I would find myself agreeing with Keith Vaz, but I do on this one.
Don't you just love it that there are still people mad enough to do something like this?
Re: Oh gawd...but not all ISPs
I've been using Zen for years and years and on the rare occasions I've needed support, they have been fantastic. And they call a couple of days after to make sure all is ok.
Re: It surely has a nuclear battery.. despite their lies.
I really hate ad hominem remarks, but for you I have to make an exception. What a dick!
Re: Cameron talking crap again
I take your point, but he does have a point, too. The average El Reg reader is most likely not the average person, almost definitely better educated and with a more inquiring attitude to what is going on in the world.
*Most* comments on El Reg show a better grasp of rhetoric than in, say, the Daily Mail. And no, I don't have a link to a survey showing this either, but suggest, if you don't believe it, you make the comparison for yourself!
Don't agree. We're paying for the crap the Beeb churn out, and they're nothing like as good - or unbiased - as they used to be.
Re: Phoenix50 the Microsoft Troll
With the advent of fora like this, little people can throw their weight around with impunity, whereas in the real world, they would get their heads kicked in. Not sure if that's progress or not.
Absolutely spot on. I remember reading, most likely in New Scientist, that we are about 3000 calories a week disadvantaged against people in the 50s just because they did so much more physical work.
Re: Totally unremarkable
It depends on what you want, really, doesn't it? There are an awful lot of very samey German cars around that sort of price, I agree, and they are probably 'better' technically. I have had Mercedes and I've had Jags, and I think Jags are just, well, nicer places to be.
By the way, it's 'Maserati'.
@DocJD Re: This is just a proof of concept.
I think he knew that, or some of it, but was just aiming for a cheap laugh.
Excellent and informative reply, thank you for posting.