17 posts • joined Friday 25th April 2008 12:37 GMT
Now there's a surprise
So let me get this straight, a company providing escrow services releases a study to promote the service it provides? Colour me shocked.
Windows 3.1 added support for long file names
Did it? I could swear that was 95...
"did you mean..."
I've always thought that "did you mean...?" suggestions should be followed by a button labelled "No, I didn't"
"like red light cameras"
I don't have a problem with red light cameras - now if only there was a way they could be used to catch cyclists too...
Crossrail may be 1/10th the length, but a large proportion of it is underground, and involves work on upgrading existing stations and the like with all the associated difficulties, so the two aren't exactly comparable.
It's more the repetitive nature of the job than anything - you get into a rhythm and are pretty much working on autopilot.
"Hello, would you like a bag" <bip bip bip> "That's £4.97 please. Thankyou... five o-three change and your receipt, bye" - repeat for 7 hours or so. Not difficult to let your mind wander.
The old argument
The "you can't build your way out of congestion" argument always comes up with this sort of story. Of course you can. There are a finite people with driving licenses in the country, which isn't that far off the current traffic levels. So unless we all suddenly develop the ability to drive several cars at once, where is this extra traffic supposed to come from?
Much of the congestion is due to the fact that our road network hasn't been significantly enhanced since the 1970s, other than the odd white elephant (M6 Toll anyone?). Add to that the already bursting at the seams train services, and the fact that buses anywhere outside of large municipalities are next to useless, and the whole "oh, we could let people drive on the hard shoulder" idea is like icing a burnt cake. The idea of charging for the privilege of sitting in a traffic jam is just insulting - as if anyone does that for the fun of it?
Why oh why
Why on earth do phone manufacturers persist on having those horrible tiny loudspeakers built in? The sound quality is always terrible, and the only people who use them are chavs on public transport. A headphone socket would be perfectly adequate.
Then again, the advert for this phone shows exactly who they are aiming it at...
Just the job
If they're still doing the offer when my current 3 year-old Sony Ericsson kicks the bucket, I'll be right along there. I don't need a camera, MP3 player, radio or kitchen sink on my phone, so a basic model for a fiver will do me nicely. And as for PAYG costing more - I currently top up £20 about every 3 months, so there's no point in me paying that much a month on some daft contract.
So yes, there's definitely a market for this sort of thing. Not so long ago, a retailer I worked for stocked a basic Samsung model for £20, but gave away a £10 gift voucher with each one - they flew out.
I used to work in a hardware store...
...the number of people we'd get in who'd been sent by their bosses to buy these items.
We used to pass them over to particularly gullible members of staff who didn't know any better - "The gentleman would like some Tartan Paint, can you show him where it is? We keep it by the Hammerite..."