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Nice use of technology...
They have a pretty website... But no way of removing yourself from their list without phoning an 0800 number (which gets you stuck in a queue... At least they will have to pay for this call), or texting E to a £1 text line...
And why on earth would it take 4 weeks to remove?
update tbl_numbers set ex_dir="1" where mobile_num="07123456789"
I'll be interested to see if I was on there, I always tick the "don't share" boxes, so if I'm on there I would be very interested to know how.
All well and good...
But for my money I'd buy the Logitech MX310 any day of the week for the rest of my life.
Cheap, good weight, not too many buttons, lefty and righty friendly.
Used to be able to find the OEM versions for about £12 a couple of years ago... Wish I still could.
Not that I need to buy any more... I've got two, and they'll probably last longer than I will (one even did 30mph on it's back out of the door of my car when it fell out with the lead trapped, got some great battle scars, but still works fine!). But I'm always bumping into people who still have ball mice full of fluff! Dell seem to keep shipping the damn things!
You want to try a VW Beetle or a Ford Capri in the snow.
Both suffer the same problem... The front wheels don't do anything! especially steering! Because both cars lack weight over the front (the Capri was only a 1.6, maybe a 2.8 or 3.0 would work better).
Then again, you can spin anything if you try hard enough... I managed to do a complete 360 in a Short wheelbase Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4... Coming down a hill, in 4 wheel drive, road icy, junction at the bottom, thought I'd loose a bit of the 5mph I was doing before I reached the junction... Engine breaking wasn't slowing me... touched the brake lightly and that was it... complete 360 down the road before coming to a halt... The faces on the drivers queued across the junction I was heading towards were an absolute picture! Windows full of huge eyeballs!
Mental image of acoustic message
So there you are, toddling along in the silence of the deep, when suddenly the entire boat starts vibrating to the sounds of a V92 carrier.... Weeeeee ooooooooooh weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee oooooh bong bong weeeeeeeee chchchchchchchch...
"incoming message captain...."
5 chillers running flat out with no spare capacity... How to increase your chances of critical failure 500%
Lucky they don't run a storage centre, they'd be striping all the data over 50 drives in raid 0, which let's face it, isn't really raid (the R stands for redundant after all!).
Black helicopter? Well they don't care what colour it is, they just need the huge fan on the top!
I don't know anything...
But I'm free next year, and will do it for £500,000 plus expenses.
They're the law, surely they should know if something is illegal or not! If "not" then they have no business raiding the place.
What next, someone being arrested and having their house carted away in vans because owning a bit of cheese that has gone a bit furry in the fridge might be against the Geneva convention on biological weapons?
I have a nice selection of 400Gig RE2 drives here that vary their spin speed... They spin up... Click... Spin down... spin up... Click... Spin down...
...how much the powers that be have bunged this chap to say this...
I can almost hear the EU reaching for their begging bowls to fund their own (now essential) GPS system...
Forgive me for being so suspicious, but we're talking about politicians here!
Quite correct, I'm not sure which mobile phones Shane has been using, but every Nokia I have ever owned has supported maual network selection. Currently that's an N95, so a reasonably new smart phone.
I'm actually sad enough that I've checked out the tariffs in advance before travelling abroad and made a list of preferred networks to use! (Getting the tarriffs can be a bit of a battle though!)
Oddly enough when I was in France a few years ago it was better for me to use any network other than Orange FR... Even though I'm an Orange UK customer!
The sensible thing...
By the sound of it the guy was reasonable, he apologised and deleted the picture.
The transport police should have used some common... Told the father that they would detain the photographer, taken the photographer to their detention room, apologised to him, but asked him to remain there for a few minutes until the knuckle draggers had got on a train. Then they could have just let him go again! Everyone happy!
So first there were applications, then websites, then websites that looked like applications and now applications that run websites like application...
Thank God for broadband, cos with all those layers it'll never fit on a floppy!
Looks like the update notification from 3.0.1 isn't working...
All it keeps telling me is that there is an update to the French dictionary... Why I would want that in the UK I don't know...
Looks like another study from the dept of the bleedin' obvious.
Sleep deprivation as has been mentioned by pretty much every comments is most probably the cause.
Although my theory works the other way round...
Darkness tends to make people sleepy.
It's hard to kill yourself when you're snoring.
Unless you happen to be driving a truck of course, but then that's an accident, not deliberate.
Mine's the one with the shift workers eye mask in the pocket.
At this rate...
...by 2010 every C++ project is going to have to be supplied with it's own Rosetta stone!
/me rapidly returns to the nice structured and strictly typed world of Delphi where basic operators are still words.
Ahhh... That's better... *sigh*
@A J Stiles
Re speed camera detectors...
IIRC that was tested in court, and failed... The camera detector doesn't allow you to listen to the transmission, or decode any content from it, it simply tells you there is one... A subtle difference, but enough.
Although I'm sure that 2 weeks after that they made it illegal to own, see or even hear about such devices on pain of death.
It might be a face that would frighten the French, but he's so busy kissing their arses they have yet to see it!
Very true... I can only explain one of those... The drinking.
Thanks to our 11pm "everybody out!" licensing laws, us Brits evolved the ability to sink 12 hours worth of booze in 3 hours. This in itself wouldn't be too much of a problem if the then sozzled people weren't all thrown out of all the pub doors into the local high street at exactly the same time! Could you think of a better recipe for conflict?
Luckily the 11pm closing as been relaxed a bit in recent years. Unfortunately it's going to take a while for the glass lifting right arm action to be slowed down enough for us to make it much past 2am without serious alcohol poisoning!
Oh, and we all know who's fault those opening hours were... The French... (Well okay, it was the Germans, but if the French had sorted them out on their own in 1914 we wouldn't have needed that 11pm law!).
Re: On the net from an undefined location.
...but with your credit card and billing address information...
So the latency issue is still an issue...
And the data limit is still an issue...
The only person I can possibly think of that could use something like this would be a friend who works on oil rig supply ships, but then again you'd never keep the dish pointing in the right direction when you're bouncing about in the north sea!
Nothing new here... Move along!
Well they're probably not patenting more than any other US company...
That is one screwed up patent system!
I hear there is a new bible in the US... It appears the meek are out, the lawyers will inherit the earth.
OMG! Anyone still using pure alphabetic passwords that can be found in Dr Johnson's 250 year old book really deserve to be lined up against the wall...
Any that are administrators of anything should be lined up with any of their offspring/siblings just to remove the faulty gene from the pool!
For HM Govt to try sneaking some bad news out whilst everyone is running about in a flu panic...
Oh no, I just sneezed....I DON'T WANNA DIE!
Oh hang on, it's hay fever...
@A/C 15:00 27th April 2009
Why are they willing to pay for these customers instead of jumping in when it goes under? Well the longer they leave it the smaller that group of customers will get. It is quite amusing as the Indian call centre have a new script to read when you ask for a MAC... They say "Is this because of the bankruptcy rumours? That won't affect you sir, Tiscali UK and Italy are completely separate..."
@Les Matthew... Well as I just said, there will be less than 1.8 million, but the thought of even half that number of people, all without MACs is kinda terrifying... Personally as a MAC is valid to 30 days (I think), I would ring Tiscali and ask for it... Then ask for a new one every couple of weeks, just so that when it does all go belly up you already have the code! It might make the chaos a little easier on you.
should be safe...
Given his monocular vision, I would image his depth perception to be particularly weak and trajectory calculations inaccurate... Hell, his calculations would be inaccurate anyway, look at the economy!
Mine's the one with the yellow builders hat (can't be too careful).
The middle road...
Surely the middle road solution here would be for the scanning equipment to not be quite so complex... What if it was just an optical scanner of sorts or a digi cam... Take a picture of the person, take a picture of the ID. Everything is stored as an image (and only ever an image) which will reduce the datamining ability to pretty much zero. Keep the pictures for say 6 months, then delete.
This system (c) 2009 by me, can read any and every ID that is human readable.
If there is any problem, well it won't take long to look through the pictures and ID the trouble makers. In fact unless the IDs currently being used contain details like hair colour and number of facial piercings, this step will have to be performed even with their current system.
Old machines = Green ???
Can keeping these old machines really be classed as being green? Pentium 4s glowing away all hours of the day?
Surely if they really want to be green they sell the old machines off to one of the many PC recycling companies (complete with all the private data still on the hard drive of course - this is UK gov after all) and then replace them with something like an atom based eeeBox that sip less than 35watts and cost £200.
Sure eeeboxs don't run vista, but business doesn't need/want vista. Sure they suck at games, well maybe they'll get more work done. Sure they don't have a CD/DVD drive, well good, cos that'll stop people burning or trying to install things off that they shouldn't!
He doesn't think that is a conflict of interest...? Would he please tell us what else he would have to do to qualify?!!!!
Looks like fun...
But I have serious doubts about how something that light would handle the slight breezes that occur in some place, you know, like outside!
Still I guess it's a neat way to check out a building (assuming they haven't blown all the windows in/out with bullets and stun grenades and let that nasty draft in.
I'm off to secure my premises with one of those panning fans... On level 3... Muwahahahaha!
There is one use...
That's already quite common... Tagging animals.
So with your suitably equipped iphone you too can read this tag and be able to confirm the identify of the cat curled round your legs at the front door. This will prevent sneaky cats belonging to neighbours from performing convincing impersonations and having a free meal.
Please hurry up and squash them all for me... I'll personally blow a gasket if I get stuck behind one of those in the mountains!