2300 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007
The continued downfall of civilisation continues.
For years the mathematics exams have been getting easier as the teachers fail to compete for attention with TV and games consoles. It was only a matter of time before some idiot decided to make the language easier.
Can we quickly form an academy Anglais, shoot this idiot, and then dissolve the academy again please.
I can help with the obesity...
Stop eating so much!
Nobody needs a 48oz steak, 4 pints of cola etc.
Hell I couldn't eat a 48oz steak even if I wanted to!
I don't think this really has much to do with profit. I would imagine that the income from roamed charges would be a tiny sliver of a percent compared to the home usage profits. Especially as the moment you stay in a country for more than a couple of weeks, the sensible among us go out and buy a pay-as-you-go sim.
Given a text message is limited to 160characters, even the home network price per byte is horrendous!
Personally I save up all my messages and photos home, and then send them out on the next open wifi point I find as emails.
My head hurts...
I remember the arguments against using cpu speed in the model number, but since it's all gone Ennnn and Qnnnn (where nnnn is a pseudo random number), I've completely lost the plot!
All I know is my two desktops are E6600 and Q6600, so the same core2, running at 2.4Ghz, just one machine has 2 cores, the other 4... Where all these new weird and wonderful models fit in around these old chips is a complete mystery to me!
It used to be that the bigger the number, the better the chip, but that doesn't seem to hold true anymore, especially with the seemingly random L2 cache amounts.
If you're not building machines 24/7, and look away from the CPU models for a month, I challenge anyone to know what the hell is going on!
As for AMD, I lost the plot on those just after the X2 range appeared!
If anyone has a simple way (i.e. fits on one page) of explaining these model numbers I'd be very interested in seeing it.
Paris, cos it makes her head hurt too.
If I was a Pole I'd be slightly concerned about Germany's expansion under Czech and Slovak republics, I think they might be going to sneak in from the South this time...
Although I would actually quite enjoy watching a Panzer trying to negotiate the Tatras!
Then again, having sampled Slovakian mountain roads earlier this year, I think a tracked vehicle might actually be for the best!
I would have much preferred to see a webpage with a DB error on it... That would have been far more amusing.
Yes APACS, sure this specific kind of crime will be stopped when the USA goes chip and pin, in that both the owner country of the card, and the UK support chip and pin... But you're avoiding the bigger issue.
To perform this kind of fraud you only need to find a retailer in a country that doesn't do chip and pin... and you don't have to go very far either... So take your copied USA or UK card over to Europe and go shopping!
..about guessing features from LEDs and Ports... The original Eee had an RJ11 and no modem (an oversight that lost them 4 sales that I know of).
You try finding a USB modem that works with Linux!
...do they have to keep messing up the numbers...
When mobiles first came out in the UK they had 08 numbers, and 0898 was a premium, so confusion reigned.
Then they sorted out the numbers, made 01 and 02 geographic, 07 mobiles and 08 non standard call rate (aka, beware!)
It's no shock that someone having an 07 number to call thinks it's just a mobile.
What idiot regulator allows all the chaos of tidying up the numbers into a logical range, only to let them get f*cked up again within 10 years!
Morons, the lot of them!
"To add insult to injury he told me there is no way to complain to Apple"
Well in the UK there is. It's called the sale of goods act and includes such lovely terms as...
"Unfit for purpose", aka a phone that doesn't do phone calls.
So was it....
A Li-Ion battery or an Nvidia chipset?
I like this idea...
Black list forgetful people...
Then black list all those who wait until they are standing in front of the xray machine before removing their belt and shoes, even though it's been obvious to a blind man 30 people back in the queue that taking them off before smooths things out.
Then black list the people who haven't worked out that if you empty all your change, keys, phone etc into your coat pocket whilst queuing, you can just chuck your coat, the shoes and the belt through the machine and then grab them at the other side instead of fumbling about with those little trays.
Oh, and black list those who have stomachs that ooze over the armrests on both side, or at least make them pay for two seats and/or the excess baggage rate!
Then, airline travel might be slightly more bearable.
Not that I'm ever going to fly to the USA, with my common surname I'm bound to get the rubber glove!
Paris, cos she doesn't leave anything concealed about her person.
/me types away on his Thinkpad R52 enjoying 1400x1050 of glorious pixels.
I find widescreens are like working whilst looking through a letter box. Give me vertical resolution! If I wanted to waste space on the sides I'd use vista and turn the sidebar on!
I used to have an A30 with the same size screen, there's no going back, using anything less just feels like I'm using a cheap laptop with only 800x600.
It does kind of restrict the choice on new laptops though.
...the E4200 will be EEE killer for £200.
Nah, okay, I won't be holding my breath!
Would be nice though... 12.1" display, 64Gig flash, core 2 cpu... Hmmmm...
Mines the one with the reality warping field generator accidentally left on in the pocket.
0118 999 881 999 119 725...
(For some reason just numerics don't count as a comment on here, so I've had to add thsi waffle... Please feel free to ignore)
I was curious so...
I went to the dell website (convinced that the UK site would be several months behind, I decided to hit www.dell.com).
On the front page there are 3 boxes along the bottom, ones says "Headlines"
That looks promising... So I click the picture of the 2 laptops shown at the top of that box...
"The page you requested may no longer exist on Dell.com
* There may be a misspelling in the URL you have entered
* The page or file you are looking for has been moved, retired or is no longer available"
Ahhh... normal dell service has resumed!
The URL for the curious/bored is...
I saw a Diebold cash machine in Slovakia earlier this year, I needed some cash, but I decided to wait until I found one who's ability to count wasn't in question.
I know it could have worked in my favour too, but I didn't fancy the long distance calls to my bank in the UK (okay, their call centre in India via the UK number) if it went against me!
Thanks for the picture... Now they know what to look for and remove!
I hope that's a double bluff and it looks nothing like it...
How about this for an idea...
Given that world + dog is going flash drive crazy, and you can now buy a flash drive that is the same size/fixing as a 2.5" sata drive (but no real need to use that amount of space), how about GPS embedded inside that housing... It will look just like a laptop hard drive... :-)
Idea (c) me, 8th August 2008. :-p
"Yes, it is. I was sitting in my house and got 5 satellites on my N95."
I can't get any sat lock inside my house on my N95...
I all depends how solid your house is... and if it's got a shed load of metal techie things in the attic :-)
As someone else mentioned, the techie savvy way of nicking a laptop will become...
1) Grab laptop
2) Jump on tube train (bye bye GPS)
3) Remove battery
4) Head towards nearest "safe house"
5) Check laptop for GPS device
6) List on ebay
"Safe house" is defined as anywhere a GPS doesn't work, for example any tower block flat with a couple of floors above, or a nice old Victorian house with a basement. Just keep away from the windows - linux only then :o)
I hope the tracking service returns the altitude from the GPS too, otherwise a raid on every floor of Nelson Mandela House, Peckham is going to take quite a while!
Also given the cops track record for prosecuting anyone with a meaningful sentence that might actually deter them (aka not community service for a 27th offence), maybe a slight design fault in the laptop could accidentally release some kind of lethal gas... or maybe a thin film of explosive under the keyboard could actually remove the light fingers they are afflicted with!
"The London transport system has changed dramatically over the past ten years."
Really...Can't say I've noticed... It's still overcrowded old tube trains in victorian tunnels.
The only new thing has been the exploding bendy buses!
How low are these planes coming in over Reading?
It can't be much of a hazard to planes if they're suggesting going for five windmills instead of six.
Maybe it would be okay if the artist impression was of someone else entirely, but just happened to bear an uncanny likeness to the little oik they're seeking... ;-)
Who runs the prison kitchens?
You have to wonder...
...what planet the Apple mob are from... Sure they have come out with some innovative products in the past, but surely when entering a packed market such as mobile phones, the sensible thing would be to know your enemy. "Acquire" a few of the models from the competition, play with them, pinch ideas, nothing wrong with that.
Yet when the iPhone arrives it looks like all they've done is looked up "mobile phone" in the dictionary. It has a joke of a camera and pitiful sms support, the kind that any other mobile grabbed from the landfill could easily beat. Up until now I didn't know it lacked a clipboard, something I've enjoyed on Symbian handsets since the Nokia 6600 which dates back to when you could fill your car with fuel without extending the overdraft!
Apple, stop pandering to the fanboiz, who'd buy a turd with a fruit stamped on it, and do a little market research. You have a nice looking phone, it has a nice interface, but how about backing that up with a little bit of technical ability and get it to do the basics that world+dog has been doing for years.
Mines the flameproof one.
...goes biometrics relying on finger prints!
Come on Apple, you've missed sales opportunity here... (Now I never thought I'd say that!)
You should have connected the 12v pins to something critical inside so the iPhone exploded. You're in the clear because you did warn everyone not to use them a few years ago. For the fanboiz this will be akin to removing an alcoholics liver, and have them running for their nearest iPhone stockest for a new "fix".
Mine's the one with the Nokia in the pocket :o)
Ah, sounds familiar...
I had a machine that suffered from sunburn too..
My favourite weird one was the machine that would never crash when left on it's own.
I could access it remotely, and run it's little cpu 100% 24/7, no problem at all.
But if I sat down at the desk with it, within an hour it would crash.
Until the one day it didn't... The one day I used it for hours whilst sitting at the desk, and it didn't put a foot wrong. The one day when my mobile phone was off being repaired!
Since then I've never owned a PC with a plastic case.
I have to agree with the guys logic.
Assuming he had a licence for the gun, why can't he go destroy his own property?
I'm not sure what cells you hang about in Martin, but I've been with Orange for years, and I've had no problem with coverage or customer service.
At work my boss is an avid vodafone fan, and all company mobiles come from vodafone. I've lost count how many arrive either misconfigured, or not configured at all. Message centres not set, WAP/Internet access points incorrect, and the pain of actually trying to speak to someone who knows what these setting should be in unbelievable. I know, cos I'm the poor bugger who has to do it.
I won't mention the crazy things that the vodafone internet gateway does to http request... Lets just say when you write a java app that uses http requests, you really don't want it to go via vodafone!
Be careful Mr Haines...
It's a long drop from a high horse.
Pssst, Jon, we don't have 240v mains electricity in the UK anymore...
They sneaked it down to put us in line with Europe...
Now the specified mains voltage is 230V +10%, -6%
Like any modern device really cares as long as it's got above 100v and less than 300v!
Although I do begrudge my kettle taking 5% longer to make my cuppa Grrrr! Bl**dy Europe!
I agree many people use a car that is far bigger than they require 99% of the time, but why stop at saying you should have different cars for different jobs... How about pushing it a bit to different vehicles... I came to work today on my motorbike, and although it's quite capable of leaving pretty much any car at the lights, it's going to go a hell of a lot further on it's little sips of fuel than any 4 wheeler. Damn sight easier to park too!
... did the driver even get into our country! Originating from outside the EU, surely he would be required to have some documents giving him clearance to be transporting all that stuff? Let alone bring himself into our country as a worker!
I can't even order some PC components from the USA without having to make a trip to the local post office to pay tax on them... And annoyingly a handling charge with exceed even the tax... Makes me wonder what exactly the postage is supposed to pay for if it's not the handling!
Love it... Nice to know there are still people willing to either say "bollox" to political correctness, or are so detached from reality they don't even realise such things might cause offence!
I so wish they are the former, but fear they are the latter!
500mA is the specification for the maximum current you can draw from a USB port on a PC. It's not the electrical specification for the connector.
I have a multitude of devices which I charge with Mini USB connectors, and I have a cigarette lighter adapter in the car which has a PC style USB connector on the top. This can provide a whole amp of current, and none of my devices, or plugs have yet melted.
Sounds like you've swallowed the government statistics...
Speed does not cause accidents. Bad driving (which can, but does not have to, include inappropriate speed) causes accidents.
Speed (sorry, safety) cameras are a strict letter of the law device, that take into account absolutely nothing but your speed. Unlike a real policeman (if you remember what they look like), who could judge if you were being silly using years of experience.
Take for example a camera on a 30mph stretch near a school.
Situation 1: Pouring rain, 3pm in the afternoon, school kick out time, car doing 29mph (I know, fat chance of doing >1mph with all the 4x4s about, but go with me on this one).
Situation 2: Same road, 2am, lovely clear and dry summer night, car driving at 35mph.
Now which one of those is going to get the speeding ticket? Number 2 because he's doing 35mph past the camera.
Now which of those if most likely to have an accident and hurt someone? Number 1.
I looked carefully at the statistics for a camera near me, the headline said that it had reduced accident, and upon study, yes it had, by about 2 a year (which to be honest would have been eaten up just be standard random variations). However, dig into the figures a little deeper and you find although the total number of accidents had fallen, the fatalities had actually risen! Now I don't know about the rest of you, but I find a few more dents, scratches and bruises highly preferable to deaths.
Can Johnny Foreigner not use a calculator?
The EU seems fixed on removing anything that might require the use of one... Join all the currencies together into the Euro, tada! None of that annoying conversion. Maybe it's so nobody will have the ability to check their expenses claims!
Come on you lazy buggers, we manage it all the time over here... Here are some rough conversions which you can do in your head. Please note I say rough.
When cooking, or talking about the weather C = ( F - 30 ) / 2
When talking about distance or speed, Miles = Kilometre / 1.5
When employing a plumber, Złoty = UKP / 4
And if you think that's bad, try dealing with Americans who take our units, and then short change you with them... 4 Fluid ounces missing from a pint, that's flamin' criminal!
Oh, and well done to our unelected leader for being so spineless. Pity Hadrian didn't put rusty nails on the top of his wall, or you'd never have had the guts to cross it.
How long would it take to clone Maggy and get her back in power? I know she did many unpopular things, but she had more bollocks (especially when it came to Europe) than all the leaders we've had since put together! Back in those days you could always cross the channel and hold your head and middle finger high and proud!
They do say you can prove anything with statistics.
I remember checking out the figures for a speed camera near me... The headline figure showed a reduction in accidents.
However, when you check the figures, although the total number of accidents dropped, the number of fatalities actually rose!
Now I don't know about you, but people actually dying outweighs a few reduced dents, grazes and bruises!
Where's the download link?
Political correctness goes mad once again (did it ever return to sanity)?
I wonder how long it is before they spot some very dubious phrases in sport...
Brace yourself for...
He shots, he scores -> He kicks the ball at the goal, he scores
And what will become of moving through the opposition like a knife through butter?
Ah ya poofs...
Get that 2kg lump and chuck it in some acid! :-)
"the system, which is up and running but inaccessible"
How do they know it's running if they can't access it?!
Small portable storage is always getting lost. I've mislaid countless USB sticks, and even the occasional 3.5 hard drive. However unlike HM Gov, all my important stuff is encrypted, and backed up.
I would recommend going the opposite direction with storage for civil servants being akin to the hotel keys with the huge tags.
Something like an SD card attached to a house brick with a Kensington laptop lanyard should be about right.
Mines the one with the SD sized holes in the bottom of the pockets.
It did work, we're just a bunch of bored techies who love filling in obvious gaps, oh and nitpicking, but you didn't get any of that.
As a Barclays customer I was recently offered a load of shares by them... I chuckled to myself and declined... I'm sure there are some muppets somewhere who don't watch the news about the banking sector in meltdown, but I'm not one of them.
I hope they kick out whoever was responsible for that god awful chip and pin calculator thingy that's required to do anything online these days, and shoot whoever it was that decided not to send them out automatically, but instead wait until the customer was suddenly hit with a "You need you chip and pin security calculator thingy do do this" on the web banking.
Tossers, the lot of 'em.
We see just how good value they really are, and we chuck the EF and F22 up against a current Russian plane... The SU37. We even have some in NATO thanks to our continual expansion eastwards.
Surely it's easier to get teenagers in by just giving away free alcohol... Or am is my 30 something year old brain total lost and out of touch?
TV and film need an email equivalent to the 555 phone number!
Land of the free?
Errr, have you checked that recently?
Mines the nice red one, oh and the musket
I imagine the 50,000 counterfeit DVDs weren't the obvious pirate burnt copies you swap with your mates, rather the more serious full monty pressed pirate DVDs from some dodgy fab plant in the far east.
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