210 posts • joined 18 Jul 2008
Tom Tom's LIVE update (which costs about £60/year) is quite good at telling me about delays when I've already been stuck in them for a few minutes. I believe the raw data comes from other vehicles using Tom Tom kit that can dial out (so if they're moving at 5mph on a 60mph road, there is congestion) so it depends on Tom Tom market penetration and also on how many people have enabled the sharing feature.
There is also a spurious "no through road" in the database which tries to prevent me from getting to my house the most obvious way.
Presumably they have an AdBlock Plus tracker, too? I'm not on FB but the wife is, and she says she never sees any adverts.
DAB (or a lot of low bitrate Internet radio - I'm looking at you, Classic FM) isn't worth running through a decent hi-fi amp and speakers, because it just sounds too bad. It's fine for speech on a small kitchen radio, which is where we use it. Except that my preferred music station, Jack FM, is, as its name suggests, not on DAB. So actually it's just my wife that uses DAB to listen to Radio 2.
If FM goes I will only listen to Radio 4 on DAB, occasionally kicking the set down the garden when The Bloody Archers, some chattering-classes feminist claptrap or a esoteric documentary about lesbian haddock comes on. So that's two thirds of it..
FB said the videos need to be available so people can condemn them.
By that logic, FB needs to allow Gary Glitter's browsing material of choice too. Stupid argument.
FB is just trying to be provocative, like a rebellious teenager as a result (ironic, given that FB's main user base is now middle-aged, teens having decided that sexting each other on Snapchat is the latest thing).
Of course, there was a U-turn of the U-turn as soon as the advertisers pointed out that they didn't want their product promoted next to some poor woman being killed in a medieval fashion.
car widths have increased 16 per cent in the last decade and parking sizes haven't got any bigger
This is a big problem. Most garage doors are exactly seven feet wide, meaning you can't actually drive a new VW Golf or Honda Civic into the garage without either folding the mirrors or risking a scrape (the clearance on each side is only an inch or two - good luck with that when you do it 365 days a year). So everyone clutters up the street with their second or third cars and fills the garage with broken barbecues and other crap. Many cars are banned from the Rotherhithe Tunnel for the same reason - they won't fit through the new entrance bollards.
I know the world's people are getting fatter and fatter but there really ought to be a limit on car width. No-one is going to go and widen all the roads by 16%.
What's wrong with "Scheissesturm"?
It's also more alliterative and the extra syllable gives it a nice rhythm
Re: At least with this site...
My wife and I tested this scientifically by putting ourselves on hotornot. 7.6 and 8.3. I was the 8.3 and she's never lived it down ;-)
Paris, because she's not shallow or anything.
We're all going to hell in a handcart
Give them leaky Osmiroid fountain pens and tell them to MTFU. You can't make ink pellets with an iPad.
Coincidentally, we took the kids there last week
The ring display was a bit "meh" (it's next to the secondhand bookshop and not exactly pride of place) but the curse seems to have worked on nearby Tadley, which has some of the most depressing housing outside the former USSR and a nuclear warhead factory.
My daughter bought a rubber dragon from the gift shop, which I suppose might have been Smaug.
It's the iPhone 5, stupid
Apple put a new phone on sale in Q4 2012. Samsung didn't.
But this analysis is about HBOS
The wider banking crisis occurred because 'merkin banks made lots of doubtful loans to trailer trash and then securitised these loans, selling them on to a succession of other gullible banks (including British ones) who didn't realise or care what they were buying - they just looked at the predicted cash flows. Predictably, the trailer trash defaulted and there was a massive loss of confidence in the whole system which caused the credit crunch and thus the recession (or is it a depression by now?).
So it's the same root cause, but through an amplification mechanism that is more akin to the casino banking which the OP dismisses.
This would almost work as a proposition for us. My wife mainly does short trips to and from work 3 miles away, I rarely drive to work (I cycle, to keep the flab at bay) and we have a petrol-powered estate car for longer trips. It's vanishingly rare that we need to independently take long journeys.
Battery cost is still high, though - add on the electricity cost and we'd only just be breaking even on "fuel" costs, I reckon. Lower servicing costs and a longer-lasting vehicle, though.
Main disadvantage is that the house would really need rewiring, as plugging in the Zoe and the tumble drier together would almost certainly fry the substandard radial connection to the garage.
That reminds me of the old joke about the three golfers; the Englishman with the implanted mobile phone in his finger and thumb, the American with the videoconference facility built into his corneas, and the Japanese guy who suddenly has to run into the bushes, because he's receiving a fax.
Re: Private Pirate Operations
Is it purely a coincidence that the last cipher group is an anagram of wankr?
are easily broken en-masse with a rainbow attack, unless you used a really strong password that the creator of the rainbow table didn't include, like "j67-*^%fg".
This is a pretty epic fail, although I accept the judge's assertion that no harm can be proven in these specific cases (I'm assuming the users changed their passwords promptly so the stolen hashes can no longer be used).
I'm an EE customer
and I don't recall them telling me about the 4MB cap. Maybe they buried it in the weekly spam e-mail, in white text on a white background, or used steganography to hide it in their horrid new logo.
The only way to get the creamier taste of "milk first", and still brew the tea with boiling water, is to use a teapot.
Sorry, the research just shows what a bunch of philistines the sample was.
Selling remaindered goods and services to less affluent people* is her biggest achievement, and therefore an excellent metaphor for Britain.
*I have bought a couple of holidays off lastminute.com, no complaints
Actually, vinyl sucked. Yes, it's analogue (good) and it has a wide dynamic range (good) but add the slightest dust contamination, and it all goes to hell. And it wears out. And lots of them were very poorly pressed, so they would never sound good even on a £100,000 system.
Laser turntables (which predate the CD) are interesting because you can play LPs without wearing them out and also get error correction for scratches and dust. This isn't a pure analogue system, of course, but it's pretty good.
Personally I find CDs just fine. When I first got a CD player I took it round a friend's house and we played some of the same albums (The Stone Roses was one of them) on his Linn turntable and on my Philips CD610 (still going strong 23 years later), through the same high quality amp and speakers. They sounded different; the CD player gave a warmer sound, possibly because of the absence of any mechanical stylus noise, but we agreed that neither was "better" than the other. I would have been 21 at the time, with more high-frequency hearing range than now.
128k MP3 though, I can't cope with. When it gets to 256k, it's fine.
Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....
Because you are receiving an artificial subsidy (paid for by me and most other electricity consumers) out of all proportion to the true value of the power generated.
And I'm not even on Lewis' side in this debate.
Sky - paying for adverts
I confess to being surprised when I subscribed to $ky and paid handsomely for the privilege of seeing even more adverts than on ITV. VH1 was unwatchable because they crammed all their adverts into peak hours (with none at late night) to get round the 10 mins per hour limit, meaning it was about 20-30% adverts if you just wanted some music videos.
Only the movie channels avoided adverts (at least during films) but they cost a shedload, the pricing structure being geared towards making you pay for the full monty rather than just selecting what you want (if you add either movies or sport, having everything costs very little more, and I definitely didn't want sport).
Eventually I unsubscribed because satellite TV turned out to be a prime example of Sturgeon's Law.
It's getting worse
The irony was that Microsoft's unofficial version of Java, once bundled with Windows, was generally OK. Then Sun sued Microsoft and the result is that we have to use the bloated, insecure, crapware-laden official version (anything that adds itself to the system tray and creates pop-up reminders is a fail in my eyes). I never install it when building a machine, and if a website requires it, I decide that I don't require that website.
The current irritation is that the latest release of Firefox prompts me to install an updated version of Java whenever I start it (on Windows, anyway - it's OK on Linux Mint). One day the wife or kids are going to do what FF asks and I'll have a crapware-infested system. Hopefully them being "limited users" will prevent this.
Re: Star Wars originally planned to have 9 parts?
As any fule no, the "IV" was added in the 1981 re-release.
A car starting battery is a very poor example, because it is built to supply high current above all other considerations, and is hardly discharged at all in proper use. Try using one as a deep cycle battery and you'll be lucky to get ten decent charges from it as the plates fall apart and buckle.
A better example would be a deep cycle lead-acid "leisure battery". I don't know how long these last, but it isn't 2000 cycles and 10 years. On the other hand, lead-acid batteries nearly all get recycled, so it's not all bad.
Not good enough
I want a ring like that of Ming The Merciless, that generates earthquakes, tidal waves and - er - hot hail on obscure planets in the SK system. Or just Dunstable, I'm easy.
Small problem with satellite
Freesat, as opposed to Freeview, has some channels missing (e.g. Dave). This is apparently because half of western Europe can receive Freesat but only the UK and a bit of Belgium can receive Freeview, hence there are international licensing and royalty issues at stake.
There was the odd thing on the "free to air" channels over Christmas that we couldn't see because we're on satellite (old Sky digiboxes, no subscription).
Re: Innocent until proving guilty?
Oh for the good old days when you could convict them, dig them up and hang them (Google Oliver Cromwell).
I've also seen Wile E. Coyote setting up a roadside IED to try and "take out" Road Runner. Do these 1950s cartoon makers and modern-day DVD pimps have no sense of decency towards our brave boys in Helmand province?
Must have the inverse Midas touch; everything he touches turns to something brown and squishy. I bet he got paid well, thobuts.
1. Not many people outside a few big cities can get 4G, so what's the point in buying the iPhone 5?
2. A 3% drop in share price is noise.
(I don't own anything by Apple but this seems to be a non story).
The name's a bit of a problem
Call it a Freedom Star and they'd have gone for it.
Probably just a third world model. Since the first world, however young or poverty-stricken, will already beg and steal to get a full-price iPhone; there's no point in offering them a cheaper one. It's not like BMWs (another product where the badge adds 50% to the price) where the 1 series sells to people who could never have afforded a new 3 series.
The iPod nano is as much about form factor as low price, so I'm not sure it's a valid analogy.
Facebook. It's free and always will be.
Apart from this bit. And this. And this.
Everyone said the iPad would fail
but it had an Apple logo on it, so it sold like hot cakes. Normal laws do not apply.
Or they could actually fit the Focus with something useful
Like a head-up speed display reflected in the windscreen. Why don't all cars have one? It's old tech.
Frankly, touch-screen stereos frighten me; they are totally distracting as you have to use your eyes. There was a good reason that Motorola car radios in the 1970s had push button memory, rather than having to turn the tuning knob and look at a scale.
Nothing to see here
It's just a delivery from the Catphone Warehouse.
Obligatory Kenny Everett joke
"Got a weak stomach, have we?"
"Whaddya mean, weak stomach? I'm chucking it as far as he is."
Re: im pretty confident facebook will be dead by 2016
Facebook does make money - about $1bn a year profit, although that's paltry compared to its valuation at the time of flotation.
Not sure about your second point, but I imagine it's too good for the spooks to resist.
Well, I logged in to vote
I don't use Facebook but I have a basic profile just so people can see I'm not dead. Tried to vote against this but (as usual when it's busy) the site didn't display properly and came up in text-only format, there was no apparent link to the vote from the voting information page and I just gave up. I suspect a few million other people did the same.
Imagine a General Election where the location of the polling booths was not made public.
Re: Epic Fail.
Correct, it's LAN Manager hashes that do the split into two 7-byte components, which makes an 8-character password unusually easy to crack. NTLM superseded LanMan, and anyone who still has LanMan turned on is a muppet; it went years ago.
That's me. I lied about one of them.
Sorry, but that theory has been comprehensively debunked EXCEPT for one town in Canada, I think, where their electricity all comes from cheap and clean hydropower but their home heating is all from oil or something equally carbon-heavy. In that case they are indeed better off burning the electricity.
For the UK energy mix (and the relative cost per kWh of electricity and gas here) you'd want the CH to take the load rather than your light bulbs.
LEDs are fine
But you have to pay proper money for them. The 2700K Philips ones we have are all excellent; brighter than the quoted incandescent equivalent would suggest, good colour and spectrum, instant-on, no failures. Sainsbury's usually have them for £10 each.
The cheaper LEDs, like the MR16 ones we have in the bathroom, have bad spectrum (purples and greens are enhanced) and 2/10 failed in the first year.
CFLs almost universally suck; the much-recommended Megaman ones actually have the worst warmup time of almost three whole minutes. The best CFLs we have are the 20W GE spirals, which are about as good as a 60W incandescent. Provided you don't have to look at them.
Copyright extensions are so important
It would be a tragedy if Paul McCartney couldn't milk another 20 years' payment for an few afternoons' work he did in 1968. Judging from his excruciating performance at the Jubilee gig, he has no option but to rest on his laurels.
Re: One could always ask Doc Brown
And Stephen Rea ruins "V for Vendetta" by inexplicably pronouncing "lever" as "levver". After all that effort trying to get Natalie Portman to talk proper like what we does.
Nice strong HSPA+ signal here
giving 10kbps (yes, that's kbps) download speed. Too many smartphones trying to use the same mast.
Norfolk and chance of fast broadband
Where's the punning headline writer today?
Does this apply to old jalopies like my 2002 320d Touring? Not that anyone would nick it; it's varicose-vein blue, only Apollo 13 had a higher mileage, and it's usually parked in the garage to save the blushes of the neighbours.
Re: What's Columbia got to do with anything?
Indeed, Columbia (as in Columbus, obv) being a poetic name for the USA, as Albion is for the UK.
The bootylicious Shakira (sorry, Paris will have to do) and the famous marching powder come from Colombia.
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