203 posts • joined Friday 18th July 2008 16:39 GMT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's nothing left once the patents have gone. Printers are a profitless commodity market and movies are rapidly going digital too. Kodak's last hope was as a small niche player in the b/w film market (like Ilford; b/w was superseded in the mass market 60 years ago and never much affected by digital), but they've thrown that out too. Rarely has a company been so poorly managed as Kodak.
I have 10 years' worth of b/w film in the freezer, though.
There's money in selling Chinese electronics with a 100% markup to meeja types and fashionistas.
It's all about the badge. Do you really think a BMW 3-series costs a whole £10,000 more than the equivalent Ford Mondeo to build? And that's why BMW is also so profitable.
"A" level business studies anecdote
In pre-internet days, oil behemoth Exxon famously paid a large sum of money (as in, enough to retire on) to the owners of the pre-existing Exxon Strip Club in Southampton, just because they wanted worldwide exclusivity on the name. Maybe the slightly seedy association is why they kept the old "Esso" brand for their UK petrol stations.
Word jumped the shark after 2.0. Excel jumped the shark after 5.0, or 4.0 if you don't use pivot tables. 99% of users won't use any functionality that can be added after 20 years' development of a perfectly adequate office suite.
On the other hand, I suppose you get some new clipart to replace "Duck Smashing Computer".
Keep it just as it is
It keeps our BRITISH minds more agile than Johnny Foreigner's if we have to understand and use both systems. Personally I use whatever seems most appropriate; millimetres are more useful for small things than fractions of an inch (32nds anyone?) or thou, but inches work better than centimetres for medium-sized things. The metric system has nothing to rival the foot, although metres and yards are equally useful in a welly-wanging contest. Kilometres are too small and I dismiss them. People are weighed in stones and pounds, unless you're American and can't cope with base-14 units. Everything else can be grams, kilograms or metric tonnes; the latter is as near as dammit the same as a long ton anyway. Finally, fathoms are the most logical way to measure depth ever devised; most people can imagine how many men standing on each others' heads it would take to reach the surface.
I like the current mess better than either system on its own. Of course, if you're doing SCIENCE then you should probably stick to SI units, otherwise the distinction between lb and lbf is going to turn around and bite you, and energy calculations never work.
Synthetic grass playing surface
We have short shrift with astroturfers on our internet forum, ensuring that their product is roundly ridiculed before banning the offenders forever.
On Facebook, they pay the astroturfers to do it.
They went unitary in 2009 and took on the workload of the former district councils, hence the increase in numbers.