I'm not sure that someone who thinks it's OK to wear a plaid baseball cap should be giving advice about anything.
1308 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007
It's surely a nettle that the Beeb will never grasp while it's got such a vast income from the licence, whose payers won't exactly welcome top-up fees.
I have a pet called Win2k. It lives in an old laptop that accompanies me to the theatre, where it helps with lighting and sound cues. I expect it to last as long as the laptop, which on current form will be until at least 2020. I'd have a penguin, but they don't understand the lingo.
Re: It puzzles me too
"lots of CO2"
How much do you think is there already? 0.04% isn't really 'lots', and the oceans are still alkaline, you know.
Re: I had a smart meter fitted last week
Still, at least Mrs Cowherder will take her jumper off.. :-)
Re: I had a smart meter fitted last week
I heard Roger Witcombe, too, and of course no-one on the Today programme had the wit (or knowledge) to tell him that smart meters were, in fact, a hindrance to switching suppliers - the exact reverse of what he had just stated. But then, anything remotely Green is given a free pass by the Beeb, who only believe what they read in the Grauniad, anyway!
Re: WinPho not doing better than before?
"the betamax of smartphones"
Although Betamax was technically superior.. :-)
"...government policies on power generation..."
I think he means the EU directives on CO2 production (still mythically linked with global warming) that require early closure of fossil-fuel power stations and the erroneous belief that they can be replaced by wind turbines and PV panels, aka 'unreliables'. Hence the increasing likelihood of power cuts.
"a memory-span of at least three months"
In which case, they're probably still pretty annoyed about being flushed into the sewer. Mutant Ninja Carp, anyone..?
Jet fuel can melt steel, but only when first put through a working jet engine. Go figure, as our transatlantic cousins like to say...
"people who can afford these are often too old to fully enjoy their performance."
But people who are young enough don't have the musical experience... :-)
I like that 1975 amp, though. A golden era.
Have Apple sued over i-Rex yet?
"my car makes a really terrible boat..."
Strange analogy. This is an OS trying to be an OS, shirley?
"Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems.."
Company slogan: "Things are worse than you thought".
Re: It's almost like Government wanted to control the media
Ain't it just? I have long wondered where the 50% uptake figure came from, and why that implies that the other 50% can then be ignored. IIRC, the digital TV switch required >90% of users to have necessary receivers, and I suspect that most households have more radios than TV's. I should also like to know how many DAB radio owners are classified as users when they operate it in FM...
More on GDS and HMRC here, who needed an FOI request to supply some fairly basic information...
"Doubts over whether cost savings will ever become reality"
No doubts whatsoever, IMO. Cost savings are just mooted to ensure a project goes ahead - they never really happen.
"no explanation from GDS about the lessons learned from the RPA system has been forthcoming"
That's because they haven't learned anything. They never do.
"still no DAB sets here..."
Likewise. We have 8 radios in our household, including a £10 Lloytron 'tranny' that runs on D-cells. These last 2-3 years in a set that is used daily. Given that most DAB sets also have FM tuners, are there stats for their usage in that mode? I suspect not.
Re: Never a day...
"If you're up there looking down on us, I know you'll be bloody annoyed.."
If he was, I'm pretty sure he'd have found a way of communicating the fact by now, assuming he'd got over the initial shock.
Re: In the news over the weekend...
" the overwhelming demand from the consumer"
Or possibly the overwhelming demand from a consumer.
Perhaps the clue's in the name...
"I literally think about him every day."
I think he means that he thinks about him every day. Unless there's a way of thinking figuratively that doesn't involve actual thinking.
"sounding like Darlek's"
Sounding like Darlek's what..?
"some form of degradation"
Not to mention the fishy smell...
"expected Godzilla to make a guest appearance, or at very least Al Gore"
Not much difference, really. Except Godzilla probably didn't come on to a masseuse...
There's always one who spoils it for everyone else...
Windows with Bing
Isn't that the worst of all possible worlds..?
I'm pleased to see that the old Pi will still be available. They could probably charge more for it...
If the police make an arrest, they can tick a box and add 1 to their totaliser.
If it's the wrong person, those actions are not reversed.
The PND is about as reliable as the BBC.
Anyone who wants their cornea 're-profiled' by a laser is welcome to take the risk. I'll stick with my glasses, which I can have fine-tuned to suit my current prescription, or variation thereof (for close work, driving, etc). The last ones I bought (on line), with photochromic lenses, cost £30.
"would it still beat the Tesla if it was carrying five adults and two ankle biters?"
I rather doubt that the Tesla itself can post those figures when fully loaded. They probably have a test driver who used to be a jockey...
Re: Oh, dear
What about the lovely Ms Stob, I wonder? Or does beauty x brains still equal a constant..? :-(
"Microsoft will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device"
Er, what does that mean exactly? I've got working devices over 10 years old...
"Windows Phone may be the most attractive and original piece of work Microsoft has ever done"
But that's not saying very much, is it..?
Re: Right Direction?
"Virgin being late doesn't matter"
Only if they're still a virgin...
I find it hard to believe that replacing a copper wiring loom with an aluminium one will save enough weight to make a measurable difference to fuel economy. It's filthy stuff to make a good connection to, too - we have aluminium phone lines round here, thanks to a copper shortage in the 70's, and BT are forever re-making the connections in the local junction boxes, due to corrosion.
A much simpler way to improve economy is to add a small measure (0.2%) of acetone to the fuel. This reduces surface tension and improves atomisation, with a resultant smoother burn. I've used this in two cars and one motorbike, with an overall 8% improvement in economy. The bike, in particular (as it's a twin) runs more smoothly and is more tractable at low revs. I've been doing it for some years, with no ill effects or damaged seals. It works with petrol and diesel, but increasing the amount does not help - I use 20ml per 10litres.
"the overengineering in the past meant that things were heavier"
Really? The original Ford Cortina (including propshaft and rear diff) weighed just over 800kg, a current Focus weighs at least 1270kg!
"a heat exchanger that heats the engine oil"
Seems a bit unnecessary - the engine will warm up the oil directly, as the author later admits. Also, if the thermostat is working properly, water will not be circulating when cold and the pump will have relatively little to do. Centrifugal pumps are loaded by flow, so not inefficient.
So that's where the aroma comes from.. :-)
"$6.9m in interest"
Does MS own Wonga?
The problem with winning a rat-race is that you are still a rat...
There's a saying about money and sense that temporarily eludes me...
"a speed once thought impossible"
I expect it's also doing more than 30mph.
This article seems to imply that there are no other asteroids heading our way before 2800, which I suspect is not the case. Is this really the most immediate threat they can find..?
So MS is the favourite with cyber-squatters? I look forward to reading their spin on it...
Re: "One of the major problems with "climate science" is that there's no such thing."
"a world renown[ed] University laboratory that analyzes ice cores"
Would those be the ice cores that show CO2 as an effect of warming rather than the cause? I seem to recall Al Gore glossing over that one...
If there's a supplier monopoly, shouldn't they be chasing the pirates?
I remember a BBC journalist reporting from Beijing that he tried to buy a legitimate copy of Office, but it was really difficult, and the shrink-wrapped product he finally bought also turned out to be pirated.