"Remember, the value of retail investments can go down, or down a lot, it's only the big boys that get the gains."
Great username BTW.
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"Remember, the value of retail investments can go down, or down a lot, it's only the big boys that get the gains."
Great username BTW.
Offset feed dish.
That is all.
What an awesomely bad article written by an idiot, in a newspaper run by nasty idiots. I'm glad I don't pay to read such rubbish, as I'd hate to think I was contributing to her fee. The comments below the article in the DT are surprising in their reasoned condemnation, because usually they consist of rants blaming muslims / immigrants / paedophiles / Jeremy Corbyn for everything that's wrong with the world.
Best of all is that I have now discovered Techdirt. Thanks El Reg!
Yes indeed, because we all know what it really means:
We do not take the protection of personal data at all seriously. A superficial review of our procedures has been launched and no measures will be put in place to make sure this does not happen again.
The Task: Convert some PPTX presentations to PDFs, as slides + notes.
1. On work XP machine with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. File opened OK, but when printing to AdobePDF 'printer' some of the notes came out as square blocks instead of text. Fiddled with installed fonts to no avail.
2. Saved file as PPT. Same result.
3. On my own PC with MSO 2003, MSO file converter, and Acrobat 7. Same result.
4. On my own PC with Open Office (can't recall which version). PPTX opened and printed to AdobePDF just fine.
I've used Open Office ever since. Now jumping to Linux as well, due to W10 & W7 'telemetry' issue.
Valves or transistors?
Door card in same pocket as phone usually equals unreadable card. Also, hotel door cards are actually quantum devices, as they have three states:
1. Doesn't open the door
2. Turned over and doesn't open the door
3. Turned over again and does open the door.
USB plugs are another example.
Maybe, but you would be driving a Ferrari one minute, then it's all change with the drivers and you're in a Skoda the next. The elderly gent who drives super-slowly would get the same drives, so it would average out in the end.
Do testing four times a year, and tell every manufacturer to provide every model at every test, otherwise they can't have them on the road. Test every vehicle on the same roads at the same time, making them take pole position in turn, like cyclists in a team time trial. Select drivers randomly, like with jury service, and swap drivers around during the test. Result: every vehicle gets tested in identical conditions.
I'm being flippant but actually I am pretty pissed off about this.
Yes indeedy, to my aging eyes HDR is far more of an improvement than more pixels. I'd much rather go HDR with the same screen size than add pixels and have to buy a bigger screen to see them on. Mrs Dibnah indoors would have summat to say on t'matter as well.
When a judge is pronouncing on something happening to EU citizens living in the EU, then yes, I'd rather he/she is European, no matter what the decision.
So if a phone gets nicked, it's worthy of a harsher sentence because the owner hasn't backed up their stuff? Huh? Anyway, copies of messages are held by the telco and/or mail servers and/or websites, so they can be recovered, but how can an accused person disprove that the only copy of a photo was on the phone? IANAL but even I can see gaping holes in this.
Yes he was, but he also put in an occasional appearance as Ralph E. Wolf:
ran some sort of pubelicity campaign
Are we talking about face beards here, or something else?
No Hot Fuzz? Well, they can piss off then.
Thank you, no, I'll stick to my petroleum engine.
Blimey, where I can I get one of these crude-oil-burning engines? And what are the emissions like?
Upvote for your post tho'
This is only for the converted iThingers and the pwned W10ers, then. Doesn't sound to me like a great marketing strategy.
Then you've never seen a Blackberry. Go take a look and you'll see.
If you think the BBC's new website is bad, take a look at New Statesman's which is even worse. It seems that giant sans-serif fonts in white boxes with massive line spacing is this year's fashion. Six feet back from the monitor I can still read everything comfortably. Mad.
"....bing maps (which really hurts as they have the Ordnance map)...."
Try Streetmap, as they also have OS mapping.
Sorry but I hate hate hate the word.
Usually it's some business hack referring to 'corporates', meaning (I assume) corporations. But here we have "Corporates can understand and manage these settings", implying that a corporate can be a person as well. Or is it a new name for someone who is self employed?
Rant over, I'm off to the pub.
A record shop.
In a high street somewhere near you.
Or maybe not.
It's funny how quickly and easily the department gets the Quicky Mart security video or the dash cam out to the news stations when they think it proves their case, but it gets misplaced when there's a chance that Office Meathead is shown pistol-whipping some person who is already on the ground and restrained.
Or how the CCTV just happens to not be working when armed Met men follow an innocent Brazilian into Stockwell tube station and shoot him dead.
Unless plod have their plodcams on all the time, they will protect plods more than the public.
CPC, Farnell, RS, Maplin, Ebuyer for computery-tech stuff
Blackwells, Foyles, Alibris, Biblio, Awesome, usedbooksearch.co.uk for books (ignoring results from amazon and abebooks which is owned by them)
Indiebooks (via local indie bookshop so they get paid) for e-books
find-cd.co.uk for CDs (ignoring Amazon)
find-dvd.co.uk for DVDs (ditto)
Anything else: anywhere but Amazon. Has worked for me since I closed my Amazon account.
Wouldn't a nicer way to tell your neighbour be to knock on their door, say hello, and explain why their network is insecure and offer to show them a way to better secure it? Just wonderin'.
Er, what iplayer is that? People on the Sonos forums have been asking for iPlayer for years, to no avail.
Agreed though that Sonos need to sort out live BBC radio, it's been broken for months with no indication of when they will support the HLS streams. Naim have just announced a fix for their system, now Sonos need to catch up. There are a lot of unhappy listeners on their forum:
Eddie Hitler might be able to oblige:
Agreed, but now that it's moved, how about we rename St.Pancras to St.Helena?
That only gives MS one month 60 days to sort out the abortion that is the start menu, put all the settings back in one location, make windows all behave the same etc. etc. etc..
Farmers can also use 802.11or.
Saw this on the Torygraph site this morning (oh the shame) and considered giving it a try with a photo from my PC - but then I took a look at the T&Cs and decided not to:
"Microsoft does not claim ownership of any materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input, or submit to any Website Services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Website Services."
Great article! LOL, literally.
About ten years ago a local school celebrated its many-hundredth anniversary with a series of talks. One evening was mainly Microsoft, with an EMEA-titled MS chappie demonstrating the wonders of PDAs. Unforch he didn't get the resolution right so the projector display was horribly aliased, provoking much negative commenting by the mainly retired audience who couldn't see what the fuss was about when you couldn't read what was on the screen. The follow-up was a MS-sponsored professor talking about e-books, but after he put up his Powerpoint title slide with two spelling mistakes and a mis-used apostrophe, he never really had the audience's attention either.
Later in the week another chap gave a talk on Bletchley Park, and his tech worked perfectly, including the real-life Enigma machine he let us have a go on. Ace.
Well said, sir. I almost considered creating several account just to give you several upvotes.
I have no beef with the idea of the BBC helping to teach kids about computers, but they are such an influential organisation that whoever they support is going to benefit at the expense of others. If they were going to throw their brand behind one device, IMO it should have been the Pi. After all, Pi's suppliers have done the donkey work of getting them into schools already, and the BBC giving free devices away is going to kill the Pi's educational market dead almost overnight.
Back in the day, Sinclair suffered and Acorn prospered, largely because of the BBC choosing Acorn.
Whenever I see the D-Link name, I am reminded of how they screwed their NTP settings then tried to strong-arm the Danish chap who told them about it.
Tried that once, and in the downpour the water got under the plastic and all the ink ran. It's OS's plastic coated maps for me now, every time.
And is it only me who thinks that faint lines and pastel shades make a rubbish colour scheme for viewing maps on shiny screens in daylight? I want contrast, and lots of it, in a map, so's I can read it easily. Bah.
Not frequently enough, nor significant enough, IMHO.
Poughkeepsie..... great name!
Have an upvote for the Spike Milligna reference :-)
Similarly, every time I changed gear in my ancient Mini, my hand would rub against my g/f's thigh. That *was* rewarding.
I notice from the last picture that Ford have now put the engine start/stop button right next to the air vent adjuster, and it's still adjacent to the PRNDL buttons. Have their people actually driven the thing, on real roads rather than test tracks?
"The Magratheans went into hibernation, awaiting an economic recovery that could afford their services once more. Magrathea itself disappeared and its memory soon passed into the obscurity of legend."
(from the Hitchhiker Wiki)
"It's only Western airports which take all the latest security paranoia from the US seriously, in Asia and Africa the airports either just go through the motions, or implement a tiny subset of security*."
I took an internal flight in West Africa a while back, and when my bag went through the scanner I'd forgotten that I had water in my drinking bottle. The nice lady at security simply asked me to take a swig then, noticing that I hadn't exploded, she let me take the rest with me and wished me bon voyage. I haven't seen that kind of common sense in Western airports for a long time.
.. I think I'll let him off with a bit of artistic licence, because someone from an engineering company wrote this:
" Q. How many addresses will IPv6 accommodate? How does that compare to IPv4?
" A. IPv6 supports addresses that have four times the number of bits as those of IPv4 addresses (128 instead of 32). IPv6 is expected to accommodate, theoretically, an almost infinite number of IP addresses..."
Isn't a number that is almost infinite, er, infinite?
BTW the company is Cisco:
I bought 'Who's Next' back in the 70s and put it on the family's hi-fi, but I hadn't noticed the speed was set to 16rpm. The piano on 'Baba O'Reilly' went on for ages and sounded very odd.
My first 'proper turntable was a Lenco L75, which had a conical pulley and a lever to continuously vary the speed from less than 16 to well over 78, plus a strobe disc to get the speed spot-on. Built like a tank, it was.
".... someone or other doing this - with actual album sleeves - in the 70's."
Yep, been there, done that in the late 70s, with the cover of In The Court Of The Crimson King". What goes around, comes around.
The Playbar has an Ethernet port, so the author could connect the TV to that and use the Sonos Wifi to reach the Internet. Just a thought. Anyways....
I've got Sonos in three rooms and love the flexibility of the system.
My den has a Sonos amp into an 40-year-old pair of AR-2ax speakers, and it sounds bloody marvellous.
Living room: ZP90 line out into AV amplifier & KEF speakers - really good sound (not as good as the old ARs tho').
Kitchen: Play 5 - great, it goes loud, sounds pretty good, and can be wiped clean too.
I went to a Sonos-only dealer before buying, to audition the Play 5. The chap produced a tablet and opened Spotify, and was very surprised that I wanted him to play particular tracks that I know the sound of. He said that customers usually say "Oh, play anything you like, I don't mind". He was also reluctant to turn up the volume in case it disturbed the office staff below, until I insisted. All of which is, I feel, quite revealing of some people's priorities.
The reference unit of length is the double-decker bus.
"I flew over Greenham Common the other day - it's still a monumental gash in the landscape. I don't imagine you'd need to remove any vegetation."
You'd have to watch out for cows and dog walkers though.
Feel sorry for Michael McKay, the Kiwi working on an oil rig off Vietnam, who saw what looked like a burning plane in the sky. He reported it to his bosses and the Vietnamese did a search but found nothing, but the consensus seems to be that they needed to use more sophisticated search tools. Mike is probably sitting on his rig, shouting "Hello!? Is anyone lisnin'??" into the ocean.
There's a good thread (with intelligent and thoughtful discussion for a change) here:
Why do the media keep saying the transponder/radar/GPS/Landing lights/whatever were "switched off", when for all we know they stopped working, perhaps because of a fire? Easier to blame the humanoids I guess.
Was the plane really carrying a cargo of lithium ion batteries?
He was a decent bloke who stuck to what he believed in instead of compromising his principles just to stay in power (are you listening, Nick?). He was always interesting to listen to, and unlike most politicians he learnt lessons from history.
In the late 70s, when he was energy minister, he wrote something along the lines of: because North Sea oil was coming on stream, whoever won the next election would remain in power for at least ten years.
How right he was. And where did all that oil money go?