396 posts • joined Wednesday 19th November 2008 11:46 GMT
Something similar happened to me
Trying to fly from LA to London, was pulled aside by security due to them seeing something they didn't like in my carry-on. Turned out to be a couple of tins of Jelly Belly jelly beans, according to them the tins were 'impervious to x-rays' and showed up as solid blocks on the scan. I had to remove the shrink wrap and open both tins up to prove to them that the contents of the two tins that I'd just bought from their duty free weren't actually dangerous (just tasty).
So how long til I can get all my house windows replaced with it? Nice daylight views visible during the night (although I suppose it'd look dark during the day, and anyone looking in through the windows would see the insides as they were x hours ago. Great for confusing my enemies.
@ Neil Porter & Lee
I'm not dismissing what he did, he stopped the van and that's a good thing. But I just think It's really arrogant of him to then demand payment for something he did off his own back.
There's no evidence that there was anyone else around at the time so as far as we can tell from the facts we have, there was no immediate danger to anyone other than the possibility of property damage. (Which would be paid off by the RMs insurance)
He's clearly entitled to a thank-you from the Royal Mail and at most a commemorative stamp of him, but I don't see any reason to give him anything else.
He wrote to them?
He actually wrote to them asking for 'a reward or compensation'? If he had really done it out of concern for others he wouldn't care about getting money. This is just a case of someone trying to get money for nothing. Sure he probably helped by stopping the van but it's his own fault that he got hurt and I don't see any grounds for him to demand money for it.
It took him 30 minutes?
"We sat there and 30 minutes later I had ‘Death Magnetic’ in my computer. "
1 MP3 = 30 minutes? So with all that money he still has dial-up?
I'm sure I remember an old episode of Captain Scarlet where Captain Black was accidentally irradiated and they used a special 'directional' geiger counter to track him. Surely someone somewhere must have invented one of these by now that we can use to find the guy.
No-one agreed to give them the money back so rather than admit defeat M$ just claim that they've had a change of heart and want them to keep it. That's all, it was entirely their idea. Next we'll hear that the overpayment was intentional but someone in HR hadn't been told about it and raised all this commotion.
"why is it called medium if it's the smallest package they offer? Surely small would be a more appropriate name. Do they even know what medium means?"
They do, but small is not a good word to use in the world of marketing, it sounds much better and looks better on their sales blurb if you're buying their 'medium' service. That's all there is to it.
I'm already on "up to*" 20mb and I'm lucky if I see 4 Mb. It's all just a big marketing ploy, I doubt if any of these customers will see any noticeable performance increase from this.
*When the wind is blowing in the right direction, when Jupiter aligns with Mars, when hell freezes over and when I close my eyes and wish really hard.
@everyone else referencing the IT crowd
Isn't it a little weird that I'd never even hear of this new emergency number until reading this, but can recite 0118 999 88199 9119 725 3 without hesitation (yes I did sing the little jingle in my head while typing that). Maybe the EU needs to consult the shows producers for tips.
I find it amazing
that so many of our younger customer service automata don't know the difference between words such as 'are' and 'our' . I've seen dozens of emails being sent out to our customers containing phrases like "it dosnt look like thers a problem with your acount, but iv forwarded your query to the relivant person in acounts". I'm only 23 but even I think that the standards of schools must have slipped since my day.
Since when has that been reason enough to stop re-doing something?
Hollywood remakes everything sooner or later, even though it's almost universally acknowledged that remakes are inferior to the originals.
Personally I honestly don't think his version was as amazing as everyone seems to think. It was good, and I can't think of anything significantly bad about his performance but let's be honest, if he hadn't died he would have received nowhere near as much attention as this. He's just been sensationalised.
How does this work?
They'll have to provide some form of reward to the users for filling out these surveys, otherwise the only way I can see people bothering to do them is if Facebook begin to block your account unless you fill out X surveys per week/month. I personally would leave in a flash if they try that, I don't actually get anything useful out of it at the moment beyond a bit on mindless trivia about what people I know happen to be doing at the moment.
Give them a break
Firstly, it's not DRM, it's a security system that stops idiots from cheating in online games and ruining it for everyone else.
Secondly, it's just a mistake. They've admitted that they did something wrong and are working to fix it. It's not like they did it deliberately to annoy people, and I doubt that everyone here is a some sort of perfect being who has never made a mistake before.
Alright, you caught me
Here I was hoping my GCSE physics would allow me to blag my way into people thinking I was a nuclear physicist. I've obviously got this wrong then, but despite pretty much all of my previous statements being wrong I still stand by the fact that I am right.
Why's everyone so worried?
I love it when it's like this, there's so many people staying at home that the office is lovely and quiet. I had no problem driving in to work and it only took me an extra 5 mins.
Only real incident was when I was going along an un-gritted road. Limit was 30mph, I was in my Peugeot 307 doing about 10mph along with a few other careful drivers. Some 17yo in a 1.2 Fiesta with tinted windows, fake alloys and a fake chrome exhaust tried to overtake us all at what looked to be 40mph+. He didn't quite make it and just span around a few times when he tried to pull back onto the right side of the road again. Then he just sped off again once he'd stopped sliding. Lucky there wasn't anyone coming the other way really, that could have been messy.
"We ended up with the smallest writing in history,"
That sensation you just felt ladies and gentlemen, was every lawyer and disclaimer-writer worldwide experiencing simultaneous orgasm.
Actually, thermonuclear bombs rely on nuclear fission. That is, the breakdown of heavy elements (usually uranium) into lighter ones releasing large amounts of heat in the process. Requiring the heavy elements in the first place.
Fission is the other way around, more or less, and isn't quite the same as a bomb going off. Hopefully.
"an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years."
"an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years."
Did they change the meaning of irreversible while I wasn't looking? I always thought that something irreversible could, you know, not be reversed. Will all irreversible things suddenly change back in a thousand years now?
Just another reason...
...to teach kids about different operating systems at school and college. My IT A level was done entirely in Word and Excel because that's what the teachers knew. If you questioned them about anything else you were just met with confusion.
If you start people early and show them multiple software packages and OSs then you can let them choose whichever they're most comfortable with and leave them to it. At least then you wouldn't end up with whole generations who know Windows and only Windows.
As of Tuesday afternoon it was saying the same thing for here in Telford too, 300 - 400 mph winds for the next seven days. Except for between midnight and 3AM next Monday morning when they briefly drop to about 8mph.
My father used to work as a commissioning engineer in all sorts of countries. He once installed a backup diesel power generator at a steel mill in Nigeria. When he got back home there was a message asking him to go out there again as it wasn't working. Turns out that within an hour of him finishing and leaving site the locals had smashed the doors in and stolen the whole generator and all the spare kit that had been left in the generator room.
Oh come on
Please leave poor MS alone. Windows may not be perfect but there's a reason it's used by so many people. That reason may be a combination of user stupidity and questionable business practices but that's beside the point in this case.
Windows update doesn't automatically reboot your PC when it needs to. Mine does nothing without asking permission first, both before downloading and before installing anything. It then asks me to confirm whether I want to reboot if necessary or postpone by X hours. This is a simple setting that anyone who can install windows can set.
This is clearly the fault of whomever maintains the PCs, for not setting them up correctly before putting them into use. This is then compounded by ignorant management making a stupid decision.
And before anyone starts, I'm not some windows zealot. I run Vista at home, Ubuntu at work and am currently listening to my iPod Touch so I'm about as unbiased as most people can get.
Hmm, lets see
Ask the MPs to vote on whether they can keep the details of all the tax payers money that they've spent on themselves? Can't imagine many of them voting No on this one.
There is a way to cure Scientologists, it's called a Cluebat.
Getting them early
If they're playing a violent game then it's obviously just a matter of time before they become real life killers and start shooting up their neighbours. It's a good thing the police got there first. </sarcasm>
Just send him over there already
OK the US military were at fault for not securing their systems properly, but if you accidentally leave your front door unlocked and I wander in and go through all your stuff and potentially help myself to anything I like the look of you wouldn't just say "Oh sorry, my mistake. Off you go then". You'd expect me to be prosecuted for entering your premises illegally.
Forget what he claims he was doing, he broke the law. The moment he made the decision to access someone else's' systems, for whatever reason, he was choosing to break the law and deserves to be punished. Why are we wasting so much time trying to stop him being sent over there to face up to his crime?
Cue the whinging...
from the ISPs who insist that speedtests aren't accurate and their networks are shining beacons of ultra-fast technology amidst a quagmire of mediocre kit.
My virgin "up to 20Mb" connection has gone from an average speed of 16Mb last January to about 3.5 now. Calling their Indian call center just results in a stirring script reading along the lines of "have you tried turning your modem off and on again? have you tried rebooting your PC? maybe you should try again in an hour, it might be better then."
"We agree that breastfeeding is natural"
So is urination, can I put a pic of myself on my profile doing it then? As long as it's tasteful obviously.
Paris, 'cause she's no stranger to appearing 'au natural'.
Maybe it's just me,
but generally I find my thoughts tend to be very hard to represent as just an image, they're generally more a mismash of, well, thoughts. I doubt any technology, no matter how advanced, could ever capture what I was thinking. Even if it could, it would be almost impossible to present the captured information in any meaningful way. Maybe reconstructing the image my eyes are seeing, but nothing more than that.
New version might be a good thing
I'm 23, and a shop near me has one of the original devices, I can't drive past the shop without my ears hurting. I would have thought that something that distracts and in some cases causes pain to passing drivers should be illegal.
Maybe if the new one is audible to everyone and not just us whipper-snappers then finally people will start taking notice of how unpleasant the bloody things are and might actually bother to do something about them.
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