462 posts • joined Wednesday 31st December 2008 13:25 GMT
The whole thing is so flakey that data rates fluctuate virtually every day anyway.. I'd much rather they commit to protecting whats left of our privacy. I'd also love to see the profit breakdowns of peoples payments for service as opposed to what they get paid for selling data on us. If it was possible to function within society without any form of connection I'd seriously consider it.. They're all as bad as each other..
Overpriced, Overhyped & over here
For £60 I can get a phone that is perfect with a good IPS screen, GPS dual Sims & card slot.
This is more overpriced crap for the single syllable generation so please stop claiming its the second bloody coming..
its little more than a slightly faster HTC Touch Diamond running Android with (probably) even less storage free
Although to quote...
"Who's the bigger fool, the fool, or the fool that follows him...?"
In this case the jury is still trying to understand what deliberate means...
Neither do Garmin & they're selling sat navigation devices.
How many times do I have to bloody say it? If its an advertised function you paid for & it doesn't bloody work there is a legal case to answer if the manufacturer can't/won't fix it.. under British law..
all maps are inaccurate but there's inaccurate & theres telling you you've just arrived at Stonehenge when your sitting in a Vatican City McDonald's
"Do try to keep up, thinking is SO important.."
The Tyrannosaurs are the little ones on the right - more to the bloody point did no one else notice the Seagulls?
"I don't think I want to live on this planet any more.. !" Farnsworth, Hubert J.
Merry does remember we're cousins right...
LoTR secret diaries...
Those cute little greys are the strangest Tyrannosaurs - they look more like dromeosaurs or oviraptors.
I can't see a single recognisable tyrannosaurid feature, although they'd make good pets.
This might be me..
But I've learned from experience - if its still functioning, don't try and fix it. Even a floating bus has a lower voltage limit and fiddling about might be just enough to push it into a hard short & kill the thing off completely - which would be sad.. because once its dead its dead.
Reminds me of my old Humber Sceptre - it might have been more rust than bodywork and more filler than either - and have an interior mostly built of vynide & cardboard but it was indestructible - even Volvo estates treated it with respect; crumple zones and pedestrian safety were for other people. Had world war three happened the radioactivity would have probably improved its fuel consumption and cold starting.
On the basis of that quote it does kind of make you wonder how he escaped working at a McDonalds.
I've been reading alot about NASA computing and something called STAR which was a fault tolerant system for space probes. basically the idea was to have 3 or more of all components - two of which were unpowered backups - thus increasing the mtbf which in probes that are a little out of AA or RAC jurisdiction is useful.
Why not adapt the STAR idea for data centres creating systems that have multiple multicore processors - the majority of which are only powered at high usage rates. If a current system uses say two 12 core processors at 65% but powers all its cores its wasting power compared to a system that uses say 6 x 4 core equivalents of which one or more is only prefetched and run when load requires. This would give the added advantage that if a processor starts to throw errors it can be demoted from a primary to a load dependent one.
It makes the software and the initial hardware outlay a little more complex/expensive - but means savings in downtime & cooling etc, not to mention power bills..
General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett.. in the chair..
Thanks for that quote... made my afternoon!
"Don't be disgusting Darling! I wouldn't lick a German if he was glazed in honey"
"Hmm.. you mean spy on our spy as he searches for their spy, might be fun. But we'll need a wound, a convincing wound" *ponders, shoots Darling in the foot* "yes that should do nicely.."
Re: I'm fairly sure...
I agree - traipsing round Chelmsford a satnav is not a critical system. It becomes alot more critical in places like desert areas of the US and Australia - simple mistakes or mechanical breakdowns there kill.
I also agree - not a US legal precedent but the fact its a Police Force that is advising avoiding the product carries weight with a judiciary wherever they hail from (bar possibly Iraq). A precedent in the legal sense is not set until a judgement is made - but a precedent in the non legal sense is anything that has happened previously that supports a point of view.. which the AU police advice fully fulfils.
Under UK law at least - if a product has a features or subset of features that are advertised to do something & don't - that's not fit for purpose.
It doesn't matter if its not the highline feature or purpose of the device. If that function doesn't work when the device is bought & it is an important feature that'd be used in a choice between devices - there is a legitimate case to answer.
If I spent £15k on a car with a 8 speed transmission and only 5 speeds will select in such a way to make the car undrivable then its unfit for purpose. If the manufacturer refuses to fix it, then its trading standards time. Ditto for suicidal bonnets (Clio) & death by E46 (BMW).
Similarly if I spend money on a phone with a GPS/navigation function - which swears blind I'm halfway round the Isle of Man TT course when I'm ass deep in MINIs somewhere in kent then it ain't much use for navigation - and is unfit for purpose.
People rely on these devices and for one to be so monumentally inaccurate is dangerous. Even when they're accurate you get people driving through deep rivers cos of lack of brain. 300 miles is not a trivial error - that, for most vehicles is almost a full tank of fuel - and in many places getting stuck in the middle of nowhere can be lethal.
Re: Have I read...
Since I've been reading this site for upwards of 15 years - yes I am fully aware.. I've not seen an article yet on here so virulent against a person who has a legitimate legal complaint - and is actually helping others who have the same legitimate 'fitness for purpose' complaint - which are dealt with on a daily basis in the UK under consumer protection.
In response to your second paragraph your attempt at whining in the style of an Austin gearbox (loudly with little effect or point, for those who haven't driven an A30) might be a little more pertinent if you weren't, assuming Andy isn't short for Andrea, one of the genetically endicked..
Re: So in the UK
I suggest you actually read what I wrote. Being mistakenly *directed to a bad area* is an easy way of getting shot. Here we have gun control - the only people likely to get shot are Brazilian electricians guilty of 'looking like a terrorist, with intent'. Given the fact that I have visited the US on several occasions and almost all the families I visited have an attitude to guns that reminds me of a certain scene in Mad Max - Thunderdome - the only reason one three year old didn't have her own personal B.A.R was she couldn't carry one..
Mind you - being black, a car accident victim, and knocking on a door to get help in the US is an easy way to get a bullet through your face..
Re: I'm fairly sure...
The is a legal difference between acceptable inaccuracies and Crapple maps telling me I'm in Cardiff just up the road from Torchwood when I'm sitting in Chelmsford!
Given that Australian police have told people flat out that using Apple maps is about as sensible & safe as using a baby taipan as a yoyo.. I think there is legal precedent.
The "might be slightly inaccurate" thing is more to do with GPS inaccuracies of ±20 meters - its not for as previous posters have mentioned - hospitals becoming a set for game of thrones or entire villages moving 600 miles overnight. That kind of navigational anomaly can cost people their lives (whether manually or technologically) and has (not switching on IFF while trundling up the Thames is also a baaad idea).
So in the UK
I can contact trading standards and say precisely the same and I am protected by law...
...and in the US she tries to do the same thing and you brand her some sort of idiot wasting peoples time?
She has every right to be pissed off - Apple products are expensive for what they are when they bloody work - let alone when they don't. Then there's the 'is there a alternative?' situation with Apple with their you will do it my way mentality. Alot of people use mapping functions on smartphones - and in the US ending up in a bad area because of wrong directions as a woman alone is an easy way to get shot.
The way this article is written is offensive not only in the way it brands someone looking for fair treatment as some sort of dribbling retard but in the implied subtext that its a woman doing this so its automatically a waste of everyone's time. God knows I'm no feminist but we can do without the Gizmodo-esque "she's a girl she must be gormless" genre here thank you.
Re: Ahhh, the nostolgia.
Be happy - we got Quickbasic & Ada! The latter at university taught by the three musketeers - living proof that those who can't teach. They worked on the 3³ principle - ask the same question three times to all three off them separately - you'd get 9 different (wrong) answers.
I haven't run into the x80z series - a little before my time. The RM bane of my life was the BL Allegro skidmark tan 80186 - a truly horrible evolutionary dead end in x86 computing. Given how slow and awful that thing was its truly terrifying/amazing to think that NASA got to the moon using core rope or 'granny' memory - and a processor (that in comparison) couldnt have won tic-tac-toe against a brain damaged ant..
I've always wondered what would happen if someone ported Android to assembly - how much faster it would be & what specs would be needed. its no wonder programmers are lazy today when application cache files are often bigger than the memory in NASAs entire systems - combined! A whole fault tolerant failsafe custom OS (Skylab) - in under 16k - and the RM 186 looks positively wondrous - a terrifying thought..
Re: Fucking idiot
How many times has this happened before? Lehmans & all the rest of them - and Merriweather & Co before (LTCM - the C should stand for Crappy..). still the money monumentally untalented ex journalists make from selling books about it should balance out the net economic loss...
The problem is simple - and complicated. If we don't want these kind of problems have computers trading, but if we want the (pseudo) profitability we need the humans in the picture. Incidentally if this had all worked as planned there would probably have been a seat on the board waiting... as it is he'll get his leaving bonus (assuming no 'criminal activity/conviction clauses).
.. And, its gone.. ('it' being something best not thought about - I'm not talking about money.. )
Does my bum look vulnerable in this...?
Or, saying it with Futurama...
(they only sell to...) dumb bastards..
Oh and fixed the first line - you've got 'old' where you should have 'new'
Re: Ford Orion
I've driven both and I'd still buy a model To over a series 5 Orion any day of the week. once you learn the controls the T isn't that hard - just be careful if it acts up on starting -handle kickback on that engine *hurts*. The number of people broke fingers or even arms using handle starts was why the big old engines used a flywheel clutch starter - you turned the flywheel and then clutched it - start a Tiger II on a direct handle and get it wrong and your entire arm would end up somewhere in darkest Wales.
The latest Ford Escort/Orion was worse than a model T in oh so many ways. There was the steer by leaning function - the chassis flexed so bad it was like wing-warping without the wings. The seats had all the appeal of a damp kindergarten waiting room chair. And oh god the engines - CVH aka Clattery Vapid & Harsh or CVS aka Catatonic & Violently Smokey. The gearlever would have been more at home as the twist grip on an elephants colestomy bag. Then there's the body roll - akin to a greased up Hutt dropped off a skate ramp & the body panels that were a total loss if it rained hard. The only part of the bodywork that had any structural integrity whatsoever was the rear spoiler.
The Focus is better but many seem to have sourced their electronics from either Lucas prince of darkness or Renaults spare parts division - a bunch of people that make the coalition government look like Gods on earth.
Hmmm... 'Intelligence led' & the Police
Now there is a contradiction in terms worthy of a literary medal.
The police are entirely inept and care precisely zero for anyone/anything that isnt a fellow police officer or a member of their familes. Thats over and above lying to the victims of crime (which I can personally attest to) - abuse of minorities (which I can also personally attest to, twice) and other fun games they play..
I spent hours getting that police cryptolocker virus off my fathers machine - and those images look suspiciously like they've been pulled off the police websites - what do the Police do about it? bugger all, even though above and beyond the criminal damage they could get them for copyright infringement amongst other stuff (see Capone, totally psychotic murderous gangster - possibly caused by Syphilis - got convicted for tax evasion). I wonder what the hidden costs are of things like Cryptolocker - like the long term health damage it does to people, the lost productivity and information - not to mention if it was to hit scientific projects or charities like those set up for Cancer & HIV - so much important information lost...
The only difference between the criminals and the police in my experience is that the criminals dont get a pension plan and health benefits.
Alot of the inherant problem with the Police in general is also compounded by their lack of computer nous. They simply cannot get their head around the fact that if they dont know how to do something, then someone else *might* know how to do it. Which is why these cases when people have been done for stuff they had nothing to do with the Police are so amazed when the real culprit turns out to be the 14 year old next door neighbour or something of that ilk.
Incidentally - quick way to kill cryptolocker. Log on to computer using either recovery disk or your other backup admin account (you did set one up right?) - go to the windows/startup directory and delete the *.lnk file thats just a collection of alphanumerics - reboot normally and virus go bye bye. Thats what I ended up doing after 3 *days* of working on it. Then just delete any file with the same name as the alphanumeric string & you should be good to go..
Re: Ever increasing standards
An ex gf of mine was partial to her Labrador (in the biblical sense) - when you peer over the back of a chair and see a kid of 5 doing exactly the same thing - its pretty much a given that something somewhere is not entirely kosher.
I am not going to say any more since the details are somewhat cringeworthy (unless you are a member of PETA ironically)
Coruscant 90210?! please by all that is holy; No!
If its not bad enough that Disney of the one dimensional character got a hold of it - now were going to be subjected to a live action mash up of Aladdin & X Wings?
All the reboots and remakes were bad enough - then it was Jar Jar & Padme "alt. die.die.die." Amadala - ye gods but the girl was as dim as a 40w bulb. Not to mention "she's lost the will to live" - "but we're in a starship medical bay!" "shut up and maybe the rednecks won't notice" scene. I mean REALLY? Even Colchester NHS could manage better..
I think the song "past the point of no return" from Phantom is soulcrushingly apt here.
Re: Ever increasing standards
please don't buy them a dog!!
went to Ohio, lovely friendly Staffordshire terrier, and two five year old girls. All of three foot nowt, and had no idea about dogs. parents similarly inept - the house was dogcrap alley!
I had to yell at the dog several times when it jumped on the girls - parents didn't see the problem, and the poor animal hated crapping in the house - against its training.. but no one would take him out.
Trigger did have one use, it was because of his behaviour to one of the girls I suspected abuse. Turned out she'd been raped by her dad for 4 years & has HPV now. That was bad enough, but if we hadn't have realised it could have gotten worlds worse...
Re MJ & Karrde
Which would work if their first meeting hadn't already happened in canon. Not to mention MJ was hoicked away from home by good ole uncle Palpatine (think social services in Zeyd cloth) at somewhere round the age of 2 or 3 & spends the rest of her time on an Evil Willow kick..
And you both made & completely missed my point.
You & I know there are other options out there. Non technical users probably won't.
You & I can manage getting a Nokia E7 apart to replace its battery. 45 minutes it took me the first time! Non technical users - send it away or dump it.
My father is a non technical user & might be tempted into using the cloud apps without knowing it - as well as many others too - because they think its local - there goes their private info.
If I was well enough & had the money id be kicking gmail & the like to the kerb and setting up my own personal system. I have the knowledge to do it. Most people won't.
The issue I have is not where we are right now with 'privacy' , its where this could go so very easily. Pesky single mother & anti war campaigner, won't shut up? Just have those nice chappies at Google fill her account to the brim with pedo images - and sit back with the popcorn to watch the show (while betting whether she'll lose bladder control before or after her 8 year old daughter when the police spray them with bullets).
The more you give them the more they can use against you - for gods sake that's in Sun Tsu, its basic common bloody sense. yet it's out the window the minute a fanboi sees new shiney!
Re: Earbleedingly loud music on public transport..
What I need is my own documents under my own control. neither do I want to be reliant on remote servers if I want to listen to music. Neither do I want services barfing music in my direction that they think I want.. usually Katy "emotional depth of a paddling pool" Perry or Miley "couldn't hit a note with a 12 bore" Cyrus.
Three in the UK goes down or Google storage have a brainweeble - and I can't do a thing with streamed content. Not to mention the privacy implications.
What I want from a phone is simple. HDMI out, removable battery, SD of at least 32gb. My new phone does it perfectly. For 20% the price of an Ne5. Best phone I've owned and £400 cheaper than my previous Nokia.
My father just got the new Q10. He loves it bar the learning curve. Will he ever use 15% of its abilities - no. He got it because it was BB & secure & for the keyboard.
To paraphrase Leila Organa "the more you let Google tighten its grip, the more it'll hurt when they decide to squeeze..." its happened to Symbian owners - don't think they won't come for you. When it does, don't say I didn't warn you. Most of the reviews already mention tighter integration - but what the hell? its new shiney!
"And the final fanboi poured forth his firmware onto XDA and a voice entoned "lo, I am become kit-kat; the destroyer of even the illusion of privacy..""
Earbleedingly loud music on public transport..
Spock is never there when you need him...
As to the phone, its useless to me. No SD card slot, no interest.
When will manufacturers listen. NO fixed memories, no fixed batteries & you will sell handsets. Its hardly dragon science for heavens sake.
Also someone please explain why we need 8 core processors when I can write books, watch video, play games and run remote OBD monitoring on dual core without the slightest lag or complaint? Save the world - buy a google phone that does 600% more than you need. Is it me or is something wrong with that woodcut?
Re: windows phone is gaining market share faster than shit off a shovel
£60 for a dual core A9 4.5 ips screen android with SD & HDMI out which is compatible with SGS4 accessories - 8/2mpix Samsung camera set - or 5 times that for a WP8 handset that not only doesn't do what I need it to, it CANNOT do what I need.
A rough comparison gives a Nokia price of £250 handset only for more limited hardware & software. Apple at least £500, Samsung probably inbetween the two.
Give me one good reason why I should buy an RT or WP 8 device for silly amounts of money when a £60 vsun i5, kingsoft office & a £7 printing app give me everything I need?
I can't hear you...
Doesnt matter in the slightest
After the way I've been treated by Nokia & Microsoft hell will freeze over before I buy, recommend or suggest these devices to anyone. The lies over lies over half truths about Symbian - the crappy unreliable hardware - the abuse of customers repeatedly - the only people worse are Apple & Essex Police.
I have to say I would trust Amon Goeth with a creche of Jewish kids more than I would trust any of the above.
Microsoft you should be aware, you have alienated a whole range of different customers for many different reasons - and once you've done that they're lost for good. Give yourself a pat on the back - you'll never have to worry about being a monopoly again.. won't that be relaxing...
Apple learned that the sun shineth not from the ass of Apple but from the ass of Jobs and were much vexed..
...and the most prescient of them foresaw working from a lockup in Luton within five years and did jump off high buildings accordingly.
...lo, there was much fanboi wailing & gnashing of teeth, while in the real world life went on as normal and no person even registered the beginning of the Applopalypse..
Saying it with Blackadder...
Ballmer: You're like a fourth child to me...Not a favourite child, good lord no! More like the spotty illegitimateback stairs little squid that no-body really likes; but fruit of my overactive loins nonetheless...
Re: If anyone, up to and including God...
Odd then isnt it how of the three Nokia Symbian handsets I have all three are working perfectly? To whit, an E70, 9300 & E7-00. One of which is almost 8 years old now and still functions as well as the day I got it from a Vodafone shop in town (the phone lasted longer than that Vodafone store ironically).
I wont say they're perfect, but its more a problem with external companies not being able to hire programmers capable of aspiring to anything higher than membership of the First High Circle of the Ancient Order of Scriptkiddies as any inherant problem with the OS.
I actually wrote the majority of two books on the E70 flip phone and were it to support A2DP & SDHC memory cards I would probably be using it as a phone still.
As to the joys of iOS - I can remember as a 12 year old being told about passwords and security (and given that we were using that paragon of computing excellence the RM Nimbus 80186, God alone knows why they bothered) and how the more characters and the more obscure, the better. 15 years later and one of the inventors/pioneers of the whole industry can't get his head around more than 4 digits?
While given my health situation it is unlikely I will be working again any time soon - my policy were I in a network manager/admin position would be very simple - to quote "you will ask to BYOD i-kit on my network over your dead body...". The result should they attempt it anyway would probably be a cross between a mauling by a female Deinonychus with world class PMS and what happens when someone mentions the term 'thin-client' to the BOFH...
If anyone, up to and including God...
Turned up and tried to administer my company network from an iPhone he'd be sacked on the spot.
Did you actually write this with a straight face? Because if you did I suggest the only thing you should be administering is a few thousand volts to your own testicles. Not only do you suggest that the iPhone (of the 4 digit passcode) is remotely secure for that sort of work, virtually every other statement you make is factually wrong.
Nokia have supported dual homescreen 'profiles' on the handset since at least 3rd ed. FP2, so circa 2007/8 or so. Nokia handsets are STILL more capable than iPhone in hardware terms (and the older Symbian handsets are a step change better even than the WP stuff).
Blackberry kit is highly impressive - QNX based BB 10 is perfectly capable - and more importantly doesnt spaff personal information to anyone within a 5 mile radius. I also dont understand why you're whining about apps when you can add Android apps to it - so they're crashy junk under a dalvik emulator - thats no worse than they are when run natively.
MS have WP which is to be fair the peasants iOS. Its the worst of everything. Its so many steps backwards from Symbian it'd make Usain Bolt go pale to contemplate running the same distance. Battery life, connectivity, reliability, features; all = fail in comparison. Its about the same comparison to BB 10.
This is just a personal opinion but it strikes me as interesting that all the beloved OS that the press and everyone else is crooning about have one thing in common - security that has more holes in it than a Mitsu over the Marianas. Odd is it not that the ones that actually respect their owners privacy to any extent are the ones that have suddenly lost market share in the 'whole world' (aka USA) faster than a jury loses objectivity in a paedogeddon case...
A few years ago I helped a Japanese visitor sort out his VPN connection - asked him the password. It was 'password'!* Now how should I put this?
If it came to me hiring a sysadmin I would search the person out who set up that VPN before I would ever employ a iPhone fetishist in such a position of responsibility.
*The worst part of this is I bought it to my directors attention, and he went berserk at me for bringing it up, notwithstanding all our confidential information was being handed to this guy...
Re: Crist Drive?
Couple of pegs??
I'm thinking at least a Jacobs Ladder or two...
The guy was a nasty little sod with zero redeeming features whatsoever. His magnum opus was behind the times then & still is now arguably.. and cost twice its value. He helped destroy privacy with apparent relish and as a person was a grasping money obsessive egomaniac.
I really do wonder how he'll be seen in the future - Jesus 2.0 or a Henry Ford or Walter Disney-esque character of the lovable old businessman who just happened to have a character flaw of being a complete & utter asocial dickwit of truly epic proportions.
Will he be loved or cursed - that's the question...
Re: In other news...
I'm thinking I'll flatten the place and replace it with a green waste composting centre...
Selling overpriced (former) crap to idiots who should know better. Could there be a better or more apt tribute?
The only slight problem is compost is useful... I know, I'll dose it with anthrax & call it a 'feature'..
Re: "Ann Frank's drum kit"
I suggest you learn your history. Anne wasn't 'murdered' she died from an infection. Diphtheria if I remember rightly (although since that was her dad on blue peter of all things, when I was about 12 my memory is fuzzy).
Its a pet hate with me when people go off at half-educated-cock to protect one group of persecuted people yet usually are the same people who'll happily put the bums rush up the gypsies.
If you want to show respect at least bother to research before you jump in all guns blazing
Why do you bother reviewing anything that isn't Apple?
All you ever do is bitch and whine, picking the most inconsequential little features to complain about...
Ooh the camera grip has only a 1amp/hr battery - did you not get the memo where its in ADDITION to not instead of the phone battery..
Ooh the pureview 808 is running crappy Belle. That would be the 'crappy' Belle with HDMI out, full multitasking & USB-OTG - that is perfectly capable but for all those American companies who won't support it because they refuse to employ programmers since script kiddies with delusions of grandeur are cheaper.
Interesting too how you fail to mention that prices for the 808 are going *up* not down.
And the customers did look upon the 1020 & did note the lack of HDMI & MS trying to steal their files and did see that it was second rate crap.
And lo they said as one 'bugger that, I'm getting me a proper pureview' and ebay made much commission...
And far away, in the Palace of Ballmer, there was much wailing & rending of toupets. And eggshells were much walked upon for fear of flying chairs.
To be blunt the 1020 does not & will not appeal to the cognoscenti. It lacks important features & adds others that people don't want & put purchasers intellectual property at risk (trusting an MS cloud with your livelihood, with the Elop in charge? you'd have to be mad). What's not to loathe about that?
I'm getting bloody tired of saying this but when did the meaning of the word progress change to mean 'go backwards' & why didn't I get the memo..
Nah, Reliant made some nice stuff, the Scimitar for one... I'm thinking a cross between ZIL, 1970s Alfa Romeo & FSO somehow managing to combine the worst of all. Horribly outdated & horrible to use, yet overpriced and 'exclusive' while having the mechanical resilience of an Alfasud left out in a summer shower.
Now Eadon, play nice... what did we say about the passive aggressive thing?
Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane?
I just bought a dual core Android phone with HDMI out for <£65 delivered & unlocked. People wouldn't sell for that price if they didn't make something on it. Before my dad retired he had a rule of thumb; if he made more than 26% profit on the year he was happy.
Going by that and assuming a lower profit on the generic stuff I'd love to see Apples %ages. Nothing like a 300% markup to make a customer feel loved..
I think a lot of Apple customers would be surprised how much they're being screwed on price/profit. In all fields of Apple endeavour.
Is it a bird, is it a plane?
Nope, its a donkey with wings...*
There, I fixed it for you..
Lets be fair, this new version has merely nicked everything it can from everywhere else, bunged it in and prayed to Jobs that nary will notice...
Oooooh joy. I can use my camera flash as a torch with a software button. How 2009.
If I was still nicking features from Symbian a year after its death I'd be a little worried. I'd be even more worried if even Windows Phone, the destroyer of market share, had actually beaten me in same. Oh look both those facts be true...
Then there's the economy iPhone for the price of which a person with a clean licence could buy and insure a 'beater' car... and a dual core Android for £65 starts to make Apple look pretty maggoty on the 'value' front. Note to Apple - value in a smartphone is £150-250 or so...
* See Shrek
Re: I've ordered a 5C
Sounds like a pre-op transmental to me...
Re: The engine
Sigh. You mean the ones that think short shifting is something to do with their underwear.. and bump starting is a kinky term for getting pregnant?
Incidentally is anyone else concerned about the habit these days of manufacturers not including any form of spare wheel whatever? How long will it be before a blowout leads to some poor girl taking the wrong lift and being introduced to her internal organs one by one by the friendly local sociopath? Cars should be sold with a full size spare as a point of law after all its on the MOT..
Re: The engine
...or Renault 5 GT Turbo I syndrome. You know, the water cooled Turbo that was on the same circuit as the engine? Switch engine off, Turbo cooks.
They changed it for oil cooling later on...
Turbo cars are inherantly less reliable. I'm giving it 3 years before they start calling the Ford one the EcoBoom. The first time one of the factory chav team get a hold of one it'll detonate before the 3rd set of lights.
Whatever happened to the right tool for the right job. Its a 2 litre class car, put a 2 litre in it. Good economy, longevity and reliability. 1600 engine will be stressed and overworked and a 1 litre Turbo is an engine rebuild waiting to happen.
Notwithstanding the evidence of William Hague's skull you cannot and will never be able to put a quart in a pint pot. similarly you can't get the same power reliably & economically out of half the displacement by ordering turbos and praying to God. *
* Your friend here is the forced aspiration 2-stroke. Twice the power, none of the pre mix. Slap on a tuned pipe for even more va va thud...
Its natural element, t'moors...
So basically its the automotive equivalent of Myra Hindley - to whom it shares a certain resemblance. The less said about the halfords-chic interior the better. As my grandfather would say "count me 'ahht".
That said its not the ugliest thing they make at the moment.
I built two 2 stroke GEBE kits myself. 25 miles at 35mph on all of 600mls of fuel.
Stratified Charge engines - so almost zero pollution. Tuned pipe on the 32cc. A gallon of petrol would last me three months.
checked with Police they said its fine. Until it wasn't & ended up getting verbally abused by two Colchester Traffic cops, points on my licence.. which I complained about.. and they promptly lied to me to make sure I'd not contact IPCC - I don't talk to IPCC they kill points... never an idea to promise the impossible
funny how an ex cop gets off for hitting someone at 90+MPH ain't it?
Yes I do need a holiday. My ideal location - Rome's Catacombs. Required equipment; night vision & ammo cheat chaingun; fellow travellers - the entire of essex police.
vacation bliss... I'd say death would be too good, but...
Freedom? what freedom? we aren't even allowed to control our own bodies let alone our own minds. Shame Emperor Nero isn't alive now - he could Facebook while society burns...
Requisat en pace
Such a shame. They demonstrated an autogyro @ Clacton Airshow - shame the announcer left his knowledge in his other suit.
One of the true specials & almost the last of a dying breed sadly.
Fly a vickers Warwick inverted 70 years ago & you'd be regarded as a God - do the same thing today & you'd meet god (after being executed for crimes against health & safety)
Build your own motorcycle then, or even aircraft, no one batted an eyelid. Try it now and the police will have you before you've found the screwdriver.
It's bloody amazing we've made any progress at all. I wonder if we have to be honest. Sure we can fix almost any health problem but what's the point when the highlight of life is the release of the new iPhone. You can't even watch a sunrise because the minute you sigh with appreciation - some emotionally crippled little nerk will be on the phone to noise abatement...
Stu: gotta agree with you. The happy clappy squad turned up at my uni. The atmosphere was amazing - just wish there wasn't the constant undertone of 'convert the unbelievers'. Kind of interesting your comment re the electronics and the like - I guess the fact that alot of the Christians still aren't keen on science doesn't matter when its kiddie mind warping time..
Personally I wish they'd ban the whole lot, every single one, the time & energy we'd save not fighting wars, angsting ourselves into an early grave, not to mention the saving on producing songs of praise - we'd solve fusion and warp drive by the end of next year & bankers would be extinct..
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