106 posts • joined 3 Mar 2009
(PS why do the British insist on calling towns and cities in Flanders by their (hated) French names)
The insistence referring to Ieper as Ypres - often in a silly French accent - is my bête noire.
Although with sans-serif fonts, it's easy to misread.
Drop Dead Drop
I've always been a back pocketer - never had an issue until the Drop Dead Drop Ride at the London Dungeon. My screen shattered an hour or so later in some weird delayed-action consequence.
Re: Glostermeteor If they say yes...
"I was pondering the fact that England might be able to stick with BST all year around, perhaps with double summertime?"
But I don't want to do that. If you want 'more daylight', simply go to bed and get up earlier.
Re: What's a jlaw?
What are the Hunger Games?
Re: And who will not be happy
"Look at the debacle with the oil rigs in the North Sea where GP campaigned to not have them sunk but rather dismantled at shore. Turns out that GP lied and that it would not have been a problem to sink the oil rig. In fact it would have created a nice reef for the fishes."
I emailed Greenpeace at the time suggesting the rig(s) would make a nice reef. They never bothered to reply.
Sounds sensible to me
Freesat gives us access to on-demand services, but because Freeview preceded these services, it hasn't hitherto. Aren't they just plugging that gap in service?
Based on Wikipedia's Olympic-sized swimming pool facts....
The 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools in question will be an average of 2.02 m deep - just the minimum depth required, 3.0 m is recommended. You'd only fill 38 recommended Olympic-sized swimming pools with this water.
When my old machine died, it was with a little resignation and trepidation that I had to take on Windows 8.1. Turns out I've had no problem with it at all.
No start menu? I don't give a toss, it took seconds to create my own toolbar (which I called 'Start') containing shortcuts to all my utilities. BONUS- it only contains the ones I want!
Shitty touch-centric UI - never see it, it boots straight to desktop.
It even wakes in a couple of seconds from hibernation. Oh, and I like the charm bar.
The only problem I've encountered so far is that I had to lie to it about the model of my ancient parallel printer that's connected to my NAS via a magic parallel/usb cable.
Re: Don't need this
Believe it or not - most people don't have a roku or games console, and don't want to watch streamed TV on a phone or pc.
But the internet filters will be bypassed. Won't somebody think of the children.
I don't recall ever having a £50 note, but gimme 3 £20 notes over one £50 note any day.
In fact, I'll get some £50 notes just to swap them with you for your batches of 3 £20 notes.
BBC Local Radio
I listen to BBC Radio Lancashire, but I live outside its coverage area.
I can mostly receive on FM at home and in my car. At home - though not during live football coverage - I can listen over t'internet, getting better results. At no time can I receive the DAB signal; BBC Local radio is not transmitted on Freeview or Freesat.
However, during live football coverage, the internet feed is cut, and FM is the only way I can listen to that station. I understand the licensing reasons for cutting the feed at these times, but that doesn't help me at all. They're also rather tardy at switching it back on afterwards, so you don't get the half-time and post-match discussion either.
If FM was cut, I could only listen to the station when at home, and only while live football is not being covered.
On top of that, with their multiple FM frequencies (covering different parts of the county), they are able to cover more than one match simultaneously - this excellent service would be ended by an FM switch-off.
Oh, and listening on my phone while leaving the football ground - great now on FM, but I'm not holding my breath for DAB support on my phone.
Streaming you say? No, they haven't restarted the stream at that time, and in any case mobile data is choked when you've got many thousands of people all converged in a small area.
Re: Rare though it be...
(I rarely call from a mobile)
From my landline, calling a geographic number costs me nothing. Calling 0845 Costs me money - a lot.
I can see no legitimate reason for 0845. You're telling me that geographic numbers can't be re-routed?
Please never use this abomination of a word again. El Reg is not a Toys'R'Us receipt.
Re: I think not.
Had a Samsung phone years ago, utter cack, then a couple of months later utterly dead cack.
Samsung are, I hear, doing rather well in phones now.
Re: Red means danger
Are you into Feng Shui as well? Seriously, you will avoid this range because they're branded red?
Though, I guess I wouldn't want to drink Red Bull or Watney's Red Barrel - so maybe you're right.
No, it means "just because you consent to a website remembering your details once, it does not mean that in the future you may not wish to visit that site again anonymously"
Or... Even though on one visit you consent to a website remembering your details, at a later date you may want to visit the site anonymously.
e.g. Maybe I'm happy for a retailer to recognise who I am when I visit their site. But maybe one time I go there for a peek at dildos, or iProducts - on this occasion I might want to be anonymous for that visit.
Age of majority
And what's the point of the annoying confirm/pretend that you're of booze-purchasing age in the country you're in before a drink-related website will let you in?
Why do these filters cut out drink-related sites? You can drink in the UK when you're 5 years old. Also, you have to get past the confirm/pretend your age page anyway!
Why do they cut out the lottery (as mentioned above)? You can do the lottery at age 16.
I can understand an optional hard pron and jihadi murder filter (if it was possible to make it work, which I doubt), but you should be able to pick which vices are included.
Monday morning brain hiccup?
Is there a litres vs [Imperial] gallons mix-up in your post? I just have my doubts that your Ford SMax and/or Focus do more than 44 miles on £1.56 worth of petrol/diesel.
We had much more snow than this when I was a boy.
Re: You carry your birth date around with you?
OK, so as someone who never carries ID around with me, I'm in a minority of ElReg commentards.
However, stats from the first 10 thumbs (1 up and 9 down) plus myself imply that - based on a sample of 11 commentards - a massive 82% carry their birthdate around in their wallet. Somewhat short of the claimed 99+%.
You carry your birth date around with you?
"over 99 per cent of customers reported that their birth date is listed somewhere in the wallet or purse where they keep their cards"
That has to be one of the most bollox statistics ever.
That won't work
Unless your rocket engine is on giant pylons that reach into space - the rocket engine will push one way, while the exhaust gasses will push the other way, leaving you with no nett effect.
Re: Daylight savings
I pray those Kentish folk who want us to permanently pretend it's an hour or two later than it is never get their way. How the hell will I feel like getting out of bed on a winter morning if it doesn't get light until half past nine?
Sign out of Facebook
Seems that if you're logged into Facebook, then you don't see the non-facebook option.
If you're not logged in, then you do see the non-Facebook option.
Any driver who studies a map before driving somewhere unfamiliar will have come across situations where the road signs route you the way the council wants you to go rather than the route which is (to you) best for your journey.
Many of the coming reclassifications will be aimed at reinforcing this type of non-optimal routing of non-locals.
These efforts to manage you for their benefit may be nullified by satnavs, so the powers that be want to feed their preference for the way you go into your satnav.
(I don't care, I don't use satnav; I study the (Google) map before setting out, taking a streetview look at key nodes so I know where I'm going.)
Thank you for introducing "skeuomorph" to my vocabulary.
(I scanned past the original - it was embedded in a large unattractive paragraph.)
Omitted? You must have skipped that bit
"I have researched and had confirmed by a source at AT&T that they get info on app usage ..."
So you didn't read the bit where he said "We have others . . . where they get an upload once a day that will contain information about what applications you've been using."
My car is not a status symbol
"The problem is, that in the west a car is a status symbol..."
For a small minority maybe, but for me, my car is merely a practical device - it's no more a status symbol than my washing machine. I have a washing machine because it's crap for all sorts of reasons to have to go to the laundry; I have a car so I can go shopping, visit friends/relatives, go to the football, go on holiday, go to the tip, go to obscure places, take my family to the beach, get to work, etc., etc., etc.
Do they deliver trans-Atlantic?
"Asda ... is a subsidiary of Walmart, the American monster retailer"
You just can't buy a monster over here for love nor money.
When I was a 'victim' of fraudullent card credential use
i.e. not identity theft - the actual victim was the retailer. I rang the card issuer and probably signed a form, the card issuer charged the retailer. I think that's how it usually works*.
*Other than the time my company card credentials bought something from what sounded like an S&M retailer. The bank wasn't interested, and I don't think our accountant could be arsed to chase them up about it.
" "This is actually a really bizarre step from the Swedish court – he’s found guilty because he can’t defend himself,” Sunde told TorrentFreak. "
"can't defend himself" - you mean he's buggered off to evade the consequences of his actions; he dare not appear in court and account for himself / argue his case. Nothing bizarre at all, you can't expect the justice system to let you off because you abscond.
Yes, the cold air sucked in will cool the just-heated air - and in the process becomes less cold (i.e. hotter) itself, thus raising the temperature of the air in the room.
They don't just use Euros...
...they issue euros.
Like the fiver in your pocket is an IOU from the Bank of England, an Italian Euro is an IOU from the Italian state. If the Italian state defaults, then its IOUs won't be worth what they say they are; but an Italian Euro is interchangeable with a German Euro - so if I have an Italian Euro, I'll swap it for a German Euro, then I have an IOU from the Bundesbank. See what I did there? - the other Euro states then have to pay Italian debts.
Something like that, IANAE.
The ECJ will stop them in the end...
..as they did in 2001 when Levi stopped Tesco and Costco from selling Levi jeans at fair prices. Same as when Sony stopped Lik Sang from selling PSPs to Europe.
European trademark law allows a trademark owner to prevent grey imports.
I declare it void due to poor spelling
It refers to 'compact disks' [sic] and 'writeable compact disk (CD)' [sic]. Such crass mistakes should always render such documents null and void.
Apart from that, the entire document seems to consist of incoherent waffle.
So I can't go <?php session_start(); ?> without asking first?
Therefore, I have to have a separate page with an 'accept cookies?' dialogue before I can send the visitor to the page they wanted. What if they type in the url of a page that uses sessions?
I see the ICO didn't do that, they created the session cookie anyway.
Too much performance hit.
No teabags; no milk; no adjuncts
Just put the loose tea/leaves in the cup, pour on boiling water. Same applies to black/green/oolong/longjing*/whatever.
*with longjing, just add more water once drunk for a second brew
PS. Kudos to your cleaner, that's all amazingly clean, no hint of spilled sugar/water/milk/tea. Even the toaster is looking polished.
Lazy Sony poking?
But Sony appear to be heavily involved in this - the Chief Technology Officer of Sony Pictures - Mitch Singer - is also President of the DECE.
R116- you may be right about Sonicstage, but that's history; if we're including history, don't forget Sony vs Universal over Betamax.
Dazzza - "one of the many reasons Sony pushed BD so much was because it was theirs" - err, yes. don't you think that's logical?
SCE, SOE, Sony Ericsson, Sony Music are a disparate bunch of companies owned (or half-owned) by Sony Corporation. (Q. Were SCE sites ever hacked - or was the intrusion through PSN?)
I'd be amazed if their sites were remotely similar. Surely SPE or SCA would have had an intrusion by now, especially the former as they're a content provider and all content should be free?
Has nobody attacked Sony Life or Sony Bank yet? Maybe the script kiddies have never heard of them.
Bertelsmann sold their shares in Sony BMG a couple of years ago. There is no Sony BMG Greece.
How do I check?
If I want to repeat on a blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc something I've heard from a plausible source, then how do I find out whether there's an injunction against it? I'm not a journo or media type and the courts would have no reason to contact me when new injunctions are taken out.
Can I write to the court asking whether there's an injunction covering each particular snippet of information I may have?
Maybe it would be easier if they published a list?
Re: Uhm no...
If the Daily Mail report is right and the Attorney General has vowed to have McKinnon "held accountable for the crimes that he committed", then that would just not be acceptable in the UK.
Such a statement may even have made a trial in the UK impossible - you just can't make assertions like that. If that was said during a trial here, it would probably cause the case to collapse; the judge would order an acquittal and probably haul whoever said that into court for contempt.
Maybe you can prejudice trials like that in the US, but certainly not in the UK.
Where's your stats?
I'd love to see your figures on Orkney and Lewis.
Looking at figures for April '09 to March '10, the best utilisation I can find in Scotland are Thorfinn and Northfield in the Orkneys which exceed 40%, Burradale in Shetland approaches 50%, and Bruxiehill managed 50.41% in its first 2 months with its .8MW plant. The latter was the only site in the UK to exceed 50% over that period.
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