481 posts • joined 19 May 2009
Re: You're kidding, right?
Cars only have two components that matter: comfy seats and a good hifi. I know I'm bizarre but a metal bracket in the door handle that allegedly breaks after a few years does not even make my top ten.
>> I'm sure Mr Dabbs could write a whole book on French driving attitude
What strikes me most of all about French motorists is the lack of any awareness of the concept and purpose of maintaining the flow of traffic. No-one under any circumstances whatsoever will ever "let you in" or flash their headlights to allow you to go first, even if doing so would ultimately speed up everyone's journey including their own.
Re: Re. Voice control
No doubt you've all seen this: two Scotsmen in a voice-activated lift... http://youtu.be/sAz_UvnUeuU
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Re: windscreen wipers?
>> Why even have windows?
The first London Underground trains didn't have window panes for this reason. It was felt that since there was nothing to look at while passengers were in a tunnel, and given that in those days there were guards and porters to help people on and off at each station, windows were unnecessary. Go to the London Transport Museum and sit in one: it's like being locked inside a communal wooden coffin. Nor do you experience any relief when arriving at a station. Passengers hated it.
Re: Negative view on Sat nav
In the UK, Garmin sells a one-off Lifetime Update so you don't have to buy a subscription, although it's limited to the device you buy it for.
Unfortunately, having driven his SUV into the field, he's probably blaming *you* for the incident.
Re: Agree about BMW drivers.
Wow, is Subaru a real car? I thought they only existed in WRC.
Which word was that?
All French drivers *are* bad, except for my wife and brother-in-law.
I've driven plenty of Citroens, from the classic DS to the iconic 2CV to the modern C models and Picasso. Comfy cars but the dashboard layout was designed by a lunatic.
I don't know who Kelly Fiveash is but she's a damn fine writer.
Re: Had a drive home from hell? Grab a glass of your favourite and listen to this:
The next time someone posts a link to some Country and Western music, could they please mark it up as Not Suitable For Ears? Thanks.
Re: Catford calling...
Bromley replying: already here, pal.
I'm impressed that these pirates chose to do their time behind bars before going into politics. Normally, politicians do it the other way around.
Re: I've said it before
You'd think so but product acceptance doesn't work that way. Lots of good new ideas struggle because consumers are worried that (1) they are a short-term fad that won't be supported for long, (2) buyers will look stupid for buying something no-one else has, and (3) lack of competition keeps them expensive. Back in the 80s it was understood that there was no market for men's magazines, and in the 90s Oki bust a gut trying to interest anyone in multi-function printer/scanners.
Re: "Da yoof" buy plenty of watches, and old duffers like us...
Re: Aliatair Dabbs Try looking at the real world ...
This would work except that I destroy watches in all situations. The most common are knocking it against doorknobs and smashing/scraping it against brick walls. Why I seem to hang around doors and brick walls with arms flailing is beyond me. Perhaps I should live in a Japanese house like Larry or get my house refurbed by a Trekkie.
Re: re. Rampant Rabbi, etc.
I think a Rampant Rabbi ensures you don't have any angry birds. Ahem.
And I do it in public every Saturday morning.
Re: Try looking at the real world ...
I also used to break my watches easily. Everything changed when I bought a G-Shock. It is still working 3 years on.
Re: My Dear Mr. Dabbs,
Most Nigerians do not run email scams. A lot of email scams have originated from Nigeria. The stereotype characterises the latter rather than makes any claim to deny the former.
Re: Thanks for the NSFW warning on the 'turned it on' link
I'm part of The Reg's "Weekend Edition" now, pal. If you happen to be at work at 8am on Saturday, I can't help you.
I imagine Skype must have the pics.
I have a plaster stuck over my webcam
That's just a sticking plaster solution, though.
Re: MS are making Skype unusuable
Sure, why allow the American security services to read all your Skype conversations when you can let the Chinese authorities do it instead?
Re: Small company similar issue
AND when they got home, they'd be in Sunderland.
Re: Small company similar issue
>>Awesome article, Yours are some of the best that I read on the reg.
You're all very flattering this weekend. Whatever happened to the "I want The Reg to refund the lost 10 minutes of my life reading that crap" brigade?
Re: The right question is not if you should call her mom
Why should I call her mom? She's not my mom.
>> Now, who was this musical entertainer?
His name is given in the main text of this week's column but you might have to work it out. Do you know what an 'acrostic' is?
OK, next time I walk into a room of users, I will ask for a show of hands:
- who needs to copy and paste text?
- who needs to suspend or abort a run?
Re: De Bios, she is incompatible..
I am intrigued. In what language would 'BIOS' be a feminine noun?
Similarly bright people
Looking forward to the hand-crafted beer. I can't stand it when they it with their elbows.
Re: Your shortcut gems?
Formatting in WordPerfect 5.1
Despite everything I've said, a lot of key-driven programs weren't very nice at all. Half-Life Wife and I cut our word processing er teeth on WordStar. I hated it. All that Ctrl+K blocking fuss in order to format something was possibly the stupidest way of selecting text I can think of. WordPerfect got a lot of good PR but it was just as bad. So was Word.
Re: Text editting
>> the requirement for curses to optimise screen updates
I knew it: cursing at the screen works!
Re: Old dogs, new tricks
Yes, I spent a year working opposite someone who typed like he was playing whack-a-mole.
You remapped AltGr? How does your friend type a fodda?
Re: You've done it now
An irish policeman walks into a bar at BBC Media Centre and offers to buy everyone a drink. While taking the orders, he turns to a few 1970s DJs sitting at a nearby table and asks: "And you t'ree?"
Re: Streaming wins
>>Of my parent's collections I listen to precisely nothing
How tragic. It was through my parents' record collection that I discovered Led Zeppelin, The Nice, trade jazz and reggae. Still, there's plenty of Will.I.Am for your kids to discover on their own, eh?
>> royalties from broadcast radio-play
I'm not talking about the silly charge that Performing Rights hit offices and garages with. I mean what radio stations pay to play each track. All artists receive the same rate.
Re: A question
Not only more effective but curiously less offensive.
>>P.S. Tim Cook is a cold hearted bastard for foisting that crap on us
>>So is U2...
And they're both Ireland-based tax dodgers, so it's trebles all round.
My experience of project managers has been generally good, so perhaps I'm lucky.
>> double entendres about my shaft
I have been known to use the tip of my shaft to pick food out of my teeth.
Coincidentally, I have chronic neck pain.
I only gave her as an example because that's the only pornstar I could name from the 1980s, and THAT'S only because I found out when she had a small part in 'Cry Baby'.
Re: Phone Cameras...
And to be fair, I hadn't shaved for a couple of days, I hadn't brushed what's left of my hair, let alone gelled it, and the photos were taken in my kitchen at 4.30am. You may have noticed that I'm still wearing pyjamas.
Re: Watch the whole two hour Apple event
>> how very mildly amusing
I absolutely MUST print that endorsement on the back of my book.
Re: Phone Cameras...
Ah now there is a journalistic tradition for outdated byline photos to which I am simply adhering out of professional conformity.
Re: Half Man Half Biscuit
In an alternative world, Apple could have done this by mistake, inviting U2 to perform but accidentally releasing HMHB's 'Achtung Bono' album to the world.
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