309 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Will they have apple trained mechanics?
Good day to you and thank you for bringing your iCar in to the iGarage. This is <insert made up name here> from the iCar Support team and I'll be happy to assist you today.
I understand that your car just spontaneously combusted. I realize why you're bringing this to our concern and I know how eager you are to have this issue resolved. Don't worry, I'll do my best to fix this for you.
I am pleased to inform you that your issue has now been resolved, and we have reclassified your fire as a "feature" - you vehicle has a super warm heater! A software update will be applied. Please note you may not be able to drive 2 years while we update its software remotely. It is very important that you wait the full 2 years before attempting to drive your iCar again. Please let me know if you are still unable to drive your iCar after 2 years and I'll do my best to assist you with this issue again.
Please let me know if this resolves your concern. If you have other questions about this issue, please don't hesitate to tell me and I would be more than happy to address them for you.
Thank you very much for being part of the iCar family and I hope you have a great day.
<made up name>
Re: “his”, “her” or “their” the three options.
Surely "their" only works if you're a conjoined twin?
ReferenceError: invalid assignment left-hand side
I see a problem on the left-hand side of the equals sign. The definition of the entity to which all of these politically correct attributes are being assigned should be "sex" rather than "gender". The former relates to the characteristics of the whole person, the latter pertains to the physical characteristics of objects. (At least this used to be the case, but since we all started giggling and writing "three times a night" when official forms asked us our sex, the two words have started to be used more interchangeably).
Re: Irony, we've heard of it....
If you believe the adage that "a well-armed populace is the best defense against tyranny", then it's a logical and consistent position to adopt.
Re: Straw Poll
I've had mine six days, so I'll hold off from voting, but I will say this:
- Toggling WiFi, Bluetooth or Data, on Android it takes 1 swipe + 1 press. On WP8 it takes about 4 clicks including trawling through a long menu.
- There doesn't seem to be a way to switch your lock screen off while plugged in. So you're driving down the road listening to music and you want to skip a track. It goes something like this - Press power button while phone is in cradle, look up at road, glance down just in time to see preview screen vanish, press power button again, swipe to unlock, find and press "skip" button, crash car into a ditch.
- Create a local contact? Oh no, you have to create a Microsoft account first.
- Choose not to sync all your contacts to the cloud? Sorry, not an option.
- App store is pretty limited. A lot of the apps. are very amateurish.
- Can't browse the filesystem properly.
- A personal opinion, but the OS seems very noddy and not very well featured. At the same time some social media/gaming menu options are built in, so if that's not your thing, you tend to spend time swiping past menus you're never going to use.
There are workarounds for most of these things, and I might yet learn to like it, but a good OS should be flexible enough to enable you to do what you want to do. With WP8 I sometimes feel that relationship is reversed.
As I say, it's early days yet...
Bring it on...
I always thought that Nokia chose WP8 because they didn't like their customers very much.
Re: the year is two thousand and 1984
Now then "Citizen" careful what you say here...
Re: Pope in believing in God shocker
Mysterious, I would say. It's our job to work out the mystery.
Put it this way, where do you get the idea that a plane crashing and people dying is an intrinsically "bad" thing?
... and that's why I stick to the folding stuff.
My router went up in smoke (yes, really) the other day. Dashed out and bought a new one, installed Tomato and guess what, I notice that it supports Tor AND OpenVPN.
Re: Even if it were effective...
"I hate Cameron, but I'd have to be stupid to think that he is deliberately grinding the Magna Carta into to the dust because he hates it"
- No, that was Blair
How about - "Oh yes, I'm glad you called, it has been running slow lately, just hang on a second and I'll boot it up."
.. put phone on the worktop, go do something else for half an hour.
Previous wars and government overspend...
If William the Conqueror had started saving £20 notes at the rate of one every second since 1066, he'd not even be half way to paying off the national debt today.
Another waste of [our] money.
Re: Oooh boy
Discussions about salary are not quite as taboo in the States as in the UK.
I wonder how the market for components is going. Last year I built a media PC, this year plan to build a DAW workstation. Having looked into it, there's no point in paying a premium for low grade components. Cheaper and more fun to build your own.
Re: DD-WRT 0-day in the wild?
Mine was doing the same (with Tomato) a while ago also leaving it horribly exposed. It turned out to be crashing following cable outages. I learned to back up the config - but it's not happened for a while. I also found that leaving the thing switched off for a couple of hours helped when flashing it's memory.
... a 16GB SSD for those of your files that your really don’t want in the cloud...
That would be ALL OF THEM.
Two new laptops and one new mobile phone in my house for Christmas. Avoiding sending half of my data around the world to a company I don't trust to be rifled through by all and sundry was something of a Yuletide sport.
Was the phone waterproof?
Re: Tulips !
Ah yes, who can forget.
I tried Bitcoin, but got bored waiting for the entire history of all transactions everywhere to be downloaded to my virtual wallet. Seemed pretty unwieldy to me. I've probably lost a fortune as I gave up and did something else...
If only there were some kind of button on Twitter where you could block annoying trolls from tweeting you.
I know I'm going to get downvoted for this, but I really don't accept that there is any evidence for the idea that this is some massive government conspiracy to control what you see on the internet. Web filtering is already the default on mobile phones. I found out about 18 months into my 2 year contract while trying to check on the finer points of Texas Hold 'Em during a rainy day on a camping trip. I really wasn't outraged enough to pen a letter to my MP.
There's really no point sitting here discussing ways to circumvent this awful "censorship". It's a service that you can switch on or off. Personally, I'd probably switch it off as I already use OpenDNS. It's not a replacement for good parenting, but one tool in the toolkit.
Maybe it's time to give the paranoia a rest, huh?
Re: Yes, make Radio 1 DAB
Turns out my new car does have DAB... And it sounds awful.
We just got rid of our only house dab radio and used the speakers as fridge magnets - much more useful. The future of radio is FM, internet, but not crappy obsolete dab codecs.
Fair play to them.
I probably wouldn't strike - I'd leave and do something else - but I can't say I blame the workers for wanting a better deal. Amazon, you reap what you sow.
Where would we be without parody...
Do you know, I heard a story that those Toastie Boys stayed up 'til quarter past twelve!
- Morris Minor and the Majors - No Sleep 'till Bedtime.
Re: Dr Seuss said it best...
When tweetle beetles fight,
it's called a tweetle beetle battle.
And when they battle in a puddle,
it's a tweetle beetle puddle battle...
(it goes on..)
Dr Seuss said it best...
Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew. While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew. Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze. Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze. That's what made these three free fleas sneeze.
Misrepresented advertised broadband speeds?
I refuse to believe it. Must be one of those April Fools stories.
Re: Another technical fix for a social issue
There were three gifts, not necessarily about three wise men.
Anyone know what is the minimum voltage you could get away with on the micro USB charger? I'm wondering if you could run it from the 12v socket in the car.
Since my youngest decided to throw a glass of juice over my ageing laptop I've been looking for something cheap, small, HDDiskless, with a long battery life. The only thing putting me off this at the moment would be the fact that I'd be paying extra for Office (which I already have a license for) and the pointless tablet "feature".
A foot-loving pedant writes...
Can we see a picture of the other foot, for comparison purposes?
Re: So many Anonymous Cowards
True. The wife recently was due an upgrade. We picked the S3 over the S4 because the older model was 95% of the phone for 50% of the price. My prediction is that exactly the same thing will happen to the next generation of consoles.
Re: Making 1+1=3 ?
That's a great idea, and one which I think I will steal very soon.
Re: A lesson from history
If only she had some kind of uncrackable electro-mechanical rotor cipher machine...
Yeah but no but...
I will have to preface my comments by saying that I agree with much of what's been said here. I'm a big fan of hard work. It never killed anybody. (Not strictly true, but let's move on).
To be fair, it seems that the issue here is not completely to do with having to work hard, it's the complete lack of any kind of autonomy or control he has in doing the job.
There was a study done some time ago on the relative stress levels of high-level execs and low-level grunts. It took into account health markers such as heart disease, blood pressure etc. Everybody expected the execs to be coronary cases, but it turned out that the less control a person had over their environment, the more stressed they were, with knock-on effects on health.
I've done warehouse work. Part of the attraction for me at the time was the challenge of seeing how quickly I could get everything picked, processed and wrapped. I knew the best routes and had the different bins memorised, I knew that if a bin was half empty I could nip through to the row behind, and I knew when I could get away with climbing/reaching to get something, and when I needed to use the order picker.
The work wasn't great, but it was these small things that made it bearable. With a virtual cattle prod controlling my every move I think I'd have been a lot more stressed, and a lot less motivated.
Ever seen a "Police, Camera" type programme, where a driver does something stupid like cutting up a panda car, driving into oncoming traffic and crashing into a pensioner? It's all there on tape, but Lee Boardman often chips in at the end with an inexplicable "the driver of the red Peugeot was not prosecuted due to lack of evidence..."
"Just" 50,000 units sold
That's impressive. It's about 49,999 more than I'd have predicted.
Common practice, sometimes with unintended consequences...
I remember the story of one diplomat who, convinced the metal object he had found under his hotel carpet was a bug, unscrewed it. In fact it was holding up the chandelier from the ballroom below.
Re: Not quite sure I understand the article.
Been up for redundancy four or five times. Been made redundant once. No point getting upset about it.
You owe them a week's work. They owe you a week's pay. Anything else is PR.
Not quite sure I understand the article.
"Big companies sometimes make redundancies".
Was there a subtext, metaphor, or related newsworthy event that escaped my notice?
Seems clear enough to me that if it's illegal to push a camera under a changing room door to capture women in various states of undress, the same should go for pushing a camera up a skirt.
Both skirt and changing room door serve to protect the dignity and modesty of the person in question, and any violation of that principle is a violation of the reasonably held expectation of a person to travel unmolested on public transport.
No rant. I was using a Linux box as a print server for a mainly Windows desktop environment. It worked after a fashion, but it was not a great solution. The web interface to CUPS was a lovely yellow and brown affair which would crash and error regularly. No complaints from me, not even blaming it totally on the Linux side of things, it was an interesting project, but on the whole I'd recommend getting hold of a network printer.
Could be worse. Before I bought a network printer I had a mono laser and a colour inkjet hooked up to my Linux server using CUPS software. Now that was clunky.
Didn't we know this already? I remember reading about the BT cables into Menwith Hill about ten years ago.
Re: long live FM
I've just picked up my nearly new car. It does have the option of DAB on the onscreen menu, but whenever I click it it says "Service Not Available". I'm assuming that means that it doesn't have the DAB radio option installed, rather than it can't pick up a signal. I don't care either way, I'd never use it.
Re: So tell us Mr. Branson
Mm. Maybe he's a bond villain.
Wow, the quality of debate really is improving around here. If we really all were just chemicals and water I doubt you'd care that much.
Re: It's a good start.
Hm. Well I truly believe that I'm the King of Persia and that I can fly on a magic carpet.
Never mind the evidence, I am...
"The EU wants to give hoovers an energy rating from A to G as part of its efforts to meet carbon emission cut targets".
Of course they do. The world's gone mad.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000 ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad