365 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009
I used to think that until my 18 year old Fiesta with rotten front and back wings, interior that was falling to bits and a 15 pound stereo (I was a student at the time, any car was amazing) was stolen. The police said it was probably nicked by teenagers who couldn't be bothered to catch a bus.
I got it back (a phone call from the police at 3am saying they had found it but could not secure it) but they stole the 15 pound stereo, and even the Tesco uniform in the boot. Since then I assume they'll steal anything... (Seriously, why would you steal a 15 pound stereo or Tesco uniform - especially the later?!?!?!?!)
Re: Only Lab-based tests?
But the Mythbusters experiment had the wrong title.
It should have been 'Is it safe to do complex mathematics whilst driving'. There was no 'chat' on the phone with the person driving being able to day 'I can't answer that right now' or 'This is getting complex I'll call you back. As such it was a biased experiment.
If I am on my hands free and I can't talk because of the traffic, I don't. The experiment was set up in such a way that there was only outcome. If you had the person sitting in the car with you asking the same complex questions and demanding the answers without exception then you would have had the same result.
Mandatory Credit Card
Great! If you are a geek then you can go and find all of the settings on each phone, and computer and turn off the empty my bank account function.
Why did you have to do that in the first place? My App Store account has my (old) credit card number attached to it because Apple demanded that for me to create an account to download the free OS update when I bought the machine (Lion to Snow Lion before the laptops in shops came with the OS by default). Why? It was a free update, there was not a single reason why Apple needed this information.
My Google account doesn't have my account number, because i don't pay for Apps and don't want in app purchases. And Google never even asked me for one.
My Windows Store account does not have a credit card because I don't want to pay for apps and they never even asked for it.
This is the first thing Apple should do - stop forcing people to enter a credit card to buy free apps - once that is done the problem is solved :) Free must be free as they have no way of charging you!
(At the same time I agree that parents should know what their kids are up to, and not give them these things as toys without supervision)
Re: Its a shame really
I don't go to the cinema that often because of the cost, the interruptions from people on the phone, or talking to each other the whole way through the film, or playing with laser pointers, or dirty seats, etc, etc
But that is the whole reason why I don't do. I would rather go to the cinema to see a film on a huge screen, with amazing sound and all of the experience. That is still up to date for me. It's just a shame it doesn't exist anymore...
Re: Add the 3d farce @mark 63
Having moved to Holland, the only issue I have with the sub-titles is that now I have learnt Dutch I tend to laugh at jokes before that have been spoken because the appear in the sub-title.
Re: Oh good
I don't know if Aldi is better in the UK, but a machine that is switched off would give better service than the people working there where I live...
HSBC has had machine only branches for a long time (20 years or more) and they work really well. What works less well is the waiting time when you do actually need to speak to someone in person - you make an appointment and then wait an hour or more after that appointment to be told that they can't help you :)
Re: My biggest peeve
I gave you a down vote there, as I thought that you mean task bar :) Must learn to read!
Looking at it again I changed it to an up-vote - it does seem a long winded way to actually do this rather than right click the app and send to the desktop.
Re: My <COMPLICATED SQL-BASED SOFTWARE PACKAGE> isn't working
I love those ones. Always assume the user is lying!
In my first job ones of the salesman (who liked to think he was technical) inherited my computer when it was replaced. After 40 minutes of me giving it to him he called me:
Him: This computer you gave me doesn't work
Me: It worked 40 minutes ago when I gave it to you. What have you changed?
Me: You changed something didn't you
Him: I looked at a couple of config files, but I didn't change anything
Me: What did you change?
Him: I maybe changed something in Autoexec.bat, but I changed it back
Me: What did you change?
Him: I looked at the NetWare config file as well, but I changed norhing
Me: What did you change?
Him: I changed a couple of files, but I don't know what
It turned out that he had done something strange with the autoexec, I don'tremember exactly what, but the main problem was that he removed the MAC address from the NetWare configuration so the network driver stopped working.
And of course he didn't take a back up of it first.
I wished him luck and went back to work (I wasn't on support for the machines...)
Re: Office Screen Requirement
Odd, it seems to work very well on my 13" laptop, and my other half's 17" laptop. (Both full HD)
I wouldn't want to drop below the 13" personally though, and not without a mouse!
Re: Highway neutrality
I'm trying to figure out if that is a joke or not from Where not exists?
The sooner people stop driving cars the better for everybody. Want to drive, do a track day.
(Coming from a petrol head that will sorely miss her beloved Spitfire and R6 if this ever happens, and still sees that it is a good idea...)
My 820 wouldn't even connect to Zone. You needed the Windows Phone application to do a phone back up. However, for pictures you just open File Explorer and drag and drop...
My biggest gripes with the 820 were the screen resolution, the fact that I could not have different volumes for the ringer and music and the fact that my thermostat doesn't have a windows phone app, and they are not planning on making one. And the last is hardly the fault of the phone ;-)
It's a good phone though, best overall interface of the three main platforms for me. Shame about the above issues I had...
(typed on a Z1 compact though because of them...)
Re: Could care less / couldn't care less
As soon as I read it I was thinking of this :)
I can only speak from experience, but when my prescription was changed I was asked.by the pharmacist if I knew it had been changed. Phone.calls ensued and it turns out it had, I just hadn't been told. It was picked up though, and because it was electronic - they check against previous prescriptions on the screen on front of them. It doesn't rely on me knowing the names of my medication.
Not sure if this is the norm or if I just have a great pharmacist, but I was happy with them being able to check...
Here in Holland we have both. The prescriptions from the doctors are sent directly to the pharmacy. I walk in, identify myself with personal information (name, DOB etc (anyone who wants to just pick up my prescription would have to know my details and know exactly when the doctor sent it through) and get my medication which has normally been prepared. Easy and relatively secure.
The paper prescriptions (from Hospitals and other clinics) are much less secure, anyone can present my prescription and pick it up on my behalf. No checks, no nothing (and if they do that it automatically goes to my insurance company and they bill me for medicine I have not had!).
Re: BREAKING NEWS! NAMBLA to sue Nintendo for not including their chosen lifestyle in-game.
It's not a "chosen lifestyle". If you really think that you can pick and choose your sexuality then I suggest you try it. If you can't then I have to ask why not, after all it's simply a choice to you.
Wrong target audience
When the Wii came out it was full of promise for family gaming. My partner, not a gamer, really wanted to try one. The Sports, Olympics and Wii fit were great and got played a lot. However, most of the games seemed to be Xbox or PS3 wannabes - something that did not appeal to her. And if you want to play a high action shooter in full HD then you simply buy a real console (Xbox 360 or PS3 at the time).
Now we have the Wii U. About on a par with the 360 or PS3 from what I have seen in the shops, and an absolutely ridiculous price. If it was dropped by 100 euros then there would probably be one replacing our Wii with the hope that they concentrate on family gaming, but as it is. Nah...
The Sony may a little more expensive, but it is the only in pocket camera I have considered buying (actually bought one for a trip to the Christmas markets in Koln) due to the sensor size. It is no DSLR, but it's close enough that my 5D is only brought out for serious shots now and isn't lugged around everywhere I expect to be taking pictures.
Low light is stunning, but more than that there is zero lag on the shutter, the manual zoom is a pleasure to use when the auto just doesn't cut it, the battery lasts an age and it is tiny!
I've never taken mine to an extreme environment so can't comment on it's durability in poor conditions, but the cost of the camera was completely worth the pictures that it took and convenience.
Not close yet
Yes, two search engines are better than one. And I'm not against bing just for being Microsoft. But I have used it recently and I don't know what simple things you are looking for but trying to find answers about Visual studio or Office is a joke still on Bing. It brings up the strangest references as opposed to Google that brings up useful information.
I want it to match Google for exactly the reason you state, it's just not close yet.
From what I have seen in real world tests and from what I have read this should be less of an issue. The glass is laminated, or coated in plastic, or something, to make it more resistant to shattering.
That said I have not tried to drop my Z1 Compact to see if it works (and neither do I want to try!)
The one issue that I do have is that the back does scratch easily. Nothing that bothers me per when using the phone, but when looking at the back I can see scratches after only 4 weeks.
Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?
Is it going to take notice of the 'Request Desktop Site' option in mobile browsers?
Exactly what I was thinking of!
So, not following Sony then...
I just don't get how you can justify giving the device the flagship name, and then supply second rate internals.
Some of us don't have big hands, or simply don't want a big phone - but still want the internals of a decent phone.
Sony got this right with the Z1 Compact, I was hoping the other manufacturers would take note...
Oh well, after getting the Z1 Compact this week it's a problem I hopefully won't have to deal with for another 4 years :)
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
I had a problem one with a project manager once. He complained when I gave a two week estimate for some functionality and flipped at me, saying he could code it in 15 minutes.
I stood up and pushed the mouse and keyboard to him and asked for a master class so I could learn from a genius how to code so fast.
He walked off grumbling, swearing, and complaining. But never questioned my estimates again :)
I'm not blaming the shops here - this is something that is not their area of expertise.
The vendors for the POS (how appropriate that the acronym works both ways...) software should ensure that their systems have at least basic security. Actually, they should ensure they are bloody secure!
Using the excuse that it is a bog standard PC is no excuse.
Why can it connect to any IP it wants to, where is the firewall that says it can only connect to one single IP address?
Surely this is the first thing that should be done with these machines. It has no reason to need any IP other than the one of the bank it talks to.
Kind of how any coupling should be set up!
Re: de-oxygenated copper
And any decent shop should tell you that too!
When I got my CM9 speakers and Cyrus amplifiers I asked what type of cable I should use. They showed me some chunky, but not expensive, cable (around 2.50 a meter IIRC). As that was the type of thing I was already using I didn't replace it.
I asked what the hideously expensive cable was for and they said they had to stock it for some people to take them seriously even if they never recommended it. Some people just didn't believe that you could spend less than 1000 on speaker cable and so didn't.
I loved that shop, they saved me huge amounts of money by focussing on sound and not price when I bought stuff (I saw some lovely speakers - looked lovely, and had a price tag to match, but they said they were a waste of money and that the CM9s at half the cost sounded so much better. And they did!). It's a shame the owner decided to retire when the shops rent came up for renewal...
Re: "I’ve been offered as much as $50,000 for it."
Maybe because he didn't want to sell it?
Re: Don't forget that 2.4GHz is a shared band @stacy
I had no idea I was only talking to you. I was merely saying that it's a problem that I have had with fanbois. Whether you consider yourself to be a blind fanbois as I said in my post is for you to decide.
Yes, the router was at fault. iPhones, Android phones and tablets and Windows computers all connected without a problem.
But the router is broken as the MacBook Pro doesn't connect.
Oh, and after a week or so of using it on the wired connection and it getting an update it worked. The Apple had the update, not the router.
The router was obviously broken.
Oh, and if I had a router where the everything except for one computer (or wireless dongle or card) worked, not matter the brand of the non-functioning appliance,then I would assume that it was a problem with that one computer. Not the router.
If everything has a problem with a router then I will accept that the router has a problem.
Re: Don't forget that 2.4GHz is a shared band
The thing I hate most about Apple is the fact that the fanbois refuse to accept when there is a problem with the kit. My father in laws MBP refused point blank to connect to his router. I asked for help on forums and to the Apple users I know at work only to be told by everyone that there is no way there could be a problem with the Apple, it must be the router that was broken.
When I pointed out that no other piece of equipment had a problem connecting to the same router the answer stayed the same. Apples work unfailingly and the router has a problem.
All computers have problems, MS, Linux, Android, MS or whatever else. Refusing to accept that your preferred one could have a problem is just wrong...
(And just to be clear - this is written on my MBP; so not a blind hater :) )
Ahh... A Chipmunk T.10 was the first plane I ever flew (OK I've only ever flown 4...). Great introduction to flying :)
Memories... (and wishing that I could afford to actually get my license!)
Re: because there's no other way to express an emotion
I do wonder why anyone would ever like those posts when anyone of the three options mentioned would be so much better...
Only worked in one company that used SAP
And it was unreal how much cash can be wasted, and how failure can be spun into 'opportunity'
In the nearly three years I worked there they were working on an online catalogue for displaying the products they sold.
During that time, and still when I left, there were still 10 internal people working on it, 10 SAP consultants and a multitude of consultants that came in for a few weeks then vanished again.
When, after about 2.5 years, they announced that they could put images of some of the products on a web page there were great celebrations about how amazing the new system was.
I couldn't help feeling that a small team developers working in which ever language they picked (.Net for me, but I'm sure that a J2EE solution would have been as quick) could have had the same functionality working in a couple of months (being really conservative here ;p)
Re: Not sure I get the ire
I did see that.
And I said that I don't like the ones with the flashing lights either.
But also said why I think and tablet for a baby isn't just bad, but dangerous for development of the baby, and it's relationship with the parent.
Re: Not sure I get the ire
Mobiles hanging over the bouncer or car seat are different on many levels.
Interaction with others: You can play with the mobile with the baby, swinging the toys backwards and forwards etc, the iPad is a single person activity, cutting the baby off from the world
Interaction with the world: Mobiles have different materials on the toys to introduce different textures to the baby, the iPad is a flat glass screen
Eyesight: This would force the baby to focus at one single distance for a long period of time. As the mobile swings the baby follows the toys and learns how to focus it's eyes, plus the iPad blocks off a whole lot more of the baby's field vision than a mobile does - it has no choice but to focus on the tablet.
Hand eye coordination: If you take the above two points then you could also argue that this would limit hand eye coordination. The iPad is always the same distance away and all you can do is poke it, where as a swinging toy takes more control to reach.
Personally I don't like mobiles with flashing lights either, but even one of those would be better than this...
And the worst thing is...
Lots and lots of people would still install it without question...
And then the ones that know me will call to ask me to look at their phone...
Re: First things first
Or delivery companies that drop packages into compost bins to keep them safe when no one is home...
(Lovely way to delivery my mums 60th birthday present, Everyone is just happy that the bin wasn't being emptied on that day)
Is it that hard?
I want back ground music. Turn in TV, connect to my server, listen to music. And yes, for background music the sound from a my Philips TV is fine - it even has a built in bass speaker in the stand to fill the sound out. Great? No. But fine for background.
Easy, better quality music. Same as above, but turn on the amplifier as well.
Great quality: either turn on laptop and listen to FLAC files via the amplifier or just play the CD on the BluRay. Either via the digital or stereo connection to the amplifier, not via the TV.
Where is the problem - all my kit talks to each other, either digitally or using analogue signals (without everything being routed via the TV). Even my old cheap and nasty DVD player that we got for the bedroom had audio out on it so that you could listen to audio directly from it...
I'm not getting this article. The author has equipment he isn't happy with because they don't communicate. And now it's obvious, because he bought a new way of playing music. That doesn't connect with the rest either...
That XKCD link is so appropriate! :)
Thanks for the advice, but finally got around to checking it and it is definitely sleeping - that is logged each time I shut the lid, and clamshell never appears.
I guess Mavericks is just much worse with consuming resources whilst sleeping :(
Thanks Mike, I'll take a look!
Seeing as I am not that familiar with OSX - I'm going to ask how? (Which log, and where do I find it).
What I do know is that the according to manual it's sleeping (the light cycles glowing and out as it's supposed to and when you wake it up you have to log in).
Before the upgrade it would last about a week or so whist sleeping.
2011 MacBook Pro and I noticed this (though not so pronounced). 100% when closing the lid, and only 70% the next morning. Leave it sleeping for more than a couple of days and it's dead.
Much worse than it was.
Re: @Chris Surely there is another side to this...
Something isn't right here:
Suddenly the car in front came to a stop
Expert evidence and sensors in the car indicate that it was travelling at between 50 and 60km/h when it was hit by the truck
Logically one of those is wrong. Either it stopped, and was hit whilst stationary, or it was slowing down and was hit.
Stopping distance for a car travelling at 100kmph is (according to http://www.passmytheory.co.uk/learningcentre/stoppingdistance.aspx) 73 meters. For a car remember, so it should be much further for a 38 ton truck.
The truck driver was 40m behind the car. And so leaving nearly half the distance needed to stop by a car travelling at that speed.
No matter what else was happening this says to me the truck was too close, and not paying attention.
@Chris Re: Surely there is another side to this...
Absolutely, but the inference that I got was that she was not standing on the brakes but not concentrating on her speed.
Maybe I RTFA wrong :) but that is what I was basing my comments on...
Surely there is another side to this...
On top of whatever else is bad about phones...
The lorry driver drove into her car because she didn't have brake lights showing? Holy Crap!
Did he not notice that she was getting closer to the front of his truck? Did he take notice of what was going on around him?
If you are driving correctly then you should very rarely need your brakes to control your speed (that is what your throttle is for, your brakes are for stopping), you should look at what is happening and react accordingly. It makes your car last longer, it uses less fuel and it helps stop bunch traffic jams caused by everyone jumping on the brake rather than gently slowing down when the traffic does.
Yes, using the phone is bad - but hitting someone just because they slowed without using their brakes is worse!
Re: +1 for Crashplan
I've been using Crashplan for a while now - I have 700+Gb backed up (pictures, music, documents and disk images of the machines in the house) to both a drive in home for fast on site back up and their cloud should anything bad happen to the house.
I did a test restore from it during the trial period and whilst it is not quick it did work as it should. Hopefully I will never have to use it in reality, but if I do I think that speed of restore will not be my biggest concern :)
Try reading the comments again, there are plenty saying that is someone is wearing a skirt then she is asking for it, or saying that it is no different to to taking a photo of a face when someone doesn't want it.
Or it is OK if the situation makes it easy (the comment about being above or below).
I'm going to get down voted for this again, but seriously, the comments here do scare me - I may be that person in the skirt or dress, and these people may be on a train when I am commuting. So much acceptance of something like this is just wrong in this day and age.
Re: Expectation of privacy? @Stacy
I would agree that your situation is a tough one. But that is not what is being discussed here.
What is being discussed here is a person taking up-skirt photos. Not public wet t-shirt (which is still pervy unless you ask for permission), but up-skirt. Deliberately going out of your way to violate someone's person with a camera.
Again, how hard is that to grasp?
Re: Expectation of privacy?
OK, seriously scared now by the type of people on this forum...
Being down-voted for saying that you shouldn't take an up-skirt shot just because you are in the lower deck of a train and so are looking upwards, and someone may be in a skirt on the platform.
Which means that someone thinks that is what you should do in that situation. I hope that someone gets help.
As to the different types of pictures.
I don't like having my picture taken full stop, I never have done and probably never will. There is nothing I can do about it except never leave the house.
The same does not apply to taking a photo up my skirt. Ever.
With the exception of stalking someone, taking someone's picture where you have to bend to certain angles around someone else is not creepy. Bending around anything to get a picture of someone underwear is! How hard is that to grasp!
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