Australia does strange things to me
Normally, I like spiders but whenever I visit Australia I come over all arachnophobic.
467 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Normally, I like spiders but whenever I visit Australia I come over all arachnophobic.
That would put a limit on what the fraudsters could fleece you for, but also means you lose out on cashback/points/miles or whatever perks your credit card gives you.
Well, if our descendants haven't developed anti gravity, by that point, then we deserve extinction.
"Oh, I've done that. Only time I've ever had an argument with a cabbie. He tried to charge us forty quid to go from Deathrow to Hounslow. I offered him the choice between a poke in the eye or a smack in the chops. Well, no, I didn't, I just said 'do I sound like a farking tourist, mate?' and he took what the meter was saying after a bit more to-and-fro."
Naive me was told the fixed £40 price, from Heathrow to Windsor" is a special price. It was indeed special, at (as I found out the following day) double the cost of a private hire cab from the hotel back to Heathrow! The Heathrow taxi ranks are a massive scam!
"Do they? Can you name one way? One that's not just bullshit made up by the taxi gangsters, obviously."
As always, Google is your friend (wanted or not):
It's a very narrow distinction (both legally, and in terms of the end result), but I think the idea is that your journey literally isn't metered, in real-time, with Uber, whereas it is with a taxi meter. I'm at best ambivalent towards Uber, because they play fast and loose with the law, but Tim Worstall's article, on rent seeking, made me think again.
That certainly is a Berlin curry wurst, and there's nothing wrong with it. I've had curry wurst in.... Hanover, I think, where curry powder and spices are actually part of the sausage. Now that was nice.
"Using a table to track stuff? Obvious? Prior art?"
This is the real problem. How far do you go? There must be so many patents that amount to "Look something up and doing something with it". I think the designer should at least be able demonstrate a novel take on the fundamental idea they're using.
And it looks valid, and I can't think of any prior art*. It might just be a valid claim, and proper use of the patent system...
* Although speculative execution has been around since the 80s*, there's still scope for innovation.
IT'S A TRAP!!!!!!!!!!
As long as the others insist on delivering updates in sweet time.
I'm just happy it's been a lot better than the last series, so far...
Starting with "You don't need to buy Apple, if you want Windows on a piece of kit that stands out". Surface (sans RT) is already proving a reasonably good business, for Microsoft, and the Pro 3 positioned them nicely for a move into the premium/luxury market.
That said, I still have my doubts about Windows on a tablet. The hybrid interface is actually quite good, but I'm typing this on my iPad Air 2, while lounging on the sofa (with a cheeky mid-week glass of red), for a reason. The iPad is light, functional and still has an immediacy that Windows 10 can't quite match.
It may well be the future, but it's not the here and now. Perhaps when you dock it and get full (PC/laptop) Windows 10?
So far, Windkws Phone has been a case of All Surface/No Feeling (excuse the pun). The smoothness, in my experience, has been superficial. I'm hoping we'll now see Android level multi tasking, where Skype isn't half an hour behind my Android phone, in terms of notifications and responsiveness.
A lot of these countries have paranoid governments who do not like personal satellite equipment of any kind.
"What would have happened if NR were allowed to fold like any other business?"
NR was, relatively speaking, small potatoes. The bigger question is why, around the world, a great many more banks were bailed out. To answer that question, you need to start by consider what happens when the finance system collapses.
The problem with banks is, I think, that we can't afford to treat them like any other business.
I'd argue Microsoft succeeded first time, didn't realise it, and then panicked (along with everyone else) when the iPhone appeared?
If they introduce the 787-9 to the Austin route, I'll certainly look into burning some miles in first, for a long weekend break. Economy class should come with a health warning; BA have deployed a very high density 3-3-3 configuration. I recently tried Qatar's very similar configuration (fortunately a one hour hop, from Doha to Muscat) - ultra modern, but you're in constant physical contact with the person next to you.
Edit: Compared to BA's flying dormitory, Qatar's business product, on the 787, looks rather nice.
Have the economists put a numeric value on that? I think that's what economies like Sweden achieve above all else. I suspect pretty much any woman who remembers Iraq, pre regime change, will have similar feelings. Then again, I found Sweden a bit sinister. The fate of all nations that strive for a utopian ideal?
Those who've actually picked it up talk about it's lightness. Owning both a (none pro) Surface 3 and an iPad Air 2, I can appreciate that. The Microsoft device is quite a bit thicker/heavier. I don't see sales people wanting an iPad Pro, rather than the MacBook they carry already (complete with a VM running a corporate Windows build*).
* And the Surface Pro can do that too (i.e. for running up IE6 to access legacy apps, or a Linux VM for doing real work).
You beat me to it. That's certainly out of touch with a way a lot of the more advanced British consumers are starting to think. Mine's the one with Nexus written on it, with the cheap-as-chips SIM only contract.
Sent from my Google Docs account, with "New and improved" dictation.
I pay Spotify the almost a tenner a month so I can discover new music; not so they can invade my privacy and steal my data.
Happens from time to time. Happened badly, at the turn of the century, when the tech crash/correction caused many stocks to be significantly under-valued. Some of us did pretty well out of that.
It's the fundamentals that matter; not the hype of Wall Street and The City.
Presumably in line with Wikimedia's approved retention policy, which is fully in line with industry best practice? How can Michael Green possibly object to that?
They should pay tax wherever they happen to be living. They are already doing Britian a massive favour by not being a drain on the British economy, whether that be through not being unemployed, not needing NHS services or by simply having children (in work allowances, education, child benefit and so on). If you're not using the services of a country, you should not be paying tax there.
I know little else of his circumstances, or his family. It's a personal decision. That said... When an area becomes to expensive to live, I think one should always have an plan (or at least an idea, stored away at the back of the mind) to move on. No point in fighting economics.
We can conclude:
- Small majority of reg readers want to stay inside of EU.
- Everyone wants cool black space planes.
Main issue, so far, is the odd update, while my Surface 3 is sleeping, breaks something random. Best one so far has been the re-appearance of the Asus T100 Theme, on my Surface 3! Sometimes, I get lots of blank icons in my start menu (a reboot sorts that out).
If you put your device to sleep, with applications running, do not leave anything unsaved! This is not OSX. If it does an update and re-set, from sleep, you may lose data since running applications have no persistence though a shutdown or reset.
"I've read that not only is 'trickle down' a myth, but it's also a myth that any Tory ever believed it...
Technological breakthroughs 'trickle down' (rich people get the new toys first), but not wealth."
Trickle down economics is hard to quantify. I'm sure Mr. Worstall would argue that being able to afford a better gizmo than last year, is a measure of wealth. Of course, by that argument, so is a house, especially if you don't own one already. I think it would be more accurate to say the wealth that really matters trickles upwards, while a better standard of living often trickles downwards. A good standard of living, without wealth, is a little precarious*.
* Case in point: working tax credits provide a better standard of living, but are very easy to take away. I suppose Greece is also a case in point, on a grander scale. For an individual, being leveraged up to the eyeballs, via a mortgage, is pretty precarious.
As noted above. Ostensibly to bring them into line with the other South Pacific nations. It also makes the cost of buying a car cheaper there, since they can just import used cars, unmodified, from Aus, NZ and Japan.
Any EE store has a bunch of these all charging up at the same time, in close proximity to each other, in a drawer. We haven't had any major EE store fires in the news.
Mine's the one with E1-04 on it, and yes it does get pretty warm - I'd be wary of using it in extreme warm weather (not that we're getting much of that).
Edge is a fast, pleasant experience at the moment. Will it be the same once they've implemented the rest of the standards, and start allowing plugins? Since my Widows box is really just a plaything, so I get exposure to the latest Windows (my main box is a Mac), I'll probably use Edge exclusively for the time being.
If you've been using the old Cisco VPN client (IPSec over UDP, in my case), on Windows 7, then that is broke since Windows 8.
Uninstall and scan for hardware changes, in device manager? Sound similar to what happened to me, after a scheduled rebuild of the corporate Dell (Windows 7).
Caused Intel to get off their arses and seriously up their game in the mobile space.
The idea of buying a dumb panel, and plugging in the brain, appeals! I reckon the dumb panel will go obsolete less often than the brain.
Two years after Katrina, I found myself on an extended (ended up being a total of 6 months) business trip to Dallas. It was actually a very nice assignment - I really don't mind the summer extremes there, and you can get some pleasant weather in the winter. Anyway, guns are a serious business in Texas. The only rule at the office seemed to be that concealed firearms must be declared on arrival. But none of the pick up trucks in the car park had gun racks. All the guides clearly stated I should see pick up trucks with gun racks in Texas! I was actually a bit disappointed, and asked about this. I was told a lot of bad elements had come in amongst the Katrina refugees and, after a few nasty incidents, the locals voluntarily stopped putting their guns on show.
Per the Henry mentioned in the article, I was told various stories of law abiding citizens having firearms confiscated, around New Orleans. In an armed society, this meant the only people carrying were the bloody criminals.
My assignment in Dallas? Testing a massive,largely automated, DR solution for one of my customers back in the UK.
The economy seats, and overall service, are far nicer than BA or AA. After Air New Zealand kindly dropped its direct flights from LAX to the Pacific Islands, this was the only way I could carry on earning miles in my preferred programme (BMI - remember them?) and avoid Fiji's Air Pacific. On those occasions where I could afford the time, I had a recovery night in LA, on the way out, and a holiday in Santa Monica, on my way home.
Now, on the legacy carriers the A380 has been a huge disappointment to me. It's just an exercise in cynicism; they gave nothing back to the paying customer in terms of comfort. Fly economy on the Emirates A389, OTOH, and you get a larger, wider, more comfortable seat, with plenty of good entertainment options, reasonably priced WiFi, and not so reasonably priced mobile roaming.
Not that I'm in any desperate rush, but I'm feeling ever so left out.
Certainly if all you're doing is reading a bit of Stephen King, it hardly matters. Surely colour only matters to text books, where colour can help clarify illustrations and diagrams; for that application the technology used will have to be very good.
Rail is the one area where privatisation seems to have fallen on its bottom. The government pays more for rail than ever before, and the quality of service is at best patchy. I think this is partly due to the relative absence of competition on any given route. For example, to get from Manchester to London, only a Virgin* option comes up, regardless of which app or website I use**. The trains seem to be more crowded than ever***. I wouldn't even consider economy class, when I visit London.
* Though to be fair to Beardy's company, they're not that bad.
** We did have a longer, cheaper route, from Manchester Victoria; I don't know what happened to that (maybe competition, maybe regulation).
*** Notingham to Manchester, standing room only, is no laughing matter.
- Headquartered in Switzerland
- Thinks it's above the law
- Does what the hell it wants.
Nope, I'm not finding anything to draw parallels with.
I don't think cat pictures fit within any of the various theories and laws of economics. Except perhaps Grumpy Cat.
Who stands to lose? Of the two, who is in the stronger position? If you follow the money, where does it lead?
Do Microsoft really not get that the Start Screen (tablet) and the Start Menu (desktop) do not have to be mutually exclusive? It might work well enough, at least on my Surface 3, but I'm guessing those who've bought 8" tablets will find Windows 10 a pain in the arse.
The Smart TV, and Playstation 4, already have the Amazon Prime Streaming app. If you're getting enough free deliveries to justify Prime, then the streaming service is a nice bonus*. I do have Chromecast, but that's because I have quite a bit of purchased content from Goolge Play (that I paid very little for). Both the Chromecast and Firestick are a more convenient way to access Netflix and iPlayer (just control through the corresponding phone or tablet app), so no complaints there.
* Hey, I though Extant was alright!
Especially on the very low end devices. Unfortunately, the positives stop there.