I always found Commission officials very approachable and well capable of isolating partisan lobbying. They like to hear the (well-argued?) opinions of multi-country industry or consumer groups and will even use your wording, if you understand their narrow mandate. (EP and CoE are quite different zoos). Beware, it's seductive over there if you believe (as I do) that we should never have signed up to a 'Union' Treaty.
111 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009
Re: If only they had an OS that people wanted
We're happy with Win7 and 8.1, with all the free extras that make it look mostly like XP. Win10 Preview seemed progressively to improve (on a spare HDD) but now declines to install new builds. Presumably once it issues there will be freebies that make it look like XP too, so we'll have time to decide whether our kit can handle it. Meanwhile, boot priorities are XP (because all the old stuff works), 7 (because it's there), and Linux Mint (because).
Re: Resource nasties....
Couldn't object to any of this provided 1/ They have an option to preserve (exactly) the UI I have chosen 2/ that they have background-checked that my hardware is compatible with the new proposition and 3/ that they can guarantee my installed software, and peripheral drivers, including compatibility, will continue to work. Fat chance.
With a dozen cousins the other end of splendid Teamviewer, with their mystic mix of XPs-various, Vista and 7, and tragic malware scans once a month, I'd like to know what 'basics' I could export to the over-60s who are online and hyperactive daily, preferably without 'learning' anything they didn't have to know before. Sure, tidy Linux, so that nothing they've ever bought (software/USB plugins) ever works again?
Lots of old-faithful XP machines in this house, all properly registered. They can sneak Win10 on for free whenever they like. provided they can emulate the drivers that work. Oh, didn't think so.
Fun theory, but it's hardly 'nearby'. Other end of High Holborn, and beyond.
So-called 'Council of Europe', and the word 'barking'. Having seen some of its other irrational opinions, I'd agree.
Re: I'm still puzzling...
Can you remind us how? (especially if it closes up the wasted space). I'd like to do the same on the new-fangled 'BBC News' home page.
Maplin's the only place I can go within driving/parking distance to get stuff now. Nice people there, but too much in the basement so mail-order is almost as fast (and is efficient). C'mon. what's the answer? RS seems to do OK, but is there a retail option?
If the IE replacement is even more deeply integrated, will I ever be able to search my hard drive from Windows 10 without triggering 'Bing'?
Re: Why bother?
That's the reason to vote UKIP. No danger they'll form a government, fat chance they'll even influence the horsetrading, but it might just make the careerist Politicos sit up and realise the public has non-PC opinions. Probably already has.
"Whoever you vote for, the Government always gets in." (Maybe not this time, baby).
Re: I think I may have family involved
A grandfather-in-law (do-what?) was a young technician there, and once stole Marconi's sandwiches. Apparently Marconi was a difficult man to work for, but whether that was before or after he'd had his sandwiches stolen we are not told. PS: If the Italians weren't interested, why did Marconi spend so long on RM Carlo Alberto running experiments as a personal guest of the Italian King?
Have the BBC, in gleefuly giving away my reluctantly paid licence money, considered Googling 'Micro Bit' to see if anyone else might have an interest in the name? Is this another METRO/TIFCAM in the making?
Of the 12 working, fast, computers in my house, two run 8.1 and one 7. The rest are XP, are not ideal for upgrade and won't be scrapped. For doing content creation, XP is actually preferred because the (many) bugs are well understood, it's fastest, and it doesn't tend to lock you out of your own stuff. All of them dual-boot Linux 'just in case' but that's a bridge too far if you want to do something quick and familiar. 10 looks good (if they can stop 'Bing' auto-searches) but evidently only three of ours will get it. So those will be the 3:9 proportions we contribute.
Re: Tandy UK etc went the same way. Maplin beware, you are next!
In fairness to Maplin, unlike Tandy UK their young nerds do know their stuff. I don't need their cheerfully-proffered advice, but I hear them talking to know-nothings and it's kindly and informed. Plus they have a lot of non-displayed stuff in the basement if you ask, and can post next-day if not and if it's in their giant catalogue. Tandy started as a leather works (yes, really) and had a good run. Not their fault that components are now too tiny to solder.
Re: Well I think it's good
Wife and I did reciprocal LPAs, just in case. It's quite difficult (and expensive) however you do it. Problem is that the people who most need to do it are the least likely to be able to do it
At prep school, we persuaded our fathers to smoke cigars, because the flat cedar boxes could be converted to handhelds - containing key, switch, buzzer, bulb (and a few rare stamps). By public school, transistors had been invented (OC72?) and a 2-transistor radio could rebroadcast 'Lux' (by coilwire aligned down the floorboard cracks of the dormitory) to any of the 40 beds who could afford my bootleg headphone-hire. No pay? We streamed the Third Programme instead. That's education.
Thank you - I've changed the link from my icon. Could you post a notice there if ever the frontpage nonsense is sorted out, so that we can move back?
Still too much scrolling on these modern laptops where you are looking through a letterbox. White space may be stylish, but it conveys nothing.
A 'Venus' pencil, muzzle-loaded over a .303 blank, worked well, the white plastic end acting as compressible wadding. Penetrated 4 inches into a Somerset tree at 20 yards.
Re: Actually a good idea
I've let mine run for a bit, because the quid pro quo is you get to use a wide range of BT-enabled hotspots free, including some associates abroad.
Or even some other layering process followed by pressure consolidation. Beer for Mr Occam while he shaves.
Are they saying it will do The Hobbit? Never cracked Torremolinos either. But what would have me and the wife pay up (in old age) is another crack at Hareraiser. The Speccy still works, but the tape players won't load.
In many years of EU joint technical work, I have never had an argument with a German colleague, and never won an argument with a French colleague. One of the reasons I don't think 'ever-closer union' will ever be right for Britain.
They probably know exactly who they want, but have to put him/her on hold while they go through advertising nonsense.
Re: When you assist aunty to buy a computer I suggest you also
She'll listen, but not understand beyond the next 'send this kitten joke to all your friends'. Install TeamViewer with a permanent password and do her the favour of cleaning things up occasionally
Last Preview was interesting on a spare hard disk (could be good?). Cautiously used the wife's Microsoft e-mail ID while installing it, and was surprised when it not only showed her private screensaver unbidden, but that her own laptop's Win 8.1.1 OEM product key was declared on her next boot to be in use elsewhere! Remedied by first changing my spare to the Preview product key (which it hadn't asked for), then going through the phone rigmarole to revalidate the wife's laptop key.
Maybe you can just unplug the power when you don't need it. I'd worry more about Amazon patenting some feature of a bleeding obvious gadget.
Any memorials there to Tchaikovsky, then?
Win10 preview is on my older laptop now, and (perish the thought!) is not bad at all. Partly because it seems to have imported from some 'Cloud' all my XP-like customisations of Win8.1.1, including unasked even my screensave private pic. That makes it nice to use, but impossible to test on behalf of newbies because I can't see what they'd be confronted with after a fresh install
XP dark matter
All 'friends and relations' I maintain are using XP (except one Vista accident) and none has plans to upgrade a computer that does everything they want. My experiments with Win10 Tech Preview on an older machine won't even boot from DVD (error 'code 5') - still trying. Linux Mint is a bridge too far for their software collection, so they'll just be on risk with XP until the hardware dies.
You chucked the Czech chick, Chuck: may we check whether she checked-out with a cheque?
Agreed. Not obvious either that Enigma etc. intel. was much affecting the Russian steamroller which would have crushed Berlin willy-nilly. Certainly saved lives in the Atlantic and many other theatres, but the war couldn't have run for two years more.
And a fortnight before the quarter-day when rents are due is handy to get the shops cleaned out. If they hadn't fully stuffed the brand, someone could buy it from the Administrators, run a no-overhead 'comparison' website and take slim commissions off everyone. Wanna bet?
Good thing too
Brussels is planning to use them for road-pricing. On every road. Oh yes they are.
What is it about UK/English public projects that are bleeding obvious and 'just have to be done' - border records, offender management, NHS records, universal credit... that makes them such disaster zones. No, seriously, what would systems experts actually recommend to get these kind of things done properly?
Re: It was inevitable when you really think about it.
And who would have guessed that old Mr. Lloyd's coffee house could have become a global centre for insurance? (Much the same result for the 'Names' there, though).
I insist on calling it "hatch". That's because printers used to use whole blocks of them to do cross-hatching. 'Hash' makes no sense and is annoying.
Re: OMG Mirrors!
Until 1855, every newspaper sold had to have a government stamp attached. Copies didn't go unnoticed. (Within my lifetime, there was a stamp on every new pack of playing cards).
And FWIW, Sumption probably noticed an ambiguity that needed resolving.
Re: On the horns of a dilemma
If you apply the POS regedit, you cannot then easily reverse it later (Regedit won't). So, back up registry, or use non-Windows registry editor like PCRegedit.iso
My GGGF wintered twice in 'Saint Francisco', difficult mooring but they were generously entertained by the Spanish monks who were the only residents. Being a good Brit horseman, despite his RN avocation, he taught the monks how to hunt. 'Indians' often escaped from compulsory bible classes, and had to be humanely caught before their tribes exterminated them as tainted. Things sound different thereabouts nowadays?
I did Imperial at school, and it wasn't easy but at least it's divisible and visualisable. My children did Metric, and now have No Idea. They simply don't know how to 'measure' things, or put up shelves, or hang pictures centrally. Total fail of central governance (and me too, I sometimes think, while sorting it out for them with twin-scale rulers).
Wedded to 23andMe?
Note the Google-guy's (current?) wife, who runs the rather interesting and neatly-UI'd DNA testing website named above. Which the US's 'FDA' has lately forbidden to publish new, if soft, health information. The FDA should get their waggons in a circle, as Google is darkening the hilltops with Tribes from all over, and arrows may begin to fly.
A close reading of the small print suggests it's just a ruse to get new consent for them to read your e-mails so that abuses can be identified.
Have you seen how much they add on-line to post their spit-kit out of the USA? (even just over the border to Canada)? That's silly, because to get plentiful comparative results from Eeur-op, where most USians' ancestors came from, they'd really have to tempt us. Meanwhile, 'FTDNA' still looks the pro alternative.
The 'speed of light' is a distraction. Light is instant (in the frame of reference of the photon doing it). Anyone else watching has to consider a universal constant called 'c'. You can't do without 'c' for spacetime, just as you can't do without 'pi' for circles. If you think something has travelled 'faster than light' you have simply misunderstood the problem. Go square a circle.
Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency
Our 'shit area' in this house is chock-full of anthologies. Does that help, or have I misunderstood?
Re: My god
Even there, there's a formal 'Trading Standards' difference between a traditional 'brim glass' and a modern one with a level-mark.