100 posts • joined 22 Jul 2009
I found it interesting
Regardless of some of the negative comments here, I found it an interesting story and it has furthered my minuscule understanding of Chinese people.
In Broad Daylight
A little while back I had a temporary job changing the signage on a well known UK banks ATMs. I would arrive in broad daylight with a bag of tools, wait my turn if it was busy, and then 'attack' the machine stripping it of external parts to access the signs and logos. No-one ever batted an eyelid nor made any remarks. Police would stroll by and not even glance at what I was doing....
Only once did an elderly lady who was waiting to use the machine comment that she would go halves on whatever I got out!
Re: Work from home is better for me
6mb! Bugger me! I live halfway between Leeds & Harrogate, just off the main road. Less than 1mb is considered satisfactory by BT, but there is feeble mobile signal from all providers and we have been bypassed by the rural broadband initiative.
We don't have gas either even though the gas main from the North Sea passes within 1/4 mile.
All of little interest to me
I've had several android and IOS phones over the years and none work properly for me. I used to think that the mobile signals were just poor, but everyone else seemed to have signal where I had none. I have swapped phones with my wife and children and where they routinely have 4 or more 'sausages' I have none. My wife says I must have too many fillings in my teeth!
I'm pleased that I am not the only one out of step with the rest of humanity.
My first calculator
I had left school and was working for Berni Inns as a trainee manager on the princely sum of £4 per week. My mother came home one day with the first electronic calculator I had ever seen. It was a Sharp and it could add, subtract, divide and multiply with an eight character screen! It also had a button on the side to increment the display count by one so it could be used as a rudimentary counter. At £15 it was nearly a months wage!
Sadly it has been lost.
Re: FTC all around us, but not from our cabinet
5MB!!! Wow. We live between Harrogate & Leeds and there is super fast nearly all around, even the local Leeds - Harrogate bus has 10MB WiFi but BT all but admitted to the village meeting that they were going to take the penalties (whatever they are) rather than upgrade us to 2 MB. We have very poor mobile too.
I'm not mono-browed....
Nor am I a hermit, I'm not too keen on chickens as mates and I don't use Ocado, but if the cap fits.... We live in a large village 5 miles from Harrogate and 7 miles from Leeds and when BT was questioned as to their progress in bringing a minimum of 2MB to us they replied that it was cheaper to take the Government penalties.
Great article as usual Alistair.
"Suspiciously, when you raise the question of inadequate internet access with politicians, they fart about supporting mono-browed, chicken-shagging hermits living in the sticks who apparently need gigabit broadband so they can order groceries from Ocado and browse FeatheredButtocks.com." Excellent.
Re: IPCC blaming heretics again?
Polar Bears wrestling Alligators? I'd pay to see that!
After "The Next Bang"
I suggest for post coital refreshment: www.betterbangers.com
Watched my youngest son steal a Ferrari and immediately rip one of the doors off. I think the graphics are amazing but I can't play it. I just cannot get the co-ordination on the game controllers, not just GTA but almost any game.
Bring back the Intellivision, their controllers were excellent.
The Emley Moor tower is (or was) thwe tallest structure in Northern Europe. The lift takes 12 minutes!
Who is this Sallyber Cow person anyway? Why has she so many twitter followers? Could she be riding on the coat tails of her equally unspeakable husband?
Re: it's not only companies
Why is someone a wanker for trying to reduce their tax? I don't earn enough to set up any schemes like this, but if I did..... I try to limit the amount of tax I pay with allowances etc, but your argument seems to indicate that we should all give more. They already piss most of it away. One third of the population derive all of their income from the government and I am fed up with it. The ultimate conclusion of yours seems to be for the HMRC to take ALL our income and give us back a little pocket money.
Who voted these buffoons in?
It 'wasn't me.
Europe (including the UK) must have the worst politicians ever. Not one of them exists in the real world.
Right... You think you have it tough! I live in a bloody expensive village between Leeds and Harrogate, our broadband is poor (2mb), Mobile signals are abysmal (Vodafone non existent since the mast was broken into over a month ago), we've no gas even though a massive mains runs just over 200 metres away and the electricity supply can be flaky in very wet weather.
Re: But How
SMS message just before delivery.... Be there or miss it. Then go in your driverless car to pick it up from the depot.
Good sense there....
I worked for a document storage company where we had over 3 million document boxes in store for many customers large and small. I reckoned 95% of those documents would never see the light of day again except to be recycled. Ignorance of data retention rules, an unwillingness to be the person who authorised the destruction of 'sensitive' data and a universal instinct to hoard contributed to our bottom line.
I'm no better, you should see my garage......
Charging like a wounded elephant.... or should that be lemming.
What about HMG?
Has anyone told Her Majesty's Government about this? I imagine Revenue & Customs would like it.
Re: To far
I agree, there is probably more to the story. I was expelled from school for smoking (almost 40 years ago) but in fact it was the final straw in a long line of transgressions.
Re: why is there an Apple forum?
I've got one on my desk, I'll eat it after lunch
My office is a basement with some dingy windows overlooking a rat infested open drain in Leeds.
It's just an Ipad true
But I bet you wish you'd bought Apple shares a couple of years ago....
A fellow who owned a vintage Roller said (and demonstrated to me some years ago) that it was possible to stop the engine at TDC, and by simply switching the ignition back on would create a spark that would fire the engine.... Granted there was only a few minutes 'down time', but impressive none the less.
Re: Gas - the energy of the future?
So... It's nuclear then.
Mud? What about poo?
Cow poo could be used to heat houses too, it burns quite well when dried out. There's an abundance near my house.
Not too bad
Couple of spelling errors, but on the whole quite good.
I don't understand.
As the sage of Omaha remarked some time ago: "I don't invest in anything I don't understand"
I don't understand 'in-app purchases made in virtual currencies' contributing real money.
My real money will stay put.
It just gets worse
Our village has poor broadband, 1/2 MB is pretty good going, and there are no plans to improve it even though we are less than 4 miles from a major town. There must be many places where they'll get left behind. The current thinking is that 90% of the population will get a decent speed, but that still means 6,000,000 without.
We don't have gas either, but are only 1/4 mile from the main supply to Leeds and beyond.
Still, we have two pubs!
But where's the IT angle? I can't find it for the life of me.
That is all...
Wait your turn
Back of the queue young man.
This may help
These chaps sell a booster product:
Almost every programme on TV except for the news is a repeat (and some of the news is too). Will this super duper new Apple thingy change that?
We will survive?
I am pleased that you think the earth may survive. I plan to live forever, and so far so good.
I can see why you are anonymous, but I think you must be Jeremy Clarkson!
'Twas ever thus:
"But I see it is impossible for the King to have things done as cheap as other men"
As my legs are a little on the short side, could I have this procedure to lengthen them?
When my credit card was compromised I did indeed suffer no immediate financial penalty, Lloyds took the hit, but what I will never get back is the hours and hours on the phone trying to explain over and over why these transactions were not mine. Letters, phone calls & time off work to sort it out.
Marmite....You either love it or hate it!
Mine's the one with the jar in the pocket.
Chance would be a fine thing!
So who's round is it?
Theakstons for me please
Where did it say beefy? he may have been exceptionally skinny.
Sorry to be a bore
I think Clarkson is wonderful... Definitely my candidate for PM.
Although I have a Facebook account I rarely use it, never put any photos on it and never update my current status - why would anyone care?
The premise that everything on the web is there for all eternity has not caught peoples attention as yet. The best analogy I heard was that trying to remove information from the web was like trying to take piss out of a swimming pool.
There's a film I would go to see.
Would there be a homage to the 'butter scene' in Last Tango In Paris?
What about the Email?
I have a Yahoo email account and I consider it to be far better than my Gmail account. I do hope nothing happens to it when (if) MicroSoft take over.
you are more likely to get hit by a satellite than win the lottery
The public are shallow and celebrity-hungry
That is all
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