Yes. It infuriates me the amount of people who don't understand how a thermostat works. Set it to the temperature you want, not as high/low as it will go. It won't work any faster.
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Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...
I have certain expenses in order to live, work and generate profit. Such as having premises to operate from (a house), fueling my body with food, and getting to work by car or public transport.
If all your living expenses were tax deductible, I would imagine the personal allowance would be abolished.
People who bring portable amplified speakers to a festival so they can "entertain" everyone in a 10 metre radius of their tent with their music at 4am annoy the hell out of me. Most festivals specify "no personal sound systems". I don't want to hear repetitive psytrance all night thank you very much.
A few years ago I found the user manual for my Oric Atmos. It was the size of a paperback novel, and written in a very informal style, with a number of programs to try out.
Nowadays you get a booklet full of safety warnings in 20 languages.
What utter rubbish
Whilst the 6310i was an excellent phone in terms of reliability, features and battery life, the 8210 beat it on pocketability.
Re: Have you had a closer look at that 'landfill' recently?
The main problem I have found with these "landfill" devices is that you will be stuck with whatever (probably already a couple of years old) version of Android it was supplied with. A few years down the line you find that less and less apps are supported, even though the hardware could run a newer version, the manufacturers are only interested in selling more cheap devices.
My dad rented the same Mitsubishi Blue Diamond set for at least 15 years before buying it off the rental company for £50. He eventually had to stop using it since it was nigh on impossible to get a VCR, DVD player and Sky box to work together to deliver a signal through a single RF connection. He would frequently ask me to sort out the mess of coax cable to "make it work", with me grumbling and insisting he should get a new one.
I believe it was still working when he got rid of it, though occasionally it would need a few smacks on top to get it to switch on.
British English vs. US English
Re: That reminds me..
Pirate Windows Vista? They'd be lucky.
Re: Obligatory anti-fanboi tirade
Who are the people who pay over the odds for things?
I expect they are the same people who take out personal loans to buy a car or a piece of furniture, instead of saving up or buying second hand.
I've actually gone pay-as-you-go, and I'm not a teenager! After analyzing my usage over the past 6 months, I realised I was only using half of my bundled minutes and only a few MB of data every month. "Handsets upgrades" are procured from eBay when I break or lose the previous one.
Re: I didn't have sound...
Yeah, I was waiting for him to floor it.
Re: I loved the top down GTA Games
He said correct; all the driver's countries drive on the left, for example Japan
So what are the "driver's countries"? Not Italy or Germany then?
c.38000 molecules of Hitler's last piss
Pretty potent by homeopathic standards!
Re: 3D? Na 4P - Production of Prototype Printers Prototyped.
Tom 7: Out of interest, what is the name of this "two part metal glue"? I like to have a good selection of adhesives and I seem to be lacking something designed to bond metals. The only one I can think of is "J B Weld".
Re: "...and maybe some beach-front property in Switzerland."
Don't beaches have sand? That looks more "lakeside" to me.
Re: Talking of fails...
C'mon, it's hardly Windows 8...
And, to be blunt, IT is a really bloody boring hobby.
I've been an IT hobbyist since childhood, and subsequently an "IT professional", and I actually find it very interesting! A lot of hobbies will seem boring to people who aren't interested in them.
Re: ...and back on topic
I think the video embedded in the article is not the "having sex" one the ASA refers to. The "shaving" one apparently wasn't banned.
Re: "Name the 10 phones and your entry goes into the draw for the Poppy."
I think if you'd named one "Poppy" you would have had a chance.
In the late 90s I actually changed my preferred browser from Netscape to IE by choice because Netscape turned Navigator into "Communicator" which ran like a dog on my 486 PC. IE 3 was small and fast by comparison. I certainly wasn't tricked into using it by Microsoft.
(I'm not using IE any more, though)
Re: No content in any articles
Seems to be working now. Once again a fantastic article from Mr Dabbs.
No content in any articles
Not sure if this is just happening to me. I've tried looking at articles on El Reg this weekend from several different platforms and browsers but there's just a massive void of blank with the "related articles" as a narrow bar on the left of the page. No ad blockers enabled. Help! I can't start my weekend until I've read "Something for the weekend".
A few years ago I spent quite some time tweaking my spam filter. No, that's not a euphemism. As part of this process I read a lot of spam, and still study the odd message now and again. Anyway, as I looked at the messages, I found some of them so hilarious that I would forward them to friends. Sadly I no longer receive amusing spam in English, though very recently I've started to receive a lot of Russian and Chinese spam which I can't understand. I can only hope that the content of these messages is just as ridiculous as the classic 419 messages of yesteryear.
Re: Intentional sexual bias?
You forgot the troll icon.
Re: There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.
Oh, and for a blast from the past I recently installed MS Comic Chat... It had me in stitches because it's so ridiculous.
Re: There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.
I'm still using IRC after 20 or so years. It is still my favourite method of instant messaging as there's no stupid distractions like "apps" and photos. And as far as I'm aware the server admins don't care what I "like" and who I'm friends with.
Re: Toilet breaks?
Let's hope that [your favourite smartphone brand] aren't developing "smellophone" for the next [flagship product name].
Yes, I was wondering if that was a mistake, or some new aspect ratio that's going to be all the rage for tablets. Are there any other devices with a 64:45 ratio?
Re: Give me Uber / Lyft
"Google's self driving cars" refers to vehicles which are controlled by a computer rather than a human. What you describe is basically a car rental scheme.
Re: After reading about the battery-killing "upgrade"...
I used to get amazing battery life out of my iPad, which I used to rave about to my friends. Ever since a 7.0.? upgrade the battery life has dropped significantly, with no noticeable increase in functionality or reliability. The iPad 3 is a perfectly "good enough" device for me, I certainly won't be shelling out for whatever the latest model is now, nor will I be installing any more OS updates.
I think that's due in about 8 years...
Re: Cheating YANK BASTARDS
Well PARIS was made from straws and didn't look much like your traditional paper plane, so by your reckoning that record is invalid too.
The trouble is, the people they're getting screwed by are (in my opinion) far more reprehensible than the pirates. At least the downloaders aren't actually making any money from piracy.
Re: Portrait video?
Glad someone's mentioned it!
Re: What a fecking twat!
I'm guessing, given what his company does, that he'll fix it himself (or get one of his employees to do it) rather than throwing it away. If anything, he's promoting not discarding broken tech.
Re: @ Def
"The sun has used up about half of its hydrogen fuel in the last 4.6 billion years, since its birth. It still has enough hydrogen to last about another 5 billion years."
So we're only a few hundred million years away from "peak sun"? Yikes.
Re: Too bad about the video
The composite output has been integrated into the 3.5mm audio connector, so it's still there, you just need a different cable.
Re: The B got a memory memory in a previous rev
Surely "the point" of a Raspberry Pi is to do whatever you want with it? If it works, why not?
I'd never even considered having an alcoholic drink at a conference or trade show - I'm at work FFS. As others have said, it's not professional and completely out of order.
Re: Legality ?
One could claim it was a "wrong number", and they "hung up" as soon as they realised (but not before taking a screenshot).
Re: here are the patents
I was about to decry this new connector as dodgy Chinese tat, but it seems Apple do actually have a patent on the design.
The DoJ claimed that Operation Payback had caused $8.9m worth of damage
No doubt conjured up using the same magic calculator that works out the damage costs for copyright infringement cases.
Re: Maybe not the whole car....
The heated windscreen was the only good thing about my Mondeo.
Re: Q from the US
Intriguingly a lot of properties that could have a cable service have preferred to stick with copper. One may well wonder why.
I am one of these oddities. The reasoning may be obscure, but I refuse to use Virgin Media because of the utterly appalling customer service I experienced with Cable & Wireless and NTL, which eventually became VM. I am happy enough trundling along with my copper ADSL knowing my connection won't be throttled, I can get through to customer service, and they won't treat me like a moron.
Possibly more reasonable than some of the damages claimed by copyright litigators in the US.
Someone call the grammar police!
Re: I call semi-bollocks
How hard would be to modify the OS so it pops up a notice, "The device you just inserted wants to register as mass storage, a keyboard, and a network card. Which of these functions do you want to allow?"
Could be a bit annoying when you've just plugged in a keyboard and have no other means of responding to the prompt.
Re: I suppose it all comes down to...
You mean "get tae fuck"?