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I seriously doubt that the entire French Socialist movement has a single functioning brain cell.
Luckily for me my Kindle died exactly one month after the warranty ran out. Amazon were significantly less than helpful as I now live in a different country to the one the thing was bought in. They just weren't interested. So the next eReader is going to be Kobo. I think this one might be a little too expensive, but I shall have a fondle in the shop before I decide which one to buy.
Great . .
Now all they have to do is get them to work during hours of darkness, which is when most domestic electricity is consumed.
Practical, my *rse
There is nothing practical about an electric vehicle that has, optimistically, a range of 75 miles when it brand new, probably more like 50 miles after a couple of months in the real world. OK for for fat cat city dwellers maybe, but hopeless anywhere else. And you have to pay for the batteries even if you only drive it a few miles a month.
Plus, as others have pointed out, it is Renault. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune to own anything manufactured by Renault knows that you couldn't wish a more unreliable and expensive piece of machinery on your worst enemy.
Not a big enough discount . .
I spend a fair amount of time keeping my screen free of dust and other detritus. The idea that I would deliberately smear finger grease all over my window on the world is as daft thinking of doing the same thing to my car windscreen. Absurd idea that fully deserves its place in the dustbin of history.
Actually, no, Renaults don't have ignition switches. They are operated by wireless remote keyfobs.
The whole car is 'fly by wire' and this isn't the first time this has happened to a Laguna. If it was an automatic, quite likely as he is a disabled driver, then the gearbox is fly by wire too.
So basically all he is left with is steering.
I can wait.
I'm terrible sorry for the inconvenience
But here in La Belle we have a government of unreconstructed 1950s socialists and communist. They are, to a man (and woman, and especially the greens) away with the fairies, but alas they did a good job convincing the electorate that they were nice cuddly socialists à la Tony Blair (bad enough I hear you shriek, but they had to get rid of the nymphomaniac midget).
So I am afraid with have got another 3 years or so of this kind of idiocy before normal service is resumed. Whatever that is.
Called me old fashioned
Yep, you're welcome.
I don't even bother with watches that need batteries anymore, let alone one that needs charging every few days and is just a penile extension.
My everyday watch is a Seiko automatic - I've had far more expensive ones, but they weren't as good. Needs adjusting once every two weeks or so, and never needs any other attention.
But I suspect this is a joke. Come to think of it, just like everything Apple does.
1. Some ham fisted 'I guess it ought to look like that' calibration is possible with Linux - worse than useless.
I have never found a colorimeter that works with Linux.
2. Only old versions of Photoshop will run under WINE, and not reliably.
3. Lightroom is the industry standard catalogue and RAW editor. I have used Aftershot Pro on my daughter's Linux machine when I have to, but it's frankly not in the same league.
4. Photoshop is not the only, nor even the most important tool I use. In deference to the commenter who remarked that GIMP is a substitute for a decent photo editor, err, no it's not - it's only 8 bit for a start, doesn't work with (for example)Topaz or OnOne software, and has no adjustment layers.
Lastly, why make life difficult? Machines come with Windows x, all the software and hardware works with them, why fix it if it isn't broken?
I'm a photographer. I have android devices, 'phone and tablet, but there is simply no substitute for a desktop computer for editing and organising my work.
Since I am neither a) stupid nor b) minted that means a windows desktop, Mac being the only possible alternative, but I hate their stupid shiny screens as much as the price tags.
Linux won't do it - can't run monitor calibrations or half a dozen of the important applications I use.
So unless they come a long way and soon, the other devices will always be as well as rather than instead of thingamys.
Shorting is Theft and Fraud in one neat package
That's all there is too it.
Borrow your mate's car, promise you'll give it back at the end of the month and sell it to someone else, that's theft of the car and fraud on the buyer.
There is no valid reason why shares should be any different.
What makes share shorting even worse is that the institutions that are most active in 'lending' shares are our pension funds - effectively betting against themselves, and therefore us..
The whole thing is disgusting way of sucking value out of trading companies, their investors and employees..
Age of Criminal Responsibility?
Isn't she too young to be held responsible?
Whatever, I will never buy anything from idiotTunes, and in the light of this fascism I shall not bother buying any more so called music. Except bargain bin CDs from time to time maybe.
I think that copyright as is is well past its sell by date. I was a signed musician at one time - the record company and management took all of the money from the sale of recordings, I only ever got paid for live performances - and that is he way it should be - the recordings are advertising, no more, and the sooner the recording industry disappears in its current form the better for the world at large.
And watch the market for music and films shrink
All this will do is divert the mainly teenage interest into other things. If they can't get the tunes and fillums for nix they just won't bother with them - and they'll no longer go out and buy the ones they really like. It'll take time, of course, and it will be difficult to attribute the declining revenues to stamping on curiosity, but it will happen.
Ban cameras on 'phones
Personally I despise Apple and all their works, but they are not to blame for the fact that most pictures taken with most camera 'phones are complete dross.
I'm amazed that the complaints are only about lens flare, and not blurred images, thumbs in the way and digital noise, to name but a few of the ubiquitous faults with camera 'phone images in general.
This is because the possessors of this technology haven't, by and large, the faintest idea about photography; not one jot. They are of the same mindset as the drivers of the cars we see in the roadside ditches hereabouts on an almost daily basis - their cars have ESP and so they think they can drive them around any bend on any surface in any weather as fast as they like and the technology will just do everything for them. Well it won't, and 'phone cameras, even the iPhone's which is amongst the best, are still total crap compared to almost anything properly described as a camera.
Whenever our little family takes a trip somewhere we check out trip advisor.
Having once changed from a really brilliant hotel (rate by TA as below average) in a town we have visited a few times to one that TA rated highly but which was not even close to being in the same class as the previous hotel, we now look at it just to see how amazingly wrong it can be. The answer is pretty much always, and often hilariously so were it not that it affects the business of the downrated hotels.
The after sales care is so well oiled . .
. . because the products are so fragile they are always breaking. And the profit margins are so big that even if they had to replace every single thing they sold free of charge there would still be a gross profit in it.
Personally I prefer to buy things that don't break, but that's just me being picky.
No Change Here
Before this case hell would have to have frozen over before I bought any Apple product. If the choice is between something Apple make and nothing at all, I'll take nothing at all, thanks. Nothing has changed - it was simply an affirmation process.
That said, I wouldn't have bought a Galaxy tablet either because it was too much like the iPad. Sod all interoperability with anything else, proprietary connector and no memory expansion. Better screen, but essentially just flashy junk.
The real culprit here is the US patent system; the word dysfunctional isn't the half of it. Almost as unfit for purpose as copyright law.
Thus proving for all those who haven't quite got it yet that any enterprise that relies on 'the cloud' (aka cloud cuckoo land) for essential or important services is foolishly vulnerable potentially capricious and often unreliable 3rd parties.
The 'cloud' might be cheaper than keeping everything in house - and there's a reason for that, it's because it's cr*p.
I don't care
Because access to 4G will be even more expensive than the heroically priced 3G here in France, and I don't have any body parts I am prepared to sell to gain access.
Now this is what successful marketing is all about.
Only £80 extra to turn an iPad into something useful? Like a notebook that costs less than half the money and is vastly more capable.
Can't see any fanbois buying it, it's just not overpriced enough. Or Shiny™ enough. And it's practical. Doomed I tell you, doomed.
iPad the future?
Give me strength. Maybe when everyone has bought and tried one of these stupid things and put them in the K-Tel junk cupboard under the sink we can get back to using things with real keyboards and not having to get neck ache to type something, or looking at the world through slimy smeared screens.
As you can tell I am not a fan of fondleslabs - of any ilk.
Just say no
When I switch my 'phone on I get a T&C accept decline for Faecesbook every time. And every time I tap 'no'.
Pity the FB app can't be uninstalled totally. I have absolutely no use for it.
I'm discontinued . .
According to Navman, as far as my N20 is concerned Western Europe has been discontinued.
So I couldn't update even if I wanted to. Although, I can, apparently throw this working unit in the bin and buy a newer model. How kind of them to offer.
But in the days when there were updates available they were more 75% of the price of the unit. I bought a paper map instead for roughly 5% of that price.
When they actually sell me something rather than a limited licence
I might consider buying an eBook (even the name is misleading; it's not a book it's a very limited licenced text).
Until then it's Gutenberg press and others all the way for my Kindle. It's a reading longstop at best.
I still read more proper books, they're just so much nicer. And every one is a different shape, size, font, with pretty informative (hopefully) covers. And you can give them to and buy them from charities. They are a tactile as well as intellectual joy.
A while back a friend of mine visited, bursting with enthusiasm about his new Kindle. He also had with him a beautifully produced history book, brim full of inspirational art work including illuminated texts. When I asked him why he hadn't bought the latter book for his Kindle he went quiet.
eBooks are, literally, not worth the paper they are written on.
Stopped buying a while back . .
Maybe I just have more patience now.
The rental shop closed, where I was a regular if small time client. There is no English language downloading service in France (and the French ones are horrifically expensive), so no go there. DVDs in the shops here, €20+, BluRays €25 plus; no film hard copy is worth that much to me. Go to the cinema occasionally, hate 3D.The last DVD I bought was Avatar, 'cos it was cheap.
So now I get my films for free. From Film 4 or some other satellite channel. I can wait a year or so to see a film for free, thanks very much.
As someone else has already pointed out the industry should pay us to watch low IQ teen drivel movies that comprise the bulk of current output.
The toy manufacturers regard the TV shows they make as simple advertising for merchandise. Most films make huge amounts from merchandising.
Time the studios grew up and started behaving like toy manufacturers.
I was a pro musician, many moons ago, and have no problem with people downloading music if they want. I am minded of comments by Lemmy to a concert crowd: 'How many of you have got our new album? What's wrong with you? Couldn't you steal it?'
I would strongly disagree with the view that 'piracy' = lost revenue. No, it doesn't. If people couldn't get this stuff for free they wouldn't get it at all. Stopping torrents and the like equals lost audience, so counter intuitively stopping piracy actually means losing revenue.
OK, Mr Huhne, how many fingers am I holding up?
The politicos and greens often state that German electricity is a bargain. Err, not it's not. For domestic consumers it's the second highest in Europe, just behind Denmark, and more than twice the UK price. Strange coincidence that these are the two economies with the most renewable energy.
For industrial users German prices are currently of the order of 18% more than in the UK (figures June 2011). http://www.energy.eu/
Anyone surprised that a greenie like Huhne can't add up? Or even work out which of two numbers is the highest?
The main problem with the hay making by the warmistas is that we 'deniers' have no problem with the planet getting warmer, or indeed colder. The climate changes; always has, always will, it is a chaotic system that will only reach equilibrium the day that all weather stops.
The $64,000 question is not how much the average surface temperature is changing (a pretty useless metric btw even if it could be accurately established, like just about all averages) but how much is due to human activity.
The media, and the Beeb is amongst the worst for this, make the bold leap that change just has to be due to human activity, even though that is impossible to establish.
There is no doubt in my mind (as someone who used to build econometric and risk models for a living) that the 'proof' provided by climate models is utter BS. It is possible, of course, to build reasonably accurate models of environments where all the variables are known with some precision, but the climate, like economics, is not one of those environments.
And, as a point of interest, Mr Watts has already remarked that that the first 30 years of the 'data' used in the one paper of this study that he had been asked to comment on are simply made up. So no change there then.
No wonder . .
. . . France has the second most expensive mobile telecoms in Europe. That's why I have a 'dumb' 'phone. Doesn't look like prices will come down at all, so no fancy Android device for me.
Oooh, what's the second item on this list?
It's a PAAD - Apple even copied the name. I thought the film studios were paranoid about their copyright; how come they haven't sued Apple yet?
BTW Anonymous coward 'it's about time'. Apple have created a load of basically useless fashion accessories. The world might just be a better place if people didn't waste their time rubbing their greasy fingers over bits of overpriced glass and did something useful instead.
I beg to differ a little
I don't want a tablet, and I certainly don't want an overpriced one with an Apple logo.
I live a sheltered life and have only recently actually seen a iPad outside of a shop.
I was distinctly unimpressed. No flash was made it virtually useless as a web browser. Basically it's just an overgrown PSP. Nice screen, until someone touched it then YUK. Naff all connectivity. Seemed like a seriously expensive way of playing childish games. Nothing wrong with that if it floats your boat - just doesn't float mine.
They'll sell millions more, they are a fashion accessory pure and simple. Look how many trainers Nike sell.
Bye bye eBay then
If Paypal will block sites that infringe copyright then eBay will have to the first to go - the amount of fake stuff on sale there is an order of magnitude more than the dodgy music and film sites are offering.
Hell will freeze over
. . before I would buy an Apple product.
fuego - the analogy would be that Tesco wouldn't let you into their shop if you were carrying an Asda bag.
Apple are just pure evil. I can live with this knowledge and easily live without any of their limited function overpriced fashion accessories.
Why all the fuss?
Apple stuff is for fashion victims anyway. So, with the odd exception there stuff is regularly binned when the new shinier must have version comes on the market. Cost of ownership is irrelevant.
I don't buy the PCs always fail nonsense - if more fail it's because there are almost an order of magnitude more of them in the world.
I have just replaced my 9 year old Dell lappie, which was still working just fine thank you, but the battery was getting very poor; time to change the whole thing. Our 7 year old HP is serving faithfully in my daughter's study, and I'm writing this on my 3 year old HP. The new Acer lappie is just fine too. They are all flawlessly networked together even though they use XP, Vista and 7 repectively. And all three of them cost less that one shiny fashion statement.
Apples are like Ferraris; they look fabulous, but when you get down to it they aren't value for money.
Oh yes, the only browser we use in this household.
Fast, live syncs all the PCs including the Linux one, so whichever PC we use it has the same face - I believe that Firefox can also do this now; better late than never I suppose.
Also, I only have one window open with all the family's email accounts and the browser at the same time.
And I don't care if google supports it or not.
Actually they don't care . .
I used to work for a bank fraud department. The Police don't care about card fraud, not a jot. The only credit card crime they will respond to is the actual manufacture of fake cards. Stolen details or someone going beserk with a stolen card don't interest them at all. The banks can report the crimes as much as they like and the Police response is along the lines of 'well, your products make it too easy for criminals, you sort it out' - which, of course, means that everyone pays and no-one ever gets nicked., except by accident.
Gouge them mercilessly, leave no wallet unturned.
Personally I wish I could think of something as essentially useless as an iPad and get paid loads for selling it to fashion victims.
They cost more here in France (you could buy 2/3 netbooks for the same money, or a fully specified laptop), consequently when coupled with the stupidly high cost of mobile contracts, they aren't selling too many.
It's not just Apple's pads that I wouldn't touch with a bargepole, it's the whole genre. The idea of a screen covered in finger prints is just gross. Do you drive your car by rubbing your mits all over the windscreen? That would be daft, and so is smearing the visual interface of your computing device.
Why does anyone 'buy' ebooks anyway?
Whilst I agree that Apple appear to be taking the micky here, the reason I don't have an idiotPad or a Kindle is that you can't actually BUY anything for them. You get a very limited licence that seriously restricts what you can or cannot do with the content you have 'bought'.
When these guys decide to actually pass ownership of content to me then I might reconsider. But as it is the batteries in my paper books seem to last for decades . .
It's a bit nippy out
. . yet they are still worse than useless.
URL for monitoring UK power generation is: http://www.bmreports.com/bsp/bsp_home.htm .
Scroll down to 'generation by fuel type'. Hey guys, the wind is really blowing now - contribution is up to almost 23% of installed capacity.
And I agree, watching cress grow is more exciting than waiting for any kind of 'green' energy to actually work.
All wind turbines produce less than expected. This is because it is at base medieval technology, abandoned by earlier generations as soon as there were alternatives available.
I have been watching the power output from the UK's wind farms on and off for a few months now: they have never, at any time I have been looking, produced more than 20% of capacity (that was once), usually hovering somewhere between 0% and 10%. Whatever the question is, wind power is not the answer. Unless it is how do we make our electricity 3 or more times more expensive than our neighbours (like Germany and Denmark have - yeah, I know they are neighbours too, but I mean their other neighbours ) whilst at the same time duplicating our power generation infrastructure because 20% of it can't be relied upon at all? Of all the possible alternative ways of generating electricity wind turbines are bottom feeders.
As I write this the UK subsidy sucking turkeys are producing 900MW ( pretty much the highest figure I have seen) out of an installed capacity of just short of 6000MW, 2.0% of the demand. Coal, Gas and Nuclear are providing almost all of the rest.
The law is an ass.
Such a stupid verdict.
I'll hazard a guess that it might have been the chorus that made this a world wide hit, specifically the lyrics.
I am also a little puzzled as to how an action can be brought 30 years after the event.
When I switched to digital I went Pentax because I needed a robust camera and I was also attracted to the huge back catalogue of excellent prime lenses. I have a K10D and a K20D, both so far faultless despite some rough handling and the odd accidental plummet onto concrete.
The combination of price and features meant that the comparable Cankon was always between 50-100% more expensive, and that remains the case today.
If you think Pentax lenses are a bit rubbish then perhaps you could check out the enormous prices they fetch used on eBay. I just managed to get a classic 50mm f1.4 F lens, but it cost me an arm and a leg. However, as it was voted the third best prime lens ever made, I'm still a happy bunny.
My neighbour is a wildlife photographer and uses Canon. But the camera body is the cheapest component in his set up - his 400mm lens cost more than my car. And his everyday Tamron 28-300 cost £200 more than the one for my Pentaxes - the extra cost due to the in lens IS.
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