1466 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
Lost or stolen (or dead)
If, like me, you don't go abroad too often, then how can even know when a passport is lost/stolen ? Mine (and MrsJPs) are kept in a drawer in the "office". I can't remember last time I actually saw they were there (it's now 30 seconds ago ;) ).
So it's quite feasible to acquire a passport not reported stolen, or lost.
Also, what about a dead person ? Does a death certificate automatically notify the passport office ?
Bank employee ? How quaint.
AFAICT most ATMs in the UK are serviced by security companies - mainly G4S. Given their *cough* competence in other areas, I wouldn't be too hopeful they'd spot anything amiss in an ATM.
Re: Phnar!! Phnar!!!"
surely "Fnarr Fnarr" ?
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Re: Lost Acres@VinceH
Thank you indeed. Saved me digging out my "A Choice of Poets" from schooldays (where, ironically, I was the only pupil in 1982 to *fail* Eng Lit. My teacher would be proud of me !)
However the obscurity of the location is intriguing .... is Graves still in copyright ?
Ah, but how do you get *four* whales in a mini ?
And more importantly, how do you know if there's an elephant in the fridge ?
These are the issues we need to grapple with.
1863 - a dark year ...
incredible to think, we could have solved this all over 150 years ago ....
and reading that article, metric has been legal for use in the UK since 1896.
Re: US Independence
also explains some of the words they use.
"fall" *used* to be English, until we had a fad for things French, and started using the poncy "autumn" (from l'autumne). I blame Keats.
are smaller, because US *pints* are smaller. They stick with the 1707 definition (16 fl. oz), whilst the UK had an "upgrade" (to 20 fl.oz) in 1824.
Also "stone" (14 lbs) is unknown in the states.
by Robert Graves ...
I wanted to post this poem here, but it seems absent on the interwebs ....
Develop, expand, consolidate, decay
Nothing new here, let's move on.
RE: Only temporarily.
1) It only has to be temporary. One scrote blinds the camera, whilst another takes it out with a tin of spray paint. As said, you can blind it from such a distance where it can't make out features. Which in my experience of CCTV footage (3 break ins, and it's been useless) is about 20cm.
I'm sure a brief letter to your local news provider might provoke some action ->
a well aimed laser pointer (->)
can knock a camera out well beyond the resolution to make out a face.
Microsoft are where they are today, because they thought they could manage the markets. They may as well have tried to manage the weather.
All things go in cycles. You have development, expansion, consolidation, and decay. Where the decay starts, you get development expansion, consolidation, and decay. Incidentally these aren't necessarily linear - you can have development continuing, while expansion starts...
1970s - development of microprocessors. Computing scaled down
1980s - expansion. Microprocessors become more available. Concept of PC becomes reality
1990s - consolidation. More people use PCs at work - home market grows
2000s - decay. Concept of PC outdated as phones, tablets become extant.
Now of course phones started in the 80s, expanded in the 90s ....
Alice in wonderland ...
when the lawmakers are busy breaking the laws they make to uphold the law ...
Makes "Spycatcher*" look positively tame
*Where a former MI5 agent revealed how he "burgled and bugged" his way across the UK - completely illegally.
Dye bombs ?
I thought the caddies were protected with those dye bombs that explode if you try and force them open ?
Except, we know how it will go.
£100million = £95million on consultancy, advertising, palm-greasing, and "doing business"
£5million between 5,000 people to work weekends and late nights in all weathers on minimum wage, whilst reading grumbles in the papers about "can't get the staff"
Round our way
Sainsburys give them away free.
I don't know if they're *supposed* to be free, but when I wanted one, the lady at customer services just pointed at a little bowl that had loads of "Nectar" tokens (with a little keyfob) and said "help yourself".
Maybe this will incentivise operators
to stop taking ****ing coins. Maybe I am an odd minority, but because I rarely use cash, I don't have a pocketful of assorted coins available at the drop of a hat. I'm less bothered by vending machines, but parking machines are the worst.
Big up for RingGo here, who run the parking at my local station (Warwick Parkway) and let you pay by card, via a phone call. And QPark who run the parking at the new QE in Brum. They take cards too. Very helpful when you have to rush your son into A&E at no notice, and have no cash.
And don't get me started about machines that don't give change - if I ever have any time left on a ticket I always try to give it to a new arrival.
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Government and competence
Imagine awarding a contract to build a hospital to a firm who instead of using IEEE approved wiring decided to implement it's own system, with custom made cabling (different colours) and plugs and sockets, maybe with triangular pins, you can only get from one supplier.
Because not using open standards in software is just the same.
Why have I suddenly remembered that R.E.M.
started life as "Bingo Hand Job" ?
Showing my age now ...
Here in Brum, the roads are worse than ones I drove on in Kenya. In 1993. They don't need to have a shovelful of asphalt rolled into the hole, which lasts an afternoon. They need to re-lay the roads from a depth of 2m.
If the "potholes" in my street get any deeper, I shall apply for mineral rights.
Thanks for that, I particularly liked:
"Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook."
(credit to Alan Morgan).
Re: 1950s obscenity law
The problem is we'll get more pressure on ISPs. Imagine a law which makes the ISP liable if any smut gets to the Jones PC. ISPs would just block any site not verified as being in the UK.
Re: So let me get this right...
time to update the quote about it will be a just world when the last lawyer is hung with the guts of the last banker ....
is a *new* word ?
Where did the phrase "demobbed" come from then ? Along with the suit ?
Re: moth balls
reminds of Jack Dees suggestion that wicker basket making is to keep mentally ill patients busy. One room makes a load of wicker baskets which are then taken to the next room to be dismantled ....
Mission creep ?
Surely someone with your experience could broaden your brief to include drawing pins, staples, and by inclusion various tapes ? Meaning you get to play with parcel tape guns and staple guns ? That's the rest of the day sorted.
Windows plus !!!!
Was that the add-on that had an option to resize the desktop somehow ? I recall installing it, and breaking one of our companies products. It was only me that had the bug. Eventually the developers had to remove my machine, and install debug on it, to discover it was the Plus feature. I would have got a bollocking, only two customers reported the same thing a few days later, and I got a pat on the head for being so thorough in testing ....
surely "culs-de-sacs" ?
Funny timing ..
MrsPage and I have started to think of moving, and noticed - certainly on Rightmove - that one of the selectors for a search is *not* "type of road". Meaning you can't actually search for properties only in cul-de-sacs.
Having worked in estate agency software for a few years, I don't recall it ever being suggested as a feature, so it's probably still not being captured at the point of entry.
Anyway, we *like* cul de sacs, and it's a prime requirement for our next move. The main two reasons are peace (no whizz of cars passing by) and security - people who shouldn't be here stand out a mile.
Re: Vise grips
So not only do you call them the wrong thing, you compound the error by spelling it wrong too ?
Well, if "Roundabouts of Redditch" can fly off the shelves ...
Maybe El Reg/SPB is missing a trick here. I'm sure 12 glossy pics of LOHAN in various *ahem* "poses" with some cursory details of holidays in parts of the world you've never heard of, let alone care about, might prove lucrative.
well played sir ! Please accept a pint with the award ;)
Soldering irons next week?
that'd descend into pure porn in a few pics. Soldering stations, wave baths, vacuum desoldering tools which look like a Star Trek hypo-spray.
And we'd have to deal with USAians saying "sodder" :(
Missed opportunity here
we could have had cladogram of pliers, with long nose, slip joint, round nose, circlip ....
Aha! But that's clearly two words! *claims internet pendant award*
Except the poster clearly stated "term" not "word". It's quite common for other languages to have to use more than one word for a direct translation of English, in much the same way as English sometimes has to use more than one word to express a foreign word. I give you "Schadenfreude", and take your pedant award.
Sounds to me like they want to train the good stuff *out*
Best way to test *any* system - particularly for security - is to let people who haven't a ****ing clue loose on it.
Worst way to test *any* system - particularly for security - is to let people who think they know what they're talking about loose on it.
So we'll end up with a generation who've been taught the "official" way, and won't think any other way.
Or we would if this hare-brained scheme lasts more than five minutes.
Serious question. Can anyone name any UK.gov "initiatives" in the past 20 years which are still going ?
Re: Surely ..
IMHO no internet - no comparethemeerkat - no ads.
the UK adopting the Meerkat as it's national animal should be in there ?
Drifting OT, but talking of adaptive circuits ..
it *may* have been Sinclair, but didn't someone in the early 80s talk about fabbing chips with logic gates at the junctions, so you wouldn't need to test each individual IC (which in those days had a fail rate of 80%) but instead ran some code which inspected the ICs and simply blew the links to the bad ones ? The idea being you could stack loads of wafers to save on costs somewhere.
Always sounded neat, but don't recall it being used ?
Cognitive dissonance ?
Is that the phrase when things don't quite square up.
News: Economy to reach 2008 peak this year.
Jobs: Jobless total falling.
Business: Banks pay bonuses.
and yet Barclays feel the need to cut rates ? Someone, somewhere is telling porkies.
Two factor authentication ...
Any system relying on a single password will have this vulnerability. My bank, and employer use (different) 2 factor systems, which is as secure as you can get, and still be practical.
There's a market opportunity for a universal 2-factor solution. Amazon ? Google ?
Re: Why do we still rely on the black box?
From what I have heard, there was no communication from the crew suggesting anything untoward before the loss of contact.
Given it can take a while for an airliner to drop out of the sky, why was there no distress call from the crew ?
In this case the only hope of finding out is the black box.
Re: Whatever happened to ...
... Spirit of Free Enterprise?
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As with all government initiatives ...
the end product will be an ad campaign.
So much easier than actually doing anything.
UK .gov websites ?
ISTR a vast majority of public facing UK government websites mandated using IE6. Since it's axiomatic that the end of XP will equal the end of IE6, what's the plan then ?
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