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Post office names
Back when my Dad was a Head Postmaster in the 1950s, there was a government organisation called "The General Post Office". It was a blanket organisation for
* Royal Mail (who delivered Letters and Parcels)
* Post Office Telephones (landline phone provider
* The marine radio stations (Portishead, North Foreland etc.)
* Martlesham research station
* The railway telephone branch (not the same as Beritish Railway signalling division)
* Post Office Telegram services
* National Savings
* Post Office savings bank (both deposit schemes, not money transfer systems)
* Post offices were the retail outlet for mail, for the payment of social benefits like child benefit & the old age pension and the handling of driving licences and car taxes. You could pay your income tax there and buy national insurance "stamps".
Later the government invented the Giro bank, a publically owned clearing bank which used post office counters for public access.
Nowadays we have
* Post Office counters Ltd - the retail operation, including foreign currency, the two saving schemes, and a sort of bank. They still do car tax and driving licences, and pay pensions to people with magnetic cards and no bank account.
* Royal Mail, who deliver letters
* Royal Mail parcels, who deliver broken things in crushed boxes
and that's about it. All the other stuff has been sold off, and they want to sell off those 3 too.
They've had more than 6 attempts at it so far and it's only "Promising"?
Now, I've had a play, and it seems easy enough to use.
Personally I won't be buying one - not after the money wasted on earlier WP attempts. OK, it was HP that lied about being able to upgrade to the next version when available, and HP who said there was no fix for all the problems. But the Gatesian empire has had enough of my money. I'm sticking to phones that are only phones from now on.
I just think that for a company the size of Microsoft to deliver it a year late and for it still to be just "Promising" is not good enough. If they wanted to beat Apple, they had to do a whole lot better than "Promising".
I thought we did this one more than a year ago?
It's what I'd do.
And I'd try to work 'FRO' into the url somehow.
Just in case someone was, you know, err , watching.
OK, I'm a pacifist, and opposed to arming our police. I don't like the idea of weaponry in the hands of the state, or the populace at large.
But all that said, doesn't Metal Storm sound like it would be a wonderful place to work?
And just where is this advertising revenue going to come from?
Memories of the local cinema displaying a generic picture of an Indian meal with "Shah's salmonella palace, station approach, Little Slumdewlling" stencilled into the white space on the top.
1. DANGER WILL ROBINSON
This is rapidly becoming an affectation, not a solution to anything. It does rather sound as though the Nokia Asylum is now firmly in the hands of the nutjobs, not the nurses.
2. Your tag
"Near filed Communications". Really?
My idea is that maybe the Higgs Boson is really large. perhaps 12735 kilometers, with a mass of 5.9721986×10^24 kg, and in an orbit 3.041954×10^11 meters in diameter around something rather larger.
Mine's the one that seems implausibly massive
I can't decide if this idea is rather clever or if I should run screaming from the room.
I assume such access will be read-only? The idea of ones database integrity being threatened by windows explorer is a bit like someone designing that vent on the death star that Luke dropped the bomb down.
"crossing their collective fingers"
Perhaps instead of crossing their fingers they should get their fingers out?
I think a radical re-think on things like WGA, support for DCMA, continually asking for the distribution cd even though we are now on SP3, multiple confusing versions, forcing hardware vendors, and silly prices might change my mind about shunning their OS.
A serious look at removing the restrictive practices on data formats, allowing a choice of menu or ribbon UI, fixing some long-standing bugs in VBA, properly integrating the various members, reviewing predatory pricing, might change my mind about shunning their office suite.
They remind me of the car makers of Detroit, waiting till people buy what they make instead of making what people want.
but but but
>the administration is rolling out new software that will display a generic
>human outline identifying any concealed objects
The ones at Schiphol have been doing that for a long time, and on a screen where you and the "search operative" can both see the results, as large squares on an outline.
3 years ago they refused to let me see my own scans 'for privacy reasons' but that was long since fixed and the Mr Blobby version was introduced. At least 2 years ago.
Is there a word for both despising and admiring something at the same time?
tosh have form
...on this front port thing.
I had one with the IRDA port on the front, so you needed to put yer phone about 100mm in front of it, & had to work the keyboard nipple at arm's stretch.
...and the Donald Campbell coda
I thought that nothing that happened now would surprise me. I was wrong. I wasn't expecting that.
OK, so the whole chance to quiz him degenerated into farce, but that's just Karma.
And, no matter how reprehensible, RUPERT GOT PIE'D.
Put a smile on my face anyway
I do think the NT2000, XP, and W8 are remarkably successful bits of software. Astonishingly so, really, given the amount of under-the-bonnet expected from dumb users (defrag, aunty-virus, aunty-malware, emptying temporary directories).
And, once you have learned the wrinkles and the buttons not to press, people have got a whole lot of stuff done with it that they might never have done before.
But, at the end of the day, it is analogous to a spanner. If you need a spanner, and the spanner you have fits the nut, it is a good spanner. I just get pi**ed off having to buy the same size spanner over and over again. It's not as thought I've worn it out!
But, yes, it is a remarkably good spanner and fits a lot of nuts....
Yes, I think the idea of a big fat icon with a little titchy live screen of some sort is useful. And, by any definition of the word, not Dumb.
Not original, but useful. It has been done elsewhere.
Bringing it to the lumpen proletariat may be both useful and original, and well done them.
(they employ tens of thousands of clever programmers. I bet /most/ of the ideas are good. it's the corporate policies I object to most of all.)
>Think Boris bikes and their infrastructure
Yes, but you could not run a parcel courier system with boris bikes, because the rack might be empty when you needed one.
And you shouldn't run a business where the boss can't do any work between hotspots. It would be daft.
>Are there any programs, other than perhaps some behind the scenes plumbing that you
>can, or even want to run on all those different systems
I run a programme to fetch BBC radio programmes on my router, linux desktop, file server, and have run it on a friends telly.
On a research ship with Decca Radars I developed a perl script to parse out the test match scores from a BBC web page and merge them with NMEA data so they would scroll across the bottom of the radar. Developed it on a linux based workstation, and finally installed it on the embedded dish steering box for the satellite internet link. Probably still there, though I suppose that changes to the web page have broken it now.
But most of us have been kicked in the knackers by M$ so many times that it still hurts.
I've wasted years of my life learning API after API, and it is always useless next time round. I no longer give a stuff about what they do. They come up with really great things like that camera gadget that goes with an ex-box, and I just ignore it because I am sick to the back teeth of being treated like a mug. Only this week I got caught out because some VBA object in excel does /not/ do what it says in the programme's own help file. They never finish anything, it's all bodge-sell-discard with them and I am sick of it.
Every damn thing I have learned about *nix still works, even fvwmcommand. There are things I learned in 1983 playing with Microsoft Xenix or in 1995 with Irix that still work in HP-UX . And Red Hat.
As you were, then.
does what it does well
It seems to do what it does very well.
Snag is, I don't want something that does what it does.
Well, I only use gurgle mail for signing up to web sites, and my yahoo address has been idle since 1999. I do pay for mail.com, but they have become AOL which is deeply disturbing and I may well go back to running my own mail server, like I did in 1994.
Bugger the lot of them.
1 thumb up & 1 thumb down
I appear to have been awarded a gesture. Anyone know what it causes to happen?
My wife plays electronic boggle with ye grandkids.
Little separate single-letter lcd tiles that all interact by position on the tabletop.
...at least one opposable thumb
I have a toolbox that has to be locked. For TSA purposes I hung the key on a bit of string on the handle. That didn't stop them crowbarring it open. I was given a bit of grey paper telling me how to complain. Neither phone number nor web address worked.
...If it's claimed that The Sun also uses shameful and/or illegal methods of investigation...
Not going to happen. The wretched rag contains nothing but tits and footy, and people are falling over themselves to get those in papers.
Investigation goes with Journalism goes with News stories. All wholly alien to the Sun.
This is what happens
When you put Security in the hands of underpaid members of the underclass. The TSA staff I have met have been either illegal immigrants, drug addicts, or ESN dribblers.
at least they're non-obvious.
Fair. I actually think it is quite clever, and in so far as it is an idea and not an algorith don't really mind it being patentable.
What I don't understand is the idea of patenting the gesture, as well as the idea. The shape I make with my hands is my affair.
well done, the EU!