Re: I hate pylons
And what does economic theory say about digging holes and filling them in again?
147 posts • joined 10 Jul 2010
And what does economic theory say about digging holes and filling them in again?
It's extremely difficult to build on green built nowadays, despite our desperate need for housing. Strangely the 'environmentalists' actively encourage wind turbines and the transmission lines required, which are often in the most beautiful areas of the country and yet they cry if a new housing estate is built on the edge of a town as 'it's destroying beautiful countryside'.
With some housing I would support a system of offset, where areas such as the Welsh valleys are 'depopulated' (I'm thinking rehoused, not gas chambers!) and new housing built in areas where they are needed and where they are jobs, even if it is greenbelt.
Going back to pylons, if it keeps the pylon fanatics happy I'd even go so far as to say that 25-50% of the total pylons could stay, for example in heavily industrialised areas. But across a ridge line in open countryside? No thanks.
A one off cost of £7.2 billion for removing a blight from massive areas of the UK as well as providing a more reliable system and creating a serious number of jobs?
Sounds like a better deal than the £20 billion cost of fitting smart meters to every UK home. Or the 30-40% added to every customers energy bill due to the various "green" schemes such as burning trees imported from the US, or the ludicrous wind turbine subsidies, or the fields of diesel generators paid to back up the wind turbines.
I hate pylons with a passion. I don't care what it costs or how inefficient it is, I would vote for a political party based purely on a policy of burying the cables. And don't get me started on wind turbines!
I'm amazed by how few people have an appreciation of the beautiful British countryside and that we allow these damn things to be planted across pretty much any and every area of the UK.
I don't think he's trolling, because in the UK it's a commonly held belief that you can only have one insurance policy on each car.
In fact there's no law stopping you having as many policies as you like, but some companies have their own rules in place which prevent multiple policies and if you have a claim, then obvviously you can only claim on one policy.
But how many TV's do most people have in their houses now? I'm sure I've read that it's 3 or 4, so presumably people have several smaller TV's in their bedrooms and then one large TV in the living room.
Yeah course they do
That's not quite true. It's only really in the last 18 months, than I could buy a phone that can run a sat-nav app smoothly at the same time as receiving e-mails/texts/calls.
What we're seeing is exactly what happened with digital cameras - rapid annual progress where it was worth upgrading almost every year, until they got so good that it's very difficult to justify upgrading at all.
Sony released the Z1, Z2 and the Z3 in the space of 12 months!
I have a Z1 Compact and I love it - but it's so good that Sony will probably be up to the Z101 by the time I feel the need to replace it.
I strongly suspect that the UK public sector pays more for it's ink that anywhere else on this planet, so maybe that should be looked at first?
Never knew that! I've travelled a bit and I know where most places are on the globe, but I was always under the impression that Bali to Aus was kind of like UK to Spain!
I have a Z1 compact - for my needs it's almost the perfect phone.
The Z3 seems very similar except for screen res and PS4 remote play, so if you aren't bothered about those things, it might be worth looking at a Z1. You can pick them up brand new for under £150 unlocked at the moment if you shop around.
So it;s okay because he's a scientist? I'm not in the slightest bothered by the shirt, but I'm highly concerned by the double standards shown by Register commentards. If a UKIP candidate wore the shirt, would there be a similar outpouring of sympathy for the person in question to wear what they like?
I'm not a scientist or a UKIP supporter, but when it comes to "political correctness" the rules should apply to everyone equally. Isn't that the essence of equality?
Tapeador, sorry dude but you need to understand the world view of the average Register commentard. Many of them live in a fluffy world of highly educated IT professionals and academics. They have little exposure to the kind of people who are susceptible to extremist material and little understanding of of the thought processes involved. Even if they do have exposure to these people, they still see everything through their own educated world view and therefore don't understand the risks. I'm not talking about someone watching a 2 minute voyeuristic beheading video on Liveleak, I'm talking about the extremist videos who feed off the mindset where women are worthless, democracy is weakness and "the west" (ie white and non Muslim) is the enemy.
I haven't a problem if another countries population decides they want to live in a society like that, that's their own shit to sort out, but unfortunately many of these people are very much embedded in OUR society. If these people are allowed a free rein, then either ourselves or our children are in for a big lesson on appeasement.
Thats the price after tax, delivery, online seller fees and retailers profit!
Kabonn is presumably making a profit too, so manufacturing cost is probably almost half the £26!
Thats their total global profits from all work throughout the world. So no it's not 25% profit on the UK government work, and much of their global work will have been taxed overseas so will not be shown as part of the £81 million they paid on UK profits.
A very hefty price indeed. I can't see much of a market for this as it's going to cost a lot more then the next gen consoles and most hardcore PC gamers are happy to build their own PC's.
He's not that nutty. He's a self made multimillionaire and if you hear him in interviews, he comes across as being very intelligent.
Surely you mean "meant for another internal resource in the company"
NSA connectivity plus a large HD camera in my living room?
I read about that in a book once - I'll pass.
I'd be surprised if it was that much. I had a temporary job as a meter reader about 15 years ago and back then the company was charging less than £10 per reading.
Also regarding the savings, bear in mind that the mobile companies are going to be making quite a large amount of money out of this, plus your meter will still be physically read every 2 years.
The EU law which is causing these meters to be fitted actually contained the phrase "if economical". Almost all of Europe has decided that it is in no way economical, and therefore they're not fitting the meters.
From what I understand a large part of Be's market was reliable hi speed connections for power users. With the spread of FTTC that market is now mainstream and available very cheaply.
O2 customers got cheap BB through their mobile phone contracts and the service was provided for customer retention, but their BB had a seriously bad reputation so I'm not surprised about falling numbers. I suspect they were falling well before the spread of FTTC and before the purchase by Sky.
" It sounded like they already had a pre-prepared and well used script to handle the situation. "
It sounds like those cunning devils have a retentions department with staff trained to try and make you stay. Thanks for the tip off.
The package via your sister is a staff benefit which helps with staff retention, so I wouldn't read into that too much. Many companies do the same.
Regarding Sky being in trouble, I recommend reading the article, in particular the section covering turnover and profits.
I'm no fanboy, but I've bought £300 of AMD products in the last 12 months and if the same products had been priced at £400, they would still have been the best option. Many of their products more than hold their own against Nvidia/Intel and yet AMD are often significantly cheaper.
No wonder the company is worth so little when they needlessly make a loss on their sales - the market cap of the whole company is just £2 Billion - almost half the value of a company such as Sports Direct!
Surely the biggest chunk of BBC4's budget, is sending a temp down to the archives to collect the tapes of old programmes they constantly show. (Nothing wrong with that, as some of the old programmes they show are great, but it's not exactly expensive is it)
It would be interesting to see the overall cost of Cbeebies - they sell their programmes around the world, with some being very successful.
1 Surface RT device sold for every 20 iPads sold is actually quite impressive considering how bad they are.
I'd have thought it would be more like 1 for every 100!
I'm sure the foreign network is paying the UK networks a low rate - what your network then decides to charge you when you get home is a different matter.
"Until Windows 8.1 appears, having a touchscreen is a huge advantage to straddle the new Windows 8 user interface dichotomy."
A huge advantage? I have to agree with the other comments on here. I have Windows 8 on my desktop, with a large touchscreen monitor (bought due to a deal, rather than wanting a touch screen)..... I think I've touched the screen less than 10 times since I bought it and that was only to show the touch features to interested friends! Maybe it's down to habit, but I find a mouse and keyboard much easier to use than touch.
DJO, you're wrong - they do pay what is due. They break no laws and they have a legal obligation to their shareholders to minimise their costs (within the law). NOBODY pays more tax than they have to.
I'm as angry as anybody else is about the low rates and financial gymnastics these companies manage to get away with, but the bottom line is that it is the line of responsibility goes like this
LAW > GOVERNMENT > (AS A DEMOCRACY) - YOU AND ME!
There are reasons that the tax rules are the way they are, and it's partly because the tax laws had good intentions. The idea was to stop double taxation, but then those clever accounts found legal ways of making that "no or low taxation" and the authorities did nothing about it, because basically every country has large companies taking advantage of it, and they are competing against other large companies in other countries, who are also taking advantage of it. If we changed our laws unilaterally then all we would achieve is ultimately putting companies like Vodafone and Rolls Royce out of business.
The laws need to be changed globally and I think thats what you are going to finally see happen in the next few years.
3 is the worst company ever to try and cancel with. Pro tip to save time - be aggressive and abusive from the start, because that is where it will end anyway! Even then it will take a minimum of 30 minutes before they will let you cancel.
It could "ruin" a few years, but it could only ruin "the rest of your life" if you let it. And don't forget that one good business decision can also make you for life.
It's hard to see a bad business decision without the benefit of hindsight, and even if things go "tits up", the experience invariably leads to other things.
Seems pretty nuts to me, especially as they're doing it for free. All the kidz buy Blackberrys for BBM and nothing else.
Will many people buy a Blackberry just to have a keyboard?
"Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation and other one-time charges rose from £376.5m last year to £398.5m.
"Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett, who will exit the telco with £42m"
So after Virgin pay their taxes and other costs, the boss will be taking almost 20% of the entire comapnies profit. Nice work if you can get it.
"Oh, and the kit is good. While Ericsson and NSN sat on their hands, the Chinese learned how to build a first class 3G/4G network."
Yes, but did they teach themselves?
So in your worldview, anyone with a nice car is an arse.
The main reason that some people with nice cars are arses, is that they think that their car defines them in some way - and it appears that you are just like them.
Risky drivers who have an increased chance of crashing might pay more for their insurance?
Is that a downside?
"You seem to be equating "popular" with "good"."
Erm no, I'm equating "good" with "subjective".
"Satellite is precarious."
Is it really any more precarious than terrestrial TV?
You mean removed from your view.
The programs you mention are some of the most popular shows in the country. Are you hoping that other people can't watch them, purely because you prefer not to watch them?
And what's your problem with "commercial TV"? I'm pretty sure that you'll find that all the "commercial" shows that you hate so much have all be quickly copied by the BBC - but funded from their TV tax whether you like it or not.
Commercial TV will die when people stop watching. The BBC has no such concerns due to "the unique way" they are funded.
He said himself that it's basically a competitor to dropbox - it's not a new megaupload. I can't see how this can be touched legally, because you could only share files if you shared the account login.
The terms and conditions are pretty much standard for any service like this (FWIW I'm also pretty sure that megaupload had similar T&C's)
Why use it?..... 50GB free storage, or up to 4TB for 30 euros a month.
Why's it slow right now?.... Massive publicity, 50GB free storage, or up to 4TB for 30 euros a month!
Good luck to him.
I've gone through several expensive gaming headsets over the years - they always fall apart. Now I use the Plantronics GameCom, which are cheap (£15 on fleabay) and built like a tank. I haven't noticed any difference in sound quality over the much more expensive sets either.
3 do all you can eat data for £12.90.
If you want to use mobile data, you don't want to go near O2 (or Giff Gaff which runs on O2) . Obviously you'll get a few people with bad experiences on 3, just like every other network, but overall it's by far the best network for data.
"Amazon has, at last, some very strong competition on its hands."
Kobo's are pretty popular in the UK - no where near as popular as kindles, but their products compare very well.
I use a HTPC which is total overkill, but mainly because the little boxes like this Sony haven't quite reached the same level yet on certain important features. The thing is that they are now getting very close and where they mainly fall down is lack of apps. With the massive boom in android tablets, I think that the tablet apps will crossover to these TV boxes and fill the gaps.
Maybe this will allow FreeView HD to fit in more than the pitiful five HD channels they currently have space for. This would be far more use to customers than an 8k TV, which would require a house sized TV to be useful.
The YouView minimum spec (which is actually pretty high) is almost identical to the new FreeSat spec, so I imagine that we'll see it on those boxes in a couple of years. In fact I think we'll see a shaky start to YouView, but then suddenly see it turning up built into new TV's etc, as they almost all have enough spec for it already due to all their 'Smart TV' features.
The idea behind Youview is definitely the future (remember that FreeViewHD only has the bandwidth for 5 HD channels) - but I think YouView will look A LOT different in 5 years time.
Surely the answer is to make them all sell their towers and frequencies and create a single Network Rail type organisation. It would remove duplication and would see new technology introduced much quicker. The same goes for fixed line telecommunications - in fact it could be the same organisation which would then lead to even more benefits.
True, but just like the recent twitter airport case it has to be a realistic threat and common sense is needed.
It's pretty obvious that this guy was not going to kill Tom and the threat was around the level of a parent telling their child 'I'll kill you"
Basically this guys been arrested for being a bit mean, which personally I find a bit worrying.
I've not seen the Sony, but the Panasonic thoroughly deserves it's great reviews.