91 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
Good work guys
Have one on me. (not the Vacuum frozen kind though, unless the alternative is Carling)
Re: Already Given Up
It is standardisation, but like the thread sizes, they're specifying the standard for the end product (the screws, nuts and bolts) rather than the tools used to produce the products (the taps and dies). Yes, everyone would be fine if they just use Mr Whitworth's tools, but then you'll pay Mr. Whitworth whatever he's asking for those tools. Alternatively, I can buy tools at half the cost from Mr. Smith or Mr. Jones, which have been made such that they still produce something that will interface perfectly with an item produced by one of Mr. Whitworth's more expensive offerings.
(obligatory Paris for a comment about nuts and screws)
Are there several training courses that the workers in the Department of homeland immigration and border controls (or whatever that particular law enforcement agency is currently called) have to go through to ensure they have not one scrap of a sense of humo(u)r or empathy left before they are let loose on the poor 'foreign' idiots that have chosen to spend some time and money in the states?
On my first and only trip so far, the first 3 words mumbled by the [clerk|guard|officer] were 'business or vacation'? which left me staring blankly at him for a few seconds whilst my sleep deprived and dehydrated brain attempted to determine the source language and translate it into my native English.
Eventually my response was 'Oh, um, holiday' ... blank stare returned for 2 seconds ... 'um, vacation, yes'. followed by the where will you be staying ('travelling all over' is a bad answer), how long, etc.
Even just a 'good morning' / 'good afternoon' to allow my brain to get into first gear would have been nice - I realise it's probably quite a mind-numbing job, but some hint of civility and human recognition might make the day a little less tedious, and make me feel less disinclined to ever visit again.
Of course, at the end of the questions, being British, I took my passport back, thanked him and then joined the next queue...
Re: "generally inappropriate use of matrix signs"
Had to deal with the M42 variable speed limit signs for quite a few years, but at least they mostly seemed to help. I think the problem they sometimes have is that, by controlling the traffic flow successfully, they actually stop the concertina effect from propagating so far and so you end up driving at 40 for a mile rather than stopping, accelerating to 50 then having to stop again, but from your seat, you just had to slow down for no reason. Other times they're clearly on the wonk - I've seen 50 limits at 22:30 when I was the only vehicle for a mile forwards or backwards...
The problem with the long lane queuing is there'll always be some sod (in an Audi or BMW) who carries on down the second lane until the hatch marks then abuses their way over. Everyone should drive like me - then the world would be a better place! (I only mean when I'm driving well and paying full attention to the world around me, not those times I creep too close to the car in front or slew across to the inside lane with 100 yards to go to the exit I suddenly realise I need).
"X minutes to <significant junction>"
I do admit to having to consciously avoid treating these as a target to be beaten, rather than a general hint. One I'd quite like to see more of though is the "Keep Left Unless Overtaking" matrix signs which I've only seen a couple of times - not that anyone seemed to be taking any notice!
and congratulations to the 3 idiots on Sunday..
..who decided that the hard shoulder was an appropriate way for them to reach the exit half a mile ahead at 50 mph because the main carriageways were only travelling in queues at 20 mph due to everyone having to have a slow down and rubberneck at the emergency vehicles parked around the pile-up wreckage just beyond the junction. Which came very close to causing another accident as they attempted to rejoin the slip-road whilst others were using it correctly to exit the motorway...
So effectively kind of an extension of the Hawkeye technology they've used at Wimbledon, etc. to replay disputed line calls for the last 10 years or so, but tracking something other than white lines and a fuzzy yellow ball?
Had that a few years ago when I wanted to get a MAC (I think) code to shift from Mad As A Fish (not the original name of the company I was with, merged or rebranded a sub-company) to O2 broadband (who I am also no longer with). Spend 10 minutes with the woman in the retentions department
Q: "why do you want to leave"
A: "You're too expensive and I can get a cheaper and faster connection elsewhere"
Q: "If you stay we can reduce your bill by £5 a month?"
A: "Which is still more expensive and slower than I can get with O2, so No."
and repeat ad nauseam.
At least the last time I cancelled a BT phone contract was straightforward:
Q:"Why don't you want the service any more?"
A:"I'm moving house"
Q:"Ah but you'll need a line at your new address?"
A:"Nope - that's my other half's remit in the new place"
Courtesy of Google translate...
CDIV Distributorii erratum
but what would we call it? The "QC Register" ?
is that another QC reader I spy?
1 down, 7 to go...
Now, how to raise the other 7 million... anybody know of any other uber-rich tech titans to tap up?
(icon: possibly not exactly a tech titan)
Store designs from hell
I think the Ikea store designers had a former life designing Las Vegas casinos, carefully constructing the places so you never know which way to go next - I'm not even sure that left hand wall tracking works to get you out of those places, or the casinos!
Re: @ A K Stiles
Re: @ A K Stiles
I am quite sure that 'Mr. Plod' isn't stupid. It is one of the reasons I don't try and live a life of crime - that and actually just a general sense of being a decent human being, of course! You'll have to take my word for that though, but then as, I assume, you're also a decent person, the world can stay a happy place... right?
Re: @ A K Stiles
"erm... the disk contents changed when it wrote the unencrypted stuff back to the disk, yer 'onour"?
Re: @ A K Stiles
right, thanks for that clarification. So at that point you're essentially down to doing the quick sums about whether the punishment for refusing to comply or for the 'evidence' they might find on your machine is the lesser.
Vague thoughts about if I had anything worth hiding, I'd like a system with 2 passwords where the alpha password lets you in normally, but the beta password 'obliterates' the incriminating stuff whilst allowing access to the innocent but private stuff...
Re: @ A K Stiles
well I was essentially wondering about the “You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in Court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”
So when they ask you for the password "You do not have to say anything."
IANAL, clearly, but how does the RIPA law play in terms of your right to not incriminate yourself?
re: Why would you ever need to turn a computer off???
...because it's windows, and therefore requires its semi-regular hard reboot ?
(yes, yes, I'm already leaving...)
Re: Is one of the experiments...
I suppose that could be the surprise - "this really does have nutritional value".
Mind you, they taste so awful that actually they'll probably find that there is some medicinal quality to them!
Rather than just trying to encourage women to become coders (or at least learn to code), have they considered the reasons why they don't already?
Is it because it is seen as a very male-dominated industry, or is it because they ( a large proportion of females, oh and in fact a large proportion of the male population too) don't find it interesting, or just not suited to the way they think?
I really enjoy problem solving, no really, and thinking very logically through a solution. It doesn't seem to be a mainstream trait, whatever your gender..
Re: Off topic
Upvote for that sweet, sweet (9.7K) rev limit. It freaks your passengers out when you do 65 mph in second!
Re: Eyebrows that float
Now if they got Guy Martin to voice that line, it would probably sound about right!
User comes and complains (for the umpteenth time) that the printer is printing letters on plain paper instead of headed paper. I go, pull open the print drawer labelled 'HEADED PAPER' and find it's full of plain paper...
or that the printer complained it was out of headed paper so someone pressed buttons until it started printing again, from a different tray...
User: "My computer's just stopped working"
Me: check base unit lights (on), then cables (all seated), work up to the monitor, then roll eyes and pull the desk phone away from under the edge of the monitor and reach under that spot and turn the monitor back on again...
Guessing there may be some subtle rewrites happening to ensure Han mostly appears in seated or reclined positions for the next few months of filming, if they can't just push his scenes back or CGI out the zimmer!
Re: NHS or Private?
Seriously not trolling - AFAIK the NHS will treat you, whoever you are and wherever you come from, with the theory that they then try and reclaim the costs from you (well, your insurance anyway) if you aren't an entitled citizen.
NHS or Private?
So is the hospital in Oxford to which he has been airlifted a private or NHS one and who is paying for it?
Up-vote for the Pandemic recommendation. It's a great co-operative game for small groups and, just occasionally, it lets you win!
Re: Down With Skool
Hmm, sounds like a school from around Bur-ming-gam way, Bab.
Re: Acquired a negative connotation?
usually then followed by
Idiot: "Smart-ass" *punch*
(at least at my 'Comprehensive' anyway)
If you don't like how they run their business...
...don't give them your money, then they can't off-shore any of it. Though it makes life more complicated when nearly everyone you want to buy something from sells it online through one of those big multi-national companies who take their cut off the top (and usually the bottom as well). It means you need to go to the small, local, bricks and mortar store and give them (more) of your limited wealth.
Not sure how this works for companies like Google though, where the only thing you can try and do is not pay them for online advertising of your business, but then you end up with nobody knowing about your business...
(Paris, 'cos the rich get richer)
Re: Sharing Absurdities
How about any time you buy something on Amazon - "Share this and tell your friends you've just bought 'Betty's Bumper Busty Babes XXVII", "Share this and tell your friends you've just bought a tub of handcream"...
£12bn on trains that are too fat
Re: This will only end badly
I'll give you an upvote to cancel out that downvote, but you also get a simultaneous groan, for forgetting the joke icon. (please say you forgot the joke icon?)
La hundo testikoj
allegedly. Though it doesn't seem to have the alliterative or rhyming quality, or frankly anyone to understand what you were trying to say...
Would have joined in but...
...blah, blah, excuses nobody cares about.
Instead have some cash to the worthy cause and maybe next time I won't be in the fortunate position of having a conflicting event get in the way.
(beer, waiting for each of the team at the end of next week!)
Bravo Lester - tell me you're claiming that one for yourself and haven't just 'taken inspiration' from another's cunning, linguistic innovation.
Re: Re: Re: Spanish
So that translates to the fairly similar "All mouth, and no trousers" ? I think that's a well known phrase in most of this green and pleasant land, but I still occasionally discover that something I think is in common usage ends up being a Scottish-ism - like when I stuck my head into a bar at Uni to see how busy it was and reported back to the group that we should go elsewhere, 'cos it was "hoaching in there!"
Re: Haggis legs
How's that go again? Is that the sort of whooshing noise or the one that's more of a susurrus?
They dinnae - they've got two legs shorter than the other two, otherwise they'd fall doon the hill!
But the most important question...
What was the beer like at The Star?
I'll just leave this here...
(it's the Oatmeal - it might be considered NSFW?)
Re: rm is temporary...
I'd assumed it was something to do with Research Machines...
Never mind that they are making more Playmobil 'folk' every second than the human race does, they probably also don't reduce their population at anything like the rate we do either.
Frankly you're going to have to do much better (worse?) on the LOHAN test missions to try and bring the expiry figures into some sense of parity!
(icon for how the recent SPEARS mission didn't go...)
Looks like a successful launch and recovery
From the earlier streaming coverage and tracker maps, both balloons launched successfully and reached altitudes around 90,000ft. Punch, Richard and Judy then descended gracefully back to earth between Evesham and Tewkesbury, where they were retrieved before the 2 tracking vehicles retreated for a post mission debrief.
They were last seen in the vicinity of The Star in Ashton Under Hill, so we're expecting the follow up report to also include a review of the available refreshments!
Re: "Apple has been roundly spanked for sticking to smaller displays in its iPhones"
Please - irrespective or regardless. (the 'ir' is effectively a negating prefix, so if it existed, 'irregardless' would be a double negative and therefore mean 'with regards to')
Yes, I know it's pedantic and petty, but pretty please?
Re: What they need is...
Hmm - n sure whether that requires up or down voting...
If you'd gone with 'gimmericks' and possibly 'pyrrerhic', it would definitely have been up, just for the joy of inventing words to rhyme more closely.
Re: Re. Saves the pen issue straight away!
Is a custody suit one where the jacket fastens up the back, and the sleeves are a bit too long?
- Asteroid's SHOCK DINO MURDER SPREE just bad luck - boffins
- BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
- Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
- Review You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great