* Posts by kiwimuso

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Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

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Re: Hey Vic

Good for you.

I can't remember now what I paid for a Panasonic 42 incher OLED HD not long ago here in NZ, but whatever I paid, was probably over-priced for what can be got now, as they can now be bought for NZ$599, around £300. I notice a Samsung 40 incher is dearer at NZ$649 (£325).

I don't know what your Sammie is like for blacks but the Panasonic is very good.

Obviously I don't know your circumstances but personally I think that those sorts of prices are bloody cheap for OLED.

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kiwimuso

Hey Vic

You should really have another look at the latest TVs. They used to a have a problem with blacks, especially compared with plasma, but they've come a long way since then.

And they're a hell of a lot lighter to move!!! Even versus the old plasma screens.

With OLED black IS the new black.

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Re: much better light quality?

@ Richard 12

Well, guys, all I can say is you are looking in the wrong direction.

I have no idea of the technicalities of LED lights with phosphors, colour shifts or whatever.

I had started replacing bulbs with lower wattage types, including halogen, and had just started using LED bulbs. Expensive yes, but if they last as long as they claim, then that will be fine by me.

All I can say is that I wouldn't have a crap CFL in the house and have just recently replaced 26 down lights, some of which were MR16 halogen (in the kitchen) and the remainder were R80 type.

They have all been replaced by a 10W dimmable sealed LED unit designed by a company here in NZ, and manufactured in China (of course) Not only are they as MUCH better light output than the MR16, they have a better spread, with not so much of a spotlight effect. They are that bright with a good colour that I have had dimmers installed so that I can get some mood lighting going. No problem with colour - they're just a warm white - about 3500 K I believe.

They are warrantied for 40,000 hours which my calculations lead me to believe that if I had them on 5 hours every night they should last me 21 years or so.

SO I guess the reason that Sammy and Philips are no longer interested is that once installed they are unlikely to sell any more bulbs for a great number of years. Diminishing returns with no built in obsolescence. Not a good business model these days.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Headmaster

Re: the war on rudeness

@ Trevor_Pott

Sorry Trev, 'guilt' is NOT a verb.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: @ sabroni@ Ken Hagan Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

"The search in 8.1 is shit compared to 8"

I find the search in Win 7 is shit compared to the two alternative methods in XP.

Either the search fror the Start menu which I rarely use, or, for me, preferably, the Search obtained from right-clicking on Start. Much more flexible, and it allows me to shorten the search time by starting in a specific level in the path.

Win 7 doesn't distinguish between programs or files, so give me a pile of crap which may or may not include what I really want to search for.

I reluctantly went to Win 7 as that was all that was available other than Win 8, but I still prefer using my XP machine. At least I can still find what I am after in the XP machine.

Finding the program I want is also a hell of a lot simpler in XP, as far as I am concerned.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Bollocks won't be allowed on many systems

@Arnaut the less

"the German high command put too much trust in their machines"

You mean there are still people around who do not learn form history!!!

Nothing has changed, has it.

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Pint

@ Sanctimonious Prick Re: Oh, OK - Odd, But OK.

"Oh, OK - Odd, But OK. "

Shit, I do that when I'm completely sober!!!!!

Occasionally my fingers turn all dyslexic. It's the only explanation, as the brain still knows what it wants to say! Mostly.

Or maybe it's just age, and I'm just losing it - in more ways than one!

Oh well, the sun is well and truly over the yard-arm so it's wine time, when I promise I won't make any further comments.

Beer, because there isn't a wine icon, but it's still alcohol.

Oh, and have an up-vote you Sanctimonious Prick. Great Name!!

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

kiwimuso
Stop

Braking?

"I'm braking, why aren't you braking?"

Because, you fuckwit, I have no need to brake because I saw people braking several millenia in front of you, and I have just taken my foot off the accelerator, thus already slowing down and allowing ample room between your vehicle and mine!

If I need to, I will brake, but until then get outta my face.

And also as a consequence, not putting the shits up people following behind causing them to apply their brakes, and so on and so on, thus bringing a whole line of cars to an eventual standstill, simply because everyone reacted to (horrors) brakelights in front of them, and because they were travelling too closely, and/or they were distracted by their phone/stereo/kids/passengers etc, rather paying attention to what they were doing, and watching what the traffic was doing several cars in front of theirs. Admittedly not helped by large vehicles in front like trucks, SUVs, vans etc but if you allow enough space you get better vision ahead and also give yourself time to react if the vehicle in front slows down.

It often amazes me the faith that some drivers have in other driver's attention and reaction time, as they seem to think nothing of just changing lanes in front of other drivers - especially so in wet weather.

Also a great reliance on the braking efficiency/ability of the other driver's vehicles.

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Devil

@ Ralph B Re: Roundabouts

"Visit Swindon or Hemel Hempstead."

Or Colchester's Magic Roundabout (Google it)!!! Where you can go either way around the roundabout. One of my worst and scariest ever driving experiences in the U.K. - especially when it's your first time to the area, it's on a winter's night, and it's pissing down with rain and you can't see the road markings!

I couldn't tell who the hell I should be giving way to, so in the end waited for a suitable gap and just went, only to have a car come from my right with horn blaring.

Sorry chum, if that oxymoron known as a "road designer" had built a normal roundabout I wouldn't have had a problem. Likewise all those thousands of motorists who travel through it every day but have now got used to it.

Spawn of Satan icon because this roundabout is, and was probably designed by same.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: de Havilland Mosquito

@ nematoad

"AM was woefully short of imagination in respect to the Mossie, they didn't believe that a wooden aircraft had any chance in an era of all-metal airframes"

Which is all the more remarkable as I saw that the ME 110 had a wooden frame, at least the rear half of it was which I saw on the remains of one at Hawkinge museum.

I don't know about the ME109's construction, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it didn't have a similar construction. Does anyone know for sure?

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

kiwimuso
Joke

Re: Devil's advocate says...

@Steven Roper

And how is it going to handle stuff which is so past it's 'Use By' date (assuming it even had one) that the contents have now turned to a nasty shade of grey/green. Milk still weighs much the same despite having turned mostly solid!

Joke Alert, as the whole idea is a joke.

I have a far better solution to the problem. I use my eyes and brain - what's left of it after reading this drivel.

Sounds like a techos wet dream - except as an ex-techo, it doesn't even begin to register on my radar as a must have!

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Unregistered car drivers rejoice! Cops kill buggy auto plate recognition

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Devil

Re: WA behind the eastern states again ?

"After midnight on the day the rego is due, if not paid the car may only be driven to and from your residence to get your green slip (CTP insurance) ,pink slip (roadworthy) and the motor registry. "

I think the various Australian governments are missing a trick here. They should follow the UKs lead. If you haven't re-licensed/registered by the due date an automatic fine is issued. No grace and possibly no exceptions either.

I'm sorry sir, I was abroad for 3 months, so didn't get the reminder notice - or - well actually |I was in hospital having suffered a serious heart attack. My car got written off but the notification has not made it to the DVLA yet. (or whatever)

I don't know if these are valid 'get out of jail' reasons, or whether you are stuck with it.

Don't know whether anyone who has suffered any of the above can confirm or otherwise.

It always struck me as slightly bizarre, that other 'crimes' such as not paying your TV license fee had to be actually proved (sighting an actual TV on the premises) before you could be fined, and you usually had a grace period to pay up before any penalties applied.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: On Street Parking

"Tesla is bringing out a budget model next year or so. It won't be long before those start being sold second-hand, and we'll all be buying them."

Oh, that's alright then.

And who amongst the less well-off will be able to afford to buy, or at least maintain all this wonderful technology? Even second or third hand. New battery pack? How much to renew those?

Mind you it's as bad now with a lot of modern cars. It's OK for the first owner, and maybe even the second owner, but when the bits start going wrong, how is the 3rd hand owner to afford that.

$400 to replace a key which allows you to unlock you doors, switch off your alarm, and allow the engine to start. It's a joke.

OK for those on regular, reasonable incomes.Tough if you are unemployed and looking for a job, and no adequate public transport for your region.

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Tesla, Nissan, BMW mull all-for-plug, plug-for-all electrocar charger plan

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WTF?

Re: The Other Side of the Coin

"If half of all vehicles switch to electric, you'll have a surplus of petroleum. Guess what can fuel electric generation capacity? Petroleum - and virtually every other fuel on the planet."

I thought that the whole point of the electric vehicle exercise was to reduce the burning of fossil fuels!

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Facepalm

Re: Industry not thinking things through - whatever next?

"Your figures presume zero capacity left in the batteries of cars that use the facility."

Umm, if you have paid for a full battery, why would you swap it if it wasn't completely or near completely empty?

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Toyota catches up to William Gibson with LED hood

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FAIL

Re: I seem to remember

@Raphael

Jesus! Just what the world needs. More things to distract idiot drivers!

And yes, it looks cool, but really, just no.

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DAMN you El Reg, CALL ME A BOFFIN, demands enraged boffin

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Pint

Re: Before acquiescing to his demand...

@Elmer Phud

Ha! That reminds of a particularly inane advertisement for toothpaste down in this part of the world (much as I would like to, the brand shall remain nameless) in which a woman in a white lab coat was perched on a stool in front of a white (or black) board and announced that, "I'm a scientist, so I know about equations." and then proceeded to tell us why we should buy the toothpaste she was promoting with know further mention of any equations or proof as to why it was better.

Maybe it also killed 99% of all household germs!!!

I would use the joke icon because that is what it was, but they appeared to be serious about it.

Have a beer instead. It's much better for your teeth.

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

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Unhappy

Paying VAT

I can remember a few years ago when I had a company and having registered to use government services, I went on-line to pay my VAT for the first time.

While HMRC's website had lots of help, unfortunately at the time that's all I could find. I clicked on links that suggested that they would lead me to a page to effect payment only to get more help. I went around in ever diminishing circles until finally, just before disappearing up my own fundamental orifice, I emailed them asking for some help in circumnavigating their website.

I also suggested (reasonably politely under the circumstances) that their website should have links to the actual functions from which help could be sought IF NEEDED and only then. Not the other way around as they had it.

Having said that, they were exceedingly prompt in getting back to me with a direct link into the requisite page. Maybe it was because I mentioned that I was desperate to pay them some MONEEEEYYY!

I don't know if they ever changed it but I am REALLY glad that I don't have to go through that any more.

Who designs these websites anyway. I was always of the opinion that you make a function easy to get to and use, and only supply help if explicitly asked for. The HMRC gave screeds of 'useful' advice. Unfortunately, that's all I managed to find despite trying every damn link on every page I came to. It just seems that someone forgot the purpose for which the pages existed

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

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FAIL

Re: Manufacturers should put in software to detect when the phone is travelling faster than 10MPH

"The advice from the police is that your phone should be switched off and out of reach when driving"

These would be the same police who use hand held microphones for radios in their cars would it?

Unless they are now using hands-free microphones these days.

Once again people, you are all falling into the same old trap of blaming 'something'.

As been pointed out numerous times, it is distraction that is the problem not an individual device. The phone is irrelevant. It could just as easily be a sat nav, radio, or numerous other distractions, including looking at your passenger as you speak to them, stopping the kids fighting etc, etc.

The problem is purely yours as a driver. If you allow yourself to be distracted by anything, then the problem is totally yours, not anybody else, or any device.

From a safety point of view, it makes me laugh, in view of this conversation, about all the new technology been put into cars these days. I have just seen the latest advertisements claiming that they had a touch screen to control just about everything - which of course, having no knobs to even start to be able to control things by feel, you will have to look at to operate. Safe? I think not. And neither is voice activated technology, probably, when the damn thing refuses to recognises what you are saying as was demonstrated on Top Gear.

Here's a thought. Technology does NOT necessarily solve anything but can quite often exacerbate existing problems.

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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

kiwimuso
Pint

Re: Old saying

Nah, I prefer the old saying -

"Don't piss on my boots and tell me it's raining!"

Beer, 'cos if you drink too much of it, it could happen.

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Headmaster

Re: Sweden is the best comparison actually

@Voland

WTF is a hunta? I suspect you mean junta - pronounced "hunta", as it is originally (and probably still is) a Spanish word.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_junta

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Facepalm

Re: 9 to 5

@ Phil O'Sophical

Indeed. Sadly this idea of a company phone has it's drawbacks - like the fuckwit who answered his in the middle of a movie in a theatre, without bothering to leave. Having not even bothered to switch it to silent or vibrate, he then proceeded to have a loud conversation, until I asked him to either shut up, or leave, to which he replied "I'm on call!"

My mind has never been so boggled.

No apologies that he might just have annoyed the shit out of the rest of the patrons who had gone along expecting to see a movie without external commentary.

Even more sadly, none of the staff bothered to intervene to ease other customer's annoyance at said dick-head.

As far as being contacted out of hours. My philosophy was always " I am quite willing to contribute my time in hours of need, but, at the same time, don't push your luck. I have signed a contract with the company for 40 (or whatever) hours per week, and that's all you get unless it suits me, which it quite often did, but just don't expect, as of right, that I will be contactable at will."

Companies are all too keen to insist that we abide by the contract provisions, but I found that some managers really did push their luck. I guess it made them look good to the higher ups - at our expense of course.

Having said that, many is the time that I have been called in when the shit hit the fan, and worked for possibly 24 hours straight (along with the rest of our group) to correct, a serious problem, sometimes even recreating data manually.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

@ mmeier

Really? What research have you uncovered that suggests that. Or is this just a case of you opening your mouth (figuratively speaking) and spewing any old garbage out into the ether to justify your own personal choice.

Personally, I don't even like the Win 7 Start menu. Mainly because I no longer can find the things I want to use, easily and quickly, as they have renamed some functions or buried them as a sub-task under some other name which doesn't bear any resemblance to what I am looking for and I don't like the concept of pinning stuff to the desktop or taskbar.

Call me old fashioned if you like, but I still use MS Office Toollbar on my old XP laptop as that is the way I have organised my stuff. I have several customised toolbars in there so I can go to the stuff I use most of the time in 2 mouse clicks. And that can be programs or folders or even specific web pages, and having got myself organised I don't really feel inclined to change my organisation just to suit you or Microsoft.

For the rest I resort to the normal program list.

How I organise my computer is surely up to me, not to you, not to MS nor anybody else.

The search facility in Win7 sucks as far as I am concerned. I still prefer the 'right click menu' Search as being far more usable.

I have yet to meet anyone in the real world who actually prefers Metro versus a Start menu, so can I use that fact in saying you are talking crap.

Perhaps you should leave it to other people to voice their own opinions, rather than trying to foist yours on them.

You don't have to like my opinions or agree with them, but perhaps you would be good enough to allow us to have them.

Incidentally, for the record I have been in IT since the early 60's, writing software using Assembler as well as higher level languages, through mainframes and pcs, and all the various guises of Windows. I have never had any problem transitioning from one version to the next until we got to Vista, which fortunately I only had a fleeting look at and disliked at first sight. I am now retired and simply can't be bothered trying to learn something I have no interest in other than a system which works for me.

There used to be a saying that 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' now seemingly replaced by 'change for changes sake.'

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Re: sigh

@ Ole Juul

Only common usage in the U.S. I wager. I've never heard it used anywhere else.

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Google to Supremes: End this Street View fight once and for all

kiwimuso
Unhappy

Why?

This may be a naive question, or an easily answered one, but why does a vehicle taking photographs/video of locations in streets need to record wi-fi traffic?

Have I missed a past discussion or explanation?

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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FAIL

Re: XP Needs to Die

@LDS

No, it's a legitimate copy but I just don't fucking NEED most of the stuff you mentioned. So fuck off you patronising bastard!!

Don't let your prejudices get in the way of an actual debate!

Actual cash is supposedly outdated now (by some) but it still hangs around as it it still has it's uses.

You and MS may consider it outdated code, but if it does all that one needs, then it's not actually outdated - is it!!

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Pint

Re: XP Needs to Die

@ pirithous

Indeed! When I started reading your post I was about to tell you (rudely) what I thought of your initial sentence. Fortunately, however, I read it all before ranting! LOL.

So have an upvote!

I have been in IT since the early 60s from mainframe through to pcs.

I have now retired.

Why in hell would I want anything more than XP and Office 2000 at home. It does me nicely for what I want to do and I have no intention of paying MS for product(s) I don't want or need.

I have just bought a new Win7 laptop as I thought my XP one had died, (it hadn't, it was just the screen which is now replaced) so now I am stuck with it.

I grant you that Win7 is probably/possibly a more secure OS and it might even be a lot better, but I hate the UI (and I don't use the term 'hate' lightly) as I can't find anything I want as in their wisdom MS designers have renamed functions, or placed them in places where it was not before.

Fortunately I discovered that I could get an XP type view of the Control Panel, but even with that, I still find there are things I can't find. If you are using it every day for work, that may not be a problem but for just doing emails and the odd letter at home, a likttle bit of photo tweaking and some music, and not a great deal more than that I just don't need it

Not to mention that I have some old programs running under XP which again does what I want them to, so I have no intention of upgrading (at a cost) to newer version which will run (possibly no better either) on WIn 7 or whatever.

I realise that I could use Libre Office or similar, and whilst I have loaded it, there is some functionality in Word and Excel which doesn't exist in Libre Office.

If MS offered ongoing support at a modest fee per year as outlined in the article, I would certainly consider that.

In short I just plain can't be bothered learning new UIs when I don't need 'em to do what I do.

I am investigating the possibility of going to a version of Linux, but I will certainly not be upgrading to more MS stuff. Sadly a lot of my programs don't have a Linux version. On the other hand I believe that one can run XP under Linux in a virtual box, so that may be the way to go.

I am still trying to get Virtual XP to work properly under Win 7. Mostly OK, but it won't see either my network or printer at the moment. The whole exercise is just bloody frustrating, and a huge time waster - especially as I am pretty computer literate.

Whatever happened to the idea of 'it just works'! Maybe I'm dreaming and it never was like that, but I do believe that was the dream we were sold

Have a beer. I am, as I need to cool off now.

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Australia proposes privacy tort

kiwimuso
Facepalm

Insane!

So I am videoing a nice vista and accidentally film someone while panning. I would more than likely, not even notice, as I am looking at the view.

So now I'm a potential criminal am I?

This is heading for the same stupidities that happened in English playgrounds where the happy parents are filming their kids on swings, slides etc and they get pinged for filming kiddies.

Paedos and/or stalkers abound and we must be protected!! <sarcasm>

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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Joke

It has to be said....

"The iPod's not been seen for a few days with zookeepers telling the Herald they suspect it's been tossed into the moat surrounding the monkey enclosure."

Obviously another tosser with an iPad.

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Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

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Re: ...and in other news.... Air NZ profit

@ Pu02

"... AIr New Zealand's profit is nothing to do with its performance or being a National carrier. It has everything to do with its asset sales and contraction "

Evidence?

They admit to retrenching 441 staff, but all businesses do that from time to time. I can find no evidence of asset sales, and a lot of evidence that a lot of the profit is due to a 3.2% rise in passenger revenue. I wasn't aware that being a 'national carrier' was part of the discussion in the article, other than one of many of QF's excuses.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/financial-results/8363153/Air-NZ-interim-profit-soars

If you can post a link to anything contrary to that, I would be most interested.

"There is no way a carrier for a far-flung island like ours can possibly turn a profit,"

I beg to differ. Air New Zealand has made legitimate profits in the past after protection was removed by the implementation of a form of 'open skies' policy. They've had their rough passages as have all airlines in a rapidly changing environment, so again, if you have a link to any evidence for your thinking, kindly post it for our own edification - unless this is just your own opinion!

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kiwimuso
Joke

Well BA was being run by an Aussie (Eddington) a short while ago!! Getting their own back for the Ashes loss, perhaps?

Or just good healthy competition. Infiltrate the opposition and disable them.

Or more realistically, maybe this is the real reason for QANTAS's downfall!

http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/09/22/how-geoff-dixons-millions-grounded-qantas/

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kiwimuso
Happy

...and in other news....

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-27/air-new-zealand-posts-40-per-cent-profit-rise-as-qantas-flounde/5288062

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Trollface

@Fibbles

What's the point of all that fidelity if you're going to listen to Neil Young?

There, fixed it for you.

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Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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Unhappy

Re: Fear Uncertainty Doubt

Still using XP Pro. I have no reason for moving as it does all I want and some of the ancient software I use on it will simply not run under Win7 or later.

However I thought it was broken, so finally bit the bullet and bought a new laptop, but with Win 7 definitely not Win8.

Bottom line, while I acknowledge that Win 7 is a far superior OS to XP, I hate it because of the GUI. I can't find anything that I want. I had a way of working still using the old Office Toolbar. I created my own toolbars for various category of program that I use. I.E. Common functions such as Word, Outlook, Excel etc, Music, Video & Photography, System Stuff. I know some people denigrate Office Toolbars but it works for me, and as I have used it for years, I know how to invoke anything I commonly use with a maximum of 2 mouse clicks rather than having to use awful cascading menus to find anything. It means I can keep my desktop uncluttered without the hundreds of icons, or short-cuts to programs etc that WIn 7 appears to force the user to have - or search through the Start menus to try and find it.

Even something simple like the old Control Panel they have messed around with so I can't find stuff - or they have decided to rename the function, or changed the navigation to it.

I thought I would make life a little easier by having Virtual XP installed so I could continue running my old programs, but still can't access my network printer from programs running within VPC. I am probably doing something wrong but so far I have not found anything online to help.

Why can't these bloody things just WORK!!! We hear so many claims that it all does and is intuitive. Most so-called intuitive GUIs I find just NOT. Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy (Getting?)

Now seriously looking at Linux as an alternative, but fear that I may not find equivalent programs to those I use, written for Linux. I might be wrong, I need some more investigative work. Linux Mint sounds promising. I was recommended Ubuntu but although the interface is Windows like, having booted to it, I didn't find it easy to find my way around it, but if I have to do that for a new Win OS I might as well do it with Linux.

/rant

Incidentally, my XP machine wasn't broken, just needed a replacement screen, so now I've got 2 laptops, 1 XP which I am still using daily, plus a shiny new Win 7 which is raising my blood pressure.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Devil

Re: Anonymised data - why the problem

"So why the concern?"

'If' the data is not intercepted by other agencies, 'if' the data is not able to be processed and identified as outlined by a previous poster, and 'if' that's all that happens to the data, then there is no concern.

Rather big 'ifs' though don't you think?

Also the thin end of the wedge. As we know from past experience, there is ALWAYS scope creep.

Bottom line, while the original scope of these systems is intended to be a 'good thing' it only takes one unscrupulous bastard to use it for their own benefit - power!

Best not to give the bastards the chance.

Oh, but I forgot, it's for our 'own' benefit. It always is. Don't argue.

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kiwimuso
Joke

pseudonymised?

"The NHS Information Centre (NHS IC) signed an agreement to share pseudonymised Hospital Episodes Statistics data with PA Consulting in November 2011."

Did someone mis-spell sodomised?

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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FAIL

Re: Confused

@wowfood

What you are suggesting is just downright dangerous.

While most people seem to think that the brake is your safety device, there are times (just occasionally) when your accelerator is the most appropriate safety device, as I have experienced myself on a wet motorway in a borrowed car, when a car (a Porche as it happens) 100 metres in front without warning, turned right into the central armco barrier, then started slowly moving backwards towards the near side, by which time I had no wish to test out my brakes and tyres on a wet motorway so I dropped down a gear and accelerated - hard!

I think I missed him by mere inches but if I had attempted to use my brakes I would have probably have t-boned his driver's door.

Now I have no idea what my top speed might have got to during the manoeuvre but I certainly wouldn't want some clown trying to limit my top speed in those circumstances.

Would you have wanted to use that moment to see if the car you were driving was equipped with ABS?

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

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"f only Americans could play proper football, the chihuahua would be the perfect ball. GOAL!"

....or even rugby. Chihuahuas would be perfect for drop-kicking!!!!

And no joke icon!

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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@Irongut

"My hair is longer than most women's."

Ah, but the beard might be a dead give away!!

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Re: @ShelLuser

@Chris Miller

Yeah, and I bet that the catastrophic systems failure will NOT be on the mainframe side of things.

It will be caused by 'modern' systems which have been poorly designed, written and integrated in the first place.

But then, as a now happily (hence the smile icon) retired mainframe programmer (Assembler no less) who has written stuff for the banking industry and airlines with a side sprinkling of COBOL and PL/I, I would say that, wouldn't I.

I wish I could have 2 icons, as my second one would be the beer icon, which would cause the first icon, and which I have more time for these days anyway.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Moral superiority of having less tech

@IHateWearingATie

My sincere apologies. I'm sorry if I misconstrued your comments.

Your humour did not manifest itself in your first post. I just took you as being fucking obnoxious and replied in kind.

Perhaps your "enormous intelligence and humble nature" might allow you to confer a modicum of intelligence to those, about whom you know absolutely nothing, who happen to voice an opinion which disagrees with your world view. I think that you are assuming a great deal when you state that "some people" think that using an old phone confers some sort of moral superiority. That's just being rather silly on your part.

Debate is good. Opinions are just that - opinions. Doesn't make them correct.

Enjoy the rest of your life

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Re: Moral superiority of having less tech

@ IHateWearingATie

Re: Moral superiority of having 'more' tech There, fixed it for you.

"I've never understood the vocal minority of commentards on El Reg who think that not having a smartphone provides some kind of tech moral superiority, and the ability to look down on other people."

Funny you should write that, as I was just thinking the exact opposite, that prats like yourself get all sarky and look down your nose at people who are happy to use older technology as it suffices for their uses.

I have toyed with the idea of a smart phone, not because I need one, but because I like the idea of some of the apps, none of them social media apps.

I don't need to be able to get emails from work. I wouldn't bother reading them even if someone sent them so I don't need email access. I also don't need access to emails more than once a day, if that. If someone wants me urgently, they can call and they may even strike lucky and I answer my phone

I still retain and use a Nokia 6310. Great little phone. Makes phone calls and the occasional text. I can make notes and reminders for myself on the calendar, and rarely and painfully have used Opera Mini when trying to locate a moved business. I use the camera and radio/MP3 player when I feel like it as well. I don't bother with podcasts, so no problem with loading them either.

I'm rather glad that I have recently retired as this demand by companies, (or probably specific micro controlling managers) demand you be available 24/7 to my mind is verging on a form of slavery. Paid slavery admittedly, but still that.

So sorry, I have a life outside of work. I believe I signed a contract with you for 40 odd hours a week, and that's ALL you get as of right. Any extras are with my agreement and on my terms. When I was on call for a week at a time, I was available as expected. Other times you took your luck on contacting me.

I can't understand how companies have been able to get away with this. No employee is so important that they need to be contactable any hour of the day or night. If they are then they are compensated for it a hell of a lot more than I am/was.

Enjoy your life of drudgery, slaves!

P.S. I still prefer Win XP GUI over Win 7. The latter may well be a better OS, but I hate the "new, improved" interface. So there!

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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Fuck off HP!!!!

"Ever thought that perhaps the printers are subsidised by the cost of the consumables?"

So? That's their business proposition is it? That's fine by me, but what they are up to now is NOT fine by me.

I had an excellent HP 1210 All-in-one printer. Worked beautifully. I took it to UK with me. Sadly it broke down, so based on my experience with them I bought another on, this time a wireless one.

Although it prints fine and scans OK, it is the biggest heap of shit I have ever come across. Not only does the software not allow you to change the default page size to something that works in 90% (guess) of the world (A4). Correction, it will allow you to change it, but if you go into one of their other icons(?) to say, print a picture, when you return to 'Ordinary, everyday printing' (who thinks up these things), you have to reset the default to A4. When one complains to HP Service desk (an oxymoron if ever I saw one) they tell you that Letter is the same as A4, and all they will tell you is to reinstall the software - over and over and over. The robots don't read anything that is in your emails, just insisting that they are 'pleased to be of assistance' and to kindly reinstall the software - or switch it off and switch it on again. Doesn't do my blood pressure any good I can tell you.

Not only that, but having returned to New Zealand I find that I can't just go out and buy a cartridge to fit, even an HP cartridge, as I did with my old one one in England. The fuckers have actually regionalised the printers!!! They are getting as bad as the big studios. I can't just buy a cartridge (even proper HP ones) off the shelf as they won't work. Oh no! I've got to waste my time calling HP to have the 'region' changed.

I spent over an hour pissing about with a service desk agent while nothing they suggested worked. In the end they said they would replace the printer, which on the face of it, sounds fine, except they insisted that I had to give my existing (working) printer to the courier. I told 'em that they will get the old printer back when, and only when, I have the new one installed and working properly. Bad grace but they accepted it. What else could they do. I told the courier the same thing. They came back the next day to collect the old one.

As of now HP, I will never buy another HP product ever again. To stoop to regionalising printers so that each country can charge their own price for consumables is despicable. Incidentally, one of their agents admitted that's why it was done. Quote "We have to protect our resellers' unquote.

. Sad really, as it was a damn good printer.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Bad faith all around

Ah, it seems that you don't understand.

This decision has been made by a 'manager'. Managers have been especially trained to make decisions. He must be right.

Duh!

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US can't get its hands on Navy hacker Victor Faur, aka SirVic

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Re: Wow!

Whoops! Perhaps I should have posted that anonymously, but still, how could they ever track me d.......

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Wow!

U.S. Government departments REALLY do not like having the piss taken out of their lack of security, do they!

As dssf says, ungrateful lot. Ah, but you didn't follow the rules that we set up for testing - or in this case not bothering to test - obviously!

In fact, having lived in Texas for a for a couple of years and come up against this sort of bureaucratic crap, I have concluded that a prerequisite for anyone working for a U.S. government department is to have had a frontal lobotomy to remove both common sense and any sense of humour (or in their case humor).

The U.K. has an excellent term for these sort of people - jobsworths, where their only qualification is to be able to follow rules.

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

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Re: So...

"carbon dioxide and water"

Urrrggh! Fizzy coffee!!!

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

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Re: Not had Hersheys, then?

Or Cadburys Dairy Milk made in Australia?

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Kim Dotcom shrugs off US extradition attempt with Spotify competitor

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Re: "currently living in New Zealand"

"North Island isn't really New Zealand."

I think you are confusing that with Australia!!!!

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Google Glass driver told she CAN wear techno-specs while on the road

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@ MrXavia

Well bugger me!

I must have been doing it all wrong for the last 50 odd years.

I have managed to find my way about for most of my driving years `with just a map in the glove-box, and my own memory. Very rarely been lost.

Having said that, I do have a GPS these days, but still remember, that it is just a tool, and that like an out of date map, GPS mapping data is NOT infallible and one must apply a little common sense. to instructions.

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