Re: At least give her her full title...
Do you mean "Sandi" Toksvig OBE, British citizen?
83 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
Do you mean "Sandi" Toksvig OBE, British citizen?
If anyone can point me in the direction of a portable pocket-sized DAB radio that can get through a whole test series of Test Match Special on a pair of AAAs then I'm sold! But until then, LW it is!
Took a little pocket DAB radio to a test match as my little Roberts AM one had died. Sound was fine but delay made it useless, players were starting their second run before the ball on bat click made it to my earphones.
I can remember driving through France listening to the NatWest final on LW with the signal dying south of Bordeaux. Current car has all sorts of fancy "infotainment" features (DAB, Bluetooth, SatNav, etc.) but not LW, reception of British stations vanished shortly after getting off the ferry.
>An official BBC torrent system would make those problems go away
Didn't the original iPlayer work that way or is my memory clouded by rose tinted specs?
The story on the Beeb includes the quote
"This is really a car designed for very specific urban environments. It’s a car that’s going to take people at 20-30 mph through city centres."
I don't know what the link to the Financial Times explains as they want money before they let me read the article.
Why do people keep bringing up the "Tesla death crash" story? Autopilot is only fancy cruise control, which is Level 2 autonomy that requires the driver to monitor the car at all times. Ford are aiming at Level 4 and AC wants Level 5 .
If he was still alive Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) would find that offensive.
See what ex-BT CTO Peter Cochrane has to say.
Are you proposing this as an equivalent Turing Test for Level 5 autonomous vehicles?
Isn't bh in a Gaelic word pronounced like a "v"?
I treated it as a useful reference manual...
...and I can remember when it was a mail order only operation.
The latest issue of PC Pro (262, August 2016) main cover story is "Fix the Unfixable".
Google "Restart Party"
How many of these myths can be traced back to Boris (I've invented more EUromyths than you've eaten bars of vegelate*) Johnson
* "Yeah that was mine, when I was working for the Torygraph in Brussels" said BJ
Are we allowed to use the word "black" now? Isn't the kettle now "of colour"
In the early '90s I was included in a group who were getting the brown envelopes. Redundant on December 31st.
The generous financial package varied depending on years served with a big jump at the 10 year mark. Which at the time was probably giving a total of more than a years salary tax free.
One colleague was asked "Could you come back in February to give the training course scheduled then?". "Only if you defer redundancy until after the course." was the reply, and agreed to.
Total service went from 9 years 11 months to 10 years 1 month.
"We will keep under review, we do not want to leave people on 10Mbps in 10 years' time when they might need 100Mbps," he said.
Does this mean the network will have to be upgraded from FTTC to FTTP and give BT even more dosh?
"I get 75Mb down and 20Mb up with the last mile over copper"
Do tell me your secret. I can only get 10Mb down and 0.3Mb up on FTTC because I am a mile from the cabinet.
As for 1Gb plus, who knows what may come in the next 20 years (8K video with no compression). How long ago were we all using 56K dialup?
I've said it before but I'll say it again.
The British broadband infrastructure should be treated in the same way as setting up the National Grid in the '30s. Do it properly once rather, than the current system (mainly FTTC) which will require replacing in a few years time. FTTP should be the standard installation for all except those isolated locations where it is not physically possible.
Who knows what speed will be required in the future. Over the last 20 years I have gone from 56K dial up, to ISDN, ADSL and now FTTC. I only get 10 meg but it's enough, at the moment, for our two adult household as the main use is browsing and steaming catchup TV (e.g. BBC iPlayer).
- Bovine Virus Diarrhoea
- Bureau van Dijk
- a brand of men's underwear
Google isn't the answer!
A few years ago I voted online for the Ipswich (UK) council elections. They only did it once but it appeared to be more secure at the time compared to postal and/or proxy voting.
I use my local library online (Suffolk). Just about all the books I've read on my Kobo Touch came from there, in ePub format.
Calibre is overkill for me as I only need a small utility to strip DRM. How else can you read LOTR (>1300 pages) or GOT (>4000 pages), single volume editions in the three week loan period.
Over Forty years ago I had a job lined up with International Computers Limited (remember them?) but the three day week put it on hold. I did start a few months later as part of their graduate intake. There weren't may computer related degrees amongst the starters and one or two were mildly upset when they found out I didn't have a degree.
It was the right aptitude that was required then and should be now. One of the most productive programmers I have come across over the years was an ex bank manager who had had an enforced career change.
I am old enough to remember when laser was described as a solution looking for a problem.
That's what I'm going to install, not cheap though.
In the mid '80s the magazine "Electronics Today International" had a project for a central heating controller. The controller had multiple temperature sensors including one outside the house to determine when to turn on the boiler to reach the correct temperature at the desired time.
"What goes round comes around"
What's a license plate?
My car has two number plates, one at the front and one at the back.
Can someone enlighten me as to when font usurped typeface.
Is this the ultimate Kerryman joke?
"I kind of get a central heating system I can control from my mobile phone when I am out but the advantages/savings are outweighed tenfold by the cost of the gear."
If you mean the Nest/Hive "Smart" controllers I ask how often do you adjust your non smart timer/thermostat?
The Evohome type system is much more controllable and much more expensive, but has the potential of far greater savings.
If the project is High Profile, has "challenging" timescales and uses something new (hardware or software) it will fail.
on the shelf next to the bread maker you no longer use.
Could someone translate that into British English.
OED definition of duking makes no sense
Urban Dictionary makes no sense either but definitely NSFW
I'm deaf and our front door has a cast iron knocker. It's effing loud, much louder than the dingly dong electrickery ones. No batteries to replace, and not affected by power cuts.
"After 2020, there'll only be space for six multiplexes, rather than the eight we have at the moment."
There are only 6 currently transmitted from Sudbury, so no change there.
A quick look at digitaluk.co.uk revealed that only "QVC+1 HD" and "QVC Beauty HD" are broadcast on COM8 so there's nothing to lose on that one.
Unlike "Pogue Mahone" which was deliberately designed to be phonetically like "póg mo thóin", as the original band name of The Pogues.
"See Colin Chapmans book"
I know the post was a long time ago but what book are you referring to?
Is Business Infinity different from Domestic Infinity?
If it's less then 15Mbps Domestic FTTC is not called Infinity. BT only offer me Faster Broadband for my 9.5Mbps connection.
Just another example proving that Jennifer Baker should stick to English, especially after the rude French last week.
The built in satnav in my Toyota uses Here map data and most likely the full navigation software as well. What will happen to non Germanic cars?
So you have a password with a mixture of upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters. It was created on a PC with a full keyboard but you want to enter on a laptop or even a smartphone.
What is Shift-6? Or worse what is Shift-2, Apple UK it's @, but PC UK it's ".
Recently updated the firmware on my Kobo Touch so it now has all the functionality of the Glo, apart from the light. The process was really simple: connect to wifi, click on the sync button and wait. I didn't time it but it was seconds rather than minutes.
Most of my books come from Suffolk library (even when I was on holiday in New Zealand). I do have one pdf file on it, the manual for my camera, as the small page format does not cause any problems.
Which streaming devices give direct access to the 4 main catchup/on demand services, i.e BBC iPlayer ITV Player, all4 (nee 4OD) and Demand 5?
Roku devices do but not Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV...
My 4OD app has automatically updated to all4.
Had a look at Apple UK for upgrade prices.
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB [+ £160.00]
32GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x8GB [+ £480.00] (How do they calculate that price?)
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB for £86.39 inc. VAT
So do a user memory upgrade to 32 GB for little more than Apple's 16GB and get to keep the original 8GB
No,no,no, keep the curly haired supercilious git well away from here!
Let's add a couple of misquotes to the mix
"I think there is a world market for about five computers"
"640 K ought to be enough for anybody"
Did you miss the word "Mainframe"?
When did "Government" actually know anything useful about "technology"?
When will SSDs go native? At the moment they just emulate HDs, so could we get speed increases by getting rid of the emulation?
I gave up caring about Direct Access when I left ICL in 1979. Perhaps it's time to resurrect the concept.
In the early 80's I had a house where live and neutral had been wired the wrong way round at the fuse board. Before removing, the expensive to run, electric hot air central heating unit I got a "sparky" friend round to check what I was about to do. He rectified the problem before I did any more work.
I've been in the business an awfully long time now and came to the conclusion years ago. The best language is one that you know well and does the job.
I first came across ObjectiveC in the mid '90s as it was the best at the time for developing cross platform software (Win3/95, NT, OS/2, Apple, Solaris and other Unix variations). A pain to test and the development team churned out software at a phenominal rate.
their, they're and there
your, you're, yaw (and yore)
Plus over 400 more examples at http://www.singularis.ltd.uk/bifroest/misc/homophones-list.html
Fuel Cell cars are electric cars!
"The fact BT insist on charging me extra because I refuse to pay by direct debit when they won't give me a chance to see my bill before they take my money if I do."
If you pay by DD the vendor must tell you in advance what they are going to take. I get emails from a number of companies telling me a few days in advance what they are going to charge.