I am old enough to remember when laser was described as a solution looking for a problem.
63 posts • joined 5 Apr 2012
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.
I'm confused! Their website states:
We are deeply sorry but Wuaki.tv is not available in your country.
I thought the article would be about wireless power standards in general, not just pocket ephemera.
No need to plug in electric cars if they can be charged by induction. I believe there are some buses that can do this already (but is there a standard method).
What do Apple use? Apart from the £1999 15-inch MacBook Pro they use Intel integrated graphics.
To be called Superfast it must provide download speeds in excess of 24 Mbps.
Has anybody looked at the BT website recently? Select the Broadband option and there is a very large prompt to see what speed BT Infinity you can get. Enter Postcode and land line number and it returns the predicted speed range. For me it is 9Mb - 14Mb so not called BT Infinity (or Superfast) but I'm getting about 8.5Mb last time I checked, which is better than 3Mb ADSL I had before.
So you have a password based on a phrase, using simple number substitution, e.g. s becomes 5.
On a computer keyboard use Shift+5 for upper case S. Then you get a nice new phone and have to enter the password. What is the character you type for Shift+5?
Answer: It's % but how many people know the ten characters used on the numeric keys, and some are different depending on language and machine, " and @ are transposed on Macs compared to PCs in the UK
A another government sponsored project "done on the cheap" but costing a lot of money. The whole thing should have been tackled in the same way as setting up the National Grid. It should be considered a national asset not a BT goldmine.
"and thus bring his electro cars down from eye-watering to merely expensive"
Tesla Model S starts at about £50k, BMW M5 starts at about £73k
The iPhone 5C colours look sort of Nokia Lumia 520/620 territory to me
Bluetooth has been a power hog, which is the main reason it is not incorporated in hearing aids.The batteries on my NHS supplied hearing aids last between 13 and 14 days, 4 to 5 would be a retrograde step.
I don't worry about losing them as they are usually hanging on my ears, unless I am washing or in bed.
iPhone5 and later all have a HAC rating of M4/T4 rating so no accessories required. My Nokia Lumia 620 works fine with aids in place.
Who is old enough to remember the Singer/ICL System Ten? No operating system on that box.
The current crop of home 3D printers are the equivalent of 8pin dot matrix 2D printers. I believe some patents are coming to the end of their restrictive lives soon which should allow some more interesting devices coming on the market at more reasonable prices.
I've got a Lumia 620 and some of my colleagues have Microsoft/Nokia phones (one even has a Surface Pro).
Sony 320 x 480, Nokia 480 x 800
Sony 4GB (plus 32GB microSD), Nokia 8GB (plus 64GB microSD)
Sony ?, Nokia yes
Wake up at the back!
Yes is the answer. Micro SIMs are supplied as a press out component of full size SIMs
A colleague bought a Nook HD 8GB for £119. Slipped in a microSD card with a £10 software hack. Ended up with a 7" tablet with full android (not the locked down B&N version) and a resolution of 1440x900.
Many years ago my father entered the job title of "Soap tank boiler attendant" on an immigration form when he was production manager of a soap facory in Nigeria. A few month later he came across of immigration statistics and was delighted to see "Soap tank boiler attendant - 1" in the figures.
I've got one, works well and not too large like Nexus 4 and all the rest.
Has Google taken over the "spawn of the Devil" mantle from Microsoft?
what's wrong with average?
By "pretty average" do you mean below average?
I got a letter from BT telling me of the availability of their Infinity product. Went on their website to check expected speed.
"Great news! You can now get faster download speeds using our upgraded fibre optic network. Faster Total Broadband is only available on our Unlimited Broadband and Calls package."
Expected 5.3Mb download which is better than the 2.3Mb I get now.
So I can get FTTC but not at an Infinity speed so they insist I must have the most expensive ADSL package, that's £26/month plus line rental.
I've said it before:
Early 21st century Broadband should equate to early 20th century National Grid.
Scrap HS rail London to Birmingham and use money to do broadband properly.