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@hammarbtyp - Re: The sad thing about ID cards
Wrote :- "Fortunately I drive and have a passport so this is not a problem. I don't know how someone who does not have either of these documents actually manages."
Nice to hear someone who has actually thought of this instead of just shouting "La, la, la, liberty, la, la, over-my-dead-body, la, la, police-state, la, la ...."
My sister-in-law was in exactly that position, and ended up taking out a provisional driving licence just to have something to show. F-ing stupid state of affairs.
@ Jason Hindle - Re: The sad thing about ID cards
Wrote :- "We already have an optional, robust form of ID called the passport."
Your "we" is making a lot of assumptions. I don't have a passport, and most of my relations do not have one either. But you are right, there is a need for a form of identification for things like opening bank accounts and legal transactions that does not involve assembling some arbitrary permutation of utility bills, Council Tax statements, driving licence, pay slips, passports, etc some or all of which many people will not have.
@ Scandinavian AC - Re: Bad ideas never die...
I apologise for my fellow Brits, but they are as paranoid about having ID cards as Americans are about their "right" to carry guns infringed.
From TFA, the hero of the anti-ID card movement, one Clarence Harry Willcock, sounds like he was a rather obnoxious particular and common English* type, the bloody-minded and self-righteous motorist (in fictional parody J. Bonington Jagworth - leader of the militant Motorists' Liberation Front and defender of "the basic right of every motorist to drive as fast as he pleases, how he pleases and over what or whom he pleases") whom one would think was poles apart from most Reg regulars. Sounds like a 1950's Jeremy Clarkson, and again, the English equivalent of the gun-toting American.
* Yes, English rather than British
Re: Bad ideas never die... but farce and curses on the other side of the coin too
I do not possess a passport, and I am fed up with being asked to show one to do things like open a bank account. Never been asked for a NI card (do I even have one?). Apparently you cannot be "respectable" if you do not have a passport - THAT sounds like a Daily Mail attitude to me.
In TFA Cameron is quoted as imitating the Gestapo asking for "Papers please", but the lack of an ID card is not going to stop officialdom from asking for papers of one sort or another. At least I can show a driving licence, but my sister-in-law wanted to open a bank account and *couldn't* because she had neither passport nor driving licence. She had to take out a provisional driving licence, with no intention of driving, just so she could open a bank account FFS.
I would *like* ID cards to stop that kind of nonsense. Now thumb me down.
@ Dave 126 - Re: Mostly Boredom
Wrote :- "I seem to recall Bond on a bus in Live and Let Die... or at least I remember a double-decker bus being converted to a cabriolet with the aid of a low bridge."
Yes, in that case Bond was driving it as a getaway vehicle. The roof landed in the road behind him and the baddies drove into it AFAIR.
I knew the guy who engineered that stunt - an engineer at London Transport's experimental workshop at Chiswick (at the time). They first sawed through all the upstairs window pillars except the corner ones, and they were half-sawn through.
I love the way James Bond breaks into the villain's office at night and the first thing he pulls out of the filing cabinet is the Master Plan. Dgeez, it takes me half an hour to find anything in my *own* filing cabinet. Similarly, Bond can travel halfway across the world, stakes out some place, and the baddies arrive within a minute. Or if they don't, he has just the right amount of time to seduce the villain's mistress.
He even gets on a bus once [Quantum of Solace] and the bus arrives just as he walks up to the bus stop, despite the place looking like it only gets one bus per week.
Paradoxically, mentally filling in the "missing" bits in a Bond film, they can give a good impression of what spying must be like - mostly boredom.
Re: ribosome - Progress...
ribosome wrote :- "So...In your view why did the Soviet Union collapse? Rather than demand a citation for a commonly held view - this is a blog, not an academic journal"
You are being sensitive. It was my attempted humourous way of pointing out that the USA and Russia have never been at war, so the USA can never have "defeated" Russia. I do not need any citation.
Vladimir Plouzhnikov Silver badge Re: The real immorality
Wrote :- "Now, [these girls] have been "saved" from all that, so that they are faced with working on the streets ..."
Er, no. I hesitate to offer any worldly advice to you, or give direct links, but try Googling for "Vietnam escorts" for example. The issue here is whether Facebook wishes to be the vehicle for this trade.
ribosome - Re: Progress...
Wrote :- "The US defeated the Soviet Union"
Citation please ?
@Destroy All Monsters - Re: It is sad the USA is doing this
Wrote :- "The fact that you are even able to write this using a dirt-cheap ADSL is proof enough that cheap manufacturing and international trade is a Good Thing."
The cheap ADSL is only possible because some over-worked Chinese girl is making it for a handful of rice. You might think that is a Good Thing for *you* but :-
1) Is it a good thing from a world point of view? Sounds like we are back as it was in the UK around 1700-1900 when the middle classes lived off the subsisting poor, but now on an international scale. Yes, I know what you are going to say, but those mill owners also said their workers were "better off" than if the mill were not there.
2) This situation can only be temporary. As manufacturing moves more and more to India and the East (Africa next) such places will be able to charge higher and higher prices. Eg, if China were to become the only place steel or ADSLs were made, they could charge other nations whatever they like. Why will they be content for ever with selling it cheap to the West? They might not even sell it for any price, as they will need it all for themselves when those ADSL factory girls all want cars.
Re: Bog standard economics
Wrote :- "What's wrong for a business to reduce the cost and improve profit?"
If it makes the nation poorer as a whole. That is why there are regulations about business. For example you cannot defraud customers to make a profit, nor use slaves, nor import cheap foreign labour beyond an allowance (the slave trade's modern equivalent). It is that level of allowance, somewhere between zero and infinity, that this is about.
@Brewsters Angle Grinder - Re: In other news...
Wrote :- "what do you do? Complain it was obvious all along. If that's your attitude ......"
It is not an attitude, it is a fact. It was and is obvious all along.
@Eadon - Re: Logitec Linux fail
Take an upvote, but you should have made it clear that you were not talking about keyboards and mice.
In fact, some years ago (c2000) Logitech did not even support Windows NT, only Win9x crap. I had a fast scanner (Pagescan Color), worked like a mangle, it was brilliant. Crazy that such a professional quality thing would only work with a crock-of-shite entry-level OS. I even phoned them up at the time to be told they had no intention of writing NT drivers for their hardware.
When I buy hardware (like an HP monitor recently) it always comes with a CD for use with Windows. As I use Linux nowadays I ignore these CDs - what the hell is on them? Why does anyone need a CD to connect a monitor or a mouse, even for Windows?
Re: The Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball is OK
I have used wired Logitech trackballs for some years (I never understood why people use mice). They are brilliant, the ball seems to float on its bearings; just need to clean the fluff out every 6 months. I noticed a couple of years ago that they had vanished from the shops, so I bought serveral from e-Bay - terrified I might not find a replacement if one failed (but they never have).
I don't quite get the sense of a wireless trackball. Yes, with a wired mouse you are dragging a bunch of wire around with it all the time, but a trackball stays put.
@Psyx - Re: Maybe
Wrote :- "Speak many languages, do you? Understands the rudiments of other world religions and basic manners in other cultures? Frankly, Brits are an embarrassment overseas"
My daughter goes to a "Catholic" School as it was the best around here (I am agnostic BTW). At this school she was taught more about non-Christian religions than about Christianity. Crazy.
I am not an embarasment overseas as I never go there.
@David Cantrell - Re: Maybe
Wrote :- "Yes, we do try to accomodate other peoples' cultures. That's ... why we, with the help of immigrants, do so much better than most other places, attracting the best, brightest, most driven .."
And you, no doubt priding yourself on being worldly, don't give any thought as to whether those other countries might have needed those "bright" (as you believe) people? But lets not mention also the scum who come here because things have become too hot for them back home, getting away from the moderating influence of parents and family, and importing their crime and their violent political and religious feuds.
And it depends on what you mean by doing "better". Perhaps you mean living in a place looking increasingly like an overcrowded airport lounge, sitting in traffic jams, and seeing what is left of our green spaces being rapidly concreted over to house everyone in ever more cramped living spaces.
@Matt Siddall - Re: I'm confused
Wrote :- "If all companies have to deal with 9,600 separate taxing districts"
Don't be ridiculous. There may be 9,600 separate tax entities in the US in total, but any one company will only need to deal with those relevant to its district.
The "9,600 entities" is parly an effect of USA administration in its regard of each State being somewhat like a separate nation. So there are redundant layers in there. Perhaps it's time the USA recognised that they are no longer some of coastal colonies separated by impenetrable forest and Red Indians, like it was in 1780.
And how will this be different from a bricks and mortar business? If the USA is anything like the UK, internet businesses are killing many bricks-and-motar businesses (just take Comet as an example) and do not need the playing field tilted their way any more.
@The First Dave - Re: The blog
Wrote :- "every bike off the road is an accident prevented, so why would Plod want to recover any?"
It's not off the road. The thief, or whoever he sold it to, is riding it. Probably a dodgy rider too.
@ Dr Mouse - Re: Renewable Energy
Wrote :- "Not exactly. DOING more is how we better ourselves. This normally uses more energy."
Not exactly. I use more energy than my father in that he drove 5 miles to work and I drive 30 miles. I do not see that I am "better off" than my father in this respect.
Such differences are quite common. He considered it a long way to go to work at the time, but today I work with guys who travel 50-60 miles, thanks to ever-changing company ownerships and locations (and thanks for that in turn to Mrs T. Norman Tebbitt's dad's bike just would not cut the mustard for these journeys).
@ Tom 13 - Re: TOO MANY ******* PEOPLE
Wrote :- "greenie who admits his real prejudices: he hates human beings and wants to kill off "
Bit of crossed wires there. The greenies sensibly started some years ago with population reduction on the agenda, but have long since dropped it " in case it was interpreted the wrong way". That was when they came out as just another left-wing group - they don't really give a toss about nature and just want to take shots at industry.
It is time politicians and others dropped the medieval lord-of-the-manor's notion that people are an asset, like land and minerals. That was only true when peasants produced more than they consumed (and the lord-of-the-manor got the rest) and could be conscripted into a private army against the neighbouring lord. In the modern world, once economies of scale are achieved (a point that has long been passed in most nations) further numbers are a liability.
Forget about trading our "services" such as insurance and "management consultancy" for food and minerals - when the latter run short their price will be unreachable, and those who have them will harbour and stockpile it. I can see, within the next generation of two, nations even desperately pushing some of their people at gunpoint across borders into neighbouring countries to offload the burden.
Nowadays, people consume more than they produce, so the Earth's reserves are rapidly depleting, but even if they were not, an increasing population stretches them further. Fuel, copper and decent timber are the first that have become really noticable.
We are talking about birth control, not gas chambers.
@dave93 - Re: to answer the headline question
Wrote :- "Raising awareness of all alternatives to unsustainable fossil fuels, by [running around waving your arms like a windmill while tossing money down the drain] is a 'Good Thing'".
Reminds me of the scrap iron scam in Britain in WW2. The authorities went round cutting down iron railings and gates (some of them works of art, and you can still see the stubs if you look around inner cities today) supposedly to build tanks. But after the war they were found piled up in fields in Bedfordshire. The authorities later admitted that it was done to "raise awareness" that there was a war on.
My Nominees :-
Gates, Balmer, Steve Job's corpse, and a token H-1B worker. Gates loves non-flushing toilets anyway [www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19271061] so he will be in Heaven.
@haloburn - Re: Rationing, rebranded.
Wrote :- "Wait a few years and see legislation that turns off electricity at peak times for those on benefits or are deemed to be anti-social"
No, that would take the ASBOs away from their XBoxes and out into the street or the pub. It will be kept on for them.
Been done before
I bought something like this 10(?) years ago. To programe it you shone your existing remote into it while pressing the buttons on both devices that you wanted replicated. There was a button to cycle it through working for several different devices.
It didn't work.
@S4qFBxkFFg - Re: "No thank you ...... etc etc"
S4qFBxkFFg wrote :- "I am reminded of proposals to force utility companies to switch people to tariffs which would save [the consumers] money "
No thanks, I've had it with people trying to save me money. Trouble is, they always assume that you are Mr Dipshit Average, and I am not.
I once read comparison of bank accounts; they had run trial accounts for several months. I already had an account which I had worked out was best for me by far, but according to the comparison report it was the WORST. WTF ???
Turned out the reviewers had operated all the trial accounts in a "typical" way. My particular account penalised you if you let the balance drop below £50 (AFAIR), and their "typical" usage did that. But I gamed the system, and never let that happen.
Like I have an off peak meter now. I game that too, doing all the heavy lifting like washing at stange times of the day to take advantage of it, but I expect a smart meter would say "You can't do that Dave, it is outside our assumptions".
AC @11:59 - Re: yep... security is the key point.
AC wrote "Languages change over time, it's what makes English in particular a very powerful means for communication."
So did "pissed" just change from meaning "drunk" to meaning "angry" ? OK, but I'll just change it back again - there, done it ! Wonderful, this changeable language!
Part old hat, part snake oil
I thought the interesting bit would be the "flexible" aspect, but their website says little about that, and is mostly a school science presentation on flywheels and motor-generators, all well established stuff.
It is ambiguous whether they are talking about flexible flywheel material or flexible bearings. Their desktop demo is about flexible bearings, but that principle has been used in spin driers for years, and in large steam turbines (at power stations) - you need to get above a critical speed. There is no reason flexible material for the wheel itself should be better than rigid; expect worse because any eccentricity would distort further in the same direction leading to even greater imbalance.
There have been dynamically self-balancing gadgets around for years though. Perhaps this guy's secret lies in that area, but he reveals nothing about it in his presentations (pending a patent ?) but instead we get the usual soundbites about renewable energy and toxicity. He is a salesman, and the cost comparison between an aircraft engine and a piece of rope is fatuous.
The basic problem with any flywheel is the small amount of energy for its cost and size (even his will cost more than the piece of rope), making them suitable mainly for transients such as allowing a contolled shutdown of equipment following a mains power failure, or recovering vehicle braking energy. The idea of covering wind power during calm periods is moonshine.
@Jordan Davenport - Re: Hmm...
Wrote :- "I don't approve of blackmail"
This is not blackmail. Blackmail is threatening to expose something in order to get money (or some other favour) for the blackmailer). In this case, Anon are seeking no favour to themselves.
If I had evidence of a crime and the police did not bother to prosecute, I would go public with the evidence too.
I think Anon are a bunch of shites, but evidence is evidence, no matter who comes up with it.
@Madra - Re: Harsh but fair...
Wrote :- "Death penalty for failure to use indicators."
Using indicators would also save a lot of time/holdups. Many a time I could have pulled out of a junction if only I had known that an approaching car was going to turn into it.
However, in many people's minds, giving indications is like showing your cards in a game of poker.
@ Rick Giles - Re: All you need to do...
Wrote :- "All you need to do...is request that MS Windows not be installed on the PC when you buy it."
Sorry Rick, you can't do that. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundling_of_Microsoft_Windows]
Almost all PC makers are contracted with Microsoft to pre-load a copy of Windows on every machine. Your post does not sound like you are joking, so have you been on a desert island these last 20 years? If they do not, they lose the right to buy Windows at a discounted price, so would become uncompetitive for most of their sales, as most customers do want Windows pre-loaded, unfortunately.
If you buy from a small supplier he might wipe the disk for you, but you could do that yourself and he will probably charge you extra for the bother. Microsoft would still get their licence fee and no "message"
If you want a Microsoft-free PC, build it yourself. That is what I do.
@Ken Darling - Re: Vista Part II...?
Wtote : - "I never had a problem with Vista; ...... it was superior to Win 95/98/2000/ME"
Crikey, you had to scrape the barrel to find something to which it was superior.
Your putting 2000 in there as if it were part of the Win9x consumer line is a bit odd though (it was in a different development line, aimed at servers, and not bad I've heard), but the point is that Vista was inferior to its own immediate predecessor which was Windows XP.
@Oh4FS - Re: underlying issues
Oh4FS wrote :- "2 in ever 3 people who are hard pressed to get a decent meal, who live in shanties, and or have little to no medical facilities, money etc... "Oh no... microsoft sales.... Damn...!"
You sound a bit depressed this morning. Way off topic. Why not paste this rant into every discussion?
But perhaps it is relevant to world hunger after all. If people and corporations are no longer forking out for every "upgrade" that Microsoft want to ram down their throats, like they have these last 20 years, with the associated tossing of hardware into landfill, maybe there will be more resources left over for other things, like food. Personally, I am not saying "Damn!" ; I glad to see Microsoft being cut down to size.
@Andrew_b65 - Re: Lack of Start button?
Wrote : _ "They discovered the Windows key +D combination last week"
But I understand that even the desktop mode lacks a Start Button (without a 3rd party add-on). Is this true or not? I have never used Win8 and it sound's like you haven't either - can anyone help here?
Moreover, according to a review I read, some apps MUST be run in Metro mode, and others MUST be run in desktop mode, so the user needs to switch between them.
@AC - Re: Cameron Colley - "Girls don't like boys girls like cars and money."
Wrote :- "My car for many years was a Range Rover. Most women had no idea that they cost a fair bit to buy and run - so were not impressed."
The impression can be negative. I know a guy with a collection of classics including Mercs, Jaguar XJS's, a Range Rover and even a Cadillac stretch limo. But for dates he has found it best to use a run-of-the-mill diesel Audi, and keeps his collection secret.
Cameron Colley - Re: "Girls don't like boys girls like cars and money."
Wrote : "women tend to like men who are well-paid, ambitious"
There is a a problem with that. Women must first be attracted to the man for other reasons to find those things out, because they are not apparent at first sight or even after a few dates. I have known women complain that they were with a partner for several months before they found out that they were in massive debt or that they did not even have a job ("working from home" but in fact playing computer games).
I have always been fairly well off, have risen to a senior job, and had some impressive cars too, but you can hardly go around with a sign round your neck saying it. And inside a social function, how do they know what your car is? In my twenties girls tended to ignore me (ie not pursue a conversation) in open social situations because there were always showier (ie louder, not necessarily better looking) guys around, and guys always outnumber girls anyway. All my GFs I met through dating clubs where the first date is essentially 1 to 1.
I have concluded that women like men who are "entertainers".
@ Richard Wharram - Re: Also
Wrote : "In other news: MEN LIKE BIG TITS!!!!!!!"
Yes, but there is a major difference in that a woman can show off her tit size to everyone, even in normal clothing. Men cannot reveal their dick size however until they have already pulled the bird to the point where it does not matter any more - on that occasion anyway.
Some here have claimed that women can tell even when you are fully clothed. I dispute that. For one thing flacid size is no indication of erect size. And having an erection in trousers is something I have always, often with great difficulty, tried to avoid - for one thing it hurts, and secondly you do not know how the girl is going to take it, particularly if you have not long met her, (unless, again, things have progressed to the point where it does not matter any more).
I remember a first date (dating club) when sitting down at a table in a pub I looked down her massive cleavage and got a hell of a boner. I was worried she might ask me to get up for a packet of peanuts, I couldn't have got across the room. I was looking out of the window for distraction; don't know what she made of me. I did see more of her after that ;-) but a pity she had bad breath .....
Re: It all in the hands
>>."There is NO CORRELATION between hand size & penis size - it's just another urban myth."
> Says the man with small hands. :p
Says the man with large hands. :-)
Really, I have heard it all, supposed to correlate with nose size, ear size, arm length, forehead height (negatively). But I have heard good evidence, on good authority, that it does not correlate with anything else, and certainly not general size. Fred West for example, a bear of a man, had a small penis (it came out at his trial - no, not in that way).
What is very plausible though (and I've been told) is that a todger of any given size looks relatively larger on a smaller man.
Why, why ??
Why would even a Windows user or MS shop would want to buy or rent a new copy of Office, other than to set up an new and additional user? For the vast majority of users, the only parts they might need are the word processor, and the e-mail if they do not use a separate app. The only real change to office suites since Lotus Notes for DOS is the graphical interface, unless you count the dictionaries that have been added for Papuan sub-dialects etc. At home, I am still using a 15 year-old GUI version of Wordperfect for the occasional formal letter, and will do so as long as it still runs.
Where I work, only finance and a few of the managers, those who make a career out of e-mailing progress charts (which no-one looks at because they change every day) use MS Office much or at all. We have a separate e-mail app.
15 years ago at work, when someone wanted to communicate in writing they carefully prepared a letter with Word or WordPerfect, fussing about the format, printed it out on headed paper, and put it in the out tray. These days they just send an e-mail composed with the most basic editor, no fancy formatting or even spell checking. I think most of the guys I work with have even forgotten how to use an office suite unless it is just for the e-mail facility
@Dr Stephen Jones - Re: Between The Unions and Thatcher
@Elron Cupboard : "The UK has F*&k all manufacturing base left."
@Dr Jones : "Actually: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/22/manufacturing_figures/"
Sorry, I do not find an index increase from 40 to 100 in 60 years impressive (was it meant to be?) given that it starts from just after WW2, which devasted industry, and that in the meantime we have had revolutions in manufacturing methods. I would like to see that chart compared with the rest of the world.
Also, as the link says, it shows value, not the physical volume. As most things have become more expensive in real terms due to greater complexity (compare fitting out a house then and now), one would expect the value to rise even if the amount of manufacturing went down - indeed the link says it has.
The point is that manufacturing *has* gone down in volume while at the same time we are buying far more things in volume, so we are importing more things while most of us just shuffle paperwork, do safety inspections, drive lorries around between warehouses, and spend billions on greenwash. I do not see that the situation is sustainable.
@TheTickRe: @AndrueC - Between The Unions and Thatcher
Wrote :- "Your parents and grandparents were part of the problem then. If they were not willing to purchase superior goods at a cheaper price from abroad"
In the 1950s-60s they were not superior. British stuff was good and sold all over the world, not just to my grandparents. 1950's Ausin Cambridges were widespread (still used in India today, as are 1950's Routemaster buses), and the World came to us for shipbuilding, Sheffield tools, electronics and railway equipment.
OTOH, the first widespread foreign manufactured imports were crap. Corroding Fiat cars, Renault Dauphins, flaky white goods and East German cameras. The reason people started buying foreign stuff was because it was cheap, pure and simple. It did improve with time as people generally became better off after recovering from WW2.
@PhiloO'Sophical - Re: @AndrueC - Between The Unions and Thatcher
>> I look outside and see only German, French, Italian and Jap cars.
> Hmm. The "Jap" cars were probably made in England,
As I said, those Jap cars will probably have been designed and the parts made elswhere (ie the skilled and exacting work) and only assembled in the UK.
@Chris W - Re: Before anyone moans about her... @LarsG
Wrote : -"Tony Blair's mug is the epitome of smugness. it's plastered on there like a botched botox grin."
Botox? I always assumed he had wires put inside his mouth to pull up the corners.
I saw him on TV news once when it was clear that he was getting very angry with a heckler during a speech, yet it still looked as if he was smiling. It was creepy. He had God's gift to a politician.
Blair's smile in the icon.
@AndrueC - Re: Between The Unions and Thatcher
Wrote :- "Actually we're still in the top ten [for manufacturing] - number six or seven I think"
Sorry, but that's poor compared with what it once was. It is also how it is spun, as a lot of "manufacturing" is only assembling kits of parts made abroad; the clever design and skilled manufacture are done abroad, but we, as dumb chimpanzees, assemble the flatpacks for peanuts as a PR gesture.
Whatever the statistics say, I look outside and see only German, French, Italian and Jap cars. It is rare that I buy any manufactured thing that does not say it is made abroad (the last "Made in the UK" thing I recall was a box of Xmas crackers). I see areas that used to be "factory estates" now flattened for housing and "retail outlets". There are new commercial estates at the fringe of town, but seem to be warehousing for imported goods. They called like "Distribution Parks" - Mrs T made it "shameful" actually to make anything, or sound as if you do. On TV last night I saw an archive news clip where she was saying we should not want to do dirty, noisy jobs.
I do not know anyone who makes anything anymore, they only shuffle paper around. Company A is doing a Health and Safety check on Company B's offices, who are doing the accounts for Company C who are installing software (written in USA and India) on Company A's PCs. I do not understand where the money comes from for their BMWs.
OTOH my parents and grandparents would not buy anything from abroad on principle. That would be utterly impossible today, which shows how far things have gone.
@Mad Mike - Re: @Anon 12:10
Wrote :- "Yes, she broke the miners and caused a lot of hardship, but the coal was stupidly expensive and being driven higher and higher"
Not like today then, now that energy has become so cheap.
Lip Smacking eh?
"Male geladas smack their lips to produce a distincive "wobble" in their calls to females."
So that's how to woo the ladies! So I've not been smacking my lips and wobbling enough all this time?
@PeteH - Re: The panel also recommended that digital copies of books should "deteriorate"
>> we'll set the engine to blow up on purpose after 40,000 miles
>They do. I mean it's not "on purpose", but we know how to build piston engines that run for a million miles relatively reliably (it's called a diesel train).
No they don't "blow up". My car engine has done 260,000 miles with one decoke, one set of new bearings, one new exhaust manifold and two new water pumps. I look after it; in fact I do this stuff myself. Railway and small marine diesels (basically the same) have many parts replaced several times during their lives - valves, bearings, pumps, pistons, cylinder liners. Again, they are looked after; and in fact I have previously been both a ship's engineering officer and a railway engineer..
What matters is that wearing parts are replacable. Car engine parts are much more easily replacable than car body parts because the stylists have less influence in that area.
@ AE1962 - Re: Who'd have guessed...
AE1962 wrote :- "Whether you like it or not (and i guess not), they help bring computing to the masses. "
Rubbish. I remember the IBM PC with DOS coming out. Before that there were many small home and business "personal computers" around, cheap and rapidly gaining in popularity. All the other young techies I knew already had a home computer before the PC came along, and others (non-tech), were taking a keen interest. Even after the IBM PC came out, those others continued alongside for quite a while (Apple being a survivor). The Amstrad PCW (running CP/M) was aimed at business for example, and was cheaper than the PC.
Computing would have "reached the masses" with or without Microsoft.
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