Re: This story just goes to prove...
Bit of a harsh statement about Mrs. Dabbs' revenue stream....
But granted, 1500 bucks for a keyboard is a bit OTT.
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Bit of a harsh statement about Mrs. Dabbs' revenue stream....
But granted, 1500 bucks for a keyboard is a bit OTT.
...we need a keyboard with LCD/eInk keytops that can be configured by the OS to the language/character-set you select, instead of configuring the O/S to accept different keyboards.
It is a royal pain in the 'arris working at tech companies that insist on having AZERTY keyboards for no other apparent reason than the secretaries are somehow involved in the keyboard purchasing decision.
AZERTY+UNIX is not a logical choice as you have to do finger gymnastics to get access to common special characters.
Solaris/CDE and it's "COMPOSE" key was way more practical. Someone actually took the trouble of making up keystrokes that resembled the character you want.
e.g. e + ' = é or e + ^ = ê
I think you pulled that "fact" out of your cul:
A meteor doesn't strike the Earth, so no.
Perhaps because they don't have to chase the ratings?
e.g. Most of Radio4's output, including The Infinite Monkey Cage.
...but also smaller than they were 30 years ago.
Re: "Is anyone here, interested in Indian cars made for Arabs and Chinese?"
"GTFO im voting UKIP, and could not give a fuck."
Is anyone here interested in your ranty UKIPer comments?
Morning Mr Dabbs!
I sometimes get the impression on reading your column that, although you're a bit of a dab hand[sic] with the innuendo, when it comes to real smut 'n' durt you'd end up like a startled deer caught in the headlights. Or it just goes over your head.
Keep up the good work!
This is BT after all.
Works well on the Cote D'Azur. Being charged by the goodness of nuclear and hydroelectric.
Less so anywhere in the north.
Also France has culture of "vehicles" that you can drive on the road without a licence from the age of 12 1/2. [sic] Unlike the UK.
Massive fail in France as no one ever puts their hand in their pocket for laptop or mobile purchases.
It is a considered a human right that your employer will stump for a mobile and laptop.
And woe betide the manager who doesn't spec the latest and greatest shiny-shiny and has to deal with the day-in-day-out moaning about how unfair it is people are expected to call their wife/kids/homoeopathist (well they don't use them for work that's for sure) using a three year old Blackberry....
Nothing beats a sense of entitlement.
"Im all for technoporn but really? Are they building a fast car or some sort of mini-tech empire?"
Why is this newsworthy?
Now if they ever have a project that's delivered almost on schedule and near budget:
That would be newsworthy!
"How many of the items you are charged for are only options that have previously been disabled, such as all the heating elements and wiring installed in the seats but the software switch to turn it on is not available."
Cost-conscious car markers are unlikely to pay for heated seats in a car that won't use them.
Although the idea they could then charge 2nd or 3rd hand owners to activate such items has been mooted.
So as yet there aren't many manufacturers who load the cars and just disable the option in software.
(Apart from simple features like auto-folding wing mirrors. Where the difference between manual folding and auto folding doesn't entail additional hardware.)
Although I do have a question:
Is that "Heidi's" real speaking voice or is she doing some kind of baby-talk accent?
Also, the mention of "facial" is always good for a giggle.
I thought everyone knew it meant Serious Farce Office?
Touch Screen, Mouse, Mousepad or Stylus.
You choose what HID you want to use.
Was running a CDE session over Citrix on the Android phone the other day. Very useful.
If you are looking for a hound carrier check out Fiat's 500L
I didn't think people were trusted to "Fill 'er up!" on their own in those states anyway.
In the good old days people who worked in shops wore shirts. Maybe even ties.
Now they dress like everyone else. And woe betide you if you walk into any outlet wearing the same coloured tee-shirt as the staff. You will be swamped.
And the people are bloody rude if you nicely explain you don't work there.
So it's better to tell them to, "**** off" to pre-empt their rudeness.
I've had 3 Alfas since 2001 and apart from the odd battery failure or problem with a German made piece of electronics or sensor have never had a major engine or mechanical issue with any of them.
With only the Giulietta or MiTo in the range to choose from (4C is a long wait and not an everyday car for work) 2014 has been the first year in 13 that I was Alfa-less.
And boy I miss it. This review gets close to capturing the Alfa "thing".
Alfisti have already waited too long:
Roll-on the new models and new (petrol) engines.
Convinced the public want it.
Cheaper, and I won't feel the need to sit it 6 inches off the bumper of the car in front.
... "a bit nutty" ?
"I, like anyone who hasn't just passed their test and is an average driver, can readily glance at a control and press it even if it is on a touchscreen"
You can feel for switches & button without taking your eyes off the road.
And there's feedback.
You have to look at a touch screen to use the controls on it.
Touchscreens don't belong in a cars.
HUDs, classic switchgear and maybe voice control are the only acceptable safe methods of fiddling with gadgets in a car.
"If you have an annoying 'friend' who decides it would be fun to mis-enter your PIN three times then you cannot use your phone again without your network giving you a PUK code or posting you a new SIM. "
Hopefully your "friend" doesn't further enter the PUK incorrectly 10 times as that'll fry your SIM...
I'm amazed there still seems to be people who don't SIM lock.
Mine's been active since 1996. And it uses 6 digits , not 4.
Only if they are " too accurate".
So long as they conform to NF Logiciel n° 203 and alert to a zone of a few kilometres rather than pin-pointing the exact location of the radar to within a couple of hundred meters they are legal in France.
"It's got the most energy of all fuels. Hence its efficiency and lower CO2 output."
You've missed the point, AC#1.
DERV use may result in lower CO2 emissions, but all the other nasty pollutants have increased as a result and people are now realising that choking themselves may not be the best course of action.
"In France Diesel is a lot cheaper than petrol. So can you really see the French government lowering the cost of petrol?"
Why would you think they'd reduce tax on petrol use, AC#2 ?!
DERV prices have been rising steadily over the last 5 years in France as gouv.fr has been been putting more on gazole, not decreasing tax on essence.
The French government (a major DERV backer for many years through manufacturer incentives and lower taxation on cars & fuel) has finally realised what a blight private DERVs are.
They'll be de-incentivizing them in the next 5 years. Hopefully it will spread from there.
The Golf's ugly sister.
Who likes to wear very loud fluorescent colors like green or yellow.
"Really? Or is it that there are lots of people who only rarely fly and are terrorfied by what might happen to them if they get a step wrong in the security checking?"
No. I'm talking about the morons.
You know the ones:
Business traveller. Too busy yabbering on the phone or emailing to sort out his overcoat, laptop, bag of "liquids", carry on suitcase (that's actually waaaay to big to be carry on) etc whilst in the queue.
And then just has to argue with the security bods as to whether his wallet has to go through the scanner or not.
... the real problem with airport security is the number of morons in the queue who have to be repeatedly told what to do. Thus slowing the whole process down.
Sometimes weighted surveys are useful. Especially the ones you have to hand out after running a training course, which are probably put on your file over at corporate HQ.
"All hail the VIC-20 RAM Expander pack!"
Nah, the 3K Super Expander was were it was at.
So you're comparing the 2nd hand Disco you bought 5 years ago to a brand new 500X....?
The 500X costs half as much as a brand new full spec'd Evoque too. So what....?
At least Italy still has native car industry, producing cars that seem to be selling worldwide.
FCA must be doing something right to be selling so much metal.
Stop-Start is there to hit the emissions figures.
Just turn it off by pushing the button: Problem solved.
Yup, ~60 Euros gets you unlimited voice & texts, about 12Gb of data per month as well as a couple of hours voice and a couple of hundred Meg data whilst roaming.
And that's for full fat, there are the cheaper "low-cost" alternatives too.
France has always been pretty good for service & coverage.
"Have you been driving a BMW recently, Dr_N?"
Nope. Never, Mr AC.
I've recently fitted a dashcam. Not for insurance purposes.
Just to share the exploits of incompetent Gallic drivers
with friends & colleagues.
"Nah, I remember driving in France on summer holidays. The French were ok drivers"
I live there. Believe me, they are quite bad.
I'm sure Mr Dabbs could write a whole book on French driving attitude and "skills".
Even the French sneer at modern Citroens. (Old persons car: The C6 was specifically designed and marketed with a retired 80 year old president in mind.)
Which is unfair as everyone knows it's Renault who really badly manufactures cars.
Stereotyping people by the cars they drive is lazy journalism. Not all BMW drivers are utter c***s. (Although many probably are.)
You don't go around saying all French drivers are bad, do you? (Even if they are.)
Not the lone unit featured in Stallone's Dredd, but the whole cadre from 2000AD.
Now there's a bunch of comic characters that need a film adaptation.
"What can I say, us Yanks can be a dim lot."
Like all the Brits, myself included, who thought/think the World Series for baseball is named after a global competition instead of a newspaper called "The New York World"...?
Will the voicemail service come with PINs pre-shared with other parts of Murdoch's empire?
French operators turned off all the anonymous SIMs about ~10 years ago.
As an anti-terrorism/anti-organised crime measure. (But in reality it's because France is a bit of a Police state.)
Concerning the attempt to convince us that SIMs are no good:
What happens when your phone goes down and you need to use a spare?
Currently you pull the SIM, slot it in a spare phone et voila!
What's the procedure going to be for "Soft" SIMs if you want to quickly swap phones?
Put a sticky Label in hole-punch.
Retrieve punched out "chad".
Stick over webcam.
(It's the only way to be sure, apps like Cisco's Jabber and Webex seem to forget you've disabled the webcam.)
Cheers for the Dredd references Mr Dabbs.
BTW for a less intrusive VoIP app I recommend the Japanese app LINE.
"Of late, our police have been shown to, at best, have very poor judgement."
Oh I don't know:
Spending seized money on frozen margarita machines for the station shows pretty good judgement IMHO.
US, the land of the free, eh?
Go Google "Civil Asset Forfeiture":
You get stopped by the police in the US, for whatever reason, and they can basically take all your stuff.
Including any cash you may have on you. No chance of getting it back either.
Watch this and get back to us:
Now that is repressive.
With all the lovely mobile gadgets we now have, aren't you now expected to work during toilet breaks?
You can easily bring up your Citrix desktop on your company issue smartphone and also answer a few emails whilst answering the call of nature.....