257 posts • joined 12 Nov 2012
"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.
Re: Sounds like Tesco taking over the Hoover building on the A40 London
"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?
Webcam Disable Hack:
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.
How much for .dot ?
Re: The problem of course
"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.
Re: Democracy? Republic? Where?
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.....
Re: Fact checking
Because you have to go to the country specific HBO GO site.
Of which there are only 4 or 5.
There's a switch for that...
You used to be able to switch on/off EFR/EHR with a few #* code key presses on the old Nokias...
Very useful for aborting runs.
Along with CTRL-Z for suspending runs.
"Copy" you say?
"He called it how he saw it, now hit the ****ing road."
Is this article a review...
...of a review of a review....?
Social Media, eh?
Small petrol is back!
Fiat were at the forefront of DERV tech, but they didn't rest on their laurels and perceiving the coming storm of anti-DERV/anti-pollution taxation have come up tops again in the small (turbo'd) petrol car market. TwinAir has now been around for a good while and anyone I know who's driven one calls it "fun".
Stop 'n' start can be de-activated. It's only there to help with quoted consumption figures during tests.
Like they don't get enough public funding through the annual <<redevance audiovisuel>> and adverts to produce the large amount of 5th rate guff that they do.
The only thing worse than French TV is French Radio.
VPN &/or iTunes are still the best viewing options whilst in France.
All Very Well..
But it's a Renault: so will last just over 2 years* before a catastrophic engine failure or needing the whole "ordinateur de bord" to be replaced.
Oh, and the dealers are a bunch of arrogant, chain smoking coffee swillers.
*time of standard car warranty in France.
Ah nothing like your streaming service's "off line" mode
deciding it needs to dial home to validate your subscription whilst at 35000ft and then refusing to play anything.
Re: Well I WANT ONE
Only thing it's missing for me is dual SIM...
Re: And who needs a reminder of what gear they are in?
I'm sensing a bit of hostility towards the success story of LR.....
Making the same-old stuff, decade-after-decade, is what killed off British ownership of car makers in the first place.
Re: Call me sceptical
"The Evoque lasted about 20 minutes, including one tow out of a (not very deep) mud patch."
Wrong tyres fitted & inexperienced driver aren't a good combination.
LR runs Evoques on their courses. Only proviso over Defenders/Discos/Full-size RRs is they don't recommend to do it with 4 passengers.
HUDs are a good idea all round. Current centre touch-displays are not a safe idea on or off road.
"I bet some of them even play golf, which of course is the saddest, sorriest and bastardest thing that can possibly be blamed on anything close to sentient life anywhere in the universe."
There is a 9-hole golf course across the road from the office and colleagues from around the globe all say how great it must be. Pity no one in this office play golf then.
BTW, Anything with "health" in the title or any kind of "medical" application has the corp lawyers quivering in fear of massive US based lawsuits.
Talc does work in the short term, but for something you're continually fingering I doubt it'll last more than a day.
Sun HDD enclosures used to use the same rubber in the feet pads and they used to weld themselves to the top of the SunBlade workstations over time.
After reading Ben Goldacre's book recently all I ask myself now,
on seeing these type of articles on "research", is:
Who got paid how much, to help hawk what?
... seem to add about 10 years comparing those shots with your byline photo, Mr Dabbs.
There seems to be a big market for badly written military SciFi
Audible and Kindle stores are brimmed full of the stuff.
I suppose this is what we can expect in the age of ePublishing.
Anything & everything gets released into the wild.
Re: Licence fee to ITV and Channel 4...
And 95% of the locally produced shows suck cul.
I'd pay an annual £145.50 to watch/listen to the BBC worldwide.
It costs almost that for a good VPN subscription set-up anyway.
Oh Mr Dabbs, you do get yourself into some awkward situations.
BTW have you looked up "skiing" on Urban Dictionary?
Re: Find my 'Phone
Is that really an excuse to post an Express link?
So what's the Diana Princess of Wales story angle ?
(I can't be bothered to click it.)
Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......
"The old tradition (from a very long time ago) that it is unfair to hit someone wearing glasses will take on a whole new meaning in as much as those wearing glasses will be considered to be fair game in certain circles."
What a twuntish statement.
Kudos on the Alfa SZ reference.
Re: Vienna Airport has free WiFi
I was at Valencia airport last week: 45 mins free.
Used roaming 3G, it was less hassle.
Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go to for a WiFi connection when you can just select the "log in with your provider" option (e.g. Orange) and enter the work/network supplied username/password and let them sort out the bill.
And Coulson only got 18 months?
Justice is not only blind, but also high on drugs.
I'm Okay Then...
Didn't look at it.
Didn't feel the need to look at it.
BMW's system projects onto the windsceen iirc.
It's lowly Peugeot who use a similar projection screen. And that's also been available for 3 or more years.
Old hat technology, but safer than all the daft touchscreens manufacturers are putting into the centre consoles of many models: Head Down Displays. Genius.
Patents finally run out?
Have some patents finally run out on some critical C&P stuff then?
Re: Move to the US
The US is a possibility. Or just nip over The Channel to France....
That'd be the 500L based 500X and it's Jeep cousin the Renegade due out soon.
Not this Panda.
Fiat are producing some good cars and the 500L based ones are really very good.
This baby one should sell well too.
The tech they've brought to bear on DERVs (used by many other manufacturers)
and the peppy 2-cylinder TwinAir petrol is fantastic. More power to them.
You can have way more fun with made-up names......
(Just look at the fun they have with yours.)
You use your real name when ordering coffee at Starbucks !?
Re: Talk Radio
You don't need iPlayer for BBC Radio
Tunein works fine.
"This shows how European policy is in abject retreat despite a huge political stand by France in particular. France, with its substantial subsidies for locally produced content, is still completely failing to halt the shift to US content"
French TV is (for the most part) garbage.
About the only thing they do well is travel documentaries.
The fact it is (or isn't) subsidized doesn't change this.
At least the Beeb can still pull rabbits out of it's hat some of the time.
What, no Wiko?
If you want a list of budget Androids there has to be a couple of Wikos on it!
Dual SIM, no contract. No pre-installed bloat.
I paid €70 for an Ozzy.
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