Santana died a death years ago.
331 posts • joined 12 Nov 2012
Re: The Anti-Maserati
"Hmm. The girl in the film 'Hanna' (can't remember her name)"
Was it Hanna ?
"but a diesel engine of sufficient power has so much torque that it's hard to dismiss it"
The writing is on the wall for private DERVs. Even France, who fell for its faux eco credentials hook, line and sinker are starting to introduce bans in cities.
No amount of pollution control strap-ons will solve the issues with it.
People can now stop fooling themselves with the torque/mpg/eco BS they come out with to try and justify their choice of engine that was based purely on cost. Not power. Not performance, not "torques".
Good Relaunch by FCA
The Ghibli relaunch of Maserati is a shrewd move by FCA.
So far it seems to be selling well.
Who wouldn't want to try something a bit less Teutonic given the choice?
No Victorinox? I bought one in the US over 10 years ago.
The expansion zip gave out last year: I set it for repair, but they called me up to say it was not repairable. So they sent me a brand new one gratis. That should last another 10 years.
I left for France in '96 ...
...so totally missed this opus.
Ah well, You win some, you win some.
The ignition system, is on a separate RFID type system.
Yet Another Scary Car Locking Story
Where's the subscription based "Tracker" security pitch that normally goes with these articles?
Names: Google Glass
Is this not the killer App for a Google Glass style gadget?
Are you still not using joke names at Starbucks, Mr Dabbs....? Ivor Biggun ? Mike Hunt ? How can you resist!?
Re: The art of travel....
">> Microsoft Surface might just be your friend
Tempted, tempted. Short of money, though."
One of the Asus Transformer equivalents then?
What you need, Mr Dabbs, is some kind of convertible tablet/laptop combo with a dockable keyboard, full range of ports, able to run a full range of full-fat software and with plenty of battery life.
I wonder where I've seen something like that.......
Re: Pointless limitations
"So why not wave two fingers at the eurocrats and import the yank version?"
I think you'll find all the restrictions on motorised transport, quadricycles etc are pure 100% British made rules.
Other countries in Europe are much more liberal regarding regulation of such contraptions.
In France they let school kids and convicted drunks drive on the road in 50BHP 4 wheeled mini cars which do not require a driving licence. For example.
Coffee aficionados ...
Worse than audiophiles?
Yet another example of trying to ape the USA for no good reason.
Applying a technology/approach for non-existent problems that will translate badly once shipped over the Atlantic.
Access to a loaner test drive Range Rover...
...and no off-roading?
What a waste of a chance at some fun.
Re: Doing a Clarkson
Wow, did you sign-up specially to post all that. Sotorro ?
"What French ID carte? There is no valid ID cards you can get from France unless you are either French or not from the EU (carte de séjour/de travail)."
A "Titre de Sejour". You can request this even as an EU citizen.
I'm actually just renewing mine after an address change, Including all the digital fingerprint shenanigans for the "biometric chip".
It's not compulsory to have, but useful if you don't want to carry your passport around for ID.
(Which is compulsory at all times and doubly so when trying to get into most customer sites.)
Driving licences are not legal valid ID in France as it is not compulsory to update the address on them. Our UK passports don't have an address, but they are valid ID. Who knows how their warped bureaucratic minds work....?
What form of ID did you show the doorman, Mr Dabbs?
The number of times I was almost refused entry to some establishments for not having "Valid ID" and not carrying my passport around: I had to apply for a French ID carte in the end to make onsite visits less annoying.
I'll plan to be spending more of my hard won Galactic Groats with them then.
Sounds much more classy when said that way.
You'll probably be waiting a long time for the apocryphal return of Alfa to the US.
In the mean time you could always snag yourself a Dodge Dart:
Basically an Alfa Giulietta sedan.
Need New Models
I think it's safe to say Alfa really do desperately need some new models.
This is an 8 year old car which has only had minor design tweaks over it's lifetime.
Let's hope Fiat go for a Maserati style re-launch in a couple of months with the new mid-sized saloon.
Don't most corps get around this by using WiFi these days?
Especially if it's just to support sales/marketing sharing their latest animated PowerPoint presentations....
Last Week Tonight on You Tube
For some reason official LWT YouTube clips aren't available in the UK when first posted.
Access is allowed a couple of weeks later. (Why?!)
Works fine in France.
A cracking show and a real scoop for Mr Oliver.
How much is this congestion charge you speak of?
You could get one of those there MG3s for less than 10 grand.
Would the congestion charge cost 6 grand over 3 years?
Re: Why on earth should it be a technology company?
You've not been to France, have you?
Taxis in France are a law unto themselves.
They refuse fares, overcharge, don't bother working after 10pm and just hang around airports and train stations all day for the 2 or 3 lucrative runs before heading home.
Also they are massively overpriced and represented by a mafia-like organization that brings cities to a standstill at the slightest whiff of reform or competition.
The worst taxis in the world by a country mile.
Re: Not SUV-ie enough
"Err... Your could have said it shorter. In two words: "Ballroom 4x4." "
But then no-one would have understood that phrase at all.
(Already my original post is probably at the limits of understandability.)
Not SUV-ie enough
All the latest crop of supposed SUVs just don't look 4x4ish enough for me.
Even in the US you ask for a big SUV rental and end up with some 2WD rounded bodywork Europeanized blob. Pointless things.
Eco-Assist sound like the "Econoscope" (?) you used to get in non-turbo diesel Peugeots from 30 years ago. Jesus.
It's funny how you can go through life not noticing a trait, but once it's pointed out you can't help but look for it.
Take the French city of Grenoble:
Since someone pointed out a few years ago that the locals had square faces it's all I notice about the denizens of that city now.
"HTC has designed phones that are pretty distinctive "
How can a slab with a screen and camera on the back be more distinctive than any other slab with screen and a camera on the back?
Distinctive phones are dead. Long live conformity.
Re: France Rain Speed Limit
@Elmer Phud "Doesn't seem to work at all"
Oh I don't know a few months of ads featuring a tagline along the lines of:
"Think once. Think twice. Think C**T!"
would have people adhering to more responsible behaviour.
France Rain Speed Limit
Will it be hooked into the wipers so that it deducts 20kph from the posted limit when raining?
Also will it recognize the town name signs (and the crossed out name one when leaving a town/village) which infer a 50kph limit and return to national speed limit too?
Wouldn't it just be cheaper to teach people to drive by running old public service style ad campaigns to make certain types of driving habits/behaviour anti-social?
Re: LCD everywhere
You have a problem with people who wear glasses or are you just an Audi-o-phile apologist?
The stereotypical 6" gap that Audi drivers begrudgingly leave between their car and the car in front.
So I can't drive this car in sunlight as my polarizing sunglasses will mean I can't see any of the displays?
No loss really: I don't feel the need to sit 6" off the bumper of the car in front so will probably not be getting an Audi.
Kudos on the French O-Level, Mr Dabbs
It's the only exam I failed. Spectacularly. With a "U". (Didn't stop me emigrating to France though.)
Corporate project names are not chosen to reflect the function of the project.
They are chosen at the whim of the project lead nerds to obfuscate said function.
Re: Butt ugly from all sides!
"And your point is? Because some of us wouldn't be seen dead in one. "
You think driving a Lexus over a Land Rover will make people like you on the roads?
Vinegar and Cat’s Piss
Reason enough to avoid the gym.
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.
This story just goes to prove...
...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
"They much prefer a Hollywood blockbuster dubbed into French."
I think you pulled that "fact" out of your cul:
Re: So a meteor didn't wipe out the dinosaurs
A meteor doesn't strike the Earth, so no.
Is BBC Radio more rigourous ?
Perhaps because they don't have to chase the ratings?
e.g. Most of Radio4's output, including The Infinite Monkey Cage.
Not only are they tasteless...
...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 Indian cars made for Arabs and Chinese?"
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!
It'll be up for sale in another 10 years
This is BT after all.
Context is everything
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.
Re: Oh FFS
"Im all for technoporn but really? Are they building a fast car or some sort of mini-tech empire?"