Re: technology dominated the early 20th century, it was wireless
Was that the story of the operator forwarding his calls to a competitor she was knocking off or something, so he 'bypassed' the operator and invented direct dial?
177 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007
Was that the story of the operator forwarding his calls to a competitor she was knocking off or something, so he 'bypassed' the operator and invented direct dial?
didn't El Reg visit there once a long time ago, as in before a Geek's Guide? I seem to recall a photograph of cut cables near a rockface and I thought I saw it on these very pages.
Too far for a fleeting visit from me, but would love to make it down there one day to take all of these sites in
Doesn't matter, I suspect you got downvoted as you omitted the correct icon!
Care to expand on this, it appears to lack a point?
Good bet seeing as it's from 2008!
I thought I read tehy were dropping Oyster anyway, but a quick Google suggests I dreamt it
I got one and secured loads of work through it. I'd call the office as soon as possbile and get booked in, whereas others were waiting on getting home to check their answerphones. Only paid about £30 reduced, from the BT shop at the top of Northumberland Street in Newcastle.
I still have it somewhere, along with my Motorola pager which kind of preceeded it. No good for nothing now i know, but still kinda cool
Well although I appreciate that YMMV, but....
I'm the same distance now as i was when we subscribed to Tiscali (you can see where this is going, right?) which at the time was my wife's employer's preference. It was slow but stable, I'm talking about 1.5mbps here. Over the first year it crept up to more like 2, and we were content; that's what we'd get.
TalkTalk buy them out and lo! Dropouts constantly, both of ADSL and voice (especially in wet weather, which may have given a clue it wasn't a problem in our house). Refusal to acknowledge probems, instead it was always the same script ending with 'we'll monitor your line'. Eventually through other methods BT came out and swapped the line from the pole to our house. Increase in speed to 3, but still dropouts. TalkTalk couldn't care and were hopeless in even wanting to address the problem was on the line, as then they'd be responsible.
Switched to Plusnet fibre and am very pleased with speed and service, which deserves special mention. And costs ~£5 / month more, which is cheap compared to TalkTalk's increasing TCO. And I'll be amazed if that churn rate doesn't increase, I bet the figures have been massaged and that swallowing up Tesco's 150,000 subscribers have tilted the balance somewhat.
for it's been Mr Fandango for years. Actually in hindsight I think I'd prefer it to stay unknown to all but those that 'know' :-)
You know, seeing as my original 'B' is sat under the telly doing the usual XBMC (sorry, Kodi) stuff, I might just do this when I get a new Pi2; to try and do something actually useful with it for once!
Now I've convincing myself, I wonder if I actually will before the Pi2+ comes out.....
"The site is run by a contractor. The contractor can be cited for failure to perform and lose revenue. If it's found that there is no hope for satisfactory performance, it's a fundamental breach of contract and the contract goes to the runner-up."
Ha ha ha ha etc etc.
Like that'll happen
Completely lost the plot through mission creep and the inclusion of cool sounding 'potential tech' and capabilities it clearly can't deliver on.
As has already been mentioned, 20-25yr development time is ludicrous. I know back in fifties the operational lifespan of cutting edge jets was on occasion less than a decade due to the pace of change in fighter, radar and missile tech, but the circus of the F-35 is not the way to protect oneself from built in obsolesce. I'm not a military type at all, and do not pretend to hold a vast knowledge of such matters, but since the early nineties it's looked like robust and survivable hardware that operated in more than one theatre of operations was needed.
Buying jets, choppers and carriers for the last 20 years should have been so much simpler.... such as buying proven cost effective hardware and adapting it to specific needs rather than always going ‘off plan’
I’m sure I’ll get flamed and down voted for this, but surely buying for the war next month and not the next decade is probably the way to go here?
"Well, when the New York Times film critic says, in early 2000: "It may be a bit early to make such judgments, but 'Battlefield Earth' may well turn out to be the worst movie of this century." then that's a fairly bad sign ..."
Yeah, but that was before Cloverfield.....
When were AOLever a go to ISP?
I'm sorry but they were outdated from the off, large home pages, crap software (didn't they buy Netscape to try and improve things?) and other terrible characteristics made then a steadfast no-fo for anyone who knew anything about the fledgling interweb as it was. And that's before we mention trying to get out of their 'contract' with free months and lousy customer service, even for back then. They're broadband wouldn't allow Internet sharing out if the box if I recall, and like you said eventually they relented and moved to routers but by then the damage was done.
No, AOL were shite. Hearing they were the ISP of friends and family when asked to pp around to sort put a problem filled me and my pal with dread as we KNEW it'd be bad news. A lot of UK2NET installs happened on my watch, along with Freeseve.
"You're aware that most countries drive on the right hand side of the road rather than the left hand side (UK), right?"
None of the ones that matter do
They don't KNOW that.
Ring up and say you've had an offer from Sky that is generally what you want and ask them to better it to stay. Take into account cashback from Quidco etc and see what you can get. It will renenw your contract mind, but if you're stuck with them anyway....
And if they don't offer what you want, say you'll think about it and wait a week.
Taking them off before it's warmed up risks the glue pulling away on the crown leaf if you're REALLY unlucky. Apparently.....
Me? I fidget too much so it typically gets removed ASAP intact as a challenge!
It's all the 'Emperor's New Clothes' anyway.
Do YOU like it? Yes, carry on and well done sir! No? Then by all means discuss it and the mertis for or against, but you know, each to their own?
I get the logic for water in scotch, I have had plenty in my time and often needed it (Ardbeg Very Young benfited from a little) but to tell a guest or stranger they're WRONG? Never. Seen it done in pubs and whisk(e)y tastings and it classless.
Cigars too. 'Shouldn't use a punch cutter' or 'You don't take the band off' are the common ones I hear being said by the knackers. Who cares? Smoke your own and be good. The cigar club regualrs just leave each other be and have a smoke and a drink, with or without water / ice, and ahve a good giggle whilst going about it.
The chap who posted about the arsehole on the tour summed it up nicely, you don't impress with your perceived knowledge, you just come across as a twat.
EDIT Forgot to say, these things are shite. But I think that's accepted wisdom on these boards
Alternatives aren't the issue here you nugget, espeically complex rubbish workarounds like you've suggested. If it were, I guess 990% on here would just go Pi with XBMC anyway!
It's about Google not fixing the bloody thing and allowing the low cost to somehow justify it.
That Amzon had slashed the price to 99c in the US of A to drive sales? Or did I dream that? I winder what the impact has been if indeed it were true?
My search for a Razr i replacmeent continues.
But will it have Bluetooth?
Yup completely agree, but as long as around a boardroom somewhere heads nod sagely in the disbelief that the coverage is being met.... nothing will change.
Not suer how I got downvoted earlier, but hey ho!
Problem with that is I doubt they hit the 95% coverage. It must fall well wide of that mark although I’m sure the big 4 believe otherwise either through ignorance of deceit.
I don’t live rural, but I do live on the fringe edge of a village within a conurbation. We all struggle to get a signal of any sort in poor weather in particular, despite EE’s coverage map suggesting we should get excellent 2,3 AND 4G coverage.
This must be repeated in countless places in the UK, yet as we’re not London / Birmingham / Manchester etc it’s tough. Sorry Andrew, by all means dump 2G if its time has come, but give me a firm and stable connection Somehow Everywhere thanks.
And this a week after EEs 4G+NiTrO SuperTurboMegaQuick network launched within London. Yay London!
From what I read apart from an impressive (for what it is) harware set, it actually came across as a little bit shit.
Or was that just me?
Maybe the useless twunts shoudl sort out their standard 3G signals in the rest of the fucking country instead of looking after a couple of postcodes in That London.
Still why do I care, I'm free at last!
So we have another £500 with no discernable (as I read it) must have USP. In fact I couldn't see anything on there that I wouldn't expect on most smart phones ot be honest.
I want a screen to see things and swipe at. Check
Must have a battery, even one that needs charging every day or two. Check
Camera for taking pics of stuff and things. Check
GPS for nav. Check
WiFi for browsing at home / pals / work. Check
As for waterproofing? Not an idiot, never droppped a phone in water yet (although the missus has, read into that what you will...). Dust proofing? Don't live in the Gobi. etc etc...
These are the things that matter to me on my phone, meaning the reason I won't look at this again is cost. Pure and simple, which is a pity as I too am at conract end and haven't a clue what to replace my aging but slightly tetchy Motorola Razr i. M8? Moto G? Any advice appreciated!
"If they just wanted to control the hardware experience they could have bought a cheap phone manufacturer"
Nokia were a cheap phone manufacturer surely? What was it, $4 billion? And I think that gave up fab plants, design team, support etc.
Anyway, does this mean the 'true' Nokia can now design it's own handests again, even if it can't make them? I'm not too clued up on the implications of this deal TBH.
"I said that in middle age I rarely – ie, never – regret not having "more fun" at school, or not goofing around enough, but occasionally regret not having taken one or two things more seriously. That's my position on Fun Learning"
Completely agree with you here Andrew, BUT the times have a changed; you're not comparing like for like. I don't think it's fair to compare 'our' times at our school with those today, as they are so differnet. For example I have three year old who has had parent's evening at nursery and another tomorrow where I'll be told how he doesn't hold a pen properly or whatever (like I give a shit, he's just turned three. I'm sure he'll figure it out). My mother wouldn't have been dragged in when I was toddler, but the emaphsis then was on play and behaviour not assessments against expected levels of attaninment. And that's the problem isn't it, the fact that suggesting the addition of fun into the daily routine is a revolutionary concept. It's bonkers and really shows how borked the education system has become in recent years.
If they were doing it properly (i.e. my way!) the naturally occuring fun would trigger the interest and lead to other stuff, but I don't think that fun is there anymore. I bet you had teachers who'd go off curriculum all the time or spend longer on the practical fun parts than was warranted because it was just a hoot. My pals who teach can't freelance at all, no time, no permission.
"i seriously hope you lose your license..."
"I can change the bulbs in my Renault Modus - perhaps the fact my hands are relatively small means I can actually do it."
Rear light clusters are a pain though, unless you know the knack and a brave enough to stick a screwdriver where it doesn't belong!
My man shed is actually canny marvellpus to be honest. My old 32" Sony flatscreen, a Spiderbox for footy, couple of fridges for beer and brewing the stuff and even an old X-Box loaded with games, but mainly MAME.
The main issue is actually I live in a house with the TV in the corner anyway. As, I suspect, most people do....
Yup, in the unit beside my TV lays a pair of some cheapo Turtle Beach lie wrapped in various charger cables and the like!
In my good old days of pre-domestic bliss, my house had a nice (for its time) 32" TV, 5.1 and a projector. Big square room, with the TV and screen in the window bay and projector opposite above the sofa. Great for all sorts of fun. Unitl I got married and moved....
Now? Now I have a good (for its time) TV in the corner of the room, 5.1 with speakers placed where I'm allowed (with the sub in the shed as it's too loud and wakes the little one) and the sofas at obtuse viewing angles from the TV. The thought of asking to balance more speakers around the room fills em with dread. And I know I'm not alone, certainly not compared to my friends and family, and I suspect the majority of readers on here will know what I mean too.
I'm actually perfectly happy with the setup and never complain about the lack of sound stages etc. My amp was going to get replaced, but I setytled on a £35 box off the interweb that is actually more funtional than most amps.
I took long enough for it to creep into cars (pleased that it did though, less so the wife now I can hear 5Live and TalkSport commentaries!), but not sure about phones.
Mind you, anything is better than radio apps so I live in hope. Although Andrew would have it there's no benefit to anyone, it does seem to be becoming more synonymously associated with radio in general nowadays. In fact, I can't think of anyone I know off the top of my head without one?
In fact I've heard for the last twelve years. Yet somehow I manage to put hundreds if pounds a month through it. I wonder how I'm doing that then?
Other than to say I can't believe EE / T-Mobile / Orange / Whoever are top dog. They are truly fucking terrible now and I can't wait to leave in November after 11 (?) years. Something Elsewhere must be in complete denial if they think they're mast shutdowns are not impacting customer access or pissing us off in the process.
And they seem to have destroyed Orange's previously respected customer service, although that is not from personal experience just close friends
from a camera phone etc, it's fans copying the TV footage for their gifs and vines. Most of the comments on here are moot as a consequence.
What kind of footage do you think you'd get from a smart phone when sat in row AA on the half way line?
A couple of months ago I met a colleague for a coffee in an independent coffee house in Sunderland (the End of the Earth). I was asked by the 'barista' if I wanted another shot.
"Well that would depend on the size of the cup, how big is it?"
"It doesn't make any difference, it only affects the strength"
that no actual work goes on in London therefore no tax is liable as it's not a business, not at all, no siree. Or is it Siri?
Either way looks a nice place to hang let alone work.
Well that's a start, I wonder if the rest will adapt. I guess not!
Well unfortunately I'm currently with Talk Talk and T-Mobile both of which immediately had my consent to unlock their content filters. However I only twigged they were on when I was blocked from various footy sites linked / associated with gambling. I still don't understand why the choice isn't there to select or opt in / out of blocking categories rather than lumping them together.
I don't need any filters (my only lad is 3) but when I get to the point where I do need to take this seriously, I'll be having to do my own filtering to keep open the parts of the net I and the wife want access to. I go further to suggest therefore that if people were given the option of just blocking 'porn' (or whatever) the uptake would probably improve, but as long as it's all or nothing who'd sign up for it?
I think Steve is still spinning from the decision to make an iPad Mini.
Is it meant to be "IT'S SO RI-DICK-ULOUS!".
Didn't say it was funny.......
A pint of London Pride.
A sealable 530ml container.
I dread to think what the local branch of CAMRA will make of that, let alone Trading Standards.
Looks like the bonnet is covered in LEDs to me.
Seen many a barny on a train as people are told they can't pay with 'those cards' by the conductor. I'm assuming as their tiket terminals don't have a live connection.
Never, and if I ever come across such a person I'll punch them right in the Tilly orifice.
"To wrap on a more important note, I experienced no problems with call quality or signal reception, both of which proved well up to snuff."