716 posts • joined 9 Aug 2007
Unusually modest for a government contract; has anyone lost half a dozens zeros down the back of the sofa??
In any case, they need to get the last lot of tech working properly before being given MORE money; the automated booking-in system at my local surgery hasnt worked since the day - three years ago - that they were forced to get an "upgraded" NHS computer system
Time to Upgrade to a better OS
Avast work fine on XP!!!!
Re: Gut ... er journalism?
At the modern technological stage, these transplants have been taking place for a number of years, so why the sudden headlines - quiet day???
Re: Good stuff.
Here is something else to ponder.....
My sons GF comes from a sink estate and was fed nothing but cheap processed "junk" food her entire life; at age 20 she was invited to tea at our house and had to confess she had never SEEN a home made apple pie before, let alone eaten one.
(Her diet seemed to consist of Findus and Iceland products).
At 18 she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, Doctors said it was almost impossible to safely remove it or treat it, so all they could do was give her regular scans and monitor it.
Every 6 months she went for a scan, and for years the tumour got bigger and bigger; then at age 23, she moved out of the sink estate and moved in with my mother - who fed her healthy, freshly made home cooking.
At her next scan they discovered the tumour had stopped growing, and the scans since then have shown the tumour to be shrinking!!!!
Of course, no doctor will ever link the two events; it is just a coincidence - like the coincidence that my rare auto-immune illness has gotten better* by avoiding yeast/yeast extracts, despite my having no anti-bodies for yeast.
* My average Full Blood Count has DOUBLED since I established the link and started to avoid yeast, and is now 13-15% of normal; it has been as low as 2%.
Thats a Boffin icon - a boffin is someone who manages to do something a SCIENTIST says is impossible.
I must admit
My little* Epson W4535 MFP hasnt put a foot wrong (yet).
* In comparison to the big office jobs; it is still HUGE by SOHO standards.
To think I used to hate Epson and only buy buy old HP's.
Had a boss like this at G.U.S. (Kay&Co) back in 1992
He bought £500,000 worth of swanky office furniture for all the 5th floor executive suites, with built in power sockets, and from a non-EU country.
Needless to say none of it met UK or EU electrical safety standards, so I failed it during PAT testing.
They sacked me.
BTW, he had a degree in Electrical Engineering, but managed to wire his desk lamp with the earth and neutral swapped.
The Chinese will love this build
All those 8's in the build number means that THIS will be the most popular version to pirate!!!
Sounds like my boss
Ridicules your ideas, then a year later announces "I have an idea...."
Paris, because she is good at extracting biological data transfers from a "fat" pipe.
Re: Won't upgrade
I get that on my WinXP PC, I am in the UK and the set-up is UK, but Google and FireFox occasionally give me Chinese instead of UK English when updating.
Re: Don't get it.
" Kinnect "
Isnt that some sort of toy???
Point camera at ceiling/blank wall when not in use.
THERE!! PROBLEM SOLVED!!
My coat with the Anti-tracking liner.
“I found the Microsoft Office system we had was about 10 years old
He should consider himself lucky, my boss still insists on running the copy of Office that came with her first PC - back in 1998!!!
" Nicely specced but the lack of innovation or flair, "
Why does that remind me of other Foxconn re-badged efforts???
Why no twitter storm - outraged at Coke using semi naked men to sell Diet Coke.
(Or is it Pepsi - they all look the same to me).
Does it blend??
This explains why I get so many downvotes on certain posts.
Could the BBC please stop the bullying of Iggle Piggle??
Every night it is :-
Wait a minute.
Someone's not in bed.
WHO's not in bed??
Iggle Piggle's not in bed.
Of COURSE he is not in bed, he sleeps in an effing dingy!!!!!
Back in the old days........
The best wifi device I ever had was built into the cheapo Asus EeePC 901; my son could connect to the internet via a Pub 1/2 mile and 3 streets over from his mums house (she was too tight to even have dial-up!!), and still get a better connection speed than my ADSL line.
A few years later and my future wife had her UK visa denied, and missed out going to the Upton Folk Festival, so I wandered around Upton (connected to someones unsecured router), streaming video from the 901's webcam back to her in China.
Between blocking scripts, blocking flash, and blocking pop-ups, I dont see many ads either.
I do miss my old pre ADSL ad blocker though, it would put up a blue box with the word "Ad" in it, to replace every advert it blocked - so you could see you were getting your monies worth.
I was always taught that email is about as secure as sending a postcard - every one who wants to can read it along the way.
Osgood and Missy are not entirely "dead"
I mean why would they kill off the Master anyway??
The get out is the Timelord tech. "Heaven", where the newly dead go. So obviously Osgood and Missy are in there (for now).
Someone watched and reviewed in a hurry - so missed/forgot a few clues.
I know, I was delusional, I blame the head cold and sinus irritation - the medication made it seem like a good idea.
As for how many PCs, only a dozen, but they are all old, patched together systems made out of left-over parts and spare XP licences (+1 Win7 machine) that originally ran WinME and uses Rambus Ram); actually THREE of them originally came with WinME.
I keep hearing people say it is unstable, but here is the thing, I have been using it since the dark ages and NEVER had a single issue; ADOBE on the other hand, - which I have installed because some government websites INSIST only Adobe can open their pdf attachments - buggers up every other time I try to use it.
As for AV programs, yes, they slow everything down to a crawl; almost as bad as installing realplayer (which I foolishly did again last night).
I have never seen a simple EULA screen effectively lock up my machine for several minutes before.
to the list of things to buy as presents for people/relatives you dont really like.
FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought
Perhaps they should use dimmer lights when looking at them??
"Visual" Joke Alert.
(I know, I need to get out more).
(Almost) No Social Security in China
So if they replace all the workers with robots, what will the people do to earn enough to eat??
As it is, you see old men and women patrolling the streets from 4am until after midnight, rummaging for paper, cardboard, plastic and metal to sell for scrap - just to earn enough to buy a £1 meal each evening.
Think of the children?? Seriously, do this and they are lining up even bigger trouble than the growing gap between the number of young men, and the number of young women for them to marry.
Re: European law?
Even there he is just a copy-cat, the French and Germans have been doing the same since day one.
+1 for QQ
Just make sure you get the International version, as the standard version is Chinese only and packed with crapware.
Re: Yes there is -
4 "Thumbs Down"
4 people in denial????
The artificial sweeteners used in UK drinks are banned in several countries due to their association with liver cancer.
They are also very difficult for the body to break down, so the body creates fat cells to store them in.
I studied this at Uni.
Yes there is -
The chemicals used to replace the sugar have two well known side effects :-
1/ Liver cancer
2/ The production of fat cells, the nasty ones that give your skin that "spotty blancmange" look.
As for the study, like every other weight loss claim it comes back to healthy eating and exercise; hence my personal catch-phrase :-
CHOCOLATE CAN HELP WEIGHT LOSS
(But only as part of a calorie controlled diet).
Paris, because the best way to burn calories involves her.
Not quite true; there were a few mass "Armour on Armour", encounters.
Perhaps I need to get out more.
Crew members with fillings need not apply.
Would I be correct in thinking a Bradley would need something along the lines of a "Nail Rail" gun??
Shades of Gordan R Dickinson's needle guns.
Too much like hard work
Lots of suggestions here for avoiding NSA scrutiny of you or your significant others naughty bits, but they are all just too much like hard work.
I just keep my camera pointing up at the ceiling unless I actually want to use it.
Although I supposed this link, printed out and taped over the lens might creep-out a few spys.
Re: Webcams are vitaly important
It is a genuine site dedicated to men seeking Russian wives, or interested in Russian culture; I still hang out there even though I married a Chinese girl.
Why 7 down votes?? The photos are real, the event was real (he walked right past her twice at the airport, she was so different); or was it because I said he still banged it??
He is a bit of a sex maniac and rogered his way across southern China; including one woman I was supposed to be going to meet!!!
BTW, these things happen on western dating sites as well, I just happened to have recently reposted the photos as a warning, so had the links to hand.
Re: Webcams are vitaly important
Actually, he is an internet friend I have only met in person once; the really scary this is... he still shagged it.
(See newly edited post above - with links to photos.
On the up side
At least there isnt too much of the cloying, saccharine, melancholy, over the top, heart string pulling that went on LAST season; that REALLY got on my nerves.
So sugary, will no one think of the children(s teeth).
I used to own a 1980's 2.2 Audi 100 that did 0-60 in under 9 seconds and average 42 enthusiastic miles per gallon; and I am willing to bet that if it hadnt been killed by an old fart, that it would still be going, unlike these micro engines that are too highly tuned and turbo'ed to last.
AND ARENT ANY MORE ECONOMICAL IN REAL TERMS.
(Plus it is French, they will probably not have any spares for it after next year).
What will they do with the sanitary towel mountain when they arrive????
(Who at the back said "put a cork in it??).
If taken up, this means no Russian females will go to Mars, the amount of polish and powder required for that length of time is likely to implode and create a black hole.
(I have dated RW's so I should know).
I have found that the car makers tyre pressure suggestions are all on the low side; given that a car often has two or more suggested pressures (load speed-low load and high speed high load), I tend to pressure my tyres somewhere in between for normal use.
This gives a better response when turning at urban speeds, less roll, and stops the tyre wearing on the outside edge so much.
My current tyres are set at 2.2bar (min/max is 2.1/2.3), and the MOT report says there is less than 1mm difference in tread depth between the middle and the sides as they approach half worn).
In my old Toyota MPV the difference was HUGE, with 2.5 min and 3.0 max; setting the tyres at 2.5 meant it wallowed around corners, and downright dangerous in the wet while 2.8 made it handle much more like a saloon car.
Re: Replace anything with "Lucas" written on it
I always put down my better MPG in France to the fact we in the UK get served crap petrol.
When skiing, I will fill up in the UK and drive across France, fill up and climb the mountains, then fill up again a the bottom of the mountain and drive back, the return trip ALWAYS gets a better mpg.
Re: Cruise control back in the 80s
It was called the Audi 100 2.2.
I regularly cruised up/down the M5 at 100 mph and turned in over 40mpg; back then as a callow youth I had an extremely heavy foot, so got nowhere near the 1200 miles per tank that was possible (best I managed was 900 ish)..
After a couple of years, Audi stupidly bored it out to 2.3L and the mpg plummeted to barely 30.
We also then got saddled with catalytic converters which robbed our engines of a 3rd of their power and fuel efficiency..
Re: Cruise control
I have tried several CC cars onthe M4/M5 (Malvern to Heathrow and back usually), and I can reliably get better MPG than any of the systems, often by 15-20%.
Re: Depends on assumptions
The disadvantages include modern cars being so hideously complex, that even changing a light* often requires a workshop and workshop tools, and I wait to be convinced of the longevity and long term fuel efficiency of the current crop of TSI type micro-sized engines.
My neighbour has a 1.0L Focus that, despite spending more time at the Ford Dealership than on her drive, STILL only manages 34MPG average, in a rural, small town environment.
BTW, has the author written a book or thought of setting up a business to help others do this sort of work?? My MPV only averages 30MPG, but there is no newer equivalent, so anything I can do to improve MPG is eagerly looked at. (Official mpg is 20/38/30); I have been thinking of an engine pre-heater, but they arent cheap.
*Some Skoda Fabias need the front bumper removing to replace the headlights, and dont talk to me about Renaults.
Re: £16.95 a month for four bars?
£17 will buy enough Luxury chocolate at Lidl to make even a hardened chocoholic like me burst at the seams.
Thats me, with the PINT glass of chocolate liqueur.
I was hoping for an actual review of the phone
As Asus announced these phones ages ago.
Re: Off Topic but important (to me)
Thanks for the reply, I am not certain that dead yeast is any safer, I have had mild reactions to "yeast extract", and I already wash fruit with yeast on the skin, although you seem to be saying this might not be enough??
I AM very careful and read the labels, however sometimes something is safe today, but they change the ingredients tomorrow. I have had this happen a couple of times and ended up confined to bed for 48 hours; even some spice mixes slip yeast in!!! (I got caught out by a Polish mixture).
Sausages and burgers are a problem, most are padded out with bread, the best I have found so far are from Lidl that ciotain potato instead of wheat.
Because I cannot get anyone to take me seriously, I cannot get any tests done to see if there is a trigger threshold; I was undergoing food allergy trials at Addenbrookes, but as soon as my treatment proved their theories were wrong, they lost all interest in me.
Off Topic but important (to me)
I have a rare illness that seems to interact with yeasts, could any of the experts posting here tell me of anything I can eat/drink to kill off any yeast I inadvertently ingest??
Even a minute amount leaves me at deaths door* for 36-48 hours.
I cannot get the quacks to take me seriously, even though my condition has improved by 100% by avoiding bread yeasts (now a massive 15% of normal blood count and climbing).
* Well, it FEELS like deaths door.
Boffin - natch.
Yes, we are all getting too fat, BUT.......
BMI only works for spherical chickens in a vacuum.
So doom and gloom and [people are stupid for using it] ??
Actually, I dont, but after reading this I might; my old ISP's DNS servers spent more time on holiday than the UK Parliament, and OpenDNS is getting soooo sloooow. One outage in I-dont-know-how-many-years is actually pretty good.
Re: About recording calls.
I had some issues with a company many years ago, after they refused to deal with the problem by letter and , despite constantly claiming to be recording my conversations "for training purposes", but being unable to retain ANY information from them, I tried to record them myself.
As soon as I repeated their own mantra back at them, they hung up on me.......
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