Ok, ok! Let's just wait a minim, and breve. No need to get all crotchety.
84 posts • joined 20 Dec 2007
Perfect for listening to The Rolling Stones. You can't beat a bit of Mick 'n' Queef.
Re: When Will People Learn? Halifax Banking...52% APR / 68.4% APY
Received that same letter the other day. I am not an accountant, but I have just modelled the charges, and I can only infer that the vast majority of bank overdraft charges must be levied on sub £50 overdraft values, as the equivalent percentage rates for these are much, much higher than on larger initial sums.
The 30 day percentage rate is anywhere between 2900% (£0.01 overdraft after 30 days) and 4.64% (£50.00 overdraft after 30 days). The 30 day percentage rates converge to be about 4.23% for values above £500.
If you were unlucky enough to leave your account overdrawn by £0.01 for a year, the AER would equate to 36400%. A £50 overdraft for a year would have an AER of 72.96%. The AER again converges to about 68.4% above a £500 initial overdraft.
Imagine if Wonga advertised that their AER for a £0.01 loan was 36400%...
Outlook Voice Recognition
Here's the last line (personally transcribed) from a voicemail received recently:
I'll drop you an email in this respect as well and hopefully we'll catch up before Thursday. Take care, bye bye.
And this is what Outlook automatically transcribed it as (see if you can spot the difference):
I'll drop you an email in this respect as well and hopefully will touch before fisted take care bye bye.
Re: What does "DV cleared" mean?
And I thought it meant that you hadn't had norovirus in the last 6 months.
I have had the tremendous misfortune to spend two evenings in the company of Ms Hopkins at two separate house parties. Odious woman even then, before she became the tabloid caricature pantomime villain.
...launch director Andrew Scott
So, is this like homoeopathy, but on a universal scale?
I have a Siemens refrigerator, and every now and again the magnets upon the door are quietly rearranged to cover the I and the second S for a childish giggle.
Have you been involved in an accident that wasn't your fault?
Now you mention it, yes, my neck is a little sore.
Yes, and so are those of the 4 passengers who were also involved.
Re: Where is this poll of which you speak?
I guess it must be For Your Eyes Only...
Now I'm hungry
Can I submit this recipe for Pasty and Eggs to the SPB Post Pub Nosh Neckfiller strand?
Get a day old pasty. Roughly chop it into chunks. Fry in a pan until sizzling. Slide onto a plate. Crack 2 eggs into the pan, fry. Slide onto fried pasty. Eat. Brown sauce optional.
RSS Norman Stanley Fletcher
Am I the only one to equate the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with "nerk" a made up swear word from classic sit-com Porridge?
+1 on Twintris. Written by Svein Berge, who may or may not be the same Svein Berge from Röyksopp.
Although I am assured that Svein and Berge are both common Swedish names, I'm convinced it is, because their first album - Melody A.M. - contains tracks which use Amiga ProTracker style tricks such as tone portamanto (iirc 3nn on the effect code list).
Re: it was the music
+1 for the music. Sure the ST had midi built in, but the Amiga 4 channel stereo was head and shoulders above any other home computer at the time.
I think I spent more time using SoundTracker / NoiseTracker / MED etc. than playing games on my old A500. I managed to amass disks and disks of ripped Module files - memory could be scanned after a soft reset and a Module Ripper could save out the data - all to get at those precious samples for my own (terrible) tunes...
As for my favourite tunes, too many to list but include: Shadow of the Beast; Obliterator; Gods (amazing); Xenon 2 (naturally); Jesus on Es mega-demo; Pinball Dreams.
Re: I'm hoping for Castaway on Mars.
hmm.. compare Cast Away (2000, Tom Hanks) with Castaway (1986, Oliver Reed). I know which one I preferred.
- What do you make of this [story] Johnny?
- Well, I can make a nice hat, or a brooch. Or a pterodactyl..
or perhaps Adrian Goodhew?
Crunchy on the outside, smooth on the inside. Armadillo!
"The second the clocks ticked past midnight GMT, the bug awoke and took down Altea. 135 airlines had implemented the Altea reservation system by 2012 but the Australians were the first to go down once the clocks hit midnight."
Err, shurely everyone hits Midnight GMT at the same time?
Re: half and half
Possibly the most northern thing I ever overheard:
- Chips and gravy please.
- Sorry, we don't do gravy.
- What!? Has tha nowt moist?
Re: Excuse me, but...
Is it just me that has a mental image of Don Cheadle distributing the phones to arriving guests, but giving instructions for their use in an appalling and unnecessary cock-er-ney accent?
Seconded - why the 'Merkin continental outline and not a massively exaggerated Great British Isles outline instead?
Re: *Glassine, to be precise,
So glassine is like paper but is not paper. Therefore is imitation the highest form of philately?
To paraphrase a well known curly-haired motoring journalist..
Bacon: the only known cure for vegetarianism.
Re: Just a News Operation @janimal
"While you're at it grab the bastard who decided every show needs to give you a preview of what is about to happen, and then every five minutes remind you of what just happened and then at the end show you what will happen next week. Whoever you are please, please stop!"
You are aware that this is a method of turning 1 hours programming on the BBC into 1 hours programming on a commercial repeats channel by editing out the "coming up", "next week" and "previously" segments and replacing with 15 minutes advertising space, thus increasing resale revenue.
Likewise, when did you ever see the "news" section in a repeat of Top Gear on Dave?
"...the targeting of Apple rose from just 25 cases in 2002 to more than 8,000 last year."
ZOMG, that's terrible! Oh, hang on, remind me: when were the iPod or iPhone released?*
*October 2001 and June 2007 respectively.
End of George Road
Should be renamed as The Bell House?
Re: During the meanwhile ...
by my maths, if I buy a £2 lottery ticket then I am infinitely more likely to win the lottery than if I didn't...
Re: american accents
Seeing as though North American English accents outnumber British English accents globally by about 5:1 it's hardly surprising is it?
Re: Don't forget Matt Berry
Almost. At. The. Station!
Re: Another thought...
and dwarfed also, according to the article, by the electricity cost of running such a program.
I had the snip...
... can't say it made a vas deferens to my life.
Hanslope Park, once the scene of notorious murder and suicide
I did initially wonder if the murder / suicide involved the giant razer blade visible in the middle of the grounds as shown in the aerial picture..
The only time I saw an MSX was in publicity shots for atrocious post punk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik in the early 80s. IIRC each member had an item of new technology including a Sony Watchman, a Keytar and an MSX.
If one can visibly see a woofer cone vibrating at reasonable volume levels, wouldn't this be a bit of a blurry drawback for screen-as-speaker applications?
Re: I bought a burger in a Tesco's cafe yesterday...
Put my Tesco burgers in the fridge yesterday. Checked them today... aaaaaand they're off!
Crumbs Crunchy Delights.
An entire alien invasion thwarted by a man called Derek.
If I can type through these misty eyes...
Anyone else remember having basic code dictated to them from the manual / magazine and then taking it in turns with your brother to be typist, often with your mum proofreading?
Brother: 10 FOR I = 1 TO 20
Me [typing]: 10 4I=1220
Brother: no, 10 eff oh arr space eye = 1 tee oh 20
Brother: 1040 RETURN
Brother: no, 1040 space arr ee tee you arr en
Re: Write-up schmite-up
My D50 died recently (all appears to work, but black photos*). I've been tossing up the cost/benefits of repair, replace with 2nd hand D50 or replace with new.
There seems to be a lot of love for the D50, and as little more than a happy snapper i'm not sure I need the pixel count / video / effects / tea maker that new bodies offer. A few more ISOs may be nice.
Off to eBay, I think.
*yes, I have tried removing the lens cap
Re: Ad-supported is not "free", please don't pretend otherwise
Indeed, just turn off data and wi-fi and, hey presto! No pesky ads.
aDosBox and Civilization has got me gaming like it's 1992.
At the risk of getting into a pissing match...
@NoneSuch: Let's check your evidence.
- CE3K took $303m box office (you forgot to add that in)
- Raiders of the lost ark was released in 1981 (and "we are talking about only the 70's" )
So I make the running total for the 5 other influential directors $1142.1m + $303m = $1445.1m. Almost double what Lucas did alone,
Granted, Lucas had the highest grossing film of those mentioned, and granted, ILM changed the game in movie special effects, however the figures you used to back up your argument were presented wrongly.
Don't get me wrong, I like Star Wars. I just don't agree that George Lucas single handedly resurrected the US movie industry in 1977. He has helped elevate sci-fi from B movie material, and that, to a lot of people around here, really seems to matter.
Go on, i'll bite
>> can take single credit for resurrecting the US film industry in the late 70's
So: Scorsese, Ford-Coppola, Friedkin, De Palma and Spielberg were doing fuck all then?
You seem pretty certain that all vehicles will approach you in your 160 degree field of vision. Good luck.
>> Telly buyers are keener on Smart TV tech than they are on 3D, but both features are going to be taken up more enthusiastically than televisions in general over the next three years."
This is shipment forecasts, so I would infer "forced upon" rather than "taken up"
I still can't see any attraction to 3D tv. iPlayer / 4OD / ITV player is a reasonable bonus if making an upgrade.