Some breeds can live up to 20 years - so don't give up hope
300 posts • joined 28 Jan 2008
Several of my computers, still in at least occasional use, would meet the 18 rule in the UK.
If the photo is of an actual involved individual, it seems likely that they suffer from a problem that afflicts the same generation in the UK - they are far too polite! The only response to a cold call, for anything, is to hang up immediately.
Don't say "No thanks". Don't respond in any way. Just put the phone down immediately. They have techniques for trying to hook you in given the very slightest of openings.
How about if we surrender? Brexit can't happen if we're part of Holland, can it?
Re: So if it's decrimmed...
Just make sure it's really good shit Sherlock.
Telegraph poles into orbit?
Trivia - lets get the first Albert Memorial to the moon!
I don't have a telly - not had one for 30 years, and don't get hassled. Just confirm every few years if they send me a prepaid envelope and not otherwise. There is no obligation to say anything, or to let the inspectors who never turn up in without a warrant.
But say I take my laptop round to a friends house who have got a licence, and legally download from iplayer? And then take the laptop home and watch it from the HDD? Does it matter whether the laptop is plugged in or running on battery?
Can't find an answer to this!
To catch these idiots, departments responsible for doing so only need to create a load of files with "suspicious" filenames (they will know from thier work what these should be), and make sure their machines are open to attack - perhaps by surfing some dodgy, but perhaps not illegal, sites. Then track the payment.
Just access Spotify through the browser, rather than an app. No audio adverts, and adblock stops any visual ones.
But FB requires your real details.... (not, actually)
They can have details of my FB, for all the good it will do them. The only correct piece of information is my name, and one post to see how it worked (Hello flowers, hello sky).
If you apply a Lorentz Fitzgerald contraction to one, but not the other, would that not break the entanglement?
On the other hand, because of relativety, how do you know which one is moving fastest?
Finally, no Nobel for you, as I will have invented Resublimated Thiotimalene last week - using it's Endochronic properties.
So take a quantitly of entagled photons, display them (or their state) at both ends of your desired link in a grid.
Considered an entangled pair to make their square on the grid white.
Now interfere with selected photons at one end so that entanglement is lost. Those squares are considered black.
Now read the message given by the black squares on the white background.
Then replace the disentangled pairs with new entangled pairs and start again.
Any attempt to interfere would initially make the message dificult to read, then impossible, as more bits were lost.
So how "old" is Old?
I've just repalced the battery in my wifes Nokia 1101. From a choice of supplies, and for a few quid delivered.
Has anybody tried "User Agent Switcher"?
Re: Easy way to avoid TV ads
Even easier - get rid of the TV!
Don't know about office 95, but 97 still works perfectly well on Win 7.
Re: Storing CC security verification codes
Strictly not allowed to store the security code - but I come across companies that do it all the time. If I realise in time (usually on a phone transaction) I ask if they are doing so, and then cancel the transaction in a very pointed way - including reporting them,
The SHOULD have their card-not-present permission removed, but I doubt it ever happens.
Chain of re-use
Once upon a time you could justify the cost of a new phone by giving your old one to your aging parents. Now they've got one, got used to it, and wouldn't thank you for replacing it with a less familiar one.
And nowadays nobody wants to see your latest ooh shiny. Too booooring.
Sounds like the NHS is at the Crossroads.
Regardless of the sub-head, I know several people who arw still on dial up, for the simple reason that there is no broadband and no mobile service where they live - within 5 miles of a cathedral city.
No cable either, obviously
All that old kit in attics...
I reckon when Skynet goes live, it won't be the latest hot server boxes and such, but all the ancient tat festering in Reg readers attics, sheds, garages, and old office cupboards that will be struck by lightening a creak into life.
But they won't be trying to kill mankind off with flash military hardware, instead they will just bore us to death by going on about how nobody writes assembler any more, let alone proper machine code.
My coat is the one with the Psion II in the pocket.
Re: while we are on the subject
Thanks for the headsup on KB3123862, whichdoes indeed look suspicious.
Personally, having several machines to update, I find it easiest to use Portable Update. This enables me to scan a PC for available updates, download only those I want onto a USB disk, and install from there to all my machines without having to check the numbers again.
Re: It all about Tax you fools
Fractional freezing is certainly a more accurate term, unfortunately it is not as good at conveying the meaning to the non technical.
Re: It all about Tax you fools
That will have no effect on me - I make my own.
And no, they can't stop or tax it when the ingedients are available from most hedgerows and supermarkets in the country.
In Norway, home distillation is all the rage, and they are well equiped for simple freeze distillation.
Wouldn't take much to put some lightweight wheels on so it could be driven for short distances!
Yes, put the rotors up high, also use 5 arms, for greater stability and also for safety if a rotor fails.
Still in use!
Just across the room is a 770EX, running XP and still in daily use for Office 97, Calibre, and some old school games.
It's not connected to the internet, so no security risk, and it still does what it always did, perfectly well.
Couple more upstairs, and when I have time I am going to try putting Win7 on - supposed to be possible - and some flavour of Linux to play with for the future.
Nice little place
I stopped in Crickhowell recently for a spot of lunch, and it is a nice little town with some attractive local shops. Well recommended if you are passing that way.
So what we have here is basically a stunt. The town needs a bit of publicity, the Beeb needs a programme, and HMRC needs a mechanism to try and get the government to do something about tax dodging corporations.
Bingo! Everybody's happy (except Starbucks).
Oh, and there are a couple of nice coffee shops in Crickhowell.
You do know that you can get an adaptor for the BNC to connect it to Cat 5?
(Never get rid of anything that still works - and how many WFW viruses are there out there?)
I think Paris is trying to boot CPM.
Re: Can I get
Easy. Just hook it up to a diesel generator.
I believe that this lot fire from a boat (or plan to), and also have a coastal location in Norway. Norway is not in the EU, so there is a fair chance it has its own rules.
Have a word with those guys - they sound as mad as El Reg anyway, and might be able and willing to help for a contribution to their funds.
Re: Absolutely brilliant, except the screen size
I imagine that you are not at all interested in portability, with a 13 foot screen size.
I don't expect to find that in my pocket!
I'm thinking ducted fans would be more efficient, plus a whole lot safer.
Add a Pi to control stability and it could just work.
The app is the problem
So just log in through the browser portal. They get no information except the lies you told them when you created the ID, and for some reason it seems to be ad free???????
Re: Log in
There are a lot of websites out there that think I am 115. Not quite yet!
If they actually cared they would reject such an obvious date as 1-1-1900
Re: I Say Potato and You Say Pot-Ah-To
The Oxford English Dictionary gives both as acceptable spellings.
CAT is pretty much half-way between North and South Wales. The Welsh spoke in the two areas is not exactly the same language.
Loads of excellent stuff for free on Project Gutenberg - not forgetting the English Language Gutenbergs such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India (yes)
In September the contactless payment limit goes up to £30.
If it's 5 uses before a pin is requested, then that could be £150 down the drain.
My coat is the one with the lead lined pocket with a combination lock.
So do they really have them?
Is there any evidence? Has anybody seen an underwater drone?
Perhaps they just want to worry the opposition?
You can't believe it without Playmobile evidence!
Re: Fantastic projets
As I think I have mentioned before on these forae, the Bond Bug was actually an amazing vehicle. The top model was capable of 115mph (for internal consumption only - never let insurance companies know!), and the factory test drive demonstrated to me that it could do handbrake turns, doughnuts, and 3-wheel slides on corners - all because the COG was barely above the wheel hubs.
just how many years before it is impossible to buy camera film?
I'm seeing reviews in the "serious press" that really like this - though they keep apologising for liking something geeky!
And why should I grow up? I got to 66 without doing so, and along the way made enough money to retire in comfort 20 years ago. You grow up if you want to - I don't have to.
Leagues per hour?
This is a UK website. We use MPH, and, despite the pumps being in litres, everybody thinks in MPG. Get used to it.
And who wants a built in satnav? The software probably won't be to your taste, the updates will cost a fortune, and what happens when it dies? Give me a free standing unit.
Joanna Lumley, of course.
Hurrah the Bond Bug
The Bug was very much the wolf in sheeps clothing. With the hot engine (as used in Formula 600 single seaters) it was capable of about 115 (factory kept this quite), and when I was taken on the track by their test driver he showed that it could do a 3-wheel drift under precise control, because of the extraordinarily low COG.
The Bond Bug built by Reliant (the orange wedge) was a bit of a wolf in sheeps clothing. Most had the Reliant 600 engine, which was a nice reliable lump made in aliminium. Some had the 700 version - same but a bit pokier. few had the version that was commonly used in small single seater racers - high compression, etc etc.
That last was distinctly lively, and Reliant never published performance figures, for the simple reason that insurance companies would have had a heart attack. Top speed was 115mph, could have been faster off the line, due to lack of weight, but picked up like a motorbike once rolling. I got a ride in one with the test driver on their track, and the really terrifying thing was that because the centre of gravity was barely above the axles, it could do a 3-wheel power drift on the corners.
A quite extraordinary vehicle.
Won't somebody think of the non-geeks?
I have a friend with Down's Syndrome, who nevertheless makes quite a bit of use of computers (even though se can neither read or write).
Recently she was visiting relatives who had an iPad, took to it, and was bought one.
In order toget the apps she needed (games, iPlayer etc.) it was programmed with the same Apple Id as her relative.
All was well until the relative found that documents she had created on her ipad were vanishing. And this is where the low level of understanding behind computing is causing problems.
You write your document on the ipad. It is automatically (and by default) synchronised with the cloud. Your Downs relative starts up their ipad later, and, being the same account, it synchonises and downloads the document. Relative looks at this, doesn't know what it is, so deletes it. The deletion is then (automatically) done on the cloud, and this is finally synchonised the the original ipad.
The reason that this happens is that the users had no idea that the cloud synchronisation was happening - it was built in - and no idea how to get out of the situation.
Now one can see how easily things can go wrong with iot leaving open security holes, default passwords, whatever, that the users will know nothing about. How many people have a password on their smartphone? How many would put a password on their door opening app?
Re: Police Scotland
And why would they need to upgrade Office?
Re: Won't work in England.
C'mon - the White Stripes were pretty crisp on their first album
Well, I can manage in French and German well enough to order many things on a website - but definitely not well enough to understand the terms and conditions.
And certainly not well enough to debate with a support, warranty, or legal department.