Looks quite nice...
...but as well as the pretty pictures, the website has an 11-page pdf (in small print) listing all the things you're not allowed to do, with the penalties for each.
24 posts • joined 4 Apr 2008
The signs on the A1M regularly tell you to slow down because of accidents or traffic jams that turn out to be non-existent; I suppose the operators put up a message when something happens, but don't remove it when the problem has cleared. The effect is, of course, that no-one takes the slightest notice of the signs; if there were a real problem, the signs would not help: except that motorists could then be blamed for "not taking notice of the warning signs".
My problem is that I've discovered that anything I want from Maplin (LEDs, transistors, resistors, bits of wire,...) can be bought from China on Ebay for half the price per unit. Provided, of course, that I buy a bag of 100 instead of just the one that I need... I just keep telling myself that of course I will get round to using the other 99 some other time.
I'm a Be customer, and I can't get the block to work. I can browse the Pirate Bay without any trouble.
What am I doing wrong? I was looking forward to seeing this "blocked" message, so that I could have the pleasure of working round it in less than 30 seconds. But now I'm annoyed that it's not blocked. Can anyone help me to get it properly blocked, please?
Isn't a screensaver or "sleep screen" supposed to stop burn-in? If the kindle screen suffers from burn-in, displaying the same image every time you put it to sleep is the worst thing it could possibly do. And if it doesn't suffer from burn-in, what's the point of having any sort of screen saver?
They surely work by letting the traffic use all the lanes: if the limit is faster than the lorries in the inside lane, nobody else wants to use that lane. So you effectively gain an extra 33% or 50% road, which compensates for the extra traffic.
In other countries they ban lorries at peak times, which has the same effect *and* allows the increased capacity that extra speed gives.
Their approach to security is excellent: they once sent me an email that invited me to "click here to log into your account". I was about to delete it as spam when I realised that it was genuine: it had my name and account number in it.
When I complained, they just sent me back a form email saying "if you have a problem with your account, phone this 0870 number".
So their idea of success is:
The level of crime unchanged after 3 years.
Crime driven into the hands of "big suppliers" (presumably the Russian Mafia; presumably untouchable )
Only 0.2% of web sites dealt with.
No mention of any prosecution of anybody for anything, let alone child abuse.
And in return, we all get our internet access filtered by an unaccountable body with close links to the government.
@Iglethal: it's even more insane than you think: my daughter just had to fill in the form for a check for a job working with children, and they said to her "when the result arrives at your house, bring it round here for us to see".
She came back home and said to me "why don't I just write my own fake report and print it off myself?".
A few weeks ago they sent me an email inviting me to click on the link in the email to access my account. The link wasn't to www.barclaycard.co.uk. I was about to delete it when I noticed it included my real name: it turned out it was genuine! I can only conclude that they *want* to teach their customers to fall for phishing attempts.
If their web site goes down and stays down, perhaps their customers will learn sense instead.
According to research done by the University of Cambridge, banks can get phishing sites in foreign countries shut down in an average of 3.5 hours, but the IWF takes no action to get foreign kiddie porn websites shut down, and on average they last 30 days.
Why? Perhaps because the IWF doesn't want to get rid of this stuff. They are in the business of censorship, not the business of protecting children from abuse. They must be secretly worried that their blocklist is getting smaller: if it gets to zero, there's no reason for them to keep their jobs.
If that's only 23% of the sex offenders in that neighbourhood, I'm glad I don't live near there.
Or - perhaps all those offenders are teenagers who have been prosecuted for sending each other racy pictures taken with their iphones. In which case, we're all safe no matter how many of them there are.
Paris, because she knows about racy pictures.
@Soruk: if you think the slow connection is due to line length, try changing your ISP to BE. I did, and now I get 12 meg over the exact same piece of wire that could only manage about 4 meg with my previous ISP.
When BT isn't involved, things just mysteriously seem to improve...
So the police can stop and search people only if there is an s44 authorisation, but they keep secret the places where such an authorisation is in force.
How is this different from "the police can stop and search anyone, anywhere?" No-one can safely refuse, because there's always the danger that the police have a secret authorisation.
Secret laws mean that the police are not bound by law.
Andy shouldn't worry about his new TV. If it receives the current digital standard, it's not going the work with a new HD standard that hasn't been invented yet. TFA says "People are used to buying new boxes now", so this is a great opportunity for Andy to throw away his crap digital TV in a couple of years time, and buy a new one.
Which is the whole point of the exercise, isn't it?
I had to call them to active a new credit card:
Bank: when did you open your account?
Me: I can't remember
Bank: how much was your last credit card bill
Me: I don't know; my wife pays them
Bank (after a pause): your credit card is now activated.
(Paris, because shw gives a warm fuzzy feeling, even though my bank doesn't)
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