The legislation specifically excludes kites and balloons. Sadly the wording is so vague that it might well apply to paper aeroplanes.
232 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009
As someone who's spent a lot of time in the Netherlands, they take their cheese very seriously there. The choice and quality of the cheeses there tends to exceed what you generally find in Britain. If you lived abroad and your only experience of British cheese was mild cheddar, you might conclude that our cheese is rubbish too.
I think that the reason that the SSD is soldered in, and not upgradable, is that it's not standard SSD.
From benchmarks I've seen:
Crucial M4 SSD - 400MB/s read, 256MB/s write
Mac Mini 2018 - 2800MB/s read, 2700MB/s write
There's always the four nice fast Thunderbolt 3 ports for external storage.
Re: But I LIKE KDE!
"doesn't get in my way which is all I ask of a destop"
Yes exactly that. Some desktop developers seem to have completely lost sight of this. Gnome tried to over simplify everything, to the point of getting in my way removing too much. KDE has gone in the opposite direction by being overly big and complex. I'm currently usnig XFCE, which isn't perfect, but at least it tends to keep out of my way.
I'm installing Mate right now to give it a try.
Re: Naysayers ...
"Nope, us Linux folks also think appletards are soft in the head and the wallet."
Not all of us Linux folks.
Some years ago, I decided to get a Mac for my wife, as I didn't really expect her to use my Linux box. Since OS X is Unix and has a terminal app with bash shell, I decided to have a play with it to see what it was like. Surprisingly I found myself using the Mac more and more, until my Linux machine was starting to gather dust. I ended up just using Linux all day at work, and Macs at home. I still resent paying the Apple Tax though. Until this new Mac Mini, I was thinking that my next machine might be a home-built dual-boot OS X / Linux hackintosh, but I'm not sure now that it's worth the effort of hacking/patching ACPI tables to get a stable hackintosh when I could just buy one of these.
Just to be utterly and pointlessly pedantic, shouldn't that actually be Hel not Hjell? Hel being the Scandinavian goddess who somehow gave her name to the fiery pits of Christian mythology.
However, I do get your point and I can imagine the flaming pits of whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it being ablaze with flat-packed bookcases and other quality MDF items.
Re: Didn't see that coming
I'm not a cyclist but I regularly visit the Netherlands. There are far more cyclists and far fewer cars there, and, as a result, their towns are far more pleasant places than our car-congested British towns.
So maybe the answer is actually to have fewer cars and more cyclists.
Re: Planned Failure?
"No matter, my use case makes using FaceID a non starter (as a Motorcyclist)."
As a fellow motorcyclist, I completely fail to understand what your use case might be.
You obviously can't unlock the phone using FaceID when wearing a helmet.
But then, you can't use touch id when wearing gloves either.
So even with touch id you'd have to remove your gloves to unlock the phone.
In which case, you could just enter your pin to unlock it.
So what's the problem?
DHL probably drove up to the KFC shop, put a card through the door saying, "We tried to deliver your parcel but you were out. Please collect it from your nearest delivery depot" and drove off again.
(unlike other delivery companies, who don't even bother with the card. I'm looking at you, DPD)
"water resistance has become a feature of many devices over the last 12-18 months, but this doesn't even make the top 10 of most important features when buying a new device"
It very quickly becomes the number one most important feature when they drop their phones in the loo or the bath.
Not that I've ever done this, but I know plenty of people who have.
Re: I disagree.
"Windows Mobile - from 7.5/7.6 on......"
By which time it was far too late. I had a Windows phone even before Apple launched the iPhone and it sucked big time. Infighting within Microsoft meant that all innovation was stifled. The all-powerful Windows team wanted Windows everywhere, including places that it didn't belong - like on phones. It was years before Microsoft could address these issues and actually produce a decent phone OS. By then, they'd already lost.
I want a smart water meter
My water bill is based on the old rateable value of my 3 bedroom flat. Most of the time, it's just me and the cat there. My girlfriend lives elsewhere and my child visits at weekends.
I usually shower at the gym and child showers at the pool, after swimming. The cat refuses to take showers. My only significant water usage is the washing machine, but that's just my clothes. Child's mother does his washing and the cat's only contribution to dirty washing is occasionally peeing on things.
Despite this, my water bill is £70 a month, which is more than my gas and electricity combined. I've just applied for a smart water meter in the hope that it will reduce my water bill my considerably more than £10 a year. Though I can certainly live without smart meters for gas and electricity.
Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"
"Then what's the basis for calling it "IPA" when it's not actually destined for India?"
Because IPA is a style of beer. It's no longer brewed for export to India, but the style is popular and the name has stuck. I very much doubt that Porter is drunk by many Covent Garden market porters these days either.
You call yourself Homer, but I rather doubt that you've written any epic Greek poetry lately. Perhaps you have more in common with the yellow Duff beer drinking variety.
Re: no way of knowing that the person using the phone is the actual driver
Did you read the actual patent? It describe using the phone's camera(s) to determine whether it is the driver who is using it.
However, it's not Apple's job to enforcing the law. Why aren't they suing the police for not catching this guy before he killed someone? After all, that is their job.
Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment
Yesterdays judgement contained the following statement, "The 2015 Referendum Act was passed against a background including a very clear briefing paper to Parliamentarians explaining that the referendum would have advisory effect only."
So Parliament were told that the referrendum as only advisory whilst, as you state, the leaflet that went out to households suggests the opposite. So someone has most definitely been misled.
I looked into the TomTom action camera, but they've completely failed to cater for the needs of a huge segment of action camera users - namely helmet cameras for bikers and cyclists.
Though even GoPro haven't really figured that out either. Surprisingly, it's another British company, Drift, who seem to best understand what helmet camera users are looking for. I see so many bikers and cyclists with helmet cameras in London, that I find it odd that the manufacturers are neglecting this segment of the market.
Re: Iraq & Afghanistan veteran?
Has cause of death been established? As the BBC article states that he'd stabbed himself and a dog with a knife, the headline could just as accurately have been written as "Man dies after stabbing himself".
Until there's an autopsy, we really don't know if he died as a result of the taser, or a self-inflicted knife wound. So perhaps we shouldn't be making judgements based on what headline writers want us to think.