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I didn't think that DVDs and LCD displays (as per the picture) existed in 1989?
51 posts • joined 4 Nov 2009
I didn't think that DVDs and LCD displays (as per the picture) existed in 1989?
So are you saying that i can walk down the High Street with a Taser in my pocket (or utility belt) and not have any concern about being stopped, jumped on, handcuffed and arrested? Perish the thought that i might actually point it at someone!
"The monitor sits in a drawer now, and has been for maybe 2 years as it was costing me a fortune in AA batteries!!"
...that's a good point - I wonder if the DfBEIS factored the cost of batteries in their energy (un)savings?
"Chen says one of his “now-retired colleagues worked on real-time compression, and he told me that the Alpha AXP processor was very weak on bit-twiddling instructions".
I guess that Chen doesn't know what the "R" is "RISC" means!
...would that be the newspaper the puts all its weekend supplements, leaflets etc. in a, er, single use plastic bag?
If compromised, you can change your password - but you can't change your voice!
Re: "That's only true for those who upgraded from an originally OEM license..."
It is a good job that Microsoft made that transparently clear in their upgrade nagware popups - er, they did, didn't they?
I wonder how many more of these "very generous schemes" (already greatly funded by the money we pay into the EU) will suddenly appear over the next two months?
I guess that timing is everything :(
Re: Si 1
"One more thought: If the EU really is so vindictive and malign towards countries leaving, then surely we are better off getting out from being controlled by them?"
Forget the economic arguments - this alone is enough to justify leaving! With "friends" like this, who needs enemies?
But are you comparing the energy density of methanol to hydrogen at room temperature and pressure?
"Rail systems are mostly paid by its users."
In the UK, rail companies receive billions of pounds per year in subsidies (on average, several pence per passenger mile). I don't know the actual percentage compared with paid-for fares, but it is probably quite a lot!
"Road systems are mostly paid by the taxes."
That'll be the taxes in the form of duty on fuel, and VAT on the fuel and the duty, and the road fund licence wotsit, and car tax, and car insurance tax etc - £50-odd billions worth every year, of which only a tiny fraction is spent back on the roads!
No wonder motorists think that they are treated unfairly.
Re: "Consumer wise same in the UK, unless it is against your statutory rights, basically at point of sale you and the retailer enter into a contract and all terms and conditions that need to be adhered to must be clearly displayed at that point, not 10 meters back on a wall in white text on a white background or sealed in a box, otherwise your statutory rights apply and anything else you can get away with."
...and Microsoft did _just_ that for me this morning!
Booting my (work) PC i received a popup dialogue saying that i could not continue unless i *accept* a licence agreement. The popup did not say what program or application it was from, and the licence agreement link said...
PLEASE NOTE: Your use of this software is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement by which you acquired this software. For instance, if you are:
• a volume license customer, use of this software is subject to your volume license agreement.
• a MSDN customer, use of this software is subject to the MSDN agreement.
You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft or its licensed distributors.
...and that was it.
The Vogons were nothing but fluffy kittens compared to Microsoft!
"Those old enough to have worked with VMS will probably smile at your post."
...and lucky enough ;) :)
..but he (she) did it anonymously (er, wait a minute!).
Is it ironic that the photo at the top of the article has the police car number plate obscured? ;)
> I am having trouble understanding your brand of paranoia:
Thank you for your concern ;)
> * You have issues with accepting cookies from support.microsoft.com
Absolutely, indeed i block cookies from most websites, although i allow them for the session on say, e-commerce sites, so that my shopping basket works. With regards to Microsoft specifically, at work i don't block cookies, and because i have various accounts for MSDN etc., when i go to the support website it must find some old cookie and decides that i need to logon to see the site. But it DOESN'T tell me what account it wants me to login under (MSDN, live, 365 or whatever)! Trying the same from home (with no cookies) works fine (no login required). That is unnecessary complexity, monitoring and meddling.
> * Yet you apparently continue to use Windows. Else why would you care about GWX?
I have been using Windows for nigh on 30 years (starting on a VAXmate in the mid eighties). Over that time it gradually got better up to XP, stumbled badly with Vista but then recovered well with Windows 7. Since then it has exponentially got worse in almost all respects, so i WILL continue to use Windows, but on "7" only, and will be planning a migration soon ready for support ending (or nag-ware/slurping going too far).
> * And you don't routinely use your favourite browser's private browsing mode. You indeed seem to imply ignorance of it.
I have already tried your link in Private Browsing mode, and it doesn't work there either - although that is probably because i am blocking the cookies anyway. I actually go much further than Private Browsing, and use the likes of NoScript and RequestPolicy etc. There are too many 3rd-party hangers-on out there for my liking (and it speeds up browsing muchly).
> I don't know, really. Is there a real issue you're facing, or are you just making up objections, at this point?
The issue is, i can't see the contents of the link that you posted due to Microsoft's unnecessary messing!
> And a similar, but more general, question to the downvoters:
FWIW, i didn't downvote you, indeed if i could read the article and it was useful, i would probably have given you an upvote.
Sadly that website insists that you "Please enable cookies and refresh the page" (without telling you exactly which cookie they want enabling) - thus slurping even more info about you :)
You are a member of the El Reg community, a CEO and someone who seems to know what he is talking about (in IT at least) - i salute you!
Nothing to See heAr?
My Dad is with TalkTalk, and several weeks ago they sent him an e-mail offering F-Secure "SuperSafe Boost" for "a tiny £2 a month". He did not take up the offer.
Then, just over a week ago he received an (unsolicited) e-mail directly from email@example.com (confirmed by the headers and not just the "From:" address) , greeting him by name and offering what looks like a free 8-seat licence for "F-SECURE SAFE!".
So if TalkTalk have passed on his e-mail address and name to a third party, what else have they given away without permission?
"Currently the only way to avoid these scum is to avoid MS' products."
How, exactly, would this work?
...but it kept him in business, so he could keep many, many, R&D jobs in the UK, along with the IP for today and tomorrow!
Er, i'm keeping quiet here ;)
AC posted: "Less than half the population have access to a car"
...really? Which planet does this population that you refer to exist on? Certainly not the UK!
Wow - that is the MOST cookies that i have ever had to accept to watch a mere video!
"We have a 900kw community owned turbine on this island. With the money it made so far we now have two free to use electric cars and two diesel/electric buses. There is also money available for local start-ups.
We also have a domestic 6kw turbine and it's making ~£6000 p.a."
...and where exactly does this "money" come from?
Is it from independent businesses who are willingly purchasing their energy from the most efficient supplier, or is it via massive green subsidies and compulsary eco-surcharges on top of existing energy bills?
@Anonymous Coward - Wednesday 18th September 2013 15:28 GMT
"All fine until you are taken suddenly ill on business at the other end of the country and the Paramedics and A&E docs treating the now unconscious you are unaware that you're allergic to some common medications and that your condition is ongoing, is chronic, and responds only to one of the less common protocols."
...all fine so long as said paramedic/A&E actually know definitively who you are, which might not be possible it you are unconscious under the back of a bus! If you are highly allergic to something or have a serious medical condition, some sort of medical bracelet/tag would be far better (and also will work in other countries).
"The trick in all of this is to make sure that the right people can see your medical history at the right time without anyone else being able to see it."
But this will never happen - you medical record will be sold to the highest bidder (with the plan already in place) and PCs/fondleslabs will be left with default/open passwords allowing anyone access.
Once you let the (electronic medical record) genie out of the bottle you will never get it back!
Do you have proof of these so-called "edits"?
You obviously haven't driven on the A38 between Bassetts Pole and Weeford (near Birmingham) then.
They installed rear-facing SPECS as part of a reduction in the speed limit of a safe out-of-town dual carriageway from 70mph to 60mph.
Nowt to do with the regular bikers meets at "The Pole" every Tuesday night in summer! ;)
"I expect them to monitor chatter looking for interesting key words and then apply for a warrant to then read such interesting data, and find out 99%, probably, that it isn't."
I am sure that most people won't have a problem with the authorities listening in to "public" chatter - that's what the old "Bobby on the beat" used to do, as in, keep an eye open for anything (publlically) suspicious.
What people DON'T want is the authorities steaming open our letters, installing cameras in our bedrooms and generally treating everyone (apart from said "authorities") as a latent crimimal!
They also don't want plod to be kicking their door in because they happened to twit the word "darkie" or "bomb" or "prism".
...but by definition, they _have_ to intercept the content to know that it is actual content (to be ignored) rather than header or footer information!
Obfuscation as an art - Mr Hague :rolleyes:
"Saying the last 20 years haven't shown an increase is meaningless. It doesn't discount the much longer trend."
...but if the warmists says things like "CO2 is going to destroy the planet and levels have just hit the highest ever, ever, ever" yet global temperature hasn't increased in 16-odd years then surely the skeptics can say "this sounds like a load of bollocks!".
"Its about as clever as people saying "It snowed! See, no global warming"."
...but if the warmists says that it "will never, ever, ever, snow again on top of Snowdon" - and it does, then maybe yet again the Skeptics can say that the warmists are "talking bollocks"!
Merka seems to have replaced the whole justice system with commercial plea bargaining.
Er, if it wasn't for Bletchley, you would probably be paying your "taxpayer money" to a different country!
So can LOCOG sue the Merkins for illegally using the phrase "Olympic Games" during 2012 without written permission or an offer of sponsorship?
"Ofc most ppls answer will be "build more generators", but that ain't an option in this scenario -
A) controlled brown-outs; or
B) every man for himself?"
..or more likely...
We aren't currently generating enough power, what shall we do?
A) Turn on a generator that emits more than our legal (and made up) quota of carbons and invoke the wrath of the hippies; or
B) implement controlled brown-outs because we can!
"You're not. You're making sure that your milk is bottled/packaged in the UK. It is illegal to advertize milk by producing nation, provided that nation is an EU member."
So why does my bottle of "Duchy Originals from Waitrose" milk say "Produced by a small group of West Country farmers in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, chosen for their high standards of animal welfare"??
Despite you being a "cyclist" ;) i'll give you a thumbs-up for pointing out the weaknesses of H2, and checkout the Jermins who plan(ned) to make C/LNG out of those nasty "carbons" - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/06/german_synthetic_natural_gas/
Just gotta ramp up the new-kew-laaars for an on-going supply of car-juice!
Can somebody please explain exactly where the electrons from the Feed In Tariff actually go? Surely, unless someone else on your "local electricity subnet" needs them at that exact (and we are talking about "speed of light") time then they will just heat up your underground cables?
As far as i am aware, you can't pump electricity up through your local sub-station (transformer) and back into "the grid" itself?
40-odd pence a unit to heat up your pavement seems like an incredible waste of money!
I see the BBC are continuing with their "quality" reporting at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12869184 (Japan nuclear plant: Radioactivity rises in sea nearby)
Regarding "Levels of radioactive iodine in the sea near the tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant are 1,250 times higher than the safety limit," they quote Hidehiko Nishiyama (spokesman for Japan's Nuclear Safety Agency) as saying "And, since [the iodine] has a half-life of eight days, by the time people eat the sea products its amount is likely to have diminished significantly.", but completely misinterpret it as "the radiation will no longer be a risk after eight days".
I think that Chris Hogg (in Tokyo) must have drunk too much bottled water!
Just checked mine, and that is VERY naughty :(
That will be me off their newsletter list, and checking any order e-mails for similar spying!
Which is why those "nice" people at the Highway's Robbery^H^H^H^H^H^H^HAgency have just installed REAR facing SPECS/ANPR on the A38 between Weeford Island and Bassett's Pole (that's in WarksStaffWestMidlandshire). Oh, and they have reduced the speed limit on a dual carriageway from 70mph to 60mph just to help catch more fish :(
Nowt to do with the regular bike meets on a Summer Tuesday's evening hey?
Maybe he has a point? Perhaps we should keep the ID card system in place just for the likes of Blindgett and his type who need to fly to a very limited number of countries or "open a bank account" on a regular basis.
We could then avoid the various contract cancellation charges (although scale things back quite a lot) and in ten years time (or should he change his address or phone number, far sooner) we can divide the running costs (circa £17B i believe) by the number of card holders and charge him said amount for renewal!
...and do the same in another ten years, and another ten years ;)
What a stupid twunt!
After initially thinking WTF, i listened to all 6 parts - and i admit that i had a tear or two in my eye. Awesome!
Now checking out the various links to see if i can buy this - so much for the DRM-tards who think that the Internet is killing music.
...that i can have all of my incandescent light bulbs back then, thank you, please?
"This person has protected their tweets."
But i thought that these machines didn't "store" the image, so how were you able to see it??
But by law the power companies have to check your meters every couple of years anyway (to make sure that they are still safe/haven't been tampered with) so these "smart" meters are not going to do away with the meter readers!
And how long do they last before they need replacing/re-calibrating? More visits - probably before the initial roll-out has even finished?
Obviously there are no higher priority issues going on at the moment, er?
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