Will those prices increases be reversed when the GBP goes back up?
No thought not!
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Will those prices increases be reversed when the GBP goes back up?
No thought not!
This is from about 25 years ago, I didn't pursue it as a career, but since I worked in the offices organising the incoming and outgoing loads, this is the insight I received.
"Assuming it's a full load every time, that might work. A significant number of loads, eg beer to supermarkets, are not full loads."
Suppliers to the warehouse were mostly full loads. The warehouse staff would unload the delivery trailer whilst the driver had his "break", a legal requirement.
"Supermarkets tend to do their own deliveries to stores with all products on one truck and each truck doing multiple drops other than to the very largest superstores"
Each store received at least 2 deliveries per day; "chilled/frozen" and "ambient". If there were special offers or some sort of promotion there would be extra deliveries. I imagine the frequency of the deliveries increased at Christmas and other large festivals/holiday periods. Most of the trucks in the yard were 38 ton articulated vehicles (semis to our North American chums).
There were a fleet of smaller, "Less Than a Load", vehicles for hard to reach/smaller stores.
I see this as the beginning of a significant change in the trucking industry in less populated parts of the World. Possibly the largest expense of trucking is the driver. The driver needs compensation, needs a licence which must be maintained and they will probably cost more than the capital cost of the tractor/rig. With Otto doing most of the highway driving the driver will only be needed for the more awkward parts of the journey.
The reality is and has been demonstrated by this exercise, the technical part is relatively easy, the cultural and legal hurdles will be much more challenging, but I expect they will be overcome. At the moment Otto drives with a police escort, cars used to be escorted by a human with a flag.
Just bought my first Apple product this year and I have also been mightily impressed by it's sleep/hibernate functionality. As a frequent Linux user this was iffy to some degree. It's so long since I used a MS laptop that I can't remember if it worked or not. I suspect not.
As for purchasing this. UK Consumer Credit protection applies irrespective of where the product was purchased. If a product is purchased on a UK credit card, you are entitled to the protection it affords. That peace of mind is worth the little extra % when buying abroad.
My father worked several countries, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and others, during the 1960s, well before the UK was in the EEC and before the EU guaranteed free movement of people.
He was sponsored by his employers and granted a visa to work in those countries. At the very least there would be a return to that system. It might not be as simple or trouble free as simply turning up at the airport, but even if you did work overseas for any length of time, some sort of tax number and identity document would be required.
I bought my father an Acer a year ago. He wanted a small, cheap laptop for email when travelling.
I bought him an Acer V5 something, 11 inch 1366x768 jobbie, I think it had 2 GB of RAM. I upgraded the RAM and Win 8.1 seemed happy enough. On his return to the UK he couldn't charge it and contacted Aced UK who although having no responsibility for the machine, took it for an under warranty repair and supplied a new power supply. The upgraded memory remained in place, but the hard drive was re-imaged, which about par for the course these days.
I have no interest in Acer other than this PC.
I live in Hong Kong which is well known for high humidity. My 2011, UK purchased Toshiba laptop hasn't suffered with keyboard failure, yet.
The hinge on the screen is beginning to wear and with a 1600x900 screen I should have returned it, but it was replacing a few desktops with VMs so I needed the 16GB.
The 2009 purchased NB 200 netbook works a treat though.
If they go, they go, I'll probably buy something else anyway next time!
I disagree. Keep fiddling and trying stuff out. You'll break it loads of times, but you'll learn as you do.
I would recommend fiddling on a VM image first if your NUC has valuable data.
Icon, because you know you'll detonate something.
It might be worth reaching out to your local Linux user group, most have some sort of mailing list and some even have local meets where you can bring a PC.
Info on UK specific LUGs can be found here:
Are inconvenient for all kinds of activity. Your choices are:
2) Don't comply and face the consequences.
3) Don't go there.
These people are trying it on. Trying to circumvent liability and taxes.
This is beginning to look like an offence under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act, 1990.
3. A person is guilty of an offence if—
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if—
(a) he does any act which causes an unauthorised modification of computer
(b) at the time when he does the act he has the requisite intent and the requisite knowledge
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above the requisite intent is an intent to cause a
modification of the contents of any computer and by so doing—
(a) to impair the operation of any computer;
(b) to prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer; or
(c) to impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data.
(3) The intent need not be directed at—
(a) any particular computer;
(b) any particular program or data or a program or data of any particular kind; or
(c) any particular modification or a modification of any particular kind.
(4) For the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above the requisite knowledge is knowledge that any modification he intends to cause is unauthorised.
If I've configured my computer not receive updates and Microsoft ignores that configuration and the updates are being re-applied I think Section 3 would apply.
It would be hard for Microsoft to deny they have the requisite knowledge since they wrote Windows and the updates.
A new version of an OS could well impair the operation of a computer, especially if some feature has been removed that an application required.
You'll need to mine a lot of bitcoins to pay for your data centre in HK.
Over US $1,000,000 for an apartment that is the size of a few TEU.
As with everything here, it's cheap until you have to find somewhere to put it.
It's been a while, but I thought Midsommer Murders and Miss Marple were on ITV.
A Linux desktop would make a lot of sense for my team.
The bulk of our efforts run on Linux and being able to develop on the target platform makes perfect sense. There's no reason why office productivity has to happen on Linux, cutting code would make life a bit easier for everyone.
@ the thumb down,
Care to enlighten me with what I said that offended you?
4x USB 2
PS/2 2 Mouse
and it surfs the Internet, runs productivity apps and is useful as a general desktop
I don't know about Apple being drunk, I would need to be to part with $1 to buy such a laptop.
As someone who conducts code reviews, there is no need to bad mouth people's efforts.
A code review should involve the contributors and be a dialogue explaining why/how something is changing and how that fits within the design and architecture. The accountable person considers this thinking and works with the contributors to guide them to taking the vision forward.
That sounds like middle management waffle, but it's still better than standing on a chair/desk and screaming at people telling them how useless they are. In that scenario no-one wins and the only achievement is higher blood pressure.
Plenty of electric bikes in China, did Ford copy the Chinese on this one?
Way back in 1991 I was at University working on Sun IPC (or IPX) and Sparstation workstations. Most of the time they ran OLVWM which was a virtualised desktop; i.e. you could scroll around the desktop. I think Open Look's predecessor, SunView had something similar, my boss at the time preferred it, I didn't and it looked "old hat".
I also played with TWM, but I don't remember whether it had workspaces/desktops or was simply virtual.
On Windows 3.0 and 3.1 at home, I installed "BackDesk" which implemented a large virtual desktop; Big Desk; and Back Menu which provided a right click menu on the desktop. I even used this as my shell rather than Program Manager.
Moving forward a few years to 1994 CDE on HPUX and probably other implementations, had a multiple desktop feature, which included different wallpapers. HP Dashboard, Windows 3.1 also provided a similar look and feel on Windows.
Multiple Desktops have been on Windows since Windows 2000 and as discussed earlier there are Power Toys etc which can be downloaded to make this happen. Unfortunately MS are of the ilk where they like to receive $ for extra features and multiple simultaneous users is one of those features. Whist Windows has had this functionality in some form or other for some time, it's not widely documented and poorly implemented. For example there is no API to move a window between desktops.
Big Desk & Back Menu: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.os.ms-windows.misc/Te1gXAwjhSo
HP Dashboard: http://home.comcast.net/~mernykdesign/BgHP3.htm
Windows Desktops: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx
Multiple desktops, yes please it would prove very when tailing sets of log files for multple process in different environments and still work on other issues.
Previously there was a Power Toy called "X Mouse". Originally this was a single "ini file" hack in Windows 3.0 / 3.1, then the Power Toy and finally several registry hacks.
I ended up with Option #3 but the values were different for me.
Can MS please implement "Focus Follows Mouse" as well, and make it configurable in a way that it's usable.
El Reg, can I have a "grumpy old man" icon?
Hong Kong's Octopus card already works on trains, buses, green mini-bus and ferries. You can auto re-charge from your credit card and use it fir purchases.
What's missing is taxis and cross-border integration with the Shenzhen Tong.
When the French speak about tax harmonisation, they want the rest of of the world to have the same taxes as the French. How about having competitive taxes that attract business rather than victimise it?
You mean like this one from 198x
...And no onecwas really in charge that's convenient because no will be fired.
Multiple phones and they drive as if they are walking. If a vehicle pulls in front of you, you swerve to avoid them. If you are hit in the side it's the 3rd party's, the one who hit you, fault. Ignore the fact there were no signals or communication and you were possibly on the wrong side of tge road. This in the reasonbly sensible city if Shenzhen. YMMV in more remote areas.
Sony is still on my "Don't Buy" list. The PS4 might have been granted an exception, but this isn't likely now.
1) I don't put my personal stuff (mp3, videos etc) in a cloud where they can be inspected by corps, govs etc.
2) Why would a buy a machine that does significantly less than the one I have
3) I still haven't forgiven Sony for removing "Other OS" from the PS3
5) Owning the content and the delivery mechanism could be a conflict of interests.
Sony peaked with decent hifi and the Walkman 25 years ago, it's been largely down hill from there. Blu Ray and the PS2 & 3 are the exceptions.
One day "They" gave me a new PC, ooo goodie, squeels of delight my 5 year old Dell (Core 2 duo) was swapped for a HP i5. They even made sure to move the extra graphics cards (4 screens, 1280x1024). It was delivered to my desk with the usual service, it has Windows and Office. Wonderful! Now I can spend 2 days installing software.
What did become apparent, within about 2 hours was my right wrist was beginning to hurt (no sniggering at the back!). Along with swapping out the PC the keyboard and mouse had been swapped. Until that point I hadn't given the previous one much thought. After 5 years it was looking used, the silver paint on the buttons had warn off and the beige plastic was visible underneath, but it was still usable.
This new fangled HP mouse must have been the cheapest mouse on the list. Some quick googling led me to a reasonably ergonomic Logitech jobby (M500) with a funky wheel that could go click-click-click or at the press of a button it could just spin wildly and my wrist was much happier.
Whilst I appreciate, that delivering stuff for a price is king and I could have argued about the mouse with HR / Occupational Health / <insert relative dept here>, I just invested 35 GBP of my own money and bought what I wanted. When I relocated, my mouse came with me, no arguments or bother.
Given this, if I found the need, I would willingly swap out anything I found particularly annoying. The human-computer interface is the one you need to have working. It doesn't need to work for HR or the IT dept. Fine if they can help, but you're the one in pain.
Thanks for the brief intro. I've never really taken a look at FreeBSD. I sort of know it exists and is "similar" to Linux in that's its a Unix based OS with a different licence.
My Fiancée's desktop PC has it. There's tons of crud on it and I'm not sure what is what because it's all in Chinese.
Until now it thought this was a re-skinned version IE.
There's one who seems live up a mountain in Scotland and now Lester lives up a mountain in Spain. Are they trying to hide from someone?
"Sharepoint is SVN/GIT for management"
Thank you, that cheered up my afternoon.
I hadn't noticed the width of cattle class seats (trains or planes) getting wider. My netbook fitted nicely on the tray tables found in cattle class. My old school 15 inch laptop was a total failure for that. I shall mourn the passing of these little wonders.
Let's hop someone takes a leaf out of the Raspberry Pi (and similar), ups the RAM, adds a screen and keyboard. I'll happily run Linux on ARM.
The EU will investigate an impose tariff limits.
In a similar manner I have chosen not buy any more Sony hardware. They decided what I could use my hardware for, after the fact I had purchased it. These decisions have implications. Sony are no longer trusted enough to provide hardware and services. Generally speaking, if I can avoid Sony, I will.
That's so you buy another device, iPhone that has the GPS, but a rubbish maps app. Are the maps the same in the mini iPad?
Because someone will pay money for it and you can take a cut.
I've flown a good few miles in the last year or so. Radio transmitter must be switched off. Specifically mentioned are devices using WIFI and cellular phones.
Is it possible to store 13 hours (LHR to HKG) of video in 8 GB?
Back in the real world, local storage is much more important than Google give credit. Local sorage allows you to do stuf away from the internet. Chromebooks are simularly limited.
I once had an update for Linux Mint that removed the nVidia drivers for my desktop (double headed) PC. After a fresh install Mint repeated the update with the same effect. Sometimes being a ludite is the best option. After that debarcle, I switched to Debian Squeeze (Stable)
All of my calls to my Fianceé are important and all of them are conducted over Skype. I live in the UK and she lives in Hong Kong. Other family members are also geographically distributed, my Sister lives in New Zealand and my parents in South Wales and using Skype as become as important as the regular telephone or snail mail.
If for some reason Skype doesn't work; I use Linux, my Fianceé uses iOS then we resort to alternative options.
I don't describe DSL as mission critical, I describe it as the cheapest available option, but it is not the only option. I seem to manage quite well with Lebara Sim card for DR/BCP.
Computer Misuse Act, 1990. Section 1
Unauthorised access to computer material.
(1)A person is guilty of an offence if—
(a)he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer [F1, or to enable any such access to be secured] ;
(b)the access he intends to secure [F2, or to enable to be secured,] is unauthorised; and
(c)he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case.
(2)The intent a person has to have to commit an offence under this section need not be directed at—
(a)any particular program or data;
(b)a program or data of any particular kind; or
(c)a program or data held in any particular computer.
Possibly section 3 as well, but that may depend on the EULA
I must admit, I deleted the Facebook App sometime ago and despite their nagging website I refuse to install it.
IANAL - I wish I was though!
Yes if they stump up the Tele Tax.
Having a shorter refresh cycle increases Intel's revenue, but only because it hurts mine.
My 2004 era laptop is working fine and has 1040 vertical pixels.
I wonder if they patented it?
and my money stays in my bank account until they're released.
It means "We're going to look at what people are discussing between themselves and publish that as if it were news."
It sounds so less fun and hip when the Mediaspeak is removed.
They cost a bit, but their technical staff are pretty good. They don't do unbundled.
I would still be using them if BT could have fixed their infrastructure. My line = 1500 Mbs, next door = 4500 Mbs
Photograph the original transformer next to today's new paper as proof of Pior Art.
Do they suffer from hypertension?
I went to the pub and interacted with real people.
with a greater degree of success using far fewer resources.
We send Chris Hune and is clunkiest around the world at great expense, to agree nothing except to have another meeting. If that had been me, I would make them pay their expenses and the fire them.
...drinking water doesn't reduce dehydration, or some such...
Maybe if I stick the 95% pure stuff my thirst will be quenched.