Re: The final furlong
3265 posts • joined 19 May 2010
The question is, are you starting from nothing, in terms of food stocks you're allowed to have, and are you only allowed to spend one pound per day, or a fiver at the start of the week?
If the former, and starting with nothing, I really doubt you could successfully buy a meal a day with just a pound. You could probably buy a bag of rice (just) on your first day, but that would be it, no meat or veg or sauce.
If you can spend a fiver at the start of the week then It would probably be doable.
Dear El Reg, having followed your advice as above, I now find great difficulty in making calls on my smartphone.
The touchscreen appears to be not as responsive as before, and the large cracks across it make viewing the screen difficult.
In addition, the phone fails to ring on occasion when an incoming call is received.
Please can you advise what I can do to improve matters.
i'm tempted, curiosity/cat/homicide and all that. but would it be a mistake to know this stuff?
would i suddenly become paranoid to discover i have an increase chance of heart attack, and then the stress which that knowledge induces could be the cause for my eventual cardiac arrest?
Only you know the answer to that, however, let's try a little experiment...
Come over here and sit down, there's something I need to tell you...
No, I really think it would be best if you sit down first...
Now look, you know you sent off for that DNA test a while ago, well...
Reminds me of Demolition man:
automated assistant: In a firm voice, order Maniac to lie down with his hands behind his back.
Squad Leader: Maniac has responded with a scornful remark.
automated assistant: Approach, and repeat ultimatum in an even firmer tone of voice. Add the words, "or else".
I weep for the next generation of users, who will be forced to wrestle with software interfaces that no longer react according to what you choose to do, but writhe about the screen like ghastly creatures with unnatural lives of their own, while the helpless user can do nothing but watch on in horror as their work gets dragged into the spectral shadows, their deadlines ripped to fleshy shreds and their very souls consumed in the vile and bestial depths of hell.
Nice sentence :-)
But above all they must understand that the challenge now is not about information technology, but about designing, developing and delivering great, user-centred digital services.
A-huh, I look forward to seeing them deliver "user-centred digital services" without information technology, should be quite a challenge...
IF the website \ program will allow it of course...
...and this is the problem, the overwhelming majority of websites and applications I use, that require a password, are still insistent on it containing capital letters, numbers and non-alphabetical characters, or limit it to 12 characters, or don't allow spaces.
I want my password to be cheese pizza with anchovies but I usually end up with B4c0n4nd3gg!
Being right-pondian, reading the word Bathroom always makes me wonder, just for a moment, why anyone would want to take a bath in a retail store - even one so exalted as an Apple store. Perhaps cleanliness is next to Jobs-liness.
Even the word Washroom conjures up an image of a hospital sluice, rather than a place to go for a piss.
Why can't you just say toilet, or if you want to be coy about it, lavatory?
quote: The separate transmission brake on Land Rover vehicles is actually a drum brake. Apart from the obvious advantages in having all the vulnerable bits inside a drum casing rather than dangling exposed under the car, drums are superior to disks as hand / emergency brakes as they are, by nature, self-servoing.
Depends on what age of vehicle - my Series 2 and 3, and my early 110 had a drum transmission brake, but my later Ninety and later Range Rovers had a disk brake. In my experience, the drum brake filled with either water or oil from the transfer box, and became quite ineffectual, not a problem with the disc.
Arnold Lieberman wrote:
I do know of someone who managed to do a whole motorway journey in her Range Rover with the handbrake on - I think a new set of pads/disks was all that was required.
It's probably safer to drive a Range Rover at speed with the handbrake applied than it would be a normal car, as the handbrake acts on a separate disk on the back of the gearbox, rather than on individual wheels.
The only danger is breaking the half shafts if you apply the handbrake suddenly whilst moving.
Speaking of party lines, anyone else remember 1 & 1 carrier (or WB900). I fitted a few of them over the years.
One subscriber had a normal analogue pair, and the other subscriber used the same pair but their audio signal was carried by modulating a 40Khz carrier signal down the same line.
Filters at the subscriber premises and exchange kept the two signals apart.
I remember we used to have problems with the carrier subscriber picking up radio signals from the BBC.
Crossed lines get their name from the first automatic phone networks, based around a "crossbar" switch
Nonsense, crossed lines predate crossbar switches by at least 20 years, and probably longer.
There were a number of reasons why you would be able to overhear another call. In the early days of paper and lead insulated cables, (still in use in the 70s and 80s) you could end up with cross-talk between pairs if the cable got wet.
For actual interconnection of calls, these could be caused by the operator plugging a call into the wrong jack, and later, on Strowger exchanges, they could be caused by the wiper stepping to the wrong contact due to relay stutter.
Do you know, Eadon has made a post which did not contain one instance of the word "Microsoft", nor did it try to tie in any aspect of the article to a certain Redmond based company.
Have an upvote, take two aspirin and go and lie down...
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019