Once upon a time
Once upon a time there was Nokia, they made and sold so many phones you were never far from someone who would lend you a charger... shame thats changed.
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Once upon a time there was Nokia, they made and sold so many phones you were never far from someone who would lend you a charger... shame thats changed.
It would be better if they insisted that plugs and sockets were correctly physically fitted and designed to last. Lost 2 laptops due to the pathetic connector falling off the mother board taking half its tracks with it. My nice shiny new mobile phones charger connector (USB) already doesnt change most of the time because the cable is already knackered - after about 10 times of use! My old Nokias still work, still charge with a very simple connector.
Lets have some basic quality criteria imposed on companies... if something fails within 5 years they replace the product for free, ensure no data is lost in the process, ensure the new product is compatible with the old in use (i.e. no, I dont want a crappy windows 10 replacement where office doesnt work, outlook is crap and I cant use more than one program very slowly because it uses so much memory to say hello world it needs a cray to run on, I want windows nt which functions)
Actually you need the licence to watch ANY broadcast.. including nonBBC, amazing but true... even includes your satellite viewing.
It will be worse, in Germany you need a TV licence for a radio or the internet. In fact they even managed to take a guy to court despite he lived in the woods with no electric.
But you are right the TV licence people dont use a detector van any more, they just send a letter a week to any address with no licence and a thug a month.
'can I come in and check...' NO... another visit, the court, the police, and ... oh but you haven't a tv followed by a carry on of the pre discovery carry on.. they dont even give up if you die
The BBC is just the governments propaganda machine anyway. Fund from general taxation and cut all the costs out straight off. They have a list of all the houses in the UK without a licence and bombard you with letters and visits demanding that YOU prove to them you dont need a licence with very threatening letters. Frankly better off without any of it.
BBC can be funded by either:
a) general taxation
b) pay per view/subscription like sky
d) selling their 'wonderful' programs (mmm... teletubbies, total crud, perhaps by having to sell the programs they might just decide to make programs worth the effort????)
The tv licence model is broken, out of date and ridiculous, like most other government taxation.
Long over due to move to a single tax and single benefit system so we can really understand just how much we are being screwed by the government of the day.
By the time Microsoft has sent your data to the Americans, that porn virus has copied it to everyone else, what the browser does is a bit of a waste. If you think that your android or apple are any better I wouldnt put a penny on it. Heaven only knows what goes on in the code of linux either... yeah, we may know about the kernel but what about the other stuff wrapped up in that distribution or the apps you need
Governments dont want the plebs to get together and find out how much the rich are getting richer and more powerful while the plebs are shafted, after all its the rich that fund them
Not judging by Sues needs and the ghostly gold tops
With the large raids it wasnt over a few minutes more like an hour or so
The Americans got the size of the gallon wrong not us, so its miles per gallon not miles per mistake
1000 what? 1000 multiples of a lump of metal in Paris... who cares, give me proper measurements
He has to be one of the biggest wastes of space in government
An online booking system will save lives? Rot, having doctors receptionists actually answer their phones might.
I guess this will be yet another NHS project outsourced to a French company at £1500 per engineer per day, they will pay a bunch in Bangalore £10 a month, fail to deliver and we will then pay them another few million to cancel the waste of time. You can guarantee what the government will NOT do is actually spend a few of those quid on some software engineers and managers in the UK cutting our unemployment.
Nokia had clipper... basically a linux made from android... very very cut down :) All that superflous crud you dont need to make a phone call was gone
wonderful to be morse coding things to anyone that wants to watch
Come to think of it, is the idea really that new... after all shops blinked lights at each other in ww1
And we had big fire beacons long before that
They say the younger generation is clever beyond our wildest dreams yet a simple test with a simple robot and they crumble. No wonder most of them cant even change a car wheel
Those unrestricted geniuses apparently all voted to stay in the EU, maybe their robot told them? Always thought there was something a bit suspicious about libdems and Cameron
No european country has the forces capable of going to war. We all have Americans stationed on our soil, its not to protect us from the Russians but to remind us who holds the military muscle now - largely because they took all of Britains money while we protected the world from Hitler. The American navy represents over half the whole worlds fleet of naval vessels as one example of why we will do what they say. There will be no european war because we have a head master standing over us all with a huge cane, one that wont hurt but will completely remove our entire backside if we dare to speak loudly to each other
Nothing abusive in the phrases used for those who want an exit? Typical comment.
And NO, I dont want everything to remain as it is. A massive bill for a huge and growing trade imbalance, companies moving to eastern europe to enjoy the subsidies we provide while there is no barrier to sending the goods back to us (Range Rover production is but the most recent of many that have been going on since long before any talk of leaving). A massive labour supply for a dwindling number of jobs means that today I am being offered software contracts at rates of only 75% of the rate I was earning 20 years ago. Yes thats right, considerably LESS despite inflation. And I am not the only one to see wages fall, ask anyone in manufacturing, building etc. etc.
Yes, I am looking for a massive structural change, a change back to a situation where WE are in control of our destiny and able to make decisions about investment to ensure we have the capability to employ our people and pay them well. Look at China and Brazil, both growing with massive tariff fences to protect their home producers backed up by rules requiring people to set up factories in country to access their markets (Brazils is smaller than ours), these countries are getting factories set up, investments made, people employed and exports growing - a very different situation to our own. Not everyone can have a degree in maths and a job gambling on stocks and shares, we need real people doing real jobs producing real things and making (not hording) real money.
We are voluntarily part of a very large outfit, but one that seems intent on ensuring German manufacturing supremacy and French farming sloth before amalgamating all of us into a united states of europe. This is not what the bulk of the British want and even those frightened or deluded into voting remain first in '75 and then again in the last vote seem to not understand where we are going and the damage already done and the worst that is to come from staying in.
I have no issue with having immigration when I am no longer paying unemployment benefits to 20% of the working age population, seeing another 30% supported by tax credits because their employer wont pay a decent wage and they can only find part time work, never mind the bloated 30% who work for the government mainly in made up jobs that arent needed. In Victorian times a much smaller Whitehall ran an empire covering the globe, now they cant run London without help.
We DO make decent products and have shown repeatedly that we can make world beating ones, yet the Europeans will NOT buy from us, I am in Sweden at the moment, their government buys alcohol for Sweden (pubs dont go direct to breweries), ALL the IPA in Sweden is imported from America, flown over the country that invented the ale and produces the best IPA in the world, thats just how much our 'friends' support or want us. While we invest billions a year in Merc and BMW for our Police, Ambulance etc etc the Germans do not have 1 single foreign vehicle purchased by any government department at all. Balanced trade? Same rules? Reasonable? No to all.
Yes we will still travel to the EU, they have visa free access for 3 month holidays to a number of outsid countries, 99.9% of Brits dont go to the EU for more than 2 weeks a year. Yes they will still visit us because we will do the same. There will still be immigration in both directions because neither side is going to block visa applications from people coming to work and contribute in areas where the skills are required, this is no different to skilled people moving to the US, Australia or frankly anywhere else. Yes we will still buy their stuff (all be it that a tariff will be charged so we will buy less), they will still buy most of the paltry amounts they buy despite tariffs. Because we are setting up new we can set (and later adjust) our tariffs to suit our needs, so high on cars and maybe lower on some food , raw material etc.
We will be able to negotiate trade deals for ourselves, we are a huge market, we can set those deals up so that we have neutral or maybe positive trade balances with the other countries because we dont have to worry about German cars, French cheese and Italian wine. We can set government purchasing policy to exclude buying from abroad (quite legal if we are open about it). Some of those we in theory can do in the EU, most not. That which we can do we are told by our spineless foreign loving British hating politicians (after all wouldnt you rather an expenses paid working trip - cough cough - to a nice southern european beech resort to a wet day in Glasgow with that Scottish woman ranting in your ear) that it is not possible because of EU rules to invest in Rover, LDV, ERF et al, that the French, Germans, Italians and Spanish governments invest in their industry doesnt appear to disprove them, but not having the EU rules to hide behind we will be able to insist on what is best for the country .
Depends how you measure size and what you are comparing against.
In surface area we are pretty small... probably near the bottom of the league.
In terms of economy we are near the top - within the top 10, now I know that includes the over inflated house prices but most countries include their own over inflated property in their measure. Now do you take a cut off point of say 75% of the biggest economy to make your 'medium size' or do you take a % band in the whole list... almost regardless we still class as big
In terms of might of arms we really have let things slip, primarily because we think the states will ride to our aid (er... we clearly didnt learn much from the Falklands or the Americans active hostility to Suez, or indeed the fact that a large portion of Americans hate the Brits so much they funded the IRA and used WW1 and WW2 as a way of attempting our destruction). However although with our armed forces in their current pathetically impoverished state we can do little we would still be able to delver a fairly unpleasant nuclear based sting to someone)
I do contend though that all in this makes us a large nation about to take charge in a good number of areas.
Then time to go and find yourself something vaguely modern.
Just had some replacement parts for some old toy trains made, these 3d printers are more than capable of smooth rounded edges.
Would have to try this console but the write up doesnt encourage actually spending on it
The libdems should be hung then :)
You mean HMRC has no ability to collect tariffs on imports from non-EU countries???? All we have to do is add the names of the EU countries to those we need to collect tariffs from. Simple really. We probably should adjust the tariffs but if that is too difficult then just leave them alone.
Yet another 'oh Brexit is hard' story from a bunch of remainer civil servants and mps... it is TRIVIAL! I could sort brexit in a day.
Dont give them the slab of cash remainer May wants to , slap massive import duties on BMW, Merc, Renault and Citroen, put a 75% content made in Britain requirement on ALL tax payer funded purchases with an automatic 5% ratchet every 2 years (so in 10 years 100% UK made), all overseas aid in UK goods and services, put our own satellites up, scrap the order for F35s and Typhoons and go back to building our own, set up a commercial airline manufacture here (again) and have landing prices at UK airports treble if you arent using a UK built plane. In short, stop arsing around and realise we HAVE to start making stuff and standing on our own feet. 40 years of destroying British industry has bought us unemployment, an unaffordable trade deficit and enormous social issues. Hiding the damage by pretending that house price inflation is somehow GDP has led to major housing problems so sort that out with a single flat benefit and single flat tax. The benefit will NOT be enough to live in London so you will have to move... same as I as a tax payer funding benefits have had to move further and further away from work to find somewhere affordable. The single tax would probably be best on property .... a few hundred per square foot should probably do it with relief for manufacturing plant, greater releif if they are exporting and relief for productive farm land.
Dont do it, it isnt needed, if the cops want to catch a criminal they can do it the old fashioned way that worked for years, catch them in the act, chase them down, cuff them
Especially the poop story.
Germany puts poop bags for free in holders in popular walking areas, even on mainstreets where dogs are welcome (in Germany they are also welcome in pubs, shops, restaurants, cafes, trains, shopping centres etc etc etc). Because the bags are ALWAYS available and always near a bin (even if for whatever reason the stock of bags in your coat pocket has run out) you find that the dog turds are picked up and thrown away (in the bin, unlike in the UK where on the odd occasion someone happens to have a bag when needed the turd is collected and then left on the ground in a plastic bag - meaning it will not get naturally cleaned up)
Its very very simple and much cheaper to administer and doesnt require intrusive databases and collection of samples, lab time and so on.
One way only screws are available easily enough, most extension blocks in the UK use these nasty pieces (they are typically slot head screws but with a slope on the 'undo' direction rather than the flat surface so as you try and unscrew then the driver merely slides up, when doing up that direction has the normal flat surface so works.
As to the 'pin' idea, if thats all that holds the back from unscrewing I wonder if it is nicely hardened so my battery powered drill wont just go straight through it.
Is the lock made by apple? Sounds like a triumph of marketing over actual design
That will have yahoo really quaking in their boots, all the other big players are rushing around like blue arsed flies making sure they dont get hacked, such a huge fine must come close to putting them out of business (oops, sorry, think the sarcasm is a bit in over drive)
Stansted couple of weeks ago, the 'fast track' queue for security first thing Monday morning (as in 6am) was back to the doors of the terminal building. Over an hour
Frankfurt yesterday morning queues over an hour except for the 'time limited' lane restricted to a few flights with boarding in the next half hour which had a half hour queue (yes, would have missed the flight but for 3 things... running, gate fairly near security and it takes time to board... I was one of the last)
Stockholm Friday evening queues for the security all the way back down the departure hall and an hour queue.
I wonder do they really think we believe there is really a terrorist threat? IF they did they would sort these queues out, its ALL airports (some worse than others but all have the problem) and it is simply due to not having the equipment and/or staff to cope with the numbers. IF I were a terrorist I would simply turn up and queue. Somewhere in the queue (and for Stansted this would be improved by the hard metal barriers bolted to the floor and the walls they have built) I would blow up the suitcase and rucksack I would have, apparently reasonably, with me... a mixture of explosive and nails and the carnage would be stunning.
We do NOT need a 3rd runway at Heathrow, what we need is to spread the flight load over lots of airports all over the country, connect them all with a decent high speed rail and then we can divert when weather is bad, avoid even more of a car park on the M25, lower security times by spreading the load, generally improve.... but thats not going to happen, we will end up with some smart terrorist targeting one of the major airports and then there will be a flap and we will all have to suffer intrusive checks before we get to the airport
Short haul flights and trying to sell me sandwiches and drinks... like Ryan air only 4 times the price, with uglier staff and because they wont use the back door slower boarding and leaving.
Whatever people think of ryanair their only big mistakes are (a) Stansted... an awful airport, the worst in the world without doubt and (b) starting to use big international airports like Frankfurt with its huge queues and huge terminals, huge bills, long distances to get to the gate etc etc etc instead of the nice little ex military places where you rock up, pay sod all for parking your car, walk into the terminal, take 2 minutes in security and straight on the plane.
Ryanair, if you are listening, the yanks want out of Mildenhall - buy that and forget Stansted, go back to Frankfurt Hahn, relist your Friday evening flights back from the UK to europe so us commuters can use you again,
Last time I tried to get support from MS and had jumped through all the stupid and protracted logging in crap I got bugger all useful anyway
As long as they dont upgrade the old machines so they are as fucked up as the windows 10 I have I shall be quite happy.
If they do they will all be reformatted and used for one of the linux distros... despite having to learn a pile of new stuff the windows 'experience' is now on a par with being tortured.
As long as the a... wipes dont 'upgrade' windows 7 in the same way they keep 'upgrading' windows 10 before they EOL then I am quite happy for the EOL. I dont tend to upgrade my machines once they are working well because even on older versions of windows you could 100% guarantee the upgraded version would be slower than the original and still full of holes. Note apple got caught also slowing down older devices with 'upgrades' full of nops in nasty places. These guys (all of them) are nasty criminals.
The problem is I have (or rather had now) a working system. Microsoft broke it for me without my consent or request. I should not have to spend hours now trying to find which 'driver' I need to update for the different 'devices' on my machine (from graphics to bluetooth, networkcards, mouse, keyboard et al). More I shouldnt have to rely on the device manufacturer to have provided an update.
Microsoft should NOT force me to 'upgrade' from something that is working to something that is not. It would be like being forced to have your car serviced and finding they had taken the tyres of it and removed the seats claiming you need to go to the original manufacturer to get new compatible ones!
not free for any user. You pay for the licence on a new PC (most suppliers will supply without OS if you ask them)
In fact now that the media player has been removed a lot of videos cant be played without adding 3rd party stuff
Really? Not if you are trying to use outlook without a broadband connection direct onto the main backbone it isnt... far too slow. Frankly I also object to MS and the NSA having direct access to all my emails ... especially the work ones with confidential data in them
Crock of shit would be a better description
Found my windows services using 95% of memory yesterday. Post total reboot virus scan showed nothing untoward. Best advice on the internet seems to be to randomly shut the services down until the problem seems to go away and then to permanently stop this particular service. But then we know MS will update the whole shebang in a weeks time and reenable it all whether you wanted, liked it or not.
The last update has totally bollxd one of my wifes machines, a 100euro trip to the shop (excluding her lost time etc etc etc) and the shop found nothing they could pin it on except questioning whether it was plugged direct into the wall or an extension cable (I mean, honestly... it was plugged in exactly the same as before the update and unless the power supply is really really really on a knife edge limit I cant see anything that should be triggering a succession of memory faults in different places, complaints about file handling and all manner of other random OS generated errors).
No roll back seems to be available (I thought during an update it was good practice to create a restore point you could go back to, MS dont do this and with no warning about when the OS is going to screw itself over you have no particular chance to).
The whole lot is written in C# leaving the whole mess is unpredictable, it is slow even when it hasnt memory leaked itself into a hole (something C# is supposed to help prevent), it is so flawed the updates come out faster than water from a tap, MS should realise the whole thing is a bad idea and give everyone lessons on linux and provide all users with a free linux package... finally destroying the 'product' that is inflicting misery on millions.
When I worked for them they actually tested stuff before shipping it, made sure it was used internally and would not release it with showstopper defects like 'it doesnt bloody start quicker than I can make a cup of tea' or 'I have grown old and died while waiting for the volume slider to appear'.
Given the enormous fuck up that is windows 10 and the bollox they have made with the recent forced on you upgrade and the scewed up mess that was skype but now is shite... I would say they have lost already
My wifes business has been bought to its knees because post update the machines she relies on no longer work reliably. 10 minutes and then a complaint, a reboot, another 5 or 10 minutes and another complaint (not always the same one) and another reboot, sometimes two or three on the trot, sometimes 20 minutes. Some comments on forums saying to update device drivers and so on... but I have had enough, the wife is going to have to swap to linux, Microsoft have finally managed to fuck one of their previous employees off so much that even I am ditching them after being with them since DOS
If I didnt think the patents were likely to be so obvious, so wide ranging and so completely pathetic to be a nonsense, and if I didnt know that the likes of Microsoft and Google regularly and with impunity violated patents held by others I would think this might be a reasonable thing to be taken to court. The US is busy trying to fund its entire budget deficit by fining everyone and anyone for anything, its actually time the rest of the world ignored this nation and traded with anyone else but them, just ignore them and leave them alone in the corner
mmm, and if it is as good as the latest windows 10 fuckup which has disabled all the computers my wife used for work and has caused us to start a long overdue move to linux then the upgraded f35s will be bluescreening and rebooting regularly at all sorts of inconvenient times... thought you were going to shoot that missile, well sorry, that caused a memory problem you will just have to wait... landing gear down? so sorry but it appears some critical part of the boot software has crashed and we will need to restart everything... or is that just crash everything into the deck?
The saints preserve us from yet more American crap, lets dust off the drawings and build some Harriers , at least they worked, could be built here, WE were allowed to service the damned things without sending them to Italy and Turkey
Seems the Germans were still using this in ww2.
Given the supposedly wonderful anti radar abilities of todays ships and aircraft could there be a use for it again. Now obviously an aircraft at mach 1+ is coming faster than its sound waves but I believe they often cruise slower... by using sound detection to force them to go fast they will run out of fuel quicker and have to return home (in the case of that useless American junk we have bought probably sometime before it reaches the end of the airfield).
There is a problem with BCC in some email systems if you use encrypted mails.
Some systems prefer to encrypt the mail contents and then send the decryption keys in lock boxes on the front of the email... and some include all the bcc recipients in the lock boxes. If you know how to find these then you can find all the recipients - tos, ccs and bccs. Not all systems are that bad but often those doing encrypted from mobile and some of the MS products do this (others create separate mails for each bcc recipient but that is clearly costly for data on mobile especially)
Then its their fault.. they should have bought an old landy defender and ignored all the fancy crap
Only mine keeps failing (its a huge update and the disk isnt free enough despite having nothing but the OS on it) It also decides to tell you all about the security patch it wants to make with a small button to allow you to cancel it, however the small button doesnt always work, the update cat happen and the machine needs a power cycle restart. In fact I would say windows 10 is one hugely nasty virus.
Frankly I do NOT want my car to auto update on its own. IF I am happy with my car then I will decide if and when it is updated, I will probably take it to the dealer and I will let them do it then if there is a problem they can contact the manufacturer and continue to provide me with a loaner while they sort the mess. After all self driving cars will need maintenance stops even if they do end up electric (then they will need new batteries every 2 years as the fitted ones die)
One of the issues is the reliability of a recall... does even the DVLA know 100% who to contact on the BMW recall.. I doubt it.
We have autoupdating software in a number of fields. The update process in vehicles is normally ... download the new one. Try it, if it doesn't work we helpfully kept the old one and revert to that.
Of course there are still theoretical ways it can brick but they are really pretty theoretical.
The biggest danger is that the keys that sign and ensure the download came from the correct source get compromised in the future and then anyone can do it and then the risk is higher. I think my main concern with all of this is just the software quality in the first place - a driver is judging an imense collection of things and our experience so far of very large and complex software doing things like analysing street scenes, radar images and so forth in order to try and use some form of algorithm to determine safe speed, direction and changes that can actually be made is pretty poor coupled with the question of just how well these self driving cars will cope when the wheels hit the diesel and it wont stop, or the brakes suffer a mechanical failure etc etc. Not that these days many drivers can cope with a trivial dose of snow either.
Even thats a dangerous interpretation
27% of those caught and convicted were black
It might be that blacks committed only 1% of all crimes but the police caught more of them
It might be that blacks committed 80% of all crimes and the police have been too scared to track them down.
It is most likely that we will never really know the truth.
Any article that puts police and intelligence together seems a bit dodgy anyway
It was simple, entirely simple.
We should have left as a nation, we should set up the necessary tariffs, stopped sending the EU money and therefore been able to cut taxes and export.
The solution now is not much harder...
a) Sack every civil servant
b) Sack every MP
c) Single flat tax and flat benefit run from number 11
d) 100% tax rebate for any company exporting above 20% of turnover.
Down to several factors...
a) Those who were in power before the referendum who were adamant they couldn't lose because of project fear
b) The incompetence of the current bunch led by a remain supporter
c) The quality of the briefings from the pro EU civil service who dont want their shortcomings revealed by the prospect of having no one convienient to blame for their mistakes
d) The knowledge in government that they will screw the negotiations, rerun the referendum and stay
e) The EU knowing about all of this and making damned sure they dont negotiate at all.
As against the minority that voted for the unknown future within an ever deeper union (i.e. united states of europe). It amazes me that a website supposedly created by IT professionals for IT professionals seems to have such a large number of proEU people. Remember it is the EU 'rules' as applied by HM government that means large IT projects like the NHS take billions of pounds and give it to the French (who then gave a few sheckles to the Indians) all of which resulted in bugger all employment for UK IT professionals. EXACTLY this same pattern has happened time and again with ALL major government IT work going abroad and the UK having some of the lowest IT wages outside of China (would have been Bangalore but these days you can earn more in Bangalore as an IT professional than in most of the UK - especially if you are sad enough to remain down in the west country or even now in Cambridge (where the number sounds good but the cost of housing makes it pathetic).
Time to remember, if you are actually any good at all you can ALWAYS find employment where you want and you can ALWAYS get a visa to work there. If you are no good you wont find a job however much you trawl the world (including europe) and unlike the UK you wont just be able to turn up in Germany or Italy and settle to a nice life on indefinite benefits. If you want to travel then why not go and visit the whole wide world where the cultures aren't just ours with a funny accent. Same for your holiday.
There are all sorts from all sides of the political divides including Mr Hunt and Cunningham. They are the ones that have been fighting to keep us in despite the obvious reasons for leaving.
The referendum was won against a government sponsored remain campaign (including a much flaunted 'special deal' Cameron 'won' from the EU, and a huge publicity drive through the BBC and a leaflet).
The referendum is advisory - after all parliament is supposedly 'soveriegn' BUT the parliament consists of people whose job it is to represent the very constituents that voted to leave - thus not leaving (as I think May actually intends) is against the democratic vote and the job the MPs are there to do.
The facts are also clear - since we joined our debt has increased, our taxes have increased, our trade deficit has increased, our unemployment has increased, our manufacturing has shrunk, our services have shrunk, we have had to rasied money through selling all our public utilities and companies to foreign (often foreign government) ownership, we have decimated (and worse) our military to the point they can't defend the Isle of White never mind the UK.... if you really think any of this is good you are quite off your trolley.
Worse of all is that we have bred several generations of people totally and utterly unable to believe in themselves, their abilities or even the abilities of their countrymen who now feel that the UK can't manage without the supposed cooperation of a bunch who have never been allies (even the French in the last war against Germany refused to give us their navy so we had to sink it to stop them giving it to their new friends). None of these supposed allies actually abide by the rules that are imposed on us (the Germans back their automotive industry to the tunes of billions a year via direct purchase of ALL government vehicles from Germany regardless of cost, quality or any other criteria) while the French stand by and watch their farmers destroy any imports...
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