Well played sir!
103 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012
Well played sir!
Why do US companies seem to think that the world stops at the US borders?
Not just companies. I'm a big Tim McGraw fan (american country singer/songwriter) and last year he had a "world" tour - which consisted of a list of American cities.
Have an upvote just for this:
“They were once men. Then Jobs the deceiver gave to them iPhones of great shine. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question, one by one falling into darkness. Now they are slaves to his will. They are the Fanbois, Phonewraiths, neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the iPhone, drawn to the power of Cupertino.”
According to the Babypod website the product is currently priced at "0,00 GBP"
Well I'm pretty happy with it - I got an email this morning to tell me they're registering danielmcintyre.uk automatically for me because I hold danielmcintyre.co.uk and this is a freebie for the first 2 years. After that it's like what? About a tenner a year if that? Man some people are only happy when they have something to whinge about.
Oh those poor police officers, forced to expose themselves to that conduct. You can see why the investigation was protracted - clearly they needed time for counselling...
Blue is an almost universally liked color.
Nope. Can't stand blue. Or green. They are harsh, hard and sharp, cold colours.
Cars are more and more a lifestyle choice and not a necessity.
You tell that to the thousands of disabled people out there for whom public transport is completely inaccessible...
Thats an easy question that was answered 280 years ago by Jonathon Swift. in his pamphlet "A modest Proposal". If you haven't read it, its here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1080 and is quite a short and easy read.
Oh my goodness!
Think she got off rather lightly tbh. I work in an NHS trust and we have it drilled into us from the start the consequences of using patient data inappropriately, or even not reporting when it's suspected other people may be doing so.
This woman got off extremely lightly with a slapped wrist and fine, although she's probably killed her midwifery career now as well.
His software complies with the protocol RFCs *exactly*.
So does Volvo's software for their DAB receivers, but because it complies with the standards exactly and no other manufacturer's does, it also tags a continuous stream of the letter K onto the end of every station name in DAB, which is annoying. And which other manufacturers manage not to do.
My point is that just because something is compliant, doesn't make it ideal.
Just ordered a copy. Off to the Falkirk Wheel in 3 weeks time and might try to get to other locations mentioned too...
Unfortunately I'm lumbered with them as it's the only way to get decent internet access in my area, and I support a hospital out-of-hours from home.
Anything coming through a phone socket in my area gives a maximum of 1mbps, and there are still no plans to put fibre in place.
Their TV and phone service is dire though. And customer service is appalling.
Might have to pay that a visit. Ideally I'd like to do all the sites mentioned in the geeks guide to britain series but physical constraints (I use a wheelchair) might prevent that.
However, I have made a start! During the august bank holiday I am paying the Falkirk wheel a visit and have a boat trip booked. Going to combine it with a ride on the Bo'ness - wherever it is (I forget) railway and a visit to the Kelpies too.
Seeing this has also reminded me I wanted to go see the Falkirk Wheel when i first read the piece - I've just booked a boat trip there and a hotel for the August bank holiday weekend.
El Reg - good for tourism!
Top work that man!
I've pre-ordered a 3310 from Amazon. Expected delivery is first week in August. Retro baby!
"If he was sitting in another seat and driving he would have been the real Jesus.
What a peculiar comment."
Not really. I can drive my car either from my drivers' seat or the front passenger seat thanks to the placement of my hand controls.
Does anyone actually use Bitcoin for anything legitimate?
So so true.
I use a wheelchair and often spend time in hotels with various types of carpet. Most of these hotels have metal controls on the lifts so you'll often see me tapping at the wall around the controls before touching them as I hate the discharge that happens if I go directly for the metal button.
Has gotten me some strange looks.
Just out of interest, how does a 49" screen fit into something that "measures 47.4 x 15 x 20.7 inches"?
Getting phones (and even keys and other items) into a prison is easy. Just get a wheelchair.
Seriously, I am a wheelchair user and a few years back had a friend in prison who I visited on a regular basis. I have a zippered pouch on the front of my chair which hangs just behind my knees and is large enough to hold my mobile, keys, some medications and catheters and other essentials.
I was never searched when entering the prison for visits and always had my mobile and car keys with me. I suspect many other supposedly secure locations will be similarly lax in checking people in wheelchairs.
As far as I'm concerned he waived all rights to protection the minute he started interfering with kids.
He is a sick individual and deserves whatever punishment is meted out to him behind bars and as another commentard has said I'm not terribly concerned with his wellbeing.
I do know that perverts such as this chap are usually segregated from the general prison population but mistakes do happen and they do mingle sometimes.
Then the fun begins.
I once spilled coffee in a Kindle DX (was a large American market only Kindle with built in text to speech and storage/speakers for music) whilst waiting at a car dealer for my car.
When I got home I stripped it down and cleaned it out and it worked fine afterwards.
Ah land of the free.
Hahahahahahahaha! Free. Ha!
So do these bots come with a flashing blue light on the front and a sound chip that can make a "boom boom boom" sound....?
It's just BigTrak all over again.
Doesn't just happen in Murica - I've had the same from Vodafone here in Blighty.
Ended up having to get the communications ombudsman to demand that they remove the record, remove all charges from my account and pay me £100 in compensation.
Caused by months of errors by Vodafone staff on my account.
This story has made me want to visit - the place is practically on my doorstep.
@Anonymous South African Coward - thanks for the ACC story link - read it and enjoyed immensely.
Many years ago I was in a role where I processed housing benefit claims. As part of this I had access to the DWP (DHSS as it was back then) systems and was subject to their rules on accessing information.
The system was set up so that, at any point and at random, it would do a spot check. It would not allow further access to records until the operator had collected all paperwork and details relating to the claim in question and presented them to a senior manager as justification for accessing that record.
If we couldn't do this (as in if we were just checking up on people we knew for example) then there were severe consequences.
This isn't really news.
As with G R Goslin above, I am a current customer of Vodafone who ended up getting the ombudsman involved over a series of errors on my account (which had 5 numbers on it) and extremely poor customer service and complaints handling.
Some people's memories are THAT bad (or worse, you have to keep telling them THE SAME THING every single day).
Indeed. I have young-onset Alzheimers. I am one of those people.
BUT - I have never yet forgotten any of my passwords. And I use different ones for every service I use, both personal and work related.
If the thing breaks down in England you're fine, can't imagine trying to get a modern off roader repaired in some countries.
You might be surprised. I have travelled various parts of the world including some we'd refer to as 3rd world areas in various vehicles ranging from a Suzuki SJ to a 1938 Argson tricycle and in some of the more obscure places repairs and parts have been easier to obtain than here in the UK for a mainstream car. Better customer service too in most cases as a lot of garages are family run, small and friendly.
I've managed to get clutch bearings for a Suzuki SJ in deepest darkest Russia and a spare wheel and clutch rod, plus welding gear, very early on a Sunday morning, for an Argson. Try doing that in the UK with your Focus or Astra or whatever.
My MS accounts (Hotmail and One Drive) have both been working fine all day.
"...disappointed thumb-twitchers complaining they will not be unable to experience the much-anticipated new Zelda..."
So they will be able?
I rode old British motorcycles as main transport for many years, and the vibration would routinely kill speedometers.
I rode a 1938 Argson tricycle across the Alps in 2011 and found the same problem - the speedo first stopped working and then dropped off altogether eventually. Minor issue though compared to the chain stretching, the idler shaft snapping halfway up a swiss mountain on a sunday etc etc.
BTW, we managed to find a garage on that mountain, open and they let us use their welding gear to fix the idler.
Been with them for almost 2 years. Was with Sky for almost a decade before that and Sky's customer service is in a different galaxy - Virgin's is appalling and their engineers lie to say they've turned up to appointments that they never arrive for.
I'm only with them because in my area there's no fibre broadband available via anything from a BT socket and 1.5mb/s is the maximum speed, with no plans to introduce fibre so cable is the only way to get a decent internet connection.
And the internet connection is decent - I regularly see around 161mb/s though their phone and TV services are dire. I mostly use my Amazon fire sticks for content when I want to and rarely watch TV anyway.
I had a number of Nokias back in the day - 5110, 6110, 6230 and 6310i but the daddy was the 9000i communicator which was my first ever internet access, via Pipex dial up at 9600. Ahhhhh, those were the days....
What do IBM even do anymore?
Nice to see this kind if piece on the Reg.
As a 40-year-old disabled man (physically and mentally) I myself use a few pieces of this grey tech in order to be able to interact with the world and to work (IT support for a hospital).
What I'd like to see is the costs reduced in line with other tech hardware and software. Seems that the moment you add words like "assistive" or "disability" to anything that's a green light to up the cost 10x or more.
As an example I use a screen reader and magnifier called Zoomtext. It has a host of fantastic features that are really useful and make working at a PC much easier for me but it costs an absolute fortune.
This isn't new. Here in the UK a former rock star named Gary Glitter was caught out about 20 years ago when he took his PC to PC World for repair and kiddie porn was found on it.
From the article:
"The charges came after a member of staff spotted the material on Glitter's computer, in for repair at PC World in Bristol.
Mr John Royce, QC, told the court that a technician tried to correct the fault and in order to see if he was successful had to look into a file. But what he found, said the QC, was "disturbing".
A police sergeant arrested Glitter when he returned to collect his computer.
An initial examination of the computer revealed that it stored "the most appalling images" of very young children engaged in most humiliating sexual acts, said the QC.
The examinations, said Mr Royce, revealed firstly that he had downloaded the material and secondly "that it was carefully, deliberately and enthusiastically done"."
Far as I'm concerned they deserve everything they get. I hope to hell this nonce doesn't get off with it on a technicality - please tell me America isn't really *that* stupid?
Hahahah 10Mbps?? Here in Rotherham you can't even get close to that through a BT line - my particular suburb has a max of 1.5Mbps and no plans for fibre.
Hence why I went with Virgin Media. I mean I hate them as a company and their customer service is abysmal but I get 161Mbps on a regular basis at the moment.
I'm glad I did turn mobile back on. It's lost DHCP and is now downloading yet another update over a 4G connection.
Updating my Dell Ultrabook via TeamViewer now. I've turned the mobile connection on, just in case.
I've experienced this issue this weekend and I'm on Virgin Media.
3 laptops - Toshiba Sat Pro, Sony Vaio and a Dell Ultrabook.
The Tosh and Sony have been fine after update but the Dell refused point blank to connect to the wireless network. It could see the wireless networks (Virgin routers provide 2 networks, named 2G and 5G) but the only connection it would make was using Vodafone mobile (there's a 4G SIM in it).
Reboot of the laptop and restarting the router sorted it but it was confusing (and annoying) for those few minutes.
Wow! The trust I work for is in the top 10%. We don't have any XP machines any more. Cool.
Would this be named Skynet if it comes to fruition....?
The service desk I work on in a hospital has a very similar number to the special care baby unit in the same hospital, so we sometimes get their calls and vice-versa.
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