We can continue to make cars more idiot-proof
but the universe will keep producing better idiots.
704 posts • joined 26 May 2016
The first rule of Robot Club is "You do not talk about Robot Club"
The second rule of Robot Club is "You DO NOT talk about Robot Club"
Oh no sorry, the second rule is "No smoking"
From a series I watched last week:
"The first rule is..."
"Don't talk about fight club, I get it."
"Nah, that would be stupid, how would people know where to go? The first rule is 'Don't bring the Law'"
That's what I do.
To be honest though, I would like to give them a proper diatribe of vitriolic verbal effluent, but I am not spontaneous enough to come up with it on the spot.
I'm quite happy with my contract including subscription to a call filtering service, which lets me know in advance if it's doing to be worth my time even considering answering the phone. I mute it and let it ring out these days, every second spent being completely ignored by me is a second they are not spending harassing someone else.
Because every time I have tried apple gear for myself, the result has been a sense of expense beyond what you are paying for.
My iPod Touch (1st Gen) bought brand new didn't receive updates after the first year - not even the copy&paste update. Of course, all the apps in the store were updated and it very quickly became useless for anything beyond music - which, if that was the sole reason I had bought the thing, I would have gone for something about £250 cheaper that just did music. (yes, I bought the 32GB one - I wanted to put videos etc on it)
Speaking of Videos - it could output to the TV! great! Only they cut out the 3.5mm port support the iPod video had, didn't they, where any £1.50 cable off amazon could link it to the TV. Instead you needed a cable for the dock connector, which required a special chip to authenticate the cable, which wouldn't be so bad, except that at the time, that cable was £60. F* that.
As for Windows Phone, we all know that is dead now.
I do wish that I hadn't smashed my G3 - I was planning on going SIM only and keeping that phone.
Having the volume and power buttons on the rear was, for me, great UI. Easy to press when you wanted to, hard to press by accident.
Shame that they have reverted to the standard form factor again with their newer phones.
you leave your bag outside of your work area - in your car if you have one nearby, or in a locker "outside" the security check.
It's therefore there if you need to get something, and not present for you to sneak things into, win win eh? I'm sure Apple can afford to stump up for some lockers.
It's not like they will need the bags to hand all day, is it?
- and yes, I have this where I work, I don't take anything beyond my keys to my desk in our secure area. everything else is left in lockers.
It seems to me that we can just find a happy position on the far side where they are close enough that we can associate but not get creeped out.
Think K-2SO from Rogue One - did he need to be like a human to play his role? no. In my opinion, that's where we should be aiming for. We don't need to make artificial people.
In most towns, you would be hard pressed to have clear enough road to excessively speed, you wouldn't make much of a difference for the cost of a camera.
Small villages with A-roads through them on the other hand... guess where I see cameras the most?
IMHO, that's good use of the camera. Enforcing the speed limit where the opportunity for both speed and harm coincide.
Well, I don't live in a town centre, but there is a 4G mast operated by O2 and Voda right across the street.
When I joined Vodaphone, it was because O2 were not willing to do a decent offer on a new phone, and Vodaphone were happy to beat the rest of the competition at the time.
Their slightly flaky network at the time has only improved since then, and I personally don't have any issues unless in the heart of say, the Peak District, amongst the hills, where a) I had better signal than my Father who is on 3, and b) I had brilliant reception once at the top, away from the ground clutter.
There may very well be places where Vodaphone's network isn't as good, I can't try it everywhere myself, but I have no problems with it.
Not being a shill here, but they have always done a good service for me, at a good price, and across moving from one corner of the country to two others, visits to family spread out all over the place, plus holidays here and abroard, I have very rarely been lacking in signal when others across a whole range of networks had it.
If this changes, I will be happy to jump to another provider, like I left O2, but I at least am very happy with the current state of affairs as I fit into it.
Note: I currently live in a small town in the South East, but fairly regularly go to the North and the West, and have been on holidays around Europe and Wales, The Peak district, the Lake district, along the South Coast and through the New Forest, and more, providing a decent set of data samples.
Probably don't need that much, so 30 will be fine.
When I moved into my current house, I had the choice of accepting a BT connection with an estimated peak speed of 2.5Mb/s, or badgering Virgin until they linked us up to the cable cabinet 15m up the street.
I went with the latter, and after a short while had a stable 30Mb/s connection.
The only problem I have ever had with the connection is the upload soft-limit, after which traffic shaping occurs and the upload speed gets slashed - personally, I would like to stream games more, which I recognise is a niche that doesn't apply to most, but I also ran into the issue of my upload bandwith getting snuffed out when someone decided to share videos from their iPhone - sending minimally compressed full HD videos to their friends - interupting my gaming.
Annoyingly, Virgin hubs don't have a QoS setting (grrr)
This has since gone up to 100Mb/s with a small increase in upload.
The upload isn't enough still, but the download bandwidth is nice. The fact still stands though that I don't need it - back when I was on 30Mb/s we had no problems with running out of bandwidth even with multiple people streaming at once on multiple devices each (only when I was experimenting, I'm a heavy user at times, but not wasteful)
Unless you need a business connection (and imho if you are providing internet to a large number of people, i.e. student housing - that's a business) then 30Mb/s should be enough, but maybe add a higher allowance for upload - that would be useful for the people who need it, or when people are doing remote support for relatives etc. or, just sharing their videos taken on smartphones.
They don’t actually spend a lot of time talking and writing about these groups. They spend most of their time talking about how to organize themselves, the issues that face white identity movements and the philosophical points of their thing.
Well, I wonder how the author split "the philosophical points of their thing" from "these groups". I would assume that whatever line is drawn would be done to suit their particular world-view. If they were sympathetic then they would isolate all they could from the "talking and writing about these groups".
Besides, the actual Nazis, despite the horrors the wought hardly spent all their time doing just that, they still had a country to run and a war to fight etc.
The key point is that they do actually hold those views.
It also had portholes, presumably for seeing things outside.
Not a lot to see 100m down. Not much point going deeper unless you are hiding from other vessels, collecting surface (sea-bed) samples, or simply want to brag that you went that deep.
Safer and just as fun to cruise at a more confortable depth.
You very quicky get into the routine of locking it when you close the door to leave -
unless you are going in and out regularly (i.e. getting shopping from the car) when you leave the door unlocked, you generally leave the door locked at all times.
If you do happen to leave your keys inside, you simply open the door again and get them.
when I move next year. My new place will have FTTP installed with the option of Gigabit internet should I wish.
The only things that could be better, as far as I am concerned is a beefier SOC in the Tivo box, and a nicer upload throttling cap, as it makes live-streaming content at peak times impossible.
The Redmond giant says that from now on, Windows and Office for desktop and notebook PCs will get roughly two updates a year that add features and bugs.
Because I did.
2 years on and it's still a hodgepodge.
Control panel and the new settings menus? still? And I've been hearing complaints about Windows Update installing bad video drivers again this week.
The ribbon is mostly ok, but only because on Paint, there are almost no controls.
Zooming is better than it ever was on XP (even with the additional hidden zoom level)
Why the fark did they screw up colour selection? Left click for primary, right click for secondary - great right? Aparrently not.
Now you need to make sure that the colour you want to change is selected, then go to the palette, then click it, then go to the other colour selector, click that, then select the colour for that. urgh.
Not hard to find but frustrating to do.
It also wont work if your father has a MS acount on two machines, and has only updated his settings (for Creators Update) on one of them.
Other things that won't work incude, but are not limited to:
So when he came home from an extended holiday, I had some fixing to do.
Annoyingly, with the calendar broken on one machine, it then also required a password reset before it would begin working again, and even then it is refusing to sync the updated calendar...
These things should be simple.
like refusing to respect that some files may use '\n' for line endings and not '\r\n'?
like choking on UTF-8 files that don't have a BOM included?
Wordpad does handle the '\n' case, but is terribe in all other respects (but it is still fast).
I use neither and opt for notepad++ for text file editing - fast, and packed with actually useful features,
Agree completely on the middle lane hogger issue.
Leaving some space though can help reduce traffic - think of all those times someone ends up in the wrong lane, intentionally or not, and needs to pull into the stationary lane of traffic and so stops (or drastically slows) in the moving lane, stopping that.
Leaving a space allows them to pull in, keeping other lanes flowing.
When this isn't the case, having a buffer zone can allow you to keep moving smoothly and slowly, instead of constant stop-start.
There is also the fact that a well behaved app should just be paged out when inactive - then when you open it again, it comes back as it was, while also being faster and less power hungry.
By all means, kill off active background tasks that are sucking resources, but apps like Firefox on the mobile don't need a close button in the menu.
Worst comes to the worst, you kill it in the app switcher.
I've been thinking a similar thing for a while - I only know of one person with a factory desktop - and that's because they wanted an all in one.
Everyone else I know who owns a desktop put it together themselves, or had someone else do it for them.
Those who don't want the power to do so, value other attributes, and are on a mixture of laptops and tablets instead.
The author of this article is characterising this as a war to define who the bill is paid to, but that seems to be a little odd to me.
The fundamental issue I am having with understanding this is that I see the two sides as different. One is infrastructure, and the other is a service provider, that operates at a different level.
In theory, the infrastructure costs should be 'fixed' - in that all you are shovelling down the physical connection is bits and bytes, what they represent shouldn't mean anything at the infrastructure level - it's just transport.
The same way that a road is uncaring as to whether the lorry passing over it is filled with coal, or the equivalent mass of bottled water.
(Of course it might be more comparable to a toll road, where the more you use it, the more you pay, instead of just paying your road tax each year, in which case it would be pro-rata, not fixed)
It therefore shouldn't matter whether a user is watching youtube, or netflix, or just browsing the news, there shouldn't be an additional charge from the infrastructure for carrying those bits, just because of what they represent.
Or at least, that's my understanding of it. Exactly how that maps onto Title I or Title II I'm a little fuzzy on, as I understand it, neither are a great fit, but Title II is closer to that ideal?
What about the ASUS Transformer? - to pick a similar device from the same timeframe
The article talks about apple having shiny laptops and the PC having square plastic boxes - true, to a point.
The reason for this was because it was cheaper - you get what you paid for. You spent about the same amount on PC hardware as you would on a Mac, you got equivalent hardware. Also my mid-priced laptop from 2008 still looks pretty sleek and modern (though obv not at ultrabook slimness)
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