2170 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007
Memories of Not The Nine O Clock News
and their spoof on the American Express advert.
the AE card enthusiastically received everywhere with extra customer service (Pamela Stephenson's "and would you like.." but this may be read by young people so I'll gloss over).
Punchline - trying to buy rail tickets only to be asked "haven't you got any money?"
Re: The ALCU might be confused
The town of Kenner? the mayor did it off his own bat.
"His memo, dated September 5 reads that any purchases for use at city recreation facilities made by sports booster clubs for "apparel, shoes, athletic equipment and/or any athletic product" must be approved by the city first"
Since which the mayor has reversed his stance, and blamed the city attorney for giving him bad advice.
Re: Small minded petty eurocracy
If looking for a 'Rome office' to carry on EU related business, I've heard that the Netherlands has much more exciting requirements for setting up a company.
Such that it's easier for an East Anglian to set up a company with the EU27 in Dublin rather than (45minute flight away) Amsterdam.
Re: #PeoplesVote for space race
And Star Cops?
Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?
The US gave us money to develop the P.1127/Kestrel/Harrier under the guise of Mutual Weapons Development so, among other things, Bristol only had to cover 25% of the cost of engine development.
Plus the idea was part French.
Overall it's all so complex
So RCL can't get documents from 'their' solicitors and their solicitors are no longer representing them?
Sounds like someone else hasn't been paid for work done.
I think court fees on the other hand have to be paid upfront. Very wise.
Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer
Google won't even pay attention when I click "no I don't want to install chrome" up the top right corner when I go to the google homepage. (And that's when I'm logged in to google).
So ignoring other tickboxes and sliders is hardly a shock.
Re: @Steve K
And while in Smiths, pick up a magazine with a Cassette tape stuck to the cover?
Re: Correlation, causation, and all that
The pseudo science lot will be over this like a rash.
Particular Structure Rresonates (when tested) will not be seen as a specific case of Things Resonate but as a general case of OMG Aliens
Re: India? Good for them... I hope.
The world has moved on, these days it's "BT" calling you to say there's "a problem with your router".
I haven't hung on the line long enough to find out what form a miscreancy they are up to. But I'll hazard a guess it's going to be some form of remote viewer and then mucking up your system. Perhaps someone can enlighten us.
Re: A principled stand?
Perhaps we could get him to lie down in front of a bulldozer.
You recall previous French intransigence and agricultural based strikes and blockades? British lamb in roadside BBQ, anyone?
In the past, you got the EU to admonish the French and issue fines. The French complain but comply eventually. Under WTO? "bouff" will be the response.
Re: Or turn a woman in a bikini into a beach ball
If I remember a flounder is a flatfish and doesn't do that much swimming.
Though once when diving a long long while ago, I found a very small flatfish and it did an impressive job of swimming upside down to stay against the protection of my glove.
They just need to add urns not bikinis to the pictures then?
Won't take much would it, buy an urn digitise and insert; how much is a Grecian urn?
Re: Still need that "killer app" ?
My son wears a watch - ordinary for school, waterproof Timex for Scouts etc.
It doesn't help him look to his mobile because its a huge smartphone (Moto 5)
I don't wear a watch because I got out of the habit when working in laboratories and with strong magnets in mass spectrometry.
What I'd like to see in a smart watch is a basic information I get off the top line of my mobile - time, date and the alerts that come up. Not really a smartwatch but more a dumb repeater so I don't have to fish my phone from my pocket each time it goes ping.
"specialising in psyops" which he conveniently published in book form so other people could learn about them.
Perhaps 'diplomatic' refers to being a member of the Foreign Policy Association, or being confidant of Chiang Kai Sek
Re: Blakes7 Internet Federation
You listened to the audio remake though didn't you.
And the Big Finish audio dramas
Healthcare regulations should mean devices have to be thoroughly tested and validated. Full stop.
I don't see how that affects what a device manufacturer chooses to develop next, or when it chooses to do so.
Should a licenced device manufacturer find out a device has been hacked and it's performance has been changed affecting patient safety, then that would fall under the "vigilance" part of a manufacturers obligations. eg
So are scanners etc being let off the hook by not being licenced like heart valves, glucose test strips, scales, treadmills etc or are manufacturers just keeping their fingers crossed.
My Windows tablet took hardly any time to run the April update.
That was once I'd attached some external storage to give it room to do the job.
When I say hardly any time, I mean it did take some time but not a really long time.
Because on the reboot it decided something was stopping changes to C:/ and then rolled back.
At least I think that's what the error code meant.....
Obligatory SF reference to scan locks
"Anybody authorized to go through the gate has a physio-psycho pattern registered in the central computer... When he wants to go through, this scans him and feeds the reading back to the computer. All you've got to do is intercept the feedback from the computer. Now, you stand in front and I'll press the scan button. Retrieval system, no record, refusal signal, now." [ the gate swings open]
Mines the one next to a 1970s plastic cool box.
It was structurally crap when used for the door handles and window winders on British cars of the 60s and 70s, and it is today.
I'll admit the poor quality of chroming probably had something to do with it but I remember the way it would corrode blistering off the remaining chrome.
Re: "My keychain has 2 sizes each ..."
A phrase matched by "is anything known?" at the end of the subsequent trial.
Or the Line Out on the 30pin connector.
Snails are fish for some regulations regarding trade, well fancy that.
Are you acquainted with freshwater snails?
Apparently some people eat them.
Unusual territory for the Telegraph
I'd have expected it to be the Sun or Daily Mail that would take up this "Won't somebody think of the children" campaign to
improve circulation counter social media pernicious effects.
In all seriousness, I don't think The Telegraph has a history of campaigning on any subject, let alone one like this which you would think could raise some cross-party support from both sides of Fleet Street.
But on my way whom a colleague contacted me to say they couldn't reach a fileserver which happens to be W2003.
Now colleague is on Win7Pro and they haven't installed any updates (because in a hunt for free space on another server, a third party IT provider deleted the WSUS db thereby knocking out any new updates)
But this is a good spur to replace the 2003 server.
I think he overlooks that by claiming he was manipulated during the undercover filming it means that he is not actually a sophisticated businessman at the top of his game (as he might like to think) but an privately educated dolt who is an easy mark for a journalist.
Re: "A ship in port is safe. But that's not what ships are built for"
Driving a couple of battleships up and down the Med on the off-chance of meeting some Italian warships would
1) use up lots of fuel, not just the battleships but the escorting screen as well
2) expose the ships to air attack (and not long after we taught them about Taranto)
3) lack focus in application of effort to achieving strategic or tactical goals
The battleships sortied from Gibraltar and Alexandria when they were needed to cover convoys headed to resupply Malta.
And as to the Grand Fleet in WWI, and Home Fleet in WWII, you do understand what a "distant blockade" is, don't you?
Are ICANN going to play "legitimate interest" card
Because among the reasons under Lawful basis you can give for processing Personal information within GDPR is "legitimate interest"
It's less box-ticky than contract, opt-in permission, etc but if you can frame the processing correctly then you're in.
As ICO puts it "It is likely to be most appropriate where you use people’s data in ways they would reasonably expect and which have a minimal privacy impact, or where there is a compelling justification for the processing"
Try and catch it out by asking it how the local sports team is doing?
Re: "written at the height of the Cold War by a veteran with a fascism fetish."
But it's got Denise Richards. And Doogie Howser.
And Michael Ironside.
Many machines on Ix.
No. You're not the only one
There's some wonderful imagery in it. (Though that said, I find Metropolis has lovely imagery but is rather long and not that exciting.) Given the size of the novel, and the depth of the content (discourses into lifecycle of the sandworms, scheming to produce the Kiswach Haderach etc) it was never going to transfer into a condensed film format but the film gives a sense of the depth of the milleau and gives you the opportunity to remember the general flavour of the book without having to dedicate the hours needed to read it through again.
Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor
One of your best yet.
Re: At least
technically a so-very-dark-blue-as-to-appear-black but nowhere like the blue we are likely to get.
At one level switching to 'blue' passports will be a useful thing. At European entry points the border control will see us coming at a distance and be able to put on a sympathetic so-you-went-through-all-that-for-a-different-colour-piece-of-card face.
Modular versus non-modular
If things can be built in say 10 tonne lumps and assembled in space then a number of "smaller" and cheaper launchers makes sense.
But are there things that might want to be put in orbit that can't be modular (because eg either the underlying structure is too big, or assembly in orbit isn't practical because of the complexity)?
Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower
Re: The BBC
the timestamp "9 hours ago"
'Cheating may have swayed Brexit poll - Christopher Wylie'
Re: Follows old adage...
"Rush" is a cracking good film in my opinion.
Makes F1 look as exciting and dangerous as it seemed at the time.
And the old cars gave me a dose of nostalgia - but then I was always a sucker for the paint job of the Lotus John Player Special.
Re: Submarine palaces for marine fauna
Not sure if it was quite what you meant but Sir Galahad was hit inshore by bombs dropped by Skyhawks and caught fire but did not sink. More similarity with Ark Royal in WWII. Where you thinking of Atlantic Conveyor?
"every air to air kill by UK forces since WW2 has been by a subsonic aircraft"
But how many wars have we been in with supersonic aircraft against an enemy airforce since WWII
Korea - transonic
Suez - transonic, barely a war
Malaya - no air force
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation - no supersonic fighters
Falklands - no supersonic aircraft available
Gulf War - not on fighter aircraft duty
Afghanistan - no air force
Did we not buy the licence with [Microsoft] "Software Assurance" ?
Bit of an oversight.
Prime TV opportunity
"swinging away at launch in a manner that will delight those nostalgic for the old Saturn V."
And if there's no one at NASA thinking of recreating a similar shot to those Saturn V launches, then they need a new media team...
I once bought a PVR (Daewoo brand. Yep surprised me too) from Jessops online presence.
Quite a good machine at the time and best price around. Served me well for quite a while before being supplanted by Mrs L's Skybox
Reminds me I ought to open it up and see if there's any residual use in the hard drive before sending it to recycle.
Reasons for visiting a physical store
1) the stuff is not available on the internet
2) the stuff is something you really need to look at before you buy - bed, sofa, car
3) the staff are key to the selection process
4) buying across internet is otherwise impracticable - DIY materials (pots of paint, length of 2 by 4)
5) browsing is fun (allegedly) - garden centres etc
6) I need it now!
Re: Which Idiot of Designer?
I have exactly that sort of machine (a Dell OptiPlex "designed" for office use) sat beside me and occasionally I nudge the power button with my knee. Fortunately this is set to initiate a hibernation rather than shutdown.
I have experimented with putting some of those flippy lid button covers over the switch - held on with double sided tape due to location at the top corner of the front bezel. Short of dismantling the front and getting busy with glue and screws the fix is far from permanent.
Re: How do the NOIs appear in the accounts?
Or what if Ed phoned Spotify HQ and said 'what about these performance payments?'
Re: You'll never get me up in one of those things
Think less of the wings hanging off two fuselages joined together by a central section and instead think more of the fuselages hanging from the wing which runs from tip to tip. And the engines are on the wing not off the fuselage(s)
Twin boom aircraft have been around for years. The Germans stuck two He 111 bombers together in order to tow their largest gliders. Not a great success as still couldn't get enough power but principle not new.
Re: I found it stupidly easy to 'give up' with vapes.
CCGs have limits on their formularies to minimize prescription expenditure on the less efficacious drugs and get more bang for the buck. And although getting people of cigs is beneficial in cutting health expenditure down the line they are still focussed on the here and now.
I note also that a weeks supply of patches is about £9 while the patient contribution to a prescription is £8.60. And that smoking cessation services seems to be delivered under public health rather than directly by GPs thought GPs may be contracted as part of the service.
Re: Regulatory approval
That does make sense. Why should tobacco company invest all that effort if the consumer device is allowed anyway. There's no advantage in a pharma grade device to retail in Boots if your competition is discounted in a petrol station shop.
Pharma could produce nicotine replacement patches, sprays, and lozenges because they were already skilled in the delivery systems and the paperwork.
Re: Well at least
Norwich has two Maplin's. The city centre one which is fairly small floor size and feels like a place a human would fit in. And an out of town one next to PC world, curry's, a carpet shop etc. which is one of those places which is warehouse height inside and seems utterly unwelcoming.