316 posts • joined 20 Aug 2007
reminds me of two recent experiences
the first, when picking up my hire car in Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel, the girl behind the counter reminds me "... and you're not allowed to turn right on a red light".
I smiled and said "Why would I even think about doing that, I'm british, not american"
so, the instruction to bring back the car 'filled up'
In UK, put card in machine, type in pin, fill up to a max of £99gbp...
In Israel, put card in machine - well, either swipe through the reader in the old fashioned way or put the chip'n'pin in the slot.
It comes up, helpfully, in Hebrew script, "get non Israeli cards pre-approved" (there might have been an 'english' button, but I can't remember)
The boy behind the counter is able to swipe my card and pre-approve but only to 200NIS/40GBP
that was fine.
2nd occasion, different town, similar machines. I tried anyway, but failed, of course.
but, there was no kiosk.
I tried the traditional way of looking helpless and after a few minutes, noticed one guy to-ing and fro-in and noticed he had a terminal.
nice chap, no english. however, said I was 'angleet' אנגלית and he approved me.
none of this was as embarrasing as when I was in California.
Tried to fill up, couldn't get the pump to work.
tried another pump, still no joy.
asked the guy in the kiosk, who laughed, and said I had to switch the lever to make it work.
how very 70's I thought, but at least I could understand the instructions!
Re: Time to do things the easier way
perhaps we should table that?
we love Planet Rock in our house. I had to buy an extension antenna for my sony monolithic bluetooth/fm/dab/cd brick to reduce (but not eliminate) the warbling.
it's very annoying.
However, when i get up, I just shout "OK Google, Play Planet Rock Radio " and it's ready and waiting when I make the morning coffee!
Re: Design Opportunity
yes, I remember them.
I wish the studio had done a man from U.N.C.L.E. tie-in when the new film was released.
"OK Google, open channel D"
so on punch paper tape...
... in ASCII...
modern picture ~=1 430Bytes
1 430*4,37=6,25m of paper tape per picture?
I know it's not capitalised but...
... an MP (member of (UK) Parliament) is NOT a 'Civil Servant' .
Why don't we call Cats Eyes 'Shaws' in that case!
or even Percys :-)
other devices also now available?
like this one reviewed by "unboxed therapy" on youtube.
an actual pocket PC!
Re: Fuck a duck!
Re: Fuck a duck!
Re: Fuck a duck!
ICL 1904, punch paper tape and teletype console. Coding sheets.
1977-1979 Allt-yr-yn college, Newport in the 6th form.
ICL ME29 was my first computer I was responsible for. 8" floppy disc. 1984. online TP and EDS80 disc platter (that's 60MB useable) for backup.
Re: Time flies like an arrow.
colourless green dreams sleep furiously?
Re: Back in t'day...
We had a 4x Sony and 4x Sharp pair of mini-disc player/recorders . they were great for 2 CD's to a disc or for copying talking books/plays off audio cassettes. Best of all, was being able to time-shift radio 4 dramas to listen to on the way to work the following day. We even had the Reef pre-recorded album on MD.
Anyway, for portable music, we used our Sony-Ericsson V800's as portable music players.
Sony had crippled them with DRM, but there was a way around that.
you registered as a 'developer' and it was dead easy to sync your mp3's onto the memory stick duo.
shame about the MD Net player. Sony Music, columbia/sony pictures and the hardware division were always infighting :-(
imagine a VAIO computer with MD disc storage...
I always thought that was "programming on demand" - ie one to many direct radio programmes.
Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way? No!
good old OPD/QL
We had one briefly in our office, as our junior operator 'inherited' one from an uncle in BT [cough]
we had a lot of fun with it - the precursor of things we take for granted today, but do via our pocketslabs
doesn't matter for google home.
you just say "hey google, play bbc radio 4 on lounge" and the sound goes through my sound bar,
or "... on Kitchen" to play on the kitchen stereo brick
These things work better as part of their own eco-system.
For listening to radio in the morning "hey google, play planet rock radio (on itself)" the sound is fine when pottering about.
Presumable, the Apple device will not play well with others?
Now, is there such a combination chromecast led speaker light bulb..?
my hdmi chain 'broke' sort-of
my fairly old panasonic hdtv is basically plugged only into the sony sound bar.
It has three hdmi inputs: humax freesat, PS3/blueray & 2xhdmi chromecast/multi-region-DVD (which PS does not do).
However, do NOT try and play back a 3-D film in the PS3 as it doesn't come up on the TV.
The sound-bar correctly handshakes with the PS3 and says "3-D? OK"
however, the TV is old enough to not know about 3-D hdmi, so you get sound but no picture.
... perhaps, if the concept gets 'leaked' to the lower brand Chinese manufacturers, they might turn up on ebay etc for < £$€250 ?
I'd like one of these
or at least an up-to date version.
well, maybe call it the Sony Xperia Flip - Nougat or 'Oreo' o/s,
microSD slot and hdmi / chromecast output and 'sync' to your cloud of choice.
The windows 10 version could be called the Sony Vaio Flip (yes, I know they sold /that/ brand...
old NTL world here...
I had several NTLWorld accounts, which were subsequently transferred to Virgin Media (still with the old NTLWorld.Com domain).
Unfortunately they managed to lose 3 of the sub-mailboxes and finally managed to lock me out of the prime account - so I can manage my virgin statements, but I can't 'manage' my own e-mail sub-accounts.
I've given up and moved my seperate accounts to gmail.com, outlook.com and , yes, yahoo.co.uk who all, surprisingly, seem to have pretty good anti-spam/phishing policies.
when his marquis ship was blown up in Caretaker...
... who saved his mystical prayer wheel/carpet/stones/flute?
Or where they in his backpack..?
Re: Blame the EU?
I blame the Universal Translator.
I love the way it 'fails' and people who are dying, seem to utter their dying phrases in their native language. (DS9, the hispanic guy who gets shot, for example).
Best use: when Julian Bashir switches it OFF to analyse a cardassian conference with his guest geniuses.
Also, when the Ferengi are back on earth causing the roswell incident, and they have to reboot using a hairpin.
Whuich then begs the question, where does Odo keep his universal translator/communicator...
Amazon (Cloud) Base
Gerry Anderson Lawyers, line one!
or Skyship One from the film...
Re: A.I. could free humanity... @W Donelson
upvote for the acronym I.AM.IN.LOVE
IntelAIgent Machines in Live Operational Virtual Environments,
Re: Mixed feelings
we've been talking about this really since the late 70's / Early 80's.
What could have been an opportunity to use automation and re-skilling to share the benefits of a more 'leisured society' became the selfish race to the bottom of Thatcherism/Reaganomics. We know now that pure unfettered capitalism will NOT filter down benefits to the less fortunate, less able and less skilled. (ironic that manual labour and ditch digging still has not been fully automated, but many middle class 'white collar' skills have!).
In terms of 'the work shy' there will always be a very very small number that don't want to participate. let them. we can carry a small amount of slack. However, my issue with a fixed income is that it's too crude. I would suggest 'negative income tax' and scrap all other allowances and benefits.
eg. Everyone would have a 'tax code' which would factor in their circumstances. In order to bring them 'up to' a level of income guaranteeing a level of dignity in society, they would receive the correct 'negative income tax' in their payslip. Then, as they are able or skilled to take on more work, eventually, they would get to the 'zero' point and then as their income increases, then 10k @5%, up to 25k @10% etc up to 50% 'private' income tax bands. A better continuum.
This would all require a re-negotiation of "the social contract". what does industry expect from society (workforc & politics) - what do the workforce expect from their governments? I think at the moment, no-one knows their roles and are too confrontational, rather than cooperative - and in the UK 9& USA?) our political system is 'adversarial' rather than altruistic.
Of course, underlining this is the fact that we have way to big a population to sustain any of this. An elephant in the room, consuming resources. We need a big push to encourage population shrinkage - especially in the more resource-hungry rich 'west' and as a way to improve people's standard of living in poorer countries.
there's a phrase in economics - something called 'inferior' goods?
anyway, certain products become so inexpensive to make, that, theoretically, at zero 'cost' goods should tend to 'infinite consumption'. clearly, if bread is 'zero' there's only so much you can 'consume'.
For TV's, as an example, the key here was the technology and the patents. When europe switched to colour, Philips, Thorn et.al. kept hold of the PAL patents, allowing Europe to keep its manufacturing base. Hence, Philips, Ferguson (Thomson, JVC [J2T]) and (yes!) Sony TV's made in europe. (at one time, Sony near Bridgend made most of their Trinitrons for the euro market here). However, come flatscreen and HD, all the TV's are made in China and Korea.
Once a 'good' becomes a commodity, then yes, you can own 2, 3 or 4 at low cost, but they quickly reach saturation point. But, 'robots', to quote Henry Ford, don't buy cars - people do.
I've forgotten my point now...
I've recently 'jumped ship'...
... long time Sony-Ericsson/Sony for handsets.
I've just sold on my Xperia Z3 Compact (superb, btw) and my daily driver is now the OnePlus Three. (My other daily driver is the dual sim Doogee X5Pro which was £65 on ebay and runs the Good for Enterprise mail client, for work).
My partner will be picking up his Pixel tomorrow (Sat) as he's taken the Google Shilling. We'll sell on his Xperia Z3C too.
We will continue to use our Z2 & Z4 tablets which are very very good.
Clearly, the market is now mature/saturated and, for android at least, the market has become commodity.
"what features do you want, what software do you need, how much are you prepared to pay?"
Re: DUAL SIM
have you checked out the One+ Three?
I'm very tempted. 64GB internal, too.
I'm torn over this, I really am.. :-(
Re: You had me at...
I know a lot of people like cabled headphones, but I havn't used them since my Xperia Z1C and my Sony noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones. NFC tap-to-play - brilliant.
OTG and a memory stick.
Which is why I'm now seriously considering either the oneplus 3 (or will stump up for the 128GB version of the Pixel).
32GB is a bit too small for me.
I like the way that this model shuffles your full quality pictures into Google Photos.
Re: But why did they use USB-C?
I like MHL/HDMI output as I like to plug my Xperias into the TV.
The One+ Three does not support MHL. Is it a USB-C 'thing'?
Re: Simple is best
West Berlin might have been a better analogy.
Or 'turn UK into East Germany'?
It was West Berlin that was 'cut off' from the main part of Germany.
Re: Simple is best
NI can just join Ireland - NI/UK citizens are already allowed to be Irish Republic citizens. Good Friday agreements etc.
later models had rgb/s-vhs connections
I had this:
"There was a Philips Matchline S-VHS machine (VR813) from the early nineties that could be set to output RGB in the setup menu. The picture in RGB wasn't that great as it tended to enhance the flaws in the VHS format (such as poor blue colour reproduction and dot crawl etc).
It was quite a feature packed machine in its day, as it also had an on-board Fastext decoder, which meant it could record and play back subtitles and teletext pages from S-VHS recordings. You could even use it to set timer recordings via Ceefax by selecting the desired program with a cursor"
which was able to supply RGB to my Philips TV
It also had the 'S' connector https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Video
Re: I think I was waiting for the VHS to be invented!
Mackross was off queen street - became Allders? Sort of where Halifax BS/Queens Arcade entrance is now.
defo not Maskreys - now also recently gone, I think.
I think I was waiting for the VHS to be invented!
I remember when I saw a demo of the Philips 1500 in Mackross (sp) Cardiff when I was 11 - 1972
When I asked my dad when we were getting one, he said "no chance".
Fast Forward (see what I did there?) to very early eighties and I was home for christmas - either Dec 1980 or 1981. My cousin worked for DER and my dad had managed to 'borrow' a Fergusson 3v22 from him (purple clock, big piano keys, tapes £15/E-180.)
We liked it so much, we went shopping at the weekend and came home with an Hitachi VT8000 vhs. It had nice silver touch-solenoid controls and the air-damped eject tray 'sighed' when you ejected the casssette.
so, for a while, we had 2 VHS recorders! the bees knees or what - one in each lounge.
You had to leave a £50 cheques as a deposit when you rented a film from one of the VHS rental boutiques. I think the first one we rented was Carrie! happy days
Re: Actually VCRs still exist
The other industrial derivative was Hawkeye or M-Wrap.
While the Hawkeye uses the same size cassette as VHS, it incorporated new circuit technology, etc. The wrap had at times been referred to as “M” wrap.
Also, VHS is short for "Video Home System"
hence, "I'll record that on the VHS"
(in the USA, they seemed to use VCR - Video cassette Recorder?)
Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...
that's this one: The Game
bet there have been a few treasure hunt episodes.
eg The Chase where they hunt DNA fragments in competition with Romulans, Cardassians and Klingons (Oh My)
or Gambit, where Picard does his archaological pirate bit looking for a vulcan/romulan artifact?
and then there's Yiddish too!
Written RTL but a transliterated germanic language!
Yiddish גוּט טַק אִים בְּטַגְֿא שְ וַיר דִּיש מַחֲזוֹר אִין בֵּיתֿ הַכְּנֶסֶתֿ טְרַגְֿא
Transliterated gut tak im betage se vaer dis makhazor in beis hakneses trage
Translated May a good day come to him who carries this prayer book into the synagogue.
5 word question
Where is the mouse pad?
As a regular visitor to Amsterdam...
I sincerely hope it never gets introduced here
to name just two of my favourite watering holes!
In a post-oil economy...
Each neighbourhood would have its own replication units, where consumer goods could be fabricated from bio-materials, sourced locally.
I don't see the requirement for domestic units, but on industrial and commercial business parks, it could work.
Some raw materials could come from recycled rubbish from the Council with electricity coming from wind, solar, tide and Energy-From-Waste plants.
getting the programming supplied by Google, Netflix or Amazon and being able to use your existing account (commission to go to the airline).
HOWEVER, I'd expect the quality to be seriously better than the crap screens available atm.
Ideal use for in-flight VR headsets?
(however, on the budget airlines: pay-and-display seating. coin-operated oxygen masks [Oh, you'd like to /breathe/ during the flight, sir?] )
I don't get it.
what does it mean?
the phrase 'mic drop' I mean.
Re: Good phone makers start to recognize there's a market for 4" devices...
when I was between handsets, I had to use my HTC Desire - too small for me now, (He's 55, you know...?) if compared to my Z1Compact & now Xperia Z3 Compact, which seems to be the optimum.
It just seems to me that all iDevices are the 'wrong shape' somehow.
Re: To be fair
it's horses for courses.
I had the transformer tf101 and my partner had a tf201.
I always used mine undocked and he used his docked.
I now use my Xperia Z2 occasionally with the 'sort of matching' PS3 keyboard and my partner uses his Z4 with the matching keyboard as a mini-laptop - he does a lot of typing on the train.
I've been using my trust asus 1050 , but upgraded it to Win7/SSD and now win10.
I think my next PC will be a Win10, but 12" screen combo.
It really depends on what applications you want to use and that determines the platform.
Re: Bad for the Consumer
... but if you use the Amazon music player, then anything you buy as CD becomes available in your prime cloud library?
Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment
I love DAB for the extra stations.
Yes, I'm disappointed that the PVR functions have not become widely available.
The DAB stations like BBC 6 Music and Planet Rock have actually encouraged me to buy more music - and on vinyl, no less.
I have a Pure portable DAB which I use when out and about, rather than use data.
I think this LG proposal is quite interesting. I've certainly used the built-in FM radios on my HTC and Sony handsets.
Most useful is the 'listen again' functionality in the BBC Radio and individual stations 'apps' for the shows you've missed. sort of makes live recording redundant...
Re: It's the app that leaks, right?
Beware of leaks bearing gifs?
Re: The 5C was different
I agree. the Z1/Z3 compact screen size is 'right' for me.
I had to go back to using my HTC Desire 3.7in screen when between handsets and it was way too small (or I'm getting older as I need my reading glasses to view all the screens these days!)
call me old-fashioned
but Swype and (Palm) Graffiti are my favourites.
I can get quite a speed up with a stylus and graffiti