54 posts • joined 4 Sep 2007
Re: No legal requirement to inspect meters any more
although by law they will still have to inspect the meters every two years anyway.
That's no longer the case, the requirement has been scrapped.
That has not reached the guy who read my meters a couple of weeks ago yet - he said they have to come annually to check that the installation was still safe.
Re: Ah, but
Ah Atari 800XL floppy drives -huge things and I had a pair of them, one would only work after it had warmed up for 10 minutes
Loved my 800XL, even had a 256KB ram pack hanging off the back and got it to print to a Brother thermal typewriter...those were the days, sold it for a good price just before the market crashed for home PC;s to get a IBM PS2 model 30 via the supplier at work for a decent discounted price.
Re: AI seldom makes mistakes, people do
"Also ask yourself if, given, as you say, it's possible to train human beings to drive safely, why isn't it possible to build a machine that can be trained in the same way as a human with equally good results*. Because it's quite clear that that's not the way self-driving cars are being taught."
I well remember what my driving instructor told me: He teaches me how to pass a driving test - it is only after you have passed that you actually learn how to drive.
Re: NeoOffice and WordPerfect
Have an upvote for WordPerfect, I found it a lot easier to use than Word which I still can't indent a single paragraph on without every other one in the document indenting by a random number of tabs...
Using LibreOffice on my other laptop now (with Linux Mint) and found it more than good enough, looks like I'll be jumping that way when windows 7 updates end...
Re: I think we need to know...
>> I keep a separate browser, configured to clean itself on quit.
>Why a separate browser? Permanent private mode has been the name of the game for years now.
I have a VM *just* for online banking - it does not get used for anything else, yes it has Rapport + noscript + ublock origin.
Good luck finding some tracking history there
Re: Kodak Digital Camera
I still have - and use - my DC280, and yes the battery eating was an annoying issue. These days I find that the current rechargeables seem to work much better with it. Got a new memory card recently (8GB!) of which it probably uses just 5%..
Whilst it is a very old camera I find it much easier to use than the modern ones that just seem to cram in as many operating modes as the can.
Re: answer machine
Same here, and then answer the phone if they start leaving a message and we know (or are at least wish to talk to them). Calls dropped a lot of time, even the 'international' ones.
Now if only it was as easy with spam texts on the mobile...where the text "STOP" to opt-out gives a warning that this might cost you charges - wtf!?
Re: Solving the wrong problem
AV currently works on the basis of "blacklist" the bad stuff - allow anything else.
To get your solution means turning it on its head and whitelist what is allowed and block everything else. It can be done as long as everything executable on the computer is stable and does not change very often - and that needs planned and tested updates.
Sadly not exactly practicable now unless you wall the OS off from all other software creators/vendors and only allow certified software from a "store"....oh wait..
Re: Sony Updates
I am with you all the way here - my Sony Xperia SP has not had an update past 4.3 dated May 2014 - yet I get badgered with Lounge updates and new apps (recent one to get info about a song you just listened to) all the time.
Now where has that flying pig got to...Battersea anyone ?
Re: 200 million devices
I put win10 on a test VM over Christmas and after lots of exploring of features and settings I had to ask myself that I was on a sodding smartphone rather than a serious* computer operating system.
Win7 can run until 2020 and by then I will have chosen a successor - be it a Linux version or even a Mac (still can't believe I am even considering the latter but I am!)
*(yeah I know - its Windows)
Re: What about Electronics - The Maplin Magazine?
Still got most of mine, although they are mostly scaned to PDF these days (along with ETI an several other mags - those were the days). Still refer to them for ideas.
As for Maplin, can still remember placing orders in the 1970's via mail with my Mum writing out the cheques as I was still ar school at the time. Was quite proud of my original customer numer - 968 - before they changed the systems.
Use your NAS?
Got the mail last night - obviously not enough people got fed up with the monthly "keep it alive" nag mail and forked out for the paid option. For the half dozen times a year I have used it to get back to home no way would I consider paying for it.
So I went to my Synology home NAS, signed up with their free service and away I went - goodbye dyndns, been nice knowing you.
Re: This is very common these days
I think you will find that the website is linked to a bricks+mortar distribution back-end somewhere, and the shelf space where the widget you want is empty.
Or (and this is a guess as I am not in this business) as many products are dispatched direct from the manufacturer these days , the web site has sold all it's call off orders
Final Salary Pensions
One point not considered so far is what happens to someone working part time (thus getting a reduced salary) and thier pension based on Final salary once they retire?
Hopefully it will be as others have pointed out that pension and retirement ages are different beasts and will be kept apart and your pension based on your last full years salary
Why electrics will eventually fail
The problem with electric cars is what happens when the battery runs flat. Today when your fuel tank gets low you go to a petrol station, stuff in the nozzle and in a very short time you are refulled and ready to rock.
The Public want's whatever replaces fossil fuels to do the same.
The only answer (currently) is hydrogen, drive up to a fill point, connect the pipe and fill up. Hydrogen can be stored, so you would use your renewable power sources (turbines, solar, tidal etc) to create the hydrogen.
Sorted. No heavy expensive batteries to worry about