Ah, but how many of them have the pubs open on Sunday? Importance is in the detail.
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I'd be very suspicious if, after wielding incredibly powerful measuring devices, anything as illogical as these figures, would result in only 9, 10 0r 11 significant numbers. It's rather like, and very analogous to, taking the value of Pi as 3.1415926535 89 when we all know it goes on three or four decimal places more. Keep looking lads. There's bound to bew more out there.
The short answer to that is "YES" I had a problem with an item being delivered, which did not arrive. I contacted Voda in regard to this. It took seven weeks before the problem was finally resolved, and required almost daily emails and phone calls, since if I did not email, or call, nothing was done. Ever. I thought this was grounds for a formal complaint. This was almost exactly the same, but this time it took seven MONTHS. This time it was not resolved, I simply gave up. In that seven months, I sent emails, letters, letters by recorded delivery. at the ned of the seven months it was apparent that my letters, etc had not received any attention whatsoever.The snag was that the complaint was of poor Customer Service, and my complaint was passed to Customer Service for action.
I sincerely hope not. I left Voda three times, for their appaling customer service. The last time to go to Three, with whom, all my customer service contacts have been totally satisfactory. Anything which risks being ragged back to Voda's characteristic level of customer did-service appalls. me.
It seems to me to be a far better, and cheaper solution would be to send the stuff by Royal Mail. It's for sure that if the Post won't get through it's a foregone conclusion that a drone isn't going to make it, either. Seems to me the usual endless search for ways to spend (waste) the money. In any case, I don't recollect a road 'n rail connection to the mentioned location that the drone system could be five times faster than.
All this talk of home working, does make me feel a bit sick. The Victorians, who really knew what 'Work' was in relation to profits, always considered "The Office" as a cost. necessary perhaps, but a cost nonetheless. A famous shipbuilder once said "Give me 20 more shipwrightss and I could produce more ships and make more profit. If I employed 20 more accountants, not a single plank more would have been laid"
Offices PRODUCE nothing, and if my long experience of ofices is anything to go by, most of the employees there are there to massage the egos of those above them. I worked in an office, but it was a drawing office, where we designed the tools which made possible the efficient production of the products which the Company sold to produce the profits that the shareholder required. Wealth is created on the workshop floor, and diluted at the office desk.
If I recollect rightly, the term came into being in the early Westerns. The man in the White hat was always the 'goodie', and the man in the Black hat was always, the 'baddie'. Makes them easy to recognise in the film. It had no connection with racism, since the two races were either white or red
I'm pleased to see that there are people with common sense, as in cynic 999. No battle has ever been won by running away from it. Our last, real pandemic was in the period 1939-1945. Millions died, but by not running away, a victory was finally achieved. Rather a pity that we, apparently, have not learned anything from this.
I suppose someone had to introduce a bit of greeen propaganda. You really should not add assumptions as data into science, as in the latter part of the comment.
"Therefore, discussing the results of my Coke and Mentos experiments provides a great platform to introduce students to various impacts such as ocean acidification associated with increased CO2 in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.” ®
For many years now, the RAM has been a semi-permanent, plugged in feature. Surely, by now the OS space could be considered a similar facility. You buy a PC with the appropriate SSD for the 'guts' of the system, and then have the cheaper, more expandable HDD for your user space. In essence, Linux already (or at least in my machine), has a partition reserved for the exclusive use of the operating system, and the rest for user space. In fact, if the SSD was a 'pluggable' device, you could possibly have a machine that you could easily and quickly change operating systems on. On the basis of 'been there, done that', I did have one of my machines fitted with a data switch, which would do just that.
I'd go for that, if it were not for the mouth watering price!. Getting rid of the unwanted Google apps has always been my goal, as it was before Google came on the scene. Going back to the early days of the PC, there were always people that produced applications, as they were then, which outshone, by far, the 'in house' stuff. Then, you could dump the limping native offerings and load in the good stuff. Now we're loaded with the junk, which fills the storage space, and adds to the update load. More power to their elbow.
Why is it that research seems to be an ever open chequebook? You select an area of research. You do it. Then you move on to something else, having found all (or most of) the answers. I see no point in perpetuating the exercise beyond this, except that it makes for an easy and perpetual income. Looking at the same meteoroid set year after year, to my mind is analogous to train spotting. It satisfies the soul, but ceases to add to your knowledge. Grow up and get a job.
I'm a bit surprised that anyone gets to drink on the job. Many years ago when I served a an engineering apprenticeship, you'd get a five minute tea break in the morning when the tea trolley came round, and nothing in the afternoon. I don't recall anyone drinking in the meantime. There were drinking fountains in the shop, but seldom used, and no-one ever spilt a drinking fountain. If you can go through eight hours of kip without getting up for a drink, I'm sure the same would apply in the day. It's not exactly a manual labour environment, so you're not replacing the sweat of toil.
They're not employing any more or any less men on this as before, I fail to see how this method can be cheaper than the old, of having their employees keeping both eyes open. And that is not taking into account of the cost of buying, adapting and running the software and the infrastructure. It looks to me as if the costs are merely being moved from one cash bucket to another. The classic government system of "saving" money.
I can't, for the like of me see any advantage of this phone over the conventional. Disadvantages by the score, I can. The only reason for it's being brought out, as far as I can see is to drag cash from the pockets of those with more money than sense. It's unwieldy, delicate, badly proportioned open or closed, thick, and from the video is going to need a conjuror to open it single handed, and three hands to do anything meaningful with it. Like the plate sized fablet, you'd have to use it behind a curtain to avoid the raucous laughter.
An excellent piece of double-speak. Here Ofgem is asserting that they have not made any findings IN THE PAST, of an investigation which has not yet begun. It must be a cloudy crystal ball that they're using!
"Ofgem cautiously added: "The opening of this investigation does not imply that we have made any findings about about non-compliance by National Grid Electricity Transmission or Scottish Power Transmission."
All civilisations seem to have someone who wields the ultimate power. But what is the alternative? We, in the UK have the queen who nominally wields the ultimate power, but wisely never uses it. Devolving it to another party simply move the problem. The difficulty seems to be that a certain type of individual lusts for power, and as the old adage says, "Power corrupts, and Ultimate Power corrupts absolutely". We see this so often around the world, where someone, totally unsuitable to be controlling anything more complicated than a tram, gains power, and then uses that to extend that power indefinitely. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Having seen the antics of our political parties over the past few years, I shudder at the though of allocating anything like the Ultimate Power in anything meaningful.
has all this been put into context? After all there are thousands of other road/pavement users, who similarly get injured, tripping over their own feet, knocking into other pedestrians, being hit by pushchairs, slipping on wet patches, etc, etc. Singling out a single user type in such a study is totally stupid. Comparisons should be made covering the whole traffic flow. In this I mean the pedestrian traffic flow. Taking the thrust of this article, are the drunk any more liable to injury, e-scooting, or staggering home?
Viz-a-viz helmets for scooter riders. pedestrians too have been seriously injured, killed by simple falls while walking on the pavements. Are you, collectively, considering that EVERYONE walking the pavements should be clad in helmets, face guards, elbow and knee protectors, heavy gloves, against the risk that they may trip and fall while walking. I've done it, I once caught my toe on a minor upstanding ridge of concrete in a pathway, and went sprawling, to the detriment of elbow, knee and dignity
A very long time ago, but still in the 13 Amp era, someone came up with the bright idea of having , a deep skirting board, which held a power busbar system. When you needed a power point at a particular place, you simply plugged in a special socket. Intervening gaps were simply covered by trunking. Needless to say it never caught on and we have the present and getting on for a hundred year old system of wires poking out of the plaster
Not so. From the Governments own data, the one pound coin, presently has about the same value as the threepenny bit of the early 1900's. Then, again from the Governments own figures, beer was about two pence (d) a pint. So, allowing for inflation, the beer, now should be just under a pound a pint. That is not mental gymnastics, simply mental arithmetic.
.. from these endless 'economies'. If it's like practically all Government initiatives the savings of £300 million, pale into insignificance against all the ancillary costs which are ignored, The hardware, the software, the maintenance, the cock-ups, the hand-outs, the support.
it's odd the way things go. A while back I researched costs of 1914 against 2014, in real terms, taking into account all the 'improvements' with modern technologies, manufacture, transport, etc. In 2914, in modern day terms, a pint of beer would have cost you around £1. Now. with all the savings that modernisation has brought, the cost is approaching £4. Much was the same with postage. The stamp on your letter now costs more than double what it did in 1914. And in 1914 you got two posts a day, and one on Sunday.
I steer well away from any sudo function, as well as any Linux distro which claims not to have or need a Root function. As far as I'm aware, it's use is allow users to wield powers that root has, in order to load software, build the operating system, etc. I consider this to be absolutely the stupidest thing one can do. Having seen the catastrophes that users can do with normal user powers, the very last thing you need from a user is the ability to destroy the whole setup.In my day, the root password was the most guarded asset the system had, and was kept a long, long way fro the users.
Not quite. It was sagely pointed out a good few years back, By Dawkins, as I recollect, that organisations exist to exist. That is true from viruses upwards, bacteria lower forms of organised life, animals, insects, et al. Through to organisations, committees, associations, companies, governments. The actual purpose of many of these has long been submerged in the necessity to exist. Here, in the UK, that has been notably demonstrated with the irecent nsane posturing of all the organised political parties, and the environmental groups. Historically, we may similarly examine the actions of all organised religions. I could go on and on.
"We are also considering alternative programs to replace certain software. This will be done in close coordination with other EU countries.”
Read this as "We want to make a gesture, but by doing it in coordination with other EU countries, we have made sure it will never be done
Dinorwig was designed and built as a 'peak lopping 'setup, for those times as the end of the Cup Final when the country all (or perhaps half) of the population put the kettle on. to celebrate. However, when it was sold to private enterprise, it's use changed to only supplying power when the price was at it's highest. So, probably would not have the capacity left for emergency generation, even had the price been 'right'
I can see a lot of brown outs when a few cars roll up for a quick charge. Finding a charging station should be easy. Just look for the rising clouds of steam from the cooling towers servicing the charging equipment. Or the roar from the banks of diesel generators. I shudder to think of the capital cost of all this.
It's not the Company that pays the tax. It's the customer. The Company is merely the (unpaid) tax collector for the Government. If Amazon doesn't pay tax, then they have the opportunity to drop their prices. Whether they do, or not, of course is up to them, but they certainly have the means.
The RAF did it's own training, and did it well. I did my national Service in the RAF, as a Ground Radar Fitter (Rotors). The training course for that was a full nine months of full time training. I learned more in that nine months, than in the five year engineering apprenticeship, the four years of day release for ordinary and Higher National Certificate, primary and secondary full time education, and all the industrial training since then. Nothing beats being trained by people that have done it, lived it and believed in it.
Oddly, I received a pop-up page informing me that support would be removed from my copy of Win 7. I dismissed it, as unwanted, and went on to open the application I'd booted the thing up for, when the whole thing died on me. Nothing would bring it back. It's not the machine, which is dual bootable into my normal OS, Mageia Linux, which works, as usual perfectly. Trying to log into Windows, hower, always throws up the repair option, of which nothing works. It either sits there showing the BSOD, or it will, eventually, re-boot into Linux. I'm tempted to consider that MS have set a bomb to blow the system up, as perhaps a warning to others. Being Windows from way back, it did not come with an install disk and I've no idea how to re-install, in it's absence
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