Re: There are 2 dates on these things
"There will always be a market for cheaper non IoT stuff"
Want to bet? You try and find a "dumb" TV anywhere. There's no such thing.
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"Immigration has been broadly positive for our country, but not universally so. There's a sensible debate to have been had, and I'm pretty sure the public would have come down broadly in favour of it with some reforms."
This is so true. If the left, not just in the UK but elsewhere as well, were willing to actually engage in reasonable debate about those things, then yes, it would likely have turned out positively for everyone. But no. Instead they decided to smear people whose views they didn't agree with as stupid racists.
It turns out than when you insult people, it doesn't convert them to your way of thinking, it actually makes them vote for the other guy. Hence they got Brexit, Trump and the Tories enough additional votes for them to win. Surely, after all these drubbings, they must by now have learnt their lesson? I wouldn't bet on it.
"Economic policies are one way to analyse politicians, and leads to the left-right dichotomy. The analysis that I take into account, however, is authoritarian-liberal. That axis is perpendicular to left/right."
Indeed. Hence why it is entirely accurate to label the BNP as left wing, for example.
But that causes problems because other leftists don't like that!
"Surely that means mass surveillance is ok, if the left and the greens are fine with it?
Yes, because policies like mass surveillance, identity cards, privatising parts of the NHS and the London Underground etc are all OK when they are introduced by the left because they are all done in good faith!
"they are by their very nature difficult to see"
Yes, it rather puts that into perspective when you realise that none are generally visible to the naked eye, although it's possible that on an exceptionally good night, in an place with zero light pollution some people might just be able to glimpse Lacaille 8760.
"DAB as with digitial music will never be better than an top analogue signal (due to sampling)"
Not true. A sampled signal is capable of perfect reproduction of the original analogue signal, provided it was encoded correctly and the sample rate is high enough.
Quite a few rears ago, the car parking in my local railway station was operated from a portakabin in the car park. There was a power socket on the wall in the customer area, with a plug in it, the cable from which disappeared through a small hole in the wall into another room. Above the socket it was written "Do not unplug this EVER" or something very similar. On a couple of occasions I was very tempted to turn it off, partly to see what would happen, but mostly to get my own back, since on those occasions the attendants had managed to royally piss me off.
Yes, the Red Dwarf joke about car park attendants IS true, well it was true where those two clowns were concerned anyway!
I fell out with NatWest a good few years ago when I had an "Advantage Private" current account which cost me a pretty penny in yearly charges. One day I ended up going overdrawn by about £4 for literally a few hours and they still decided to charge me a £40 fee for doing so. I asked my personal manager to refund it, and she basically said "computer says no." Hardly a personal service then, was it?
Later that week I took my custom across the road to Nationwide where I've been ever since. They have also had their moments of being shit mind you, but at least they didn't try and charge me £££ a year for the privilege.
"the over 40s really don't have the ears to distinguish unless the sound is distorted enough to make it obvious"
I don't buy that. If it were true, the over 40s wouldn't be able to tell the difference between sitting in front of their hifi system and sitting in front of a real live band, choir, orcheshtra etc.
'Until the fateful day Drew discovered "an ASCII code that disabled output to the terminal."'
Ah, good old VDU 21. You could also use that to hide part or all of a BASIC program. What you did is use the ? operator (the equivalent of POKE on other systems) to insert that character into the BASIC program in a part that was ignored by the BASIC interpreter, such as the text after a REM command.
When the LIST command was typed to show the program listing, it would only output up to the where the ASCII 21 was inserted. You could re-enable output later on in the listing with the ASCII 6 character.
For example entering the following listing:
10 REM Hello Earth
20 PRINT "This is hidden code!"
30 REM Goodbye World!
PAGE is a system variable which holds the start of BASIC workspace. Typing this would cause the LIST command to output:
10 REM Hello World!
I just tried this on a BBC emulator :)
"I don't know your dad's situation, but this did remind me of an old marketing trick..."
The car in question was a nearly new Passat. It was a good car in general, but there were a number of issues with it that they refused to sort out. One was a buzzing in the roof at certain engine speeds, which seemed to be audible to all humans except ones that worked for the dealership. Another was the dual mass flywheel that kept overheating and failing. Another issue was trying to charge him for parts that didn't need replacing.
The best one was when he wanted cruise control retrofitting, which they told him was problematic as the computer was different so they'd have to replace that, at an absolutely ludicrous total cost. That was a big fat lie, the computers were actually all the same, and in the end an independent garage managed to do the work for a couple of hundred.
Stuff like that.
"In the meantime, Amazon pays AU$20 mil in taxes on >AU$1 BILLION in revenue."
Perhaps, but at least companies like Amazon don't seem to treat their customers with the absolute contempt that Apple seems to.
They go back for more as well, my Dad did, I have no idea why. He went back to a certain emission-cheating car company as well, even after they treated him like absolute shit when he bought his last car from them.
I think companies like these employ clever psychological tricks to keep you going back.
"Sure, we'll pay you back your subsidies if you give us back our Oil Fund investment ala Norway.
I'm sure most thieves are sick of being reminded of their thefts."
That reply seems to imply that I suggested Scotland pays those subsidies back, which is strange, given that I said no such thing.
"We have free education here, free prescriptions, like you used to, and the place hasn't went to hell."
Isn't that because the rest of the UK subsidises Scotland though? Presumably if Scotland gets independence, those payments would stop. Not that that would overly bother the SNP I suspect, as by that point they will have got what they want.
I and many of my fellow English people are fine with Scottish independence because we are sick and tired of hearing about it.
"The "Tories" are putting their core voters on the dole - or should I say ex-core-voters - just to appeal to a bunch of student union types who will never vote Tory regardless of their policies."
I've said similar myself before, about Guardian readers rather than student union types, but it's the same argument. It doesn't make any sense to me either.
"That would be MY ears. I've tried other earbuds of the same configuration (except they were discount-store wired ones). The only earbuds that work for me are the straight-in ones with the rubber tips."
That's me too! I thought I was the only person in the world with this problem, not that I give a crap about not being compatible with Apple's overpriced trinkets.
I had no end of problems with NTL then VM in the few years I was with them:
- No end of billing irregularities.
- The TV red button services hardly ever worked.
- Couldn't receive all TV channels, including Sky 1 (before they withdrew it)
- TV picture used to drop out for a few seconds at midnight every day.
- Broadband was always dropping out, so much so that YouTube rarely worked reliably.
- The phone line got wired up incorrectly in the green box so that I was connected to someone else's line, so they presumably got billed for my calls.
I think that's it. Problems I've had with the much-maligned Sky:
"Remember no female has ever said "Oh god you are so sexy talking about your Hi-Fi!"
I'm struggling to understand what women and sex has to do with the subject at hand.
I mean there are a lot of hobbies that are traditionally seen as male pastimes, such as messing with cars, building computers, basically anything that involves tinkering. And that's the thing that a lot of people don't get, hi-fi buffs like tinkering with their systems, that's one of the reasons turntables are still popular.
Few women I know are interested in those things, but men do them because they like doing them, not because they want to attract a partner.
"Ahh but as with all Naim gear, do you then have to add the optional £800 power supply and £200 power cable to get it 'sounding right'?
Like an item costing several hundred or thousands of ponds shouldn't sound right out of the box on its own."
I don't think Naim has ever claimed that. I think it's fair to say that if it doesn't sound right out of the box, no amount of tinkering with upgrades is ever going to fix that. There is a lot of misinformation peddled in places like hifi forums, but it's usually from fools with too much money.
While a beefier PSU can improve things like headroom, other "upgrades" such as expensive speaker cables are complete snake oil. Due to comb filtering in a room, moving your head two inches is going to change the perceived sound more than changing a cable could ever do, which is why people swear they can hear such differences.
In actual fact, the main issue in the vast majority of cases is the listening room. I'm sure that a £1000 system in a properly treated room, which needn't be ugly nor expensive, will piss all over a £10000 system in a typical living room.
"Still, looking forward to the time when Sky feel obliged to maintain their satellite fleet at great expense, because the clue is in the name, but enough people have moved to on-net provision"
It was worth them doing it back in the 1980s when hardly anyone had satellite TV, so I don't think this will ever be a major issue for them.
"The rent you pay has to cover your landlords mortgage. Doh."
I'm an (unintentional) landlord, and the rental income from my property after paying agency and other fees and 40% income tax on the rest does NOT cover the mortgage. That doesn't include paying back the £30K I had to borrow to get the house up to a let-able standard either.
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