Monzo offer virtual debit (but not credit) cards, but only on their premium tier which is £5 per month.
(Although I'm a cheapskate on their free tier, so I can't say how well it works...)
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The pure, sweet meta nectar that would flow, if someone were to report this post and the mods were to delete it from the platform.
(Note for future generations who may pass this way: should the meta-gods smile upon us today, the missing post moaned in a very rude way about people deleting negative comments off their own platforms. Of course, if they don't smile upon us, then the
missing post is sat just up there ^).
Only 6 services running normally (and one of those is a tram) out of 15 listed services. Even for the famously crap train services of Britain, that's pretty bad.
Here's a thought for you, TfL: if you want to increase passenger numbers, try providing a reliable service that people will want to use. Heck, the entirety of Europe can manage it, so it can't be to hard!
Our old knackered camper conversion - a 16 year old Citroen Relay with over 200,000 miles on the clock - was "Myvan the Terrible".
Our shiny new camper conversion (well, you've got to do something in lockdown) is based on a minibus, and so is called "Minnie the Moocher", 'cos, well, it's a minniebus, and we mooch about the country side in it!
Icon, 'cos I bet she knows a thing or too about being a hoochie-coocher!
"It is tiresome when both OSes adjust automatically."
Just set them all to run with the system clock as UTC.
For pretty much all Linux's it's generally an option on the "Choose your timezone" page during setup. For the *BSD's I think it's an rc.conf tweak. For Windows it's a quick registry edit:
After that your motherboard clock will remain persistently UTC, and the operating system will display the correct time from that based on the time zone that you tell it you are in.
With this method I have been able to flawlessly (in terms of displayed time, at least) boot between Windows and various *nix's with never a problem with the displayed time over BST changes.
The Chocolate Factory Evil Corp(TM) are somewhat over-thinking this.
In Chile, they just chucked some nets in the air to catch the clouds, then ran an entire brewery from the water they captured that produces 24000 litres of tasty, tasty beer a year.
One newer net setup is producing 4000 litres of water per day.
Admittedly, this method is dependant upon clouds passing by so probably isn't deployable everywhere, but it is a cheap, simple and effective method that works. And they've been using it for 65 years. Do try to keep up,
And, mmm, beer.
Well, looking at the screenshot, it clearly says "SRServer.exe... Application error / The application was unable to start connectivity"
So the software that has caused the bork is the very same software that would allow the helldesk operatives to remote in and fix the bork.
Bork, bork, indeed.
No, that seems somewhat unlikely. The Martians are generally quite accepting of new peoples and things to their lands. I invite you to [re]read the seminal paper on the matter "Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed", one of the finest studies yet published on the Martian natives and ecosystem.
...that this comment has garnered a majority of down-votes, for its fundamental tenant - all the media outlets are entertainment business who engage in erm... "truth manipulation" for sales seems quite true to me.
I do wonder if this sentence has been misinterpreted: "I pity the person who thinks only Fox News lies, but their news outlet tells the truth". On first read through, I took this to mean that "their" referred to Fox News, i.e. "I pity the person who thinks only Fox News lies, but Fox News tells the truth"
I then re-read it as "I pity the person who thinks only Fox News lies, but the news outlet *the person* reads tells the truth", which made much more sense.
I would like to quote Paul Simon here, from his song "Have a Good Time:"
"I don't believe what I read in the papers / They're just out to capture my dime"
That was written back in 1975. Nothing much has changed in 46 years...
"...but battery-powered EV are not the solution for everybody, just for urban people who don't need to travel."
To which I say: John O'Groats to Land's End, in a Tesla Model 3, 855.2 miles in 15h 32m with just 1h 32m for charging?
Electric cars have gone way, way beyond the original Nissan Leaf and "just for urban people who don't need to travel." With the addition of a rapidly growing network of conventional and fast-charging stations they are more than capable of long distance journeys far faster than certainly I would like to make them.
... that a bunch of
money grubbing lovely helpful lawyers* were prepared to work on this pro bono. I strongly suspect that fending off patent trolls is way beyond the financial means of any open source project, so it's nice to see some hungry sharks lovely helpful lawyers* actually doing some good for a change.
*I'm sure *some* of them are lovely. And helpful. Aren't they?
Like this one?
Although I'm not sure what a low profile Cherry MX would be like compared to a full profile one. Anyway, I have their Master Keys Pro with Cherry MX Brown switches to help retain my
hearing sanity, and I've been impressed by it.
Well worth going if you get chance; Skye's lovely, and as I remember the Talisker distillery is in a wonderfully remote spot (as I remember; it's been two decades since I went (gulp; where'd time go?!)
The tour I had was very good, although the highlight came at the end when we'd been herded into the shop: I witnessed an American gentleman purchase a (very, very old) bottle of whiskey.
It had a price tag of £10,000.
Talisker Cask Strength (when they do it) is usually released at around the 60% ABV mark, so that should do the job.
Of course, if you're heathen enough to waste it outside of you instead of inside, you'll get what's coming to you ----->
Edit: Where'd that post from Micheal come from? That wasn't there a moment ago! Never mind, there's obviously another with good taste around these parts :)
Every time a computer goes wrong these days, I find my self involuntarily chanting "Bork! Bork! Bork!" in the fashion of some demented Dalek on it's last ever extermination.
I would say that colleagues who have heard me think I'm going loopy, but I suspect they actually just think it's normal.
(Icon: nearest thing to a Dalek ---------------------------------------->)
...what about the keyboard? That thing looks as solid as one of the old IBM monsters*, which I'm sure could survive such treatment ----->
(*I had one of those once, with a DIN5 plug; I ended up with a computer with no DIN5 socket, so I used a DIN5 to PS2 adapter quite happily. I then ended up with a computer with no PS2 socket, so with eternal optimism I tried a DIN5 to PS2 adapter connected to a PS2 to USB adapter. Alas, it was not to be...)
I was curious if that Buskill would work on Windows, and it turns out, it does!
1) Open Event Viewer, and drill down to "Application and Service Logs - Microsoft - Windows - DriverFrameworks-UserMode"
2) We need the "Operational" log which is disabled; to enable, right click -> Properties, tick "Enable Logging", OK
3) Find a spare memory stick of a make/model that you don't otherwise use. Plug it in, wait a few seconds and unplug.
4) Refresh the view, then open the latest entry with EventID 2102
5) Switch to the "Details" tab, then "XML View". You will need the the data from the "InstanceID" field
6) Paste the following XML into your editor of choice (you can remove the extra white lines; the forum inserts those automatically on line-breaks):
<Query Id="0" Path="Microsoft-Windows-DriverFrameworks-UserMode/Operational">
*[UserData/UMDFHostDeviceRequest/InstanceId="Your Instance ID"]
Replace "Your Instance ID" with your InstanceID data from the event log, then replace all special characters with their ASCII hex codes. For example, my InstanceID of:
7) Copy your completed XML. Open Task Scheduler, create a new task. Create a new "Trigger" and from the "Begin the Task" drop-down, select "On an event", Select "Custom" and click the new event filter button. Switch to the XML tab and tick the "Edit query manually box". Paste in your XML from above.
8) OK back out a couple of times, and finish setting up your task. I set my Action to lock my computer: Action: start a program; program: "rundll32.exe"; Add arguments: "user32.dll, LockWorkStation"
9) Tweak final settings, mainly allowing the task to run if not on AC power, and you're done :)
Africa is a continent, not a country. To assume things are the same from South Africa to Egypt, from Mauritania to Tanzania is like assuming things are the same from Spain to Finland, from Greece to Ireland.
That is, they are not.
Some governments are corrupt, some are not. Some people are corrupt, some are not. That says nothing about the governments or peoples of their neighbours.
Do not tar all with the same brush.
"...amount of palladium, a rare silvery heavy metal element that can only be forged via a stellar process, known as slow neutron capture."
I think you'll find that pretty much any decent Dwarven blacksmith worth their salt can easily forge a +4 Vorpal Dwarven Axe of Smiting from just a few palladium ingo...
... oh, wait, sorry, wrong website. Carry on.
How about this poor chap:
Ok, he didn't die, and luckily escaped with minor injuries, but it's that sort of utterly irresponsible drone flying that's causing these laws. If that cyclist had fallen into a culvert, for instance, it could have been a lot nastier, as it was for poor Bjorg Lambrecht.
N.B. I realise the accident that killed Bjorg was not caused by a drone, but it does not take much for a road-bike ridden at speed to crash with potentially fatal consequences. The drone that hit the American cyclist could easily have caused such a crash.
@ Benson's Cycle
So your handle commemorates someone who discovered the photosynthetic carbon cycle, but history attributes the discovered to someone else.
Your post claims history attributes the events you describe to someone else, but the patterns, the patterns cannot be ignored.
You are the young lad, and I claim my five pounds!
From the article:
"It's not entirely clear why Astrobotic chose the Vulture Central in what CEO John Thornton described..."
Congratulations El Reg on having your very own rocket program selected for a real space laun...
Wait, what was that? Vulcan Centaur, you say? Oh drat! Mis-read. Never mind, have a beer anyway. Carry on!
"Does Linux work on it?"
I'd be very wary before splashing the cash. I had a Thinkpad a while ago, (I forget the model) which ran various Linux's and FreeBSD just fine apart from the wireless card (some dodgy Realtek thing as I recall) which had schlonky Linux/BSD drivers and dropped the connection continuously.
Not a problem, I had a spare Intel one lying about that was reputed to be great with open source drivers. I swapped it in, turned my laptop on and was greeted with a fantastic wireless connection.
Err, no, I wasn't. I was met with a BIOS boot screen proclaiming "Unauthorised hardware detected. The laptop will not boot."
Turns out Lenovo (and others, HP I seem to recall) are famous for this. The BIOS checks the hardware in the laptop and if something is not on the approved whitelist, it doesn't boot. Gee, thanks, you twats.
I worked around the problem with a USB wifi dongle, but it gave sub-par performance compared to an internal card with a proper antennae.
So yeah, be wary of Linux support on Lenovo (and HP (and probably others)) laptops.
"These people need to understand that we, the people do not want this type of spying..."
Except that we are not "we, the people." We are a very small, technologically aware, privacy conscious subset of the people.
The people generally don't seem to give a toss. I've explained it on occasion to mainstream members of the people, and they have listened carefully, nodded in agreement, and made appropriate comments like "that's awful", or "how very dare they!"
They have then promptly gone back to not giving a toss, so long as they can access Farcebook, Instaspam et al. Whilst commentards here, the great folks at Privacy International, and a few others may protest facial recognition, nothing much will change whilst the rest of the population are drip-fed their dopamine.
"FFS FUD SNAFU is not a normal lifestyle choice, it is a perverse abomination and corrupt amalgam of an horrendous few. Change the Master Program."
That is the best summary of Brexit I've ever read. Have an upvote, and a pint on me.
I can see external hard drives being one, if anyone still uses those (well, apart from Mac users without up-gradable internal storage), but for anyone else? My mouse transfers a few KB/s, my keyboard something similar. USB 2 actually suffices really well for the vast majority of [at least my] use cases.
In the meantime, I'm stuck shuftying files around my network at 1Gb/s. Plz can we haz 10Gb/s network kit at affordable prices, rather than faffing about with ever faster-faster-faster USB?
(Icon --> my over-loaded switch going nuclear)
"Can a woman be a dick?"
Maybe this depends upon whether you're left-pondian, right-pondian, or upsidepondownian, but going by the Urban Dictionary's first definition for "being a dick":
"conducting oneself in an inappropriate manner to the annoyance of others"
then yes, a woman most certainly can.
(As can men, cats, and photocopier sales-people ;)
"Once upon a time during the minor warming period in the dark ages, England grew some acceptable varietals for a short time."
"There's been wine produced in the UK pretty much continuously since the Romans arrived, it certainly didn't require the Medieval Warm Period to make it viable."
There is a distinct difference between acceptable and viable.
My guess is that it would be unfairly penalising third party retailers by depriving them of a revenue stream, when it is Apple that may be at fault, not the third party retailers.
It isn't "JoBloggsMobilePhonez4U.de" that's (allegedly) ripped off patents, so it seems fair (to me) to leave them out of the dispute by allowing them to carry on selling iPhones.
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