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  • Have you tried tilting the bottom of the screen away from you? (Most screens can adjust a bit like this).

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    Politicians lie because, in general, the public does not want to hear the truth.

    • Or they are right and the public want them to be wrong.

      “Obviously they have f*cked up massively on crime:”

      • Any politician who told the truth wouldn’t be elected. People prefer to live in ignorant bliss.

        You get the public services that you pay for.

        • “You get the public services that you pay for.”

          Most certainly not.

          Anyone selling anything puts the price up if they can, and does less for the money if they can. Hard to stop for monopolies, and more so for public services. There has to be a constant war on waste and inefficiency, since those to blame do not lose directly from it. (Also a problem with big business.) Relying on people doing the right thing is doomed to failure. It’s easy to just keep paying more year on year for the same services.

          • No amount efficiency will improve a service that wasn’t funded sufficiently in the first place and then given extra tasks. You can lean, time and motion, etc.. all you like, but sometimes you just need more resources to get a job done. That is what costs and must be paid for.

          • “No amount efficiency will improve a service” Any extra efficiency will improve a service.

            We all get lazy if there’s no consequences. Not so much about making people work harder. Administration needs to be aggressively evaluating the whole operation and evolving. If you run a business you do this to survive. Without someone constantly worrying about everything, it quickly goes very wrong. It’s not about “We did that last year, there’s no more improvements to be found” Things change all the time.

          • I’m self employed plus a partner in another and yes efficiency matters. But there comes a point where you also need to invest to improve things, be it in people, training or assets. None of this is free and often can’t simply be funded by small efficiency savings elsewhere. That doesn’t mean you don’t evaluate what you do, how you do it and why from time to time.

          • I suggest you are not disagreeing with me. But you think the government should have set the proportions of spending on different things, verses the borrowing that would be required, differently. Which I have not commented on.

          • No, I think people get the services they pay for, at the moment people expect the uk’s public services, police, NHS, education etc to be world class, whilst paying ever decreasing amounts of tax. If people expect better, they should consider the notion that these things need more funding. Borrowing to fund the annual costs of services is madness, there is essentially no return on the spending and it becomes a debt spiral. They should be funded through small progressive tax rises.

          • The borrowing is there already. We are hoping to reduce it.

            You may be right about tax increases. However there is an optimum level of tax for best productivity and eventual tax revenue. Obviously if tax was zero then there would be no tax revenue. But if everything went in tax then nobody would bother to earn, and the result would be the same. So the level of taxation tends to be set by opinions on this, rather than required expenditure, which is more likely to be a matter of taking away from somewhere else. I’m glad I’m not in government.

          • Or tax for decades has been the tool to buy votes with short termist policies. While the costs of all public services has increased. Tax can increase to a point where people still value it. Having the funds for material products versus same day doctor access, better education, better care in old age, feeling safe on the streets. ..

        • Well the thread is “are politicians lying to us ?”

          I say generally not. They are doing their best based on their beliefs. Everybody wants to spend more on public services. Some believe that if we spend more, we will reduce our ability to spend in the future.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    It wouldn’t if you’ve got a bulb gone on the dash (more common than you’d think)

    I would have a good look at that EGR valve…. when mine went (twice) in my old jag neither time was there any indication other than a real lack of power especially at low revs (certainly no clouds of black or white smoke) also only one occasion when it went did I get a warning light (I did get an EGR position error code though when I got them read)

    could also be turbo related – Actuator not kicking in etc

  • It would never have occurred to me to think about whether devices like this would be supported in all counties straight out of the box. I guess when someone brings it up it seems a bit obvious that it’s never going to work everywhere, to begin with but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

    I think what they are trying to say is perhaps that the Amazon infrastructure isn’t there to support integration with these things. Spotify works sure, but Amazon can’t connect to it. The only alternative would be to perhaps route you via a neighbouring country that does support it but the latency and load generated by multiple countries piggybacking off another would probably be too much. All assumption here but that’s what I would take from this.

    Can you return it? Maybe look into the Apples…[Read more]

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Gun smiths are worse. Brought my 460 Rowland 1911 in for some trigger work and the guy spent several minutes berating my choice of firearm and informing me what gun I should own…when I was there for repairs, needless to say I found another smith who while similar, was much nicer than him.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    “I have no evidence but I would suspect that ex ford workers and the odd millionaire are raising that mean, way above the mode.”

    The ex ford workers are in the area with a low mean. Given the size of the Ford plant to the town, I would have thought the median mode and mean for Dagenham wouldn’t be much different as so many of the pensioners would have worked there.

    The City of London has expensive housing and Dagenham is a cheaper place to live. None of this data is particularly surprising. If you want the raw data I expect it’s on the HMRC website and you can work out the median and mode if you want to.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I have a vague recollection that it’s a violation of the Univeral Declaration on Human Rights to render someone stateless.

    A quick google cites Article 15. Anyone here who actually understands these things?

  • mo replied to the topic Police fitness standard in the forum General Chat 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    IIRC, there was a massive hoo hah about them having to do it in the first place, so the clearly low standard is probably a bit of a compromise. Adrian Chiles took it and passed it in jeans and boots on the radio when it was first introduced, which probably tells you what you need to know.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

  • mo posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    >”Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

    The issue isn’t whether or not it’s funny, it’s whether it should be a crime.

    >Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

    Freedom of speech is certainly a qualified right, and those who try to justify spreading hatred with “free speech, innit” are prats. There are a lot of them around.

    I haven’t seen the video, but it sounds like there might be ample reason to take it down from youtube, which is public and you need to have basic manners when you speak in public. But committing a criminal offence is a completely different matter to having your freedom to publicly broadcast whatever you like curtailed.

    > It was only a joke isn’t a defence against hate speech or antisemitism.

    So what’s your position? Do you think that the joke should be…[Read more]

    • I understand your point and yes, there are a lot of idiots out there spouting toxic crap but if you make people afraid to express themselves through fear of legal sanction then they just retreat to the internet, their likeminded friends or their extremist churches. The end result is that their views are reinforced instead of challenged and they never get their noses rubbed in the fact that normal folk find such people ridiculous and their views abhorrent.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    They could come up tournaments to entertain the masses – call them the Hunger Games or something.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    I once shouted at some software I didn’t like, then uninstalled it and defragged my hard drive! That showed the bastard…

  • mo posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Tried MediaMonkey but to no avail. I think because my laptop didn’t have the drivers to see my phone. Tried CopyTrans which worked a treat (it prompted me to install the drivers).

    Thanks all, now I can plug my phone into the big speakers downstairs so the neighbors can listen to Motorhead

  • mo posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Playing music on iphone without itunes?? I just want to put a couple of albums onto my phone (iphone 5s), and don’t want more useless software on my knackered old laptop. Is there an easy way of dragging and dropping a couple of mp3s from my laptop onto my phone, and being able to play them?

    I tried google but couldn’t find much.. which I fear may have answered my question!

    Thanks

    • I’m not sure what’ll happen, but maybe try emailing the mp3s to your phone.. see what the options are for opening/saving them!

    • I have used MediaMonkey to transfer files to and from iThings. The advantage is that MM manage to put music in the right place for the Music app to find it.

      FileBrowser and FileApp don’t seem to be able to get past Nanny Jobs and put files where you want them…

    • CopyTrans Manager.

      Brilliant.

    • Tried MediaMonkey but to no avail. I think because my laptop didn’t have the drivers to see my phone. Tried CopyTrans which worked a treat (it prompted me to install the drivers).

      Thanks all, now I can plug my phone into the big speakers downstairs so the neighbors can listen to Motorhead

    • Not quite the same but if you have spotify you can run that in offline mode on your phone

    • I think if you’ve installed CopyTrans, MM should work now…

      It’s a long time since I did it, as I never really used the iPad for music. But I did use it to recover the music off an iPod for a mate.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    I’ve had them for about 6 months and they have made a huge difference to me. I wore contact lenses before.

  • mo posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Presumably Moore’s law applies to the ASIC chips, and if Moore’s law fails as many are predicting the cost of mining could become prohibitive.

    • mike replied 5 months ago

      Just wait for quantum computing

      • Why would that make mining easier?

        I’m guessing with quantum computing, it will make the problems just as complex that it would even itself out in difficulty to solve the mathematical mining.

        • mike replied 5 months ago

          Yes but the point is quantum computing will break through the Moore’s law technological/physics plateau.

          • Quantum computers are good at certain things, like factorizing, because there are algorithms that are inherently quantum in nature that can efficiently factorize.

            There is a misconception that quantum computers will be able to run existing (classical) algorithms much faster than existing (classical) computers, which is just not correct; in fact the opposite is true. Firstly you have to make the classical algorithm reversible to be able to simulate it with a quantum computer, which comes with an overhead; secondly, classical computer have had a 70-odd year head-start, so they will be much quicker to run the same algorithm.

            What makes you think they will be useful for mining bit-coin?

    • The way it works is the difficulty of mining scales automatically to reflect the mining capacity (network hash rate). So if someone comes out with better mining ASICs then after a few months the amount of work to receive a certain amount of coins is increased. If the network hash rate stopped growing then the difficulty would not be increased. (This is a simplified explanation because the algorithms are different for different coins).

      The side effect is that if you buy mining hardware you only have a limited period of time to make it pay for itself, once the difficulty doubles a couple of times (unless the market value of the crypto currency has gone up even faster) it will cost more in electricity to run your hardware than you make in mining fees. The ROI on mining is…[Read more]

  • mo posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    I think we really need someone who actually knows what they’re talking about to clarify things.
    But, I’m assuming ‘Obstruction’ is quite a specific definition and that once on private land most offences are covered by trespass, even if in reality they are causing an obstruction (small ‘o’).
    The law about Obstructing a driveway seems to be one of those Highway Code ‘Do Not’ cop outs and I’m guessing, the Police will get involved if they get a call to say that they’ve been deliberately stopped from joining the Highway by a property owner that refuses to move their car. The perpetrator will probably say they parked there accidently and all they want to do is leave as quickly as possible…
    Obviously, smashing windows, smearing cow shit over the car, etc. might turn out quite badly…[Read more]

  • mo posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    They’re trespassing and therefore it’s a civil offence. If you block them in (obstruction) and/or damage the vehicle it’s a criminal offence.

    • Surely their car is also obstruction in a lot of cases? If it isn’t it’s not hard to concuct a legitimate case where it is?

      The laws I have so far found on obstruction seem worded to only apply to roads, not driveways. If anyone wants to cite the law and section that does apply, that would be useful.

      • jack replied 5 months ago

        This is the bit I’m struggling with here too.

        So if, by parking on my drive, they prevent me from being able to open my garage door, then they’re committing the criminal offence of obstructing because I can’t get my motorbike out, no?

        But if I didn’t have a motorbike and tried the same argument with my pushbike, any workshy officer would point out that I could carry it out the back door and round the side of the house, so no obstruction?

        And does obstruction only count when it’s a vehicle? What if, by parking on the drive, they are preventing me from having furniture delivered or construction work carried out? Civil matter?

        • guy replied 5 months ago

          If you park your car across the drive on the highway you’re causing an obstruction. That works both ways. If you block someone in or they block you in.

          You’re not obstructing the public highway if you’re on your own land or if someone else has parked on your land.

          You have grounds for obtaining the registered keepers details from the DVLA if it’s a repeat offender and prosecute for trespass. If it’s a one off, there’s nothing much you can do if they’ve moved the car.

          Note: it’s the registered keeper and not the driver who is to blame. Which makes it easier/trickier depending on your point of view.

      • mo replied 5 months ago

        I think we really need someone who actually knows what they’re talking about to clarify things.
        But, I’m assuming ‘Obstruction’ is quite a specific definition and that once on private land most offences are covered by trespass, even if in reality they are causing an obstruction (small ‘o’).
        The law about Obstructing a driveway seems to be one of those Highway Code ‘Do Not’ cop outs and I’m guessing, the Police will get involved if they get a call to say that they’ve been deliberately stopped from joining the Highway by a property owner that refuses to move their car. The perpetrator will probably say they parked there accidently and all they want to do is leave as quickly as possible…
        Obviously, smashing windows, smearing cow shit over the car, etc. might turn out quite badly…[Read more]

  • I can’t help with the posting after the item not received claim but I did find out to my cost that the responsibility for the item is the sellers until the buyer has signed for it. I sold a car part which was sent by next day courier tracked which had threee failed delivery attempts and then was returned to me. I found out on contacting ebay that the responsibility was mine for the courier costs and I had to come to an agreement with the buyer for redelivery costs. I’m not sure if I would have had to stand the redelivery costs as buyer said they were no longer wanted the item! I had to give a full refund including the delivery costs which were £20, and the same value as the item. So if the buyer doesn’t sign for the parcel you have to give a full refund. I haven’t listed anything…[Read more]

  • I had a phone appointment with my GP who agreed that my shoulder pain might be quickest dealt with by going to see a physio privately. I am with Medicare, so I can claim back some medical treatment costs.

    i agree with who ever suggested that a good practitioner of any sort is the best. If it doesn’t look like your first choice is working, try someone else.

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