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by Tizer
14 Mar 2013, 14:56
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: ENERGY MATTERS
Replies: 2389
Views: 162051

Re: ENERGY MATTERS

Hartley, spare a thought for my mum who was born and brought up in South Africa but came to live in Blackburn as a working class wife and mother at the end of WW2! :surprised: One of my old cogs just turned .Tizer are you referring to the thermal shock, of introducing warm bones to an English winte...
by Tizer
14 Mar 2013, 10:42
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5190
Views: 364446

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I'm swapping computers with Mrs Tiz so that she can have the one with Ubuntu 12.04 as she does more of the `secure' online work with bank accounts etc. I'm taking hers which still has 10.04 and may have hardware problems - as well as not accepting 12.04 it freezes several times in each session. None...
by Tizer
14 Mar 2013, 09:41
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Lies, damned lies and statistics
Replies: 188
Views: 31033

Re: Lies, damned lies and statistics

Either they've changed the advert or I was confused and the 50% refers to the discount on the windows... Senior moment? There's a marketing claim doing the rounds in the double glazing industry about windows that not only keep in the room's warmth but heat the room too. In customers' minds it conju...
by Tizer
14 Mar 2013, 09:24
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Family Matters
Replies: 1679
Views: 117849

Re: Family Matters

The lunch does have a dessert and should be enough for a `main meal' but he is used to having meals (not butties) at both lunch and evening and is underweight, so needs his calories. They used to allow residents to choose between paying for these meals or making/buying their own (each flat has a kit...
by Tizer
13 Mar 2013, 09:38
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11174
Views: 520180

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Did you hear about the lady who went to the carpenter and asked him to make her a new two-seater?
Carpenter: "Large thighs or small thighs, madam?
Lady: "Don't be rude, young man!"
Carpenter: "Thorry madam."
by Tizer
13 Mar 2013, 09:29
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Family Matters
Replies: 1679
Views: 117849

Re: Family Matters

And you should get a medal for improving the Co-Op's stock control - between us we might get this country on its feet again! You will be right about maximising financial returns at the council but unfortunately they are blinkered in all they do and end up by getting a lower return due to following `...
by Tizer
12 Mar 2013, 20:16
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5190
Views: 364446

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I mentioned earlier about the `bad sectors' showing up for one of the hard disks in Disk Utility on Mrs Tiz's PC after trying to upgrade Ubuntu. Well, shortly after, the other disk showed the same. And now mine (more or less the same as her PC) is showing one of the two disks as having `bad sectors'...
by Tizer
12 Mar 2013, 20:04
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Family Matters
Replies: 1679
Views: 117849

Re: Family Matters

After last year's battle with council staff over planning (still in progress) we now have another started up over my dad's application for a flat in the council's Extra Care Home in the local town. We helped him with the application form (which was about 20 pages) and the interview with the manager ...
by Tizer
11 Mar 2013, 12:22
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: TIZER'S SCIENCE NEWS
Replies: 1611
Views: 112584

Re: TIZER'S SCIENCE NEWS

We've known this for years but have allowed the problem to escalate. So true, and I'm glad she's raising the issue again. Doctors have known for decades that they shouldn't prescribe antibiotics for virus infections (they are useless against viruses) but some of them still do, for an easy life (kee...
by Tizer
11 Mar 2013, 12:16
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11174
Views: 520180

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Nolic, out of curiosity, when you say Dan was looking for an `internship' do you mean a paid temporary placement with pay from the company, or paid by the uni, or unpaid? If paid by the company, then I suppose it's likely to be the accountants holding back on funds. But I wonder if one reason for th...
by Tizer
10 Mar 2013, 11:05
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: ENERGY MATTERS
Replies: 2389
Views: 162051

Re: ENERGY MATTERS

Hartley, spare a thought for my mum who was born and brought up in South Africa but came to live in Blackburn as a working class wife and mother at the end of WW2! :surprised:
by Tizer
10 Mar 2013, 10:59
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11174
Views: 520180

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

I hope that Ian (Panbiker) listened to this week's Radio 4 `Point of View' which was about Dame Mary Cartwright's role in developing the concept of chaos theory through her work on radio waves. Details of the talk are here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21713163 and the podcast can be downloade...
by Tizer
10 Mar 2013, 10:24
Forum: Stanley's View
Topic: WHY READ BOOKS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: WHY READ BOOKS?

Spot on Whippy, electrophone it is. Here's another page with details and the first photo shows exactly the kind of situation shown on the programme I saw.
http://www.britishtelephones.com/electrophone.htm
by Tizer
07 Mar 2013, 09:59
Forum: Stanley's View
Topic: WHY READ BOOKS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1754

Re: WHY READ BOOKS?

I don't know about dancing with headphones on but one of the recent TV programmes on the history of technology showed old film of well-off folks sitting in the lounge of their grand house, all with headphones on, listening to opera. It looked like 1920s/30s. I don't know how the signal got from the ...
by Tizer
05 Mar 2013, 20:29
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11174
Views: 520180

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Kev's post on the energy thread caught my attention today and I wanted to bring it to more people's attention if possible... http://www.oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=356&p=33589#p33587 Also catching my attention were the comments above about the stock market. It's time we admitted tha...
by Tizer
05 Mar 2013, 20:14
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5190
Views: 364446

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

`Try out Ubuntu.' When you do that option, does the machine work doing other things before actually starting the install ? Pluggy, I can't even get to the `Try out Ubuntu' screen on Mrs Tiz's PC - when I boot from the 12.04 CD it chunters along for a bit and then the screen colours up, but not as i...
by Tizer
04 Mar 2013, 16:59
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5190
Views: 364446

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Thanks for the advice. I always burn CDs at a slow speed because I don't do many and don't need to rush, so prefer to go for safety rather than speed. I think these were burned at 8x. When you say to "reinstall it afresh from a CD after selecting 'Run without making changes'" I'm not sure what you m...
by Tizer
04 Mar 2013, 12:34
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11174
Views: 520180

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Apart from the news I very rarely watch "live" TV. My Freesat box has a built in HDD recorder We've been using a hard disk recorder since they became available and wouldn't want to be without it. Almost everything we watch is recorded first and watched when we prefer, and it's great to be able to f...
by Tizer
04 Mar 2013, 12:28
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5190
Views: 364446

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

Right Tiz. Over to you! I want you to take all the risks, go onto 12.4 64 bit and report back to us. If it goes well for you I'll consider a change! I decided to take the risk now. I've been hobbling about for a while due to a damaged ligament in the back of my thigh and so it seemed like a good id...
by Tizer
28 Feb 2013, 11:49
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 2196
Views: 153585

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

...and they're paying out £600,000,000 in bonuses to their employees - and that's after deducting millions from bonuses (so they claim) to pay for the Libor scandal etc. Bonuses for fraud and rubbish customer service, whatever next!
by Tizer
27 Feb 2013, 10:18
Forum: Royal Air Force
Topic: Winged Heroes
Replies: 474
Views: 67832

Re: Winged Heroes

I'm pleased to see that rumours of the Red Arrows being closed down are not true and are just a part of the usual `crying wolf' whenever there are cuts in defence spending. David Cameron was in India at the time and had to scotch the rumours quickly because he was supporting sale of Hawk jets to the...
by Tizer
27 Feb 2013, 10:08
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
Replies: 1443
Views: 111882

Re: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT

We have to be careful about interpretation of DNA testing results because it is such a sensitive method, able to detect minuscule amounts. You can imagine getting a situation where a farmer can't have pigs and cattle on the same farm without someone finding a `pig molecule' in his beef. Sampling is ...
by Tizer
27 Feb 2013, 09:51
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 2196
Views: 153585

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

It's a bit more subtle than that - the banks would be charged not a one-off fee when given the money but on an interest rate basis. If they lend out the money quickly then it would cost them little or nothing but if they hold on to it (which is causing the current stagnation of lending) then they wo...
by Tizer
26 Feb 2013, 20:03
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 11174
Views: 520180

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

Fishy smelling and tasting potatoes Thomo? That sounds like very strange potatoes to me - have you asked where they were grown? Perhaps the soil has been over-dosed with fishmeal fertiliser. I remember `fishy' eggs in the 1970s and I think that was down to putting fishmeal in the hen diet. Fish smel...
by Tizer
25 Feb 2013, 10:21
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
Replies: 5190
Views: 364446

Re: COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

I've been with Plusnet for about 6 or 7 years now when I switched from Demon who couldn't get me better than 1Mbps and Plusnet got me 6Mbps. Other than a bit of a mix up in the first few days I never had any technical problems with them and all my enquiries were dealt with quickly, efficiently and a...

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