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by rbrian
6 Sep 2010, 3:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speeding passes in US
Replies: 14
Views: 979

Re: Speeding passes in US

Planning ahead seems like too much effort, why not have a system of cameras, which when anyone passes them over the speed limit sends a bill in the post? Pay as you go may work out more expensive than a monthly subscription for some, especially as you don't get the phone, no car, no sense of entitle...
by rbrian
2 Sep 2010, 11:37pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Mobile apps for this forum
Replies: 9
Views: 1303

Re: Mobile apps for this forum

It looks good, but I'm not sure I'd want to pay for it. I access the forum mostly either from my rubbish work PC, or my iPhone. Safari in landscape mode is good enough, I think.
by rbrian
2 Sep 2010, 9:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Invisibility
Replies: 24
Views: 1316

Re: Invisibility

Dang, I was planning to rob a bank wearing lycra and cycle helmet to ensure invisibility, but what's the point if I can't use a cargo bike to to take home the loot? Ah well, I'll just use a cash machine instead.
by rbrian
2 Sep 2010, 9:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Well, what is it?
Replies: 19
Views: 753

Re: Well, what is it?

At the moment we have two interestingly different ways of using English - shame if ours was to disappear through carelessness and too much TV. There are far more than two ways of using English, even in England! I grew up in Hampshire, where Posh English, Saaf London English, and West Country Englis...
by rbrian
1 Sep 2010, 11:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: On the road... or on the path?
Replies: 4
Views: 663

Re: On the road... or on the path?

You're not wrong Kwackers. Also, a picture of a bike in the gutter, and suddenly an extremely dangerous road is perfectly safe for cycling. What is this paint made of? Could it be used on drilling rigs, thus making them so safe they'll never leak?
by rbrian
1 Sep 2010, 8:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Time to hang up the wheels?
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: Time to hang up the wheels?

Wasn't he the first man on the moon? Or was that Buzz Lightyear?
by rbrian
31 Aug 2010, 11:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Catching up...
Replies: 28
Views: 1062

Re: Catching up...

I didn't have many friends at school, and I don't on Facebook either. The boy who I was closest to at school, but haven't seen since he went to university and I didn't, now earns far more than me, and fills his news feed with tales of his trips to Chamonix (6 this year! :shock: ) and pictures of his...
by rbrian
31 Aug 2010, 11:01pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Help wanted please.
Replies: 2
Views: 807

Re: Help wanted please.

The forum is not responsible for any sales, just as a newspaper isn't responsible for the classified ads. Check your seller's profile, it will display his last sign-in - it may be he just hasn't read your PMs, so don't panic just yet. If you still can't contact him, your best bet is to complain to P...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 11:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ...how to....?
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

Re: ...how to....?

Easy perhaps, but legal? Not that you shouldn't be able to back up stuff you own, so long as you don't sell the physical DVDs on - but then you have to store them, so you don't gain any space, just a little less exercise feeding the DVD player! I have all my CDs in a couple of large wallets, which t...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 8:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ...how to....?
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

Re: ...how to....?

Some of them won't record via scart either, because of some sort of copy protection. I'm not sure how it works, but RF should be ok. I still think digital is the way to go - how long before all those DVDs start cluttering up the place? It's already started, and I still have VHS!
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 5:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ...how to....?
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

Re: ...how to....?

Surely you can't work shifts without possessing a digital recorder? You're not wrong! I bypassed DVD recorders though, didn't see what they offered over VHS. I went straight to hard disc recorders, that's the way forward. I don't suppose I ever will put my VHS tapes onto DVD, I'll just store them o...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 5:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?

Fair point, but it might not be so bad. Read "Rate me red", I can't remember who it's by, available for free from Feedbooks, linked to the free Stanza iPhone app, for a vision of the future which is scary because of the people, not the machines!
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 4:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?

I thought of that too - I just think it's interesting that there's no way to tell whether it's human or automatic. The machines could have taken over already, and nobody noticed!
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 3:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?

No, the subject was added automatically, after clicking on a feedback button. That's why I was surprised by the reply - they had to have actually read and made sense of the body text, quoted in full above. Then again, "font type" and "font size" are in there, maybe those are the ...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2010, 2:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?
Replies: 11
Views: 383

Re: Human, or sophisticated auto-reply?

But it said "Thanks for writing about font sizes and font types." I've never had an autoreply that wasn't entirely generic (unless I have now!)