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Comment Re: 3000 engineers? (Score 1) 244

I bought a Dyson DC01 when they where first released, it was an excellent vacuum cleaner probably around 1993/1994 after two years the motor failed, I rang the company up to see how much a repair would cost and they fixed it for free.

Around 2004 we replaced it with a DC07 which we are still using.

The company projects a good ethos and talks about the importance of engineering. A+ will buy again eventually.

Comment Re:not a hoax. (Score 4, Informative) 297

I emailed 3 of my MEP's and I have received this reply form one

Thank you for this. No, Andrew was not aware of this matter; but we have since looked into it and indeed discovered that although a great deal of confusion reigned over the vote in question the extra voters appear not to have affected the material outcome. At any rate, as you know, the final legislative votes will take place in plenary and not in committee, and my Liberal colleagues will ensure that we will table appropriate amendments.

You may be interested, therefore, in my recent proposal to change the rules of procedure of the House to insist on roll call votes at every legislative vote at committee stage (see website).

Thank you again for writing.

Yours sincerely,

Kilian Bourke
Caseworker to
Andrew Duff
Liberal Democrat MEP for the East of England

Comment Custom Service (Score 2) 80

Kobo have excellent customer service. I bought one for my son when I was in the states last year.
My son broke the screen, I told Kobo that it was broken because of misuse and they still replaced it. Paying for both parts of the international shipping. If they where selling them to the UK or I was popping over soon I would buy a Vox.
Kobo make good open standards systems. Maybe a little fragile and cheap feeling but they are cheap and have great customer service.

Comment Re:When photography is outlawed.... (Score 1) 544

So I thought I had posted this but obviously I had not. This happened on the 10th of October this year at the Fulborn Tesco in Cambridge. I will not be shopping at Tesco for the foreseeable future
I wanted to buy some anti-histamines and some painkillers so I ended up buying three tins of chocolates 6 packs of anti-histamines and two packets of paracetamol and two packets of ibuprofen. I did try to buy some more but something happened....
I was using a self service register and they always annoy. So someone came over when I put the third pain killer though the till and they said I wasn’t allowed to buy more than two painkillers in a single transaction. So I completed that transaction and started another one for the next two packets. I completed that and had started another when I was told that I was not allowed to buy any more. I asked why and they said it was company policy.
Basically I ended up being surrounded by the manager for the checkouts, the deputy manger for the store and a security guard. And they wouldn’t let me leave the store with the medicines I had bought, they kept on saying it was against company policy. When the store manager turned up I started recording this on my ipod, I told them I was doing this and they told me to stop because of company policy I refused. I was really shaking and felt very intimidated and unwell I also left my card in the card reader I was so shaken. I have about 10 minutes of audio where they will not let me leave the store with the items I had purchased. I did ask them to ring the police when the said they really were not going to let me out of the shop with the medicines I had bought. Eventually the manager said it was the medicines act and I think he said 1998 but I can only find an 1968 medicines act which googling implies that it limits the drugs that shops which are not pharmacies are allowed to sell. I did then give him the extra packets of paracetamol and ibuprofen but refused a refund as I just wanted to leave the shop. This has really shaken myself and my 10 year old son who was with me up.
Even if I wasn’t allowed to buy the medicines are they allowed to stop me from leaving the building ? I did pop into the police station later in the day to ask if they were allowed to detain me and they said it was a civil mater. I also asked the police if Tesco had rung them and they refused to answer.

Comment Re:Deadlier than the terrorists (Score 1) 681

That is not what they mean, different frequencies are stopped by different amounts of tissue. eg X-Rays are stopped by bone.

The skin image I believe is a product of the scatter. That radiation is an absorbed by the skin is because of the high frequency compared with X-Rays. I believe the accuracy of the image is a product of the frequency as well.


New York To Spend $27.5 Million Uncapitalizing Street Signs 322

250,000 street signs in New York City feature street names in capital letters only, which is not the national standard. Having no other issues on the table, The New York City Department of Transportation has decided to fix the problem and put up proper signs featuring both capital and lower-case letters at a cost of $27.5 million. The Transportation Department hopes to have the job completed by 2018 with 11,000 of the most important improperly capitaled signs fixed by the end of the year. Catastrophe averted.

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