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Board Games = Porn

Posted in Daft, Do what?, Gaming, Mobile Phones by Tony C on December 24, 2006

Well according to Orange it does.  I was on the train the other day and I thought to pass the time I’d do a bit of web surfing, so I break out the Windows Mobile fire up IE and type in http://www.boardgamegeek.com/, but rather than perusing one of my fav web sites I came across something called ‘Orange Safeguard’ which blocks any adult themed content including gambling services, violent gaming, unmoderated chat and sexually explicit material.  Now I understand why they might do this after all you don’t want your ten year old to max out your credit card on 888.com or be downloading Paris Hilton’s  lastest ‘oops who left the camcorder on’ personal moments, but how on earth does a web site about board games end up of the Orange blocked list?  Even sillier is the fact Safeguard gives you the option to ‘Request a Review’ presumably so they can flag the content as safe if indeed it is, but no…

 “Your request has been actioned and the content is confirmed as only suitable for customers over the age of 18.” 

Maybe Orange Safeguard stopped them from checking.

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I was never that good at maths

Posted in Cars, Do what? by Tony C on December 6, 2006

Big and blue...

I’ve had the Mondeo for almost a year now so I’ve just taken it back to LS Eaves, the oldest and smallest Ford franchise in the UK, who proved once again what a great dealer they are.  This time it was oil change, brake fluid replacement and the usual check up and came to £237, this includes labour, parts and the dreaded VAT.

This got me thinking as I compare the experince of owning a Ford with that of owning a BMW as I can’t make the maths work.  I never managed to escape from a BMW dealer without being at the very least £400 lighter, often much much more and it seems the only explaination is the badge glued to the front and rear of the car.  Are BMW technicians two or three times better than those at Ford?  Are BMWs two or three times more sophisticated than their Ford equivalents? Are BMWs two or three times more difficult to work on?  No, no and no would be my guess.  So why is it two or three times more expensive to get a BMW serviced than a Ford?

No. I don’t know either.