Return of the silly little things that annoy you thread

LED lighting on the front of cars.
Is it me or does every car built in the last 5 years have these stupid always on daytime lights.
Have they no impact in terms of wasted energy?...
Daylight running lights have been mandatory for more than a decade. According to gov.uk, expected benefit is 6% reduction in multi-vehicle daytime accidents and fatalities and a 0.5% increase in emissions (based on incandescent bulbs).
 

Tom Cannavan

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Electric car charging networks. Especially the ones that you need a phone app to activate it. But just the whole thing in general. I can't believe they are forcing us off ICEs and onto a network that just doesn't work (as well as there being far too few points to cope). Dropped Mrs A off ata community hospital today and went to the electric car charging area to plug my car in. There are 4 spaces and charging points for electric cars (I have a petrol PHEV). 2 of the points were for NHS vehicles only. The other 2 were for anyone. Neither were working. Other times I have tried to plug in and charge but the phone reception was so bad I couldn't connect my app. The whole thing is completely useless and there will be utter chaos as electric car usage increases and I predict queues and even fights for public charging points.

That is/was my big concern when choosing a new car recently. I understand the environmental and potential financial sense in it, but right now I don't have confidence that driving electric won't mean more hassle than ICE - even if it's only occasional like this. I reckon I'm watching and waiting still, to be convinced that the usable, reliable infrastructure is there.
 
Daylight running lights have been mandatory for more than a decade. According to gov.uk, expected benefit is 6% reduction in multi-vehicle daytime accidents and fatalities and a 0.5% increase in emissions (based on incandescent bulbs).
Well the retina searing LED arrays on the newest ranges seem beyond daytime running safety lights by a huge ratio.

One wonders of the stats were broken down to show wether effect was xxx level of safety lighting at marginal daytime (dusk and dawn) or wether it was the startle of these crazy arrays at noon when IIRC ambient lux is 36k.

In an industry where technology is at the forefront it should be possible to deploy sensors and dictate what level of safety lighting is required and when.

As an aside I wonder if these lightshows will be curtailed by the uptake of electric vehichles, where getting home or using the aircon will take priority over blinding others with the bling.
 
Electric car charging networks. Especially the ones that you need a phone app to activate it. But just the whole thing in general. I can't believe they are forcing us off ICEs and onto a network that just doesn't work (as well as there being far too few points to cope). Dropped Mrs A off ata community hospital today and went to the electric car charging area to plug my car in. There are 4 spaces and charging points for electric cars (I have a petrol PHEV). 2 of the points were for NHS vehicles only. The other 2 were for anyone. Neither were working. Other times I have tried to plug in and charge but the phone reception was so bad I couldn't connect my app. The whole thing is completely useless and there will be utter chaos as electric car usage increases and I predict queues and even fights for public charging points.
Needing a mobile phone for anything remotely important is quite annoying for those of us who detest them.
 
I don't particularly detest mobile phones, but trying to just use them for phone calls and the occassional text is what annoys me. I don't want to update my follower with every aspect of my life and the fact I am currently eating lunch or whatever. Same with the multitude of apps and games that I don't want to download in spite of my phone 'thinking' that I need them and continually telling me so. I do use online banking and sometimes use the camera (quite good for photos of wine labels at an offline) but its for my own use and not to share with the world.
 
Which also reminds me - touch sensitive mobile phones. Especially when you happen to touch a part of the screen and something unexpected and unwanted happens. Like when I get a call and I'm fumbling around to get the phone out my pocket but inadvertantly touch the screen and the thing stops ringing. The screen is dark and I don't know if I answered the call or not. Or, while aware that touching the screen causes confusion I carefully try and lift the phone out my pocket using the sides, but end up pressing a button on the side and something else happens that seems to make the call go away. :mad::mad::mad::mad:
 
I don't particularly detest mobile phones, but trying to just use them for phone calls and the occassional text is what annoys me. I don't want to update my follower with every aspect of my life and the fact I am currently eating lunch or whatever. Same with the multitude of apps and games that I don't want to download in spite of my phone 'thinking' that I need them and continually telling me so. I do use online banking and sometimes use the camera (quite good for photos of wine labels at an offline) but its for my own use and not to share with the world.
Where/how do you get app suggestions on your phone?
 
From the Google Play Store, They pop up in my alert page and a small number appears next to the Google Play icon telling me how many alerts I have received.
Far be it from me to stop people getting annoyed - I enjoy this thread too much - but you can turn off notifications from any app. I am quite ruthless in doing so.

Often (maybe always) you can long-click on the notification to do so, or go to "apps" under "settings", and select the offending app.
 
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Women’s football, cricket and rugby and the relentless promotion of them. Seriously, just stop. They’re laughably awful and it’s not fair on all the truly world class female athletes in other sports who are being ignored as a result.
I am OK with them receiving coverage - lots of people watched and enjoyed the ladies' football, for example - but one thing that really annoys me is where women's league football is reported without clarity that it's not the main teams playing. I don't want the headlines to say "Arsenal 2 Manchester United 1" unless it's the men that played, it's confusing otherwise.
 
They're mostly OK. A few tossers, to be fair.
I must admit to being deeply vexed by so many accusations of being a ‘hoax’ and a ‘troll’ when less than 5% of the enormous number of posts on my site have negative reviews of wine. Lazy, stupid and vastly irritating. It is a shame there is no way of deleting one’s account in that den of the hard of thinking. Now I must go - psychosis looms!
 
Sorry I can’t just leave this.

Nonsense.
Yes, I can’t comment on the rugby front as I’ve never watched it, but I’ve enjoyed quite a few matches in the current Euros, and been impressed by the quality in a way I hadn’t previously. I’m not sure what‘s changed, but the occasional previous match I’d seen seemed slower and less skillful, but the pace, precision and quality of some of these players and matches is better than the male version from this spectator‘s perspective — play seems to be more open, cleaner, and significantly less cynical. The cricketers are no slouches either.
 
Women’s football, cricket and rugby and the relentless promotion of them. Seriously, just stop. They’re laughably awful and it’s not fair on all the truly world class female athletes in other sports who are being ignored as

First time I had watched any women’s football at all last night and I was genuinely shocked how good the quality was. Take that first goal with the sweeping move and great close control to finish. A long, long way from ‘laughably awful’

It’s a virtuous circle with investment over the last decade upping the quality significantly, increasing the coverage you are decrying and creating a genuine grassroots sport. I’d go as far as to say that backheel for the third goal will prove to be a tipping point in the development of the women’s game in the UK.
 
Banks and card issuers wanting you to go paperless whilst removing the ability to print a statement from their apps on mobile devices.
Surely online banking is largely conducted on phones and tablets.
So expecting users to fire up a desktop in order to get a detailed overview or statement seems counter productive.
 
First time I had watched any women’s football at all last night and I was genuinely shocked how good the quality was. Take that first goal with the sweeping move and great close control to finish. A long, long way from ‘laughably awful’

It’s a virtuous circle with investment over the last decade upping the quality significantly, increasing the coverage you are decrying and creating a genuine grassroots sport. I’d go as far as to say that backheel for the third goal will prove to be a tipping point in the development of the women’s game in the UK.
Yup, at the highest level at least, the skills shown are remarkable. I also think the relative lack of gamesmanship in the women's game make it more fun to watch.

But in the spirit of the thread, maybe we shouldn't disagree - but just express a counter-annoyance :)
 
Banks and card issuers wanting you to go paperless whilst removing the ability to print a statement from their apps on mobile devices
I can't even cut and paste to and from my banking app. For security perhaps, but it's very tedious and error prone to have to retype a/c numbers and long reference codes on your phone when doing a bank transfer.

And when you do get paper statements, they are now on high-quality paper, complete with company branding and regulatory bumpf.

Not all the bank's fault I know, but if the drive to paperless comes from environmental concern, how about giving us printed statements on a single sheet of low-grade recycled paper?
 
Was at F&M yesterday before a quick drink with Oliver. As people know they stop selling foie gras. Silly, IMHO. Anyway, they have this substitution called Foie Royale, "the ethical alternative", which happened to be 75% off!
I was thinking should I try one for just £4.75, and the staff said you can taste a bit for free on their plate... So I did.
It was, really quite bad. Very artificial taste. I would much prefer duck liver pate than this. So I didn't even pay £4.75 to get a heavily discounted jar.

I am not sure what's more annoying me, this bad alternative or shops stop selling real stuffs.
 
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