224 posts • joined 16 Nov 2007
Of course it's clumsy
They want the whole thing to look as awful as possible to discredit the idea to get it canned. So that's why they're making sure ridiculous demands, especially over high-profile media sites like the BBC and various national newspapers (and the Daily Mail), get as much publicity as possible.
$ grep analytics /etc/hosts
Good Grief! I just looked at BuzzFeed for the first time out of curiosity. It's pretty clear that their target demographic is thick people.
Back in the 1980s, green-screen terminals attached to our ICL mainframes had their "protected field" (ie, the parts of the screen you couldn't type anything in, such as labels) half intensity.
Software support bloke: I don't know what's happened, but all the protected fields have disappeared from my terminal.
Me: just to the right of the screen, you'll see a little knob marked "brightness". Can you try pushing that up?
Bloke: ooh wow! They're back!
Re: voluntarily ???
I'll tell you how to stop that.
Get the company CEO's email address from http://www.ceoemail.com/
Email him explaining that you consider the constant bombardment of letters as harassment under the terms of the harassment act and if they don't cease immediately, you will issue proceedings against him personally as the person in charge of the company harassing you.
I did, and he crapped himself and stopped the junk mail very quickly.
What the fuck does "frikkin" mean?
Perhaps more publicity needed?
First I've heard of 7726 for spam reporting. Evidently the ICO have kept it quiet so as not to make too much work for themselves.
Does it work on Virgin?
If it'll come pre-installed with an app to find your nearest closed pub. Tesco seem very good at closing them and turning them into shops, even when the pubs were doing fine beforehand.
No need for an add-on to delete cookies when you close Firefox. Just set the option in preferences and it's done for you.
...install Cookie Monster and deny all cookies by default, just using CM to enable them on sites where it suits ME to allow cookies to be set. Which means there are not third-party cookies for Badger to detect even when the bastards try to set them.
Most things are easy to fix from backups. Bugger up the bootloader and it gets nasty.
Grub is a problem
Most things breaking are (relatively) trivial to fix. If Grub goes tits-up, it's a serious problem.
Funnily enough, Grub updates are the reason I gave up Ubuntu and moved to Debian. Four or five routine Grub updates threw up messages that they'd failed and my computer may be un-bootable.
I can restore my system from backups easily for almost any problem, but if the Grub bootloader's bust, I'm in the shit!
Heartbleed is going to be milked
I reckon every website that gets hacked because their own security is crap will be rushing to blame this to take the heat off them. Probably for years to come...
No mistake. They've always used their "training" courses as marketing tools.
I remember going on a number of them and a good part of each course was given over to the sort of cross-promotion normally associated with Murdoch media outlets. They even gave incentives to hand over the email addresses of colleagues so QA could spam them.
Re: A tenner
As I remember from when I transferred some domains out, 123-Reg don't even HAVE to tell Nominet. You just fill in an online form and it's all done electronically. So cost to them is the power for the server while you do it.
I suspect it's more to do with deterring people from transferring domains away from their crap service.
Though that was at least better than Webhost UK, who I wanted to leave because their staff were bloody useless. I had to ask them and THEY did the transfer. Had me worried they were going to screw it up for me...
Can someone translate into English please?
Oh, for goodness' sake!
It's the bloody Daily Hate! Doesn't that tell you all you need to know about the story?
Re: Funny that..
Here's a tip that worked for me.
Email their CEO, Tom Mockridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, telling him that you regard their constant unwanted communications as harassment under the terms of the Harassment Act 1997. And that if you receive any more communications you will take action under that act against him personally, as the person responsible for the company.
You'd be amazed how quickly they get their arses in gear to get it stopped and just how apologetic they get.
So you thought you'd hold of the inflammatory language this time then?
Shurely Shome Mishtake?
"Replacing one drive takes about 15 minutes of work. If we have 30,000 drives and 2 percent fail, it takes 150 hours to replace those. In other words, one employee for one month of 8 hour days. Getting the failure rate down to 1 percent means you save 2 weeks of employee salary - maybe $5,000 total? The 30,000 drives costs you $4m."
But what about the cost of any outage between the drive failing and your engineer getting it back and restoring the data?
Or the data you lose because they were written after the last backup?
Or the reputational damage if the failing drive takes out a customer-facing system?
Someone should donate some old issues of Private Eye to whoever actually handed them the contract.
Something else we need to know
Who is getting the contract to handle the database?
Bad enough if it's serial incompetents like Crapita, but if like the census it's being handed over to a Yank company, then that's a serious problem for privacy.
What grates for me...
... is the use of the word "fails" when "failures" would be so much more literate (and non-American).
Re: Radio 4 this morning
"they have no plans to sell it to private companies"
This is distinctly different from "they will NEVER sell it to private companies".
Weasel words, weasel words...
The US can NEVER be trusted
Anybody who thinks the US will actually respect any agreement it might claim to sign up to is a naive idiot.
Uncle Sam considers the rest of the world to be his property, to do with as he wishes. If it suits American business interests or imperialist aims, the US will spy on, murder or invade anywhere necessary. The only sane way is to work on the basis that America can be trusted about as much as Soviet Russia could.
It can be enlightening
Understanding the demented mind of a man like Hitler can be useful in countering the demented ideas of those who still idolise him.
And it's useful in other ways. Religious groups often try to portray atheists as monsters, "because Hitler was an atheist". Which is rather disproved by, "And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord."
"Personally I find a muslim appearance whilst wearing a racksack to be the most effective...."
Though potentially life-shortening if any of Cressida Dick's death-squads are on the tube.
English translation needed
I have no idea what "kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb" means.
This seems to have been written either by an illiterate or perhaps someone who only speaks 'Merkin English (which amounts to the same thing).
Checks URL bar... yes, thregister.co.uk
Re: At last
Better than it was. Though religious organisations are still allowed to work through their bigotry.
And while it's a lot less socially-acceptable to sound off about "poofs" or "fudgers", as a heterosexual man I still hear far too much of it.
The wording of the document confirms what I've always thought - Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is one hell of a pompous, self-important bitch.
Good reasons to move to AAISP
"The government wants us to offer filtering as an option, so we offer an active choice when you sign up, you choose one of two options:-
Unfiltered Internet access - no filtering of any content within the A&A network - you are responsible for any filtering in your own network, or
Censored Internet access - restricted access to unpublished government mandated filter list (plus Daily Mail web site) - but still cannot guarantee kids don't access porn.
If you choose censored you are advised: Sorry, for a censored internet you will have to pick a different ISP or move to North Korea. Our services are all unfiltered.
Is that a good enough active choice for you Mr Cameron?"
Re: Hopefully it'll block the Daily Mail and their noncebait sidebar of shame
I'm assuming that as well as a mechanism for telling them that they've wrongly blocked a site, there should be one for telling them there's one they've missed?
Maybe with enough complaints about the filth that the Mail Online publishes whilst hypocritically railing against much less pernicious stuff might get it blocked.
To be fair...
...if they'd accepted, then it would have deterred anybody who wasn't a pre-pubescent girl with an IQ in double figures from using a BlackBerry. So it may not have been such a bad decision after all.
...They're scared someone else will grab theirName.london so they need to get it first.
Not necessarily because they actually WANT it.
Re: How will it work in practice?
These are EXTENSIONS, not PLUGINS.
Summer? There's a simple explanation
During hot weather, the DAB signal becomes useless. That's why digital listening declined during the hot summer.
I live less than ten miles from the BBC's huge Manningtree DAB transmitter. I have an outside aerial pointing directly at the transmitter. But on hot days during the summer, the signal was forever dropping out, either for seconds or hours at a time.
So funnily enough, my digital listening declined a hell of a lot this summer, as I was forced back to FM
"the most abundant life form in the universe"
Phew! Some claim.
I'd love to see the evidence to back that one up.
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.
For the average user I don't think that's a particularly relevant distinction.
For someone with enough (WIndows-specific) technical skills, recovering from something like this might be reasonably easy. But for the average person (ie someone un-technical enough to have been daft enough to buy one of these) it amounts to the same thing.
Come back when...
... you can use it to make beer as good as the monks at St Sixtus in Westvleteren do it.
Reliabilty is a big problem
Let's be clear, I LOVE my DAB tuner. I can plug it into a USB port of a computer and access every channel in whatever MUX it's tuned to simultaneously, so it's fantastic for a timeshifting application.
The trouble is, DAB just isn't as robust as FM. I live less than nine miles from a major DAB mast and I have an external aerial pointing at it. But when there's a high-pressure system (which there was quite a lot this summer) it drops out on a regular basis - sometimes for hours on end.
Even though my timeshifting was buggered up, at least I could listen to Radio Four on my FM tuner instead, something I won't be able to do if they switch them off.
I don't think it was a mistake at all
Had it been a single key it would have been all too easy to hit it by mistake and reboot your computer. The great thing about Ctrl-Alt-Del is that you have to REALLY mean to do it.
Very much in the same way that 999 was chosen as the emergency number - in the days of loop/disconnect dialling the chances of any random line conditions, even on a seriously faulty pair, accidentally generating three nines in succession was extremely low. Had it been 111 there would have been lots of false calls by accident.
The logic of this...
... is that there will have to be controls to stop people leaving London without the proper paperwork.
And if that keeps a few million Cockney Wankers from infesting the rest of the country, I'd vote for it!
A bargain as a kit
It was fifty quid if you bought the ready-made one. But you could buy a kit and build it yourself for £16, which as an apprentice telephone engineer at the time was the same as my weekly gross wage. And extra geek points (before we'd even HEARD of geek points) for having built it yourself.
Funny thing about its use of RPN was that although it was hard to get used to, once you did it was very hard to get used to "normal" calculator operations. Rather like the way I now instinctively find myself using vi key-sequences whatever I'm editing in.
It wasn't about putting the data beyond use
It was all about intimidation.
"We don't like the fact that you're exposing our dirty-works so we're going to show you how we can order you about".
That's how government works today. And in truth, has always worked. In its OWN interests, not those of the people it's supposed to serve.
What time was that then?
Since El Reg is a British site (well, I'm guessing .co.uk means that), why do you expect your readers to have the foggiest idea when "4:37pm Pacific Time" was?
Because it means bugger all to me. And I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Missing the (+) operator? use quotes instead. So instead of:
Totally bonkers, but that's the way they changed it.
Can't include it?
"* We would have loved to honour HTML syntax and surround the word "blink" with angle brackets, but doing so risked making the story unreadable in some browsers or causing El Reg's publishing apps to choke on tag we don't use."
Is El-Reg REALLY so bad at HTML? Does nobody there know the HTML entities < and > ?
No need for a Mac
Not sure why you appear to think you need a Mac to use Andrews & Arnold. They'll support you WHATEVER platform you use. And they'll support you extremely well, too.
(Very satisfied customer of many years standing).
"They're flying aircraft that cannot land with external ordnance aboard without probably killing everyone."
Well what wanker designed that then?
Re: splash or SPLASH
A bit bloody stupid taking bombs out if you're not going to be able to bring them back if you have to.
And just so they can practice murdering anybody who gets in Uncle Sam's way.
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