417 posts • joined 8 Dec 2007
Re: Tail wagging the dog. @WonkoTheSane
Or "Absolute Power" either...
Rehabilitation my arse.
Just look at the for-profit system in the USA. When prisoners make you money then it becomes a wise investment to lobby for harsher sentencing while doing bugger all to rehabilitate, ensuring the highest rate of incarceration and reoffending i.e. repeat business.
*ker-ching!* Thank you, come again!
Compare to Norway.
A thought just occurred to me
Might this be related to the upcoming Linux based SteamOS?
Re: Growing like Topsy
There's no need for the Chinese to p\/\//\/ our MIs, they have the world by the bollocks financially so they have control of governments as a result.
Still better than Initial Citylink, those useless tossbags tried two "attempts" at delivering a door lock to me, only leaving a card on the second, having buggered off back to their Heathrow depot with my package. Having emailed the seller to let them know I wanted to cancel the sale (I'd bought it for a better price online to collect from a local company) they then had shittylink "attempt" to deliver, this time 2 more no-shows and not even a card.
Contrast this with the service from DPD: Text message notifications of delivery day and estimated time slot, with the option to reschedule or have it left with a neighbour, along with a cheerful driver who actually showed up.
Protocol flaw? OK, it happens.
It's not the fact that there was a flaw in the Bitcoin protocol that pisses me off the most, as I was always mindful of that possibility even before this tanker of manure crashed right in to the HVAC showroom, but the fact that it was known to the developers!!
Still, at least I'm only down about a tenner at the moment.
Re: Aren't transactions rather slow?
good point about the pub, I wondered that myself.
the transaction confirmations can be sped up by offering a sightly higher fee to those doing the mining, though still far below the ransom demanded by the traditional processor cartel. in the real world even with "default" settings there would be at least one or two confirmations by the time you finished your pint.
the pub or their 3rd party BTC handler could also set up a deal with trusted wallet provider like localbitcoins, or you could pre pay your piss up before you even leave the house.
instant it ain't, but where theres a will and a few quid to be saved, there's a way!
Re: The Register, TripAdvisor for the planets.
"don't expect to ever leave."
"Although you can check out any time you like"
A bit like facebook then...
But where's the money in that?
Admittedly, I'd happily pay a few bob for a non shit facebook. It's a background thing and good for keeping in touch, and if I have anything important to talk about I'll be using Zfone/ToR/meatspace etc.
The thing that pissed myself and many others off is how they recently rejigged the options of what gets shown in the newsfeed to exclude pretty much anything that wasn't paid for, such as interest pages and friend's posts. Users who clocked this have to go to each and every page they actually want to see and make sure the convoluted options are set to show all their posts. They are milking the cow so hard its udders are nearly falling off.
Anyway, I made a new account last week and messaged New Me links to all the pages I still wanted to see, suggested some of Old Me's friends, and made sure my ad blockers and redirect strippers are up to par. They're really not gonna make much money from New Me.
It's a disinfectant, they were using it as intended.
Re: A.k.a. IPO to intensionally disregard an act of parliament?
The headlines and us plebs.
Under human control
Nothing to hide
Just doing my civic duty to irritate and burden the regime's onerous surveillance machinery.
Tea, coffee, coco, cuppasoup, sausage rolls, £3 each
Harry could have made a good few bob there!
Re: Fake accounts set up by scammer?
A couple of links for your viewing displeasure:
Re: You can bet
"...they see frames freeze or judder. Others report oddly-hued backgrounds"
Because of a DRM snafu over HDMI? I would have thought that would simply kill the link/playback altogether. The symptoms reported sound like a copy protection "issue" from the days of analogue cable telly.
I've still got a (probably still) working Sega Saturn and copy of the original TR kicking about in the garage. Complete with hacked audio output hanging off the SCART and a drive lid microswitch override for playing "backups"...
Nice one Trevor!
As just a home tinkerer (and a bit of a rusty one at that) it was a very interesting article about the sort of thing I will never afford and probably shouldn't be let near.
Re: off topic
expand his horizons - introduce him to tubgirl
I have ToR
But there's no need for that when google loads so much quicker.
My most recent pirating: Blackfish, but I dropped a tenner in bornfree.org.uk 's guitar case instead :)
Re: A modest proposal for correction
When I was but a lad fresh out of a shitty secondary skool I did a stint at a local supermarket. One of my bosses had to spend Christmas Day emptying the freezers in to a hastily hired freezer truck because the compressors conked out. Again.
Hence why the company was known to us lowly grunts as "Scummerfield".
Some things can't be rushed.
If I take too long on the crapper, will I start seeing laxative ads?
Re: I am sorry anonymous .....
Your knowledge of Anonymous can't be that great. It's a movement, a banner, an idea, an identity, a principle, many other things.
But it sure as hell isn't a club, a society, or a supermarket loyalty scheme. There is no membership, though there are groups that use the name.
I'm glad they aren't so bitchy about that sort of stuff here in the UK. Me mum has a plate with her initials and WTF, and it's the car's original!
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Noticed how you often have to click to see even just the first one or two comments on something? Blatant bit of interest tracking right there. Still, Zuck's sucked this titty almost dry and the young'uns are wising up to his shenanigans, as indicated by the slowing of signups.
Personally, I'd like to see TOR become the in thing for the kids. Wishful thinking I know.
Close enough Frankee
They're hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who commissioned the construction of Earth.
The last time he used that colloquialism was http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/12/20_injured_at_lg_smartphone_giveaway_as_pr_stunt_turns_sour/
He's just a common or garden trolltard, have a look at his posts.
I'm guessing it would depend on the hemp strain, but the most you'd get from a commercial legal variety would be a headache.
It is only relatively recently that proper research is gaining momentum, from what I can see, with regard to high CBD strains of medicinal cannabis. It is long long overdue, thanks to reefer madness and the destructive idiocy of prohibition. The list of people with material interest in maintaining the murderous and backward status quo of prohibition is too long for a comment, and as for the Daily FAIL types, I've yet to hear any complaints that are not either caused by prohibition, or applicable to a variety of substances and therefore a social ill.
To quote the movie Daybreakers: "It's not about the cure, it's about repeat business!"
Re: What about those of us already wearing glasses?
I imagine it would only cost a few bob to get prescription lenses in front of or behind the device, e.g. with a bundled clip on frame that your local optician can put lenses in. My glasses only cost 18 quid with a deal on moneysavingexpert.com and they are a nice black frame by Bench, not the clunky NHS syle beloved by nonces and granny killers.
Re: And so it begins
I just checked over my settings, awkward though they are.
"Limit audience for old posts" Set to friends only. Sorted.
And my profile pic is currently The Blerch: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running
"You really have to question if there is a rule of law anymore?" Cohn said.
"WE ARE THE LAW!!!" The NSA said.
The Nest Big Bang
For the chubby chasers out there...
One of two outcomes for me
I disable the searching, or I make a new account that is even more boring and law abiding than my current one. It'll only take a few scandals and they'll wind their bloody necks in, and there's only so much milk they can get from this particular cow.
At least I'll still have FaceBing's hilarious "translations" (in the way McDonalds is "food") for a good giggle.
I'm finally shifting my lazy arse away from BeThere, but they have offered me 12 months half price (shit, I should have made the call when I first heard rumors of Sky) and now it just doesn't seem worth the hassle.
Should I stick with half price BeSky or move over to Infinity unlimited?
Re: Use of the phrase
I think an area for playing Breakout would be great!
Re: Great idea!
cord from moon to earth orbit. I am soon to be zonked out by a pick n mix of sleeping pills, but if we can lay big fat marine cables it seems plausabe that me might be able to string a longer but lighter one up there in sections and join them. this alone should pick up quite a charge by itself, with a smaller wireless hop to earth.
Re: The BPI are a bunch of turds...
@ AC - Worth is whatever someone will pay for it.
Hear, hear! Have a pint!
I was on The Box for years, long before all this iPlayer tomfoolery and the like. The Box has been my sole source of TV, and it is so mentally refreshing not to have to watch adverts and/or the buffering icon, over shite quality streams in crappy web players. Not to mention that sometimes stuff was captured and uploaded and fully seeded before it appeared on the web!
Re: Wow, too bad...
Yeah, the miscreant could have gone to cash4gold.
They'd have given him half a cup of oats and a bent shilling if he haggled well.
Re: A question from a young'un of 31...
Many thanks for the replies, guys :)
A question from a young'un of 31...
Ever since I learned of the distinctions between NT and 95, back when I was just getting proper in to computing on my then bleeding edge AMD K6-2 400mhz system, built with the help of me new mate Andy*, I have wondered WTF was the bloody point of Windows 95, 98 and (trigger warning) Milennium Edition?
Mickeysoft had (so I thought) a dependable workhorse with NT, so why not tart that up for a consumer windows version rather than pissing about making the incontinent epileptic donkey that was 9x/ME?
*Best BOFH mates to this day, seeing Elysium IMAX tomorrow. :)
Hang on hang on.... VPNs, encryption, servers all over the world..... How do you regulate that? Am I missing something really obvious here?
I can see how the coins would be linked if the likes of amazon were to accept them for goods delivered, but how about a "trusted" (by word of mouth?) escrow service for ebay transactions with a similar feedback rating system? Select "collect in person" and avoid the PayPal fees.
The obvious question
They can't simply do an uncompressed scan because...?
Two condoms are walking past a gay pub.
One says to the other "Do you wanna get shitfaced?"
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