173 posts • joined Tuesday 29th January 2008 14:45 GMT
How about some cheapies?
"Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back"
Here's an idea for an article - 'Ten half-decent laptops that won’t bust your bank'.
"Grumble viewing drooped by 15 per cent in Britain during the ceremony, only to shoot up in huge spurts for the rest of the day."
Oh dear oh dear oh dear...
Muff-diving for fun and profit!
'27 per cent of people work while eating out'
Really? They can't be doing it right, then.
Best laugh I've had all day...
'Facebook profiles go titsup!'
Ha. Ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha-ha (gasp) ha-ha (chokes)
How about smacking Michael Robertson in the gob for taking upskirt pix of my partner - is that illegal? I don't care - legal or not, he'd better not get his camera near me or mine. Fucking pervert.
I despair, I really do...
I'm not entirely convinced that the law is as clever as the author of this article makes out, though the article itself was interesting and well-written. Two examples.
The recent case of a businessman who visited a completely legal 'twink' site - he was under suspicion for five years, his reputation was destroyed and his father died two years into the investigation not knowing whether his son was guilty or not in the eyes of the law. The case was eventually thrown out but a five-year investigation hardly shows the police to be as intelligent or resourceful as this article suggests.
A few years ago, I was heavily involved in anti-fascist activity. Someone managed to infect numerous computers (including that of a leading journalist) in a way that every keypress was saved to a large daily file which they had rigged to be sent to me, presumably to make it look as if I had infected the computers. I saved all the evidence I could (some twenty thousand files in all) and took it to my local nick (city centre). The officers could do nothing with it because they were forbidden to use any external media. My offer to email the lot was also declined, as 'we really don't have the resources to investigate this kind of crime'.
Fine, the police make a lot of effort to track down paedophiles and terrorists - but how about a bit more effort going into protecting the innocent.
They're a couple of handy places to store Brin and Page's spare cash, that's all.
Re: What a bunch...
Cheers, Jamie. :-)
It's difficult to know what how to respond to news of this nature. On the one hand, it's great that the developing world is being opened up in this way but, on the other, it's Google doing it. One can't help but be suspicious of the motives involved here.
Re: What a bunch...
Ohmigod, I just noticed I got a badge! Thanks, Reg.
What a bunch...
I don't know why anyone bothers with these bozos. Try Zen fibre - thirty quid a month, no limits, no throttling and no bullshit. Oh, and excellent tech support when needed. :-)
Here we go again...
'The most powerful, classiest BlackBerry ever - and it's aimed at grown ups
Price: From $600 unlocked RRP'
It's aimed at RICH grown-ups. I don't know anyone who would spend that kind of money on a mobile and if I did, I'd have to say they were fucking lunatics.
The only thing I ever did for entertainment in the office was shag the Saturday girl - and yes, I did get in trouble for it.
There is no choice...
It's not a difficult decision at all - it HAS to be Ariadne's design! Come on, Reg, you can do it.
Did I miss something?
'The 'problem' with TrueCrypt is the same problem we have with any popular security software in the post-September-5 era'
Sorry to change the subject from all this intelligent chit-chat about cryptography but what happened on September 5th? Sainsbury's delivered my shopping nice and early for a change but I'm sure that can't be it.
Oh, fuck you Mr Z...
I would happily pay £19bn not to live anywhere near Zuckerberg...
Propping up the company...
'Fruity firm's chief reminds workers that his 'spirit' is in, er, Apple's foundations'
As long as his body isn't.
Sorry, I should have used the bad taste joke of the week alert there.
'John Lyons, former crime reduction coordinator at the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, said the Get Safe Online project had done "little to change attitudes".'
That's because their emails were only sent out occasionally and contained such gems as warning you not to give your passwords to passing strangers and not giving your bank details to any stray Nigerian princesses.
'Ewe a Spurs fan, me hearty?'
I've only just realised - it must be national pirate day. Again, already? Oh, God.....
Similar points made, but Tim was rather more polite than you. What a shame - some of the points you made were actually interesting but who can be bothered to debate with someone who calls them a berk (and we all know what THAT means) simply for having a different view.
'But we don't have monopoly capitalism: we have capitalism combined with free markets.'
That, frankly, is bollocks. What we have is the "appearance" of a free market, nothing more. Shop around a bit (particularly in utilities) and the monopolies become obvious. Wherever one shops for rail travel, gas, electricity or water supply, telephone lines, mobile phone deals and, to a large extent, access to the internet, costs to the consumer are remarkably similar over the whole country - manipulated that way in the same way that oil cartels back in the States used to co-operate and manipulate the price of oil so they all got to maximise their profits at the expense of the customers. Exploitative scum, the lot of them.
'Hurun Research estimated that a quarter of its Rich List 2013 were members of the Communist Party.'
On the face of it, they're hardly sharing the wealth around are they?
'John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate'
FFS Ah well, there's always tomorrow.
Affordability my arse
'New iPhones are just what you expected – unless you expected affordability'
Hands up everyone who thought the new 'cheap' iPhones would actually be cheap. I thought not.
The gentle touch of the State...
'Nonetheless, China's Education Ministry is poised to launch another Mandarin unification drive, with a spokeswoman saying it would be "focusing on the countryside and areas with ethnic minorities".'
No doubt concentrating on the Uighurs and their like who, despite there only being around eight million of them, continue to speak their own dialect, much to the fury of the Central Committee, who love homogeneity in all things - or at least among the masses.
Reshuffle off this mortal coil...
'Of course, it stopped short of suggesting a ministerial reshuffle as such a recommendation is outside of its remit. But one can't help but think that Duncan Smith will be the latest and most high-profile victim of the Universal Credit catastrophe.'
Bliss if it happens but if it didn't after he was found to have blatantly lied about his educational attainments and repeatedly 'misled' the country over the costs of fraud within the benefits system, it's not likely to happen just because he's flushed a large amount of public money down the pan.
On the other hand, if he IS booted out, let's hope he takes that other fraud, Lord Freud, with him.
Not exactly flashing
'Bowden will face similarly face a disorderly conduct charge, as well as an "indecent exposure ... for having his genitals on public view" rap.'
His genitals were hardly on public view, were they. He was inside a damn shed.
I have no idea who the Kardashians are but I hate them already. Even more, I loathe and detest anyone who will waste such an exhorbitant sum as half a million dollars on anything, let alone a particularly hideous watch. The world is truly fucked.
Still a dork...
I'm not sure if the woman in the image looks like a dork because of her weird hair style, her bizarrely thin waist or the idiotic outfit she's wearing. I hardly noticed the Google specs.
Sounds like a load of bollocks to me.
As usual, I shall go out and watch for the Percys and as usual, it will be cloudy and/or pissing down.
Here in Blighty, we used to call these sideboards or, if mum was trying to be posh, glass or china cabinets. Credenza is, I believe, wholly American. Correct me if I'm wrong though - I can take it. :-)
Bad, bad, bad
"pitched battle (sorry)"
You should get some kind of journalistic medal for that. :-)
Nostalgia - dont'cha love it.
Worth remembering that sugar was rationed until 1957 and farthings we're still very much legal tender (and amazingly, there were sweets that could be bought for a farthing then).
An interesting time and made a lot more interesting by such things as Quatermass and the Goon Show.
Showing my age? Rubbish. :-)
"Errr, pretty sure the only Jews who have 'clear memories' of the Nazis are the ones who lived through the Holocaust. Don't see what Zuckerberg being Jewish has to do with anything?"
Because those who survived the Holocaust make damn sure their descendants never forget what happened.
"In Europe, people remember a time when you could be killed for having the wrong political beliefs or religion. The people who run Facebook and other big social media companies don't have that baggage, so privacy can be something of an abstract concept to them in a way it isn't in Germany, for instance, with memories of the Stazi and Nazis."
In many places, you can STILL be killed for having the wrong political beliefs or religion. A good enough reason on its own for having a bit of privacy when using the net in whatever form.
The comment about Facebook and privacy issues being a tad abstract compared to those who had clearer memories of the Nazis is strange, given that Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Not many people have a clearer memory of the Nazis than the average Jew. Not being snarky, by the way - I'm Jewish, too.
Generally speaking, I love modern art but - oh, dear...
Re: Just maybe...
"Government sources reveal 'one dole to rule them all' in 'total disarray'"
Is anyone surprised? Anyone at all?
"Our second source warned that the Universal Credit was in such poor shape that it could cost Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith his job."
Good. Fucking good riddance.
Re: "The boat was last heard from on June 4"
Yep. Still, hope is hope.
A major shocker. Matt Wootton has been an integral part of the Green Party here in Lancaster, UK. Keeping fingers firmly crossed...
Not the first IPO
Two slight inaccuracies. This isn't the first Bitcoin-related IPO. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2013/jul/01/bitcoin-virtual-fortune-crypto-currency for just one example. Also, Bitcoins today were worth nearly $85 this morning and are now $85.61, not $89.
That aside, trading in a virtual currency is no different from trading in a 'real' currency and there are fortunes to be made and lost, which means some chancers (or Winklevossi) will come along to hoover up the cash that some other sucker loses.
@ David D. Hagood
Thanks for the explanation. I still don't really get it but I'm pretty thick anyway. Kudos for trying. :-)
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