56 posts • joined 11 Feb 2008
Re: Looks like many are missing the point
the london vs. edinburgh thing is a red herring, it borders on racism
there's no 'london' or 'westminster' government, it's the government of the uk, voted for by the people of the uk
the fact that one or more areas dislikes it is neither here nor there, it's the system
the correct approach is change the system, not break the uk
otherwise where does it end? i live in a london borough where council and mp are not what i vote for, can i secede?
because that's the core of the snp argument, even if the vote is 'yes', it's likely near half the voters will have said 'no', can they secede?
no way! the snp will never offer that to the people of scotland, they are no different from the system they claim to be so wrong that they want to leave it
salmond and co. are after one thing, power for themselves, they aren't good enough to cut it at uk level, so they dress up their lust as 'independence', the hypocrisy is sickening
same shit, different day
yep, by parentage i'm half scottish, but get no vote as i live in the evil empire
either way, it will be interesting to see what happens
until recently i was a firm 'no', splitting one small country into two smaller ones will help neither and it makes the awful prospect of an eu exit more likely
but since the spineless raving conliblab party started promising to take an even more disproportionate amount money from the rest of the uk and give it to salmond's whiners (promises that were in no manifesto at the last election and were never approved by parliament) i'm thinking 'yes'
it'll be a rough ride but at least the shafting of the rest of the uk's taxpayers will one day come to an end, plus it'll probably help increase employment in northern uk
the fact is these people chose to use the service and chose to accept ebay's terms and conditions which give no promise of availability or reliability
ebay isn't a human right, it's a choice they made, if it goes titsup they have to accept it, otherwise they can get a shop and manage the issues themselves
"I think sellers need compensation, or at the very least auctions extended - we're losing money by ebay being down"
oh ffs, get a shop
"publish the HyperCat specification as an independent and publicly available standard through the British Standards Institute"
does this imply the usual bsi paywall? that should encourage widespread adoption
"HR, finance will bear the brunt of cuts, it is rumoured"
good, parasitic scum of the corporate world, nuke 'em 'til they glow then shoot 'em in the dark
nice to see the cousins joining in
Re: Containing little but bolts and glue
bolts and glue could be a test run to check if it's detected by security
prior to sending the deluded nutter through with the one containing bolts and explosive
yep, vm status pages are useless, as is the telephone status
during a long (>48 hours outage) and after several calls over two days with the 'help' desk, who could only say there was no known issue or resolution time (and kept trying to get me to check my network settings, grrrr), i was finally passed to second level support, who instantly replied that "oh, it's a planned outage for network changes, service will resume at xx:yy" which it did
i) planned, so why didn't they email affected customers in advance?
ii) planned, so why didn't they put it on the status page, phone status etc.?
iii) planned, so why didn't they tell their own help desk people?
iv) planned, in what way?
no plucky playmonaut?
nasa has a lot to learn from el reg
yep, not endearing them to me either
technological threats to livelihood are nasty for those on the receiving end
but i don't recall taxi drivers protesting as others were put out of business or lost their jobs due either to offshoring or simple elimination
in fact quite the opposite, they seem happy to rake it in when there's a tube strike due to the de-staffing of stations
paris because french taxis are mad
...instances of malicious apps and unauthorized software being posted to the App Store are relatively rare"
paris, just because
ikea product line code contest
because, like paris, people with $400 million are well known for living in suburbia with easy access to the press, kidnappers, nutters etc.
"At certain times of the year when it gets warmer we spray additional water onto the face of the heating system."
as heatwaves never coincide with droughts, what could possibly go wrong?
corning claims "innovation", copying might be more accurate...
many years ago, for a project we were doing in a far flung place for her britannic majesty's government, one part required a lot of cabling
it was not easy to get cable from here to there, transport weight needed to be kept down
but we knew the cable routes, very many different paths and lengths, and we knew how much cable per reel
what was the minimum number of reels to do the job?
in a flash, i thought 'knapsack problem', a bit of cunning coding and hey presto, a cable laying schedule saying which run to do from which reel, the others at the site were most impressed by our efficiency
triples all round
word? mention it not
things peaked with troff, a macro package for the job, and eqn, grap, tbl etc., plus you could embed command line stuff to dynamically suck in data to populate tables etc., since then everything has been downhill
for arty stuff, indesign is the bees knees, although bloat has set in there too
run out of cats?
...that'll do for ten years, plenty more after that
'mavericks', ugh, bunch of californians with over inflated egos thinking the rest of the world will bask in their trite place names
i'm sticking with snow leopard, by far the best of all the os x releases, cute kittens too
that small slice is schadenfreude, not happiness
surely a better resolution would've been to give the rest of us 6 days extra hols
this would've increased overall global happiness and slightly improved relative greek competitiveness, trebles all round
instead they've just deepened the hellenic zone of despondency thereby reducing overall global happiness
this sounds wrong in so many ways
expect to be receiving the attention of david cameron's enforcers
the first fund where your investment is a superposition of states
you cannot know whether you made a profit or a loss until you look at your holding and the wave function collapses
although many of my investments seem to work out this way, collapsed, so perhaps it's nothing new after all
let me be the first to text that
i, for one, welcome our new gliesian overlords
Re: I miss the Rockall Times
me too, the domain is being sadly abused these days
so i dredged it up on the iwbm...
utter tosh, i developed a 2fa replacement for /bin/login for our unix boxes in the early '90s, and it wasn't a new concept even then
big disks him go titsup
spin around mix it up
him get up walkaround disk again
snow leopard was the last cuddly release
i'm not upgrading until tabby and/or they drop the ios-ification of os x
let me be the first to say, that, i, for one, welcome our ophidian draped overlady
it's with some glee that i find the reporter's name to be an anagram of riparian bell end
iris is lovely
it'll be a sad day when the last ones are taken out of action
simple, fast, reliable, i wear contact lenses or glasses, no issues, iris just works
the appalling lack of signage is the only complaint i have with iris, but from the article it sounds like that's deliberate
the long lines of people at the egates, and high failure rate (i stood in the queue with non-iris gf, wathcing the misery of the egate users), are worrying, seems like a step back in reliability
i'm baffled by these cases
if the person was not physically present in usa territiory when the alleged offence was committed, then what fuck has it got to do with the usa? since when did johhny foreigner's laws apply to the uk?
if he committed a crime while in uk, under uk law, bang him up, otherwise, he's innocent
otherwise, i assume we're going to extradite all usa handgun owners and lock them up because they are committing a crime in uk law
only problems i had/have with iris are...
gates out of order/closed
non-existent/hidden signage to show where they are
people thinking iris was for e-passports and spending ages trying to get through before giving up
i, for one, welcome our new wobbly overlords
it's reg dot co dot U FUCKING K that's why it's G FUCKING M FUCKING T
egads, the horror, the horror
ok, fair's fair
let's extradite all americans carrying unlicenced firearms, it's a crime in uk law, they must pay for it
well, the only time i've used a solicitor it turned out he was incompetent, he didn't do what he claimed, i'm still stuck with the result
i never heard of the sfh site before, but now that the solicitors have been kind enough to generate the publicity it seemed well worth bookmarking a wayback gander for future reference...
best. post. ever.
he was clearly stunned by the sight of the android fondleslab now used for self check-in at the pearly gates
at my desk with tears in my eyes
this is sad news indeed,
c (and unix) genuinely changed my life, my k&r, now battered and old, was the spark that led to two decades of the most fun i've ever had working, plus i got paid for it
i'll be raising a glass to his memory
but no playmonaut, no prize
surely that subhead should be
Back to Groupon, bitch
and yet nothing for the intrepid playmonaut
a baffling omission
so we'll shortly be able to enjoy the shutting down of paypal, ebay, and gumtree, all as happily and knowingly support the payment for, or sale of, counterfeit and stolen goods
not to mention seeing bush the idiot and his cohorts banged up for maliciously blowing the cover of one of their own agents
oops, just realised i'm confusing rule of law with the spite of impotent and corrupt politicians
"Vulture 1 recovered intact. Completely intact. Playmonaut safe and sound."
can't wait for the pics
stolen credit card + stolen mobile (or payg sim) + disk copier = pwned
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