1011 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
only 2 gripes I have against VM ( or liberty global.. or NTL or NYNex or whoever else lays claim to the green trunking buried outside the house) is that the customer service dept is s*** until you finally get through to their english call center who generally have the flexibility to go off script and order an engineer for the next day.
And the dire junk mailing... for gawds sake VM CHECK to see if the houses you are mass mailing are already customers!!!!!!!!!! You pay an extra £1.50 for a VM monthly statement posted to you or £0.00 for an e.mailed version..... and I get at least 5 or 6 junk mails a month..... they gotta be hoovering up your sodding profits
Oh and the super(fail)hub only ever works properly if you put it in cable modem mode and use your own wireless router
Re: I don't understand
Microsoft marketing would give you Bill G's grandmother if it involved you buying services from M$ .....
guess I was right after all when I said that everyone spies on everyone else...
Worse still IE for Linux !!!
Self service ... pah
wait until you get a real robot that can (and will) kill you if you give it half a chance, and not content with stuffing the unlucky operator into the machining bay, it will do it again and again and again because it will absolutely never stop ever even if you are already dead (and got a 2" dia cutter through the skull too).
And I bet the self serve UI designers all started out in industrial UI design where they were rightfully kicked out for coming up with some of the abominations I put up with .....
Morphine are the only pain killers I've found that actually work
The only downsides are the addictive side effects......
to order those phased plasma rifles in the 40 watt range
After all... what could possibly go wrong?
just waiting until some muppet adds the steam data servers to list of IPs to be watched for illegal downloads
<said muppet> f*** me terabytes of data going from this one uploader... must be a major criminal, lets hit him hard with a snotty letter, that will stop him
after with the current Falcon 9 launches is that the first stage can decend and land softly
If they can do that a few times over water where the kaboomy stuff does'nt really matter, then they'll go for landing the first stage on land.
Then they'll fine tune it so that it can land back in the volcano lair Mr Musk is undoubtedly building somewhere in the world away from prying eyes.......
Re: Sticky floor
I was just wondering...
Any idea what was sticking your feet to the floor?
Because we're after a decent glue to make some lightweight carbon fibre stuff bond to some metal.
Wheres the vomit icon :)
all of GCHQ's work because the mind control chip they implanted in my head told me to
Note to self : find a better quality of tinfoil than tesco's bargin brand
Re: Fuck you Rupert!
Sadly, some of us pommies agree with you on those sentiments.
Wonder how much Coulson and the other phone hackers have been paid to fall on their swords to protect dear old rupe from a prison term?
Re: Well it's not hard
You forgot the 2 months of 'summer' when mosquitos the size of large birds infest the air sucking the life out of any fool brave enough to dare to walk outside....
Well it was featured on Sci-fi channel so it must be true
Re: Solid as a rock
Jettison a solid rocket booster while it's still firing?
Hey, KSP tells me that this is not only possible but quite frequent.
So long as you dont mind your payload/rest of the rocket blowing up due to impacts/exhaust heat
AND that happens in real life too.
Bit rich after the phorm phuck up BT ran on its customers and the police/CPS said "not enough evidence to do anything about......
Re: Happy Snapper
Quote "In that scenairo you'd hope the police and the courts would exercise some common sense."
I think I just fell off my chair laughing.
The law is'nt about common sense, its about getting the law on the books in order to make the politician look good( just before they trouser another brown envelope from a lobby group.. alledgedly)
The police and the courts will enforce the law because its their job, and will catch all the flack as soon as some poor innocent sod gets caught with his pants down...
Re: Potty Trouble is
I only used nukes as a example of information that should'nt be on general release
What if the NSA secrets to be released shows their technical capability to stuff up anyones cell phone network? and worse still it discloses the methods used?
Would a jihadi be interested? perhaps .. perhaps not, an enemy country? of course in a passing manner.
Who would be interested? why the spotty 17 yr old moron* keen to impress the other 17 yr olds infesting an IRC chatroom.
"I took down O2's network all day today hur hur " sort of thing
*I say moron, more like an IQ of 145 and the maturity of a 3 yr old
the mass release of 'information' does'nt stop a war from happening... it starts it.
While the release of information regarding what the NSA/GCHQ and 2/3rds of the west's spying agencies are doing to us and passing to each other maybe in the realms of illegality, the release of so much other info could be seen as a direct attack on the capabilities of GCHQ etc to intercept and decode the correct messages
After all.. if we know enemy elements are using a nokia phone, and we know howto track that one and decode everything coming from it and suddenly the target knows his calls are being tracked...
But then some of you would be happy with everything any government does released instantly onto the internet, perhap I could interest you with the mathematics of designing H-bomb warheads that can fit into a MIRV.....
Suitable punishment for him
2 years of internet access through a 300 baud modem
That will teach the little git what it feels like to be on the other end of a ddos
think you need a Kerbal in there.......
Triumph was re-born in this period because John Bloor bought the rights to the name and all the old blueprints for the old twins so beloved of rose tinted old farts and threw all the prints in the bin, called in some engineers and said "I want a motorcyle with a 3 or 4 cylinder engine, it has to be resonably cheap to build, last at least 100 000 miles and does'nt piss oil everywhere... heres 100 million of my own money to build the factory and buy/ design everything you need"
There were no share holders to demand more profits every 2 weeks, and no government department involved that would take 6 months to make a decision over which brand of bolt to buy (thats 5 mins for the decision, 1 month jetting round the world to various bolt makers and 5 months educating the PPE tossers on what a bolt actually is)
But the comment about the next big thing coming from a lockup in Milton Keynes is right, what that tech event reported on is more about is getting your greasy face noticed so that you can sponge every more taxpayers money off an ignorant government (no doubt stuffed with more PPE tossers I mentioned earlier) thats desperate to appear to be doing something, and then claims credit as the new ARM holdings emerges from its dusty lockup to take over the tech world (or more likely says "we must run more of these events where free booze is supplied all day.. eh? tech? wassat then? hic")
I'm already preparing the fridge malware, especially it will end up running on an unloved useless OS like say windows 8 for example (M$ being really really desperate to shift it)
Some nice sauce code that reads:
and laugh as everyone gets food poisoning.
Mind you, what happens when you put 1/2 a curry in the fridge to eat the next day? does it go PHONE(Curry_House).Order(Vindaloo) or something when you take it out?
46 000 jobs eh?
So where are these magic workers going to come from?
re-skilled british? naww costs to much to train and besides , they'll want a decent rate
Fresh immigrants.... well yes... but they'll still need training... that costs
I know can we transfer all our indian staff here on internal transfer visas, pay them min wage ,pack them 14 to a room in tower hamlets, then claim our call center is UK based ?
PS I live on a proper reclaimed swamp... not the reclaimed 2000 yrs of sewage that floated down river like London
Skyrim was so bloody expensive .....
Bella Roach..... mage, assassin and housewife ;)
standing around bitching about it, how about we drag out all those politicians from 10-15 yrs ago who made the decisions not to start building replacement plant and , well, let our imaginations run riot.
Seriously , these people knew what was coming, we knew 20 years ago that the AGR stations would be coming to their mechanical end around about now, so why has'nt the replacement capicity been built?
Why are we building wind turbines if they dont produce the baseload we need or peak power when we need?
Solar in this country is a joke, and as for tidal barrages.... we'll build one in the Severn, 2 in the solent at either end of the isle of wight, Thames, wash, humber, firth of forth, and clyde and we may just have a chance with tidal.
But the public dont care. and wont care, which we have politicians make decisions for them, but the public will care the day the power goes off....
On the plus side.... no more f***ing light pollution from a neighbour who has 500 Mw security lamps lighting up his inaccessible back garden.
And quite possibly
theres a clause in the phone companies contract with the government that says something along the lines of
"The carrier must provide slots for an authorised government agency to install wire taps, if said carrier does not provides such slots , then the carrier will no longer be allowed to use the UK for its services"
Why are you
still using playmonauts?
Swap out the pilot to Jeb from Kerbal space program and he NEVER bails out regardless of the disaster about to befall him
Whats that noise?
Ahhhhh its the conspiracy nut jobs preparing all the stories about how humans could never have got to Mars and it was all filmed in a backlot at area 51
during the cold war , we (Nato) were cheerfully hacking into russian comm cables and leaching off data by the bucket load until it was given away by a traitor or the russians found the splice themselves.
Or the russians during WW2 invited the western allies to conferences , then systematically bugged every room in the building...
So its nothing new
Its just a lot harder sifting through all that internet traffic now looking for that one e.mail containing the words 'nuclear', 'bomb', 'london', 'tommorrow' and 'jihad'............ eeeekk men at the doorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
<<off to sit on the roof between you and your bank and perform a man in the middle attack
short answer: No
Just less likely to be attacked because of the market share, .. if it had 50% market share, we'd be seeing all sorts of nasties aimed at GNU/Linux
Re: Can't we have an agnostic experience for search engines?
Its a new kind of business plan for microsoft.
Its called "Flailing in the dark pushing as many plans out the door until we find one that makes money, then we'll milk that one for all the cash we can screw out of our customers"
Peronally I suspect that inside Microsoft Hq, they've opened that portal to the universe with an infinite amount of monkeys in and asked "can you give us a business plan that works"
IE use broken down:
1% surfing the internet
99% downloading another browser
here is that the building is stuck right next to the M27 motorway, across from which is the tipner landfill.
Plus a couple of other major roads.
Still easy access to the local traffic jams, although if you work at IBM too, no excuse for being late in the morning....
those targetted ads are bad enough when its 'play this war game' 'date hot people' and 'play this bollocks game'
You wait until you get to 50+ when all the FB ads morph into pile cream, denture glue and earwax removal.....
Re: you approach a station..
Sadly Captain Boris, interstellar pirate hunter and odd jobber , noticed the ID number of the pirates and put out some fake info about another foolhardy trader willing to risk the hordes of gun happy gits....
And made himself some cash by shooting a bunch of them down
Boris :seemingly harmless ;)
Re: "the irreplaceable orbital station"
Thats when the Chinese government steps in with funding on the provision they get to choose the commanding officer
great great uncle Ozric moved to australia, but he never wrote and told me just how big his new family was
Boris... looking forward to another 3*10^14 christmas cards to buy........
the house of lords usually stuffed with the ex-politicians who 10-15 yrs ago were running the country?
You know, the same pillocks who were told in 2005 we need to be really cracking on with building either nuclear or gas power stations ready for 2015 ....
Wheres the blackout icon?
or end up in prison
Re: Just what elderly people need!
Too right, last thing I need is my various sundry relatives hanging around my arse annoying the fek out of me and only finally clearing off when they've scoffed all the chocolate hobnobs and guzzled my beer.
But without it I get to die cold and alone on the kitchen floor....... instead of cold , alone, unfed, and neglected in a NHS hospital.....
up watching BBC when it became quite clear that 100% of the output was aimed at the bottom 50% of the population.
We might get a documentary about some great science topic, and its stuffed to the gills with flashy graphics, sound effects and a couple of interviews with the lead researcher (if you're lucky), no hints of the maths behind it, no clue to how long it took the people involved to prove the crazy idea, just stick another flashy graphic in and do the narration as if you were talking to a room full of 5 year olds
And dont even mention the TV tax
you on the south coast and interested in a Java programmer used to multi-threaded applications (and does some industrial robots on the side)?
been going on for ages
Employers who complain about "skills shortages" and "no skilled staff" are usually the ones paying the least and expecting staff to do 20hrs unpaid overtime a day.. sorry a week.
But dont worry, its just the usual prelude to the CBI type bods cozying upto the government with the whisper of "If you drop the visa requirements even more, then we'll get the skilled staff we need at £7/hr and you'll get a fat directorship when you get booted out of power"..... alledgedly.
Oh and my answer to anyone bleating skills shortage is "why the f*** are you not hiring someone close enough to your job spec and training them?"
look at all that command line stuff.
Anyone would think it was running a 10 yr old linux system
<<<runs and hides back under the fridge
Built out of modular components?
NASA have been playing far too much kerbal space program lately.....
Re: anti semitism question
Its all to do with the christain church banning christians from charging interest on loans.
So the only place to get a loan was from a jewish money lender.
Now of course what would happen is King John the slimy would take out a loan to pay for his war again king phillip the bastard.
Unexpectedly king phillip wins so theres no loot to pay the loans back.
So lets mis quote the bible, join forces with the church who dont really like any other religions in their patch and kick out the jews.
And of course you can seize all their goods and default on paying the loans back....
Thinking about it
What we actually need is a well designed UI
De clutter the interface, stick only the options on it you need in clearly readable fonts.
Make everything consistant across the interface, so that the user can easily predict what happens if a different option is pressed. and hide stuff the regular users dont need to know about.
Thats howto design for us oldies, and you'll find that works for the youngies too , as well as those people in the middle that happen to be using your PC-robot comms package.
By the way, I did'nt copy the above from a university textbook, it came from one of the testers for the comms package.
PS. is this the same tescos website that demanded you setup an account with your credit card and address before they'd let you start shopping on their site?
My favourite AV product for any m$ product is of course Linux.
After all its where my Xp VM lives... wonderfuly reliable now I've turned off its net access
<<,scuttling away before the windows fans stamp on him
Or more likely, make a complete clusterf**k of win8 and its updates so that everyone is so relieved when win9 is released later in the year.
Of course, those who look closely at win9 will notice its just win7 with a changed title page .....
Re: Dropbox drops the ball.
Given a smidgen of a choice anyone would rather live in todays western 'police state' than the old warsaw pact countries
100 000 secret police, with 1 in 6 of the population being informers anyone?
Perhaps you'd like a new phone line so you can call your grandpa whos in west Berlin, either it gets refused outright or approved because the secret police want to listen in and make sure you are not hearing stuff you are not allowed to hear.
Or you'd like your communist paradise to implement the human rights declaration it signed upto in 1977... well your country is communist which means its already perfect so you must be mad.. here have a long hospital stay.
And finally, you want healthcare only to find the leaders have spent all the money on building a "people's palace" for the leader to live in and its 3 times the size of Buckingham palace......
So I'll take my chances on having GCHQ listen in on my mobile and e.mails , because whatever happens, I'm not going to get 9mm revolutionary justice applied to the back of my head for saying the wrong thing
<old enough to remember the cold war
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