2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
"Mean Flexions Before Failure"?
I am shocked and disgusted that my Timmy can see ".xxx" on his Internets. This is simply pushing vile and disgusting porn to our children and raising a nation of paedophile rapists.
I must insist that the UK government immediately ban this vile filth from our shores. Without such a ban in place to protect the children, the UK government is saying that it supports the idea of importing raw-filth into the homes of decent, up-standing Britons. This is really a terrible stance for you to take.
Ban this sick filth now!
Angry of Barking
No - I'm just saying the government should not be promoting part of the problem's cause.
...the way major fast-food companies operate is to de-skill people so they are basic automatons and will work for low-pay. What guarantees are in place to ensure that these £2.50 serfs do not get the boot once they become more expensive?
Quite why the government wants to help the fast-food industry when we are facing an obesity epidemic is quite beyond me; and that is before we even consider the methods of food production.
There again - I've never understood why the Olympics (and other sporting events) lower themselves to taking advertising from these purveyors of high-fat convenience.
@AC - 11:56
I'd hardly dismiss a fight-back against the misuse of our language as mere semantics. People already confuse a copyright infringer (civil) with an actual criminal. This has all been done through the misuse of language.
Heck, the "stakeholders" have even managed to have ethics thrown out with various new laws getting passed (e.g. DMCA) so actually now creating new crimes that should not exist.
I still call myself a freetard as I think the word "free" is precious and we should try to keep in mind what "free" means. Otherwise we're doomed to lose it.
Nice summary - thanks.
"A true freetard takes movies, games, TV, music et al and walks away. No money ever changes hands for the copied material (note: not stolen)."
It's not stolen (that's be a crime), it's a breach of license and a civil offence. They are also poisoning their own well. I have no sympathy for them.
Cracking DRM/encryption should not a crime, it's no worse than lock-picking (also not a crime) although they *could* be used to commit crimes and, in those cases, the people should be charged with whatever crime they have committed.
So it all adds up. Free as in speech, not as in beer. I am (by and large) free to examine, distribute and update what I torrent. And I do. I am a freetard. I am not a criminal.
I am a freetard and proud of it
I track about 85 torrents. The material is copyright (games, movies, music etc.). I look forward to any nasty letter and I have my £20 at the ready.
Simple - whilst the material is indeed copyright, it's all either GPL/CreativeCommons/Copyleft/similar so I have the *right* to distribute and in fact it is positively encouraged as it makes life easier for the creators/distributors. And yes, I do punt them some cash so they can do their next project.
For the actual unlicensed sharers/downloads, it will just push them to use other measures to avoid detection. It's a war that cannot be won.
And this is why...
...you should never, ever, EVER trust your data and your business to a third-party unless you have a binding legal contract, rights of escrow etc.
What is it that "Turk Guvenligi" are after? Are the protesting against the human rights abuses of the Turkish government or something? (e.g. Ilisu Dam)
Or are they just doing it for the lulz?
If they imposed...
...environmental controls, they would not be able to make things so cheap. So you'd pay more. And you'd moan.
There is a reason your plastic gadgets are so affordable. If this concerns you at all, vote with your wallet.
And here we go, a bit later than originally planned admittedly
So, has the insulin pump been patched? I somehow don't think so. One major step towards fixing a problem is admitting there is one in the first place. Free software tends to be much better at that than proprietary.
Race is on then! Let's see who gets a patch out first.
No one said free or open software was infallible. It's written/managed by humans after all.
If the code...
...is closed, then it has not been audited. We know the FDA does not audit the code, they rely on the company to write a report that says "All OK, guv. Honest."
"These guys were caught out, publically named and shamed and they still don't care. Open or closed source firmware is irrelevant to that attitude."
It's very relevant because if the code were free (not just open) then another qualified person could patch the vulnerability. The company caring or not becomes redundant as you can be sure the patients and their doctors care.
Curious. On the one hand you expect people to be able to take action to mitigate risks, yet on the other you argue against one measure the would permit those actions to be taken.
Is the code...
...free software (or, at least, open source)? If not, then they are just as bad, they just haven't been caught out yet.
Levi's have two choices
1) Reduce the price in the EU; or
2) Increase the price elsewhere
That will stop the exploitation of the price disparity. Resorting to legal measures like this is just trying to restrict free-trade.
The sad thing is, when this hits the EU courts they'll probably let Levi's get away with it (just like how the capitulated over CDs, DVDs etc). Why the hell the EU (and the USA) are anti-free-trade is quite beyond me.
Meanwhile all those companies wanting to maintain the status quo (and thus their business model) are not profit motivated?
I am not 100% convinced about anthropogenic global warming. There, I've said it. Maybe I'm just stupid.
But I am not so stupid as to think we can carry on the way we are. We are burning way too much oil, wasting too many resources, polluting far in excess of what is needed, abusing the natural order with too many pesticides, destroying farming cultures with patent/license infected seeds; all in the name of profit.
This is biting us all in the ass right now, never mind what global warming could do to us.
Can't be fixed
With everything now privatised and in the grubby claws of the venture capitalists via PFIs, any tax revenue from profits lost due to tax avoidance measures and vast subsidies having to be paid to keep the operators profitable; we're screwed.
It cannot be fixed in the current state.
The prices that have to be paid are ridiculous, restrictions are ludicrous and the service (almost) universally appalling. The two exception I can think of are ScotRail (although that's been getting worse) and NI Railways. The embarrassing think for the government and their PFI chums is that these two are state run (well, near as dammit); that's a situation that can't be permitted for much longer.
So, Scots and Irish, rejoice in your train service while you have for you too are soon to be screwed over just like the English and Welsh.
BURN THE HERETIC! BURN HIM I SAY!
Calling all Regitards
BURN THE HERETIC! BURN HIM I SAY!
Come to the dark side
We can have menus (if you want)
Or ribbons (if you want)
Widgets (if you want)
And multiple desktops (if you want)
And multiple panels (if you want)
And "active desktops" (if you want)
And....well, you get the idea.
Of course, you should only switch if your software is cross-platform or a viable alternative exists. This is not always the case unfortunately.
They want your real name...
...so its easier to tie your web habits back to your real-world self and thus they can make more money from using your data.
YOU are the product, remember.
....a PGP key. Why the f**k do I need Google? In fact, my PGP lets me not only prove that I am who I say I am, but to also have messages encrypted so that the likes of Google cannot spy on me.
I'm guessing that was addressed to me.
This is the 21st century, what normal end-user would dois find the program they want in the package manager or app store.
Authorise themselves (to prove they have rights to install)
Click a few buttons (if that)
Err....job done. No need to grub around websites, reboot, worry about versions or updates.
There is also a reason that some information for doing things in GNU/Linux is given as CLI - it's cut n' paste, often universal and quicker to type out. The problem is not GNU/Linux using the CLI, it's Windows not using it (even OS X has a proper CLI FFS). Have to explain what buttons to click also goes out of date as soon as the UI changes. You do know that in GNU/Linux people can run many, many different window managers, decorators and desktops don't you?
I am waiting for them...
...to suck in librsync (or similar) and then crow like it's all amazing and new.
MS - rocking your world like pre-1996.
They could do two things
1) Allow you to connect your own router.
2) Free the source
Both of these would allow people to solve local issue with new hardware (I'd like more ports, thanks, and different aerials and....). As well as offer fixes and updates (e.g. a VM OpenWRT, if you will)
Although I will confess, mine has not been an issue (yet).
And more (quite personal) information to be given away (no, wait, you are paying them to take it) to a company and sold on to FSM-knows who.
NO! That just proves that the USSR were in on it all the time. It PROVES the conspiracy! Froth, rant, rave.....
You are, of course, quite correct. The USSR, China, N.Korea, FSM-knows-who-else would have loved to have shown the USA up if it had been fake. Heck, the reporter that broke that story would now be a gazillionaire.
But yet these complete, dribbling, morons still think it was all a put-up job.
I really don't have the words to express my contempt. Well, not words I'd use in polite company.
You post that utter toss here? Really?
Every claim of the "no-moon-landing" nut jobs has been debunked. Every. Single. One.
From the reflections, the waving flag, the shadows, stars and (apparent) multi-light sources.
ALL OF THEM.
*** REPEATEDLY ***
You can even debunk them yourself, go watch a few "Mythbusters" episodes or look up some of the NASA/other responses to find out how. Some of them are a piece of piss to debunk, make a good weekend project for you and the kids. "Hey kids, lets investigate the difference between evidence and paranoid-hokum bullshit!".
At worst, at absolute worst, NASA (or third parties) may have sexed up a few shots for magazines. This is called a "PR puff" and is not a sign of the International Illuminati Jewery Masonic Conspiracy of the Elite Greys.
I mean, really, Occam's-bloody-Razor. Do you think, as a species, we are so accomplished as to keep a conspiracy on that scale quiet? Do you not watch the news? Has the whole Cryptome and Wikileaks thing just passed you by?
Humans have broadly similar:
4) ergonomic requirements
So is it really any wonder that nice products all start to look kinda the same? Apple created the consumer tablet market (pretty much) but the limitation of us meat-sacks mean that *ALL* tablets will end up looking alike. Just all cars of a particular class look alike, all motorcycles of a class look alike, all [non-novelty] coffee mugs look alike, all LCD monitors look alike and so on.
The only people who can tell them apart are the primadonna fanbois, no one else gives a toss (unless there is passing-off).
...I did figure that much, but I still don't see how it would be possible if the site/client had disallowed/altered the data.
Might try again at lunch.
I was curious...
...so I tried it. Skype will allow "alert()" for a number, but converts it to a numeric equivalent.
HTML tags are not permitted, in fact special characters are not permitted.
This is on Skype 126.96.36.199 on Win7
If you try via the website, it either freaks or strips HTML tags.
So I am not altogether sure how this person managed to get their "injection" done.
...it take so long to shut these people down?
Why is it just the useless ASA and Ofcom? Surely this is a fraud and should be prosecuted?
...foul play. The Touchpad was on the Dixons site at full price just before 1800, at 1800 *to the second* it went unavailable.
I doubt it ever went on sale in the UK at this price and that the whole exercise was just a PR stunt by DSGi to try and save their sorry asses.
That is going to be funny
How many Marshall Mathers are there in the world?
List to "Free as in Freedom" podcast, episode 15
Now be afraid, be very afraid. You have no alternative but to have one inside your body, and you can only trust it works because the maker says so?
This is not...
...intended to replace ATMs. It;s intended to replace actual tellers so that their jobs can be outsourced to a cheaper country.
I do not look forward to this at all.
More to the point...
...why bundle it? Most users won't need it, it's bloat. A dev or a learner can just grab Firebug (or something else) and add it if needed.
FFS Mozilla, stop with the bloat! Get the basics right, then people can add what they want/need.
This highlights another issue...
...it should be "opt-in to tracking" not "out-out of being stalked".
Just install "NoScript" (or similar) and job's a good 'un.
Just use "NoScript"
"Aimed at graphic designers with limited technical skills, Muse claims to make it possible to design complex websites using point-and-click and drag-and-drop rather than hand coding."
"Aimed at graphic designers with limited technical skills, Muse claims to make it possible to design complex websites using point-and-click, that will cause you sys-admin to hut to down and kill you plus make your users burst into tears and their router explodes in flames; and drag-and-drop rather than hand coding."
Take a leaf from Linux
Inform the user that some add-ons need updated or wish to be installed.
Warn (with big flashing lights and screaming sirens) if an add-on has not been signed by a verified GPG-key.
Then let the user select what to allow/block.
And I hope they skin it in some protective film, otherwise every scratch will make you cry.
Oh, better idea
I wish to patent the "Automatic free-fall alert and arrest unit".
When the phone enters free-fall, the owner will be alerted via physical stimulus to the event.
If they do not, or cannot, react in time, the unit will auto-arrest and prevent any damage.
Prior art? Well, there's wrist-straps but let's not split hairs here.
Good point there
What will the TSA think about you taking an explosive device on board? I mean, 20 terrorists could each get one of these on board, strap them together and make a BOMB!
Is that the plan? Is Amazon actually just a front for the International Al Qaeeda Jewery People's Liberation Front?
Do they have a working prototype?
-- No? Patent expires in 3 months.
Are they actively selling the tech?
-- No? Patent expires in one year.
Is the prior art or and other invention that makes this obvious?
-- Yes, ask NASA and any car-maker.
Think about it
Who are Linkedin's customers? Companies (head-hunters etc).
What is the product? You.
Why do I want to buy apps in the first place? I have a browser.
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