66 posts • joined Tuesday 25th March 2008 14:29 GMT
Wot pop-ups ?
France is so great even if the communist workers are a bit thick, similar to ours working really, at BMW/Mini for an agency for 10 years - so NO redundancy money - Durr !
Wished they'd blown the factory, I could have made a million in Hollywood and be outta here !
Communists never were creative thinkers.
The building can be refurbed and let out to crazy English tourists visiting during August, when everything there is shut for their holidays. It's closer to the Cote d' Azur than Brighton and close by the Central Massif, good for walking, pets, good beer (duck!), etc.
The machinery can produce fake Renault gear for floggin' on MyBay.co.uk, and again I have my escape package !
Need I go on ?
smoke screens up
Hi Linux users, I mean you too.
Heads in sand the lot of you.
It doesn't matter what the OS is if the bean counters won't pay for proper training or staffing levels.
Now stop wailing and start the hangings !
visa versa people
Where Microsoft is concerned I wouldn't risk the future of my business on their playing fair with the Open Source community. They are only there to make more money.
Which brings me to observe that Microsoft are more than likely after plugging in to all that wonderful, Open Source developer talent, for FREE. Then they can cherry pick from the api's they own, the ones that are going to be useful to them competatively. Of course the Open Source developers will be offered paid jobs at Microsoft.
As an end user I have to ask, what advantages does using these apis bring to me, my business and my clients ?
These Google AdSense ads are a bloody nuisance !
They are so laced with malware these days as to pose quite a a threat in themselves, to the unwary. When training newbie folks in how to use the internet (it still happens), I have to point out the dangers of clicking on Google AdSense ads and advise my clients to just ignore them, as it's safer.
Which makes me wonder about the Value For Money that the paying advertisers are getting. And being linked to malware infections isn't going to be good for any company's rep.
(Public Immunity from Stupid Bungling Arseholes)
You can do the real maths now, "at midday on a particular weekday, there were 1.3 million users sharing content".
So your ISPs stands to lose more than 1.3 million customers per day ! More great business models from the recording industry. They should be in government not advising it.
Hmmm. Kingdom of Heaven
I for one am fairly glad that the MoD and their counterparts over the pond can't be arsed with such trivialities. I nearly piss myself laughing several times a week reading how these murderous wasters have been undone and found with heads up their own arses because they were discovered to be not f*cking omnipotent.
The sooner the infernal military machines are decommissioned and put out to grass, the better for all of us. What a waste of money never mind life.
Look for proper IT work, like securing public websites and we'll all sleep better at night.
No Script ?
Luba kok antud lehel ?
Yeah right !!!!!!!
If this is familiar to anyone using No Script, perhaps they can translate it for the benefit of my teenage daughters and me.
It could be ........... Serbian (?) Russian (?)
Thanks No Script.
I still use it every day, even though I don't know what it says.
@ Alex Brett
Depends on circumstance whether fraud exists.
In the case of an overpayment of Housing Benefit, the Housing Benefit Office can recover the money even if it was their error. The interesting bit of English Law used to affirm Oxford City Councils "Right" to perform this way is ...... "it is reasonable to assume that the claimant knew that an overpayment had been made", without any actual proof.
And they believe that this is reasonable behaviour, accusation and summarily found guilty of Benefit Fraud without a trial or opportunity to defend oneself against such an horrendous accusation.
And don't say this isn't so as the decision has been upheld by various levels of Appeals Tribunals.
Bring out the tumbrills.
More of the bleedin' obvious
It amazes me how many folks jump up to lynch someone everytime this sort of thing happens. I wouldn't mind if any of these flaming branded pitchfork bearers ever fingered the person or persons really responsible for these fiscal farces, but mostly seem quite satisfied to dethrone some minor, underpaid, untrained, overworked, screen jockey.
We all know the real culprits are the well paid wonks who talk about Margins, Bottom Lines, perhaps even TCO, and who make decisions about how much of the system that appeared in the System Requirements Specification to actually implement.
F*ckers like these make decisions to connect secure systems to the internet, to save money, save paper, warehousing and other handling costs. If you want to hang someone, please, please, please hang these tw*ts and their would be fat cat directors.
Who's the next social segment to be included in the anti-tourist net after animal rights activists, photographers, City workers ?
Could it be loose lipped Reg Commentards ?
Soon come. MTI-IMPS = BOOMYAKA
Is that a Yank stab at irony ?
sorry mate, you swallowed some horse shit there and it is making you talk like a proper turd.
I don't expect anything else from your side of the pond. You are an idiot and consequently more dangerous than a very dangerous thing. Or maybe it's OK for me to roast your family 'cos they're American an I don't like Americans very much today ?
Thanks to your war on Tourists, we in the UK have recently been flooded out with 1000's of kilos of very inexpensive but high quality Afghani hashish.
So when they finally have their hands on this mass of personal data, they will ignore whatever information is mined from it, unless it's dirty data, in which case they will use it to get their way.
Democracy, don't ya just love it ?
So what's new under the sun ?
Govingmints have always spun the data to suit their motives, 1984 being a good illustration of the possibilities on the horizon.
It's good to see that someone still has the time to deviate from the standard rule of bullshit and relate the current musings and wanderings of our Overlords tiny but ever so corrupt minds.
Thankx for such an entertaining article.
The IT angle being possibly CODS missing maxim, "Dirty Data Breads Dirty Little Minds".
I thought the cameras were linked to the Isreali bulldozers of death anti parking squad which regularly prowls Larndaaarn squishing unwashed hippies not riding their parked up bikes.
Why don't the council just ignore the govnt like the rest of us ?
2 pennies worth
Isn't Novell involved with OpenSuse ?
As a Linux fan, who's is still working better/faster under Windose, though still attempting to get a clean install of the latest stable version of Linux Server on an old P III, I just need to say, please, please, please, all of you, just finish one off !
I can install Windows 2000 Pro, plus all the patches, plus Apache 2.0 and configure the firewall while I am still trying to understand how to navigate to and read a text file under Ubuntu Server using a command line interface.
It doesn't help that I am also trying to keep the kids fed and their Wondose boxen virus free. But hey, that's what life is like down here where there ain't no IT Support budget for the New Seasons fledgling cottage industries.
Whether it is a case of "Perseverance furthers" or sheer bloodiminded detestation of everything Microsoft that keeps me plugging away at Linuxii since 2000, I don't know. But I'd love for the developer folks to hit on a final solution, and real soon, please.
@ AJ Stiles
I don't know how you can say, "but there is nothing inherently wrong with genetically-modified organisms" when there are in fact many things wrong with the practice. I agree, the concept might actually be OK. However, the modifying stake holders are after specific "qualities", you know, stuff that looks perfect and weighs more. They don't give a flying f*ck whether it's edible or not.
If the bugs can't eat it, maybe you shouldn't be eating it either !
Honestly, when was the last time you really enjoyed the flavour of an apple or tomato or potato that wasn't organic ?
Oh yeah, the price is right but lets face it, GM foods taste like shit and in any case often rot within a few days of purchase.
IT angle = Just in time delivery stinks and a public database of all the GMed foodstuff please.
But how this'll help the bees ?
Maybe we should ask Wacky Jacky for her scientific solution, or get Jack Straw to divert some of his expenses or the money for the new dead folks database to the Bee peeps needs.
What is the web coming to ?
Talk about nicking your stuff.
A musician friend with a MAC connected t't Tinternet, recently imported into iTunes a couple of music tracks that he'd written/composed on a synth and multi track recording device.
In this case the interwebs music database was queried by his iTunes application. Then iTunes renamed the related ownership fields for each of his tracks with the details of a complete stranger!
Who needs Gmail or any of these deathtr apps ?
Back in the 1980's it was realised by 'official' demonstration organisers, that independant documenters were being required more and more during peaceful public demonstrations, in order to record the escalating number of incidents of dubious and down right illegal police activities. Many incidents included unprovoked assaults on members of the public, wrongful arrests (tourists and shoppers) and many acts of provocation and use of excessive force were photographed and which were directly responsible for breaches of the peace.
It was noticed during the miners strike and on my attempts to visit to Stonehenge, that police officers were regularly dressed in plain blue boiler suits which did not display the officers police number. Consequently it was also discovered that non police (soldiers) were also dressed in the same uniform attire and were being used as front line troops alongside the police.
With the appearance of independent documenters capable of recording such activity for the benefit of the courts, it was possible to provide evidence of these abuses of police power and to identify the perpetrators after the event.
Obviously, cameramen and women soon became strategic targets for the police at demonstrations etc. I don't see how this startegy has changed except that now, as ever, the Go vermin' are playing catch up by legalising what was once considered to be the police abusing their powers and over stepping the law.
No seriously ?
They say, "We are not prepared to send a message to young people that we take ecstasy less seriously."
So, are they prepared to send the message that they seriously do take more ecstasy than the young ?
As do many people I know, myself not included. However, they all have one thing in common, they do take their politicians less seriously - as they are aware that doing it any other way can seriously damage your wealth. And your sense of humour.
And in the UK ?
We are still in the dark ages on this one.
My daughter aged 15 ended up with a police caution for dealing with one of these creatures herself.
If the school staff had been at all aware of what was going on or had any real caring about the well being of their pupils, they would have stopped the sexual harassment themselves, before it turned bad.
But hey, they weren't aware of the problem, and when it did blow up in their faces, cracked down on the girls for sorting it out in their own way, (giving the guy a good trashing in public, in front of the girls who had been sexually harassed.)
My daughter got the police caution, NOT the guy sending photos of his dick to 14 year olds.
Sheesh, Way to go, eh ?
"Intelligence" is it ?
If this is USA style "intelligence", then I believe we are better off without it here in the UK.
Geneva Convention BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. Torture is torture ! What a twat ?
It is bad enough that we do it to animals, but to infer that, on this occasion (in defence of the state/realm) it is OK to do it to humans, is tantamount to condoning the Nazi gas chambers, 'cos the Jews were a threat to National Socialism.
I f*cking well hate ALL politicians.
They still think we are uneducated peasants eating turnips, getting pissed and sh*gging sheep. Well OK, but not as often.
Saving ISPs and the music biz
Oh, so us consumers are now a bloody voluntary organisation acting like the UK's lifeboatmen, saving rich yatchers who're too clever to load up with safety equipment before they leave harbour !
Maybe new legislation will work by making us smoke less pot as well !
But I doubt it.
What everyone overlooks in this little foo bar, is that the record industry make more money now from the resale of the likes of Pink Floyd, et al, than they did when the makers went platinum back in yonder year.
No wonder the mean grasping culture mulchers won't take their clawlike fingers out of the distribution pie.
I don't see that many ISP's going out of business just yet.
But they can maybe save themselves by making the domestic upstream pipe a bit fatter, to help P2P users win this battle.
Ubuntu - Dell - American wankers
I get so fed up reading comments from geeks with a working Linux machine, who reckon it's the only Operating System worth having and that it is easy to use and never crashes or gets any other problems.
Wankers is what I say.
Yes the woman in the article is a bit lame, so are many PC users, but so are you Linux commentards. Really !
I have been pissing in the wind with Linuxes like Ubuntu for several years now, ever hoping that this distro will do the biz on Microsoft, and I can finally leave all the shite behind, but no. It still doesn't cut it in many instances.
Including failing to recognise an NVidia graphics card so the screen resolution during the install wouldn't resize to something other than 800x600, so I couldn't read the dialogue boxes to complete the partitioning ! On that one machine.
No Linux distro will dual boot on my work horse 'cos it has External SATA and can't find the installed Grub once the installation is completed. PS don't go to the forums !
And another Ubuntu dual booting machine hosed the whole machine during a failed update using the package management tool supplied, Synaptic.
Also please be aware that if setting up a dual boot, and you choose import stuff from the Windows partition to use when you're in Ubuntu, you CAN hose your Windows system from inside Ubuntu, without any fucking warning.
So there Linux breath !
PS I have a BSc in Information Systems and have been pissing in the wind with personal computers since before 1995. And I don't see things getting better, rather the reverse. And just to stick the boot in to Open Source apps generally. Updating Firefox and Seamonkey on another Windows XP machine, two weeks ago, destroyed all the Bookmarks and stored passwords. Plus yesterdays use of Mozilla Backup on my work machine has wiped all the stored passwords in both Firefox and Seamonkey.
They all stink of American hype.
Happy shopping - Alfazed.
Bottle of **** spilled over keyboard
Was it your keyboard John ?
It looks to my "data recovery expert"'s eyes, like several bottles of wine, judging by the state of your "article" today.
Xmess excess I suppose.
PS please buy from me too @ www.crackpots.org.uk
Home Office plans
Not surprised about this revelation.
I am surprised that none of 'em has considered the TCO of such a system. Not to mention the practicality of monitoring it, or capability of the system's Stake Holders in agreeing on the project's scope or it's capacity. Let's face it Air Traffic, NHS, National Database, what have they in common so far ?
TCO and FAIL. Right !
Who the F**K is paying this git for the gravey drain ?
Wot Update ?
Wed. 16:49 GMT
Is there something wrong inherently with the way that I do things ?
The only update/download available to me is, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool !
Don't know how many times I've installed this little beauty, but according to the Windows Update server, my IE 7 would seem to be properly patched, even though Automatic Updates has been turned off for weeks, until a moment ago.
Oh, XP. sad as it is, this is wot my kids have been trained to use and so they use IE7 too, NOT me.
All hate the Network Manager
The installation hung at the point where it was trying to establish network connections on a laptop NOT connected to a network.
As it was supposed to be a triple booting rooting tooting son of a gun, I now have error code 22 from those nice people at GRUB, but no OS at all ! Son of a b*tch !
All Hate the new Network Manager
Danger Freetard @ work
Maybe it's because the Reg readers have all bought into this technology life that they appear to live on a planet where everyone has enough money to buy all the things that they fancy this week. Like renting a piece of music.
Come on you people, there are a hell of a lot of people who don't have your disposable income. These are your freetards.
Maybe we should just send round the troops to wipe out these potential criminals before they download some music, and have done with it, no debates. You're a potential freetard 'cos you're under 16 and you come from a single parent family on Benefits.
Otherwise we could implant some fuckoff super chip in the little bastards while they are in the hospital, having just been born. It could put them off appreciating music, films and art for life, or until their bank balance goes out of the red.
Maybe that will make some of you DINKY f*ckers a bit happier and maybe then you will get around to debating something interesting, like why the hell are we still bombing third world countries, or torturing animals so that we can live healthy lives where we are free to hire out our favourite music track - again ?
It's only blinkered thinking you nonfreetards. Don't worry. It looks to me like Tony B's dumbing down of the masses has worked. Well at least on those with an income.
Hear hear Alex Harper
I agree with you Alex.
We recently lost one of the best live music venues in Oxford when the Performing Rights Society rep told the landlord of the Ex that she owed hundreds of quids back payment for having a juke box. She objected, was taken to court and duly lost her stewardship of the pub. Cheers PRS !
A car mechanic in a village was presented with a bill for playing the radio in his workshop because it was within earshot of the general public when visiting his garage. If a client left the radio in their vehicle playing, it was OK.
Hmmm. and I thought that the Beeb paid to broadcast the music to the public.
It seems that the PRS potentially, get several million extra bites at this cherry.
Nice one fascist scavenging pig dogs.
What a lot of greedy get rich at someone else's cost tw*ts.
We fu**ing hate you.
But make them filthy m*f*king thievin' bobbies pay anyway !
Everyone else - Copyright Free music downloads this way - available from www.crackpots.org.uk - check out The Soil Brothers latest CD World Vegetable Peace available in mp3 format, then go buy a disc from the artist.
F*ck the PRS !
Unscrupulous Swastikawearing Arseholes - just about sums them up. Everything about their governments is truly frightening - from the way they still treat their indigenous peoples and those poor folks still homeless in New Orleans, to their addiction to bombing folks in third world countries, it all really stinks of political terrorism.
Anyone who thinks that they can do business, have fun with these little white devils and that they can come out unstained, is simply an idiot.
If I had the unsavoury desire to traverse their borders, I would fill my portable digital data storage device with every known movie and piece of music or art work that successfully ridiculed their sense of being. Of course I'd encrypt it all for good measure, and joyfully pass the suckers the key. Then I'd stand back and watch. Hopefully all this would be survieled on CCTV, and be accessible to all via a Google search and Myspace, Youtube, what ever! And it would be on record forever and ever, amen.
Any important data I'd like to smuggle into the (unsavoury) state of America would be picked up from my UK server, once I had a seat in Starbucks.
But I don't suppose this has occurred to them.
Oy Mate ! Giz a job
I could do that.
If there is a future ! Some folks will be pissing their sides while wondering how we ever survived as a species when they look back on this period of His Story. They will see, hopefully, that some folks can't pay their fuel bills while science is playing hide and seek with Higgs Bosuns, IT wizards are professing that they can systemise the whole of life and the politicians believe the wizards can actually do it. The politicians spend months in a big house argueing over how they can fit it all in one bag and who's it is. They then incant spells to protect us, with mumbo f***ing jumbo, scribed onto tiny slices of tree via the majik lantern thingy, so that later these sacred offerings can be strewn to the gods or dumped in holes called "landfill". Or left on trains if burned to CD.
Such a simple folk.
Lets note our progress from the Neaderthals,
Neolithic Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Industrial Age, Information Age, Waste Age.
less science more Frankenstien monsters
As for the comments of T. Harrell, scientific study this sure is not.
How can you chose to leave out members of certain sectors of the community (the poor and ethnic groups, who we know suffer more illness than the well off folks in society) and still call it scientific ? You certainly can't cull any meaningful data about health of the USA, just those members of society stupid enough to be scared into giving samples. (The educated (?) and the well off).
Sheesh, Americans ! Oh yeah, and Brits !
if we want music around here, we make it, we don't buy shite just because it is all they have in the shop !
Ever been to a FREE PARTY, didn't think so.
I feel sorry for idiots like you, NOT - who cannot tell who is actually thieving your money.
In your world, I suppose that poor people (and there still are a few) shouldn't listen to music or look at art.
Get a life paytard!
Danger Morons @ Work
Well, if the copyright owners were able to notify my child before the download commenced that my child was about to break the law, they would have a water tight case if my child chose to ignore the warning, otherwise they haven't really got a chance.
Just how is my child supposed to differentiate between copyrighted material and copyright free material ?
The only way the BPI and RIAA could protect their client's interests would be to ban everyone from downloading any files at all, just in case. And conversely, then ban everyone from uploading files, just in case.
Considering Fair Use (UK) for artistic works etc, and the use of torrents for file sharing. File sharers cannot be guilty of unlawfully making copyrighted material available to others by uploading to the internet, as has been mooted. The person collecting the material is actually only downloading a few bytes of data from each person who is making the file available. How in hell can the uploading person be in breach of copyright law ? This must really come under Fair Use ! Surely, in order to be guilty, they would have to be distributing the whole file, not merely a few bytes of a compressed version.
Another consideration is this, the files my children download are not copyrighted by the original copyright owner as they are invariably in MP3 or some other compressed file format. These have been produced by someone else, not the copyright owner (we must assume), who has not copyrighted the MP3 (whatever) file version. If my child makes this file available via a torrent, they are not guilty of distributing copyrighted material, surely it is a version, often of reduced quality from the original.
Perhaps the BPI/RIAA should be pursuing the file sharers instead for conspiracy to defraud ? They might get a better response from Joe public while carrying out some well needed education, and footing the bill them selves, without damaging every ISP's customer base along with their own credibility.
There's always one
What a lot of rot
It's a long time since I worked in food retailing but the assessment back then was that, of all food passing through the production cycle and on to the consumer, about one third the whole was wasted at various stages of the process, ie; harvesting, transportation, packaging, transportation and storage. This waste occurs long before goes into the end consumer's bin.
I doubt very much that things have changed in this process besides the introduction of Information Systems providing business advantage, like "Just in Time Deliveries". Which basically means that the end consumer now receives the food products just before they expire. The "holder" has longer to play with their food - when they feel it to be fiscally expedient, before passing it on at the "right time" to receive the "business advantage opportunities" that these systems bring.
So modern European and American shoppers must scoff as much as possible in the short time available, before the grub is fit for the bin only. Err sorry compost heap.
If companies like T***o weren't so cynical about their customers and single minded about their bottom line, we might have a chance to change the trend. However, the trend is towards customers soaking up marketing devices like, four cans and some cardboard in exchange for the traditional bottle of Pimms. Hic !
Who's wasted now ?
There's a moral here
I'm reminded of the children's story about the dog with a bone in it's mouth while crossing a stream. It sees it's own reflection in the water and thinks it's another dog with a bone in it's mouth. The dog thinks the other dog has stolen his bone or some other foolishness and barks at the other dog. In the process, the dog loses it's bone in the stream.
If I get such a letter from Virginmedia, I'll cut myself off straight away, and then get a Carphone Warehouse deal, maybe ? Or some other ISP, and carry on as usual, until we run out of ISP's I suppose.
I'll lose the digital telly as well, but I'll save myself quite a bit of money every month, which VirginMedia will lose from their coffers.
I doubt my that kids will start buying CD's or pay to download music from the internet, just because someone threatens to cut our internet service. I will however make my children dutifully aware of the greedy pigopolist's ploy.
Considering how crap digital television is now, the very finite life span of CD and DVD media, and Flash Drive memory, we don't have to work hard to imagine the sort of music service we'll get for our dosh.
I suppose it'll be all Girls Aloud tracks available for download anyway and other similar pop rubbish. No real music though ! I mean, who buys Amy Winebar music anyway ?
Get some real music from real artists like, The Soil Brothers, Two Wise Men, Andrew Chaparral Hodges, Alfazed, The Barmy Army, Nine Inch Nails and many more, just Google 'em, all downloads are free and legal from various servers.
PS the music tracks used in Adult Hood are all available on You Tube. Listen to the lyrics pigopolists of the recording industry, you can download them for free.
silly folk swimmin against the tide.
Must still be looking for technical salvation for an industry full of crap.
OK - So some older or dumb customers will lose their broadband connection, and will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief and will go buy some stamps.
Others will continue to circulate illicit DVDs and CDs just like any other contraband items or illegal substances, and when using P2P will use encryption, or a social network like Bebo et al (which aren't P2P networks).
If they listened to their own marketing gurus, these uptight record industry directors would accept that the age group they are now going to piss off with this fascist tactic is not only ITC savvy to at least GCSE standard, but are also the ripest fruits of the mass consumer market.
They are not going to win them back into buying 16 rubbish tracks and just one that's half decent on a CD or album.
Seriously, I wonder why my kids aren't buying Girls Aloud or any other such trashy pop shite ? The record industry moguls are hoping to win back this mass market which incidentally - downloads loadsa Grime, Drum n Bass, Ragga, and many other toons in fact, almost anything else media wise that you can think of, which the recording industries don't actually produce or own the copyright of. Or ever will hopefully.
Stoopid fuckedup fat old ugly rich twats. This is what happens when you take all those fucking drugs and marry carpet bagging tramps and live in palatial pads in wuwal Engwand.
These suckers should work for charity and distribute all their wealth amongst those poor homeless Brits who haven't even tried broadband yet.
I agree with
Mr Solomon and Mr Coward.
I suppose Mr O'Donnell will be suggesting White Hat hackers ride the Surrey trains from now on, as a means of combating cyber crime and preventing User st00p1dity.
Do you think that all those MPs with ridiculous expense accounts are really going to declare their personal, Bluetooth enabled, mobile phones to their new white hat underlings. Especially when the memory sticks are full of ripped tunes and two naughty pixies ?
I remember a little wine bar that ran a very popular customer loyalty scheme. Customers would bet on which celeb would be next to kick the bucket. Perhaps some hacker at The Reg could knock up something of this ilk on line. Reg readers who collect useful tit bits from Our Overlords Phones (OOPs) could share the experience electronically via a special section, titled, Idiot Alerts or some other supporting an amusing three letter acronym.
I suppose Google Earth photos are enraging the local Humberside rozzers no end.
Anyone up for a flash mob or two in the Humberside area ?
There are some interesting buildings, apparently.
could it be (the IT angle)
that illegal imigrants have discovered a novel method of sneaking into Canada, having previously gained the assistance of Canadian beach combers via eMail message exchanges on Face Book or whatever .............
Can't find my coat since my last humiliating exit.