* Posts by Havin_it

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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@MyBackDoor Re: I'm in,

The post you're replying to asked:

"[…]how do we arrange to sue Google at low cost to ourselves[…]?"

I assumed the url you posted several times would be a law firm offering pro bono assistance with class action suits, but it appears to be a search engine itself. I fail to see how that answers the question asked.

If you're going to TJ just to get high up the page, you could at least try to do it subtly.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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>I'm not pointing fingers here, but I think it's pretty clear where the problem lies.

Me too. You buy too much Lego.

However I do sympathise, as I appreciate that after having children, sometimes you just don't know when you'll get your Lego over.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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Re: That’s 107 bewildering minutes of my life I’ll never get back

Gosh, you're right: Brid-aine's reviews have been strangely devoid of "phwoooar"-ratings. What's the matter with her?

You're right, the demographic is definitely shifting. You could do your bit to stop the rot by leaving.

Icon: closest to the gesture I'm making right now.

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Re: This is one of those...

"Did he/she not see the author's profile?" moments.

You're lucky we don't have a Moderatrix any more!

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: Just one more thing...

>And as for that <blink> tag, I never actually saw it work on a single websire, ever.

I'll just leave this here...

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Re: IE Not So Bad, Safari? Chrome? Worse.

THANK YOU. I can't believe nobody has mentioned IE7 until now (including Dabbsy).

I started just a smidgen earlier, when IE6 was the only game in town. For all of the positive that has been said about IE8 and up (with which I don't disagree in and of itself), 6 -> 7 was surely the biggest single leap forward in terms of developer follicles spared.

It's all relative; many people may have started to gloss over their own memories of just how shit IE6 actually was. It's like the Windows ME syndrome: the survivors make an unspoken pact to quietly airbrush it from memory, to ease their collective pain.

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Re: Bing thing?

Not at all, because it's already there. Windows from 7 onwards contains a full copy of Bing's database, to make it seem super fast and save MS the server bills.

It's OK though, 4GB RAM and 120GB disk is still plenty to cover it.

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Re: Fun with ActiveDesktop

I'll give you an upvote if you can demonstrate that "DHTML" is anything other than Javascript. I bet that was a Microsoft buzzword too somehow.

(Don't get me wrong, I remember using it myself in those days, but some of us just don't look in the mirror any more...)

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: re:Nah, let us have a proper Monarchy. If nothing else it'd be cheaper.

>...who never voiced any political opinions publicly...

Er, are we talking about the same Prince Charles here? Can't pick up a bloody paper without seeing him pontificating about something or other.

[Any grammarians can feel free to pick me up on whether "pontificating" is appropriate usage, wrt someone who's just about as unaccountable as the actual Pontiff himself. I think I actually prefer the current silly-hat-wearer, at least he seems call on somewhat greater situational awareness before opening his trap!]

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Re: Never a Penny Farthing around when you need one!

>Someone is determined to turn Britain into 'The Village'......and succeeding!

You mean taking their children off into the woods, bringing them up in pre-industrial seclusion and preventing them from leaving and learning the truth of the greater world with fabricated threats of lurking monsters?

Hmm... sounds about right actually...

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: The ICO finally grew a pair - about fucking time!

Jumping the gun a bit there, old stick. We've all heard this tough talk from the ICO before, but it's all vapour. I'll reserve my judgment on their, um, plurality until someone's copped a fine or sanction that actually hurts them compared to the amount they're raking in. Not holding my breath :(

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Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

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@thames Re: Improved boot speed ?

>* - In real English proper names are supposed to capitalized and marketroids who insist on 'edgy" spelling with lower case can stuff it in the same place they keep their heads.

I agree with you up to that bit, where while I share your disdain for "marketroids" (is that as in "Heavens to ..." ?), I think it's a little misplaced here. The non-title-casing of programme names in the *nix world (the low-level, meat'n'potatoes ones anyway) is something that's been a general convention throughout the 11-some years I've been paying attention. It's more the desktop apps with enough status to have actual "branding" that tend to start demanding title-case or some other weird case rules or pointless stylistics. (Witness OpenOffice.org - ridiculous, and made it ten times harder to convince cash-strapped relatives that it was a serious thing.)

Believe me, I speak as one of the biggest Correct English Nazis you'll ever meet, but you can only carry that so far into the land of CS jargon. They still won't hear a word against "automagically" :(

To steer a wee bit back on topic, hunt around Phoronix a bit (Larabel has been milking the systemd clickbait more than anyone) and you'll see the proponents get terribly upset about people writing it as "SystemD" or such, mainly because they are sticklers for the very antilinguistic conventions you reference in reverse. And I assure you, these are not marketing types.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Meh

I must be part-Yorkie myself ;) I do expect 4 years out of a phone I paid prestige money for, and it'd annoy me too if the battery was a cause for premature replacement.

Another big plus with a removable battery is you can hastily yank it if your (non-waterproofed) phone goes pint-diving or takes a spill, and if you're quick enough you may just save it (managed that with an accidentally inundated laptop recently).

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Re: @Havin_it: DAMN! The tobacco industry claims another beloved icon

j,

I appreciate the qualification and I'm sorry to hear of your wife's ill health. No, the above wasn't terribly grown-up, it was a flat-out rant and I'm not hugely proud of it - what provoked it was largely the dragging off-topic of the thread if I'm honest, so I'll keep this short as I'm only making matters worse.

I'd hope that if your wife brought the immediate risk to her health to the attention of the smokers, they'd refrain or give her more space. I would, as would the few remaining (and many former) smokers of my acquaintance. Certainly disappointing if that hasn't been her experience.

I do just find it blackly humorous that those who (I assume) supported the ban are now miffed at the unintended consequences, which to the minds of most of us were entirely predictable. There existed better solutions than an outright ban that would have suited both sides better, but that wasn't punitive enough for the hardliners (of which the AC rather sounds like one).

Right I'm really quitting now (not in that sense, haha). Sorry, everyone, as you were.

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Re: DAMN! The tobacco industry claims another beloved icon

This really doesn't feel like the time or place, but:

>I am particularly impressed by how they sell it nations with a more intelligent population -

Maybe because intelligent populations appreciate the concept of personal freedoms (and responsibilities), present company excepted.

>somehow they managed to associate smoking with "freedom".

Quite forward-looking, I'd say, given that it is now so heavily criminalised.

>It's also unavoidable to inhale secondary smoke when you're travelling with public transport - as soon as addicts are outside a train or bus they will be smoking for all it's worth, leaving no place to remain where the air is free of this toxin.

If there was still a smoking carriage, we'd be quite happy in there, as you could be in the rest of the train. (I admit buses can't generally stretch to this, but there is a little more space to spread out around a parked bus than on the average train platform.)

>Ditto for public places where they have to smoke outside, making terraces all but unusable.

OK, how about this: rescind the ban, then we won't have to smoke outside and you can fuck off outside for all the fresh air you desire.

>Maybe I ought to eat vindaloos before travel, just to add some counterweight to the air pollution..

And will you be outside the train squitting in, or vice versa?

[RIP Leonard, loved you in Trek and your uber-creepy turn in Body Snatchers '84]

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

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Re: Football…

Or:

22-millionaires-ruining-a-lawn

(Credit: Charlie Brooker I think)

I humbly submit that there are plenty of sports journalists, not to mention fans, pundits, stewards, etc... who feel exactly that way about football alone. It's not sport, it's Monopoly with tin scottie-dogs that fall over by themselves but only run if you buy them a Park Lane mansion.

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Doc, I'd upvote you ^65535 if I could.

But I CAN'T!

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLION!

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@AC Re: To inform or to entertain?

>If Google News chooses, for instance a Guardian headline over that of, say, The Times[...]

...then it's of little consequence, because grouped right next to it are all the other articles that (appear to) cover the same story. This is exactly why GN is my go-to for digging into a story: you're never more than a couple of clicks away from every single article they can find on the subject, and (this point is subjective, but hey) I've never gotten the sense that the "minority report" was omitted, or buried way down the list. It's pretty much always there among the first few, if it exists.

Yes, they are prioritising the sources, but AFAICT they're mainly doing so to appeal to your perceived preferences/bias based on their tracking data. (I've commentarded about this very thing in the last week or so.) This has its own risks if you are not alert to it, of course (essentially a positive feedback loop), but you can hardly blame them for prioritising the stuff they think you're most likely to want to read (and thus click on).

None of this prevents you digging deeper by yourself of course, as I'd expect a meat-sack journalist to do, but I'm just a lazy current affairs maven with limited time on my hands and I can't count the number of times I've read the first article about something, formed an opinion, and been very glad I also examined the other half-dozen versions at the top of GN before I started fulminating a load of underinformed bollocks all over the intertubes.

@Pete 2: Dabbsy already addressed your point about journos writing "for" GN, but it's always amusing to see when this has been unintentionally thwarted by the webmonkeys. For example, the scraped "summary" often contains the text of an advert that precedes the rubric, or the caption of the unnecessarily large and semantically irrelevant header image (well done on dodging that one, ElReg!).

My favourite at the moment is the Independent, where the scraped thumbnail is usually not from the article, but from the annoying tangentially-related-sometimes image slideshow they shove in half way down the rubric: witness an article about human rights abuses adorned with a pic of some grinning Japanese chaps emptying buckets of snow over their semi-naked selves (new season of Takeshi's Castle filming, I surmise). Great fun.

As to TFA, I think Dabbsy's overlooked the very virtue of robojournos: they have no bias apart from what is programmed into them. They also can't be bribed or coerced to spike or misrepresent a story, so actually they could make better investigative journos than any meatbag. Above all, they bring a standard of scepticism that no human can match: something they are told is either provably true, or it isn't. They can, if they're allowed, flag the article with "This could all be utter bullshit, by the way."

So it comes down to ownership, just as with the fleshies. If we could set up an open-source aggregator/miner bot with smart enough algos and somehow guarantee that it was neither tampered with by its masters nor could be hoodwinked into accepting lies as facts (now there's a challenge), I'd read it.

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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

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Re: I heart commas

What, you don't have something to rest your pint on while you're facebooking?

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Re: Won't fix

Sounds like bromide and cocoa might be more up your Straße.

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Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

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Yeah, good job they could spare us a bit of their prudery, we've so little to go around in Britain. <rolleyes>

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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Root down

Hoped I'd be in time to bag dropping.science for my Beastie Boys fan site, but it looks like those pesky coprologists beat me to the punch again.

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Re: great.scot

*Ahem* As the registration authority for the new and exciting .tie TLD, may I be so bold as to suggest an alternative?

;)

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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@Ledswinger Re: Yes, but....

>[...] and the same applies for tech company notifying users that the T&C have changed.

Except they cap it off with: Pray we do not alter them further.

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Re: Perhaps in theory.

>They think I'm a promiscuous gay married American-Scottish Hell's Angel who collects military vehicles, listens to electro-pop, and is looking for a mail-order Russian bride.

Where have you been all my life?!

Google News is a weird one. Their Weather and Local Stories sidebars appear to think I'm in Hitchin at home (ABP full block + Ghostery), and at work (just ABP "lite"):

Chipping Norton.

I'm in Edinburgh...

I think somebody must read a lot of Telegraph articles at work.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: If apple were smart

Never mind that, how did he/you survive being shot out of an airlock by James Bond?

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Before that, Windows Vista was the pariah

We hear this a lot, but what are they really supposed to do about it? Would simply skipping version numbers be enough to trick the Curse? (If so, then W10 will be one to avoid!)

Or do they actually have to go through the whole rigmarole of actually building the crap version, then just forget to release it and get on with the good iteration?

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Ad servers

This is a huge point. WhereTF is the regulator of these gits? IMHO a network that feeds malware to millions of people due to negligence should, y'know, probably not be in business, or at least paying some serious compo/damages.

I guess this is the flip-side of the lawlessness that many of us appreciate about the web.

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Re: You can add your own filters....

Question?

I have a similar setup (dnsmasq on the local server) but it's a long time since I've employed the hosts file for basterd-blocking duties; I feared it was adding to latency even when just used by the OS resolver, because of how big the MVPs file was.

Those of you using it (or the other one mentioned), do you have any observations on how much performance it cost you? I'd be interested in some real-world accounts.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Is this issue

Large subset, that.

Seriously, in what proportion of articles you've seen do the pics of the actual Pi have it obscured inside an opaque case? I can't think of a single one that has done that. They're invariably naked (I don't think I've even seen one in a transparent case), because that way you can see the thing the article is about. So if it's an article about the device itself, say a new model released, the photo is a close-up of the device, naked. If it's about people using them in schools, it's naked on a desk with colourful cables attached. Most journalists get that. Where you been getting your reportage?

As for the userbase, well (1) we are awfully easily led by the media ;) or you wouldn't have the several people in this thread owning transparent/translucent cases (including me), and (2) at least one transparent case has been promoted by the RPF, to whom some of us do listen...

No, seriously, I'll upvote your post if you can supply one link from a mainstream news source that supports it.

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@Christian Berger

AGAIN with that assumption?

Why are you more prescriptive of what a Pi can/should be used for than the people who made it? I'm sorry if I sound like a meanie here, but you're putting restrictions on usage that nobody else has claimed before, and as that rather flies in the face of the "the-only-limit-is-your-imagination" philosophy behind the whole enterprise, I find it kinda galling.

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Re: Makes sense

>Blocking light was no consideration as they are meant to be operated in an opaque environment.

How d'you see what the LEDs are doing then?

IMHO I doubt they "meant" anything either way in this case, it probably just didn't occur to anyone and didn't come to light in testing. I don't remember any guidelines from the RPF regarding requirement for opaque cases; were that the case, the "official" perspex case I got from RS for my B would be extremely wrong-headed, if not legally actionable.

(Believe it or not, the repeated uses of "case" and "light" were unintentional.)

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Microsoft eyes slice of Raspberry Pi with free Windows 10 sprinkled on top

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@Flocke Kroes Re: @TheOtherHobbes

Personally I've been astonished by how well libreoffice runs on Pi1. I only even tried it last month when I got my B+, not expecting it to even launch, but it did (eventually!) and once up and running it was entirely tolerable for the smallish docs and spreadsheets myself and the GF go in for. UI feedback time I did notice being a bit sluggish, but not really annoying after a minute or two; and actual editing was more responsive. Who knows, with the Pi2 I might even get away with running Firefox (which on the Pi1 is such a pig it's just not funny).

Just sayin', YMMV, etc.

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@AC#2 Re: Good work MS

>Different business model to MS which relies on hooking coders young.

Different also to Weird Science, in which the young code a hooker.

Much as I love the Pi, I think that was a greater incentive to learn to code.

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@JLV Re: With Microsoft nothing is free

Oh, I very seldom downvote: much more satisfying to argue ;) and downvoting someone because you're engaged in a difference of opinion with them is just unsportsmanlike behaviour. (I'll make one exception: if I do downvote a post, I tend to reply giving my reasons. But because I'm always ready to get schooled in such august company, I usually just do the latter; you can't retract a downvote.)

In any case I broadly agree with your point (that post actually started life as a grammarnazi, hence the bolding, then I went away for a bit, came back and changed thrust for some reason). As you pointed out, this is mostly focused on the embedded space, where my references don't fit and I suspect people are a bit less partisan about OSes than they are in the desktop and even server spaces. (I mean, how else do you explain Windows' embedded market share? lol). There's certainly a lot less to differentiate Linux and BSD in that space, right enough.

Also, I do indeed find that I like Microsoft more the lower their fortunes sink and the more they have to actually compete on merit. No argument there. As for the mooted Übershell, well, I ran in terror from Powershell after one sitting, so I can't really comment much, but I'm quietly fascinated by the idea of creating a chimera of its and bash's good points. Not sure how possible it really is to marry two such diverse models, though.

But yeah, I'd be pretty fed up if we weren't allowed to take the piss when they (or the *nix side) do screw up comically. But those who just do it reflexively are rather tedious :(

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Re: Good work MS

Right, I've been letting this one slide for a while, but enough is enough.

It's ANDROID. A.N.D.R.O.I.D.

I swear it's as if there's some conspiracy at work to propagate this misspelling. Who on earth could benefit from that? Certainly not Microsfot...

[Grammarnazi icon wasn't enough, this has been building for a while.]

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Re: With Microsoft nothing is free

>a Linux and BSD [...] monoculture.

If you call those two a monoculture, you haven't been paying attention. Neither on the developer nor the user side is it anything of the sort. Google "systemd" or "Theo de Raadt" and you'll see my point.

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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

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Re: Court ruling

>...but can force you to provide a finger.

Oh, they won't need to force me, I'll be offering it. ;)

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Canonical goes all Internet of Stuff with Ubuntu for DRONES

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Re: Linux for the Rooftop!

UAVbuntu 15.01 Pesky Predator, to be followed by 15.08 Rambunctious Reaper.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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Re: @someonelse

Just wondering on your first point: is there any way to make the shebang discriminate in favour of "true" /bin/sh, as opposed to (as is usually the case these days) a symlink to /bin/bash? Does bash have an "act like plain sh" switch, for example? Or must a portable script simply include this test explicitly?

Further, how to ensure no aliases are in effect?

Lastly, is scope actually OK in sh? Would ne interested to hear how shells differ here.

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

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That's surprising, I had a similar revelation last year and they were happy to move me to the same-priced business tariff.

Of course, it may have helped that I was letting them sell me a phone line at the same time...

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Re: Demonised

I've got a bit of a thing for the old brigade: I joined Demon mid-noughties when jumping ship from Pipex (who'd just been headcrabbed by the truly execrable Tiscali). Still with'em today, mainly due to the fact that successive owners have been fairly hands-off so there's still some sensible/ethical governance going on.

That said, yesterday wasn't the first or even the third time they've dropped multiple connections first thing in the morning (they're ISP for home and office, and both went down simultaneously). Whether the same cause underlies all the incidents I don't know, but hope to find out.

Also they were spitting out lots of IWF paedofilter error pages recently (no, not for paedo-centric pages, I checked using Google DNS lol) which makes me wonder if they're gearing up to implement the Mumsnet filter. If that happens, off to A&A it may well have to be.

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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Re: This is all so, um, moot...

Uh... Wut? [That's to the OP, not amfM1 for once]

My answer's A followed swiftly by B, because A doesn't take that long: If I refuse to do B, then I expect they'll bally well court-martial and/or shoot me for deserting, the rotters. Unless I'm not actually an airman, in which case maybe A but probably not B.

Also, how do you throttle a march? Especially when you're already carrying a pick and a shovel?

As for this "Beast" of yours (assuming that means global terrorism and not David Cameron; you're not entirely clear here), what on earth convinces you that it has only one head? To whom, then, does it belong? Ask anyone in mid-September 2001 and they might well answer Bin Laden; yet it took over a decade to decapitate, and even more strangely, the Beast still seems to be alive and kicking, running around knocking things over in fact. Is this Beast like a very tough chicken? Inquiring minds want to know!

To be honest, I just re-read your whole post again, and I'm still not quite sure whether you're bitching at ter'rists, Dave, ethical self-examination in general, Milquetoasts, the shit-scared, the security services, Hitler, or all of the above. Care to clarify? In language that focuses a bit less on making you seem well-read?

Here's one for you. You're George W Bush, reading a storybook to some children in September 2001. An aide whispers in your ear that a bunch of Saudis just fucked with your country, because they weren't happy about you and your predecessors fucking with theirs, or others a similar distance away. Do you:

A) Immediately up the level of other-country-fucking-with in response, because that'll work;

B) Prepare to make an unpopular but honest admission that though their methods were abhorrent (and the crime will be investigated and punished per civilian law), they have a point, and it's time to stop being the world's corrupt policeman already, because it appears that's only making matters worse;

C) Continue reading the storybook, hoping an answer may be found within, followed by A because Dick, Don and Paul all think that's the best thing to do.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: toll lanes @CarbonLifeForm

Nonono. Everybody DIED in Mega-City 2.Mega-City 1 nuked it, to deal with the zombies. Now everybody left lives in MC1, Texas City, Uranium City (Alaska) and, er, Cincinnati. Almost nobody works, because robots.

Do keep up ;)

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Not a very balanced two-hander

Nigel Whitfield signed-off Pt.1 with the words:

[...] come back next week to read about the altogether more wholesome experiences of Lucy Orr.

If that's what he was told at the time, I imagine he felt as misled as I did when (if) he read Pt.2! (I think Nige needs to get out more.)

And it doesn't end there; you could not stable these two articles together without one of them's bum sticking out of the skylight!

Pt.1: Apps, apps, apps, etiquette, apps, meeting IRL (sans meaningful words thereupon).

Pt.2: Apps, ... oh bugger, Nige said most of what needed saying about the apps, er ... etiquette, expectations, meeting IRL (deluxe version).

Would have worked much better as a single article on the apps, plus twinned articles on the human/IRL factors.

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Re: There is no angle or lighting that will make a close up your bell-end look attractive

>It's so attractive that I bought it jewellery.

Schmuck.

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

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Re: "Vulnerability"???

Members of wheel can't modify sudoers on my systems, is that normal?

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Re: What is polkit for?

I'm not certain, but anecdotally its main functions on my machine appear to be making user mounts an utter crap-shoot from one "upgrade" to the next, and ensuring that I have to enter my root password and wifi passphrase at least three times each whenever the signal hiccups.

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Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

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Re: They got a heads up?

>If it's miscreants (not from an Agency), the penalties could be severe for the leaker.

BradleyChelsea Manning might disagree with that comparative assessment...

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