Re: The irony being…
>… computers were first conceived by a homosexual.
Izzat like a virgin birth, sorta?
All right I'm going, mine's the Mugwump skin over by the Clark Nova, ta.
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>… computers were first conceived by a homosexual.
Izzat like a virgin birth, sorta?
All right I'm going, mine's the Mugwump skin over by the Clark Nova, ta.
Shurely in this case it's a "Save Our" Youth group, not an actual group of youths. Letting the latter "investigate and prepare a report on" this corrosive subject would be far too risky from their perspective, no?
VPN into a box you control, where you can provide any DNS/DHCP/proxying goodness required for an ongoing connection. Bit more work, but no rooting required (on Android, at any rate; IIRC IOS has an unprivileged VPN API too, but not really my area).
I do this already just for privacy on the data network, and so my client IP address doesn't keep changing every few minutes breaking sessions with many sites. Never thought of employing it for ad-blocking as well, but should work. Only issue I can see is if some of the adserver IPs are hardcoded in Android, which would not surprise me :(
What AV's that then?
You surely must realise that 99.9% of mobes and f-slabs are blithely ambling around naked as the day they were imaged. It's like the desktop circa the turn of the Century (or sex around 1967) out there. It'd be beautiful but for all the snakes in the garden ...
Very good post for 99%, but it feels like you kinda betray the equanimity of your conclusion by the reference to "'ignorant' racism". Racism is, in my book (don't own a dictionary, among my sins), an inclination to, with malice aforethought, *act* in a manner prejudicial to those of another racial grouping.
I can't grok therefore how it could possibly be "ignorant": the concept described is absolute, not defined by the opinions or feelings of the grouping who are its object.
>The entire PC concept hadn't been thought of [...]
Horse puckey. It has been known by many names -- "blasphemy", "obscenity", "offensive", "decency", "decorum" are a grab-bag of the For & Against over the years -- but there's nothing new about people feeling offended by words above deeds (particularly on behalf of putative others, aka "white knighting"), nor about them abusing the offices of government and legislature to censor (and censure) the "offenders".
"Political correctness" (which, let's be honest, cannot literally describe anything other than an oxymoron) is simply the latter-day rebranding. I actually kinda like it, not least for what it says about whoever dreamed it up: although there may not be (and rarely is) any political inflection to that which is deemed to have transgressed, it not-so-subtly acknowledges that the "consequences" are likely to come backed-up by political clout.
(Note to future historians: Yes, I'm not trolling you, this is really how it worked in our time.)
The enemy has always been with us, because the enemy has always been within us.
Signed: Somebody who likes telling "dirty" jokes and hopes he never gets machine-gunned for it.
Fair points all. I'm probably just butthurt because our CRT just went phut and I finally have to actually think about this stuff (despite having little enthusiasm for television in general).
Out of interest, what brand's yours? The hardware add-on approach does sound quite interesting.
No. Just no.
Why should I pay a surcharge on the price of the tele, for added complexity and annoyance I don't want, won't use and would be obsolete before the box went "phut" anyway? That's just wasteful.
Unfortunately, folk like you will buy the pitch that you "need" this crap, that models without it are "poor", etc. So the prophecy will fulfil itself and eventually there'll be nothing BUT crap models left for the rest of us.
That's an extremely narrow view of what people are looking for when they cheat. (Then again, I might be aberrant in finding little appeal in sex without an emotional connection.)
>Just thank heavens it wasn't first delivered in the hands of the most psychopatic leader of the time...
Camilla, I was swithering up 'til now, but no longer. Are you single?
>After all , someone has to Set The Lawyers Going.
>Kinda like guns aren't intrinsically bad, it's how they're used that's bad.
Ah, but easy access to lawyers allows people to litigate faster than they can think it through.
Okay, I got this. Follow along with me:
1. Norks are in the Axis of Evil(TM), meaning the State sponsors terrorism.
2. They sponsor the Madrid bombings, in which many terrapins get blown to bits in the lobby pond of Atocha station.
3. In NK, Halliburton == the state.
4. They mean to win the re-terrapinification contract!
So what you're saying is ... it was expected to work for three months?
I'll be clapping along too, but not sure the comparison is up to much. I'd argue that VGER has an easier time of it, since all it has to do is keep on flying (falling?) in a more or less straight line, for which it doesn't even need propulsion after the initial push, and the only risks to its condition apart from unavoidable component failure -- environmental stresses, solar radiation and crashing into things -- are much lesser compared to what a rover trundling around on a planet's surface faces, and even lessening further as it travels further from the Sun and into less-occupied space.
Not only that, but it's really just doing what was expected of it; Spirit and Oppy, OTOH, ended up posing their "parents" the problem of coming up with more science for them to do up there, far beyond what was expected. Nice sort of problem to have, mind; not so much "First World problems" as "Fourth world problems" as it were.
After Philae's "miracle recovery", I'm wondering if it'll turn out to be the next "little robot that could".
>+1 for GIMP!
+0.97 over here. It's up there now on tools, UI (since finally listening and implementing single-window mode) and documentation, but to appeal to prepress folk it REALLY needs to get native CMYK support happening. I've tried the "separate" plugin and it's embarrassingly clunky; not to mention that its continued existence as a plugin signals that the devs put little priority on such a feature, and thus the prepress audience in general.
Right now I'm unaware of any free tools that can match PS7's (and probably before, but that's where I got on and it still meets my needs) CMYK support, soft-proofing tools etc. If anyone can raise my awareness, I'd be delighted... ;)
Well, did you really think there would be?
Also, those (in Firefox-land at least, can't speak for the rest) are XUL extensions, not native plugins, meaning they can't cause any nastiness outside the browser itself. (Er, unless they can abuse one of the zillions of features the browser added to replace plugins ...)
That's interesting, Patty. I notice the vast majority of your comments have involved enthusing about the product you mention here. Are you by any chance a shitbag astroturfer?
>I find Newswatch now so infuriating I can't watch it.
Try Newswipe instead, as long as you don't mind further lining the pockets of someone who's chivvied nearly as much out of Auntie's and C4's pockets as you have over the years ;)
Apologies if you're not that Chris Evans. Loved you in Fantastic Four. Captain America, not so much.
I dunno about forgetting them, but a good portion of the commentariat seems to have forgotten how their name was spelt. So the, er, novellty may already be wearing off at the very least!
No time to miss it, I'm still using it! The Macromedia incarnation, in a VM, that is. I learned vector art on it (really top-flight documentation), and it's served me well for years.
Sadly I do find it's getting less reliable importing newer Illustrator files these days, so I'm trying to replace it with a combo of Inkscape and Scribus for pre-press work. Inkscape is still a bit flakey, but it's improved a lot: its trace tool, for one, is nicer to use than Freehand's these days. It's also a really good showcase app for FOSS: I always install it for family and friends when I'm sprucing up their Windows machines, and have had many fun hours (fun for both parties, I'm relieved to say) letting them loose on it.
Would be nice if it spoke CMYK, but there's always Scribus and good old Photoshop (7.0!) for that.
>I find it sad to realise that, not even twenty years on, a footnote may indeed be required for the younger generation.
Do you? I think it's bloody marvellous myself, especially for that part of the said generation residing in the Falls Road.
The rhetoric of "never forget" is propagated mainly by those who seek to keep balancing that chip on their shoulder, and pass it to their children's children. Which is why wars are fought internally for generations after the last shot was fired and the original grievance buried.
We don't have to make our children wade through the blood of their forebears to teach them not to "make the same mistakes". How about we just concentrate on teaching them not to hurt each other out of greed, or intolerance, or fear? I mean, the hard part is living by it ourselves so they don't think us a bunch of hypocrites, obviously, but leaving that aside, I rather like the idea of a generation not only having no idea what the Troubles were, but actually living in a society where the human factors that caused them are unthinkable.
[I know, bloody hippy. I'll get my kaftan]
How much cursing and swearing did you let him go through before you showed him how clever you were?
Yeap, then he accidentally all the porn.
Those that survived to the end of the series, with the exception of Firth, have all gone on to bigger things, so they probably couldn't afford them now. And in the eyes of a film producer, there's never a reason not to pack the billing with the latest available beef-/cheesecake.
I expect this to be more like Strike Back than the original show: start with the gung-ho guns'n'parkour guff, try to mix in some of the intrigue and shock-betrayal schtick, but come up rather short in the latter department.
It's hard to top moments like the nice, bookish middle-aged analyst suddenly being revealed as a Russian sleeper as she garrotted the pugnacious new recruit with her razor-wire necklace. I bet there's not even anybody that old in the film, apart from Harry.
I thought it was an homage to Dad's Army myself ...
Not sure when this happened, but:
Looks like the "party" is over (and archive.org's server bills can settle back down to normal).
I expect I may suffer for saying this, but is it really the best idea to header an article with a still of someone's head exploding? We all know it's fake (umm, probably), but it's undeniably graphic and wouldn't be on the telly without an age-appropriate warning.
In light of the commentary above, I recommend you change it immediately to another more appropriate film-still: the Martian triple-knockered hooker from Total Recall. I mean, as long as there's no double-standard at play, that should be fine, right?
Alas no, only carnies we ever got up my way were either (a) in lorries with nothing but huge mechanical things designed to make you nervous (and spill your change), or (b) local bin men.
I tend to file them under Proof That Mankind Does Not Yet Deserve To (Nor Probably Ever Will) Become An Interstellar Society, along with the thriving existence of companies like the abovementioned, our slow progress in achieving species-wide peace and cooperation, and truck balls.
I did have a bit of a thing for Eddi Reader back then though...
>If they got it right you got some money back. If not you lose your cash.
So they were better paid for failure?
Anyone else glimpse in this the origins of Crapita, AbunchofTOSsers et al?
Bingo. The only person of my ken who uses it (a colleague) likes it for just this, and as a fly on the wall I've had my own tastes broadened as a result here and there. Besides, those using it to, as you say, play a specific track (i.e. most likely a mainstream popular track you heard elsewhere) would often be disappointed by the hit-rate of painfully shit-quality bootleg live recordings etc. When you're hearing and learning of a track for the first time, those preconceptions aren't there. (YMMV).
While I expect the majors didn't much care for the whole people-trying-not-buying thing, worse still may have been that democratisation (or "idiocratisation" if you're a pessimist about the wisdom of crowds) of the music audience. If acts got big just because a lot of people liked them, well, what would you even need a label for really?
Yeahhhhh... Douches. And after all you've done for them, too :/
I take it your cheque to help out with the fine is already in the post?
I liked your first (ever) post better, this one felt a little too scripted somehow. Did you go anon because you reconsidered 'GroovesharkUser' as a handle?
Can we expect more than a dozen changed words in your third post?
Y'know, for a game that's groaning with magnificently Gigeresque monsters (apparently, according to that trailer I done seen on the telly), you'd think the visual aids for this review might comprise something a bit more eye-catching than a bunch of menu shots and closeups of our hero in his man-burqa. Just sayin'.
Quick, nail him to a bit of wood or something!
Who is not with us is against us.
Viewport splitting is one reason why I stayed with Konqueror when KDE decided to go with the Joey Deacon of file-managers, Dolphin. With Dolphin you can split exactly once, down the middle; with Konq you can split horizontally or vertically, resize the halves, split them further... turtles all the way down, in theory. Start with a square-ish viewport and you can render a golden spiral quite nicely ;)
Unfortunately I must be pretty much alone, as Konq hasn't had a maintainer for months and isn't likely to appear in KDE5. Probably time to learn to love Dolphin (unlikely) or jump ship to LXQt, which has been impressing on my Raspberry Pis.
But I'll never love another FM like I have loved Konqueror, the only one deserving to be called "a file-manager on steroids".
Also, your Konqi icon's the wrong colour.
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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
(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...)
>...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!]
>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...
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 :(
>* - 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.