Re: Sneaky bastards
>Reminds me of the kiddie game that we all played. [...]
Um, for some values of "we" and "all", I'd have to say, as I have literally no idea what you just said.
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>Reminds me of the kiddie game that we all played. [...]
Um, for some values of "we" and "all", I'd have to say, as I have literally no idea what you just said.
...That photo's of a nurse fellating a grandpa, yeah? Everyone else seeing this?
I mean, that's my interpretation. I did consider that it was a prostrate weeping relative, but gramps seems a little too happy for that.
Doesn't seem all that germane, is all. We all know y'all have a nice big bucket of Playmobil to play with, so why recycle? And where's Optimus Prime?
If it's the croquet-mallet-shaped fella I'm picturing, I'm pretty sure the same prop was used in the film Battle Beyond The Stars and at least one 70s/80s sci-fi TV show (BSG maybe?).
It's possible this corvette may have a longer service-record than you think...
Happy joining-day, Kyle, and welcome aboard.
You a Vancouver resident too by any chance?
Ulysses and DnD have both had a DVD release; I own both (and MSoG), though I forget where it was obtained. Possibly [lately Rakuten's] Play.com?
Don't despair! Unless you find yourself in a crisis situation with only
NonoYumi, Tal and Uni to help you ;)
Edited for correction: Nono was actually pretty resourceful at times; I forgot that the "crap comic-relief sidekick" role was shared in U31, with Nono handling the "comic" and Yumi the "crap" parts. Innovative!
>[...]or better still for Amazon buy one of their horribly locked down FireTV dongles?
Horribly? Dunno about that. I've had an FTV stick about a month (and yes, my trial has morphed into paid sub with my approval), and I've side-loaded Kodi onto it for my locally-served-media needs, which was trivial. So, I'm reliably informed, is rooting it (if you have any reason to). With the app availability it seems a pretty useful bit of kit to me, and would still be even if I'd not subscribed.
Only significant fly in the ointment so far has been that Netflix plays like ass on it: lots of "disjoint buffering" (where the picture freezes but the audio continues, until suddenly you get a speeded-up enactment of the scene you just heard, until it all syncs up again). It's either my broadband, which is not awesome-tier but does fine for Amazon viewing (making it NF's fault for not adapting the bitrate to something manageable), or the fact that the NF app is sandboxed and kept away from native resources the Amazon app can draw on (which would be Amazon's and/or Google's fault).
This lark's all a bit new to me (long-suffering CRT telly dying has been the catalyst), but I'm pretty pleased with the Amazon offering all in all. My SO, who is far more wedded to the whole broadcast telly paradigm, has also been seduced like never before by the possibilities.
Beauty of a rant there mate, but serious question: how does one define a "racist haircut"? Could you point me towards any examples?
Beat me to it ;)
>You can then make IE "internal apps only" and FF/Chrome etc "internet access". You could even dump three preconfigured icons on their desktops: App1, App2, Internet. The third one could be labelled "Facebook and kitty pictures" if you need to spell out it's real use.
Hear hear, and not limited to different browsers either. I got IE hidden away as soon as my place let me, but we had a financial portal that I thought best to insulate from any potentially risky everyday-browsing activity. So I just created a second Firefox profile, set its homepage to the portal URL, and nobbled the UI with userChrome.css so it was basically kiosk-like with just the viewport showing. I slapped a shortcut to it on the desktop; with a custom icon people probably don't even realise it's a browser.
I haven't enforced anything with a proxy as you suggest, and I suppose a user could visit the portal in the non-gimped browser instance and open it up to XSS risks etc... but they'd have to actually know the URL, which they never have and would be unlikely to stumble on.
Profiles are an oft-overlooked and very handy feature of Firefox, as is userChrome.css. Shame that when Gecko/XUL bites the dust, all that UI customisability most likely goes with it :(
Plenty of 20-year-old VWs still on the roads today, I should imagine, further complicating matters.
I saw a Jetta t'other day. Upright, moving and everything!
Mm. It's almost as if the PC industry *wanted* your box to die of heatstroke long before it would otherwise have needed replacing ...
Also consider the Dell et al will sell you a "shitty-environment-proof ruggedised enterprise workstation" jobbie for a hefty premium if you're so inclined.
I think you need a primer on the definition of the word "consumer" (especially in its sales-speak adjectival form).
People like you are not the topic of the article, but feel free to keep pointlessly self-aggrandising if your ego really needs it.
"I told my blind date I'm a web designer, web developer *and* a web master. It didn't impress her much."
When you say "tried", was the subsequent failure ideological or logistical?
>d) really, incredibly stupid and of course d) stupid.
I see what you did there. ;)
>just carved from Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier...
>I think that the, "IT people have no social skills", concept went out of fashion around the same time as the Pentium-Pro.
If by that you mean earlier this week, then ... well, I still disagree.
>I know that I turn away from any kind of social networking.
You're not building a winning case here, you know that don't you?
>Yes, I am in a long distance relationship with my girlfriend via email, SMS and VoIP
Cool. What's she in?
What does "auf Deutsch" mean?
I followed the link next to it, but that didn't help as it's all in German.
Frivolous upvote for using an adjective I've not read outside the pages of Tank Girl.
Are you from Worthing too?
>you couldnt click on the sides to scroll down
Now this is the sort of thing that really gets my goat. Anything that interferes with the conventional and most basic methods of navigating around the page (arrow keys, mousewheel/touchpad scrolling, tabbing -- I've even had Home/End/PgUp/PgDn fucked with on occasion) is bad enough when the site's *own* webmonkeys do it, but when piped-in ads are responsible my contempt-o-meter crosses the red line. You come away with the feeling that they aren't all that bothered whether you actually, I dunno, *read* what's on the page or anything wacky like that.
From a dev POV I won't even use jQuery if the efficiency gained doesn't justify the bloat added. Dear ghod, I'm glad they made it modular - if it was monolithic I think I'd never use it.
For those hankering for an FF addon that profiles power usage, it's worth looking at YSlow (dependent on Firebug, which has a couple of its own profiling widgets to boot) as the reasons for a page loading slowly are oftentimes not entirely unrelated to the reasons for your computer shitting its lungs out of its ear in the process.
(However it should be noted that those addons themselves, when activated, do exacerbate such problems a bit in their own right.)
>… 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...
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?