672 posts • joined 1 May 2008
Re: Actually spring starts on the 1st March, according to the met office.
Heh, touché. My point was really that the seasons don't really lend themselves to a nice neat demarcation (and that's as true of your equisolsters as of his gregorifaxen), as exemplified by Easter (which most of us consider part of "Spring") being occasionally snowbound. But I should have sensed from the icons that I was in the wrong company for such levity ;)
Re: Actually spring starts on the 1st March, according to the met office.
Ooh, one completely arbitrary yardstick faces off against another! These are always fun. /popcorn
FWIW (sweet FA), I don't consider Spring to have sprung until it's stopped snowing where I am. So currently that's yesterday, but I consider it fairly likely this will be revised again in due course. White Easters have been known...
The common idiom is, I believe, "[...] hit you in the ass". But you weren't about to phrase it that way in this context, were you?
Who's the sexist?
Could you venture another example of that strategy in action? Genuinely interested.
Re: there you go
Okay, I call your conspiracy theory and raise you:
Wow. So astroturf. Many subversion. Much bitter. Wow.
To be fair, that was always going to be about as effective as "Under no circumstances push the big red button!"
Re: Little Britain...
I think in this instance they were using "aired" as an abbreviation of "anyone cared".
Re: Well, not really...
Sorry, but I don't think you'll ever make the world safe for an apple pie.
"Death wow OS"?
Centurion: "...And, er, thwow 'im to the floor again, sir?"
Pilate: "Oh yes please, thwow him to the floor again."
Re: Daily Mail headlines write themselves
No one's got "computer hackers" in there yet, which is a massive opportunity missed. Perhaps chuck "cyber-crime" in there too, and namedrop Lulzsec/Anon for good measure.
Change the name
I see what you did there, but it's just awful, sorry. I don't even know how to pronounce it (knowing your name is Stuart provides a cue but other prospective buyers won't have that leg-up). It sounds like it might be an electric shaver or something.
If anyone wants to downvote me for this, please do so because you disagree, not because I'm being mean (because I promise I'm not).
Re: Make me read a little bit will you
I can see it now:
"Welcome home, brothers and sisters. Now I know you have been saying some pretty hurtful things, but let us put that behind us, shall we?"
Bet Mozilla are pleased. The only notable entity making use of their Social API (aka that "Services" tab that appeared without fanfare in about:addons a while back) has bailed, leaving only
* Mixi (Available in Japan only).
MSN Now for Firefox previously available was shut down on December 3, 2013.
FB was probably the main reason they spent time bringing this pish into existence. Egg, meet face. Now stop trying to show off and go fix some of those bugs!
I wonder if
They used Chatroulette as a training procedure?
Re: I hope they enjoyed my performance
Just as well you left her twitter alone, or you might be up before the beak...
@Valeyard, considered a belt holster? Style death, I know, but if you're a geek anyway then what does that matter? ;)
Of course if you're a hardware engineer you can always say it's your Leatherman. Nobody disses the Leatherman. Just don't do so in earshot of the bouncers (they'll probably just want to play with it).
Tangent: is it me or did all the text just go from black to grey? Weird, eyes no likey.
@Lordy Re: @Havin_it
My reply was to the OP (Lallathingy), that might not have been apparent as we cross-posted.
The gist -- with the caveat that I have no idea whether s/he's correct in his/her assertions -- is that if this vuln is present on iOS 6 (as s/he seems to think is the case), then s/he is apparently content to trade security for a more likeable UX, both for him-/herself (until the iPhone 6 comes out) and for whatever poor soul then buys the by then maggot-ridden thing off him/her.
Gad, I hate explaining my trolls.
Re: It seems there's no fix for my iPhone4
You'll be sure to mention that in your "premium" eBay listing, won't you?
Or an argument for disabling copypasta in code editors ;)
I've always tended to use braces even when not strictly needed; not for this reason per se, I suspect it was because I once used an editor that didn't auto-indent unless I'd opened a brace first or something. It just stuck. Oh, and of course if your indents get fucked up somehow, if everything's braced it's easier to spot a brace mismatch (provided your editor does brace-pair highlighting).
Mostly though, I just like the pleasing "flight of geese" that comes at the end of a really deeply-nested set of loops ;)
Re: Sharing the Blame
I certainly agree there's no sense in a blame game, but let's play the numbers game instead: when speaking of China's "[not] good living standards" (and acknowledging that this is a generalisation, as there are plenty of people in China who live better than you or I), try reversing the perspective.
China is bloody big and bloody populous. Extend it to the rest of the BRICS countries, all of which have a (broadly) similar social/economic/industrial profile, and you are talking about most of the people in the world by a good margin.
The average worker (continuing with the generalisation) in these countries does not consider their "living standard" to be poor. Their quality-of-life metrics haven't gone through the roof in the last couple of centuries as ours in the West have, but they still got quite a bit better gradually and they certainly didn't get worse. If a modest bowl of rice has been all you've had every day of the week after your 12-hour labouring day for your whole life, then you're pretty bloody cheerful when you get to start having a bit of meat in it once or twice a week. And against that background, you also don't shit the bed because you can't afford a new iPhone (or because there's a higher chance of you dying through your working conditions, for that matter).
Point: to these people -- again, most of the people in the world -- if they choose to consider the matter, the "good" living standards of the West might reasonably be considered excessive and unrealistic. And they'd be right: there is simply no way in hell that the whole world can live as comfortably as we do. To bring everyone to a median standard of life quality, ours would have to come down a lot further than everybody else's could possibly go up.
Accepting this does not call for us to all collectively reach for the sackcloth and ashes: there's no point anyway, because that balancing will happen naturally over time, to a greater or lesser extent. It's already happening in fact: the BRICs are getting richer through their frugality (read: acceptance of "not-good living standards"), and consequently their middle classes are swelling with aspirational types who actually do want all the nice things we buy from them for themselves. This will affect social policy in their countries over time, and yes, they will start to command higher prices internationally for the fruits of their labour.
Meanwhile, the industrially-weak consumer economies of the west will have to get their heads round the unpleasant notion that we probably can't afford all these nice shiny things long-term, which collectively adds up to a lowering of our "good living standards" to, er, not so "good". So I shouldn't bother beating ourselves up about how things got this way, but we bloody well ought to be thinking long and hard about what happens next.
…it risks becoming the Aga or Zimmer of technology industry - a brand trusted by old people, but not used by anyone else.
Aga is a brand fetishised by rich people of all ages. Zimmer is a brand required by people whose legs don't work too well (many of whom happen to be elderly, I will grant you). The vast majority of people can't afford the former, and don't have any use for the latter.
A better example might have been Cliff Richard: there's no reason young people can't buy his records, they just ... don't.
Now you're just being silly.
It goes through the milk carton first, then the head.
[This just had to be announced the day after T2 being on telly, didn't it? Now I look like a right nerd... oh wait...]
Re: Mail Migration
That's a bit subjective. What rig(s) were you running?
For my part I moved about 32k messages (coming to about 2.4GB) off a Core2 Quad desktop (localhost) to a Raspberry Pi (so only 10/100 link speed), IMAP-to-IMAP, using Thunderbird. Took about 4 hours all up.
Of course that's SOHO level stuff, the OP is probably better off paying somebody to take the risk/liability at their scale, as has been said.
Re: More challenging than it looks
I consider regular expressions quite possibly the most useful "language" (feel free to argue that one) that I've learned in my time. It's also not a super-high bar to entry (though I guess you guys above might disagree) and I'd probably place it among the disciplines I'd try pushing at young students. Even after grasping the very basic structures, you feel you have a lot of power at your fingertips, and that gives you the impetus to keep going for the more advanced bits.
The only fly in the ointment is the range of conflicting dialects, so before we start teaching I recommend a pogrom of all competing dialects leaving only the Daddy, PCRE, standing.
Darn tricky zipper on this asbestos suit ... ;)
[Icon matches: Pari,Paris]
"Presumably eco-awareness hadn’t really kicked in yet, not in Japan anyway."
Uh, has that actually happened yet then?
Re: What a load of old pony
Thanks all, wasn't expecting to provoke any discussion with that one, cheered my Monday right up!
I'll have to show this to the trouble and the bins once I've got Millenium and out of my whistle.
As for these domain hucksters, a Martha Lane on all their 'ouses ;)
Re: We of the Rest Of England Liberation Front salute this
Got it in one.
".london - the .xxx of geographical discernment."
What a load of old pony
Someone wants a kick in the Alberts.
Re: I Think I Know The Answer To This One
I know you were referencing other comedy shows altogether, but in your post I got an inescapable air of Reynholm (jnr.)
Anyone actually still using Shockwave?
This ought to be unnecessary
...if we could just solve the overriding problem of the bloody things (and all manner of other contraband) getting inside in the first place, which has to be mainly down to corrupt screws turning a blind eye (or being too understaffed to keep a proper eye on whose hands are under the table at visits).
Re: The badge...
Wasn't quite sure of your second-last redaction there, should that be "asses" or "arses"?
Only I've got a joke lined up that only really works with one of them.
Re: glad to see those minds put to good use
>Does this mean that this guy is now one of the worlds first true cyborgs?
First? Not by a long chalk. What distinguishes him, in functional terms, from owners of
or even regular limb prostheses, for that matter?
The linked article is a rare and welcome example of a malware writeup that a layman actually has some hope of comprehending. Given that, I can live with is being a bit "OMG d00d" - full marks.
Re: Nof if they can get the current stuff to work properly
The radeon DPM support arrived in linux-3.11 and has pretty much put an end to the PM dramas. Before that I could indeed dry my hair using my laptop's fan vent, since then it's no longer an issue - in fact I'd say I got more heat out of it when I booted into Windows.
Both AMD and Nvidia would love to be able to bin their driver teams and let the volunteers do all the work for free. We know the only reason they don't is because of the "trade secret" (read: infringes the other side's patents and we know it) components that nobody's allowed to see.
I'm surprised we've never seen a leak of either side's driver source code in all this time. The NSA could learn a thing or two from this lot on keeping secrets.
Re: Remember that bit in the IT Crowd
Oh h4rmy, I'm sorry. It was a weak (and drunk) moment. My Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was over the other side of the salon but at that moment it seemed as 'twere the dark side of the moon. I swear it won't happen again. In the words of Monty Python, I'm honestly so fucking sorry.
I think Oscar Wilde said it best...
Re: Remember that bit in the IT Crowd
Yup, nailed it ;)
Though this was more true of Jon Pertwee's look as I remember it. In fact my first impression of this was a toned-down Pertwee. Which is fine by me: a rather oft-overlooked Doctor in my book.
Also, going with what Einstein (I think) said about magic, the Doctor kinda sorta IS a magician, to us backward apes at any rate, no?
Re: LALALALA! We're not listening because we are right and you are wrong!
The Queen's 3rd butler's son's cleaner lives in a stable?
You should give the Mirror a call with that one!
Article off to a bad start
>As every chubby kid will know, it's no fun being bigger than all the other children in the playground.
You've obviously not peeked through the jail-bars of your local monkey enclosure lately if you think there's only one chubby kid per school.
[Icon: I know it should probably be the Grammarnazi one, but this seemed more fitting somehow.]
>I feel sorry for my two oldest kids. Their middle name is Herschel.
Not sorry enough to have done anything about it when you had the chance, though? Did their mum come with non-optional frying-pan accessory, by any chance?
>Think they got over the "Your grandfather discovered Uranus" jokes by now.
Doubt it. I predict your comment history here ending abruptly on the exact date they figure out how to make it look like an accident.
>My youngest has "Madetoja".
Everyone who's had male offspring has made todger. That's no excuse to inflict it on their nomenclature.
>I'm not even gonna try to work it out.....
See your type? This Mumsnet web filtering is ALL YOUR FAULT, you know.
>(Yeah, I look like the icon. So what?)
I see no problem there, pretty snappy jerkin 'n' titfer if you ask me.
Re: A pattern of non-contribution
Heh, depends how you define "good" accountants I think ...
>ADSL lines are all run by BT with various companies providing services using them.
Misleading. BT OpenReich (a spinoff) manages (to regularly make a bags of) the physical infrastructure, wires, exchanges and so forth. Everything from that point onward is controlled by the ISP, be it BT or anyone else, and that includes the filtering. So no, you do not get filtered just because your ADSL comes through a "BT" phone line.
Re: What is the government doing?
Uh... You do know "Haribo City" is Bonn, Germany, right?
Not dissing the sentiment in and of itself, but I don't think we're gonna win the next one.
...OH GOD, is this in fact their opening salvo? (Poor choice of words)
Get learning them words now, kids:
"Haribo macht Kinder froh / und Erwachsene ebenso!"
It does work faster
But at the same time, it also doesn't.
And observing it makes it not work the way you expect it to.
Re: A little escape hole here...
>2. This text means that the restriction to the specific threats listed doesn't apply to publicly available bulk sigint (such as scraping Facebook pages).
Well, so what? Any cunt with an email address can do that.
It's indeed a tall order to prevent those who execute any part of the justice chain from potentially abusing it, but in absence of a perfect system, I must say:
"Better a thousand guilty men go free, than one innocent man be punished."
That's just how I roll, YMMV
Re: Too tasteful...
>[...] without using fans
Oh... there'll be fans.
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