589 posts • joined Thursday 19th April 2007 09:27 GMT
People trying/testing things without a test system to do it on?
Just create a obviously fake listing on some obscure publication that no-one is going to take you up on.
Re: Utter Bastards
Anyone from tech support with half a brain would be telling management that this is a particularly serious virus that will require an all nighter on overtime, and that it could only have been caught through the user porn surfing.
Then remove screen saver and go home/pub/whatever. You're getting revenge and paid for doing nothing.
Re: If you are using Windows
Zing! LOL! Genius! Call the doctor, Windows, cos you just got burned!
You should be doing stand up comedy, or writing sitcoms for TV.
Do people not realise? No, because people are morons. And once they get together in a mob (even virtually) they make morons look thoughtful.
Speaking of which;
"I asked H if he thought Steps might be able to help solve the Eurozone crisis, to which he replied: "Yes, I think so.""
Ask a stupid question....
Re: Well my wife might not agree...
Smarter is not the only consideration needed. Smarter does not equate to nicer.
I know it's simplifying matters ridiculously, and all up for debate, but if the choice is between smarter psychopaths, and not-so-smart sociable individuals, I know what I'd prefer to live amongst.
Re: Well at least the llama will be happy
"I love the exceptionally small, but function-dense, interface of the WA classic skin - perfect for what I use it for!"
That was half the problem I found about Winamp, although I used it lots. Its interface was total pants because it was so inconsistent and dense. If you were looking for a function you hadn't used before, or not for ages, it was was a nightmare to locate. Was it clicking those three pixels under the that button, or was it in a menu, three levels down under a sub-menu about something entirely unrelated? Who knows? Certainly not the help documentation.
You certainly got the impression that the functionality had been layered onto the interface in umpteen different updates, resulting in a incredibly powerful application with no sensible design. The entire menu system needed thrown out and re-designed from scratch to make any sense, but that never happened.
And that's before you even consider the madness of using a different skin, where everything was in an entirely different place and not documented at all.
Re: "Forced" to stay open ..
It's an interesting idea. After being forced to stay open, can you effectively do what you want with the business? Run up massive bills, buy outrageously over specced kit, pay everyone double salary and produce a really crappy service that scares your customers away?
At which point the Feds bail you out to force you to remain in business?
Because that sounds like a fun business model.
Everyone hated Adric, because he was a whiney man-child, so he doesn't count.
Re: I read this and I think
I'm not going to argue that rights are not a good thing that should be protected. But at the end of the day we only have the rights that the society we live in agrees we should have. Rights are not a natural law of the universe, they are constructs of humans.
So if the society we live in decides not to give us freedom to do something (no matter how important or trivial that something may be) then you can shout all you like about it being your right. That's not going to stop the powers that be locking you up or worse. Tell them they don't have the right to do that, and I think they'll find the point moot. They're doing it.
Which is why we are fortunate to not be living in North Korea where many freedoms we regard as fundamental rights don't exist. Furthermore, I, in my country, may have freedoms that you do not. Why aren't you demanding these? After all, they're your RIGHT.
Re: Nice timing
Like Sky stuck to dishes and content and left the phone/broadband service to other people? Oh... wait... no they didn't.
Like it or not, the market is pushing TV and comms provision ever closer together. And football has proven before to be the perfect brand leader if you want to get a toehold in a market.
It was practically inevitable that BT did something like this. They had to.
If you ever want to know where you stand, look at the spreadsheet in the finance dept.
You'll find yourself listed under the '"liabilities" column, not the "assets". Accountants don't lie about these things.
Re: Seems everyone agrees..
You needn't even bother comparing Eastenders to Coronation Street. They can be compared with themselves, as they are never-end roundabout of the same plots, different characters. Couple meet, couple fall in love, couple have fairy tale wedding and will be together forever, couple hit hard times, oh the tragedy, couple fight, couple separate, one character leaves soap, remaining character meets someone else... rinse and repeat. All within a 3 year cycle.
Youtube's comments are a heaving mass of ignorance and trolling. Insisting on G+ accounts may cut down the volume, but is very unlikely to do anything for the quality.
Re: a closet auger is really the proper tool for that job
Well that's certainly how Daleks use it.
Re: Only 11 actors?
I think it is entirely fitting that some one makes up the fact that Danny Baker made up the fact that Bob Holness played the saxophone on Baker Street. It'd teach Marconi a lesson for a start!
We can then make up the fact that Danny Baker was in fact first blamed by Holness in an interview before he died, and the entire "fact" disappears into infinitely recursing fiction.....
Re: Sorry to have to say this...
"When I watch Dr. Who I want a British Doctor. I could probably tolerate an Australian or Scottish one"
Er, a Scottish Doctor is a British Doctor. As would be a Northern Irish one.
Tennant adopted an English accent, but nothing to suggest that Capaldi will.
"Personally I favour putting these individuals in communes...."
Because they are all exactly as bad as each other, and one criminal committing a crime against another criminal isn't really a crime.
Oh wait... no they're not, and yes it is.
Re: One of the most recognised web icons,...
It's all about protecting their market and money. It's safe to assume this is the case for everything facebook ever does. Start with this basic fact and the rest of the reasoning follows easily ....
They cannot trademark "thumbs up", or prevent others using similar images.
They can do this with a button that says "Facebook".
So you can hit keys fast. If you lie face-first on the keyboard you can churn out pages of stuff too.
Re: Either we're alone, or we're not
Why even have Dyson Spheres?
If you have advanced enough technology then why chain yourself to these gravity wells called stars and planets.? They just give you hassle when you want to move about. Steer well clear of them.
Re: Cool..but also oddly disturbing
"So if there were ancient aliens, they would have colonized the galaxy, Earth included"
That involves a number of rather unsafe assumptions;
- They're interested in colonising the galaxy. This "colonizing" thing could be just a human compulsion.
- They're interested in the Earth. For all we know the Earth, on a galactic scale, may be considered a total dump.
- The galaxy is all there is and there's nothing bigger and better to move onto.
You might think you are safe to assume these things, but really we're in the realm of such huge unknowns, it would be foolish to.
Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of
"Every device locked down so hard that the users can barely do their proper job let alone anything else."
Seems reasonable to me. Especially when you consider what "anything else" can include.
Re: So much ignorance
If what you say is true about patched MP3 and DNLA support, then I agree, what' s the fuss? If it's not true, then WTF Sony? Why did they ship without something so commonplace and basic?
Otherwise; the PS4 is a different console to your PS3. Why should it support obsolete peripheral hardware that most people will replace anyway? We went through exactly the same angst when the PS3 came out and PS2 peripherals weren't compatible. Did it matter?
I have never played a CD in my PS3. I've never put a tape cassette in there either. CDs are, frankly, obsolete technology. If it costs to provide this functionality in a console, then it is no loss not having it.
But seriously, is there any group of people on the internet that love a good adolescent whine more than gamers?
No three & no kings & no anything
Given that the whole story is, at best, an allegory fable that co-opts a number of factual events, picking over minor errors in translation seems a bit pointless. It's all invented back-story written a long time after it was supposed to have happened.
Yes, there was a survey that obliged people to travel. Yes, there may have been at around the same time, give or take a couple of hundred years, a super-nova. That's pretty much where the facts stop. All other event are impossible to demonstrate occurred, and many are extremely unlikely to have occurred.
Super-nova, for a start, do not move about the sky and stop over stables. So what we're doing here is comparing something that may happen with something that didn't happen.
You can understand the reasons, you can appreciate the money, but you can't help concluding that the winning bidder will be an enormous shit of an individual.
Seriously, who wants to spend that kind of money to have those kind of bragging rights? And it's not something you'd do just to keep quiet about. You're going to have to tell people.
My phone number is so last year!
I don't get payday or betting spam. I'm still getting PPI and "you've had an accident" junk.
I'm behind the times, I'm not sure if I feel insulted or not.
Re: They did what?
Because if it was outside the quotes you wouldn't no which part of inside the quotes was being 'sicced' (which is "opt-out", because we all know this is the exact opposite of what would happen).
You can't win
"Often people will ask for something they think is the best solution to their problem, which means more questions need to be asked to find out what they are actually trying to accomplish."
This is very true. However the follow on from that is invariably "Why do you always question what I'm asking for, why can't you just do it?"
Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
"they would just have to sell all the things they own"
Who would buy them? With what currency? What would happen is their "ownership" of them would be invalidated and their certificates of ownership worthless. Suddenly all the things they owned in our countries would be owned by us again.
Not to say that this wouldn't have many bad repercussions for international trade.
Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
"It would be stupid to scrap our capabilities"
That would depend on who you are calling "our". Right now I'm not feeling the NSA is part of "us". It feels much more that they are yet another "them".
Nothing to worry about
The security forces worry about the public knowing their secrets. If the security forces aren't doing anything wrong, then they have nothing to worry about.*
That's the usual rational about surveillance, isn't it? Cuts both ways.
* I stole this from a tweet by Jeremy Hardy
Why us? Because if we don't, why the hell should China?
The planet doesn't care which country is contributing to the CO2, it all ends up the same place, Humans, on the other hand, are petty and selfish, and won't do anything that costs and is not in their immediate self interest unless everyone is doing the same. Why should they be the only ones to pay?
So China isn't going to do anything if it feels that no-one else is. And if China doesn't do anything, people in the UK won't want to do anything either. So it's a self-assured mutual suicide pact, because no-one wants to be the first one to do what it's in everyone's interests to do.
Humanity, I despair.
You're not on the list, I'm not compatible
Microsoft have a history of not following any standard, so they have a back catalogue of non-standard renders on previous versions of IE. So what do they have to do to fix this? They have to keep a separate "compatibility list" that allows their new browsers to work with websites designed for the peculiarities of their old browsers.
Just consider that for a moment; In order for you to be 100% certain of IE rendering a website correctly, someone needs to decide whether or not it should be on a list that you, or Microsoft, maintain on your computer. It needs the list where every single site on the entire web should be considered.
...Or you take your chances and sometimes IE screws up rendering (at which point you modify the list ).
This madness is totally of Microsoft's own doing. If their old IE versions hadn't been such prissy go-it-alone ignorers of standards, websites wouldn't have had to be designed to handle IE as a special case, and the new versions of IE wouldn't need the list.
Re: out of Kilter
"And not in such a jovial way, but much more predatory."
So it's ok if the predator is laughing at the time?
Re: So many things wrong with Android permissions...
All excellent points. Fact is that too many apps demand (you have no option, either accept or don't install) far too many permissions. Some of those permissions may be justified, but usually you are given absolutely no indication why they are needed, and what they used for. And that's supposing the user understands exactly what the permission involves, which is a massive assumption.
I want apps to state exactly, upfront, what permissions they need, why they need them and how they will be used. And I want Android to give me the option of disabling the permissions I don't want to grant. At that point I want the app to accept this gracefully, and explain what it won't be able to do as a consequence.
Only then can I make an informed decision about the app and what it should be doing on my device.
"Bricked" is not an end user expression
I do not expect to read "the internet is broken" when the actual news story is about IE crashing. So why say something is "bricked" when it is simply corrupted?
Calling this a file corruption does not minimize the problem. It's still a huge issue for Microsoft and the end user. But the end user's limited understanding of the issue is not the story I expect to read on a tech news-site. So arguing it's "bricked" as far as they are concerned is rather beside the point. Especially when "bricked" is not an expression they are likely to use.
"Rather misleading. Windows RT is already ahead of Android in terms of performance and efficiency."
No one cares. As has been repeatedly shown in the history of tech, the best technically doesn't make it the best. In terms of marketing, RT is the fat kid left behind.
But let's not be fatist. RT is so crippled that no-one wants it. It's entire rational is to fit Microsoft's future aims, not the end users'. Amazingly, the end consumer doesn't care what Microsoft's future market strategy is.
Absolutely, they deserve everything they got and more. They should be dragged through the streets and stoned to death in the village square. Then we can all dance the dance of the self-righteous on their graves.
Because there's nothing that'll resolve this horrible affair quicker than vilification of those who have had to suffered more than any parent could possibly suffer. They need taught a proper lesson!
I can't be doing with giving away sympathy needlessly. I might run out one day.
Re: None so blind, etc.
Does anyone ever allow admin access by WAN? It's usually off by default and anyone turning it on is taking on a needless degree of risk I wouldn't accept.
If you want to access admin on the router, physically connect a cable. It's not so hard.
It's clearly a debugging addition that someone forgot to remove.
Big mistake, but while in development things like can be very useful and a good idea. What isn't a good idea is forgetting it's there. You should comment your code appropriately and do a global find to identify these things long before they reach production.
Single file, Ha!
A single file has the advantage
This is exactly where the likes of Word fails. Because you have absolutely no idea, and no way of ensuring, that you have a single file. For all you know you may have four different versions emailing their way around the office. Try merging that all back together.
And that's before you even consider the inevitable situation where two of the contributors to the file are using the style templates, and one is setting fonts and paragraph formatting. Someone at the end then has to fix it all together in a consistent way.
Stross is 100% correct. The way Word works was broken from the outset.
Salmon is a prat, but his physique is not relevant. Sarcastic comments like that are fine for a opinion piece, or satire and comedy, but this is supposed to be news. It's pathetic .
Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here
"shows how terrifiied they are of us leaving the UK."
"They" are "us". Or at least some of "us". Just like some of "us" want to leave the UK.
Or are you one of those tiresome people who takes it on themselves to decide who is "really" Scottish depending on how much you agree with them?
If you could depend on a solid broadband connection, and had a job that allowed for tele-commuting, many parts of the Scottish Highlands would be a wonderful place to stay.
Obviously if you're looking for frantic nightlife just down the road, and a selection of grotty takeaways, then it's not your kind of place. But the benefits I see far outweigh that.
But if the broadband is rubbish.. well things become untenable.
Re: "HI" is Morse Code laugh
Mike W5VSI. Your last message was garbled. Please repeat.
Drawing the line at republicans
A pledge to an entity you don't believe in are just empty words. A pledge to the Queen, on the other hand, actually means something (however notional and unlikely to be called upon). So the Scouts remain far more discriminatory to republicans than they ever were to athiests.
This is not a "Discrimination!" plea. As far as I'm concerned the Scouts can insist on a pledge to whatever they like. But it does seem odd that they're worried about atheists membership, but don't care about republicans.
I am not a sufferer of Asperger's.
However, in reading this excellent article I couldn't help feeling that wouldn't it be bloody wonderful if we were all treated like Aspies at work. Just imagine if everyone said precisely what they wanted and when they wanted it, then left you the hell alone to get on with it. If everyone stopped playing office politics. If things people said and did never had an unspoken ulterior motive. If work communications were terse, to the point, and honest.
The time and stress it would all save!
Re: Prizes for the first to find it out and post (no actual prizes)
What permissions are considered "dodgy" then? By who? Are they listed under a separate "Dodgy" section of the Android manual?
How dodgy the permissions required and used by an app are entirely dependant on context. What may be consider dodgy on your "Fart App", could be perfectly reasonable on your "Personal Diary App". Determining this, of course, requires an intelligent review of the actual app. It is not something that a blanket policy can draw the line on which apps should have it, and which should not.
So your simple idea could only ever work if it applied to all apps. Which is kind of what Apple does and Google doesn't.