3390 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing
Opium is an opiate derived from a plant.
A plant that is perfectly legal to grow in the UK, no less.
No, not the red ones. The blue ones. Yes really. Perfectly legal. Maybe the plant doesn't have quite the same amount of industrial uses and wasn't a threat to the US paper industry way back when?
"You need to filter for rhinos? Damn. Can you get a spray or something if it turns out you've got rhinos?"
I set myself up for that one, didn't I?
Ahem, just in case you don't know, Rhino-brand carbon filters (along with RVK-brand inline ventilation fans and ONA-brand smell-gel air freshening) are, erm, quite highly recommended by people who might wish to remove certain powerful odours from the immediate atmosphere.
So I hear, anyway. One moment, there's a police van outside and it looks like they're about to knock on the door. Excuse me!
Re: My inner libertarian says
"How can you tax it if it's so easy to legally grow your own?"
You know that cider practically makes itself, right?
Re: My inner libertarian says
"I have no idea why people want stronger and stronger dope"
For the same reason people wanted stronger and stronger moonshine in the US around the turn of the 20th Century. Easier to conceal a truly mind-blowing amount.
Though honestly, I see no more problem with "stronger dope" than I do with say, whisk(e)y versus beer. You don't chug a single malt by the pint unless you're a highly trained Glaswegian.
Smoking a joint != growing your own plants.
Yes, buying it from who-knows-where is certainly different to taking all of that out of the loop with your own tent and a rhino filter.
Re: First rule of growing pot
I figured the first rule of Grow Club was the same as the second rule of Grow Club.
What about "Apple" ?
Would that be the Apple Corps trademark owned by the Beatles, or Apple Inc (previously Apple Computer), owned by the eponymous fruity device purveyor?
Didn't Microsoft end up paying a nice dollop of money to make the whole "Lindows" thing go away?
Now calling your product "Microsoft Windows" would probably be asking for it. However, an innovative new social networking mumbo-jumbo-buzzword something-or-other called "Windows on the World" or similar.. that might just work.
Re: It won't have much impact
Of course, these are software products, and you can sell software from anywhere.
The prospect of various governments in the "freedom loving" Western countries stuffing a load of kiwi servers behind rather ineffective national firewalls at the behest of Microsoft, Oracle and the rest of the usual suspects is... amusing.
Re: 10p per megabyte ?
I do dislike this kind of argument in favour of per-byte charging.
You'd have to pay maintenance regardless of whether the network is being used. Charge to maintain the infrastructure, not for an infinite resource.
There's a difference between profit and profiteering.
Re: Tethering looks different...
Most of this seems to be correct asides "When a phone is used as a router (wired or WiFi hotspot) the packets don't terminate at the handset."
Most mobile phones (at least around here) act as a NAT router (on top of your carrier's NAT, so yay for double-NATting, in the most sarcastic tone possible). As far as the network is concerned, the phone is the end of the line. It simply doesn't see however many devices you have on the other side of the NAT-wall.
Tethering will be blocked
Might be why I suddenly got a complete lack of connection through the computer, and a "your connection does not allow tethering" message on any attempt to use the phone browser just now. A hard reset and removal/replacement of SIM seemed to clear that though.
Dunno about saving money, but that procedure just saved an irate call to tech support along the lines of me only being on the One plan because it specifically allows tethering!
So SLS engines made with SLS? Paint me impressed.
Mind you, it's a cryogenically fuelled rocket engine. You could build it with some guy beating a hammer on some metal and I'd still be impressed.
Was gonna say, surely someone has figured out the Skylander rip-offs and started unlocking the game minus the expensive bit-flip?
Re: Hang on, what?
Tiles look more modern than the icons on other platforms, in my opinion, and seem better suited to touch operation.
I d'no, I already have Launcher 7 Donate edition for Android, and I found myself going back to Nova or the default launcher. "Modern" is in the eye of the beholder, and flat squares remind me more of the 1980s than the 2010s.
What would be nice is if Microsoft remembered that a desktop computer isn't a phone.
Hang on, what?
"and if you buy one outright for £340 you'll save several hundred knicker"
On what planet is £340 "cheap"? Planet Beckham?
This is mid-range at least. I'd expect it to be good.
I guess there's some magical bit-reservoir that they depleted, selling all those copies to people.
What gets me is that the ability to play from your device's local gallery is about the only useful thing that the Chromecast does. Or did.
I hereby dub the Chromecast the "Google Lemon".
Re: Would you buy...
Like pretty much everything these days, it seems. Yes, Sony, Microsoft, I'm looking at you.
Add Chromecast to the "do not buy" list along with Xbox and Playstation, I guess.
Re: Only one way to disable TPM
I have to wonder whether a sub-1mm drill bit and a dremel would remove the ability to run Windows (well, "activated" copies of Windows), or remove the ability to run anything?
WHo actually thought TPM was about security?
And not an attempt at making it awkward to run anything except Windows? Or at least to run anything without paying a Microsoft tax?
Re: 802.11b/g/n is being replaced
Also capable of being blocked by something not much thicker than tissue paper, unfortunately.
Re: End to vertical lock-in?
On the day when the typical Linux user pays for applications...
I know it's games rather than general applications, but the Humble Bundle guys repeatedly do a "pay what you want" thing. The people downloading Linux copies of the bundle seem to consistently pay more than the others.
Re: A rich guy with class . . .
Not to mention pesky laws noting self defsnse only comes into play when one's actual self is threatened with injury or death.
If someone is prepared to rip that watch from your wrist, or try to take that iThing out of your hand, how do you know they are not prepared to kick the shit out of you just for the lulz anyway?
And how do you know if they'll stop when you're down?
Any initiation of violence is a quite valid excuse to defend yourself, as dangerously as you can muster. You simply don't know how far the other person will go.
As for the objections to my post being from people pointing out that the watch was overpriced and tacky.. no. Read up. Read such things as "that's what you get" and "evolution in action". I'm no religionist, so I don't think there is such a thing as "sin" in a religious context. However, to say that people here are not envious that someone can afford half a million to blow on a blinged-up watch, is to have not read the entire comments section.
Have to say I'm a little envious myself, but I detest muggers with a vengeance that burns far brighter than any dislike I may or may not have for particular show-offs.
Seem to be a lot of envious people here.
Bad taste is not a crime fer fuxache (unless you say the wrong things in the UK of course), and it's still some nasty scrote of a thief trying to nick someone else's stuff. Personally I'm disappointed said thief didn't end up with a few broken extremities in the ensuing struggle. It might have taught him a lesson or two.
Or perhaps not, but it's harder to mug someone when you don't have the use of your fingers. Or legs.
Would any of you act differently, if that was your portable tech toy about to get robbed? I'd wager there's a few here who'd probably like to push the thief's teeth out through his arsehole if it happened to them.
Re: Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux
Sheesh, someone's touchy.
Ain't got nuthin' against BSD. It's a research OS that gave the world a working network stack, for instance. However, it certainly falls into the category of "propellorhead OS". Which, according to the logic of the OP, means that OS X and iOS must also be propellorhead OSes.
Now you see?
Re: Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux
And iOS and OS X have large amounts of BSD amd Mach in them, which obviously means it's a research operating system upon which fuck all actually works unless you're a propellorhead who know how to install drivers courtesy of a dust free environment and a magnetised needle.
Given that holding that reset button in for 30 seconds gets rid of the password as well, I'm wondering whether just hot gluing the damned hole shut would work?
If you ever need a factory reset, the router has screws on it, no? Or just pick the hot glue "plug" back out again.
Re: Thank you to all concerned
Oh I dunno. £50 a year for 5.5mbits seems pretty good value. Granted it's a lot of faff, but then that's half the fun isn't it?
I still remember, only a couple of years ago, when the SurfUnlimited dialup connection, there since Blue Yonder first launched the thing, stopped working. Handshake okay, but no connect. I won't bother explaining why I was still on dialup. I'll just say I wasn't the one paying the bill, so wasn't one to argue.
So I ring what is now Virgin Media up to ask them to fix the problem. Their response is "we don't do an unlimited dialup package!" My response, "Er, yes you do. Look at the bill."
The first line tech takes a look, goes "oh", and I get immediately bumped up to what the last-line tech guy affectionately referred to as "the old fogies department". Apparently, I'd been completely forgotten about somehow, and the ghost account stayed active, being charged every month, and continuing to allow access to their dial-up POPs right up until, I presume, something went pop. Apparently up until that point, I was the only person in the entire company left on that package.
At a month to download a DVD image, compared with the actually-unlimited mobile connection I'm on now, I have to say I don't regret the switch, even if I'm paying for it now. It would be nice to have a real IP address though.
I guess this'll do for "I want a website".
If you want to start dragging in Three.js, JQuery plus plugins and a whole bunch of other stuff, I guess handcrafting it will still be the way to go.
(By the way, Three.js is bloody awesome.)
...and no-one has done it since.
Those laws would have, and will do, nothing at all to stop another Dunblane.
Besides, I'm sure people said what you're saying, after the various restrictions on rifles after Michael Ryan decided to turn Hungerford into a war zone. August 1987. I'm old enough to remember it, are you?
They'll say it when the next fuckwit shoots someone up and we're all banned from owning peashooters.
Give me a length of pipe no longer than your arm, and an ammo belt of craftily modified syringes, and I'll blowdart an embolism into you from across the street or further, which is about as accurate as you'll get with a pistol anyway.
Guess we'd better watch out for those plumbers.
Handguns were made illegal because of their increasing use.
Handguns were restricted beyond all reasonable belief and made incredibly hard to use legally because of a psychopathic fuckwit who shot up a school.
A psychopathic fuckwit who was properly licensed and belonged to a gun club. The new laws would have done approximately fuck all to stop another Dunblane.
But hey, a few politicians managed to wave their wangs all over the telly and take advantage of emotionally damaged mothers and fathers to promote their own agenda, so that's alright then.
Jamming would be a problem for all the legitimate phone users, like prison staff.
Why do prison staff need their mobile phone while on duty?
No, really. When I was working for UK Census 2001, I was not allowed within a country mile of anything like sensitive information with a mobile phone. Even pens had to be approved in case they contained a recording device. There are some types of employment where extra restrictions do apply, and I think "prison officer" really should be one of them.
That or just ban everyone from having a teeny phone. Yeah, that makes sense.
Governments can legislate whatever the hell they want. They're the government.
Howinhell else do you think it's illegal to sit in the middle of London with a victoria sponge upon which has been iced the words "PEACE"?
Hopefully this stupid shit won't happen, but it wouldn't be the first time that the government has done some really stupid shit. Remember the ban on broadcasting anything said by Gerry Adams? Because apparently that'll stop the bombs going off.
Oh, no it won't, it'll just persuade the news broadcasters to use voice actors.
A screen for pennies?
That's your product right there. Sell that thing and use the money to refine, and find something useful for the passive display tech.
Protip: The OpenCV libraries are awesome for this sort of thing.
Re: What sort of contract do these people have?
You're also lucky.
Many people are on agency work, which basically means "you do what we tell you, for as long as we tell you to do it, and you'll be dropped like hot shit as soon as we get the excuse to do so." Even less rights than the people in this article, and right here in the UK, too.
I remember a friend of mine who got something like this.
Completely non-IT-related. He works in a parcel warehouse, where one of the night managers took an immediate dislike to him. It's quite incidental that nobody actually liked this night manager either, and I took an immediate dislike to the arsehole myself when I was working there.
Anyway, this arsehole of a manager decided to give said friend of mine the two hardest journeys in the warehouse. Basically, ALL of the local area plus some more. Oh, and the Isle of Man on top of that. And Dublin. And Belfast. He had possibly three, maybe four times or more the workload of any other person in the warehouse. Problem is... said manager's plan to burn him out backfired. This guy lapped up the extra workload, and regularly finished hours before anybody else in the warehouse. He's also got a sense of humour that wouldn't be out of place on a deep sea crab fishing boat in a reality TV show.
Needless to say, he is now regarded as utterly indispensable by people far more superior than the arse of a night manager, who has now been forced out of the warehouse, mostly due to said friend complaining to said superiors about the manager's arseholish nature. I think I've mentioned before, how he got very drunk at the office party, told every one of the managers AND other workers at the table exactly what he thought of them... and still had his job in the morning. Apparently some of the really big guys were listening and quietly slipping him drinks to make him even louder. I'm told that low-flying pepperoni impacting someone's face was involved, at some point.
Truly a man made of teflon and kevlar. Someone to even challenge the BOFH for his bastardly crown! With an attitude and work ethic like that, it doesn't matter what kind of "boredom room" you're sentenced to. The bosses will tire first!
Maybe some people prefer their social networks to come without an unhealthy slice of spying?
Maybe some people have had too many people give it the "zomg but you must has a facebonk" incredulous stare at them?
Maybe some people don't want to be one of Zuckerberg's suckers?
Maybe some people have had a bad experience with the Boss demanding to know their account name?
Maybe some people remember when online social networks were fully featured and decentralised? You know, like IRC? USENET? Actually making your own web site, that's owned by you?
Maybe some people have plenty of friends already and see no point in broadcasting the minutae of their life?
Maybe some people are genuinely creeped out by Zuckerberg, and detest the idea of giving that person any more than an emphatically raised middle finger?
Many reasons why some people would rather watch paint dry than sign up for a Facebook account. Does not make them a single homogenous entity, and your attempt to ridicule such people is... probably going to be like water off a duck's back. All been heard before, you know?
You seem to think that Facebook is any different from Google (or Microsoft, despite their bullshit statements to the contrary) as far as mining data for advertisers and the NSA is concerned.
I think the main way Facebook and Google are different, is that Facebook probably has even more information on its "customers" than Google does. Google is a search company, Facebook is a walled garden. Google wants to "organise the world's data", Facebook wants to own it all. Those, I think, are your main differences.
Suggest a test flight?
Enough bungee cord to get it up a couple of hundred feet at least, with some kind of RC receiver (perhaps in place of the rocket motor, plus ballast for CoG adjustments) so that someone can emergency land the thing if the autopilot has a spasm. That or get another powered RC plane to tow it up, whatever's easiest and most feasible.
Wouldn't be good to only find out that your autopilot has some showstopping bugs at 70,000 feet.
Re: Radiation Superstition
Not trying to join the greentards in the campaign against nukes here, but I have to wonder how people are getting killed by windmills? Short of being underneath the thing when it explodes in a hurricane, I have to wonder just what they were doing? Not enough cliffs in the area to abseil down?
Any link to this please?
It's pretty well known that if there's a run on the bank, it won't be able to pay everyone. I guess the same applies if the bank goes bust for some other reason: You can't make up money where there is none, at least not without inflation.
Re: It really, really isn't going to happen
If driverless cars worked, cars wouldn't have steering wheels.
That's right up there with "if God meant us to fly, He would have given us wings" in terms of silliness. Besides, speech recognition is a done deal unless you're a drunk Glaswegian, trying to shout at the phone while in the stands at the FA cup final, or using Siri.
Re: If we have automated driverless cars,...
Unlikely. Self driving cars still don't allow you to spark up a fag indoors.
However a quick trip to the local off license, and you can do what you like in your own front room with a few friends.
And there is the problem facing the publicans, in a nutshell.
What will they sell?
Looking at the article, it looks like they are going to become another Lexmark.
Bloody awful printers and stupidly insane ink prices. Unless you're a business, in which case they'll do quite the attractive deal.
"The patient voided well"
Medical speak for "as soon as we unplugged it, it went off like a fire hose."
No bloody wonder. That looks like a mighty full bladder on that X ray.
Re: I don't even use twitter but...
Depends on whether you've whallopped all of the air out of the clay first.
Try putting something in a kiln where you haven't done that. Be prepared to open the door who a whole load of explodified mess.
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