56 posts • joined Friday 12th September 2008 13:04 GMT
Re: Read the article
As soon as I saw this article I took a punt that for every one person who understood that Google might charge for SOME content, nine people would read that Google will charge for ALL content.
Those nine are allowed to vote, breed and drive cars.
Be careful what you wish for...
It is said that you don't know what you've got until you lose it. I fear the BBC is in this category.
Perhaps they should make a pre-emptive strike and broadcast nothing but Fox News for a week. That might be the bitchslap we need to remind us to be grateful for what we've got.
Re: Sympathy vacuum.
Time to make an attention-seeking post pointing out how smart I am by not signing up to attention-seeking site Facebook.
See what I did there?
The poster of the original complaint has been on Facebook since 2009 and has acquired over 360 'friends' in that time. I'm sure if you could be arsed, you could search through those friends to see if any of them have links to any part of the Bodyform empire, ad agencies or whatever.
On the other hand it could just be some bloke recycling a veeeeeeeery old joke and the company on the receiving end having a sense of humour and knowing how to exploit it.
Gartner: Making vendors add nonsense to software...
Much like the news media should be reporting the news rather than controlling it, Gartner should be reporting innovation rather than controlling it. Neither of these cases are true, obviously.
Was once on a training course for some complex product or other and on some configuration sections we skipped over important-looking parameters with the instructor saying, "You can ignore that - it's just there to keep Gartner happy - nobody will use it in the real world".
I was left wondering what was left out so that could be put in - or left out as Gartner didn't deem it important.
Well done Gartner.
Oh dear, missed the point again...
It's not about whether it's funny., it's about whether it's a genuine threat.
If someone makes a pisspoor joke on Twitter that they're going to firebomb his parents' house then I'm sure he'll find it very unfunny indeed but, hey, what can you do? Ignore it. Not laugh. Go into a sarcastic rant. The possibilities are endless. Calling the rozzers, however, shouldn't really be on the list.
If someone makes what is clearly a genuine threat, however, that's a different story. Give the boys in blue a bell and help thwart an atrocity.
See the difference? One's a pisspoor joke and one's a genuine threat.
The key is using common sense, not the legal system, to tell them apart.
At the risk of stating the obvious...
> Forum denizens the internet over seem to view CLI versus GUI as a binary choice
It's not just CLI vs GUI.
Human nature seems to err towards *everything* being a binary choice! Whether it's Windows vs Linux, Labour vs Conservative, Man-made Climate Change vs Natural Cyclic Climate Change, Today's Music vs When I Were A Lad, Bitter vs Lager and so on.
I reckon that for any given debate, those that are willing to see all the various hues of grey are in the minority with most commentators firmly at one pole or another.
Re: Hang on.
She's just an actress, not an IT-literate person such as you. Why would she, or anyone else, know or suspect that email is insecure? She reads Acting Weekly, and This Thespian Life, not The Register or even the Beeb's 'puters-for-beginners, Click. Just because *you* know that email is as secure as a leaky bucket doesn't mean that everyone else does.
To assume that this is 'obviously' a publicity stunt is a Daily Mail-like presumption at best and is based on zero facts.
And a big round of applause...
...For the rocket scientists at Argyll and Bute Council who must be the only people on the planet too out of touch to have foreseen exactly how this decision would turn out.
Well done Argyll & Bute. Very well done indeed. Worth every penny of your council tax.
...And no, it doesn't matter whether it's a real nine year-old girl, her father pretending to be her, pernicious hippies or whoever: The council stuck a bloody great big luminous flag in it saying Lookie Here!
Everyone's a winner!
I'm playing fallacy bingo using this url - http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/poster - as a score sheet.
A couple more articles like this and I'll have crossed them all off...
Alice: What's that?
Bob: A text message from Charlie - he says he's going to kill himself.
Alice: Aren't you going to do anything?
Bob: He's on T-Mobile - the funeral was yesterday.
Why does this matter?
The BBC's Have Your Say forum is awash with yards of debate about this. Why?
A programme or two gets moved from one channel to another.
After the digital switchover is complete, everyone who has access to BBC1 and BBC2 will also have access to CBeebies and CBBC. Nobody has lost anything.
What am I missing, here?
Please type slowly as I can't read very fast.
My money is on WH Smith
What are the chances of the hackers putting the apostrophe in correctly? Slim to none I would suggest!
...More efficient, smaller, faster, more flexible and re-useable code...
So we've eliminated disgruntled Microsoft employees, then.
Boom tish. Thangyouverymuch. I'm available for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvahs, etcetera.
What's the betting...
...That The Sun will start whining and bitching that the public are unfairly judging those that have been arrested before any evidence has even been heard in court?
I bet "weird"*, "lewd"*, "creepy"*, "angry"* & "disturbing"* Chris Jefferies must be pissing himself laughing at the brass-necked hypocrisy of the situation.
I just wish that the media wasn't such a closed-shop and that a few titles would break ranks and do a hatchet job on those arrested - dredge up every last element of their past and then retell them out of context and in sinister tones.
* (c) 2011 The Sun.
I just searched for #destroyAmerica to see if anyone was tagging anything with it.
If you don't hear anything from me in the next few days then I'm probably being waterboarded!
No, seriously: I'm posting about it here so it can form part of my defence. "I only searched for that tag because I saw it on The Register".
Here we go again...
Oh no! A new Facebook layout. Someone has changed this free service that I'm not obliged to use.
That's my life ruined!
...Arse and bollocks. Piers Morgan is only 46.
Maybe it comes down to the maths...
One rioter breaks one window and steals one telly.
These scrotes incite a riot and cause a thousand rioters to take to the streets, each breaking one window and stealing one telly.
So that's (counts fingers in an exaggerated fashion for effect) a thousand broken windows and a thousand nicked tellies. *
Their sentence doesn't seem so disproportionate to me.
* OK, so not all thousand rioters are going to break a window and nick a telly, but the net damage as a result of one riot-inciter versus one rioter is clear. To me, at any rate.
Do they? Do they really?
To which definition of the word "everyone" are you working? The one that means "not everyone", I presume.
Ah! Maybe I've missed the joke: The beer glass icon actually indicates "unsubstantiated factoid using statistics magicked out of one's arse man-in-the-pub stylee".
What did I miss?
Has Novell been wound up?
I've double-checked the press releases and it looks like Novell is going to be run as its own business unit, alongside Attachmate's other existing business units and a separated-out SUSE.
You'd never know it judging by the 'Novell is already dead, buried and its grave pissed-on' reports, though, would you?
Perhaps I'm old fashioned...
Why do people think it's OK to steal in the aftermath of a mistake or accident?
No matter whether someone leaves the doors open on a Kiwi supermarket, motorbikes get washed up on a Devon beach or a hurricane tears through New Orleans, stealing is stealing is stealing.
When you consider that there are very few reports of looting (i.e. stealing) in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami it makes the rest of the world look like a bunch of thieving chavvy bastards.
Be nice if we could get them able to read and write properly, first.
"Mum! Mum! We learnt typing at school today."
"That's nice, dear, what did you type?"
"Dunno, can't read!"
I'm going for the 'Only Sensible Post' prize!
[Yank Rozzers] added: "We're going to investigate and determine, number one, the source of the comments and then based on the investigation determine what intent was and where we go from here. If we believe they were actually intended as threats we will work toward prosecution."
...Which is more than can be said for all those involved in the Twitter Joke Trial who made no effort to establish intent and differentiate between a pisspoor joke and an actual desire to kill.
OK, OK, I'll get back in my box.
I can't be arsed to read through all these comments so there's a good chance this has already been said and I'm contributing nothing but noise to the discussion:
- A 'La la la not listening' icon
- An 'I haven't read the article properly before posting my comments so it's probable I'm commenting on something you didn't actually say but only what I thought you said' icon
- An 'I can't be arsed to read through all these comments so there's a good chance this has already been said and I'm contributing nothing but noise to the discussion' icon
Bee decline denial...
It's only a matter of time before this is all uncovered as a conspiracy...
- Bee decline is not happening
- Even if it is happening, it is not caused by humans
- Even if it is caused by humans, there is nothing we can do about it
- Even if there is something we can do about it, it's too expensive, will require higher taxes, mean we have to drive less and stop us flying to sunny places on holidays
I thought she'd gone for good.
Same old same old!
Labour: They just can't help themselves, can they?
In power or in opposition, they just have to keep on watching, collecting and cataloguing every last bit of information on or about us.
How many people will suggest...
...that is it now essential that we keep a very close eye on the checkout girl's mammalian protuberances in order to ensure no overcharging.
The story was posted at 14:47 so I reckon, a mere 17 minutes later, at least 17 people have already suggested it - that'll be me and 16 others.
Forward thinking? Nah - it'll never catch on!
Why get organised and do something in good time when you can leave it until the shit is about to hit the fan and then do it all at the last minute?
I'm convinced the world is run by students!
Pre. Dick. Table.
So... Post a tottie-based, perv-bait story on a Friday afternoon and then stand back and see if more than one in 50 posts are actually fit for human consumption.
(a) Trying to keep La Moderatrix busy
(b) Doing a survey in to Pavlovian response
I almost forgot: Phwoooargh, I'd do that, etc, etc, etc.
Proving that terrorists are dumb and security services dumber...
I've never understood why terrorists are so keen to blow up planes anyway. Why not just let the bomb off in the airport? You'll save yourself the price of a ticket which means you won't show up on any watch-lists (*and* the saved money can go towards the nibbles at your funeral - bonus).
The airport terminal would be closed for weeks. A coordinated attack in all terminals at all major airports and you've grounded planes for longer than 9/11 ever did and you don't even have to go near a security check.
If that were to happen, the next step by the security services would be to have a perv scanner and shoe-sniffer outside the airport to stop bad guys entering. Then all the terrorists need to do is blow *that* queue up.
...or a Premier League football match.
...or a music concert or festival.
...or the next anti-government demo.
...and so on.
What's the fascination with planes and why are both the terrorists and security forces obsessed with them? The latter should really be concentrating on these far more obvious threats in case our not very bright, thickie terrorists get a clue.
Cinelerra fanboi speaks!
If you can get over the learning curve (it's worth trying) and are able cope with a user interface that can be as friendly as a cornered rat, Cinelerra is very powerful indeed. I managed to get some pretty decent results out of it and I'm just some bloke, not a god or video-editing guru. Just because it has lots of features that you don't understand how to use, don't dismiss it. That exposes more of your flaws than the product's.
Hopefully the sequel to Cinelerra, known as Lumiera, addresses some of the UI and reliability issues without taking away any of its functionality and flexibility.
Finally! Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has its up side!
I find it very hard to lock the car and just walk away. At a minimum I'll look through the windows to make sure the locky-thingies are down and will usually check the handle, too.
More than half the time I'll walk away, get 10 paces, turn and double-check.
Novell: Not evil!
My *guess* (and it is only a guess) is that there are other players in the industry who would hate to see SUSE and Novell's intellectual property re SCO get in to the wrong hands.
If Novell was to sell itself off to a bunch of asset-stripping venture capitalists then who knows where these assets would end up.
On the other hand, who would buy Novell for *all* of its assets? Part of Novell's problem is that it has such a huge and overlapping product line. It can't focus.
So... Sell off all the non-Linux stuff to the hedge funds to break up and pawn off and keep the Linux stuff in the hands of a company who would (hopefully) do the right thing.
That's my theory at any rate.
It's easy to take the piss...
It is and one should never pass up the opportunity.
However, on a more serious note (hey, it's not Friday, yet) the great unwashed do get what they deserve half the time.
How many people, at some time or other, have moaned that The Government Just Doesn't Listen? When the Government *does* listen all there is to listen to is an avalanche of appallingly-rendered cockwaffle. Anyone who *does* have something sensible to say is drowned out (OK, avalanches, drowning... mixing my metaphors, but you get the idea).
There will no doubt be a bunch of cynics (round here? Shome mistake, shurely!) who will suggest that there's no point in writing anything useful as it'll be ignored.
Well, we'll never know now will we? No bastard wrote anything useful!
I do think it's a shame that we (by which I mean everyone else, natch!) couldn't have been just a teensy weensy bit more grown up and used this as an opportunity to either (a) get something changed or (b) prove beyond all doubt that even when we are asked for our opinions we are ignored.
Ooooh, I don't like change!
For crying out loud!
All you lot moaning and whining and whingeing about this feature and saying you're going to boycott Google, firebomb Mountain View or have Eric Schmidt indicted for crimes against humanity: How hard is it to click on the 'Instant is on' link, a gnat's to the right of the search button, to switch it off?
Yay for the HRA!
The great unwashed were given the opportunity to vote down more of these stupid laws - http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk - but many either took the piss or saw it as an opportunity to call for the abolition of the Human Rights Act.
For all the Littlejohnesque rants, this is why we need 'Uman Rights: they're not some bloody-minded obstruction put there to prevent you from shooting burglars in the back, they're there to protect the likes of you and me from being shaken down and harassed because someone in authority felt like it. ...Or you're black, have a beard or just want to take some photos in a public place.
So go Human Rights, go Liberty and go Shami Chakrabarti - I salute you!
Men who stare at goats...
I'm no fan of SLED but am very happy with openSUSE.
When I was a humble know-nuffin' newbie new to Linux, it was YaST that sold openSUSE to me. I think without YaST I'd have gone back to Windows.
You see, YaST hid all that nasty command-line stuff from me until my confidence grew enough to experiment with text-based ways of doing things.
With YaST I could partition disks, install software, sod about with graphics, networking, sound, LDAP, NFS, SAMBA, NTP and all sorts. To my Windows mindset everything I needed to configure my PC was all in one place, just like Control Panel.
If it wasn't for that steaming pile of shite, YaST, I'd still be using Windows.
Many years ago, whilst doing some work for a school, the head of the IT department told me that they have all their admin passwords in French because, "that way at least the little bastards will learn something if they get hold of them".