64 posts • joined 10 Mar 2009
Re: How do you wipe away the mess?
I agree Thad, where I'm from, we use the three seashells.
Re: Missing the woods for the trees
Thanks again for taking the time reply, especially in such detail, bar the opening judgement on my credibility which I have no interest in - If you (and others) think I'm a fool then so be it, at least I had the bottle to speak my mind amongst an audience which, as you mentioned, have their beliefs firmly grounded in scientific method.
Please ignore my previous flippancy in response to Vociferous, I do not believe that an adult and a group of cells in an early fetus are rationally equivalent at all - I simply grow tired of people assuming on the basis of my views that I'm not aware of this. He addressed me like a cretin and perhaps got a cretinous reply.
I, like you, consider myself open minded. Right now, and throughout this conversation, I'm not trying to persuade anyone of anything - how can I claim to have the "right" opinion on something so complicated where forming an argument with evidence, reasoning, logic and rationale deserves more than the 10-15 minutes of time allocated for writing a comment on The Register. I'm simply sharing an opinion, and I am listening to yours. That is all.
You have defined the parameters of our debate in "The Borg" style fashion (to paraphrase: strength is irrelevant. death is irrelevant. you will be assimilated) by defining what is relevant and what is not but I argue that those relevancies are to you and not the topic as a whole. Empathy and emotion are part of what makes us more than the chemical machines you have clearly defined and why as a species we do not always choose the (sometimes blindingly obvious) logical solution to our problems. You may point out the irony that these feelings are a result of a biological process in themselves - I don't however think that this is a reason to ignore them.
I realise that we are now clearly off-topic of the original news story, so I invite any closing comments you may have on our discussion, however, I think I've said what I came here to say and therefore "I rest my case".
Re: Missing the woods for the trees
> it doesn't have a functioning brain, and is as self-aware as a turnip
Well, the same can be said of many adults (certainly given the drivel they decide to post on-line) but I don't advocate their destruction.
As in war, to kill, we must first de-humanize.
Re: Missing the woods for the trees
Thanks for your reply. For me life is more than the sum of its parts and your clinical perspective (and attitude) on this matter saddens me deeply. We know its a bunch of cells - but we don't know why it's alive. That spark of life which we take away we can never give back.
I reject your arguments that it's about the "here and now" on the basis that in such circumstances the "here and now" is a living entity which will*, without interference, develop into a human being with thoughts/feelings of his/her own. I was granted this life. You were granted this life. Would you not argue for your chance to sit here now and debate this with me? Even if your lot in life is to die at a terribly young age (even still within the womb), surely you deserved an honest shot?
I don't have an answer for some of your more difficult arguments (what if it endangers the mother, what if the child will be born into poverty etc.) and I'd like to meet someone who does - but all I know is that in conclusion I'm glad I'm here, I'm glad I'm alive and I'm glad nobody made a choice to take that away from me.
* Before you jump on me (abnormalities, miscarriage, could be the next Führer enacting a 4th Reich blitzkrieg of Nazis mounted on dinosaurs), as far as I'm aware in general most foetuses go on to develop normally, be birthed normally and live normal mostly uneventful (in world stage terms) lives.
Re: Missing the woods for the trees
On the topic of right-to-lifers, respectfully, does the unborn human fetus get a choice?
Voila, Mrs. Miggins. My robes of State.
Oh go on, Baroness Fox -- it's cat! Oh, look, they've left the little collars on!
I still use Winamp to this day and it's a shame to see it go.
What else will play my .MOD files?
Re: Chuck Norris could whoop Putin blindfolded
Is that so?
Well, Vladimir Putin has no CTRL key on his keyboard. He's always in control.
Star Wars style robot demise
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear....
Ministry of Admission
All citizens now require an exit permit.
Glory to Arstotzka.
Storm in a teacup
If I knew stating the blindingly obvious (as in "what does this big 'Show Password' button do in my web browser?") would get my blog coverage on all the major IT news sites I'd of done this years ago.
Food for thought - if this is a bug, and there should be a master password - that implies the encryption of the keystore, which in turns means that the software itself would need to ask for the key (as FF currently does now with a master password set) the first time a user needs to auto-fill a password. As ever, security or convenience, friends - rarely both. I believe though it's the users choice which they desire here, not that of a internet knee-jerk reaction.
Why? - let's put this into perspective. The exposure of a typical vulnerability is generality the entirety of the WWW. This is much worse than the exposure of this issue, which is typically going to be your family, friends or co-workers who have actual physical access to your PC. Generally these people can be trusted not to go off and steal your identity/bank/both. Most of the time, anyway. Besides, if they did, you can poke them with sticks, or whatever it is you do when you're mad. The fact is, the likelihood in my mind of this vulnerability being used for criminal purposes is low. It would more likely be used for a prank.
Many of the readers here know that their passwords are the keys to their IT/enterprise kingdom. The anxiety surrounding these passwords being lost or compromised are the cause of much angst and sleepless nights. Do I want to encrypt my keystore and provide my master password when I log on for my work network? You're damn right. [Shaft, 1971]. Do I want to provide my master password at home and I want to log into Icanhazcheezburger? No, not really. Not that I have a login for Icanhazcheezburger, but hypothetically if I did, I'll be damned if a bunch of internet do-gooders are going to take my right to not have to type a password for pictures of cats+Arial bold away from me!!
Somehow I ended up reading their full rationale for this...
Re: Dave says...
All despair, this man has seen the future!
But never-mind. Here's a non-horny rhinoceros joke you can view without having to declare yourself to your ISP:
Q: How do you stop a rhinoceros from charging?
A: Take away his credit card.
Re: Community benefits
Yes yes, by methane or something and definitely not fracking, which is totally without consequence. If anything the value of your property will go up when in the vicinity of hydraulic fracturing as that's also one of the community benefits. Better do it near Sheffield or something because that area could use a housing price boost. But come on, fiery faucets ... - no? nothing? not even a titter? Tough sub.
P.S. Will use the correct icon next time!
Like flammable tap water to heat your home!
Re: It told me 'Click Here' ...
Yes, it's best we wait several more years for the browser vendors to implement the same things we were doing with plugins back in 2008.
Is that like superabundant oil?
I've got it! They're both bell ends!
Re: Matrix Gloop
Soylent Corporation: It's a single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins, and minerals. Everything the body needs.
It doesn't have everything the body needs....
Perhaps we will find new ways to motivate them
Finish the space station faster or go home with Dominic Connor!
Non, je ne regrette rien
Quick, I think we're about to all wake up....
Purpose: Test survivability of swim bladder-equipped vertebrates in ZG. Plus got to be good for a laugh. Reminiscent of character in popular US TV show 'Family Guy'.
I thought the fish was in "American Dad"? Or are we not thinking of the same thing?
RE: In the real world, not every pirated copy is a lost sale.
Ah, the "Have my cake and stuff my face with it too" argument. Whilst I agree that in the real world, as you put it, this it what happens - it's a method of consumerism which isn't grounded in reality in my view, especially with games where the value is often in the novelty of the product which starts to depreciate as soon as the player fires up their cracked version: and that doesn't even begin to touch on the actual market depreciation of the product itself, i.e. play now (RRP £30), pay later at bargain basement prices (£10). But hey, a sale is a sale right?
It boggles my mind somewhat what world people are living in where this pro-piracy argument makes sense - try walking out of a supermarket with a trolly full of nicked (read: pirated) gear and explaining to the bobby: "But it's okay, mate, if I like this stuff I might pay for it later!"
Nor do I buy the "cracked games are full demonstrations because vendors don't make demo's any more" argument in 2013 when YouTube will be overflowing with hours of "Let's play" videos where you can evaluate if you think you'd enjoy the product. Buyers remorse is not an excuse for self-entitlement to pirate.
Why are they on .se? They just arrr
To err is human,
To ARR is pirate.
So - .arr obviously? They should apply for the TLD.
Goal line tech?
Balls to this.
Re: Apple's problem with flash
Is that it circumvents their business model. That is all.
Dear Sir / Madam.
123 Carrendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
Re: I did a study. Prepare for the staggering results. Ready?
I blame the parents.
Re: No bathrooms
@AC 28/02 05:33
Interactive story here about depression illustrating your points:
Re: Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch [what?] in February
Remember to cite your sources, Destroy All Monsters.
RE: (needs Flash, of course)
Of course, all the really good stuff on the internet needs Flash.
Re: Get a Comp Sci degree
"the fees are nothing really to worry about".
I strongly disagree. It has reached a point where in tuition fees alone, student loan debt is a life-long salary drain: a sort of education mortgage, if you like. Financially, you've got to ask yourself, long term - is it worth it?
Reminds me of something else
"... The new messenger is better".
"... The new start menu is better".
Re: After all that elaborate sellotaping
You gotta' be kitten me!
Re: Oh well
It was almost the purrfect crime.
Re: IIIIII II I III I III
Are you Romanian? Or were you near a Romanian at the time?
Keep it going!
'this light is not powered by the nuclear energy of the sun that grew the food eaten by the human.. It's powered by the gravitational collapse of hydrogen that initiated the nuclear reactions of the sun.'
So we're back to gravity powered light either way!
Red ring of death
Better call up Microsoft.
Re: Do people moan that their TV, Microwave, Dishwashers are hard to open and repair? nope.
"getting them repaired by unskilled, minimally-trained ex-prisonners, ex-hobos or disabled people"
It's interesting that you think disabled people fit into this little stereotype of hobos and ex-prisoners, Pierre.
Re: PLEASE - Look, Irony........
Of course, everyone knows it's actually an adjective. Use it in a sentence? The earth's crust is quite irony.
When does it become stealing?
So if the shop window is broken, it's okay to take what you like it seems!
People seem to expect EA to play by the rules when they have no intention of doing so themselves. Perhaps they reap what they sow in that respect?
Take what you can! Give nothing back! Yarrrr!
Native. Scored 0.81 on Verity's list of business buzzwords... I can see why. But out of interest, just what does Windows 8 compile HTML+JS+CSS into, h4rm0ny?
Re: Get your terminology right first
Tom Welsh: Probably the best description of homo sapiens' impact on Earth to date is "a skin disease".
Take it easy there, Agent Smith!
I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.
Lots of americans here...
I always thought that in the Queen's English it was a sandpit, not a sandbox. Thoughts?
Pure electricity. In my pants.
I tried this before they waterproofed it and I must say it was simply a shocking product.
LOB developers wanted this feature because it was a common scenario that the application needed greater access to the client PC to interact with say, legacy components or bespoke hardware.
The feature is enabled for enterprise roll-out through a group policy and the application assembly itself must be certificate signed to match with that policy. Without this, no elevated trust is provided to the application by design. So the risk is malicious code attempting to break that design - but that risk applies to everything - the application, the plugin, the browser. Nothing new there.
His point is that development in Silverlight is more productive than development on the web tech stack - which is something I happen to agree with him on. The ubiquity of the platform is an entirely different question, so I can see how you failed to see his argument when you go off on that old "but it doesn't run on every device" tangent.
Speculative views presented as fact
Can someone please cite an official source and not an opinion or rumour piece backing this commonly held view that Microsoft will end development on Silverlight on the PC ?
I'm just looking for some clarity amongst all the FUD: I fail to understand how "Silverlight is dying" as people say, when a major internet player is taking the platform on at this stage of play. I would go as far as to say to those still blindly repeating that particular rumour that it's time to re-assess that view?
I see your occupyflash and raise you
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