Re: Not sharing
Exactly this. Upvoted.
699 posts • joined 19 May 2009
Exactly this. Upvoted.
You want to make self-employment illegal?
I've been self-employed for 26 years and can assure you that there is no such thing as self-employment: it's multiple-employment.
Those cheap chainsaws took me by surprise too. I spent a year assisting my tree surgeon brother-in-law for a year while living in France, and it never occurred to me that anything other than the best Stihl models existed.
If this means you are describing me as anti-Worstall, that's possibly the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me. Thank you.
It may be that most government simply can't work and is not fit for this purpose.
Or it may just be a case of brown envelopes.
The only reason I quoted VW's press release was in order to take the piss out of it in the next sentence. Unfortunately the next sentence got cut.
I'm quite sure all the other big manufacturers do it too
Gosh, and you're the one insisting on sources.
The sub-editors at The Reg very sensibly trimmed away some of my paragraphs this week in order to keep it legal but I thought I should explain why I seemingly randomly referred to Sir Humphrey Appleby. It's because a couple of paras were cut just above the reference.
“Professor Dr. Winterkorn had no knowledge of the manipulation of emissions data,” assures the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG’s Supervisory Board.
Excuse my twisted logic, but once you’ve stated that everything can be explained away by ignorance, nothing and no-one is safe.
For example, if Winterkorn is later found to have known what was going on, the Executive Committee can just say they “had no knowledge” of this. If then challenged why they declared that Winterkorn had no knowledge despite having no knowledge of whether Winterkorn had knowledge or no knowledge, they could claim to have had no knowledge of having no knowledge.
Sir Humphrey Appleby could not have explained it better.
Hope that makes more sense to Yes Prime Minister fans.
How much money did you get paid for your rant?
Is "pairing socks" a bit like "sexing goldfish"? But with socks?
Anyone else remember Sylvester McCoy and David Rappaport as a superhero double-act? What kids' programme was that in?
You could rephrase the question as: "Which is your least-favourite embarrassing and desperate copy of Tom Baker?"
After William Hartnell, each actor to play Doctor Who did it differently from the previous (re)generation. But after Tom Baker's nutball Doctor in his long coat, scarf, wooly jumper etc, each subsequent actor just tried to copy the Tom Baker template, with rapidly decreasing returns.
For this, I blame Peter Davison, who also did a lot to make the series overly child-friendly. Scowling Colin Baker looked uncomfortable in Tom Baker's jolly clothes and gave up. Poor old Sly McCoy got the thinnest of all wedges: same tired "madcap" outfit and character AGAIN. But it was all Peter's fault.
This may surprise you, but I am not the kind of journalist who is given freebies. I bought the iBeats for £21 in a sale at my local shopping centre because I wanted a second set of earphones+mic in case I lost my Sennheisers. I can't afford a second set of Sennheisers.
>> Gay Queens
Nice try. I used to read GQ back when it was still called Gentleman's Quarterly - which deserves to be a euphemism for something.
Kate? She has a landline in Kensington, that's all I'm prepared to say.
I've been writing this drivel here every week for three years. I'm intrigued by your concept of "recently".
Now you're talking. A Nigel Kneale box-set - does such a thing exist? Just wondering, as it'll be my birthday in a couple of months.
It does have a hint of "pyramid scheme" about it, doesn't it?
Indeed, I plan Poopcoin as dirty money. If I can get my hands on enough Poop, it'll make me filthy rich.
Each Poopcoin transaction completes almost instantly in a matter of weeks, for which I charge just 0.2 per cent* per transaction.
I forgot to include the explanatory footnote in my column, so here it is:
[* of your projected life earnings]
It's not for me to say. Shame, since now you'll never get to see that video featuring heavy metal, partying, drug-taking and lots and lots of nudity.
Ah, that's why I work longer hours for less money than ever before. I ought to be asking for more utility.
Tony Stark is one thing but they must have been more than a teensy bit envious of all the random fun that (real person) Elon Musk is having with his spare cash: magic cars, space rockets, etc.
I wonder how international data protection legislation might deal with other Alphabet companies making use of Google's data farm.
Sorry to be a bore but this isn't how SEO works. If a search for "funny cat videos" or "Kim Kardashian's arse" pointed to this article, I'd consider it more of a success.
Run that by me again. Because I called in a plumber on my household appliance insurance, I am unfit to write about IT security? Oh-kayyyy.
>> So how much did you pay him
I never asked for a quote and paid him what he asked for. Before he offered to help, I had been expecting to fork out £200-300 on a new Crapper plus the same again on "expert" labour to take out the old one and out in the new one, what with my old loo being cemented into the floor.
>> I test the bass on headphones with this track
Huh, typical Reg commentard, waving his organ around.
>> Because Microsoft have NEVER EVER been accused of bloat. EVER.
Except when I did, at the end of the column.
>> Actually, I don't know that any of what I've written makes sense.
I experience this every week.
Was "Beat" the one with the blue cover? It didn't do much for me. The yellow and red ones were superb.
>> architecture / scope creep
It's about neither. It's an anecdote. If I could just make this shit up, I'd have a quieter life.
>> large white balloon
You want information? You're not going to get it!
>> Jennfer Connelly has curve
Yes, she looks nothing like her father, Cyril. Or was it Billy?
This is possible. I found a trick online that disables my printer's toner-out countdown, and I have not needed to change my toner carts for nearly two years.
I don't know why, but this video has been pulled from YouTube and Vimeo. I quickly found a dodgy alternative. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience.
Thanks for the reminder about the Coronation kick. I first heard anecdote in April this year at the IEEE Milestone unveiling for Blumlein at Abbey Road.
I will never work for a charity again. I did it twice, never got paid from either charity. When I pushed for payment, I received the "we're a charity, you know" treatment, despite having agreed on a contract before we started. When it got nasty, I left them alone: I would have come out worse off.
>> The one that looks like a 3 1/2" floppy disk.
Some interface designers have tried to solve this problem (no-one under 30 knows what a floppy disk looks like) by changing the button to look a bit like the casing of a hard disk. This is worse because not only do even fewer people know what a hard disk looks like, a thin blank rectangle with a dot (to represent an LED) is practically unrecognisable as anything.
>> I think I'm going to throw up
I once felt unwell during a sushi-and-saki party, and the restaurant staff skilfully smuggled me out a back door and into a black cab. When I said I was feeling sick, he put his foot down and got me home in 20 mins instead of the customary 60.
>> Anyone remember MS-DOS?
Some years ago, a letter came in to the computer mag I was working for, in which a disabled man was complaining that MS-DOS kept insulting him. Being wheelchair-bound, he believed that the operating system was being sarcastic about his attempts to use DOS commands because it would respond "INVALID SYNTAX" every time.
I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be a joke letter but I do wonder sometimes...
>> I went for a course in electroconvulsive therapy
Did you make any contacts?
Not sure what you mean. Are you suggesting it's a tautology? If so, I call it a 'training course' to distinguish it from a golf course, an assault course or a course in electroconvulsive therapy.
>> black cab from Heathrow bound for a B&B in a side street in North Finchley.
Be reasonable. You honestly expect someone to have memorised every street name, location and directions to get there within the entire Greater London area?
>> Or "at the roundabout, take the first exit", which happens to be a farm track
My Dad used to do this. As soon as the GPS told him to turn left, he'd immediately haul on the steering wheel and shoot up someone's front drive.
I kid you not, we owned a little gas camping stove right up until a couple of years ago, when I finally disposed of it. It had never been used. It had been sitting on a shelf in the garage ever since I bought it at the end of December 1999, "just in case".
>> School windows never open
The ones at my school did. In fact, they remained open, sun or rain. I remember our Latin teacher had a habit of casually tossing our marked exercise books, frisbee-style, to us from his desk at the front. If you were lucky enough to sit by a window, there was a chance that your exercise book might fly outside before you had a chance to catch it. That meant you were allowed to go outside (two floors down, in the playground) to fetch it. If you were unlucky, it would be raining and your book would be a pulpy lump by the time you retrieved it.
Still without a hob and getting rather fed up of laboriously cooking separate ingredients in the microwave in sequence, then finishing them off in the oven or under the grill. I have even learnt how to make frittatas in the microwave, and I have been told how to poach an egg in there (will try this over the weekend). The day I get the new hob fitted, I will cook something that requires me to use all four rings simultaneously. (Ooh matron etc)