* Posts by Lis 0r

86 posts • joined 9 Jun 2009

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

Lis 0r

The one about having already paid for European tolls - classic Clarkson, from likely over a decade ago.

That said, since you're a tax dodger, you haven't *actually* paid though, have you?

Have you always planned to rely on the charity of others to prevent your Libertarian utopia from falling into dystopian anarchy?

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Devil

Well done on recycling Jeremy Clarkson's joke. Did you pay to license it?

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

Lis 0r

Contamination?

Is it really contamination when it's blatantly intentionally been added?

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

Lis 0r

Only the finest fedora wearer would think "or die on the street" constitutes a choice.

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Lis 0r

Others have pointed out that's not enough money to replace welfare. Much of that money is spent on rubbish like donkey sanctuaries and other similarly thinly veiled cons, so it's not even equivalent. To add insult to injury, charities are exceptionally inefficient, so the overall cost to society for the same quality of life will be even greater.

Never mind the fact that without safety nets, people will have to weave their own. With employment rights thrown out the window, they'll by necessity have to be even stronger and more comprehensive. Instead of giving money to charity, they'll start stockpiling it against the bad times.

People never think it through - as well as fluffy happy commie reasons for benefits, there are plenty of good *right wing* reasons to maintain the benefits system. Would you want to work with benefit scroungers? Do you want them stealing your TV? Do you want to pay even more to put them in prison? Do you want them dying in the street from diseases they can't afford to treat, causing a massive public health hazard? Benefits are a really cheap way of keeping them in their place.

Even if we come down to libertarianism, the argument's flawed. How can there be the honest promotion charity really be born out of a doctrine that can be summed up as "Wahwahwah! I'm a selfish bugger and don't want to pay my taxes!"?

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FAIL

There's the standard libertarian fallacy here - that people are nice, charitable, etc.

Paid holiday won't be replaced by negotiation, because the individuals will have no bargaining power. We live in the era of zero hour contracts - people will be given the choice of working every hour the employer wants, or being replaced by another unit of interchangeable exploitable schmuck. Only those with unique, irreplaceable talents will have any flexibility in the resultant system.

It's the same problem with removing welfare: the reality is that it won't be replaced by charity, because the vast majority of people are selfish jerks. They'd much rather watch someone die in a gutter than give up a few precious pennies. It's not like this is hypothetical - welfare was born out of such an arrangement, as a solution to the problem.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Lis 0r
WTF?

I regularly turn up to work in a rainbow tie dye dress, neon accessories, and a bright pink mohawk, but I'd still go to interview dressed smartly, with a bunch of piercings removed, regardless of whether it says casual is OK for interview.

It's about focussing attention on my skills, and what I'm saying, *not* my visual presentation.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

Lis 0r

Re: Reg Standards

But how many grapenuts?

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

Lis 0r

Re: One of the few modern automotive inventions that I applaud

Not to mention be half-cut and not care.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

Lis 0r

Re: Add more complexity

Funny, normally, they have problems finding skilled talent willing to work for so little money, and are then puzzled why their only option is expensive contractors...

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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Boffin

But does it run RISC OS?

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Subaru Outback Lineartronic: The thinking person’s 4x4

Lis 0r
Trollface

Re: Questions

Like every car here, it's intended for an over paid contractor as compensation for his shrinking appendage. As long as it can run paupers down, it's fine.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

Lis 0r

Re: most changes you make will be irreversible/lack of non destructive editing,

It means it allows you to go back and change stuff you did in the past, without having to undo the stuff you've done subsequently.

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London Coffee Festival: Caffeine, tech and martinis on show in Shoreditch

Lis 0r

Re: Getting a good cup of coffee?

It'll be an Italian roast - it provides a consistent product, but tends to bitterness and annihilates any terroir. The overly hot extraction process then magnifies the issue.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

Lis 0r
Flame

Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"

Came here to say the same thing - I moved into a house with no gas, so stumped up for induction hobs and pans. I'm never going back - the heat is so well spread out and finely controllable that I rarely ever bother using a double-boiler any more.

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

Lis 0r
Devil

Re: Wotcha driving Simon?

Bless, car driver ideas of quick 0-60 times! Sooo cute ^_^

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Trollface

Issit though

Pretty sure the defining feature of a range rover is the chief behind the wheel.

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

Lis 0r
Facepalm

And here was me thinking it was simply because the people with the brains to actually implement this stuff get paid a quarter what they would elsewhere, and then have twice as much of it nicked by the taxman.

But no, it's obviously all down to the suits. Obviously.

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

Lis 0r
Facepalm

Only in America...

Magstripe? What is this? The 80s?

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

Lis 0r
Trollface

Re: If it's meant to last a lifetime...

High child mortality?

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

Lis 0r
Boffin

Isn't a significant moon required to keep the core molten, in order to provide magnetic shielding from the atmosphere stripping solar radiation?

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

Lis 0r

Yes.

Simply Yes :P

Publicly owned infrastructure, then service providers can charge to provide end points for IP, telephones, subscription TV, etc. over it. FTA radio and TV can just be another high level service, delivered by multicast. That way everyone gets the same types of stuff as they do now, but with a better service, and we don't have all this nonsense with multiple masts, spectrum allocations, and notspots.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

Lis 0r

Re: reducing energy consumption

If you're going to give up comfort, why bother to live at all? What really is the point? Why bother to breed, for that matter - all you'd be doing is condemning another soul to a life of misery, a grossly selfish and wicked act just to satiate your animal instincts.

Or we could ignore retards, spark up a few nuclear plants, and everyone could live in luxury.

I know which sounds more tempting to me.

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

Lis 0r

Re: One question and a comment

OS X scaling isn't stupid - UI elements will scale, whereas images will retain their original glory.

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Facepalm

Re: Value for money?

Legibility? You mean your operating system is too shit to scale the UI so that it's legible, regardless of the resolution?

The point of 5K shoul dbe obvious - display a full 4K image AND the user interface required to manipulate it.

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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Lis 0r
Thumb Up

This needs a physical toy! Time to bring back the turtle!

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Lis 0r
Facepalm

Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

Cool story, bro. Ever considered that other people might use their computers differently?

Everything full screen, multiple monitors, Alt-Tab to task switch between the tasks in hand, and dive down to the hidden dock to pull up anything that's not been used in a while.

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80 PER CENT of app devs SUCK at securing your data, study finds

Lis 0r
Devil

Re: Another view...

Or maybe just a realistic impression of an average user, and why you should explicitly disallow such a password, or send both encrypted?

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

Lis 0r

An ignorant rant - reminded me of A-level computing: grossly out of date, irrelevant, and unwilling to update.

The author didn't know whether modern processor had all these stone age memory management techniques? Here's an idea - use the internet, and look it up! Of course they've got all that gubbins, it's just malicious hackers are a good deal sneakier than the friendly people who might attack a 60s mainframe.

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

Lis 0r

A fist bump is for when you say something intensely cutting or amusing, as a mutual show of respect. It'd be wasteful to use it as a mere greeting.

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

Lis 0r
Facepalm

TL;DR:

"AM OLD. CAN'T COPE. LOL D:"

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Bloodthirsty Apple fanbois TEAR OPEN new Macbook, bare its guts to world+dog

Lis 0r
Trollface

Yeah, nice one grandad

Next you'll be complaining it doesn't have a gramophone slot for your olde timey vinyl.

DVDs were obsolete the moment it was less hassle to download a film you owned off TPB than it was to pull it off the shelf behind you and wrangle the tele into playing it.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

Lis 0r
Boffin

Re: On sapphire...

Blendtec blades are actually dull already - they combine high power, high speed to bludgeon the contents to itty-bitty pieces. Looking at one of their jugs, it breaks pretty much every rule of blender design, but still induces a head-slapping "why wasn't this obvious?!" response.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

Lis 0r

Re: Encouragement?

Where I work is great - it's the industry at large that's full of tossers. If you can't understand within about 10 seconds of reading the slashdot comments why no minority would want to work in tech, then you're probably part of the problem.

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Trollface

Re: Encouragement?

As a female coder, I'll tell you for free that the most off putting thing getting here was the people already doing it. Not only is it a complete sausage party, but it's full of libertarian, fedora-wearing douchebags. HTH, HAND, etc.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

Lis 0r

Re: non story

" I don't remember being able to play a man in Tomb Raider..."

No, you got to play as a male w*nk fantasy instead.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

Lis 0r
Facepalm

Re: Gender

308 people right now, according to the *poll*.

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Lis 0r

Gender

Shame El Reg didn't consider asking gender in the poll would be relevant, given how many have found it hilarious.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Lis 0r

Obvious solution - disallow human driving.

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

Lis 0r
Trollface

Re: A storm in a tea cup

The GIMP resynthesizer plugin does the same thing as Content Aware. It also did it before Photoshop did.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Lis 0r
Gimp

Re: The real problem is C

ADA!

After Mistress has kicked the 10 shades of shit out of you and your miserable poor excuse for some source, she might deign to generate a binary from your code.

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Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

Lis 0r
Unhappy

No hacking!

It's pretty dark days for education if decompiling and disassembling is truly frowned upon.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Lis 0r
Headmaster

Re: beats me...

I think you mean "+++ATDT"

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

Lis 0r
Stop

Re: Why Do Apple Think They're Different?

How do you know how valuable the data on the iPad is without analysing all of it?

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Github brews text editor for developers

Lis 0r
Mushroom

Re: I'll stick with sh & vi, thank you.

Wouldn't know, I write RTOSen for a living. Rarely surface long enough to deal with users.

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Lis 0r

Re: I'll stick with sh & vi, thank you.

It's probably something to do with how both vi and emacs are old, unpleasant, user hostile programs used as a masochistic rites of passage by wannabe UNIX nerds.

If I need to prove how big my cock is, I'll get it out of the night stand and bludgeon you round the head with it. For everything else, I'll use sublime text and actually get some work done.

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

Lis 0r

Wuh?

Does anyone visit Bletchley for the dry and boring war museum? TNMOC is the jewel in the crown - the rest takes about half an hour to look around tops. I can only imagine breaking the link must have decimated their visitor numbers.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

Lis 0r
Trollface

Re: There are other reasons for not using a phone on holiday

Cool story, Grandad. Some people just ignore/block the pesterers for the duration, and make their tech work for *them*.

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Lis 0r
Trollface

Keep the kids dumb!

Means job security and more pay for the rest of us.

Though more seriously, this seems like a "patriotic" way of trying to bring down programmer wages to equal those of our far eastern brethren, for the benefit of no one but the corporate behemoths.

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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

Lis 0r
Facepalm

Re: Interesting, but

"I fully agree, but I guess when you have someone who blogs to the world about a supposedly intimate/personal experience, they really don't want it to be a personal thing."

Ever considered that *you* might not be the intended audience? Perhaps it's for those thinking of following in her footsteps?

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