1046 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
The first time I see someone...
...with an iPad stuck to the side of their head I will literally shit myself with laughter.
Our local council is no better...
...they just paid AUD25,000 for a "new site".
1. For the 25k they got a new content management system that required staff retraining. The CMS is open source so the supplier paid zero dollars for it.
2. A slightly modified template that they have used on other similar sites (changed the header graphic)
3. It's on shared hosting with 102 other sites.
4. It's often unavailable. It was down for over 90 minutes a few days ago. So were all the other 102 sites.
5. Will only allow PDF downloads if you have certain versions of Adobe Reader and browser plugin.
6. No new content on the new site and a whole lot of the old content has gone walkabout.
7. Old site was 100% HTML/CSS/accessibility compliant. The new site has 75 errors and 82 warnings on the home page.
Some companies and government buyers should be ashamed of themselves. And preferably fired and locked up.
“activated within 15 minutes”
Sounds very familiar....Iraq...WMD...45 minutes. Someone remind me how that went.
I keep telling grandma about no.23...
...but she insists that 12 months is long enough to keep server logs.
"I just don't get the logic of this. If NBN is more expensive than your current copper-based service, and you don't need the speed, don't sign up for it."
As I understand it, Telstra is ripping out all the copper as part of the $11bn deal with the govt. It's either NBN or nothing from then onwards. You just get the choice of ISP to move bits across the network on your behalf.
The contention ratio isn't that good...
...100 salesmen/20 naughty ladies. Sloppy fifths, anyone?
Elites? The man is an idiot...
...everyone knows it's spelt l33t5.
Actually, I do understand...
...and I know roads are partially funded by the Federal govt:
If you can't figure out how to make the link work I'll quote the salient part:
"The Federal Budget allocates $325 million to upgrade the national highway that runs from Brisbane to Cairns."
And worse still is the fact that the Bruce Highway gets a fraction of the Pacific Highway budget, to the tune of $500k less *per kilometre*:
And talking of tax dollars, us fools in the bush will contribute the same amount of tax towards building the NBN as the city people will but we'll get at best 12 Mb/s wireless compared to the potential 1Gb/s fibre in the cities.
NBN = Not Bloody Needed
While we still have entire regions in Aus that are cut off by flooding for weeks - and sometimes months - during the wet season, the first big infrastructure project should be flood-proofing roads. Food and other supplies need to come in and local produce needs to go out. We're talking basics here, not high speed fripperies.
After that it should be storm-proofing the electricity network. Hanging power lines between wooden sticks in a cyclone region is beyond stupid and when there is a big cyclonic event the power network quite literally falls over. We had no power for almost four weeks after Cyclone Yasi while the poor engineers from the powercos went from one natural disaster to another in Queensland between December and March.
A fast network connection isn't much use when homes and telco exchanges are dark but I guess faster downloads are more important to the kids of Melbourne, Sydney and the other big cities of the SE corner of Aus.
"for those not familiar with Australian-New Zealand argot"..
..."bro" is short for "brother".
That's the first time I've been patronised by an Australian.
"Bro" is an abbreviation for "brother" outside of Aus/NZ and has been for a very long time. You'll find it in company names (Fred Bloggs & Bro Ltd) going back centuries in the UK, for example.
M Coat, your friendly Pommie pedant.
Beavering away on Martha Lane Fox...
...El Reg gets more like a Carry On film every day.
But back to the point. This does have a tiny whiff of the database state that I thought the UK had tried to get rid of at the last election. At least some good people such as NO2ID are having some input this time.
Oh the irony...
...I'm guessing from the article that some mumsnet users have used the forum to attack the parents of Madeleine McCann for not supervising their child. I really hope these aren't the same parents that can't even be arsed to supervise their own children's Net use.
Although I'm sure I won't be the only one to say this.
...the bloke's a bloody legend, as the locals like to say.
I sometimes wonder if he and the rest of the Internode crew are the only ones that actually give a fuck about the Net in Australia.
Closed source comms
I think you have to start with the assumption that it is backdoored and make your decisions from there.
Dead men don't sue...
...so you can make up any old crap and it becomes fact.
FFS, El Reg, I thought you were beyond regurgitation of US propaganda. We're never going to learn the truth about bin Laden and this muddying of the waters isn't going to help.
Is his stash "massive" or "fairly extensive"? Probably the most risible line is "electronically recorded videos". I'm so glad to see he wasn't using that infidel gas powered video equipment.
Now where did I leave my tractor with the Boudicca-style wheel blades?
The artistes wll be happy...
...when the music companies share out all that cash.
Don't hold your breath, Shergal Farkey, I don't think you'll see a penny for that copy of Teenage Kicks I downloaded just to annoy you...and then deleted without listening.
The company hired a new director of privacy...
...new? I wasn't aware there was already someone failing miserably in this job before.
ISTR 30% of the homeless are ex-services...
...and if that is the case it may go some way to reducing the problem of people living on the streets.
That said, I get the impression that a lot of ex-services people, especially those that joined up directly after leaving school, come out having zero experience of life outside of an institution and making decisions for themselves. Once the fibre roll-out is complete will they be left to fend for themselves on the streets again?
"only needs 7 megawatts of power"
Only? They must have one hell of a kettle in the tea room.
"These people don't lie"
And Vatican spokesmolester Cardinal Pinnochio agreed.
They need a fleet of PS3s to crack this...
...just hook it up to the PSN. Oh wait...
<-- Beer icon because that's something else they won't discover in his compound.
CMI = POS
The writer may be wearing rose-tinted specs. My exerience with a CMI was less than fulfilling.
I worked with Vince Clarke of Yazoo, another CMI owner, and I programmed all the A/V content for the first Yazoo tour.
Vince used a Linn to trigger the CMI and also had an interface built to trigger, via the Linn, an AVL Eagle* computer that controlled all the slide projector dissolve units and a 16mm B&H film projector.
The CMI was incredibly unreliable during the programming sessions and Vince decided to hire a backup machine for the tour. I think the going rate for rental was about a grand per week. The Linn was always good and never, if you'll pardon the pun, missed a beat.
Yazoo did a warm-up gig in the band's home town of Basildon and during the first song the Fairlght played up and the Linn/AVL interface died. The bloke that had been engaged to look after the visuals on the tour didn't have a clue what to do but I had been watching the show from backstage and had to intervene. From the second song until the last I had to manually cue all the visuals from memory (my memory) and there were probably well over 30 sync points in each song.
Ultimately the CMIs were dumped before the rest of the tour and the songs were dubbed on to a TEAC A3440 four track for playback and the A/V content was triggered by AVL's native timecode. A UKP500 Jap tape recorder was more reliable than the UKP20k CMI.
Yazoo geek trivia: Vince wrote many of his songs on an acoustic guitar and did his accounts on an early IBM PC. Alf Moyet's vocals were always live and always note perfect.
*The show was programmed on an Eagle but an AVL Roadrunner was used for the tour.
How fast does an app have to open?
I just stopwatched Firefox 3.3.16 on a 14 month old desktop machine and it took less than half a second to launch. How much faster does it have to get for you to class it as a good browser?
Where's the pointless arsewipe icon when you need one?
And it seems Android has a similar issue...
And about to get a lot worse. We'll be in the same section as Iran and Saudi Arabia when Conroy's censor boxes come online. They'll no doubt have a bit of ACTA love thrown in too.
Can't wait to see what happens when the NBN is finished and Conroy and his rabid Christian mates from the ACL have their grubby hands on the switch.
Re: Don't tell Jobs, god only knows what he'd do!
Steve Jobs *is* god. Ask any Apple fanboi.
I've been testing Moz nightlies from before the m/b days...
...and I admit to being a little disappointed to see Mozilla following Google's lead with more frequent versions/releases. If Google keep to the same versioning system they'll be up to v20something in a few years and it'll all start to look a bit stupid and confusing.
Fewer releases with more emphasis on stability and less on features should be the best way forward. Extensions can take care of features. The manufacturers can also add features via extensions if they want to.
We don't need another pointless bloat war.
Abuse of democracy
I hope those greedy pigfuckers in Hollywood and the politicians that they own in NZ are happy. They have managed to corrupt the democratic process on the back of grieving New Zealanders and others that lost their relatives in Christchurch.
Just how low will some people stoop to make money. These bastards could limbo under a pole that's nailed to the floor.
(and if the Moderatrix passes this I shall be amazed)
Halfords to the rescue...
...you could put out that fire with a 20 quid fire extinguisher.
<-- Grenade: probably a more effective way of sinking a rubber dinghy.
I guess Aus has given up...
...on trying to invent a beer that is drinkable on Earth.
I can only imagine how they will phrase these warnings
"Al Qaeda are coming!!!!!!!! lulz"
"We are expecting a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda"
"Abdul likes this."
Phones vs avionics - myth?
In the mid 90s I was doing some contract work for an medium sized airline and asked my client about the mobile phone issue.
His remit included the in-flight phone system so I joked that it was just to make passengers use the airline's $8 per minute phones. He informed me that it cost the airline $10 per minute and the service was a loss leader.
He also told me that Airbus had carried out many tests and had not managed to find find conclusive evidence that phones had any effect on the avionics. Some of the tests were quite extreme including placing a French army mobile radar unit on a scaffold right next to the fuselage. It had no adverse effect al all.
His off the record conclusion was that problems with avionics were likely to be software issues rather than external forces. I assume he was being honest with me.
Re: You've not been to Heathrow recently, have you?
Thankfully not :)
So they "battled their way to Cairns in Australia, which was swiftly battered by one of the worst cyclones in the Lucky Country's history" then "travelled to Brisbane, where they were met with extensive flooding, forcing a cross-country retreat to Perth" where they "narrowly escaped" raging bush fires"
Not that I'm doubting the Swedes but no-one "battles their way" by plane to anywhere these days. Cairns was hardly touched by Cyclone Yasi, the floods in Brisbane happened weeks before the cyclone and the Perth bush fires were, by definition, in the bush and not in Perth.
Call me cynical but my bullshit detector is flashing red right now.
Sky Fairy influence in Aus politics...
...it's truly scary:
Our Prime Ranga claims to be an atheist but has yet to realise that, in the words of Frank Zappa, there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over.
You may take the piss out of 3G...
...but it does have a very serious use where I live in Australia.
After a big cyclone in February we had no mains power for nearly four weeks. That meant no desktop PCs and no ADSL connectivity. However, the Telstra 3G service worked for a few days until the batteries at the rural exchanges ran flat. A USB 3G stick plugged into a netbook was the only communication we had with the outside world and I cannot begin to explain how useful that was.
Yes it's expensive and yes the coverage was patchy (had to drive up a nearby hill to get a signal) but when that's all you have you don't complain too much.
And like a lot of sites the search function doesn't work without me giving Google permission to run code on my machines.
On the plus side there I haven't found any geoblocking.
Anyone know of Adblock for radio? :)
It made me look twice when I saw the ads in PE...
...but when I read the FAQs I realised it didn't play open and lossless formats such as FLAC. It's a shame because I've always wanted a lounge-friendly juke box.
Maybe it does...
...but Jenny doesn't know what an API is.
Like = Fail
I've seen stuff on Facebook about recent disasters where the Like function is massively inappropriate.
"10,000 killed in Japan tsunami."
"Jenny likes this."
I mean, FFS, can't they come up with a word better than Like?
...irritable vowel syndrome.
If Harvey Norman goes into online retailing...
...the result will have slight smell of poo about it.
Everyone has a price
"Come and work for us."
"I couldn't do that, I'd look like a hypocrite."
"Here's a large bag of cash."
"When do I start?"
There's an encryption package called Mujhaddin Secrets?
That's just to fool you. It's actually a Halal perfume.
On Aussie TV tonight...
...a nuke expert from Imperial College, London, having to make a grovelling apology for saying it was all nothing to worry about a couple of nights earlier. Your move, Mr Page.
As Jeff 11 and two00lbwaster pointed out there are other reasons. Another one is that some users choose to keep their tweets private except for approved followers.
- Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge
- Did Apple's iOS make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1
- 20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
- Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap
- Review Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked