1046 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Thank the stars she privatised BT...
...it would just be some faceless, mega-incompetent corporate giant now if she hadn't.
Looks like the proposed wireless 25/5 we'll be getting isn't so bad after all.
Did Turnbull include the costs of replacing the rotting copper owned by Telstra? Malcy's ADSL2 is going to suffer sooner rather than later.
Re: How to make the world a better place
Our morality as a society is what's legal.
There are plenty of things that are legal but entirely immoral.
How to make the world a better place
Do note this was a couple of decades ago when such shenanigans were indeed legal. Not necessarily moral, but legal.
It's people like you that screw things up for the rest of us. Greed has no morals and no limits.
Re: "He was Anonymous but not anonymous."
Actually he is still anonymous. As a minor his name is protected.
He's anonymous to us but not to the legal system. They count, we don't.
He was Anonymous but not anonymous.
It'll be programmed to disallow goals from anyone in an England shirt, just as the officials have been.
...remind me again why I spent good money on a car with such twattish accessories.
Re: Google winning the browser wars - not as scary as the dark days of IE
If Chrome totally dominates, there can continue to be forks of their browser with any undesirable parts stripped out. Most people will use the official versions for convenience and geeks the unofficial versions cleansed of evil.
When Chrome was first released I gave it a test drive and was somewhat surprised to see that whenever I logged in to an SSL site Chrome also made an SSL connection to a Google-owned server. I then tried the supposedly flea-free version known as SWIron. It had the same behaviour despite claims that dodgy code had been removed. Neither got a second chance.
Firefox all the way here. It's the only one I feel I can trust.
Good on 'em
The way Australian cattle farmers treat livestock is pretty despicable. Animals are moved on journeys that often exceed 1000km or more in crowded cattle trucks to a coastal port. They are then exported by ship to places such as Indonesia and the Middle East where they have their throats slashed while still alive by the usual Halal brutality
If the farmers had any concern for animal welfare (and breeding cattle for killing excludes them from that category) they would at least have local abattoirs and not subject the animals to weeks of poor travelling conditions before an unpleasant death. It's barbaric.
They may whine about privacy invasion by drone but I've never yet heard a farmer complain about Australia's proposed data retention and monitoring.
Civilisation has reached the tipping point
It's all downhill from here.
Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos
At least they weren't looting.
There wasn't much left to loot.
Re: Disaster pr0n for sickos
fire up a stand to sell "disaster burgers"
Most people's stuff had been swept away by the storm surge or was under two metres of sand.
Disaster pr0n for sickos
We had to get the police to roadblock our area to the public after cyclone Yasi. Too many rubberneckers drove in to look at the mess. Sick bastards.
"Your next car will be smarter than you"
The author should visit rural Australia. His statement is already true here.
<-- Beer icon. It lubricates the drivers.
Re: No Thanks
If this gets too obvious I'll just stop watching anything.
I was thinking the same thing. I shall just read more books instead. Then I had a horrible thought about what would happen to books if we all stopped watching TV.
The worst thing, by a mile...
...are those functions that remain invisible until you hover over them (yes, WordPress, I'm looking at you). How the f%$# are you supposed to know to hover if the f*&^ers are invisible?
The other UI nightmare is the one that came with Orifice 2000 (at least I think it was but it was definitely a MS product). Menu items that just disappeared if you didn't use them often. The obvious happened: As you couldn't then find them you used them even less.
"FinFisher spyware has been updated to evade detection"
and has now been discovered in 25 countries across the globe
Awesome detection evasion there. 10/10.
"fish and chips, a national treat"
Things must be desperate in Blighty if fish and chips are a treat.
Why did Microsoft even bother? Half the fun of moving to another country is exploring the differences.
I have 12.3 running in a VirtualBox VM on the Win7 gaming box. Everything feels faster than the equivalent apps on the base Windows system.
Re: Strange URL
Pharma SEO fail?
Re: I'll stick with my Mac
Blimey, dozens of comments before we come to a Mac user that knows what a text editor is.
Re: A nitpick
What is Zawinski's Observation?
I believe it's possibly the one about all applications bloating until they can do email. Or something.
"jam jars with rulers stuck to the side"
And will likely remain so for a while. The main difference these days is that fewer people are required to read the rulers due to the ubiquity of modern connected rain gauges or AWS.
Rain gauges, even the spiffy modern ones, are notoriously inaccurate for several reasons.
NB I did once enquire about a BoM-recommended AWS for home use but was told anything below $25k was a waste of time. If you live in the town with the highest rainfall in Aus (over 7 metres) you tend to pay attention to this stuff..
Your articles were always a pleasure to read.
I'll get your coat.
Life moves so fast...
...I can remember the old days when Tesco specialised in horse meat lasagne.
It'll be insurance ads. Thank fuck for Adblock..
I buy more music now than I ever have
Not just music, but films and games too.
Just to clarify, none of this happened because of anything the music industry did to "stop piracy". The most likely reason is that I'm now exposed to more culture than at any time in the past. Not only that but I can choose where, when and what I am exposed to. This is despite the best efforts of the music industry to make the opposite true.
"44 per cent of those people were over the age of 75."
Cameron's NHS policies will soon get that number down.
Slight difference unfortunately
Yep, I realise there is a legal difference but the end result is the same. It's still ripping off those that do pay their fair share.
...the likes of Amazon, Google and scummy bankers get away with squillions while HMRC are busy with two oiks.
Still, something must be done, eh? Got to keep the Daily Mail readers happy.
He's quite right
The only thing you'll see in a high street in ten years* is a solitary pound shop with a tumbleweed blowing past.
Support your local shops. They have real jobs inside, real people with real knowledge of the products, not just some unskilled drones picking items from the racks in the latest mega warehouse.
"The device is called an EyePad not to primarily annoy Apple"
But it will help and that's surely a good thing.
Re: Patents are a wondrous thing...
Patents predate the Renaissance and the scientific revolution, and there is some evidence that a similar idea was present in ancient Greece.
Yes, a patent was granted in Greece for a year (according to Wikipedia). Given the speed of tech advances back then it would be equivalent to maybe a week today. I'd have no problems with that.
Patents are a wondrous thing...
...because no one invented anything before patents existed.
Perhaps he could make a copy...
...and send it to Dieter Rams. Seems only fair.
"I've been hacked"
It's the "dog ate my homework" of the digital age.
Eric bloody Huggers. He seems to lurch from one badly thought out tech nightmare to another.
Re: You lost me at...
I have never been on a date where the lady brought along a friend.
I did once. Best date ever.
What a complete arse. He calls himself a survivalist. It must be tough surviving between fat royalty cheques.
....do what we say or we'll shut down your country with the flick of a switch."
Coldplay and Kesha?
There should have been an additional $10,000 fine on grounds of taste.
Admit it, you sniggered too.
It's a very personal thing...
...But my own preference is Earl Grey left to stew until it's almost cold. No milk or sugar. Great in a hot climate.
I have roughly half a metric tonne of books. Not one has ever failed (apart from one I was reading in the bath and fell asleep). Not one has had a flat battery. Not one has had a blue screen of death. I've never dropped one and thought "shit, I've just lost my entire book collection" as it splintered across the floor. The publisher and retailer don't know when I read their books.
Long live dead trees.
It's good that Mozilla uses WebRTC...
...but Google seem to be using WebOrrrTC.
And do software people have any other adjectives than "great" and "awesome"?
I suppose it's possible...
...that this bloke is right and everyone is wrong. Statistics aren't exactly my field but, you know...
Re: Prior art ?
The Apple shops are very different to all others. There's a far higher concentration of pillocks among staff and customers.
"speeds of at least 2Mbit/s to 90 per cent "
It's good to see them aiming so high.
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