1128 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Don't be evil
Oh just fuck off, Google, and take your steaming pile of fanbois with you.
Fibre to the Ger.
Re: Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?
Are Chromebooks the new "No OS supplied" option?
Exactly my thought. Rip out the Google shit and install a decent OS.
Nothing really matters. Anyone can see.
Re: Social contract?
Two downvotes? The joke alert icon needs to be more obvious.
The missing one
I'm sure it wasn't an intentional omission from the test dummy design but it didn't allow for "You can shove your shit, over-priced subscription TV up your arse, Rupert".
Nonsense, it was a UFO crashing
I read it in an Erich von Däniken book so it must be true.
NB For those of you under 50, Mr v D was to truth in the 70s what the 'Net is in the 21st century. The name Däniken is Swiss German for "utter bollocks".
When can I get this at home?
Re: Nice looking hardware
It is the fuggliest thing I have seen in a long time.....
I may have dreamed this...
...but aren't Icelandic men outnumbered 2:1 by gorgeous blonde Viking girls? Why would they need porn?
"let our site partners decide themselves"
How about letting the people using the service decide for themselves? They are the ones ultimately paying for it.
Really? Define "waste of money".
Sodding post edit function timed out on me so here's the rest of my response:
Joking aside, I live in the wettest town in Australia so I know a little bit about rainfall. We average over 4000mm per year with a record peak of over 7000mm. We can sometimes get over 500mm in 24 hours. 500mm is roughly London's annual rainfall, if you want a bit of perspective.
I get my weather info from the BoM Web site and a few natural indicators. When the farmer next door mows his lawn during the wet season it means it will rain within two hours. If the tree frogs start croaking during the day it means it will rain within 15 minutes. And so on.
Weather is about tried and tested observation, not apps with sensors that don't like the rain.
Really? Define "waste of money".
Buying a telescope from Dixon's for deep space research.
About the only thing this does that sticking your head out of the window doesn't achieve is the air quality stuff:
Did he explain why it's a waste of money
Low quality sensors, mainly. If the Bureau of Meteorology or any other met service, could get away with low cost hardware then they would. Example: The anemometer on a decent weather station needs to be a minimum height above ground for any thing approaching accuracy. I would guess that most people couldn't be arsed to install a suitable tower in their garden to complement a 150 quid iPad app.
I talked to a weather scientist about personal/automatic weather stations last year. He said anything below AUD25k (GBP16,843) is a waste of money..
His best piece of advice was if you wanted to know what the weather was like simply stick your head out of the window. It's free, up-to-date and highly localised.
He sounded like a man with a fully functioning crystal ball once. I stopped paying attention when he sold his soul to Google.
Nice work, Simon.
Well done everyone involved
This is proper boffinry combined with international cooperation that came together over the Internet and all in the name of fun and science.. It's what a less cynical me from a couple of decades ago was hoping for.
Re: This seems like the opposite of open source...
How does this make them different from the dictators they're trying to strike against... It's still "do what I say or else".
You have a choice of what browser you use. You don't have a choice on what dodgy cert is presented to you.
I've never worn a watch.
the Coalition's operational expenditure forecast is
Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory
Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?
Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd
"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."
The Saudis used Lambos too...
...they had a few Lamborghini LM002 for desert border patrols. Not sure if they're still in service.
I have a question
What drugs are Turnbull and Abbott taking?
CDs are vulnerable to the chemicals in paper
Maybe the card is different now. I'm seeing an increase in card slip covers on the CDs I buy. I can't say I like them as they get marked too easily but at least growing new raw material is an option.
Some potential there
A site describing the thought process of the person that came up with this idea
All connected by...
...shitty old copper? That'd be Abbott's view of the future.
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.
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