1522 posts • joined 21 May 2007
Cheers for screws, just fishing for some positive feelings in the rain.
Re: Bad luck...
Long ago, I was walking the most adorable girl to her front door. The walking was painful and difficult, great problems with where to keep my hands. At the door, this most adorable creature, asked me if I had any of "those". And when I replied "what those" she slammed the door agaist my "the one for those". Waking home, in less pain, I relized I had lots and lots of "those".
Dear ElReg, considering the increasing amount of people who are loosing their faith in boffins. Please leave those "If Boffins" out. Seriously, if there was no sun, no moon, no oxygen etc.
Besides it was not "The dinosaurs that were victims of colossal bad luck." it was me.
But, as you know, and I know, I am the most kind and thoughtful person I have ever known. Still, some time ago you had this header "Germany may have won the World Cup... but it dropped the ball for Computacenter" a rather far feched title to be modest.
And now again "Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters, Britain's teamsters may not be setting the sporting stage alight".
Do you have a succer problem, suppose the Duch had won.
Lets stick to a one party system, the Russians all agreed in old good times, Lada is the car.
"Why do you think XP is still around?". And why do you think MS wants to get rid of it. Read about Singer who was very eager to get rid of their old machines. Hint, they worked for too long for good business. D'oh!.
Re: Of course it won't get rid of MS
Yes I agree, but I would like to point out that this is about accepting ODF as the standard. And what Microsoft so furiously fought for was to prevent ODF to become a standard, one that Microsoft could controll and alter at it's own will. Microsoft has lost it's ability to lock-in customers to their own "standard" which of course is no standard as there is a lock-in. Providing ODF will not create any problems for Microsoft. Lots of small companies has done it "easily" as it is well documented, as it is a open standard.
Still this article stinks, I think intentionally.
It's of course nice to mention OSS but anybody writing for the ElReg should know that OSS is not possible, in this respect, without an open standard. It is also nice to see Linux mentioned, but Munich is just one case. It's also nice, for IBM, to have it's name mentioned.
Seriously, Gavin Clarke, did you write this drivel yourself, or was it sent to you.
Re: I have argued for many years
Yes, lets leave it at this. But, when you write "I'm quite well aware of the problems caused by apartheid" don't you think it would have been better if there was something lost in translation in that sentence. Shit it shit, there is no way to describe apartheid like that. It sounds like "aparthaid is OK but there are some minor progblems for some, but not for everybody.".
Also, I am sure you did understand that my jumping on the wrong buss was about a sic system where four classes (if not more) of busses where needed. One for the black, one for the white, one for white + black and one for Indians only. In the white + black you would sit in the front (1 class) and behind a chicken net was the cattle (2 class).
I am not sure how Indians where "rated", half black or half white or something. Anyway, resourceful as they tend to be and with a long presence in Durban (Gandhi comes to my mind) they apparently decided to have their own busses. And I assume that in order to get a permit they had to promise that they would not allowe white or black or Eskimos or Japaneese, Chineese and so forth,on the busses, not to rock the system.
As for Mandela, perhaps he should have understood the minor problems with apartheid and living in some homeland, appreciating the joy and adwantage of living close to gods country.
People will always, eventually, react against abuse. We are all like that, and I hope we will remain like that.
So if you are in searh of the vilians, first have a look at who created and upheld that system. It's not enogh to know what happened you also need to know why.
During those bloody years in SA I knew a guy from Namibia who studied in Europe, I think his studies where paid by the UN. A nice and intelligent guy who took his opportunity seriously. Then once I asked him if he understood why the blacks in SA where fighting each other, all that horrible stuff with burning car tires and such. I think I was expecting a long story about the ANC and the rest, but instead he looked at me and said - Lars, did you ever read European history. Try to find an answere to that.
Looking at that "Sugarman" -video about a yonger generation of white South Africans gives me more faith in us. Kudos to them.
I am leaving, Lars
As for that Google translate, poor as always. I can read it like several other languages.
Re: I have argued for many years
@ LucreLout, my justification for what!
Perhaps we could agree that a man who was a terrorist and become a president is better than a man who become a president and a terrorist.
The rewriting of history I think you should ponder a bit deeper. History written very shortly after events is written with very tight trousers and without even the slightest thought of trying on somebody elses.
History written before history is history is called propaganda.
If you try to write about Roman history to day, it's not about tight trosers but the problem of finding any from that time with any voice left. Spot the trend.
Kudos to Oliver Stone for "The Untold History of the United States" that is not about something far ago, but already it is obvious that more voices are needed to understand that time.
As for writing about history you can of course write in a "train-time-table" way.
Man walks from A at: and is a B at:. But that is worthless if you don't ask why Man decided to walk from A to B and why he was at A in the first place. And, is it not funny, while when we cannot decide on our color, gender, day of birth, religion, country, native tongue..... then thouse things are more or less always the ones we are so eager to fight about.
I have faith, I suppose somebody would call me an atheist, but I dont like any stamps on my forehead, a bit like having a postal code on your forehead. I gave up on religion, none of any interest. I decided not to bother creating any new Gods, and sertainly non in my image. Leave that to the Americans, just kidding, I hope that period is ower. And I decided not to adopt any of the previous inventions. And look at the heavens, harp playing, no, a large amount of virgins, no thanks, tried once, it was awful. Walhalla not so bad, a sort of a wordly spin to that venue. You go out in the morning to fight. And in the evening sexy women put jour limbs together and there is food boose fucking and all the best in the world, no mention about eternal life, as you would be a fool if you didn't get it. Lately I have, however, become slitgly suspicious, are they perhaps pulling my leg. On the other hand the world goes forward, and if perhaps sports has replaced the bloody bart of the fighting, I might apply.
Not that I can find them on Facebook any more, Have they given up against the Mormoruuns, perhaps.
Which remains me, no need, or beliefe in a planet of my own either, no servants in that deal I think.
And before I am vividly corrected regarding heavens, I am on vacation, all manuals regarding heavens forgotten at home and a laptop, not of my own, with a spell checker of dubious character.
No, I think we should more consentrate on to days election promises than on all those old ones.
I was about to forget about the hells, rather boring, not much to choose from. I belive that when the church was able to create hell on earth for the opposition the creative energy regarding hell flopped.
Colour, the best I can manage in that respect is pink, with some tweeking, long ago, it was slightly better.
But soon as you think you won because of it, there you go. Dropping your trousers and you are exposed.
Trying to chear you up a bit, I am told that, on the other hand, the favorite colour among those who are tweeking the colour of their arse is indeed towards white.
I have given up on colour. There are more important things.
Country, trawel, the more the better. Looking out the window, there is one of many good countries. And lets not drop the "o".
Language, first there is one, then add some more, the moore the better. The best language in the world is the one you choose to be the best.
Take care, regards Lars
Re: I have argued for many years
Hello LucreLout. I have this vision of a huge flor with a huge number of trousers from different times and different countries. All there for me to pull on and listen to them trying to tell me about the life they lived.
So, now in the trousers of a Cuban man who tells his son about his life on Cuba then living in Florida. We had this huge wonderful house, there was this beutiful garden with all the flowers and there was a water fontain and from the veranda on the second floor you had this beautiful view to the sea. The servants we had and the car, American, and Jose this wonderful old man, my chauffeur. Always ready anytime, day or night. How he policed the car, only once did I have to punish him. So modest never asking for more money. The influence I had, always the best table at any restaurant. And your mother, what a beutiful person she was. How she suffered her in Miami having to carry all the food home, she had such a weak heart since a child. How I miss her, what a great help she was. And there was Fulgencio, yes the Colonel the President Batista. What a wonderful man and a friend he was. How the Americans respected him. In the palace, I was invited with your mother, and he asked her to dance with her, what an honor that was.
And those terrible days and we had to leave suddenly. All those promises by the Americans but no results. There is no justice in this world.
Now I will leave the trousers of the son of a Cuban farmer on the floor, and lets go to South Africa.
I was there in the sixtees. A wonderful country, fine peope in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. But day by day you started to wonder about things. In the post office there was this vertical piece of cardboard so that you would approache the guy sitting there from the right while those others would stay on the left. You would be served first no matter how many there was on the left side. And of course there where separate park benches too. Once there was this bold fellow who sat down on my bench and my democratic European heart kicked in and I gave him a nodd and a smile. He smiled politely too. But then we were spotted. a police car stopped in front of us and two guys stepped out and approached us. I looked at my black bold friend, but he was still smiling and I started to wonder if perhaps the police could spend their time on bigger crimes. Then I felt a great disturbance in the force and I realised the police men had stopped in front of me, not a word, just two tight faces stairing at me. Then I suddenly realised I was sitting on the wrong bench. Did I feel like a potential terrorist then, no, stupid yes.
One of the senteces you eventually got a bit fed up with was the "we love our blacks". The first time you hear it you look at the nice person and perhaps you nodd or something but there seems to be absolutely nothing you could or should say. Next you realise that those same people probably never say it to eacjh other and it's for foreigners only and it starts to sound like when Europeans say "we love our cats, dogs whatever, only that they may infact do it.
Then there was the "This is Gods country" people. Always by the Boer part of the people. My vocabulary is not good enough to describe how creepy that starts to sount after a while. Begins aroud your arse and travels up your spine till it hits you in the neck.
In Durban I jumped onto a buss and sat down. Then a guy run towards me, while I was digging for my coins, and said no no you cannot pay, this is a Indian buss only, but it's OK, but you cannot show your head, you must keep it down. So there I was keeping my head on my knees, in Gods country, for free.
In those years sanctions by some European countries had begun against SA. Most people did not think they would affect anything then, the gold, the diamonds, the fruit and the support from countries of inportance would take care of all silly sanctions. I think only one person I met then realised that things had to change and would.
I think most South Africans understand how lucky they where having guys like Mandela and Tutu.
So who ever you are, LucreLout, try on some Bantu trousers and listen, there is always a story, always something to learn, sometimes something forgive, never anything to loose.
The "Searhing for sugar man" video is about a man his life and music but also about a people who was able to change.
And I will never try on Mandela's trousers, they are way way too big for me and for most of us.
Americans understand this "We the People". It was never "I the King" or "We the Queen" or "I the Government" or "We the White". No matter, If it is not "We the People" it will no better than "Ich Adolph".
Re: I have argued for many years
@ LucreLout, The fact that you cannot spell Mandela proves you are not South African and that you know nothin about it. I am happy about that and I cannot help you, but why not try this:
What we can learn from this is that it's harder and harder to hide backdors in the code and at the same time it's ever as hard for big companies like Apple or why not Sony (back then) to grasp it. Rather funny really (to choose a stupid word) but how do those programmers doing the coding sell it, do they say, Y,es Sir, this software is undetectable with a straight face. If not, would they get the boot. Are only the big brands involved in this terrosist/snoopping psychosis. Why do I have this feeling that Big Brother is getting madder and madder, not because he needs to, but because there are more and more opportunities to get madder and madder in a world he has less and less ability to technically understan.
Re: It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.
"during the middle ages the earth suddenly went a lot cooler, this is why the Thames used to freeze" Yes that is well documented. I think using other reliable sources that we must conclude it happened some 2000 years ago in the Middle East too as walking on water was possible by the brave for a short time.
Re: Bleeding obvious ?
"Is there anyone reading this who *didn't* think this ?", I hope not. I wobder if "Stevens and his colleagues" are happy about how this great discovery was presented here or ....
Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.
@ Olius, yes the American involment has always been the same in South America and Central America. First there is some dictator and American business finds the best of friends, and it's fairly hard to be critical as business is business. Then eventually people wake up and get pissesd off. Now as a dictor is (in the very limited political language of the USA) called "right" the opposition is always called left. As an result the Americans have never been able to support even once any opposition against even one dictator because there is this fear of loosing business, the fear of loosing the grip of some dictator, the fear of having to deal with a democratic independent country in the back yeard, the fear of not being able to trade glass pebles for gold. And I can understand it, I have read Uncle Scrooge too. (and I seem to have lost my spell checker), but it is sad too, with the use of more intelligence the USA could be stronger and more successful too in those parts (or any) in the world. This US talk about defending democracy looking at the history is rather tainted. My balls and my vallet are always more important to me than any damned democracy where ever. And that is by no means an American invention I have sometimes tried to look at the world from the other side of the fence. For instance, suppose I was say 18 araund 1960 and Cuban, would I have been a bartender in a US Mafia run brothel in Havanna or would I have joined Casrtro and his terrorists fighting the arsehole society then. Or take Venenezuela, would I have stood up for the US oilcompanies or would I have asked them to fuck off exploiting my country. Finally if you think Shell in Africa has any responsibility for anything but making a profit then you are romantic (this of course regarding the guy with the Venezuela problem telling us about all the wonderfull things the US oilcompanies did in Venezuela).
"the EU didn't "force" MS to provide browser choice". True, but that solution was MS own suggestion and then accepted by the EU and then MS forgot about it for some time.
Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.
@ the spectacularly refined chap. That big government thing is, like job creator, popular words in the USA.
When the Republicans say they are against big government they want people to think that the Democrats are for big governments. Old tactics you can probably find described some thousend years ago. Empty words really. Then again if you are really serious you will have to suggest what you want to get rid of, the Army or Navy or education or healt care and so forth. With a more efficient, more results for the money government, that I would agree with.
As for nationalisation I think we should remember that we have nationalized the third world for many hundred years and we are still rather good at it. I don't think people in India felt like thiefs when getting their independence. According to Gandhi one of the few good things they got from the Empire was the English language. But what I fail to work out is who the hell was the teacher and I suppose I will have to choose icon accordingly.
Please do not accept all that shit.
Re: No Lumia?
My dear friend there is no way to mention Lumia with a "landfill" header. Landfill is appropriate regarding WinTel but not allowed there either.
"Germany may have won the World Cup..." Why not connect it to the price of milk in Afganistan as well.
I agree, the header should read:
Pushdo Trojan outbreak: 11 THOUSAND WINDOWS systems infected in just 24 hours.
I wonder if there is some old agreement to never mention Windows when there is any refference to infections, trojans or viruses in the header.
Re: Once a trouble maker always...
"There are massive risks with electronic voting because it is so easy for a small group in the right place to invisibly determine the results. Personally, I favour human counting."
Thanks, exactly my oppinion too. One could of course think that a programmer would defend electronic voting but the fact is that as a programmer you understand how damned easy it is to manipulate it. I think there should be a law against electronic voting because it will never be reliable.
The temptation to screw the results will always remain.
Try logic instead, why would "life" exist only on this planet alone among the increadible amount of galaxies. Just not logically possible unless The God (our) is a very local magician, Personally I belive we will find a set of local The Gods where ever we go. I am not sure It's a good idea to meet any of them or their followers considering the mess we have created at home. Desperately trying to find out who to send to ask for their permission to plant our flag on their property. Surprisingly it's perhaps better if there is no intelligent life out there as there is nothing here either.
Why so negative, something not true in "A group of French telcos is warning that Europe could fall behind Asia in the race towards 5G, and has launched a joint effort to stave off the threat.". Why not join them. France is far more technically advanced than some like to admit. Not too bad at OSS either.
Re: And I smuggly observe from
"more apps, doubtful"! I suppose you know you can use the Android store with Jolla.
This must be a Windows machine, if not, shurly MS has the money to deliver or what.
Re: Democracy in action
I had a look at that link and must admit it took some time to grasp it. But I wonder how many understand this "by" which is the Norse word for willage, Rugby for instance and hundreds in Northern countries, Visby and so forth and why not by-election, willage election a remainder of how old democracy is in the norh. One of these silly jokes I remember is the politician who said - I am thirty and my wife is thirtytwo. And if that does not sound like I am dirty and my wife is dirty too then you have no imagination.
Reading all of these comments I am sorry I took part, now signing off.
Re: Don Jefe Muslim president
@ FormerKowloonTonger, Sorry I don't get you, " impeach this Obama figure", why, I have no problems with him and I would have voted for him too. The problem with Sarah Palin was that the Republicans elected her. Which in my books means that something is very wrong in that party, even FOX got rid of her in no time.
Re: Don Jefe Muslim president
@ FormerKowloonTonger. Please, let me give you a shorter explanation. Who the hell could loose against things like Palin and the rest the Republicans have come up with, not to mention the whole damned party. Most of the Americans just used common sense.
"the implicit suggestion that they have a long foreign ancestry?", All human beings have a long foreign ancestry?.
Re: squek squek
"Also the Communications Act only requires retention of IP addresses, it does not prove which contents was sent or received, and it does not apply to information services like cyberlockers, online forums or instant messanging.". So why this fantastic need to collect that data.
"Surely as a business they have the right to remove anything they like from their index at any time?". Perhaps not that simple. Perhaps they removed everything SAP because Oracle made it an exellent business or just for fun as they as a business have the right to remove anything they like from their index at any time.
"It's not like the French to start wining about stuff." I suppose so too, being modest must be the reason they are damned good at space technology, airplanes, nuclear technology, fast trains, cars, ships, large and small, medicare, good food, freedom fries, clean cities, clean teeth and nails. It's amazing how much you can achieve by modesty.
"The blueprints for the new chip design aren't being released as yet,","The team is now adapting a version of Linux to use the new chip.", Superb logic, to hide from the vultures behind closed source you will need open source to succeed. I quite like that, but I wonder if I have ever seen it expressed this openly.
Hello Lis 0r, I am too short of time among the football to think of your problems but why do you speak about "libertarian, fedora-wearing douchebags" did you expect "tits and legs" to work as before. In software it's about producing acceptable code, not about how you dress or your political opinions. It's indeed a bit strange as most professions seem to have their code of how to dress. That does not apply to programmers. In the Nordic countries there are quite a few female programmers, no doubt less than 50%, but some of the best I have met are women. Anyway I would like to wish my Nordic friends
Re: Thank goodness!!
"I near shat.", good for you you didn't, what you should have done was to by FB shares. That is the way to avoid "shitting" and make money, some did, no doubt.
OK, Don Jefe, but when you wright "If you want it different then the only thing that's going to make that happen is if you stop buying it", should you not point out that customers should avoid "lock in" and have several vendors to compete against each other.
My advice to the Australians is to invest in FOSS, you do produce bread and butter too within the country.
Re: Don't you get it?
"The US passed a law a long time ago giving US law sovereignty everywhere on this planet."
"The issue here is that US law doesn't allow for the consideration of other countries".
Calm down, when for instance smoking pot in Holland is allowed and stem cell research is allowed in the EU it does not matter at all what the US law says, not at all.
"From an economic standpoint: the US is the larger market."
The US population is 320M, Europe about 800M and the EU about 500M.
And if you look at the GDP per capita it's $51,749 in the USA. Listing some of the European countries you find there is no stellar difference anymore, this for 2012.
Czech Republic 18,690
United Kingdom 38,920
As anybody knows this does not tell everything but the point is that there is no way the USA will remain the number one market. And regarding the trade agreement between the USA and the EU it seems to me the USA is pushing while the EU, as I hope, will have a better look at the "small text".
And it does not matter at all. China was once probably the worlds largest economy like Europe too.
I am more concerned about the Wall Street creating yet another meltdown.
Re: Forget Scottish Independence
"Singapore; Hong Kong; Brunei; Bahrain; Taiwan; they all have the advantage of being islands", they took the bigger island, we tend to be that when given a chance to choose between big and small.
Yes, but I doubt creationism is on the curriculum in Middle East, Africa etc, or tried to be forced into the curriculum of any schools or universities nor do I think you will find any creationism amusement parks either. Creationism is a scam and I bet Mr Ham and his ilk know it too. But money is money as always.
Re: @ Lars
@Euripides Pants, lots of parents teach their children at home, they bring up, raise their kids, all should.
But that is after school, an addition to what kids learn at school, and I would point out among other children. Homeschooling is about preventing kids from going to school and I doubt those parents have shit to give. Behind this wish to prevent kids from going to school lies some quasi religious nonsense. How this is allowed in the USA is beyond me.
As for a definition of a good form of child abuse define for me a good form of a headache.
"It gets really, really old.". Yes, but the problem is it's still there, mostly only in the USA though. It's a scam and like home schooling an awful form of child abuse.
Re: Years or revoltions around the Sun?
Are you perhaps thinking about the moon.
Re: Lars Just saying....
@Matt Bryant, Yes, so, I did say important and fine no offence meant. No plane was perfect in every respect, that would be impossible. If I had to choose the best among the British from that period I would probably choose the Mosquito. This article was not about WW2 fighters or bombers but, as you know, comments tend to move in mysterious ways. There is a lot of interesting stuff about those plans on the net and on YouTube, including what was made elsewhere. Fascinating stuff, and those who are really into it don't feel unpatriotic if they appreciate what was made in other countries too. My "favorite" fighter would probably be the FW-190. Some of that here.
Years ago I knew a fighter pilot from the war who once, rather drunk, suddenly said - you guys have no idea of how much shit there is in a human being. Much later we had to ask him about that and he told us that they had to pick up the pieces of the crew from friends and foes from planes that crashed in the neighborhood. He also told us that, very much against his own will, he shed a tear when he shot his first enemy pilot to pieces.
Looking at those fine machines I try to remember why they where built and sometimes I feel movies about that period tend to be more romantic than the reality.
Re: Just saying....
On the other hand it might be better to look less at history and more on today and the future. The Spitfire was important and a fine plane if not superior in any way. A short range plane and useless in supporting bombers over Germany, I think the Mustang (with a British engine) then solved that problem.
Hemingway was sexist too as he newer wrote "The old woman and the sea".
Re: What OS for Apollo
The logic to day, as Linux runs 96% of the top500 supercomputers, is that the OS is mentioned only if it is not Linux. The top50 are all Linux. The next "big" OS is Unix.
Under Statistics/List Statistics you find the graphs.
@Mark Honman you forgot to use the "Joke Alert" icon.
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