369 posts • joined 2 Feb 2010
I've been using the Internet heavily for the past 15 years or so. I use it as the source for pretty much all of the information I consume whether it's about gaming, work stuff, news, history - anything (yes, even porn) and I have never in my life come across these kind of sites, which "normal" users apparently "stumble" over all the time.
Maybe I need to get out my tinfoil hat but I really doubt whether they actually exist or whether it's all just made up by the likes of the IWF. If it was SO common then I'm sure I'd have stumbled across it in my time.
Also, why would a pedo put pictures and videos up on websites anyway? Surely they'd use forums or peer to peer? Setting up a website would imply they were trying to make money but from the description, the content was freely available so where is the motivation? It makes no sense.
The only plausible reason I can think of is that these sites are all actually honey pots set up by other agencies.
In any case I agree with other commentators here about there being a disproportionate focus on sexual abuse, to the extent that violence with no sexual motivation is increasingly seen as "ok". Very dangerous.
Also it seems like police only care about porn and not even those who commit the crimes. In any chavvy area you'll see 20-odd year old guys with 13 year old girlfriends but nothing gets done about them.
What a crazy world.
I may be totally missing something here but is there really any reason why any of the standard off the shelf CRM systems could not have been used for this stuff?
I mean Microsoft CRM is pretty damn customizable and I'll bet even it would have been cheaper than the mess they've had half-developed. Hell, would have even been a good marketing tool for MS so they'd have probs done the consultancy at a massive discount.
You only have to look at how their horrible drivers treat your PC to know that they assume that all you want your PC for is to use their printer. It's absolutely disgraceful how insidious and naff their installer is. And you wanna choose not to install "HP Helper Print Internet App Scan Agent" so you untick the box from the form you have to get to from a hyper link? TOUGH, we'll whack it on anyway!
Azure vs AWS
Azure is still a very incomplete product. As a software dev of real systems for real businesses, I am a big fan of SQL Server. It's easily the best product that Microsoft has made. But on Azure it is totally nobbled - it's like using 2000 in many ways. They will never be able to compete with AWS on this unless they allow the real fully fat version of SQL server on Azure. And let us permanently update single files in web site deployments.
As for Windows 8 - They have gone mad. Completely mad.
You really are everything that's wrong with both the recruitment and development industries.
The real lesson I am picking up from your articles is to pay close heed to my inbuilt bullshit and numpty detector when dealing with recruiters and contractors alike.
"The silence is deafening. Could anyone tell me why that would be?"
Umm, maybe because it's all been tried (and ignored) before and for many years.
Re: Missing Category
Darn, I hate it when I type in instead of is ...
Also sometimes a post really could do with a supplementary icon. Troll face is also applicable XD
"Bethesda's RPG, Skyrim, went home without a single win despite nominations in five categories"
They mustn't have a category for most over-hyped game that fails to live up to even the smallest of promises.
I used to be a big fan of the Elder Scrolls series (no arrow jokes please) but I will not be buying the next one (Oblivion was bad enough but Skyrim really in an insult in so many ways). I'm only just getting into it now that I have installed so many mods that it is practically a whole new game. I pity all those suckers on console - especially PS3.
I can't decide whether it was more of a let down than Saint's Row 3 but they are very close either way.
So good on you Bafta, well done for not giving in to hype.
P.S. I know I've not given specifics as to why I don't like it - they have been covered by many fans in great depth. The general theme can be summed up rather well by one phrase though - "The almost a thousand steps"
Re: I don't care about the software, but....
Same here to an extent.
And what have we got instead - MSN, where the simple task of adding new contacts now seems impossible (I've added about 4 people recently and none of them have gotten the "you've been added" request or vice versa).
YIM it is then :/
Ever see Lexx when the Mantrid Drones eat that star?
'But we had nothing to gain'
Most normal people don't know the difference between an iPad and a Kindle and if they are going to be buying something to read books they will consider both. Their argument is obvious BS.
If we are still around by that time it really won't matter.
However, the zombies will have come way before then. (We need a zombie icon)
Never mind eBooks
I don't know how they have gotten away with their anti-competitive behaviour of forcing people to use iTunes for so long.
They have had a practical monopoly on MP3 players, smart phones and tablets for years now yet they are still allowed to force their users to buy every bit of content through their store / iTunes. If that isn't making use of a monopoly in 1 industry to unfairly gain advantage in another I don't know what is.
... we're all doomed!
"how nature colonises formerly barren areas"
Like animals inadvertently carrying seeds for example?
Draft emails ... really? Draft emails, which are saved locally. Because they are a draft. Because they aren't ready for sending yet. Right. Unless they think only web mail exists these days, but in that case that would just come under the regular traffic snooping surely.
No wonder Indian software is such "high" quality.
High number of Blocks
Firstly, ICBS on the massive number of sites blocked. I refuse to believe that child abuse material is THAT widespread.
Secondly, if the numbers of sites blocked are so high and remain consistently high year on year then clearly blocking does absolutely nothing or we would see a decrease.
One thing that I have been trying to puzzle out (I've been to lazy to actually try a preview yet) is whether there is any visual indication whether these "hot areas" in the corners have any kind of visual indication that they exist.
I'm normally very pro change and generally like Microsoft's stuff (I even defend Vista as in my opinion it was much better than XP and I enjoy pointing out when someone talks about a great Win7 feature, that it was actually in Vista) but using the metro UI as a replacement for the start menu just seems completely daft why not a supplement if in desktop mode? Click start button, get starts menu AND metro ui.
Re: Re: How big a rise?
Not unless people in Africa stop killing each other so much.
Africa by rights should be the richest place on Earth - geographically it is perfect - it has everything. But corruption is so ingrained into the various societies that it's unlikely to really ever be truly utilized. At least not in our lifetime.
Re: Re: Yawn
More than likely you have the same problem I do. New big area - practically a whole new town but rather than building a new exchange they just put in really long lines all the way to the city centre.
It really seems like we are reaching the stage where everyone seems to think it is their right to be able to go through life never being offended by anyone. It's so stupid and dangerous. The law should not be about preventing people's feelings being hurt. Especially when it falls short on things that are actually important like people being physically attacked.
No 3 Strikes
2 it is then
So just because they happen to agree on a point with a group they are opposed to, they changed their views? That is exactly what is wrong with politics.
Good to see that the Canadians are giving this moron (with his stupid idea shared by so many across the western world) the contempt he deserves and have not fallen for the old "rename the bill to something no one would oppose" trick.
Still though - they were (one of) the first to have the stupid anti-cartoon porn laws so they don't pick up on everything. I'm guessing the government were sneaky with that one too.
You are Doing it Wrong
They seem to have actually consulted real experts in the field to come up with this answer. I demand that they go back and come up with their proper answer in a closed room without consulting anyone or doing any research.
"Why they didn't choose to call it an image file instead of a pseudo-photograph is something I'm less clear on"
Because they wanted to leave in a really open ended term, which could apply to tracings, renders or even regular "realistic" drawings if argued by enough of a snake.
Reverting to Form
That is an interesting article and raises a lot of nice points :)
For me, I see the technology as a massively positive influence in all things sexual. Without going into too much detail; without it I would not be the confident, happy and successful person I am today. Finding that I was not alone in the kind of things I like really brought me out of my shell.
What I see more and more really is humans reverting to form. You say that it takes a long time for society to adapt to change and you are right. The thing is, the very prudish society of recent times was actually very short lived. Look at how people acted in pre-Christian times - much more liberated.
Humans, both male and female are very sexual creatures and always have been. Combine that with our amazing ability for abstract thought and it's no wonder we have the wide and wonderful variety of sexual desires that we do.
The Internet and technology in general is helping people to embrace their desires again and opening up whole new possibilities and after we've been repressed for so long, it's wonderful. And the best part is, no matter how much "they" try to stop it happening, it's going on anyway - it might not happen in our lifetime but future generations should be MUCH more liberated, happy and accepting of others than ours. And Good on them :)
End Game of Patent Wars
No company releases any electronic product in the west. Unauthorized imports and clones soar.
Everyone gets access to fewer cool gizmos, companies make less money. Everyone loses.
I already wear prescription glasses. Will I be screwed like with 3D movies? I bet I will :(
So you spent "ages" looking on how to go back to the old way rather than just attempting to use the new way? If you were so terrified of change then why did you even upgrade?
Every time I've heard someone complaining about the ribbon, the option they were looking for is so much easier to find than it used to be in the menus (usually it's on Home). In fact there have been several of occasions when I've heard people saying how great all these new features are when actually they are old features that were previously impossible to find in the horrible menu system.
That said, I am not a fan of how 8 is looking at the moment because with no start menu, surely there'll be no search box, which is one of the best vista / 7 features IMO. If that's coming back (or being made even better) though then I'm all for it.
Well this COULD evolve into something of an AIDS prevention device if people end up "making love" by proxy rather than directly ... I'd think it'd take the fun out of it somewhat personally but hey, some people will like it.
They write on game boxes with marker pens, ruin manuals and throw away inserts.
For this they must die.
Mary Bono Mack
Jeez, just because you are a woman you don't NEED to mention family and children at every possible (however contrived) opportunity. Maybe if female politicians stopped being such stereotypes people would take them a bit more seriously.
The problem with the kite mark idea is that software really isn't like the kind of product you buy in a shop. There's still going to be nothing stopping a lone dev putting out their own things they've made as a hobby on the net and there's nothing stopping companies from developing their own internal systems and that is a good thing.
I'd say a developer is more similar to a builder. There are cowboys who will do a shit job for a large amount of money and there are better people who have ethics. You get people building their own walls and sheds. Some of these are awful and fall down and some are ok. You even get big building companies making huge developments with the guarantees that they will not crumble in a year.
The only viable solution I'd say if to regulate us in the same way as builders. I know they have certifications so we should have similar. MS have their partner thing for companies - that's the kind of thing I'm talking about but something platform agnostic would be even better.
Nabaztags and their kind are a cute and quite fun idea but the servers are always down and there are a really disappointing number of things you can do with them. Even fewer now that they've been taken over by a new company. Plus their site is all in French and just doesn't seem to work.
The problem is that people hate Windows Phones. It doesn't matter how good they make the phone, people hate the brand for it's past.
They should have totally ditched the Windows Phone brand and called them Metro phones instead, not even including the Windows logo.
Otherwise yeah, all good points in the article, especially the comparison to XBox.
Some companies will never update, just as some are still using mainframe systems. They will have to live with the repercussions of that decision. The decision being to become reliant on cowboy coder products that were designed only to work in IE6.
I have been a web dev long enough to know that coding for IE6 only is an intentional decision made to increase support costs and is highly unethical. Any company fool enough to employ developers bad enough to do that deserves what they get.
Or they can suck it up and deal with some change for once.
Radio is incredibly popular still and the quality on that is terrible, even with technological advances. In it's heyday it was even worse. These days it is common to see "normal" people listening to music from the tinny loud speaker on their phone as they walk around. Also from what I've heard, younger people are using YouTube to listen to music.
The masses just do not care one bit about music quality, never have and never will. Enthusiasts will all ways buy good kit and vinyl or CDs even if they get a bit pricey and even if there is a free alternative.
I like what he says about piracy being the new radio though, he seems to kind of get it.
There's 2 reasons why you older techy people can't get jobs:
1 - You live miles away from the work and won't move. I had to move within the UK from North to South where there's more work, it's even more necessary in a big country like America.
2 - You failed to keep up with advances in technology in your given field because you are opposed to change and have become a fuddy duddy. This is a death sentence for any technical career.
Immigrants are quite happy to move and they are generally from countries where there has been lots of change recently. It is no wonder that companies employ them.
Gah, I was hoping they were finally going to put the good old 360 to rest and make something new that can actually handle decent physics, graphics and larger games without lagging horribly.
I am worried about the next gen of consoles though. Mainly my worry is that all games will be download only ...
Also I bet that you won't be able to get achievements etc unless you have a paid live subscription.
Is it like Rain on Your Wedding Day?
Sarcasm is not irony.
At least in rural they have some excuse. The majority of suburbs are even worse (mine being one of them) because at least in the country there's the chance you'll be near enough to a business park or motorway. Suburbs just get completely forgotten.
Course the best way to do it would be to find out where the execs' families live because regardless of location you know they are gonna have the best available.
Kids Aren't Innocent
One of the first things I searched for when I got the net was porn, I knew it would be there and I knew what I wanted. I am sure this is the case for everyone. I also remember people talking about stuff at junior school. Kids aren't innocent - they know all about it, they just don't say anything to their parents.
It had no adverse effects at all. In fact if anything, not being wrapped in cotton wool has made me the man I am today. Had I not had fully unfiltered net access from that age I am certain I'd have grown up to be a mindless pleb.
More like the equivalent of a young lad playing footie with his mates, not being arsed to go all the way back home and instead taking a piss up a tree. No big deal.
Devs Can Do UI
Yeah seems pretty sensible and all but the whole idea that the ability to program and the ability to make decent UI are mutually exclusive is a myth.
The real reason programmers aren't "good" at UI is that it is boring and our time is better used elsewhere so when we are forced to do it we resent it. There are also a lot of developers who just have no pride in their work and really don't care about users of their systems. Simply stopping and thinking "would I want to do this if I were using it" never occurs to them. See pretty much every 2011 game UI for evidence of that (I'm looking at you Bethesda and Volition).
Still too Expensive
You can buy albums for about that much (less if you buy second hand). So why not just buy a new album or 3 every month instead.
$5 and maybe I'll be interested. Oh and if it were available in the UK of course.
Not that I watch TV any more but yeah it is still annoying here.
What is far worse though is when they repeat the same advert (or advert for an upcoming show) over and over again until you are so sick of seeing it it has the opposite effect to what they intended.
2Mb - I wish
I'm lucky if I get 1Mb! And I know that many in the UK they get even less.
It will not work for most people and hardcore gamers won't settle for anything less than cutting edge.
Also I'd be amazed if it scales well.
There's certainly room for competitors. The only problem is though that so far they all seem a bit naff. The big names anyway.
Take Azure for example. I like MS stuff generally and Azure looked great, but it's a joke. Everything about it seems unfinished, hard to use and pointlessly limited. SQL server for example - one of MS' best products, is nobbled so much on Azure that it's like using SQL Server 2000. Not only that but it is EXPENSIVE.
Maybe if there was some decent competition Amazon wouldn't be having as much of a free ride to monopoly but as it is, they really are the only game in town.
Breach of Contract
It's so ridiculous that the government are still signing up to contracts that totally bind them and have no constraints on the company actually delivering the goods.
In any sensible scenario it would be: "company - you have not delivered the system we paid for, we are not going to pay you".
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