1459 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
I like the idea
of naughtyboffins ?
Sounds like there should be a website devoted to it ....
"I'd like to buy a gramphone, please"
What amused me
was the rather quaint notion that pirating is done with torrent. Anyway, didn't they block the Pirate Bay ?
Re: Hack away you can't do worse than Bristol City Council
Or Birmingham. Look at the abortion that is the Northfield "bypass" (it's actually quicker to go through than use the bypass). When collared at a local council meeting, a councillor admitted that the traffic light timings could be optimised and allow traffic through much faster. However there were national guidelines that prohibit councils making private travel easier - the mantra is "use public transport".
We need an Alice-in-Wonderland icon ;)
2 Blackadder quotes in 13 posts !
*and* from different series !
This must be a record.
Consumes vast amounts of power, is slow, and forgets the last 10 years.
going to school in London in the early 80s, we had a dial up to Essex. Previous Computer Science students had to write their code offfline, onto paper tape, then go into the terminal room, dial up (acoustic coupler anyone) load the program and run it.
Then we got an ITT 2020 ;)
We managed to load MUD once, and had no idea what to do .....
Re: Not so long ago...
The problem with that approach is even with remote management tools and processes, you end up with what is effectively a single point of failure - the PC. And with the best will in the world, the best discipline in the world, you will end up with a failed PC that can't just be swapped out. You'll need to image a replacement PC. Probably apply updates. Then install the niknaks the user has to have that aren't in the image. No so bad in a small organisation, but if you have hundreds of users, across multiple sites ...
Much better to give the user a terminal, and concentrate on a reliable datacentre.
That said, it does bring a smile to my face ... one of the first uses of PCs was as smart terminals to mainframes, as they were cheaper. (Can't recall how much the fancy DEC and Wyse terminals were in the 80s, but you could probably have bought a car for a pair).
Calories aren't all ...
The Horizon "documentary" back in 2012 with Michael Mosley, about fasting and low-calories diets had a guy who had eaten 25% less than the recommended daily allowance of calories for *years*.
Does good things to the body chemistry, apparently. A doctor who gave him a full physical and blood chemistry workup described him as "a new species".
Now you see why I put "documentary" in quotes
Merci bien, cul sec !
If we're trying to achieve the *sense* of mutts nutts, then ISTR (certainly in Paris) a common equivalent would be "C'est les pieds" (It's the feet).
No, I don't know why.
SQL injection ?
Botox injection, more like
The problem here ...
is that the phone is likely going to be kept physically with the card. So a stolen handbag will contain the card and the key to getting the PIN.
I wonder what the correlation is between "people who forget their PIN" and "people who don't lock their phones" ?
on whether you think Android is a load of old cock.
The best one was the story about a WiFI AP that someone named "My Neighbour is a cunt" ...
The cynic in me
would suggest that is is another move to facilitate the authorities data grab ....
A chance for internet democracy ...
Maybe if enough people *really* closed their accounts, in reaction to such moves, there would be some power to the people ...
Very surprised no one has mentioned the fun of having a firewire port next to a USB (like my laptop). Hours of fun thinking you just have to line it up straight to connect, and then realise it's the *other* side.
Now *this* is what the net is good for.
MrsJP has MS, and can I add that phoning ahead is generally a waste of time.
We recently stayed in a hotel at a friends wedding. I emailed *and* phoned to check accessibility. Was told it was completely accessible.
1) The "accessible" room (distinguished by having a floppy grab rail in the bathroom) was in a separate lodge from the main building. True it was on the ground floor, but surrounded by gravel, except for one car parking spot (not reserved). Luckily MrsJP has some mobility.
2) The lodge was separated from the main building by a gravel drive. Try wheeling up that. Luckily we had a car.
3) Inside the main building there were 4" steps everywhere (I've since been told this is a hallmark of several buildings being knocked into one).
4) The disabled toilet was used as a store room.
5) The fire instructions in the lodge were to "assemble by the main building" - see point 2.
Complaints were duly made to the owners (a well known TV chef) and local fire authority.
Terrorists, criminals, national security
All defined by - wait for it - the government.
So on no accounts associate with anyone who plans to read out the names of the war dead in public.
English Electric Lightning
Don't know about their computers, but the Lightning jet interceptor has to be one of the most striking and iconic aircraft ever flown. 100% British, and gave the Yanks a scare when one *over*flew a U2.
Re: Best common sense tip?
So banks use *our* money to refund victims of fraud ?
"For the purposes of the act ..."
is an oft-used preamble to UK laws, where something gets defined so as to make it fall under the law.
Drink-driving (for example). You'd think that if you drove pissed on your own land, you'd be immune to the charge, in the same way as you would for speeding. Not a bit of it. The law starts by defining "public road" as any road the public has access to - even if it's on private property. I believe there has been precedent set where people have been convicted even when the land had a closed gate, as the court decided the public could still access the land by climbing the gate.
Yet you try and get your local council to tarmac your drive, and it instantly becomes "private property".
wasn't that for CRT screens ? So last century.
Thumbs up for the smile, but what a missed opportunity for some clever acronyms ... (I'll have to re-read the article now to make sure I didn't miss any ;) )
It's not just server location
it's what jurisdiction is the company bound to. Remember, the PATRIOT act enables Uncle Sam to point to *any* company with a US presence, and demand the keys to the kingdom, irrespective of *where* they have located their servers.
It is (still) a worry that a lot of IT "professionals" appear to think that a Google server in Europe is immune to a US snoop or takedown. It isn't.
What is more worrying, is that a lot of firms don't have a rolling overview of their suppliers, meaning that you could contract with a nice EU-centred supplier, who then gets bought by a US company. (Or a company with a US arm), and immediately falls under the spell of the PATRIOT act.
Here's an idea for a cloudy app ..
how about a call exchange, where you can divert one of these call when it comes in ? The exchange just randomly pairs two calls so the scamsters can have a happy time talking to each other.
My preferred route
is to pretend to misunderstand their first sentence, and pretend they have called *me* for advice on getting their computer fixed.
It's very easy, if you pretend your grasp of English is as good as theirs.
Your subtle humour would have worked
if you hadn't included the misspelt "there" (should be "their")
Re: What's that sound ?
Oh, I wasn't referring to the actually technical staff, who doubtless will be paid as close to NMW is a possible.
I was referring to the possibilities for consultancies, and preferred bidders, and cozy firms like Capita, ATOS et al to get involved.
What's that sound ?
It's snouts hitting troughs.
without a court order ?
Oh Yeah ?
888.com and BetFred both advertise on TPB, and I'm pretty certain they know exactly where their dollars are going.
Isn't this what bitcoins were invented for ?
I was picking apart binaries on PR1MEs in the early 80s. When caught doing it by a lecturer, I was told how they did it in the 70s ...
Now you know why Unix has the "X" permissions as well as "R".
unless there are any teeth to WTO rulings, the whole thing is grandstanding.
The icon is to say "What's the point?"
Yes, but what is "illegal" exactly. And more importantly, where ? Whilst laws on CP have become fairly aligned in the past decades, there are lots of other areas where laws vary wildly. The UK is a particularly dangerous place in that respect, since a lot of laws rely on "context". I hope you haven't got a road atlas of the UK, because it could be of use to a terrorist in certain cases.
It's axiomatic that "illegal" will become more widely defined as "stuff the state doesn't want you to know".
For an excellent demonstration of how context affects things, in a humorous setting, may I respectfully suggest you watch "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" shown on 22/3/2014
(iPlayer link here, but obviously it won't last forever)
Re: Next up.....
Why do you think - despite the whining of the anti-porn brigade over "net filters", the default for access to adult service lines is ON ? Surely if they want consistency and really are "thinking of the children" then they would insist that all landlines have access to premium rate numbers disabled by default.
Mysteriously this hasn't happened.
Icon, because we had to pay £20 when our (then) 8 year old son quite innocently called an 0898 number on a game for "tips". Then we had to pay £1/month for the "privilege" of having premium rate calls barred.
Re: In other news...
I can see a new game along the lines of "Cheese Shop" developing.
("Cheese Shop" is a game for two players, celebrating the famous Monty Python "Cheese Shop" sketch. One player is the customer, the other the owner. The customer has to list as many different cheeses as he can, whilst the owner has to have a different excuse as to why they haven't got it. The game is lost when a player repeats a cheese, or excuse. Best played after a few bevvies).
@All names taken
care to provide a cite for that, please ? It's a rather extraordinary claim.
Downvoted for not getting it.
Yes AN ADULT can be expected to be responsible for their own actions, and should suffer the consequences. But we're not talking about ADULTS here.
Despite what you may think about 13 year olds (and younger) finding FB "cool" and wanting to go on it because their friends do, they are not capable of understanding the T&Cs.
Re: T&Cs are not contracts
But they have to be *lawful*. Just because "The T&Cs" say something, doesn't necessarily make it so. How about a T&C which says that in the event of <x> MegaCorp has the right to burn your house down ?
Lost or stolen (or dead)
If, like me, you don't go abroad too often, then how can even know when a passport is lost/stolen ? Mine (and MrsJPs) are kept in a drawer in the "office". I can't remember last time I actually saw they were there (it's now 30 seconds ago ;) ).
So it's quite feasible to acquire a passport not reported stolen, or lost.
Also, what about a dead person ? Does a death certificate automatically notify the passport office ?
Bank employee ? How quaint.
AFAICT most ATMs in the UK are serviced by security companies - mainly G4S. Given their *cough* competence in other areas, I wouldn't be too hopeful they'd spot anything amiss in an ATM.
Re: Phnar!! Phnar!!!"
surely "Fnarr Fnarr" ?
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Re: Lost Acres@VinceH
Thank you indeed. Saved me digging out my "A Choice of Poets" from schooldays (where, ironically, I was the only pupil in 1982 to *fail* Eng Lit. My teacher would be proud of me !)
However the obscurity of the location is intriguing .... is Graves still in copyright ?
Ah, but how do you get *four* whales in a mini ?
And more importantly, how do you know if there's an elephant in the fridge ?
These are the issues we need to grapple with.
Develop, expand, consolidate, decay
Nothing new here, let's move on.
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