Egad, they changed the image to something even more ghastly. El Reg is starting to resemble a 1990s geocities site.
Thanks for the tip. The right custom filter in "Element Hiding Helper" made them all go away.
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How that 648px × 429px lead image of two logos in any way adds value to the article? This isn't a "redesign," it's a de-design.
Yes, retreating and disappearing glaciers, large sections of Antarctic ice breaking off and floating away -- are all circus tricks.
To know Lewis Page wrote this article. Pidgeon may be a charlatan, but that doesn't change the facts about human-caused CO2 emissions. Lewis, I like your articles about military stuff. Stick to that area.
If it gets me two years of free broadband! My Comcast experiences are mixed. Getting connected in the first place took >1 hour on the phone, getting bounced from customer service (?) to tech support, before finally getting lucky and talking to the only person who knew what to do. It was simple: Add a zed at the end of your account number. On the other hand, when a billing error (tried to double bill me last month) arose, I was able to resolve it through online chat with no hassles.
I live in an "adult" (55 or older) condo complex in Florida, and most of the time Internet access is solid and fast. A couple of brief outages over 2+ years. Sure better than ATT! I'm paying ~$70/mo for an "Up to 50 Mbps" connection, because I spend a lot of time on Netflix (+ VPN) and I want to avoid the unwritten data-cap issue. My basic cable TV fee is a mandatory part of my condo fee, so I overlook the ISP cost.
Comcast has many employees, and training/management issues. But these problems aren't limited to the cable industry; wherever money changes hands, "service" quality is going downhill. Having worked in phone tech support, I think I understand the underlying reasons. Personnel are given tight quotas for average call times, but limited authority or options for solving callers' problems. People charged with retaining unsatisfied customers must also have quotas. The stress level is high, and there's no relief. Disconnect from one call and another one is right there. No time to sit back and catch your breath. It's no excuse, I know, but it speaks loudly about the conditions of labor in a "service economy." The only stuff that trickles down in this economy is stuff you don't want landing on your head.
Do as the Romans. The Facebook corporation is a guest in Turkey. Guests should respect local laws and customs. Religious zealots who choose to remain in countries more tolerant of satire and secularism than their ancestral homes also should respect local laws and customs. Respect is a two-way street.
They all appear to be gun-toting, flag waving right-wing facists of varying hues.
Sounds like UKIP.
I've been around long enough to have watched ever Super Bowl there ever was. And never have. Without this article I'd never have known about the ad Go Daddy aren't going to run. Hey, wait a minute......
I get it now. This thread and the one below it about a typo, are thinly disguised attempts to derange NSA-GCHQ monitoring. Let me lend a hand.
Note to NSA-GCHQ: Are you closely watching pr0n sites? All that moaning and groaning isn't really an act, you know. It's secret code. You have to watch/listen several times at high volume to catch it.
Wonder how often our minders get p0wned by pr0n in the course of their duties?
Now I have to imagine the future of space travel involving checked baggage fees, early boarding fees, cash-only fees for the bar cart, etc. I'll probably get felt up by a TSA screener as well :/
Just wait until you see the inside of a Budget Suites capsule!
Man vs Machine. This will ultimately come down to class warfare, as Fritz Lang clearly understood.
Oh, and that was Charlie
Chaplain Chaplin in Modern Times.
No free Windows 10 upgrades for Wall Street!
If the old cameras aren't compatible with the new back end the old cameras ARE redundant trash! That Google is handing out new ones doesn't change that.
Have you tried bouncing the signal off intervening buildings?
You know, of course, that Americans can get in with little effort, right? You fly in from Mexico, Belize, or some other country that has direct flights to Havana, and get a paper visa, so your passport isn't stamped. I almost went as a journalist in the 90s, which would have been legit, but a temporary interruption of Internet access spoiled it. Since I moved to Florida I've met several Americans who routinely visit to get cigars or whatever else is on offer. I'd like to tour the island and see the birds and the city of Matanzas, but I'm too old to take chances with our State Dept. (I'm the guy who gets a ticket for 7 mph over the speed limit when everyone else is doing >10 over!)
It's only "a matter of time" for just about anything you can think of. Regarding open Internet access in Cuba, think "glacial." A thawing of relations doesn't mean the U.S. won't stop trying to influence Cuban politics. Radio and Television Marti are still going strong; a communist nation less than 100 miles from the U.S., that has outlasted 9 presidential administrations is an embarrassment of a high order. Drug-cartel-co-opted "democracies," si, commie nations, no.
It's a funny business. Here in Florida, a huge sugar and real-estate cartel run by ex-patriate Cubans thwarts Everglades restoration and wields almost unbeatable power in state politics. If Cuba suddenly changed course, and was able to export sugar to the U.S. again, what would become of them? You see, it isn't in every American's interest for Cuba to become what our political talking heads claim to desire.
A little impotent meddling (nothing's changed in >50 years!) keeps the ex-pat Cuban community at bay, but success would benefit the residents of Cuba more than the citizens of the U.S. "Operation Iraqi Freedom" tells you more than you need to know about American altruism.
If the U.S. truly wanted to oust the Castro regime it easily could have done so after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when no nation on earth could have come to Cuba's aid.
Obama is talking a good spiel, and maybe he really means what he says. How much he can accomplish is another story. There are too many people in power, in Cuba and the U.S., for whom status quo is profitable, to expect much change in the short term.
Emotionally traumatized squirrels are a lot closer than this asteroid. Therefore, they pose a greater present danger. So do a host of other problems here on earth. It simply makes no sense to say, "Oh, look, an asteroid may get us, so let's overlook anything else." We ought to be able to handle more than one problem at a time.
Honky Tonk Freeway is a 1981 comedy film directed by John Schlesinger. The film, conceived and co-produced by Don Boyd, was one of the most expensive box office flops in history, losing its British backers Thorn-EMI an estimated $11,000,000 and profoundly impacting its fortunes and aspirations.
New Yorkers lined up for blocks to see for themselves just how bad it really was. Still, it lost money!
And yet, it gets a 5.0 rating on IMDB.
I seriously need a BOFH fix.
At 5.5 billion light-years distance, this email with attached circularly polarized lulz cat video, was sent 1 beelion years before the formation of our planet.
I can now reveal its decoded text contents. It's a chain email. Unless each recipient forwards it to 20 other civilizations by midnight Saturday, they are doomed. How the senders knew we'd be here to decode this message now may never be known, because the Chronicles end with
<Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
I hope the boffins at Parkes know what to do next.
I don't have any friends in Iran I could have called.
Cameron should acknowledge that the only people he'd catch would be common citizens not professional terrorists!
Jim, I'm sure you know this, but sometimes we decent folk slip and give pols more credit than is due by taking them at their word. Cameron isn't after cyberterrorists, he's after votes. Ninety-nine percent of being a politician is gulling the constituency into believing you're earning your pay. The other one-percent is playing golf.
-- Jim O'Cynic
It sure seems as though Comcast is throttling Netflix in South Florida. Netflix is reporting streaming problems, but on Smart TV devices, not PCs. Though I'm getting excellent throughput and low latency everywhere else, Netflix keeps dropping. Maybe all my ancient snowbird neighbors are watching pron, but I kind of doubt they even have computers.
I did have a good chat with a Comcast billing "analyst" last night, though. They were trying to double-bill me for this month. Guess they need the money to buy Time-Warner. FSM, help us!
Let's not forget the wonky chick in Criminal Minds. She don't need no steenking mouse.
At the top the page just tells me Loading..... for ever.
Using NoScript, the only script I'm allowing on that page is nasa.gov. I sure hope non-U.S. IPs aren't being blocked, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Let's see if we can beat your previous score.
Try doing some research before shooting off your mouth. Stop making it necessary for the rest of us to condemn your bigotry.
I want to add to my previous comment. I don't for a second believe the 'Charlie' murderers were acting as Muslims. I think they were violent psychopaths for whom alleged religious belief gave a cover for their disgusting acts. If they hadn't "discovered" religion they'd likely have found some other excuse to act out their frustration at being losers.
Blogger and professor Juan Cole suggests their acts were intended to provoke attacks against innocent Muslims, causing an "Islamic Awakening" (my term) in France where, according to Cole, most Muslims are not religiously or politically active. Misery loves company, and these psychos seem intent only on dragging other Muslims down to their depraved level. Let's be careful not to play into their sick scenario.
Anyone more offended by "needling, taunting and provoking" cartoons than by the murders of 12 innocent people is seriously in need of help. No one ever died from looking at a cartoon.
I'm often offended by various media sources, especially as I'm an atheist. But I don't pick up a battle rifle and storm Fox News HQ, or sit on my butt and encourage others to do so. I simply rarely watch their cable channel or read their Website. At worst I might complain in an online forum or among friends, who are similarly opposed to using violence to express their dissatisfaction with this or that.
I hope this helps you gain some perspective.
I hate to toot my own horn, but this article really got me cranked. I was seeking out and recruiting qualified employees socially defined as "minorities" more than 40 years ago. I'm so glad Intel has awakened and discovered it's the freaking 21st century.
Sounds like the Dread Pirate was sampling the merchandise..
Using "Comcast" and "High Speed" in the same sentence is a bit of an oxymoron.
Depends on where you live. In my condo complex I can watch European Netflix via VPN for hours with a single dropout maybe once every couple of days. Perhaps because my elderly neighbors only use the 'net to look at grandanklebiters' photos on Faceplant and get their video fix on conventional cable. Their loss, my gain. Location Location Location.
Earth-esque life thrives there in the cold recesses. So far, all attempts at communication have failed. Frustrating, as I really want to ask it if the light stays on when I close the door.
A 550-hp fuel pump! Be still, my heart.
Probably a lot less of the reports were for the never shot down SR-71
Now that I'm well past the age of caring.... a radar operator at a USAF radar station outside Charleston, SC, detected something flying high and fast in 1967. The Pentagon sent down a major to investigate the "UFO" (the "Purpose of Visit" entry in the orderly room sign-in book said "UFO investigation"). The major advised the operator he hadn't seen anything. I wonder if even that major was cleared to know about the SR-71, which probably is what was detected. The radar operator was a well-grounded, believably serious young man, so until I heard about the Blackbird I often wondered what it was he'd seen.
My good man, we all got plastered on company expenses, and highlighted both the units are shit. Living the dream.
AND you managed to BREAK a breathalyzer! Reg hacks rule!
Like any habit, it can be broken. I know, I give it up several times a day.
One with the smartphone in the pocket.
usually you get the Government you deserve
As Will Rogers famously said, "It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for."
Meanwhile, NK isn't getting all the Internet it pays for. Will we be hearing about IT types being fed to the dogs?
"Networks need to get serious about shutting down bot armies and unplugging peers who willingly host them."
You can identify a bot coming from a pwned usr on a large U.S. ISP, contact the ISP with log details ad infinitum.... And expect absolutely no response. FFS, if they can monitor phone calls and archive all emails they can detect bot-related packets and turn off the connection.
Here's the problem. If you're good at security and your company is never penetrated, you'll have a hard time proving it wasn't pure luck. After a while, the bean counters start looking at your budget the way a fox looks at a chicken. If they cut your budget and security slides, it won't be a bean counter falling on his/her sword when the Huns breach the walls.
We could hope the Sony breach will scare the bean counters into paying attention. We could as well hope that Santa Claus is real.
Releases of further purloined data stopped when Sony decided not to distribute The Interview. That suggests that when they said they weren't behind the scheme, the Norkies were telling porkies. Now that the movie is going into limited release, may we expect another bushel of confidential data? Or did that "accidental" shutdown of NK's Internet access get the point across?
Happy Hols, all. We'll be having pasta and turkey meatballs for dinner.
The Snowden revelations harmed GCHQ’s ability to monitor the communications of crime lordsNo offense, as I'm a Yank, but have they tried looking around Westminster?
That is all.
At least she didn't chicken out at the end.
Turns out there's a free VPN way to do this, so thanks for the suggestion. I'm watching a UK-based Netflix flick now. After looking over the selection, I can tell you it isn't much better in the U.S. Guess it depends on the studios that want to do a deal with Netflix. There are a few U.S. TV shows available in the U.K. that aren't available here in the States, but not the ones I'd want to watch.