Plus ca change
I see Telewest are still just as shit as ever.
1173 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007
I see Telewest are still just as shit as ever.
I'd watch that.
It's not just IT that suffers from this - any complex function that a corporation carries out becomes the focus of managers and micro-managing policy makers thinking that there must be a simple solution/universal template for said function. And if you ever make the mistake of trying to explain just some of the degree of complexity they say things like "Just give me the idiots guide to this" - the correct response in this situation is "If you're an idiot you won't understand this"
"The strongest and fittest"
Strongest - definitely not - physical strength as an overriding concern comes with many evolutionary downsides - not the least of which is a relatively high calorific intake requirement.
Fittest - not in terms of health or physical fitness - merely in terms of reproductive success. It doesn't signify fitness for anything else.
I beleive the actual Darwinian idea is expressed as "Survival of the form that will leave the most copies of itself in successive generations"
So - the web will end up full of - porn, gambling and online tat emporiums - ooh - looks like this lot are too late.
" the options are not great: you can .... delete both Google Maps and Google Play"
Sounds like a great option to me
Our hitlist comprises
Everyone apart from you and me
On second thoughts - here - have a bullet
End users should
change the SSH host keys and X.509 certificates to device-specific ones throw the crap in the bin and engage their brains before buying stuff in future.
Public sector project traffic lights - an insiders guide
Green - This was something that already existed but we changed all the fonts - delivered only three years late and at double the budget - trebles all round!!
Yellow - It will never be delivered but no-one has yet noticed - this gravy train is still open for relatives and friends to get their bit
Red - oh fuck - we're going to need a scapegoat - where's that work experience bloke we send out for the lattes
Yeah - lets do a deal with the US - where Congress is currently considering rendering all progress in data security in the 21st century illegal. I hear the PRC are lobbying hard for that one.
Nope - that was one of them - the score for the Cultural Revolution was in the 100s of thousands but nowhere near the scale of the great leap (somewhere between 20 and 50 million). Also - the Great Leap was a fuck up by Mao - the persecution and deaths of the cultural revolution was quite deliberate policy as he re-asserted his power by blaming it all on the "bourgeois" elements within the party who had questioned the wisdom of the great leap and dared to criticise Mao.
The millions of dead thing - I think you will find that was the Great Leap Forward - said massive fuck-up from which the great leader needed to divert attention in a hurry. The management principle remains the same - "it wasn't me - it was all these disloyal underlings".
No - really - Chairman Mao would be proud to see that his legacy is being kept alive by the running dog capitalists - it is a tried and tested method for re-asserting the power of tyrants after they have fucked up big time.
Trust us - we're the guys who bugged MLK - reason for wiretap request - cos this is one uppity n****r
4) the gents at the old Wembley stadium at half time on cup final day - complete free-for all
I thought it said "partial outrage"
Had an image there of Voda customers trying to be properly outraged but having all the energy required for a real rant being gradually sucked from them by the Kafkaesque nightmare that is the customer services of any modern wallet sucking enterprise.
It is very fashionable these days to blame politicians for all the ills of the world (I go in for a bit of pol bashing myself now and then) - but for supposedly intelligent people to propose that simply banishing politicians is the answer (or even part of the answer) just shows that they are even less suited than the pols to dealing with the inevitable problems thrown up when 7+ billion carbon based life forms with free will, emotions, fears and abstract thinking are all trying to get from her to there (eventually).
Absolutist obedience to the scientists and engineers is just as bad as blaming politicians that we elected because they told us what we wanted to hear.
Too much blind faith it will blind us - though sometimes it's a blessing.
"Solar power ..... is still created by fossil fuel at it's source"
They got fossils on the sun?
It only comes "for free" because of the very low use of these things. If battery cars ever get to a real market share that distribution network (and generating capacity) is going to need some serious money being spent on it. Ditto for hydrogen production which would have to be localised - again requiring serious reinforcement of the network.
Because he's dead
Yeah - that Jonathan Swift - what did he know?
Or as Gunny Hartman so eloquently put it
"You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit! Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless."
Bitches and faggots the best GitHub can do? - they don't make abuse like they used to.
I'll get my (Full Metal) jacket
This was originally introduced as an anti theft procedure when electronic tills were introduced- it gave the customer a reason to hang around and see the sale registered cos they were waiting for their change.
Easy-peasy - "anonymous coward" - which literally means "man with no soul, no balls and no sense of humour" the arapaho have a very highly developed sense of humour and tended to assume that all other humans did as well. It's one of the reasons they didn't do so well against the feds - they kept waiting for the punchline. This is also why joke icons are mandatory on all forums which might appear in the USA. The lack of a joke icon on a comment can lead to your country being invaded.
You can never have too many
knives pliers, his father had told him. Unless they're pointed thrown at you, and by people who don't like you much.
You can have a full scale anarchist war kick off in a cul-de-sac.
The Hounsditch muders and the anarchists battling with police called the Battle of Stepney kicked off and took place largely in the cul-de-sac behind Sidney Street called Exchange Buildings. Sidney Street got the credit because of the alliterative possibilities for the hacks of the day.
They are going to create a "public plaza" in Union Square?
Really - cos thats what Union Square has always needed eh - a public plaza - shame no-one thought of that before - putting a public plaza in Union Square I mean - seems obvious now but I suppose that's what geniusi do - make people wonder why no-one thought of that already
If this is to be used to confirm identity a unique identifier tied strongly to the individual might be useful.
Mobe numbers fail on both of those criteria.
This is what happens when no-one is held responsible for creating bits of crap that they push out as fast as they can with no QC.
I hope the affected party sues the arse off Wordpress.
No - right end of the stick. This is just another of those tech writer apocalyptic stories where they take a couple of out of context statistics (the raw quantity of data connections from mobile devices is about as meaningless a figure as you get) and predict the end of something (although this guy hedged his bets right at the end there) while giving an inaccurate pocket history of something familiar to build in a flavour of historical inevitability (which still sells quite well - the marxist fantasy seems to have a longer shelf life than its obit writers give it credit for).
I see you waiting a long time for your hope to materialise.
There may be some convergence as you get more and more low end stuff simply being rebadges but this is the industry that respecs a spark plug at the drop of a hat.
Still - at least red always means stop. Well apart from when it means don't stop.
This bridge in Brooklyn?
As the man said
"There's one born every minute, you just happened to come along at the right time"
Its not the tech.
They fail because the businesses didn't know what they wanted them to do. Most businesses have money making bits that work cos people want to buy what they do. Better data mining is, at best, marginal in terms of customer relations and practically useless at developing new markets (hint - its the big demographic that you're not currently selling to).
The EU sets up yet another
money sucking black hole of bureaucracy, decades long lawyer fest considered and weighty investigation into a vital and pressing matter.
Of course they could just ask Google what rules they would like and save all that time but that wouldn't
keep the poor lawyers in champagne and yachts be accountable to the proletariat through the democratic organs of the state (might be getting my political horseshit a bit mixed here).
Hang on to your wallets taxpayers - this could get expensive.
Big Brother - membership open to lawyers and accountants only.
Defcon may not have any indication but if it looks like a duck it probably is.
Mr Plod: So sir - you deposited all this money at at bank of Ronnie Biggs and now it is gone? Are you a complete moron or were you just having an off-day?
Analyst = stockbrokers fluffer
Financial consultant = my mate who wants some money
See that Grade is doing what he does best - making sure he gets his bit.
Wait for them to utter the magic words "commissioning agency" - aka a government mechanism for shovelling the public sponds to their mates.
Traditional currencies have an asset base? When did that happen?
An asset base for the dollar - very funny. Alexander Hamilton pretty much defined the asset base for the dollar as "other peoples' stuff" and US policy hasn't changed since then.
Icon - the logo of the US Treasury department - motto - "What''s yours is mine, what's mine is my own"
" Barclays Financial Planning" sounds like a legal scam so anyone who fell for it is likely to have signed anything put in front of them (including the "Yes lots of yummy spam for me" box)
Maybe Barclays just flogged the data to some third party - would have got a good rate too for suckers with a pedigree.
"setting an autonomous killing machine loose on an intended target"
You don't need fictional characters as examples - bounty hunters pretty much fit this description and they are very real.
No fair question
It doesn't have that information in the press release - do you expect the poor hack to do, like, research and stuff?
Yep - it's the latest silver bullet phrase
AKA - always go for the soft targets, the captive market and those who can't fight back.
It's just a bit ironic that the ICO - the single most useless piece of government bureacracy since the ministry of silly walks - is now targetting other bits of the machine which actually have some degree of relevance in the real world.
And I heard a (nasal, whiney) voice in the midst of the four beasts. And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Mr Braithwaite, and forms in triplicate followed with him.
Wait till all the GP surgeries are being run by G4S, SERCO and Capita
There is no reason to believe that epidemiological models apply despite the desperate sounding crap supposed to justify it - the reference to MySpace is so poorly thought out it makes me wonder if you need to do abstract thought to get into Princeton these days - if you think about it for more than a knee-jerk second MySpace cannot be looked at as a precedent for a methodology analysing the future success or otherwise of Facebook.
"The precedent for applying epidemiological models to non-disease applications has previously been set by research focused on modeling the spread of less-tangible applications such as ideas"
That's it - something as massive as the dissemination of ideas has a superficial resemblance to some epidemiological models therefore it applies to FaceBook which is not an idea but an internet service with an actively changing relationship with its clients. Oh - and apparently when no-one is actively espousing an idea it is because they lost interest in it (after all what else could have happened to an idea) which is the equivalent of becoming immune to the idea.
If all that is not enough they then admit that its all based on a Google mashup anyway.
FaceBook may well be getting stale in a digital world moving at a tremendous pace and personally I don't think they would be any great loss. But this paper is just trolling bollocks.
So i am going to share it with you
Both partners wearing glass and sharing the view they are getting with each other in real time
How about a smart overcoat that measures how much it expands and how long it stays expanded eh? - and then spaffs (sorry) your performance stats in real time.
Why are they sending the PIN to the merchant gateway? Neither the merchant gateway nor the card-issuer needs to know that information - just that a duly validated card has been used. Surely all the PIN needs to do is verify to the card that it can activate - even the POS terminal doesn't need to know what the PIN is.
Italian? - no wonder you didn't like it - that bland piss is the PG tips of coffee.
My employer used to allow this till a few years ago when our security office started to resemble argos.
If you had a Land Rover R380 you would get it in easily.
Er - yes it is
Acoustics refers to the sound carrying properties of a wave.
Subsonic means below the speed of sound carrying frequencies.
A subsonic wave by definition has no acoustic properties.
Human hearing ability is not relevant to either term.
You are right - he didn't allude to whether he condoned it- he came straight out and said he condoned it. Hint: try reading the title of his post again - I think it can only be taken one way.
Good news that someone might get raped eh? I suppose he has brought it on himself and after all justice is best delivered by those very people who have nothing but contempt for laws and a vicious inclination to inflict suffering and control over people weaker than themselves.