Re: Not sure who is being punished the most here...
I'm not a violent person, but that surely is one punchable face isn't it?
890 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
I'm not a violent person, but that surely is one punchable face isn't it?
I imagine like many of us I have friends who are techies and probably more friends who are not.
My technically-aware friends get angry about these rampant abuses of technology that infringe our human rights, but the non-tech people generally don't because they just don't understand it.
And here's the problem. Imagine the government presented a new bill saying that all cars had to be fitted with GPS trackers so that we know where they all are (because terrorists use cars - and it's fine, because we aren't going to look *in* the car, just see where it's going). Naturally there would be uproar and such a law would have no chance of being passed, because people understand the implications.
But when it's applied to something less tangible like the interwebz - well that's just a murky pool of jargon and complexity. And anyway it's only my cat videos and Skype sessions with family in Australia. If I've done nothing wrong, I've got nothing to fear and all that.
These are the attitudes we are facing.
... to the phrase "laying a cable".
Have an upvote for Girl on a Motorcycle. I was very young when I watched it but it stirred something in my loins for both girls and motorcycles.
In my defence:
- I found the article via Google.
- The Telegraph didn't do the survey, Continental Tyres did.
- The first search result was actually the same story in the Daily Mail, so I spared you that at least.
"The best drivers are generally considered to be those who passed their test on the second time of asking (ahem, this writer included)..."
Being a cynical person, that sounded to me like an urban myth propagated by people who failed their first driving test.
However, there does seem to be some evidence behind it: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/7260489/Safe-drivers-have-already-failed-a-driving-test.html
I bet it says "ROMANES EUNT DOMUS".
"Ever seen a didgeridoo?"
"Unless the event is traveling towards us very very very quickly?"
That would be news in itself, as everything else in the universe is moving away.
"Oh don't come over all high and mighty. I'd do the same..."
I'm sure a lot of people would. The point here though is the generic PR-speak that tries to pretend the move was made for higher goals, rather than just a massive bucket of cash.
I tried to read it all, but it seemed to be written in "wank".
"When I were a lad, you needed some kind of democratic legitimacy to create law."
On the contrary, I would like to see *more* separation between our government and the judiciary.
Like, if you successfully break in to a bank you get to keep it?
It's been there a while now, so it's probably acquired a wheel clamp and a "Council Aware" sticker.
"I assume you had the teacher taken out and shot?"
He certainly should have.
Come to think of it, if we are to accept that modern usage replaces "have" with "of" (and I am having a bit of trouble accepting that, but never mind), how are we supposed to indicate the abbreviated form in written English?
For example, I can write "she should've been shot" and that would be fine, but I have yet to see anyone write "she should'f been shot".
"Yup, and we voted them in."
This is only true for some values of "we".
Perhaps your downvoter didn't get that this is a reference to the risible Hollywood disaster movie "2012", in which that very thing happens.
Look out for Dara O'Briain's critique of this awful film, which was part of his live stand up routine a while ago. Very funny.
Sheldon Mills, CMA director of mergers, said: "Durex and K-Y are two very well-known personal lubricant brands.."
He's right. Everyone else is just a johnny-come-lately.
"Only one of the class took up his offer to do the same. Ironically, that person went on to get a Phd in Chemistry."
I shared a flat with some medical students once. I'm pretty sure they would have drunk it on the way in.
"I’m reminded of the cheque for £100 I once received from an employer for 10 years’ service"
My missus got £100 from the NHS for 30 years service. I think it was one of those cases where "nothing" would have been the better option.
"Okay, I am back on board with the images in stories now."
I fully agree. In fact I think *all* stories about any kind of hacking should be attributed initially to Anonymous, at least until we know for sure it isn't.
The reason you attract hordes of needy travellers at train stations is simple: you can't possibly be less helpful than the people who work there.
None of this sounds like a terribly bad idea, but Microsoft have had too many of these epiphanies. Every time they change direction, they leave behind armies of developers who have invested sweat and money in the last-greatest-thing.
People are going to take a lot of convincing this time.
I read the statement a few times and as far as I can tell, the main thing that they are going to do is "fuck all".
That's more than I spent on the telly.
"Well, you probably aren't going home any time soon... ;-)"
Or you might be going to a lovely new home, where the weather is much hotter and everyone wears an orange jumpsuit.
I do this in reverse, and travel everywhere under the name of "Sarah Michelle Gellar".
You should see the the looks of disappointment when I turn up.
"NAH, not that easy for most... going to gmail or yahoo is much easier"
FWIW you can do it with Google mail as well. Gmail supports aliases with a + separator, so if you are firstname.lastname@example.org you can also be email@example.com
Not nuclear-hard, but it tells you who's leaking your stuff.
Damn. I needed "synergy" for a line.
Wouldn't it be great if they were just called "C"?
"The Corporation". Cool.
You can't deny it shifted a load of copies though. With that level of success I'm surprised they didn't do a sequel.
Eclipse may not be perfect, but its openness takes some beating. I can develop in pretty much any language I want, on any of the major platforms (and some quite minor ones), and target everything from an Arduino upwards.
So not the same thing at all really.
Ditto. Many pubs being converted to flats round my way.
"Hammond [...] was sentenced to the maximum 10 years prison under his guilty plea deal"
I'm not all that familiar with the US legal system, but this implies that he did a deal and pleaded guilty, which is usually done in exchange for a lighter sentence.
So how come he got the maximum stretch? What would they have done if he pleaded not guilty, sentence him to more than the maximum?
About cinema and television.
Why would people troop off down to the flicks to watch a big screen, when they could all have small personal TVs at home?
Sure, cinema attendances declined for a while and people changed their viewing habits, but the essential big screen experience didn't disappear. It just got augmented by other formats.
You can rinse and repeat for many other "new" technologies.
It must be Lager Loving Lesbians then.
But anything you do say may be distributed widely on various forums and used to beat you up until you write some decent code, or die a horrible death. Whichever comes first.
They could just stand on their money...
"...the experience that is my first prostate exam"
In an amazing coincidence I had one this year on the same day that the vet had to rectally insert a digit into our dog.
Judging by the look on the dog's face, we both felt the same way about it.
On the plus side I feel our shared trauma has bonded us in a way that outsiders wouldn't understand.
I haven't got an iPad but this gave me hope:
"There’s an extra anti-reflective coating on the surface now which goes a long way to answering the age-old criticism of all and every glass screen – the glare from reflected ambient light."
Maybe our laptop screens will get some antireflective love now.
And I have to say - "Octave" - that's a *proper* gentleman's middle name.
As we saw on wikileaks a few years ago when drone operators happily blew up a minibus containing women, children and assorted wounded casualties.
"Perhaps I just hate everyone.."
Nothing wrong with that.
Great article. This car is a prime candidate for junking the ancient ECU and replacing it with a modern hackable unit like a Megasquirt. You could have hours of fun with your laptop, tuning your car for optimum efficiency (or power, or whatever takes your fancy).
I doubt that Linus stomps round like Malcolm Tucker all the time. From what I've seen, most of his rants are down to terminal frustration, when someone is causing a problem and earlier complaints haven't been addressed.
It's a big project, involving a lot of smart and headstrong people. I bet the same stuff goes on behind the scenes of many tech companies, it's just that you don't see it.
"I know more about electronics / software / computers than anyone I know."
But we don't know who you know.
"After all, those people that died in wars to support democracy, also died for our freedom to choose."
Well they died for freedom full stop. In my opinion that should include the freedom to not vote, if that's what you want.
"And why does it need two, slightly different, clocks within ten pixels of each other?"
- and a minute apart?
Seriously, I think the top one is built in to the Android tablet's menu bar, so the EPG doesn't know anything about it. No idea why they disagree about the time though.
If I ever see any suitably-qualified, yet stunningly attractive, candidates for our engineering vacancies - I guarantee not to discriminate against them.
Blimey. That told me.
"All four officers have been put on gardening leave with full pay while an investigation is carried out."
Well at least they'll have some manure.