684 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007
Re: Isn't this just
"Even Floridians admit that when they see headlines like this, they assume that their State is involved somehow."
Of course. See further the infamous 'Florida Man' column.
There was a recent letter in the PB Post wherein someone complained about how the news media are always picking on Florida, don't stories like this happen elsewhere? (Answer... apparently not. At least not with _eight_ dogs and illegal guns.)
Re: I need to re-think my charging!
"I'm sorry, but if you're installing iTunes on a Windows machine, you should pay a hefty compensation to the victim for such a heinous crime against humanity"
No. After they try to use iTunes on Windows they will never, ever, ask you to install anything on anything of theirs ever again. That's a win-win; get paid for installing bumf, and never get bothered by that person again. Time to do the Happy Dance(tm).
Re: Under investigation?
It's Bank of America. Nothing is ever their fault. According to them, anyway.
On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is good and 1 is evil, BoA is -100. (Yes, they're worse than HSBC, difficult though that may be to imagine.)
Re: Hello French polishers?
Yeah. Right. They're not a Ponzi scheme. They're not even a new version of tulip mania. They're _worse_. The tulip bulbs actually existed (well, some tulip bulbs did) and could actually be planted. Ponzi schemes will make money for those who get out early enough. Bitcoin is based on something which does not exist.
But it's not a Ponzi scheme.
Re: "Oh yes, it's because we have laws against discrimination."
"Only some sorts of discrimination are illegal."
You need to understand the concept of the protected class.
Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy
">"because they're Black/Jewish/Muslim/Christian/disabled/gypsy/Native
So by this logic a Jewish restaurant couldn't turn down a Neo-Nazi group's booking for Hitler birthday party?"
Nazis are not members of a protected class. Yes, the Jewish restaurant could turn 'em down, and yes there would be nothing the Nazis could do about it, other than cry. This is one of the problems bigots have. They can't be bigots without violating the law, but others can step all over them just because they are, say, Nazis, and not violate a damn thing.
Note that under the equal protection and freedom of speech parts of the US constitution, even Nazis have a perfect right to march on the public streets. They have a perfect right to be protected by the police, including any blacks or Jews on the police force, while doing that march. They just have no right to step inside a Jewish-owned private business of any kind if the owner says they can't come in. Their rights stop at the front door. Unless and until they become members of a protected class, which ain't gonna happen any time soon.
If you refuse to serve, and if the person so refused can establish that s/he is a member of a 'protected class' (black, Hispanic, gay, disabled, some others) and if said person can also establish that the reason why you refused to serve is because of his/her membership of the protected class, you're in deep, deep, DEEP trouble and sinking fast. Even if it can't be proven that the reason why you refused is because the person is in the class, you've got a problem. Unless you can establish some clear, precise, and compelling reason which does NOT have anything to do with your problems with the class.
This means that if you are in the business of making wedding cakes and a gay couple orders a cake, you're gonna have to make that cake unless you want to go to court and establish why not. And you'd better be able to establish that you _couldn't_ make the cake for reasons entirely unrelated to the gay couple's gayness, or it's game over. If you have a waiting list three months long and couldn't make a cake for the couple anyway, you're okay. If you have workers standing idle and an unused oven, you're in trouble.
Now, if the persons who want the cake are _not_ members of a protected class, then you can refuse to make the cake all you want. At the current time, gay couples _in Arizona_ are not members of a protected class. This may change. This means that this idiotic law is completely unnecessary; Arizona businesses could, and can, simply post a note that they refuse to serve gay couples, and that's that. There is one gentleman who has posted a large sign in his business that he reserves the right to refuse to serve members of the Arizona legislature. http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/opinion/rocco-pizzeria-arizona/index.html?hpt=hp_t1 As members of the legislature are not members of a protected class, he is free to do so. And he has.
This 'law' is nothing more than religious-themed imbecilic grandstanding, and _will_ bite the Arizona legislature on the ass. And it won't last long before it gets challenged and gets to the US Supremes and they rule that it's unconstitutional... and place gays in the 'protected' class. I suspect that this is not something that the religious nuts want.
1 'pursuit of happiness' is from the declaration of independence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_happiness
2 even if it were in the BoR, it just guarantees _pursuing_ happiness, it doesn't say a damn thing about _catching_ it.
Gee, I'm surprised
Re: So it wasn't just me then.
I got a personal email from Louis Freeh, Director of the FBI, using his personal Yahoo account from Hong Kong to let me know that the FBI had $26 million for me if only I would send them my banking details.
Such a pity that Mr Freeh had left office at the FBI several years before I got that note.
Re: My education is obviously lacking
You can have some of mine. In fact, you can have _all_ of mine. And the Chinese/Taiwanese, Russian, and Hebrew spam, too.
Re: "In the post – just imagine!"
I just got one of those yesterday, it hasn't made its way into the bin yet.
It's a check, for $1000, redeemable only for 'airfare or alternate travel certificate'. I'm supposed to call a certain number to 'redeem' it. If I call within 48 hours of receiving it (how on Earth would they know?) I would be eligible for an additional $100 gas rebate voucher.
And, oh, this is my final notification, if I don't make contact with them by an unspecified date the $1000 and the $100 will be awarded to 'an alternate'.
Okay, _now_ it's in the trash.
Re: What the hell did they expect?
"If anything, it's more like OSX and I don't remember people rampaging about how that is stupid without a touch-screen."
You're joking, right? I assume that you're talking about Launchpad...
1 there were (and are) legions of people who hate, hate, HATE Launchpad and who delete it from their systems on sight. A quick look into any Mac-centric forum will show this; Apple's own fora have had several threads removed by the mods 'cause the hate was getting knee-deep. And the hate was _precisely_ the 'iOSification' of OS X.
2 Launchpad is an application. It can be ignored. It can be removed. It is not the default. It does not replace the old interface. I have several Macs, running several different versions of OS X, including versions which have Launchpad (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) and I have never used Launchpad beyond a brief experiment with it when it first came out. I decided that it wasn't for me and I dropped it into the Trash. Problem gone.
3 Anyone who thinks that Launchpad and MetroSexual are even vaguely alike has serious issues.
Now, if you weren't talking about Launchpad, well... what in Christ Jesus' name _were_ you talking about, 'cause there ain't no bloody tiles roaming around in OS X!
Re: Have I understood this properly? ....
Advertising companies can't be trusted. Period.
Re: The ethics of the IT industry
"Hell, even Office 2007 documents can screw up in 2010 and later. Microsoft don't do compatibility very well."
It's only February and already we have a winner for Understatement of the Year.
Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac
"would you be so kind as to be specific? What functionality do you require in a spreadsheet is not present in an FOSS tool (e.g. libreoffice), other than "works with M$ Office"."
I think you'll find that "works with MS Office" _is_ the killer feature required. A substantial subset of the world uses MS Office. You don't have to like this. I don't. However, I must deal with it. FOSS office suites simply have too much trouble with formatting Office files; such files quite often cannot be round-tripped, they become unreadably screwed during the process. (Some are merely unreadable.) And, yes, I'm quite sure that this is deliberate on the part of Microsoft; files from older versions of Office are often hard to round-trip, too. (Go on. Open a heavily formatted Powerpoint file, created in Office 2000 (Windows) or 2001 (Mac) in, say, Office 2013. Notice how elements are all over the place. Fix it, save it as a PPT (and not a PPTX) file so that in theory it can be read by the older version of Office. Watch the user's face when they try to access that file.) No, like it or not, many people not only have to have MS Office, they have to have multiple versions of MS Office so that they can actually get work done. I'm typing this on a Mac mini running OS X 10.9; it has Office 2011 and 2008 installed, and the only reason it doesn't have Office 2004 is 'cause 2004 won't bloody work on OS X 10.9. My laptop, sitting in my laptop bag, runs Win 7. It has Office 2003 (and a right pain it was to get that installed) and 2010 (the version I usually use) and 2013 (the version I have to use to deal with a certain customer's stuff). And, yes, I know, Microsoft discourages that kind of thing.
Yes, I do have LibreOffice on both the Mac and the laptop. No, I don't often use it, because LO usually screws up the formatting if the document was created with anything above the most basic level of formatting. Sorry to rain on your parade, man, but that's been my experience. YMMV.
Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac
"You can't update-and-keep data from early versions of OSX like tiger to 10.9 without buying and installing intermediate OSs first."
Actually... you can. You do a clean install and then import the data (and apps) from your backup. Warning: a lot of the apps may have problems, thanks to Rosetta having been eaten by a Lion. A bunch more got flooded out by the waves of Mavericks. Your data, now, your data's good. And it's easily moved.
Yes, I have machines (two of them...) running Tiger right now. They're due to be retired shortly, as, well, they were never particularly fast (1.25 GHz eMacs) and now they're INCREDIBLY BLOODY SLOW. The data on them will be moved to either Mac minis or iMacs. Pity. I quite liked the eMac design, though apparently I was in a distinct minority.
nothing to see here
There are three, and only three, ways that this can actually spread in the wild:
1 if someone gets a malware package containing something like this onto a computer (probably a Windows machine, but insufficient data) and the victim attaches an Android device. This fails if you don't have an Android device or if you have adequate security on your computer.
2 if someone gets a malware package containing the package onto an Android device which has been rooted. As 99+% Android phones are not rooted, this is unlikely.
3 if someone gets a malware package containing the item onto an iOS device which has been jailbroken. The vast majority of iOS devices are not jailbroken.
This exploit doesn't seem to be particularly serious.
Re: ChromeOS has already got 20 odd percent of the market...
There are five computers in his house and Chrome is on one of them.
This also proves that AT&T System V, VAX/VMS, Yellow Dog Linux, and AmigaDOS have 20% of the market.
Re: Password complexity
"you'd think the US government wouldn't sell their databases to penis enlargement pills outfits"
Errm... large portions of the US Gov _are_ penis enlargement outfits. <exits, humming the :Marine Corps Hymn", especially the part about "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on heaven's scenes, they'll find the streets are guarded by United States Marines". You can't make this stuff up.>
"'Battery-powered rabbit creates warm feeling inside Chinese population'"
It's solar powered, not battery powered. If it was battery powered we wouldn't have the problem. We'd have a different problem.
Re: Space != reliability
"How exactly will beancounter mannage improve a space expedition?"
Ballast. When (not if) things get sticky you can throw him over the side and no-one will care.
Re: And still I have yet to see a Windows phone in the wild
I am a former WinPhone user. I finally had enough and dumped my old Samsung Omnia in favor of an iPhone. I've seen fewer and fewer WinPhones over the three+ years since I dumped mine. So far this year I have seen 0.000 WinPhones in the wild. And, no, I didn't see very many (under a half dozen, I think, I didn't keep count) last year. I _have_ seen WinPhones in cellphone stores, usually being ignored.
Surfaces, now, those I've seen. I know three people who have Surfaces. One curses the day he got it. One loves it. One is about midway between. I've seen a few other Surfaces around. Not very many, though, the total number of Surfaces in the wild is dwarfed by the number of iPads and Android tablets.
Re: El Reg now has a correspondent in Mongolia?
It appears that he's an independent IT consultant and that he really, really, REALLY likes snow. (Which, I suppose, would be a Good Thing if you lived in Mongolia...) And, unlike many geeks, girls. Or at least can get them to appear in pix with him. https://twitter.com/vbayarsaikhan
It is a great pity that I can't read Cyrillic, some of the pics down near the bottom look... interesting.
I really doubt it
Unless they run out of complete and utter morons, Arsebook will live.
Example of how _stupid_ some Arsebook users are: one of my cousins has had a Gmail account since about 3 months after they first became available. A moron who wanted to start an Arsebook account set up a Gmail account one digit off his, and linked said account to his Arsebook account. Except that he didn't; he linked my cousin's account instead. So my cousin woke up one Sunday morning to find a flood of Arsebook crap filling his inbox. He went to the Arsebook account in question, had it send in a password change request to the linked email (his!) and changed the password, posted a request for the moron to remove my cousin's email from his Arsebook, and logged out. The moron also had his phone linked to the account, and within a half hour had changed the password back (incidentally, do you know just how easy it is to change the password on an Arsebook account? There's absolutely zero security...) and the Arsebook update flood continued. (Apparently the moron was a 'consultant' at Port Harcourt in Nigeria and had a truly incredible number of 'friends', and all of them wanted to 'friend' his Arsebook account. And my cousin got mail each time one tried. And as the moron wasn't seeing the 'friend' requests unless he was logged in 'cause they were all going to my cousin's email not his, some of the 'friends' were making multiple requests. And then there was the fact that a lot of them seemed to be way-out-over-the-edge PETA types, and posted the silliest crap...) My cousin got tired of it, and after a week of bombardment went back in by changing the password again, left another little note, and this time 'deactivated' the account. The moron has either deleted the link to my cousin's account or hasn't figured out how to get back in to Arsebook, as the bombardment has ceased. Good thing, as next time my cousin was going to go nuclear on the moron. Especially as the little note which he'd left on the Arsebook account the first time had been deleted. Yes, the moron saw it, knew he was irritating someone else, and didn't give a damn. I'm sure that he cares now... Moron.
no can do, Ballmer's leaving.
Re: Drama queens
"I didn't know that Amazon allowed for comments like that,"
Khaptain, m'man, you obviously lead a sheltered life. Get thee to the Amazon reviews for Sony's 84" UHD TV. Others have already pointed out the three doggies tee-shirt reviews. And you could go over to Best Buy and look up the reviews for the (drumroll, please) $1000+ (no, that is not a typo...) HDMI cable. (I'm serious, there really is a HMDI cable which costs more that $1000. But the reviews aren't... I kinda wonder how many were actually sold or if everyone just points and laughs. I do know that the local Worst Buy has some $500+ HDMI cables, and they've actually sold some.)
Re: US ZIP codes are hardy personally identifiable
ZIP gets you the general area (West Palm Beach, Geenacres, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Springs...) but ZIP+4 uniquely identifies your exact address. The USPS ignores the street address information in the address block if there's a ZIP+4, and delivers to the ZIP+4.
Re: errm... it may simply be
The law does NOT say don't ask for it. A ZIP is part of the mailing address, and that is explicitly allowed. And if you hand 'em cash they won't.
Re: errm... it may simply be
"Personal identification information shall include, but shall not be limited to, a credit card holder’s address or telephone number."
One more reason why i suspect that they're simply asking for the ZIP for security reasons is that, for example, every single gas station I've been to in the United States (Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and, oh... Massachusetts...) which takes credit cards requires you to enter the billing ZIP to verify that that's your card. And the ZIP is, after all, a component of the mailing address.
Now, if the retailers were asking for the ZIP+4, that would be... interesting. ZIP+4 uniquely identifies your exact address. Postal carriers can ignore the street address and use just the ZIP+4 and deliver mail directly to your door. The plain ZIP, now, it merely identifies the general area you live in. A ZIP starting with 334 says that you're in Palm Beach County, Florida. 33401 is central West Palm Beach. There are in excess of 25,000 residents in that ZIP. (Downtown WPB has a lot more commercial buildings than residential ones.) I'm in 33415. There are more than 45,000 residents in that ZIP. (Yes, I just looked it up.) Being identified as being one of 25-45k does not strike me as being particularly well identified. I suspect that the reason why the ZIP is used for security is that it's a lot easier to get five digits than to get people to type in their street address... which, as you point out, is explicitly allowed. And if you have the street address, which is explicitly allowed, you can get the ZIP without significant effort. (Hint: Google Maps.)
They don't ask for the ZIP when you make cash purchases. If something's a gift, then they need two ZIPs: yours, for billing, and the giftee's so they can ship it. Unless it's downloadable, in which case they just need yours for billing and an email address to notify the giftee.
And, oh, while going on about Apple, well... companies like Amazon also require the ZIP, for billing and shipping purposes. If they didn't have a ZIP things might get a trifle messy.
These people are making a mountain out of a molehill.
errm... it may simply be
security. They might be asking to verify the billing address of the credit card. They don't bother asking me, 'cause I have a card stored with my AppleID (a low-limit card) and they can use that... and they have the billing address for it, including the ZIP, necessary in case they ship something to me, so if I use a different card they simply associate that card with the same ZIP. (No, that different card isn't stored. Or at least there haven't been any obvious indications that they store it, anyway.) I have the low-limit card to buy stuff like music and other small items, which won't go past the low limit. Should any of the sprogs get hold of my AppleID and try to charge anything significant on it, they'll run into the limit almost immediately. Should _I_ need to charge anything to my AppleID which would overflow that limit, it's easy for me to change in a different card, make the charge, then change out the card back to the low-limit one. And, no, the changed cards don't seem to be stored. Or at least not so that I've ever seen. And I've looked.
Re: OEMs lack of innovation
"- unusable touchpad, clicking everywhere on its own unless you disable the press/click explicitly"
I don't much care for the touchpad on my Asus, but it's not unusable. When for some reason it's too much like work to dig out the cheap wireless mouse I got for it, I can function almost adequately with the touchpad.
"- same connectors, only differentiated by speed (USB1/2/3), numbers and position"
That, I'll agree with.
"- same buttons for sound volume"
"- same inability to go suspend and resume properly"
Errm... what are you on about? My Asus does this very well indeed.
"- same 3 screens size: 13 15 and 17 inches"
Errm... 15.6". Same idiotic resolution, that I'll give you.
"- same "die the 14th month" battery, just after guaranty end"
Errm, again, what are you on about? My old Toshiba's battery lasted three years; the replacement battery is still running after three years. (I handed the Toshiba off to a relative who needed a cheap, but not very high-end, laptop. Works for him...) My Asus battery is still running fine, two years on. Now, my bloody Samsung t159 flip-phone, that's gone through two batteries in 18 months. Bloody Samsung. Yo! LG! What do you have in a nice cheap flip-phone format and how long do your batteries last?
"- same CD/DVD player in a slack drawer, that ejects the CD/DVD or the full drawer anytime you press the button"
Errm.. My problem with the Asus' optical drive is that the damn thing _doesn't_ want to eject the damn CD/DVD unless you exert sufficient force that the Asus' plastic case starts to flex.
Apparently they sold their credit card business to HSBC.
No more need be said.
Yes, i used to (please note the past tense) have accounts with HSBC.
Re: Posh My Arse
Interesting. So one or both of 'Neiman' and 'Marcus' aren't surnames, eh? You sure about that? 'cause I'm pretty damn sure that the store was started by a Mr. Marcus, partnering with his sister and her husband, the Neimans. And a quick google says... yep. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neiman_Marcus.
Hint: pretty much any 'first name' can end up being a 'surname'. Examples include Joseph, John, James, Patrick, William, Steven, Donald, Gregory, Dennis, Jacque, Jean, Erich, Rahman, Ali... further examples available at your local elementary school. An awful lot of 'surnames' _are_ first names, because many of them derived from 'so-and-so son/daughter of name' or 'so-and-so of the family/clan/sept of name'. This kind of thing tends to be really common in Germanic languages, such as, oh, _English_. And _German_. And is also well-known in non-Germainic languages including Arabic and Hebrew and Zulu.
damn, boy, why didn't you just do a quick Google before making an idiot out of yourself?
Re: Google is doing a Microsoft...
"Google+ is just a toy to me."
It's not even that important to me.
Re: Google is doing a Microsoft...
"Also, regarding The Reg's advice that "you should zombify <your gmail account> by deleting your profile": Google really doesn't want you to delete your profile, so if you do, you will be punished by losing pretty much everything beyond basic functionality on both Gmail and Youtube. All your comments, lists, history, likes/dislikes and anything else you have or do besides mail and watching videos, disappear permanently. It is a hearty "FU!" from Google to those who try to avoid Google+."
Interesting. My g+ 'profile' consists of a nice pic of a snarling wolf (they wanted a pic, they didn't specify who or what the pic was to be of...) and 'none of your business' or similar as answers to the various questions. Except that I live on Moonbase Alpha.
I use just the basic email and watch some videos as it is. I have never made a comment, or even been tempted to, on youtube. I don't keep track of a viewing history; I don't watch enough videos for that to matter. I have no lists. I have no likes/dislikes. If Google were to kill my 'profile' today 'cause I didn't give 'em the info they wanted, I would not care. I suspect that anyone who reads my 'profile' could figure that out fairly quickly. (Well, Wacki Jacqui might need to be led by the hand, but she's a special case.) i further suspect that rather a lot of 'profiles' are like mine. (Note that my 'profile' is 'invisible', whatever that means to Google, so it might be difficult for people other than Google to see it. Which is how I want it. Pity if that's not the way Google wants it.)
As for being 'active'... I have my gmail piped to IMAP and collect it using an ordinary email client, as God intended. I very, very, VERY rarely use Google's web interface. I suspect that I'm not particularly 'active'.
I have no 'circles' and am not a member of anyone else's 'circle'. Every now and again I get a little note from Google asking if I know any of around a half dozen people. To date I've known two of the, in total, several dozen would-be 'circlers'. Actual phone and email exchanges with those two indicate that neither had requested that I join their 'circle', in large part because neither had a 'circle' to join. One had received a note from Google wherein the Chocolate Factory wondered if _he_ wanted to join _my_ (nonexistent) 'circle'. (He didn't.) They also periodically let me about the least boring -- ah, sorry, that should be 'most popular' -- posts on g+. None of them have seemed particularly interesting.
I am thinking seriously of setting up my own email servers and scrapping gmail and have done.
Re: It looks like NO ONE ever audited X Windows
"Could you provide a source please?"
no, he can't.
Re: They want to own it all
">The other thing it's not going to do is get people to buy a new TV every 3 years
It is if the channel change software needs an update every year and you stop shipping updates after 3 years"
1 my tv (an lg!) stays on one channel... the channel that the set-top box uses. I change channels on the set-top box. The internal workings of the tv, including its os, are irrelevant.
2 should lg manage to do something to make the internal workings relevant, and should they rig it that i must buy a new tv because they refuse to support the old one, i'll buy a new tv, alright, but it won't be from lg.
3 some 3rd party (logitech, for example, i have a logitech super-remote) will come up with something which accesses the old system. one reason why i have the logitech remote is that it talks to a LOT of different systems, many of which have not been supported by their vendors in years. lg would have to take active measures to prevent this.
no, they will not even try to impose a cell-phone-like environment.
Re: Question ?
Late one night many years ago three bright young men broke into my house. They had a hammer, a crowbar, two machetes, and a .38 special revolver. (The hammer and the crowbar were for literally pounding the door off its hinges.) The bright young man with the revolver put three rounds into my dog. SWMBO, who is a much better shot than I am, hit one of the bright young men with a machete (this was in Jamaica, lots and lots and lots of machetes easily available) with two rounds from her Browning 9. The bright young man with the revolver tried to shoot her. I shot him, three rounds, .303 SAA from my grandfather's old SMLE Mark III*. (Long story. For some reason the RN thought that at least one cruiser's crew needed rifles, and didn't take them back in 1918. We've had Grandpa's Rifle ever since.) The last bright young man dropped his machete or I'd have emptied the magazine into him. I was a tad upset. The cops came around, and an ambulance hauled two two bright young men to hospital where they unfortunately survived. At trial their lawyer tried to get me into trouble for shooting the bright lad with the revolver; apparently he'd fired all six. I hadn't been counting. The jury didn't much care for the lawyer, or the bright young man, and the judge must have been pretty annoyed, too, 'cause the bright young man got 30 years for armed robbery, life for shooting with intent, life for illegal possession of a firearm, 20 years for breaking and entering an occupied dwelling, to be served consecutively. The bright young man was most wrath with both the judge and me; that got him another ten. The lawyer vowed to appeal. During the course of the appeal, the bright young man broke jail, and several months later was shot dead resisting arrest when a joint military-police patrol (three JDF soldiers with SLRs and a Sterling plus a Eradication Squad policeman with an Uzi) caught him attempting to break into a shop and hit him six times with 7.62-mm NATO and 11 times with 9-mm. (I was notified when he broke jail because of his threat, and again when he was killed for the same reason.) Note: 1JR continues to provide the muscle for joint military-police patrols in Jamaica. See further http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131030/lead/lead4.html. Now they use M16s and Colt Commandos instead of SLRs, Sterlings, and Uzis.
The cops never even bothered to take my weapons away once they'd verified that they were properly licensed.
The next time someone breaks into _my_ house, he _will_ be dead. I've since become a considerably better shot, and I'd probably use the shotgun instead of the SMLE. And I'd clear the magazine into their centre of mass. Because you're right: it _is_ my life or theirs. And I'd rather it was theirs. YMMV, but I don't care about your opinion, because you simply have no bloody clue.
Re: Question ?
I value my things more than I value the life of a thief. Or, alternatively, thieves value my things more than they value their lives. They could, you know, not try to steal my stuff. Perhaps they could steal _yours_.
Many, many, MANY years ago I read a bad thriller titled "The Hot Car". The basic plot was that a bunch of no-nuke-kooks broke into a research facility and stole the cobalt-60 irradiator... ah, that is, 'liberated the evil source of Gea-destroying macho fascism'. They literally lifted it out of the, ahem, blue water. They knew enough to park it under water themselves, but not enough to know that putting into the radiator of one of their cars was Not A Good Idea(tm). Before the end of the first chapter they're all dead of radiation poisoning. However, the lump of Co-60 is still in the car, parked outside. And the car gets stolen, 'cause, hey, they parked it in East LA and left it there for a few days. (They didn't have much choice in the matter, being all dead and all...) It's an Alfa Romeo, with the engine in the middle. This means, of course, that the car thief is a dead man, too, as he sat less than 30 centimeters away from an unshielded gamma source. The car travels up and down the various highways of Southern California and Northern Mexico, leaving a trail of bodies, for the rest of the book.
I had thought that the plot was highly contrived and that no-one could possibly be that stupid. I stand corrected.
Re: Linux support... well, who can say?
if there aren't any Linux drivers for the actual hardware then there may be a slight problem getting the thing to boot.
Re: Not only windows products.
"MS Office for Mac is a nasty piece of software. It not only ties itself to the hard disk"
Are you sure about that? I have on my Mac mini at home a copy of Office Mac 2011 which was first installed on an iMac. I moved it over to the Mac mini using Apple's migration tools. No muss, no fuss, I just connected my backup drive to the Mac mini, told it to update, and went to bed. By next morning all was copied.
" but spereads itself all over the disk into places that frankly it should be going."
Other than the Microsoft Office folder in Applications, and the Microsoft and Application Support folders in Library, where?
Re: Here come da' Judge;
"Should you be expected to pay the entirety of the redress, just because you were the only person to be caught?"
yes. If you're going to do this kind of thing, don't get caught. Use Someone Else's Computer(tm) from An Undisclosed Location(tm) by way of a proxy Someone Else Set Up(tm). Do it that way, or take the chance that you'll be the one caught and will take the fall for everyone else. Do the math; if such and such a percentage of those who mount the attack get caught per attack, how many attacks can you reasonably expect to make before it is mathematically certain that you'll be caught? Perhaps it would be prudent to limit the number of attacks you make.
"I don't think he'd also push for you to pay for a professional structural survey, a new all-encompassing 6' wall topped with razor-wire, 4" thick steel security doors, and a 12-month contract with a local security agency to patrol his property 24/7."
You may not think so, but the Koch brothers obviously disagree with you on this, and probably on other subjects. And they've got this laddie where they want him and and squeeze. Furthermore, really hammering this boy is useful as an Awful Example(tm). So awful that it might dissuade others from trying what he did, which means that they don't actually have to go the trouble of building the wall with razor-wire. A chain-link fence would probably do just fine and would cost much less, allowing them to just pocket the difference. And if someone else breaches the chain-link fence, and one or more of them get caught, why then the precedent has been set and the Koch brothers can use a bigger hammer on those poor sods. So we're back to the initial conclusion: don't get caught. If you do, you will be _sorry_.
Re: I'd be amazed if they WEREN'T making one
"Like who the hell seriously sits down and design a land mine that pops out of the ground to waist height and then goes off... This is the fucktard mentality of these people."
Thou knowest not history. Lots and lots and lots of people have designed exactly such weapons. The definitive example is the German S-mine, also known as the bouncing betty or the debollocker. See further http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-mine.
I was literally in one of T-Mobile (USA)'s shops not two hours ago, changing my plan. (No, not a contract, T-Mobile says they've abolished contacts) I have a Samsung flip-phone of some kind, very, very basic, with T-Mobile. It cost me $10 with a contract, when it was new, which it hasn't been for several years now. It makes calls. It sends and receives texts. In theory it has rudimentary web capability, but I've never used that. My new non-contract gets me unlimited talk, texts, and 4.5 GB/month data (which will be applied to my _other_ T-Mobile device, one of those hotspot thingies) for all of $50/month. Are you boys _really_ paying umpty-ump _pounds_ for a few minutes? My plan locks out 'premium' numbers and most long-distance numbers (I can call any number in the US, Canada, Mexico, and American overseas territories including Samoa and Puerto Rico, but not, unfortunately, the UK or ROI as part of my unlimited minutes) unless and until I enter a special access code. Said code is, of course, not kept with the phone. It's _impossible_ for someone to run up a bill on that phone. Even back when I was on contract I had unlimited minutes and texts and 5 GB/month data (for the above mentioned hotspot thingie) for the princely sum of $80. (Yes, my bill just went down...) and it was just as impossible to run up a bill. And the one time that the hotspot thingie went missing (I have a very good idea who developed sticky fingers, I do) one call to T-Mobile killed it, and got me a replacement which I could pick up at the above-mentioned local store the next day. Zero unauth data charged to me. Doesn't T-Mobile offer something like this in the UK, and if not, why the hell not?
And by 'unlimited' I mean 'this is the phone I use to sit on hold to Microsoft and Dell and HP tech non-support' and it has been known to rack up over 15 _hours_ of use in a month. Yeah. It's really unlimited.
Re: John Carter
I like "JohnCarter" too, despite the liberties it took with the books.
I was never even tempted to see The Filth Estate.
this should be good
gets out popcorn.
"Ahhhh, yes. All honest people I know have at least 9 fake driving licences"
To be fair, there was a time when I had four (non-fake) driver's licences. (UK, Jamaica, Barbados, and Florida) due to the inadvisability of displaying a Jamaican license in, well, the other three, the inadvisability of displaying a Florida (or any American) license in the UK or Barbados, and the extreme inadvisability of displaying a Barbados license in Jamaica. (You do _not_ want to be identified as a Bajan, particularly a pale Bajan, in Jamaica. Nope.) I could have just used the UK license, but that one was also the one which was almost expired at the time I got the Florida license and I really wasn't flying back across the Atlantic to renew it.
Having multiple driver's licenses is proof of nothing more than wanting to be able to drive in multiple territories with minimal hassle.
That said, nine licenses is rather overdoing things a little. And even one fake license is... questionable.
Re: importance of friends and family
Gee. I'm sure that Julian the Ass's friends and family thought that way, too.
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