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I want an operating system...
Not a computer that needs psychoanalysis to get it working.
You know like "The ON button" and "The OFF button".
But noooooo the management of Microsoft, insist that you stick the tooth brush up your arse to clean your teeth...
This is what an epic idiot trip their OS's and software have become.
Stupid new ways, to do plain old things.
For the profit margin that's why. For the profit margin.
Re: Deep breath now...
"when MS also admits failure then" --- they have their dick and their head stuck in the same vice.
I can't remember the movie, but it had Charlton Heston as the pyramid builder and ummmmmm that King and I guy as the pharoh ?????? and the whole thing about this was building the Cheops pyramid and then setting off all the intricate internal locking and sealing mechanisms...
Now the kings wife was a schemer, who wanted to get it all when he died... and
The really scarey bit was the locking and sealing mechanism, which included the kings family and priests, all being seated in a sealed room inside the pyramid, and a HUGE rectangular stone block slide down an internal ramp, breaking off these clay cups, in the walls.
As the clay cups broke, sand came pouring of the chambers behind them, and flowed down the slop and into some channels, that excited into the room where the queen and priests were... effectively and eventually, burying them alive inside it.
The queen was rather non plussed when she discovered that she had in fact inherited the kingdom - his after life one, and that she got to join him in it - for eternity.
And I look at all these concrete bunkers and underground chambers, and I think, "Well - these are all just underground tombs.... - and I hope to die, in the middle of a green grassy field under some nice trees."
Re: Fun fact
"Ahhhh Mi Ladds, tis but a mere candle flickering in the cosmic wind. Think of all the fish we can have with our chips if we set it off. All those in favour, say Eye."
"Motion carried. Blow it up and bring the nets and rowing boats - tis a great deal we will be needing I tinks."
Remember Pauline Pantsdown?
Re: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Mmmmmm NASA maffs and sients.
"NASA calculations indicate that a meteoroid probably around 0.4 metres across and massing 40kg-odd barrelled into the lunar regolith going at around 56 thousand mph."
Yes sirrreeee - that was a Oh - dot - oh - four all rightey.... same as a 50 cal, only rounder.
56 thousand miles per hour? x 1.6 = ~90,000Kmh or 24Km a second....
Damn was that hard? No not really. I am not from NASA.
My main 2c worth is that if the average speed of meteors are coming in at about 5 Km a second, and this one is about 5 x as fast....
What are we going to do with the ones that come in at us at that speed... or fastera?
And the biggerestust ones too....
Ommmmmm ohh ahhh....
As the bomb said to the crew, "I think. Therefore I am. Let there be light."
This is the image I came across ages ago... but that one had the caption, "Houston? What the fu......?"
"Awesome - so totally, totally, fucking awesome!"
(extinction - here we come)
Anyone remember Fahenheit 451?
Despite YEARS of pure ignorant arrogance - total belligerence, absolute total belligerence, on behalf of Microsoft's management towards WE the (now ex) consumers.....
With our billions of legitimate complaints about their dirty tactics to keep imposing stupid ideas on us, as well as the totally unethical leverages to make people stay on the upgrade cash cow, I never thought I would see the day, that the bastards who run this company, had received such a beating for another utterly stupid set of ideas, that this would appear in print:
"Last week, Windows group chief marketing and financial officer Tami Reller was finally handed the white flag and given the job of walking out into no man's land with a mea culpa to deliver from Microsoft: she confirmed the company will shift from "no compromises" on Windows' new Metro design to reinstating the familiar desktop Start menu."
Fancy that.... it must have taken so much market pressure, for them to have been forced into taking ONE tiny little back step in imposition......
I hope the entire Microsoft executive gets served Kool Aid by Ballmer at the next meeting.
If this is of any help to anyone....
Automated robot phone cues are like a general anasthetic to me.... As soon as I hear, "To do / contact blah blah blah, press 1...." I go out like a light.
Brain switches off, I hear NOTHING.....
So my hints for dealing with some of this bullshit are:
Take up using a phone that has a hands free option.
And stay busy with things YOU like to do.
And if the company is staffed with people who are not the helpful types and you like to make them crawl over broken glass for every cent, having a mallet, and a wood chisel and a whole heap of timber working joints etc... to be done, while you talk to them - on the hands free, makes them an interesting chit chatty dialogue while you enjoy doing great stuff with your own life.
"Bang, bang, bang, bang bang, bang, bang bang, bang, bang" - "Oh sorry what was that? I didn't quite get that last bit...."
"Bang, bang, bang, bang bang, bang, bang bang, bang, bang" - "Could you say that again in English?"
"Bang, bang, bang, bang bang, bang, bang bang, bang, bang" - etc....
This way, you get your work done, and you can have a conversation while your at it.... rather than being stuck on the phone and having to put up with bullshit.
It's also a reversal of the power game on them.......
They are having to deal with you, in your space, on your time, while your busy - and if they don't perform, then you will just call back and keep them tied up for days.
Re: @ First Direct have it right...
Yes - try contacting people in a business like Australia Post for instance.....
Professional stone walling antics to the max, no middle management, just loads of clueless drones on the front line and nothing else.
You can tell the general attitude of a company and it's management, who view customer service, and contact, as a thing that is to be viewed as an unnecesary cost / hassle etc., where 99% of them will give up and go away, if the methods used to contact them are so well hidden, minimised, convoluted, and just as totally difficult as they can be, AND they usually dump you into a foreign call centre.... filled with clueless drones....
Me: "HI I want to enquire about establishing an account."
Them: "Excuse me sir, what is your account number."
(groan - this is going to be a long day.)
"Hi can you divert my call to the offices in Sydney Australia?"
"Sorry sir I cannot do that sir."
In Australia, we have Telstra, Optus, Mastercard - to name a few.
Master Card are a particularly outstanding example of how to piss customers right off - "We are the big shiny happy corporation - eager to do business with you." - their adds lie, while backed up with a complete lack of phone numbers, for any people in any countries.
The service is just fucking appalling......
The other issue is why do these smart corporate types, pick the stupidest of people to place on the front line? - which is the very area to have your smartest and most mentally agile people?
Why are their human relations depts filled with clots who's idea of customer service is based on a home life of "Neighbors" (evil Australian soap show), and the general IQ is of the nasty girls in the playground playing one-up manship over the others....
I have also had HUGE fights with companies who have endless robot phone systems, complete with great, happy, shiny, shiny fucking advertisments - running several minutes, before you get to the actual robot button pressing games.
And then we have the likes of Microsoft....
Re: I really get tired of this bemoaning 'evolution instead of revolution'
So where is your input as to where, when, how and in what form, will he next amazingly amazing step come?
Personally I am so amazed that I can hardly wait for my POX basic 3G phone to expire after another battery or two - and I will have to get a new phone then.... in hopefully 3 to 5 years.
6 years will be better, and 7 years will be remarkable.
I will have to replace it eventually, as I can only sodder so many external connecctions and replace key switches, while my phone becomes the technical equivalent of a Edison wax cylinder in a gramophone store.
I wonder if the bacteria in them holes ever thinks.....
"Damn, I am 300,000 million years old, stuck way underground in the wet dark rock... never ever likely to reach the surface and turn into something green.... and then furry and on legs...
Will the earth get smashed through with another giant meteor? Just like we did when we lived on Marrs?
Will the tektonic plates push me to the surface one day?
Hmmmmm sometime in the next billion years I'd like to meet another germ, instead of self replicating.
So here am I in the Campervan age, looking forward to the Plasticine error.
Ubuntu / Gnome etc.. use the Gnome Keyring...
This is as suspicious as all fuck - runs just like the CIA, I mean the Apple Authorised malware.
This is my review on the gnome keyring for Linux.
To me it seems to be an automated password / access generator, for access to programs or the access of programs (and other things) to passwords and the operations they enable; through the use of a master password.
It has a number of serious faults:
1. It has NO control interface.
2. There is NO location listed for where it is installed.
3. Neither the location of it's install, how to control it, or how to remove it, are listed here, anywhere else, or on the developers website.
I might be running my PC in the same settings, with the same programs etc., and nothing has changed for days, and this program will periodically deliver a pop up, telling me that some program (or some hacker?) is requiring use of it, and that I have to enter the password.
The nag screens do not tell you who, where from or what is requesting access and to what, and there is no way to switch them off.
This total lack of user control, is unacceptable.
If you uninstall it - via the Software Centre, it removes python, the Software Centre etc.., etc., etc., it just guts your system... as in it causes MAJOR damage.
To reinstall the Software Centre / python etc., etc., etc., you can only do this via the Synaptic package manager, and guess what - this program reinstalls it's self, along with ALL the other programs it removed in the uninstall.
I think it's like a cancer... you cut it out and it grows back.
I have raised this issue with the developers and over some 6 – 8 months, nothing has been done.
They also “don't get it” that when you go Google:
xubuntu turn keyring off – About 544,000 results
ubuntu turn keyring off – About 3,920,000 results
That this “just could be an indication” that their sloppy programming, the lack of user controls, the inability to switch it off or better yet, to uninstall it – without trashing your system, and the endless non descript pop-ups, telling you that access is required, without telling you by what or who or what for, is really not appreciated by anyone, and that most people appear to hate everything to do with it.
I for one hate everything to do with this style of anonymous ineptness – that is being for my own good and is totally out of my own control.
And the developers / Ubuntu people, have done NOTHING to add user controls or a clean uninstall option...
The way it operates, it seems like some Microsoft style backdoor access program...
"Keyring Access", "The program can manage several keyrings"......
Yeah too bad there is NO way to MANAGE the program - Like "Ohhhh Duuuuuuuuh!
Damn - we are so lucky to have seen so much really incredibly wonderful music.
Too bad nothing lasts forever, and the universe slides slowly on.
Re: I agree... In all honesty BUT...
The truth is that Microsoft's "innovation" stopped at XP and Office 2003.
There are sort of fundamental things, like hammers and nails.. that once they reach a certain degree of technical proficiency, any improvements from then on, are generally cosmetic.
And really, Office 2007 and the IDIOT non removable ribbon, was just window dressing on a shit product.
Docxs ? was just a way to force all the people without the newest version of MS Office, to go and upgrade to the latest version.
Windows 8? In looking at XP, how many REAL technical improvements, were genuinely needed to move the product with the times and advances in technology, security and functionality?
Without getting too hair splitty - underneath all the hype and bullshit, it's probably about the same as giving your car a full service, with a grease and oil change, new plugs, filters and a clean up.
In other words, not a lot.
From XP and Office 2003 onwards, 95% of these "improvements" have been made solely to keep people on the upgrade tread mill.
The Microsoft Operating System, and MS Office, kind of reached their technical epoch, just like the Hammer and the nails did, a long time ago.
The Cornfucker Virus?
Ummmmmmm legend has it that it resides permanently in the capacitors on the mother board, and in the resistors, and ummm in the switch mode power supplies, and in the DVD lasers, and the controllers on the hard drives - and in the HDD bearings, and ummmm (running out of bullshit to say...) yeah and in the paint on the cases too....
And in the monitor and power cables as well.
That is why the entire systems had to be replaced.
Because there is no known AV that can disinfect mechanical components.
So my ummm friend I mean ummmm recommended systems constructor Hans will sell them all new computers with the special Cornfucker resistant beige case paint on it, to immunise them permanently against infection again.
Each case will be fitted with special Cornfucker Aero-Virus magnets to pluck the germs from the air.
And we will supply ummmmm 5000 litres of Cornfucker Antivirus disinfectant, and cotton wipes, for daily spray and wipes of the entire systems, to prevent infection through human contact with the machines.
All for a special mark up security price of three times the going rate of a non protected machine.
Hmmmmm Rogue Waves......
Going back a whiles, I saw a report on how a combination of waves, weather and currents, etc., can result in "not that rare" waves big enough to knock the tops off oil rigs..
Personally, as long as I had a 50mm thick steel cabin, stuck to a flat cement base, and rock bolted with say 16 or 20 bolts, 50mm in diameter and 1 meter long, at 45* to the perpendicular of the radius, into the rock; with a down wind door with a set of fast locking submarine hatch style multi point locks, and a picture of the virgin Mary stuck to the ceiling over my bed, and some fishing lines and all that...
I'd be quite happy staying out there for ages too.....
But otherwise many the sad tale of light house keepers and rock fishermen come mind. Ships disappearing permanently into the gloom of ocean storms etc.. do too.
A 100' ROGUE WAVE HIT THE OIL TANKER ESSO LANGUEDOC, ANOTHER SANK THE OIL PLATFORM OCEAN RANGER AND A THIRD HIT THE NORTH SEA DROVNER PLATFORM, MEASURING 90' WITH LASER MEASUREMENT
Steal the amplifiers.....
Make a brilliant crystal clear stereo.
Good on them....
The fuckwit mentality of the Americans, "Oooo can't rip your CD, copy the tracks to your PC or the MP3 player... and while we complain about piracy, the customers accuse us of gouging markets, ripping consumers off, using sellers like Itunes that sell the downloaded tracks for more than the CD's tracks etc., etc.. etc..."
"Yep - here is your book that you can lend, share, more around from your laptop to the e-book reader etc., etc., etc.."
Stooge Gangster, telling others what the Mob wants us to do.
Guns, stand over merchants, and murders politely left at home on the first visit.
US State Dept needs to be renamed to something more sincere, like "We kill you's if you wana fuck wid us."
Re: Given that the US dollar is actually worthless
Yeah OK... Gold for US dollars.
It will be depleting the fires of hell....
Then Satan all the demons will catch cold and move up here into the sunlight, in an effort to stay warm.
However, if they rise and go to the sun, where it is very warm, we risk demonic orgies and devil breeding, until the face of the sun is covered in evil spirits, and the light shall go out, casting the earth into darkness for all eternity.
So on the principle of scientific fact based faith, I call for the closure of the pathway to hell and prayers for redemption - and tax free income for the first $100 million for my church.'
Oh bullshit - your life is your life, so be it.
Lester has done what he thought right. People would whinge if he had a shit and they would whinge if he didn't.
"OH Lester had a shit - it's a put down for all down trodden impoverished people. blah, blah, blah...."
"OH Lester didn't have a shit - it's a put down for all down trodden impoverished people. blah, blah, blah...."
If the posters original posting, had been left up, people would have applauded the commentary.
If the posters original posting, had been left up, people would have denounced the commentary.
Personally I like the more imaginative postings..... whether they are crap or not.
If it's great, read it, if it's crap, tune out, read something else.
End of fucking story.
Given that the US dollar is actually worthless
And thanks the US Federal Reserve (private bank with official sounding name) and it's fractional lending scam, the USA has trillions in debts, loans and interest that can never ever be paid on money that never existed, and so when the cash house of cards soon implodes, Apple, and all their worthless shares, composed of worthless money, for their worthless shareholders, will all evaporate.
So "Hooo Haaaa" for the Great American Delusion.
And "OMG - Were Doomed - Eat the children" when it comes.
Shit. Shit. Shit... I remember missing it the last time......
Damn it, damn it, fuck, fuck, fuck.....
Shit, shit, shit.....
13 years I have to wait for the NEXT drop to drop.....
Don't fuck this up, this time, Orrite...
Re: Glass is not a liquid
Many of them were very good at making glass.
It was the time, and the technology, and the methods used.
At the time, people were happy with it too...
But thanks to massive industrialisation, high speed glass plants, and production lines, more or less flawless float glass is coming off the liquid tin filled tanks - which incidentally, "on the float" the liquid glass has the same curvature, as the earth.
But glass does flow under gravity - based upon it's temperature.
Re: Glass is a solid - simple experiment
Decades old is not centuries old.
And you have not had them tested have you, and almost no body, no where, has the testing gear to test them, have they.
If Jesus can blast off into low earth orbit without rockets, then glass can be thicker at the bottom too.
Re: gamers and pirates
As was online porn - above traditional printed paper porn - said the religious.
Re: I fell for a scam like this ...
Prostitutes, Pornos, and Anonymous One Night Stands are cheaper.
Re: "...engineers have had no luck as yet at restoring control."
Re: Love it.
Why shit can things before you try them?
I think, based upon what I have read, that this MIGHT actually be a very useful thing.
If I want to do computing, or internetting research / porn / etc., sit down with a real computer / netbook and do it. Desk + coffee etc.
I don't know... I do LIKE intelligent tech, but I'[d have to have one and become reasonably proficient with it to actually comment on it.
But sometimes too... it's NICE to leave all the tech at home and just go without it for a day or two here and there.
But there is nothing like internetting, while talking on the phone with clients / making purchases and sales... etc., as well.
If it can run with ADD BLOCKING and other things to remove all the bullshit and to keep it as a purely functional device..
If it's done like that - it will be great. If it's done as an add saturated stuck to your face magazine, then I think it will fail.
Re: Re "famous Neil Gaiman"
"If I might be permitted to make my own suggestions, I think bookshops should also install sofas and coffee machines, and invent a process for ordering out-of-stock titles that doesn’t involve queueing for half an hour to speak to a 17-year-old fuckwit who can’t spell or use a mouse. I have spent less time waiting at a DIY store Customer Services counter."
Targetted advertising on YOUR phone?
The bastards just don't let up.
Makes note to self. "Do not buy any Google "toilet paper" advertising products".
Just the mere mention of Steve Jobs....
Makes me feel like decomposing in a box too.
That people would daisy chain about 5 ot 6 balloons together, so that they would all only provide a fraction of their potential lift, which is just enough - all things considered, to lift the load, for the duration of the flight.
This way the balloons would ascend to a much higher altitude - way, way, way higher, than a single balloon.
I am actually quite surprised that no one is making them out of metalised mylar film, like a giant chip packet.
The traditionalists "latex balloon" is rather old hat, so to speak.
I am wondering.. IF a balloon can be made that can escape the earths gravity, with a teeny little load.
Re: Top Gear? AND Voina - and their 65 meter cock on a russian draw bridge.
Voina cock russian drawbridge
Air and Sunlight - Yogi Lester.....
To show you how sorry I feel for you, I will eat extra fried eggs, with bacon and cheese on toast, every day, as a token gesture of my honouring your gnoble cause.
Of course BBQ and extra tasty Thai nut and sesame sauces, chillies, etc., will be lavishly applied and dipped into, with every mouthful.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Mmmmmmmmm boiled rice again.!
Hmmmmm SLOW internets......
Somehow this grates, with 10% of the webpages content actually being content, while the other 90% is the shit from the advertisers, telling me that selling me shit I don't want or need, is good for my intelligence and bandwidth consumption.
I also lament the idea that you cannot shoot spammers on sight, for the useful contribution to the global internet, and the GDP.
I also piss and moan that the idiots who run Google, won't allow you to set your video preferences at 240, instead of something way higher.
I also groan at the thought of Luddic Idiots like Tony Abbot, declaring that we should all have string to the tin can coverage, across the entire national network.
I mean the Australian Liberal Party is so incestiously in bed with all the dirty deal makers in Telstra etc.. the arseholes who charge $25 an hour to call another town 70Km away, while you can buy a calling card that gives you calls to the other side of the planet for 1c a minute, that Abbot and George Bush's pet darling murderous crawler John Winston Howard, that all they can do is be retarded idiots.... and fuck the whole NBN thing right up.
Meanwhile the population gets fucked in the arse big time with rip off rates from the big Telco's and we all sing "Advance Australia Fraud".
Love the huge cock artwork.
Hopes it was intentional.
Re: too late
Quote: "About the only difference is that "killer robots" presumably have, (is) a shorter loiter time than your average WWII mine,"
Hmmmmmm the worlds 3 biggest industries are sex, drugs and guns.....
It's too profitable.
And dropping autonomous killer bots by parachute into a country, is not an issue, because not much will be heard about it, and every one in that country who does not like being invaded and shot up, must actually be a terrorist, and they get in the way of the cheap (stolen) oil, then they actually interfere with bringing peace and democracy to their country.
We can't allow that. The reason why we send in the bots, is because we care, we care for the hearts and minds of the nations that are ruled by democratically elected tyrants, who oppose our foreign policy, armies and corporate bank robbers.
Yahhhhh HUGE, really, really, really - ultra fucking huge.
Ummm Space Elevators are easy.
Get ONE thread up, in whole or in part, then get up a counter weight - a very small one, enough to allow a second thread to be pulled up.
Then add more threads, more counter weight, etc., etc., etc...
1000Km sections, glue on the overlapping joints.... easy.
Once the thread is strong enough, and the counter weight is enough to take it from a goat track into a single lane highway.....
Away we go.
10 metric ton loads.....
Re: Space elevators simply won't work. Never.
No it won't... it will stay as tight as a string.
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