428 posts • joined 5 Jul 2012
Nope, pure 100% isolated word-play held in context it was intended. At least that's how I and I believe 95% of this forum saw it. I bet if you asked every one on this forum what they thought the second they read the OP comment, most would have simply said they had absolutely no mental image, I certainly didn't, most simply saw an isolated phrase held in an isolated context.
Re: Well done
I completely agree when my Mum died my old man simply had to provide a death certificate to Barclays to have all her savings transferred to his HSBC account, a completely different bank and it was all done and dusted within 4 days! It took longer to cancel her magazine subscriptions!
Last time I saw three twats that close together, I was on a website I shouldn't have been on!
Re: Sounds about right
Well said Geoff C!
Me too, I help out when I can and I do it for nothing, in turn they might take my kids to the cinema one Saturday so I get a bit of peace or they might come round and help me when I need a pair of hands for DIY job. Like Geoff said, I have a particular skill and it's good to use it to help people who will actually appreciate it. Sounds like you lot don't hate fixing computers, you hate dealing with your rellies!
Nice thought but I wouldn't hold your breath!
Re: !!STOP THE PRESS!!
Yeah, I think you missed the point. Unlike the rest us poor schmoes who are lucky if we're allowed to print a sheet of A4 without some HR/stationary nazi coming down on us for not thinking, these FB lads can print what they like, when they like and in 3D if they so choose and no one will tell them off.
"The police and security services have been under pressure to explain why they didn’t know more about the murderers of Drummer Lee Rigby, and why more is not being done to disrupt the use of the internet by violent extremists looking to radicalise young people," the MP said.
Errmm, because if you're planning to do something so utterly nasty, even the biggest nutter is unlikely to write a post on his Twitter feed along the lines of...
"Go get me som vengnce on uk army boyz! YOLO! ;-)"
FFS! Just 'cos MPs spend 99% of their day glued to their personal Twitter/Facebook feeds the rest of us don't. The nutters planning psychotic acts are probably pretty unlikely to make a song and dance about it just in case, oh dunno, the Plod or the security services pick up on it?!!
Believe it of not when you have kids they can do the most fecking stupid things imaginable, you want scream at the little sods for making your life hell at times but you never stop loving them and when push comes to shove you would jump first if it meant saving them.
So grow up, this is an adult forum.
Re: "Merely...make money"
Don't give me that tough-luck story! It's not like people who rip-off movies and music, they are genuinely doing something illegal and businesses do suffer, although the jury is still out about the true cost on that one.
An ad-blocker is not illegal any more than wearing blinkers while walking down the street to avoid seeing billboards or switching off your TV when you know the ads are coming. If they don't like people using them then they can organise a class action and get an injunction banning them from being offered. Otherwise they can either charge more for the service they want to offer, to cover the bills or get out of the business in question.
These websites sign up to ad services and they simply leave a place-holder in the page with no idea what ads are being pushed through that slot! I'm sure they have a choice of adult/non-adult adverts other than that do you really think they give a shit about about what's being sold through that slot? Give me a break, I have no sympathy for advertising agencies their whole existence is to make you buy stuff. They don't care how they do it and they don't care if you can afford it or even if you need it. They don't care if it screws the planet when it's no longer wanted, they just want you to buy the latest piece if plastic garbage from "Shiity Products Ltd ( tm)", once they have your money they couldn't care less about you! So guess what? I don't care about them, hence why I block adverts at every opportunity.
Re: But think of the children!
Yeah I agree but we have to wait for the next election!!
Re: Cheapest option sometimes
OK what about education? If the company doesn't educate and ensure security is maintained, how can you blame the users?
For example. User is trading data with third-party, and the thrid-party send user in a USB stick with some data on it. Stick is carrying shitware which then gets into the network.
The user's had never been told to not just accept devices from third-parties on spec. The desktops should not have open USB ports. Was the AV software up to date? Was a standalone PC available for testing portable devices for shitware when they come into the building?
Obviously I don't know the background but even though I've worked in IT for nigh on 30 years I still keep an open mind 'cos I know we're not holier-than-thou in IT just 'cos computers are our business. No story is ever pure black and white, and once management get involved you know it's going to get a lot more colourful!
"cacky", as in bullshit?
I thought Scandinavian countries were some of the most repressive in Western Europe? I seem to recall reading that in Sweden plain clothes Police regularly frequent bars picking up people who even so much as look like they might be using or attempting to buy drugs, then giving them a few hours down the cells to think about it.
Re: I've poisoned my phone book
I really wish I had that much free time!
As with most things , new paradigms are great and have a genuinely useful purpose and some get some great use out them. The trouble with IT is that everyone is after the next big thing, we're all bored with "the cloud", it's passe now and "So last year darling!", so like the media we have to drum up some new thing to keep companies selling stuff and CTO's arses on their expensive office chairs.
As another poster has said unless the data has some value, simply collecting more and more of it will not somehow magically give it value. One thing traditional databases have is a design, they are conceived to store a certain type of data in a an organised structure and to a certain extent you will get mostly useful data from it as you are constrained in what you can put in by design. BD on the other hand is simply an excuse to just grab as much data as you possibly can then decide what the hell to do with it after you have it! "Quick grab all the JPGs the company has on it's 53TB NAS filers and see what we might have!". Ok but we're a company selling copper pipe and plumbing fittings, will this give us anything useful after spending £1.5m on kit to do this?!
Don't get me wrong I can see some uses for BD type paradigms, I'm sure some have found it to be very useful but once again we see a new technology and everything is shoe-horned to use it without any thought about it's suitability to the tasks, simply because it is the latest buzzword.
Re: Not too surprised
I love buying CDs as the bands, the ones that actually care about their music, make a real effort to make an "experience" out of owning the recording. You get a nice inlay, lyics, sometimes access to extra stuff for download. You get peace of mind to know you have a physical backup of something if your MP3 collections gets lost
When I ordered a CD from a French-Canadian metal band they sent me the CD, gave me access to the 320K MP3 and FLAC versions of the tracks, a couple of extra tracks that weren't on the CD and finally put my name into a free draw to win some goodies from guitarist! All that because I bought a CD direct from the band's website, you wouldn't get any of that from bloody Amazon or iTunes!
Re: Any explanation
Buy it 2nd hand off "fleaBay" for £1.50 (+P&P)!
Probably owe him a lot more than we realise.
If it wasn't for great men like "MAC" a lot of us would not be doing what we do today. He had such a great way of making the computer world come alive, the most important thing was he wasn't just about one aspect, he delivered the same passion for business software, games, the inner workings of the micro and the applications computers would be put to in the future.
He deserves his rest.
Re: If they were serious about punishment
So it's not punishment you want, it's plain simple public revenge? Great 90% of the time when when you get the right person but a real bark when you paint the wall with the brains of an innocent person!
Tell you what why bother with all that justice bullshit either, eh? Just instigate several teams of covert death-squads, simple, plain street justice it's "cheap and painless and puts an end to it all so everyone can move on". The biggest advantage is that with no evidence of who killed the person, no one has to clean up the mess, except the victim's family! Save an absolute bundle in taxes!
Just a word to the wise though, don't piss off the wrong person, cut anyone up on the road or annoy any of your co-workers, they might mark you out as an undesirable and next thing your family might be soaping down your guts from their living room wall!
Family Guy's "Ball-In-A-Cup"
Oh goody another Candy Crush style pointless waste of time to keep dingbats happy and now with extra Prat-A-bility(tm) mode! Now lots of prats can meet and effectively play "thread the electronic needle" together!
Oh no! I need my kids to learn the value of hard work and doing things for the benefit of everyone in the house by helping out with some of the chores, so no robo-slaves in my house!
Re: quality of legitimate/illegitimate products
"As far as these parents are concerned, spending money gets them a product that much worse than the free version."
There you have it, all sown up in one sentence. Modern movies on DVD format are diabolical.
I can't remember which one it was but I bought a movie about a year ago, tried to rip it, got nowhere after 4 different ripper progs failed, tried to downloaded the free downloadable version but it was DRM'd and wouldn't convert to anything useful. Sod this! 30 seconds on TPB, 4 minutes later I had a copy in MP4 format that would play on my Android tablet, my wife's iPad and the family Apple TV box off our NAS! FFS, life shouldn't be this hard!
Re: "advertisers feel their reputation is in danger"
"advertisers feel their reputation is in danger"
Hold on there...
"advertisers feel their profits are in danger"
There, that's better!
"If you take away the porn there won't be anything left on the interwebs!"
So that's why Google are diversifying! All this filtering will bring it down to about 1,000 sites and put Google out of the search business!
Well done! Sir Humphrey is still alive and well, stalking the corridors of Whitehall!
They must have had a bloody field day with we photogs running about all over the countrylooking at odd places via Google Maps and in the middle of nowhere, checking the sunrise and moonrise times for our shots!
"belonging to the very distant past and no longer in existence"
It's relative, in IT terms 30 mins is a bloody long time! Ha ha! And "no longer in existence"? Pretty much sums up the illustrious cult(*) leader.
( * cult - "devotion directed towards a particular figure or object" before you start! )
Re: Margaret Hodge says that like it's a bad thing
"public humiliation companies like Amazon, Google and Starbucks were put through."
Yeah but it had already been proved they were on the cadge, so therefore they got called up to explain why. If you do the right thing, no one will have any reason to ask you to visit the Headmaster's office!
Re: No shit, sherlock!
The only dangerous thing that will happen is that if one more selfish bell-end has to get their phone out 0.2 seconds after they get a signal at the tube station, then dawdle out of the entrance tapping away on "FriendFace" or whatever is more important, while the rest of us try to refrain from pushing them over!
Want to check your phone? No problem, move out of the way and let everyone else, who has places to be, get on their way. Simple politeness and common sense is all I ask.
Re: Actually old boy,
"Thomas Jefferson was an American."
He was British and a traitor.
You're thinking of Thomas Paine, he was radical corset maker from Norfolk I believe, he influenced Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson as they were forming the fledgling US congress. Well worth reading his books, they're as relevant today as they ever were, especially when he has a go at religion being there simply to repress people. He famously got invited to join the post revolutionary French government and refused to learn a word of French!
Re: Like, oh my god!
I'm glad I'm like not the only one, you know like, who got like really annoyed, you know about like what they said and stuff/
"we were like 'wait a second, that wasn't there before"
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! We SAID! *slamming ruler on desk* We SAID! Repeat it after me. We SAID, not "we're like". We SAID!
They could have made it worse and said, 'And like my colleague goes to me...". The use of "goes" instead of "said" really pushes my buttons!
I like it but I can sympathise.
I jumped to OSX when Vista came out but Windows 8 lured me back, I think it's great. I have no problem learning a new way of doing things, I've done it lots of times jumping between Linux, OSX and Windows over the last 25 years.
However I can see why it would be a problem for a company rollout. Windows 7 was a pain to roll out to lots of users who were used to XP so I can sympathise with IT depts, desktop support and trainers having to deal with people freaking out over why nothing is where is should be, especially the much beloved START menu.
Granted I had plenty of time to try it and an option to quit if I didn't like it but many don't have the time or an option to quit, so from that point of view again I can understand why people dislike it.
Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"
"As the nation that developed the Internet..."...the US government intends to reclaim it.
Me too! I was convinced the The Reg told us this was going on a few years back, all thanks to NATO and especially the UK's "special" relationship with Uncle Sam.
So basically he and doubtless dozens of other engineers, can log into anyone's kit and access anyone's account and the company thinks that laptop security is the real problem here?! Jesus wept what a bunch of...
If you're in that area and have any choice at all, I'd seriously think about dumping this bunch of cowboys and finding someone else to supply you! Christ I'd trust a bunch of GCSE IT students to do a better job of running an ISP than this lot.
...sounds like lots of fun for those bleeding-edge types willing to take a chance on this!
Direct linkage to my accounts? Think I'll give this a miss thanks!
Re: Malware ?
Errm...you did see the icon to the right of the post above, yes?
Re: Yes we know.....
Yep, same old story.
People have mobiles now...people like their tablets more for casual this and that...the PC is good enough....no point in a new one if Windows is still working OK on the current one....strapped parents are not buying little Johnny a new laptop until he stops looking up porn or playing games and actually does some proper school work on it....
I saw the CB games documentary ( CB is always a good watch! ) and it was a bit of a bombshell to see Twitter as the number 1 game, but he has a point. FB, PInterest, Twitter, they're are just about point scoring for most people, boasting rights about how many other mindless people they can convince to join them on the social-networking ride of despair. I use FB for sharing and discussing photography with like minded people but that's where it ends.
People who come begging for friends? I'll come and look at your work, if I like it I'll tag you else I'm not interested in being your "friend" just so you can boast about how great a photographer you are 'cos you have 1,000 people watching you. Show me some decent work, then I'll decide.
Because people need to communicate across time zones for example? We all lead busy lives so it's easier to simply leave quick messages for each other so no one has to wait around for someone else. We can get on with our lives and catch up with each other when it suits us. No wasted time dialing, calling and leaving a voice-message that might not get heard due to bad recording or background noise from the caller. Plant workers might not have time to leave their posts and walk 250 yards to a find a quite spot, a text message is perfect, clear and precise. Most of the time text message, being so small, the services can be offered free or at the very least can be made cheap being subsidised by another service on offer.
All rather silly and quite childish but as the saying goes, "The only difference between men and boys is simply the size of their toys.".
Poor old Gary!
What might have seemed like a great advertising opportunity, getting a mention on the venerable Reg website, has turned into a bit a PR disaster due to the El Reg patrons who can smell bullshit a mile off!
Re: I'm normally quite relaxed about updating apps...
I have an FB account but their mobile app is a step too far, browser only from now on.
Re: I have been time-traveling my entire life
And in the opposite direction...we see into the past by looking at the very stars themselves, their celestial light arriving long after many of them have died.
Re: Thirsty! @ Gordon 10
"As obesity cripples another generation, I foresee a time when Coke machines are as rare as those vending cigarettes. "
Coke alone are way, way more powerful than the tobacco companies combined, more political clout and way more money.
Do you have any idea how powerful the Coca Cola company is? How many outright assassinations of trade union organisers there have been at South American bottling plants? How water supplies are being wrecked for farmers next door to Coke's bottling plants in India? How many Coke machines are installed in schools because of pressure to find funds by the governors and local education authorities? All the time the governments in these countries turn a blind eye but pay lip service to the health campaigners.
Coke is embedded in our very Western culture. What recent Christian festival have we just been through and which jolly fellow get's centre of attention? Yep old Chris Cringle, the jolly red coated fellow with the presents. Now who was it that "painted" Santa in red to match their corporate colours and got the whole damn world to blindly follow along since?
I moved from a Mac to Windows 8.1 and I have to admit, I really like it! I feel a bit like I should be on one of those God-awful daytime Ricki Lake type things, the sort where they wheel on some bloke who like his wife to dress him in nappies or some such odd behaviour!
The hashtag future?
"The # started 2017 as a way to link conversations on Twitter and based around actual events like #WWDC or #Doctor_Who. 2013 saw the # finally bankrupted."
So it started in the future and fell backwards through a timewarp? Perhaps there's hope if we kill the bastard to who started it when we get to 2017?
Re: Snapchat was how I found out I'm still innocent.
Really? Sounds like a demographic that could do with some lessons in self-respect!
Re: The good news is
And that's exactly why "The Feds", law enforcement agencies and you DON'T get to make the laws, they're all simply employed to enforce what the legal system decides is fitting and fair!
The bloke didn't go out an rape 65 children, he's an annoying c**t who sent out shit loads of email wasting people's time, I hardly think having to have reconstructive surgery on his prolapsed lower bowel is a fitting punishment for that.
Jesus, with people like you about it's no wonder so many innocent women and children were burnt at the stake 300 years ago for nothing more than picking a few herbs in the woods!
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