Good to see the art of the flim-flam man is still alive and well in the digital age!
892 posts • joined 5 Jul 2012
Good to see the art of the flim-flam man is still alive and well in the digital age!
How about not pushing kids into anything but instead giving them a wide set of interests and seeing which ones they like the most and then encouraging them to pursue what they really love most?
I've been a techie since I could walk but my daughter loves biology to bits, I've had to learn to suppress my ultra-squeamish tendencies in order to encourage her. You're talking about a bloke who threw up in 5th year biology class when he was asked to dissect...a sprat! Yes, I didn't even have the stomach to carve up a tiny pilchard sized fish without vomiting. so heaven knows where my daughter got her love of biology from!
They learned their lesson last time when they invested in state of the art tech and some architect decided to leave a minor exhaust port unguarded, which set back the Empire's cause for a while, not to mention killing Peter Cushing!
"Wowsee! Weesa a startin' boss!"
I imagine the end of the world to be that on a series of laptops, full volume with no disable option!
I've got Bajoran laptop. I asked it start up and it just ignores me, only when spoken to nicely by Federation staff and promise of aid and protection from "spoon heads" will it get it's arse in gear. When it does start it won't stop sulking about how badly it's being treated by everyone else!
( And one for the hard core fans... )
I've got a Vidian laptop...it's a bugger to keep it going but spare parts are never a problem!
"Reminder to conspiracy theorists: Samsung's electronics wing makes Android smartphones and tablets that rival Apple's iThings, while its semiconductor arm makes the chips in Apple gear. One to think about."
Well Remington, Wilkinson and even Ford sold weapons and parts to both sides of warring armies during various conflicts!
My understanding was that it was liberated ( ransacked ships ) and escaping slaves who joined pirate crews, considering it better to die as a pirate and free than as a slave. Many slaves were considered equal within pirate crews. Slaves would sometimes be captured and sold on as slaves by pirates but a lot were set free and offered places on ships.
So it's perfectly accurate that this slave figure should start off as a slave and then be liberated! Political Correctness was a such a good idea ( ie, end use of racist slurs, stop racism in the media and workplace, etc ) , sadly a load of whining maggots have abused it and it's now nothing but a beaten and broken shell of what it should have been.
Exactly what I was thinking. All I ever see is small scale trials by BT while every other poor sod on the network is left at anything between 1Mb to 20Mb is they're lucky. Meanwhile VM are rolling out 200Mb to homes across the country.
Hey look I'm not going to mock someone who's lived for over century, bloody good luck to them if they've done it. However I'd be happy to die after my three-score-and-ten having lead a good life, ending happy with a smile on my face, naked and in the arms of my wife suffering a massive coronary after we've just made love for the 4th time that day! Ha ha!
I'd hate to reach 105, being pushed around in a wheel chair by strangers 'cos I've outlived my kids and been dumped in a home, barely able to speak and attempting to moan about the rash I'm getting from having to wear adult nappies 24 hours a day or God forbid tubes up my various output ports. All the time what's left of my extended family desperately try to keep me ticking along right up to my last gasp of oxygen assisted breath just so they could get me in the Guiness Book of Records.
""Look, a f***ing sunrise doesn't automatically make it inspirational"
And for the serious photographers...
"Look, a f***ing sunrise/mountain doesn't automatically make you David Noton"
Why would I NOT buy one?
I'm a 50 year old, bald bloke not a fecking 14 year old Japanese girl!
Here's a big f**king clue for you government types who really do want to get on top of this pirate malarky. You need to start seeing the world running at the speed at which you can fire up a new domain and switch your servers to it. That's how fast you need to make the legal systems. Here's an even bigger clue, just in case you're wondering we're talking a few hours in the very worst case!!
You're stuck with legal systems that take months to come to a decision and then weeks to enact by which time the naughty boys and girls have seen you coming a mile off and have made preparations to move on. The Pirate Bay, KickAss, 720 and their ilk can chop and change servers, IPs and host names in minutes if they need to. Of course this doesn't even begin to discuss the huge explosion of torrent proxy sites that constantly scan and change within minutes each time the master sites change.
Unless you can start to make laws and enact them in less than 2 hours....you're royally screwed!
So let's see here. Who's money financed the building of the Reich and "assisted" Hitler to hold back Uncle Joe's nasty Communist horde which might have threatened capitalists and royalists? Oh yes it was the US money men. Who was one of the most fanatical Nazis on US soil? Ermmm, it was that big all round American hero Henry Ford. Who openly admitted he found HItler to be a big inspiration and that fascism was the way forward. Who practically gave engines to the Third Reich for their vehicles? Oh, it's our friend Henry Ford again! Who helped design fizzy orange drink Fanta for the Nazis little sporting festival in 1936? Oh yes, US company Coca-Cola.
So when the whole Nazi jamboree got out of hand, who had to step in to lend us a hand? Uncle Sam! Oh and who was making money of supplying arms to the Allied armies? Oh, it's our big hearted friends the US money men again! So Uncle Sam's boys had to go to war against a fascist enemy their very own government had financed and helped.
No it's not a pop at the US, the UK had it share of money men and Nazi friends, mostly upper class twats and royalty who were more than happy to have Hitler hold back Uncle Joe Stalin from letting his communist horde take away their birthrights. However as most sane people know, it's the small cabal of ultra rich robber barons that play with us like little pawns in the their game of "See how much bigger my pile is than yours and see how many more nobodies I can crush making it happen.".
Fast forward 70 years and now it's simply a different kind of money men, the same US Government helping the Bezos' and Zuckerbergs of this world screw over the every day folk in their rampant greed to make the biggest pile before they pop their clogs.
Having an Oracle Audit done is like having severe emergency root canal but without all the fun that entails!
Well Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith managed it with a 1990's Mac laptop and they're just actors!
They don't need to steal anything. They simply ask any company they wish for their source code or things get very difficult when XYZ wishes to do any sort of business in the UK if they don't comply.
I was seeing Barker in Open All Hours with Jason and Baron just blew me away as a kid. It gave David Jason his first big role and turned him into a household name. There's nothing nasty in it, no one is ever ridiculed except Granville and that's only 'cos he's youngish and a bit dopey at times. Even when people from other races are brought into the story it's done with dune respect.
They managed to find the only Foxconn worker who's either not clinically depressed OR on some very strong anti-depressants to ensure they smile inanely through the whole PR exercise.
A CRAY was used as a fancy prop in the Robert Redford/Ben Kingsley flick Sneakers. Redford, after being knocked unconscious, wakes up on the "seated" part of the CRAY by Kingsley the evil genius paid by the Mafia to run their office "clerical" systems!
Seems more like some silly school kid who needs to learn to grow up and understand that even though all her "fwends" are "wuverly" and all "wuv" shopping and boys and jammy parites and putting on make up and ( Stop before we're all sick! - Ed ) the rest of the world is populated by real people who love and hate in equal amounts.
This app is a reflection of how my teenage daughter was when she was 11 years old, "You're my fwend!" and "You're not my fwend!". My daughter who's still only 13 grew up and now she doesn't give a shit, she has her mates and just gets along with other people, just like grown up adults do.
The perfect indictment of what humanity has become with the advent of the internet. A lot of nasty, back stabbing ignorant keyboard warriors hell bent on spewing shite and yet contributing nothing to the world as a whole.
Makes me a ashamed to share oxygen with people who manage to bring ideas like this to fruition. What sad, pretty and shitty little species we are sometimes....
We used to have Amstrad 464 and 664 in our house. My first PC was when I was 15, my Dad bought a 1640 ECD ( EGA ) back in '87. It had GEM Desktop ( the first WYSIWYG desktop GUI ) and introduced me to PCs, learning DTP, C language, PASCAL and made me realise that I really wanted to work in IT as a career.
It was close on 3 years before any of my college mates got PCs of their own, so I had a huge head start on learning about "real" software I'd need to know when I got out into the real world.
That 1640 got butchered, upgraded with new drives, plugins and it lasted for close on 8 years before it finally breathed it's last breath. Not bad for a cheap'n'cheerful PC clone that sold for £650 when something like an AST with Hercules card green monitor would cost about £1800.
I'm grateful to Sugar for giving us the opportunity to get a head start on other people when I came to learning about computer tech.
I'm in charge, so I'm always right and everything I say is the truth.
You are a mere underling, thus you are a scum-sucking lying weasel out to rip me off and take the bread from my children's mouths. Sadly I need to employ you to actually do the donkey work but understand this, everything is your responsibility, your fault when it goes wrong and your problem to fix. I will disavow any knowledge of any wrongdoing as I can afford the best legal brains to make me look squeaky clean, you on the other hand, are well and truly buggered my little underling!
If your IT staff are incompetent enough...
a) allow attachments through to desktops without holding them in quarentine
b) actually open email attachments
c) not have AV/malware on PCs/Macs/mobiles/tablets under their control
d) Not realising any of the above are basic, important security measures
Should be taken out back, severely beaten with a length of CAT5 and then given their marching papers!
Christ, even the least techie people in my family understand these core foundational tenets of good security, let alone people paid to know this stuff by rote.
Thumbs up for just using a picture of one of Robert Lindsey's greatest roles ( other than in Nightingales! )!
At which point all the major players will be paying to have their acceptable ad's whitelisted and AdBlock Plus simply becomes useless?
I'd also like to know how may of these "lower than pond slime" advertisers, who are choking the internet with their shite, post clean ads to ABP to get whitelisted and then simply start spewing any old shit once they're classed as "clean"?
PETA only care about one thing....publicity. They don't even, to a certain extent, care about the animals they purport to represent. They care about making money for their organisation and they care about raising the profile of their organisation at all costs.
This lawasuit will be thrown out and once again we're all talking about PETA. The best thing to do it is to make a blanket press an on PETA and starve them of the oxygen of publicity, perhaps then they will grow up and people might respect them.
A whopping huge fragmented database chock full of free to gather information on practically every person in the world who's ever had their name registered on a computer at some time!
The more complex the product....
The longer it takes to write...
And to fix...
The longer it takes to get to market....
Marketing and Sales can't wait to do it properly so....
PHBs step in and demand a release ASAP before the devs can test it thoroughly and *BINGO* there you have an utterly ridiculous and avoidable security risk!
Which in turn ensures that with bad press means the marketing dept gets to do double shifts stamping out the fires, 'cos as we all know marketing depts are always the boil on the bum of any company, have neither scruples nor morals!
So in a round-a-bout way this bears out the old adage I was taught about charity at junior school 40 years ago, "Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he feeds his family for life.".
With better opportunities being endowed by mobile communication, information and credit systems to name two, people are being more independent and self reliant. As we all know education is the key to a healthier and wealthier society.
I wish I had the discipline to work from home, I do it once in a blue moon when I need to but I'm just too easily distracted by everything at home...mainly the contents of fridge! Ha ha!
When someone posts something less than pleasant and people like it I take that to mean that they like the fact that others are happy enough be open about it and the like simply means they appreciate sharing something, not that they like the misfortune.
For flip's sake humanity, have some imagination!
I remember my mum letting me watch The Wall when I was about 12, really changed my outlook on what music could be and how it could carry a deeper message for you to pick through. Up until then I was just listening to naff pop chart music, seeing some of the disturbing stuff I didn't quite understand in the film, made me go looking for more music with messages instead of the inanity of chart music. I still dig out the album and/or video sometimes and wallow in it and I'm still finding things in it some 25 years after first seeing/hearing it.
With no wars to fight the spooks need to keep inventing bogeymen to keep us all scared and paranoid, and ultimately ensure they keep their budgets and have plenty of new toys to play with. Of course there are terrorist scum out there that we need protecting from, I can fully accept that but what I have trouble with is the level of Hollywood style paranoia they would have us into believe. All the time they make us paranoid and afraid of each other we're distracted from watching what the watchers are up to. Every Sun/Daily Mail reader they make shit their pants when they see someone wearing a hijab, is one less person watching those we pay to run the country.
( Just make a note here...."User Ojustaboo on forum is a terrorist and has made obvious serious threats to kill many people in a public place.". Please stay in your home user and security service staff will be round shortly to violate both you and your rights! )
With no wars to worry about in the West the security services need a way to ensure their budgets aren't cut, so they invent a bogeyman that puts the willies up everyone. The frightened stay indoors glued to their "Shit-spouts (tm)" also known as TV screens, live in fear of dying from disease or terrorism and in the meantime the advertisers can swoop in and sell them more mindless shit they really don't need. Surely you know the real reason for all this "brown-people hating" bullshit? To ensure the dirty, unwashed masses are too busy fighting among themselves to bother seeing the real truth that they are all being bent over a barrel by the 1% and...well we all know what happens to a turkey at Crimble time!
( "It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine..." )
Thief?! Moi! Excuse me but who rips off ideas and re-uses them over and over? Advertisers! Advertising and publicity people are for the most part, the suckers of Satan's dong. Turning every single thing they see into money, assigning a dollar value to everything around them. Even pond slime doesn't screw each other over with sexist bullshit to try to sell cars, watches, dunkies and gawd knows what! How dare you accuse me of taking the food out of your babies mouths just 'cos I won't view you mindless pap.
See the basic problem is that here in the West we're encourage to collect more and more tat all in the name of making us look better than the Joneses. We buy a load of plastic and electronic shite we have no real need for, we just want it to proof to others how great we are. So no Mr Advertising Age, I have no wish to look at adverts until I am in the market for product XYZ. When I want to buy a car, I will look at ads. When I want a new PC, I will look for adverts for parts. When I want porn...well I can find that for free if you do a Google search.
So no, I have no issues blocking your shite. You're not hurting me or yourselves, when I block ads and the site blocks me, who loses out? The site. I will simply do a Google search for the same thing and find it elsewhere! With the added advantage that I won't ever come back and I'll probably tell my friends and family what a crock of shite the website is.
Sorry Mr Advertising Age but long gone are the days when one person didn't matter. Social media has allowed all the whingers to band together, we share our discontent and many people find out what others think about product X very quickly. Long gone are the days it was just one crank moaning, lost and forgotten, now there there is a little bit more people power. The people demand you grow up and realise that the world has changed and it's no longer Mad Men and 1962.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
Are Bacofoil sponsoring you?!
Used to be the same but the other factor to consider is that when children do come along, the young ones have patience that can be measured in nano-seconds and it's simply easier to just vacate the TV and let them have at it with whatever console they want to use, be it either Mum's Nintendo or the XBOX. They can then let me bugger up my PC with whatever I'm messing about with, without the cries of "Dad, can you install XYZ (*) so I can play it?", which will involve 45 mins work to get running.
( * Kids love retro games, my daughter used to absolutely love playing PuttPutt games on the SCUMM interpreter and they're from the early 90's! Learned to make lots of notes/backups on how to use the SCUMMVM "emulator". Either that or she'd want to play some naff 1994 Windows95 Barbie game that would involved 20 mins tinkering with compat settings or setting up a VM. Bloody kids! )
If some strange bloke approached you in the park when you were a kid and said, "Do you fancy coming back to my house to play some games, just for some fun?", you'd run away screaming and tell your Mum or Dad! Nowadays, we're electronically taking the kids round to the stranger's house!
So they don't sell plastic bags or sealable plastic containers down the local version of Homebase then? Are they really that stupid...then again they've been breathing in that shite for several days that might explain it I suppose!
Ahem....And the UK gov and its various agencies want ever more of our personal details to, as they put it, "...improve the services offered..."!
I cannot stand watching people do those small piddly jobs manually when you know full well that they can be automated. Almost from the day I stepped out into the big wide world of IT as a career, working as a "tape monkey" in mainframe land, I've been an efficient person ( read: lazy bugger! ) who wants to avoid doing anything manual where it's possible to automate it. I want that time I'm saving, for myself so I can spend it learning new things, not waste it doing the same old monotonous rubbish day after day, week after week!
Well bugger me sideways! Basic scientific principle discovered, that you affect the result by way of the tools you use to measure. Who'd 'ave thunk it, that flying, whirring and buzzing things frighten animals or at the very least, gets them worked up?!
I've started it using it recently and as it's FOSS I sent some spondoolics over to the dev team to say thanks.
If Windows is dragging this sort of shit out of the firmware, it's going to make Windows more unstable as time goes on. Software on any platform needs patching every so often, this cackware sitting in the bios is never going to get patched and as Windows gets patched and upgraded over time the WPBT will constantly keep dragging out this old cackware and running it every time at startup!
Good luck to them, when there's no more creatures about to abuse, then the prices will rocket and everyone will be happy. Of course everyone else can moan about the fact that we can no longer shoot and cut up other anmals to make mindless, expensive shite for rich twats, but rough with the smooth.
Our entire industry is built on this happening, it's how we make a good living!