Re: Success! (@Carl W)
Life without a little risk, is no life at all.
345 posts • joined 24 Jan 2013
Life without a little risk, is no life at all.
1. Put rice on to cook
2. Trawl the salad drawer for spring onions, watercress, rocket, peppers, whatever, chop up and scatter on large plate. Finely diced small / half onion if no spring.
3. Three or more large dollops of mayonnaise in a mug / bowl / the almost empty mayo jar. Add finely chopped / puréed ginger and garlic. Finally a lethal dose of chilli sauce. The aim is to make a very very strongly flavoured sauce, so don't be too timid with the ingredients.
4. Flash cook a tuna steak / use tin opener and plonk in the middle of the plate of salady stuff.
5. Surround the tuna in rice.
6. Drizzle / dollop the sauce over the rice. Crack some black pepper, if you like, on there.
7. The art is not in the preparation, but the eating, balancing the blandness of the rice, the subtle flavour of the tuna and just the right amount of psycho sauce on a fork takes considerable skill.
This is quick and generally all the ingredients in some form or other will be around. I have paid little attention to quantities as it's all personal preference, but as a guide, if you taste the sauce as you make it and find it bearable, you're not quite in the zone.
If birds of a feather, flock together, then would a few cluster bombs in Dallas sort out the troll problem for good?
Mmm...perhaps, increasing the surface area of the whole vehicle by deploying a parachute might be counter-productive as not only would the wind be playing greater havoc with the steering, but the hot exhaust gases would undoubtedly interact with the 'chute in so many unpredictable ways that the whole system would be nothing short of chaos
The obvious answer is to present the suppliers of the sub standard valves with the repair bill and push on, knowing that, that's one set of components that will never, ever fail again.
Strange how filthy lucre manages to spur businesses on to greater heights, when traits like, pride and professionalism have clearly failed to inspire.
If The Reg could kindly point out to the US navy that it was one of their commentards that proffered the future of combat, some time ago, on these very pages, I'd be willing to split the proceeds 50/50.
Assuming it isn't delivered by a weaponised Amazon drone, that is. In which case, it's all yours.
In preparation for the big event I am renewing my commitment to being without a TV.
However I do hope vacuous will not be the trait most sought after by voters with at least some boffins and useful folk making the cut.
Yeah, that is pretty poor. Virgin are slightly better with about a ten to one ratio between down and up.
I supposedly have a 20Mbit line that normally runs at about 2MByte down and 150KByte up.
Purposefully so. You don't think Virgin is going to let their customers run a server farm on the back of a residentially charged line.
Kaspersky has niftily managed to pick up the call home addresses for some hacked computers, which is rather fortunate, as it could quite easily have been an organisation with totally different designs.
That said, an NSA compromised computer is only so until nefarious hackers under a different flag get a shoe in, using the NSA hacks to their own ends.
You may be honest and morally centred, but when it comes to paying the ransom to get your now encrypted data back, you will be just another Mark.
You could try asking the NSA to recover your data as it was their compromising of your system that allowed the hackers to encrypt it, but I fear, the all hearing all seeing organisation, will suddenly become deaf to your protestations and blind to its involvement.
If I can make a cheaper and better chocolate cake using ingredients sourced at retail cost, than a huge company, is it me who is ruining the economy or the company feeding excess profits into the directors off-shore HSBC account?
If the market is working properly, individuals would never find themselves in a position to undercut the big players, that they do in many sectors of trade suggests the market is being controlled by the big players and so the only option left open to the general public, to take back control, is to do it yourself. The markets will soon readjust and the days of excess profits will be no more.
My all mechanical microwave is about thirty years old and everything, including the light inside the machine, still works. Conversely the all singing all dancing machines I had in the past became unusable when the pathetic electronic circuitry died within a few years of purchase.
Why am I telling you this? Well it is one of the few bits of "tech", that I own, I can gloat about.
If 3D laser scanners continue to develop I foresee a time when the entire disc could be placed face up on your coffee table and scanned in one pulse. Also if you are a canny user you will refuse to upgrade from windows 2184 and take advantage of the sheeple skipping their 100Terrapixel to the inch ghost quark scanners that no longer work with Win2185, because some things will never change.
I've been searching for a lead on how the server industry treat their hard drives from an accountancy perspective, but haven't found anything informative, thus far.
Hard drives must surely be one of the biggest costs for a company like Twitter, but how do they write off their value?
Prudence would suggest they are written off in their first year, despite having a life of about four years or so. Their value on the open market after one year of gruelling use on a server wouldn't amount to much and so the entire cost would hit the profits for the first year.
As Twitter is expanding and hoping to greatly expand I imagine year two sees many more hard drives being bought and similarly posted against that years accounts.
If what I am guessing is right, perhaps next year will show some good profits.
Happy for some insight on this topic, if there are any in the industry who know what their accountants are up to, or indeed accountants who frequent these pages.
I had already got the bug to code, as I was fortunate to have had access to many machines that put me straight into a coding environment at the push of the power switch.
MS on the other hand, did little to encourage coding straight out of the box and made it a quite obscure route in for newbies.
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Not quite one hundred times, but I think you should know I am also flagellating myself.
"At what point did you loose your desire to write programs?"
"Well, I never did loose the desire, it was taken away from me"
"Well I used to write programs on CBM Pets, Dragons, BBC's and ZX80/81's, but then I bought a PC running Windows 98 and for the life of me, it just wasn't obvious where I could merrily start banging in some code."
"You do realise there exists a wealth of Microsoft software out there which would enable you to code in a multitude of languages"
"Well, yes I do now, but back then I expected it to be included in the OS as it was in every other OS I had encountered thus far. The idea I had to get my wallet out again to buy what I assumed was already in their didn't occur to me."
"So what's your problem now?"
"The very idea that Microsoft, the company that sank a generation of would be coders, is about to team up with Rasberry Pi, the flagship device, that is kickstarting a new generation of coders, it's like celebrating your birthday in the local abortionists clinic. It just feels wrong"
"Perhaps MS has seen the light?"
"Yeah! Here, try another pig wing they're delicious"
A new state that has no permanent citizens.
Size? Well several buildings scattered around the world, some components within buildings, several billion miles of copper and fibre, several chunks of metal whizzing about the planet and all the blinking routers and modems on the planet.
Governance? Well not any of the governments that want it for themselves, to be sure, but the WW community (WWC) brought together by an oversight committee formed from currently invested bodies.
Every minute detail of how Netopia functions can be debated and voted for on-line by everyone who has an interest.
Foreign Policy. All requests to invade individuals privacy are considered by three judges who are randomly picked from a long list of professionals who have been voted onto that list by the WWC. They are then tasked for that case only to consider the merit of the request, whilst having the protection of anonymity. Other than knowing which country is making a case for intrusion the judges will be unaware who the targeted person/s is/are and therefore cannot themselves be accused of leaking or otherwise compromising a nations security. Obviously countries that are abusing the process will find it more and more difficult to get what they want.
Or something like that. As allowing any one country or cartel to be up to their elbows in the machinations of the net isn't a good thing.
There is a possibility that Comcast will be left holding a dead canary. True, the immediate future looks grim, but technology and a willingness to deploy it, is on the horizon.
Low Earth Orbiting satellites will put a huge dent in fixed line internet, perhaps not immediately, but the demise of digging up roads and laying cable is written.
Consider for a moment the cost of renewing an entire county's fibre / cable / wire over the next few decades verses the deployment of a fleet of satellites. Readily expandable and highly customisable.
I do believe that lawyers representing South Park are suing Comcast for trying to pass themselves off as a joke.
Might I suggest cling filming your keyboard alongside NoScript and Adblocker.
Not so if the trees decide to do what trees do and leave.
I live in Bristol where the local council has been working tirelessly to turn traffic management into a parking issue. They believe that by making cars go really slow they can get to the point traffic is practically classed as parked and therefore perfectly managed.
With that in mind, a sleeping policeman with an hydraulically affected piezoelectric module could see Bristol supplying 95% of the Uk's power needs, whilst still continuing the council's policy of slapping the motorist around the head with a wet fish.
If there's one thing Snowden has shown us, is that, regardless of legislation, the trench coat brigades have no problem accessing whatever it is they want to access. Encryption is nothing other than an irksome delay in the process of unravelling your entire online life.
So why the eagerness to push through a bill that has many frothing at the mouth when it will not deliver any more than what is currently available?
Well. they haven't pushed it through, have they, The whole hullabaloo gives the impression the internet is still a safe place for terrorists to conduct business, as agencies are hamstrung by a lack of legislation.
My betting is this bill will rumble on and on, never getting into law, but forever announcing our surveillance abilities are seriously compromised, with a hope nefarious organisations might feel a little safer to start banging on their keyboards with gusto.
Yes, true, it's a big world out there and most probably one or two women with as demented a fixation on owning a car as the men who cannot conceive a future without one parked on their drive.
Any suggestion that car ownership will become unnecessary in a driverless future seems to get a tirade of negativity from. yes, men with small penises. While I feel sorry for them, I'm sure it would be better for the planet if they just once responded to the spam offering alternatives to the auto ego stroker.
Ok. I concede their will still be people out there with diminutive sexual organs and super inflated ego's that will insist the only world worth living in is the one where they own a super dooper car.
For the rest of us, a car will be a purely utilitarian commodity to be used on demand and then cast away.
I bet for many, the car you drive would be better defined as the car you park, as for 95% of the day that is exactly what it is doing, nothing other than taking up space, outside your house, outside your business, outside the shops, outside the cinema....
If when you need a car a simple text is all that is required for a clean, fully charged, electric vehicle to be at your disposal in a matter of minutes, costed by the mile and the minute, then all but your ego stroking will be sated.
Given that these rented vehicles will spend much less than 95% of the time parked up, it isn't beyond logic to see a huge drop in the number of cars required to service the populous and thus less chunks of metal adorning every conceivable parking space.
I welcome criticism of my take on humankind's logical step towards a saner world, but please state your penis size in your response, so I can better understand where you are cumming from.
Driverless cars are the answer, or rather will be the answer in a decade or so.
They could be owned by municipal authorities, businesses or individuals and be allocated to customers based on the nearest available and not the next in line.For that matter, the likes of Ford could decide never to sell a car ever again, but to rent them by the journey.
So, basically, a driverless taxi. Without a family and mortgage to support the cost should plummet.
The booking system would allow the vehicle to be shareable on request and thus lower the cost to the commuter even more by accepting the car will divert to get more customers who are going in your general direction.
With such a responsive and cheap service on hand, the need to own your own car would be negated. The need to fill the road and pavement outside your house with parked cars will be gone, along with the obligatory car park that consumes four fifths of retail sites and the like.
Also, as an individual car no longer has a need to keep going to the end of the day, an electric model with the most pathetic of batteries could do whatever it can manage before heading off to recharge thus making electric cars a very practical option. We could even see motorway services becoming shuttle stops as commuters continue their extended journey in a fully charged car, leaving the one that had got them thus far to recharge.
Yeah! Forget Flame Grilled Whoppers and try Laserated beef medallions at Ruby Rod's Ranchero Cafe.
It's the future of cuisine perfection, don't you know!
Bye, bye microwave, rotisserie, cooker, hob and all, and meet the latest in must have kitchen appliances, the Lightwave multifunction food mangler and intruder dispatcher.
We also supply to crematoriums.
I have a contract phone with VM and was flabbergasted to find my credit limit had been set at 8000% of my normal monthly bill. Yes, eight thousand percent.
I quickly contacted customer services and brought that down to 400%.
Although I must add, their accounting software was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and coded by drunken navvys, so to expect them to stop my phone from going on a spending spree beyond my credit limit might be asking too much.
Perhaps in five years time the many other attempts at quantum computers will show results.
The British experiment might get usurped by a cheaper alternative.
The Q20:20 may just quietly move to Cheltenham and fill a purpose the government would be hard pushed to justify to the public,
"We're investing millions in developing a quantum computer to watch you all" sounds like a step too far.
"We're investing millions in developing a quantum computer to place British ingenuity back on the plinth it should never have fallen off" sounds a lot better, even though the end result will perhaps be the same.
@ Ben Bonsall
"I want to invade Switzerland"
If anything, the lack of fallout shows our democracy is unfit for purpose.
People across all media have raged on about the injustice yet far from trying to restore the public's faith we see ever more spurious headlines trying to suggest another tranche of pro-snooping legislation is required if we are ever going to save the free world from psychotic goat botherers.
The truth is far more painful. Those in power want to stay in power and if it takes the false flag murder of its own citizens, well that's the price of maintaining the status quo.
Each step towards the Big Brother state, is a step down a one way street. Legislation that seeks to protect us, will NEVER be abolished, but instead, new ever more fantastically managed events will usher in more menaces than an attic full of Beano comics could ever provide.
Do we have a choice? Obviously not. No matter how radical prospective parliamentary parties appear, they will eventually fall into line or fall off a balcony trying.
I see the ergonomically designed cleaners have all the bumps, edges and throbbing motor parts to satisfy even the most demanding of women, but where are the extensions and hoses for male dusting?
Seems a little sexist.
I foresee a time when A&E never again gets a little light hearted relief from males presenting while attached to Henry the Hoover.
"You're not going to thank me immediately for this, but I'm gonna have to shit in your mouth to rule out a medical condition for refusing my pay rise"
and when this proposed legislation has had zero impact on terrorism, "what" we will be asking "was the point of it?"
Well, imagine polling day. The ruling junta are tracking everyone and have noticed the majority of cars heading toward home along the motorway are opposition supporters coming back from the usual twelve hour minimum wage shift.
A quick thinking minion of the state realises car crashes at junctions 12 and 13 will prevent many commuters from reaching the polls in time and ten marginal wards will be prevented from voting in opposition MP's.
Far flung fantasy? Possibly. Well, most possibly, but beyond the scope of technology and the proposed legislation? No. Not at all.
If we are to go down the big brother route, let's find a big brother organisation that could be trusted to keep our secrets from our glorious leaders until such a time sufficient evidence is produced to suggest society might benefit from unmasking your internet activity. Trouble is I can't for the life of me think of one British institution that wouldn't cave into government demands for nothing more than a favourable tax inspection or a get out of jail free card.
There are many sites , like El reg, where I give as many permissions as possible to, within my NoScript environment, but the way things are set up, I can't allow Googles gubbins in El Reg without remembering every time I visit or setting as permanent, which would mean every site.
The problem of allowing Mr Ad to fill my bandwidth to breaking point won't be lost on the readers here and no doubt the knowledge of your internet habits being recorded for eternity is also a bit off putting.
But maybe if Google flung some money at the ad-block, script block people to assist in developing an "I love this site enough to permanently allow Google's shit on this site and this site only" option, then maybe we have a solution to keeping things "free"
As a Bristol resident I am outraged that people from outside the area, having contributed nothing to the scheme will be allowed to travel on this bus.
They should at least be forced to hand over a deposit to secure a journey.
"I see you're wearing size nine shoes"
"Your shoes, they're size nine. Am I right?"
"Well, yes, they are, but what on Earth has that got to do with the printer I signed off on"
"Well you do know size nine is the most common UK male shoe size and due to the vagaries of legislation in the market, a shoe company MUST offer a range of sizes that also accommodates the extremes of the customer base"
"Well, err, no, I didn't"
"Those extreme sizes are the ones still on display at the end of the season long after the size nines have been sold, which means you can be assured a pair of size five's for a quarter of the price you paid for the size nines"
"I see, but why would I want to buy a pair of size five's? They wouldn't fit me"
"Ah, I see you're a bit of an expert on shoes"
"Well, no, not really, I just know only size nine shoes fit"
"Ah, so you're saying just because something is a lot cheaper, the fact it cannot fulfil its intended purpose means the price isn't the primary factor in your decision"
"Well, yes, I suppose so."
"so basically, your feet are specifying the requirements and your head knows better than to overrule them"
"Put like that. I suppose. Well. Yes"
"Now consider the printer I specified as a size nine shoe. The printer you bought a size five shoe. And consider me the huge foot in the opening sequences of Monty Python"
"Good morning Mr Clarkson"
"BBC, I'm in an hurry, so quick"
"I have spotted a dead fox in the road sir and have activated my ethics component"
"and on that bombshell.....
I'm glad someone had the wit to grasp my lowest form. As for the rest, I do hope they get their shopping delivered to minimise their contact with society as much as possible.
After the Crimean takeover, Ukrainian upheaval, Boko Haram, Isis.......
I am really glad the entire world has been subjected to the Patriot Act as things would have been a lot worse.
I have personal stuff that is backed up a few times, but the bulk of my data is music and the like.
This bulk is shared around my friends and thus backed up several times in multiple locations.
It proved a lifesaver for my friend who had his 2TB HD dropped while running, he just bought a new one, popped it round my place and everything was back as it was.
It pays to share.
"but they do say that it could potentially last a billion years up there."
I guess enough egomaniacs will come forward with their selfies and dna to fund a thousand tonne memorial headstone to cap it off.
This hotel will most probably continue unflinchingly.
Well a certain element that frequent Blackpool begin by booking into an hotel, but seem to prefer sleeping in the gutter, A&E or a police cell towards the end of the night.
Those that do make it back to their room are seemingly oblivious to its orientation and manage to empty all orifices very effectively in the bed provided, before clambering toward the toilet for a good sleep.
These discerning customers are looking for the cheapest shit hole available and most likely lack the attention span to read any review that doesn't mention topless, lap dancing or happy hour.
All of which is quite sad, as Blackpool is a lot more than just unfettered hedonism.
Oh and while we're in Blackpool. "What does a Blackpool donkey get for lunch?"
"Half an hour, the same as everyone else"
Yes, yes, I'll move along.
I know of a man who will be losing his job in the coming years. As he is rather shy I shall just refer to him as IDS. I wonder if companies that thrive in a slave economy might offer him a comfortable directorship as a suitable reward?
Up against the Wall MotherF's - David Peel and the Lower Eastside Band
Repeat until arrested.
If you have communication difficulties due to a mental/physical health problem you will most probably have been assigned a social worker, who will help fill out all your forms, claim for the benefits you are entitled to and set your life to some semblance of bearable.
If the same criteria of communication difficulty was applied to those who cannot get online for whatever reason, then shouldn't the state be looking to assign a "Social Internet Worker" who could phone or visit with a dongled laptop to help smooth the way?
It is Facebook's policy to convince us the entire world is using it and love it.
To allow Facebook to go unchallenged on its marketing output wouldn't be right.
Hearing how many have left Facebook or chose to never go their is just as relevant as those who shout it's praises every ten minutes.
meeting a very charming Australian programmer (coders didn't exist back then) in a Thai bar at about dawn in Bangkok. He wasn't quite retirement age but had already started living his retirement.
Towards the end of his working career he had studied one of the older programming languages, I forget which, with a view to being one of the few left in the world who could keep the old systems of certain organisations running.
It appeared to have worked as he banged away on his pc for about three months of the year in Thailand and would then fly around the world for a few months meeting and greeting his contractors, finally to return to Thailand for a six month feet up.
I sat in awe of his plan, while consuming another round of the entire top shelf generously paid for by his American, Australian and British contributors to this idyllic life.
Sorry, I didn't get back to your original query, but I have been away.
I can't really add to the previous reply, except to agree that NOScript is a learning curve that you will get the hang of very quickly.
As for known threats to Linux, well perhaps this link to Wikipedia might throw some light on it.
Prior to Noscript I had many issues, with pages taking forever to load and seemingly losing the ability to close some pages without rebooting, life since has been trouble free, but just to stoke the paranoia, that could just mean the intrusions have got more sophisticated.
I use No Script in a Firefox browser running on a Linux distro.
That is as safe as I can make things and that safety comes with strings, or more pertinently, comes without baubles attached.
By crippling the usability and interactive dimension of the internet I am not getting the full pizazz of what those kindly developers intended, but in trading away all that lovely gooey guff, I get something a lot more secure.
I could spend my next five lifetimes trimming away the unnecessary components that make up my OS in the hope I am minimising the attack vectors and still have a system that wants to engage me in more ways than I require.
It is about time the OS scribblers gave each and everyone of its customers the ability to cut everything down to the core and then some, to then allow the most simplest of actions to be carried out, like, accessing your bank account, in black and white, with no gifs, no animations, no "would you like twitter with that"
By offering up a more simple OS and browser, the opportunity to make it really secure is made much easier.
Basically at start up a menu will give you the ability to run the all singing all dancing OS or the tone deaf, two left feet version that is recommended for security sensitive work, as it is far easier to get ten thousand lines of coding right than it is to get ten million.
Uninstall all the bloatware, all the "hey this is free" for three months and then we sting you and all the stuff which will cost aunty dear.
Then install the free equivalents.
Set up her up with an email account.
Send an email to yourself from her account and reply to her with all the contacts you have that she might be happy to have, cc'd so they can see she's finally made the step and get in touch.
Bookmark some choice websites
Instruct her on the ways of the internet and how the pit of despair is bottomless, unlike most of the images she will stumble upon.