4077 posts • joined Friday 19th January 2007 17:59 GMT
Re: Am I the only one
Star Trek... what?
Blocking wi-fi legally...
... just get a crappy old microwave oven with poor shielding and leave it running!
"ChildLine is sending workers to every primary school in Britain...
"...to talk about the issues affecting each age group"
I hope the parents are going to be there, because *THEY* are the ones who are responsible for their childrens' safety. Not the schools, not the ISPs, not the Government, not you or me, but *THE PARENTS*!!
Still, there's one possible good outcome of this, perhaps when this generation of kids grows up and some of them go into Government, we'll start getting rid of some of the ludicrous laws that have been introduced by the "We don't like this, so you aren't allowed to see it" brigade...
Re: Look, lets sort this out...
And when they're voted off...
... Look out, Captain... AAAARRRGH!
"Wanted: a Do Not Track for mobile"
Unless you're the government (any government) of course.
"I've seen this done on a website. Not sure what the point was there"
Was it an online banking site? If so, the point is to stop the possibility of a trojan monitoring the position of your mouse pointer when you click on the characters of your password on screen.
Angry Birds not available?
Well that's a deal-breaker right there...
Yes, of course, because nobody should have *any* such "saucy snaps" just in case someone else gets their hands on them...
Well that's ok...
... since I have Flash Block installed meaning *I* get to choose when and if Flash content plays!
Re: Muslims in Space
I read some years ago about a Muslim who was in the US Navy and who had the problem that, since the ship could often be manoeuvring, it was very difficult for him to pray towards Mecca.
He asked his Imam who apparently told him "Which is more important? That you pray towards Mecca or just that you pray?"
Oh and to some of the posters above, I don't share his faith, I don't have any religious beliefs, but I'm willing to respect his Right to hold those beliefs in the hope that he will reciprocate and not say "You must think the same way as me" as certain fanatics do...
And wonderfully detailed replays of an over-priced prima-donna collapsing in feigned agony when they get the slightest touch on their ankle...
Ah, but you see it's *different* when we do it...!
The Automobile Association of America reckons you shouldn't use E-15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol) and car makers are saying if you do it will void your warranty!
A salutory warning...
... to all the other kids "sexting" or posing for naughty pics for their (at the time SO) or posting anything else about themselves online or in a form which could come back and bite them on the arse.
NB Please note I, in no way, approve of or wish to try to justify/ act as an apologist, for the scumbags who posted these images, but, as the title suggests, this should be treated as a warning to those who think that they can trust someone else with such pictures or information in this online world.
Re: same shit different day
@Shagbag "There are a lot of very rich tax lawyers out there"
Fixed it for you...
Yes, I'm using my name because there's nothing in that post that would risk an intrusion on my privacy.
It's not rocket science.
... at least it won't affect Tharg the Mighty!
"Maybe when the day comes that some idiot with their face covered decides to attack you in the middle of town you'll have a different view of people covering their faces from cameras."
Thus writes the Anonymous Coward!
Excuse me, I think I need a new Irony Detector, mine's just exploded...
"She will say that internet users should have to make an active choice...
"...over whether adult content is allowed into the home or portable device or not."
Oh dear, here we go again. To protect the cheeeeldreen we have to *ALL* be treated as children!
We cannot be trusted to behave like adults, parents cannot be trusted to teach their children to think twice about what they post about themselves on the web or let others see, no, we're back to the Labour Party Nanny State nonsense of *they* are the only ones who know what is right for us...
To paraphrase Ben Franklin:
"Those who would have to give up their dignity to obtain a little privacy deserve neither dignity nor privacy."
We should not *NEED* to have to use such things in order to maintain our privacy!
Re: "The average user has 26 password-protected accounts"
"Britain's foremost IT site can't seem to master the advanced art of setting a login cookie properly!"
Nor can they manage to have an upvote system that doesn't waste a lot of people's time because it requires going to a new page, waiting for that to load, then having to go back to the original page unlike quite a few other sites I could mention...
Re: We've been here before.....
The 1930's called, they want their Secret Decoder Ring back...!
Re: You have got to be kidding
"it will probably look more like a cock ring."
Please thrust your groin against the keyboard to continue...
"make effective use of identities as a resource”
Why does that sound like what I'm worried it sounds like...?
... has been Unpersoned!
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!
"We trust computers to fly jets..."
But we do not trust them to fly without human back-up, do we?
And even then, if the humans misunderstand what the computer is telling them or get the settings wrong, we get disasters like the Air France crash off Brazil.
"The average user has 26 password-protected accounts"
Well, yes, but how many of them are trivial? Would it be an absolute disaster if someone cracked my El Reg password and started downvoting posts and making comments that I wouldn't? Probably not.
Sure, having secure passwords for your work log-in, online bank account etc is sensible, but if El Reg (or other forums) started demanding we change our passwords every 30 days I think most people would get fed up or start re-using passwords from other sites.
I bought a burger in a Tesco's cafe yesterday...
... the waitress asked if I wanted anything on it, so I put a fiver each-way...
... of derisive laughter, Bruce!
@Franklin: Re: A bit ironic, really.
That sounds like she has the We-Vibe II.
The III version has a remote control that, once the vibrator is switched into "on" (but non-vibrating) mode and is in place, lets you activate the vibrator and move through the 6 different modes without needing to press the built in button again.
The only drawback is that, as the article says, trying to get the radio signal through two salty human bodies can be a bit tricky and you may need to move the control around to various positions before it will actually work.
Speak of the fucking devil...!!
Zone Alarm has just prompted me that the free version of their firewall I'm running is out of date, so I need to download and install a new version.
Fortunately I (of course) clicked "Custom Install" instead of "Automatic" because I found that the bastard thing would otherwise have tried to make Zone Alarm my home page, installed the Zone Alarm toolbar and make Zone Alarm my default fucking search!
Not only that, but it wanted my e-mail address to register and had pre-ticked the bloody box that says "Inform me about product updates and security news".
No. Fuck off. I don't want any of that shit and I don't think that my downloading free product justifies you trying to foist all that crap onto my computer!
Re: Flawed Cosmology
"like chasing after the Big Dark Black Whatever"
"And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans. "
- The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
"As to 'profanity' - look up the meaning."
I highlighted that word and right clicked and it said "Search Google for profanity"...
... of the story of the Chinese Bureaucrat who was caught taking bribes from two competing suppliers and it turned out that they had *both* bribed him the same amount.
When asked what he'd done he replied "What else could I do? I awarded the contract on merit"!
It seems that someone at the EU is *finally* getting a clue!
It's not just Adobe...
They can also start with all those downloads where if you don't un-tick the "Automatic Install" box, the pre-selected (by them) options will aso bundle in some bloody toolbar, switch your homepage, change your default search engine and other assorted BS!
Re: [ ] Don't tick this box...
[ ] If you do not tick this box we may not be able to send you vitally important information and little kittens may die horribly...
"a considerable amount of time and money is wasted...
"...by police officers travelling to and from court and waiting outside the courtroom to give evidence"
And what about the members of the public who have to take time off work to give evidence and are then not called?
"An automatic cryptographic-erase occurs...
"...if an unexpected host attempts to access the HDDs or if a defined number of authentication failures occurs. In other words the key access information is deleted rendering the data contents inaccessible junk."
So how's that going to affect cases where the Police abuse anti-terrorist legislation and say "Give us your password or we put you in jail for two years"?
"Certainly officer, the password is XN157s88s9b08g9xyh!adf*TH&7"
"That didn't work"
"Maybe you mis-typed it, try again."
"It still didn't work"
"Oh, sorry, that should have be capital X, small n at the start, try it now"
"Ah, right, now it's doing something..."
Re: From the movies
Yesterday's Science Fiction is tomorrow's science fact...
Re: Three simple bits of information:
@Santa from Exeter
1) I am aware that BMI is nonsense, but I'm not talking about BMI, so please take that particular red herring and waft it somewhere else.
2) By doing nothing more than the same exercise I was doing previously, but watching my calorie intake, I dropped my weight by 13kg which seems a positive result from my POV.
My diet (ie what I eat) could probably be described as "carb heavy" (for instance I get through at least two if not three loaves of wholemeal bread a week!) yet, along with my weight, my HbA1c has dropped from 7.3% (the reason I decided to lose weight in the first place) to 5.5% simply by keeping my calorie intake down to sensible levels.
My problem now is that I've got so used to eating less, I've actually got to get back into the habit of eating more so my weight doesn't drop further!!
"will stop people posting what they are not willing to associate with their real names."
Perhaps you are not aware of Mao's "Hundred Flowers" campaign which invited people to speak out against the Communist Regime, ostensibly to encourage debate and to improve the country.
Of course what subsequently happened is that those who did speak out were rounded up and sent to "Re-education Camps" (ie Prison Labour Camps where many of them were subject to torture or even died)
PS and is MrXavia *your* real name??