* Posts by Snake Plissken

123 posts • joined 21 Jan 2008


Divorce for shouty YouTube wife

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She will shortly be penniless

Those designer shoes and handbags don't buy themselves, you know.

SF's silent sysadmin pleads not guilty

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@yeah, right

" but I'm guessing he'll have a job when he gets out, if not before."

Would you trust this guy with anything?

San Francisco's 'rogue' sysadmin still being paid while in jail

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@ AC

"But to suggest this little sh!t is somehow a noble employee standing up to the big bad employer, when he's potentially putting public safety at risk is a little too precious for me."


He's acting like a complete cock. And I'd bet a serious amount of money that he acted like an egotistical cock in the job as well as now he has been fired from it.

He is an employee, he isn't a bloody God. And if he was paid $126,000 a year, he wasn't exactly being treated like scum either.

Google a broken hell for five-year-olds

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The fanbois know no limits

The story is about Microsoft being a better place to work than Google. So why the hell the usual "oh but Vista is rubbish!" bollocks.

Jesus. Grow up, people.

Google is like Microsoft, it has got so big despite itself, not because of anything it has done in the last few years.

Premiership tackles Ukranian football streaming site

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@Mike Dyne

"I can watch Euro 2008 in my front room, but if I go upstairs to my room, I can stream the game! "

That would be those pesky BBC and ITV streams then. Get them stopped!

Mines the one with UEFA on the back and my initials on the front.

Microsoft and HP tackle SQL-injection scourge

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@ Zippy

"It's fairly easy to check. If there's a semicolon somewhere in the query string, even encoded with a % sign, stop the request and send out a big "you are a hacker go away" message."

And if the semi-colon is there legitimately?

easyJet warns 'several websites' to stop selling its flights

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EasyJet are just annoyed...

that they've missed an opportunity to gouge the customer. They'll be charging for clean air next.

Eco-activist gets tougher with gadget makers

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Dead Vulture

Surely not!

Greenpeace, changing the rules to suit themselves. No! How could they!

If there is nothing to complain about, then they are out of a job. And how else will they get funding to head off on holidays around the world to "save whales".

Vulture, because it seems appropriate.

Ex-Sun chief to fight Davis in '42 days' by-election

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Black Helicopters


Probably. But I notice just about everybody is having a go at Davies for making a principled stand, ruminating on splits in the Tories etc etc without actually looking into the substance of *why* he resigned.

But if Kelvin McKenzie gets elected... then God help us all.

Black helicopters - because they'll arrive in 42 minutes.

NZ hydropower drought could see leccy rationing

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It is all my fault

I was touring round the South Island a couple of weeks ago. I think I might have left the light on.


US imposes 72 hour pre-reg for Visa waiver travellers

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@Tom - Getting into countries

"It may actually be easier to get into China or Russia."

When I went to Hong Kong recently, me and my wife were off the plane and through Customs, Immigration, Baggage Claim and on the airport shuttle bus in 40 minutes.

Basically through this combination of really wacky tactics that the US and UK would never consider called "having enough staff on the desks" and "not being paranoid intrusive idiots.

Besides, you think the US immigration treats you like a criminal? Try UK Immigration who - and I am *not* exaggerating - didn't say a single word and looked at us with an expression bordering on contempt. Welcome home, indeed.

Want to get into 10 Downing Street? Get a Lithuanian ID card

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Black Helicopters


So people democratically protesting against Heathrows third runway get arrested under the Terrorism Act. A bloke fakes his way into 10 Downing St (albeit with a legitimate ID card - oh, the irony!) and gets arrested as a political protestor!

If I get caught doing 75mph on the motorway, what do I get charged with? Regicide?

T5 opening turns into Airplane 3.0

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Looks like...

someone picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue...

Mine is the jacket on the flight to Hong Kong.

Boeing faces jumbo problem over US aerial raygun fleet

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Black Helicopters

Remember this story...

The next time some Septic tries to claim that the EU subsidises Airbus unfairly in the plane market.

DAB: A very British failure

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Paris Hilton

Work for commercial radio do you?


When given the choice, people prefer listening to real people, rather than the patronising "local" voice of the BBC.


I think you'll find you are wrong. Local BBC might be patronising, but at least it is local. How much of local commercial radio is streamed out from the same buildings in areas of the UK completely unrelated to their community? How much is just networked playlists? The only time local stations feature local content is during the adverts.


The BBC receives a large public subsidy (£800m) for creating its DAB stations, and doesn't have to show a commercial return while it builds up these digital audiences. And incredibly, when commercial operators win a bid for a license, they have to hand the "penthouse suite" - the portion of the multiplex with the best audio capability - to the BBC. Who'd be a commercial digital operator, with these constraints?


Or, to put it another way - the BBC has to build up the audience before a commercial station will decide to try and steal it away. And they can't even try to steal it for free! The barstewards!

Paris - because she built up an audience with digital content

Microsoft's LAMP answer arrives in pieces

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We need a quote

Brick Tamland: I love... carpet.


Brick Tamland: I love... desk.

Ron Burgundy: Brick, are you just looking at things in the office and saying that you love them?

Brick Tamland: I love LAMP.

Ron Burgundy: Do you really love the LAMP, or are you just saying it because you saw it?

Brick Tamland: I love LAMP. I love LAMP.

Virgin exhibits coconut-powered flying jumbo

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So basically,

Since when did a reduction in emissions become a Bad Thing?

No wonder I told Greenpeace to shove it a few years ago.

Forth Bridge painters to down brushes in 2012

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Gravy train

2.4 million man hours of paint and they still haven't finished. Bloody consultants.

Mines the hi-vis jacket.

Google in mass 404 land grab

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So, in summary

If a piece of software redirects you to a place you didn't expect or indeed ask for, it is a scummy trojan except when Google does it.

When Microsoft builds a search box into its browser (IE 7) it is monopolistic behaviour even when you can quickly switch the search engine to someone else. But when Google forces you to go to its results whether you like it or not, then that is OK too.

When Microsoft ignores accepted standards ("Show Friendly HTTP error messages") it is patronising, but when Google does it to enhance revenues, it is a helpful feature.

Right. Clear as mud.

Apple to announce iPhone and iPod Touch price cuts?

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"i have reliable sauce"

Ketchup, presumably.

RIAA chief calls for copyright filters on PCs

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Fascist overtones

I really, really don't like their use of "Educate". Cults use it the same way.

Viva VBA - alas

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"Yes for syntax not so sugar, more 100's and 1000's you can't beat Perl

Its what high level languages have shrived for years to achieve, crystal clear even to a beginner"

What? *Perl?*

It can be described as many things, most of them positive, but "crystal clear even to a beginner" ain't one of 'em.

Her Light Materials, Volume I

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That Ruby sweary thing

I tried reading it. I think I made it as far as "I'll pay for a boxing ring, I know martial arts, I'll kick your ass" before losing the will to live.



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