* Posts by ShadowDragon8685

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Uh... No.

Even I would have to (begrudgingly, admittedly,) applaud the man if he did in fact attempt to rescue people in a disaster situation. I don't believe he has it in him, the draft-dodging paranoid narcissistic coward; but if he DID... Then I'd have to stand up and applaud the effort, even if largely unsuccessful, to safeguard others in a disaster.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

ShadowDragon8685

You think you had it rough, mate?

I mean, you DID have it rough, but let me drop some hot perspective on you:

The total land area of Great Britain - that means (for the benefit of my fellow Colonialist readers,) England, Scotland AND Wales, together the largest contiguous island making up the bulk of the UK - has a total land volume of 80,823 square miles (209,331 square kilometers.)

The State of New York has a land volume of 54,555 square miles (141,300) alone.

New England - which is (for the benefit of you limey readers,) collectively the States of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, which is the region of small(er) states to the northeast of New York - has a land volume of 71,992 square miles (186,458 square kilometers).

Pennsylvania, the state to the immediate west of New York, 46,055 square miles (119,283 square kilometers).

Any two of those regions (New England and New York collectively, or NY and PA together,) handily outsize Great Britain. Even if we're generous and add on the entire island of Ireland, 32,595 square miles (84,421 square kilometers,) GB and Ireland together have 113,418 square miles. New England, New York and PA altogether, 172,602.

A long-haul truck driver (lorry driver) stationed in mid-New York State would consider servicing all of those a reasonable task; and that's not even adding in the nearby local states like New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, and spaghetti forbid he have the appropriate licenses and requirements to drive up into Ontario.

So yeah, you had it bad. You had the additional complicating factor of all those squirrelly, fiddly medieval roads that just got paved over, but when it comes to road area?

We have road atlasses as thick as an Encyclopedia Britannica, and if you're lucky they cover the major state and county roads.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Remember Y2K?

I have actually read a story about one (and only one) use case wherein something being unmaintainable was absolutely fine.

There was a system that had to do some precise math - some very, very, very, VERY precise math - on some rather cheap (for its use case) hardware, with next to nothing in the way of storage. It had to do this math blistering fast, repeatedly, very very quickly.

It would fill up all its storage and RAM and overflow and completely crash out and go FUBAR in a very short amount of time - on the order of about ten minutes or so.

A sharp-eyed new hand on this development project foresaw this problem, brought it to the attention of the lead of the project, who agreed that yes, this overflow and crash-out would indeed happen in roughly the timeframe the newbie had calculated, good spotting that.

The newbie asked when they were going to fix it, and how.

They were not, the lead said. It was absolutely fine.

The newbie boggled at this for a moment. The lead asked the newbie if he had taken the time to recall exactly what it was that was doing all this blisteringly fast, accurate math.

It was a physics system. That was part of the guidance package, of an air-to-air missile.

The computer would overflow and freeze up in about ten minutes. The missile had a maximum flight time of about eight, with an average engagement time of under two minutes or something.

Oh, said the newbie. Yes, that would indeed make the overflow irrelevant.

(All numbers pulled out of my arse because this is just my recollecting a story that may well have been pulled out of someone else's arse a long time ago, and are for illustrative purposes only.)

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Hardware?

I think you had it right the first time. Spend a decade collecting and sorting spank material and you'd be pissed if you couldn't get it back.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

ShadowDragon8685

Re: How about a high power laser burst ? (or things I saw in Star Wars)

You COULD, but you wouldn't. That would double the complexity of the weapon just off the fact you're effectively doubling or nearly doubling the firing mechanism, to say nothing of the fact that rifles aren't built that way.

You MIGHT do this if you're making a hybrid ordnance weapon that uses a magnetic accelerator to clear a rocket from the tube and far from the user before the rocket lights off, like the old PIAT trick... But again, why would you? Just make the launch tube a giant coilgun and the user can eat the momentum like they would with a PIAT.

ShadowDragon8685
Holmes

Re: shoot down the drones using a rifle or a shotgun

I feel obliged to point out that an RC helicopter could, and really should, be defined as a form of drone.

ShadowDragon8685
Boffin

Re: How about a high power laser burst ? (or things I saw in Star Wars)

Any magnetic acceleration weapon which was man-portable would have a range profile similar to that of a conventional firearm. A magnetic accelerator and a propellant weapon must still obey the fundamental laws of physics - for every action there is an equal-and-opposite reaction.

It's unlikely a handheld mass driver would significantly exceed the performance of conventional firearms. We can already build handguns and rifles that have far more power and throw far more bullet than "standard" weapons, but those weapons are not widely used because they're three and three-quarters bitches to fire.

To put it another way, sure, a handheld rail-rifle might say "fuck your cover, you, and the six guys behind you," but so would a .50 Barret. You still don't use the damn thing like a carbine because it will append "... And my shoulder" to that statement.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Drones are noisy

Also, make sure you've had someone thoroughly scrub it to remove forensic evidence, and change the "return to base" function to make the thing go and kamikaze somewhere it'll be unpleasant if it pops up, in the event they do manage to jam it; say, Buckingham Palace, the Eye, another airport altogether, or whatever's reasonably within autonomous flight range and will cause sufficient monocle-popping, tut-tut action if the drone karooms inbound at high speeds and might, maybe, cause some minor disruption (on the political scale) like landing on someone's head, or causing an automobile collision or something.

Of course, that's assuming a fully-malevolant, terrorism-minded actor. More likely just program it to ditch in the nearest body of water if you're some kind of properly-pissed-off activist, but aren't (in your mind) looking to add any terror charges or murder beefs to your rap sheet.

A proper terrorist, especially with state backing, could do *so much worse* with one of these things than piss on an airport's operations that it isn't funny. Air-deployed nerve agents, anyone? Kamikaze drone bombs? Airborne gyro-stabilized weapon platform armed with a chopped-down rifle or something?

Any or all of that would be easily within Vlad's means if he felt like that.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Fox Hunting Not real foxes but radio ones

Quite poorly, as it happens.

It would be like implementing anti-card-counting measures against someone who is cheating by psychically remote viewing the cards in the other players' hands.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Fox Hunting Not real foxes but radio ones

If it were that simple, they'd have done it by now. Either the little bastard if obfuscating where its signals are going somehow, it's not taking its orders directly from its base station somehow, or they've done something else clever.

ShadowDragon8685
Alien

Re: Somewhere, deep in space, three hundred years hence...

I'm going to assume you were just making a joke, but in case you weren't, a burst of laser fire, even a weapons-grade laser, fired from the surface of the earth would have defocused to harmlessness by the time it reached the moon's orbit, and would have become utterly undiscernible compared to all that light coming off the sun by the time it reaches interstellar space; and that's before factoring in the Earth's atmosphere, which is going to even further diffuse and absorb it.

(To say nothing of what the body of a drone would do to it.)

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

ShadowDragon8685

Re: @Trixr

I was referring to the mob in the United States, not the mob in Italy.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: @Trixr

One tidbit I always like to bring up is that the mob - as in, the Italian Mafia - are some of the BIGGEST contributions to gun-control politician's campaigns. They WANT effective gun control.

Why?

"I'm a mobster. I'm a crook. I'm always gonna have a gun! A longer sentence for owning a gun doesn't scare me if I'm already gonna do something with that gun that's gonna get me put away for life or sent to the chair. I'm already taking my chances with the law. What scares me is if the ordinary guy I'm about to go do something to with that gun has a gun I don't know about."

ShadowDragon8685

Penalty seriousness is very little, if any, deterrant factor.

Remember, y'all used to draw, quarter, and scatter folks to the four fucking corners of the isles for relatively minor crimes, but they still committed them.

To deter crime, you have to make rapid detection and apprehension your priority, not draconian punishment.

"High-stakes, low-risk" crime will always be common, even if the punishment when caught is summary death by the most painful and drawn-out torture mechanism the apprehending plod can devise on the spot.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Google are cunts

> It works well enough with Firefox, but having Chrome reserved for G-Docs editing (oh, and using Wawa's nutrition food calculator,) lets me save those functions just for that browser, making it easier to grab on my task-bar.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Google are cunts

Pretty much this. I never switched away from Firefox except to use Chrome for two purposes:

1: Google Drive/Docs editing

2: For when Firefox absolutely COULD NOT show me something I needed to see.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

ShadowDragon8685

Entirely unhelpful speculation: the device was planted by a student who takes the 'If you aren't cheating, you aren't trying' axiom to heart and was trying to get hold of the likes of tests' texts in advance of them.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Standard German and Dialects?

I found it!

The German radioman who always transmitted 'nothing to report' was stationed in the Qattara Depression in North Africa, in case the Allies tried bringing a whole army through impassable terrain.

Cite: wikipedia.org: Qattara_Depression#World_War_II

I found this thanks to Lindybeige, who mentioned it in an otherwise-only-tangential video relating to Great British Wartime Deceptions: youtube: watch?v=6ZYadpxoUbc

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Standard German and Dialects?

Do you have any links or details to information about that lookout post? That sounds kind of morbidly funny.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

ShadowDragon8685

Oh, come on now, this isn't THAT serious.

A pinkie will do just fine.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

ShadowDragon8685

Re: It is a matter of choice

I've got an idea.

If "not being spied upon at all" is not an option, let's go the other route - exactly the other route.

EVERYONE is being spied on by EVERYONE.

No; I don't just mean letter agencies. I mean Bob from Accounting. Not your Bob from Accounting; somebody else's Bob from Accounting. And not as part of his accounting duties, just what he does on the weekend for fun, he spies on the NSA.

Give everyone - literally everyone - full and open access to the data of everyone - literally everyone. At least then the process would be well and truly fair.

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

ShadowDragon8685

Re: It just make me sad...

In 1969, my mother was seven years old and I was fifteen years from coming along.

When I was seven years old, Sir Patrick Stewart and his band of merries capering about in somewhat silly outfits (that got progressively less sillier the more beard Johnathan Frakes wore,) was promising me that Apollo was the primitive past of spaceflight - vital, pioneering work to be sure, but only the beginning.

Now I'm thirty-bloody-three, jobless, trying to care for increasingly-elderly-and-poorly kinfolk, watching my friends go through shit like two months of wage theft and being at risk of winding up without a roof over their heads during a terrifying electrical storm whilst madmen occupy top spots in governments big and small and the shining tech luminares of our times piss away everything calling divers paedarasts, or developing censored spyware search engines for oppressive regimes.

Where the HELL is the future? Even if it was a gritty, nasty future like Shadowrun or Red Faction, that'd be something. It seems like we developed Jean-Luc's PADD, declared "Mission Accomplished!" and went to go shit in a sandbox instead of building the future.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: I need new glasses...

We'd bloody well HOPE it goes by unscrewed. A screwed mission that makes huge public waves will set the space program back... Well, to roughly just after the last Orbiter landed.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Saturn 5 / Apollo

There was a will, then. Nobody had to make a "busssssssinessssss case" for going to the moon. The moon was there! And we climbed it. And we learned so, so much from doing so, and we're STILL LEARNING from the science we did, the samples we took back then. We blast the moon with frickin' laser beams and gigantic mirrors left there by men from the planet Earth shine them right back at us!

If anybody had said "Let's do a cost-benefit analysis" or "where's the profit?" about those days, they would have been sacked. If a congresscritter had even SUGGESTED slashing NASA's funding, they would have been done up like a Viking sacrifice at Uppsala come the midterms.

Unfortunately, sometime between then and now, BUSSSSSSINESSSSSS came up with the idea of letting someone ELSE do all the hard work, go bankrupt, and then buy the fruits of their labor for (Zimbabwean) pennies on the (American) dollar.

That's why corporations want to hire "experienced" workers. They want someone ELSE to have assumed the costs of educating and training a worker, and then snap them away for a fractional pay rise that's still much cheaper than training them. This is why patent and copyright trolls are a thing; they PRODUCE nothing, they just threaten and bully to get others to give them money to not drag them through a costly legal battle.

All of the big McLargeHuge corps want to exploit the Moon, and Mars, and the asteroid belts, and Mercury, and beyond. THEY just don't want to be the ones shouldering the initial burden of developing the technologies to get there, and if possible they'd rather let someone else build the first infrastructure, go broke, and then snatch it up at the auction.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: De-orbit ISS

Yeah, and they issue big fuck-off fines for littering, too.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: De-orbit ISS

With enough spending power, anything that isn't physically possible is TECHNICALLY possible.

You'd basically have to launch entire rockets up to the ISS, break it back up into segments, boot them into their new orbits one at a time, stitch the thing back up again, and then drop the rockets back to Earth.

It would be an order of magnitude more expensive than dropping the thing into the ocean and putting a whole new one up.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: How to land humans on the Moon again ...

Private industry is driven by EXTRACTING THE MOST MONEY FOR THE SHAREHOLDER'S POCKETS.

Safety? Out the airlock. Ethics? Haven't been seen in business since (ERROR: N/A). Dicking over everybody for a fast buck? SOP.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Why anyone would do business with Apple is a mystery.

So...

Despite all of their awfulness, you managed to make them the *less* awful party by commiting what would be characterized as a terrorist threat in the U.S. and which I am willing to bet money on is still a crime in the UK, and they caved in to threats of murder, mayhem and destruction rather than ring the police to come and cart you off down the nick, and somehow you think this makes you a hero?

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

ShadowDragon8685

Re: giving free support to a competitor

And how do you think he got to be successful, huh? Clearly it was by doing everything he could to get a deal, the git.

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Ahhh, memories...

I'm pretty sure the stuff the BofH does gives you a murder beef.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

ShadowDragon8685

Re: ' the oldest business in the world'

Slavery depends on stripping others of their autonomy and basic dignity.

Well-regulated prostitution does none of that, and would probably go a hell of a long way towards making a lot of unhappy people generally a little happier in life.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Over Your Head

Tie it to fiscal carrots and sticks. For the hoi polloi, they get a bonus day's wages if they use a password that a determined attempt by IT to crack [using any methods short of rubber-hose cryptography] is insufficient to the task.

For executives, make receipt of *any* bonuses contingent on same.

And for IT, the bonuses kick in when the company's passwords are safe.

Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs

ShadowDragon8685

If Google really wanted to find him, I imagine they'd just have someone snap a photograph of him and run it through facial recognition.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

ShadowDragon8685

Re: 'They received exactly what they paid for'

"Wrong! if Verizon had honored this, then the Firefighters would have received this: "'We have a practice to remove data speed restrictions when contacted in emergency situations'."

This is either policy or not."

I expect that that policy didn't exist until suddenly a fire chief is writing to the press complaining that Verizon held them over the (pun intended) coals and forced them to pony up, citing Net Neutrality, and is now risking (nearly) literally everyone in America queueing up to saw their bollocks off.

Because frankly, well... No matter what anyone thinks of the cops, or the post office, or even EMTs; nobody wants to have firefighters badmouthing them, because EVERYBODY wants the fire brigade to show up when there's, you know, a fire on.

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

ShadowDragon8685

Re: @ wolfetone

"I'm young, fit and healthy. I never need to go to the doctor! Why should I pay for obese geezers to get their DIABEEETUS medicine when they won't stop drinking sugary syrup-water by the bucketload?!" ~Basically every 'MURICAN who's never had to face a sudden and unexpected healthcare bill.

Source: Am 'Murican. Have had to face sudden unexpected healthcare bills. Would quite happily bend knee to HM the Queen in exchange for healthcare alone, let alone all the other good reasons to want out at the moment.

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

ShadowDragon8685

You know, I can't help but wonder - if they make this small enough, this rocket could be meaningfully assisted with a mechanical launcher - cannon/accelerator of some sort from the ground, or even just taking the little sucker up high on a plane.

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Hazard creation

Well... That escalated quickly!

Oh man, you're not a bad person, you're just human. I'm giggling here.

BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Old wisdom

Maxim 29. The enemy of my enemy if my enemy's enemy. No more. No less.

No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

ShadowDragon8685
Coat

Re: IT angle?

But what about the traffic cone? It's not a good night if you don't get a traffic cone!

Mine's the disgusting leather bomber with the keys to a ship-to-surface small craft that was withdrawn due to major flight design flaws.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Obama

That reason being Richard fucking Nixon was in bed with Kaiser Permanente.

We NEED a universal healthcare system, and we don't have it, and people - like myself - are at risk of, or actually ARE, suffering any or all of the following as a result of medical care being out of their reach:

Financial Ruination from which not even bankruptcy is salve

Half-assed or worse healthcare

Being summarily dumped on the streets in a hospital gown for want of ability to pay

Death

Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

ShadowDragon8685

Re: End of an era?????

Good lord, you're right.

Quick! The El Reg corrections desk must be contacted at once!

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

ShadowDragon8685

Yeah, well, it's unlikely; but always possible that at some point in the future, someone is going to need an electrically-powered device capable of blowing hot air.

ShadowDragon8685

Almost definitely, but sometimes getting things functional is better than making them perfect.

Consider the case of the high-powered bigshot lawyer. Super-good at what she did, super productive, etc, but she had a monomaniacal focus on whether or not she had left her hairdryer plugged in, whether it was on, going to short out, cause an electrical fault, start a fire, etc.

Got to the point where it was about wrecking her life, she'd be running back from the office to home every few hours to ensure she hadn't left it was. Irrational, but it had its tow-hook stuck in her brain, she was on the verge of being fired, and finally went to see a psychiatrist.

She didn't get some aged and grey veteran of the field with a bajillion years of experience who could, through several years of hard work, maybe get her to the point that she could ignore it by talking to her. She didn't get a middle-aged veteran of the field armed with an entire pharmacopeia's worth of various drugs that MIGHT or might not make her better and might not but MIGHT carry ruinous side-effects of their own. She got the New Guy.

Now, the New Guy was not an FNG as known to those of us who use computers a lot. He certainly considered all of the traditional options. But, he was so surprised by her monomanical fixation upon one thing - it was never "did I leave the oven on," or "did I let the cat out," or "is the water running." It was always, only, "did I leave the hair dryer plugged in."

So surprised was he by this that he simply asked, "why didn't you just take the hair dryer to work with you?"

All of a sudden, boom. Functional fix. The bigshot high-powered attorney was still fully in the grips of OCD monomanical fixation upon whether or not her hair dryer was plugged in at home... But she only owned the one. When she had that thought in the car, her hair dryer was on the seat next to her, so obviously it could not be plugged in at home. At the office? Just pull open the desk bottom drawer; a hair dryer present and accounted for here obviously cannot be plugged in elsewhere.

So, whilst medical opinions on whether or not the "simple solution" was healthy are heavily divided, where the rubber meets the ride, the high-powered bigshot lawyer has her life back - just carrying about 2Kg worth of extraneous hair dryer wherever she goes. And while the woman who "senses negative waves" may indeed need a psychiatrist, if a sysadmin telling her how to turn off the wifi lets her stay calm and carry on, it may well be the simplest solution.

*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

ShadowDragon8685

Re: In the old bank, in the vault

Now THAT is how you ensure an uninterruptible power supply.

"Power cannot, under any circumstances, be cut to this facility. Do you understand me? Under no circumstances is a power loss acceptable. If there is a power cut, the loss to society, the organization, and science itself will be incalculable. My head will be on the chop just before my boss's head itself gets chopped, and that will be immediately postceding me swinging the axe at your neck. Do you understand?"

"What if there's a flood?"

"No, absolutely unacceptable."

"No, I mean a big, BIG flood."

"Did you watch the movie Deep Impact?"

"Aye."

"Remember that gigantic tsunami that took out New York?"

"I do."

"The rest of our facilities will stand up to that. Make sure the power does, too."

"What if there's a war?"

"Unless someone is dropping cruise missiles directly on our heads, the rest of the facilities will hold. The power had damn well better, too, ESPECIALLY since national power grids are likely to be targets in war!"

"Godzilla and Cloverfield go Sumo Wrestling through the township?"

"Short of Cloverfield getting suplexed through the roof, the facility will stand. The power supply has to, too."

"So, let me get this straight: not fire, flood nor famine or war can cut the power?"

"Right."

"You don't want to hear any 'Acts of God' clause stuff here, because you want a power supply that will stand up longer than the building itself."

"Now you're catching on."

"In other words, you need uninterrupted power right up to the Godzilla Threshold - basically that unless the power supply failure is not the reason your facilities' work has been terminated, the power supply has to stand up."

"That's my requirements. No interruptions are acceptable."

"Right. Well then, fuck it mate, just fuck it; we're gonna have to install a reactor."

"Make it so."

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Nearly similar situation...

In fairness, every time I binge the collected works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (leaving out the tail-ending ones where AC. Doyle himself was buying into malarkey and it started to show,) a new Victorianism enters my lexicon.

I have confused a fair few waitresses and waiters (collectively, waitstaff or waitpersons, but to the best of my knowledge every individual encountered was precisely one of those two and had not need to correct me upon my first impression,) by explaining in terms which I considered not uncertain that I wished for there to be no pink spots whatever in my grilled meat products. (Red is right out.)

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

ShadowDragon8685

Good lord, sitting here in New Jersey, where I was born and raised, I think you've all gone mental!

It's undoubtedly an abomination of calories and sugar that sounds, in the words of The Cat (as spoken by Danny John Jules,) "about as healthy as jumping off a cliff!" but pitchforks and torches is an overreaction lads.

Now, the brouhaha over who's from what part of the country, that's entirely in good form, keep that up.

BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Maybe I didn't get it...

Hi, AC, you must be new here.

The Bastard Operator from Hell is a litany of stories of El Reg's time on the LHC to look into an alternate universe. The Bastard's universe is much like ours, but ever-so-slightly more sociopathic, where all forms of law enforcement and regulatory agencies are just, generally, somewhat more inept than here.

In that universe, you very often have to take matters into your own hands, and murder is a not-infrequent way for the BOfH and his assistant to keep things running.

From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work

ShadowDragon8685

I used to think that horrible, invasive, intrusive, loud, obnoxious and irritating ads were a fact of life.

This was a very long time ago when I was a stupid teenager, and thought I was being cleverly ironic by renaming the Netscape shortcut "Nutscrape".

Then I discovered Firefox and Adblockers and I haven't looked back since. A vigorous scorched-web campaign of adblocking, anti-adblock-killering, and just refusing to use websites that manage to defeat both ublock origins and AAK has been the way forward for me.

Bugger the lot of 'em. The annoyware ads ruined it for the rest of ye.

Also: if I want to buy something, I go looking for it, thank you very much.

Remember the Yorkie pizza horror? Here's who won our exclusive Reg merch...

ShadowDragon8685

That sounds quite like the crust of a chicken pot-pie, in fact. Huh.

Man, I wonder if there's anywhere in the vicinity of where I am such a thing could be procured. Probably like, Wilmington, Philly or New York.

A tiny Ohio village turned itself into a $3m speed-cam trap. Now it has to pay back the fines

ShadowDragon8685

Re: Speed limits have never saved a single life

Your story has a whiff of the unbelievable about it, but if you actually were speeding to save the life of an injured person in your automobile, then the affirmative defense of "necessity" applies, and you shouldn't have had to produce your racing license at all. But still, good on the judge for hucking that sucker out - assuming it's true.

Frankly, it sounds a little like wish-fulfillment internet BS. (Goodness knows I've had times I've wished I could say something like that.) But in the case it's not, have an upvote anyway.

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