Same here old chap, have a double diamond on me! (At least the beers are better now)
235 posts • joined 16 Feb 2010
I am getting so fed up with many sections of the populace that complain about non-inclusivity; this does not apply to access for the disabled or anything similar, it is about those complaining or wishing to force things being included in surveys or the "fact" that some companies are shoved into positions where they have to do/say/acknowledge* all.
I, myself, am disabled yet I don't worry about access issues or, being a vegetarian (that is not my disablilty) nothing of interest on menus et.c. What really annoys me and grinds my gears (thanks Homer) is being told to do something which is completely contrary to logic - why should I have to have a certain number of females on my board, why should I need to employ BAME?
I want to employ people based on merit and their skillsets, if that means all my staff are black single-mothers in wheelchairs then that is fine by me - I will NEVER accept being forced to employ anyone by the gubbermint just so they can hit their own targets.
The above all boils down to - if Oracle is missed off the survey who gives a flying? It is an SO survey and they can do whatever the hell they want.
End of rant and I am prepared for the flack.
going to miss the common sense rulings the EU have provided in many areas of life and business; I hate to think what protections we are going to lose in human rights, consumer rights and environmental issues in a couple of years - I don't trust any of our politicians to give a damn about non-law makers.
I am running a pi array of 6 boxes between my vm tivo box and the telly training it to recognise ad breaks on a single itv channel atm. The sw I have written warns me when it thinks a commercial break is starting so I can either switch to a news channel or mute the sound on my telly.
I am ages away from even posting the neural or claiming any success, but my ultimate aim is to create something that will switch to a second channel or mute ads once the ad break is recognised. At present , given the various volume changes, on-screen notifiers and other indicators we are succesful around 1.3 to 1.5 percent of ad breaks.
I am hopeful of major identification improvements and, with the right hw engineers, of developing a system that will mute the tv automatically.
Yes, probably vapourware, but it is a project I am conducting at home, in my own time with my own needs and agenda and with no plan to release unless I can get that recognition way higher.
My local tesco keeps bottled ales (hobgoblin, doom bar, old pec etc) in a fridge at the same temperature as lager and cider - bloody sacrilege.
I asked them why and said head office told them, only following orders mein herr.
I know the hobgoblin is only £1.39 a bottle, but having to wait for the mrs to sit on a couple of bottles to warm them is a waste of valuable quaffing time.
I wonder if my massive collection of old games, useless in my new win10 box, can now run under linux with wine2?
All the games ran either in xp or (for the older ones) they booted directly from their own cd based os's.
I just wish I could sue m$ for the money I spent on games that still mean something to me, without having to buy them again on dl sources like gog; every game is still pristine, but used, and fully boxed.
I wish I could do something to help that poor woman in Scotland that has stood up to "my little trump" for the last 7 years or so. According to online sources she has been denigrated by one of his businesses and had her water supply cut off by them be ause it crosses their land.
The bloke is an odious, evil and disgusting slob; he deserves no respect.
there was no advertising, no porn and no fake news. I had access to information I needed and connected with people that really did share good ideas and saw what a boon the connected world could be. Now I hardly spend any time online, visit only a few sites and fear for the future of what was an amazing idea.
The whole connected world has taken a fearful turn for the worse (iot, so much malware and crime, bullshit from politicians, twitterers that seem to think the world revolves around them et.c et.c)
Perhaps the net has dumbed us so much that as a species we are already accelerating down the path to extinction.
I have no social media accounts, use disposable email for competitions and shopping, specific mail addys for fora and any email in my non-ISP based account is either from friends and family or ignored and promptly deleted without opening.
That may be OTT or a long-winded way of doing things but my kit has remained free of nasties for a decade and a half.
I once worked in the actuarial support dept. of a pensions/investment company in Bristol. Employed to provide detailed resonses to clients about their investments and to code stand-alone fortran progs to model new products I eventually became the departments own IT support - first line support, netware server management, daily DAT back-ups etc (the company had a major IT dept. using a mix of Burroughs, Sperry and Unisys mainframes with pc's on user desks)
The incompetence of degree and doctorate actuaries and accountants when it came to IT was incredible; I had to demonstrate how to use a mouse to one guy and finally moved into full-time support functionality when I spent 90% of my time helping my poor dumb colleagues and 10% trying to show clients why their investments were/were not performing as sold.
No offence intended to any people of faith; great offence intended to those who claim to be Christian with no idea of what it should mean (footballers crossing themselves and pointing skywards, politicians trying to get votes from the religious, americans that seem to think Christianity is based in old testament revenge teaching rather than, hmmm, what Christ said...)
that you may have seen this question:
My baby passed into the great metal recycler in the sky recently (WinXP). The only one i could afford to replace it is a laptop from Asus with win10.
Can anyone suggest a comprehensive site that will teach me how to protect myself from ms snooping in win10 and get my old games working under this replacement for vista.
Many thanks if this is published, I cannot think of a better publication on which i could beg for help from my peers.
You don't think Apple already have an highly paid team of shysters on retainers already?
There is no "in fairness to xxx" (whichever multi-billion company is in question at the time) - they subvert and pervert taxation laws, they overcharge, they (Apple) do not (unless forced to) comply with consumer protection legislation in whichever markets they operate, they are just not nice and too big.
I would love to see some of these companies broken up into totally independent businesses for their various "products".
Sorry, this was written after lunch (hic) - it probably makes no sense to anyone other than my shrink.
if they view my guilds' comments in Neverwinter then I guess there will be 550+ arrests on the books.
We're a small (only 550+ members, not all active) guild but love taking the piss out of each other; the enessay can read into it what they will, but we're only playing a fucking game - although I'm sure some comments about taking down the big bastards with my new missiles (most of us are running with the new hunter/ranger archery class) could provoke them into a first strike against Lord Neverember. Fucking Orcs - or should that be Norcs or Narcs?).
@ someone talking about Fat Freddie - it was always the cat that got burned - one of the best cartoons was Fat Freddies cat falling several stories whilst saying "it's okay we always land on our feet" then the next panel shows the cat with concertined legs as he landed - classic - i laughed so much i dropped the bong, shoved my head in the bucket bong and swallowed all my stash in one go.
At least i could cope with it all those years ago - 30 years on and even passing a resinous pine tree gets me stoned.
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