* Posts by Rol

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I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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China rhymes with...

The China remix had me thinking of The Bloodhound Gang track Mama's Boy, from their album Hooray for Boobies, where the song writer phoned his mum asking for her help in trying to find lyrics for his next track, that rhymed with virgina.

Or was it from watching that c**t for 4 minutes longer than my doctor recommends.

You decide!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0Dv5XdBsb8

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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Standardised t&c's

The internet has been around long enough now, that it wouldn't be such a hard task to cobble together a standardised agreement that would suffice for all but the most divisive of organisations. Even then, the more sinister companies could be forced to frame their terms and conditions in relation to the standard, and explicitly state where the two diverge.

Any use of obfuscating legalese in bespoke conditions would automatically render the whole contract null and void.

The result would be that customers could be safe in the knowledge that signing a standard contract would not have their mouth sewn into another users arse, because they didn't read the 157th page of the t&c's they were signing. (thank you South Park for the image that just won't go away)

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

We live in a disparate society with many affording their allegiance to causes they couldn't explain without referring to some editorial guff or unverified youtube video.

Allowing the collective us to dictate the nations direction in a single poorly informed vote is just plain madness.

I agree we shouldn't be going back to the polls. We should be dismissing them off-hand, as the work of sinister forces, who spent millions plying lie riddled nonsense to a public who knew no better.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

It's the idea that losers are not allowed to have a discussion without some triumphant winner barging in waving there ignorance about the place, and demanding everyone in disagreement shut the fuck up!

To quote Stewart Lee - "It's wrong to generalise about the people who voted for Brexit. It wasn't just racists who voted to leave. It was cunts too!"

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Agree entirely!

It has always been the case that Joe public never gets given the information necessary to make an informed decision, because parliament and their lackeys are the all-knowing, fully informed professionals, that make the decisions on our behalf.

We, for our part, read the newspapers and watch TV and every 5 years go out and cast our vote the way Rupert Murdoch told us to. And yes we vote in some absolute shower of shite nearly every time.

It seems the whole nation has been fit up as a collective rotten borough, with money buying sufficient influence to get the outcome marketeers have been craving for.

And I say marketeers, because it will be the ones who bankrolled Leave, who will make a killing in the markets, doubling and trebling their worth as the upheaval unravels.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"Come on get your head in the noose, already"

"But i'm innocent. I'm not a horse thief"

"Sorry mate. The village had a vote and we found you guilty

"A vote? That's not fair. Not in the slightest"

"It's how a true democracy works. We have a vote and if the mob say yeah then that's it"

"Whoa, hold on there, doesn't your democracy have any checks and balances. You know, to stop the majority from trampling the rights of minorities under foot"

"Nah. Rule by mob has always worked well in good old blighty, and we can't see any reason to change it. Now get with the referendum and put your head in here."

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Not how I remember it - a smidgeon over a third voted for bent bananas, a third voted knowing bananas have always been bent, and a third had to Google what a banana was and then didn't bother voting.

Hardly a decisive outcome to leave, when two thirds of the public didn't support it.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

I can't afford a wife of my own, but would gladly rent her off you for light maintenance and diy tasks.

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

The fortunes made by London's financial services, is mostly based on making it virtually impossible to deal directly with the organ grinder.

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Re: Hospitality sector had it coming

Mmm..Yes and no. In the context of how this site has historically been run, and the acceptance of its membership to certain limits, then yes I agree with you, but opening the door to spammers, even just an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit could prove disastrous.

On the other hand, if posting links in your comment was limited to badge holders, then yes, that would work.

Dark matter's such a pushover: Baby stars can shove weird stuff around dwarf galaxies

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Mexican Wall of Shame

I gave up my day job and now earn $5,000 a week for just a couple of hours typing. I got my friend to do the same and now he earns more than me.

Yes I know, you're all sat there dismissing this as another scam, but you just read through this article about dark matter without flinching once, so I guess you're interested.

I can supply you with a post doctorate degree in astrophysics from the University of Rick's Fast Food and News Outlet and you too can then get funding to make questionable announcements on dark matter to the day you die. Don't forget, until some funding goes the way of antimatter or something commonsensical like, this careering wild goose chase will rumble on and on and on, with everyone involved preciously defending this absurdity until the funding dries up.

At the moment I'm currently negotiating with Donald to sort out the impasse, with my New Year sale on impassible dark matter Mexican walls. What's a small typo between friends, eh?

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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You would be amazed how many IT people under 50 don't understand the concept of nibbles/BCD/2's compliment......

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Australia day

Observed around the world by people wishing to mark the passing of a great nation, which during its time brought us Kylie Minogue, Neighbours, Cell block H, barbies and faux lager.

Sadly, as the entire nation's secrets became public knowledge, 2019 didn't go too well for them. It seems an encrypted message from Scott Morrison to his chief of staff was intercepted, backdoored open, rewritten and redirected. The result of this hack, which is still to be proved, was Australia got listed on Ebay with bidding starting at one bit coin with only 5 minutes left to the close of bidding.

Australia was eventually bought by a vegan pharmaceutical company, which began testing lipstick and all manner of noxious potions on the masses. By November of that year it was clear the 50% protocol was having a heavy toll, as each product was tested, as it is done in animal research labs, until 50% of the group had died.

Death by cosmetics is now regarded by many as more gruesome than crucifixion.

The last Australian expired while testing a new deodorant, which seemingly was so benign in its chemical make-up, they had to shoot the cannister from a makeshift cannon to fully complete the testing.

Looking on the bright side though, we can all now enjoy safer cosmetics, drink proper lager and pat ourselves on the back for the rise in the planet's average IQ.

Ho Ho Ho!

Forget ripping off brains for AI. Butterflies and worms could lead us to self-repairing intelligent robots, says prof

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Is there actually any proof of this...

"I don't think there's even any evidence for it: the two body-forms, lifestyles and primary functions are so different that I can't think of anything that a caterpillar might learn that might be relevant to a butterfly, nor how it might be expressed."

Indeed. And perhaps the fact some of the "learned" fear of predators wouldn't be helpful - Imagine the inner conversation of a butterfly as it prepares for its first flight, wrestling with the urge to fly out into the open world to procreate, and its equally compelling memory of hiding under a leaf. No, natures goals are, most times, best served with less thinking and more doing.

I think most creatures, like us, are as much driven by chemistry, as they are cognitively. And if that is true, then a small brain needs only concentrate on its fundamental task of mixing up cocktails of drugs to stimulate urges, to achieve basic goals. The butterfly doesn't think, it just reacts to stimuli. It is chemistry that is passed down the generations, not synaptic pathways. After all, a foetus hasn't got a telepathic connection to the mothers brain, but it does swim in the very same chemicals, and it is there that new recipes, outside of the shared DNA can be passed on.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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Re: Okay, we're going to be using spin now - then what ?

Binary switching became the de facto means of processing very early in computing, as attempts to switch at anything higher was thwarted by the technology of the day, and not long after, binary began to prove itself more accessible than analogue, to the point that pseudo real-time digital processing was almost indistinguishable from analogue and so even that branch of processing fell by the way.

Well, technology has since moved along at a pace, and it isn't inconceivable that a quarternary switching processor (4 states) could be made, or denary, or even analogue.

Clearly all the money is in binary, but as the sheep start worrying that the grass can't be grown any quicker, I hope some of them start eyeing up the scrub land over the fence, that just needs a bit of fertiliser and some patience, to produce a crop that generates yields greater per acre by factors of 4 to, well, infinity.

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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I'm just popping to the shops dear. Is there anything you want?

I think I'm not alone when it comes to cost saving - a holiday can sometimes pay for itself if you have the sense to return with commodities that will save you hundred's of pounds in living expenses later.

So why don't missions to the Moon start with launching a robotic scoop and poop. It can roam across the Moon scooping up dust with the intention of separating the helium-3, which it then poops near the proposed landing site of the next mission.

When the mission returns, the helium 3 could be sold, which would then, more or less, cover the costs of the mission, and hence fund the next mission.

Prez Trump to host chinwag with Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Qualcomm – report

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Trump's private discussion is likely to cover artificial intelligence, 5G and quantum computing.

That'll either be the shortest meeting ever, or the longest tutorial in the history of education.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: 1970s?

We've gone back to the drawing board on every single metric, and redefined them in unequivocal terms. The latest being the Kilogram. So why the Star Trek system of star dates has not gained any traction to finally kill off the vagaries of our archaic and wildly interpreted year numbering system is beyond me!

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Re: ICL - It Can't Last

Mines the one with a Not The Nine O'Clock News video cassette in the pocket.

Lip lickingly funny...if you know what I mean.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Re: It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

"Why on earth would you do that when you could have used a passable red and added some cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar and had mulled wine on tap?"

Pandering to my potential customers tastes. I myself will be quaffing the usual Bushmills, which wouldn't be best suited to a Whiskey Galore storage option.

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It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

Well, I've transitioned through the various stages of shock and am now fully accepting of the reality to come. And in true British spirit will embrace the chaos to come as an opportunity.

My double bed is currently three feet higher than usual. Propped up with 500 tins of baked beans, corned beef and sardines.

I've emptied my immersion heater and disabled all the hot water taps so I could fill the system with Lambrusco Bianco.

Come brexit, I'll be trading the necessities of life to the plebs that voted for this once in a lifetime foot shooting through a steel hatch, that I'll be completing over the coming months.

Nothing like a disaster to line the pockets of those with the sense to see it coming.

Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

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Re: I haven't

Sorry to inform you, but medical practitioners like your GP or consultant rely heavily on administrative staff. They type up your records from various scribbles and Dictaphone notes and others read through them to ascertain whether you need any follow-up appointments.

But I'm happy to inform you, they are all as professional as your GP, and would never dream of reading any further into your records than is necessary, or divulging anything they have read.

To be honest, most admin staff will have forgotten every word they read about you once the task was done.

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While working in a busy city hospital on very low pay, I had three years of unfettered access to the medical records of everyone in the city. On top of that I could easily have requested the records of any other UK citizen.

And I did read loads and loads of records, and request loads and loads of records from hospitals around the country, but not once was it out of curiosity. Every file I opened was due to a medical requirement, and was part of my job.

And while I speak for myself, I can assure you my colleagues were too busy and too professional to stoop to such disgraceful behaviour.

Be assured, the bored receptionist woudn't have lasted a week before losing her job for unprofessional conduct, in my hospital and any other you care to mention.

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: Whereas the "Remain" campaign

As with anything, it all depends on how you present the facts.

1. Aaron Banks has not denied being in a field where farm animals were sexually abused.

2. When asked if he had stopped beating his wife, he couldn't give a simple yes or no answer.

3. He came top in a poll of people in my flat, when asked to name a British traitor.

4. He sells insurance!!!!!

5. Reports of him laughing while drowning puppies in the river Avon have yet to be substantiated.

6. He's an insurance salesman!!!

7. He has yet to deny that he has been awarded a medal by Putin for services to the motherland.

8. His mates think he should sue me for defamation of character, or at least that's what Dr Dolittle's interpretation made of all that braying and squealing.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: not unless they die.

Today is the day I am activating an iphone. A phone given to me by a friend who had nothing but pity for me and my ancient Nokia.

However, like the unwanted knitted pullover from gran, I'm using it so as not to appear ungrateful.

I'm slowly crawling up the learning curve, fathoming out how it works, so I might then disable everything I have no need of. Which is akin to getting current book qualified in domestic power circuitry just so I might turn off a PIR floodlight. The one that aggressively punctuates an evening with non event exclamations.

So far, all I feel for this new contrivance is hate. Pure unadulterated hate. My friend tells me it will change my life. Well gonorrhoea is equally life changing, while the process of getting it, is much more fun.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: Hmmmm, 2008, 2010 and 2012

Too right!

We had our headmaster drummed out of his job, because one of our text books had a typo error.

He deserved shooting, but the parents settled for tar and feathering, and was unceremoniously dumped on the parish boundary after a good kicking.

He tried bleating something about not having any influence with Penguin Books, but the parents were having none of it.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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There's hope yet

That was such a heart warming article.

Good, despite all attempts to nurture vile bigots, survived, and found their voices.

Good on you kids.

Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Re: Interesting point about Twitter

I live in an area regarded by some, and not without cause, to be a bit dodgy. And at times some young bucks do kick up some noise, but within no time at all, they are either arrested or put on their arse by those a bit bigger and a bit harder. And soon enough all's peace and quiet again.

The problem with Twitter is the adolescent and immature run riot. No influence of any note stands in opposition, and they continue unchecked.

Perhaps with A.I. we could maybe convince a whole gaggle of morons that they are twittering with the entire world, yet are just ranting in a mock up environment with AI bots.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Re: Cunksplaining why Americans pay too much for zeros and ones.

I sincerely hope that isn't the only bit you take issue with.

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We presently have a wealth of media at our fingertips, for a relatively small price, but this isn't altruism at work, but a market mindful of piracy.

In years to come, when the low cost of media streaming has all but ended piracy, our media content will be more or less centralised to a few providers, and the existence of physical media such as cd's, dvd's, etc, abandoned to time.

You only need to take a peek at Pirate Bay or the likes and see where once there were ten's of thousands of peers there exists only a comparative handful.

It wouldn't be beyond the pale to consider a time where nothing of the media is ours to own, we just rent the right to consume it until we stop paying the rent.

I believe this is where the entertainment industry wants to take us, and to reach that goal, we have to be weaned off of the disruptive technologies that have effectively tied the hands of those who would like to be in full control of the market.

And full control of the market will be reflected in a pricing policy that will deny a substantial swathe of the public access to what is increasingly defining our culture.

In the end, the economically poor, will also be the culturally poor. Which in turn will make us all poorer.

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Cunksplaining why Americans pay too much for zeros and ones.

The internet was invented by a Brit, and like so many other Brit inventions, was bought by America for a couple of doughnuts and a free golfing holiday.

This wasn't a bad thing though, as Britain didn't have the ability to roll out the world-wide infrastructure necessary for www to be a legitimate prefix.

America used its mighty debt machine to span the world with zeros and ones, and to this day, it is all powered from America. You may remember the Three Mile Island meltdown was due to the power spike created as billions of Chinese got on-line for the first time. The reactor itself saw the sense in getting closer to the power drain source and was only stopped from relocating to China by an eagle-eyed security guard who wouldn't let the reactor leave the site without a security pass.

Running the World-Wide-Web doesn't come cheap, and it is for this reason Americans pay huge sums for an internet connection.

Several American companies have been arguing that it is unfair that the total cost of the internet is shouldered by the American public alone, and have taken action against the rest of the world by withholding taxes.

The rest of the world are now deliberating on a new tax which charges American companies for every zero and one that gets sent from their computers, which looks likely to be countered by the invention of Quantum bits, that will dodge the new tax as they are not a one or a zero, but are on average about a half of 1.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

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Re: Just a thought?

I have a "fully" working Win 7 system. It does exactly what I want and no amount of updates can break that - it is physically disconnected from the internet.

Dipping your perfectly working Mac system in aspic, i.e. pulling the Lan cable out or disabling the machines internet protocols and such like, would leave you with a computer that works until the hardware fails from old age.

In my set-up I choose to boot into win7 or Linux, and then pass data via a drive that I share between them. Obviously this can be cumbersome, if say I'm coding an Excel project that I want to email back to work, but the extra steps are a small price to pay for the security of a stable win7 system.

I'm obviously mindful that stuff meant for the win7 system is checked for viruses while in Linux, and while this can't always be guaranteed to be 100%, the fact the win7 system has no way of communicating with the outside world, means any viruses that do make it through, have no effect.

That said, I have no idea if a Mac can be booted into another OS, but surely you can at least disable automatic system updates.

Best of luck with whatever solution comes to hand.

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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Re: An acronyvm is an acronym

"Suggest a new one and put your money where your mouth is."

Total Immersion Transistor Technology Executing Rational Yet Exclusive Non Optimised Thinking

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It was a fair vote!

"So, that's eighteen votes for a chicken supper and one vote for a vegetarian meal. I declare, by means of a fair and democratic vote, that chicken has won again. Thank you to all you foxes for your contribution in this process, and I wish the representative from the coup, who made this a credible and inclusive meeting, a safe journey home."

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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Binary Munitions!

After demonstrating to the court that his client's program could in no way alter the DRM settings of a target machine the judge ruled there was no case to answer and ended the proceedings.

It was a genius move on the coders part, to split the program in two. Neither part alone could effect any change to DRM settings, but together they tore DRM to shreds.

It was the end user who had to source the scripts from separate sources and bring them together, and thus were deemed to have created their own tool.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Would you prefer a dry bottom?

I was ready to start banging away at the keyboard to bring Louis Rossman into the picture, but you beat me to it.

What a guy. I've been watching his videos on youtube and some are hilarious, but they all demonstrate the absurdity and sheer bloody-mindedness of Apple.

I love his take on the rogue business that offers to "professionally" dry your liquid damaged circuitry - "Would you prefer a dry bottom? Of course not, you'd want a clean bottom after going to the toilet" Pointing to a motherboard that had been dried by this company, that then later decayed and shorted in multiple places due to the deposits left behind after drying the board out.

No matter where you are on the hate - fanbois scale of Apple appreciation, you should check out his vids, as they tell it as it is.

UK.gov should spend more on AI, bleat VCs and consultants. Oh? Why's that then?

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And their father gave them both a large sum of money, asking that they look after it.

On their fathers return, he called his sons to him and asked each in turn to account for the money he had given them for safekeeping .

The first son explained how he had used nearly all the money to investigate crossing seed varieties to make a better, more hardy and productive crop, and the result was an immediate increase in yields, so much so they had enough spare to feed hungry neighbours and sell the rest recouping the investment thrice fold.

The father greatly praised him for his diligent and worthy works.

Bolstered by this, the second son stepped forward exclaiming he had invested the money in A.I. which would surpass the achievements of his brother and bring untold wealth and fortune to the family.

The father leaned forward asking "And what can I see of this great accomplishment?"

"I'm afraid I am not the only one investigating A.I. and will require funding beyond what my competitors already have on hand if we are to win the race"

"This appears meritorious" said the father, "What sum of money will secure our future in this field?"

"Oh, about five trillion dollars"

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Re: philosophical navel gazing wank-fest

The fact a computer can gather and process millions of data points in nanoseconds, gives programmers the opportunity to resolve an incident in the best manner possible.

Not to do this, when resources are available to limit the damage a speeding car can do, would be tantamount to manslaughter.

I envisage most incidents with an intelligent systems managed accident would result in no fatalities at all.

Of the few accidents where death occurs, I hope the system had been given the ability to protect as much life as possible, and yes, if that means running into an idiot who mindlessly dashes across a motorway, rather than swerve to then risk the lives of the occupants of the twenty or so vehicles around you, then so be it.

You might want to be mindful that the UK's Highway Code, has for a very long time, discouraged motorists from taking avoiding action when animals run into the road, for the very same reason.

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I'm really sorry about this Bob.

As the car got ever closer to the point of impact, it hurriedly requested data on the potential targets it had identified.

A split second later and the results were in:-

Target three, Bob, had no history of making compensation claims, and didn't have a litigious legal type among their known associates. The others, a pure breed Chihuahua and a council owned wooden bench, were linked to owners that spent a lot of their time suing people.

Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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And the votes are in.

It appears the idea that a story intimating towards another mass surveillance episode should be cremated and buried, rather than investigated further, judging by the comments and thumbs on here.

Isn't it worth a little bit of effort to either prove or disprove the story?

To categorically deny everything in a knee-jerk manner, without bothering to seek any kind of validity for such a denial, is in itself worthy of an investigation.

My fears are that western agencies have been doing this motherboard hack for quite some time, and are now actively suppressing the story.

Yes they do have many other covert means of data gathering, but that has never stopped them from seeking other means, to better spread their portfolio of intrusion technology.

What bothers me more than anything, is the number of people on this forum who are busily trying to wish this story away, and are unwilling to consider the wider implications to OUR privacy.

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Re: The simplest answer is usually the right answer...

The fact that denials by several organisations were almost immediate, suggests they hadn't bothered to examine the allegations, which in itself tells a story.

I have a sneaking suspicion that someone in the industry will come to Bloomberg's aid. Not waving a compromised Super Micro board from one of the named companies, but waving another brand of server board.

A run of the mill server board that they had spare and piqued by the story, started to investigate out of curiosity.

What I fear, and if true, what our intelligence agencies are now fearing, is that the world will be presented with proof that motherboards used in many servers have had the secret chip treatment.

And seeing as our very own agencies will be looking very sheepish once that revelation comes to light, is it any wonder denials are coming thick and fast from all quarters.

Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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It's not always Russia manipulating stories and poisoning our media

Is it!!!

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"We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources."

Doesn't come across as:-

"notably they are being careful not to say Cook is wrong, or that their story is true."

I think "standing by our story" can only be interpreted as a noncommittal statement if you read it by the light of an ancient oil lamp which you were rubbing vigorously.

Wishing Bloomberg away is not the same as disproving their story.

Obviously hard evidence of tampered motherboards either exists or it doesn't, and that will be the metric that this story is measured by.

If those involved are willing to let independent experts investigate their motherboards then a conclusion will be forthcoming.

If those parties make a song and dance about letting such an investigation happen, then I guess we have our answer.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Complete buffoon or not...

Just because America isn't making noises, doesn't in the slightest suggest they have lost interest.

But hold on, they have been making noises.

Like dangling the prospect of Ecuador getting some American relief funds on the basis they cooperate more fully with America.

I imagine a visit to a Saudi embassy seemed quite innocuous at the time.

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Complete buffoon or not...

He has in his head the names of many people who risked their freedom to bring the world a more fuller story of what goes on behind their backs.

For him to fall into a black bag is to also condemn those very people.

In that light, he is honour bound to keep himself safe from American interrogators.

And if that means he needs to look after his cat better, and tidy up after himself, then stop quibbling and do what's right Mr Assange.

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I notice Unregistered has registered just this one comment in the whopping 24 hours they've been a member.

It'll be difficult to miss something that wasn't really there.

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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I'm new to Ubuntu

Well good to see you.

Here's our cutting edge UI that our team have researched the hell out of to bring the user and the computer together in a more harmonious state. You can if you wish change it to something you are more familiar with, but this is our vision of the future, so why not get onboard now.

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I'm just upgrading.

Well good to see you're still with us.

Here's the UI you have always used, but I might point out that more options are now available within the bounds of this UI. You might want to read more, or even have a peek at other UI's we make available.

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I'm just downgrading

Well I'm really sorry our latest iteration foisted something awful at you.

Here's the system you left behind. We have noted where we think the new system didn't meet your approval and will notify you just as soon as Torvald finishes wringing the necks of those behind your bad experience.

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I've jumped from Windows

Well good for you, and welcome aboard.

Here's the ui you're most probably used to, but I'm afraid we won't be able to recreate the same dysfunctional experience that Microsoft designs into its products. You might want to open your computer and randomly rake a fork across the motherboard to recreate the Windows effect.

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I've jumped from Apple

We're really sorry to hear you've lost your design job/trust fund/savings.....

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Let's not forget..

At the time of Earths formation it was spinning like a top, and thus the centripetal forces combined with the maelstrom of a churning and boiling liquid would have had such an impact as to counter gravity's effect on the heavier elements.

Later some heavy elements would still be liquid or even a gas while other less dense elements and compounds were solidifying, meaning we still couldn't rely on gravity to grade elements into layers based on their density in a solid state.

Hence our expectation to find the heaviest elements at the core of out planet is unfounded.

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: Dear El Reg, as you are a British .co.uk site

It's a pity the yearly national budget for healthy eating promotion is less than a days advertising costs for just one of the millions of products that should only be eaten as a treat once or twice a year.

"I wish it could be Christmas everyday", seems to have come true for too many people, who gorge themselves on a Christmas treat all year round.

And when it comes to Christmas treats, what did Kraft do with Terry's Chocolate Ginger and Terry's Neapolitans - bought up and discontinued - Why? Perhaps because they couldn't be marketed all year round and also the consumers would have noticed straight away that half of the chocolate had been replaced with corn syrup. Terry's Chocolate Orange only survives because those who eat it now, have no recollection of what it used to taste like.

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Re: Nah.

Children, by the time they are attending school, have picked up all the negative traits they will ever need to lead as full a miserable life as the parents that nurtured them.

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