Re: Doomwatch... The Plastic Eaters...
Ha! My first thought too.
1583 posts • joined 18 Feb 2014
Ha! My first thought too.
Er, how would I know?
For my last three smartphones, I spent the first hour turning off all the gesture gubbins. I can't stand it when the phone assumes I want to do "stuff" because I put it down in a certain way.
Never mind all this AI malarkey. What we need to know is, "Is Wetherspoons' beer watered down?"
In the 1982 remake of "The Thing", Kurt Russell would walk around with a flame thrower, pilot light twinkling, ready for some pyrotechnical action.
I'm beginning to know how he felt.
Computers and their associated equipment are NOT WHITE GOODS. People need a willingness to accept that a degree of competence and learning is required at least equivalent to that for driving and routinely maintaining a car.
Almost NONE of my friends have ever changed the password or updated the firmware on their routers because "they didn't know you were supposed to". And most of them have degrees.
And the slew of other articles on security breaches today I conclude that the Internet is well and truly fucked. It is, isn't it.
...and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe
Hellish symptoms from the chilli going in, but...
We were only thinking of the children.
Is the wife-carrying cheese-rolling crossover.
I wonder how much "junk DNA" exists in software (bios through to large software packages and their supporting code)? I remember being able to trick a PC into prompting for "Press play, then any key" long after the era of cassette tape loading had passed.
Fluxed if I can be bothered.
"Can you guys get Tim Worstall back please."
Please. Sometimes annoying, sometimes annoyingly correct.
I miss the old curmudgeon.
Speaking as one...
That "DronesForLess" is a thing.
Actually, have already won.
I was discussing the latest revelations with a group of friends. One friend was cynical about the whole business claiming that Facebook was "harmless and fun". I asked to see her phone so I could go through her messages and photos so that I could "identify products and services of interest".
"No!" she said, moving the phone away from me. "That's private!"
I have a problem with this too. The approach is far, far, too simplistic. Taking one or two words that may, or may not be, associated out of context can demonstrate almost anything (see also, "Give me six lines written by the most honest man in the world, and I will find enough in them to hang him.")
The classic example is the film review: "Exciting!" = "if you think this is exciting, you may enjoy watching paint dry". "A rollercoaster!" = "we can't understand why a rollercoaster appears in the title credits". You get the idea...
Stewart Lee was called out on a remark he made in one of his stand-up routines. He explained that the remark had a context, and that context was a 45 minute conversation with his audience.
I blame Twitter.
When I'm not blaming Margaret Thatcher.
IIRC, Robert Crumb comics could be, er, quite distracting.
Paris, obviously, as she keeps on trucking.
Absolutely! Why? Just why? Spotify (with ads) is great for exploring new music, but if I like it, I buy it. More often than not from eBay for a couple of quid. Rip, store and enjoy.
Although I have to admit that it's fun spotting who on the Tube has a music streaming account and just lost their Internet connection.
Lawyers, just lawyers.
I've been at a complete loss to understand why we have a Gadarene rush by manufacturers, legislators and technical-commentators-who-should-know-better to try to convince us that self-driving cars are just around the corner.
Until I remembered a quote (source forgotten) that described cars as one of the instances of real freedom available to ordinary people. Once, we're all in self-driving pods, that disappears.
See also, "smart" meters.
The stuff they tried to bludgeon into me in a million management courses.
I'll get my (long, modesty-preserving) coat.
Move along folks.
I never thought I'd write that.
Sign in with Facebook?
The new normal.
Picking this bloke's pocket.
Because I can...
The concept of an album. A set of tracks that were meant to be played in sequence.
There. Are. No. Self-driving. Cars.
Driver aids, yes, but no cars.
What pray, is a digital watch?
The lizards' lair has been found!
Is that people will swallow this and "move on" without a moment's reflection.
I hate to use lazy symbolism like "sheeple", but you know...
Now where are those rogue engineers?
That's better, nothing to see now.
A hydra has more than one head.
You wouldn't catch me holidaying there.
I'll get me spacesuit.
At your peril.
All ye etc.
" It doesn't do barleycorns, rods, poles, links, chains, furlongs, and perches though."
There's a red exercise book for that...
"Weirdly the little people seem to like it - because they keep voting it in."
Us "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My life is my own!"
Them "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!"
There's still a lot of tread on that tyre.
And what's with the Geocities reference?
Don't! You! Mean! Yahoo!?
... and the 'roaches scuttle away into the shadows.
Turns light off...
... and they crawl out again.
If they did something about the OS for my "smart" TV that they lost interest in after trumpeting it as the "next big thing".
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