FEMA - hospital slang for Failed EneMA.
Zees never happened. I was never here.
Sorry, I don't have a coat. And I was never here.
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O Ca-na-bis, our OM and naif lad!
Seriously, though, pot is among those medicines that should never be given to the unsuspecting. Some people react poorly to it, they should be given the opportunity to say "No, thank you." Almost as bad, even the ones who enjoy it may be disconcerted by the lack of warning. Am I high, or am I finally, irrevocably, Losing It? Tell Laura I love her.
as sung by Joan Baez, as remembered by moi:
"... As through this world I've traveled, I've seen lots of funny men
Some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen.
As through this world you travel, as through this world you roam
You'll never see a video pirate drive a family from their home."
Obscure cultural reference: fountain pen is an ancient form of EULA, amongst other possibilities.
Sounds like a recording industry group offered them more in cash to lose the files, than the Sat-on-My-Face-All-Night-ers (apologies to Jennifer Saunders) offered to not-lose them. Why is there even the slightest surprise about this story?
Supplementary question, m'lud: were the uploaded-and-later-lost MP3 files authorized copies by the recording companies?
Fight the Power
Fight the Power that be.
Rhymes with Spike Lee
Not the guy who doesn't dig poetry
So un-hip that when you say Heinlein
Thinks you're talking about the worst tram eenie wine
Whatever that is.
TINSTAAFL is charming. I am reminded of my dad, who asked: "Who's that Roberta Heinlein you're reading? Does she write a good story?"
Aiming for ten.
IANAL, but I'd say Uber is liable for all damages by that driver from the date the first complaint was filed (or attempted to be filed, or reported by phone). It must be their duty to follow up on complaints. No matter what weasel-words they put in their user agreement. No slight intended against any Mustela.
"As soon as we became aware, we immediately removed this individual's access to the platform."
That hardly seems credible. A complaint against such a gross violation would have been lodged by every passenger. Yet the Uber driver admitted to doing this multiple times. It just doesn't add up. Or were Uber talking about removing the passenger's access !?!
Do not fret, Dabbsahib. Mr. Gadds-Addison thoroughly enjoyed his scurvy tablet, which arrived in the form of a cask of grog. What's more, the citrus component came from Australia, so all thought of hopping was banished. Or at least inclusive. In fact, when I last saw Mr. G-A, he said: "Mr. Gadds-Addison, that's rather formal for the 21st century don't you think, old chap? You may call me Rear-Admiral Gadds-Addison." I am replete.
Don't ask. Mine's the one with the cask.
Here it is, explained in excruciating detail:
Or you can just downvote me in seconds, as achieved by Saturday night revelers, above. Come on, you know you want to.
El Reg doesn't normally delve into DNA technique. But I think this is important. Elizabeth Warren was quoted in this story on the basis of being a candidate for the US Presidency in 2020. If she's just josie blough, no story. More than one publication has stated that the Native American brouhaha has disqualified her as a candidate with a chance in 2020. I say Shirley the world isn't that crazy, quite yet.
Telling lies does not disqualify a person from becoming President of the United States. Some might add "unfortunately". I read the Bustamante report (which is now not so easy to find as it once was) and am not convinced that Ms. Warren has uttered even a single lie. Self-identifying as Native American when she is 99% European is surprising, unrealistic, maybe even sad, but I would not call it a lie. Whereas the other guy ... I wouldn't believe him if he said that none of his recent ancestors was a bordello operator. I wouldn't even believe that, given his track record. Were he to claim that.
I like Elizabeth Warren's proposal. But I don't think it will happen, even if she wins in 2020. Pity.
I can imagine it will be attacked. For example, commercial software houses wanting to find out if you've decompiled their software in contravention of a license. Replace a copyright text in the executable with a routine that sends them chapter and verse of your transgression. I guess this suggestion is so naive as to be laughable, but <replace with something that might work in 2019>. Might have something to do with repeated forking. Must be lunch time. Mine's the one with the dictaphone in the borscht and the runcible spoon.
Here in Canada, I have not been required to give a phone # to maintain a fb account. Of course, I wouldn't. I'd rather abandon the account. Canada might be different, because for historical reasons not everybody has a mobile.
There are (at least) two identificatory (not a word, according to the spellchecker) universes: phone numbers and e-mail addresses. FB tricking you to give a phone # allows them to unite those two universes. It is pure gold for whatever nefarious purpose they have in mind. I would not worry so much about what they have done with a phone number. Rather I would worry about what they can and will do with it. Yeah, of course the home address and the passport number and the social insurance number are also identificatory universes. I'm sure they'll get to those! In a unificatory way, for themselves.
LinkedIn ransacked my gmail contacts. Don't recall ever giving them permission.
Forgive me, just consider that this comment is by somebody who has been out of this particular room for 20 years. And it is!
Deja Vu produced documents that were more compact than PDFs and, to my eye, looked just as good. HTML could have been written to properly format documents to a fixed page size, but the authors of HTML expressly rejected that concept. Years later, they retrofitted HTML to handle some of those concepts, but the results, at least at the time, didn't impress. From about 1988, either Ventura Publisher or Pagemaker could be used to make good-looking (eye of the beholder, naturally) documents.
I set web browsers to download PDF files rather than display them. My preferred free reader is Sumatra. But I find that when browsers update themselves, they tend to turn on internal rendering of PDF files, even when you've expressly set it off. It's a bit like Vivaldi, after it has updated, has changed my search engine from <search engine I wanted/> to Ecosia.
They're just documents, they shouldn't have vulnerabilities!</rant>
So is this problem just another symptom of jumping on the mercantile bandwagon, rather than following Best Practices? And the fun question: has anybody used Postscript as a general-purpose programming language? To keep track of inventory or something not immediately document related?
I have not used Chrome in years. Though I do use Chromium-based Opera and Vivaldi. They have operated well, where Chrome didn't. The scary change seems to be targeted at Chromium, so I wonder to what extent Opera and Vivaldi will be able to go against the flow, and to what extent they will go against the flow.
Science Fiction is full of stories of humans putting life (even microscopic) on heavenly bodies and then the life coming back to bite the humans. Is this China experiment on the same page as the rest of Science? Or is the Moon considered contaminated because of what may or may not have happened circa 1969?
I've made smart-ass comments in these fora, but this time I do want to know the answer. Fire-arms opened the Wild West. Is all that is required for opening Space, just a rocket (a space-ass) with enough boosters? Shall we toss the last smollpox sample over to Deimos, to see what happens?
What's the obsession with vulnerability and sticks? A kind of TITSUSB of the 21st?
My own obsession is mandatory (electricity) smart meters. They provide a vector for devilry that will cost lives, destroy buildings. Only the existence of lower-hanging fruit will delay the conflagration.
Maybe the EU should make a rule that a certain percentage, say 75 or 125 or 300, of ad revenue for views of a copyrighted work, cast on behalf of a non-owner, must go to the copyright owner. Or to the EU itself. (<< see, I'm collecting down votes, it's the 21st century upgrade of Numismatics.) In addition to the familiar takedown measures. Yes, there are issues, but knowing the revenue should not be one of them.
Or mandate a $$ reward for (the first?) viewer who reports each copyrighted work cast on behalf of a non-holder of the copyright. That ought to be an entertaining scramble.
If people weren't fixated by the thought that they could watch or collect stuff, we'd be involved in more healthful recreations such as gardening, yoga, or playing Go. As we did before the invention of the VCR. It's like a 21st century upgrade of Philately. They want us to pay attention. The annoying screens and technologies are part of the process of hooking us on their game.
Here's another instance of behavioural engineering, if you like. Facebook now hides more of the comments on a thread. "View 2 more replies ", "More ...". Sometimes you have to click dozens of times to read an entire thread. Before, it was PgDn. They want to keep us clicking, automatically, the first step towards unfortunate results, and I wasn't thinking of RSIs.
In the title, it is Douglas Adams's Marvin, though perhaps Limeliters's Marvin would be a better thought.
Of course, you-know-who is evil. But under previous management, Skype also had a policy whereby if you didn't use the account for a few months, they'd hide your credit. You had to go through a process to get it back. I found that policy without reason and reprehensible. It's not quite theft, but I wonder how easy it is to get back my $8 in credit? To get it refunded? Or even credited to Amazon (ha ha)?
Multiply 100,000,000 quiescent accounts by $0.47, and that's still a heap of dosh.
I stopped Skype as a background process because it seemed to be slowing down the (XP) system. Inevitably, that led to reduced and then no usage. I discovered google voice (or whatever it was called) which allowed free calling in North America and worked better than Skype. Perhaps as a free service, this was too successful for google, so they muddied the waters by withdrawing services and introducing less-capable ones. Now we just use a pseudo-land-line, with handsets around the house, connected to cable. I really don't understand how this came to pass. Would Ned Ludd have been proud that we have forsaken the communications offerings of our masters, or disdainful that we came to it in such a mindless way?
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