There's a pervert in charge of removable media naming.
23 posts • joined 22 Oct 2018
"As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind—every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder."
Most likely a false quote, but the spirit of it stands.
Price or value? Want low-cost Broadband? Get minimum-quality product, and low-quality support.
Add to this the 'throw-away' society with a manufacturing sector only too happy to re-sell you the same bollocks every 2-3 years with a facelift and a promise that this version will be much better than the last.
I went with AMD. Mwaha!
"Cops should only use facial recognition tech if it is proven to be effective at identifying people, can be used without bias and is the only method available"
How does one take the bias out of something used to prosecute, as opposed to acquit?
The Police never take down anything you say to be used 'for you'; only against you. They don't get paid to prove people innocent. Bias already present.
"Maybe because we actually did write web pages by hand, in notepad, we also felt obliged to really think about what we were creating. All that I know is that using the Internet has become a chore, not the delight that it was two decades ago."
Still using Notepad, although did upgrade to Notepad++ along the way. My simple site works fine, images aside. I got quite savvy with trimming down a few wordpress templates for a while, and managed to get jquery almost speedy. My site calls an html5 file, a css file, and that's it. The only external content is Google Analytics for simple stats. Pages are in the 50K to 150K range, with images.
I think the 'chore' to which you refer is 33% cloud services, 33% one size fits all websites with poor secondary web dev efficiency (thinking wordpress templates, jquery, multiple css calls), and 33% ads and spam.
The Internet is now a war between ad makers and ad blockers. Between those forcing useless content ahead of those struggling to get their useful content out there. Ok, so there are sites that force ads if you want to use them, but getting spammed video ads just for visiting (every time) is beyond the pale. The Internet was created for info sharing, and those willing to give their info freely have been drowned out by those that want to make a living from it.
Online news sites are no different. A couple of years back, I did a small survey of all the major new titles and the requests of all but a couple were more than 50% ads or trackers. If ads, spam and adult material disappeared from the Internet for a week, the lack of traffic would make the Internet a place of wonder, and we would demand it permanently banned when it resumed (well maybe not the last one...I'm not completely naive :D ).
I'm ok. I have my anti-surveillance kit all in place.
- Tin Foil Hat (set to wide angle);
- SeeBackRoScope - In case a spy is sneaking up on you;
- Journey Randomiser -They'll never guess where you're going if you don't have a f***ing clue;
- Budget voice changer (a.k.a. ball-pein hammer) - two sharp hits to a fleshy area with guaranteed results
In addition, disable all Windows services. That way they can't possibly monitor your IT behaviour. Counting blue pixels is actually fun, and the rest of the world is a much nicer colour.
Previous job in a large public sector org, the IT dept made a point of locking down 95% of all settings on standard PCs.
Of course, one of the locked settings was the volume control, and they had the volume turned way up. Suffice it to say, every day you could hear when people arrived at work, and their Win98 systems all went into a cacophony of Sci-Fi sound effects.
Most staff were wusses, and wouldn't complain to IT, but I did, and explained my role (partially IT) within the dept, and they relaxed my permissions, but whether by accident or on purpose, they also gave me admin pemissions to all the other department PCs.
The power I had. Mwahaha!!
(Not really.) If I blabbed about the power, someone in my department would have shopped me to IT, so instead I used the power to reduce the volumes, and claimed I had spent an afternoon 'dealing' with IT support to get 20-odd PCs sorted ("It's complicated stuff, ya know").
I ended up with a modicum of respect, and most IT issues got put past me first. IT support rarely got phoned thereafter. Everyone (including IT) was happy.
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