Re: Transparency = Honesty
Almost all big companies cheat lie and steal. Lack of transparency just makes it easier
381 posts • joined 4 Sep 2007
Almost all big companies cheat lie and steal. Lack of transparency just makes it easier
I connect my player to the car radio with a wire. No autoplay to worry about.
I'm stull using my old HTC One. The only thing I miss is android updates. One of these days I might get around to jailbreaking it, but probably not.
I honestly don't think I have ever used this thing on linux or windoze (not an apple user). Dragging files/icons/whatever there is more effort than hitting del after you have selected them. TBH I'm not even sure if the trash can is enabled 'cause I've never used it to restore anything either.
uBlock origin works fine.
If you don't like something in an early release it is worth checking back before you slag the product off.
going through all this makes me more determined than ever to stick to nice ease-to-understand wire
I'd hate to see a goose.
I worked for IBM when this happened. From memory it went something like this:
Here is what we are going to do. We will consult for one month then do it.
Good faith? Only a lawyer could think that.
I worked for IBM in Feltham for a while. The Heathrow high-intensity landing radar used to crash the small on-site mainframe until it was moved into a shielded room.
British Gas were unsurprisingly unsurprised when I rang them and told them to put their smart meter where the sun never shines. "Yes sir, I'll make a note on your account not to bother you with this again". Seems it happens so often they have a procedure for dealing with it.
Great British public appears to have more sense than I gave it credit for.
As a firm believer in the Flying Spaghetti Monster I take exception to this blasphemous assertion
Come off it. Unix had been using / as a directory path delimiter for years before DOS discovered subdirectories. Personally I can't recall any situation I've ever been in where it causes problems or ambiguities with written English or maths.
Backslash was used to maintain compatibility with the 1.x option delimiter. It has caused grief in things like scripts and makefiles ever since due to doubling up as an escape character. It is just about bearable if you work in an entirely windows environment but if you have, for example, a central unix-based build machine you can end up with nightmarish \\\\\\ sequences because you have to escape the backslash enough times that the next stage will still have escaped backslashes.
Also, from an ergonomic point of view putting the separator on a shifted key is irritating in an otherwise case-agnostic filesystem. I believe in some keyboards it actually is on an AltGr key, which is even worse.
I'd almost forgotten that. Yes, from memory you could reverse the \ to a / but not all utilities respected it. In particular, I think it worked for backup but not for restore.
just to open the link in your browser of choice to start with?
I mostly agree but ...
bacon should be smoked back bacon, dry cured by hand (none of this water-injected crap or spray-on smoke), and not cooked until hard.
I'd like some black pudding
Beans must NOT be Heinz - they have a distinctive aftertaste I despise
Side of toast? Depends on how generous the provision of fried bread.
Why do I need geography when I have google maps?
My reasons for not using chrome are sort of the mirror of yours. I hate the appearance of the thing and I loathe the integrated search and URL bar. TBH, I don't actually use firefox any more either as I dislike the new appearance and mobile-phone style interface. I now use Palemoon which is an optimised firefox using the older front end.
It will save me having to figure out how to disable the stupid thing if I ever buy a phone with it installed.
There goes the last Microsoft programme (apart from the actual windows OS) that I use. Really useful when you want to crop, resize and change format of an image. Nothing I can't do in the Gimp but simpler and quicker with Paint.
Stochasitc is usually a description of a type of (random) process or sequence. Did the author here mean scholastic or was he inferring that all pleasures in Newcastle are random?
Yay - new phone ringtones!!
Has anyone considered that a small metal token with a difficult-to-duplicate inscription on each side might be a more viable alternative to this virtual nonsense?
Many many years ago the IBM internal dictionary had the following entry:
verb: verb-transitive. Any noun can be verbed.
Unfortunately this is even more true today than it was then.
The Model 3 is, as the BBC breathlessly billed it, "Tesla's first mass-market car".
The Grauniad reports Musk as saying initial production will be 100 cars in August, ramping up to 1,500 in September
This is clearly some new meaning of "Mass Market" with which I was previously unfamiliar
There is a variant of the trolly problem. The trolly is bearing down on 5 children. You are on a bridge over the tracks with a very fat man. If you push him onto the tracks the trolly will be stopped before it hits the kids. You can't jump yourself as you do not have the body mass to stop the trolly.
Amusingly the 1-for-5 brigade will generally flip the switch but not shove the fat man.
Oh yes, and Achilles never overtakes the tortoise.
Yes it is, at least in the UK. In theory the telephone preference service list should be respected by callers but so many marketing calls come from overseas that there is not a lot that can be done unless you invest in a smart answerphone which deals with calls on the basis of their origin. Calls from autodiallers with pre-recorded messages are particularly annoying because you can't even amuse yourself by wasting the callers time or trying to get them so worked up that they swear at you.
If the targeting algorithms were in any way accurate, I would receive no ads at all. In fact, on the rare occasion I actually become aware of what an ad is offering it is generally because it has irritated me so much I have made a resolution to never buy that product. I haven't eaten Shredded Wheat since the "there are two men in my life" jingle first aired.
"The ad giant says ad downloads shrink by between 15 and 40 per cent as a result and therefore delivers “faster page loads and less battery consumption.”"
Eliminating the ads altogether results in a 100 per cent reduction - even faster and even less battery use
Useless for anything else as to see the whole screen you either have to keep swinging your head from side to side, which would give you a stiff neck in no time, or sit so far back normal sized text would be unreadable. Sure, you could bump up the text size but that would reduce the effective resolution.
I use a 3440x1440 34" monitor which works well for both work and gaming. Also, you don't need to phone a friend if you want to rearrange your desk layout. I'd like more vertical resolution but it starts to get expensive.
I have to say that I have a degree of sympathy for M$ in this case. I think a vendor has an obligation to maintain a no-longer-sold OS (or application) for a reasonable period - to use the analogy in the article I believe motor vendors have to maintain spares availabilty for 10 years. However you cannot expect a vendor to continue to support the product indefinitely since it is in no way a cost-free activity. Vendors should be obliged to state a minimum period for which they will support the OS after withdrawal from market. Past that they can offer extended support as a product if they wish.
In this case the waters are muddied by the fact that M$ apparently had a fix which they did not distribute. You can argue that one both ways. The unsafeness of XP was the best incentive for tardy users to upgrade and to launch a fix would encourage them in their behaviour. On the other hand, had they released the fix in a timely manner they would have garnered some much needed kudos as good guys.
which they don't to any great extent as I do not have a FB account, but they are now charging me for their advertising services. I had two credit card transactions recently from Facebk (sic) which apparently came from FB in Ireland for advertising costs. Googling reveals this is not unusual. There was no evidence that the credit card (which never leaves the house) was otherwise compromised ... just these two transactions near Xmas. So far I have seen no response from FB to the various complaints but I will be interested to hear what my cc provider has to say.
"In addition to connections in North America, the outage caused problems for Cloudflare services in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Oceania region."
I've looked at my phone usage. Basically I make phone calls and occasionally listen to music/audiobooks. I think I will be backing off to a feature-phone and an mp3 player.
At last, a phone without twaddle and farcebook baked in and unremovable! I'd almost buy it for that alone
In the days of the Apple II there was a company known as Pearcom which marketed the Pear II computer (an Apple II compatible with extra expansion slots and a numeric keyboard). They briefly used a rainbow striped Pear as a logo but gave that up when Apple made threatening noises. That logo obviously a direct ripoff, but this case is farcical.
May I offer my latest service.
All you have to do is give IRI4Y complete access to your system so I can trawl through and find out exactly what apps you are using. Then IRI4Y will access the T&Cs and, using fractal heuristic AI deep learning altgorithms, identify the pitfalls and tell you what you should not have signed. As a bonus, it will trawl through all your data and tell you where you are in violation of the T&Cs and also what private data has likely already leaked.
Note: Due to the dangers of infinite recursion, IRI4Y does not read its own T&Cs or issue warnings about them. Just trust us.
I think I prefer Sadville
He has so much money and media presence that people actually take his drivel seriously, which is worrying.
like a machine made garment with a hand-sewn made-by-human tag?
Anything serves as an excuse in this ridiculous debate. It is quite sickening.
Where does the data for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 come from?
The only time it won't irritate me is when I'm not there.
Maybe because I replaced the start mess with Classic Start Menu, File Manager with MultiCommander and both M$ browsers with Palemoon.
And I don't have an M$ account, I use local login.
You could try Palemoon. It is a firefox fork with the old firefox UI and seems less intent on making life difficult for its users.
Or there is always Vivaldi ...
I have no compunction on using adblockers on sites which do not offer me an alternative way of avoiding the ads. I would rather pay real money (in small amounts) for content I wish to view rather than have my enjoyment of that content spoiled by ads.
I don't know how much sites get for just displaying ads - certainly from me they never get click-thru payments - so allowing me to make a small donation for a period of ad-less viewing would probably put them ahead of the game.
Is that like the consultation on pensions a few years back where they told the staff what was going to happen at the beginning of the "consultation" period?
... if you don't have any social media accounts?
Obviously an anti-social sociopath - send him home.
It seems to me that most of the examples of AI around (such as this one) are far better described by a term which seems to have gone out of fashion:
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