2858 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
Re: Beer in the Sodastream?
When my parents used to buy the stuff, I referred to it as the "Golden Bazooka" (PIAT = Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank* - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIAT)**, mainly because of its effect on my mum.
*I read "Battle" comic every week, and used to be very knowledgeable about arcane bits of killing machinery.
** Yes, I know/knew it isn't really a bazooka, but it was funny to my ~13 year old mind :-)
Re: Clearly a messup
Replying to my own post - I've just read the case report, and the employer is clearly in breach of the Equality Act with respect to disability.
In a properly supportive environment, Ms Hoang sounds like the sort of diligent, methodical, and tenacious person who would do really well in infosec - I wish her well for the future.
Re: I know it's unlikely @cream wobbly
"Modern equivalent of striped paint, long stand, etc.? Honestly wouldn't be surprised. Bullies are rife."
I find it wrong to class such trivia as the striped paint and long stand as bullying. There is a serious risk that the term is going to become entirely devalued, making it harder for anyone who actually *is* bullied to be taken seriously by others. There needs to be a minimum level before bullying can be effectively claimed.
Re: Slippery slope; And not the fun kind
@Mike Pellatt - "Try as I might when answering the questions, I can't drag myself out of the bottom left-hand corner :-)" I also occupy that corner, and have done for many years. I haven't tried too hard to game the results to move closer to the centre, though - I'm proud of bring a socialist libertarian. Of course, I've been told more than once that such a thing can't exist, both by people who resist the idea of socialism, and those who font thing libertarianism is possible. Me, I'll stick with John Stuart Mill...
Re: There will be £10m for a scheme to identify ways to keep physics and maths teachers in schools
@Nick Ryan - "... make it an offence to pay for education." I'm wondering how far you want to go with that. I have two-and-a-half year old twins, and I'll be damned if they are going into any institutional education, especially state "schools". They are going to be home-schooled/un-schooled. This means we will be paying for their education through having to work part-time, paying for activities etc. I will stand on my right to decide how my children will be educated, and, whilst I think private schools are disgusting, I can't think of a way to bring it about without being a hypocrite.
Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound
Re: I really wonder what goes on inside these companies
@ Charles 9 - "... the situation's deteriorating to the point neither parent can be counted to be home for any significant length of time (or else they go behind on the bills and lose their domicile)."
I would expect that to part of the overhaul of the system. Valuing parenthood is something 1st world countries should be doing.
Re: Remainers should be Leavers
... and what about those who are Scottish and love Scotland/Welsh who love Wales/Northern Irish and live Northern Ireland/Cornish who love Kernow etc, etc?? There is much more complexity than you realise. I was born in England, moved to Scotland less than ten years ago, and consider myself a Scottish. Instead of referenda about individual nations of the UK having independence, what we should have is Scotland, NI and Wales having the chance to throw England out.
Re: Hopefully fixed by later tonight
But it means that you are putting your mother in a category you imply you are not willing to be put in - i.e. those being spied on by corporate interests. There is something deeply uncomfortable about those saying "my privacy counts, but theirs doesn't" when posting on a forum where most people are aware of the risk:benefit ratio and can make an informed decision.
Re: This could be entertaining
"... another fad that will be put to rest along with Google Glasses."
Whilst I still think Google Glass was/is a bad idea in so many ways, having two-year-old twins has often had me wishing for a means of taking photos without use of my hands! If Google had marketed them at parents instead of hipsters, history could have been very different! (I hope this doesn't give them any ideas...)
I recently bought two of the magnetic cable/connector combos. I'm not impressed, personally - the magnets are weak, so the flap on my phone cover pushes the cable laterally out of contact. On my tablet with no cover, the slightest twist in the cable will deranged the connection. Maybe I bought from a bad manufacturer, but I now have no confidence in the set up at all.
Re: Use case
"Or take the easier option - torch a dozen ambulances and cause a lot more deaths."
That's a blunt tool with a different type of outcome. The scenario you responded to is directed at an individual, probably with a specific reason. Your scenario is not directed at a specific target, but catches random others. To me, it would be part of a disruption of society, and, though I never use the term lightly*, would probably be classed as terrorist action.
*For example, I spent several minutes swearing at the TV for classing a Fiesta driver's actions as "terrorist" simply because of location and skin colour. Morons.
Re: Spot on sir.@cornz 1
"The nearest to "off-road" they ever get is going up the bloody kerb."
And that only to park in the most inconvenient place. My experience of posh 4WD drivers on the move is that they will always be at least 2 feet from the edge of the road - annoying when on a road that is two cars plus 18 inches wide...
British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage
Re: Big fines are just a cost of doing big business
"For example,... impose (for example) a ban on new customer sign up or new product sales to create a similar financial impact."
Interesting, but why hit consumer choice? Like it or not, most people who buy Android phones a) want an Android phone, and b) don't give a toss about all this stuff. Saying to EU citizens "We have decided that you cannot buy the phone you want for reasons we deem to be important but you don't" would be folly of the highest order.
I know from your extensive comments that would like to see the EU gone, but it seems two-faced of you to suggest a solution of a type that you would ordinarily criticise the EU for doing (so maybe you have an ulterior motive in this suggestion?)
What - you mean people who voted to leave the EU? Or maybe militant feminists? Since there is no other group with even the slightest possibility of "taking over", or even a desire to, I can only think you are writing hyperbolically. (Seriously, I know which group you are referring to, which means you are merely writing hyper-bollocks.)
Re: Killer feature maybe
A nice app for getting profiles on your phone is "Sound Profile". The guy who is responsible for it, Tony Corcanoe, is really helpful, and doesn't faff with it for no reason.
Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with the app, other than being a satisfied user for several years.
Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?
@JohnFen: Your comment about your requirements are exactly the same as mine! Can we really be the only two people who want something so straight-forward? ("What I want from a smartwatch:
week-long battery life
ability to act as an extension to my phone: see incoming calls and texts, see notifications, vibrate when a call or text arrives at my phone, display navigation directions.
That's about it.
What I don't want in a smartwatch: the ability to replace a smartphone.")
Re: What is it... @Shugyosha
I didn't know about the significance of triple parentheses until now (in fact, I don't recall having seen it before), but I had downvoted GumpenKraut based on what seemed to be unwarranted anger. I've corrected that to an upvote, and thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn something.
Agreed. I've said for years that the defaults should be Reply and CC, with Reply All and BCC more difficult to access, and given exactly your reason for why. I used to get most people agreeing with me, but now people don't seem to understand what I'm getting at - is it a function of Facebook/Twitter etc where people expect everyone else to be suffer every random thought?
PS I notice that the obligate downvoter is busy again!
Re: Not worth it to do business in Europe
I suspect a lot of the downvotes result from such risk-averse businesses making such a big deal. I don't know what you sell, but, if there is a market, it can grow. You seem to be throwing all that away out of fear. In all likelihood, you are compliant, and it is highly unlikely that a) you would get prosecuted anyway, and b) you seem to have missed the "up to" in the clause "up to 4%". This would be for the most egregious cases. You no doubt comply with much more stringent laws with a greater chance of significant fines every day of the week with no concern - but because there is something new, you are running scared.
A serious question - if one of the countries in which you do significant business brought in similar laws, would you cut them adrift? What about your state (I think you have said that most of you customers are local in previous posts)? Would you shut up shop because you don't want to comply with basic respect for people's data?
@AC: "... we set the rules ..." Who is this "we". I'm a British citizen, and no one asked me about giving the police so many powers to try out potentially invasive technology without proper oversight. If they did ask, I'd tell them that we left Peel's idea of policing by consent three decades ago, and it is time that we went back to it. I'd also tell them that we need to go back to the levels of police officers we had three decades ago, and that ACPO needs to be declared an illegal organisation. I'd also say that "... if you don't like it, you can fuck off to Russia".