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Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos
I was about to suggest Perl or Brainfuck... on the basis that they're equally incomprehensible to English speakers. Or maybe what we need is an Esperanto of programming languages, that takes all the "best" bits from other languages (programming and spoken)...
10 VOID MAIN()
30 ALLEZ AU LIGNE 10
...and so on...
That Chrome error message is dangerously misleading.
The error message shown in the article - “Attackers might be trying to steal your information” is not just wrong, it’s dangerously misleading and I think Google should be ashamed.
A more honest error message would be “This site is being vouched for by someone who’s no longer trustworthy”, or some riff on that theme.
Equating “we no longer trust this cert” with “this cert is a forgery and this site is up to no good” is going to backfire. Users will phone the RAC/Natwest etc, be told “yeah, don’t worry, it’s just Chrome, there’s nothing unsafe about our site” and...next time they see a (genuine) phishing alert, will pooh-pooh it.
Yes, I understand that users don’t read error messages/warnings, and that those messages must be kept simple. But that can be harmful.
Am I the only one who has this concern?
Re: Iran issues
Iran is "so far away", according to A Flock of Seagulls...
"...in several cases, returns are now exceeding sales, a phenomenon we have never seen before..."
"Sir! We've had over 50,000 returns."
"Well, uh, we only sold 30,000 in the first place. And, um, we only made 40,000..."
(cue Twilight Zone music)
Yeah yeah, I know, the quote refers to rate of returns vs. sales, not cumulative quantities, but it was an amusing mental image.
Re: Why not openVPN?
Credas Their Android client is easy to use (unlike their woeful Linux effort),
Out of interest, why do you say that? I have their Linux client on my Mint-running NAS box, and honestly it seems to be pretty good. Right-click the system tray icon, select preferred tunnel, boom, job done & it's connected. I've not had any reliabilty issues and the UI seems perfectly adequate.
Re: Bought laptop from Dell online - pre-configured with Linux
AC Who the fuck shops at PC World?!
Guilty as charged, m'lud, but in mitigation: only when no compelling alternative presents itself. On my increasingly rare visits back to the UK I will occasionally drop in on old friends who live near Portsmouth. I do tech support for them. What alternative is there to PC World when you need to get a new laptop/NAS box/external HDD on a Sunday, and you're only going to be there for 5 hours?
For less urgent stuff, of course, I've been steering them towards Scan or Amazon for years.
Re: Sharp Practice
@Halfmad - thank you, and an upvote, purely for the Proustian rush of reminiscence you've just given me, about the happy times I spent with my succession of Amigas - back when computing was fun. Still remember my A500 with great fondness, and the thrill I felt when I finally was able to get a 4000/030 (a whole 25MHz! if I recall correctly, which I probably don't). Must get my A1200 out of storage soon for old times' sake.
Now, back I go to wrestling with Windows 10 and its incessant insistence on updating me to a version I neither need nor want. Grrrrr.
Re: Much easier to get a robot ...
Very posh - in bog standard comps the circulating mags were the likes of Fiesta, Escort, Knave (better include one that was not a Ford car model) etc
Aaah, that's where I went wrong. As a confused 8-year-old I misunderstood things, and spent my time browsing Ford car brochures.
To this day I'm partial to a good Probe. Haven't got to the stage of going after Kugas yet though.
Re: Darwin Award?
Yeah, in the spectrum of criminality this seems to be on a par with "hand-forging 1p pieces" in terms of effort:risk:reward ratio (as in "I've spent WEEKS on it, but am proud to say I now have a perfect facsimile of a 1penny piece, so good that it'll fool anyone, muhahahaha".)
Any other examples of ill-conceived crime?
Re: Hello Mr Corfield!
Insurance companies give no claims credit, why not rental companies?
Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence.
Re: Not the Eye of Sauron....
Beat me to it. May you be banished to the wastelands of Penhill.
But have an upvote anyway!
Re: Still only 1080 Vertical
Yep, I read that far and lost interest. 1080 is a lower vertical resolution than the CRT monitor I had 20 years ago.
I'm currently lucky enough to be using an Acer 34" curved QHD monitor - at 3440x1440, it has a FAR more useful resolution than the one reviewed here.
Re: Waste of money.
Which leads to the question, how would you tell if a turd found on a London street was actually from a werewolf*? And who'd be brave enough to confront the culprit?
I'd certainly want lawyers, guns and money...
*well, apart from the bits of little old lady and chinese food in it, of course
Lusty You have to click "later" and then "remind me later" EVERY FUCKING DAY on an Apple device.
As this is Apple, and everything they make is designed to be user-friendly, there is of course a workaround for this - at least on IOS devices. Simply fill up your device with music/video etc to the point where it can't fit the updated OS image file (usually a GB or two) and that will stop the nagging, which only begins once it's successfully downloaded the image.
See? Simple. It Just Works(TM). Isn't that super.
Re: I'm going to name all my USB sticks:
Along the right lines, but insufficiently evil.
Why not $(rm -rf /) ?
Re: The Assagne option
it's going to be harder in the end
Is it really "economically infeasible"?
Sure, mailing out a cheque/check to every one of 129 million people would cost far in excess of 4 cents per person. But that's 19th century thinking (like so much of the legal system, natch)
In this era of online banking how much does it really cost to e-transfer $0.04 to 129 million accounts?
1) build the list of class plaintiffs with their bank account details
2) initiate the transfers
3) ??? e-banking magic happens here, possibly involving underpants gnomes
4) any plaintiffs that don't have bank accounts or care more about the principle than the money, transfer their slice to a charity of their choosing.
I fail to see how that could cost any more than a few tens of thousands at most.
Am I being naïve?
AC Lets face it clippy thought I was writing a letter when I was categorising and listing my mp3 collection so I expect this to be equally useless.
Well, fair enough, it's an understandable mistake if you were cataloguing your Beatles tracks...
I want to tell you,
All you need is love,
And I love her.
Ask me why,
All my loving,
-Johnny B. Goode.
P.S. I love you."
Re: Perfect Solution
That dumb joke is deafinitely tasteless and has sent me into a blind rage!
ectel Sorry Mr. Leggett...
Was that Headingham School?
Those who remember a certain Mr Fisher teaching Physics at the Kings School Chester circa 1990 will be chuckling at this point.
1) Teachers shouldn't fiddle absent-mindedly with large capacitors while teaching,
2) certainly not ones that have been charged from the bench 12v supply,
3) and when the inevitable happens and the fly leads make (loud, sparky, shocky) contact, said teacher should have the presence of mind not to say "FUCK" very loudly in front of 25 wide-eyed, innocent and hitherto uncorrupted boys who had of course NEVER heard such naughty words before or used them.
Re: Hate speech is...
AC Maybe the hieroglyphs were ancient Egyptian social media, that explains all the cats.
What we think were their deities were actually Ancient Egyptian emoji.
To express Disapproval: Tut, Tut
...Approval: Ra! Ra!
...Trolling: How is Babi formed?
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go for Apis.
(I'd like to thank the Wikipedia List of Egyptian Deities for allowing me to spin this joke out way past the point it should have ended.)
Re: I want off this rock...
"Oh freddled gruntbuggly, thy micturations are to me,
as plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee..."
Never mind the Vogons, I'd listen to recitations by the Azgoths of Kria (Grunthos the Flatulent, RIP) if it would get me a lift off this planet.
Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings' stuff, on the other hand... *shudder*
Dunno about more recent stuff, but I found that the previous version of WINE ran (Microsoft Studio's, ironically) Age of Mythology game on Linux better than the game runs under Windows 10 on the same hardware. Yeah, one data point, anecdotal, take it as you will.
Maybe it was one of the several in-theater endings of Clue, but got cut from the DVD release?
Re: What is the name of the border to the south?
...can someone please tell the FBI (also other federal agencies, the UK government, etc) that it's not 1996 any more?
It cyber-gets on my cyber-tits.
(even if we can only drag them into the early 2000s by getting them to use the ePrefix - "e-skills", etc - it'll be progress, I suppose)
Re: ability to innovate
You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means. </bad spanish accent>
Sorry, I've known too many Spaniards to take your word on that.
The icon is for the Dread Pirate Roberts -->
The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.
Hands up who didn't hear that sentence in the voice of Montgomery Scott.
If you now have your hand up, you're a liar and fooling no-one :)
Trivia: in that same film, the elevator on the Excelsior was voiced by Leonard Nimoy. And with that factoid, your life is now complete.
.."Fantasy coins"... thank you, I thought I was the only person in the entire world who hadn't been swept up in
Mind you, it could be argued that traditional fractional reserve banking is no less "imaginary".
I used to invest in old rusty Italian cars - Tipos, Pandas, Stradas - until I realized that fiat currency is no good either.
That Store screenshot is depressing and alarming
If Microsoft's store curators can't (or won't) even weed out obvious shitware like "GoGo Chome" and "Saffari Browser" then what are the odds that they're thoroughly scanning the apps for malware?
I mean, "curated, safe, trustworthy" are pretty much the only reasons a user might download from an app store rather than a website.
Frankly, looking at that screenshot, I'd feel safer downloading my windows software from the Pirate Bay (which has a pretty effective peer review system*)
* so I've heard. Allegedly. I wasn't there, you can't pin anything on me.
Funny story - many years ago my grandmother was reviewing our new house with a critical eye.
"What this room needs," she said imperiously, "is one of those dildo rails around the walls..."
She couldn't understand why we were all sniggering fit to burst.
(she meant, of course, "dado rail", for those who don't get it)
Re: Suitable alternatives
if my only alternative to porn was a Dali or Picasso, then I shudder to think how I would have turned out. That stuff is definitely not normal.
You don't find elephants with 40-foot long spider legs, melting pocket-watches, or screaming horses, sensual and erotic? You weirdo. Now if you'll excuse me I need to take a cold shower.
@Voland's right hand ...in a blue chip company.
Ho ho. I see what you did there.
OK, cleverclogs ML algorithm
Classify THIS roof:
Re: Expect better than this from the reg
Teiwaz Monty Python Accountant : ' Not in this part of Escher.'
Esher = town in Surrey, often the butt of Python jokes
Escher = artist specialising in dimension-bending optical illusions
Me = pedantic spelling pedant
Lies, damn lies and PR quotes
" IBM currently has about 25,000 job openings around the world"
Translation: 1 security guard job in Hursley to prevent looting of the empty building, and 24,999 "service delivery specialist" jobs in Bangalore/Lagos/Ho Chi Minh City.
Re: Derek & Clive "unidexter"
PhilipN "One of the best one-liners in history."
Also in the running... Police Squad's
"I know this is a difficult time for you ma'am - we'd have come earlier, but your husband wasn't dead then."
There's a flock of sheep graze in the grounds.
It's not the gormless sheep that they worry about around there - it's the cagey bee.
Re: Oregon is a nanny state
Beaverton: Is it safe to make jokes about the town's name?
At least interesting stuff happens occasionally in Beaverton. There's at least one Oregon town that's... Boring.
Re: Oregon is a nanny state
Gene, I respectfully disagree! Given that the natural climate here in Oregon (well, the western part at least) is cold/damp and miserable for half the year, I am happy to have someone pump gas for me while I stay in my nice warm car. In years of living here, I've never heard anyone complain about not being able to pump their own. In fact it's the reverse - when we go out-of-state we grumble about having to do it.
Every so often it comes up on the state ballot sheet, pushed by the oil companies: "would you like to switch to self-service gas? it'll result in cheaper gas prices!". And everytime, the good folk of Oregon look across the state line to Washington, Idaho or California, see equal-or-higher gas prices there, and realize that self-service would just pad the oil companies' profits. So the measure gets consistently voted down.
Anyway, the real reason this story happened is because it's Beaverton. It's a very anti-motorist municipality with crazy strict speed limit enforcement and cameras. Almost like being in the UK, in fact - a place that really does deserve the term "nanny state".
...they've adopted the Scrum(py) development model.
Re: Nice to see some backbone here
Like the BMW the LEVC is electric with a "generator" acting as a "range extender"
Well, on that principle, my car is also green. It has a 12v battery that gives it limited electric-only range (as long as I crank the starter motor with it in gear) and an inline-6, 3-litre, 325hp range extender motor.
No need to thank me, Mother Gaia. Just happy to do my bit.
Re: Apple's security model is utterly broken
No, my point was that I COULD prove to them who I was, but they still need 2 weeks to decide whether to grant me access.
But hey, if you get off on insulting complete strangers over the internet, bully for you.
Apple's security model is utterly broken
Posting this here because it's vaguely relevant and I've been looking for an excuse to get it off my chest.
Earlier this week I needed to download an update for my Mac. Realized I'd forgotten my iCloud password. Went to apple.com to initiate a reset... apparently, although they have my email address, my d.o.b, my phone number and much else...the only way they would allow me to reset my password was by giving them the number of a credit card, which expired 2 years ago and I hence don't have.
Step by step I went further into the quicksand swamp that is apple's security pages.
Long story short - I have been emailed by them to tell me that they might deign to reset my password and unlock my account on the 14th of this month. Yes, that's right, they are making me wait TWO FUCKING WEEKS to get access to my account.
Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!
Geoffrey W - we seem to be turning this thread into our own version of the Old Grey Whistle Test.
Jack Johnson is a contemporary singer/songwriter. The track I mentioned sounds rather like mid-70s Paul Simon ("Mother and Child Reunion", etc.), for better or worse - it's on Youtube if you care to listen. And I agree re Melanie! Besides, everyone knows Brand New Key was just a rip-off of the Wurzels. (...trollface icon for a reason...). Fairport Convention also excellent (Matty Groves, Rising for the Moon, Fotheringay).
Other good-but-lesser-known? 70s tracks I'd suggest you might check out: Medicine Head ("Rising Sun"), Labi Siffre (listen to "I got the..." from the 1m49s mark and reflect on how much royalties he's earning from Eminem), Bob Seger ("Turn the Page"), Don Fardon ("Indian Reservation"), Tanya Tucker's version of "Blood Red and Goin' Down", and J.J.Cale (whose version of "After Midnight" I think I prefer to Clapton's cover).
Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!
Geoffrey W "While it may be true there is a lot of dross in every decade, there are few decades that can compare with the highs of the 70's except maybe the 60's. "
Agreed. Plus, I'll argue that by the 70s, recording technology had pretty much reached a great standard, after the crackle-and-fuzz of the 30s-early 60s.
But what would I know? My friends would say that having me opine on matters of music is like asking Dwayne Dibbley for his guidance on power-dressing.
I offer as proof my last 3 music
Melanie - Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
Cat Stevens - Father & Son
Jack Johnson - My Mind is for Sale
Stop sniggering. Anyone else here brave enough to offer their own list?
Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!
Phew. For a moment there, Stevie, I thought you were going to give some examples of bad 80s music.
Just kidding. And yes I know the pop/rock distinction thank you. My point was that there was a lot of utter dross in the 70s.. just like every decade before and since.
Re: the 70's? *ANYTHING* but the 70's!
John Lilburne Lets just say that the decade started with "Bitches Brew" - now let the millennials top that.
Counterpoint, or "hot take" or whatever the kids say these days: Terry Wogan and The Floral Dance. Middle Of The Road. Boney M. Dan The Banjo Man. Demis Roussous.
And that's just a small selection of the more cringeworthy stuff from my MP3 70's folder!
But on the other hand, The Undertones, Strawbs, Motorhead (can't do the metal umlaut on my current keyboard, sorry), Fleetwood Mac's golden era.... hmm. I am conflicted.