1175 posts • joined 17 Jan 2011
In solidarity with Assange
Colvin blows the whistle on Courage. Where this will end one can only imagine.
Advertising Dept In Mass Panic
There are some new Chromebook ads running on TV over here, and they specifically target Windows error pop-ups and the BSOD. Will be interesting to see how they work their way back from that marketing strategy. "All the power of Google with all the inconveniences of Windows!" Maybe with a photo of Big Brother as the default desktop background image?
What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Who says you can't make this stuff up? Is Johnny Depp old enough to play Nicolas in Part 2?
Re: What if you don't allow JS at all?
No shit Sherlock, you can wait until Hell freezes overI would pay -- PAY -- for a browser that would say that out loud to the owners of sites that require enabling scripting to view them.
Glad to see
Winnie the Pooh Xi Jinping get a well-deserved slap down. When Nixon "opened the door" to China by legitimizing the Mao regime (while the Cultural Revolutionaries brainwashed thugs were still murdering anyone who knew more than they did), many of us who had reached the age of consciousness knew no good would come of it. Western Capitalism, who thought they saw a gold mine in cheap Chinese labor and a willingly-complicit government organized criminal enterprise can surely take credit for Xi Jinpooh. Like so many other chickens hatched for similar greedy reasons, that one will eventually come home to roost.
In a way, worse than Pearl Harbor
So the story goes, the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise. Now we know the attacks are ongoing and we even know the targets. But the response from the White House continues to be "meh." Note to self: Stock up on batteries and candles.
Re: The funnier Google related story today,....
We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are approaching the end times and Jesus' return (Google wouldn't lie, would they?)I'm putting off transitioning my site to HTTPS.
Owe you one
Best of luck, Simon. You'll be missed.
Re: Seems obvious ...
Couldn't people just stop dropping phones, rather than relying on phones not breaking when dropped?Next you'll be telling us to stop using this kind of glass.-------->
Re: Wouldn't it be nice ..
What would be nice is, when people are shooting video, they'd hold the damned phone horizontal.
The butcher, the baker....
And the moral is, don't get your meat where you get your bread.
Re: The real test
( The Americans don't care though as evolution has left them devoid of tasteFTFY
The real test
Will come when it can tell the difference between horse piss and American Budweiser. Meeelions of Americans can't.
Re: Typical post modern bolx
Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!
"CIA warns of Cyber War" Wow, they sure missed it on that one. The vulture icon was pretty rad, though.
Don't miss the sidebar
Right away, the home page looked friendlier. The sidebar was distracting. Good job!
Re: Every IETF document needs its errata
When using the pedant icon, check you work...
Maybe he was very drunk at the time he typed that (hic).
Flash Security Update?
I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked!
So we can fill your seat
What are they going to do, shanghai people off the street?
No worries, Congress
Artificial Intelligence will never replace politicians. AI implies there is natural intelligence to replace.
NY Daily News, FWIW
I use uBlock Origin and ScriptBlock, in Chrome. My laptop has two mouse buttons and a touchpad, so I installed a middle-click simulator. Pressing both buttons simultaneously simulates the middle button on a mouse.
The New York Daily News was recently bought by the same outfit that owns the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. After the acquisition, whenever I middle-clicked on a link from the Daily News home page to an article, the middle-click simulator stopped working, on any site. The only solution was to reboot the laptop. This problem has never appeared anywhere else. I stopped reading the Daily News, and the quality of my life has not been diminished.
Re: They could have used the "He said Jehova" excuse instead
Netflix comms boss Jonathan Friedland sacked over 'N-word'.Presumably, the word was not Netflix.
PFY: "Wish I was a degenerate alcoholic"
Many are called, but few are chosen. When you've calculated how many bottled beers to consume before the new keg is ready, I'd say you're well on your way.
Re: A small question
I've spent the last three months (summer break) reading every BOFH episode since '95 (or '88 counting the Striped Irregular Bucket series), so, yep!My advice is, avoid elevators and windows.
Re: A small question
Does anybody know how can I contact Simon Travaglia? I have a small question to him, but he seems to be inaccessible via email.Have you been reading BOFH long? People who annoy Simon may find themselves on the road. Just before a cab passes.
A cab passes.
A Hemingway moment!
Wish I could argue
Yes, Americans will just suck it up. A new user on my forum suggested moving it to Facebook. After I shot that down, he began posting links to his FB pages. I have every FB URL I could find blocked in my hosts file, so I had to shut him down again. I need to check links in posts to make sure they're kosher. The point is, this guy must have read the recent negative press on FB and privacy, yet not only does he continue to use it, he promotes it!
The world's fastest supercomputer. And it could be brought down by an unpatched installation of Adobe Flash.
Build The Wall!
We're going to build a wall to Mars! It will be yuge! The best wall ever! And the Martians will pay for it!
"We love developers, and we love open source developers,"
I love chicken, but that doesn't mean one should come anywhere near me when I'm hungry.
Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things
If Trump were in bed with the Russians, using an unsecured phone to chat up his pals at FNC makes perfect sense. Not to say he's deliberately acting against U.S. interests. More likely he's acting in his own. There is some history to support this allegation.
Maybe we need to get the BOFH and the PFY involved. There's no problem that can't be solved with judicious application of a cattle prod or a short trip out the window.
In other news
Ivanka Trump's brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found.
Wishing to keep this conversation polite and civil, I will just put this out there :I appreciate your courtesy. People in Europe justifiably get angry when they think the U.S. is sticking its nose into their affairs. As a money-losing, U.S.-centric site that extends the courtesy of association to people all over the world, I fail to see why I must exert myself to track down EU users to comply with the EU's declaration. I don't get to vote in Europe.
You have had two years to find the motivation to implement GDPR measures in your systems.
The site costs me something like $100 a year plus time spent installing updates, approving new members and fixing broken links in posts, and I get nothing from it but the pleasure of providing a place for like-minded hobbyists to hang out and compare notes. I never asked anyone from Europe to sign up anyway. Worst case, I click the little check-box that shuts down the board and go do something else with my time. Requiring non-commercial, non-EU-based sites to comply is BS.
I own a phpBB-based discussion group. Hosting, registration and the owner himself are in the U.S. But I have users in Europe. I could sift through the member list looking for EU IPs and request they opt-in, but I lack motivation. I mostly use PMs to contact users, and most of the time, users initiate contact with me, to complain about something over which I have no control. So I posted a Privacy Notice and let it go at that. I mean, really, what are my risks? Will the EU send a hit team after me? Now, extradition to Paris I could handle. There are a lot of non-commercial phpBB boards over here. I'd be interested in knowing what others are doing to comply, or if they even care.
Vulture Central leads the way!
Here at El Reg we've been voting on content for years. Nothing new about that. Lately, the media have been voting against Tesla. Boo-hoo. If Elon doesn't address the self-driving issues, shareholders and car shoppers will be voting with their wallets.
Re: Feeding the need
Don't forget the material wealth that many of the preachers promise to their followers. Basically a First World version of cargo cults.
In the SW U.S., where I am at the moment, there are TV commercials for "Peter Popoff" (you can't make this stuff up). He offers to send you a container of spiritual water that guarantees you great financial gain. Doing some research (what, me, cynical?), you'll discover you're supposed to sprinkle the water on a check and mail it to PP. In return, great financial wealth will come your way. The TV commercial features totally believable testimonials from people who allegedly followed instructions.
These charlatans aren't proof that religion is always a scam. But if I were $deity, I wouldn't wait until Judgement Day to wipe out the competition. So my message to them is, "The fact that you still exist is proof that what you claim to represent does not exist."
Feeding the need
Somewhere on U.S. Highway 90, in panhandle Florida or Alabama, I saw a roadside sign with an arrow pointing up a driveway, offering "Drive Thru Prayer." As long as there are god-bothering believers, there will be charlatans ready to feed their fear and addiction.
Re: Impressive use of orbital design to extend probe life without increasing weight.
Translation please John Smith.He was very drunk at the time.
Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed
Re: Early information
One point constantly raised when discussing the U.S.'s "gun problem" is a comparison with the UK, Canada, Australia, or all three. Maybe because we all sort of speak the same language. The U.S. fought a war to get out of the Commonwealth. We don't have a monarchy, but we have two legislative bodies. It's easy to blame the NRA and claim the NRA is the problem. The NRA is a membership organization. Yes, they lobby the legislature, just like Big Oil and Big Agriculture. So, is the problem the NRA or the laws regarding lobbying? If the majority of Americans want more gun control, they have a method to get it. It's called "voting." I can remember anti-gun campaigns dating back 60 years. Simply stating the obvious doesn't make me part of the problem. The Texas shooter, BTW, didn't use one of those dreaded "assault rifles" (a term invented by the anti-gun movement); he used a shotgun and a revolver. Should his father be charged for letting him get to them? Maybe, but good luck with that in Texas.
The U.S. is in a hell of a mess. The president is a gangster, and 40% of the population still supports him. Unfortunately, a significant portion of that 40% are pro-gun. Wishful thinking for simple solutions isn't going to work. You aren't going to solve one part of American cultural dysfunction without solving most of the other parts. As I said, I only stated the obvious. If the majority of Americans rose up and demanded Congress get rid of the entire Trump regime, I might see some hope on the gun front. You don't cure disease by treating the symptoms. School shootings are only the symptom of a much larger problem engulfing the U.S.
Re: Early information
"9 thumbs down"
Wow, I've hit a nerve. Some people have been trying to further regulate guns in the U.S. for more than 60 years. I've seen it myself. Anyone who thinks there's a quick and easy 'fix' is deluded. My post was simply a statement of fact. Meanwhile, the media are swarming all over the Texas school, so the shooter has gotten all the fame and glory he craved. Somewhere in America, the next "troubled youth" is laying plans to out-do him. Having a free press doesn't mean they have to try to out-do themselves glorifying these creeps.
Is that the shooter used his father's guns. The father was presumably not a victim of mental-health issues. He probably missed the signs that his kid was about to go off the rails. Texas is a very pro-gun state, so good luck getting its citizens to prevent their kids from taking a pistol or shotgun out for a ride. As the kid was only 17, he couldn't legally buy a handgun. But how can you absolutely prevent a messed-up kid from raiding the gun save?
Please don't say, "Ban all guns," or something akin to that. It may have worked in the UK and parts of the Commonwealth, but it isn't going to happen in the U.S.
Maybe if the perps got less spectacular coverage, the wannabes would be less inclined to try to outdo them. The recent spike in shootings looks an awful lot like a few losers trying to get their names in the news.
The gift that keeps on giving
John, we'll miss you when you're gone.
Re: 'There once was a time when [INSERT NAME HERE] were heroic figures'
Reminds me a lot of this... Talk about high hopes:Once the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Dr.
There once was a time when Wikileaks/Assange were heroic figures. Now we see Assange is just an expensive dick. The moral is, value the work people do, but don't be too quick to bestow laurels upon the people themselves.
The multiverse is a good explanation
for where my car went when I can't find it after a few ----------->
Shirley, they will christen it with French bubbly.
There are ads on YouTube?