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Posts by iamzippy
47 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Nov 2007
BBC places news chief and her deputy beyond use in Savile row
PHP devs lob second patch at super-critical CGI bug
Chrome beta promises super-fast URL loads
Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online
Climategate 2.0: Fresh trove of embarrassing emails
RIM to turn in BlackBerry-using looters after London riots
Gordon Ramsay sues father-in-law over alleged spyware plot
Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come
Kaspersky blocks BBC News over false phishing fears
Whatver Happened To 'Accessibility'?
The only visible accessibility feature on the new BBC News site is a 'help' link stuck to the footer like a fleck of dog turd. Not-so-accessible, methinks.
And, the only place where keyboard accessibility seems to work is... on the accessibility page itself ('My Web My Way, So F*ck You').
IIRC Beeb used to implement the same keyboard mapping as uk.gov. Well it's gone pear-shaped now.
Abigail's Windows 7 Party
ISP redesign unites the web in nausea
Ballmer's bid to swerve 'Vista Capable' row comes unstuck
Suck On My Chocolate Salty Ballmer, Judge
'I wasn't involved. I can't be responsible. I'm just the CEO.'
WTF? It's a Corporation getting sued here. Hope the DJ stays with this case to the end. She ain't suckin' nobody's balls, and Steve will learn to hate when his balls stick.
Paris, cuz she prolly prefers it out of the box.
Net pedants dismantle Quantum of Solace
It's Just 'Bourne' In A Tribute Stylee
Hey, it's make-believe 'in the style of'. Like so many UK TV series. 'Spooks', for example - nice, entertaining, but the influence is irrefutable. Incidental music and location: make it throb hand-held in a public railway station with everybody wired and tooled up and barely in focus, and you're sorted.
Liman and Greengrass surely made the new model for this genre, big time. Tip o'the hat to them.
Thumbs up because...
Microsoft's Red-Dog cloud turns Azure
Verity's further education
Airport baggage screener charged with stealing passengers' stuff
Emails show journalist rigged Wikipedia's naked shorts
Re H Burns: This Article Is Rubbish...
Quote: 'This article is rubbish'.
Interesting. Supremely easy comment to make.
Quote: '...conspiracymongering at its worst. No one can seriously dispute that the reckless policies of investment banks, combined with a shocking lack of serious regulation in the U.S...'
So, not an environment for actual, real conspiracies to thrive, then?
Quote: '...you do not say that he was in charge of public relations at Overstock.com during his "blogging" activities, Why did you conceal this from your readers?'
Conceal? What do you take the readership of El Reg to be, dude? We are all thick as pigshit? Is that your point? Is that all?
Our IT Crowd prize draw - we have a winner
Superfluid leak downs LHC for months
Police drop BT-Phorm probe
Today be talk like a pirate day
Quantum theme debuts on Radio 1
Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account
Re: Security Question - Why Oh Why Oh Why...
How many in your family know your mother's maiden name?
You should NEVER submit the true answer to any of those questions (pet name, first school, inside-leg, blah).
It's a key-value pair FFS, and you're the only one who knows what you set as the answer. That's the whole point. There is only one right answer, there's no true/false connection, and only you know what it is.
Q: Mother's maiden name? A: SHITC*NT-666
Likely not how most people would naturally find themselves thinking, but that's how it works.
Oz woman sold mobe with preloaded smut
Government kids database under fire, again
Scumbags punt Trojan with baby kidnap lure
Qinetiq trumpets midsummer robo solar-plane 'record'
Three found guilty of web extremism plot
Road Pricing 2.0 is two years away
@Paul Hurst Dammit!
Dude you keep rapping on about those gennies. So much detail, you must be using gennies for some purpose to know all that.
And for extra tax on fuel to piss you off so much, you have to be using commercial quantities.
So what are your gennies doing? I notice you've avoided going there.
What is it? Heat, light and irrigate a skunk farm? Has to be something similar, where you keep your business exes to y'self.
Malicious gossip could cost you your job
Google murders second Anonymous AdSense account
Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard
UK data watchdog gives Google spycar fleet the greenlight
High-priority patch fixes critical vulns in RealPlayer
RealPlayer Blows Sperm Whales
No RP on this box, so sharp intake of breath anytime I ask WMP to play a video from the BBC site, feckin thing either does nothing or crashes browsers left right and centre. End Task, Don't Send, Beam Me Up, etc.. Open in new window? Takes parent out with it, God damn.
Last Friday, WMP wouldn't play Kermode's live stream on R5. Desperate, stuck the URL into VLC and it played just fine. Quirky I'll admit, but it gets better with each release.
Shove RP where the sun don't shine. Where's the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy icon?
Another police website hacked
Biofuel backlash prompts Brussels back-pedal
Clarkson's 'steal my ID' stunt backfires
Sony BMG to drop Custer stance on DRM
Drivers on the phone face the slammer
Disqualify the Swines
This is not new legislation, just a shift in the guidelines, folks. CPS has been made aware that it's let too many offenders off kinda lightly. That's my take on it.
I'm an ex ADI with BSM. I learned on the job that the visual and physical co-ordination required to control a moving car is not something all people are blessed with to the same extent. IMHO there is such a thing as 'motor dyslexia' (that's 'motor' as in 'moving your limbs').
Co-ordination in motor function is linked to your 'kinaesthetic sense', which is something that people who can fly helicopters (black or otherwise) have in abundance.
The extent of one's peripheral vision is also part of the mix. Testing the extent of your peripheral vision was part of lesson #1 if I taught you to drive. I got to be very aware of what would put a learner on the fast track or in the slow lane to a driving licence. I would even observe how you walk. If your right arm advanced in sync with your right leg, I made a note, you bet. Ex-squaddies will know where I'm coming from with that.
OK, cut to the chase. There are too many things in an individual's makeup, dictating what sort of driver they are or can be, to legislate for.
I dare say that some people are talented enough to juggle ping-pong balls on their eyebrows while they're driving, but that doesn't mean it's a good thing to do.
The licence is a privilege. If you offend even under the existing legislation, the courts already have the power to take you off the road.
Short of an event involving death or injury, i.e. manifestly dangerous driving, jailing should not be an option. Society picks up that tab.
Make the offenders pay all the price, do all the suffering. Mess their lives up real bad; domestically, socially, job-wise, down the toilet.
Take them off the road. Disqualification. It's a no-brainer.
To demonstrate how far off the pace just about every driver is, here's three questions that I've not yet heard answered correctly even by a driving instructor:
1. What is a ROAD?
2. What is a ROAD USER?
3. What is a HAZARD?