...this is what you get for voting in a communist government. You all wanted it, because you voted for it. Twice.
So fuck you all. STFU and reap what you sowed.
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"Hansen has called for energy industry executives to be jailed for dissenting from the man-made warming hypothesis"
Well, if you think for yourself outside of authorised party lines, then that's a thought crime, and you will need to go to the Ministry of Love to have your party love restored. This can take a few months to a few years. It depends on the individual. But they all succomb in the end.
Or jail. Whichever, really.
It's not so surprising if you think of 'Climate Change' as a religion. Which is it. At one point we burned blasphemers, and the Spanish burned and crushed non-believers. The hysteria repeats itself...
"He doesn't believe in climate change*, burn him, BURN HIM**"
* other completely un-provable religions, beliefs, deities and idioms are available.
** other greener, lower-carbon footprint alternatives are available.
I'm not so sure.
I mean, I'm a Windows user, alway shave been, because that's what I'm used to. The reason I don't use is Linux is nothing at all to do with my hating it. On the contrary, it's cool.
However, I recently installed Ubuntu on a whim (free magazine disk) and was seriously impressed. Totally painless install. Everything just worked. Bloody good.
Recently I bought I netbook. On purpose I bought an Acer Aspire One with LINUX, not Windows.
I ran Open Office on it the other night (comes pre-installed) and I was Seriously Fucking Impressed.
Microsoft: Be worried.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, from a (non-biased) Windows user :-)
In a company that size, how could he get away with it without the HR department raising eyebrows?
Can you imagine him making 13,000 direct calls to the HR manager?
"Ah good morning again!"
"Oh hello sir, how can I help you this morning?"
"Well, i've got another person i'd like you to hire please. I've interviewed him directly and given him the job. I'll email you the details."
"That's fine sir. Am I to assume that his salary will be paid into the same bank account as all the others?"
"Er, yes, yes that's fine."
"Very good sir"
So, either the HR director knew, in which case he/she is complicit and should also be implicated, or it's a load of rubbish. Which one is it?
...where America leads, the rest of the world will follow...
Oh the Irony.
In the UK, the NuLab Reich have been hammering the motorist for ten years - speed cameras (another tax), road tax, tax on insurance, VAT on insurance, tax at the fuel pump, toll roads, pay-as-you-drive, pay to park, and congestion charge. So, the public gives in, says "OK, you win, sod it, it's too expensive, I'm not buying another car." Now, they're propping up the foreign owned car companies with cash injections (yet they weren't interested in saving Rover) and telling us to go out and buy cars that are too expensive to run because of the fuckton of tax placed on them, that we don't need with money we haven't got and credit that we can't obtain.
Next, they'll place seventeen fucktons of tax on petrol and diesel cars to force us to go out and buy electric cars that we don't want, with money that we don't have. The *incentive* will be it's less tax hungry. The line spun at you by the government will be 'it's more green'. Which leads me onto my next point: Electricity capacity. Where is all the leccy gonna come from when World + Dog squared plugs in his car at night to charge it up for the morning? Say goodbye to the 'off-peak' electricity rate, as the rate of electricity consumed during the night while the nation sleeps dwarfs daylight consumption.
Will there *really* be a market for more spectrum? Didn't the mobile companies bid a fuckton of cash for spectrum, only to find the that buying public seriously couldn't give a shit about watching Eastenders on a 1 inch square screen on the tube on the way home from work. Who's going to buy it? And if they do, what are they going to do with it. I think the public have very aptly deomstrated their apathy towards mobile 'services'.
To put it another way: ZZZZZzzzzzzz......
...the boffins take a rather simplistic view of this methinks.
Sure, I would agree, dumping effectively 8 pentium cores (i.e. complex devices) on a single dye, you'll very quickly come up against the core/IO celing - there are only a certain number of pins you can economically place on the device.
The problem isn't the concept of multi-cores, it's the design of them.
The current 'big gun' chip manufacturers are simply taking their years old processors, and shoehorning 4, 6 or 8 onto a dye. Fail.
As a case in point, take a look at Intellasys (I don't work for them and am not associated with them in any way) and their SEAForth40C18 chip. Chuck Moore has managed to fit 40 (yes, forty) simple processors, each one with it's own ROM and RAM onto a single chip the size of a postage stamp. Only the cores around the edge of the chip have access to the pins, so careful thought and planning is required to maximise the efficiency of your application (specifically how you spread you application out across the cores). The performance, if you design your application correctly is, frankly, of biblical proportions.
And of course, the human level knowledge to leverage the power of these devices already exists - any of you that did any work on the Inmos chips in the 90's will know what I mean.
Just because the 'big boys' have hit the core/performance ceiling, doesn't mean Moore's law is bust - others are making huge progress.
...if it didn't cost an absolute fuckton of money to secure one IP rights, companies would be more inclined to go down that route.
The truth is it costs a megafuckton of wonga to get a patent, and your product will *still* be ripped off by some chinese sweat shop who couldn't give a flying fuck about your IP.
UK businesses know this already. Why don't the government?
... if you are proved innocent they will just move your entry in the database to the 'deleted persons' database. Think of it as a 10TB Recycle Bin.
Then they will draft some guidelines/leglisation that says something like "access to the Deleted Persons Database shall be protected by a warrant only to be granted by a senior Police Officer, and shall be restricted to cases where extensive searching of the 'active database' has proved fruitless."
That will get the Human Rights brigade off their back. And you'll be just as fecked then as you are now.
Mine's the one with North Korea Residents Visa application form in the pocket.
Give up. Just comply. Resistance is futile.
Really enjoying this stuff.
A few things I would like to add to the mix, in no particular order:
1) IMHO, one of the biggest problems is the skill sets of the 'new generation' of programmers. I had a graduate who apparently was a Java guru. Yet he had no concept of ASCII. He did not understand *how* toLower (or LCase in VB) *actually* worked. To him, it was just 'magic black box' stuff.
2) Given the above, if we gave that graduate, say, a 40 core Intellasys processor (which are available now, off the shelf, yes, *FORTY* cores), what would he do with it?
3) All of the above does not mean that this graduate is thick/stupid/whatever. Actually, he was really bright, and has gone on to do well. However, the standard of his degree course at university was appalling. Until we can get back to 'brass tacks' in the educational side of things, we are not going to produce people with the *knowledge* (note: not talent; you are born with talent) to take the latest multi-core processors and do something truly radical, and ground breaking with them.
4) One day, I got two graduates together. I put the following to them:
"We need to build a computer system that can control a radio telescope. A big huge fucking radio telescope. Not only will it control the movement of the dish in real time in order to track moving objects in the sky, it must also gather the data received from the telescope and store it so that it can be reviewed in real time, online, by multiple users at the same time. Furthermore, the data should be stored historically and available for instant recall so that comparisons can be made with older data. All this, while ensuring that the telescope is moved efficiently, without burning out the motors in the drive gear. What do you suggest?"
They came up with credible solutions, none of which were wrong particularly, and were a reflection on modern programming/system analysis thought trends...
"Well, we'll use a few computers... One for an SQL database, one for tracking the telescope, and one for viewing data."
"Ok, great. But that's an awful lot of processing power. How will they communicate with each other?"
"Using XML over a LAN."
"Yes that will work. But if you use XML, you will need an XML parser, and code to package your data into XML packets - some sort of object model..."
"Yes, we will abstract each item of data into objects, these can remoted over the LAN using SOAP."
"Ok, its sounding pretty cool. XML is really only useful though when you need to share your data with third parties, where it needs to travel through firewalls, and be parsable by another machine that may not necessarily be running the same platform as you. We're talking about a system that is self contained, connected via a switch. Couldn't we just use sockets and our own protocol? Wouldn't that be much more efficient?"
"Well yeah, but, that would be difficult..."
Then I leave them goggle eyed when I say, "actually guys, I'm pulling your chain. This problem has already been solved. In 1971. By Chuck Moore. He did the whole thing on one PDP-11 with a single disk drive and 32K of RAM."
Sometimes, I really do think we've gone backwards.
Mines the one with the "Threaded Interpretive Languages" (1981) book in it. Sometimes we should go back and read the old stuff, lest it not be forgotten. It might teach us something.
Sounds like a victory for common sense and decency. Great stuff.
However, I must admit that there is a part of me that simply doesn't trust our government, or our police force.
We've all seen in recent years how our authoritarian and draconian government have 'turned' our police force against the public they serve. In my mind, and it brings me pain to say it, the police are now 'the enemy of the state', second only to our goverment.
Are the police these days not simply an instrument of government to crack down on it's public, removing free choice and free will? Are they not simply government sanctioned censors? ("You can't say that. You can do that. You can't think that. You can't take that photograph here." etc.) It seems to me they are.
Our government/police (I've concatenated the two words, because I now believe them to be one and the same) have, it seems, quite literally taken leave of thier senses. One local force in Scotland has taken it upon themselves (they presumably see it as their responsibility) to hand out flip-flops to local drunk women out on the town "because they might hurt themselves while walking home without some sensible footware". Meanwhile, your house is getting burgled, while some copper on the high-street is saying "Ooh, you look like a size 5 love, and this colour matches your skirt beautifully!"
And therefore, with a heavy heart, I have to say, that even with this ruling in the European courts, I simply do not trust our police or government to delete this information from their databases. They simply won't do it. It would kill them to do it. What they will probably do, in some self-righteous sense of warped logic, is create a second database to hold the details of those individuals who have had their information 'deleted'. In their minds, these people are not 'innocents'. They are merely people who they 'failed to catch the first time'.
Of course, our governement will now appeal to the European courts, so we haven't heard the last of it. I have to say though, thank god for the european courts, at least, in this particular instance, because you certainly can't rely on our law lords to stick up for their own general public.
Viva la Europe! <--- cor, look at that! Three languages in three words! How european am I?!
That I have had a T-Mobile contract for about 6 years or so. I have never ever ever had a problem with them. I've even called them when my direct debit bounced (woops!) to apologise and they simply said "Oh, that's no problem, thanks for letting us know, we'll try again in 14 days". Great service.
I too was affected by the outage yesterday. So effin what? To be honest, I just assumed that the local cell was down, possibly for upgrade/maintenance, and filed the whole issue away in my head under the category 'shit happens'.
I mean, why do people get so peed off if their poxy mobile doesn't work for a few hours? What's the big deal? Use a freakin' land line FFS.
That's what we did 20 years ago. Used landlines. We didn't have palpitations if we left the house 'without me mobile', because we didn't have one.
Get a life you sad whinging gits.
Mine's the one with no mobile 'phone in it.
As a programmer myself, I am at a loss to understand how this bug came to be. How in hell is their software structured?
So, you have a 'console' right, where you can type commands into the command line interpreter (CLI)?
The CLI parses your input against a known list of commands and executes the commands as it finds them.
Why would you ever (as the programmer) want to place the text of a received message through the CLI?
I can think of only one reason: It would give the network operator a facility to reconfigure your phone via SMS, like the 'network service' texts that one sometimes receives when roaming networks for example.
Damn. I think I've just answered my own question.
Oh dear. Nasty bug.
This would never have happened if the OS had been written in FORTH :-)
1. Is that it will cost wheelbarrows of money to implement. If the Rudd government needs advice about where to shovel bundles of cash they can visit any hospital in Queensland.
Why will it? China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE all have filtered internet. The UAE was filtering content 8 years ago.
There's nothing new here... It's well understood technology, been around for donkeys years.
That doesn't mean you should do it though...
A direct, dial-up end-to-end connection between you and your server, with the option to hop across to other 'networks' from there. The bulletin boards aren't centrally hosted, they're sitting in someone's basement with a load of 'phone lines.
Lets see you censor that you bastards.
Mine's the one with the Fido dog holding a floppy disk!
Does anyone know what language platform these aircraft control system are devloped with? C? C++? Assembler? Maybe ADA?
I always thought FORTH* would be a very good candidate for something like this. It's interactive nature makes unit testing very easy indeed. And it's fast enough.
* Showing my age... :-)
... that despite media companies protestations to the contrary, UK law permitted the licencee to make copies of media that they owned for backup purposes, be that a data CD, and audio CD, DVD, Audio cassette, or vinyl album.
Am I right?
I appreciate that this article pertains to US law, but I'm wondering if they (the media companies and their cartel like organisations that represent them) would get away with the same thing in the UK?
I guess I must be *wrong* eh? Otherwise, deliberately preventing users from making backup copies of media would be illegal, since it would deny the user their legal right to back it up in the first place?
Paris, because she's probably confused as well.
>Not every company runs Windows, infact, some companies are very anti-windows.
Could you please provide a verifyable example of a company that does not run windows.
Further more, could you please provide a verifyable example of a company that is anti-windows? And I don't mean "John in the server room, our sys-admin, he hates windows".
Mono on linux? Surely that is the biggest waste of time imaginable?? What about JAVA FFS? Are these guys f*cking NUTS?
Are where are Microsoft? If I were Ballmer/Gates I'd be suing them into none existance... .Net is the intellectual property of Microsoft...
So, Mono is a .Net wannbe? Does this prove, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the Microsoft currently make the best development tools in the world, and the Linux world is a Windows wannabee, in cath-up mode?
Paris: There's no point in Paris, and there's no point in Mono.
Very murky waters IMHO.
I find I tend to side with Psystar. I think the argument would be completely different if Apple *didn't* sell their software on the open market. But they do. Anyone can buy a copy. I'm sure the EULA subsequently requires the purchaser to run his purchased software on Apple hardware, but I doubt if that would stand up in law. (Not that i'm any expert).
I'm sure the law could be simplified vastly: Make sellers assert their 'conditions' *before* sale, not *after* sale. (Ever tried to take a copy of Windows back to PC world because you didn't agree with the EULA?).
That way, the buyer and the seller are protected: The seller is protected in so far as he can claim that the buyer was made aware of any pre-conditions PRIOR to purchase, and went ahead and purchased anyway.
Anyway, I guess I'm drifitng off topic: I can't really see how Apple can sell you a CD with software, and then tell you what you can/can't run it on.
*IF* however, they *only* made Apple Macs with the software on it already (like they used to do) then it would be a simple copyright/theft issue and I would side with Apple.
Sorry Apple, you always seem to want your cake and eat it. You bitched and moaned about Windows Media Player, then went ahead and tied iTunes to Quick Time. Then you went ahead and built on online music portal tied to your own portable music player.
Vile vile company.
...classic mis-information / propaganda campaign to me.
[ Warning: You may want to put your cynicism filters on at this point...]
"Tut tut... Our Civil Servants are such a bunch of ninnies, losing all this top secret information and stuff. Still, it must be true eh? Look at that... A diagram of Al-Queda cells and their connections... Cor blimey! Bloody hell eh? Our guys out in Afghanistan and Iraq are really doing a bloody good job eh? Perraps old Tony Blair and Bush were right all along eh? I mean, there it is on that blokes camera from eBay."
[ OK, you can take them off now ]
I think it's a great idea. My cars have stereos with SD slots in them, and I like the idea of being able to buy albums on SD, keep them in the car and play them just by slotting it in the SD slot.
I'm one of those old fashioned types that actually likes to own thier music. If I hear something l like, I will buy the CD. This is because (and I'm sure it's an age thing) I am very proud of my large CD collection. It's a talking point when visitors come 'round. "Ooh haven't you got a big one" etc...
Trouble is, I'm also lazy... So, copying various CDs to SD so I can listen to them in the car is a pain in the arse... If I could go and buy an album on SD for a tenner, that would be great; chuck it the car and leave it there.
I hope the first one they release is Brothers in Arms ;-)
(Giving my age away)
I can't believe Symbian allowed themselves to do this. I can only imagine the people at the top of the organisation are getting some hefty wedge of cash and couldn't give a shit about the company.
I give it 18 months before the idiots at Nokia say "You know, giving this software away for free is actually costing us a bloody fortune. Fuck it. Kill it." It will only take a new CEO with a different (i.e cost-cutting) mind-set to kill Symbian stone dead.
Talk about putting your eggs in one basket. Sheesh. What have you done Symbian?
Farewell Psion/Symbian. You truly were world class innovaters, of the like we won't see in a long long time. Your products were innovative, quirky, reliable and joyful to use. I mourn your loss. The last British innovator, (along with Inmos and Sinclair Research) gone. RIP.
"P2P is a hazard to all political groupthink because it takes power and control away from them. If any medium can circumvent their system of controls, they aren't going to like it. And that's what p2p does. As p2p starts containing more dissenting information in it's content, and as people flock to it for more personal security and control( which they are already doing), you will see the GOVs of all nations try to stamp it out."
Dial-up Bulletin Boards. Bring back FidoNet. You know it makes sense!
This government is too overbearing, too powerful and too fucking nosey. Which is why I have just accepted a contract for insanely toe-curlingly large amounts of cash in North Korea.
Oh the North Korean government is crap, and they want all your data too. But the whole point is, they're crap. They wouldn't know how to collect it, don't have the technology or the infrastructure. Perfect.
$130 million, (i.e. £65 million) profit, on $5.6 BILLION?????????
Er, I'm no financial guru by any means, but that really does sound shite to me. They must be like the MOST in-efficient company in the universe. Where's all their bloody money going? Burn 5.6 BILLION to make a profit of 130 million...
Apologies if I've missed something really obvious, but like, HOLY SHIT!
Is it me?
Isn't this 'the cart before the horse'?
I mean, blocking news groups or websites with child porn on them isn't a solution to the problem.
The newsgroups contaminated with child porn are a *symptom*. They are not in themselves the main issue. The main issue is the dirty bastards that are posting this stuff, which brings me on to my next point.
If I were involved in high-tech law enforcement, and tracing these vile bastards, I'd be pretty pissed off with this politican bloke. You could quitely sit on the newsgroups, tracking the offenders, and building up a water-tight legal case before moving in and nailing the scum-suckers.
Now, they are going to be diluted, dispered to who knows what corners of the internet, whereas at least with newsgroups, you could track (and eventually arrest) them.
Killing newsgroups just makes the Police's job harder if you ask me. It's NOT the newsgroups they should be targeting, it's the dirty scum bag Paedo's, *via* the newsgroups. The newsgroups are an *asset* to help you nail these scums.
HELLO????? <knocks screen three times, shakes head>
Naked short sellers.
If you sell short, you have a vested interest in the stock price going down.
If you naked sell short, you don't even have to deliver the shares.
Could people have a vested interest in the share price of a company going down? Especially if you don't have to own shares in them to sell them?
I signed up for this site yesterday.
I've never sold anything on Ebay, but bought loads of stuff. I'm now considering selling some of my tat, but after talking to a few friends that have sold stuff on Ebay, no way am I using them. Bunch of robbing Nazi's.
There seems to be a ground swell of resentment that is building up against Ebay. According to the Ebid forums, people are flocking to Ebid. The number of live auctions is rising every day.
So, I've signed up. You can pay £50 up front and have none of those nasty fees, and use pretty much any payment method you like: Google, Paypal, you name it.
I'm very impressed with site. Ok, it has nothing like the traffic that Ebay does (at the moment), but, as one of the site admins (Gazza) said in one of the forums, Ebay are doing all their advertising for them! And it's paying off in droves.
See you over there guys!
(BTW: I don't work for Ebid! Just want people to know about alternatives!)
It is all associated with the fact that our TV broadcasters are not happy with the terrestrial TV transmission model in this country.
When stuff is sent over the air, "no-one can hear you listening".
What they want is a connection based model. Then they'll know EXACTLY who is watching what, and when they're watching it.
And of course, they can charge you for it.
Oh, and of course they can sell your data to marketing profiling companies:
"Fred Bloggs is a 38 year old professional man and watches a lot of holiday programmes. A good candidate for Portugese property purchase."
It's fine with me. If they want to go down that route, it's really no problem. I'll just take the TV to the tip and they can fuck off. Just done the same with my mobile phone.
You're a troll right? You're not serious?
"Sky has it right, they know what is good tv and what is better off in the bin. 95% of BBC programming belongs in the bin because its been made by people who dont have a ruddy clue what people actually want on tv."
Oh what a bounty of intellect your household must be. Eating your chips out of paper and swigging Omega cider while you watch American Chopper.
Paris. Because I think you'd get on well together.
"Many think their news is no longer impartial, but they do have reporters in pretty much every location there is news."
Right words, wrong order.
It should be "They do have news in pretty much every location they have reporters."
There is no such thing as 'news' any more. It's a media machine. It's all speculation & opinion (from some pundit/pontificator they wheeled in from somewhere). And the BBC inparticular is breathtaking in its bias towards NuLab and the Broon boy. Makes me want to puke.
A few years ago a friend taught me how to "read" newspapers and "listen" to the news on TV/Radio. My world hasn't been the same since.
Mines the one with the tin foil lining. Anyone got a colander?