* Posts by Danny 2

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If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free

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Thanks Karl.

I was spraffing away about nothing on a forum decades ago and I got a short reply from a woman in Switzerland who said she had LIS. I asked what that meant, and fours hours later, with intensive effort and the help of her nurse she explained.

It seemed hellish to me, worse than death. She could only move her eyes, only communicate with her eye movements. She said the internet was her lifeline to sanity. Idiotic me said I'm an electronics engineer with time and money, I'll be able to develop something to help her get back some control. Took me 20 seconds to make that worthless promise, took her hours to thank me.

She disappeared days later. That's the thing with LIS, maintaining contact is like clinging to jetsam in the atlantic, eventually you lose hope and let go. I don't think she ghosted me, she just sank.

I don't have a design for a chip to help LIS patients. Maybe eye monitoring is a better way to go over brain monitoring. I just know it is worth pursuing.

I do know there are many far smarter engineers than me at El Reg. I'd suggest this as a worthy project for 40 free open source chips.

There is a book/movie that came out since, "The Diving bell and the Butterfly". You might not find it sympathetic because the author was a fashionista, but it can happen to anyone. One minute you are you, then you are a sack of potatoes.

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I get this is a marketing promo but it's still pretty cool. I'll forward it to younger engineers as I'd stopped being cutting edge long before 2001.

My goto idea is medical electronics, a chip to help process brainwaves into electrical output say for controlling a keyboard/ mouse for Locked In Syndrome.

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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Re: News flash!

In 1987 or '88 I first visited Coventry and a week later Cologne. Both with historic cathedrals that were bombed out in WWII. On the front of both cathedrals were footballs trapped high in their gothic spires.

It was a surreal coincidence as if the madness of war had been replaced by the Anglo-German football rivalry. Or maybe both balls were where English penalties ended up.

5G is perfectly fine, but I heard that 6G will make you impotent and ugly.

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all

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Re: Who is stealing the stars?

Not everyone reads great SciFi.

Spider Robinson

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I've been digging this grave, but now that it`s made

I see that black is one hell of a color

Want to break out so I start to shout

But the mortician`s returned to his parlor

Black hole

Wrapped in my shroud upstairs, the music`s so loud

That I can`t concentrate on my sorrow

Let down my hair and find something to wear

And then dance myself into tomorrow

Black hole

I`m in a hole here and all I can see

Are these grey walls that are closing in on me

Throw me a ladder, lend me an arm

Beam me up Scotty, lift me from harm

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Cockroach

Since we are (mostly) all intelligent life here we are biased to intelligent life, but intelligence looks like an evolutionary dead end.

Cockroaches existed before us, will survive us, and they haven't caused any other extinction.

Extraterrestrial life may have arrived on earth and ignored humanity to communicate instead with more sensible species.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: Something else to consider.

Hiya Terry,

The DK effect is solely used by smart folk to label stupid, self delusional folk. Nobody "suffers from it" because few folk think it applies to them or know what it means. Many folk suffer from "imposter syndrome" though, mostly erroneously in my arrogant opinion.

My eldest sister is a moron who has risen to civil service government by bullying. Now in the good old days she would have to pass an intelligence test to get promoted. I think that should be reinstated, and extended to politicians.

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Re: Something else to consider.

To be fair to stupid people, many of them know and acknowledge exactly how stupid they are. The Dunning Kruger effect is universal, nobody can accurately judge their own intelligence.

I know for a fact most posters here are brighter than me, but I like to flatter myself that a couple of regulars are even dumber. "I look up to him, but I look down on him."

I kind of prefer stupid folk, people who I can teach things to and won't humiliate me. I think that was the aim of David Dunning and Freddy Kruger.

Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter

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The needle test

14 years ago I was tested for breast cancer. I'd mentioned in passing to my GP that I felt a small lump under a nipple. She felt it, and then asked, "Can I feel your balls?"

Only situation that could sound scary.

I never knew men could get that, but apparently it is deadlier due to lack of soft tissue so I was fast-tracked and sent straight to the hospital for testing.

The doctor stuck a cartoon needle the size of my forearm through my nipple and poked around to get a sample. He had a pretty teenage nurse so I'd steeled myself to look brave, but I screamed and nearly cried.

Then I was sent for a mammogram. I am/was skinny so the nurse had to squeeze my bloody painful nipple between two metal plates.

The worst part though was the wait for the results, which were fine but I burned a few bridges in that time.

My point being no swab test should scare anyone. I also don't mean to discourage anyone from taking a breast cancer test; it is bad but it's better than the alternative

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Nostril Picker

It's the title of an awful '80s horror movie and I both owned it and had the poster on my wall. As a smoker I need to pick my nose just to breathe. Lately I've been wrapping my finger in tissue, but I would welcome a robot assistant.

"How come I can pick my ears but not my nose?

Who made up that rule anyway?"

-Ani DiFranco (1990)

The World Health Organisation, Ani, the Center for Disease Control.

Windows fails to reach the Finnish line as Helsinki signage pleads for help

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Is Finland part of Russia?

It's unpatriotic not to use Linux.

Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?

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Hellboy

I was sitting in A&E with a nice old woman who had two huge egg sized lumps coming out her forehead. My right hand was twice it's normal size. A friendly neighbourhood drunk saw us and said,"You're the devil! And you are Hellboy!"

Once he went away she smiled over and said, "Horse trainer, kick". I smiled back and replied, "Cat lover, bite".

Horses are so potentially dangerous it's surprising we still use them for crowd control. We wouldn't accept police riding elephants into crowds.

British police started importing German Shepherds from abroad as the local breed was too placid. I was at an action where one protester ran away, which I didn't know was an option, and the MoD plod released a foreign German Shepherd on him. After it was unleashed the first thing it did was to savage a second police dog, then it gave chase. Lucky for him he'd climbed a tree by the time it caught up with him. The pigs of course found this hilarious.

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Re: Liar, she hit a traffic light

It's not BS, it's LS and I know it works because I've seen it work. You can buy a sack from a zoo and test it on your horses. Maybe police horses could be trained to overcome their natural terror of lions but I assure you that they aren't.

I looked for a supporting link and found an FT article about using lion dung on a garden to scare away cats.

We are not scarier than lions, evolutionary speaking, not to cats and not to horses.

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Re: Liar, she hit a traffic light

Lion dung.

Even trained police horses have an instinctual terror of lions. To deter a police horse charge at a protest in Govan they bought lion dung from the zoo and spread it as thin brown line across the road. It worked, the horses wouldn't come anywhere near it.

If you are in a demo next to a police horse, stay close to its haunches. Not behind it or it will kick you, not at the front or the officer will baton you.

It's weird what you learn on demos. I never even knew you can buy lion dung - apparently so nutrient rich that rose bushes thrive in it.

Google isn't even trying to not be creepy: 'Continuous Match Mode' in Assistant will listen to everything until it's disabled

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Paranoid

I was a peace protester for a few years, and the cops kept rumbling us in advance or soon after we'd started. My first arrest, that is on me. We didn't have watches so turned on phones to check the time for a synchronised attack. Of course the military base had it's own phone base station. Doh. Didn't even have time to cut the fence.

Next arrest, because I was the only techie I insisted no phones. Arrested before we reached the fence. The angry debrief that followed that fiasco was interrupted by an arrested protesters phone going off - and she took the call. I fell about laughing at the blatant flaw, but she was sweet and so I was blamed.

We held planning meetings for actions, and by then I insisted on no electronics. I left my phone at home. Everyone else brought their phones, but turned them off and left them outside the room. I pointed out that everyone turning off their phone at the same time in the same place was as clear a signal something was up as the police could wish for. I was often called paranoid, when I wasn't being accused of being the leak.

Common sense isn't only surprisingly rare, most folk are actively hostile to it.

Police and NHS urge British public not to call 101 and 111 non-emergency numbers after behind-the-scenes kit failure

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Re: Is 119 affected?

I never knew that. I doubt anyone I know knows that. The opposite of 911 would have stuck in my memory.

Like most techs I itch to phone all the numbers just to test them in my region and report back here. I won't, I have thought that through, but I want to.

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them

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Re: Sounds like a solution looking for a problem to solve

"chocolate tea pot"

Computers. One day every city will have one.

PS Be more honest, you didn't understand any of the article.

I am tempted to make a functional chocolate teapot though, just to kill off that daft insult.

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Re: Odd one.

Nextcloudpi - keep your data close.

And your errata closer.

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Re: One might wonder

@Phil O'Sophical

"Isn't laser printer toner just plastic dust melted on to the paper?"

I don't know now but 28 years ago I was made to investigate the content of black laser printer toner cartridges and it was all carbon and iron. An office worker had complained it burned her skin, and there was no 'rational' reason but the burns were undeniable.

Back then though most of us didn't know about nut allergies and would have mocked the idea.

The solution was to let her avoid the printer.

"Doctor, it hurts when I do this"

"Don't do that"

Hayfever in Haymarket, or has Windows sneezed out a BSOD?

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Mate

There are LED type signs on the M8 just as you enter Edinburgh. They have various useful advice, such as 'Don't drink and drive' or 'Don't drive aggressively' or 'Don't drive if you are tired' or 'Check your tyre pressure'.

Dude, you should be telling folk this before they go onto the motorway, not when they are leaving it.

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Re: I just don't understand why this is supposed to be hilarious

"And since writing device drivers is very difficult"

No, writing device drivers is very easy if you understand the hardware. Far easier than most coding. I mean tying ropes is very difficult if you don't know knots, but if you don't know knots then don't tie ropes for a living.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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As we explained weeks and weeks ago

"You have to pull that door open. It is labelled 'Pull'."

"No, government policy based on the best scientific advice is to push."

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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Bad feet

Yesterday I noticed a chalk pavement drawing on my street, two (outlined) feet then '2m' then two (outlined) feet. And the two pairs of feet were roughly two feet apart, not two metres apart.

I'd like to think this was satirical because that would be very clever, but I suspect local children just don't know what a metre is. When the schools reopen the first lesson should explain lengths. Children can't stay one or two metres apart if they don't know what a metre is.

My pal is a primary school teacher and I've been (half) jokingly suggesting post-lockdown safety measures. Teach them all outdoors and issue ponchos and thermal underwear. Expel every child who is athletic, talented, good looking or intelligent as these children thrive without qualifications.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

I love Lewis Grassic Gibbon, but he didn't speak the same language as Mhairi Black. In lowland Scots today the word daftie runs the gamut between idiot and smart-guy. Even as an insult, it's the very mildest of insults.

We Scots have more pejorative words than the Inuit have words for snow, for the same reason - we are surrounded by pejoratives and need to be specific.

At primary school I was called c-nt, cock, fud, fanny, twat, prick et al, and none of us had any idea those words referred to genitalia. They were just generic insults.

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Re: Dream Warriors - You think I don't know

Well "better dead than red."

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BAME Covid deaths

Excess Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic deaths from Covid were speculated to have a genetic component. Scottish data last week, and a new English study, proves it doesn't.

More BAME folk are dying simply because they catch it more. It's the overlap with the older pandemic, socio-economic racism.

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Re: Wouldn't it be much easier (and more accurate)

I have Raynaud's, pale white skin that rapidly goes orange and purple and blue. "Coloured" would fit me better than white.

I got in trouble on a US forum for referring to my neighbours as coloured people, but they refer to themselves as coloured people - they are/were South African and the old apartheid terms linger.

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

I upvoted you because I'd downvoted you and you didn't merit that and I can't withdraw it, but I disagree strongly. Citing a doric speaker from a century ago is irrelevant to any 21st century Glaswegian.

I also upvoted you because I remember when spazz was such a common insult that the Spastic Society rebranded. I've also complained here about plays on the word retard.

Bit dafty is fine, it's non-judgemental. A daftie is anyone who is daft, and that includes clever jokers.

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Dream Warriors - You think I don't know

Radical noise? Black music

Illegal sales district? Black Market

Stockmarket crash? Black Monday

Subconscious psychology reversed

You think I don't know

But everything you fear is black

The bad guys wear black

Evil vengance, black widows

Followed by evil black shadows

You got to help me out

When disease wipes out millions of people?

Black death

Subconscious psychology reversed

You think I don't know

But everything you fear is black

I am black and beware if I cross your path

Because I bring bad luck

Winter is coming, and with it the UK's COVID-19 contact-tracing app – though health minister says it's not a priority

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GoT cha

I assumed "winter is coming" was a dig at Raab saying 'taking a knee' came from Game of Thrones.

This latest u-turn hardly inspires confidence in the government, but I guess I'll install it. It's sad that I trust Google-Apple on privacy more than my nation.

ETA: I just heard it will still be a government app but based on the Google-Apple model. So no ta.

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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Facial recognition

Tonight's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is about abuse of facial recognition software. It won't surprise anyone here but it's worth recommending to kith and kin.

Off topic I guess , but what do you think happens to the footage from police drones?

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: Thick Of It?

Ha ha.

I have a funny politico story. Rose Gentle and her daughter were finally allowed to meet with John Prescott, after years of demanding a meeting with Blair to discuss the death of Gordon Gentle in Iraq. Prescott nodded his head and agreed with everything that they said. The daughter told him, "You remind me of Churchill", and Prescott visibly puffed with pride.

"No, not the Prime Minister, the insurance advert dog"

She was only 13 and she totally skewered the pompous Deputy PM.

It is surreal seeing volk supposedly defending a statue of Churchill giving Nazi salutes.

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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HP laptop keyboard borked

2nd time this has happened after a Windows update 1st time was fixed by the next update, not this time though, random unrelated keys. I'll be fetching my Lenovo and installing Linux on this brick.

If I want an update I am perfectly capable of choosing it. Three unwanted and damaging updates in a fortnight is corporate malfeasance.

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Nuisance policing

While the UK police don't have US levels of militarisation they share their politicalisation. One addendum though is overuse and misuse of helicopters and drones.

One example, I have many. When Blair was summoned to the Chilcot inquiry there was a police helicopter nearby to monitor the peaceful and calm demonstration outside. Which arguably is fine, albeit overkill/overspend given the large numbers of officers on the ground. One of the speakers started reading out a long list of names of dead Iraqi civilians and dead British service personnel, which was quite moving. At that point the helicopter was ordered to hover low over the stage simply to drown out the speaker. That was both disrespectful to the dead, and needlessly dangerous to the crowd. If anything it seemed designed to inflame violence.

The Cluatha disaster in Glasgow proves the police can't be trusted with helicopters except in extremis. I'd be sanguine with small plastic cam drones that wouldn't injure you if they fell, but a Predator is just robocop bs.

Bloke rolls up to KFC drive-thru riding horse-drawn cart only to be told: Neigh

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Slow fast food

My 89 year old aunt has just been sent from hospital to die at home from heart failure. Due to Covid we haven't been able to visit but my cousin drove her by so we could wave goodbye. She said she is looking forward to two things, sleeping in her own bed without someone sitting on it (apparently a dementia patient on her ward) and a fish supper.

I'm vegetarian but I would die for fish and chips now.

Folk are crazy, increasingly crazy. When the local McD's reopened the queues jammed up the town centre. Before that when the local dump reopened the queues jammed a main arterial A road into Edinburgh. Hold your horses - no offence Jon Jon.

Scottish cops dangle £6m for help understanding 160TB treasure trove of structured and unstructured data

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Re: a single rack

My parents suffered 13 police raids/visits in 5 years because of me. They knew where I was living and that I'd walk into a cop shop if they phoned and asked, but they also knew bullying my parents was the best way to pressure me.

After the 13th I put in a formal complaint, and they went through the motions but ended up threatening to visit my parents for evidence if I pursued the complaint.

In my experience the best thing to give abusive cops pause for thought is a Data Protection request. I asked for every time, date and reason they had been to my parents house, that cured it. Some clear figures you can just pass to a Sheriff or Judge.

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It's a trap!

Police forces make for bad clients in the best of times with simple, harmless products. Sticking all their data onto the cloud is just inviting a lengthy prison term when it goes tits-up and a scapegoat is required. Although it would be fun to browse all their data, and you could sell that repeatedly to crims for many times the value of the contract. You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?”

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Re: a single rack

They do not have cameras in police cars, except in a few dedicated traffic police cars.

A British Transport Police car cut me up late at night last year, would've crashed into me if I didn't brake, and I had footage of it and they didn't. I immediately drove to a cop shop to report it. I didn't press charges but was assured by a BTP Sergeant that the driver had been reprimanded as their drivers are trained to be better than 17 year old boy racers.

tl/dr - most UK cop cars don't have cams

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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Boredom de dum de dum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoYiQ8Qsozk

We used to have better music back when work first bored me.

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Re: Oui, Premier ministre c

I just found it funny that the English phrase 'gardening leave' had been translated into French due to 'Yes, Minister'. It is weird which UK TV the French watch. Apparently big fans of 'Hamish Macbeth', due to Robert Carlyle.

I ken this case isn't gardening leave, but I've seen a wheen of ways to force employees out, and been subject to a few. First job, late 80s, non union, a senior female operator was sacked because she was whiney. She won her unfair dismall tribunal and was awarded £2500, which the company paid rather than remploy her. 4 months salary and career death.

I later endured far worse myself just to pay the mortgage - the law improved but it drove the same practicises underground and more evil. Ask me for stories and I will bore you silly.

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Oui, Premier ministre

Le congé de jardin ou le congé de jardinage décrit la pratique dans laquelle un employé qui a quitté son emploi - ayant démissionné ou ayant eu son emploi en cessation d'emploi a été mis au courant - est tenu de rester à l'écart du travail au cours de la période de préavis tout en demeurant sur la liste de paie. Cette pratique est souvent utilisée pour empêcher les employés de prendre avec eux des informations à jour lorsqu'ils quittent leur employeur actuel, surtout lorsqu'ils partent pour rejoindre un concurrent. Le terme est issu de la fonction publique britannique où les employés ont le droit de demander un congé spécial à des fins exceptionnelles. Le «congé de jardinage» est devenu un euphémisme pour «suspendu» en tant qu'employé qui a été formellement suspendu en attendant une enquête sur leur conduite demanderait souvent de sortir du bureau en congé spécial à la place. Le terme a été largement répandu dans le public en 1986, lorsqu'il a été utilisé dans la sitcom de la BBC Oui, Premier ministre, épisode "One Of Us". Les employés continuent de recevoir leur salaire normal pendant un congé de jardin et doivent respecter leurs conditions d'emploi, telles que la confidentialité, au moins jusqu'à l'expiration de leur période de préavis.

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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BROKEN KEYBOARD

Sorry for shouting. An unwanted Windows update yesterday took out half the keys on my mum's HP. Not for the first time, last time I just waited and the next update fixed it.

I'm getting more used to the virtual keyboard - it sucks. I now get why a touchscreen could be useful. Everyone thinks that disabled folk have it easy, sitting around in bed or a wheelchair all day, but their computer access sucks.

I checked PC World and they don't stock brain control helmets yet. And the price of a replacement laptop has doubled since I last looked. I assumed Moore's law implied they would get cheaper.

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I'm a believer

Devices, not all of them but most of them, in my parents home have lost DNS and DCHP quite often since the lockdown. It's not a matter of false perception because I've been locked down for much longer so know what to expect. Reasonably good security before you ask.

I'm not that bothered (most of the time) so please don't call this paranoia, but I assume my ISP is knocking us off to prioritise other users.

Alternative explanation, they are just short of staff now.

Also, I know everyone will doubt this testimony because I've been spamming this forum, but perseverance and nothing else to do.

There's always a coronavirus angle these days: Honor intros new smartphone with built-in temperature sensor

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Re: Way ahead of you - and now behind

You know, a wee bit of exercise and a polite nod, that sums up good enough sex for me even in my prime.

I have told this anecdote here before, so apologies to everyone else for repetition but this is just for Negative Charlie. As a tech I was made to sit with the engineers at lunch. Techs didn't seem to want me, engineers did or at least took pity on me. I am still figuring that out

So great guy, Senior Production Engineer, is pulling out his ginger hair on the lunch table. I don't know what I said, but I remember his reply perfectly.

"Aye, at your age sex is still fun. At my age it's just another household chore like emptying the bins"

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Way ahead of you - and now behind

I bought a Maplin remote thermometer fifteen years ago, and a Lidl Oximeter four years ago. Unfortunately in the past weeks my dad has thrown them out. Nobody tells you this about dementia, but never leave anything you value lying around. It's all 'clutter'. I think he's thrown out my teeth, again, but I'm not searching through the bins again - facemasks will suffice.

My dad just asked, "What is that co - that thing Boris had?"

"Covid-19?"

"Aye, and what is that other disease that starts with co?"

"Coronavirus?"

"Aye. What's the difference between them? If you catch one can you catch the other?"

I spent ten minutes explaining that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-Cov-2) is just one of several coronaviruses but this one causes a disease called Covid-19.

"I can't get my head around that. Are there three diseases? "

"No dad, just the one but it has three names and nobody minds which name any of us use"

https://xkcd.com/2275/

It's bin night tonight, highlight of my week. Sadly I'm being serious. Wee bit of exercise, get to nod at the neighbours. It's the closest I get to sex now.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Re: GIT ORF MY LAWN

My grumpy old heart was just warmed by something else. I am regretting in advance posting this, because I'm a single, childless man and this will inevitably seem creepy.

I clicked on a BBC website article, Lockdown has helped endangered seahorses return to UK waters

It turned out to be a Newsround, ie kids TV, article, which I've never visited before but I read the comments and they are darling. So nice to each other. We should be more like that here. Albeit without the emojis, I only know the sad face and happy face ones.

Wait, I'm going to try to cut and paste a hedgehog - nope, "The post contains some characters we can’t support".

Fine, El Reg, if you can't support a hedgehog emoji then I understand.

Panda emoji. Rainbow emoji. I think it's an avocado emoji. Hedgehog emoji.

Adapt or die.

As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA

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BTS

From the Guardian:

If you’ve been following the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on social media you may have been surprised this morning by a sudden flood of Korean characters and the repeated phrase: “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

The source of this is the world’s biggest K-Pop band, BTS, who posted on social media this morning

[I just got a curt email from (I think) Antifa about the US protests: "Antifa are antifascist not pyromaniac"]

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Re: "Yes, Anon activists are back."

See, I used to live almost opposite Strangeways at the time of the riot. Nobody was beaten for days. The ring leaders that made it to the roof were just let be generally until they got cold enough and hungry enough to want to come down. Facts seem to have this terrible habit of not aligning with your world view.

Congratulations on your X Ray vision that allowed you to see through the prison walls. I had to rely on books on the subject and first hand testimony from both prisoners and officers.

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Re: "Yes, Anon activists are back."

A polite no. I ken fine that there will be thousands of US idiots calling themselves 'antifa'. There is also a pre-existing group called Antifa. Totally different things. Antifa will be extremely annoyed, and by now frustrated, by self-described 'antifa' as Antifa is a tiny, kind of elite, closed membership group.

I only heard this online, but I knew the people involved. 15 years ago somebody at an anarchist conference in England was punched for labelling himself antifa after Antifa had warned him not to. And when I say punched, I mean knocked out with a single punch. Antifa weren't attending, one of them just knew he'd be there.

I have a high degree of confidence in stating that all US members of Antifa will know about the Strangeways Prison riot. In fact that is a good Turing test to differentiate Antifa from wannabe 'antifa'.

You might feel I'm picking minor differences, but it's important now POTUS has declared them all terrorists.

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Re: "Yes, Anon activists are back."

"The reality is to a person they're all just bored middle class children looking for a fight."

Aye, you are guessing (badly) but I actually know. You shouldn't guess and you definitely shouldn't second guess me. They are all very adult, mostly male, very hardened, ultra working class. For example, a veteran of the Strangeways Prison riot. Have you ever been beaten by prison officers for days and still fought back?

Like Trump you are mistaking Antifa with wee boys who call themselves antifa. You don't want to be on the same intellectual level as Trump, do you?

The point, the valid truthful point I was making, is the tiny group Antifa are definitely looking for a fight with actual fascists, just not with cops or anyone else. This is a smear&fear campaign by a deranged far-right POTUS.

Apart from the factually inaccurate politically motivated smear, the thing I hate most is how US media pundits pronounce it. It is not An tee Fa, it is Anti Fa.

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