* Posts by Liz 1

18 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009

Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

Liz 1

Re: Frozen north

"You had an opportunity to change THAT state of affairs 2 years ago. Remember to take that chance next time, instead of complaining (by inference) that the rest of the UK is an impediment to you."

and at the time, WE were lied to too, and told that the only way to be sure of remaining in the EU was to stay in the UK....

2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

Liz 1

Re: This is a really interesting time.

A Ghost, you sound lile you need a hug... have a beer instead.

Moving over to linux has made computers fun again for me, and my 80 year-old Dad let me put it on his box too - as long as he can still surf, play mahjong and read his email, he doesn't care.

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Re: Worked great for me!

Macs are fine, but not the only answer.

My Dad was happy to let me upgrade his brand new laptop to Linux over Christmas. We went with Zorinn becaue there was a review that said it was "best for Windows refugees" but I still had to find a desktop (or theme or whatever) with nice fat vertical scroll bars so we could actually see them (Clearlooks Phenix did the job) and so far, he's had no problems.

So far, GWX control panel is holding for my Mum's Win7 laptop, but if / when MS defeat it, she knows Linux will be less hard to get used to than Win 10 and that will be another one over the wall.

As long as you can still turn off UEFI and secure boot in Bios, cheap PC hardware is still an option for those with basic surf/mail/solitaire type needs. And those who want to do a little more generally have enough skills to dive into sw center and package managers, and even finding packages & instructions on the web

Man goes to collect stolen-car court docs found in stolen car in stolen car

Liz 1

Re: Coloured intuition

""teenager" and "juveline" are murican code-words for black people "

So how would they refer to a white youth aged between 13 and 19?

IBM Australia on the stand over $1bn blowout

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Re: Mad

The devil is in the initial project definition, and the change control process thereafter...

Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

Liz 1

Had he said it in public

"it would have been perfectly legal and protected by the Human Rights Act" and he would have got his head kicked in ... I think maybe I'm ok with the law coming down heavy on little shits who don't have the balls to be offensive in person, but feel free to exercise their "freedom of speech" when they think they can get away with it

Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

Liz 1

Re: Alternatively...

"The second idea was to remove all trains from the current overground setup, cover it in tarmac and move all HGVs and long distance coaches onto it."

Surely that would be self defeating because it would displace thousands of train passengers into their cars? Or do you imagine they would happily take coaches instead? I don't see it myself - it's not the same experience at all.

Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast

Liz 1

Re: a free market depends on the free availability of information

No - a PERFECT market depends on the free availability of information.

I don't think those clever traders want a PERFECT market.

Osborne names UK cities to land £100m broadband bonanza

Liz 1

Re: Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester

If it was done on population numbers, Glasgow would be in there, not Edinburgh. But they have to keep on Salmond's right side, I suppose

Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts in a year

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Re: Err...

"Sure, Radio 1 and Radio 2, and most of the local radio stations could survive, but their content is indistinguishable from commercial radio anyway. And for that reason they should be closed. "

Except that Radio 1 and Radio 2 are free from adverts (except for other BBC products). Radio listeners who prefer pop culture to highbrow are just as deserving of a commercial free service as the chattering classes are.

Across their output, the BBC make or buy something for everybody to hate, but equally, something for (nearly) everybody to like.

Ellison: 'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done'

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Wow, I guess IBM stole your dinner money! Here's a beer to take your mind off it!

I think the point people are trying to make is that when IBM "attacks" their competition, it comes across as more professional and less childish than Larry's efforts. And that, as well as being evil, IBM has a lot of good technology, a deep understanding of their target customers' business, and many many sharp (and evil, I'm sure) lawyers. Yes, IBM uses it's patent portfolio offensively at times. But they had to earn the patents first!

BTW, if we are talking about evil, a lot of people would put your cool financial organisations way up the top of the list! What's mainly wrong with IBM in recent years is sucking up to the finance market.

But don't let me interrupt your rant.

Venice not in major peril after all - new research

Liz 1

Global warming NOT happening in Scotland ...

and we were looking forward to the better weather!

Kindle beats Apple's closed book on choice

Liz 1

kindle apps will not display DRM-free epubs....

but free apps like Calibre will translate any DRM free format (including epub) into mobi, which is supported by kindle.

EA coughs to Dragon Age II user ban 'mistake'

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Gawd 'elp us indeed :-(

Civilization V, which is supplied as a physical CD, can't be installed without an account on Steam. You are permitted to play it offline, but Steam must be running on your PC.

The rules seem to change every time I start a new game, in ways that make me suspicious that the code is being changed frequently.

Prisoners chucked off Facebook

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Massive Fail?

So your position is that we all have a fundamental human right to be on facebook, which cannot be removed by being in prison?

But our "right" to have access to the internet is NOT absolute, but can be suspended by the government?


Women spending more time at work - but less time working

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AC 14:20

ooh, aren't we tetchy today!

Scientists ponder rules and ethics of robo helpers

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AC 23:45

You want the Lawyers to talk Philosophy and ethics instead of scientists???


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