* Posts by markr555

44 posts • joined 6 Aug 2010

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player


Re: will either of them do 4k/60fps?

"but I can certainly tell when things get busy and drop below 60" - unless they drop below 30, Bullshit! That is all...

Dating apps swiped left on Pakistan’s request to clean up their acts, bans followed



A country that murders apostates, homosexuals and rape victims wants to talk morality? FUCK OFF!

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine


The problem with water consumption limits is..

That they don't take into account local factors. I live in a part of the UK where there is very rarely (every 20 years from experience) any shortage of water, yet I'm still forced to have showers with poor flow and toilets that barely shift the detritus from the bowl, nevermind down the 10m of soil pipe to the sewer. Water is in plentiful supply where I live, but because it can get a little short in and around the capital, we all have to suffer.

You had one job... Just two lines of code, and now the customer's Inventory Master File has bitten the biscuit


Re: Defensive Coding

They are still very useful in java, as if (literalSting.equals(nullRef) is far more preferable to if NullRef.equals(literalString) - try it and see...


Re: Adding a comment sometimes caused compile failure

I can't believe that David Bowie's wife isn't in there!

UK data watchdog having a hard time making GDPR fines stick: Marriott scores another extension, BA prepares to pay 11% of £183m penalty threat


Re: Falling on sword time?

Downvoted for telling a story - are there Parking Eye employees on this forum?


Re: Falling on sword time?


Don't take on Parking Eye, they manage to do what other parking shysters can't, successfully getting prosecutions thought the courts. I took them on after a 26 minute overstay. While at the 'court' I saw the magistrate/judge laughing/joking/flirting with the Parking Eye solicitor multiple times before my case, but yet they told me they hadn't had any discussions before the hearing. The judge wasn't having any of my defense of the fact that no loss had been incurred and I was promptly ordered to pay 3 times the cost of the original ticket. After paying the 'fine' I requested multiple times a receipt to prove I'd payed it, for the purposes of avoiding a CC judgement on my credit record, but they ignored every request. I therefore got an entry on my credit record which has only just been removed after 6 years. I would recommend never parking on a car park operated by them, they are a complete scam organisation.

Singapore to give all incoming travelers wearable tracking device


Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

A sociopath because I don't like the idea of constant GPS tracking? - WOW. I'm not american, I come from the UK, where fortunately this sort of surveilance isn't yet happening. These measures are currently temporary, my assertion is that they won't remain that way. My original post indicated that I won't be visiting Singapore while these draconian measure are in place, hence I added it to my list of 'don't visit' countries, how the hell is that sociopathic? You can visit if you want to, so why does my decision not to hurt your feelings so much that you accuse me of bigotry? I do stay home, and I take effective measures to limit my exposure to COVID, just because I don't like the idea of being constantly tracked doesn't mean I want to murder people on the basis of their skin colour, you utter plonker.


Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

I'd need to drive over the pond first.


Re: Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

Not one with GPS continually enabled, no. Yes, my phone is tracked no doubt, but that's a far cry from being mandated to be tracked. You know I don't by law need to have a mobile don't you? It's even got a power switch that doesn't cost me $7500 if I use it. You Pillock.


Looks like Singapore's off my travel list

I don't care what the current crisis is, I will NEVER be tracked via GPS, so unfortunately Singapore now has to join Dubai et al as one of the places I will never visit again. You could argue that they may remove this restiction in the future, but I doubt it very much, it will no doubt be a 'storming success' and continued for all travellers for all time.

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple


Re: We should all pull together

Whenever anyone mentions the Lira now, I always think of the great Dennis Pennis put-down to Joan Collins - "I love the dress, you look like a million Lira"

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


They'll see the worst of it

It's quite obvious that in a country with no protections for workers, no free healthcare system, and no bloody kits to test anyone, you are likely to see a much bigger spread of the virus than anywhere else. So in fact, this is the best thing that could have happened to Europe. As soon as the virus takes hold fully in the US of A there is absolutely nothing to stop its inexorable spread.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector


Re: Completely wrong

"The company that EMPLOYS them"?

EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application


Oh, get a life!

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax


Re: Wrong argument

No - US companies should pay tax in the country where profits are earned, simple as that!

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London


Pretty sure there are lots of genuine TAXI firms in London that have apps.


Headline should surely be "Ride-share for Uber"?


Couldn't have happened to a nicer company.

Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation


Re: without belittling the protest

So Portsmouth is a craphole, but the UAE is a good place to live? You are obviously not a woman, an apostate, or a homosexual then, otherwise you might have thought a bit more about your intentions.

It's back: The mercifully normal-looking Moto 360 smartwatch

Paris Hilton

Re: I stopped wearing a watch as soon as I had a mobile phone in my pocket over 20 years ago...

'What's the time in Paris?'

I'd say for we, it would be about 3 mins

Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs


Screaming abdabs?

Not sure what the author is trying to say here, where I come from that phrase has absolutely nothing to do with children! Unless of course, you are dropping them off at the pool in rather a hurry.

Edit: A subsequent internet search does yield the original meaning of the phrase, but its long-been hijacked to mean a bad case of the squits in my neck of the wood.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament


Re: So, to sum up. . .

How can the number on the bus have ever been a pledge? Did the people who paid for it and put the lies on it take over government when the referendum result came in? No, they didn't, so how could they provide ANY money to the NHS It was a blatant piece of bullshit that was matched only by the condescension of the remain 'campaign'. I voted to remain, and wish we hadn't voted (by a majority, no matter how much you try to bring the 'didn't vote' eejits into it) to leave. We lost the referendum, it wasn't advisory, and we need to suck it up and get on with making the best of a bad job.

Cambridge Analytica didn't perform work for Leave.EU? Uh, not so fast, says whistleblower


Re: Same old smokscreen

Woah! Ignoring punctuation is NOT something I'm willing to let go, please do show me where I have failed your test?

If my punctuation was actually absent (it's not), does that in any way invalidate my opinions, or are you simply demonstrating your advanced intellectual capacity through the medium of ridicule? You are precisely the cohort that I'm getting tired of.


Same old smokscreen

I'm getting very tired of the general zeitgeist around what happened with the brexit vote. The accepted 'facts' seem to be that the nation was duped by the evil machinations of the leave campaigns, and that people had their views completely manipulated, Manchurian Candidate style, to such a degree that they were swayed into voting against their beliefs. The CA scandal was a criminal use of data, but at best merely solidified the opinions of those who would vote leave already, and swayed those on the margins towards voting leave. But here, as Mr Shakespeare would say, is the rub; it was the total ineffectiveness of the remain campaign that actually caused the result! You see, all they did to counter the lies on the bus and everything else, was to say that if you voted leave them you was either stupid, racist or mentally ill. They provided no evidence for the ridiculous doomsday scenarios that they painted if the peons were stupid enough to vote leave, nor did they address any of the genuine concerns of those on the margins. They did, however, trot out down-to-earth celebs such as Bono to tell us not to be thick and do as told. You see,the problem is that there is some truth to the arguments that the large-scale immigration from Europe has had negative affects for many people(mainly those on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum), that lower end wages have been depressed by it and that public services have been squeezed. The remain campaign didn't just fail to address these concerns, even worse it asserted that they were just the products of stupid racism. The leave campaign didn't win the referendum, the remain campaign lost it. I'd go as far as to say that the arrogance and divisiveness of the Remain campaign did far more for Vote Leave than Cambridge Analytica ever could. For the avoidance of doubt; I'm a badly let down remainer that's getting a bit annoyed with my cohort.

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill


Hmmm.. some selective logic here!

Story about MegaCorp not paying all taxes due - Commentariat says "BWAAAH - PAY YOUR TAXES!".

Story about tax laws changing for fake self-employed - Commentariat says "BWAAH - I'M NOT TECHNICALLY EMPLOYED!"

If you think corps should pay their correct taxes, then that sentiment also applies to you! Raise your day rates, and don't accept roles that don't pay enough to cover sickness/holidays etc - it's really quite simple.

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid


These claw machines aren't actually skill machines - they come under the 'Amusements with prizes' category, and are only required to 'pay out' a given percentage of prizes according to input. The other category - Skill with prizes covers things such as quiz machines, where getting the skill part right is guaranteed to result in the offered prize. Skill with prizes machines manage their payout percentages by reducing/ increasing the prizes offered according to previous win history.

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves


Re: I Say!

hmmm - do the downvoters not know that London is IN the UK, or am I somehow missing the upset and controversy my fact-based post has caused?


I Say!

London AND the UK, how happy London wlil be to have been included twice.

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms


Re: Try reading if you soon fond of the English language


Don't let Google dox me on Lumen Database, nameless man begs


Re: Deed poll to the rescue

There's really no such thing as changing your name by deed poll - you simply take on a new name any time you like. The process of using a solicitor for this is simply to provide a verifiable record of when you did this, but it's absolutely not necessary, I can change my name to Schnicklegruber right now if i so desire as long as that's the only name I use until I decide to change it again.

NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry


Re: Valuable comments

"The root problem remains. How much do YOU want to pay for the health of other people?"

I'm not sure that this is at all a valid statement. If you look at most people in the UK, they are not actually contributing to their (or anyone else's) care at all. By the time you have compared the tax payed by the vast majority against the cost of education(of their breed also), policing, roads and all public services, most people are getting the NHS for 'free'. this is one of the real benefits of our socially responsible society. What the NHS really needs is a shed-load more money from the public purse, end of story.

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace


Penguinistas fail to accept the facts shocker!

The FACT is that Windows is the OS of choice for the vast majority of businesses - telling me that I'm a Microsoft shill or stuck in the past doesn't change this. The programme failed, if Linux was so suitable and the OS makes no difference when used in local government and education, why was this?


Re: The problem was the motivation

"Patentably false: If you can use Linux you can use Windows. Or the other way round. And saying that MS monopoly is "normal word" reeks to paid opinion to me"

I use Linux on a permanent basis at work, I much prefer it, but to say that the MS monopoly is NOT the 'normal world' reeks of wilful ignorance to me - wake up! The world currently uses Microsoft, and any change to that must come via changes in business before education. Anything else would be to fail the mainstream kids' future. Note the use of the word 'mainstream'!


I can't remember which distro, but it was modified heavily specifically for them. The simple fact of the matter is that it doesn't matter, how many mainstream businesses are using Linux as their desktop of choice? I can see the job interviews now:

Interviewer: "so how much experience with Windows and Microsoft Office?"

Candidate: "Erm, none at all, actually, but ..."

Interviewer: "Well we've still got a few more candidates to see, so we'll get back to you"

Like it or not, Microsoft are the choice for almost all businesses, and failing to provide a grounding in their OS and products for students, is to fail the students themselves.


The problem was the motivation

The main reason for this failure is that the attempted switch was entirely for ideological reasons - they didn't explicitly want Linux, but rather 'not Microsoft'. There was no evaluation of what Linux (or more importantly the software 'ecosystem') could or could not do for them, just a desire to spank Microsoft. I worked for a software/hardware company that won a tender to supply educational whiteboarding capabilty to Munich, which simply HAD to support their distro. We implemented many changes to accomodate them in order to win the contract, but in the end they simply used Windows, as the OS was too difficult for the staff and students to operate and configure. This was undoubtedly the most sensible outcome, as the forcing of Linux on students for their entire education would only have crippled their prospects in the 'normal' world. In summary, Munich bit off their nose to spite their face.

CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive


NomNomNom - well you are a fuckwitted criminal wanker then! The law is there precisely to protect against pricks like you....

McIntyre: Climate policy crippled by pointless feel-good gestures


Geographical stupidity - tssk!

"The entire rationale of policy in US and Europe has been to ignore what's happening in China and India and hope that petty acts of virtuous behaviour in both countries will cure the problem,"

Any man who thinks that Europe is a country is hard to listen to on anything else!!

Ten... crowd-funded games from veteran devs


6-8 weeks??

Think you need to look at the planned development time again - don't care how good these guys are, a 6-8 week dev time is a little ambitious!

Police charge Scottish teen over Soca attack


LulzBoiz are out again!

Once again we have the LulzBoiz talking about how criminal offences are just a bit of fun. Grow up you idiots, these little shits are intentionally damaging businesses and government organisations, all because they watched a little too much 'spy kids' and thought it was fine for them to just 'have some lulz'. They are cocky little criminals who need severe exemplary punishment. If you are impressed by them, LulzBoiz, you should maybe take a look at yourselves!

LulzSec hacker Sabu: Murdoch emails 'sometime soon'



So a group of script kiddies are more suited to meting out justice that the organised police and judicial systems are they? What sort of stupidity is this? So the police didn't prosecute anyone from NI previously? Look into this as well, rather than allow a bunch of prats to ride roughshod over the legal system. This is NOT a game, LulzBoi!


WTF is up with you people?!??!

I simply can't believe the fawning knobheads in these comments who think that lulzSec(WTF??) are anything other than petty little criminals who need catching and full prosecution. They have committed criminal acts! Do you understand the importance of ensuring that we don't condone these acts? What if they had broken into your home, would that be fine as long as they are doing it for the lulz? These little pricks remind me of blackbirds annoying a cat, and all you pussies sit by and approve! Grow the fuck up, LulzBois!

Julian Assange™ applies to trademark himself


What a cock!

The man is obviously a little ill - won't somebody please call his mother!?!?


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