[reaches for sickbag]
20 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Apr 2013
"...Is it really fair to moderate someone's comment "straight into the bin" and then use it to mock him in an article?..."
Of course it's not fair, but sadly par for the course. I find it's generally the sites which are the most self-consciously "maverick" which tend to be the most ready to abuse their editorial powers, when anyone calls into question their studied "cool".
Well, judging by the amount of
spam adverts sponsored tweets that started filling up my Twitter timeline over the past few months, Twitter are already well on their way to transforming themselves into the latest "ad-slinging" social network.
After a few weeks of replying to the companies foisting the
spam adverts sponsored tweets upon me, asking them questions about fictiious health scares with their products, I eventually gave up and closed all my Twitter accounts.
Any other 'despisers-of-spamverts' wanting to flee Twitter before it becomes intolerable should check out the ad-free alternative app.net. Although in theory it's a paid service [hence the lack of ads], it's pretty easy to score an invitation for a free account, with a bit of judicious
Googling DDGing. The clientele seem a bit more "tecchie" on ADN [as its aficionados call it] too.
or, as El Reg breathlessly put it when this story originally broke:
"...The Feds pounced after learning he apparently “was leaving the United States abruptly to return to China on a one-way ticket”..."
This followed by the obligatory avalanche of commentards pointing out that "... LOL!!! ROFL!!! China is teh stupid LOL!!! Idiot Spy Man should buy return ticket. Not so suspicious. LOL!!!..."
See how easy it is to be manipulated? Remember that, when you read the next a-whoopin' and a-hollerin' news report about the next bogeyman.
Logically I know that items such as this will, one day, be the priceless antiques of tomorrow. But I just can't get over the mental block of associating plastic cased electronics with throwaway junk and landfills.
Obviously my forebears shared the same lack of vision, which is why none of the bastards had the decency to pass down intact through the generations, some everyday objects from the 1700s, and solve my present day financial woes.
Trying to access thepiratebay.sx from the UK throws up the usual error:
"...The page you're looking for has been blocked.
We're complying with a court order that means access to this website has to be blocked to protect against copyright infringement..."
Now, did the infamous court order require ISPs to block thepiratebay.<any TLD>, or are the ISPs self-censoring? If the former, how can that be legal? If the latter, then it's a sad indictment of the spinelessness of the ISPs in question
I've just ordered two and have received three confirmation emails up to now, last one giving shipping date as today. So hopefully mine are on their way.
I've been pondering getting an eReader for a while now for reading outside, as my iPad screen is no good in bright sunlight. I always thought it would be a bit of an extravagance to have a fondleslab AND an eReader, but for thirty quid a pop, it's a veritable no-brainer —I paid more than that for a leather case for my iPad.
For a lot less money you could buy a decent tablet [fandroids and fanbois choose as appropriate] and bung it in an armoured case. My iPhone 3GS has withstood about 4 years of being rained on, dropped, covered in oil and muck, etc. with no ill-effects, thanks to being inside an Otterbox Defender case. I've never understood the point of building the "armour" into the gadget itself.
I wonder did they ever regret choosing those Ws, given that "double-U" is alone in the alphabet as requiring 3 syllables to pronounce the name of a single letter. Thus making the acronym WWW only three letters, but a hefty 9 syllables long... which is presumably why most folks seem to come out with something like "wu-wu-wu", when telling someone else a web address.
[interesting factoid: In Spanish W is called "ve doble" meaning "double-V". A more angular viewpoint on the letter-form]