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139 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017


E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK's first trial

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Re: At Pen-y-gors, re: they know who you are...

"Sure it's a serious pain in the ass, but it's not impossible to beat them at their own game."

All you've managed to do is prove that it's possible to steal a scooter. It's also possible to steal library books, bowling shoes, supermarket trolleys and cars. Despite that, we still manage to have libraries, bowling alleys, supermarkets and hire car companies. (Well, not Hertz, I admit).

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!

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

That's good news. I'm already impotent and ugly so 6G had no downside for me.

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Re: Snowflakes....

"So broadly speaking the young aren't coping and the old are doing just fine. It turns out then that sitting about i...[tedious list of stereotypes goes here..."

You're being wilfully silly here. The real reason the young are doing worse during lockdown is that they're more less likely to be able to access furlough (as gig workers, students etc), more likely to be put on furlough if eligible, more likely to be living in cramped city centre housing, more likely to be sharing with people, less likely to have a garden, less likely to be able to work from home...

Bricks and mortar chemists take down Indian contact-tracing website

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Re: "Indian law prohibits online medicine sales under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940"

The Act won't have been unamended since 1940. It just means the first version was passed in 1940.

Infosys denies former head of diversity recruitment's accusations of racial bias and visa fraud

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Re: "Infosys has denied the allegations"

Infosys is an Indian company founded in India, headquartered in India and traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Obviously if you look at their global board of directors most or all of them are going to be Indian.

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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When buying wireless headphones for the purposes of Teams, Skype for Biz etc, it's important to check not only that they connect with the PC but also that they're compatible with the software. bought a perfectly good pair of JBL headphones off ebay last week, connected immediately with the laptop - totally incompatible with Skype for Biz. Googled it and it's a common complaint. Bugger.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

I don't love Facebook but asking there is any good reason to use WhatsApp just shows a degree of ignorance and a lack of imagination. Not everyone has a phone contract (plenty of people esp in developing countries) just use their device on wifi, not everyone has texts and data included in their contract, not everyone has international texts and calls in their contract, its easy to use so grandma gets it, it's got free video calling, its encrypted (to a degree...).

Creeps give away money to harass recipients with abusive transaction descriptions on bank statements

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Re: How hard is it to trace the source?

I'm not sure - only one way to test: send me test transfers with naughty messages. Start with a few grand and reduce the amount a bit each time. I'll let you know when I stop receiving them.

(I think you can send £0.01 in the UK if you really want).

Home Office waves a cool £1bn to outsource handling of British visa, citizenship applications

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There are no words in the English language to explain what an expensive and poorly administered shitshow the UK immigration system is. I'd like to think it was a deliberate strategy to create a hostile environment - but I doubt the government is capable of evil that intricate.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: Fraud is a big issue for etailer

Alligator leather is perfectly legal - it's not an endangered species and there are big farms that feed the leather trade.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Re: Stelios & EGM

He has in fact offered a payment to anyone that sends him evidence. Despite him describing that person as a whistleblower, anyone sending Stelios evidence of that bribery instead of to the cops or their own boss first will be in a world of pain. Good news for laywrs tho

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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Re: Great

Leaf it out mate.

Car crash: Uber axes another 3,000 jobs, closes 45 offices as punters snub app during coronavirus lockdown

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Re: Pesonnaly

"Each of whom I want to personally thank...except you, Chris. You're useless, and this whole thing is your fault alone."

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Re: Should have been shot...........

Maybe calling for the death of politicians isn't really the best idea at the moment.

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Re: There is no such verb as "to author"

Author is a verb in UK English. It's in the dictionary and everything. Interestingly, "gullible" is not officially a UK English word.


verb [ T ]

UK /ˈɔː.θər/ US /ˈɑː.θɚ/


to write a book, article, etc.:

He has authored more than 30 books.


You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Okay. We won't miss you! :p

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Re: And in other news...

You might get served with child support writs every time you went to Tesco's, though...

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Re: Why bother?

Or walking through a demonstration with your hands in your pockets

Or sleeping naked in bed in Brighton

Brit defense contractor hacked, up to 100,000 past and present employees' details siphoned off – report

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Interserve also empties the bins at shopping centres. Although the MoD won't be impressed, it doesn't mean that any super sneaky spy info has disappeared.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Add to this rant the tedious GDPR messages that leave you with two options: "yo, dawg, that's triflin" and "righteous, dude, hit me up with that sweetness". There was nothing wrong with just saying "no" or "yes" ffs!

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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Re: Einstein vs Newton? Where the hell did that come from?

"his behaviour towards Leibniz was dire..."

Seems like a harsh way to treat a beloved biscuit baker.

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Re: A possible explanation for sudden behaviour change.

"It's not based on a rational analysis of the available data - and that's unusual for Musk."

There wasn't any rational analysis of the available data when he went on either Twitter tantrum to call a totally innocent person a "pedo guy".

Samsung to launch debit card and financial-health-as-a-service service

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No-one has ever said "God, I wish my debit card came from the same people who developed Bixby".

Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping

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Re: Xenophobia and Racism

"so what if Chinese, German, or Russian company wants to buy something? The Cold War has been over for 35 years now, but some people can't seem to look past it."

You can tell how the Cold War is over because Russia isn't invading its neighbours (Ukraine, Georgia), isn't an authoritarian regime (how many doctors have fallen out of windows for criticising the COVID response?), and isn't undermining weak democracies (Hungary, Guinea). No reason to examine why Russian companies might want to invest in dual use technologies at all...

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Re: And who will pay ?

"why not sell non-voting shares to raise capital?"

Please give me money. You don't get to decide how I spend it.

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Re: And who will pay ?

"Britain was build on laissez faire"

Are you having a giraffe? There's no laissez faire economics under imperialism. The Brits destroyed the Indian textiles market after invading. Those slaves, cotton, rum, steel etc that flowed through Liverpool, Bristol and London weren't being freely traded with willing buyers and sellers.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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What a world we live in

When a propaganda channel for the Russian state (Ruptly) retransmits a propaganda channel for the Iranian state (Press TV). Now that Jeremy Corbyn's got more time on his hands, maybe he'll comment on the "news" reported by his former employer?

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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Well, that and the fact that the two white guys mysteriously got paid in full.

This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers

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If "Traditional Chinese Medicine" worked, it would be called just "medicine".

Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant

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Re: "This decision will also ensure the state complies with US trade restrictions.”

"But why not simply ship them straight to Oz?"

Legally: because it would still be Huawei that receives them.

Practically: because there isn't a Huawei factory in Australia.

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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If there's one thing the last decade tells us, it's that the UK electorate doesn't vote for woke Marxists.

Former Googler Anthony Levandowski ‘fesses up to pinching trade secrets about self-driving cars

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U wot, m8?

"Mr. Levandowski is a young man with enormous talent..."

Levandowski is 40 years old. Meanwhile at the other end of the courthouse corridor, children - predominantly black - are being tried and convicted as adults to do real time.

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you

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How about someone operating a node for ToR or a VPN?

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update

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Re: Criminal Damage

"However, IANAL.."

What you do in your own time is your business, and I don't see why you're bringing it up here.

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

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This is good news for consumers - not just from a safety perspective, but also because it will shatter Uber's monopoly in one of the biggest European markets. If Uber is banned and binned, it will open the door for competitors like Bolt, Ola, Kaptan, Wheely, Careem, Gett and others. Equally, regulators should find it easier to regulate multiple weak companies than one behemoth.

The Uber bubble is going to burst. You can't carry on losing money on every ride forever, and there's no way for Uber to make money other than total domination of the market, which is both impossible for them and bad for us. The Uber app was great - it's time to move on to other providers.

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There are loads of minicab and taxi apps apart from Uber e.g. Bolt, Wheely, Gett. My local minicab office also has its own app (presumably bought in as a white label product rather than designed in the arch under the train station).

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TfL doesn't employ any taxi drivers.

From Libra to leave-ya: eBay, Visa, Stripe, PayPal, others flee Facebook's crypto-coin

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Re: eBay, Visa, Stripe, PayPal, others flee Facebook

You're mixing up three different concepts (legal tender to discharge a debt, fiat currency, and the right to demand payment in a specified form).

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Re: But today I'm a reformed character

"energy can only be bought and sold in $ as mentioned above... "

This is simply untrue.

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Re: WTF?

The limited supply ("scarcity") of gold is what sustains its value.

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?

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Re: obliged to return to the commune of her birth

IIRC (no promises) you don't get a lot of Gideon's Bibles in Catholic countries because the distributing charity are a bunch of American prods.

I just love your accent – please, have a new password

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No. He's using big words to say "dark-skinned person".

Juniper Networks gives SEC $12m to settle bribery charges but says everything's fine

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Queue baa, Libra: People will buy what Facebook's selling. They shouldn't, but they will

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Re: Regulating Cryptocurrencies

1) "in-system value gain" is already taxable as capital gains. Don't let YouTube hucksters convince you otherwise.

2) Facebook already has external audit obligations because it's a publicly-traded company.

HP CFO Cathie Lesjak didn't even read KPMG's Autonomy due diligence before $11bn biz gobble

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Re: What's wrong with a proper reporting tool?

As a bitter former "professional advisor": because that's what the client wants. No-one ever reads the fucking reports in which you painstakingly explain what you've found, how you reached that conclusion, and what it means. People can barely be bothered to read the one page executive summary for a $200,000 piece of work. And these are the bastards who are running the companies in which your pension funds are invested!

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Re: Still reading the document. You are evil.

"Because it isn't a draft. It's an interim report, not a draft of the final report."

It is a draft - it says so on the front cover. It's also interim, as the introduction explains. That makes it a draft interim report.

You go that way, we'll go Huawei: China Computer Federation kicks back at IEEE in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Redacted from Muller repoet

"Trump: Hold my vodka."

Unlikely. Trump doesn't drink (or smoke). Many other vices, though...

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Re: Yay more standards

"another entity, say, the EU, who will guarantee academic freedom and foster intellectual endeavors."

How's academic freedom doing in our sister states like Poland, where it's a criminal offence to contradict the government's position that "Poles did nothing wrong in WW2", or Hungary, which recently shut down the Central European University for getting too uppity? Or even here in the UK, where people like Peter Hitchins (who's certainly a disagreeable windbag, but hardly a Nazi) gets no-platformed at universities?

Introducing 'freedom gas' – a bit like the 2003 deep-fried potato variety, only even worse for you

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Re: Can someone tell me how.....

"Nick's knack at Novichok gives his dog a bone"

Take my upvote and get outta here, you monster



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