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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Chrisq Re:Landline (229 comments)

My landline doesn't have text - how are you going to get my information or money for your service?

From what I see in the responses - If I don't have text, than the place you work for is useless to me.

If your landline doesn't do text to speech and you don't have a mobile number or email address you are probably too small a demographic to worry about


Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

Chrisq Re:Another option (169 comments)

You could just knock yourself unconscious with it.

Or watch porn until you exhaust yourself

2 days ago

Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

Chrisq Front-lit e-ink? (169 comments)

Its a shame it doesn't comment on front-lit e-ink displays (e.g. paperwhite). I would think these would be better than backlit displays, but not as good as unlit displays or books,

2 days ago

GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

Chrisq can't they just pick up the trail again (224 comments)

The spy agency has suffered "significant" damage in its ability to monitor and capture serious organized criminals

can't they just pick up the trail again when they come out of the mosque?

2 days ago

Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

Chrisq You'd think they'd have learned (91 comments)

Frankfurt is where they think the Lockerbie bomb got into the baggage system. You'd think they would have learned.

3 days ago

How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Chrisq Re:Incidentally... (83 comments)

The harvesting and storage of naturally occurring ice was so successful that, for a somewhat surprising amount of time, it made manufactured ice uneconomic and, for an even longer period, on-site refrigeration hardware a very niche item(even after ice manufactured on large scale ammonia based systems replaced harvested ice, it still fed the same local market of that natural ice deliveries had)..

I don't know if it was the same in the USA but my dad tells me that dry ice was used for quite a long time after electric refrigerators were available because the electric supply was unreliable. Mind you he did live in Wales!

3 days ago

Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Chrisq Re:Yup. (480 comments)

Same thing happened when they outlawed dancing.

I thought you were joking, but its true.

5 days ago

Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Chrisq Shooting themselves in the foot (394 comments)

Google may be shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to things like Google Analytics. Finding out what pages people come from is very useful

about a week ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Chrisq Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (677 comments)

Somewhat later they'll put up insurance for human drivers.

This makes not sense at all. Why would they increase insurance for humans? Do you think humans will become more dangerous and reckless than they are now?

I can see this happening through increased costs of accidents. There seems to be a trend towards increased litigation anyway, and once self-driving cars become the norm there will be an assumption that there is culpability on the part of the driver. They chose to drive themselves, despite having a safer option, so crashing and injuring others will be seen as something that could have been avoided. There is much likely to be a punitive element to compensation.

about a week ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Chrisq Re:Does the job still get done? (677 comments)

Who cleans the toilets on the starship Enterprise?

Nobody. That's why they have so much trouble with Cling-ons

about a week ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Chrisq The problem is the way we share the work (677 comments)

Back in the 60s and 70s they used to say that computerisation would give increased leisure time, with many of us working a 4 day week with a 7 hour day. I read that the predicted reduction in employment happened. The only problem is that it is shared out in such a way that some people can't get work or have to work on "zero hours" contracts for whatever time is available. The rest are over-worked and spend even longer in the office than they did in the 60s and 70s.

about a week ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Chrisq Re:Seems unintuative (175 comments)

So they could come up with a cream that lets you remain wrinkle-free until you are past your nineties, but at the expense of being unable to tolerate prolonged exposure to sunlight?

Don't tell me, the other side effect is the development of fangs and a desire to drink blood.

about a week ago

Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

Chrisq Good (54 comments)

I've been waiting for it...

about a week ago

Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Chrisq underwater ridges (189 comments)

If being connected to land by underwater ridges gave right of ownership the map would look very different. Besides which it looks as though the other end of the ridge connects to the Siberian Shelf. Push this argument too far and you could find out that Russia owns Greenland!

about a week ago

Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

Chrisq Re:Britain (189 comments)

In other news Britain makes claim to Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsy and the Falkland Islands based on "undersea Geography". And the British crown will refuse to discuss the matter.

Why stop there - we could claim the whole Afro-Eurasia landmass.

about a week ago

BT To Buy UK 4G Leader EE For £12.5 Billion

Chrisq Re:Two fewer EE customers coming up (39 comments)

My wife and I would rather go back to sending messages by carrier pigeon than become BT customers ever again. Our EE phone contracts won't be renewed.

Apart from British Gas (obviously), BT are the worst company in the UK.

You must have overlooked G4S

about two weeks ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Chrisq Re:Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

There you go again with your infantile hatred. You've probably met more Muslims than you realise, and none of them wanted to kill you. Get a grip - you sound like a scared child throwing a tantrum.

So you're saying that if a Muslim held me hostage they would probably be nice and not have bad intentions? I think you need to get a grip if you think that hostage takers are likely to be nice. Of course from your previous comments I can see that it may be that your logic skills have been insufficient for you to comprehend the statement. Just to be clear it means:

I would prefer to be taken hostage by someone who (is a hostage taker AND is a wack-job)
to someone who (is a hostage taker AND is a Muslim)

about two weeks ago

9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Chrisq Re:Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (158 comments)

a single wack-job

The hostages aren't even dead yet and our islamist apologists have already played it down.

I'd rather be held captive by a whack job than a Muslim. Someone might be able to persuade the whack job that he was acting wrongly.

about two weeks ago

CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Chrisq Re:Oh noes! (772 comments)

Terrorists kidnap, behead, murder and rape people everyday. No one cares. Muslims force non-Muslims to live under conditions much worse than than apartheid and no one says a word. Palestinians explicitly target civilians in unprovoked attacks because the burden of peaceful coexistence isn't compatible with their need to humiliate and persecute filthy infidels. It would be nice is we could fight our wars honorably. It would be nice if we didn't have to fight at all. It would be nice if I could turn on TV to a news station for a year, and for once, not hear about Muslims murdering people while they gloat live on TV every single time. It would be nice if the left-wing media didn't immediately blame everyone but the actual terrorists.

Sometimes you have to do bad things to evil people or they will do much worse to you or your love ones. People will blame you. They will say you are evil. They will say you provoked all of this. No amount of logic or truth will ever make them see the reality of your situation. You will be blamed no matter what you do. The terrorists will always be "innocent." You will persecuted because they are cowardly hypocrites who will always blame the person who refuses to be a victim.

Have a happy Christmas and don't be a bloody terrorists.

Very true, but we don't win by becoming like Muslims ourselves.

about two weeks ago



How do you assess the status of an open source project?

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "Our software landscape includes a number of open source components, and we currently assume that these components will follow the same life-cycle as commercial products, they will have a beta or test phase, a supported phase, and finally reach the end of life. In fact a clear statement that support is ended is unusual. The statement by Apache that Struts 1 has reached end of life is almost unique. What we usually find is:
  • Projects that appear are obviously inactive, having had no updates for years
  • Projects that obviously not going to be used in any new deployments because the standard language, library, or platform now has the capability built in
  • Projects that are rapidly losing developers to some more-trendy alternative project
  • Projects who's status is unclear, with some releases and statements in the forums that they are "definitely alive", but which seem to have lost direction or momentum.
  • Projects that have had no updates but are highly stable and do what is necessary, but are risky because they may not interoperate with future upgrades to other components.

By the treating Open Source in the same way as commercial software we only start registering risks when there is an official announcement. We have no metric we can use to accurately gauge the state of an Open Source component, but there are a number of components that we have a "bad feeling" about.

Are there any standard ways of assessing the status of an open source project? Do you use the same stages for Open source as commercial components? How do you incorporate these in a software landscape to indicate at-risk components and dependencies?"


A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion Euros

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "

A woman in south-west France, who received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has had the real amount she owed waived — after the company admitted its mistake. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, said she received a huge shock when she opened the bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (£9.4qn). This is nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

If only she paid the bill Europe could have been out of recession and France the world's strongest economic power!"
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Teenager's stomach removed after drinking cocktail

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "From the BBC:

A teenager has had emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Lancashire Police say Gaby Scanlon was out with friends in Lancaster last Thursday (4 October) when it happened. The 18-year-old is reported to have become breathless and developed severe stomach pain before being taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Officers say she would have died if doctors had not performed the operation. The woman, from Heysham in Lancashire, was taken to hospital at 11pm. She was diagnosed with a perforated, or pierced stomach, and is now in a serious but stable condition. 'Toxic chemical' Lancashire Police have not named the place where she bought the cocktail, but say it has stopped selling it.

Why the hell would anyone even consider this a good idea?"
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Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Police arrest boy in Weymouth

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq writes "The BBC reportsthat a teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter. It goes on to say "A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications".

Evidently he twitted "You let your dad down i hope you know that".

If there ever was something that should have been left to censure by other fans and friends and not made a police matter then this is it. This sets an all-time low in the threshold of free speech in the UK. If it sets a precedent how many other comments and posts will result in charges? How much normal conversation would be illegal?

This is also likely to be ceased on by groups wanting to suppress criticism; with "unkind words" being reported to police."

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Move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress rough

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "The move of Windows Live Spaces users to the WordPress platform is having some problems. There are lots of queries on the WordPress forum about how to move back to live spaces, which is not possible.

Also, draft posts are not migrated, which is not obvious from the instructions, with instructions to publish drafts being burred in a forum thread. One user lost 30 or 40 drafts with help staff not certain whether the will .

The large number of users is straining Wordpress's support staff, and problem reports are taking over 24 hours to get a response. The migration process has a backlog, which has left some users in the worrying situation that their Live Spaces blog has gone but the posts don't appear in their wordpress blog for hours. There are some suggestions that it can take 24 hours for this situation to be resolved.

Was this sort of chaos predictable?"

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Massive Orkut Hacking

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chrisq writes "It appears that many Orkut communities have been hacked. The "converts to Hinduism" forum was changed to "converts to fucking Hinduism", and contains many anti-hindu posts. A post http://www.orkut.com/CommMsgs.aspx?cmm=28092814&ti d=2540072012157365331 gives a list of hacked as

Massive hacking of Hindu communities
List of Hacked Hindu Communities —
D.A.V. ians
Bhumihar Samaj
Shweta Salve-The Dancing Queen
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Amar Chitra Katha
Rabindranath Tagore's works
Metro Railways, Calcutta
Bangla Bhasha
Monda Club (Bengali Sweets)
IACS, Calcutta
Nandan Chattar
Dwarka Rocks!!!!!!!!
Jai Shree Ram
Dhulashia School
Aishwarya rai




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