top Favorite clickbait hook?
Have I stumbled onto Facebook by accident?
What the fuck is "clickbait"?
Does it involve babies, kittys or family members? Isn't it suppressed by AdBlock+?
top Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.
Jake: Hit it.
Doesn't get much better than the Blues Brothers.
You beat me to it.
top MasterCard Joining Push For Fingerprint ID Standard
Please mod parent up.
It's clearly ok as a username. Although who cares if a user name ends up stored in a cookie? But not for authentication, not even as a two factor option.
top The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
It took that long to load the page at 300/300.
top I'd most rather, of the following, search with:
I've got all the URLs I need written on a million post-it notes stuck to my monitor, desk, walls and chair.
about a year and a half ago
top FCC To Update 1996 Cell Phone Radiation Standard
How dangerous is the other end of the transmission? Are cell towers a threat?
Only during a hurricane when a falling tower (unlikely) could cause structural damage or injury.
top A Truckload of OAuth Issues That Would Make Any Author Quit
/. allow that troll to keep posting that shit?
What happened to any form of moderation and control on here?
top Intel To Help Stephen Hawking Communicate Faster
They're going to have to enhance the aurocorrect dictionary or it will make complete nonsense of Prof. Hawking's very technical speech.
top Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol
... When some drunk pillock swallows one?
How soon does it take before the lawsuit?
top UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints
The fucking pointless cookie popups are a monster PITA on my phone.
Especially when I clear them every time I close thr browser to save space.
top How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code
An article that could have been astounding is on a site that got Slashdotted. Perhaps they need some experienced web programmers.
top Facebook To Eliminate Voting On Privacy Changes
... so they cancelled the poll.
I didn't like their privacy system so I cancelled my FB account.
top Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt
What a wuss. Call me when does it with just a normal jumpsuit.
Because above the Armstrong Line (63,000ft) your bodily fluids (sweat, saliva, tears and blood) boil. That makes you die very quickly. You have to use a pressure suit.
top Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...
...Will be told summarily to go away because this is Australia and we're not obligated to follow American traditions they've seen on television.
There's always a few every year... [/getofmylawn]
Same here in the United Kingdom, for the same reasons.
top Gas Prices Jump; California Hardest Hit
1 Gallon (US) == 3.78541 litres
1 litre costs £1.379
1 GBP pound == 1.61340 US dollars.
£1.379 == $2.22488
So 1 gallon of gasoline costs 3.78541 times 2.22488 or $8.42
Now stop complaining.
top Spreadsheet Blamed For UK Rail Bid Fiasco
The UK Government is proud to present Omnishambles v1.0
For folks who've not yet met the word "omnishambles", it means it's fuck up what ever way you look at it.
Most amusing was seeing Beardie Branson bleating that the Gov't was corrupt because they'd taken away his toy train set and given him a bank (Northern Wreck aka Virgin Money) to play with instead.
top If I had a time machine, I would first visit...
Not if you have a delorian you jack ass
Or even a "DeLorean" if you want to get the spelling correct.
top To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
MOD PARENT UP.
top To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
We frequently get this discussion in the UK. It came up during the Olympics when cyclist was killed by a vehicle turning left across his path (he'd forgotten the simple rule of never go up the nearside of a vehicle that could turn across you). The media then got Bradley Wiggins in a press conference and asked him whether there was any way to prevent the death. Bradley (who'd not been briefed by his team or by British Cycling) said "Perhaps we should make helmets compulsory".
That doesn't work for a number of reasons:
Try getting an arsy teenager on his BMX to use a helmet, helmets aren't cool
You may take less care and do reckless and riskier things if you're wearing a helment.
I want to choose whether I use a helmet.
I don't want people dissuaded from getting on a bike because they don't want to use a helmet.
That said, I chose to wear a helmet. I've had too many visits to the hospital. I've cracked a helmet (rather than my head) when I crashed at speed. I've seen the reports of James Cracknell who was taken off the road in America by a truck wing mirror and survived (probably because he was wearing a helmet).
We're all adults we should be able to make our own minds up. We can also encourage our kids to wear a helmet but we don't want to follow our European friends by legislating for it.
Europe has a lot of advantages over the UK. They have bigger wider roads with dedicated cycle paths, they have car drivers who aren't selfish bastards.
top Raspberry Pi For the Rest of Us
I've only been waiting TWELVE weeks for the delivery of my Pi.
I'm not pissed off, of course.
Perhaps when they get round to delivering it, I'll be able to try some of this stuff.