UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity
A simple solution will be for everbody in the UK to change their name by deed poll to Luther Blisset. Then whenever you sign up for something just pick any old address. We're all Luther Blisset !
The political class in the UIK really are a bunch of evil, selfish, greedy bastards.
30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology
And the technically literate are even more afraid of the internet because they know how shoddy a lot of the code running it is.
And let's not get started on how utterly dreadful the usability is on a lot of sites.
I've gone from being an early adopter to refusing to do a lot of things online (i.e. banking, paying bills etc.). It's not worth dealing with the complete suckage.
Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code
Sums up the main points nicely.
Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop
> i can still run a DOS app on win 7
Yeah but you can't run XP drivers. Which breaks perfectly functional, excellent quality, EXPENSIVE, old hardware which quite a lot of us have.
One of the main reasons many of us had for using Windows was that you almost always used to be able to run your old stuff on the new stuff.
Now they just arbitarily break things on every release, introduce crap that everyone sane hates and release far too often.
My XP machines will be running until I die. In 2038 I'll reset them to 2000 and carry on (assuming I'm still alive). I've got spare motherboards, disks, graphics cards, etc. etc.stockpiled (One of the advantages of the sheeple upgrading when they're told is I get to buy perfectly functioning quality hardware for peanuts)
I run a PC to run the hardware and software I want to use. Not to "experience" the latest desktop metaphor thought up buy some 13 year old hipster who has no fucking clue about what an actual usable, productive interface looks like.
Personally I'd really like a 64 bit DOS based machine which would boot up to a truly minimal set up (kernel, access to hardware and filestore etc.) then just let me run the software I want.
Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain
The phrase "life imprisonment" means nothing in the UK. Recently a man absconded from a prison who was said to be serving 3 life sentences. From reading the newspaper article reporting the case it transpired that his tariff was actually 13 years (sorry can't remember which paper or exact details).
So when being used by the UK justice system the term "life" would seem to refer to about an average dogs life. It's totally meaningless and quite frankly an insult to your intelligence.
This being the case "life" for computer related offences will probably mean you serve about 1/2 hour in an open prison - unless you take some money off someone powerful in which case you'll probably get a "life" sentence of about 10 years.
This doesn't take away fropm the fact that this is anoter pathetic, ill thought out, idea for legislation dreamt up by one of the useless cretins currently in parliament.
The UK justice system is a sad joke whose only purpose is to protect the rich and powerful (same as the world over really)
Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases
Following the Snowden revelations your NSA inspired dream of cloud computing and total social networking (i.e. full access too all the data in the world) is dead.
Nobody with a brain would even think of storing their data on an American computing resource.
The rest of the world.
The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes
So who controls what's available for streaming ? Corporations (again)
Ooh look, all those wonderful independent releases just dissapeared from the face of the earth because some uncultutred turd decided it was no longer commerically viable to store them.
Just look at the BBC and how most tapes of the early episodes of Derek and Clive got put into landfill so they could make space for tapes of Pan-o-bloody-rama (crapulent propoganda at it's finest) How many episodes of Dr Who have also been lost ? How many other culturally interesting things have been lost ?
If something's going to be streamed it'd better be in a format that I can make a local copy or I'm totally uninterested. I'm not paying per view and I'm not having what's available at any point controlled by some tasteless old white man in a suit whose only interest is rent seeking from other people's contributions to human culture.
So no thanks I like my local copies. I control them. Once I do get a spinning disc the first thing I do is remove the adverts and convert it to digital format so it only spins the one time I transcode it anyway.
Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I hear you. I'm stuck on Windows XP due to using Logic 5.5.1, 2 x Audiowerk8 cards and 2 Unitor interfaces.
The drivers for the hardware don't work post XP, not all the VSTs I use work post XP, not sure if Logic 5 will work post XP (some folks say it does but without the hardware working I've not even bothered to try it) so upgrading this machine simply isn't an option.
I've been using this setup for over a decade and I've got somewhere near a thousand songs/mixes etc. in Logic. This setup does what I need and I can whizz round it at great speed so I don't give a shit what Microsoft thinks about upgrading. I'll be running XP until either the hardware dies or I do (with me being more likely to go first).
Just recently stocked up on spare motherboard, hard drives, PSUs, processor & RAM just in case :)
New does not always mean better (hell, look at Windows 8 - it's absolute shite ;)
The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
> Immersion heaters are not safe.
I do hope this comment was meant to be funny. Or maybe your planet has nuclear powered immersion heaters with armed guards and death rays ?
Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It
Ah good old Nth Qld, land of the elves and shoggy beasts in the cold, cold North. I wonder how King Shqrxx and his lovely daughter Mngfgtrx are doing these days ?
Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?
It's actually a lot closer to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows
Wish I had mod points today because you're spot on. If someone wants to radically experiment with a new interface paradigm they should fork the existing app and damn well leave the existing one alone.
Especially when it comes to the desktop GUI and the file manager. Give the new shit as an option, but damn well leave the old shit in place as an option too and allow the user to choose which one they want to use.
Coders need to learn to respect users. People use computers as tools and tools should not be arbitarily changed.
Can you imagine if programmers made hand tools ? You'd come in to work one morning to find your hammer was a paintbrush head glued to the end of a chopstick and the nails had been replaced with rubber toothpicks because some newbie fresh out of kindergarten has decided that's all they need to do and it "lookz kewl".
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
> Change for the sake of change is of no benefit to the user. UI designers don't seem to get that
+ 1000 Informative
Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
Ho ho. This is why NoScript and AdBlock are essential for browsing the interwebz :) All I saw was a load of badly laid out text that didn't seem to say anything worth reading and some huge fonts. Even better browse with Lynx for the win !!!!
At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...
VHS_Mob ? Boycott from the 10th to 17th ? I'm in ! The new beta site sucks. not quite as bad as Windows 8 but....
How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible
Trying to stop people altering their consciousness with chemicals is a waste of time. As long as people aren't driving around under the influence, or otherwise endangering third parties, who gives a shit ? If someone is stupid enough to get addicted to something that's their problem. Give it to them free and give them free treatment until they get clean (i.e. don't force them to become petty thieves to sustain a habit)
The real problem with drugs is that they can cause people to lose their societal conditioning and they will no longer play the game and act like a good sheeple.
Not forgetting that prisons and the court system are a great money spinner for the privileged classes.
Look at Victorian England. Laudenum, Cocaine, Opium, Heroin all available over the counter from the local chemist. High society parties where people would have a good dinner then sit around sniffing glue and ether. Did society collapse ? Did people spend all day high doing nothing ? No. A myriad of wonderful mechanical inventions came about, amazing stuff got built and people got on with their lives.
If that's what happens when people can get high in peace bring it on.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%
Never mind the software what about the hardware ? I've got quite a few pieces of pro audio equipment that work beautifully and do not have Windows drivers beyond XP.
So I ask myself... am I going to upgrade my O/S and buy thousands of pounds of new hardware whilst simultansously ditching my perfectly working, excellent quality, audio hardware (selling ot for peanuts on ebay) ? Nope. Not a chance in hell.
Just to be on the safe side I've also bought backup copies of my current motherboard, processor, RAM, PSU etc. which will sit in a closet until something fails.
The fact that the Window 8 UI sucks donkey balls in hell and seems to be an attempt to create a retarded childs interactive game in place of a functioning UI is just the icing on the cake. XP is going absolutely nowhere in my studio :)
Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving
Any moron caught doing this should be given a lifetime ban from driving anything more powerful than a mobility scooter. No ifs, no buts, no mitigating circumstances. They are simply unfit to be in control of a vechile.
Protect Your Android Phone By Killing All Its Crapware
+10 agree. Google are the NSA in disguise. The internet was built on anonymity and we're going to have to fight to keep it that way.
Maybe we should all start using "Luther Blisset" as our "Real Name" on anything that ask for one ?
Hell let's all actually change our names to Luther Blisset :)
Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix
Windows 8.1 breaks the whole computer. Having a non functioning mouse is the least of your worries.
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