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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

TractorBarry Let's all change our names. (282 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

TractorBarry And the technically literate... (191 comments)

And the technically literate are even more afraid of the internet because they know how shoddy a lot of the code running it is.

Not to mention the sheer crapulence of the average website (all javascript links, flash abominations, piss poor use of graphics, loading of javascript from multiple domains most of which is not even used etc. etc. etc.)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

TractorBarry Re:Code vs Binaries: Big Difference (178 comments)

+1 informative.

Sums up the main points nicely.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

TractorBarry Re:I won't upgrade. (681 comments)

> 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.

about 4 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

TractorBarry "Life" != Life (216 comments)

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)

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

TractorBarry Cloud is dead (142 comments)

Dear America,

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.

Sincerely yours,

The rest of the world.

about 5 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

TractorBarry And who decides what's available ? (339 comments)

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.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

TractorBarry Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

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 ;)

about 7 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

TractorBarry Re:Why? (769 comments)

> 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 ?

about 8 months ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

TractorBarry Re:Proteccionism (131 comments)

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 ?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

TractorBarry Re:1984 (293 comments)

It's actually a lot closer to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

about 8 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

TractorBarry Re:Why? (255 comments)

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".

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

TractorBarry Re: Why? (2219 comments)

> Change for the sake of change is of no benefit to the user. UI designers don't seem to get that

+ 1000 Informative

about 8 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

TractorBarry Re:Ouch! (463 comments)

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 !!!!

about 8 months ago
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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

TractorBarry Re:Frosty piss (177 comments)

VHS_Mob ? Boycott from the 10th to 17th ? I'm in ! The new beta site sucks. not quite as bad as Windows 8 but....

about 8 months ago
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How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible

TractorBarry War on drugs = war on consciousness (194 comments)

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.

about 9 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

TractorBarry Re:Windows XP still at 28.98% (470 comments)

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 :)

about 10 months ago
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Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

TractorBarry Immediate lifetime ban (365 comments)

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.

about a year ago
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Protect Your Android Phone By Killing All Its Crapware

TractorBarry Re: O'rly? No wai! (201 comments)

+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 :)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

TractorBarry Only a small part of the problem (326 comments)

Windows 8.1 breaks the whole computer. Having a non functioning mouse is the least of your worries.

about a year ago

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TractorBarry TractorBarry writes  |  more than 7 years ago

'Tractor' Barry (788340) writes "(Shamelessly copied from El Reg as I'm lazy and it's a good preface...)

What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. "As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to "exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others". However, his cherished status did not last...""

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TractorBarry TractorBarry writes  |  more than 7 years ago

'Tractor' Barry (788340) writes "(This summary shamelessly copy & pasted from El Reg... I'm lazy and it's a well written overview)
"What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to "exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others". However, his cherished status did not last...""
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TractorBarry TractorBarry writes  |  more than 8 years ago

TractorBarry writes "An Irish company, Steorn, claims it has discovered a way to generate free energy based on utilising the interaction of magnetic fields — a concept that challenges one of the basic rules of physics. Steorn has issued a challenge to the scientific community to test its technology by taking out a full page advertisement in the Economist magazine in which they quote George Bernard Shaw who said that "all great truths begin as blasphemies". . As well as the companies home page you can see more about the story at either Physorg or The Observer (UK) for details."

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