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June 10, 2008

Idiot, or Comedian? You decide.

Writing about web page http://www.amazon.com/review/R1PPJ35WY17216/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

A review on Amazon.com that is either stupid or a joke. I'll let you make up your own mind, although I think the fact that he still gave it 2 stars is good evidence for "Joke"...

I found it through another Flickr photo, and decided to do a version that was cropped tighter.

Idiot, or Comedian? You decide.


June 04, 2008

I'm With Stupid →

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/7435752.stm

It's embarassing to think I share a country with ignorant pricks like these...


May 20, 2008

'Phone calls database considered'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7409593.stm

Oh for the love of all that's sane. Where to begin? No...all right? Just "No".

This kind of shit is why I have less than no faith in politics.

It was a stupid idea before, it's still a stupid idea, it won't work, it'll be too easily abused, and I seriously doubt it'll catch any real dingleberries.

Whatever happened to privacy?

Whatever happened to this being a free country?

What makes the government think they can protect this data? They don't exactly have a good track record...


April 12, 2008

It's a bypass… gotta build bypasses…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7344045.stm

I wholeheartedly support Mrs Reid's actions; I find it absolutely disgusting that houses are still demolished to make way for building projects, and I can think of no better way to get that point across.

It is an archaic and irrational process, and I seriously worry about the mental state of anyone who thinks it's a good idea to demolish someone's home for something as frivolous as fucking football or a damned supermarket.


April 08, 2008

If backpack bombs actually looked like bombs, then they'd be useless…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/7336740.stm

A BBC radio reporter was held to the ground and searched by police under the Terrorism Act after his transmitter equipment was mistaken for a bomb.

I have several issues with this. Firstly, the equipment apparently looks like this:

Radio transmitter backpack

Admittedly, as well as a radio transmitter, I will accept that this could look like a bomb, but that is precisely the problem: backpack bombs look like backpacks; if they looked like bombs then the bombers would never be able to get near their target...

Secondly, it is worth pointing out the sentence Mr Khan's backpack contained equipment that is regularly used to allow reporters to broadcast from locations around the city centre. Did you notice the important word? It's "regularly". This equipment is regularly used around the city. It is not a rare occurrence for this equipment to be chosen; it is used regularly.

Thirdly, apparently Police were told an "Arabic-looking man was acting suspiciously" outside a shopping centre. Surely all that matters was that a man was acting suspiciously; or even "someone" was acting suspiciously. What difference does it make if he looks like an Arab or not? Have people forgotten that just the other decade stupid people would have been informing the police of "green-clad suspicious people with shamrocks" or some other appropriate stupid stereotype. "Arab" does not equal "terrorist", and "terrorist" does not equal "Arab"; any Arab terrorists just happen to be Arabs and terrorists for completely separate reasons.

Finally, Chief Superintendent Jane Sawyers said I am pleased with the positive and professional way the officers dealt with the incident. I'm sorry! Forcing a professional radio reporter to the ground because some people decide to make bombs that, apparently, resemble radio transmitting equipment is now considered professional!? What's wrong with "We fucked up, big time" or "Epic Fail", or "Keeping the peace; we're doing it wrong"?


April 04, 2008

Policing internet 'not ISP's job'

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7329801.stm

The guy who runs TalkTalk's broadband has announced that he's not going to bow to pressure from the music industry to stop people sharing music, stating that it is not his job to be an internet policeman.

I find it hard to sympathize with the music industry. I do not mean I support sharing music illegally, I just mean that it's hard to sympathize with a multi-billion dollar industry trying to get more money.

Of course it's not really in the best interests of the ISPs to disconnect users for illegal file sharing; the ISPs aren't losing money from royalties, but they are gaining money from broadband subscriptions.

Maybe I'm just being cynical...


March 12, 2008

Do it yourself you lazy sod

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7291382.stm

I've just come across this BBC News article which says that apparently Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales has been accused of agreeing to edit a page on the online encyclopaedia in exchange for a donation.

Obviously he denies it, and I wholeheartedly believe him; he of all people should know that the lazy donor could just edit the damn thing himself.


March 11, 2008

I cry the tears of utter despair…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7287984.stm

Apparently school-leavers should be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to Queen and country, says a report commissioned by Gordon Brown on British citizenship.

I imaging it would go something like this:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to the Parliamentary Democracy & Constitutional Monarchy for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

For crying out loud, we are not America. We should embrace this and be proud of it.


February 28, 2008

BACS: The "C" is for "Crap"...

Here are two scenarios:

  1. I use my computer to access my bank's computer-based Online Banking system. I log into their computer and the computer presents the interface. I have already passed the authentication process, so the computer should be happy that I am who I say I am. I tell the bank's computer to send some money to another computer to settle a bill. It does so, but it takes three fucking days.
  2. I physically go to my bank (or the nearest cash point) and physically remove some physical money. I then get in the car and physically drive (let's approximate to a maximum of 8 hours, which it about how long it would take to travel the roughly 600 miles from the top of Scotland to the bottom of England at 70 mph in a straight line) to the physical headquarters of the company that issued the bill. I physically hand them the physical money to settle the bill.

How the hell can I get physical money across the country faster than the banks can send virtual money in the form of electricity!?

If we assume the electrical signal travels at the speed of light, then if it takes 3 days for the money to arrive, that means the signal has had to travel about 2 million times around the equator (I love Google) before it eventually reaches its destination...

I've already established my identity with my bank's computer by passing the log in screen, I have the money available in my account, I'm assuming it's just computers that are handling the transaction, so what takes them so long?!

It's ridiculous.

UPDATE: Just found this on Wikipedia:

The BACS system, and in particular the time taken for money to move between accounts, has been widely criticised by consumer groups as inefficient and archaic, especially as it is the system used for money transfers made by telephone or internet banking. This compares unfavourably with other developed countries, particularly in Scandinavia, where the "Elle" system ("Early Late / Late Early") allows money transferred before lunchtime to reach a payee's account on the same working day, or money transferred after lunchtime to reach the payee's account the following morning.


December 24, 2007

Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel

This film was shot in the Summer of 2007. Presumably it mentions this to reassure anyone who thought the documentary might involve zombies or seances...


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