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Comment: Re: Disgusting. (Score 1) 663

by Anne Thwacks (#49536635) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
Also, Google doesn't have access to Amazon,

maybe perhaps, they don't. I sure would not bet on it. What does Google do? Searches, you say. Well, I never. They search, they find. Finders keepers.

You are damn right the government has access to everything. The real lesson from Snowdon is, anything the government knows, will leak out sooner or later. (Probably sooner than you think).

Snowdon told us what he found. The other few thousand leakers kept their traps shut so we dont know who they sold the data to.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 2) 663

by Anne Thwacks (#49536581) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
it's just that pot smoking is very very often an introduction to other, more harmful drugs

Research done in the 60's showed that almost 100% of heroin addicts ate cornflakes for breakfast as children. You could probably repeat the research today with Kinder Eggs in place of cornflakes.

If you are unhappy and turn to pot, it probably won't solve the problem. So you try something harder. obviously, it aint gonna work, so you take more and harder stuff, and it ends badly. If you start young, your judgement was probably worse too.

Correlation does not imply causation.

Comment: Re:No, This Is Important for People to See (Score 0) 252

by Anne Thwacks (#49536443) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis
No. You are doing it wrong. You need to upgrade your tin foil hat. If there is no scientific evidence, then it means "Big Pharma" has hidden the evidence under the carpet, and bribed even more congressmen than normal. There is always scientific evidence. Some of it is complete rubbish, that is all.

If you can't find evidence to support a theory, then it is like in CSI when they cant find fingerprints - someone must have wiped them off!

Comment: Re:Good ... (Score 1) 277

by Anne Thwacks (#49527401) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
It's my damned screen, and my damned internet connection.

Right on - If I watch their ads, can I bill them for the bandwidth and my time at <Going rate for legal advice>?. I am quite willing to forward them said legal advice for an additional fee. (But for those of you unwilling to pay, here is the secret legal advice on our hidden laser screen, spoken by a mystery voice: sod off.

Comment: Re:I don't even mind ads (Score 3, Informative) 277

by Anne Thwacks (#49527175) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
Being older than you, when an advert appears instead of the content I requested, I assume it is the wrong URL, and try again. When that does not work, I try another URL.

I do not go there to watch ads, and I do not want to watch ads. If I wanted to buy stuff, I would search for stuff. If they do not want their content to be viewed for free, let them put it behind a paywall where I don't have to see it at all.

There is a precedent: If I don't pay to go to the cinema, I dont get to see the movie. I am happy with that. If they put it on the Internet where it can be seen, then it is supposed to be free - like it is on your front garden/window.

Comment: Re:That's only half of the story! (Score 1) 228

by Anne Thwacks (#49526645) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'
He also did not mention the major riots in the UK a few years ago, which happened because a lot of people thought known gangsters were more trustworthy than the police.

The UK police have an image problem which is seriously impacting their ability to fight crime - and he is one of the reasons.

+ - Google vs W3C->

Submitted by Anne Thwacks
Anne Thwacks writes: Google have launched their initiative. This is to down-rank sites that are not "mobile friendly". Amongst other things, it requires the use of "large fonts". W3C say font size 3 is "Normal". Google appear to want font size "6" to meet their "mobile friendly" requirements. This makes most web sites unusable because too little info is present on the screen at one time to make sensible navigation choices. Surely if size 3 is "normal", then boursers Incluiding Google's whould render size 3 in a readable manner?

Or is the problem that Old Codgers like me who are used to reading broadsheat newspapers expect to see multiple items on the screen, and choose the interesting ones http://www.sclog.org/, where as young pipsqueeks, like the Googlebots, are used to old Nokia feature phones, and can only read one word at a time? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news So, I ask /. ... who is right about HTML standards here? W3C or Google? Or was this an April Fool story that went horribly wrong?

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Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 1) 355

A change might make sense, perhaps, but this one stinks to hell. I modified one of my sites and it was impossible to use. if you want to know what your site will look like just go to news.bbc.co.uk: Oversized text, and masses of white space. You can no longer instantly see the itneresting bit and zoom to it. You wade around in the mass of white space for a bit, then go elsewhere.

As has been pointed out elsewhere, the whole point of HTML is that the server says what to display, and the browser says how to display it - on the user's device. It is up to the user to zoom in or out. VT52's have been scrapped for a very long time. Specifying font sizes in pixels in CSS is strait from http://www.thedailywtf.com/.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by Anne Thwacks (#49517473) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
Do not suppose that main dealers are more competent. I took my dad's Ford to the main dealer for some fix or other (I think it was a recall, but it was osme time ago, and I cant be sure).

When I came to reverse out of the garage, the steering was unable to turn left!

Some idiot had lost an original high tension steel bolt, and replaced it with a mild steel one that sheared when I turned the steering.

I prefer to do the job myself if I have the facilities. At the local independent mechanics, there is a good chance the owner will look at the job after his junior has done it.

I think it is at least as safe for a driver to repair his own car as an idiot on minimum wages in a main dealer's. and there is no chance at all that a main dealer can fix a microprocessor related problem. Hell, there is probably no one in the place that can even spell microprocessor.

Comment: Re:and yet Norway (Score 4, Interesting) 350

The UK was going to switch off analog FM too, but then they discovered that

1) Most FM listeners are in cars

2) hardly cars have DAB radios

3) DAB radios hardly ever work in cars

4) If they switched off FM, the car drivers would NOT by DAB replacements.

The current plan is to leave FM radio switch of "till after the next election".

I have listened to FM on my phone twice in two years. I listen in the car all the time. If FM is turned off, I would probably listen to the pirate stations on FM. I surely won't by a DAB radio. My mum has three DAB radios. It is mostly a matter of life style.

As other posters have said "Follow the money".

Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 0) 309

by Anne Thwacks (#49480605) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly
Nvidia's drivers do work 100% with Linux.

No they don't. Not even near to 5%. I have thrown all my Nvidia kit away. It DOES NOT work with Linux in any useful way.

"Nouveau" does not boot to a sane state, and even the command line functionality is worse than a Lear-Sieger ADM3A dumb terminal on a bad day. As for their propriety drivers - they work sometimes, if the wind is blowing the right way, and you are prepared to forgo security updates.

I would not touch Nvidia products with a barge pole.

Disclaimer: The last game I played a game on a PC it was "Colossal Cave". My idea of fun with a PC is trying to win real money by writing PHP that works, not paying money to get pointless high scores. When I say valve, I mean a vacuum tube.

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