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Comment Re:No it is not (Score 1) 351 351

...and therin it succeeds.

There was an ad several years ago for Levis. A guy goes into a launderette and strips down to his boxers putting everything in the machine. The ad was so successful, that numerous non-levis jeans makers noticed an uptick in sales.

Whilst $brand would prefer you buy their chips, if you buy any chips at all, that's good enough. It means you're on the hook, and maybe you'll think "hmm, I'd like chips" all on your own one day, without their prompting. If you happen to buy $brand, then all the better, but if not, then you've still expanded the market for chips.

As for those of us who claim not to receive any advertising. You read /. don't you!? Every other article is effectively advertising something - sure, it's not "buy $brand doughnuts because they're awesome", but it's "$brand has been working hard to cure cancer" - it may not be a "call to action" (so goes the advertising lingo), but it "creates brand awareness" (more lingo). That brand awareness has an effect on which brand you'll buy when you make your next purchase.

Comment Re:Follow the signals (Score 1) 321 321

Faking the moon landings would (arguably) achieved the same political benefits as actually going there, and, so long as it wasn't found out, would have asserted US superiority over the USSR, and would have stopped the USSR's programme of moon exploration and kept people talking about it for years. So one can at least argue that there may have been motivation to fake the whole thing - even if technically difficult to do without being found out.

Faking some pictures of a small celestial body far too far away for any of us to have seen it (even with a telescope) seems like it would achieve almost nothing of any use. It's interesting to scientists and the like, but that's about it. It's hardly going to change world politics.

Comment Re:Guilt by association! (Score 1) 334 334

...sounds to me like time to set up a kickstarter or whatever to fund her flying repeatedly in and out of the country, preferably along with a few other journos to document how many people she gets met with (preferably with photos to try to keep tabs on who is doing what). Time how long she's detained for each time, and get identities of as many agents as possible.

Comment Re:Chapel Hill/ Carrboro North Carolina (Score 1) 654 654

... but how will I assert my enormous dick if I'm in the same sort of vehicle as everyone else?

In all seriousness, I don't know anything about Estonia, but in a lot of not-espeically-rich-but-getting-there cultures, doing things that are wasteful and unnecessarily expensive are seen as status symbols. By way of an example, if you're anyone (or want to look like someone) in Moscow, your car needs to be big, expensive brand and spotlessly clean (even though the roads are covered in brown, slushy snow). You're so rich after all, that your driver will tirelessly clean and polish your car at every stop you make.

As to whether to use free public transport or not: Taking public transport has some major advantages, so long as your environment allows for them:
1) You can sleep while you travel (now something of a staple for me and many many others on the trains I take)
2) You can drink as much alcohol as you like at your destination (or even during the journey, if you like)

Now, if your work is in some god-awful hellhole that has about as much soul and culture as a concrete factory, then (2) isn't going to be of any use, even if you like the sound of it. If however, you work somewhere cool, then it's an extremely useful feature.

Comment Re:What a load of horse shit (Score 1) 337 337

I always thought of Australia as America with less of the bad bits. I found Australians keen to enjoy their lives - not just to work, or live in ever bigger houses, or drive ever bigger cars, but to actually enjoy the experience. I also found Aussies to be considerably more genuine that Americans - they do a certain amount of "how yer goin'?" and whatnot, but it's no where near the whole "hi, how are you today? Oh that's awesome! Okay, you have a great day - missing you already!" crap you get in the US. Also, whilst Aussies can't make a decent sausage, their food is (on the whole) less artificially altered than the US.

One weird phenomenon of Australia is that everything is a duopoly - want broadband? Two suppliers can do it. Want a car? Well, two main makes. And so it goes on... Stuff ain't cheap either, but I guess if you're rich that's not so much of a concern.

That said, my information is a few years out of date, and we've heard lots of stories about the Aussie government doing some really brain-dead stuff, so maybe it's not all that any more. Still, if I was handed a residency visa for the US and Australia, I'd take the Australian one. Since I'm not American, and don't have the requisite funds, or indeed inclination, it's all a bit of a moot point though.

Comment Re:Let's wait for some actual details (Score 1) 174 174

I wonder why successive governments seem to want to put themselves into this particular firing line. It's as if Obama periodically gets a call from the NSA saying "Hey, go call the limeys and make sure they're doing as we asked". Us Brits then have to "look busy" but then get these things defeated by a small margin so that we can say "we tried really, really hard".

Comment Re:It's simple (Score 1) 267 267

... and if you're using a Fortinet, think very carefully about blocking the "unrated" (aka. uncategorised) 'category'. Doing so means practically half the Internet is unavailable, and franky, I'm bored of having to ask to have things categorised. If I access them and they're not categorised, then get them categorised - they shouldn't have to wait for me to fill out a boring captcha form every bloody time.

Comment Re:certs are like college degrees (Score 1) 296 296

I got a Microsoft Certified Professional about 20 years ago. I passed it after 4 days of training and tests, having only every really done a bit of desktop stuff along the way (in my unix jobs) before that. The actual Windows admins on the course all failed it first time around. Why? because the test required you do it "the microsoft way", and not the way that literally every admin in the world does it. As I had no idea what that was, I just recalled what they'd just told me the day before rather than using any sort of experience.

I also sat the Checkpoint exams around the same time (having done some pretty crazy weird setups for various complicated customer requirements). I failed the 'basic' and passed the 'advanced' (and so failed the qualification). That fact that's even possible reminded me that there's really no value in these sorts of exams. I never bothered even asking if I could take a re-sit.

Vendor certifications are really a measure of how well you can regurgitate the kool-aid.

Comment Re:Yet again Adobe (Score 1) 123 123

Their CQ (now AEM) website CMS product also has more holes than a sieve. When they produce 'security packs', they refuse to tell you what areas they touch with it "for your security". In other words, they just give you a binary blob that may, or may not, break random aspects of your application but don't tell you what areas to test. Funnily enough, this isn't something Gartner bothered to look into before they took the money to put CQ into the 'magic quadrant'.

It's not so much they can't write code, its that they can't manage themselves in any meaningful way. Anyone buying Adobe products for anything important needs their head examining.

Comment Re:Kessel Run (Score 1) 227 227

The thing I'd worry about is that they'll make him 'nice'. He's supposed to be the kind of guy that shoots first and the kind of guy that only an ex-jedi could sufficiently second-guess to trust. I'll bet they'll make him into someone who's basically a good guy that occasionally slips up with the odd victimless crime (but only because he's desperate).

If he doesn't have to hose out the blood of the previous owners of the millennium falcon at least once in the film, it ain't worth watching ;-)

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