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Comment I wish SeeSaw did this (Score 1) 249

I flatly refuse to use now, because of the obnoxious forced ads, and their buggy (due to DRM) implementation. Often, their video will bug out, you have to restart the whole thing - and sit through the same Windows 7 commercial I have already seen five times. I already own Win7, so the adverts just makes me angrier each time I see them.

Comment Re:What OS? And how annoying? (Score 2, Interesting) 366

That reminds me of something I did when I was a bit younger. I was leaving the company that day anyway, and some dude had been bugging me for months. At some time previous I'd shoulder-surfed the IT departments "test" account, which I logged onto on an unused PC in the office. I created a simple .bat file

net send annoyingguy "message i wanted"
goto start:

Or something along that vein. I can't remember exactly how I made it work, but possibly by leaving the PC on, monitor off, when I left work the last time.
The boss knew the people I went to work for so it didn't end well for me, but looking back it was incredibly funny and the couple weeks out of employment turned out to be very beneficial to my career in the long run.

I heard a couple months later from some old co-workers that it took IT about two days to figure out and in the meantime, old mateys account was unusable.

Live and learn I guess. Was still funny, and incredibly basic.


Submission + - EVE Dev Asks for Player Support, Players Retaliate (

Kitty o9 writes: An EVE Online developer recently asked for player support in the European Game Awards voting. The backlash was swift, and strong.

The first post indeed sets the tone, "You're serious?" What follows is over thirty pages of player discontent. They're annoyed that a year ago a 1000 person battle didn't seem to be a massive problem lag-wise, and now there are reports of far less numbers making the game unplayable. A number of sources have picked up on the news, Kotaku provides some of the more recent coverage.

EVE Online has been mentioned a number of times on Slashdot previously, from RMT, fraud, the fight against RMT, to how everyone should take an example from CCP.

Recently, CCP posted a dev blog giving the player base the idea that they're more interested than pushing more new features than fixing old problems.

Comment Already illegal in the UK. (Score 1) 1123

Suprised reading over the comments that nobody mentioned that photographing or videotaping of police officers is illegal in the UK. Is it a crime to take pictures?

Yep, you guessed it... Terrorism.

From today, anyone taking a photograph of a police officer could be deemed to have committed a criminal offence.

That is because of a new law - Section 76 of the Counter Terrorism Act - which has come into force.

It permits the arrest of anyone found "eliciting, publishing or communicating information" relating to members of the armed forces, intelligence services and police officers, which is "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".

Comment Re:News on the BBC is not free (if you live in UK) (Score 1) 246

I replied earlier in the story saying how a TV licence man saw my TV, I explained it, and I still don't pay the licence fee.

I have had the opposite experience. I don't have a TV. When I did it was attached solely to a games console. Every time I wrote them a letter saying I don't watch TV and wasn't going to pay a license. They send the boilerplate "A rep will come round to check" but never did.

You don't happen to live in student accomodation, "affordable accomodation", a council estate or a hostel do you? I've lived in some of those, and boy do the TV licence guys have a field day. A lot of people admit they watch TV, they incriminate themselves - so lots of bonuses I guess.

Comment Re:News on the BBC is not free (if you live in UK) (Score 2, Informative) 246

you can get access to the web stuff without a license I believe but you have to not own a television.

This isn't strictly true. My flat gets zero terrestrial TV signal, though I do own a television which is used for TV-OUT, DVDs etc. I had a TV licence man knock at my door a couple of years ago, he noticed the TV and I explained the situation. I didn't hear from them again for about a year, I just have to remind them of the circumstances. They're OK with it.

Not a fan of their guilty until proven innocent stance in general though.

Comment Re:Password strength vs. how often you change it (Score 1) 499

Agreed. We use an old accounting system called JDE, which has a caseless, mandatory 8 digit password - no more, no less. It forces a change every 2 months. You could pretty much calculate anybodies password by taking their surname, and their length of employment. So Joe Bloggs who worked for the company 3 years would likely be bloggs18, for example.

They would be better off allowing us to keep one $EcúR3 password for the duration of employment really.

Comment It's already illegal to photograph certain people (Score 1) 419

I know that in the UK it is now illegal to photograph police officers going about their duties, this probably applies to government officials also. This was touted as an "anti-terrorism" measure of course, but it suggests to me that they didn't like the idea of peaceful protestors recording brutal police tactics, for example.

Comment Re:That makes no sense (Score 1) 281

This reminds me of a time when a colleague and I in the same department had handed in our notice, he was off work that afternoon, and I was stuck with the manager. She kept going on about this, that, the other etc and telling me how to live my life basically. I was so annoyed, I thought I'd drop my mate an email describing the situation. I intended to send it to his gmail, but the autocomplete tricked me - I sent it to his work email. I realised immediately after I pressed send, so this feature could have been useful then. The manager was monitering his email as was the policy when someone was out of the office. Her face dropped, and I could tell it had upset her. I was just lucky that a) I was leaving soon anyway, and b) not said anything overly offensive. :)

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