evilerik: There is not a programming language on the planet I can not corrupt :)
slackthumbz: I'd like to see you try brainfuck
evilerik: that would be like trying to corrupt an Italian politician
It's Friday! 2013-10-04 08:20
evilerik: There is not a programming language on the planet I can not corrupt :)
I hate these 'facts' sites that seem to be so profligate these days. 2013-09-09 15:39
Seriously, whenever you see something 'incredible' please remember that this literally means 'not credible' despite its more common usage in modern parlance. Do yourself a favour and double check it on a site like Snopes before you repost it all over the internet because a pedantic arse like me will almost certainly check it and tell you what an idiot you are for not doing any due diligence
Trollin', trollin', trollin' 2013-09-09 15:27
I find it somewhat annoying that these days people equate being an overtly obvious obnoxious dick with trolling.
There once was a golden age when trolling was all about being a very subtle obnoxious dick.
Those were the days before the White Knights got all high and mighty and started calling the waaaaaambulance at the drop of a hat. The internet used to be a frontier for linguistic duelists, skilled in the art of the silver tongue and razor sharp wit.
Now it's an aggregate of poorly captioned cat pictures and ignorant morons who think that calling someone a twat and then saying "LOLZ JUS TROLLIN" is trolling. It's really not. It's being a cunt.
Here's one for the Apple fans 2013-09-04 10:13
سمَـَّوُوُحخ ̷̴̐خ ̷̴̐خ ̷̴̐خ امارتيخ ̷̴̐خ
See here as to why.
*sigh* 2013-08-27 09:19
Today I found out that my father is finally off of all his post-transplant meds (bone marrow transplant for leukemia), his bloodwork is looking great and he's feeling good. This. Is. Awesome. Seriously, I couldn't be happier but then I read the comments on facebook and all I saw was various members and friends of my step-family (mostly Phillipino Catholics) giving praise and thanks to their god without a word of gratitude to the real hero here; science.
God did not save my fathers life. Seriously, I cannot fathom their logic in this. Apparently god doesn't intervene to prevent people getting life threatening illnesses but after science and medicine has cured them it's all somehow thanks to the grace of a so-called loving god that could easily have just not allowed this shit in the first place. Sorry, but no. You don't get to cherry pick what is and isn't the work of god. Remember that catastrophes are just negative miracles. If god does intervene why is it only ever after things have gone horribly wrong first? Why don't you blame him when catastrophes happen to good, innocent people? Or does that not fit your paltry confirmation bias? To me this whole situation highlights one of the biggest problems of religion, that it teaches people not to think critically and frankly I am appalled.
In the absence of those individuals recognition of the real heroes of this scenario I'd like to give my utmost thanks to the doctors and nurses that tended to my father during his illness, to the surgeons and support staff that carried out his bone marrow transplant and to the giants of research and development upon whose shoulders all these wonderful, dedicated medical professionals stood and exemplified the highest ideals of their profession.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so, so much. You saved my fathers life and I am eternally in your debt.
A wild banner appears! 2013-07-04 08:13
You may notice the big fuck-off banner at the top of the page, it's not advertising, rather just trying to help spread awareness in light of all this NSA PRISM and GCHQ Tempora shit that's been revealed.
Pro-tip: Ed Snowden is a hero.
Oh for the love of... 2013-06-14 12:20
Todays news is extremely infuriating. My response, and I'm trying to keep this as short and civil as I possibly can is as follows:
Pro-tip assholes, snooping the entire country's communications data will simply result in an explosion of encryption tech. It will not help catch 'terrorists' or 'paedophiles', two very popular buzzwords when playing the irrational fear card in order to stifle real debate, and all that will happen is that such information will be abused by the state or hacked and abused by criminals. We do not need more laws, the security services do not need more powers. Back the fuck off and give us back our privacy you incompetent, lying, pernicious fucking cunts.
A fond farewell 2013-05-25 10:48
R.I.P Stephen Walker, you will be missed.
A farewell to all things Ubuntu 2013-04-23 11:42
It must be said that my primary reason for using Xubuntu was to have a reasonably light Linux install that didn't burden me with excessive dependencies on horrible bloatware such as zeitgeist, unity or the vast majority of gnome3. So you can imagine my surprise when testing the 12.10 -> 13.04 upgrade procedure in a vm when I noticed that such wonderfully useless pieces of tech such as the gnome-control-center and large parts of unity and zeitgeist were being introduced as core dependencies to the xubuntu-desktop package. I was disappointed to say the least, to be more accurate I was pretty livid.
"So what?" You might reasonably say, "why not just remove the crap you don't want and to hell with the -desktop metapackage? You don't need it to run your system so just get rid of it!". These are not unreasonable points, I totally agree. However what I wanted was a system devoid of a lot of the excessive crap that ubuntu seems to pile into its default setups. My disdain for this excess has gotten to the point where I spend inordinate amounts of time post-install disabling shitware and having to mess around with the core of the system so as to get things running the way I'd like. Unfortunately *buntu setups do not take well to lots of tweaking and in the process you often end up with a system that is now partially unstable because it's so dependent on extras.
It's not me, it's you
So it had come to this and I realised that what I realistically needed to do was go elsewhere and find a distribution that let me do things my way and that didn't fuck about. I wanted something that I could configure from the command line, only installed what I wanted it to and that had the latest software available. I had a look around and the answer seemed pretty obvious really.
Arch Linux, here I come
Arch was the obvious choice, it did everything I wanted and I could tweak it to my hearts content. It was designed just for that kind of (ab)use. So I got down and dirty with the documentation. A daunting experience initially but after some reading, googling and eventually mixing the Beginners Guide with a handy howto I found here I had enough information to fire up a test vm and get familiar with Arch before converting everything over. It's worth noting that if you do follow that particular guide that, at this time of writing, the naming conventions for network devices has changed slightly so when setting up your network make sure to run
ip addr show
To make sure you get your device name right, otherwise you may find that you're without a connection when you reboot into your freshly bootstrapped system. Since then it's been a breeze, Archs documentation is superb. Their wiki has a wealth of info to solve damn near any problem you can think of and the AUR is a fantastic resource.
Thanks Arch, you've given me back Linux in a way that I can enjoy and actually get shit done with.
The Death of Google Reader 2013-03-14 10:31
So it turns out that Google are killing off the Reader RSS aggregator. Personally I'm deeply disappointed in Googles decision, I'm very fond of Reader and I use it every day across multiple devices and platforms. Interestingly for me, someone on the Register forums has suggested Feedly as an alternative to Reader and they've already got an FAQ up for all the Reader users that are migrating to them. I will most likely be among them.
I find it difficult to accept Googles rationale behind this decision, as far as I can see all they're achieving is breaking the trust of a lot of tech savvy users. It raises the question, why should we put our trust in Google products when they seem to be likely to just axe them at a moments notice despite many people depending on them. And whilst usage may have 'declined' I'd be willing to be that it's still fairly high.
Today Google has lost a lot of good faith and trust from a lot of people. I, for one, will definitely have to think very carefully before signing up for and using any new Google services from now on. Why should I? For all I know they'll be gone tomorrow too.