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By Herring (Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 09:55:34 AM EST) france, fuck you linksys (all tags)
Note that I cannot be arsed to put accents in. Unless someone tells me a quick way.


I know I've been saying this for a while, but fuck you Linksys. New thing: the wireless has been moderately reliable (more so for me than Stepdaughter), but the wired connection to the "main" PC has gone odd. Essentially, every second or so (although intervals don't always seem regular) XP says "cable disconnected" then it connects again. Bear in mind this is the wired connection. So, I change the cable in case it's dodgy: same. Change the physical port on the router (it has 4): same. Add a network card (that machine has a built-in one): same. The one thing I haven't tried is a different computer on a wired port but I don't have a 10 metre ethernet cable handy (I do, but it's a crossover) and I am very lazy.

I think the router is fucked. SD turning it on and off all the time may not have helped but I'm also partially guilty. Anyhow, this is not good as Mrs. H. has to use mine and:

  1. I have not set it up to restrict access to my pr0n stash
  2. It doesn't have her documents on it
They have Belkin ones in PC World for £70. Tempted. I popped in there on the way home (if nebbish is reading, he may know the joy that it Purley Way) to see if they had a 10m non-crossover cable (yes) for a reasonable price (no).

Any Husiites have comments on the relevant merits of different types of wireless gear?

I also desperately need more storage on this machine (see point 1 above) and them have 250GB disks for, like, £70. Also tempted. Managed to walk out of there without buying anything as we are supposed to be on an economy drive. Also, I don't like buying from PC World on principle (big company - must be crap/unethical in some way) but they are considerabley cheaper than Maplins.

So, anyway, holiday stuff.

SD is 13, into dodgy metal music and a vegetarian. Rural Brittany has little to offer for such a person - when the only fish they'll eat is fish fingers. I seem to recall not enjoying similar holidays when I was that age. Small Boy, by contrast, was hyper excited about almost everything from the moment we got on the ferry. I was not totally convinced about the value of the French club we've been sending him to after school, but while his vocabulary isn't up to much, his accent is brilliant.

The food issue, particularly in restaurants, was a problem with SD. Whilst the locals pay lip service to the concept of "vegitarian" I am not sure they really understand it. I think SD was quite offended by my first meal which was a good-old salade de la fruits de la mer with a large complete langoustine rampant (who I christned "Dave"). Actually, not having taken them on in this form before, I had trouble with Dave. Could've done with some pliers or a screwdriver. Hard bastard.

The first few days, it was just the four of us, but we had deliberately booked a large 4 bed house anticipating one or other set of grandparents to visit. In the end, the both did and overlapped for 3 days - which was ... interesting. Maybe more of that later.

Moaning about the news

Whilst I am no fan of violent porn (I prefer to see ladies depicted as enjoying themselves, possibly together) I have concerns about this legislation. Admittedly I haven't researched the subject, but where would you draw the line between some anti-semtic alcohlic's "mainstream" movie about a scantily clant man being tortuted by other men in leather and skirts, and a bit of fun with ropes and gimp-masks?

This reminds me, Mrs. H. and I watched The Green Mile while we were away (it was one of the English language videos belonging to the house). It has definitely put me off electrocuting anyone.

Has anone heard from the Borg recently? Oh wait - I saw that picture he posted of his wife's cleavage.

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accents by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:02:34 AM EST
I dunno about quick, but I use HTML entities, comme ça.

Do those work in titles ... by Herring (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:03:35 AM EST
or polls? I can't be arsed to check.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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It does in titles - ignore last post by Herring (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:08:39 AM EST
But, however (if St. Hulver is listening) when you do an edit on a story with numbered items, the update fails complaining about the <li value="1"> thing (see - I do know about HTML entities).

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Yeah I know by hulver (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 12:41:40 PM EST
Shit isn't it.
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I love my Belkin 54g by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:16:23 AM EST
It was pretty cheap after rebates, and my Thinkpad T40 connects to it great.


IIRC by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #5 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:18:34 AM EST
Groups got "violent porn" banned in Canada at the behest of feminist groups siting violence against women. The powers that be immediately used it as an excuse to arrest a bunch of guys selling gay (all-male) porn.
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Well ... by Herring (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:33:09 AM EST
There was a guy on the radio news as I was driving home making the point about consenting adults/freedom etc. He pointed out that technically giving someone a love-bite (USian "hickie"???) is a criminal offence in the UK. The only people who have been prosecuted under such laws are all-male groups.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Love bites are illegal?! by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #24 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:01:00 PM EST
Wow, they'd have sent (N)NFF down for life if they'd caught her...

I can only assume that it's assault, but for ffs talk about consensual. (Well, mostly, anyway)


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This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.

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Purley Way by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:22:27 AM EST
Well there's a coincidence.  Only on Sunday did I travel that way for the first time I know of, and stop at Wing Yip for a Chinese.  Not bad, though they did take the unusual shortcut of deep-frying the duck quartered rather than making it crispy by roasting.

See previous diaries for polls demonstrating that deep frying is not the Hussites' preferred way of cooking duck.


I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

I intend to go in there one day by Herring (4.00 / 1) #10 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:38:45 AM EST
The duck cooking sounds wrong though.

And I now have a craving for aromatic crispy duck. You bastard.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

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I suspect that... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:22:46 AM EST
All wireless network gear is naturally crap, so my good experiences are but blips in the graph. FWIW, I've had decent luck with Netgear and less good with Belkin and Linksys.

accents, wireless and gross food by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:23:12 AM EST
Unless a recent patch has changed things, accents are impossible in scoop unless you're using a character set that has them. Most html entities show up showing the & value ; Blah. Of course, it's been ages since I've tried.

I feel SD's pain. At fourteen I was a vegetarian growing up in Ohio. The only foods available at most eating establishments was all carbs all the time. But this is why I prefer Burger King over McD's. Burger King has had the ``Veggie Whopper'' for as long as I can remember.

For network gear, I hear all the cool kids use Netgear. Right now at home, I'm using D*Link simply because it was the least expensive non-Linksys option when my Linksys router went bad.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
I believe it was me who broke them! by gazbo (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 11:03:24 AM EST
You may or may not remember a bug in scoop where anyone trying to type an ampersand would find it going "a bit funny" every time they previewed.  Well, when I fixed that it had the opposite effect on polls - such that entities in polls stopped working.  But a minor price to pay compared to the ridiculous preview bug.

Can't remember if it was me who broke titles, though.  Either way, I have a claim to fame.

I can't actually remember why we couldn't have the best of both worlds, but ISTR it was something to do with Scoop not knowing whether the data came from the DB or the POST.  It's all a hazy memory.


I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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who cooks for SD at home? by garlic (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:40:59 AM EST


Usually Mrs. H, sometimes me by Herring (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:45:09 AM EST
I do a fairly good roasted veg lasagne (I thing tf and ana have tried the recipe) and a few other things. Mostly involved rosted veg. SD has tried my barbecued fish though.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Why boycott PC World by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 12:37:12 PM EST
They're Dixons in disguise whixch is a good enough reason (part of Dixons Store Group).

What deffinition of "extreme"? by hulver (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 12:45:18 PM EST
My "friend" has some of a woman taking 3 hands in the twat (he says they tried to fit four in, but it just wouldn't fit). That's pretty extreme in my view.
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Well, I suppose that's the point by Herring (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 01:16:23 PM EST
I mean, when someone doesn't want a cock in their arse, having to take it must seem fairly extreme. For people who like someone taking a cheese-grater to their ... no, I have to stop there.

I think the problem is that a law like that is probably undefineable.

For a start, there is the problem that I mentioned - i.e. that mainstream cinema can and does get away with depicting violent and non-consensual [sexual] acts. Does that jpeg on you disk drive come from sickopervs.com or is it a still from The Crow/Pulp Fiction/Personal Services?

The second problem is how you tell between depictions of consensual acts which were actually non-consensual and vice-versa.

It'll end up like the farce of the Obscene Publications Squad where the definition of porn was anything "they felt" might "corrupt and deprave".

Plus there's the fact that without monitoring everybody's internet activity all of the time, it's unenforceable.

Definitely a silly law.

I am also curious though as to what they would define as "extreme".

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

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Word on the street* is by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #18 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 01:57:29 PM EST
that it's what's already illegal to publish. So it's been defined somewhere.

*that's the street as in Radio 2, obviously, or maybe Kerrang!. One of the two.

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Which is what exactly? by Herring (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 02:14:23 PM EST
Sigh. I think I'm just going to have to mail a whole bunch of images to the home office and as which ones are OK. Again.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Maybe you could ask them by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 02:27:07 PM EST
exactly how many hands have to be wedged in before it's illegal.

I do agree, it seems too vague, and caused by a one off case with a nutter, which never helps.

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Duck. by motty (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 02:30:05 PM EST
Bastards.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
/me ducks by Herring (4.00 / 2) #22 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 02:42:57 PM EST


christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Quick way by motty (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 05:24:36 PM EST
Copy and paste from existing page containing accents. This can also be done while drunk, for the added fun of getting the accents wrong.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
Yet another bad law by Cloaked User (4.00 / 1) #25 Wed Aug 30, 2006 at 10:24:18 PM EST
I suppose it's a little too early to judge properly, but that law has all the hallmarks of being truly awful - kneejerk reaction, poorly defined scope, criminalises essentially harmless acts between consenting adults, criminalises a law-abiding majority¹ because of a tiny minority who will probably offend despite it, and hypocritical.

1 by which I mean the majority of people affected, not the majority of the population, of course

If violent porn truly inspires people to do such terrible things, then surely all depictions of violence are comparably bad and should all be banned. I agree about The Passion - that has some pretty sick sequences (all lovingly depicted in close-up), and yet noone seems to want to ban that. Likewise we'd better ban films depicting criminal behaviour, lest Heat inspire bank robbers, or Leon turn people into cleaners, etc. And as for war films...

Still, I can't say I'm surprised. Bliar's government seems to do its best to pander to the tabloids on quick-"fix" issues like this, and is very big on curtailing freedoms for imagined safety.

I just wonder how long it'll be before "normal" porn gets the same treatment, because a rapist is found to have a stash of it.

Oh, as for the borg, I saw a comment on slashdot from the "Rogerborg" account, and another on Bystander's blog, so I assume he's still alive. He probably just doesn't love us anymore.


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Purley Way by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #26 Thu Aug 31, 2006 at 01:34:55 AM EST
I've yet to experience its joys, it's on the wrong side of Croydon for me. You've got me thinking now though - it's one of the south-east's shopping destinations I haven't tried yet.

I remember family holidays at 13 being a real bind as well, you just want to be with your mates. I think I started enjoying them again when I was 16 (though that could have been the psycho girlfriend I was glad to get a break from).

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