Apparently I’m drunk again

No. It’s for real. I’m on it. I’ve glimpsed the truth and I hate it. I really really hate it, from pinkie to dandruff, I bloody hate it. I’d love to see good win against evil, I’d love to see things always work out in the end – that’s just in those bloody films from at least a decade ago, lately there’s a new trend: the hero dies. Continue reading

Is it a choice?

… In short, no.

My prediction on the US elections winner is Clinton. It’s the safe bet – since Trump refused to go all out on her. I’d say Trump will get between 20% to 30% of the votes and her darth sithness will win. I’ve seen it before. Eastern Europe’s been doing it since before it was cool, pairing the “desired” candidate with either a right-wing lunatic or somebody with less charisma than Al Gore. Guess who won, c’mon, guess.. Hipsters and most people with working neurons don’t bloody vote and/or they’re already too confused on weed legislation to matter. If the undecided get scared enough, they get to leave their comfy homes and hobbies and they’ll bloody vote for Clinton because change is always some scary shit and they already fear change – scare them enough and they’ll stop up voting crap on facebook and do the unthinkable – actually bloody act. It doesn’t matter if she’s corrupt or not, it doesn’t matter if she’s the right choice or not (for that, I lean on the “not” side), all it matters is that lots of scared people herded like sheep will come out to vote for her because Trump scares them. Look at him, that hair alone got more coverage than the whole Benghazi affair because the media is really after the truth and unicorns were discovered around the Arctic Circle.

For my part, I hope Trump wins. No, not because of what he says but because of what he is. An outsider. Somebody who managed to unite the whole bloody financial sector, media and business tycoons against himself. If you want to see who almost brought the world economy down – take a look at Clinton’s supporters and I don’t mean the little fellows, they only obey the official message. I hope Trump wins because it’s the first significant, believable threat to the status-quo. It doesn’t matter if Trump gets voted out of office, if he resigns or whatever – if he gets elected, it means the average Joe has power and is willing to use that power. It’s the only stick politicians fear since carrots only serve to keep them there.

I honestly don’t believe all that crap about Trump. I know he’s a narcissist, vain and a rather nasty fellow – I’ve read his books and lived through his bankruptcies. But he managed to become a symbol of hope to everybody including yours truly, an’ I’ve got no freaking idea how he managed that. Clinton has all his traits too and worse, you know. She already had a shot at leading, commanding and ruling and screwed the pooch on those already. But everybody united against Trump because this, right now, is the hell they know – it means nothing will change if she wins. Right now, banking is exactly what it was before 2008. Executives are even more ruthless than before. Companies still screw their employees by moving to low-cost alternatives, the trend isn’t broken and I honestly have no idea how this could work long-term except Make China Great Again and make every future-former-developed country poor(er). No country that screws over its citizens does well long-term. They choose Clinton because they still believe that matters, that one “leader” makes or breaks their future and they honestly believe Trump has more chances of screwing the pooch than her. That’s exactly what made USSR great, actually, the bloody misguided belief that there are people who can (and should) choose  and direct your life better than you, the actual human living it. It’s catharsis, I know, shedding the last shred of dignity by proclaiming “Ignorance is bliss, knowledge is evil, responsibility is tabu”. Here’s some news for you, flash, that ain’t it. People make or break their own future, but nobody but the minority actually wants to believe that because, hell, that’d mean each of us is to blame and we bloody can’t have that now, can we?

You want a bloody change? You want people actually paying attention to what you want? Bloody vote for Trump because Clinton is damaged goods. You want your country doing the same bloody thing it’s been doing ever since the male Clinton left office? Vote for her because doing the same thing over, over and over again and expecting a different outcome is totally believable, innit?

P.S. I did lose my faith in humanity a long time ago – that’s why I think Clinton will win. People can’t be expected to act in a rational, logical manner because if that happened, neither Clinton nor Trump would’ve made it this far. By fear, brainwashing, parlor tricks, misdirection and control over the news the media “educated” us all a long time ago. Time to open up another bottle. Prosit!

Bugs, bugs everywhere!

               Microsoft Outlook’s reading pane, at random intervals, usually after starting the program or changing folders, started displaying messages with blank bodies in reading pane. Blank? Nah, that’d be too easy. I meant invisible content, hidden body which only becomes visible after scrolling or typing. At random. Small body of message? Tough luck, had to change to a message I could scroll through then back and hope for a miracle. New messages hid the signature until I started typing the content. I had to scroll down the body of a reply to get it to appear. Even stranger was the fact that the content, text and pictures were totally selectable and yet, still invisible. I’ve tried everything, from removing addons to disabling hardware accelerated rendering and manually selecting stationery colors and still it didn’t work. Reinstalling didn’t work. Repairing didn’t work. But now there’s a fix. You see, html rendering in Outlook 2013+ is done using Word engine – and there it hit me like a bird on my office window (and no, it’s not a joke, that thing happens to me at least once a week, scares the living crap out of me): Word is bugged. No, not that one, Microsoft Office Word. This one. Go drink some more coffee, sleepy head. So here’s the thing that fixed my problem, in all its glory:

Microsoft Fixit for resetting Word user options and registry settings.

               I sleep better now. A heckuv-a-lot better. If I could, I’d give that team a medal for this fixit. I’ll just drink a couple of beers in your health, folks, instead.

               Cortana, that loving voice, can’t bloody do much. Hell, if voice recognition was better I could write a better interpreter for it. Unfortunately I still can’t make her understand when I tell her to lock the computer – it’s either log, look or something else. There doesn’t seem to be much AI interpreting, only recognition of programmed phrases (like that “tell me a joke” thing I use every morning) – maybe my Scottish impression of “joke” throws her off. Also there’s the problem of accessing the microphone on my laptop, she pops up on “hey Cortana” which means she heard me, but then closes the mic faster than I can open my mouth again and lovingly annoys me with the “I didn’t hear anything” response. Realtek integrated mics are bloody crap. However, if that’s the present then we have a long way to go in order to reach Jarvis levels. Like from Earth to Planet X on foot, long. And it bugs me. Also I can’t script some of her responses, which could improve things by a billion in my book – even if it were to be local scripting. Yeah, that also bugs me.

               In other news, Bruce Schneier (yeah, him, inventor of Cryptonomicon’s Pontifex/Solitaire) has some scary news – internet infrastructure is being probed for weaknesses and it’s getting worse by the minute.  Updated: his blog post. What does that mean? Well, if they succeed, there’ll be plenty of angry mobs taking to the streets because they can’t access Facebook, Twitter and other crap – but I’m more worried about the gamers since almost every game there is, even single player games, won’t run unless they have access to “mothership” servers and we all know who is behind Anonymous and Gamergate. Yeah, lots of mostly teens with lots of free time, skewed priorities and moral codes, cult-like cloned identities and massively inflated egos every time the media mentions their cult group.  Anyways, shit happens, deal with it. Though ima joining them if I can’t get my daily dose of 9gag. Heck, who else? Housewives who can’t post baby pictures or share terrifyingly fake conspiracy theories on Facebook? Blah, blah, blah. But 9gag? Nobody touches that and lives.

Post scriptum: Next post? The plague of our time, refugees. Maybe. Anyways, anybody wonders why there aren’t many refugee-related crimes up in Greece as there are in say France or Germany? Right now, my answer would be: “you don’t shit where you eat”. If Greece walls up, nobody gets into Europe. Hell, that’s done! No need for another article about it. So, next article: white, dry wine. The sort that sucks the moisture out of the air when poured. Oh yeah, baby!

Irony? Nah, this was their plan

Because, you know, nothing says privacy better than a lil’ bit o’ blackmail. Confused? Don’t be, it’s like this: Adblock Plus blocks ads, but marketers can pay to have their ads whitelisted. If they don’t want to pay, their ads will be blocked / not displayed. If that ain’t blackmail, I don’t know what is. And I’m pretty sure that’s going to backfire Hindenburg style.

You see, this is just what marketing already said: we decide what you’ll see, if you want to use this content. Now, that ain’t inherently bad the way it started, showing some advertising on the side of the content – though there’s hunger around and that led directly to what we’re seeing now, some content on the side of advertising. Banners, pop-ups, dozens of new tabs/windows opened without permission, seizure-inducing shifting colors, all that bloody led to the development of ad blocking software – and let’s not forget the dozens of beacons/tracking tools designed to take a peek into your knickers if they could. That’s all still around. Content? What’s that?

Post Scriptum: I’m ok with paying for an ad blocker. I’m ok with paying a publisher for an ad-free version. I’m not ok with the ad blocker paying the publisher or the publisher paying the ad blocker for the “privilege” of deciding what I want to see.

For the record, uBlock Origin does it better.

Shit happens

I’m laughing me arse off today. I’d have done that yesterday, but I wasn’t around for the big reveal. Leoni was hacked, they say. About 34 million quid vanished, they say. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the fresh prince of Niger must’ve reached with the finger gnawing to his wrists, green with envy. If all he had to do was to telnet to mail server to smtp port and add ehlo, rcpt and easy peasy (that was back in my day, now… must be some better tech, innit?) to get the manager to wire away 34 million quid, well… However, the best choices aren’t about hacking because it’s as sure as the upcoming Deadpool sequel that wasn’t hacking – hell, there’s only 2 possible scenarios: either they faked it for the insurance / fraud combo or they had an inside job. I lean towards the combo. Want more? Apparently it was usual practice for their managers to email (Jesus, I can’t stop laughing) demanding money transfers and the perpetrators knew exactly who and how to ask for it. Even worse, the bank (I assume there was a bank involved) didn’t ask for an invoice as per every bloody overseas transfer involving unknown accounts. And that’s of particular interest (or should be, anyway, for anybody with more than 2 working neurons) since the country they were operating from is Romania, where there are strict anti-money laundering regulations because they aren’t in the euro zone. I wonder if they pay their wages in monopoly money. Maybe they’ll wire me a couple million quid if I say pretty please. Sheesh, ’nuff said.