Exclusive: Boris Johnson forces Sir Ian Blair to quit as police chief

The times has the story of which I am so happy of today, here is the link for the full story

Exclusive: Boris Johnson forces Sir Ian Blair to quit as police chief


Sorry, ahem, I am so glad this complete waste of space is gone, perhaps now we can return to PROPER police values, with PROPER control of the country.

Boris Johnson, is there nothing this guy can’t do? GO BORIS!!!

I dont even live in london and I’m happier about my country with him running london than I ever was with Red Ken the Pathetic

These are two guys who have absolutely no idea how to run a city like london, hell, they’d have problems running a bar in my old home town of Connah’s Quay


Pandora Game Console: Who designed this piece of crap?

I recently read on slashdot about an amazingly specced new games console that can run ubuntu, emulators and basically bring world peace to us.  Take a look!!


Update: Here is a picture of it’s Glorious looks! ZOMG I WUNT ONEZZZ!!!!!one!

Unfortunately it looks like it was designed by the guy who wrote the Interface for The Gimp which is probably the worst user interface in the entire galaxy.  The gimp is an atrocity, I mean, you can’t even group layers together or type text straight onto the canvas and thats just the technical details, the but nobody even knows these problems exist because when the gimp loads and it shows the interface, most people laugh, close it and go and buy photoshop, because everyone knows that gimp sucks The Cock.

However, Pandora? Take your designer out the back of the office and fucking shoot that bastard, who the fuck thought that was a good design SRLSY!!

Dying rose

We’ve got plants and I like to think they make my surroundings more natural and pleasant, unfortunately, I’ve a habit of completely misundesrtanding what plants want, in this case, a rose plant.

We bought it about 4 months ago and it had flowers and looked fantastic, now, it’s a collection of stems, all the leaves have fallen off and I’m completely in the dark as to how to make this plant grow.

Before our two week holiday, it had plenty of leaves and even a flower, however, 2 weeks later when we arrived back, it had almost lost all it’s leaves completely, before I left, I watered it A LOT, it seriously was soaking wet.

So, I soaked it again, no change, more leaves fell off and now it’s just a load of twigs.  But now, ALL of the stems have started to dry up and go brown at the ends, it looks like it’s shrivelling up at the ends and dying off.

However, at the top, there is a small clutch of leaves (however, I’m so unlucky, when I was taking these pictures, I didnt take so much care, [surprised?] and I broke off two of the leaves). So now, slightly less leaves, but still, leaves are growing out of the very top of one of the stems.

Is this plant dying, growing, living, sleeping, what?

I’ve attached some incredibly bad camera phone pictures, so maybe someone can wince and see what I am referring to, I’ve been unable to find any pictures on the web which describe it that has better photography, if you know of any pictures, let me know.

here are the pictures.

Is it normal that the base is brown and barky like this?
Is it normal that the base is brown and barky like this?
YAY! we have some leaves!!
YAY! we have some leaves!!
dieback is when the ends of the stem go brown and black?
dieback is when the ends of the stem go brown and black?

Who puts a gerbil in his ass, I mean, seriously?

Taken from Encyclopedia Dramatica, which is absolutely fucking hilarious btw, I found this at the bottom of the Hamster entry

“In retrospect, lighting the match was my big mistake. But I was only trying to retrieve the gerbil,” Eric Tomaszewski told bemused doctors in the Severe Burns Unit of Salt Lake City Hospital. Tomaszewski, and his homosexual partner Andrew “Kiki” Farnum, had been admitted for emergency treatment after a felching session had gone seriously wrong.

“I pushed a cardboard tube up his rectum and slipped Raggot, our gerbil, in,” he explained. “As usual, Kiki shouted out ‘Armageddon’, my cue that he’d had enough. I tried to retrieve Raggot but he wouldn’t come out again,so I peered into the tube and struck a match, thinking the light might attract him.”

At a hushed press conference, a hospital spokesman described what happened next. “The match ignited a pocket of intestinal gas and a flame shot out the tubing, igniting Mr Tomaszewski’s hair and severely burning his face. It also set fire to the gerbil’s fur and whiskers which in turn ignited a larger pocket of gas further up the intestine, propelling the rodent out like a cannonball.”

Tomaszewski suffered second degree burns and a broken nose from the impact of the gerbil, while Farnum suffered first and second degree burns to his anus and lower intestinal tract.

Link to page

I suppose the first question, after I laughed my ass off for about 5 minutes straight, crying myself to stop, was, who puts a Hamster in their ass?

The second, is, well, WTF, I dont know what the second question is, but I’m sure it’s going to be hilarious.

Stephen Fry and GNU

I saw the Stephen Fry congratulations video on gnu’s website today, I think it’s fantastic that a well known and respected comedian joins our cause in promoting GNU software, linux, free software and even makes a cake (Did he make the cake himself???? win +1 if he did).

I also thought it was funny that on the desk next to him, he has an Apple Air opened and ready to use, probably for his iPhone, amirite?

In addition, even more funny was the use of a java video player on the page, considering GNU’s until recently stance on Java, which you can read here.  I guess we’re all friends now that we have IcedTea, so it can be forgiven, but the Apple Air?? Who’s going to try to solve that puzzle with me 😀

Stephen Fry isnt an idiot, so why put an congratulations message to GNU, with an air sitting right next to him?  Surely he realised?  As well as this, the video was crap, the playback choppy, the sound was lagged, the player was unresponsive and basically, this is an advertisement of what free software can delivery, what a joke! Who is going to believe free software can deliver high quality software when they can’t even beat Youtube’s basic player.  At least it works, is fast, no sound lag, good quality.</rant>

Anyway, you can watch the congratulations video here

And you can read his blog article on the same subject here

You can even laugh at the fact that there are like 30+ comments and NOBODY seems to point out that there is a Apple notebook sitting next to him, of course, apple runs gnu software too, how many of you want to put a bet that there is currently 0 applications on that notebook which is from the gnu set, no fink, no nothing, I’d be surprised if he had X11 installed (pretty much required for most graphical gnu applications).

Let the lulz begin (or end, it has been about 2 weeks since I bothered to put back my blog and write this, since the video was shown).

Gnome built in (nautilus) disk burner

Is it me, or is Nautilus’s burn to disk functionality incredibly bad?

  1. Takes 2 hours to write 4.3~ GB of data to a DVD
  2. Takes about 90% cpu and hdd is PERMENANTLY transferring data
  3. Takes 2 FRIGGING HOURS??

K3B on the other hand, takes about 20 minutes to write the same DVD, at most, it’s the first time I used the built in functionality, if this is the performance of it, I think I’ll stick to K3B.

NVIDIA and the burned out GPU

well, I had a lovely laptop, t’was nice, until recently.  The laptop is a DV2000 series, with a 8400GS 256MB NVIDIA Graphics GPU, the actual dv2570es.

On Monday, I got my first wake up call, in the form of a corrupted graphics screen, I thought at first it was the NVIDIA driver I use on my gnu/linux fedora 9 setup, turns out, that is not the case.  What I was getting is this, taken from my phone camera:

linux boot process, showing corruption
linux boot process, showing corruption

As you can see, the screen is totally corrupted, what happens is thus: the pattern that you see is not one of those optical effects, or problems with the phone camera, it’s an actual representation of the screen, you can see the top and bottom, there is garbage, but this is before you get to the serious corruption stage, I will add more pictures when I get the chance to catch the laptop doing it.

A step by step of what usually happens is like this:

1. you see a blue line from top to bottom, perhaps in the middle
2. you see another and then another
3. you move the mouse and everything it touches, gets corrupted
4. move and more lines, corruption and then perhaps your computer is locked up
5. as time passes, more corruption happens, but this isnt because you did anything, it’s basically just going bananas
6. you arrive at a point where the screen stops updating and you’re forced the reboot

However, when you reboot, the corruption is still present, I have it on the BIOS screen and even when I was booting into Windows Vista (to check whether it was a linux problem).  Here is a screenshot of the corrupted vista bootup screen, it happens to be the second time I try to boot it, thats why it’s displaying the “your computer didnt start properly, rescue or continue normally” screen

Here is a screenshot of the BIOS screen, still corrupted.

BIOS screen showing corruption
BIOS screen showing corruption

After a while, it goes away and I’m using the computer to do this blog entry now, but what I found was that the more you use your computer, the more you run into this problem, what I found in the end was that NVIDIA actually KNEW this situation existed and yet still sold the chips to laptop and desktop builders who in turn, sold them to me.  So for me, this is SERIOUS BUSINESS.

Here is the story, it’s the most recently version of it anyway:


The worst part about this is that I think my warrenty JUST RAN OUT and basically I have no warrenty on the laptop at all, apart from maybe a “try to get it repaired for free and embarass them by telling them i know their dirty little secret” trick, see it it works.

I will end by showing the other images that I had for this problem, but if you have images of problems, why don’t you make a comment and let me know, show an image of the problem, lets make a catalogue of the problem so that everyone can compare themselves to our problems.

Here are some more images of the problem

If you didn’t do it, don’t offer to help

A couple of years ago there was a story about two girls who went missing and suspected murdered and I was having a conversation with a friend about offering to help when you have nothing to do with the crime, my friend contested that you should always help if you can and my response, which pretty much sealed the deal on the issue, I write here so others can discuss it as well

During the investigation of the Soham Murders, the police went on the television and said, we are looking for a white van which was seen in the area at the time and police would like anyone in that area at that time with a white van to come forward to be eliminated from the inquiry and narrow down the number of possibilities they had to go through.

Word to the wise, FUCK THAT! you seriously want me to say I had a white van and was driving in that area at the time these girls went missing? Are you fucking crazy????  I might as well just paint PEDOBEAR on the side of the van and drive to the police headquarters, pull my pants down and ask to be “investigated”, I mean, who in their right mind would come forward.  What exactly are the police going to do in such circumstances? register my name and address, ask me “did I murder two girls” and if I answer in the negative, let me go??

OR, do you think I’ll have my day ruined, be suspected of doing the crime, have my life turned upside down, have my face in the papers associated with the girls disappearance (which will never be forgotten by the way, innocent or not). Then I’ll just go back to my normal life, after being totally raped by the almost-becoming-to-a-cinema-near-you-police-state system we live in. Fancy working with children in the future? good luck, your face was in the papers and I recognise you, want to take another white van job, oh sorry, we don’t employ suspected pedophiles. Fancy some friends, oh sorry, nobody wants to know a pedophile.

“BUT I DIDNT DO IT!!” You will scream

“Yeah yeah, so if you’re so innocent, how come your face was in the papers?? No smoke without fire my friend”

is pretty much the response you’re about to get

So, if you didn’t do it, have nothing to do with it, don’t offer to help, assist, “eliminate yourself from inquiries” or “assist” the police, because assisting the police to you means something completely different to them, remember, they are not the same type of people as you are.

what do you think?