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Female Football Official Seems Suited for Stripes - -
Female Football Official Seems Suited for Stripes -
Is this article seriously suggesting that having a woman referee is a strange weird unnatural thing? - Rich from Bookmarklet
Matt G
Victorians would give up sex, partner or car before internet | News | -
Victorians would give up sex, partner or car before internet | News |
"It's official - Victorians simply can't live without the internet. A new survey shows most of the state would give up sex, our car or even our partner before surrendering the beloved internet." When given a list of things they could survive without for a month, seven out of 10 Victorians said they would rather give up their partner than their internet" - Matt G from Bookmarklet
Victorians are to me, people who lived in the UK under Queen Victoria. Hence my surprise when reading this! - Rich
That confused me too. - Mark H
Well now you know that there are Victorians in Australia. :-) - Matt G
Do they also wear top hats, sport dashing moustaches, and engage in experimental pornographic photography? If not, then they're no Victorians in my eyes. - Mark H
All of that and more Mark. I live in Queensland another state of Australia, can you see the trend? We are all very well groomed and listen to dance music. - Matt G
Hang on a minute I just saw that you are both English, you should know about your colonies! - Matt G
And old school Victorians didnt have sex, cars or the internet! ;-) - Matt G
Well, they aren'y my own personal colonies - though that would be awesome! - Rich
*cough* Not too hard to give up what you don't get :) *interstate snark* - Mo Kargas
We to dislike them Mo. It's just that NSW takes precedence! - Matt G
Joe Pruitt
This is the first time I've seen a website ask me what browser I'm using - last I heard you could detect it... -
This is the first time I've seen a website ask me what browser I'm using - last I heard you could detect it... -
That's quite random! - Rich
JSNES: A Javascript NES emulator -
This is amazing! - Rich from Bookmarklet
Beer Battle: America vs. Germany - The Atlantic -
Beer Battle: America vs. Germany - The Atlantic
"Yesterday I wrote a piece for my host paper here in Berlin, der Tagesspiegel, defending American beer. Needless to say, the reaction from commenters has been swift and harsh. But because it's in German, I'm really only seeing half the debate. What do Americans think about German beer?" - beersage from Bookmarklet
I'm not sure I've ever had any. However, I have a major sweet-tooth, so beer mostly isn't for me. Maybe I'll buy some the next time I'm at Liquor Barn. However, I had a run just last night, so it will probably be a while before I go back. - MiniMage
I enjoy a German beer, but like most things, American have taken beer to a different place with so many varieties based on old world recipes. There are so many ways you can go here, it's amazing. Comparatively speaking, German beer tends to hit single notes of flavor. - Eric - Final Countdown
I'd agree with Eric, especially that last sentence. German beers have often been underwhelming to me as far as flavor is concerned. If I have the choice between a beer from small American house vs. any German beer, I'd take the American one, provided it isn't a pale ale. But, I think that anyone who describes American beers as "piss water" either has only had the "big 3" and clearly has no idea what they're talking about. - Anika
I think a big reason that we Europeans bash your beer so much, is because so many of us haven't been over there, to taste the smaller brews. All we get are the Budweiser style ilk which honestly isn't worth wasting premium dollar on, compared to our domestic products. So all in all, I think the "beer wars" are based in ignorance of the products brewed on the other side of the Atlantic (both ways). - Rasmus Lauridsen
This whole thing reminds me of the critique of American food. People who bash on American food don't realize how wonderfully simple and super tasty most American food is because all they see is Burgers Burgers Burgers. (McD style :-) Being married to an American (who doesn't cook) I am now realizing how wonderful your kitchen is, because it's pragmatic, as all shit and totally lacks the snobish traditions, found over on this side of the Atlantic. So beer war probably boils down to Snobs and traditionalists. - Rasmus Lauridsen
Impossible to say without having brands (and a beer type) to compare. If I must I´ll say that I in general tend to prefer German beer to US beers, but that´s only when comparing Pilsner/Lagers from both countries´ (approx) 10 biggest exporting beer companies. I know very few smaller local or microbreweries in any of the countries. (I´m in Norway and our beer is obviously closer to the German/Czech tradition). I´m sure you find fine beers on both sides of the pond. - ɯɥøq sɐɯoɥʇ
There are some excellent beers on both sides of the Atlantic. I do enjoy many of the German Pilsners. Belgium produces some excellent beers, particularly lambics, and England has many fine cask beers too. In the US, there are now more breweries than at any time in the last 100 years, and some excellent beers of all styles are emerging. In all these countries there is also the mass... more... - Ian May
I can't say I've ever heard anyone say that American beer is good. - Rich
Rasmus, I sometimes get called a snob because I search out decent beer, but I refuse to pay good money on bad rubbish for anything - beer (and food) included. That's why I don't drink Bud, Miller, Coors, in the US, or similar keg piss in the UK. I simply don't like it. It's tasteless, and devoid of character. Same reason, I don't go to McD, or BK, or other fast food establishments - I like a good burger, but not that kind of tasteless pap. - Ian May
Rich. I can show you any amount of good American beers, and I say that as former member of CAMRA. I can of course show you any amount of crap American beers, but I can do that in the UK too. - Ian May
Fair enough - I suppose that as with a lot of American products in the UK, we generally only see the most commercial mass produced ones. A brewery tour of the US could be a pretty good holiday! - Rich
Thomas: Look up Nogne O in Norway. They make great beer and I can personally vouch for their imperial stout. Tasty dessert during the winter! Rich, where do you live (you can give me state if you want) and I can easily recommend a new brewery to buy a 6-pack of... - beersage
beersage: I´ve had Nøgne Ø actually, because my wife is from about where their brewery is (Grimstad, Norway). They are more of a connoisseur brewery though, and mostly wasted on me unfortunately. But I did find them interesting as dessert drinks. My "home brewery" is Aass in Drammen, Norway, which makes the internationally awarded Aass Bock ("the red wine of beers") which is also pretty good. Generally I prefer a Pilsner type though. - ɯɥøq sɐɯoɥʇ
A related curiosity: I don´t know if it´s special for Drammen, Norway, but most pubs there will happily serve you "toppa bayer" (literally: topped off bavarian), which is dark Aass Bayer ("bavarian") beer in the bottom half of the glass with Aass Pilsner on top. (YES, yes, I know, it´s a hard brand to market internationally, heh, but it´s pronounced "Aus":)) - ɯɥøq sɐɯoɥʇ
What's good for someone with too big of a sweet tooth to enjoy the very bitter stuff? I'm going to go shopping in a bit. - MiniMage
Well, I was actually planning to look for a German beer. I've had Belgian lambics. - MiniMage
Trying an Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus. Since I've found Amber Bock drinkable (I think), I decided a Weizen-Bock might be ok. I could drink this again, but I've had half of it, and I've already lost some of the cards from my deck. - MiniMage
@Chris - That's great that you live in Portland. A lot of great beer from the area. Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, mmm... - beersage
Julius Echter Hefe-Weiss Dunkel tonight. Not so drinkable for me. - MiniMage
No. Was I supposed to? - MiniMage
Maybe I SHOULD have gone to Marikka's last night. She's German and carries over 600 beers. That's where I had the lambics I didn't like, though. - MiniMage
I love a good lambic - Ian May
Alex Scrivener
I love me some FiOS
The UP is amazing! I'm 20 down, 0.7 up... - Rich
Woohoo! I got 22.74 down and 17.54 up. I love my FiOS, too! :-D - Ordinarybug Heather
Wow - Manuel Mas
the ping time is the best part Alex... low pings makes round trips faster = faster loading web pages - mjc
Transformers-like USB stick
Ravage! - Jemm
Hopefully this will influence the next iPod Nano.... - Rich
Jesse Stay
I'm going to be talking with a BYU Professor tomorrow about Social Media. I'm going to be sure his PhD students know about PSHB and rssCloud
He works with students across departments, and we'll be brainstorming how BYU can integrate social media better in its programs for students. - Jesse Stay
He says he gets PhD students that come to him all the time wanting to build Social Media projects - I'd love to see if we can inspire some of them to come up with better real-time protocols and streaming technologies. - Jesse Stay
BTW, Utah (not BYU in this case) was one of the first 4 nodes of the internet, if you remember. :-) - Jesse Stay
btw, PubSubHubbub is abbreviated to PuSH - which makes sense when you think about it. - Rich
Rich, I think that's debated. Some are starting to use PuSH, while a large group of others are using PSHB. PSHB is easier to find via search, while PuSH is catchy. - Jesse Stay
Also, PuSH doesn't always make sense as the protocol evolves. Check out the discussion here (towards the end) on it: - Jesse Stay
Fair enough - PuSh is just cool though! - Rich
I'm confused. Is the new iPod Touch going to have it's own built in internet connection or do you need to still use WiFi?
Still WiFi. - Rich
Ah, ok. Would be nice if it had a built in connection - Outsanity
It's not thick enough for Ethernet, and if it was 3G it would need a SIM card, and then it would be the iPhone... - Rich
Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
I wish I was a little bit taller.
I wish I was a baller. - Rich
I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her - Charley M
Dave Winer
The GDGT live coverage of the Apple rollout is proof that Twitter is not what's needed for the news system of the future. You need pictures, and instant updating, and it has to stay up under a heavy load.
Wish someone would invent some sort of cloud for RSS that would make things realtime. - Rich
Heh. One thing GDGT doesn't do is what we're doing right now -- it needs a place for users to kibitz. - Dave Winer
embedded pictures are available through client handling of included links. there is a twitter stream api though it is still in early stages - Mike Chelen
True - between the various live sites and FF it's clear that real time is the only way. Can't wait to see the fruits of RSSCloud and PubSubHubbub. - Rich
Rich: one solution is XMPP which uses XML, the language underlying RSS. there are more news options that work well in various situations - Mike Chelen
Good work by the way on making the internet work! Seems you've had a hand in a fair few of the key technologies making things work… - Rich
Yeah, XMPP seems promising as well - though it doesn't seem easy to use as a developer - never really worked out how to set up a server etc. - Rich
Rich, check out AppEngine's XMPP support: I used it to write a PubSubHubbub to XMPP transport in less than an hour last night. - Matt M (inactive)
Ooh - that looks interesting... - Rich
I don't know Java, but perhaps the same API is exposed using Python... - Rich
Ah - Rich
Predicable URLs are the best thing! - Rich
Yeah, AppEngine is good with Java/Python parity. If I were integrating XMPP into an application, I'd choose AppEngine to host the XMPP part of things. It's very stable and takes a huge management load off your shoulders. - Matt M (inactive)
I'll have a look at that - XMPP is on my list of things that I don't know enough about... - Rich
Rich: there are existing XMPP / Jabber servers and libraries available to use, some of the newer alternatives include pubsubhubbub and simple update protocol (SUP) and google wave - Mike Chelen
right on - mike "glemak" dunn
:) Thanks, Dave. - Jon Ursenbach
James Ferguson
Really don't care about all this Apple stuff. I've got a macbook and an ipod already. Unless they turn them into transforming robots...
That's the one-more-thing section of the keynote. You've scooped all the top tech bloggers! - Mark Trapp
New stuff is always good though! - Rich
I love seeing the new newness! Even if I'm not going to buy it or use it, it is still interesting. - Mathew™ aka Youngblood from iPhone
So you can't take photos with the new iPod nano?
When the store is backup we can check specs and features. - Khürt Williams
I was wondering that... - Rich
This was playback on the "old one" , not new specs 640x480 30fps according to - on the video of course - Ryan
I guess you can, since videos can be shot! - Praveen Vasudev
Anyone been using Firefox 3.6? This thing is blazingly fast… -
Anyone been using Firefox 3.6? This thing is blazingly fast…
no one? - Zee.
Not yet. Started looking for it, it is really alpha, isn't it? - Ruud van Wijngaarden
works better than 3.5 for me - Zee.
How is it performace-wise compared to Chrome? - imabonehead
I didn't feel it being that much faster to be honest. - Rich
@imabonehead I'm on a Mac so not sure. Compared to the current Mac Chromium, better all round performance. Speed, maybe Chromium is a tad faster, hard to be sure. - Zee.
@Rich strange, for me, it's the most notable speed increase i've experienced yet and every other version of firefox has slowed down over time. This version has mantained its speed - Zee.
It also depends what plugins you have installed on your Firefox instance. Generally the more plugins installed, the slower Firefox will run. - imabonehead
yeah true, but i do have 14 installed and 24 tabs open - Zee.
@imabonehead: i've found that the more add-ons you have the higher your chances of instability are - slowness seems to come from having large sqlite tables for white/black lists - Chris Heath
or other profile bugs like things with cookies and such - Chris Heath
Ah, I was using 3.7 - perhaps it's not as finely tuned. - Rich
still on 3.6 - tamper data & web developer always lag the new versions, so I usually wait. :) - felix
You can disable compatibility checking for extensions - I have both those install on 3.7 and they seem fine. - Rich
scared to loose my extensions... i'll wait - Tate
John Mueller
huh? - Sebastian
OIC :) - Sebastian
I must be a geek as I recognised this as an answer to that question before you said it! - Rich
wow!!!! - vijay
Sugoï!!! - directeur
Transalation please! - Céu de Buarque
Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
This was scarily accurate... - Rich from iPod
Dubya gave us peace and prosperity? Which week in his eight years was that? I missed it. - Ian May
Wow ... *really* accurate. - dkb
This was from when he first came into power btw. - Rich from iPod
One of my favorite Onion pieces. - Ayşe E.
New Mashable Features: Meebo Chat, Drag to Share on Twitter and Facebook -
very cool, smart, Mashable ! .. keep it coming :] ... show them how the modern web app is done :] .... so, next is - keyboard shortcuts .... just don't flunk it :] - pb:
Just discovered this feature on the Mashable site ... Awesome ! - Bernard Boulanger
Techcrunch have had the Meebo bar for a while. The code is produced my Meebo, and looks pretty good! - Rich
Ken Sheppardson
Standing next to the salesman at Office Depot who just told a customer netbooks don't have hard drives. They're walking over to look at external drives. Do I intercede?
Yes, don't let some poor fool spend money they don't have to - Ryan
Be sure to take your commission - Jesse Stay
Definitely interrupt. You're much nicer than I am. I would have been dead on the floor from laughter and telling the customer to R-U-N! - Anika
What a dolt. Seriously. Both parties are too clueless to really help. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
I would totally intercede if only for the opportunity to make that salesman look like an idiot. I'm sorry, I have zero tolerance for someone that stupid being in a position of making money off another person's ignorance. - Hookuh Tinypants
I'd say yes, but tactfully (though that you're thinking twice about it shows some consideration). - Kevin L
OK, so... I waited till they were done and stopped the guy on the way out the door. Had a quick convo and I answered the "Why would anybody buy a netbook?" question. I got back to my car just as the meter maid was driving away after writing me a ticket for an expired meter. You can't win. - Ken Sheppardson
Some don't have hard drives. They have solid state drives. I assume that's where the confusion comes from. - Rich
Holy cow. Murphy's Law was just waiting for you today. - Hookuh Tinypants
The only reason I was at Office Depot in the first place was to kill a little time. I'd stopped at USPS to pick up a package. USPS online said they'd attempted delivery yesterday but there was no pink slip. First time I stopped in, they hadn't sorted the mail yet. Told me to come back later. When I went back they couldn't find it. Turns out they'd attempted delivery again while I was there trying to pick it up. - Ken Sheppardson
BTW, the salesman also told him he really needed 3-4GB of memory. Said 2GB really isn't enough. Apparently that extra memory also speeds up the internet by 2x or so, although that may have been some other feature I missed. - Ken Sheppardson
Ah, yes, that's true, with an extra 1-2 GB, you can precache the entire Internet. Smart salesperson, that's good advice. - Stephen Mack
Correct them both and have the poor schmuck buy thumb drives from Best Buy because they are the 'Best Buy' - rob
Matt Cutts
Microsoft wants people to throw Windows 7 launch parties in their homes. -
Microsoft wants people to throw Windows 7 launch parties in their homes.
Who will be the first to photoshop a Wookie into that image? :) - Matt Cutts from Bookmarklet
I volunteer you, Matt! - imabonehead
In a related story, Procter and Gamble wants you to throw a launch party for their new and improved Ivory Soap. - Ray Cromwell
Who does Microsoft's marketing? These people are morons. Absolute f**king morons. - Chris Nixon
I read this "warns people" not "wants people" lol - anna sauce
Actually this has convinced me to cancel my order for Windows 7. I want no part of this. - Chris Nixon
Photoshop a Wookie? How about that pesky squirrel that pops up everywhere! ;) - Dennis Jernberg
Everyone I would invite to a party for the launch of Win 7 is already running it in the enterprise, so it will not exactly be a big 'hurrah'. ;) Seriously I am not even thinking of having a party. - travispuk
Oh I'm not throwing a party you can be sure of's just that their piss poor marketing is degrading what was looking like a good product. - Chris Nixon
I like the way only one person brought their laptop... Surely you'd all install it... - Rich
Oh yeah, sent out my party invites already. ;-) - Kol Tregaskes
That's pretty sad. - rønin
I never knew installing OS could be so fun. - Micah
I want to know why the guy in the back isn't allowed to sit with the rest of them. Was he a little *too* excited for Windows 7? - Mark Trapp
Ordinarybug Heather
It is barbaric that I actually have to use ICE TRAYS again, and that Scott feels he must have bottled water instead of using the through-the-door water dispenser on the refrigerator.
BTW, this is totally #tongueincheek because we know we are incredibly #lucky and #privileged and we're very #happy to have this lovely #home even if we do have to live in these #primitive conditions. :-) - Ordinarybug Heather
i've never stopped using ice trays. :| - Big Joe Silenced
What's the alternative to ice trays? Don't think I've ever seen another way of getting ice... - Rich
Also, what's wrong with tap water - it's cold anyway isn't it? - Rich
The one simple pleasure of ice trays is that you can pull the ice tray out before it's all the way frozen, twist it, and then get bubbles in the middle of your ice. Every now and again, if you do it right, they'll explode when they hit water. I consider this a fun simple pleasure, but I may be weird. - Wirehead
That does sound fun - never thought of doing that... - Rich
@Rich, the alternative is an icemaker built into the freezer. The refrigerator at the house that goes bye-bye forever on Tuesday had through-the-door (filtered, cold) water as well as ice cubes and crushed ice. There are those who prefer their water cold rather than room-temperature. I just miss the ice maker when making 6 quarts of iced tea at a time with my iced tea maker. - Ordinarybug Heather
keep an eye out for scratch-n-dent sales at your local Lowes or Home Depot - this is the time of the year when they start moving out old product to make room for the new stuff. We got our double-door, freezer bottom, in door water/ice refrigerator at 40% off because it had a couple visible dings to the door. - bear (aka Mike Taylor)
Yeah, in an apartment, so probably not going to do that. :-( - Ordinarybug Heather
Cool - I've never seen a built in icemaker, sounds good though! - Rich
our fridge has an ice-maker but we didn't hook it up. :P - Big Joe Silenced
Ice cube trays also allow you to use things other then water. If you don't want to water down your juice, iced tea or soda you can make cubes of the drink. My aunt taught me that, it was the coolest thing ever to make Coke cubes when I was 11. (Nooooooooooo! to the bottled water.) - Heather
Lemonade cubes are the awesomest ever. :-) And yeah, I need to get some good permanent bottles and keep them filled up and in the fridge. - Ordinarybug Heather
Similarly, we make food for our baby daughter and freeze it in ice cube trays, then just defrost what we need as we need it. - Rich
۳۰ مرغ  Loves Y'ALLLLL
Just tested my internet speed, download 79.02 Mbps and upload 9.44 Mbps. Am I better off to be in South Korea?
If my internet was that fast I would be quite happy! Mine 20 down, 0.7 up - it's the fastest connection I've ever used... - Rich
Maybe we should all move to South Korea, - ۳۰ مرغ Loves Y'ALLLLL
.LAG liked that
jQTouch — jQuery plugin for mobile web development -
"A jQuery plugin for mobile web development on the iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, and other forward-thinking devices." - .LAG liked that from Bookmarklet
Looks good doesn't it... now all I need is something to make! - Rich
RIch ...yes, that's the big question now. - .LAG liked that
...if you have a WebKit browser -- like Safari, Chrome, or, uh, WebKit -- the in-browser demos work, and are pretty sweet: - .LAG liked that
Rob Michael (Atmos Trio)
You know that "Woosh" sound that you hear when sending email via Apple's Mail app? I still get a kick out of that. #littlethings
Me too! - Rich
Andrew Terry
A question for Mac users. Do you have your dock at the bottom of the screen, or on the left hand side?
I like it on the bottom - Andrew Terry
Left - Shevonne
Bottom. - Rich
Hmm; lots of the screenshots I've seen of late are "lefties"... I might throw caution to the wind and try it myself...! - Andrew Terry
Bottom. - Brome
left and hidden. - vijay
On the bottom, at the side makes me want to turn my head sideways :) - Charley M
Left - Victor Ganata
@Charlotte - me too!! - Andrew Terry
(I suspect this qualifies for this evening's "Pointless Thread Award", but hey, I was just wondering...) - Andrew Terry
Bottom. - Akiva
Mine is on the bottom set to auto hide. Keeping it on the sides makes the stacks take up too much space when they are expanded. Yes, you can put it on the right hand side as well, which is actually more efficient for right handed mouse users. - pitlord
I got used to putting it on the left because I don't like hiding it and it would take up too much space on the 1024x768 screen of my iBook G4. But maybe I'll give it a try on the bottom on my MacBook. - Victor Ganata
Hidden on the left. Used to have it on the right but now that my external LCD is on the right... - rønin
I started posting to FriendFeed on April 19th, 2008 (499 days ago) -
Signed up on Jan 7th, 2008 - eugenio
Hmm, mine says 36 days ago... - Rich
O2 Wireless Box III / Thomson TG585n Vulnerabilities -
O2 Wireless Box III / Thomson TG585n Vulnerabilities
The O2 Wireless Box III (a customised Thomson TG585n router) is an ADSL modem and wireless router used by O2 Broadband customers. Two weeks ago, I discovered a serious security vulnerability that allows remote attackers to access a home user's private network and view/change settings on the router. - Rich from Bookmarklet
Why did this woman jump into a pit of polar bears at feeding time? -
Why did this woman jump into a pit of polar bears at feeding time?
Why did this woman jump into a pit of polar bears at feeding time?
Best quote from the article: "Polar bears are predators and they do not care what they eat. It was terrible but we do not wish to identify the bear involved." - Rich from Bookmarklet
That is a great quote LOL - comix aka martha
I hope the bears weren't hurt. Serious risk of Darwinian indigestion there... ; ) - Fossil Huntress
Is this for real or photo shpped? - Kevin J Hatton
cos she is....stupid maybe? - Rob Sellen :o)
She looks like she shops at Wal-Mart - Outsanity
She was lucky but does it not show you that depite the immense power of these magnificant animals they showed a certain amouth of constraint, probably due to certain element of confusion I would imagine. - Kevin J Hatton
Rob Sellen :o)
If you want a response on this place.. post stupid bacon pics, slag the place off, post a stupid meme, say twitter is better, call scoble out on something or nothing, share crap bullshit about health care bollox...
Depends who you are following and being followed by I'd say. Though not many people comment on my stuff, when they do it's always been interesting. - Rich
been here long enough to know that aint true.... - Rob Sellen :o)
Yup - you got it! Or post in Bitchfest. There's always someone who agrees with you there. - Amy℠
My god are you ever going to STFU? Do you want everybody to block you? - Brian Sullivan
This is the plain truth.... - Rob Sellen :o)
why not STFU yourself Brian.. do you have to read this? - Rob Sellen :o)
Canvas Tutorial - Introduction -
Welcome! In this tutorial, we're going to create a breakout clone that you can play in your browser, using javascript and the <canvas> element. - Rich from Bookmarklet
Opensource - AJAX - Jqtransform - jQuery form plugin -
"This plugin is a jQuery styling plugin wich allows you to skin form elements." - Lets you make your form elements pretty. - Lindsay from Bookmarklet
Used here: http://www.weddedblissbridalst... Looks nice doesn't it! - Rich
yup! Did you make that site, Rich? - Lindsay
Yup! - Rich
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