Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 22-2-2017: Invasion … !

Hmmm … 

That’s something … 

I don‘t know about you: but I’m on Facebook.

Have been for years: it’s a useful tool for keeping in touch, and seeking what people are doing.

And the Messenger service is a useful free way of directly contacting people.

One thing that’s annoyed me about Facebook?   Is the way people will quite happily share Like farming scams — especially the ones featuring ill children — that say something like “Hit like and comment Amen, and FB will donate X amount to a fund.”

It annoys me that people could be such mugs!


Facebook has managed to shut down a couple of accounts: ones that used this photo, along with a claim the pictured child had cancer..

The kid had chickenpox.

I’m thankful for Facebook’s actions.

But ALSO very aware of something else.

It won’t stop the practice.

After all, I can grab the needed photos, very easily.

And if I can do it?

So can you, Tom, Dick, Harry, and Mr Fraudster.



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21-2-2017

What on Earth is going on in my head … ?

I suffer from earworms, songs that play through my head for no apparent reason.

At least, for no more apparent reason than — say — I’ve seen the title used as a newspaper headline.

Or seen a word that used in the title, what have you.

Then there’s the song that’s been floating around my head, since last night: Sue Wilkinson’s You‘ve Got to Be A Hustler, If You Want To Get On.

Quite what’s going on there, I don’t know.

But the dratted thing’s been floating around my head for hours.



Monday, 20 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20-2-2017

Hmmm … 

I’ve got the radio on, at the moment: Radio 4’s Today programme, is my default early morning  listening.

Radio isn’t as distracting a TV, I think.

They’ve just announced an interesting bit of news: at least, interesting to a technology watcher like me.

It seems that Google and Bing have signed up to a voluntary code of practise: that means they will make sure links to illegal content — usually to sites like Pirate Bay or Demonoid — that host pirated content.

I’m thinking it’s a small step.

But possibly one that’s circumventable.

After all, we can always uses something like Tor.   The web browser always you to — in theory — get around such restrictions: by routing you around the ’Net so that you appear to come from another country.

You can also subvert it — possibly — by using a search engine that hasn’t signed up to the code.

There’s a few of them … 


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-2-2017

Ye gods, I’m tired … !

That’s the perils of manning the phone for ten hours.

AND getting up to go back to work for another seven … ?

Par for the course!

I can at least say one thing.

I’ve got a teapot: and I know how to use it … !


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18-2-2017

Did anyone catch Donald Trump’s big news conference on Thursday?

I caught some of it.

And have to admit, I turned over.   But occasionally went back, to see if he’d stopped.

I’m not a fan of politics.

But, usually?   I’ve noticed politicians usually try to say something: even if it’s something you couldn’t vote for.

I’m also very aware the man has won an election: and therefore can be said to be the legitimate leader of the US.

But that Thursday conference?

It struck me that that was a press conference: something usually done when you’ve got something to tell people.

Except … 

Well, it struck me that all Donald Trump had to say was “Hilary cheated.”

Despite the fact he won.

And “You guys are all lying about me!!!!!”

Which strikes me as sensible: accusing a room full of journalists of being liars, seems a good way of getting them to cooperate.   (That’s on top of getting your facts wrong: in front of a room full of internet connections.)

Oh, and “This administration is going well!!!!!!!!!”

This, despite the already reported back news his presidency faces: things like the travel ban being overturned, the delays in getting administration jobs posted, and various aides handing him free adverts.


I think the rally he’s planning to hold, today, is planned to appeal directly to his electorate.   And got me think ‘Nuremberg rally,’ the minute I heard of it.

It’s all show: masking little, or unpalatable, content.

I’m also thinking something else.

That Trmup is vaguely reminding me of George W Bush: who I only ever took seriously, after the 9/11 attacks.

Trump could possibly do his presidency a favour.   If he has to face — and react well to — his own version of 9/11.

I just hope so-called Islamic State have more sense.