Re: [Announce] Hackspoitation film fest

2001-05-25 Thread Jon Eyre


Greg McCarroll wrote:

 think on you young-uns, before that the sexiest thing on TV was that
 monster who ate the sandwich in the last round of the adventure game

It was a green cheese roll, on account of the vortex only liking 
to eat stuff with doubled letters in it...

Gronda gronda Ragnor
j

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Perl Journal in the shops?

2001-05-17 Thread Jon Eyre


Has anyone sighted TPJ in a (London) newsagent or 
bookshop, or know who the UK distributor is? 

cheer
j

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Re: Grammar (was: Re: Linux.com Online Chat)

2001-04-04 Thread Jon Eyre


   Perl is easier to parse simply because all the irregularities are known
   and documented.  They're not in English.  In addition to the above
  Uhm, where?
 The perl source code *is* the documentation.  There is no direct equivalent
 for the English language, as it is really whatever we think is the case at
 the time - or, more accurately, what the largest number of the intended
 audience would understand it to mean.

English has a descriptive grammar - usage determines form, as opposed to 
proscriptive grammars, where form dictates usage. Fr'example, there's no 
English equivalent to the Acadamie Francais (sp?), which oversees the
purity of the French vocabulary... I doubt you could put English into BNF, 
and even if you could, by the time you'd finished, the translation would 
be out of date.

Proscriptive grammars are necessary for programming languages, since 
the interpreter/compiler ain't gonna be able to DWYM if it can't pull 
a meaning out of your code. But for *living*, human languages, descriptive 
grammars are A Good Thing. 

And, FWIW, I (born '74) wasn't taught English grammar. French and German,
yes; English, no. We were taught handwriting too, but I got to skip that
and play with the zx81s on account of being 'gifted'...

j

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Re:

2001-04-04 Thread Jon Eyre

On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 * Philip Newton ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  Unfortunately, while the disclaimer came out fine, my mailer (MS Outlook)
  displayed the real "body" (with your message) as an attachment.
 mutt displayed it as a uuencoded block of  well uuencoding

ditto for pine

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Re: Grammar (was: Re: Linux.com Online Chat)

2001-04-04 Thread Jon Eyre


On 4 Apr 2001, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
 Robin Houston [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
  I agree with you about education, but all the best punk bands
  started off without the first idea how to play any of their
  instruments :-)
 
 Stranglers? The Pistols?
 
 All had their fair share of musicians...and boy, didn't the rest learn
 fast or die...

The Ramones are *still* using the same three chords they 
were in the '70s. Pistols - the only non-musician was Sid
(drummers don't count, since they're not musicians...), and often 
when they played live Sid's bass wasn't plugged into an amp because 
he was so bad. As for the Stranglers, they were pub rock, not really punk.

j

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Re: ISO8601 [was] Re: Pointless, Badly-Written Module.

2001-03-24 Thread Jon Eyre


On Sat, 24 Mar 2001, Tony Bowden wrote:

 On Fri, Mar 23, 2001 at 03:24:48PM -0800, Paul Makepeace wrote:
  More trivia: NT stands (the above not withstanding) for New Technology
  which makes reading 2k's splash "Built on NT Technology" sound a bit
  like recording on DAT tapes.
 
 Or entering your PIN number?

into an ATM machine?

j

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Re: Matt's Scripts

2001-03-14 Thread Jon Eyre


 My several users use scp.

is there an idiot-proof graphical front-end for scp? windows 
clients? my several users require them, or they'll just continue 
using ftp, because it's *easier*... People are lazy, and security 
measures which are a pain in the arse will fail to work because the 
users will bypass them (summarizing from Schneier's Secrets and Lies). 

  All of them can put anything they want on there.
 If you're doing hosting and letting people upload code, you have no choice
 but to trust your users.  *BUT* by avoiding grotesqities like ftp, and by
 setting permissions sanely, third-parties are hard-pressed to compromise
 the server.

dealing with clients who can't remember or don't know
usernames/passwords, and the subsequent calls to isp 
helpdesks:

"Hello, I am from web agency X, we need ftp details for customer Y
so we can upload their site."

And they just give 'em out. No checks, no confirming with the
customers, nothing. There's little hope of 
securing stuff if people can be socially 
engineered so easily.






Re: Matt's Scripts

2001-03-14 Thread Jon Eyre

On Wed, 14 Mar 2001, David Cantrell wrote:
 WebDAV is not OK, cos it means installing yet more stuff on the server
 which is simply not needed.

Using WebDAV on a internal staging server and then updating the live 
server with something rsync-ish using scp might be a good
usability/security compromise 

 If a user can't use scp, then I don't want
 that user.  I mean, it's not hard FFS.

alas, some of us don't get to choose our users...

j




Re: Kevin Smith Film Fest

2001-03-07 Thread Jon Eyre


On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Richard Clamp wrote:

 On Tue, Mar 06, 2001 at 07:17:06PM +, Jon Eyre wrote:
  On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Greg McCarroll wrote:
Mallrats, 
   
   His best film
  
  No! Smith pimpz his talents out to the Mouse, 
  and the end result: A John Hughes movie with 
  buttfscking jokes...
 
 Which is exactly what makes it his best film.  

Miramax made Jason Mewes audition to play *himself*...

Now that I think about it, Clerks always seems a bit slow when I 
watch it now - a lot of good *bits*, and probably the best gags of the 
four, but not great as a whole. Mallrats at least has a
beginning/middle/end...
 
Chasing Amy 
 But she has such an annoying voice.

Rings a bell... raspy, throaty, Captain-Janeway-type voice?

Dogma was good, but a little tame after the Jay  Silent Bob comics - pity 
they couldn't persuade Neil Patrick Harris to appear...

snootchybootchies
j




Re: FW: Kevin Smith Film Fest - Non-HTML version!

2001-03-07 Thread Jon Eyre


On Wed, 7 Mar 2001 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 While we're off-topic...Jason Lee (Mallrats and Chasing Amy) a severely
 under-rated actor or does my love for the Kevin Smith films cloud my
 judgment, the closest I've seen him to real fame is a 5 minute appearance in
 "Enemy of the State" which really doesn't seem right, what else has he been
 in?

Mi vida loca (1993)  Teenage Drug Customer 

nothing else which I've seen...

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Lee,+Jason+(I)

I didn't realise it was him as Azrael in Dogma until the credits rolled...
must be a beard thing. He's a good actor for an ex-skateboarder...
 
 Oh, and as Stan Lee appears in Mallrats there's no relation there at all is
 there?

Don't think so... and failure to refer to him as Stan 'The Man' Lee will 
see you up in front of a fanboy firing-squad if you're not careful ;)

 Finally, I have yet to see Dogma as I was so disappointed with Chasing Amy
 (except the first 20 minutes before the "love Story" kicked in), any good?
 Where does it rate in Kevin Smith repertoire?

s'pretty good, Alan Rickman hams it up something awful (as always), Chris
Rock's good, Damon+Affleck their usual selves... the FX are bloody
terrible though.

j

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Re: Kevin Smith Film Fest

2001-03-06 Thread Jon Eyre



On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 * Simon Wistow ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  Mallrats, 
 
 His best film

No! Smith pimpz his talents out to the Mouse, 
and the end result: A John Hughes movie with 
buttfscking jokes...
 
  Chasing Amy 
 
 His ``worst'' film

This is *real cinema* - mind you it has extra resonance fr me, because I
used to date a lesbian (or at least that was the excuse she gave me...)
 
  Dogma.
 
 The film you realise that Alanis Morisette is quite cute when
 she is silent ;-)

Alan Morrissey attractive? Gimme some o' *that* crack vicar...

Anyone else drink too much and wake up on a train in the middle of 
Hampshire thursday night? Or was it just me..?

j

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Re: Kevin Smith (and another intro)

2001-03-06 Thread Jon Eyre


On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
 On Tue, 6 Mar 2001, Jon Eyre wrote:
 
  Anyone else drink too much and wake up on a train in the middle of 
  Hampshire thursday night? Or was it just me..?
 
 No, that was just you.  

It'll catch on, mark my words...

Hello folks of world... I'm Jon, and I 

use CGI;

for a terrible web company who Must Not Be Named, 
or at least not until I find somewhere better... 

 delurk
 'lo, BTW.  I'm Lucy and I'm not in Nodnol, but Cambridge doesn't have a
 .pm (yet!).  I use Perl to do vague genome mapping, computer biology,
 PhD type things.  
 /

mmm, vague genomes, the best kind...

 "With a face like this I won't break any hearts.
 If I think like that I won't make any friends."

Shurely "And thinking like that...", if this is from Screamager..?

j