Join 3,561 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)


Those British boys at it again.
April 24, 2001 3:19 PM   Subscribe

Those British boys at it again. It was like this during the war, y'know. I remember my old mate Alan Turing beating the system in much the same way. Saved the world he did. Tally-ho.
posted by feelinglistless (7 comments total)

 
Well, we couldn't quite manage to fix the software. But the Ministry's come up with this smashing new plan to just fix the user, instead.

Rather. Chip chip.
posted by ook at 3:31 PM on April 24, 2001


I like the message you get when you mouse over the photo of the computer screen:

"computer screen"

Hey, thanks!
posted by Skot at 3:35 PM on April 24, 2001


The reason you get that message, Skot, is because IE for Windows stupidly uses the ALT attribute for the mouseover tooltips. "Computer screen" is a perfectly useful ALT tag for people who surf with images off, for instance (OK, maybe a bit terse). IE should use the TITLE attribute for that pop-up instead of ALT; that's way more useful.
posted by kindall at 4:21 PM on April 24, 2001


I don't think I'm alone in saying this, but I think it might take me about 0.8 seconds to click the box saying "Never ever ever again show me this dialog box" hence rendering this brilliant system utterly useless.
posted by fooljay at 7:59 PM on April 24, 2001


Oh man this is worse than the Outlook security patch. Is asking you 'do you really want to send' like news clients of olde do anything but annoy? A couple suggestions to the brits:

1. The MS security patch for Outlook is free. It will ask if you want this *program* to use your address book. For your palm you would say yes, for something you don't recognize you would say no.

2. Filter out .vbs and .exe attachments to anyone but developers.

3. Stop using Outlook.
posted by skallas at 8:46 PM on April 24, 2001


Thanks for the info, kindall (although since it is "technical" in the loosest sense, it will surely fall out of my head in about 10 minutes). I tend to forget that people other than myself do cool things like surf with images off. I'm so dumb, I wouldn't even know how to begin to do that.
posted by Skot at 8:35 AM on April 25, 2001


Trouble is that even if we British come up with greatest system ever produced, no one would use it because the government wouldn't do a thing to promote it. The Acorn Achimedes and its Risc Os were doing things which PCs are only now getting a handle on ten years ago . . . but is everyone eagerly anticipating the new version of that operating system?
posted by feelinglistless at 12:48 PM on April 25, 2001


« Older Granted I don't speed anymore, but handcuffs hurt....  |  Reverend Fun... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments