132 posts • joined Thursday 18th October 2007 21:31 GMT
Re: He got something right!
Dunno what poor old amanfrommars did to get confused with GOP members, but otherwise he's spot on!
I'm not sure the danger of insurance companies being able to buy your DNA profile is relevant.
When you sign up for health insurance (or any type of insurance for that matter), you're asked to provide any information that might have a bearing on the risk. If you fall ill, and it becomes apparent that you knew about a risk but didn't tell your insurer - surely that's going to put your claim under some jeopardy?
Religious Affairs Minister?
The fact that Greece even HAS a "religious affairs minister" (with, presumably, a ministry of civil servants to do his bidding) speaks volumes.
Since the Greeks are a bit short on cash at the moment, here's a money saving tip - sack the lot of them and let the God-botherers look after their own affairs.
I'd never heard of Ms Palmer, but this does seem to be a fuss about nothing.
According to your article, her original advert 'offered only "beer and hugs" as compensation for [the musicians'] labour'. If the musicians in question were happy to sign up on that basis, they can hardly complain when that's what happens at the end.
"Palmer initially thought she could get away with not paying her fellow artists" - presumably because she advertised for artists who would work for (next to) nothing, and people came forward as a result.
I'm totally against working for nothing, or even for beer and hugs, but I put that principle into practice by never agreeing to work on that basis. If others want to do so, more fool them.
"It's a little tall for my tastes and will require longer pockets."
Anybody in the habit of buying Apple gear - by definition - has deep pockets. So that shouldn't be a problem.
The other side
Speaking for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Worms, what about the massive bloodbath perpetrated by birds on my little wiggly friends? Many millions of them carried off by birds (especially the early variety) every day.
Animals kill each other. If you can't handle that, read Beatrix Potter instead.
Innocent only if you pay
One element of this miserable scheme that you've overlooked is the cost of appealing against an accusation of copyright theft - set out in this BBC story:
Essentially, if you've been accused of being a freetard, you have to pony up £20 if you want to clear your name.
THIS is what I object to in the whole copyright protection malaise - the denial of natural justice. If IP theft is a crime just like any other, which I quite agree it should be, then it should be dealt with in the same way: collect evidence, prove somebody guilty in court, apply a suitable penalty if they're found guilty.
The problem with the DEA is its attempt to circumvent all that tedious "due process" stuff, and jump straight to punishment and invite you to prove yourself innocent afterwards (for a fee).
According to the BBC, one of the alleged infringements is "Google Maps ability to make different information available at different levels of zoom". I think Google might point to every map ever drawn by anyone, ever, by way of prior art.
That's the right story, but the wrong "professional". It's Martin Shaw who blocked the show for so long:
"Martin Shaw was publicly critical of the series during its production, feeling he was playing a one-dimensional character in a one-dimensional show. Several years after the series ended London Weekend Television was contractually obliged to re-negotiate repeat fees with the lead actors. Unwilling to accede to Martin Shaw's demands, plans for further repeat screenings on the UK's ITV network had to be withdrawn, leading to Lewis Collins expressing his anger towards Shaw in an interview for the British press. However, Shaw eventually agreed to UK satellite screenings going ahead, although supposedly only after being made aware that Gordon Jackson's widow, actress Rona Anderson (who guested in Cry Wolf), was suffering financial difficulties."
That's from Ickypedia, but I remember seeing Collins interviewed on the subject (on Wogan I think) and telling much the same story. Makes more sense that way round - Collins hasn't really done anything since, Shaw was trying to build a reputation as an acTOR.
Don't forget the sponsor!
I'm shocked at the title of this story. Surely it should be
"The OMEGA London 2012 countdown clock claps out"
No mention of this cack-handed chronometer should be made without mention of the company that made it - how else are they to be sure of receiving the recognition they deserve?
Presumably Assange would have approved...
...if the Aussies had just *leaked* whatever information they had about him and his pals, without concern for who might read it.
> Other officials objecting to Western support for the unrest said revolutions often
> start like February, but end like October
Have the officials concerned perhaps been spending too much time in California?
"These revolutions often start like February but, like, go on for ages and end like October".
> The Google toolbar, for instance, collects urls used to calculate Mountain View's famous PageRank.
No it doesn't.
Google compile a list of URLs by just crawling the web, and calculates PR by analysing the links between them. The toolbar isn't involved, or required.
What the toolbar *does* do is tell you the PR of the page you're viewing. That's kinda difficult to do without telling Google which page that is. Google say they don't use these URLs for any other purpose, and I'm not aware of anybody providing any evidence to the contrary.
So it's LEGAL in spain to defraud stupid people?
"If you want to look something up on MapQuest instead", why not *search* for Mapquest? You'll get a slew of links to them and no Google Maps to be seen.
If you go onto Google and enter a search for "Maps", it's surely not all that unreasonable for them to assume that you're looking for Google Maps? MapQuest is hit number 4 if that's what you were actually looking for - not too much of a hardship to move your mouse an extra inch down the screen is it?
Search for "email" on Google, the first hit is a link to hotmail. Ditto if you search for "e-mail".
Like the last time this professor tried to make this story run, it's complete tosh.
Any set of search results are a subjective assessment of the relative merits of various sites compared to their best guess of what you're searching for. If it doesn't match your personal list, that's hardly a surprise.
If you don't like the results you get from Google, go elsewhere. It's not like you're paying for their service.
You're missing the crucial question
Who would win in a fight between Iranian ninjas and Somalian pirates?
Somebody must've installed Kermit on that machine.
I've just looked at the map, and Manchester is a good way to the right of Liverpool.
What's the problem?
It seems to me that Google look to see if the term entered might be better dealt with by one of their other services - Finance, Maps, Images, News etc. - and, if it does, puts a link to the other service. That way, if you want to get a stock quote you can just type CSCO into the search box on your browser (which you've chosen to point at Google), rather than having to make an special trip to the service concerned.
His argument is undermined by the fact that the CSCO search result he's so upset about clearly contains links to Yahoo Finance, MSN Money, DailyFinance, CNN Money and Reuters as well as the Google service. Doing the same search on Bing or Yahoo brings back similar links to each company's equivalent service (but without the row of links to competitors).
And as to the bit about not being able to "install" other maps into Google results, does the Professor actually understand the concept of a web site? I've noticed that I'm unable to "install" my collection of favourite lolcat pictures into the Prof's own site, does that mean I can sue him over it?
The unnamed Frenchman has had to be released.
Apparently La Dati filled in his charge sheet herself and, in an unfortunate slip of the pen, accused him of "contempt towards pubic servants".
j'obtiendrai mon manteau
Last time I was in France...
...they displayed contempt to EVERYBODY. How come "public servants" get a let-off?
Pay the fixture devisers their fees, then demand a suitable sum from the FA for all the hitherto free advertising they get in newspapers, betting shops and wherever else.
You're a football league. Devising fixture lists is what you do. If you want to start charging people just to know who's playing who, maybe we'll just find something better to spend our money on than watching a bunch of overpaid chavs kicking a pig's bladder about.
Not a surprise
On a recent trip to the Lakes my girlfriend spotted two lorry drivers reading the paper whilst driving, one of them was using his mobile too (didn't see them myself - I was concentrating on driving!).
These wagons typically have cruise control, so the drivers are in no danger of being caught be a speed camera. Since that's the only kind of law enforcement that we have on the roads these days, it's hardly surprising that this happens.
We need more traffic cops, with powers to DO something about these clowns.
Trying to take away his ninja-toys could cause Steve to flip out and kill people.
Now, who would win in a fight between Apple and The Pirate Bay?
First time for everything
This must be the first time Paris Hilton has found herself associted with "significant American thought".
I thought the England shirt had already be redesigned to fit in with their new sponsors. See http://tinyurl.com/39fduh5
For those who point out how the death penalty stops murderers reoffending, that only applies to *convicted* murderers.
Imagine yourself on the jury at a murder trial. You have to determine if the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. If you know that your decision will send them to the gallows, how unreasonable do your doubts need to be before you dismiss them? The death penalty increases the risk that murderers walk free.
It seems to me that the level of crime in different parts of the world doesn't bear much relation to the nature of the penal system. There are places with draconian systems and high crime, and places with liberal systems and low crime, and vice versa. Harsher sentences to drive down crime is one of those solutions that is "simple, obvious and wrong".
Whatever the answer is, I don't think it involves killing people.
Lack of Focus
I took a look at the GCSE syllabus for one course at
If it's representative of all such qualifications it shows a lack of focus on what the qualification is intended to achieve. It looks like a fairly random collection of "things that have something to do with computers", some of them pretty irrelevant in the 21st century.
If the intention is to teach general IT skills that will be of use to anybody working in an office, and a lot of people working in a whole lot of other places, build a course that teaches that. That would be a really valuable course to a lot of people, arguably it should be in the core curriculum that every pupil learns.
If the intention is to teach kids to become programmers and to develop other skills that would be useful in an IT career, that needs to be taught as a completely separate subject. Such a course would (and should) have less mass appeal, but would be a lot more relevant than learning how to use Word.
" it was a big-budget affair and generated substantial income for the hospital [...] it cannot be said to be contributing to the objectives of the primary care trust."
If it generated substantial income for the hospital, that was money they could re-invest in meeting their clinical objectives. Sounds pretty good to me - if the NHS has assets lying idle that can be put to work supplementing the taxpayer, why not?
Of course, what they *actually* spent the money on was probably a full-time film liason manager on £50k a year + car, but you can dream can't you?
What's the problem?
"Kim claimed that he had digitally captured the healing powers of genuine Holy Water from the Catholic Shrine at Lourdes"
And he's right. His water has exactly the same healing power as the "genuine" stuff, with a fraction of the carbon footprint. Plus he's taking money from gullible people that otherwise would go to the Catholic Church.
They should be giving him a medal.
Road charging and peak hours
I've never understood this whole "discourage people from driving at peak times by introducing road charges" thing.
I'm already discouraged from driving at peak times by the fact that the roads are busy. It's much nicer to drive at times when they are emptier. However, I'm not on the road at rush hour for my own amusement - I'm there because I have to be at work on time. Road charging wouldn't make a blind bit of difference to peak hour congestion, except to make it more expenive to Joe Public. The citizens of Manchester and other places had the sense to realise this - it's just the politicians who are stuck in a jam.
You're missing an important clue
"a council official said he was not allowed to take pictures on Sandbanks"
Sandbanks is home to some of the richest people in the country - it has the fourth highest land value in the world (admittedly that's just according to ickypedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandbanks ). I'm sure those folks don't want anyone pointing a camera at them, and have more than enough wonga to persuade a few councillors that "public safety issues" demand a photo ban.
I agree with Nick
Ok, I realise Lewis is an ex navy man, and no doubt has lots of mates whose future jobs depend on Trident being renewed, but this tosh really isn't worthy of him.
We have a limited amount of money to spend, and can choose between spending it on the defence commitments we have right here, right now and for the forseeable future; or we can spend it on a weapon system we'd never use, to deter an enemy who doesn't exist.
Not a difficult choice, I'd say, but if the case for Trident is so unassailable, why is it being explicitly kept out of the (long overdue) defence review? Maybe truly expert opinion on the subject wouldn't agree with our beloved politicians' views - they don't want to create another Professor Nutt affair.
There are lots of countries - most of them in fact - who don't have nuclear weapons. I don't see any of them nuked out of existence or threatened with same. They seem to be getting along just fine. Why would Britain be any different?
If some mad mullah developed a nuclear bomb and decided to hit us with it, they wouldn't send it in a fancy ICBM with a smoke trail leading back to their homeland. They'd put it in the back of a Transit and drive it to the target. The first we'd know about it is when we woke up and found a smoking wasteland where London used to be (some would say that would be an improvement, I couldn't possibly comment). Where are you going to fire your missiles? What price deterrence then?
It's really hard to deter suicide bombers set on mass murder with the threat of death and mass murder.
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