1562 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007
Re: @ Greg Preece
How do you feel about the first amendment, Mooseman? Or the fourth and fifth? Or perhaps the eighth? All of them are over 200 years old. Are they irrelevant now because of that?
Or are you going to start picking and choosing? IN which case you need a better reason than "200 years old" to dismiss these rights.
The security of a free state is no less relevant now than it was then - but that security is not only about borders. A state remains free only as long as its government is beholden to the governed.
I get the feeling you've not read the Federalist Papers. These documents discussed the intent of the framers of the US constitution in some detail, and much of that intent was to provide the people with every possible means to overthrow their government if it became tyrannical.
Incidentally, Parliament ignoring old laws that restricted its power are the reason we're in such a cocked-up state right now. Parliament overstepped its legal bounds decades ago by ignoring its foundational documents; the Bill of Rights 1689 (go look it up) and the Act of Settlement placed limits on Parliament's authority and on the King, and restated certain constitutional rights such as the right to move unmolested by agents of the king, the right to bear arms and the right to be free of "unusual punishment", amongst other things. Today these laws are ignored - because they're "old", is the usual excuse, yet they are still as relevant today as they were when they were first drafted, and if they were observed instead of ignored we'd be a much more free and prosperous country.
Re: Plan B? Plan C?
The US constitution doesn't "give" them anything. The bill of rights is informing Congress of areas where it shall not legislate to restrict rights that were deemed to be the natural rights of man. Those rights boil down to the right to speech, self-defence and property.
These three are the fundamental rights on which civilisation was built. The world progresses when these rights are held inviolate, and regresses when they are proscribed and infringed.
For the record the president is not allowed to legislation per the constitution. Executive orders have always walked a fine line in this regard and many of them were unconstitutional in their scope (especially quite a few of those issued by Bush toward the end of his second term) even if they had been created by the House. The use of an executive order to infringe on the second amendment is opening Obama up to a lot of potential legal difficulty.
The voltage difference between each end will be rather impressive. You could probably prevent most of the issues you're thinking of by using it as a power source.
Re: @Graham Dawson @John Deeb
That logic doesn't even remotely follow. Blaming the judicial system for being the causative agent of his depression is constructive in that it identifies the most likely source of his illness. His parents and his family were not acting in ways that could trigger depression; they were passive participants at best, and unaware of his mental state. The judges and the judicial system were active participants in the events and did not need to be aware of his mental state in order to cause it.
That's the difference.
That's why the judicial system can be asked to shoulder responsibility for the outcome.
Re: @John Deeb
AC: Depression often looks nothing like depression from the outside. In fact it can look completely the opposite. Real depression, the serious stuff (not the "oh my boyfriend dumped me and I got a C on my test I'm so depressed!!!" sort) often looks more like exhaustion, cynicism or even a strange sort of joy. When you're depressed you think you've finally discovered the truth about the world.
Blaming the family is not remotely constructive. They probably didn't even know.
Nnnooo, it's making a subtle joke about the article.
As much as any other ISS module. They have a special radiation shelter for a reason.
Re: ASUS have a winner for me anyway ...
If the windows can be replaced with a linux distro I'll be all over that thing like a rash.
Re: They haven't yet..
Bacon fried in butter, one boiled egg and a pile of roasted almonds will cure that hangover right off. Guaranteed.
Re: All seems very sensible
Given that privacy legislation is a sole EU competence (partially under the lisbon treaty and partially under european human rights legisation that became our human rights act), and given it doesn't allow any subsidiarity in this particular area, it's not so much "hooray for the EU" as "we could have done this years ago if they weren't sitting on it".
Ever wondered why UK privacy reform is so mealy-mouthed and bitty? They're having to work around the fringes of the problem because the EU doesn't allow national parliaments to act on this issue any more, so instead they legislate in areas where they can at least appear to be doing something. That's why were getting loas of bullshit laws criminalising everything and levying fines on everything else.
I remember when everyone claimed these giant squid were just a myth. Happy days.
Have the got a rocket big enough?
Oh of course, they can buoy it up with his ego.
(Don't get me wrong, I like Bill, it's just he's such an enormously easy target...)
Re: Can't be.
Re: needs shake-up in own apps
The shutter control.
Re: @But do we actually need all this progress?
Except, of course, the little problem that is never acknowledged: the European economies had begun making all of the changes necessary to bring about this new peaceful era in the aftermath of world war 2, before even the Coal and Steel union between France and Germany was put into place, never mind the EU, which wouldn't be implemented until the mid 90s. The EU was late to the party, claimed credit for something it had nothing to do with, and in the end spent most of its time fighting over which of its presidents would get to hold the prize certificate and who'd pocket the cash.
The EU and the EEC before it did nothing to create peace in Europe. They rode on the post-war economic boom that was brought about by rapid (and necessary) cooperation and integration between the nations of Europe, then claimed they were responsible for it, when in reality they've done the most to rein it in and crush it with their constant regulation.
And the nobel peace prize wasn't meant to be awarded to organisations anyway. It's right there in the charter for the damn thing.
You should have got in sewer ants against that.
Re: My karma just ran over my dogma
And you have the gall to compare other people to the nazis?
Re: Two thumbs up
You forgot apple.
I was goig to say "you forgot mirosoft" too, but nobody likes Microsoft.
I thought it was bad when they invented the A* rating at GCSE. Never understand that.
I still don't.
Must be why I get such a snippy attitude on ebay all the time. "Will purchase from this seller again" probably means I want to murder their dog and eat their children these days.
Legitimising systematic abuse of your population through legislation does not make it good.
Re: Guess these subsibers are feeling like those who ...
Perhaps someone said they didn't like paying the licence fee.
Linux is not "fragmented". It is adapted to multiple environments and capable of running the same tools and applications on the vast majority of them. Those environments where you can't run, say, Konqueror are probably not suited for desktop browsing in the first place.
To pick a random example, I could run abiword on my old n900, my desktop computer and, with a bit of tinkering, my router. Okay, a lot of tinkering, and it's probably not much fun running a word processor and all the other bits necessary to make that happen on a router, over a vnc session. It would be a dog.
But that's sort of the point. Linux doesn't fragment. You wouldn't want to have the exact same user experience across divergent devices. By the logic you're employing, Apple is fragmented because it has completely different user interfaces on iOS and OSX and can't run the same applications. It's a laughably stupid argument, yes? So why are you making the exact same laughably stupid argument about Linux?
> Asus Transformer?
Marvellous machine. Mine is still going strong after nearly two years. I think. I've written an entire novel on it. I'm considering replacing it with a padphone or one of those fancy slender models Asus do, at which point I'll likely start experimenting with some version of Linux + KDE just to see how well it works.
Re: The big problem...
That should be UI, not GUI... oh well. Silly fingers. :D
Re: The big problem...
No, the unix philosophy is one program, one task. Text is the interface. You just made the same mistake as the author, confusing the GUI with the OS.
My only two gripes about Android are the way it manages multitasking and the way Android-based systems are so locked down. I like to get a command-line interface to play with because I'm a tinkerer, but rooting and installing a terminal emulator gives me a lot of options in that regard. The multitasking issue is more fundamental. A few times, to begin with, I lost quite a lot of writing on my Asus transformer because I switched away from the app without saving and came back later to find it had been dumped from active memory and lost all my work.
Other than the enforced "save all the time" regime, which is good practice anyway, I have almost no complaints. Now if only I could get jellybean on my phone...
Re: KDE/Plasma is a much better contender
Likewise. I saw a demo of Plasma on the n900 some time back and it looked rather spiffy, albeit a little slow as it wasn't particularly optimised. It did all the necessaries though.
Given a little time it could easily contend with Android for the mobile space.
The writer seems to have an odd view of linux as basically just Gnome + Unity. KDE (yes, yes, I went there) is wonderfully touch-friendly and a very different user experience to gnome. Just as widespread, too.
But then, you see, that still makes the mistake of thinking Linux = UI. Android is Linux. Simple as. It's a fork of the kernel - but it's slowy being merged back into the trunk - sitting under all the same userspace tools, or at least a large subset of them, and it has a fancy Java-based UI on top. In that sense it's no different to Ubuntu, it just has more market penetration in the tablet space.
So the Linux tablet is already here. What we don't have is a gnome tablet, which is an entirely different kettle of fish. I don't want a gome tablet. I'd be rather keen on a KDE/Plasma tablet, but I have an android tablet. And they are all (or would be) Linux tablets.
Now back to the boxing day belly-ache. Turkey sandwich anyone?
I only saw the Captain Scarlet reboot last year but boy, what a nostalgia trip. It was the sort of thing the original Scarlet wanted to be.
Shame the broadcaster cocked it up...
Plastic means flexible and soft. We tend to associate it with hardness because petrochemical "plastics" appear hard in comparison, but they're generally quite malleable.
Re: Oh Yeah, Anglo Claptrap
The question is, were they turing complete?
Computer says no.
Babbage was the only one to work on a true general purpose computer that would have been turing complete if it was ever completed. Shame it wasn't, really. We could have ruled the world.
Re: Apple fanboys...
Re: Does it have a button "Old Faithful"?
Surely a BSJ would also be 150 feet tall and somehow made from bergamot and rice?
Re: WBC are scum
Scum speaks to scum.
You're willing to exploit the deaths of children to "undermine religion".
Were he to exist, his noodly appendage would recoil from you in disgust.
Most of the barmaids around here look like dugongs anyway...
Technically they already have them. The bones of a dolphin's flipper are equivalent to the bones of a human hand, they're just shaped slightly differently and wrapped in a big lump of flesh .
But what if they have a PC?
If the doors jammed and you haven't got a battering ram handy, perhaps?
Re: May I be the first to say....
For I do not come to destroy Moore's Law, but to fulfil it.
Re: What's wrong with worshipping satan?
Oh shut up, you old goat. Who are you? I do not know you.
Re: There is only one answer to Washington's issues:
Ah but the thing is. IT Vet, a corporation has to have some status as a "person" in order to be taxed on its income (what we call corporation tax). Anything else gets complicated extremely quickly. Considering how complicated current tax law is, do you really want to make things even more convoluted?
And of course, if a corporation is a "person", then that "person", under US law, has to have the same constitutional rights as any other citizen, otherwise you re-establish the precedent that certain citizens can be deprived of their rights simply because they fall outside an arbitrary definition of "deserving".
It's a very difficult and complicated situation, something of a conundrum in fact. Expecting politicians to fix it is madness. Expecting the courts to fix it is wishful thinking because they tend to be extremely conservative when it comes to taking away "rights" once granted. There is no simple and easy solution, and certainly depriving corporations of "personhood" will not fix things and will only, in fact, make them worse.
You'll lose corporation tax, for starters. You'll lose the ability to enforce law and judgements against corporate entities because those entities will no longer have any legally recognised "body" against which to bring judgement - and at the same time you'll not gain the ability to enforce judgements against the owners or managers, as they can simply hide behind collective responsibility, because individuals can't be legally held liable for the actions of others. Corporations, however, won't lose the ability to fund lobbying or contribute political donations. They'll just organise a few employees to do it on their behalf.
Re: CF bulbs are fine here too
All fluorescent lights give me a headache. Every single one I've tried, no matter how cheap or expensive, no matter the build quality, they all give me a headache without fail. I can always tell when there's a CFL in a room - even the high quality ones that emit an otherwise pleasing glow. Fortunately there are "energy efficient" halogens to keep me sane and headache free.
Something being "old" doesn't mean it's inferior and being "new" doesn't make something better.
Re: And now for the Hoagland interpretation
Seems like he took Iron Sky to be a documentary...
Yes. And then you stamp on it a few times and keep going.
(disclaimer: I own an xbox. I play two games on it. This proves nothing.)
Actually they used string.
Re: mentality of our friends from across the pond.
AC, I don't know if you're an idiot or just poorly educated. I'll assume the latter.
Re: What's this "ad" stuff people keep talking about?
You realise that an advert is a paid-for recommendation, yes?
Anyway, not that it matters. Usually word of mouth is easier to assess for quality, whilst paid-for ads are more likely to be something I don't want.
Re: ah well
Flee market? Is it called that because they run away whenever they see you coming?
Oh gawd. I just realised I've spent the last ten minutes trying to decipher amanfromMars...
I'm vaguely disappointed that The General from The Prisoner wasn't included.
Not that disappointed, mind. It was a terrible episode.
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